Congratulations to the 65 children from across the Federation who attended a Graduation ceremony at Toftwood Junior School on Thursday 14th June. The children received a range of awards from Alix McGarvey-Leggett, the Project Officer from Norfolk Children’s University. After the children were gowned she welcomed children and parents, and gave a presentation of activities that the children had participated in while gaining their credits in their passports. Before the awards were presented the children listened to a speaker from Forensic Minds, who explained the process of fingerprinting. “I liked learning about fingerprints!” said one of the Year 2 children. The Year 1 children were surprised that Prince Harry and Meghan, AND koalas have fingerprints!
One Year 5 child commented “I liked the Children’s University graduation for two reasons; firstly because we threw our hats in the air and secondly because of the Forensic Minds visitor. I know that finger prints, zebra stripes and tiger stripes are similar because they are all unique”.
One pupil achieved Postgraduate Bronze Certificate with a total of over 530 credits. After receiving his award Milo said:
“I’ve been going to lots of different clubs and places of interest for about 7-8 years. I am pleased with my award”.
Altogether the children have taken part in extra-curricular activities for a total of over 3420 hours in order to gain credits in their passports and achieve their awards. These activities include participating in sports, holiday challenges, visits to museums and places of interest, and attendance at Brownies and Rainbows, Beavers and Cubs.
The ceremony was rounded off by a photo session during which the children enjoyed an enthusiastic “hat throw” to celebrate their success! The Infant children enjoyed receiving their certificates and seeing their parents for the ceremony, and liked throwing their hats. One Year 1 child said: “I really enjoy working hard on all the exciting things we do!”
Mrs Pedlow said “ I am so proud of all of the children who have carried on their learning outside of school and have gained such a huge range of skills by doing so. I look forward to seeing them all graduate from University in the future! Thank you to all of the parents who have supported the children to gain these awards. Every child in our school can have a free passport from school once they are 5, so we hope to see more children join in the future”
Please click on the link to see a report in the Dereham Times about our graduation – http://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/children-toftwood-school-graduation-1-5579706