ERYC Communications Experience

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University teamed up with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to offer pupils from New Pasture Lane School in Bridlington an exciting insight into the world of communications and media.

The children were trained by staff from the press office and marketing teams to be junior reporters, photographers and videographers for the day at Bridlington Spa before being challenged to interview cast and crew from a BBC panto being performed at the venue.

Their words, images and video were then used to promote the fundraising panto on the Spa’s social media channels as part of a HEY Children’s University communications take-over.

The children received a grand tour of Bridlington Spa, describing it as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” as they visited stars’ dressing rooms, went back-stage and on-stage, visited the kitchens and heard about the building’s history and interesting stories.

After lunch, the children were split into groups and tasked with preparing interesting questions for their upcoming interviews with the cast and crew of the BBC panto. They had to think about where they wanted to film the interviews and what props and poses they might need for the photo shoot.

As part of the experience, the children also met the reporter from the Bridlington Free Press and photographer, and were interviewed by BBC Radio Humberside by presenter Andy Comfort for his afternoon show and found out about what they’ve been learning during the morning’s workshops. The children were thrilled at the prospect of being on radio and joked about the tough questions they will be asking him next.

To make the experience as real, the children had to meet deadlines to put their social media posts together. Children decided upon their words, images and video footage.

At the end of the experience the junior reporters were rewarded for all their hard work with the presentation of certificates to certify them as “communications experts”. They departed to a thoroughly deserved round of applause from the council, Children’s University and school staff and volunteers. Well done to all involved!

Our Director Meets The Queen!

Our very own Director, Natasha Barley, had the great honour of meeting Her Majesty The Queen last week.  Canadian-born Natasha  attended a reception at Buckingham Palace on the 14th of February at the invitation of Her Majesty. The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, hosted the reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Diaspora community. The reception offered an opportunity to recognise people of Commonwealth heritage who have made a positive contribution to business, community and culture in the United Kingdom.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall  also attended the reception and had the chance to meet some the incredible people from across the Commonwealth who have been successful in areas such as business, politics, the arts, sport, diplomacy, religion, charities, youth and community groups.

As Director of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, Natasha has made significant contributions to the charity. Since coming into post four and a half years ago, the charity has grown from working with 1800 children a year to over 6000 a year. The team has grown from four to thirteen and the charity now also runs a robust care programme supporting children living in foster care.

Natasha Barley said “It was an absolute privilege to represent my Canadian homeland and Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University at the reception at Buckingham Palace. Having Her Majesty the Queen’s recognition of our charitable work is incredible. I have a fantastic team at HEY CU and amazing businesses that support our work and they were all very excited about this phenomenal opportunity for the charity.”

Whilst at the reception Mrs. Barley also spent time speaking to Prime Minister Theresa May and Boris Johnson, Secretary of State and Commonwealth Affairs.

Mrs Barley commented “Being from a Commonwealth country means a lot to me. I’ve always held Her majesty the Queen in high regard and respected her authority as the Head of the Commonwealth. Being from Canada I always felt a strong tie with the rest of the Commonwealth but particularly England and the monarchy.”

The Commonwealth is an international organisation, spanning every geographic region, religion and culture. During Her Majesty’s reign the organisation has grown from just seven nations to 53 members and now represents over 2.4 billion people.

The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth throughout her 65 year reign, and while visiting South Africa on her 21st birthday, Her Majesty declared that ” that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted” to the Commonwealth.

The reception is part of the run up to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is being hosted by The Queen in April.

Constructing a World of Opportunities

Children from Hilderthorpe Primary School in Bridlington were the first to take part in a brand-new Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University experience, thanks to the support of West Building Supplies and East Riding College.

Pupils from Year 6 were invited to be part of the ‘Building for the Future Experience’ giving children an insight into the construction industry and the wide variety of jobs available. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the day as they discovered lots of new skills and tried their hand at joinery, bricklaying, plumbing, electrical and design.  The activities were engaging, providing the children with a truly immersive experience and they now view the construction industry in a new light having met some incredible role models along the way.

Richard Price, Director of West Building Supplies, gave an input into the company talking about the supply chain, company values, and the number of careers available in the construction industry from a supplier’s perspective, displaying the sheer breadth of the industry.

