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School of St Jude Science Day turns trash into treasure

Last weekend, Kelvin joined his peers, staff and visitors at our lovely Smith Secondary School campus for Science Day at St Jude’s. 

The science labs, ICT computer rooms, walkways and basketball court were abuzz as students presented their work the attentive and enquiring visitors, staff and peers. Rigorous enquiries were made and innovative solutions were posed to issues facing teachers, farmers, business owners and citizens of Tanzania and the world. 

On show was the enthusiasm for learning and the infectious school spirit here at St Jude’s. Award winning projects included an electric mower, an automatic solar irrigation system and a process for recycling plastic into building materials. You can read more about Science Day by clicking here. 

It is only through your support that St Jude’s has the high quality facilities and great teaching staff to match the aptitude, enthusiasm and dedication of such bright but poor students. It is your sponsorship that granted Kelvin the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful Science Day and, in all likelihood, study at a secondary school level in the first place.  

Thank you all at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc for all you are helping to make possible here at St Jude’s! 

Best wishes,
Lucy
Lucy Cole
Sponsor Relations Team
Website: www.schoolofstjude.org

School of St Jude Update

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc,
 
Greetings from Tanzania!
 
We have had an action-packed year so far and we hope that the last few months of the school year are just as successful. 
 
We are now in the middle of the second term for our secondary students and they have been typing letters to their sponsors!
We have attached Kelvin’s letter to you.
 
If you’d like to email Kelvin, you are most welcome to do so!
You can send your emails to sponsor@schoolofstjude.co.tz and we will print it off and pass it to Kelvin. 
A reply from your sponsored student may take a few months, as the students do not have direct access to email. Please be aware that, as always, the Sponsor Relations Team read all communications that go to and from our students. We do this to protect both our students and our sponsors.
 
All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc, thank you so much for your sponsorship and for all your support of St Jude’s thus far. I hope you enjoy the letter!
 
Best wishes,
 
Diana S. Mangalu
Sponsor Relations Team
 
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania
http://www.schoolofstjude.org

School of St Jude - Kelvin matriculates

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc,
 
Exciting news!
 
On 28th May 2016 Kelvin will graduate from Form 6, marking the end of his secondary level education.
 
We are warmly welcoming you to join us for the graduation ceremony that will take place in Arusha, Tanzania. Please find your personal invitation and the itinerary attached with this email. Join us in celebrating the wonderful achievements of our graduates in one of the most breathtaking and popular tourist destinations in Africa. We will have a lot of visitors from our St Jude’s family coming for this celebration from all over the world, and we would love for you to be among them!
 
This is an opportunity and achievement that only a small proportion of Tanzanian students reach, and we are so proud of Kelvin to have gotten this far.
 
If you would like to join us for this special day, please just get in contact with our visitors team here.
 
Thank you for your incredible support of St Jude’s!
 
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
 
Kind regards,


Grace Mahenge
Sponsor Relations Team
 
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Website: www.schoolofstjude.org

School of St Jude September News

We are happy to inform you that Kelvin is underway with his second term of Form 6 in our Smith Secondary Campus. We have attached for you Kelvin‘s school report for the Term 1 2015. We hope you enjoy reading it. This rest of the year is going to be action packed, with our Annual Careers Fair, St Jude’s Day, and many other celebrations and events along the way. We will be sure to keep you updated on all of these exciting events, as well as Kelvin’s progress here at St Jude’s, throughout the remainder of this important final year.
 
Kelvin and his Form 6 classmates are already setting the way for a very bright future. Erick, one of our students currently in Form 6, has blown us all away by what he has been achieving in his spare time outside of St Jude’s. From running an NGO to touring Mauritius, Uganda and Kenya, he is a true example of how far our students can go thanks to their education and personal empowerment here at St Jude’s. And you have been a part in making this possible! If you would like to read more on Erick’s story, please visit our website.
 
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
 
Kind regards,

Grace Mahenge
Sponsor Relations Team
 
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Website: www.schoolofstjude.org

School of St Jude August 2015 Newsletter

Click here for the August 2015 newsletter for the School of St Jude.

