ROTARY ROUND-UP: West Worthing Rotary honours students’ achievements at centre

Tony Moore Awards at the Lavinia Norfolk Centre. Foreground ' the students (left to right): Ross Young, Peter Langton and Nicholas Pearce. Background ' Rotarians and staff: Mark Andrews (head of centre), Charles Pressley, Sue Virgo (Rotary president), John Bayley and Tony Moore (founder of the awards)
Tony Moore Awards at the Lavinia Norfolk Centre. Foreground ' the students (left to right): Ross Young, Peter Langton and Nicholas Pearce. Background ' Rotarians and staff: Mark Andrews (head of centre), Charles Pressley, Sue Virgo (Rotary president), John Bayley and Tony Moore (founder of the awards)

This week, David Chapman, from the Rotary Club of West Worthing, gives an update on the latest and future goings-on.

The end of the school year at the Lavinia Norfolk Centre at Angmering High School saw three students receive the annual Tony Moore Awards.

The Lavinia Norfolk Centre is a specialist support facility for students with a physical, medical or sensory impairment and the Tony Moore Awards are given to students who show exceptional progress towards independence.

The centre is a unique facility, recognised both at county and national level as a centre of excellence and expertise, not only in the specialisms, for which it was originally designated, but also in the areas of autism and for students with social communication difficulties, students with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and for students with both specific or general learning difficulties.

West Worthing Rotary Club has a long association with the centre, helping in many fundraising projects to improve facilities for the students.

The Tony Moore Awards were founded in 1981 by West Worthing Rotarian Tony Moore as part of his year as RIBI District Governor.

The awards have been granted each year to two or three outstanding students.

They recognise exceptional progress towards independence, those who provide an inspiration for others, for adaption and the ability to overcome disability and, in doing so, setting a role model for others.

The three students who received the award this year, which includes a bursary of £100 to be spent to further their education, were sixth form students Ross Young, Nicholas Pearce and Peter Langton.

Ross Young did well in year 10/11 but had really spread his wings in the sixth form.

He is outstanding for his self motivation and participation in school events and the organisation of his workload.

He has achieved the Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership and has gone on to gain a place at Chichester College to follow a football coaching award.

Nicholas Pearce is partially sighted but, in spite of being visually impaired, he has led the way for others.

He has shown outstanding determination in overcoming his disability and strives towards independence, making his own way to the school and working very hard.

He sets an example that has impressed other parents who want to place their visually impaired children at the school where they will get the support they need.

Peter Langton has blossomed in the sixth form and has shown a tremendous increase in confidence.

He set up his own work experience in a primary school and organised himself to attend the Withdean Sports Complex for his training.

He also takes a prominent role in organising events in the school.

The awards were presented by the President of West Worthing Rotary Club, Sue Virgo.

Mark Andrews, the head of the centre, said: “These awards provide a powerful motivational drive for students to achieve their full potential.”

Head of school David Brixey said: “We cannot say how much we value the interest that West Worthing Rotary takes in the Lavinia Norfolk Centre. This external support is important for the morale of both staff and students.”

Rotarian Tony Moore, who instigated the awards in 1981 and was present for these latest awards, said: “I cannot say how pleased I am to see that generations of students have been helped by having goals and targets to strive for.

“We are constantly impressed by their drive, energy and their capacity to overcome their disadvantages in life and it is a pleasure to be able to recognise them in this way.”

Details of Worthing’s three Rotary clubs are:

• Worthing Rotary Club meets Monday, 12.55pm, at the Chatsworth Hotel, in The Steyne, Worthing, 01903 262222.

• West Worthing Rotary Club meets Tuesday evening at Tudor Close, Ferring, 01903 535900.

• Worthing Steyne Rotary Club meets Monday evening at The Ardington Hotel, in Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 01903 234957.

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