QAHS Diplomats impress judges at Regional MUNA 2015

On Saturday 21 March, two teams from QAHS participated in Rotary Club’s regional Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) all day event in Tweed Heads. Two teams of QAHS Year 11 students participated: Dilpreet Chadha, Sophie Wells and Sierra Morabito represented New Zealand, while Team India comprised Naomi Smith, Iley Johnson and Celine Wienand.

2015 QAHS MUNA teams

The pressure and pace were relentless throughout the day as the many teams from government and independent schools across South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales engaged in fierce but substantive debate about real global issues. Topics included climate change, ebola and the death penalty.

First place went to Team South Africa from Murwillumbah; however, QAHS’ own Team India wowed the judges with their ability to propose impressively worded amendments which were accepted by the Secretary General to go before the assembly for hot debate. Thus, the team were presented with the JUDGES’ ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD at the end of the long and intense day.

Naomi makes her case at the 2015 MUNA conference.One highlight was when Team New Zealand called a point of order against Team India. However, it was an exchange across the floor between two very friendly nations!

Congratulations to all the students for their excellent individual and team work and for their willingness to participate in MUNA even though it was the weekend before Term 1 examination block.

Main picture (L-R): Sophie Wells, Naomi Smith, Celine Wienand, Dilpreet Chadha, Sierra Morabito and Iley Johnson.

Rosalie Everest