A GROUP of schoolchildren will be given the chance to meet city-born polar explorer Mark Wood as they don their caps and gown to graduate from the Children’s University next week.
More than 150 youngsters from Frederick Bird Primary School, Stanton Bridge Primary School, Finham Primary School, Stivichall Primary School and Hearsall Primary School in Coventry will meet Mr Wood, who has just returned from an expedition to the North Pole, and have the opportunity to ask him questions about his travels.
Mr Wood, who also went to school in the city, will answer questions on his expeditions and global warming after the children ‘graduate’ from the Children’s University, having voluntarily completed a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Wood said: “As a Coventrian who has worked in the very extremes of our planet I am proud to venture home and support such an inspiring educational organisation.”
The Bishop of Coventry, the Coventry Children’s University Chancellor and the Chief Executive of Children’s University Trust, Helen O’Donnell will present the awards together with Mark Wood.
The Children’s University is an international charity that provides 7 to 14 year olds (and 5 & 6 year olds with their families) with access to exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside the normal school day.
The children will graduate from the Children’s University at a special event on the evening on Monday, June 13.