SCHOOL children from across Cornwall will celebrate racking up hours of extra-curricular study tomorrow at the Children’s University’s first graduation ceremony.
The event at the Tremough Campus in Penryn will bring together over 150 young learners from schools across Cornwall in two presentation ceremonies.
The event will be hosted by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University at the campus they share in Penryn.
For the first time the youngsters will also have a chance to try out a diverse range of learning activities with local colleges, universities, businesses and learning providers organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.
The youngsters will be presented with certificates at two presentations on the day, having built up between 65 and 600 hours of independent learning as part of The Children’s University, a national scheme which encourages 5 to 14 year olds to get involved in high quality learning activities outside of school hours.
The first group of youngsters, from the Redruth, Pool and Camborne area, were presented with their certificates by Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people.
Beverly Hulme, Mayor of Penryn, carried out the presentations for the second group of children from schools and clubs in Hayle, Liskeard, Looe, St Cleer, Ludgvan, Helston, Mullion, Newquay, Truro, Stithians, St Day and Penryn.
“Our graduations are always a great celebration of their achievements and for this event we wanted to make it extra special with the addition of an interactive learning zone” said Lisa Neville of Cornwall Learning, which manages the Children’s University in Cornwall.
“There will be robots, giant bubbles, microscopes, ‘minibeasts’, musical instruments, animal skulls, skeletons and skins, to name just a few of the exhibits on offer” said Lisa.