Supporting Youth in the Community

Rotary Clubs support young people in many ways, which can be by providing funding but also through involvement in various school activities.

Nailsworth Rotary Club is active in supporting young people through our Local, District and National competitions such as Young Photographer, Youth Speaks, Young Writer, Young Musician and Young Chef. We are always amazed at just how talented and gifted our young people are. We know young people are wonderful, but sometimes they just go the extra mile.

Here are just some of the activities we have been involved in recently or will be this year:

South Cotswolds Rotary Young Musician of the Year

The South Cotswold Young Musician Final 2019 was held at Westonbirt School on Sunday 24th February. 

This competition is held every year and the competitors are expected to play one, two or three pieces of their own choosing, with the maximum time allowed being twelve minutes. The aim of this competition is to offer a realistic live performing environment, in front of an audience. Such an experience for some will be a new experience – one which can only broaden their talent and playing ability. 

This year’s competition was a great success, with all competitors playing to a very high standard. 

The First prize was awarded to Simon Crew from Cirencester College (pictured above), aged 18. On clarinet he played Asturias by Albeniz, followed by Rondo Rodeo by Gary Ryan which had impressive special effects. 

Second prize went to Rachel Mapp, aged 15, from Katharine Lady Berkeley School. On piano Rachel played Sonatas in A by Scarlatti followed by “The Cascades” by Scott Joplin. 

Third prize went to Lizzie O’Brien from Castle School, aged 17. She played Fantasia No 9  movement 1 by Telemann which, “Piece en forme de Habanera “ by Ravel and “Danse Espagnole” by Manuel de Falla. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Nailsworth Rotary Club sponsors a young person, aged 16 to 18, to take part in a six-day residential leadership course in The Forest of Dean, running from 23rd to 28th July 2019.

The course, called the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, includes canoeing, caving, climbing, abseiling, orienteering and other challenges to develop leadership potential. There is a talent show, a barbecue and lot of opportunities to make new friends and work as a team. There are 40 places on this annual course, and in we usually sponsor one candidate, whose costs for the week are fully funded. Candidates are selected by interview. If you would like to find out more about this exciting challenge click here.

Young Photographer Competition

Congratulations to Sebastian Turner of Woodchester Primary School. Sebastian was runner up in the Junior competition in the District 1100 final. Stunning photo Sebastian - Well done!

Youth Speaks Competition

The Youth Speaks Competition supports and encourages the development of communication skills by providing those involved an opportunity to speak in public as a member of a team. GCSEs demand practical speaking and listening skills - what better way to start learning than by practising for a Rotary competition.

Nailsworth Club President Anne Terranova was delighted when she was approached by English teacher Caroline at Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury regarding the Youth Speaks competition. The school’s local Rotary Club had been unable to support the competition this year and so, in true Rotary spirit, Nailsworth was happy to take the school forward for the competition.

Anne and District Governor-in-waiting, Joan Goldsmith, visited the school to hear the first presentations by young people at the school. They provided feedback and certificates for those who were brave enough to stand up and give their presentations to the daunting audience of Rotarian strangers! Anne and Joan were impressed and certificates were well deserved.

Ellie, Alana and Jack went on to represent the school and the club at the District semi-finals and did incredibly well. They were confident and so impressive as first-time entrants. They represented their school brilliantly, showing just how well they had been supported and how much they had practised.

The school was not placed this time but, having seen what other more seasoned schools were doing, the participants picked up a few hints, tips and ideas.

Young Writers competition

This annual competition is run by Rotary nationally, and schools from all over the UK take part. 

The theme for 2018-2019 was ‘My Inspiration’ and we are delighted that three schools took part for Nailsworth Rotary. The schools involved were, Amberley Parochial School,Woodchester Endowed C of E Aided Primary School, and Brimscombe C Of E Primary School. We read over 100 entries which was such a pleasure. 

We are delighted that our entry to the District finals produced a winner: Beatrice McBryde from Amberley School was the Junior Winner for District 1100. Congratulations to her and to the school for such a high standard of wonderful scripts. 

Thank you to all the schools which took part, all of the children deserve praise for their hard work and wonderful entries. The photograph above is of Beatrice McBryde (picturd above) receiving her District Award with District Governor Joan Goldsmith.