The United Nations come to Streatham.
Lambeth Mayor Councillor Christopher Wellbelove visited Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham as guest of honour at the school’s first day-long Model United Nations Conference.
Participating students from both state and independent schools joined forces on a summer Saturday to debate international politics and simulate the roles actual countries would play in real-life situations at the United Nations in New York.
The event was organised by Bishop Thomas Grant School Aspire Co-ordinator and English teacher Miss Gray, supported by her own MUN student team. One of this team, Luke Emery has been elected as Youth Mayor for Lambeth, and Lambeth Youth Council sponsored the event at the school.
In his address to the audience of participants as the day closed Councillor Wellbelove joked that some of his councillors at Brixton Town Hall would do well to come to Bishop Thomas Grant School to observe the quality of debate. On a more serious note he pointed out that certain newspapers only print bad things about young people and rarely talk about the kind of goodness he had witnessed in the young people he had seen at the MUN conference. Friendships had been forged, important issues had been debated and people had above all learnt to listen to each other and speak up for what they believed in. Cllr Wellbelove drew on his own experiences in life, where he had learnt, often the hard way, that if you don’t speak up in life, people won’t speak for you.
Cllr Wellbelove’s words were greeted by rousing applause from all the participants, united in the excitement of an excellent and rewarding day.
Congratulations to all who took part in this unique day in the life of Bishop Thomas Grant School.