Caitlin’s Koru delivers swim safe mes­sage

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

The sun’s out, tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing and al­ready beaches, lakes, rivers and pools are crowded, so it’s the per­fect time to re­in­force the State Kiwi Swim Safe mes­sage: Keep our chil­dren safer in, on and around the wa­ter at all times!

The pro­gramme is a na­tional ini­tia­tive de­vel­oped by Swim­ming New Zealand to pro­vide all pri­mary and in­ter­me­di­ate school chil­dren with wa­ter safety, beach safety and swim­ming skills.

Re­cently, Swim­ming New Zealand ran a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren to name their new State Kiwi Swim Safe mas­cot. Caitlin Barra­ball from Isle­worth School in Christchurch was the com­pe­ti­tion win­ner with ‘Koru’.

Koru vis­ited Caitlin’s school to present her com­pe­ti­tion prize pack, as well as State Kiwi Swim Safe cer­tifi­cates to all pupils to recog­nise their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Isle­worth School is the first school in Can­ter­bury to de­liver the State Kiwi Swim Safe pro­gramme. Isle­worth School prin­ci­pal Jeanette Shearer said it was great to be part of such a pos­i­tive ini­tia­tive.

‘‘ Teach­ers are en­thu­si­as­tic about the pro­gramme. It is well planned out with real learn­ing out­comes clearly stated.

‘‘Hav­ing pool­side as­sis­tance has been won­der­ful as it helps teach­ers iden­tify the in­struc­tional stage for the chil­dren and in­tro­duces lots of fun ac­tiv­i­ties which help chil­dren learn the spe­cific skills they are work­ing on.

‘‘All teach­ers have said that it is great pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment for them and has boosted their con­fi­dence in teach­ing chil­dren to swim.’’

Koru will travel around New Zealand spread­ing the wa­ter safety, sur­vival and swim­ming mes­sages. For chil­dren tak­ing part in the State Kiwi Swim Safe pro­gramme, swim­ming, wa­ter safety and beach safety skills al­lows them to grow, strengthen, in­crease their knowl­edge, and most im­por­tantly to value and re­spect the wa­ter.

Jeanette ’ –


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