Western Leader : June 14th 2011
5 WESTERN LEADER, JUNE 14, 2011 NEWS • • • A NZ COMPANY SINCE 1984 PH 838 9118, PIONEER ST PH 827 8827, 10A MARGAN AVE www.theaussiebutcher.co.nz HENDERSON NEW LYNN WE SELL ONLY THE BEST OF NZ MEAT! EXPIRE 19/06/11 OPE 7 DAYS PICKED PORK SMOK BACON HOCKS PORK S CHOPS 899 599 O O O O O O OFFERS S OFFERS EXPIRE EXPIRE 699 EN N EN 799 KG KG KG KG ONLY NOW ONLY NOW TENDER AGED NZ SCOTCH FILLET 1999KG ONLY FRESH NZ PORK SHOULDER ROASTS 699 KG NOW FRESH CHICKEN NIBBLES 3804437AA Pool visits the school Lucky dip: Bailey Broughton, Jordan Papa-Mita and Callum Currie of room 5 at Birdwood School are loving the transportable heated pool the school has this term. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Sometimes dreams real- ly do come true. Parents and staff at Birdwood School in Ranui had talked about how wonderful it would be to have a swimming pool for the children. But they cost so much to build and main- tain. Even to take the kids to a pool is expens- ive because of the buses,'' principal Mike Carswell- Griffiths says. Imagine his surprise when his phone rang one Friday morning with the offer of a heated pool. I had filled out a Sport Waitakere survey and had said we'd love to be able to take the kids swimming. It's been part of our strategic plan to try and do it. They explained that it was transportable and wouldn't be permanent, but it would arrive on the Monday. Of course I said yes.'' The call went out to the community for help and an army of parents and board members spent a day assembling the pool. It was full on -- we had to drill into the con- crete and drive stakes into the ground. It's very secure,'' Mr Carswell- Griffiths says. The WaterSafe Auck- land programme gives children at schools that don't have swimming pools vital experience in the water. Regional promotions manager Barbara Ven- ville says it's about more than just splashing around. The physical skills are very important but there are classroom learnings as well. Chil- dren need to be able to swim but they also need the critical thinking skills to make the right decisions about keeping safe in the water.'' There are five trans- portable pools in Auck- land. Each pool packs into a custom-built trailer and comes with security cameras, a pump, heater, all the cleaning equipment and a tent to house it. It means more time in the classroom because we don't have to bus the kids to a pool and back,'' Mr Carswell-Griffiths says. Sport Waitakere and WaterSafe Auckland make sure teachers are trained to supervise chil- dren in the water. They've also provided life jackets, kickboards and helped with water safety lesson plans. Schools interested in being part of the programme can contact WaterSafe Auckland on 306-0809 for more information.
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