Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College
In their recent newsletter, the President of the Rotary Club of Sandbach reported that several club members are suffering from a bout of itchiness. This is not a skin complaint but rather a desire to move forward with a number of projects which have been placed on hold due to the lockdown.
Many of those projects involve young people and representatives of the club were recently invited to meet, on-line, with the Headteacher of Sandbach High School SFC, Ellen Walton, to discuss them.
The club has had links with the school for over 20 years and, in particular, sponsors Sandbach Interact Club, based at the school. Rotary Interact clubs bring together young people aged 12-18 who want to connect with other young people and have fun while serving their community and gaining international understanding. It was explained that Rotary International is able to help facilitate projects with connections for visits and exchanges and give access to funds for international study.
Rotary Sandbach, together with the Rotary Club of Sandbach Crosses, also sponsors the RotaKids Club, which has similar aims as Interact, but is for children aged 7-11, at Elworth Hall Primary School. Some of the members of that group are transferring to the High School in September and are very keen to join the Interact Club. They are currently arranging a Zoom link to meet the older students.
What would probably have been the biggest event ever staged by Rotary Sandbach should have taken place in May 2020. The club was well on its way to raising £14,000 in order to pack 60,000 highly nutritious, dehydrated meals to be sent out to Africa and distributed in schools by the charity Rise Against Hunger. The largest group donation was made by students at Sandbach High School who had raised over £2,400. They, and some members of staff, were keen to help at the Meal Pack, to take place at the school. The event will be re-programmed as soon as possible after lockdown restrictions are eased.
Mrs Walton is no stranger to Rotary. In her previous position as Deputy Head, at Alsager School, she was involved in links with the Rotary Club of Alsager and their projects involving young people. She thanked the Rotarians for attending the meeting and said how thrilled she was to hear about the success of the Interact Club and the great community links that the school has.
David Barringer, President of Rotary Sandbach, thanked Mrs Walton for what he said had been a very positive and useful meeting. He offered continued support from the Club and looked forward to seeing the development of a number of projects as soon as that was possible.
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