Instructor to help pupils reach higher
Children at Caldecott tutored in extreme sports
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