Ta­paw­era stu­dents get in the swim

The Leader (Tasman) - - GARDENING -

The stu­dents from all lev­els at Ta­paw­era Area School (TAS) have been clock­ing up a lot of laps in the swim­ming pools at the school.

The school is for­tu­nate to have two pools, one for pri­mary stu­dents and an­other for se­condary.

With the warm sum­mer tem­per­a­tures the past month, stu­dents have been tak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity to use the pool for prac­tice lengths or just for fun.

The school’s Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion teacher also books in time for her senior classes to use it for kayak­ing in­struc­tion.

Even af­ter school stu­dents have taken up the op­por­tu­nity with swim­ming lessons on of­fer.

The pri­mary school will hold a demon­stra­tion af­ter­noon soon, where the stu­dents will show their fam­i­lies what they have been learn­ing in class time. It usu­ally fin­ishes with some fun ac­tiv­i­ties, which is a good way to spend a hot af­ter­noon.

The se­condary swim­ming day was more com­pet­i­tive with se­niors striv­ing to beat long-stand­ing school records.

The day fin­ished with the senior stu­dents, de­spite be­ing ex­hausted af­ter their many lengths, com­peted against the Staff in a re­lay event.

It was dif­fer­ent this year in that the staff team with a ring-in par­ent was all fe­male and de­cided to com­pete against the top girls’ teams. Vic­tory went to the fresh­est team—the staff.

One record was bro­ken and a few oth­ers were ex­tremely close to be­ing top­pled.

The boy’s 14-15-year-old 75 med­ley event was made up of 25m free style, back stroke and breast stroke.

The record was set in 2010 by Kevin Free­man at 1 minute and 19.37secs and fell to Kahu Car­leton-Heta with 1 minute 18.76 sec­onds.


Motu-Har­ris in ac­tion in the but­ter­fly.

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