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Rotary School-Link Project – Girrawheen Senior High School



Directorate: Vocational (& Youth)

Project Leader: Allan McLean

Code: Y1

Documented: Yes (???)

Funds Required: ~$200 pa

Project Team: 1

Total Hours pa: 24

Member Involvement: Involvement of Heirisson members as required

Approved: Oct 2013

Status: Ongoing


Description Heirisson in its early years had an intensive partnership with Girrawheen Senior High School, particularly under Principals Barry Wells and Lesley Street. The club was involved in many practical, vocational and community programs and projects with the school, from brick paving to work-experience.


The school engaged in a wide-ranging local development project that saw the parents and community take up the ongoing process of community building, and a New North Vocational Initiative across schools in the area.


Girrawheen is a low socio-economic, ethnically diverse area. The school has 550 students in Years 8 to 12. The regeneration of Heirisson’s former partnership with the school aims to provide opportunities students would not otherwise have.


A specific priority is to promote, sponsor and seek successful nominations for Rotary youth programs (eg RYLA, RYPEN, NYSF, 4 Way Speaking Competition and Heirisson’s FAB Award).


Initial liaison with the School identified other potential areas of involvement as assisting with sausage sizzle / fundraising initiatives; holding a Vocational meeting at the school; investigation of an Interact Club; and assistance with an “Athletic Theatre” interschool competition.


[add Maths summer school etc]


A key adjunct to this relationship embraces Girrawheen’s Clontarf Academy, a branch of the Clontarf Foundation.



Heirisson’s role and criticality to success Heirisson’s role is to create a mutually beneficial partnership and take the initiative in bringing opportunities to the school and its students. Heirisson owns the project and is critical to its success.


Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance? Regeneration of a strong former strategic partnership between Rotary Club of Heirisson and Girrawheen Senior High School.


What difference will the Project/Program make?


·     Participation in Rotary youth programs will open up new opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, assisting them to develop their potential and have a brighter future.

·     In the previous partnership, Heirisson brought business skills and networks to the school that were not available in the parent community or P & C.


Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson) ·     Youth development opportunities typically lead to sustainable benefits for the students involved.

·     The project is likely to be sustainable so long as Heirisson is proactive in nurturing the relationship and developing mutual benefits.

·     From past experience, working with the School is a fun experience for the Club, especially where group activities are involved (eg gardening, having a Heirisson breakfast meeting hosted at the school, school involvement in Heirisson projects).

·     There are opportunities for recognition of Heirisson within the school community.



Q – GSHS Maths Summer School, Clontarf Academy, Student Edge etc?