“We seek to encourage our young students to meet fresh challenges and to perform at their very best”Youth Speaks. We continue to be very impressed with the confidence of many of the pupils in years 4 – 8, who having devoted a significant amount of time researching and ordering their chosen subjects before presenting their thoughts in an imaginative and colourful way before their peers, parents and teachers.Technology Tournament. Senior students from our four middle and two upper schools enthusiastically meet the challenge, determined by Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, to produce impressive solutions to the Foundation or Advanced designs. Working in teams of four, they first give thought planning and drafting a portfolio before taking on the technical construction. Clearly at the end of the day, the 120 youngsters are so excited by their achievements.Youth Makes Music Concert This proves to be an excellent opportunity for the young people from the Royston area. Eight first schools, two middle schools and one upper school enchant their peers, parents and Rotarians with the product of hours of practice, both choral and instrumental, under the guidance and encouragement of a team of talented music teachers and tutors. The programme is varied and truly entertaining concluding with a finale of 250 young people performing a delightful piece of work. We have to say many a tear is shed by the audience. This is usually held in the University of Cambridge’s magnficent concert hall in West Road, Cambridge. You can view pictures of the 2017 concert here.Mock Interviews Our Rotarians have always responded enthusiastically to the invitation from Meridian Upper School to give 40 – 50 senior students practice in facing a one – to – one interviews. I hope that we can provide a similar service during the Rotary year 2017/2018Rotary Youth Leaders Award (RYLA) Each September 40 – 50 young men and women aged 18 -25 are offered the opportunity to develop management skills on a seven day residential course at Grafham Water. It is fascinating as one sees these young persons mature having met enthusiastically challenges in solving business games, public speaking, team dynamics and experiencing challenging expeditions and their personal skills – climbing, canoeing, sailing. This is an excellent course for aspiring company managers. Contact Rtn. Ken Charles. Rotary ‘Kids Out’ We host a one day experience for disabled and disadvantaged young people – visiting Wimpole Hall Farm, bouncy castle, viewing puppet show, making and flying Kites and riding on model railway.