Tapawera students get in the swim
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.