The tamariki were bouncing with excitement. They couldn't wait to dip their toes into the pool. It has been a long time coming with lots of fundraising and support from whanau to ensure that learning to swim became a reality for the students here.
We spent Monday having fun, learning how to be safe in and around the pool area, and making sure that students understand that they are responsible for bringing a towel, swimming togs, cap and goggles daily.
As the week has progressed the students have been discovering their capabilities, learning how to breathe, kick, how to use their arms to slice through the water efficiently. Their goal is to beat their time of swimming one full length of the pool for freestyle. It has been very interesting with a few talented swimmers demonstrating their skills and confidence in the water.
I've discovered that good listeners progress, whilst those who don't...won't.
The students will have reflections to share with you all shortly.