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Children's Graduation 2017!

Children from local primary schools graduated at West Herts College, as part of a scheme designed to reward participation in out-of-school educational and extra-curricular activities.

The Watford campus hosted six Children’s University (CU) graduation ceremonies, celebrating the achievements of local children across the past academic year.

The more hours each student clocked up for each club or activity they attended, the higher award they received, and each recipient was called up to the stage in their cap and gown to receive their certificate. The provision has been incredibly successful and has been running for six years now.

This year’s graduating class was made up of students from Virtual School, Bournehall, Bromet, Chater, Cherry Tree, Little Green, Maple Cross JMI, Nascot Wood, Orchard and Yorke Mead primary schools. Across the South Hertfordshire CU this year, over 600 children graduated, who have gained ¼ million hours of learning in the local area – from dance to athletics, art to swimming, ICT to football.


West Herts College Principal Gill Worgan, congratulated the graduates by saying: “It has been delightful to witness the growth of Children’s University and to see so many promising young students in front of me who have achieved something special.

“The Children’s University is all about raising your aspirations, self-esteem and confidence and encouraging curiosity and a love of learning. I can see that reflected today through your hard work and commitment, and now is the time to give a huge well done to each and every one of you.”

The graduates were treated to live music from West Herts College students, Jamie and Sarah, their performance of Pharell’s ‘Happy’ was thoroughly enjoyed by staff, graduates and parents alike.

A measure of the ceremonies’ success was the excitement on the children’s faces whilst collecting their scrolls, as their proud parents took photos.

The final ceremony of the week saw children from Maple Cross JMI school graduate. Deputy Principal Cath Gunn, congratulated the children on their special achievement: “We would like to pay tribute to the contribution Maple Cross JMI School have made over the past six years to the Children’s University.

“You were our very first school that took part in Children’s University and in that time we have graduated 307 Maple Cross children, many of you more than once and now the siblings of our first cohort. Your school has achieved over 34,000 hours of activities outside of school, which is truly an outstanding achievement.”

Lochan Pennant-Shah, a student at Bournehall Primary School, who was awarded a Bronze Undergraduate Degree, said: “I've worked really hard and loved getting up on stage to receive my award! It was amazing and I had lots of fun.”

Emma Hawes, also from Bournehall Primary School, was awarded the Gold Undergraduate Award. She said: “I’m really happy, I liked having my family there with me. Thank you for my certificate, I had a great night!”

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