Trips to exhibitions, shows, concerts, lectures, factories, universities, careers exhibitions etc. are arranged for pupils taking subjects such as Geography, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education, English, Irish, LCVP, History and Agricultural Science.
While many students take part in team building and outdoor pursuits trips during their time in Villiers, our annual ski trip is the most popular of our extracurricular trips. Many students partake in this trip during Transition Year, usually during the February Mid-Term Break.
Opportunities to engage in overseas trips vary. In recent years, students have participated in international rugby and hockey tours, as well as language immersion and curricular trips to Washington, France, Germany, Spain, Iceland, and Japan.
These also sometimes take place to various locations, most recently to Japan and Washington through our engagement with partner schools overseas.
Debating and Public Speaking
Students from all year groups are engaged in both Debating and Public Speaking. Students who participate are equipped with invaluable lifelong skills and expanded worldviews through participation in the Concern Worldwide Debating Competition, The Young Soroptimists’ and The Great Debate of the Historical Association, UK. Over the last few years Villiers students have had high profile success in the latter two competitions.
Model United Nations
Model United Nations, also known MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches participants speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It encourages students to develop a deeper understanding into current world issues. MUN club runs throughout the year as an afternoon activity.
Participants in Model United Nations conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. Delegates are assigned countries before the conference, along with receiving a topic, or topics, that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences, formulate positions and come up with policy proposals that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member state they represent. At the end of a conference, the delegates will vote on written policies, called “draft resolutions”, with the goal of passing them with a majority vote. The best-performing delegates in each committee, as well as delegations, are sometimes recognized with awards.
Villiers students have participated annually in national conferences in Wesley College and Davis College, in addition to participation in a number of international conferences. Past conferences have included Russia, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany, Budapest and the annual 6th year MUN trip to Cambridge.