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Children get a degree of purple pride

Published Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Four graduation ceremonies are taking place at Middlesex University this year but the 300 students are all aged between 10 and 12.

They will be donning traditional deep purple university gowns and mortar boards as they step up to receive their graduation certificates from the Children’s University.

The Children’s University is a national scheme now into its second year in Enfield. It aims to raise the aspirations of children aged seven to 14 by recognising their achievements in out of school activities and learning.

Achievements in new sports and creative activities such as crafts, cookery, archery, horse riding, dance, music and library activities are being recognised at the graduation ceremonies.

Certificates are awarded in categories and children can build up a considerable number of hours achieving national standards. The idea is for children to build a sustained interest, expertise and skill.

A bronze certificate is awarded for 30 hours, silver for 65 hours and gold for 100 hours. For 300 hours there is a gold diploma and 400 hours a gold degree. Silver and gold certificates are also awarded with a medal.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, "This has been an extremely successful year for this project which has attracted 17 schools almost doubling on last year.

"Children have worked hard in after school activities to achieve their certificates proving that they can apply themselves and make a big commitment to learning outside school.

"Our schools have also taken part in the scheme to provide activities that are both fun and educational encouraging all abilities."

The council’s libraries and sports development teams are also part of the programme offering credits or stamps for various activities. Southgate and Barnet College have introduced new and innovative clubs in fashion and forensics.

Schools taking part:

Nightingale Academy; Southgate Secondary; Keys Meadow Primary; Brettenham Primary; Raynham Primary; Carterhatch Junior; West Lea School; Fleecefield Primary; Eldon Junior; Honilands Primary; St John and St James Primary; Oakthorpe Primary; Alma Primary; Galliard Primary; Wilbury Primary; Starksfield Primary; Hazelbury Junior.

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