Rotary Youth Programs in Wheatbelt Develop Future Leaders

E-WA Rotary Youth Plan 2019-20

The Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc.(“E-WA”) is a proud supporter of Rotary youth programs that develop young leaders.

Many of the school-aged young people in our Wheatbelt stakeholder communities will move away from home for education or work.  Access to Rotary youth programs such as the Rotary Program of Enrichment (known as “RYPEN”) a development seminar for 14-17 year olds, helps equip people for these changes.

RYPEN is just the first step in a Rotary program development path.

Rotary Youth Programs of Note

Rotary offers many youth programs that address developmental aspects at different life stages, including:

  1. Rotary Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a fancy title for a brilliant personal and leadership development seminar for young people aged 14-17.
  2. National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) provides a 12-day program for aspiring young scientists. Usually held in the January before Year 12.
  3. Youth Exchange (RYE)  creates the opportunity for young people to spend time abroad learning about another country, language and culture.
  4. Short-Term Youth Exchange (STEP) provides shorter version of overseas exchange.
  5. Rotaract is our organisation for young people aged 18-30.  Rotaract provides lots of practical hands on leadership and excellent self – development opportunities
  6. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is our acclaimed week-long intensive leadership development program for people aged 18-26.
  7. Youth Leadership Extension Advanced Program (RYLEAP) is a 4-day follow-up leadership program for RYLA graduates. Another good one!
  8. ConocoPhillips Science Experience provides an important 3-4 day science program for years 9-10.

Candidates Earn Placements

Young people who best suit these development programs will be good community members, willing to help others and work for their program places.  By way of example, Danika (Quairading) and Taliyah (Narembeen) fundraised for their school reading programs to earn their places on a 2019 RYPEN seminar.

Danika and Taliyah, selected to attend RYPEN in September 2019
Working to Succeed: Danika and Taliyah worked to earn their places at RYPEN by fundraising and swimming for their school reading programs

Club Traineeships

We are innovators and we’ve learnt from our ground-breaking 2018 Changemaker Traineeships. E-WA will continue to improve this concept in 2019-20, by providing two new club trainee roles supporting key aspects of our service delivery.

The club traineeships will focus on:

– Public relations and marketing
– One of our key club projects (ShelterBox is a likely placement)

Our Partners

We are grateful that partners have joined us in our quest to match and resource lots more good candidates with more development opportunities. We will continue to strengthen those relationships and seek to develop new ones.

Rotary youth programs are delivered and coordinated by dedicated teams attached to both Rotary districts in Western Australia. In keeping with tIhe unique positioning and role of our club, we will work with providers from both districts to deliver optimum outcomes for our stakeholders.

We will continue to seek opportunities to collaborate with Rotaract clubs and leaders.

Supported Rotary Youth Program Places

Subject to the availability of eligible candidates, we’re expecting to support:

  • 10 attendees at RYPEN
  • 2 club traineeships
  • 1 RYLA nominee
  • 1 RYLEAP nominee
  • 1 ConocoPhillips nominee
  • 1 NYSF nominee
  • Other clubs with RYE participants
  • other programs as demand and availability permit.

For More information

If you see yourself participating in one of these Rotary youth programs, please email us  at secretary at rotaryeclubwa.org.au (replace “at” with “@”).   We’ll be pleased to assist.

Kero O’Shea
Youth Director
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)
14 November 2019

Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading on 9 March 2019!

1 in 3 Australians have literacy skills low enough to make them vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion. Developing a love of reading in our kids can change that! We are partnering with Wheatbelt communities to help create a brighter future for country kids, but we need your support

About our Fundraiser

The Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading is a fun, annual event that brings together people of all ages to splash in the Bruce Rock Swimming Pool for a good cause. Funds raised support early childhood reading programs. Participating schools include Bruce Rock, Quairading and Narembeen. New schools are welcome to inquire via Swim Team Leader Jeff Anderson 0429 110 226. 

Participants can swim as much or as little as they like as it’s about getting wet and having a go – although some of the Wheatbelt young champions can’t resist a training opportunity!

Join us at the Bruce Rock Aquatic Centre

Saturday 9th March

Swim starts 1:30pm

Registration from 1pm

Free Entry

Sausage Sizzle $5

Note all children and young people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with authority to sign participation form.

