EDSC students WOW Rotary!
Guest speakers at the Manningham Rotary Club Dinner 28 May 2018
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Delegate – Tania
MUNA Delegates – Lachy and Elmarie
There are many moments in teaching when teachers know why they are teachers. This evening was one of those occasions. Speaking eloquently, proudly and with humour our three young guest speakers entranced the Rotary Club members and their guests with tales of learning, engagement and the occasional funny story.
Lachy and Elmarie spoke about a weekend of debating world issues with scores of other Year 11 students who descended on State Parliament. Each school represented a country and so their discussions had to focus on the welfare and points of view of their country. They learnt that world consensus is not always that easy!
On the other hand, and a bit closer to home, Tania along with 35 other Year 11 delegates from across Australia learnt that our parliamentarians are not always very respectful to each other. She sat in on the reading of the 2018-2019 budget and spent considerable time meeting parliamentarians and role playing various issues relating to the governing of our country. Tania spoke for fifteen minutes and simply captivated the audience with her story of her previous life and the dreams she now holds for the future. She ended with the statement that she does not need to be the President of Iran to make a difference in the world. The three staff who heard her speak know that SHE will definitely make a difference.
Brilliant blue skies and enthusiastic students and staff were the cornerstones for a very successful week of wheelchair races. Students paired up to race around the athletics track being pushed in a flurry of competitive drive. The changeover of pusher and rider was somewhat treacherous but the spectators stood clear and the changes were completed with speed and determination to win the prize of a Freddo.
Each year level had a day, but it was the determination of the Year 12 cohort that won the prize of the fastest and the loudest.
In the wings the Interact Club were selling homemade brownies and fairy floss. The crowds enjoyed the sunshine, the music and the drive to collect as much as we could to purchase wheelchairs for disabled children overseas. This is an initiative driven by the Manningham Rotary Club who were extremely proud of the efforts of our community.
In all we hope to be contributing 12 wheelchairs to Rotary International, thus making the lives of twelve children so much better.