Children’s University Graduation Summer 2 2018

Congratulations to the 65 children from across the Federation who attended a Graduation ceremony at Toftwood Junior School on Thursday 14th June.   The children received a range of awards from Alix McGarvey-Leggett, the Project Officer from Norfolk Children’s University.  After the children were gowned she welcomed children and parents, and gave a presentation of activities that the children had participated in while gaining their credits in their passports.  Before the awards were presented the children listened to a speaker from Forensic Minds, who explained the process of fingerprinting.  “I liked learning about fingerprints!” said one of the Year 2 children.   The Year 1 children were surprised that Prince Harry and Meghan, AND koalas have fingerprints!

One Year 5 child commented “I liked the Children’s University graduation for two reasons; firstly because we threw our hats in the air and secondly because of the Forensic Minds visitor. I know that finger prints, zebra stripes and tiger stripes are similar because they are all unique”.

One pupil achieved Postgraduate Bronze Certificate with a total of over 530 credits. After receiving his award Milo said:

“I’ve been going to lots of different clubs and places of interest for about 7-8 years. I am pleased with my award”.

Altogether the children have taken part in extra-curricular activities for a total of over 3420 hours in order to gain credits in their passports and achieve their awards. These activities include participating in sports, holiday challenges, visits to museums and places of interest, and attendance at Brownies and Rainbows, Beavers and Cubs.

The ceremony was rounded off by a photo session during which the children enjoyed an enthusiastic “hat throw” to celebrate their success! The Infant children enjoyed receiving their certificates and seeing their parents for the ceremony, and liked throwing their hats.  One Year 1 child said: “I really enjoy working hard on all the exciting things we do!”

Mrs Pedlow said “ I am so proud of all of the children who have carried on their learning outside of school and have gained such a huge range of skills by doing so. I look forward to seeing them all graduate from University in the future! Thank you to all of the parents who have supported the children to gain these awards. Every child in our school can have a free passport from school once they are 5, so we hope to see more children join in the future”

Please click on the link to see a report in the Dereham Times about our graduation –

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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