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Warriner Practice Interviews 2017

The final part of the Practice Interview Programme (PIP) conducted by Club this year was concluded on Wednesdays 5th July when 5 students from the Warriner School were interviewed for a second time as part of the competition to find the student who most impressed.  All 5 students were worthy of their second interview, and each performed well.

In the end the 3 interviewers (Ashley and Rosemary Bedding, and Nigel Randall) easily agreed that Bethany Parish came across as the most impressive student, mainly because she showed that she was able to take full part in her school education whilst following her love of both stage and technical aspects of the theatre in school and AmDram productions, girl guiding and maintaining a social life whilst at the same time juggling her complex young carer duties for her single mum (who had mental and physical difficulties) and younger brother. In addition, she was already discussing with Oxford Brookes how she could study for a future career in the theatre whilst fulfilling her carer responsibilities. It was a very humbling experience speaking to her, more especially as she was only 15 years old.

My thanks go to all Rotarians and Friends of Club who volunteer to conduct the PIP interviews at BGN and the Warriner each year, and without whom this scheme would not be possible.  Older Club members may recall that the late Rotarian John Meeres imported PIP from his previous Club ‘up North’ over 12 years ago. Below is a recent email from the Careers Leader at the Warriner that will hopefully endorse why the programme remains so important:

Nigel,

I would like to formally thank you and your colleagues for your valuable contribution to the careers education of our new Year 11 students. The interviews are the final careers activity of the year, following work experience and an enrichment day, and I have received a resounding positive feedback from all students which I would like to pass on to you. 

Students commented that your team made them feel at ease and that they have developed a greater understanding about the purpose of an interview. This education is invaluable in terms of developing the confidence of young people to progress in the big wide world. Many students admitted to feeling very proud of themselves at have conducted themselves well and really appreciated the verbal and written feedback that was sensitively given. The certificates were well received and I don’t think we should underestimate their value either as there was a palpable sense of pride as students received them.

I framed the certificates for the finalists and these students gained a lot of respect from their peers who were pleasantly surprised that it was not ‘the expected’ finalists and that the ultimate winner was perhaps in their eyes now someone who has risen significantly in the whole school’s estimation.  Bethany burst in to tears when accepting the news she had won and if you and your colleagues look on the Warriner Facebook page for will see (as well as pictures) that the comments from her relatives are a pleasure to read. Her personal confidence will no doubt have received a significant boost. She no doubt has a fantastic future awaiting her.

Finally, my apologies for the Mock exams inconvenience: no one was more disappointed than myself at the problems it caused but thank you for the flexibility and patience demonstrated by your magnificent team. Your work is much appreciated by students, the wider Warriner community and myself. 

Yours sincerely, Nigel Smith, Careers Leader

Hands Across the Water


Rotarians from across the water shake hands.

Banbury Rotarians Fred and John, and our visitor Rotarian Don Healey from Indianapolis, USA who came to our recent club meeting during his recent visit to his relations in Brackley.

Don sent us a significant contribution to our “End Polio Now” concerts campaign that was held in the spring this year.

He was welcomed by Fred who organised the concerts and John who received his contribution on behalf of the club, and was heartily thanked for his donation.

Don said he always considered Banbury to be his second home due to his family connections and knew he was amongst friends when he came to see us as he loved the fellowship he found in Rotary especially from Banbury folk.

A Night at the Musicals


“A Night at the Musicals”

featuring West End performers Simon Adkins & Alison Dormer

Saturday 8th July

7.30pm Tudor Hall School

Tickets  £10

Raising funds for

Banbury Rotary’s Sierra Leone Education Projects
&
Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign

To book tickets click here for the Ticket Ordering Page

Party for the Blind and Partially Sighted

Members of Banbury blind and partially sighted groups enjoyed a magnificent afternoon tea at Wroxton House Hotel. Welcomed and thoroughly spoilt by John Smith, his family and staff. Nigel Deakin and Ian provided entertainment on guitars with jokes and a sing-a-long of well known 1920’s tunes. A vote of thanks for the hospitality was given, everyone looking forward to this annual event again next year.

SIR CHARLES POLLARD QPM – MY PART IN POLICING : 40 MOMENTOUS YEARS THAT CHANGED THE UK

Sir Charles Pollard QPM – 40 Momentous Years that Changed the UK

7.00 pm for 7.45 on Friday 2 June 2017

Tudor Hall School, Wykham Park,

Banbury, OX16 9UR,

(with kind permission of the Headmistress, Wendy Griffiths).

Sir Charles Pollard has been an eminent figure in policing, both nationally and internationally, and still works in the Justice system today.  Retiring in 2002 from Thames Valley Police, the largest non-metropolitan police force in the country, he had earlier progressed through the middle police ranks in London and Sussex during one of the most turbulent periods of recent history, during which time he was personally involved in many of the key policing events:.

