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Dress rehearsal for Children’s University graduands

Left to right, back row, Arianna Jones-Button, Jordan Wilton, Sophie Knysak and Rori Davis; front row, Riley Knysak, Kori Davis and Olivia Connolly. Image courtesy of UTAS

The excitement is building at JRLF Gagebrook Primary ahead of December 2017’s University of Tasmania graduations.

Students from the school will join other Children’s University Tasmania graduates to lead the Town and Gown Procession in Hobart on December 20 2017, ahead of their own graduation ceremony and celebration at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The students rehearsed for the big occasion, trying on their gowns and hats.

“We are extremely proud of their efforts and commitment to the learning programs,” Gagebrook Primary Acting Principal Sarah Ramsay said.

Ms Ramsay said Children’s University was helping children access after-school learning activities in the community.

“The Tasmanian Department of Education and our school priority is to support every learner every day, and this program motivates children to connect with learning opportunities outside of school hours, and their effort is recognised and rewarded,” she said.

“With support from Communities for Children, we were able to provide many learning clubs that ran after school, such as Science Club, Reading Club, Art Club, Coding Club, AFL, cricket, robotics, digital technologies, dance and more to engage students in fun learning experiences that they are interested in.

“All these clubs were validated through Children’s University as they recognise and place a strong emphasis on experiences as a significant learning tool.

“Staff and volunteers have offered their time to support these programs.”

Children’s University Tasmania – which is operated by the Peter Underwood Centre under the auspices of Children’s University Australia – creates opportunities that encourage and celebrate learning outside school hours.

Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning from their school in which the hours of validated activity are recorded by Learning Destinations. Once they have reached the required number of hours the children’s achievement is celebrated at a graduation ceremony.

Peter Underwood Centre Deputy Director Dr Becky Shelley said the support of Communities for Children and Gagebrook Primary staff for the enrichment programs was an outstanding example of what can be achieved at a community level.

“The Children’s University is the university of fun,” Dr Shelley said. “It is fantastic to see the way in which the community is creating a love of learning and broadening aspirations.”

Since being launched in July 2015, Children’s University Tasmania has grown to include 16 schools and is being extended to schools on the North-West Coast thanks to a $350,000 Tasmanian Community Fund grant.

Launched in February 2015, the Peter Underwood Centre is a partnership between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government in association with the Office of the Governor of Tasmania.

Source: UTAS

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