A BRANCH of a national club has been launched at a Steyning school to help students build their leadership skills and engage with the community.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Steyning and Henfield, Steyning Grammar School’s Interact Club held its first meeting earlier this month.
The club provides an opportunity for 12 to 18-year-olds to develop their leadership skills, engage in volunteering opportunities, make new friends and promote community projects.
Steyning and Henfield Rotary Club president Tom Nutley said: “I am delighted that the strong links we have enjoyed with the school over many years through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and young chef competitions have led to this opportunity for students to become part of the Rotary.
“Our club will always be there to offer support and guidance.”
After a meal at the school’s boarding house on March 5, club president Johanne Toth-Mouritzen spoke about the club’s fundraising activities to date, which includes Movember, a Valentine message delivery service and a doughnut sale.
She said: “My involvement has meant that I feel part of a big family of similar minded people with the aim helping the community at large.”
District governor Doug Price presented the club with its charter, inducted ten new members and congratulated the president on the group’s successful and varied programme.
The club contains both day and boarding students from the UK and overseas.
Head teacher Nick Wergan said he was proud the four key characteristics the school wished students to develop – grit, optimism, curiosity and zest – had been displayed by all those who supported the new venture.
Also in attendance was deputy director of boarding Tom Leighton and head of the sixth form college Sally Randall.
A spokesperson for the Rotary said: “The sixth form college continues to be very grateful to the Rotarians of Steyning and Henfield, together with the Storrington and Pulborough clubs, for their annual sponsorship of four sixth formers on the Rotary Youth Leader Award scheme.”
This year, the club sets out to arrange a plethora of events, including an Easter egg hunt at Steyning Primary School, an outdoors charity concert in boarding house and a charity gala.