Polar trek comes to life in classroom
EXACTLY 100 years after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s original Nimrod expedition to the South Pole, a group of explorers that includes descendants from the original crew will leave Britain on October 29, to retrace their ancestors’ footsteps. And pupils at Spring Grove School in Wye will receive an insight into the expedition when its leader gives them a talk. It’s appropriate that Lt Col Henry Worsley will be the visitor as his niece and nephew, Angus and Imogen Stainton are pupils at the school. Lt Col Worsley will lead the team on the epic 900-mile trek across the ice in a bid to reach the goal that eluded Shackleton’s team, who faced with dwindling rations, turned back just 97 miles from the South Pole. A further connection with Shackleton’s polar explorations and Spring Grove is that another pupil is also related to a former member of the great explorer’s later visit to the Antarctic. William Stephenson, the step-greatgreat-grandfather of Dominic Richardson, 11, was a member of the Endurance crew in 1915. The youngsters have been learning about Shackleton’s journeys in preparation for Lt Col Worsley’s visit.