Young people who participate in the Swim and fundraise for the reading programs that benefit early childhood students are eligible for selection for the Rotary personal and leadership program for 14-17 year olds (known as “RYPEN”) https://rotary9465.org.au/sitepage/new-generations/rotary-youth-program-of-enrichment

or the Rotary development program for 18- 26 year olds (RYLA) https://rotary9465.org.au/sitepage/new-generations/rotary-youth-leadership-awards-(ryla)

Swimmers:

Download a manual sponsorship form:

Set up an online fundraising page: https://www.chuffed.org/project/ewarotary-wheatbelt-love-reading-2019/signup

Supporters:

Sponsor an individual swimmer via their sponsorship form or make a general donation via our secure online fundraising page: https://www.chuffed.org/project/ewarotary-wheatbelt-love-reading-2019

About our Project:

Our online and offline fundraising supports reading programs in Wheatbelt schools. We partner with local schools and libraries to reward kids who meet reading goals with book vouchers. We also spread the message that reading, and storytelling is fun and important for ensuring the best outcomes in life. Schools who participate in the swim can earn bonus funds from Rotary on top of what they raise themselves.

We also run other online competitions during the year to reach the wider Wheatbelt and distribute grant funds from the Rotary Foundation to new participants. Last year, our Love of Reading Teacher Champion Award attracted video entries from schools and the champion teacher was Lauren Van Dongen from Narembeen. 

Lauren Van Dongen Wins Reading Teacher Championship!

Narembeen District High School’s Lauren Van Dongen was named Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion at the awards event held on 29 June 2018.

announcement of Lauren Van Dongen as Reading Teacher Champion for 2018
Lauren Van Dongen, our Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion for 2018

Tight Contest a Tribute to the Quality of Wheatbelt Teachers

 

Prizes

Award prizes will be in the form of book vouchers:

1st prize – $2000 ($1800 to school and $200 to the nominee)

2nd prize – $1000 ($900 to school and $100 to the nominee)

3rd prize -$500  ($450 to school and $50 to the nominee)

People’s Choice Award – $250 ($200 to school and $50 to the nominee)

The winners of the three major prizes will be ineligible for people’s choice awards.

[Stop press: the Rotary E-Club of Western Australia has provided two additional book voucher prizes of $100 ($50 to the school and $50 to the nominee) so that all school champions will receive a prize. ]

Judging Criteria

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers who:

  1. Convey a love of reading; and
  2. Improve the overall reading ability of their students.

by being creative, innovative and doing exceptional things.

People’s Choice Award

The people’s choice award(s) will be based on likes recorded against the primary upload of the entry video on YouTube, with counting of the *likes* to take place during the afternoon of 29 June.

For More Information

Contact Kero O’Shea (t) 0408 802 490 or (e) secretary at rotaryeclubwa.org.au

Kero O’Shea
Secretary
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)

 

Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards – Winners Announced on 29 June!

Excitement! The  announcement of the winners of our Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards happens this Friday, 29 June, at 7pm WST. Champion to be announced on Friday 29 June 2018

Join Us for the Big Event!

The Night of Nights is Friday 29 June

Join us on Zoom video this Friday, 29 June, at 7pm WST as we celebrate the culmination of our award competition with the announcement of our Champion and other award winners.

The six finalists went before the judges on Tuesday night to reflectively discuss their entry videos, filling in any gaps and enhancing their claims on the championship.

Prizes

Award prizes will be in the form of book vouchers:

1st prize – $2000 ($1800 to school and $200 to the nominee)

2nd prize – $1000 ($900 to school and $100 to the nominee)

3rd prize -$500  ($450 to school and $50 to the nominee)

People’s Choice Award – $250 ($200 to school and $50 to the nominee)

The winners of the three major prizes will be ineligible for people’s choice awards.

[Stop press: the Rotary E-Club of Western Australia has provided two additional book voucher prizes of $100 ($50 to the school and $50 to the nominee) so that all school champions will receive a prize. ]

Judging Criteria

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers who:

  1. Convey a love of reading; and
  2. Improve the overall reading ability of their students.

by being creative, innovative and doing exceptional things.

People’s Choice Award

The people’s choice award(s) will be based on likes recorded against the primary upload of the entry video on YouTube, with counting of the *likes* to take place during the afternoon of 29 June.

For More Information

Contact Kero O’Shea (t) 0408 802 490 or (e) secretary at rotaryeclubwa.org.au

Kero O’Shea
Secretary
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)

 

Rotary Wheatbelt Teacher Champion Awards – Vote in the People’s Choice Award for your School Video!

The people’s choice award is open for voting! To have your say our Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion.Award, check out the entry videos and *like* the story of your favourite champion(s)

love of reading header promoting voting

Links to the Entry Videos!

