Last weekend Ursula Harris, Angelica Matusewicz, Jarrod Good, William Meere, Eli Morrison and Thomas Readman joined 46 other Year 10 students from across the state to compete in the annual Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).
MUNA is organised and sponsored by Rotary clubs throughout Tasmania and pits teams of like-minded Year 10 students against each other as they debate issues of international significance.
The students arrived in Deloraine on Friday night to be met by the friendly faces of Rotary members who would billet them over the weekend.
The action started on Saturday morning as 26 teams met at the Deloraine Community Centre to begin verbal battle. A total of 10 resolutions ranging from increasing the development and sharing of environmentally sound technologies to the prevention of all forms of bullying were raised, amended and debated over the following two days with much gusto, humour and vigour. Alliances were formed then broken, interjections accepted and refused all with a sense of affability and fun. This continued until lunchtime on Sunday interrupted by a formal dinner and disco on Saturday night.
Ursula, Angelica, Jarrod, William, Eli and Thomas are to be commended and congratulated on the effort they put into the presentation of their costumes and preparation of their arguments; culminating in Ursula and Angelica winning the best national costume award. All six students worked tirelessly this and last term to prepare themselves for such a difficult challenge.
All of us involved with MUNA would like to thank the Rotary Clubs of Glenorchy and Salamanca for sponsoring the teams, and the Rotary Club of Deloraine for an engaging, enjoyable and rewarding weekend.
Mr Martin Kress - Humanities teacher 7-10