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Congratulations to Dr Alex Lovat

Congratulations to former Children’s University Australia staff member, Dr Alex Lovat, who was bestowed the honour of being the mace bearer at the University of Adelaide Graduation Ceremony on 30 April 2018. This follows Alex being awarded the University of Adelaide Medal upon completing his PhD in Education at the end of 2017. Congratulations Alex, from everyone involved in Children’s University Australia!

Passport to Learning – Important Updates 2018

Members of Children’s University Australia can gain their Passport to Learning hours through a variety of different activities:

Restricted Learning Destinations – Those activities hosted by member school exclusively for students of that school (e.g. Lunchtime Clubs/Activities, After School Sports). In-school CUA Coordinator (or approved staff/adults teaching the activities) will stamp the Passport.

Independent Learning Activities – Learning tasks students can complete in their own time/space (e.g. School Holiday Challenges, Monthly Online Challenges) Activities and evidence of learning are shown to the in-school CUA Coordinator who will stamp the Passport.

Public Learning Destinations – External organisations which offer validated learning activities for students (e.g. Zoos, Museums, Art Galleries). Where possible, The Public Learning Destination will stamp the Passport at the conclusion of the activity, otherwise the activity and/or evidence of learning are shown to the in-school CUA Coordinator who will stamp the Passport.

Regular Restricted Learning Destinations – External organisations which require students to pay a membership/lesson fee and attend on a regular basis (e.g. Sporting Clubs, Dance Clubs, Music Tuition). The in-school CUA Coordinator will stamp the Passport upon completion of relevant review form and allocate a maximum of 10 hours per activity (see full explanation below).

Regular Restricted Learning Destinations:

In an effort to encourage students to seek out new and unique learning experiences, the decision has been made to cap the total amount of hours earned from Regular Restricted Learning Destinations to 10 hours per activity, per membership period. This will also make it simpler for students to earn hours from new activities as they do not need to wait for paperwork to be completed from each organisation. In the case of Regular Restricted Learning Destinations, students can gain their hours simply by completing a ‘Review’ of their activities each year. These Learning Destinations do not need to be listed as a Learning Destination on the website (Organisations are still encouraged to sign up as CUA Learning Destinations to be listed on our website, but it is not a requirement for students to include these activities in their Passports to Learning).

Students who participate in Regular Restricted Learning Destination activities can collect the appropriate review form from their in-school CUA Coordinator, complete it, and return it before graduation for the in-school CUA Coordinator to validate up to a maximum of 10 hours of learning in their Passport (per activity).

The students can earn up to a maximum of 10 hours for participation in the same activity the following year, should they renew their annual membership.

Children’s University Australia have created review forms for the following activities: These can be collected from your in-school CUA Coordinator or downloaded by clicking on the links below.

If your child regularly participates in an activity which does not fall under any of the above categories, please contact us via email: [email protected] and we will prepare an appropriate Review Form.

Thank you

Children’s University Australia


Children’s University Charles Darwin Students Visit University For The Day

Charles Darwin University extended a warm welcome to the students of the future!

Students from Ludmilla, Driver and Manunda Terrace Primary Schools came to University for the day on 14 February.

The students participating in ‘Children’s University Charles Darwin’ had a taste of university life, when they visited Charles Darwin University on 14 February 2018. Starting with a visit to CDU’s Aqua Culture Centre, where they met the turtles and fed the Barra, the children then participated in an exciting Virtual Reality Experience. Not forgetting the February ‘online activity’, where the children made some fantastic Valentine’s Day cards. Following an action-packed morning at university, students then visited Crocodylus Park, where they enjoyed a ‘Croc Cruise’, attended a very informative the Crocodile Feeding session, and met the reptiles.

The feedback from the day was excellent, ‘the children had a blast’, ‘they came back full of excitement about everything they had learnt, and asking even more questions about university’, and ‘this was the best day ever’ – being a few of the comments that were shared with the team.

Children’s University (CU) Charles Darwin is being taken forward as an innovative pilot program which allows students aged 7-12 initially from Ludmilla, Driver and Manunda Terrace Schools to participate in extra-curricular learning activities. The CU Charles Darwin Team are delighted to be working with these schools, all of which have excellent leadership teams who are really committed to ensuring that their students achieve the best possible learning outcomes from the program.

Great News from CU Charles Darwin

The Children’s University Charles Darwin Team participated in a school holiday event on 5 October, at the Botanic Gardens – which provided an ideal opportunity to promote the initiative to children, parents and community organisations. Their first partner school, Driver Primary School are now on board and the event provided their students the opportunity to start using their Passport to Learning. CU Charles Darwin are continuing to work with the other ‘pilot schools’ to ensure that the program is implemented in a way that works for them.


