UTAS Children’s University

 

Children’s University Tasmania (CU Tasmania) is the second Children’s University to be established in Australia, and is hosted and administered by the University of Tasmania on its Sandy Bay campus through the Peter Underwood Centre.

 

The Children’s University concept is relatively simple: it offers superior educational experiences for children outside of school learning activities and recognises their achievements through the award of formal Certificates. The model leverages local educational and learning activity providers (including sports clubs, museums, galleries etc.) and has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of learning experiences and environments in which children engage. In short Children’s University gives young people the opportunity to enjoy taking part in and fun, exciting and innovative experiences and gain recognition for their involvement.

 

At Windermere we have two Children’s University Coordinators with Jacinta Griggs and David McCarthy managing the program within our school. Our students are able to purchase a passport for learning from our school for $15 and are then free to collect learning stamps from a huge number of participating learning destinations.

 

These include:

 

Bonorong Sanctuary, Hobart City Council Bush Adventures, Sustainability Learning Centre, Drill Performance Company, Girl Guides, Glenorchy District Junior Football Club, Jodi Harrison’s Swim Central, Social Circus Tasmania, Tasmanian Museum and Art gallery, University of Tasmania Open Day, Hockey Tas, Hobart Gymnastic Academy, United Nations Youth, Moonah Arts Centre, Glenorchy YMCA, Centrestage Dance, Tyga FM radio station, Hobart Aquatic Centre, Geoff Long Music School, Tasmanian Chinese School, Brighton Junior Football Club, Claremont Junior Football Club, Metro Claremont Soccer Club, Pulse High Energy Dance.

 

Once students collect thirty hours worth of learning stamps they are then eligible to graduate. The state’s first graduation ceremony will take place in March 2016.