The Wildern exchange went extremely well with all staff and students enjoying the trip. There were many tears from the students as they parted from their new friends on the last day but they all vowed to keep in touch and greet the English again at the Silves Sul Oscares in March 2018.
The pupils attended the Wildern School Oscars and collected The Best International Film Oscar which was won by a promotional film of the Algarve and the makers were complimented on their costumes to support the Algarve history segments in the film.
An excited group of students and teachers gathered at Faro airport on today (Friday) to depart on their adventure to the UK. The school exchange is between Silves Sul School and Wildern School in Southampton. The trip is also part of the digital media project at Silves Sul School and movies made at the school have been entered into the Oscars at Wildern School in Southampton. Five films have been nominated for an Oscar and the group will find out which has been awarded Best International Film at the Wildern School’s Oscar ceremony on Monday 10 July. The event is well known in the UK and this is the fourth time that students from Silves Sul have submitted entries. The students will stay with English families and experience English home life. They have a full itinerary activities which includes joining their exchange partners in lessons at Wildern School. Past President of RC Silves, Alan Winn is accompanying the students and will be awarding the Oscar for Best Animation. Silves Rotary Club has raised funds to enable this student and teacher exchange and support for the Silves Sul Oscars.
During their trip the pupils baked cookies, visited Fort Nelson and of course collected an Oscar at the Wildern School Oscars.
At the RC Silves Handover, District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with the Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School Exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.
New President, Stewart Smith, RC Silves members and guests welcomed our new member Roy Carpenter at the Handover Lunch last week. Roy said he was looking forward to working with members in support of the Silves community.
On the 29 June we celebrated our Presidential Handover at O Barradas Restaurant near Silves. It was a lively and cheerful occasion as Rotarians and friends gathered to enjoy a lovely meal and look back over a very successful year as Outgoing President David Trubshaw handed over his chain of office to the new President of RC Silves, Stewart Smith.
David thanked all members for their hard work over the past year providing the three F’s, Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising. The money raised this year had without doubt “Changed Lives”. David is a well-known local artist and his art projects during this year have inspired children across the Silves area to be creative.
District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.
Stewart’s first task in his new role was to present Honorary Members with their certificates..
Wilma Bijloo, Frits Lubbers and Pam Winn
and his second to pin our new member Roy Carpenter.
Abilio Lopes, District Governor and Isabel Lopes, President RC Tavira
Bernhard Schluender, RC Praia de Rocha and Stewart Officer, RC Ludlow
Jim Ditheridge, IRC Estoi Palace
We are all looking forward to Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising again this year.
At the RC Silves Handover Meeting, Jim Ditheridge, President IRC Estoi Palace presented David Trubshaw with a copy of the plaque which adorns the new mobile screening unit. The purchase of this unit was supported by Rotary clubs across the Algarve and RC Silves Rotarians raised funds through a golf day organised by Jos Westerbeek and donations collected by Dik Bier from visitors to the Algarve staying at his hotel.