Youth Services

Programme for 2019/20

ROTARY CLUB OF RUSHDEN—making a difference

Youth Services Programme

of Activities and Competitions

for young people in Rushden and Higham Ferrers

Welcome to The Rotary Club of Rushden Youth Services programme. 

 

The Rotary Club of Rushden has worked with local schools over a number of years to establish a varied programme of competitions/activities for young people in Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

 

As always, the aim of Rotary Youth Services is to help young people discover and develop their own particular talents, grow their self-esteem and enjoy themselves in the process.  With this in mind, Rotary will again offer its popular longstanding activities, along with some exciting new competitions we would like to introduce. 

 

I look forward to your participation.

 

John Curson, President 

 July 2019

BE A SPONSORThe Rotary Club of Rushden would like to work with business and the local and community to deliver the Youth Services programme.   Please contact us to discuss how you can be part of the Rotary Youth programme by becoming a sponsor.

 

 
 
 


Chairman of Youth Services:   Barbara Jenney                                  Tel:  01933 357565 or 07791 560499

Email: barbara.jenney@yahoo.com

YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAMME  2019–20

(details correct as at July 2019)

Age ranges

Where appropriate, there are three age categories, with ages taken on 30 August 2019.

Junior               Aged 7-10 years   (born between 01/09/2008 and 31/08/2012)
Intermediate  Aged 11-13 years (born between 01/09/2005 and 31/08/2009)
Senior              Aged 14-17 years (born between 01/09/2001 and 31/08/2005)

SCHOOLS QUIZ                                                                                                     (Yr 6 students)

One of our most popular and hotly-contested annual events, it was introduced into the national Rotary programme by the Rushden Club.

Aimed specifically at Year 6 pupils, this competition promotes friendly rivalry between schools.  Teams of four, representing their individual schools, will face questions on subjects ranging from Maths, History, English, Sport, General Knowledge and Science amongst others.  The questions will all set by an educational professional independent of the Rotary Club and the participating junior schools. 

Award:   Each team, team member and school will receive a certificate.   The overall winning team with the highest score will be presented with the Harry Cockburn Memorial Cup, which the school will hold for one year.

Deadline for registration:  29 November 2019

Date of Quiz:                         Tuesday 10 March 2020

Venue:                                   Rushden Academy, Hayway, Rushden (tbc)

Time:                                      Doors opening at 6.00pm for a prompt start at 6.30pm.

 YOUNG ARTIST                                                                                                  (Junior schools)

Open to all junior schools in Rushden and Higham Ferrers, this popular competition attracts a good number of entries.  It aims to provide an opportunity for participants to express their ideas through any artistic medium using their artistic skill, imagination and creativity in keeping with the set theme.

An independent adjudicator appointed by the Rotary Club of Rushden will judge all the entries and select winning entries from each school (First, Second and Third) as well as an overall winner from all the entries.

If possible, we intend to arrange a public exhibition of the winning entries to be held at a venue to be arranged.  In previous years, this has been in Rushden Hall as part of Party in the Park so as to allow as great a number of visitors as possible to view the artwork.

Criteria:           The overall theme for this year is ‘Through My Eyes’ which may be interpreted by the individual.  Pictures can be up to A3 size and in any choice of media other than photography.

Age Group:     6-11 years

Award:            Certificates and prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning entries from each school plus the overall winner.

Deadline for registration:    29 November 2019

Deadline for submissions:   w/c 1 June 2020

Date of Exhibition:                 Saturday 11 July 2020 (date of Party in the Park in Hall Park, Rushden) tbc

YOUNG MUSICIAN                                                                        (Junior and senior schools)

The Young Musician competition provides a showcase for local young talent.   It is open to young people from the ages of 7 to 17 years, organised into Junior (7-10 yrs), Intermediate (11-13 yrs) and Senior (14-17 yrs) categories for vocal and instrumental performance.

Due to the timing, this is a local competition only and there is no longer an opportunity to progress through to the regional/national heats.

Award:             Each individual entrants, groups and schools will receive a certificate.

 An overall winner (group or individual performance) adjudged to have captured the spirit of Young Musician will be presented with the Pauline Longland Memorial Trophy.

Age Categories:                     Junior (7-10 yrs) / Intermediate (11-13 yrs) / Senior (14-17 yrs)

Instrumental Categories:     Solo / Ensemble (2-5 people) / Groups

Vocal Categories:                   Solo / Ensemble (2-5 people) / Choirs

Deadline for registration:   29 November 2019

Performance Date:               Tuesday 31 March 2020

Venue:                                       Baptist Church, Park Road, Rushden (tbc)

Time:                                          Doors open at 6.00pm for a prompt start at 6.30pm. 