Children’s University Australia News

On Friday the 22nd of September, the Director of Children’s University Australia, Ms Kiri Hagenus had the pleasure of meeting the Mayor of Christchurch, Ms Lianne Dalziel. The Mayor was visiting Adelaide to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Christchurch and Adelaide’s partnership as Sister Cities, and to thank the University of Adelaide for assisting Canterbury University students during the earthquake in 2011. The Mayor was also very interested in learning more about Children’s University Australia, its success, growth and the wonderful activities that the children are involved in.

Children’s University Australia Winner for Outstanding Achievement in The Australian Charity Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that Children’s University Australia has been recognised as a Winner for Outstanding Achievement in The Australian Charity Awards 2017.

On behalf of our university partners we would like to thank the Australian Business Awards for choosing CUA. We would also like to congratulate all who are involved in making this initiative such a wonderful success; the Learning Destinations, communities, schools, families and of course all the fantastic children who participate every day. This award is really about you. Congratulations!


CU Charles Darwin Holds Their First Event

Children’s University Charles Darwin held their first event on 20 July. Professor Martin Carroll, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Success, welcomed 20 organisations to an information session for prospective Learning Destinations.

Providers heard about Children’s University (CU) Charles Darwin, an innovative pilot program which enables students aged 7-14, initially from eight schools in Darwin and Palmerston, to participate in extra-curricular learning activities.The program is designed to develop confidence and aspiration in children outside school hours by accessing a variety of extra learning opportunities at local Learning Destination providers. Providers talked about how they could work together as a network of high quality, accredited Learning Destinations that are able to provide superior learning opportunities to school children.

Learning Destinations in Darwin & Palmerston will provide a diverse range of learning opportunities from science discovery activities, to dance sessions, arts and crafts through to wild life trails. All activities will be registered on the Children’s University Australia Website, where children are able to learn more about the opportunities available, choose their activity, and design their own learning program.

Following the formal presentations providers networked, and had the opportunity to talk about how they could work with CU Charles Darwin to make this exciting initiative a reality here in the Northern Territory.

CU Adelaide successful in securing state funding

Children’s University Adelaide would like to thank the Honourable Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development and Minister for Higher Education and Skills and the State Government’ Department for Education and Child Development for the recent funding given to CU Adelaide for regional engagement. The Department’s support will allow CU Adelaide to further expand into an identified regional areas assisting with the engagement of children, families, community and schools. The support of the State is crucial to the program and we appreciate the value placed on the work we do.



CU Newcastle – ‘an afternoon of learning with CU’

CU Newcastle piloted an ‘afternoon of learning with CU’ in our Cessnock region of ten schools last Tuesday and Thursday.

Millfield Public School acted as a host for participating children and families from Nulkaba, St Patricks, Laguna, and Cessnock West Public School and Abermain Public School acted as host for participating children and families from Cessnock East, Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, and Kitchener Public School.

On two individual days, each host had four activities with children rotating around every 20 minutes experiencing Cake Making, Zumba, Cessnock Wood turners association, Music/Percussion, Archaeology, Rock n Roll dancing and Creative Art. Activities were provided by CU Newcastle, The University of Newcastle and schools community providers. There were approximately 60 children in attendance with most families travelling to a host school.The students formed small group’s made up of a mixture from each schools. Great to see a beautiful mashup of school uniforms.

CU Newcastle will look to work similarly with Cessnock schools in Term 3 & 4. Details to come. For some images of the day please visit the Abermain Public School Facebook Page by clicking here.


Congratulations Emeritus Professor James A McWha AO

Emeritus Professor James A McWha AO and Patron Children’s University Australia received another accolade in an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide on Thursday 4 May 2017. Congratulations!

Pictured with his wife Lindsay McWha, and Jill Miller (Director, Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide).

Honorary Doctorate - Professor McWha

ABC Adelaide + CUA

Thank you to the team at ABC Adelaide for this great story! Apologies to our CU Tasmania members, the ABC did mention CU Tasmania in the online article which can be viewed here

Autumn Holiday Challenge

Are you looking for some activities you can do from the comfort of your own home these school holidays?

Why not download and complete the CUA Autumn Challenge 2017? Make sure you take evidence of your work to your in school CUA Coordinator when you return back to school to receive your stamp and up to 5 hours in your passport.

