Education Queensland places an important emphasis on swimming as
an integral part of the lifestyle of Queensland children and on the
importance of children learning how to swim. The number of
Australians drowning has increased significantly over the last few years
in either pools, dams or beaches the highest number for many years. These tragedies can be avoided with
people knowing how to swim, where is safe to swim and how to be safe in the water.
Being able to swim means that children can enjoy opportunities for water sports afforded by our tropical
climate. In the last 2 weeks of the school year, children will be invited to participate in swimming lessons.
The children will have a total of 7 lessons. Children must swim for the whole seven lessons and cannot just
attend for the last lesson. Swimming is part of the school curriculum. Children will, however, need to
demonstrate that their behaviour is safe and they follow the school rules so that they are not a risk to the
safety of other students and staff.
The cost of $70.00 ( approximately ONLY) for the 7 lessons will cover the cost of admission to the pool, a
lesson by the qualified instructors and transport by bus to and from the pool. A
special letter outlining these lessons and the invoice for payment will be sent out
early next term. If you have difficultly affording your child to swim then please see
either Mrs Gray or myself to see how we can support your child/ren attending these
invaluable lessons. Swimming can be paid off over the first 7 weeks of next term at
ONLY $10 a week. This is extremely well priced.
YOU ARE ABLE TO PAY OFF LESSONS UP TO AND INCLUDING FRIDAY 17th of NOVEMBER. NO LATE PAYMENTS
SHALL BE ACCEPTED AS THE TIMETABLE ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING BOOKING OF SWIMMING INSTRUCTORS
AND BUSES MUST BE MADE ON FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER.
The children need to bring the following each week –
· Swimming togs/sun suits (one piece for girls, bikinis are not appropriate)
· Rash shirt as we shall be in outside pools
· Googles (if needed)
· A towel
· A bag to place wet gear in
· Swimming cap - a swimming cap is necessary for:
- Hygienic reasons
- Assists swimming technique i.e. keeps hair out of the eyes and mouth when breathing
- Hair caught in other children’s hands could be dangerous
- Avoids clogging of the pool filtration system
- Easy identification of students for safety reasons and for behaviour control in the water
(PLEASE NOTE:- You will need to purchase a cap. Parents are asked to write their child’s surname
in large black letters on the front outside of their child’s cap. This enables caps to be returned
should they become lost and also for the swimming instructors to know the names of the children
particularly where they are teaching so many groups of students.)
· Thongs or surf sandals must be worn to the pool if children wish (Shoes and socks would still
be worn when back at school)