ST AUGUSTINE’S SWIM PROGRAM
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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