School of St Jude November Update

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc,

Greetings from St Jude’s!

We are very excited to introduce to you a new form of correspondence from our fantastic teachers here at St Jude’s who are eager to share their success with you! Elkanai has written a letter of introduction, touching on some of the interesting things happening in her classroom this year, as well as all the ways your sponsorship is making a difference.

Please feel free to email or write to your sponsored teacher. You can send emails to sponsor@schoolofstjude.co.tz and the sponsorship team will be happy to pass on your letter to your sponsored teacher. Please be aware that our teachers may not always be able to reply to you due to their busy academic schedules. We hope you enjoy Elkanai’s letter below and we would love any feedback you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continuing support of St Jude’s.

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My name is Elkanai and I am 30 years old. I am a Social Studies teacher and I have been teaching for eleven years now, but at St Jude I have been teaching since 2010. I was teaching Social Studies to grade 5 & 6 but I am now in the library. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and I like sharing stories with the students.

In the library I’m reading stories with the students, both fiction and non-fiction. Also I like sharing different skills with my fellow staff. I have been doing different activities in Extra Curricular Activities like netball, aerobics, volleyball, singing and dancing, traditional dance. In our excursion we visited Cultural Heritage Centre to learn more about traditional things.

My life in St Jude is good because of the availability of teaching materials and resources which helps teachers to fulfil their responsibilities. St Jude is different to other schools because of Professional Development which teaches teachers to be modern, every day. Also, I like ESL (English as a Second Language) class which helps me a lot to improve my English.

Thank you for sponsoring me.

Sincerely, Elkanai.

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Kind Regards,
Rachael Hewes
Sponsor Relations Team

PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Website: www.schoolofstjude.org

Meet Rotary’s New President: Gary C.K. Huang

Gary Huang played a lot of sports when he was younger, but basketball was his favorite. He was captain and point guard of his high school team. “I’m not tall, but I was quick.” He flashes a grin. “I knew how to move the ball and set my team up to win.” That was decades ago, but whether in basketball, business, or Rotary, moving the ball continues to be Huang’s game. He likes action and progress. He relishes a challenge. When the Rotary Club of Taipei told him he was too young to be a member, he persisted, attending every meeting for nine months until he hooked an invitation at age 30. Since then, he has not stopped moving forward. Five years after joining Rotary, Huang became club president. Then he became Taiwan’s youngest district governor, first RI director, and first Rotary Foundation trustee. This month, he becomes the first Chinese president of Rotary International.

Huang was born in Fujian, a province in southern China. He is the third child of seven. Like many others, his family fled China during the civil war, unhappy with the communists who were taking over the country. The family settled in Taiwan in 1947, when Huang was one year old.

Huang’s parents pushed him to excel in school, but they also believed that grades were not the only things that were important. “My father used to say to me that getting B’s was OK, but I had to participate in activities and join clubs. He said that would help me in the future,” Huang recalls.

Although Huang’s father was not a Rotarian, he instilled similar ideals of service in his son. Helping others, his father said, would help him learn how to be a leader. As a result, Huang was president of his high school class. Besides playing basketball, he played soccer, ran track and, at the urging of his mother, participated in (and often won) speech competitions. He also led the daily morning pep rallies at his school for six years. “My father was happy I did those things,” Huang says. “Every time there was a school celebration, no matter how busy he was, he would always attend.”

After high school and two years of serving in the military, Huang moved to Michigan to attend the University of Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti. He recalls those years with fondness, remembering how clean and wide-open the Midwest felt to a city boy from Taipei. He lived with an American family, who gave him the name Gary because they liked the actor Gary Cooper. He worked through school at a gas repair company, where he started at $1.25 an hour and ended at $4.75 a few years later. When he graduated with a business degree in 1971, he was so happy, he bought himself a graduation ring. “It was the first, most expensive thing I’d bought with my own money, so I wear it all the time,” he says.

