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Crime writer Martina Cole rewards primary school ‘graduates’

PUBLISHED: 14:59 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:59 07 October 2016

Pupils at the awards ceremony with Martina Cole

Pupils at the awards ceremony with Martina Cole

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The Sevenoaks-based writer presented awards to more than 40 children

Crime novellist and Sevenoaks resident Martina Cole was in Bromley on Thursday to award some of the borough’s bright young students.

More than 40 school children were presented with awards as part of a ‘graduation’ ceremony at London South East Colleges’ campus.

Pupils from Raglan, Perry Hall and James Dixon primary school, were in attendance as part of the Children’s University national initiative.

The programme aims to create out of school learning opportunities for seven to 14-year-olds.

Best-selling author Ms Cole said: “It is wonderful to see young people achieving such great things at a very young age.

“The Children’s University is an excellent programme, as it opens up opportunities and activities as well as providing children with some real goals to work towards.

“I urge every child here today to set themselves big and exciting goals for your future.

“With hard work and determination, you can be anything you want to be. The world truly is your oyster and you are all making a great start.”

LSEC vice principal, Andrew Slade said: “Bromley College launched the Bromley Children’s University in 2014 and this is our very first Graduation.

“I would like to thank the head teachers and their schools who have committed time and resource into this programme – along with our other sponsors and supporters.

“We felt it very important to establish a local Children’s University as we wanted to make sure that young people in the local area are fully aware of the many exciting education and career options that will be open to them in the future.”

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