Dedicated pupils celebrate outstanding achievements 

CHILDREN from all over Cardiff have been recognised for going that extra mile by taking part in activities outside of school hours.

Talented pupils and their proud parents attended the Cardiff Children’s University awards ceremony which celebrates youngsters’ participation and achievements in out of school hours activities.

More than 400 pupils aged between seven and 14 received certificates during the ceremony at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) for taking part in a range of activities including Welsh folk dancing, cookery clubs, school newspapers, gardening clubs and much more.

And to add a further touch of sparkle to the special evening, there were choir and orchestral performances from pupils from St Illtyds Secondary School and Rhydpenau Primary School.

Matthew Jones, UWIC’s Widening Access Officer, said: “UWIC have supported this event for a number of years and are happy to continue this partnership with Cardiff Council. From a widening access perspective this initiative is a fantastic opportunity for young people to undertake extra curricula activities which develop their skills as lifelong learners and raise aspirations.”

Launched in 2004 to create a platform upon which young people could recognise and explore their potential as learners, the Children’s University credit pupils for the amount of their own time they give. For example, to gain a silver award, young people spend over 200 hours in out of school hours activities.

Those who attended the awards evening included Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Coun Bill Griffiths; Chief Executive for National Children’s University, Ger Grous; Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Coun Bill Kelloway and Operational Manager for Lifelong Learning, Judith Beck.

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/