Young graduates make the grade

The first Midlothian school graduates from Queen Margaret Children's University. Photo: Steven Scott Taylor
The first Midlothian school graduates from Queen Margaret Children's University. Photo: Steven Scott Taylor

Pupils from four local schools gathered at Queen Margaret University as part of the first Children’s University graduation ceremony for Midlothian.

The 54 junior scholars were dressed head to toe in traditional gowns and mortar boards. Family, friends, teachers and supporters were welcomed to the ceremony to help celebrate the children’s achievements.

Newbattle Community High School, Danderhall Primary, King’s Park Primary and Woodburn Primary were the first Midlothian schools to take part in the Queen Margaret Children’s University graduation ceremony.

QMU is the first higher education institution in the east of Scotland to host the Children’s University, which aims to help school children, aged between seven and 14 years, become confident learners and broaden their horizons.

The initiative strives to raise children’s aspirations, encourages them to learn in different ways, and rewards them for taking part in a wide variety of learning activities outside of school hours.

The children build up credits the more they engage in learning activities and they can work towards bronze, silver and gold certificates.

Each child from Midlothian was presented with a special certificate at the Queen Margaret Children’s University graduation ceremony on Friday.

Midlothian Council’s Director of Education, Communities and Economy, Mary Smith, said: “I am delighted to support the Queen Margaret Children’s University and honoured to be part of the ceremony by celebrating the achievements of children in Midlothian. I would encourage all school children graduating from the Queen Margaret Children’s University to use this achievement as a platform to continue aiming high and achieve your dreams, irrespective of ‘challenges’ along the way. This is the beginning of anything you want.”