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.