School Breakfast Club

School Breakfast Club

Every Tuesday of the school term our Club provides breakfast to the little tackers at Newhaven Primary School. This image is an example of what our weekly task looks like: Snow is the ring-leader often winding the darlings up with bubbles, jokes or the offer of “poison-berry jam” which of course is a favourite (at least with the kids!) Yes, he has been hauled over the coals for misleading advertising but that is another story. Phil is the world champion of ‘paper-scissors-rock’ but is challenged for the title every time he shows his face. There is some serious contenders for the title and we look forward to his next visit to see if he can hold onto the crown for a bit longer. Wendy (on the right) is our “get out of trouble” guardian and reigns in the kiddies once we have wound them up a bit much and they start to get too cheeky for us to handle. Thank goodness for Wendy! Lastly we have Jan – a local that has adopted us and comes to help out every week. Jan keeps count on how many pieces of toast each one has had – ensuring there is enough to go around for all! There is a lot of research that tells us how important breakfast is and it is even more important for children. For this reason we are proud to support Newhaven Primary School in its efforts to ensure at least one day a week all children will have breakfast. If you would like more information about this vital program sponsored by our Club, contact...
Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Rotary Youth Exchange Australia provides an opportunity of a lifetime for young Australians aged between 15 & 18 to study abroad for up to one year. Becoming a full-time student of a different country and immersing them self in a new culture they experience first-hand a new way of life and in some instances another language. Our Club supports and facilitates Rotary Exchange Student program every few years. We are a small Club and have many projects and events that we engage in, and therefore we do not always have the capacity to deliver this program. The last student exchange student program that we implemented was in 2014. We will be exploring how and when we can run this again in the 2015-16 Rotary year. This is an amazing program and while it is a great deal of work for students to apply for the Exchange, and there are many hoops to jump through it is well worth it. As a Rotary Exchange Student you will have: An opportunity to develop your personal self confidence and maturity An opportunity to develop a lifetime of international friendships An opportunity to develop a real understanding of many different cultures An opportunity to develop new language skills An opportunity to develop a base for future education and career goals An opportunity to develop in many ways. Find out more about Rotary Youth Exchange program...
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment

RYPEN is an amazing opportunity for young people aged 14 – 17 years to attend a weekend residential camp designed to develop their potential, self-respect, confidence, leadership, and other life skills. Our Club has had students from local Colleges attend a RYPEN workshops. Year ten and eleven students, from schools across District 9820 attend the weekend long camp designed at developing their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. Its aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences, which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards. A program of thought provoking speakers, social situations and personal challenges is offered. It is an intense learning and social experience. The program is focused on activities that increase participants’ self-esteem and leadership skills as well as allowing opportunities for them to think about understanding themselves and how they relate to others. Parts of the program require the participants to become involved in outdoor sessions that require them to work as a group, as well as being individually challenged. The students attend one of our meetings afterwards and share what they experienced and how it has contributed to their personal development. RYPEN is a great program and we are always happy to support...
Model United Nations Assembly

Model United Nations Assembly

Our Club supported two teams (four students) from Newhaven College to attend and participate in the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) on the 23-24th May. These students represented Cuba and Nigeria. This required them to fully understand the country’s positions on the topics to be debated and act as representatives, fully clothed in costumes made by Dianne Barlow, Vicki Dingley and Pauline Brewster. How would you go if you were to accept the challenge that these talented and courageous students did? Here are the issues that were debated: Protection of Children in Armed Conflict Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty Protection of Global Climate for Present & Future Generations of Humankind Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab Population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their Natural Resources Security Council Resolution on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons The Situation in the South China Sea No trivial matters! The format for the Assembly mirrors exactly that of the United Nations and each country represented is expected to present and debate for and against each of the topics under the Rules of the UN. While “our students” did not get selected to continue this experience on to Canberra, they represented well. We sincerely congratulate them for the dedication and research that was required for this event and for giving it a good go! We look forward to their presentation of their experience to our Club in a few...
Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) is a community road safety initiative delivering practical road safety information targeting attitude and awareness of young drivers and passengers. The program is facilitated in partnership with Rotary, presented by professionals and supported by corporate sponsors. The Program about road safety is directed towards our young people as as they approach the period in their life when they start driving a car and ride as a passenger in a car driven by one of their peers. RYDA Australia is a not for profit organisation responsible for the delivery of quality evidence-based road safety education programs to young people. RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.  As part of an interactive one-day experience, students experience braking at different speeds, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.  Perhaps the most impactful moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival. In one session, students watch a powerful and emotional video on the life and tragic death of and 18 year old provisional driver and her best friend.  And in another, they sit with a crash survivor and hear first-hand how one poor choice can change a life forever. RYDA is designed for 16-18 year old students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers. At RYDA, students will: Identify risks of car travel (to young driver and passenger) including life-long consequences. Identify contributing factors to crashes and understand...
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