Chiltern Hills Academy CHA), a Church of England school in Chesham, has launched its first Interact Club with the support of members from the Rotary Club of Chesham. The Interact Club is a service club for students aged 12-18 who want to develop their leadership skills and make a difference in their school and community.
The club was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, 9 May 2023, at a ceremony attended by the Chesham Rotary Club President Laurence Sharp, Assistant Treasurer Tony Eginton and members Peter Squire and Parveiz Aslam.
The newly formed Interact Club is the first in Chesham. The teacher who coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Sustainability for CHA Mr Sam Driscoll formed the club with the support and guidance of Rotarians, in particular Jeremy Wyman. The aim is to support Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants by linking them into the numerous volunteering opportunities the Chesham Rotary Club offers. It was decided by members at the inaugural meeting that elections for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer will take place in a couple of weeks after a period of hustings.
The Interact Club aims to carry out at least two service projects each year: one that benefits their local community and one that promotes international understanding. These projects are decided by students and over the coming weeks, members will establish their aims and set project goals. Mr Driscoll, said: “We are very proud of our students for taking this initiative and becoming the founding members of the CHA Interact Club. With the resilience, teamwork and leadership skills that both the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Interact Club seek to develop, our students will, through service, become a powerful force for the good of the local community in Chesham and beyond. We are grateful to the Rotary Club of Chesham for their guidance and support.”
Laurence Sharp, the Chesham Rotary Club President, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Interact Club at Chiltern Hills Academy. We believe that young people have a lot to offer and can make a positive impact in the world. We look forward to working with them and mentoring them along their journey.”
One member of the newly formed Interact Club said: “We are very excited to be part of this global network of young leaders who share a common vision of service above self. We hope that through our projects we can make a difference in our school and community and also learn more about other cultures and perspectives.”
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