The Rotary Club of Walkden held it's 12th Annual Citizenship Day Held at Bridgewater School, Drywood Hall Worsley.
72 young people from 5 local high schools, Harrop Fold, Moorside, St. Georges, Walkden High, Irlam and Cadishead High and Bridgewater Independent School, gathered at Bridgewater in front of the Mayor of Salford, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, the Rotary District 1280 Governor, and several Rotarians and teachers. Young people who at 9-00 a.m. only knew the people they had arrived with. This was soon to change for them as well as for the adults. Hillary Pollard, an educator with special qualifications organised an “icebreaking” session, and then 6 teams of 12 pupils.
Rotarian John Worsley outlined Citizenship, and linked it with the signing of the Magna Carter in 1215 which granted rights and privileges to the people of England.
Each team had a topic to work to which included the following:-
1 Cyber bullying 2 Alcohol 3 What makes a good citizen 4 Bullying
5 Stereo-typing 6 Recycling 7 Social Spaces 8 Body Image
Teams then worked together for 75 minutes, took a break, then listened to a short speech by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester explaining his role as the Queens Representative and outlining what Citizenship meant to him. Further work was carried out then lunch.
After lunch all the teams had to make a presentation to all in attendance, each presentation being voted on by all attendee’s adults, teachers and young people.
Once the winning team had been chosen they were presented with the Walkden Rotary Club Citizenship Shield. Every member of the winning team was invited to the Mayor’s Parlour for lunch later in the year.
Another feature of the day was the fact that each school nominated their own Citizen of the Year, citations were read out regarding each young person. Walkden Rotary Club then presented each individual winner with a cup and monetary prize.
It has to be said that all the young people taking part are a credit to their schools and will undoubtedly be a credit to the City of Salford. Over the years many firm friendships have been formed during these citizenship days, and hopefully will continue to be formed in future.
Many derogatory comments are often made ( stereotyping ) about young people today but let it be known that the actions of a few should not discredit a generation.