School children have been presented with awards for acts of citizenship.

Pupils from 11 schools across the town have been awarded certificates by the Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Club for their displays of selflessness and community spirit.

Awards are presented to those who live up to the Rotary motto of ‘service above self’, with a number of Rotarians, including former President Cynthia Barker, presenting the 42 awards in presentation ceremonies held over the past week.

Current President Barbara Kennedy is no stranger to awards herself, having been awarded the Paul Harris fellowship award in 2010, which is presented for exceptional service within Rotary and in the community.

Mrs Kennedy presented awards at three of the schools receiving awards for its pupils, including St Teresa’s, Monksmead and Brookmeadow.

Speaking to the Borehamwood Times, she said: “One of the most pleasing duties of the Rotary year is presenting the Rotary School Awards. It is wonderful to see such young people displaying acts of public citizenship and caring so early in their lives.

“It is my experience if young people are encouraged to be responsible in their school and home lives it stands them in good stead to be better prepared for further education and be responsible employees. In my professional experience I cross paths with many community organisations and have seen clear evidence of how important a child’s formative years can impact on adult life. “