de Stafford School is delighted to announce the launch of a new Interact Club sponsored by the local Caterham Rotary Club.

On Wednesday 8th June Rotary District Youth Services Chairman Michael Hart presented the official Rotary Charter to Interact Club President Harmony Dawson in a special ceremony which also included Harmony receiving a chain of office along with new Vice President Christopher Box receiving his chain.

The Club formed a Board last year, which in addition to Harmony and Christopher includes Secretary Imogen Clark, Treasurer Max Callender and Assistant Secretary Lelia Treacher. There are 7 additional student members who make up the board along with Caterham Rotarian’s Roger Easter and Geraint Jenkins and de Stafford’s Head of year 8 Geraldine Callanan.

Interact gives the students aged 12-16 the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out a minimum of two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

The Club Board meets twice a month with the objective of:

  • connecting with community leaders
  • developing leadership skills
  • making international connections
  • discovering more opportunities to connect with.

Two projects have already been tackled over the last few months. In February students from the School under the direction of the Interact Club organised a food tin collection in aid of Syrian refugees.

More recently the Interact Club in conjunction with the School Youth Council organised a “Clean for the Queen” project and 60 students armed with black plastic sacks and protective gloves cleared litter from the School’s memorial garden and the “100 Steps” leading from Burntwood Lane to Stafford Road in Caterham.

Destafford School 014 Destafford School 144Our member Roger Easter commented “ The members of the new Interact Club have really bonded together very well and I am encouraged by their high level of enthusiasm which is driving them on to look at new projects in the coming months.”