Ta­wonga Pri­mary still splash­ing

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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