How Rotary helped Blue Coat head
Loddon Vale Rotary Club
THE headmaster of Reading Blue Coat School (RBCS) in Sonning reminisced at a recent club meeting with members of Loddon Vale Rotary Club about the links with Rotary which have shaped his career.
Jesse Elzinga, head of RBCS since September 2016, followed his time at Harvard by studying at Oxford, his choice of university when he applied for a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, a scheme which supports young graduates who continue their academic work outside their own country.
At Harvard he captained Varsity Lightweight Rowing, and this interest he continued at Henley, where he rowed in the Regatta.
He was hosted by a Rotary club in Banbury during his Oxford course.
Having always wanted to teach, he decided to qualify to do so in the UK, and a career followed in some prestigious schools, Whitgift School, St Edward’s, Oxford, and Harrow, where he broadened the academic extension and enrichment programmes.
At Blue Coat, his aim is to enhance its excellent academic achievements while introducing a contemporary and thoughtprovoking style to education there.
Jesse Elzinga’s awareness of what he gained from his Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship has left him with an affinity with the work and ideals of Rotary, and he spoke of his feeling that he should support the idea of beneficial bursaries during his tenure at Reading Blue Coat School, which was, after all, founded by Richard Aldworth in 1646 for the “education and bringing upp of twenty poore male children”.
His own beginnings were downto–earth.
He was the only student in the history of his big state school in Detroit, Michigan, to go to Harvard.
His talents and hard work have brought him success, and Rotary is happy to offer opportunities to similar young people to widen their horizons as they make their way in life, to the benefit of everyone.
All club members were delighted and inspired by Jesse Elzinga’s speech.
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