Our Vocational Service committee aims to use the wide range of vocational skills and experience amongst Anstruther rotarians for the benefit of the community - and particularly for young people.
We support a programme that provides dictionaries to Primary schools and we also arrange an inter-primary school quiz - both locally and at regional levels.
March 10th saw local primary schools battling it out for honours in the 2015 Rotary Primary School Quiz.
Seven schools took part in this local competition and, at the end of 'normal play', there was a tie. So a 'tie-breaker' was needed. After yet more excitement Pittenweem emerged victorious by a narrow margin and will now go on to compete in the Area final in St Andrews, which is scheduled for the 30th April.
Congratulations to all teams for very fine, impressive performances and our very best wishes to Pittenweem for the 30th.
The photograph below is of the Pittenweem team with, from left to right, Anstruther Rotary Club President Ian Brunton, Headteacher Mrs Paterson, Billie Howie, Megan Adamson, Alex Birrell, Amy Smith and Class Teacher Miss Brackenbury.
And from 2014 te winning team from Crail Primary School.
March 2013 saw four local schools competing in the ‘Anstruther Club Heat’ of the Rotary Primary School Quiz. Last years winners, Lundin Mill primary school hosted the competition and welcomed teams representing Elie, Lundin Mill, Pittenweem and St Monans to the quiz, which was compiled and presented by Mrs Gillian McLaren, a primary teacher in Buckhaven. The competition proved to be very close but, by a narrow margin, the winners were declared to be the pupils from Elie, who will now go on to compete in the Area Final in Dundee on 23rd May.
Winning teams from area finals then go on to the District Final – where teams from schools throughout the North and East of Scotland battle it out to decide the ultimate competition winner.
Rotary’s primary schools quiz has proved to be very popular and last year saw more than 550 schools from across Scotland taking part, with many pupils involved and with schools holding quizzes regularly in preparation. In the photograph below Anstruther Rotary Club president Roderick Skinner presents the trophy to the Elie team, with from left to right Mrs M Mackay, head teacher at Elie, Ethan Howley, Mungo Somerville, Jack Christie, and Digby Pratt. Many thanks to Lundin Mill for hosting the event and congratulations to Elie and, especially, to every one of the pupils who so ably took part.
And from 2012 the winning team was Fin Stewart, Lauren Donaldson, Harris Lopuden, Harry Blair and Amy Fowler pictured here with club president Derek Mathie, head teacher Mrs Urquhart and class teacher Mrs Thompson.
'Euroscola' is also an interesting opportunity that is supported by Anstruther Rotary and has proved to be extremely popular with the young people who have been selected to take part. It is a programme that has been supported over many years by Rotary throughout Scotland.
Euroscola provides for sixth-year secondary school pupils from European countries to visit the European Parliament and to take part in group work and presentations that involve working in French. This is an unique opportunity to both work with and to enjoy fellowship with young people from around Europe. 26 young people will again be selected to represent Scotland at the February 2012 Euroscola even in Strasbourg. Information for pupils is available here in a PDF document.
RYLA - Rotary young Leadership Award programme
President Roderick skinner presenting certificates to 2012 RYLA students Lois MacKay and Rebecca Forsyth from Waid Academy, who gave a most interesting talk to the club about their experiences.
Some pictures from the girls' RYLA 2012
And from the boys' RYLA 2011