Students from East Devonport and Montello Primary schools have been trying on academic gowns and hats this week, during rehearsals for the upcoming Children’s University Tasmania graduations.
The participants will lead the University of Tasmania town and gown procession in Burnie next month and have been preparing for the occasion with ‘Gowning Days’ this week.
Children’s University Tasmania - which is operated by the Peter Underwood Centre under the auspices of Children’s University Australia - creates opportunities that build confidence, encourage and celebrate learning outside the classroom.
Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning from their school in which the hours of validated activity are recorded by Learning Destinations.
Once they have reached the required number of hours, children graduate from Children’s University. The activities are chosen by the children, and the emphasis is on experience as a powerful learning tool.
Since being launched in July 2015, Children’s University Tasmania has grown to include 16 schools and is being extended on the North-West Coast thanks to a $350,000 Tasmanian Community Fund grant.
Pictured: Children's University participants from Montello Primary.