PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, NAME EVERYTHING YOUR CHILD TAKES – SOCKS, SHOES, GOGGLES, DRINK BOTTLE!!!!!!!
It is always great that I have always had all of the children attended our class
swimming lessons even if they do private lessons.
It is a wonderful bonding/getting to know you time for all involved!
For those of you who haven’t had children at swimming before it’s fun and
after the initial apprehension everyone has a great time!
We all travel on the bus together and have a great time chatting on the trip.
At the pool the instructors organise the children into groups based on their confidence and previous experience, each child gets in the pool to show what they know, if they don’t want to they don’t have to and they are put in the rainbow group to work on water confidence.
Over the week, small groups of about 10 children have a qualified instructor who teaches
skills ranging from water confidence, safety, and fun in the water in the
paddling pool, to the use of life jackets, rescue methods and swimming strokes in the shallow pool. More confident children use the deeper water.
Parents are welcome to meet us at the swimming centre if you wish to watch. Please note that over the years we have seen many children become upset and clingy when parents are there, if your child is doing this we may suggest you leave because we also know that without an audience that your child will get in the pool and participate in their swimming lesson.
In 2014 We were the first session and left the school at 9:00am got to the pool by 9:30
swim for 45 minutes get out of the pool dry off and on the bus and back to school
by recess.( This will be updated closer to swimming week)
Be warned, this is a very busy week and your child will get extra tired!
Getting lots of children dressed, undressed, dried, and on and off buses takes a
bit of managing so you can help us in these ways…………
Please arrive promptly to school as we need to be on the bus as soon as
possible after 8:45.
(We will make sure our door is open by 8:30)
Please bring your child to school in their bathers (with a tracksuit or shorts and top or a little dress, to go over the top of bathers
if it is cool) and SANDALS/THONGS. The shoe part is the hardest thing to get on wet feet.
(We don’t take socks to the pool and school shoes are needed for the rest of the day)
Hopefully the weather will be warm and we will just need to wrap our towels
around us to go the pool. (We don’t take the swimming bags and as few extra clothes as possible,
the less we take the less we lose!)
In a separate bag please pack their school clothes.
Boys will be changing in the wet area and girls in the class area so when you get to school…
Girls Please choose a table in the classroom and with your child’s help lay out their school clothes in a neat pile on the table so they know what everything looks like.
Boys please lay out clothes in a neat pile on a table in the art area and with your child’s help lay out their school clothes in a neat pile
on the table so they know what everything looks like.
Your child can take goggles if they want to. Please send your child with a
SMALL extra ‘swimming’ drink bottle as they are usually very thirsty when they get out of the pool.
Please ensure it is named.
(Please don’t buy your child ice creams or drinks at the pool it is unfair for all of the other children!)
Now send them to the toilet!!!!!
Finally your child can sit on the floor, goggles around their neck (please makes sure you have adjusted them to fit), drink bottle in their hand if they want, towel around their shoulders and thongs/sandals – no socks. We will do the roll at 8:45 and then leave sorry we cannot wait for late arrivals 🙁
After the children get out of the pool, we dry off wrap our towels around us put our sandals back on
and go to the bus. The time frame of getting out of the pool and on the bus is about 15 minutes.
We do not have time to shower!
Back at school we get changed. It would be great if you put a spare pair of undies in their school bag just in case.
After school each day check that your child has all their clothes and tell us then if something is missing.
Many years of taking classes to the pool has proven this to be an easy way of managing
swimming with minimum loss of items.
Don’t forget that if you indicated asthma on the consent form the instructors will not let your child swim if they do not have their puffer with them. If your child has their puffer at school the school office will have it packed for us!
Please ask if you have any questions.