      Rehearsal rooms will be available on the night.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER                  New for 2019                     (Junior and senior schools)

The Young Photographer competition is designed to showcase photography as an art form and celebrate the skills of local young people.   It is open to young people from the ages of 7 to 17 years, organised into Junior (7-10 yrs), Intermediate (11-13 yrs) and Senior (14-17 yrs) groups for vocal and instrumental performance.

Criteria:            Entries of 3 photographs, taken digitally, based on the theme ‘Beauty of Nature’.  Photographs will be judged on technical merit and the imaginative interpretation of the theme.

Award:            Certificates and prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning entries from each age group.

The winner of each age group will progress to the District heat in March 2020. District round judging and awards at Leicester De Montfort University will take place in June 2020 (date to be advised).

Age Categories:                     Junior (7-10 yrs) / Intermediate (11-13 yrs) / Senior (14-17 yrs)

Deadline for registration:   29 November 2019

Deadline for submissions:   31 January 2020

YOUNG WRITER                                                                                                 (Junior schools)

Open to all school children aged 7 to 17, this competition is designed to encourage the talent of creative writing. 

The overall theme of ‘Connections’ may be interpreted by the individual.  Entries, in poetry form or a story or prose of not more than 500 words submitted either typed or hand-written on A4 pages, will be organised into Junior, Intermediate and Senior age groups and judged by an independent adjudicator appointed by the Rotary Club on imagination relative to the subject, ability to engage interest and to be consistent in the power of argument.

A public exhibition of the winning entries will be held at a venue to be arranged.  In previous years, this has been in Rushden Hall as part of Party in the Park so as to allow a large number of visitors as possible to view the artwork.

Criteria:           The overall theme for this year is ‘Connections’ which may be interpreted by the individual.  Entries can be in poetry form or a story or prose of not more than 500 words submitted either typed or hand-written on A4 pages.   

Award:            Certificates and prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning entries from each school plus the overall winner.

Age Categories:                     Junior (7-10 yrs) / Intermediate (11-13 yrs) / Senior (14-17 yrs)

Deadline for registration:    29 November 2019

Deadline for submissions:   w/c 1 June 2020

Date of Exhibition:                 Saturday 11 July 2020 (date of Party in the Park in Hall Park, Rushden) tbc

COMBINED YOUTH CONCERT                                                                            (Junior and senior schools)

Back for the third time, the Combined Schools Concert  is now an established part of the programme.   Although the Concert is now retitled the ‘Combined Youth Concert’, it is still primarily to showcase school choirs and musical groups, but we hope this change will allow the Concert to be opened up to other youth groups and organisations who may like to take part.

 
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The Concert again provided the opening to  ‘Celebrate Rushden’ Week in 2019 organised by Rushden Town Council.   It was thoroughly enjoyed by the participants and audience alike.

Separate to the Rotary Young Musician competition, the Concert provides an opportunity for choirs and instrumental groups to perform on the sound stage in the Walled Garden in an entirely non-competitive situation. 

Each choir/group is able to rehearse independently up to the date of the concert.  On the day,  participants are asked to arrive at 2pm for joint rehearsals prior to the concert starting at 4pm.

Performance:               Each choir/group performs individually before combining for a massed finale.

Deadline for registration:   29 November 2019

Performance Date:               Saturday 6 June 2020 (tbc)

Venue:                                       Walled Garden, Hall Park, Rushden

Time:                                         Doors open at 2.00pm for combined rehearsals. 

    Concert starts at 4pm and finishes about 6pm.

USBORNE’S DICTIONARY 4 LIFE                                                                (Yr 3 or Yr 6 students)

Rotary Club of Rushden is pleased to continue to provide an illustrated copy of the Usborne Dictionary 4 Life to each Year 3/Year 6 pupil as appropriate (a token contribution of £1.50 per copy is requested).    For Yr 6 students, this is normally presented at the end of the school year and we hope provides a useful reference tool as children move to the next stage of their education.   Details of the content are given below.

The Usborne Illustrated UK Standard edition Dictionary 4 Life comprises 1000 illustrations, 10,000 entries and 20,000 definitions printed in full colour on leaflet grade paper from a sustainable forest and contains 288 pages. Dimensions 170mm x 240mm. Weight 1 .2kg.

It has a user’s guide, parts of speech, writing English hints, English Today and a history of our language and recommended web sites. It includes the vocabulary of the Internet age.  All the ‘rude’ words have been removed from the dictionary.

  

Deadline for orders:       29 November 2019

Contribution:                    A token contribution of £1.50 per copy is requested payable with the order

 

Other activities

YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALIST            New for 2019                     (Junior and senior schools)

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This new contest is looking for people who care about the planet.  We are looking for projects that provide a unique solution to environmental problems and change how we look at waste.  Entry can be as a team or as an individual.

