A river challenge

Pupils at Clavering Primary School who spent the day canoeing on the River Tees as part of their work towards achieving the John Muir Award

Pupils at Clavering Primary School who spent the day canoeing on the River Tees as part of their work towards achieving the John Muir Award

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ADVENTUROUS youngsters spent the day on the river as they worked towards achieving a highly esteemed canoeing award.

The Year 6 pupils at Clavering Primary School, in the town, swapped the classroom for the River Tees in order to gain a Canoe England Award.

The youngsters have completed a number of outdoor adventures as part of their work to complete the John Muir award, an environmental scheme encouraging people to enjoy and care for wild places.

Neil McAvoy, deputy headteacher who runs the John Muir Award programme at the school, said: “We had groups of up to 10 children canoeing on three consecutive days.

“They all coped brilliantly in conditions that saw everything from sunshine to rain to hail to thunder.

“Once again, I was very proud of the children’s grit and determination to complete their challenges.”

The canoeing challenge resulted in the pupils gaining their Paddlepower Start certificate, one element of the Canoe England award.

Clavering Primary School is a John Muir Award provider and the youngsters can start out towards completing the programme at a school residential in Year 3.

Mr McAvoy added: “As part of the children’s work towards achieving the John Muir Award, we enable them to complete challenges in a variety of wild places and different environments.”

Headteacher Helen O’Brien was full of admiration for all of the school’s pupils who completed the challenge.

She said: “It is always incredibly rewarding to see how our children embrace the many opportunities they are given as part of Mr McAvoy’s programme which has been developed with the support of Carlton Outdoor Education Centre.”

Any school or youth group in the town interested in finding out more about the John Muir Award should contact Mr McAvoy at Clavering Primary School or visit www.jmt.org.