Waiheke Islanders are very lucky to be offered the Auckland-wide John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams lessons right here on the island.
It’s a programme designed around water safety and ensuring that over the course of their primary school years, our children have enough training to keep themselves safe in water (eg float) and can swim short distances for help.
It’s possible we’re overprotective, but at the Te Huruhi Community Pool we are of the opinion that being on the island, we’d like our students to have every possible opportunity to learn. We want them to be safe and confident in the water (given we are surrounded by it!) and so have made sure that we still make available the additional holiday, after-school and weekend lessons we’ve been teaching over the last five years.
The Learn to Swim classes are run with a lower teacher to child ratio, ensuring that your child gets all the attention they need, in order to progress.
Being able to do both sets of classes will accelerate your child’s learnings and help them reach their full potential as a swimmer.
We hope that we will be able to work with your child both in-school and outside of school hours.
See the relevant Notice of Motion here:
30 January NOM Swimming Pool
outlines the history of advocacy for a pool on the island
Proposal was sent to the Ministry of Education seeking financial support. Auckland Council had agreed financial support of $1.6 million subject in part to “the pool committee obtaining financial support from the Ministry of Education”.
Confirmation of Auckland City Council funding of $1.6 million towards the development of the $5 million project over the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 financial years. This funding was confirmed at the November 2005 meeting of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee and subject to a number of matters including that the Committee secure financial support from the Ministry of Education. Funding was not forthcoming from the Ministry therefore the
project was not progressed further.
Local Board backed a call for the community to be allowed to raise funds by asking for donations from visitors
Progression of the proposal for an indoor swimming pool complex on Waiheke High School grounds, following the Committee’s successful applications to the 2004 and 2005 Auckland City Council’s Facility Partnership Scheme.
The completion of a community needs assessment on the Island in December 2003. Key findings included the projected likelihood of use to be extremely high, and that key preferred activities included relaxation, lap swimming, aqua-aerobics and learn to swim. Waiheke High School Grounds was identified as the preferred site.