Port Dou­glas State School proud of Learn to Swim

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas State School ran an in­ten­sive 10-les­son Learn to Swim pro­gram in Term 4 for ev­ery stu­dent as part of the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum. It was the only school in the dis­trict that runs such a pro­gram – the stan­dard is two lessons only.

The ju­nior swim car­ni­val, for Prep to Year 3 was the culmination of their two-week swim­ming pro­gram.

The kids en­joyed races in events that in­cluded freestyle, back­stroke and breast­stroke and fin­ished the day with games in the pool.

The ‘Learn to Swim’ pro­gram is sub­sidised ev­ery year by the P&C to re­duce the cost to fam­i­lies.

‘The Port Dou­glas State School Swim­ming Pro­gram is se­cond to none,” said prin­ci­pal Ben Gaske. “Ev­ery child has the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in a two-week block of lessons.

“Each les­son is 45 min­utes long and is con­ducted by a qual­i­fied Austswim teacher with more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Be­cause the stu­dents at­tend lessons ev­ery day, the skill build­ing pro­gram de­liv­ered via ex­plicit in­struc­tion re­sults in faster and more ex­ten­sive im­prove­ments for in­di­vid­u­als,” Mr Gaske said.

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