Rewarding the Stars out there
Rotary always encourages young people to develop their skills and attributes. Outstanding contributions to the community are recognised. Rotary Stars is a project which rewards primary school children for acts of good citizenship. Head teachers can nominate pupils for the award through their local Rotary Club. These special children are awarded a Rotary Star badge and certificate.
Recently, Ramsey Club presented a Rotary Star award to Upwood Community Primary School Year 3 pupil, Ethan Haywood. Following his discussions with teacher Mrs Glitherow the “Valuing Differences” through diversity and communities activity was organised. Children were challenged to try different activities that athletes and sports persons have adapted to following serious injury.
Ethan and his parents also shared their experiences of living with disability, the adjustments they have made and the range of emotions that family members feel. Well done Ethan.
The Huntingdon Youth Theatre recently took their latest play “The Monstrous” on tour to their twin town of Wertheim in Germany. Twenty one young actors, aged between 11 to 19, travelled by coach along with five leaders to Wertheim for a five day cultural exchange.
The trip was partly funded by Huntingdon and Huntingdon Cromwell Rotary Clubs. It proved to be a life changing experience for many of the young people. They performed the play twice on the first full day in Wertheim. It was a sell out on both occasions and received much deserved praise from a local theatre director.
He said it was the best performed amateur play he had ever seen. During their stay students were taken on visits to Rothenberg and Wurzberg, guided tours making them aware of local history.
They were also hosted by the Mayor of Wertheim who bravely subjected himself to a question and answer session where some very searching questions where asked on his views of Brexit!
On the last evening, the Wertheim Twining Association treated them to locally prepared food in a traditional German Beer Garden.
Students were given the opportunity to mix with German students currently undertaking drama courses at Wertheim Grammar School.
There is little doubt this visit was a great success in creating lasting new friendships.