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Help Pilgrims Change Kids Lives

Still smiling half way

A dozen members from Silves Rotary Club with a combined age of over 850 years decided to walk the Camino Portugues from Valença to Santiago de Compostela. Starting on the 24 September 2022 the pilgrims will walk some 120 km over six days to provide children with learning difficulties a calm and ideal place to learn.

Each team member will be supported by a class of pupils at the Agrupamento Escolas De Silves Sul and carry a mascot presented by their class so that the pilgrims can share their experience daily with the school children. You could say there will be 24 pilgrims.

Looking at them, you would not bet on these pilgrims making it. A couple have recently had hip replacements, one a heart surgery, another an eighty year old dodgy knee – whilst others have suffered  a sprinkling of other injuries that one picks up in your seventies – yes, the average age of the pilgrims will be over seventy. They are the walking wounded.

Why go through the challenge? You may well ask. The answer is to raise money for this fantastic cause and to inspire you to donate to us so that we can resource a much needed sensory room and garden in Agrupamento Escolas De Silves Sul.

The school needs a sensory room and garden, a calm, safe haven to enable them to benefit fully from their time in school. The dedicated teachers at the school work hard to provide the children with the necessary skills to live independently in the future.

Silves Rotary Club Pilgrims are asking your help to raise 20,000 Euros, 100% of your donations will go to turn that old classroom and scrubby garden into a harmonious learning space with all the necessary resources. Any contribution no matter how small is welcome.

Scrubby Garden

Sensory 1Sensory 2

We are inspired by John Bunyan’s famous hymn which goes

He who would valiant be

Against all disaster.

Let him in constancy

Follow the master.

There’s no discouragement,

Shall make him once relent

His first avowed intent

To be a pilgrim.

Be Inspired too. Please donate

More information in the next few weeks about the pilgrims:

You can donate now at GoFundMe.com via our page “Help Pilgrims Change Kids Lives

COOL MANOUCHE – OH SO COOL!

On Saturday 30 April, Rotary Silves gave a highly successful concert to a packed house in the Teatro Mascarenhas Gregorio in Silves. The concert featured the well-known group Cool Manouche, Playing their very special gypsy jazz, they entertained the audience royally with classics such as Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing” and “Nuages”.

Our thanks go to Câmara de Silves for allowing us to use the theatre. Rotary Silves donated the proceeds from ticket sales, a total amount of €3,900.00, to Agrupamento Escolas Silves Sul, headed by Carlos Silva Diretor do Agrupamento. The sum will go towards their project to build and equip a sensory room and a sensory garden in Armação de Pera to help students with learning difficulties to find peace of mind.

cheque presentation

Cameras for Online Teaching

During the recent confinements, online teaching has become the norm for students and teachers alike. A new and valuable skill has been learnt. To enable these to be shown at their best, Agrupamento de Escolas Silves Sul needed access to good quality cameras. RC Silves was able to donate two cameras to support the school in delivering online learning at its normal high standard.

Masks for Casa de Povo S.B. Messines

As other schools and support centres have found masks can cause communication difficulties for staff working with young or disadvantaged. This was no different for Casa de Povo. RC Silves was able to donate masks with transparent windows for the Kindergarten Educators, Technicians who teach Music and English classes in pre-school and day care, technicians working with people with mental illness and those working with disadvantaged children.

Donation for the Therapy Rooms of Casa de Povo, SB de Messines

RC Silves has worked closely with Casa de Povo over the last year to raise funds to help equip their newly built therapy rooms.

The rooms are used for the education and support of adults who have mental difficulties. For this service to continue the government, wanted  specific physiologic diagnostic tests to be implemented. RC Silves recently donated 1200€ to purchase these much needed resources.

Masks for Younger Pupils

As schools prepared to return after the long break following the Covid 19 Pandemic, it became evident in the local schools that younger pupils and the deaf and hard of hearing found it difficult to understand their teachers whilst they are masked. To help alleviate the problem, RC Silves donated masks with transparent sections to the local Agrupamento Escolas de Silves Sul.

We are not at the end of this virus yet and RC Silves may be called on for further support in the future.

Exchange Visit

The pupils from Wildern School arrived in the Algarve to brilliant weather a respite from the cold wet weather in the UK.  They joined their host families for an exciting time, with visits to Lisbon, Sagres, Vilamoura, Lagos and Monchique.

This year is the sixth year of the exchange and probably the best with families forming long term relationships. The next exchange will take place in September.

Sardines Art

A bi product of our primary school art project lead by David Trubshaw, past president and resident artist

were 30 screens of fantastic artwork. Pupils were asked to decorate a sardine and their imaginations ran riot.

After hanging in the Lady in Red Art Gallery,  the fantastic  results now have a permeant home in the new facility at Casa do Povo.

Presentation by Silves Sul Exchange Students

The RC Silves and IRC Almancil share an interest in education of the young of today. Both clubs try to inspire students to aim high and to provide them with experiences to enhance their education. So at their joint meeting on the 24 November at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, they came to enjoy a presentation from the students of Agrupomento de Silves Sul who took part in the school exchange supported by RC Silves.

In the summer, six pupils and two teachers from Silves Sul were hosted by Wildern School pupils and teachers in Southampton . They visit the school and experience a little bit of British life. The Rotarians were keen to hear how their trip went and enthralled by their accounts.

After the presentation the students joined Rotarians for dinner and shared their knowledge and experience.

 

Portuguese Students Return

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.