Vi­tal skills learned

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

A group of Year 6 stu­dents from St Mary’s Col­lege be­came the first in Mitchell Shire to re­ceive their Vic­to­rian Wa­ter Safety cer­tifi­cates on Fri­day.

After 10 weeks of wa­ter safety and swim­ming lessons the stu­dents grad­u­ated with their cer­tifi­cates from the Sey­mour Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

Stu­dents grad­u­ate with a ground­ing in wa­ter safety knowl­edge and the abil­ity to swim com­pe­tently for a con­tin­u­ous dis­tance of 50 m.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said wa­ter safety was a vi­tal skill to have.

‘‘Be­ing able to swim and know­ing how to be safe around wa­ter are such valu­able life skills,’’ Cr San­der­son said.

‘‘This pro­gram is fan­tas­tic be­cause not only are stu­dents taught how to swim, they are taught about wa­ter safety, wa­ter rescue tech­niques and sur­vival skills.’’

Mitchell Shire Council deputy Mayor David Rowe was on hand to present the cer­tifi­cates to the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, and council is proac­tively con­tact­ing ev­ery pri­mary school to of­fer the pro­gram to all Year 6 stu­dents.

In the swim: Swim in­struc­tors De­bra Beard­well and Tamara Bess (left) with St Mary’s Col­lege teacher Hayley Mil­ner (mid­dle left); stu­dents from St Mary’s Col­lege; in­struc­tors Lisa Bess and Stephanie Kennedy (right) with the Deputy Mayor Cr David Rowe.

Cer­ti­fied: Kayla Ben­der, who was ab­sent for the photo on Fri­day, also re­ceived her cer­tifi­cate.

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