PICTURES: Children show off paddle power at canoeing day

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ADVENTUROUS youngsters from a Hartlepool primary school showed off their paddle power in a day on the water.

Year 6 children from the town’s Clavering Primary School spent a full day canoeing on the River Tees in order to gain a Canoe England Award.

The splashing challenge saw the pupils paddle a five-mile stretch of the River Tees, from Yarm to Preston Hall.

Deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy said: “We had three groups of twelve children canoeing over three magnificent days alongside instructors from Carlton Outdoor Education Centre and Clavering staff.

“Once again, I have been so proud of our Year 6 pupils who showed both grit and determination to complete their journeys on the Tees.

“The children always respond brilliantly to the chance to spend an extended period of time completing a journey down a river rather than, for example, merely canoeing on a reservoir or artificial lake.”

It is always incredibly rewarding to see how our children embrace the opportunities that they are given.

Clavering headteacher, Helen O’Brien

The activity was part of an awards scheme at Clavering Primary, called the 
John Muir Award Programme, which sees them complete challenges in a variety of wild places and different environments.

Youngster Ellie-Mae was extremely proud of what she achieved, saying: “I loved my canoeing experience, it was extremely fun. I learned how to work as a team.”

Clavering headteacher, Helen O’Brien, was full of admiration for the children, and said: “It is always incredibly rewarding to see how our children embrace the opportunities that they are given.

“The John Muir Trust, who awarded us with John Muir Award Provider Status in 2012, has been particularly impressed by how Mr McAvoy strategically uses our John Muir Award Programme to enhance and extend our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”

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