Many Rotary projects aimed at the Youth of our district will be continued into 2020. They attract great interest and several are joint ventures with adjacent Clubs. Competitions such as Young Voices for ages 4-9, and Youth Speaks for the older 9-12 age group, are now annual favourites.
Our club also helps sixth form school leavers by providing Mock Job Interviews and personal guidance about how best to present themselves to potential employers. We also support a group of Rotarians known as the Three Thespians who tour both primary and secondary schools presenting poems and readings from literature to a professional standard.
Disadvantaged children are not forgotten either as we continue to organize special outings for them - Kids Out. This only scratches the surface of our Youth work, but it all helps to keep our members feeling much younger than we really are!
We also support young people from our locality who choose to explore the world. Just a few hundred pounds can make a huge difference not only to their enjoyment of such excursions but widen their knowledge and understanding of the world we live in.
On this page you will see some of the fantastic work that Rotarians are doing to support the lives of children & young people within our communities.
This project is a fantastic example of Rotarians from across the District joining forces to offer primary school children with personal challenges the chance to enjoy a day out at Creally Park near Exeter with the 2019 event being held on June 12th.
Pictures from this years event can bee seen in the picture gallery below
(please note that parental permission was granted to publish these photographs)
THE THREE THESPIANS
Late in 2017 Langport & Somerton Rotary Club was invited to take part in a Joint Initiative with Ilminster Rotary Club aimed at helping Secondary and Primary school pupils understand and interpret plays and poems on their English syllabus.
Kirsty Hughes and Owen Paterson began this project but recognised the benefit of including talent from Langport & Somerton as well. Roger Chadbourne joined them and so began a voluntary free-of-cost project which now covers much of South Somerset.
GCSE English students at Wadham School in Crewkerne have been treated to performance readings by The Three Thespians from the works of Shakespeare, other playrights and also eminent poets. First Schools including Huish Episcopi, St Barts, Hinton St George, Trull, Bishop Henderson and Greenfylde have also been motivated to enjoy a wide range of poems covering ages from 4 to 11.
At a time when school budgets have been slashed and teachers’ available time increasingly slashed, the two Rotary Clubs recognise the value and importance of this initiative. South Somerset Education Department’s Literacy Committee has also been promoting the service.
Have a look at the picture montage below to see what we get up to!
The Langport Arms