Kids are ready for pool
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.