Little tots graduate in caps and gowns

Pamphill Preschool pupils have a 'graduation' ceremony with the Mayor of Wimborne Councillor Andy Hampton and chairman of Pampill and Shapwick Parish Council Anthea Cross

Pamphill Preschool pupils have a 'graduation' ceremony with the Mayor of Wimborne Councillor Andy Hampton and chairman of Pampill and Shapwick Parish Council Anthea Cross

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THESE tiny graduates donned ceremonial caps and gowns to celebrate the end of their first foray into education.

And the mortar boards flew as alumni from Pamphill Pre-School turned their thoughts to September, when they will go on to primary and first schools in east Dorset.

It is the second time that the pre-school has held such a graduation for pupils after the success of last year’s event, and the event was held under bright blue summer skies.

Manager Debbie Gould told the Daily Echo that the occasion helps children take the big step from nursery to school.

“We felt it was important to create a memorable time for them and their parents,” she said.

Wimborne Mayor Andy Hampton even visited wearing his ceremonial robes to enjoy the celebrations. The councillor – garbed in almost exactly the same red as the children – handed out certificates marked with names and the date to mark the exciting occasion.

He also had the opportunity to hear all about their dreams for adulthood, with two pilots, two bakers and even a Lego maker of the future among those making their way to big school this autumn.

Proud parents had the chance to watch the ceremony before all were treated to cake in the playground. The youngsters dressed in red as the pre-school’s logo is a brightly-coloured ladybird.

They were allowed to keep the tassels from their hats to commemorate the big day.

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1:36pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Mejulie1967 says...

I have mixed emotions about this...the Americans do this for every school the children leave throughout their education.
I have mixed emotions about this...the Americans do this for every school the children leave throughout their education. Mejulie1967
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2:07pm Sat 19 Jul 14

susi.m says...

How silly for children this age. More done for parents I suggest.
How silly for children this age. More done for parents I suggest. susi.m
  • Score: 5

2:40pm Sat 19 Jul 14

wadjit says...

Why?
Why? wadjit
  • Score: 5

2:46pm Sat 19 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

susi.m wrote:
How silly for children this age. More done for parents I suggest.
Mummy's little darlings are only leaving play school for God's sake, sad teachers and parents get a life...........
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: How silly for children this age. More done for parents I suggest.[/p][/quote]Mummy's little darlings are only leaving play school for God's sake, sad teachers and parents get a life........... burgerboy
  • Score: 4

6:28pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Bob Bournemouth says...

Totally over the top. Graduation from University is one thing, graduation from pre-school is totally ridiculous. Soon they'll be having proms for pre-schoolers too.
Totally over the top. Graduation from University is one thing, graduation from pre-school is totally ridiculous. Soon they'll be having proms for pre-schoolers too. Bob Bournemouth
  • Score: 1

8:35pm Sat 19 Jul 14

bottomsup says...

Bob Bournemouth wrote:
Totally over the top. Graduation from University is one thing, graduation from pre-school is totally ridiculous. Soon they'll be having proms for pre-schoolers too.
Oh FFS! Are these kids going to have anything proper to celebrate once they grow older. They'll be holding a party every time they learn something new. Get a grip and get a life.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: Totally over the top. Graduation from University is one thing, graduation from pre-school is totally ridiculous. Soon they'll be having proms for pre-schoolers too.[/p][/quote]Oh FFS! Are these kids going to have anything proper to celebrate once they grow older. They'll be holding a party every time they learn something new. Get a grip and get a life. bottomsup
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8:36pm Sat 19 Jul 14

bottomsup says...

Whoops - didn't mean to post that in your comment Bob Bournemouth - sorry!!!
Whoops - didn't mean to post that in your comment Bob Bournemouth - sorry!!! bottomsup
  • Score: -10

7:44am Sun 20 Jul 14

Bentleyboo says...

