Stars come to school as mobile planetarium gives an insight into astronomy

EXCITED Phil Munday
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A MOBILE planetarium will be visiting a Fareham school to give students an in-depth look at physics and astronomy.

Staff and students at Henry Cort Community College are looking forward to the event, which is being run by the University of Southampton for free.

The planetarium show will consist of an award-winning film about astronomy and a guided tour of the northern hemisphere constellations.

Kate Bartlett, outreach strand leader at the university, said: ‘Our new outreach programme is designed to support teachers, parents, students and community groups in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

‘We have planned a series of events to engage and motivate learners who have the potential to enter higher education, and who may not currently be considering it, so it’s wonderful that Henry Cort is on board!’

Headteacher Phil Munday said: ‘We are extremely excited about the diverse range of activities we have planned with the university.

‘In tough economic times and youth unemployment at a record high, we believe we have an even greater responsibility to provide inspiration and support to our students as we prepare them for the journey of life. We recognise the value of offering young people practical, hands-on experience as well as classroom learning and this is reflected in our diverse curriculum.

‘However, this particular initiative with the University of Southampton allows us to reinforce the value of further and higher education.’