Wednesday, January 20 was a red-letter day for Quilters Junior School – and for us. It saw President Ed Harrison present a cheque for £2,480 to the school’s RotaKids President as the final instalment to help them establish their ambitious and successful “Quiltonians“ radio station.
Having launched the thriving RotaKids Club at the school in November 2014, we initially donated £1,572 to help the station purchase the sound-desk needed for it to be set up. But the balance of the equipment required had been funded from school funds. This needed to be replaced since it was from the funds dedicated to books and learning materials.
On that basis we applied for a Rotary District Grant and, happily, it was agreed. Current District Youth Service Chairman and Past District Governor Peter Dowse, who had presented the RotaKids Club charter in 2014, attended the cheque hand-over at the school’s morning assembly and spoke about how District funds work.
The station records and broadcasts every two weeks with the help of a technician on loan from PhoenixFM. Each broadcast is approximately an hour long and a mix of stories, interviews, jokes and features compiled and recorded by the pupils. Major interviewees have been local MP, John Baron, snooker legend Steve Davies and Lauren & Lewis Platt (X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent finalists).
In our application for the grant, we stressed: “As the first chartered RotaKids club in our District, we should support its first major initiative. We want the club and the radio station to succeed and, having seen the enthusiasm of the Kids in recording and operating the station, we are convinced this is a very worthwhile cause which Rotary in our District should support.”
more Another Year passed and another Tea party to wlecome "Seniors" to meet their Quilters' Pen Pals.
more Buttsbury Junior School super RotaKids fundraising event – an exhibition of Dogged Determination – a series of sponsored relay races to raise money for their chosen charity for 2021-22, Guide Dogs For the Blind
more Investiture time for the new 2021-22 Buttsbury RotaKids
more Investiture time for the new 2021-22 Quilters RotaKids
more Quilters Pupils become Pen Pals to keep the elderly "in touch" over the Covid Pandemic
more Huge fundraising effort amply rewarded.
more Quilters Junior School RotaKids are celebrating, having just been recognised for the Dementia Friendly Schools award
more Quilters Junior Schools Pen Pal project helps meet the challenge of dementia
more Activities and successes of the Buttsbury RotaKids club.
more Activities and successes of the Quilters RotaKids club
more A special Zoom meeting to ensure this year's club officers are properly welcomed to the Rotary fold.
more Buttsbury RotaKids continue their leading role as a Dementia Friendly School
more A virtual investiture for a virtual world
more How the RotaKids school raised over £9200 from sponsored events
more Buttsbury RotaKids present their achievements on Zoom. including all the exciting things they’ve done, and the challenges faced. Despite the year and ability to carry out planned events being cut short by a third.
more The first Dementia Friendly Schools award from the Billericay Dementia Alliance goes to Buttsbury Junior School, the home of our second RotaKids Club.
more Buttsbury RotaKids have another busy and exciting year, despite the restrictions of Covid-19
more The new school year heralds the election by their fellow school children of new members for the Quilters and Buttsbury RotaKids clubs, and their investiture by Rotary Club President Ben Clarke.
more Each Year we host our two RotaKids Clubs at Quilters and Buttsbury Junior Schools so they can present their achievements. This was Buttsbury Junior School's presentation.
more Sponsored hula hoop challenge organised by the School’s RotaKids Club raises over £2400 for the RSPCA.
more Each Year we host our two RotaKids Clubs at Quilters and Buttsbury Junior Schools so they can present their achievements. This was Quilters' presentation.
more Children in all Primary Schools in the area including our RotaKids clubs worked on themes which conveyed pride in their local area, encouraged everyone to look after the environment and depict this in art form. That theme is “The Future is Bright".
more The Great Buttsbury Bake-Off raised over £1200 for Eric, eldest son of headteacher Lucy of Ciamanda School, Kenya. Eric who has leukaemia.
more RotaKids of Buttsbury Junior School sell red noses and dress up in pyjamas and onesies to raise money for Comic Relief
more A new school year and new members are invested in the Quilters and Buttsbury RotaKids clubs
more The start of a new tradition - both RotaKids clubs came to Rotary and presented their achievements to the whole club - to much applause
more The return of the school’s “Enterprise Day”. 30 minutes of competition to see which class in each year could raise the most money on their own initiatives from a £5 start to donate to charity.
more RotaKids raise money for RNIB on the theme of the Football World Cup, all on the day that England play their first match.
more Buttsbury’s Year 6 boys football team lost in the final com peting in District Rotary's first five-a-saide football competition.
more The money is all in - £4780.10 raised by the RotaKids Skipathon at Buttsbury Junior School. All to go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
more Buttsbury Junior School RotaKids supported their chosen charity (Great Ormond Street Hospital) by completing a sponsored skip.
more After support from our Rotary Club, District Grant helps Quilters Juniors start their dream outdoor Gallery and Classroom
more The new RotaKids team takes up the challenge for 2017-18.
more Since its formation in February this year, Buttsbury Junior School RotaKids club has had a very active and highly successful first five months.
more A full year of activities and fund-raising come to a very successful end
more No Let-up for the RotaKids as their major fundraiser enjoys beautiful weather.
more Stimulating creativity, imagination and learning with an outdoor learning centre and Art Gallery, all prodiced by teh children themselves
more The new RotaKids club of Buttsbury Junior School received its Charter.
more The first meeting of the Buttsbury Junior School RotaKids and President Mike gave each club member their membership badges and each club Officer their badges of office.
more Buttsbury Junior School will have a new RotaKIds club - our second in the town.
more The first meeting of the 2016-17 Quiltonians RotaKids at Quilters Junior School saw President Mike give each club member their membership badges and each Officer their badges of office.
more RotaKids end the year with a fund-raising event for the Meningitis charity.
more Quiltonians RotaKids have another busy and successful year.
more October saw the enrollment fo the new members of the Quiltonians RotaKids at Quilters Junior School
more A Quilters Junior School Assembly to celebrate the achievements of the 2014/15 Quiltonians RotaKids.
more RotaKids raise over Â£500 for Brain Tumour Research, AND, are visited by Lauren and Lewis Platt.
more QFM goes Live! New radio station pilot show is broadcast.
more The Club (and the Town's) first RotaKids Club is launched.
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