Kids are ready for pool

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Maraeroa School pupils were show­ing off their new bright red swim gog­gles and caps at Can­nons Creek Pool last week and are now look for­ward to the up­com­ing hol­i­day pro­gramme.

Ev­ery one of the ju­nior school’s 58 stu­dents re­ceived the caps, gog­gles and a swim bag thanks to Water Safety New Zealand’s Pa­cific ad­vi­sor Lepeti Tea, who re­alised fam­i­lies could not af­ford the nec­es­sary swim gear.

‘‘We es­pe­cially wanted to get the new en­trants [ chil­dren] in­volved. It’s so im­por­tant to get those water skills and con­fi­dence up from an early age.’’

Maraeroa’s as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Jean Cowan says it is great all chil­dren who want to be in the swim­ming pro­gramme can take part.

They came to Can­nons Creek Pool 10 times in term one, with the school of­ten pro­vid­ing spare tow­els and togs.

‘‘ It’s some­thing [ swim­ming] the kids are all keen on, but the par­ents of­ten aren’t be­cause of the costs in­volved. But they see it’s nec­es­sary, es­pe­cially af­ter what hap­pened [ Porirua man Al­bert Ala­p­ati drown­ing in Jan­uary], and these gog­gles, caps and bags are a great help. You can tell the kids are not scared of be­ing in the water, they’re hav­ing fun.’’

Ms Tea says next term Glen­view School will re­ceive 100 pairs of gog­gles.

This week and next, 100 pupils from Maraeroa, Bran­don, Tairangi, Corinna, Na­tone Park and Rus­sell schools will take part in a school hol­i­day pro­gramme at Can­nons Creek Pool. Or­gan­ised jointly by WSNZ, Ora Toa PHO and Te Roopu Awhina, it will fea­ture lessons in the pool to strengthen kids’ water skills.

See­ing clearly: There will be no more sore eyes from chlo­rine for Nico Ron­go­taua and An­dreas Kainuku of Maraeroa School.

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