Entries for the junior category of the Harpenden heat of Rotary's national Young Photographer award 2019/2020 were strong. The theme for the competition was "Through my eyes". Entrants could interpret the theme however they wished.
Lauren Murray's winning entry was "Queenie 1". The judge commented: A beautifully sharp well composed image. Detail in the eye is very clear. Your description helps understanding of how well you have adhered to the brief -- "Through My Eyes" . Being down at chicken level has clearly produced a different image from that which the casual observer would see. Well done!
This is Lauren's second win in a Harpenden heat!
Thanks to a Rotary Matching Grant pupils at High Beeches Primary School now have 200 new books to enjoy.
Keen to improve the stock of reading material, the Friends of High Beeches School contributed £700 to which a Rotary District Grant added a matching £700.
Pictured handing the school’s Kat Jackson the cheque for £1,400 is Rotary in Harpenden President David Nye.
The national Rotary Youth Speaks competition, which for many years has given youngsters experience in publlc speaking, has changed its format. Instead of speaking on a topic of their choice the teams now debate the subject.
For the Harpenden heat the change stimulated an increase in the number of teams competing and the size of the audience. The organisers, Rotary in Harpenden, were forced at short notice to locate to a bigger venue and were fortunate in finding Aldwickbury Park Golf Club available.
A total of 30 students, making up 10 teams, performed before an 80-strong audience. The debates were adjudicated by two experienced toastmasters from Hertfordshire Speakers.
Aldwickbury School saw off competition from eight teams from four other schools to lift the Intermediate cup. Their topic was ‘This House is proud to be British.’ The sole Senior team, Roundwood Park, debated ‘Life is not a competition.’ Both winning teams now go forward to the District Finals.
In presenting the cups David Nye, Rotary in Harpenden President, congratulated all the contenders. ‘You are all winners,’ he said, ‘having gained invaluable public speaking skills that will stand you in good stead for life.’
Sixty-seven final year students from St George’s, Roundwood Park and Sir John Lawes schools were given the benefit of ‘mock interviews’ to prepare them for the real thing when seeking university places or employment.
Each was given a 20-minute interview by a pair of Rotary in Harpenden members, drawing on their own experiences. The interview concluded with a 10-minute review, with hints on improving the student’s performance.
The mock interviews drew appreciative comments from the schools:
“We are so grateful to Rotary in Harpenden members for running these interviews. They are invaluable to our work supporting students.”
“All the students I have spoken to thoroughly appreciated the experience and are really grateful for the opportunity.”
“Thanks to all your members. These opportunities are so valuable for our students.”
Our interviewers were just as impressed with the interviewees. One commented: ‘They are a credit to their schools, which should be heartily applauded for producing such wonderful ambassadors.’
Rotary in Harpenden is a charity that runs community events in Harpenden and surrounding villages, with help from Rotary Club members and others. Nine regular events are pictured below. For more details click on any picture, or on "Events and Activities" in the menu above.