But his education was far from over. Huang’s father was president of an insurance company in Taiwan and wanted his son to be well prepared for a career in the same field. Huang went on to graduate school at New York University and spent time in England, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan, learning about the insurance business and making international connections. Years later, Huang would again be making connections all over the world as RI president.

Huang returned to Taiwan to work for a small insurance firm, which over the next 15 years he built into one of the largest in the industry. He made one agreement with his chairman: that he had to be able to fit Rotary into his busy schedule. “I wanted to continue my work in Rotary no matter what,” he says.

When Huang began to experience success in his profession and in Rotary, his mother kept him grounded, something she still does at the age of 95. “I know she is proud of me,” he says. “But no matter how successful I am, she never praises me.”

The year Huang joined Rotary was also the year he met his wife, Corinna Yao, at a church Bible study. “He kept calling me,” Yao says. But Huang remembers it differently. “She’s the one who picked me up!” he claims.

He was outgoing and social. She was an introvert. “I wondered how we would get along,” she says. “But it’s 38 years later, and we are still good.” Together they raised three children – two daughters and a son – and now they have two grandchildren, Eddie and Evan. Evan was born on the same day that Huang found out he was the RI president-nominee. His name is a play on “Evanston.

Huang and Yao raised their family with Rotary, so it plays a part in their children’s memories. “I always wanted what you had with your Rotary friends. Growing up, they were my aunties and uncles,” eldest daughter Linda tells her father. Nancy, his second daughter, remembers visiting an orphanage with Huang when she was young. “It was the first time I learned about what Rotary does. My dad was so passionate,” she says.

The orphanage was one of the first Rotary projects that inspired Huang more than 30 years ago. When he toured the facilities, he was taken aback, seeing the kids crammed into one room at night, watching them share a pot of rice at mealtime. Many of the orphans were the same age as his young children at the time. The orphanage needed so many things – a new roof, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, and diapers and other supplies. The Taipei club provided these things, but Huang wanted to do more. He and another Rotarian decided to sponsor two of the girls. They chose two four-year-olds with the same Chinese zodiac sign as Huang and his friend: the rooster. They took the girls to dinner once every other month. They paid for the girls’ school fees every year and eventually sent them to college. After graduation, they paid for a celebratory trip to Hong Kong and helped them find jobs when they came home. Thirty years later, Huang and his friend still meet them regularly for dinner, now with their own families.

Huang believes that Rotary should be about lifting people up. The theme he chose, Light Up Rotary, is a reflection of his desire to encourage Rotarians to bring light where there is darkness. Huang also hopes that Light Up Rotary inspires Rotarians to lighten up Rotary’s image. He wants Rotary to be fun, not just for fun’s sake, but because having a good time builds genuine bonds of friendship, retains members, and helps recruit new ones.

Member recruitment is a hallmark of Huang’s Rotary career. When he was club president, his club grew from 102 to 138 members. When he was district governor for Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, he added 19 new clubs. “If you want to invite people, you need to make things interesting,” he reasons. “Then they will love it and come again.”

Huang’s friend and RI Vice President Celia Elena Cruz de Giay supports this approach. “Rotary is a serious organization but not a solemn one. President Gary is putting an emphasis on making Rotary fun because he can see the winning combination of Rotarians having fun while they serve,” she explains.

He also champions the idea of opening Rotary’s doors to younger people and recruiting more female members. “Some Rotarians are too conservative. They disagree with having women or younger members,” he says. “With younger people, they are our future. In a few years, they will be bigger, better, maybe richer than us,” Huang jokes. “It’s good for them, good for Rotary, and good for society.”

Even though he jokes, Huang is so serious about membership that he recruited his own family into Rotary. His wife joined first, then his three grown children followed suit, each in a different club. His son, Billy, believes that being in Rotary has made the family closer. “We participate in activities together,” he says. “I understand my dad better.”

Huang is thrilled to bring together the most important parts of his life, giving new meaning to the idea of the family of Rotary. He hopes that others will follow his example. “Why leave your family to do your Rotary work? You can do it together,” he suggests. “Then doing good becomes a family event.”

