Children’s University – Autumn Graduation 2017

On Monday 20th November, nine children from Toftwood Infant School and thirteen children from Toftwood Junior School attended the Autumn graduation. This took place at Gressenhall Rural Life Museum.

The children took part in a Victorian school lesson before receiving their certificates.  The children learned the rules of the classroom, such as “Children should be seen and not heard”, and had a hand inspection.  They practiced their times tables, recited the alphabet, and wrote their names on slates.  Then they learnt about the British Empire, and the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. “I really liked being in the school room.  The teacher was really realistic.  It felt like I was a Victorian child,” said a Year 5 Graduate.

After their lesson the children were gowned and led into the Chapel ready to receive their awards and certificates.  In total, the children from Toftwood Junior School collected 42 certificates. This means that the children have taken part in over 1260 hours of out-of-school-hours learning and activities.  The children from the Infant School collected 16 certificates, amounting to over 480 hours. Following the ceremony parents were able to take photos, and both schools took part in a hat throw!

“I loved the graduation because it was fun, educational, amazing and I got four awesome certificates.   The part I didn’t like was leaving!” said another Year 5 Graduate.

Children’s University Summer Graduation July 2017

Sixteen children and their parents attended a Graduation event on Friday 14th July at The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. They were welcomed to the Centre by Norfolk Children’s University Staff and then were gowned for the ceremony.   The children and their visitors took their places and were treated to a Mad Science Show hosted by Anglian Water which involved some messy experiments aimed at helping the children understand about disposing of household waste safely and carefully.

Then the children received their Awards and Certificates from Alix McGarvey-Leggett from the Norfolk Children’s University.  6 children received Bronze Awards for 30 hours of extra-curricular learning in their passports, 3 children received Silver Awards for 65 hours, 3 children received Gold Awards for 100 hours.   4 children received Bronze Certificates for 130 hours, and 5 children received Silver Certificates for 165 hours.  Well done to all the children for achieving success in a broad range of activities including sports activities, Rainbows, Brownies or Beavers, and the holiday challenges that are sent home regularly.

Congratulations Everyone!    Celebratory hat wave!

Children’s University Spring Graduation

A Children’s University graduation assembly was held in school on Thursday 16th March for fifteen children who have achieved credits in their passports for all kinds of learning activities outside the school curriculum.   9 children received a Bronze Award for 30 hours (credits) of activities.  6 children received Silver Awards  (65 credits).  3 children received Gold Awards (100 credits), and 3 children received Bronze Certificates (130 credits).  Some children received more than one award as a result of their enthusiastic participation.   Photos and activities were displayed for everyone to see, showing children taking part in a whole range of activities including swimming, gymnastics, karate, Rainbows, as well as visiting museums, and completing holiday challenges.

The assembly was attended by parents and included a ceremonial entry into the hall with children wearing their royal blue gowns and mortar boards, formal handshakes and a rather excited “hat throw” at the end!

Any child may join the Children’s University from their fifth birthday.  It is free to join if you register with us at school and it is a wonderful way to recognise learning beyond the school curriculum, and involves the whole family.  It is surprising how quickly children can build up their credits in their passports.

Call in at the school office for more details.

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