Week 27 – RYLA Students selected for 2019

We are delighted to be sponsoring two youngsters from the Gryphon School to participate in RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).

Olivia Godfrey, Rotarian Sue Thomas-Peter, Kieran Bennett and Geoff Cooke of the Gryphon School.

The two successful applicants for our 2019 RYLA places are Olivia Godfrey who is in Year 12 and Kieran Bennett in Year 13.  Both are currently working towards their D of E Gold Award.

The Gryphon School’s highly successful D of E and Ten Tors teams are run by Geoff Cooke, and participation in RYLA will count towards Olivia and Keiran’s awards.

In 2019 The Gryphon has participants in the Duke of Edinbugh’s Awards (Bronze 72, Silver 44, Gold 22 [which will rise to 30 in 2020]) and 5 Ten Tors: teams. [2 doing the 35 mile route and 3 doing the 45 mile route].

What does RYLA offer?

The RYLA programme held on Dartmoor, is a unique opportunity for participants to make new friends and develop skills which they will use for the rest of their lives.  They will:

  • Gain exposure to leadership scenarios
  • Explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team
  • Discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management
  • Build confidence in yourself and what you can achieve
  • Meet new people and make lasting friendships
  • Learn how to arrange youth activities and community service projects locally and internationally

Also in the next couple of months we will be supporting other young people from Sherborne in a variety of activities.  

  1. The Andrew Simpson Olympic Bursary.  Awards will shortly be made to two applicants from the Gryphon school.
  2.  Breakthrough Project.  Three young people from the Gryphon School will face challenges, and learn about themselves in a life changing experience on Dartmoor.
  3.  Youth Makes Music concert will be held on 20th March 2019 at the Gryphon School.
  4.   The Aubrey Allen Award for good citizenship are presented annually through a special trust set up by the original Sherborne Rotary club.
  5. Rotary Young Writers Competition – a very popular competition designed to develop writing skills in youngsters aged between 7 and 17.


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