Raffle Announcement

Children’s University Adelaide raffle was drawn at 4.00pm on Thursday 1 December and all prize winners were notified at that time.

Congratulations to our prize winners and thank you to all ticket buyers for their support.

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CU @ Open State


CU @ Open State is part of Open State, a program of events focused around the central themes of innovation, engagement and future democracy from 18th– 26th October 2016. Please see the Open State website here for more details.  link:

As part of CU @ Open State groups of children have be paired with venues to develop 30 year plans.

During Term 3, 150 children have been preparing and will present their final plans to an Executive panel from venues along North Terrace.  As part of their research children were visited by a variety of staff and supported in, understanding levels of government and the impacts of business. CU @ Open State provides the opportunity for children to be connected to Executive staff and gain insight into decision-making. The Department of Premier and Cabinet has supported Children’s University Adelaide to engage with category 1-3 schools from northern Adelaide for CU @ Open State. Partnering schools and venues are:

  • Art Gallery of South Australia paired with Horizon Christian School
  • South Australian Museum paired with Swallowcliffe Primary School
  • Zoos SA paired with Mark Oliphant College
  • Singapore Airlines- South Australia paired with Wandana Primary School
  • State Library of South Australia paired with Salisbury North Primary School
  • History SA paired with Swallowcliffe Primary School
  • Migration Museum paired with Swallowcliffe Primary School
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra paired with Lake Windemere Primary School
  • University of Adelaide paired with Hope Christian College

Coinciding with the event there has also been a number of executive government positions that children could apply for. Successful applicant will be taking over on Friday 21st October. Look out for our new Co- South Australian Mental Health Commissioner, Co- Chief Executive of DPC and Co- Premier!

Children’s University Adelaide also has a public event as part of the Open State program that we would like to invite you to, this is an opportunity for adults to see students in action. CU @ Open State is inviting the public to come along and listen to children ask their questions to an expert panel and respond to the discussion theme:

“What are the characteristics of a great leader? How do you think technology may impact leadership in 30 years?”

The Q & A is being held on Friday 21 October from 1-2pm at the Space Theatre, Festival Centre and you can register your attendance by clicking here

 Dr Kristin Alford will be the moderator for the afternoon discussion and the panel members include:

•   Nick Mitzevich- Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

•   Professor Philappa Levy- University of Adelaide

•   Kath Button- Director, State Library of South Australia

•   Brian Oldman- Director, South Australian Museum

•   Elaine Bensted- Chief Executive, Zoos SA

•   Hugh Chevrant-Breton- Manager SA – Singapore Airlines Limited

•   Allison Russell- Director, History Festival and Community Programs

•   Vince Ciccarello- Managing Director, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

•   Declan Daniels-Student, Trinity College

•   Tyson Gordon-Student, Swallowcliffe Primary School

This event is in association with both the Adelaide Festival Centre and the DreamBIG Children’s Festival.



RAFFLE: Win 2 x Return Flights to Singapore (kindly donated by Singapore Airlines)

If you share our commitment to raising young people’s aspirations, helping them discover unknown talents and interests and, ultimately, improving their life chances, please assist us in supporting the work of Children’s University Adelaide by purchasing raffle tickets here.  Terms and Conditions for the raffle can be downloaded here  CUA Prize_Terms and Conditions_ Raffle will be drawn on 1 December 2016.

Thank You and Good Luck!!

It’s Olympic Month!

Get in the spirit of the 2016 Rio Olympics…

Download and complete the Children’s University Australia Olympic Activity Pack.

Each activity in this booklet is worth half an hour in your passport.

Complete as many as you can and return them to your in-school CUA coordinator!

Please download the activity pack from this link: CUA Olympic Booklet

Are you a parent or teacher in South Australia? Help us with our evaluation!

Are you the parent or teacher of a Children’s University Australia student? We want to hear your thoughts on the programme! Focus groups are being held as a part of the Children’s University Australia Evaluation, being run by NCVER. Sessions will be conducted at 4:00 May 17 in Munno Para. If you are interested in coming along, or want more information, please call Adam Harrison on 8230 8454 or email us at [email protected].

Please welcome Children’s University Tasmania!

We are delighted to announce the first member outside of South Australia to join Children’s University Australia, Children’s University Tasmania. Lead by the University of Tasmania, Children’s University Tasmania will be hosted out of three campuses, Hobart, Launceston and Cradle Coast. (more…)

Dr. Ger Graus receives OBE

Dr. Ger Graus, Group Chief Executive of the Children’s University has been appointed as Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The honour is in recognition of his services to children and young people. (more…)