Sir Charles began his career at the age of 19 in 1964 as a constable in the Metropolitan Police and was selected for the ‘fast-track promotion course’ at Bramshill Police College. From there he took an LLB at the University of Bristol. Through the 1970s and 1980s he pursued an eventful and successful policing career in London and Sussex and in 1991 was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, covering 3 counties with a population of over 2.5 million.

The talk will include, among other things, his personal experiences of the policing of public disorder, crime and terrorism.  We look forward to welcoming Rotarians, local Parishioners and the General Public.

Tickets – Talk only £10.00

Talk and drinks reception hosted by Sir Charles £20.00

To book tickets click here – Ticket Ordering Page

To view video trailer  click here – Video Trailer

 

Mary wins Rotary District 1090 Young musician Finals.

Mary Eckert, runner-up in the Banbury Young Musician senior singing section went one better in the District Finals last Saturday, winning the competition and securing a place in the forthcoming regional finals to be held at the end of March.
The Tudor Hall student impressed the judges with her virtuosity by singing “Vedrai Carino” by Mozart, “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (the piece she sang at one of this month’s Purple4Polio Concerts at St Mary’s Church Banbury) and “Per La Gloria D’Adorarvi” by Giovanni Bononcini.

The Power of the Internet

rotaryWe use of the web to tell the world what we are doing and the world watches us as this post shows.

We have a Rotarian from Indianapolis who keeps in contact with us and comes to see us when he is in the UK. This is what Rotary is all about!

We recently had our P4P concerts (purple for polio) in St Marys’ Church in Banbury and raised £2000-00 towards our target for the year from this club. We hope to raise upward of £7,000-00 for this cause before the year end for the polio eradication programme.

To get back to our friend Don Henley, he not only watches our website but also becomes involved in some of our activities so THANK YOU DON for your input and as a visit from you is now on the cards for this year we will buy you lunch and a good pint of bitter, together with bit of banter and a lot of fellowship.

Greetings from our club to all your members in Indianapolis East Rotary Club, but don’t invite our lot for a free meal as they will eat the restaurant out of food!

See you in June/July.

Mary Wins District Finals

Mary wins Rotary District 1090 Young musician Finals.

Mary Eckert, runner-up in the Banbury Young Musician senior singing section went one better in the District Finals last Saturday, winning the competition and securing a place in the forthcoming regional finals to be held at the end of March.
The Tudor Hall student impressed the judges with her virtuosity by singing “Vedrai Carino” by Mozart, “Somewhere” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story (the piece she sang at one of this month’s Purple4Polio Concerts at St Mary’s Church Banbury) and “Per La Gloria D’Adorarvi” by Giovanni Bononcini.

Young Chef Competition

young-chefThe two Rotary Clubs in Banbury are once again this year organising a local heat of the Rotary national competition, and the winner will then subsequently represent Banbury in the next round that is scheduled to take place in February 2017.

The competition is open to anyone of secondary school age and under 17 on 31st August 2016, and is being managed in a similar fashion to previous years. The first round locally will take the form of a paper submission of a proposed menu; a judging team will review these and competitors will be selected to take part in the local final as in previous years.

The local final will be taking place on January 17th 2017 at The Banbury and Bicester College, Broughton Road, Banbury and those selected for this will be asked to prepare and cook their chosen meal for a panel of judges who will be in attendance. All finalists will be provided with the opportunity to visit the College to see the facilities to be used before the final takes place if they would like to.

The local winner will go forward to the Rotary District/Regional final and the winner from the latter then takes part in the National Final. This is being sponsored by Filippo Berio Olive Oils and will take place in Lincoln in May.

The National winner will receive the RIBI Trophy (and a replica to keep) plus £250. In addition they will receive a day’s experience at the Fifteen Restaurant in London.

Please click here to download a copy of the details of the competition with the entry form at the back.

Entries must be submitted to Malcolm Douglas, Henry’s Menswear, 52 High Street, Banbury, OX16 5JJ by 16th December 2016 at the latest.

If you need any further help please e-mail youngchef@banburyrotaryclub.org.uk

 

Another Block in the Wall

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Our appeal to give kids in Sierra Leone a safer school. See the video in the full article, just click below.

Banbury Rotarian, Alan Wolstencroft first visited the Liverpool Community School, Freetown, Sierra Leone in January 2013. Since then he has co-ordinated the funding to build and equip 8 classrooms and 2 toilet blocks at the school.

Unfortunately last month the school was broken into, items were stolen and some damage caused to the buildings.

A small retaining wall had been built to prevent a stream overflowing and affecting the school in the rainy season and it is now planned to extend this to form a security wall around the entire school – a 240 metre perimeter!!

It costs just £1 to buy a concrete block, all of which are made on site thus providing work for local people.

You can donate by e-mailing alanwooly@msn.com, ringing 07800-558524 or visiting alanwooly.co.uk and obtain bank details from the Buy A Brick Newsletter

They just want an education
But they need a, security wall
To stop the break-ins to their classrooms
Help us build these kids their wall
All they want is just another block for their wall
All they need is, a load more blocks for their wall

Thank you in anticipation of ANY support you may be able to offer