Our Vocational Service committee aims to use the wide range of vocational skills and experience amongst Anstruther rotarians for the benefit of the community - and particularly for young people.
We support a programme that provides dictionaries to Primary schools and we also arrange an inter-primary school quiz - both locally and at regional levels.
Wednesday 13th March 2013 saw four local schools competing in this year’s ‘Anstruther Club Heat’ of the Rotary Primary School Quiz. Last years winners, Lundin Mill primary school hosted the competition and welcomed teams representing Elie, Lundin Mill, Pittenweem and St Monans to the quiz, which was compiled and presented by Mrs Gillian McLaren, a primary teacher in Buckhaven. The competition proved to be very close but, by a narrow margin, the winners were declared to be the pupils from Elie, who will now go on to compete in the Area Final in Dundee on 23rd May.
Winning teams from area finals then go on to the District Final – where teams from schools throughout the North and East of Scotland battle it out to decide the ultimate competition winner.
Rotary’s primary schools quiz has proved to be very popular and last year saw more than 550 schools from across Scotland taking part, with many pupils involved and with schools holding quizzes regularly in preparation. In the photograph below Anstruther Rotary Club president Roderick Skinner presents the trophy to the Elie team, with from left to right Mrs M Mackay, head teacher at Elie, Ethan Howley, Mungo Somerville, Jack Christie, and Digby Pratt. Many thanks to Lundin Mill for hosting the event and congratulations to Elie and, especially, to every one of the pupils who so ably took part.
And from 2012 the winning team was Fin Stewart, Lauren Donaldson, Harris Lopuden, Harry Blair and Amy Fowler pictured here with club president Derek Mathie, head teacher Mrs Urquhart and class teacher Mrs Thompson.
Also pictured from 2011 we see the enthusiastic winning team from Elie Primary School.
We sponsor an inter-house debate at Waid Academy and hope that this might for the future also be promoted and extended to become an inter-schools debate.
One Rotary programme that we think is very valuable in helping develop real skills in young people is RYLA - the Rotary Youth Leadership Award - see 2011 blogs here. We work closely with Waid Academy and are extremely happy to be able to provide funding and support for two local young people to take part in this each year.
'Euroscola' is also an interesting opportunity that is supported by Anstruther Rotary and has proved to be extremely popular with the young people who have been selected to take part. It is a programme that has been supported over many years by Rotary throughout Scotland.
Euroscola provides for sixth-year secondary school pupils from European countries to visit the European Parliament and to take part in group work and presentations that involve working in French. This is an unique opportunity to both work with and to enjoy fellowship with young people from around Europe. 26 young people will again be selected to represent Scotland at the February 2012 Euroscola even in Strasbourg. Information for pupils is available here in a PDF document.
RYLA - Rotary young Leadership Award programme
President Roderick skinner presenting certificates to 2012 RYLA students Lois MacKay and Rebecca Forsyth from Waid Academy, who gave a most interesting talk to the club about their experiences.
Some pictures from the girls' RYLA 2012
And from the boys' RYLA 2011