The Rotary Club of Reigate School Butterfly Competition

The Rotary Club of Reigate is delighted with the results of a competition they organized in which local primary schools were invited to raise Painted Lady butterflies from caterpillars provided by the Club, and to release them into a garden which the children had previously prepared, sown with seed kindly donated by Priory Farm Nursery at Nutfield. Three schools took up the challenge – Merstham Primary, St John’s Primary and Sandcross School – and on Monday 20th July they were judged by Ben Fox and Sarah Long from Priory Farm Nursery and Rotary Vice President John Elgee. At St. John’s School, where Rotakids – a junior branch of Rotary – played a significant role, and at Sandcross School and Merstham School pupils had both the pleasure of creating a colourful recyclable garden, and the fascination of watching caterpillars turn into chrysalises and finally emerge as butterflies. Much time and effort was also spent by the children in recording in written and illustrative form the progress of both the plants and the insects’ development. The participating schools were all commended by the judges, but after due consideration Merstham Primary School was declared the winner.
Club members should be very grateful to Rotarian Jane Cooper who introduced the idea of the competition and worked assiduously in its organization.
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This Year's trip to Chessington World of Adventures for children with special needs.

Kid’s Out – 10th July 2015

This Year's trip to Chessington World of Adventures for children with special needs.

This Year’s trip to Chessington World of Adventures for children with special needs.

A gift from Reigate Rotary Club

Leavers of Sandcross and Merstham Schools receive their illustrated dictionaries, gift of Reigate Rotary Club

Report on the Presentation of Dictionaries to School Leavers

The annual gift of dictionaries made by The Rotary Club of Reigate to Year 6 leavers at two local schools took place on Monday 20th July.

In the morning at the Sandcross School leavers’ assembly, following a humourful review of the year’s highlights and successes and an ultra-modern performance of foot and hand dancing, Rotary President Duncan Anderson presented a dictionary to each of the 120 leavers. He explained to them something of the charitable work undertaken by Rotary, both internationally and in the local community, particularly underlining the support given to literacy programmes in schools. His words to the assembly ended with the wish that the children will continue to do well in their future schooling.

Merstham Primary School leavers at their assembly in the afternoon of the same day were also presented with dictionaries by busy Rotary President Duncan Anderson. The Year 6 leavers entertained the audience gathered in the school hall with a cleverly staged “Dr Who” type performance. Each leaving pupil acted as if he or she was returning to the school some 15 years in the future and from that distance in time describing the qualities, skills and experiences that they had derived from their years at Merstham Primary School.

Both head teachers, Judith Constable at Sandcross in the morning, and Nina Saunders at Merstham in the afternoon, complimented their Year 6 leavers on their hard work and congratulated them on their achievements, including excellent SATs results.

The Rotarians who witnessed these two events were impressed at the high standards maintained at both schools, and more than ever reminded of how important a part education plays in shaping both the individual and the country’s future and potential.

 

Merstham School

Merstham School

Sandcross School

Sandcross School