Children’s University Graduation

Primary school pupils graduate with flying colours at inaugural ceremony

On Wednesday 19 June Oaklands College held their inaugural South Hertfordshire Children’s University Graduation.

The evening saw over 80 pupils from seven primary schools including, Cunningham Hill Juniors, Green Lanes, Howe Dell, Margaret Wix, Mount Pleasant, Park Street and Redbourn Juniors, all graduate with accolades ranging from bronze awards to gold certificates.

The South Hertfordshire Children’s University, led by Oaklands College and West Herts College, is part of a national network encouraging children between the ages of seven and 14 to explore a wide range of opportunities and learn new skills.

The innovative scheme, which rewards the participation in out-of-school activities, has inspired young people to learn more. A much needed boost to local businesses and cultural venues has also come about from the scheme and has had an impact on over 100 learning destinations including Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, The Alban Arena, St Albans Museum, Hertfordshire Sports Village, St Albans City Youth Football Club , Gosling Sports Park as well as many local sports, performing arts providers and brownies, cubs & scouts packs. 

Sue McKinnon, Children’s University Co-ordinator, commented: “The graduation ceremony was a great success. Engaging young pupils with learning from such a pivotal age is so important and to see so many graduate has been very encouraging. 

“By offering exciting and fulfilling activities outside of school hours pupils have been inspired, are building on skills and discovering new talents. For children it’s all about adding excitement to the best days of their lives and from the success of the evening I think we accomplished just that.”

Zoe Hancock, Principal of Oaklands College, commented: “The graduation ceremony was a chance for us to say a big well done to so many of our local, bright, young pupils. 
“We became part of the Children’s University because we knew it would offer significant benefits to children, parents and the community as a whole. For local attractions and clubs the scheme has translated into repeat business and increased footfall for participating learner destinations.”

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