In­struc­tor to help pupils reach higher

Chil­dren at Calde­cott tu­tored in ex­treme sports

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Mike Ben­nett

AN OUT­DOOR ed­u­ca­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor has been ap­pointed to de­velop a new pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren at­tend­ing the Calde­cott Foun­da­tion school at Smeeth.

The foun­da­tion, which pro­vides a res­i­den­tial school, homes and ther­apy for abused and ne­glected chil­dren, has ap­pointed Linn Ka­thenes, an out­door pur­suits and leisure spe­cial­ist, to de­velop af­ter-school, week­end and hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties.

School head teacher Greg Le­vitt de­scribed the role as “of vi­tal ben­e­fit to our chil­dren.”

He said: “We want to pro­vide Calde­cott pupils with chal­leng­ing and in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, which fit within the healthy liv­ing agenda of the gov­ern­ment’s Ev­ery Child Mat­ters pol­icy, and help de­velop life skills of team­work and co-op­er­a­tion.”

For Linn, it is the latest step in a busy ca­reer which has seen her work­ing as a pro­fes­sional out­door pur­suits in­struc­tor in a num­ber of sports in­clud­ing climb­ing, ab­seil­ing, kayak­ing, snow­board­ing, ski­ing and moun­tain bik­ing.

With qual­i­fi­ca­tions from Green­wich Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Wales, Ban­gor, she was also a mem­ber of the Bri­tish ladies’ white wa­ter raft­ing team.

Linn, who lives in Wing­ham, near Can­ter­bury, said: “The im­me­di­ate re­sponse from the chil­dren has been fan­tas­tic, and they are fully in­volved in plan­ning the pro­gramme which will in­clude a full range of af­ter­school clubs, from ski­ing, snow­board­ing and climb­ing to cook­ing, gar­den­ing and mu­sic.

“Ev­ery­thing I do will have the ob­jec­tive of build­ing pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes and con­fi­dence, and teach­ing in­di­vid­u­als to trust each other and to work to­gether.”

Her ap­point­ment is the latest step in an in­ten­sive pro­gramme of in­vest­ment at Calde­cott, which was high­lighted in De­cem­ber with a visit by the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, who for­mally opened the newly-built Calde­cott School.

Linn Ka­thenes is un­daunted as she climbs the sheer face of a rock

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