Hartlepool pupils rewarded for thriving in the wild

Pupils from Clavering Primary School in Hartlepool enjoyed outdoor activities as part of the John Muir Award.
Pupils from Clavering Primary School in Hartlepool enjoyed outdoor activities as part of the John Muir Award.
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The achievements of 36 outstanding children and three staff were recognised at an awards event.

The event held at Clavering Primary School, in Hartlepool, showcased the achievements of the youngsters and staff members who had all gained their John Muir Award – an environmental award scheme focused on wild places.

Friends and family members were invited along to the evening.

Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy said: “At Clavering Primary School, we want our children to thrive in adversity; to show courage, determination, perseverance and grit in adversity; and even – dare we say it – to show cheerfulness and a positive attitude in adversity.

“These children have done exceptionally well in the way that they have overcome all of the challenges that we have thrown at them. We are incredibly proud of them.”

Paul Godwin and Rupert Ashcroft from Carlton Outdoor Education Centre were the evening’s guests of honour and they took great delight in presenting the children with their awards as well as thanking the children’s families for giving the pupils this amazing opportunity and congratulating Clavering for having such a well-developed and challenging outdoor learning programme.

Headteacher Helen O’Brien said: “So many qualities are developed through our programme, including resilience, determination, perseverance, grit, confidence, optimism, motivation, drive, ambition, tolerance, respect, dignity, conscientiousness and curiosity, it really is one of the best opportunities that we offer at Clavering and I would particularly like to thank Mr McAvoy, all the staff and the thirty-six children who have made this such a successful programme.”

The school has held John Muir Award Provider Status for three years.