We are pleased to announce that we will be continuing to be part of the Children’s University (CU) in 2018 and our Year 2 to 7 students are invited to participate.

The Children’s University offers learning opportunities to students and aims to engage students in non-formal learning and to help children develop self-efficacy, confidence and build aspirations by promoting the learning that takes place outside school hours, and linking to subjects that can be studied at university. It is designed to be a pathway to university study in later years.

How it works:

Students engage in Learning Activities either run out of hours by the school or by recognised local venues and are signed off for the amount of time they participate in these activities.Some examples of out of hours Learning Activities could be participating in a Homework Programme, local sports, scouts or similar clubs. Validation of up to a maximum of 10 hours per year.

It works in partnership with other Learning Destinations such as zoos, art galleries, libraries, local councils and museums who are able to validate hours if your child visits with family.

Each student is issued with a Passport to Learning in which the hours of each validated activity are recorded. Once they have reached the required number of hours children will graduate from CUA. Certificates are presented at graduation ceremonies held at he Adelaide University late in the year.


CUA charges an annual fee of $16.50 per student which includes a Passport to Learning.

To enrol:

You will need to fill out an enrolment form (available from the Front Office) and pay $16.50 to the front office by Thursday 8th February (week 2). No late forms will be accepted as we need to send confirmed numbers and payment off to the CU so students can begin their journey.

For more information please look at the website : childrensuniversity.com.au

or come and speak to me in the Resource Centre.

Please note that students who accumulated hours last year will need to purchase a new passport/ membership for 2018. Hours they have accumulated in 2017 will count towards their 2018 hours.


Julie McNamara             Para Hills West Primary School Children’s University co-ordinator.