Each year, the Rotary Club of Southport Links run the Service Above Self Awards, involving the primary schools of Southport. The idea of SAS is to encourage schoolchildren to get involved with extra curricular activities that help people less fortunate, senior citizens and help the environment. Throughout the year the pupils and staff record what they have done – from encouraging the pupils and staff to walk or cycle to school, to inviting local senior citizens to a tea dance held at the school to raising funds for a school in Africa. Extra kudos is given if the ideas come from the pupils – for example, one pupil had the idea of giving planted hyacinths to senior citizens living on their own so that as the plant bloomed it would remind the recipient that someone at the school was thinking of them.
ABOVE: the Winning School – Ainsdale St John CE Primary School, pictured (with the Mayor and Sefton, Kevin Clusky and Southport Links Vice President Jeff MacCalman.
ABOVE: Rick Tynan carries out levitation Its Magic!
ABOVE: Lady Mayoress Linda Clusky receives a bouquet from a pupil at the Service Above Self Awards
Service Above Self
On July 9th
The awards ceremony was held for the 9 Southport Primary Schools that took part in the Service Above Self awards. Service Above Self is a Rotary initiative that encourages schools to get involved with aspects of life outside their school such as helping those less fortunate i.e. supporting local food banks, helping local senior citizens – the distribution of plants and Christmas Hampers and inviting local senior citizens into the schools for activities and concerts and the environment – many of the schools get involved with wildlife gardens, growing vegetables and one school even has a chicken coop! Full details of the awards can be seen on our website at www.rcsl.org.uk
9 schools from Sefton took part and the judges had a very difficult time in choosing the winning school and the runner up, they decided to offer two Runner Up awards this year.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Kevin and Linda Cluskey attended the evening and we were entertained by Rick Tynan and members of The Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle.
Highly Commended schools this year were
Bishop David Sheppard Primary School
Norwood Primary School
Churchtown Primary School
Farnborough Rd Infant School
Kings Meadow Primary School
Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School
St Philips Primary School and
Marshside Primary School
and the Winning School – Ainsdale St John CE Primary School, pictured (with the Mayor and Sefton and Southport Links Vice President Jeff MacCalman. All schools receive a framed certificate and a cash award with the winning school and runners up also holding trophies for the year.
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