UPDATE on Gloria’s Talks to Rotary Clubs – December 2021
Over 145 different Rotary Clubs around the world have enjoyed Gloria’s zoom presentation of ‘Ocean World’ during the covid pandemic period. However, life is no longer in lockdown and Gloria is busy once again travelling and talking to audiences LIVE on stages around the world.
Requests are still coming in for Gloria to talk to individual Rotary Clubs, but it is just not possible now to fit these visits into her busy schedule.
However, you can still hear her talks! Why not put a date in your Speakers calendar and take the opportunity to hear an ‘Ocean World’ environmental talk in the form of a pre-recorded 30 minute talk. Watching a pre-recorded talk will give your Club the flexibility to educate/entertain your club members at any time.
There are two pre-recorded talks – 1. the original ‘Ocean World’ – already seen by Clubs during lockdown (available now), and 2. a new talk ‘What do we do NOW?’ which focuses on the environment. This talk will be available from January 2022.
When you organise a talk to your Rotary Club – the pre-recorded talk will cost £50. However, your Club will receive a £50 voucher to spend on environmental educational resources !!
During her talks Gloria encourages Rotary Clubs to get involved with an environmental project in their own local primary schools – by buying education resources from her to gift to schools. Details of all the resources and options for purchase are detailed below.
Contact Gloria direct by hitting the Get in Touch button at the top of this page to arrange a date for a visit to talk to your Club, or to organise a WeirdFish Lady visit in one of your local schools.
What you can spend your £50 voucher on !!
Ocean World Teachers Resource
What is the ‘Ocean World Teachers’ Resource’?
We have put together a package which allows the teacher to become an overnight expert on the world’s oceans without having to do any research of their own. What they receive is a selection of flexible activities, plus Power Points for use in introducing the various areas of the project. There are original film clips and a film guide together with a copy of the non-fiction book ‘The Amazing World Beneath the Waves’ plus games which reinforce learning. Teachers can use these materials from the next morning if they wish. It really is that simple … no searching on the internet for information, no anxious thoughts or worries about whether their teaching is factual, and no wondering whether their pupils are going to enjoy what the teacher is teaching.
As teachers ourselves, we know from experience that our materials can really excite and involve the students, encouraging them to learn more about their planet. If teachers are geared up to teach about really important issues, and children understand and are encouraged to be good citizens of the world – then this project really is a win, win scenario!
This superb resource is available to purchase at £59.00. Click here to go to the shop –
A recommendation from Cardiff Bay Rotary Club
Here at Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay we were delighted to work with Gloria Barnett – the WeirdFish Lady – when we funded a ZOOM visit from her to the Whitchurch Primary School.
We booked 12th November. Plans were agreed between the Weird Fish lady and our lead year 5 teacher Nikki and the day soon came around.
The zoom visit started with a 20-minute narrated video to the whole of KS2 in Assembly. (Years 4, 5 and 6). This talk was designed to help understanding of the ocean world and life in the oceans.
Break-out sessions followed with individual classes from Year 5.
The breakout sessions are based on video information (including original film clips) and Q&A sessions with the children.
There are three specific areas which the WeirdFish Lady helps children to understand:
- ‘Save the Planet’ – where children learn about the problems of excess carbon dioxide in the oceans and the root cause – fossil fuels!
- ii) ‘Alien World’ – the oceans as seen through the eyes of a scuba diver’
iii) ‘Night diving’ – followed by a quiz.
We managed to manipulate the timings so that the Year 5 children in Whitchurch Primary were able to do all three breakout sessions.
The children were keen to ask questions and they were obviously enjoying their morning.
The teacher wrote to us afterwards….
“The whole experience has been invaluable to raising the children’s awareness – Thank you again for making it possible!’
Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay paid the £50 fee to the WeirdFish Lady for the visit to the school, and amazingly, in return for this fee, we received a £50 voucher to spend on resources for the school. This is an incredibly generous offer – but based on Gloria’s wishes to get as many WeirdFish Lady resources into schools as possible. In consultation with our teacher Nikki, Gloria sent us a parcel containing a complete set of the 3-book series of Lucy Morgan adventure stories for 8-12-year olds, plus two non-fiction books The Amazing World Beneath the Waves and 50 Fabulous facts about Ocean Creatures. This really was a win-win offer – and we in RCCB were delighted to take part in educating young people about their planet, and in particular the oceans. We recommend all Rotary clubs get involved in this educational project.
Mary Davies. Rotary Club of Cardiff Bay. December 2021
Essential facts about the Ocean that we all need to know:
99.9% of all life on Earth needs oxygen to survive
80% of the oxygen available in the atmosphere is produced from seagrass and plankton in the oceans.
(only 20% of oxygen comes from rain forest)
It is vital that everyone understands the importance of keeping our oceans healthy.
‘Click on the video on the right to find out ALL the information you need to understand the Teacher’s Resources and books available for you to GIFT to schools.’
“Rotary Clubs around the UK are becoming
‘Gloria’s Rotary Heroes‘
for the environmental work they are now doing with Primary School children.
These Rotary Clubs are gifting educational resources to primary schools.
Well done everyone !”
