Youngsters receive Rotary awards

Rotary Awards at The Weald School, Billingshurst (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150206-182358008
Rotary Awards at The Weald School, Billingshurst (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150206-182358008

Head Teacher Peter Woodman, students, parents, teachers and Rotarians gathered at the Weald School on Tuesday 2nd June when District Governor, Doug Price, presented pupils with their awards for Rotary Competitions,with the current Rotary theme ‘Lighting Up the Community’.

In the Young Photographer Competition George Rendell had won the District Senior Section and went on to be Highly Recommended in the National Final.

His photographs were achieved by him sitting on a bench and using led lights to outline his body profile. Libby Morris won the District Intermediate Section with photos that included one of the Tower of London Poppies.

For the Young Writer Competition seven out of forty entries had gone forward to the District Final. Nicky Kemp won the District Intermediate Section with her piece relating to her support for Chestnut Tree House, and Isabella Stevens, whose subject was the Cats Protection League, was the Runner-up. Both pupils read their submissions to the gathering.

All four winners were presented with trophies and certificates, together with ‘King Pins’. These come in the form of a crown as inspired by Peter King, the current National President of Rotary International of Britain and Ireland. We were told that the King Pins would qualify for Jewellery Points on blazers.

Sally Catchpole presented Sandy Duck with a bouquet in recognition of all her help organising the competitions. Sandy congratulated the school for taking part in all the Rotary Competitions this year:- Youth Speaks; Young Chef; Young Photographer; Young Writer; Young Musician and Technology.

Doug, who was accompanied by his wife Rosemary, invited Nicky Kemp, aged 12, and her parents, to attend a District Dinner in Chichester, to mark the end of his year, and the end of District 1250 which will become part of a bigger District 1145. Nicky, who would like a career in writing, will be reading her article to the diners, a Young Chef Winner will be preparing a dish, and a Young Musician will be playing the harp.

Report contributed by Anthony Priestley. Pictures by Jon Rigby.