Submissions should be in project form and must show your ingenious way of addressing the challenge of waste minimisation.  Projects will go through a local stage first, followed by the district heats and then, if chosen, on to the national final.

The competition is open to environmentalists aged between 7 and 17 yrs.

There are three stages to the competition, each designed to support and encourage the development of environmental skills. Some stages may have more than one round.

Aims and Objectives                                                                                     

The competition aims to encourage young people to:

·           interact with the environment

·           address serious environmental issues

·           develop and explore solutions to the issues

·           explore, investigate, research and undertake an environmental sustainability project

 

Who can take part?

The competition is open to all schools and college communities and those who are home educated, along with any other young peoples’ community organisations, for example, community RotaKids, community Interact, Scout Groups, Girl Guides.

 

There are three age groups:

Junior                        7 to 10 years old

Intermediate         11 to 13 years old

Senior                     14 to 17 years old

 

Entrants must not exceed the upper age parameter for each group on 31 August 2019.

 

With the age qualifying date of 31st August 2019, it should be noted that some junior entrants may be 11, intermediate entrants may be 14 and some senior entrants may be 18 at the time of some or all the stage competitions i.e. a competitor who may be 17 on 31st August but turns 18 on 1st September is allowed to enter.

 

Competitors must include their age on the application form.

Students should enter the competition organised by the local Rotary club through their respective group, as detailed above.

Competitors, schools, colleges, and organisations may participate in competitions organised by a Rotary club or district outside of their geographical boundary but may compete in only one club/district event.

 

Competition categories

There are two categories in the competition;

·         Individual entry open to all categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.

·        Group entry (maximum of four participants) open to Junior and Intermediate categories only

Download Competition information pack here

and

Download competition entry form here

 

The Young Environmentalist competition provides a showcase for local young talent.   It is open to young people from the ages of 7 to 17 years, organised into Junior (7-10 yrs), Intermediate (11-13 yrs) and Senior (14-17 yrs) groups for vocal and instrumental performance.

To allow greater involvement with schools in Rushden ad Higham Ferrers, this is a local competition only and there is no opportunity to progress through to the regional/national heats.

Award:             Each individual entrants, groups and schools will receive a certificate.

 An overall winner (group or individual performance) adjudged to have captured the spirit of Young Musician will be presented with the Pauline Longland Memorial Trophy.

Age Categories:                     Junior (7-10 yrs) / Intermediate (11-13 yrs) / Senior (14-17 yrs)

Deadline for registration:   29 November 2019

Performance Date:               Tuesday 31 March 2020

Venue:                                       Baptist Church, Park Road, Rushden (tbc)

Time:                                          Doors open at 6.00pm for a prompt start at 6.30pm. 

      Rehearsal rooms will be available on the night.

 

 

Prison Me! No-Way!                                                                               (Senior schools)

Rotary Club of Rushden has pioneered this Crime & Safety Awareness Day at Rushden Academy as funds have permitted.  We are pleased to be able to offer this again in 2020.

 

Prison Me! No Way! provides a Crime and Safety Awareness Day that leaves a great impression on pupils.  It is hard-hitting, innovative, interactive and thought-provoking.

Prison Me! No Way!  is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime.  Their multi-agency crime and safety awareness days include high impact workshops, role plays, drama, and even entertainment. Topics covered include:

 

Antisocial behaviour             Knife crime                 Mock-up of a prison cell

Drug Awareness                    CEOP                           Choices

Volunteer staff from the Prison service work in conjunction with important partner agencies to deliver a wide range of workshops such as:  tagging, Fire, Police, Magistrates, St John’s, Victim Support.

Not only does the day dispel any myths about prison life and criminality it also gives students the right information for them to make an informed choice when confronted with difficult decisions as they go through an ever increasingly complicated period of their lives. These days encourage participants to respect the value of their freedom while experiencing first-hand the restrictive regimes of a real day in the life of an offender.

Although the benefits to students taking part is very evident, inevitably the cost of hosting such an event is high (£3000 in 2018).  Rotary Club of Rushden can therefore only provide this Crime & Safety Awareness Day as funds permit.

 
 


How we fund the programme

The Rotary Club of Rushden endeavours to offer a wide-ranging Youth Services programme.  This is in addition to the Club’s other activities.  Delivery is very much dependent on Rotarian’s own fundraising efforts and through any sponsorship and donations we are able to achieve from local businesses and individuals.  Parts of the programme, such as the Crime & Safety Awareness Day, can only be provided as and when funds permit.

If you would like to support the work of Rotary Club of Rushden then please contact the Chairman of the Youth Services Committee Barbara Jenney (email barbara.jenney@yahoo.com) or the Club Treasurer Mark Darnell (email mark.darnell@homeinstead.co.uk)



 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                

 


 


 



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