Port Douglas State School proud of Learn to Swim
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.