Highlighting water safety

Paparoa school students practise water safety and rescue techniques wearing life jackets

Paparoa Primary School makes the most of their school swimming pool with all classes having daily swimming lessons during term one.

“With water playing a prominent part in the lives of our children — be it on a farm, the beach, estuaries or streams — a key component of the swimming programme is our involvement with the ‘Sealord Swim for Life’ programme,” said teacher Julie Harper Swim for Life instructor Kirsty Hamlin has spent one day a week for five weeks at the school for the past four years teaching the children.

“Kirsty being in the pool with the students provides valuable support for even the most reluctant of swimmers. A highlight of Kirsty’s visits is the water safety session, when the children practise safety and rescue techniques, particularly when wearing life jackets.” 

The children will be able to put some of their new skills into practice when they join Tinopai School for a beach day on March 29.

“The school also takes advantage of other opportunities to mix with students from other schools.

On February 28, the Year 5 and 6 children participated in a touch rugby tournament organised by Northland Rugby Union at Wellsford.

“Paparoa played very well winning their pool and coming fifth overall. They are also looking forward to their first Ki-o-Rahi tournament to be held in Whangarei at the end of the month.

Organised by Sport Northland, Ki-o-Rahi is a traditional Maori ball sport played on a circular field between two teams of at least seven a side.”


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