Bruce Rock: https://youtu.be/gaZb81o1Gq4

Narembeen: https://youtu.be/7Kl1g2vH5AU

Quairading: https://youtu.be/R5IP83q_V8k

Tammin: https://youtu.be/Cx-ylnsFWZU

Wagin: https://youtu.be/n3sVr7OyXe8

York: https://youtu.be/4XSjQMejvX0

Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards – People’s Choice Award Announced

Good news! Thanks to the very generous support of Margaret from Child Education Services, we have a people’s choice award prize of $250! See details under prizes below.header for the details of the teacher champion awards

You have until 25 May to nominate your Teacher Champion!  Do it now!  We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers in the WA Wheatbelt who are creative, innovative and do exceptional things to promote a love of reading and and improve the reading skills of their students.

Our major initiative in the Wheatbelt is the Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading project.  Our goal is simple. We want to encourage more kids to read more books more often, because we understand that reading – especially early in life – makes a real difference to learning outcomes later.

To help promote reading and recognize the great work being done in the WA Wheatbelt by schools and teachers to encourage reading and promote literacy development, we’re offering our Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards, with total prizes exceeding $3,500.

Entry for the awards will be in two stages:

  1. Nomination of the entrant by the school principal, with payment of a $5 nomination fee, by Friday 18 May 2018.
  2. Creation of a video for public posting on YouTube by the school to support the nomination on behalf of the award nominee.  The maximum length of the video is 3 minutes. The link to the video must be submitted by midnight on 8 June 2018

Prizes

Award prizes will be in the form of book vouchers:

1st prize – $2000 ($1800 to school and $200 to the nominee)

2nd prize – $1000 ($900 to school and $100 to the nominee)

3rd prize -$500  ($450 to school and $50 to the nominee)

People’s Choice Award – $250 ($200 to school and $50 to the nominee)  [amended 30 May]

The winners of the three major prizes will be ineligible for people’s choice awards.

Judging Criteria

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers who:

  1. Convey a love of reading; and
  2. Improve the overall reading ability of their students.

by being creative, innovative and doing exceptional things.

People’s Choice Award

The people’s choice award(s) will be based on likes recorded against the primary upload of the entry video on YouTube.

Entry Video

The school will create a video to tell the judging panel – and the world – why their nominee deserves to be selected as the Reading Teacher Champion.

The entry video must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Posted publicly on YouTube
  2. Must feature a standard title and video thumbnail as provided by the organisers
  3. Maximum length 3 minutes
  4. Privacy set to “public”
  5. Permissions from video participants for the use of their images and other  content in the video must be be obtained and retained by the nominating school.
  6. Link to the video must be submitted by midnight 8 June.

Timetable

Tuesday 1 May 2018 – Awards announced

Friday 18 May 2018  25 May 2018 (midnight) – Award nominations close [ closing date extended on 18 May 2018]

Friday 8 June 2018 (midnight)  – Closing date for posting of entry videos

Thursday 21 June 2018 (midnight) – Closing date for voting by judges on round one

Sunday 24 June 2018  – Finalists will be advised

Tuesday 26 June 2018  – 7pm – Finalists interviewed via Zoom videoconference

Wednesday 27 June 2018 (midnight)  – Voting by judges on finalists closes

Friday 29 June 2018 – 7pm – Prizewinners announced via Zoom videoconference

Award Nominations

There will be a $5 nomination fee (paid by buying the ticket) plus credit card fee . All nomination fees will go into a prize pool that will fund the people’s choice award(s).

School principals are invited to nominate a Love of Reading Teacher Champion candidate by going to https://www.trybooking.com/379291 and buying a ticket for the award announcement event.

Judging Panel

School principals who nominate a teacher for the awards will be asked to nominate a competition judge, who will vote in the two stages of judging.  The principal can self-nominate for the role of judge.

For More Information

Contact Kero O’Shea (t) 0408 802 490 or (e) secretary at rotaryeclubwa.org.au

Kero O’Shea
Secretary
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)

 

Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards – Nomination Date Extended to 25 May 2018

We understand that a few Wheatbelt schools may have received news of the awards belatedly. In the interests of a fair go and remembering that this is about celebrating those who champion reading, we’ve extended the nomination  date to 25 May 2018. See full details of the awards process below.

header for the details of the teacher champion awards
You have until 25 May to nominate your Teacher Champion! Do it now!

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers in the WA Wheatbelt who are creative, innovative and do exceptional things to promote a love of reading and and improve the reading skills of their students.

Our major initiative in the Wheatbelt is the Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading project.  Our goal is simple. We want to encourage more kids to read more books more often, because we understand that reading – especially early in life – makes a real difference to learning outcomes later.

To help promote reading and recognize the great work being done in the WA Wheatbelt by schools and teachers to encourage reading and promote literacy development, we’re offering our Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards, with total prizes exceeding $3,500.