Why not? They all look like they are having a nice time and some parents and teachers feel it is a special time and a milestone when their 4 year olds are off to big school and want to celebrate it and make it positive for their children. I'm sure the parents did enjoy this a bit more than the kids but what's wrong with being proud of your children? Also hopefully being that they are only 4 I'm sure it won't ruin any university graduations they may have in the future and as for pre school proms I'm sure they can wait until first school when they will have their Xmas disco something you probably also disagree with? Maybe you lot should've graduated from your pre schools then you might of learnt some manners and how to be nice to others! Kind hands kind words
Why not? They all look like they are having a nice time and some parents and teachers feel it is a special time and a milestone when their 4 year olds are off to big school and want to celebrate it and make it positive for their children. I'm sure the parents did enjoy this a bit more than the kids but what's wrong with being proud of your children? Also hopefully being that they are only 4 I'm sure it won't ruin any university graduations they may have in the future and as for pre school proms I'm sure they can wait until first school when they will have their Xmas disco something you probably also disagree with? Maybe you lot should've graduated from your pre schools then you might of learnt some manners and how to be nice to others! Kind hands kind words Bentleyboo
  • Score: 4

8:04am Sun 20 Jul 14

Sammy374 says...

I would like to think that those who left negative comments are not parents themselves as this is a celebration to recognise children whom have LEARNT and developed essential skills needed to take them into first school. "Only leaving preschool"?? This is Infact a HUGE transition for children and can be very scary. Maybe you should look up how important Early Years Education is and just how much they learn and develop in those first 5 years. So why should they not be able to celebrate their achievements and how proud they are?? These children are our next generation so I say why don't YOU get a grip because you quite obviously don't have one. The children enjoy this occasion and why should they not? And yes, the parents and family members enjoy it but it is about the children first and foremost as that is what Early Years is centred around. Good day!
I would like to think that those who left negative comments are not parents themselves as this is a celebration to recognise children whom have LEARNT and developed essential skills needed to take them into first school. "Only leaving preschool"?? This is Infact a HUGE transition for children and can be very scary. Maybe you should look up how important Early Years Education is and just how much they learn and develop in those first 5 years. So why should they not be able to celebrate their achievements and how proud they are?? These children are our next generation so I say why don't YOU get a grip because you quite obviously don't have one. The children enjoy this occasion and why should they not? And yes, the parents and family members enjoy it but it is about the children first and foremost as that is what Early Years is centred around. Good day! Sammy374
  • Score: 8

6:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Blossom8 says...

Yes I agree how lovely to look back on this first stage of their education completed and they start big school in a few weeks time. This is a lovely kind nurturing pre school and one of these children is my grandchild if you knew he nearly died of sepsis only a month before this at Poole hospital and was resuscitated twice in one week ! Perhaps the people who put negative comments would realise this was a very special moment for his parents. Think before you write negative comments they are hurtful This was a very important day to our family and our little 4 year old along with all the other lovely families that attended.
Yes I agree how lovely to look back on this first stage of their education completed and they start big school in a few weeks time. This is a lovely kind nurturing pre school and one of these children is my grandchild if you knew he nearly died of sepsis only a month before this at Poole hospital and was resuscitated twice in one week ! Perhaps the people who put negative comments would realise this was a very special moment for his parents. Think before you write negative comments they are hurtful This was a very important day to our family and our little 4 year old along with all the other lovely families that attended. Blossom8
  • Score: -1

6:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Blossom8 says...

burgerboy wrote:
susi.m wrote:
How silly for children this age. More done for parents I suggest.
Mummy's little darlings are only leaving play school for God's sake, sad teachers and parents get a life...........
Silly to you but not to the parents and children a very special day if you can't be nice don't comment
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: How silly for children this age. More done for parents I suggest.[/p][/quote]Mummy's little darlings are only leaving play school for God's sake, sad teachers and parents get a life...........[/p][/quote]Silly to you but not to the parents and children a very special day if you can't be nice don't comment Blossom8
  • Score: -1

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