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SOUTH­PORT Ro­tary Club wel­comed the “Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Team” from Aus­tralia - spon­sored by Ro­tary in Aus­tralia in Rock­hamp­ton.

The five mem­bers of the team are head­teach­ers and staff from spe­cial schools in Queens­land and they were col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion and best prac­tice from young peo­ple with spe­cial needs in South­port and how pro­vi­sions are made at the Atkin­son, es­pe­cially for autis­tic peo­ple.

South­port Ro­tary Club was de­lighted to or­gan­ise the day and wel­come the team at their weekly meet­ing at the Clifton Ho­tel.

They gave a pre­sen­ta­tion ex­plain­ing how they won the right to be spon­sored by Ro­tary and why they wanted to visit the Atkin­son and Pres­field School.

Their pre­sen­ta­tion also gave the Ro­tary Club an in­sight into Aus­tralia and their lo­cal Ro­tary Clubs.

The Ro­tary shows their blog as they spend time across our lo­cal Dis­trict 1180.

Be­low is their blog fol­low­ing their day in South­port.

They also en­joyed a whis­tle stop tour of the town.

Our thanks go to Jan at the Atkin­son for the very in­ter­est­ing tour, and Head­teacher Tony Fay from Pres­field.

“Our day be­gan with a per­sonal tour of the Atkin­son Mu­seum, Art Gallery and Li­brary with Ro­tary Pres­i­dent Michael Har­ri­son and wife Dianne.

“We were once again en­rap­tured by the amaz­ing ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail in the build­ings.

“The sense of his­tory in the UK en­velops us wher­ever we travel.

“We could vi­su­alise the ladies in their finest gowns, donned with fur and jewels ar­riv­ing in their car­riages then prom­e­nad­ing down the street.

“It was a stark con­trast to our Aussie town of South­port on the Gold Coast.

“Of spe­cial note in the mu­seum were the ad­di­tional fea­tures for the vis­ually im­paired.

“The art­work was brought to life by large print de­scrip­tions as well as spe­cial au­dio tags which de­scribed the paint­ings in vivid de­tail.

“Also avail­able for use were hand mag­ni­fiers, raised prints, tex­tured paint­ing tech­niques and coloured over­lays.

“Sig­nage in the li­brary also bore the words ‘Autism Friendly’.

“We re­ceived a warm wel­come from the Ro­tary Club of South­port Dis­trict 1180 and en­joyed lively ban­ter over a de­li­cious lunch.

“Ro­tary flags were ex­changed and we en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with our sto­ries of Aus­tralian his­tory and cul­ture.

“Pres­i­dent Michael, wife Dianne, and past head­teacher and fel­low Ro­tar­ian Jim Tay­lor ac­com­pa­nied us to Pres­field High School for stu­dents with Autism.

“Mr Tony Fay, head teacher, spoke pas­sion­ately about the school’s pro­vi­sions to as­sist his stu­dents to not only ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess aca­dem­i­cally but also de­velop self-con­fi­dence, so­cial skills, self- reg­u­la­tion and life skills to carry them into the fu­ture.

“A Cel­e­bra­tion Wall has a prom­i­nent place in the foyer with cer­tifi­cates and pho­tos of stu­dents’ achieve­ments.

“Prepa­ra­tion for be­ing “job ready” is a pri­or­ity as cur­rently only 15-17% of stu­dents with autism end up in paid em­ploy­ment.

“Chil­dren with autism can be a real en­hance­ment to em­ploy­ers if they have an un­der­stand­ing of how eas­ily ad­just­ments can be made.

“Stu­dents fundraise for trips, be­ing heartily in­volved in the whole plan­ning, mar­ket­ing and event co-or­di­na­tion.

“A re­cent trip saw the stu­dents travel to Lon­don for three days - a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which had in­cred­i­ble value with stu­dents hav­ing to nav­i­gate the air­port, tube sta­tions, pur­chase tick­ets and to line up in queues, just to name a few.

“Parental in­volve­ment is en­cour­aged and sup­ported by the role of a Par­ent Sup­port Ad­vi­sor who co-or­di­nates events and func­tions for fam­i­lies as well as as­sist­ing par­ents with com­plet­ing daily tasks such as reg­is­ter­ing for a bank ac­count or ac­cess­ing wel­fare.

“In the words of Head Teacher Tony Fay “Autism doesn’t de­fine you em­brace who you are and find your skill set!”

This mes­sage is cer­tainly alive and well at Pres­field.

The Ro­tary Club of South­port Sun­rise re­cently raised much needed funds for South­port & Formby Spe­cial Ath­letes by ‘Adopt­ing the Quiz’ at the Guelder Rose in South­port.

The very suc­cess­ful event was co­or­di­nated by Sun­rise mem­bers Mar­garet Cot­ton and Lizzy Wilkin­son.

South­port Sun­rise would like to say a huge thank you to Claire and all the staff at the Guelder Rose for their help and sup­port,8 60 and to Les­ley Kirk­bride at Tesco for do­nat­ing some amaz­ing raf­fle prizes.

The win­ning team was Mag­gie’s Mis­fits and much fun was had by all on the night!

Formby Ro­tary Club are cel­e­brat­ing their 50th an­niver­sary.

They are look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing char­ity Melanoma UK.

They are hold­ing a quiz night on No­vem­ber 24 at Formby Hall and tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing 07538 606117.

The Aus­tralian Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Team in South­port

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