Students from Quirindi High School shine during Rotary model united nations event | Photos

Four Quirindi High School students have starred at a recent model United Nations event hosted by several Rotary Clubs from around the region.

Grace Pezzuto, Josie Saunders, Lia Robertson and Maddie Hearn recently represented the school at the model United Nations in Gunnedah.

The students formed two teams for the event and were accompanied by their teacher, Mr Packer, and represented the countries of Egypt and India.

The purpose of event is to encourage young people to learn about other nations and to understand and appreciate the workings of the United Nations while they develop debating skills and gain self confidence in public speaking.

The resolutions debated are based on some actually debated by the UN as well as some proposed by the teams.

The debates reproduced genuine UN debates often with a fine flow of rhetoric, points of order, motions of dissent and bloc walkouts.

Gunnedah’s model United Nations event was based on an initiative of the United Nations.

It was introduced to Australia in 1980 when Rotary clubs in NSW were invited to sponsor a team of two students to represent a nominated country at an assembly modelled on the format and function of the United Nations.

Quirindi Rotary Club sponsored the two QHS teams to attend the event Gunnedah.

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Quirindi High School principal Ian Worley praised the students for their efforts at the event.

Our QHS students were fantastic representatives, they entered into the spirit of MUNA, by being well informed of their respective country's viewpoints on world issues and advocated strongly for these during the many interesting and challenging debates,” Mr Worley said. 

“Congratulations students on your participation and thank you Mr Packer for giving of your time and skills to assist and guide the students at the event.

“A very big thank you also goes to the Quirindi Rotary Club for sponsoring our students to attend such a prestigious event.”