These days, Huang plays golf instead of basketball, but he’s still in the game of setting up his team – the team of Rotary – to win. – Susie Ma

2014 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Letter

The annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been released.  It makes for very interesting reading, giving hope and inspiration as well as setting things straight on a few myths about poverty and development.  Using facts and figures in an interactive way, they lay out the way forward from here. Check the Website here.

RAWCS Report - RYLA and RYPEN in Timor-Leste

Since 2002 our Rotary District has been bringing young Timorese to Sydney to participate in RYLA - (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). Each visitor was funded by Rotary club donations. Given that the average age of Timorese is only eighteen, that half the children under five are malnourished, that a third of the population perished over the last two decades and that many of the young people have never had mentors, leadership was seen as being absolutely critical to the emerging independent Timor Leste. 

In 2008 Rtn Theo Glockemann and his wife Georgia visited Timor Leste to assess whether their idea of a RYLA in Timor Leste run by Timorese youth for Timorese youth was a possibility. The object was to “export” the RYLA program to Timor Leste. A team of fifteen returned to Timor on a fact finding trip and to confirm that RYLA had a very important place in Timor. As a result 2010 saw the first RYLA in Timor Leste held at Liquisa with 50 participants. Despite many cultural, language and organisational problems RYLA was a great success. 

For the 2012 RYLA TL we were very fortunate to secure Woodside and its Joint Venture Partners – Shell, Conico Philips and Osaka Gas – as sponsors. Eddy Pinto was elected Timorese Director. He himself was a Rylarian in 2010. He set about the task of selecting and training his facilitator team with the result that RYLA TL 2012 had almost 700 applicants for the 100 positions available. After an exhaustive selection process the participants chosen were of the highest calibre. 

Our team had great concerns about the number of young people we were turning away from RYLA TL, and the huge number of school leavers who would not continue to University faced a bleak future with no jobs and few choices. The Rotary RYPEN project (Rotary Youth Program of Encouragement), we believed had a lot to offer and so we resolved to have a pilot RYPEN in 2013. 

To take advantage of the enthusiasm and to put into use what they had learnt, last year we initiated “Rylarian District Community Service Committees” made up of ET RYLA Alumni. Each year 100 new Rylarians will be encouraged to participate with their peers in the Rotaract Club of Dili and form new committees where there currently are none, and to mentor their younger peers from RYPEN, while serving their communities. We maintain a database of participants / districts / projects to monitor and assist. 

What started with a single idea has now led to a variety of productive programs involving more than 400 young adults which is immensely pleasing. 

Theo Glockermann

Email message from Kelvin 23 Sept 2013

Dear All at The Rotary Club of Ryde Inc,

This term, as they did in term 2, our secondary students are typing a letter to their sponsors!

If you’d like to email your sponsored student, you are welcome to do so. We will print your email and pass it on.  However, we do not have the facilities to print photos here at the school, and students will only receive a black and white version. You can send these emails to sponsor@schoolofstjude.co.tz.

The reply from your sponsored student may take a few months, as the students do not have direct access to email. The Sponsor Relations Team read all communications that go to and from our students. We do this to protect both our students and our sponsors.

Jamie Tucker

Sponsor Relations Team
PO Box 11875, Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa
Web: www.schoolofstjude.org

Below is Kelvin’s letter to you:

Dear all at Rotary Club of Ryde inc. Hopefully you are all well and thus  going great with your daily activities

. For me I thank the Almighty for I am extremely healthy and doing fantastic with my studies it is a little bit hot here at St Jude this could be summer, what about Australia?

J
ust a few days ago here at St Jude we had career fair celebration and it was such a spectacular event. All St Jude students showed great artistic skills beyond compare. On that day I saw a lot of stuff and lucky enough I got exposed to adverse career clusters. I wish you guys were there to share the happiness with me, hopefully next career fair if God wishes we shall be together and I am praying for that. Well at the moment I am preparing myself for end of term three examinations. It is my belief that you guys will pray for me so that I may do them with ease
 I would like to say God bless you all for the love and support.

With love,

Kelvin


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