Tawonga Primary still splashing
TAWONGA Primary School has not let the closure of the Mt Beauty Swimming Pool interrupt their pre-Christmas swimming program, taking up an offer from the Alpine Shire to use the Myrtleford Pool free of charge.
Council has also provided free swimming instructors, an offer that was given to each school affected by the Mt Beauty closure.
“Initially we all went oh no what are we going to do and thought the kids would have no swimming program in the lead up to summer,” Tawonga Primary School Principal, Kim Franzke said.
“(But) we have turned it into a positive, it’s still an inconvenience but we are definitely thanking council.”
The Primary School of 26 students has altered their program to include a whole school double session at the Myrtleford Pool each week as opposed to the previous two sessions a week at Mt Beauty.
The school also participated in a canoeing session at Mt Bogong, something Ms Franzke said they would not have done in the past.
“It’s something a bit different, the staff loved it and the kids had a ball, many of them had never been canoeing before,” she added.
“The pool closure is a setback but we have thought a bit creatively to still give our kids the essential water safety that they need in the lead up to summer.”
Ms Franzke said that the school were not out of pocket for any of the changes.
DEEP CONCENTRATION: Some of Tawonga Primary School’s youngest students benefited from swimming lessons by swimming instructor Leesa King while (inset) (left to right) Emily Macklan, Ria Dwyer, Emma Lucey, Leila Altman and Rosie Franzke did not mind spending extra time at the Myrtleford Pool on Monday.