Preparing pupils for a life after school
Rotary clubs work closely with our communities. Rotarians liaise with staff at local schools to determine what services can be offered. We use our time and skills to help busy teachers enhance the range of extracurricular activities available to pupils. Mock interviews are one such service we can provide.
After a break of six years Rotarian Mary- Helen Shakespeare decided that Peterborough Ortons Rotary Club needed to resurrect another ‘ old friend’, the Careers Evening. The need became evident when club members were conducting mock interviews at Nene Park Academy in 2011. It was obvious to project coordinator Mary- Helen that the jobs being chosen by students showed a poor knowledge of the options out there in the modern day workplace. They seemed unaware of the constantly changing variety of companies in the city.
Mary- Helen said “Much has changed in the city since 2007 and this was reflected with a completely different set of prospective employers attending the Careers Evening this year. Wehad 31 very enthusiastic companies each providing a number of members of staff giving the event a great buzz”.
Unfortunately, it was a very cold night which no doubt had an effect on the number of student attendees. As the event was held at Nene Park Academy the majority of students were from there but there was a large contingent from the King’s School. Unfortunately, only a few from Bushfield Ormiston Academy and Thomas Deacon Academy took advantage of the offer. The Mayor and Mayoress kindly supported the initiative and stayed for well over an hour enjoying the experience of talking to students and exhibitors.
Overall it was a great suc- cess and hopefully students from other Peterborough schools will learn of this and attend in greater numbers next year. One teacher commented that a pupil of his had decided to come because he really did not have an idea of what he wanted to do. We hope it helped him.
The Ortons club will now discuss where the event goes from here but the message is this service is definitely worth providing for the community.
A final word on ‘ Christmas Past’. As everyone knows, in the weeks before Christmas the real Santa Claus is far too busy in Lapland to have time to visit local stores. He relies on willing volunteers.
A combined team from Peterborough Rotary Club and Probus Club 02 provided Santa and his helpers for the whole of December at the Van Hage Garden Centre. In addition to bringing much pleasure, the activity raised over £ 1,280 in donations for charity.
Callum Hall talks to Paul Hutchings from PDG Architects at the careers evening at the Nene Park Academy organised by the Rotary Club of the Ortons