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School children recognised for extra-curricular study at the Children's University's first graduation ceremony.

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

  • Ollie tries out the flute with the help of Sarah Hanley, from Music Cornwall.

  • Perran, from Helston, finds out more about tigers with Jasmin Ashworth.

  • Richard Collington, of Music Cornwall, with Damien Watson, of Penryn College.

  • Phoebe, from Stithians, tries out breathing apparatus used in surgery.

  • Lewis, from Stithians School, learns about the major organs with Elyssa Quinton.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Sarah Hanley of Music Cornwall assists Joseph of Parc Eglos School. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-021_C

  • Maea and Dana, of Helston School, have a jam.

  • Imogen, from Penryn, has a close look at the microscope.

  • Perryn, of St Day FC, in the bubble.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Kenza of St Day FC inside a bubble. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-014_C

  • James, from St Day FC, puts lots of energy into learning the trumpet.

  • Julie Bowlzer, of Explorer Cycles, gets Tate kitted out.

  • Music teacher Maria Heseltine helps Stanley, of Redruth, learn the keyboard.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Sam Whitelegg from Redruth Rugby club learns the keyboard with Ralph Heseltine from Penzance. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-010_C

  • Finlay, of Redruth, checks out robots from Plymouth University.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Piran tries out breathing control methods with surgeon and Dad Mark Dylan. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-007_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Sennen, Mandy, Sam and Simon McGovan try out African Drums with Chris Morgan of Music and Dance Education. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-006_C

  • Tamara makes wristbands with Hilary Bryant, from Truro Penwith College.

  • Lily, from Trewirgie School, works on her animation with Jess Pemberton, Tom Bond and Josh Kerley.

  • Matt, from Redruth Rugby Club, checks out cockroaches.

  • Jayden, Matthew, Oliver and Ethan, of Redruth Rugby Club, and Max, of Portreath Surf Life Saving Club, show off their certificates.

  • Leon tries out the saxophone.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Michael (Bosvigo School) and Richard Gough learn about our solar system with Sarah Talboys (STEM Coordinator from Cornwall College) Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-031_C

  • Konnan, of St Day FC, inside the space dome.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Dave and Will Brooks with skulls of a Porcupine and Pangolin Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-028_C

  • Stithians School pupil Jacob with the skull of a warthog.

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Ollie tries out the flute with Sarah Hanley from Music Cornwall Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-035_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Perran from Helston checks out a tiger skills with Jasmin Ashworth. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-026_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Jenny from Hayle Community School learns about food miles and local produce with Allan Osborne from Truro College. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-025_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Hannah and Beth from Lelant make wrist bands with Hilary of Truro and Penwith College. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-024_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Richard Collington of Music Cornwall with Damien Watson of Penryn College. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-022_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Phoebe from Stithians tries out breathing aparatus used in surgery. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-023_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Lewis from Stithians School learns about the major organs with Elyssa Quinton Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-019_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Sarah Hanley of Music Cornwall assists Joseph of Parc Eglos School. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-021_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Maea and Dana of Helston School having a jam. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-020_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. John Brooks form Angling School helps Leah from Ludgvan School practice her aim. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-018_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Imogen from Penryn has a go on the microscope. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-017_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. STEM Ambassador Megan Soulsby checks out Madagascan Cockroaches with Jacob (Geevor Mine) as Mark Norris from Newquay Zoo looks on. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-034_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus.Perryn of St Day FC in the bubble! Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-016_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus.Robert from Penzance in a bubble. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-015_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Kenza of St Day FC inside a bubble. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-014_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. James from St Day FC learning the trumpet. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-013_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Julie Bowlzer of Explorer Cycles gets Tate kitted up. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-011_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Music Teacher Maria Heseltine helps Stanley (Redruth) learn the Keyboard Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-012_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Sam Whitelegg from Redruth Rugby club learns the keyboard with Ralph Heseltine from Penzance. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-010_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Finlay (redruth) checks out robots from Plymouth University Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-009_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Loren Trevorrow (Penzance) has a music lesson with student ambassador Amy Huston. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-008_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Piran tries out breathing control methods with Treliske Surgeon (and Dad) Mark Dylan. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-007_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Jamie from Newquay with a tiger skull. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-033_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Sennen, Mandy, Sam and Simon McGovan try out African Drums with Chris Morgan of Music and Dance Education. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-006_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Tamara (from Redruth and Helston) makes wrist bands with Hilary Bryant from Truro Penwith College. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-005_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Lily from Trewirgie School works on an animation with Jess Pemberton, Tom Bond and Josh Kerley. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-004_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Matt from Redruth Rugby Club checks out some cockroaches. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-003_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Jayden, Matthew, Oliver and Ethan of Redruth Rugby Club and Max of Portreath Surf Life Saving Club show off their certificates. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-001_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Leon (Camborne and Truro) learning the Sax. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-032_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Michael (Bosvigo School) and Richard Gough learn about our solar system with Sarah Talboys (STEM Coordinator from Cornwall College) Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-031_C

  • SPACE AGE: Keera and Elowen from Newquay learn about planets in our solar system with Sarah Talboys of Cornwall College. www.cornishguardian.co.uk/buyaphoto

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Konnan (St Day FC) inside the space dome. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-029_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Dave and Will Brooks with skulls of a Porcupine and Pangolin Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-028_C

  • Children's University, Tremough Campus. Jacob Smith from Stithians School with the skull of a wart hog. Pic: Toby Weller Ref: TRTW20131130B-027_C

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ROBOTS, animal skulls and giant bubbles were on display as children from across Cornwall celebrated extracurricular study with the Children's University scheme.

The event, at the Tremough Campus in Penryn, bought together more than 150 young learners for the first graduation ceremony of the nationwide project, which encourages 5-to-14-year-olds to study out of school hours.

The youngsters also took part in a wide range of educational workshops with local colleges, universities, businesses and learning providers, organised by Cornwall Learning Education Business Partnership.

"There were robots, giant bubbles, microscopes, 'minibeasts', musical instruments, animal skulls, skeletons and skins, to name just a few of the exhibits on offer," said Lisa Neville of Cornwall Learning, which manages the Children's University (CU) in Cornwall.

"Our graduations are a great celebration of their achievements and for this event we wanted to make it extra special with the addition of an interactive learning zone."

The children were also presented with certificates to reward them for clocking up hundreds of hours of independent learning as part of CU.

Some eager pupils had recorded as many as 600 hours of study outside school hours.

The first group of youngsters, from the Redruth, Pool and Camborne area, were presented with their certificates by Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council's Cabinet member for children and young people.

Beverly Hulme, Mayor of Penryn, carried out the presentations for the second group of children from schools and clubs in Hayle, Liskeard, Looe, St Cleer, Ludgvan, Helston, Mullion, Newquay, Truro, Stithians, St Day and Penryn.

The event was hosted by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University at the campus they share in Penryn.

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