New Generations - PDG David Roberts
ROTARY IS HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Rotary Club of Hallett Cove has been busy providing opportunities for students at Hallett Cove School in the first part of this Rotary year.
In September, the Club organised and hosted 155 students from Year 10 to attend the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program. Made possible by a grant of $2,500 from Marion City Council, the day was heralded as a great success. Conducted at Flinders University, all involved felt that the program gave a powerful message to our young drivers about behaviour and attitudes on the road.
Also in September we were thrilled to hear that Nikki Pennifold had been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra in January. Competition to attend this prestigious two week program is fierce...well done Nikki! The club has generously sponsored Nikki to attend. She follows her brother, Sam, who went to NYSF in Perth in 2011.
During November the club presented the Rotary Encouragement Award (shield and $100) to Shiva Rouholfada, a refugee from Iran who arrived in Australia only 18 months ago. Imagine having to learn English from scratch, settling into a totally foreign culture, with some of your family still unable to leave Iran, and then performing brilliantly at her new school! Shiva is indeed the kind of student who merits a Rotary Encouragement Award.
Once again, in late November, some of the club members and honorary members spent two days at Hallett Cove School helping to assess Year 10 students who are required to make 20 minute presentations to a panel as part of their Year 10 final assessment. Rotary has been involved in this kind of work for many years now and it is a practical way of working cooperatively with the local school to help the staff, students and the community.