Model UN Report

A huge amount of preparation is required for debates. The girls need to be knowledgeable about their allocated country’s stance as well as the policies of other countries: from this info they need to identify potential allies or opponents in terms of policy and recommendations. Position papers have to be drafted as well as resolutions.

Pupils debate for six hours and present, lobby, caucus, and respond diplomatically to a range of countries. For this they have to understand the procedure of UN diplomacy and what they could attempt to change in terms of current UN policy. As the events that affect the debate unfold in real world events – such as the Syrian war, delegates have to update their position papers/speeches and resolutions. Preparation takes the best part of a year, in terms of learning the techniques as well as the vast amount of knowledge needed. The girls grow in knowledge of current affairs and diplomatic speak.

Public Speaking

Roedean has always placed considerable emphasis on the importance of Public Speaking. Roedean wishes all its students to be able to research accurately and thoroughly; to argue persuasively and passionately, but without rancour and intolerance; to present speeches that are appropriate in register and style for any occasion; and to deliver speeches confidently and unaffectedly.

Every year, Roedean participates in the premiere Public Speaking Competition run by the Speech and Drama College (SA), and the school’s results are always exceptional, with A symbols and A+ symbols abounding! All the Public Speaking teams are trained by members of the English Department, and the dedication and expertise of both trainers and speakers certainly bear fruit. A clear head and an eloquent tongue are essential in the challenging adult world, and Roedean teachers encourage all pupils to possess both.

Debating Society

Debating is alive and well and living at Roedean!

In keeping with Roedean’s belief in the importance of developing critical thinking skills, girls are actively encouraged to become members of the Debating Society. A thriving and dedicated group of debaters meets once or twice a week for about two hours. Roedean is fortunate to have experienced coaches who address the needs and requirements of the team. A typical debating meeting will consist of the animated discussion of some of the latest issues making headlines, followed by the analysis of a particular motion. There is always much laughter and a high level of energy at these meetings, with girls eager to share their discoveries. A prep session will follow to enable the girls to strategise and develop arguments. After the debate, there will be an adjudication offering constructive criticism. A research file is constantly updated by the girls.

SA's Pioneers of Cognitive Education

Since 2009, Thinking Skill have been an integral part of the curriculum, preparing pupils for the challenges of higher education and life itself. We strive to prepare our girls to lead ‘life of significance’ in a world of exponential change. Roedean is the only school in SA to be accredited as a Thinking School from Grades 0-12.