Pre­par­ing pupils for a life af­ter school

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotarycorner -

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

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