West Norfolk primary pupils ‘graduate’ at CoWA

Graduates gather with Chris Challender, head of higher education at CWA. ANL-150412-171041001
Graduates gather with Chris Challender, head of higher education at CWA. ANL-150412-171041001

The county’s youngest graduates gathered with family and friends at a special celebratory event and science showcase last week.

It was held at the College of West Anglia as the Children’s University convened.

The concept is led by Norfolk County Council and aims to raise children’s aspirations by supporting young people to extend their learning outside of the normal school day.

The county organised the graduation event with a difference on Tuesday.

It featured both a daytime and evening presentation ceremony.

Festivities took place in the college hall at the Lynn campus of the college, where more than 60 children from seven local schools donned mortar boards and gowns to mark the completion of more than 30 hours of extra learning outside of school, with some picking up multiple certificates.

The schools taking part were Ashwicken Primary, Dersingham Primary, Heacham Infants, Holly Meadows, Scarning Primary, Toftwood Infant and Watlington Primary

Schoolchildren were greeted on stage by head of higher education at the college, Chris Challender, before posing for their graduation photographs as they exited the stage.

In order to qualify for the Children’s University graduation, children had to equate more than 30 hours of extracurricular activity, recorded by stamping in a special ‘Passport to Learning’.

Stamps are collated for each hour of learning they complete either in after school activities or at Public Learning Destinations, which have been approved by the Children’s University.

As well as accepting certificates, attendees were also treated to a quirky hands-on science show put on by Anglian Water, and local company Mad Science – who specialise in fun and interactive learning experiences.