David Thomsit

Youth Service

David Thomsit

Youth Service provides opportunities for young people to develop their skills.

Rotary Technology Tournament

The Rotary Technology Tournament is a design and construction competition set by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland for teams of 4 in three age-related categories. Local Rotary clubs arrange their separate events. The teams arrive with the tools they have been told to bring and are given various construction materials, batteries, an electric motor and the task instructions. There is an embargo until July 2019 on the nature of the challenge, because many local events have not been held yet. We mustn’t let the cat out of the bag just yet but watch this space!

21 teams of 4 from Heathlands School, Marlborough Science Academy, Roundwood Park School, St Albans High School for Girls, Sir John Lawes School and Townsend Church of England School entered our competition this year. It was our 20th tournament organised jointly with the other two clubs in St Albans and Rotary in Harpenden.

The Foundation category (12 teams) was won with by St Albans High; 2nd were Sir John Lawes and 3rd were Roundwood Park.

The Winners of the Intermediate category (6 teams) were Roundwood Park; 2nd were St Albans High and 3rd were Marlborough, who only just got beaten into 3rd place.

In the Advanced category (3 teams) the winners were Marlborough and 2nd place went to Roundwood Park.

It was an enjoyable day and a wonderful demonstration of the skills of young people.

Rotary Young Chef Competition

Our Rotary Young Chef Competition was held this year on Wednesday 14th November at Oaklands College. The winner was Amanda Garcia-Ghuran of St Albans High School for Girls. Congratulations to Amanda who will now go on to represent St Albans in this National Competiti0n in February.

Participation for Rotary Young Chef invited from all St Albans Secondary Schools. Contestants have the task of preparing a two course meal for two people. Three professional chefs are the judges. The competition is the first stage in a National competition that proceeds through four stages to a final. If your school is interested in participating in the 2019 event on Wednesday 20th November you can apply direct to n.harris2@ntlworld.com

Rotary Youth Speaks 2018/2019

Rotary Youth Speaks is a well-established and successful competition organised as a four-stage competition designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills.

There are two age groups, Intermediate 11-13 years and Senior 14-17 as at 31/8/18. The team members take one of three roles: chairperson, speaker and the proposer of the vote of thanks. They are each allocated a specific time in which to perform their part and the main speaker has to answer a question from the audience.

The St Albans Round of this years competition on 27th November All the teams were impressive, speaking with passion about their topics. They had clearly worked hard. In the St Albans round, the Intermediate winners were Wissal El Amrouchi, Leah Salman and Sabrina Choudhury from St Albans Girls’ School speaking about “Why Refugees Should be Accepted into Western countries.

The Senior winners were Lara Collis, Samuel Vosper and Charlotte Frankl from Sandringham School, speaking about “Disney’s Domination”

All those taking part were presented with a participation certificate and the winners were also awarded a trophy for each of them and one for their schools.

The event was held at St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, where the Vicar was one of the three judges. At the start he told the teams that he had been a competitor in Rotary Youth Speaks 35 years ago, so he knew how they felt. Congratulating all the competitors at the end he commented that we don’t know what their careers will be in the future - they may even be preachers or politicians. He said, ”Your voices are not voices for the future, they are voices for NOW – make them heard.”

The 2019 event will take place on Tuesday 26th November

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

We seek young people every year that could benefit from our sponsorship to attend RYLA, a weekend of outdoor teamwork and leadership exercises.

More details of these activities can be found in other areas of this website



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