On Saturday 29 September, pupils from Campion were invited to open the Rotary District Youth Seminar at the Arden Hotel. These were pupils involved in a range of Rotary activities and were given the opportunity to explain what they had accomplished. The first pupil explained his involvement with Young Chef. He had been one of many in the first round, where entrants had to cook one dish in the cook-off. He had got through to the second round, where he had to cook a three course meal. Although he personally didn’t get through to the District final, one pupil from Campion did get through to the District final and then on to the Regional final. Our speaker was looking forward to competing again this year.
The next speaker was from the sixth form, where they have an Interact group. She explained how they had been raising funds for Amnesty International as well as raising awareness in regard of a range of political prisoners. They had also been raising funds in support of refugees.
The final group to present were representatives of our Rotakids, who were in Year 7 last year. They had been involved in many events, including organising a chocolate tombola to raise money for Rise Against Hunger, they had sung with the school choir at Myton Hospice at Christmas, they had created a butterfly mural for Myton Hospice and decorations for their summer fete. The Rotakids had entered an inter-school competition run by Midcounties Co-op called Plastic is not Fantastic and had got through to the finals. They have taken what they have learned and are now working with the eco-group at school to see what they can arrange to improve plastic recycling at school.
Campion staff, Julie Gardner and Steve Bolsover, who accompanied the pupils, explained some of the other Rotary events which the school had been involved with last year: packing food for Rise Against Hunger, collecting around 3000 items of food for local food banks and planting crocuses in many areas of the wider community across Sydenham for Purple4Polio. We have started raising money for the Purple Community Fund, which is one of the District Governor’s nominated charities.
The school uses Rotary as part of the volunteering strand of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. In recognition of the creative way in which the school offers young people the chance to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Trust have arranged for Campion to receive a visit from Prince Edward in October, where he will be able to find out about the various projects our students get involved with through the Award as well as how the school engages with our wider community. He will meet representatives from our school Rotary groups.
At the Youth Seminar, the District Governor, Gary Dancer, awarded each of the pupils a District Governor’s badge for their presentations and presented the school with a District Governor’s certificate for the work it was doing to support young people through Rotary.