Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

I am writ­ing to chal­lenge in­for­ma­tion in the ar­ti­cle “Port Dou­glas State School Proud of Learn to Swim” ( Gazette – 3/11/2016). I con­grat­u­late the Prin­ci­pal and his team of teach­ers in pro­vid­ing the “Learn to Swim” pro­gram for his school. I am pleased that the stu­dents at PDSS are ob­tain­ing these life skills.

My con­cerns sur­round the ac­tual re­al­ity that ex­ists in other schools. In re­la­tion to swim­ming pro­grams the ar­ti­cle states; “It (PDSS) was the only school in the district that runs such a pro­gram – the stan­dard is two lessons only”.

This is sim­ply not true. St Au­gus­tine’s runs a swim­ming pro­gram for preps to Year 6 be­tween 2 and 3 weeks each year. This pro­gram has been run­ning for many years and will con­tinue to do so.

We too have qual­i­fied Austswim in­struc­tors two of which have over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

In en­sur­ing that our in­struc­tors are not only ex­pe­ri­enced all three in­struc­tors par­tic­i­pated in fur­ther train­ing and ac­cred­i­ta­tion in swim­ming cour­ses held in Cairns this year.

I agree the in­ten­sive pro­gram gives ”….re­sults in faster and more ex­ten­sive im­prove­ments for in­di­vid­u­als”.

This is one of many rea­sons why St Au­gus­tine’s is an ex­am­ple of another school in the district that de­liv­ers an in­ten­sive swim pro­gram for its stu­dents.

I am happy for PDSS to pro­mote its par­tic­i­pa­tion in a swim pro­gram for its stu­dents but let’s en­sure a good story doesn’t get in the way of what is true. There are other schools in Dou­glas Shire that run swim pro­grams and congratulations to all these schools that have this as a fea­ture of their school cur­ricu­lum.

Paul Rayner, prin­ci­pal, St Au­gus­tine’s School, Moss­man


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