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STUDENT SIGNATURES ETCHED
Rotary Club of Perth, WA
The Rotary Club of Perth, WA, has played a significant
role in ensuring the signatures of 200,000 Western
Australian students have been etched into history after
the unveiling of a unique art sculpture near the city’s
riverside Bell Tower.
The signatures were gathered from across the State
in 1999 as part of WA’s millennium celebrations,
and inscribed into tiles surrounding the Bell Tower.
However, a new home had to be found for them
when the tiles were torn up as part of the Elizabeth
Enter the Rotary Club of Perth!
In collaboration with the Metropolitan
Redevelopment Authority – and supported by a
$150,000 grant from Lotterywest – the club helped
find two outstanding local artists, Simon Gauntlett
and Matthew Ngui, whose amazing copper-plated
design embraces fibre optic technology to represent
the passing of time from 1999 to the present day.
Club president Graham Peden said the sculpture,
named the Signature Ring, provides a unique link to
families and communities throughout the state and
will become recognised as an iconic representation
“There is a deep and binding historical connection
to our past, because the artwork captures the
signatures of thousands of students from across the
State who were at school near the end of the 20th
century,” Graham said.
“In years to come, the children and grandchildren of
these students – along with thousands of other West
Australians and tourists – will get great enjoyment
from visiting the site to trace relatives or friends who
participated in the original ‘Sign In 2000’ project that
celebrated the millennium.”
Graham said Rotary has a history of supporting
projects that bring
communities from far
and wide together
and help foster the
progress and welfare
of our youth.
SCHOOL GOES DIGITAL
Principal, Norfolk Island Central School
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Island and Norfolk Island
Central School have successfully partnered to increase
student access to technology and provide educational
opportunities vital to flourishing in this 21st century world.
The production of a highly numerate and literate
population is imperative for the future health and
prosperity of the island. However, Norfolk Island citizens
face all of the challenges experienced by other remote
communities and current financial conditions on the island
mean the majority of students do not own their own
digital device. This was identified as a major impediment
towards providing equitable learning opportunities for
students to become successful learners, confident and
creative individuals and active and informed citizens.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Island recently came on
board with the aim of addressing this need. The Rotarians
successfully applied for a Global Grant to supply $70,000
worth of computers to the students, with the funding
for this project provided by District 3730 governor Choi
of Korea, NZ-based District 9910, the Norfolk Island
Government and the Rotary Club of Norfolk Island.
Rotary’s commitment to deliver a digital device to
the hands of every Norfolk Island student has been life
changing. Students from Year 5 through to Year 12 now
have personal laptops for use within the school and at
home. Year 3 and Year 4 students have access to iPads
and Kindergarten through to Year 2 students have access
to Mini iPads.
Teachers are now able to prepare students for the
demands of an ever-changing world by facilitating learning
in a technology-rich environment where students and
teachers don’t just learn about technology, they use it to
achieve powerful learning and teaching and improved
This initiative has also addressed the need to provide
opportunities for parents to be more actively engaged in
their children’s learning and utilises parental and student
engagement strategies, in line with the national Family-
School-Partnership Framework, helping Norfolk Island
Central School to build effective partnerships with families
and to support student learning, resilience and wellbeing.
Thank you to our Rotary partners for enhancing the lives
and learning opportunities for all members of the Norfolk
Island Central School learning community.
Rotary Club of Perth
president Graham Peden
inspecting the student
signatures with East Butler
Primary School students
Liam Mullins (10) and
Emily Moore (11).
Norfolk Island Central School students
Hiroki McKenzie, left, and Ceilidh
Nisbet. (Photo: Michelle Hayes, Teacher,
Norfolk Island Central School)
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