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.
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ABOVE: Rick Tynan carries out levitation Its Magic!
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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

Runners up

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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