Melbourne’s youngest graduates

December 13 / 126

The Queensberry Children’s Centre’s kindergarten class of 2013 graduated earlier this month in the first ceremony of its kind to be held at the University.

More than 20 students, aged four and five, took part in the celebration on the South Lawn along with teachers, family and friends.

Kindergarten teacher, Ms Danni Watson-Moore said the graduation was a very special event, as many of the children had been together at the centre since they were babies.

“Usually we have a Christmas party at the centre, but this year we wanted to do something different, something a little bit more special and just involve all the families,” she said.

“We have a lot of families from Melbourne University and it’s important they come along and meet other families and make connections for school years.”

The graduates performed a song of their choice, the classic Peter Combe song ‘Mr Clicketty Cane’, before being individually presented with a Certificate of Graduation.

Dr Andrew Martel, a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and one of the proud parents said it was a good opportunity for the parents to get together.

“It’s a bit of an end of an era for us as we all move into the primary school years,” he said.

“I’m not sure how much it means for the kids themselves, but it’s quite a nice thing for the parents to all get together and also for us to show our appreciation of the staff from Queensberry, who are fantastic.”

Ms Megan Dench, Development Manager for the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music said it was lovely to be able to celebrate their end of year as they move into primary school.

“Some of them are a bit unsure, but they enjoy making an occasion of it so it’s nice to share it with them," she said.

Ms Dench and Dr Martel both said they appreciated the location and the high quality of care at the centre. “It’s really important for a workplace to have care options nearby,” said Ms Dench.

“The level of care is excellent… and being able to be a part of it with peers and colleagues across the university is really great.”

Teacher, Ms Watson-Moore said the Centre had increased its engagement with the University campus over the last year, visiting the grounds for field trips and making use of facilities.

“Throughout this year we’ve had a really strong focus on the University community, connecting with the parents who work for the university.

“And the children are excited to visit the university campus; it’s a beautiful ground and beautiful space, so why not use it?”

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