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David Thomsit

Youth Service

David Thomsit

Rotary offers young people the opportunity to take part in many different competitions. Those who do take part enjoy a stimulating challenge and the results of their efforts are amazing. Our organises, with others, Rotary Young Photographer, Young Chef and Technology Tournament and Youth Speaks. If you are aged between 11 and 17 and would like to take part in one of these events please get in touch. If you are interested in a competition that we don’t run ourselves we shall try to put you in touch with a Rotary Club, which does.

With Covid-19 affecting all kinds of activities in the 2020/2021 Rotary year, we won’t be able to run some of our usual competitions. Normally we organise Rotary Young Chef and (with the support of the other two Rotary clubs in St Albans) Rotary Youth Speaks. Unfortunately this year we have had to cancel those events.

Rotary Young Photographer

This year we have a new local competition – Rotary Young Photographer. It will be run entirely digitally by the three Rotary clubs in St Albans and Harpenden. This is another competition where the winners in each of three age groups (7-11, 12-14, and 15-17 have the opportunity to progress to a national final. Three photographs on the subject “Wild Nature” together with a written narrative are required from each entrant. Interested? Get your information pack and entry form now from steve@slpotter.co.uk

Rotary Young Chef

RotaryYoung Chef involves cooking a healthy two-course meal for two people with a limited budget. It’s amazing what wonderful dishes are produced and we usually envy the judges, who are the only ones to taste them.

Rotary Youth Speaks

Rotary Youth Speaks is a 15 minute debate by a team of three about a subject of their choice and they have to answer a question from the audience about their topic Each team comprises a chairperson to introduce the team and manage the team’s performance, a proposer speaking for their chosen topic and an opposer presenting a contrary view. There are separate intermediate and senior group competitions based on the age of the competitors.

The winners of both Young Chef and Youth Speaks competitions at local club level are able to enter the next district round, whose winners again progress to regional level and if successful on to the national finals.

Rotary Technology Tournament

Rotary Technology Tournament is an all-day design and build competition held locally between teams of four in three year-group categories. The older teams have the same basic project but have to reach a more challenging level of technical achievement. Teams are entered by their schools’ design and technology teachers. The teams are told which tools they will need to bring with them to the tournament. They know they have to prepare a design portfolio and construct something that works and they know the time allowed for each part of the event.

We provide all the construction materials and the participants don’t get told what the project is until they get the instructions at their table. It’s a very busy, fun day.

The Technology Tournament is organised by the three Rotary clubs in St Albans and Harpenden. We hope that we shall be able to run the event as usual in March 2021 but it will depend on circumstances at the time. Contact your Technology Teacher to ee if your school is participating.



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