Entry for the awards will be in two stages:

  1. Nomination of the entrant by the school principal, with payment of a $5 nomination fee, by Friday 18 May 2018.
  2. Creation of a video for public posting on YouTube by the school to support the nomination on behalf of the award nominee.  The maximum length of the video is 3 minutes. The link to the video must be submitted by midnight on 8 June 2018

Prizes

Award prizes will be in the form of book vouchers:

1st prize – $2000 ($1800 to school and $200 to the nominee)

2nd prize – $1000 ($900 to school and $100 to the nominee)

3rd prize -$500  ($450 to school and $50 to the nominee)

and at least one people’s choice award. There may be more than one, depending on the number of nominations received.

The winners of the three major prizes will be ineligible for people’s choice awards.

Judging Criteria

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers who:

  1. Convey a love of reading; and
  2. Improve the overall reading ability of their students.

by being creative, innovative and doing exceptional things.

People’s Choice Award

The people’s choice award(s) will be based on likes recorded against the primary upload of the entry video on YouTube.

Entry Video

The school will create a video to tell the judging panel – and the world – why their nominee deserves to be selected as the Reading Teacher Champion.

The entry video must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Posted publicly on YouTube
  2. Must feature a standard title and video thumbnail as provided by the organisers
  3. Maximum length 3 minutes
  4. Privacy set to “public”
  5. Permissions from video participants for the use of their images and other  content in the video must be be obtained and retained by the nominating school.
  6. Link to the video must be submitted by midnight 8 June.

Timetable

Tuesday 1 May 2018 – Awards announced

Friday 18 May 2018  25 May 2018 (midnight) – Award nominations close [ closing date extended on 18 May 2018]

Friday 8 June 2018 (midnight)  – Closing date for posting of entry videos

Thursday 21 June 2018 (midnight) – Closing date for voting by judges on round one

Sunday 24 June 2018  – Finalists will be advised

Tuesday 26 June 2018  – 7pm – Finalists interviewed via Zoom videoconference

Wednesday 27 June 2018 (midnight)  – Voting by judges on finalists closes

Friday 29 June 2018 – 7pm – Prizewinners announced via Zoom videoconference

Award Nominations

There will be a $5 nomination fee (paid by buying the ticket) plus credit card fee . All nomination fees will go into a prize pool that will fund the people’s choice award(s).

School principals are invited to nominate a Love of Reading Teacher Champion candidate by going to https://www.trybooking.com/379291 and buying a ticket for the award announcement event.

Judging Panel

School principals who nominate a teacher for the awards will be asked to nominate a competition judge, who will vote in the two stages of judging.  The principal can self-nominate for the role of judge.

For More Information

Contact Kero O’Shea (t) 0408 802 490 or (e) secretary at rotaryeclubwa.org.au

Kero O’Shea
Secretary
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)

 

Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards 2018

graphic promoting the Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion awards

    Recognizing outstanding teacher reading champions

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers in the WA Wheatbelt who are creative, innovative and do exceptional things to promote a love of reading and and improve the reading skills of their students.

Our major initiative in the Wheatbelt is the Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading project.  Our goal is simple. We want to encourage more kids to read more books more often, because we understand that reading – especially early in life – makes a real difference to learning outcomes later.

To help promote reading and recognize the great work being done in the WA Wheatbelt by schools and teachers to encourage reading and promote literacy development, we’re offering our Rotary Wheatbelt Love of Reading Teacher Champion Awards, with total prizes exceeding $3,500.

Entry for the awards will be in two stages:

  1. Nomination of the entrant by the school principal, with payment of a $5 nomination fee, by Friday 18 May 2018.
  2. Creation of a video for public posting on YouTube by the school to support the nomination on behalf of the award nominee.  The maximum length of the video is 3 minutes. The link to the video must be submitted by midnight on 8 June 2018

Prizes

Award prizes will be in the form of book vouchers:

1st prize – $2000 ($1800 to school and $200 to the nominee)

2nd prize – $1000 ($900 to school and $100 to the nominee)

3rd prize -$500  ($450 to school and $50 to the nominee)

and at least one people’s choice award. There may be more than one, depending on the number of nominations received.

The winners of the three major prizes will be ineligible for people’s choice awards.

Judging Criteria

We’re looking for outstanding and passionate teachers who:

  1. Convey a love of reading; and
  2. Improve the overall reading ability of their students.

by being creative, innovative and doing exceptional things.

People’s Choice Award

The people’s choice award(s) will be based on likes recorded against the primary upload of the entry video on YouTube.

Entry Video

The school will create a video to tell the judging panel – and the world – why their nominee deserves to be selected as the Reading Teacher Champion.

