Re­ward­ing the Stars out there

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ROTARY CORNER -

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.

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