On Saturday, the 7th of December, several members of our school’s Interact club were accompanied by Ms. Berger and Ms. van Niekerk to share shifts at the Italian Club of Cape Town where Blouberg Rotary hosted a Christmas Party for numerous underprivileged children. They spent the morning refereeing soccer games, among other things and the afternoon was spent serving lunch. The kids were entertained by a petting zoo which contained all sorts of farm animals (rabbits and chickens, to name a few), a horse cart ride, face painting, a photo booth, a jumping castle and a game of friendly football.
It was a lovely sunny day filled with loads of laughter and smiles. The children then got to watch a magic show, meet Santa and receive Christmas boxes and a meal of hamburgers and chips.
This is an annual event that is organized to see to it that those less fortunate get to experience the festivities of Christmas time as well.
It was a pleasure to see so many smiles and we cannot wait to participate once again next year!
Year 10 Student
Every year after completing their external IGCSE examinations the year 10’s are afforded a long and well deserved break, and during this break they use some of that time to do good for the community. This year they tackled 3 different causes.
On day one of outreach they visited the animal shelter and rehabilitation center Fallen Angels. The students were put to work, gardening and painting. Once they had completed these tasks they had the opportunity to interact and play with huskies and puppies.
Day two was a perfect day for their next project. Armed with gloves and plastic bags they set out to walk from Sunset beach to Woodbridge Island and clean up the beach. They gathered a large amount of trash and learned about where it comes from and the dangers it poses.
The final day we partnered with Clean C and visited a recycling depot in Joe Slovo. This was physically the most demanding day of the three, but the students kept their spirits high and managed to sort through piles of recycling. They also learnt about where the sorted recycling then goes and the economies of recycling.
The spirit and dedication the year 10’s displayed was highly commendable and their contribution to their communities invaluable!
Janine van Niekerk
High School Teacher
This past Sunday, the 18th of August, seven of interact members spent the first half of their day assisting the Blouberg Rotary Club stall at the annual One to One event.
One to One is held every year at the Green Point Stadium. It is a day that is focused around differently abled kids and adults from Cape Town and its surrounds. With some people being bussed in from as far as George. One to One is orientated towards providing a fun filled day for them.
There were various games to be played at the many stalls, prizes to be won and lots of free hugs all around.
The day is organized by various clubs, such as Rotary, Lions Club, Roteract and many interact clubs from schools.
The few hours that were spent at the event were filled with laughter, cheering, music and performances. While spreading love we were able to forge new friendships with people from other schools. It was a humbling experience that we all enjoyed being a part of.
We are looking forward to next year’s event with our eyes set on our own Blouberg Interact stall.
Interact Member – Year 10
Being part of an Interact Club gives our students wonderful opportunities such as the Rotary Short-Term and Long-Term Youth Exchanges for University students. Thousands of young people from different countries meet each other every year and experience other countries’ culture, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
The Rotary Youth Exchange programmes are open to youth with leadership skills, as well as interpersonal skills, such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things, that will enable them to be excellent ambassadors.
The Ryla Camp is another excellent example of what an Interact Club member can benefit from. Ryla stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. This yearly camp aims to:
- Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
- Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
- Encourage leadership of youth by youth
- Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
Young people from various Interact clubs get together and enjoy activities such as hiking, leadership training and survival adventures.
For more information on the Ryla Camp, Interactors may contact our teachers in charge of BIS Interact Club, Elena Berger and Janine van Niekerk.
RYLA Facebook Page
High School Teacher
“Readers are leaders”. This was the message to the students during the launch of the Literacy Project at Vaatjie Primary School.
Members of Blouberg International School’s Interact Club were invited to participate in this worthy event. Books were handed over to the school, and all people present (Rotarians/Rotaractors/Interactors) had some special reading time with the learners, helping interpret/explain the story to them, and having some interactive time. It was an enjoyable experience for all.
This Literacy Project is an ongoing programme; therefore, our Interactors are looking forward to revisiting Vaatjie Primary School in the near future.
Mrs Elena Berger
High School Interact Club