The entry video must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Posted publicly on YouTube
  2. Must feature a standard title and video thumbnail as provided by the organisers
  3. Maximum length 3 minutes
  4. Privacy set to “public”
  5. Permissions from video participants for the use of their images and other  content in the video must be be obtained and retained by the nominating school.
  6. Link to the video must be submitted by midnight 8 June.

Timetable

Tuesday 1 May 2018 – Awards announced

Friday 18 May 2018  25 May (midnight) – Award nominations close [ closing date extended on 18 May 2018]

Friday 8 June 2018 (midnight)  – Closing date for posting of entry videos

Thursday 21 June 2018 (midnight) – Closing date for voting by judges on round one

Sunday 24 June 2018  – Finalists will be advised

Tuesday 26 June 2018  – 7pm – Finalists interviewed via Zoom videoconference

Wednesday 27 June 2018 (midnight)  – Voting by judges on finalists closes

Friday 29 June 2018 – 7pm – Prizewinners announced via Zoom videoconference

Award Nominations

There will be a $5 nomination fee (paid by buying the ticket) plus credit card fee . All nomination fees will go into a prize pool that will fund the people’s choice award(s).

School principals are invited to nominate a Love of Reading Teacher Champion candidate by going to https://www.trybooking.com/379291 and buying a ticket for the award announcement event.

Judging Panel

School principals who nominate a teacher for the awards will be asked to nominate a competition judge, who will vote in the two stages of judging.  The principal can self-nominate for the role of judge.

For More Information

Contact Kero O’Shea (t) 0408 802 490 or (e) secretary at rotaryeclubwa.org.au

Kero O’Shea
Secretary
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia Inc. (“E-WA”)

 

Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading on 25 March 2018

swimmers completing laps
2017 swimmers in action!

We are thrilled that three Wheatbelt schools will again participate in the Rotary Swim for Reading at Bruce Rock Aquatic Centre on 25 March 2018. Quairading and Narembeen District High Schools will join Bruce Rock DHS at the swim for the second year running.

This year the Swim has been renamed as the “Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading” to help clarify the main purpose of the event. The Swim supports our Rotary Love of Reading program, which encourages young Wheatbelt children to read and be read to more, because they’ll develop better literacy skills that way.

The Swim will start at 10.30am on 25 March, with registration from 10am.

The Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading

The Rotary Wheatbelt Swim for Reading is a fundraising and community event for participating Wheatbelt schools. E-WA will provide reading grants to Narembeen and Quairading to top up swim fundraising by those schools. E-WA will continue to support Bruce Rock DHS by way of the successful Reading Rabbits and Reading for Life reading incentive programs, funds for which are raised via the annual Swim event. All three school communities will also have access to a number of RYPEN personal development programs (see below).

The Swim is a non-competitive event held to encourage participation by students and the community. The primary fundraising for the event is by way of sponsorship of swimmers.

Registration for the Swim on 25 March is from 10am, with swimming commencing at 10.30am. Entry will be FREE.

Incentives for Participants

Incentive #1 – Rotary Community Service Certificates

We will award Rotary Community Certificates to those who fund raise and participate in the Swim. These certificates will confirm that the recipient has supported their community and one of the participating schools by fundraising and taking part in the Swim. Community certificates are useful in many ways, including work experience and job applications.

Incentive #2– Places on RYPEN Rotary Personal Development & Leadership Programs for Young People Aged 14-17

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a popular leadership and personal development program for young people aged 14-17. As in 2017, we will book a number of places on the RYPEN program for those who excel in their efforts on behalf of the 2018 Swim.  RYPEN places are in demand because the program is enjoyable, challenging and helps participants achieve their potential.

The Swim RYPEN pack, which includes RYPEN information and an application form, can be downloaded here.

Support Your School – Sponsor a Swimmer

You can support reading program development at your preferred District High School by sponsoring a participating swimmer from that school’s community in the Swim on 25 March 2017. Download sponsorship forms via these links:

Sponsorship Form for Bruce Rock DHS swimmers
Sponsorship form for Narembeen DHS swimmers
Sponsorship form for Quairading DHS swimmers

You’re welcome to come and cheer the swimmers on, too. Spectator entry to the Swim will be FREE.

We’ll have a sausage sizzle to deal with those hunger pangs, too. Only $5 per serve!

Want to Find Out More?

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact:

Jeff Anderson – Swim Coordinator: 0429 110 226
or
Kero O’Shea – RYPEN Coordinator: 0408 802 490

Prepared by:

Kero O’Shea
Secretary
Rotary E-Club of Western Australia (“E-WA”)