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Children’s University Autumn Half Term Challenge

Spring 2019 Children's University Challenge

Please see the information below from Essex CU - lots of interesting destinations to visit and challenges for you to do.  Remember to bring in your evidence in September to have your passport validated, or submit your work to Essex CU where they will validate it for you.  Have a great summer!!
Below is the latest CU newsletter with information on how to gain extra hours over the Summer, recently added Holy Family School clubs and how to replace a lost passport.  You will also find the two Essex CU Challenges for the summer - Harry Potter and Minibeasts.  Bring your work, or photo evidence of your work, after the holidays so you can be awarded your learning credit, and don't forget the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library, there's 6 hours up for grabs if you complete all 6 books and are awarded your certificate.

June 2018 Graduation at ARU

Graduation Ceremony 6th June 2018

March 2018 Graduation at ARU

Easter Crafts @ Braintree Museum

Free Family Science Day @ ARU Chelmsford, Sat 24th March

February 2018 Half Term Activities

March Graduation

Letter and registration information are on the documents below.  Please can you also let Mrs Palmer have your passport as soon as possible to validate your hours - thank you.


Dates for your diary...

The dates of the next two graduation award evenings have been confirmed as;

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Wednesday 6th June 2018

If your child is eligible to receive the next level (or additional levels) of award, please ensure that their passport is up to date and hours are tallied in preparation of the Eventbrite registration process, details of which will follow as soon as they are available.

Winter Challenge 2017

CU newsletter from the Braintree Campus

Essex Book Festival are running a story writing competition. The competition closes in February 2018 and will be judged in March 2018. Children will be awarded 3 hours in their passports for this activity after their entry has been submitted. Please see the link below for more details.

October Half Term Activities

Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum Flyer

Summer 2017 Activites from our children

Children's University Graduates Class of 2017

Neon Awards

Please remember that the club/Learning Destination must be accredited to the Children's University for your son/daughter's hours of attendance to count.  If the Learning Destination is not accredited please speak to them to see if they would be interested.  If they are happy you can complete a nomination form and send it back to the address listed.  Once accredited, attendance hours can be added to your son/daughter's passport.

The first children to graduate from HFS

Below I am keeping a list of all local clubs that our children attend.  If you are looking for something new for your child to try take a look.

1st Newlands Rainbows (based in Witham)

We are officially registered as Witham Newlands Rainbow Unit and are listed on the Children's University page under Braintree District, Rainbow Units.

Family Walks that have been recommended by our parents

  • Rayne Railway Walk (Café at the old Station House too)
  • Marks Farm

Friends of Holy Family School have kindly paid for all of our pupils to become members of the Children's University.  Foundation will get their passports later in the summer term when most of them are 5 years old.  Please look at the information below to find out how the Children's University works and how your son/daughter can be involved.  It's all about NEW learning that the children do. When you take your children on a trip, see if the venue is part of the Children's University. If it is your son/daughter will be able to get a stamp that counts towards their Bronze Award (30 hours).  If it is not registered you can ask if they would be happy for you to nominate them.  Most HFS run clubs are accredited.  Look on the Parents section of our website  - school clubs.


Your son/daughter will need to keep their passport in a safe place and take it with them when they attend/visit/participate in a children's University event or venue.  If passports are lost a charge of £4.50 will be levied to get a replacement one.  Only the hours that have been registered with HFS will be count.  We aim to do this half termly.  Keep your passport safe so no hours are lost.

Spring Half Term Challenge Photos

Essex Children's University Leaflet

Holidays and weekends can be a great time to explore and to try something do something a little bit different.
There are lots of fabulous activities and learning opportunities in Essex where you will be able to collect stamps for your Passport to Learning.  
Some of these activities are free and some have a cost and if you visit our Learning Destinations pages you will see where you can travel to with your Passport to Learning and collect learning stamps.
Legoland Offer

Passport holders aged 5-12 can gain 2 hours for either the Globe Trotter or Time Traveller Quests and also benefit from a reduced price entry. On completion of the Quest, Passports are stamped at Guest Services. Passport holders and up to 2 accompanying adults qualify for a reduced entry fee of £25 per person. To claim the discount, bookings must be made through using the phone number on the flyer. The passport will need to be shown at Admissions prior to entry. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and additional child tickets are at the standard rate.

Colchester Zoo 
Colchester Zoo have now put together an new Activity Pack.  Click here  and then scroll to the bottom of the page to find both activity packs. Children can also gain 2 hours in their Passports if they complete one of the 'egg' trails available to pick up at the Zoo during the Easter Holidays. 
Colchester & Ipswich Museums
For information on events at Colchester and Ipswich Museums click  here 
On-line resources
Don't forget the activities that you can download for free including new Kingdom Code Clubs.  Click here for more information.

Relevant Files for Download:

Here are some resource documents for download, to accompany the information on this page.

Look out for adverts in the free magazines that the children bring home before holidays of things to do.  Many are free.  See web-links below for ideas.  There are lots more venues all around Essex that you can see on the general web-link to Learning Destination below too.


Message from Essex Children's University

Can you help us?

If your child attends an activity that they or you think should be part of the Essex Children's University™, we'd like to hear from you.  We won't always know what's available until somebody shows us. If we think the activity/organisation meets our standards we will register them as a Children's University™ Learning Destination where children can accumulate hours of learning. For more information on how to do this see the nomination form above.
The list of schools and organisations where Children's University™ learning is offered will grow and grow.
We will update our website regularly with details of new Learning Destinations as they are created