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Phil O'Brien from RC Keilor East and Nola Spicer from Essendon RC
presented three bursaries of $1500 each to hardworking and talented students of the visual arts at St. Bernards College, Essendon on December 12.
Students who excel at school often receive awards and support, particularly if they have sporting process.  However, students with artistic flair are often overlooked.  We had great support from St Bernards College for our Art Show last year which included displaying artwork from local High Schools.
It provided us with the opportunity to partner with the Rotary Club of Essendon to support  worthy arts recipients.
These students were selected by the Art Coordinator of the College. 
They are:
# Evander Tosone (Year 9),  completing Art and Visual Communication and Design next year for year 10
# Jacob Menniti  (Year 9), also an ongoing art student. He worked backstage for the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ musical and has been a strong advocate for art/s at St Bernard’s College.
# Joel Hanness  (Year 10). Planning for art in Years 11-12. For his bursary application "album cover",  created a fully rendered 3D model in a CAD program and designed a webpage to support it.
The presentation was part of the Years 9 to 11 Awards night for students who excelled across all grades and subjects at the College.
This was the second year of bursary funding. Our commitment to funding bursaries reflects our appreciation of having the use of the St Bernard's  stadium venue for the Moonee Valley Art Show in 2023 at no charge, and the support of College in venue management.
The bursaries are funded by the Art Show profits.   We also received thanks from the College Principal, Michael Davies and parents.
Click HERE for our special page on RCKE Youth Work.
Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help young leaders build leadership skills, expand education, and learn the value of service, locally and overseas.
Our local programs provide innovative and practical opportunities, to help and motivate children and young people in our communities to acquire learning and life skills.
Our international goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education and literacy for all children.
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RYLA is a weeklong residential program conducted annually for 18- to 25-year-olds. RYLA encourages emerging and experienced leaders to reflect on their own skills and personal strengths to effectively contribute to their communities in a practical manner.
RYLA provides opportunities to share leadership experiences within a diverse group to understand the unique qualities, abilities, and skills of others and how this diversity can empower and encourage participants to facilitate teamwork and greater understanding.
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RYPEN is a Rotary sponsored Youth Service program for 15 to 17-year-old students. Students attend a weekend camp designed to develop their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. It aims to communicate a series of ideas, problems and social experiences that will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards.
Camps are generally held in March /April and in October/ November. For more information click HERE
The Youth Science program is for students completing Year 11 and considering pursuing a science, engineering or technology-based career. There are three fully residential sessions, two in Canberra and one in Brisbane each run over 12 days in January. 
Inspiring Australia’s young scientists since 1984, this program is ideal for young people with a passion for science.Students in Year 11 from around AustraliaScholarships are available. For details see HERE 
This international youth program simulates the workings of the United Nations Assembly by having two senior students from several schools represent a particular UN country. The students debate on matters of world political and social concern.
The assembly aims to build goodwill, world peace and understanding through the experience of tackling issues from the viewpoint of the team’s ‘adopted’ country, even where this may be completely contrary to their own views.
Students use research, debating and public speaking skills to address a wide range of contemporary and world-focussed issues. The program extends over a weekend and it is chaired and judged by Rotarians. MUNA is held in May each year.   For more information  click HERE
This very popular school holiday program allows Australia's next generation of curious scientists to go behind the scenes and sample the exhilarating world of science and technology. Students will perform experiments, participate in field trips, attend university lectures and experience three days of student life on campus.
The program provides experience in a wide range of fascinating science activities in a fun and interactive way under the guidance of scientists and students.
This hands-on science program in participating universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria is for Year 9 and 10 students. There is no selection process and students only need to obtain endorsement from their local Rotary club if they are seeking Rotary funding.
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