It all started in July 2020
One hundred and twenty copies of ‘Eye of the Turtle’ books were given to Year 6 Primary School pupils in Kent as leaving presents.
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Chestfield.
You are my heroes!
for gifting these to help children understand more about the ocean environment.
… signing them all took a while!
A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Pontllanfraith in Wales for purchasing twenty-two ‘Eye of the Turtle’ books for local Primary School libraries.
You are my heroes for
‘helping to educate young people about the ocean environment’
Thanks everyone !
More heroes on my list
Rotary Club of
Following my ‘Ocean World’
zoom talk last week they have just purchased a sample book pack for each of the primary schools in their area.
Fantastic ! Let’s hope the schools go
on to buy the Ocean World Teacher’s
Resource too and then have
fascinating lessons for 8-12-year-olds
on oceans, as well as exciting reading
You are my Rotary Heroes
Go to the bottom of the BOOKS
of this page for details of
special bulk order book prices for schools.
New Heroes on the block!
A BIG thank you goes to the
Rotary Club of Sidcup
for purchasing sample book packs and an Ocean World Teachers Resource for a local school. This is a double whammy – as Teachers get a valuable resource and children get exciting stories to read.
More Heroic Deeds!
RC of Chelwood Bridge
have ordered copies of every resource we have published – they’re now making their decisions on how they are going to use these resources to help their local Primary Schools.
Great work in Somerset.
eRotary Club of West Scotland
purchased TWO Ocean World Teacher’s Resource Boxes – the teachers are so excited!
Thank you West Scotland!
AND even more Heroes !
Rotary Club of Titsey in Surrey
have purchased 42 books as leaving presents for a Primary school in Surrey.
Thank you Titsey!
BIG thank you –
to our newest Rotary Heroes –
The Rotary Club of Godalming
who have just purchased an Ocean World Teachers Box and FIVE Sample Book Packs.
Glowing with pride they are the latest on the list of
There’s MORE !!!
A BIG well done to the
Rotary Club of City of Liverpool
FIVE sample book packs going out to schools !
You are my Rotary Heroes !!
Lucky children in LIVERPOOL !
Well done Wales !
Congratulations to the
Rotary Club of Prestatyn
for purchasing TEN packs of ALL the books for your local primary schools.
Welcome – you definitely are…
Gloria’s ROTARY HEROES !
Yeah! – Scotland again joins the ranks of the heroes list.
Rotary Club of Irvine Seagate in beautiful Scotland have ordered a Ocean World Teacher’s Resource – and will be asking their local primary schools to decide what gifts they would like.
Well done Irvine Seagate!
You are welcomed into the very special gang of Rotary Clubs who are recognised as
Well done !!
Rotary Club of Addiscombe and Shirley
for buying books for the younger 3-6 year old age group and donating these books to primary schools.
Incredible work – and congratulations – you are now in the gang of
Rotary Club of Kew Gardens
SIX Teachers’ Resource Boxes
to Primary Schools in their community.
This is a tremendous effort – and means that both for now and the future there are loads of children who will understand the need to become environmentally responsible young people.
Welcome to the very special ‘club’ of Gloria’s Rotary Heroes
This time it’s the
Rotary Club of Lewisham & Penge
who have just purchased 25 copies of ‘Eye of the Turtle’ for use in the classroom by teachers dealing with children who are having difficulty in learning to read.
Welcome to the Rotary Heroes Club – you are all doing so fantastically well!
The children of London are so lucky to have you all helping them to learn.
July 2021 –
My Own Local Heroes !
I’m now reporting on work and gifts given in the past year by my own Club –
Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise.
In the past year we have gifted one Teacher’s pack to a local school.
I have visited four other local primary schools and completed Weird Fish Lady workshops at each school including a whole school visit during Oceans week, a Year 4 and a Year 5 visit, and visits to two Year 6 groups. I revisited the last school at the end of term and we also gifted 60 books to those Year 6 leavers.
My Club are also conducting a feasibility study to improve an area of another local school as part of an Environmental Grant Project to include materials for an Outdoor Learning Area in the grounds of the school.
Members of my Club are giving their time to get hand’s on with the Outdoor Learning project .
Thank you to all those Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise who have given so much time and energy to working with schools this year – a fantastic record of both Environmental and Educational support for these local Canterbury Schools.
You are my Special Heroes – and yes – I am biased !!!
An incredible achievement by the Rotary Club of Seaford, East Sussex – FIVE Teacher’s Resource boxes have gone to local primary schools.
When asked if they would like to have a box – the Rotarians were blown away by the schools’ immediate and grateful responses.
The name of Rotary is now well-loved and respected in the town of Seaford… Well done Team Seaford!)
Not Just ONE Order – BUT TWO !!!
Well done to all the Rotarians in
West Wickham Rotary Club
for organising both a Teachers Pack and supplies of Logan the Lobster and Eye of the Turtle to a local school.
BUT then – they found another school to help as well – and that school requested a gift of a Teachers resource and a class set of Eye of the turtle books.
Lucky pupils in West Wickham – and definitely a Rotary Heroes Award goes to the Rotarians of West Wickham. All it takes to help educate these pupils is to go and ask the school what they would like as a gift !! Easy !!!