1st August 2002

 

CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY BANISHES SUMMER BLUES

 

For many school kids the start of the summer holidays means six weeks of hanging around waiting for the weather to improve.

 

But for 80 pupils from 20 Hull primary schools this year’s summer break means the chance to travel to a new city, stay overnight away from home for the first time and take part in a special film-making project.

 

For the third successive year the Kingston-upon-Hull Children’s University is staging a residential summer school at the Brayford Pool campus of the University of Lincoln.

 

Eighty children aged between seven and 11 are spending two days each at the university where they are getting to grips with film-making facilities on campus.

 

The Hull schools involved in this summer’s activities are Adelaide, Biggin Hill, Bude Park, Clifton, The Dales, Dorchester, Endike, Fifth Avenue, Francis Askew, Hall Road, Highlands, Kinloss, Foredyke, Lambwath, Longhill, Maybury, Pearson, St George’s, Sutton Park and Wansbeck.

 

“This is the third year we’ve been to Lincoln  and we all love it,” said John Buttrick, manager of the Children’s University.

 

“We come to Lincoln for the residential aspect - some of these children have never ventured beyond Hull before, and the opportunity to leave parents behind for their first overnight stay away from home helps to develop their independence.

 

“Meeting other friends from different schools in Hull is also important - the Children’s University is a citywide project and an opportunity for the children to meet other kids from across the city.

 

“And the Lincoln campus offers facilities which I and the children really do appreciate. There are video suites, film-making studios and locations available on the campus which are second to none, the ambience is very welcoming for our children.

 

Five staff from Hull schools and six staff from the university will be co-ordinating the summer school until Friday this week and from Tuesday until Friday next week.

 

“The two days give the children a taste of university life and hopefully they can aspire to become university students in their later teenage years,” said John.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk