College House has been the venue for 50 young adults to discover more about themselves, their leadership skills, and being part of a community.

RYLA - the Rotary Youth Leadership Award -   graduates 25,000 young adults each year around the world. It provides an environment in which young people develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Many RYLA graduates refer to their experience as "the week that changed my life".

The course at College House ran from Sunday 21st of January to Friday 26th of January and made full use of the House. Participants stayed in the houses, ate in the Dining Hall and made full use of the Quadrangle and Alan Pyatt Study Centre for a wide range of physical and mental challenges.

BM Alastair Drayton said, "It's a great pleasure to welcome RYLA each year. The energy and commitment they show during their brief stay in College House is wonderful. Coming after our Christmas break and before our own students begin their year, it's a great reminder of what a wonderful environment we have at College House and how superbly the facilities and surroundings effect the development of young people".

The RYLA course is sponsored by Rotary Clubs throughout the Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast areas and is free to approved participants. More information can be found at RYLA 9970 Site

 RYLA in Study Centre med

Photos: Anne Chiang 

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