Cowbridge Comprehensive School students have been recognised as a shining example of ‘Service Above Self’ with the award of a Platinum Distinction Citation by Rotary International. A youth arm of Cowbridge Rotary, the Cowbridge Interact Club brings together young people, aged between 12-18, to develop leadership skills and contribute to local, national and international Rotary initiatives.
The Platinum Distinction has been awarded to Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s Senior Interact Club in recognition of the its extensive community activities over the past year.
The 2019-20 programme has included a range of events and initiatives, from crocus planting to mark World Polio Day on October 24th, to promotion of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Youth Exchange programmes, and the Interact Christmas Quiz, which raised over £600 in support of the Young Minds and the Welsh Hearts charities.
Interact Club members also provided invaluable support to their parent club, Cowbridge Rotary, on a variety of initiatives during the year, including the popular Cowbridge Charity Quiz at the Town Hall, Santa’s Sleigh much-loved annual pre-Christmas tour of Cowbridge and surrounding villages, and the acclaimed St David’s Concert at Ramoth Hall. Such has been the success of Interact at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, that a second Youth Interact Club has now been set up for Key Stage 3 students.
Launched during the 2019-20 academic year, with tremendous help and support from the existing senior Interact members, the new youth group is already showing signs of following in their senior’s flourishing footsteps. Awarded to Cowbridge Comprehensive School Interact Club by Rotary International President Mark Maloney, the Platinum Distinction Citation marks another significant milestone in the successful partnership between Cowbridge Rotary and its young student ambassadors.
Congratulating the Interact Club on its success, Cowbridge Rotary President Peter Davies said: “The commitment of Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s pupils and teachers has been immense, and this award of distinction is well deserved. We are constantly amazed and grateful for the energy and enthusiasm with which they throw themselves into these activities, not just for their own ideas and initiatives, but in stepping up to support us with our events. It is so rewarding for us to see how much they benefit from our partnership and no Rotary Club could be prouder of their Interact members than we are. I have no doubt the launching of the second Interact Club at Cowbridge School will only see their achievements reaching even greater heights in years to come.”