Newport students take part in League of Nations Conference in Geneva

A GROUP of eight Year 12 students from Newport Free Grammar School travelled to Geneva in Switzerland to take part in the annual Students’ League of Nations Conference.

Students not only got the chance to attend the conference within the historic UN buildings, but also travelled around Geneva to visit some of Switzerland’s historic landmarks as part of the five-day trip.

Eleanor Hardcastle, Isabel Davison, Nathan Giles-Donavan, Hannah Burlinson, Tom Joyce, Lucy Oliva, Isaac Rice and Danielle Gipps were the students chosen to represent Newport at the conference.

Pupil Tom Joyce said: “Before the trip I knew very little about politics, but after signing up for the trip we did a lot of research and I learnt a lot.

“The conference was very demanding but it was interesting and widened my knowledge about each of the countries represented and their views.”

Fellow student Isabel Davison added: “Being thrown into the heart of the debate really boosts your confidence and gives you that sense of a global community.

“Meeting people from all around the world and experiencing the culture was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”