Delegates to Polar Aspect MACs  such as NORMAC Schools find them inspiring and enjoyable, and teachers value their educational benefits.  Read on for a small selection of comments about past NORMAC Schools conferences.

Overall experience

‘The best conference ever!’ – Delegate

‘It was exciting to be a part of a real-life simulation of Arctic politics’ – Delegate

‘When I first came to the conference, I knew practically nothing about the Arctic and Indigenous peoples and I feel as if I gained so much knowledge’ – Delegate

‘Working in a consensus building body is a very refreshing environment in modern day politics, where everybody has to collaborate and agree’ – Delegate

‘Excellent — beautifully hosted and extremely beneficial for the development of confidence in students’ – Teacher

‘It is the need for consensus (not just a majority) which makes it truly special — in a world of hyper-partisanship and populism, an event that identifies the things that unite and compromise is just the tonic for the youth of today’ – Teacher

conference materials

‘Research briefs and example resolution were very helpful. Wide range of topics, lots of scope for research’ – Delegate

‘Good, detailed and informative conference materials — they helped a lot’ – Delegate

‘Really loved everything — had lots of detail and easy to follow’ – Delegate

‘Interesting, informative and addictive!!’ – Delegate

‘Excellent, full and informative. A step above the norm’ – Teacher

‘Appropriate, relevant, informative and suitably challenging’ – Teacher


‘Well run, and the organisation of the event was superb’ – Delegate

‘Awesome! Well done, and thanks to everyone involved’ – Delegate

‘It’s lovely to meet people in an environment that feels professional but also fun – because you can make friends whilst also getting stuff done’ – Delegate‘ – Delegate

‘The event was brilliantly organised, with excellent venues, wonderful hospitality and with a great deal of quality learning in the very best way’ – Teacher

‘I just want to say thank you again for such a fantastic weekend, the students in the Secretariat were fantastic and the overall event amazingly well run’ – Teacher

‘Really well organised and managed.  Exceptional leadership and staffing, especially teaching from the Director as the conference was in progress’ – Teacher


‘No — I love it!’ – Delegate

‘Perfect!’ – Delegate

‘Whoever is reading this, please tell [our teacher] to let us come next year’ – Delegate

‘I wanted you to know what a ‘diamond’ of model diplomacy you have in NORMAC. I attend a lot of events, and it is one that my students always look forward to’ – Teacher

‘[My colleague] is now really busy with new roles within the college, but he insists on attending NORMAC. This pretty much reflects how we perceive your conference; no matter how busy or exhausted one is, NORMAC is worth it’ – Teacher

‘My students in attendance have been wowed by the event and have enjoyed the opportunity for collaboration, consensus and compassion that NORMAC encourages, affirms and rewards . . . Dr Speca has been at his inspiring best, allowing the students to take ownership of their ideas and providing them with a platform to learn, unlike any other’ – Teacher