Richard said “West Building Supplies are delighted to be part of and support the HEY Children’s University which helps provide a fantastic opportunity for young children in the local community to experience, in this case, an insight into the construction industry from all aspects from supply to manufacture. Hopefully, this experience will help inspire the children to achieve great things in their future.”

Jamie Baxter, Deputy Headteacher of Hilderthorpe Primary School, said “We would like to thank HEY Children’s University, West Building Supplies and East Riding College for such a well-organised event that all pupils enjoyed. The “Building for the Future Experience” provided pupils with an insight into the types of careers available in the construction industry. The activities pupils took part in were fun and engaging. It has really raised the aspirations of pupils and many stated that they could see themselves working towards a career in construction.  At Hilderthorpe Primary School we work hard to promote pupil’s future aspirations, so this experience was perfect and we look forward to taking part next year!”

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY Children’s University, said “We expanded Children’s University into the East Riding of Yorkshire in September 2016 to raise the aspirations of local children and open their eyes to the career opportunities available, both locally and further afield. Our experiences link the world of work to and work in school to bring classroom learning to life, and illustrate if children work hard in school now, they can achieve their dream job in the future.  This exciting new “Building for the Future Experience” has given the children at Hilderthorpe an opportunity to experience what it would be like to go to college, meeting lecturers and learning how apprenticeships and further education can lead to future careers within construction. Also, meeting Richard from West Building Supplies and hearing how their industry supports construction illustrated the range of career paths available in this field. ”

Lisa continued, “If you are a local business who would like to become involved in our work in the East Riding of Yorkshire, contact me lisa.whitton@hull.ac.uk or call 07759 300495.”

Magical funds raised on Harry Potter Day!

In February, children from 5 local primary schools received something VERY exciting – a letter from Hogwarts!

The letter invited children to attend a day of spells and magic at their school and they were instructed to come in their best Howarts attire.

Each child brought in a £1 donation for the Ministry of Magic’s chosen charity – HEY Children’s University.

Our very own Professor McGonnegal jumped on her broom and paid a visit to every school to see some of their magical lessons and give prizes for the best dressed. Children enjoyed potions lessons, wrote their own spells and even ate special Hogwarts food!

The day raised a fantastic total of £568.96!

Thank you to Newington Academy, Marfleet Primary, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary, Oldfleet Primary and Barmby Moor Primary for taking part.

If you’re school would like to hold a Harry Potter Day please get in touch!

Budding Designers Open Exhibition #DareToBeDifferent

From 11am on Saturday 10th February, at the Brodrick Gallery of Hull School of Art and Design, Queens Gardens, Hull, children and their families from four primary schools across the city will be the first to proudly see their own artwork on display at a private viewing of an exciting new exhibition.

Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University (HEY CU) teamed up with the Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD), to challenge children to #DareToBeDifferent and take part in a brand-new Hoody Creative Challenge. Children were set the task of illustrating their favourite memories from 2017, and the winning entries from each school’s year group have been printed onto hoodies, enabling members of the public, families, and friends to vote for their favourite design over the coming month.

The four schools who took part in the competition include, Craven Primary School, Dorchester Primary School, St Anthony’s Primary School, and Rokeby Primary School, who collectively submitted over 250 entries.

Natasha Barley, Director of HEY CU said, “Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University provides children with unique experiences that allow them to discover and then show their talents. At HEY CU we are passionate about raising the confidence and aspirations of children across Hull and East Yorkshire, providing them with experiences and opportunities to open their eyes to the world around them and discover the world of work. Careers in creative industries such as fashion design is something we want children to be aware of and then possibly pursue. The children have loved taking part in this competition, we’ve seen some brilliant entries with incredible stories behind them, giving children an opportunity to express themselves through art”.

Lynn Benson, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Fashion at HSAD said, “It has been extremely enjoyable speaking to young, enthusiastic, knowledgeable primary school children, who listened intently as I spoke about designing a hoody and the challenges of creating images of their best memories for 2017, resulting in an amazing diversity of responses from highly motivated young people. The designs submitted are fun, realistic and have a feel-good factor.  All of the children rose to the challenge of creating realistic designs and should be really proud of themselves.”

The exhibition will open to the public on 12th February until 2nd March 2018 from 10am until 4pm.

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