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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 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.

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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 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”)

The Rotary Bruce Rock Swim – How We’re Fundraising

The Swim is on Soon!

The Rotary Bruce Rock Swim is less than three weeks away, and we’re busily fundraising for the event!

Proceeds from the Swim will go to Vital Wheatbelt Literacy Projects

The Swim proceeds will go to vital literacy development programs at Bruce Rock District High School, and earn matching literacy grants for Narembeen and Quairading District High Schools.

We have three important fundraising channels for the 2017 Swim.

Our Rotary Club Members are Leading the Way with Donations!

Our Rotary Club parks cars at the Perth Makers Market to raise funds for charitable and community projects across Western Australia and internationally.   The members have decided to dedicate a portion of these funds to top up the generous contribution made to Bruce Rock Swim fundraising by our charity, The Rotary Foundation. These member-generated funds will flow to all three schools participating in the Swim.

Three people playing up to the camera
Having fun while parking cars – Members Kate, Sandra & Kero.

Offline Fundraising is Underway!

You may have seen the swim posters and associated offline sponsorship forms being used by supporters of each participating school. These sponsorship forms are school-specific and funds raised via a particular form will go to the credit of the school named on that form.

Copies of the school sponsorship forms are available for download from:
1.  Sponsorship Form for Bruce Rock DHS swimmers
2.  Sponsorship form for Narembeen DHS swimmers
3.  Sponsorship form for Quairading DHS swimmers

Our Online Fundraising via Chuffed.org is Flying!

In addition to these forms, we’re operating a dedicated account on Chuffed.org to give the Swim the best possible chance to connect with potential supporters anywhere in the world. Chuffed is a very convenient and quick way to contribute, with special digital “thank you” items to those who donate more than $10.

The great news so far is  that our account on Chuffed.org has received donations of more than $300 in support of the Swim and associated literacy projects.

Want to Find Out More?

More about the Swim soon, but if you have any questions regarding the event, please contact:

Alison Lockwood – President: 0432 129 658
or
Kero O’Shea – Swim Coordinator: 0408 802 490

Prepared by:

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

Stay with Us – Enjoy the New Rotary Experience

Are you feeling a bit jaded about your Rotary involvement? Thinking of leaving? That’s not unusual at this time of year as busy people are faced with decisions about how to allocate their precious discretionary free time or what to spend their recreational budget on.

The big thing that’s often overlooked is that spending a bit of your free time volunteering for a good cause is good for your mental health. Yes! A positive Rotary Experience will make you happier and healthier! 

Rotary is also offering lots of different ways to participate. These include very time-efficient and low cost club models. 

So before you decide to go, look at all the options. You may be very pleasantly surprised.

 

 

It’s Official! E-WA Rotary Exists!

Last night Rotary District 9465 Governor Brian Eddy announced that he had approved the grant of provisional club status to our E-WA organising group. This is a HUGE vote of confidence and we thank District Governor Brian for the confidence he has shown in E-WA Rotary.

This is a major step on the path to charter for our E-WA team, who began formal and regular online video meetings in July. E-WA President Kero O’Shea noted the contribution made by all club members to the attainment of provisional status and thanked Assistant Governor John Dodman and District Governor Brian Eddy for their support during the process. Kero also thanked our sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Southern Districts, for recommending the grant of our provisional status.

Prior to formally applying for provisional status, E-WA asked Assistant Governor John Dodman to audit the group’s suitability for club status. AG John did so and reported that all was OK with the group’s development as a Rotary entity relative to the requirements for provisional club status.

DG Brian then gave our application very careful consideration, and the rest, as they say, is history….

Now we have the keys, it’s time to get busy!

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Image: Building for the future: Assistant Governor John Dodman helped E-WA achieve provisional club status.