From the spring of 2016 Plymouth children's university became Devon Children University and for a limited time passports are free.
The Children's University is a national initiative. Children aged 5-14 years can go to different learning lectures and activities outside of school hours.
For every event you attend you can get time stamped into your learning passports, which adds up to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates and badges. You can earn 1 hour per week for each different activity you attend. So if you do an activity that lasts for 2 hours you can only count it as 1hour or if you go to the same activity more than once a week you may again only count it as one hour.
For every 100 hours of learning up to 1000 hours you will be invited, with your family to Plymouth University for a celebration graduation ceremony. This takes place once a year in the autumn term.
You may already be going to choir, jam band, athletics, netball, swimming lessons or dance groups, rainbows, brownies or beavers and cubs and many more. Just check with your club to see if they are registered to gain your learning hours or look for the Children's university sign.
You can also get your passport stamped at the Eden project, museum and library events and places of educational interest throughout the country. So take your passport with you when you are out and about at weekends or in the school holidays and ask if they are part of the scheme.
When you have built up learning hours just take your passport to Miss Gilbert, the school coordinator who will update your passport and arrange for your certificates to be presented in celebration assembly. I hope that you will enjoy making new friends learning new skills and taking part in different activities.
If you would like a passport, which is completely free, please ask Miss Gilbert.
2018 Devon and Cornwall Children's University Graduation
If you have completed 100 hours of learning ,or completed a further 100 hours since you attended the 2017 graduation you will be invited to graduation . This year it will take place at Plymouth University in the week commencing October 15th.
Please bring your passports to Miss Gilbert in September for validating and to receive any certificates gained. If applicable , you will then receive your invitation to the graduation ceremony.
Don't forget to take your passports out and about with you as you enjoy summer holiday activities and get them stamped from validated places.
2017 Celebration awards.
Well done to all our students who gained at least 100 hours of learning and were invited to the presentation ceremony at Plymouth University. The children and their families had an amazing evening of entertainment from clubs across the city followed by their presentation. The evening concluded with a delicious buffet for everyone to enjoy.
Make sure you bring your passports to Miss Gilbert throughout the year to have your hours validated and certificates awarded.
If you have 100 hours of learning or have completed a further 100 hours since your last graduation you will be invited to the 2018 celebration later in 2018
2016 Graduation Ceremony