Saturday, 24 March 2012

2012 Term 1 Week 8 - swimming

We had a wet start to our swimming week at Massey Park - Monday was cold and wet but the kids and the teachers braved the weather to get into the water and complete the water assessments so that we could group the students according to their swimming ability. The parents and teachers on the poolside were just about as wet as the kids in the pool! When we got back to school Nadine had a hot milo for the students ready and a whole school game of 'duck, duck, goose' warmed us up while our parents and teachers had coffee to thaw them out.
Thursday and Friday were beautiful days for swimming and the students, teachers and parents all enjoyed our mornings at the pool. It was amazing to see the progress in swimmers even after two one hour sessions;

the student who was scared to get into the pool on Monday happily submerging to pick up toys from the bottom of the pool on Friday

the students who wouldn't let go of the side of the pool on Monday swimming to their teacher 5 metres away on Friday

the students who couldn't dive on Monday diving from the diving blocks after some peer tutoring from the older students on Friday

the students who couldn't float or tread water on Monday happily 'starfish' lying on the water on Friday

the students who struggled to change themselves and manage their belongings on Monday being self sufficient on Friday!

A huge thank you to our parents who transported children to and from the pool and assisted teachers poolside with instructions, assessment sheets and being an extra pair of eyes.

Thank you also to our teachers who got into the water with their students to give them the best possible instruction - we certainly saw the benefit of that in the progress made this week.

Cole is currently liaising with Massey Park for some times for next term and we hope to continue with swimming as one of our core PE developments. We are also looking into hiring a pool to teach Flippa Ball and if we have any parents with waterpolo experience we would appreciate your expertise with either some staff development or information we can share.

Some photos of our times at Massey Park:

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