CLEVER KIDS

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - ALEXAN­DRA HUMPHRIES

SHE may be just 11 years old, but Collinsvale Pri­mary stu­dent Adella Jack­son has grad­u­ated univer­sity.

Chil­dren’s Univer­sity, that is, as stu­dents from nine par­tic­i­pat­ing south­ern Tas­ma­nian schools led the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia Town and Gown grad­u­a­tion pro­ces­sion through the streets of Ho­bart.

Chil­dren’s Univer­sity Tas­ma­nia, op­er­ated by the Peter Un­der­wood Cen­tre, cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties that build con­fi­dence and en­cour­age and cel­e­brate learn­ing out­side school hours.

Each child is is­sued with a Pass­port to Learn­ing in which hours of ac­tiv­ity are recorded at var­i­ous learn­ing des­ti­na­tions. Once they have reached the re­quired num­ber of hours, chil­dren grad­u­ate. The ac­tiv­i­ties are cho­sen by the par­tic­i­pants and the em­pha­sis is on ex­pe­ri­ence as a learn­ing tool.

Adella made her small screen de­but in ABC TV show Rose­haven ear­lier this year as part of the course.

“That was a lot of fun,” she said.

“What I like about Chil­dren’s Univer­sity is all the dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and learn­ing des­ti­na­tions, and the dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple you meet of all ages. You feel like part of the com­mu­nity.”

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