Working with Young People

Activities include Youth Competitions, Young Achievers, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Children Singing for Children and much more

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A Thoroughly Enjoyable Partnership!

Working with schools and uniformed groups is a firm tradition in Bicester Rotary Club and much fun and enjoyment has been had in this partnership, with Rotary offering opportunities to develop young people's skills and the young people supporting many of Rotary's projects.

Children Singing for Children

2012 was the fifth year that Bicester Rotary Club has held the very popular series of concerts where primary school choirs sing their own selection of songs to raise funds for other children less fortunate. Because of the growing popularity of these concerts they are now held over three nights to fit everyone in. Cooper School singers provide an interlude of music and songs before the massed choirs, under the musical directorship of David Hall from Cooper School, all join in the grand finale. This year's medley of popular old time favourite children's songs raised the roof, with the audience enthusiastically joining in for 3 encores of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. Read more

RIBI Young Rotary Competitions

RIBI runs a host of competitions aimed at celebrating the talents and achievements of young people. Having already participated in some, Bicester Rotary is looking to increase participation in these over the coming year.

Steven Courtney, Junior winner Ben Vickars RIBI Intermediate Runner up Two of our Young Photographer winners, Steven Courtney and Ben Vickars, were also winners in the Junior and Intermediate categories in the District 1090 competition and were finalists in the national competition. Ben Vickars was RIBI runner up in the Intermediate category. A fantastic result, especially as this was the first time the club had held the competition! Congratulations to all our talented youngsters. See slide show of winning entries

The Young Chef competition has also been held by the club, where the Young Chefs from the secondary schools are invited to prepare a healthy two course meal. Judging is done by two professional chefs in a 'cook-off' and the winner goes into the next round at District. Although not held last year, we look forward to holding them again in the future.

See previous Young Chef events

Bardwell Special School: Supporting Communication and Interaction

Bicester Rotary Club enjoy a very special relationship with Bardwell School. Three members are Governors of the school and others have spent time volunteering on various projects from helping to create the Sensory Garden to regular IT support. The school's successful application for Specialist School Status in Communication was supported by the club, with the help of a District Simplified Grant. Support in this area is ongoing as the provision develops despite spending cuts. Regular outings with the children and staff include an annual visit to the pantomime at Oxford Playhouse and in summer we join up with other clubs for Kids Out Day at Cotswold Wildlife Park. The school choir performs annually at Children Singing for Children. RIBI President John Minhinick visited the school to see the partnership work in December 2012.

Specialist School Status Pantomime visit 

Kids Out

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

A Rotary International programme for young people offering them a special opportunity to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving at the start of their careers. Laurren Davey, a nursing student and member of the Bicester Army Cadets was sponsored by Bicester Rotary club to attend the week long course organised by District 1090 for potential young leaders aged between 18 and 25. Held in the wonderful Welsh countryside near Lake Bala in the Snowdonia National Park with fully qualified instructors, it was another resounding success. See more pictures.....