Robert Smyth Academy Interact Club

chartered in Market Harborough

Launch of the Robert Smyth Academy Interact Club in Market Harborough

 27th January 2015

L to R front row. President Rennie Quinn, Robert Smyth Academy principal Sue Jones, Interact president Jess Spiby, Interact president-elect Adrian Wawrejko, Interactor Bonnie and DG Ken Billington.

An Interact Club has been created at Robert Smyth Academy by the Market Harborough Rotary Club. This new venture will mean students can experience the opportunities and benefits from membership of the Rotary International organisation.

The Interact Club for 12 to 18 year olds will promote international and community projects within the Robert Smyth Academy and will provide the opportunity for the students to develop their leadership skills, engage with volunteering opportunities, make new friends, and learn how they can make a difference.

These activities will all be under the guidance of experienced Rotarians from the Market Harborough Rotary Club, but will mostly be led and run by the student members.

The Interact Club had a formal chartering at a meeting at the Angel Hotel on Tuesday January 27th, though weekly meetings will normally be held at the Robert Smyth Academy.  Fifteen individual Interact Club members were inducted into the new club and the Club's Charter certificate, badges of office and membership were presented by the Rotary District Governor, Ken Billington. There are a further 14 members, but the event clashed with a parents' evening at the Academy, so they were unable to attend.

The President of the Interact Club, Jess Spiby, was welcomed by those present, including many members of the Rotary Club of Market Harborough, parents and friends of the Interact members. She said "This is a wonderful chance for all the Interactors, and creates a new opportunity at Robert Smyth Academy for young people to get involved with Rotary." The Principal and Chair of Governors of the Academy were also there in support.

The President elect Adrian Wawrejko, gave a very well-received, inspirational speech about why he wanted to be an Interactor, and why he thought all students should be Interactors. Four Interactors attended the Market Harborough Rotary club's 57th charter anniversary dinner a few days later and Adrian gave a similar speech which gained a standing ovation from the Rotarian audience.

One of the first activities of the Interact Club is to support the international Literacy Box scheme that provides basic school stationary items and sports equipment to schools in Zambia, other countries in sub-Sahara and to the Philippines.

Interact’s name is a combination of the words international and action. With clubs in over 120 countries and geographical areas, Interact is truly an international phenomenon.

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Photo courtesy of

Andrew Carpenter and Harborough Mail