Dane Court Grammar School has a long-standing and valuable link with Kent County Council’s outdoor activities centre in North Wales.
The school was among the first to make use of the Centre when it opened in the 1970’s and has had an unbroken record of annual visits.
I have kept notes on all the KMC trips I organised and ran but they only tell the story since 1987. More than 800 Dane Court students participated in a total of well over 50 trips.
Before my involvement in 1987 I estimate there were ten visits with at least another 200 participating students.
On top of all this we can add the estimated 200 return visits made by those students lucky enough to have attended Dane Court in the 1990s when I ran an extra KMC trip for year 10 and year 12 each February.
The appeal of the KMC trip is timeless. I have rarely struggled to fill every available place on a visit; in fact, recent years have often seen a big enough increase in applications to boost our annual group from 27 to around 36 students.
Much of Dane Court’s success in maintaining its ties to KMC is down to the enthusiasm and outstanding dedication of the staff involved – both from the school and working at the Centre. Dane Court Grammar School offers its sincerest thanks to the scores of professional and caring people who have helped our students over more than four decades – from the first Head of Centre, Mike Petrovsky (a notable global adventurer in his own right) and his successor Mike Cousins through to our current visiting staff team (which includes a Dane Court old boy on his umpteenth trip as a volunteer).