Parents, teachers and friends joined 190 children from six primary schools to celebrate their graduation from the Westminster Children’s University (WCU), where the pupils completed 30 hours or more of accredited extra-curricular activities. These included participation in sports clubs, visits to museums, art galleries and higher education institutions, including the University of Westminster.
Lyndsy Killip, Director of Education at WCU, said: “We have looked for opportunities for our children to gain real life experiences to enrich learning through a mini lecture series, workshops and clubs, each with clear learning opportunities and delivered by industry specialists and members of our local community.”
The event also marked the first year of the establishment of WCU and was attended by supporters and partners of the organisation, including The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Avril MacDonald, author and patron of the Children’s University, as well as the Outreach Team of the University of Westminster who works in close partnership with WCU.
The keynote speaker at the event was one of the best-known figures in the children’s book world and Chancellor of the WCU, Michael Rosen. He is an author of over 140 books and is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter.
Michael Rosen delivered an inspirational speech which urged children to pursue their interests and passions and encouraged young graduates to “be proud and be curious”.
Participating schools in WCU, which the University of Westminster’s Outreach Team has also worked closely with, are Queen's Park, St Lukes, St Stephens, St Peters, Essendine and Hallfield.
Jim Carlberg, Outreach Officer and Schools Liaison at the University of Westminster, said: “We recognise that working in partnership with such progressive initiatives such as the Children’s University, we can help children of many ages and backgrounds to find confidence and inspiration that helps them aspire to satisfaction and fulfilment through their opportunities later in life.”