York CU Graduation

On 26 March our fourth York CU Graduation saw over 100 children graduate at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York in the presence of some very proud parents and teachers.

The graduates had achieved at least 65 hours of extra-curricular activity through the Passport to Learning scheme, which enables them to collect stickers in a CU Passport for attending cultural, creative, sport, outdoors and academic activities.

These activities include visiting CU Learning Destinations, such as museums; our interactive CU in the City sessions and our suite of innovative business-themed CU modules.

We have recently piloted an exciting new retail module in partnership with students from the University of York and York Designer Outlet. Year 6 pupils, from Headlands Primary School were given the challenge of designing and pitching a new shop for York Designer Outlet. Working in teams, the pupils came up with their own brands and logos to compete with the designer stores at the outlet. To research their ideas, the pupils even went behind the scenes at the outlet to see an empty retail unit and practice making window displays. Each team then pitched their ideas for their shops to a team of retail professionals from York Designer Outlet.

Our CU in the City programme will return next month, with sessions running between 8 and 19 June. Sophie Jewett, Managing Director, York Cocoa House will be involved once again. This time she will be working with students from the University of York to put on an exhibition at the Mansion House which explores the secrets and collaborations of York’s chocolate families in the race for milk chocolate and of course there will be an opportunity to make your own chocolate using the industry’s best-kept secret recipes! Sophie said of her involvement: “I’m delighted to be able to take part in the Children’s University, it’s been a wonderful experience as a local business owner to be part of a programme that is able to work with so many families in our local community.”

The programme will also include exciting storytelling sessions which will bring art to life in the Museum Gardens; a journey of discovery in West Bank Park and much, much more. Be sure to mark the dates in your diary and come along to the free and fun events. A full programme will be available through schools later this month.

It is opportunities such as these that help children to grow, develop, and increase their understanding of the world. Professor Matt Matravers, Department of Politics and Chair of the Volunteering and Community Committee, University of York who presented the awards at the Graduation ceremony commented: “York’s Children’s University changes lives by inspiring children, broadening their horizons, boosting their self-confidence, and showing them what they might do and become. I am immensely proud to have had the chance to meet some of the graduating class and to talk to them about their achievements.”