Pupils finally get their pool back

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 09:00 15/02/2014
Aokautere School pupils

COOL POOL: Aokautere School pupils test the waters of their new school pool which has had a $39,000 facelift after being shut for two years.

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Aokautere kids can cool down in style thanks to their touched up school pool.

Aokautere School pupils can finally take a dip in their pool after a two-year hiatus and a $39,000 facelift.

The pool was put out of action in 2012 because of leaks and difficulty balancing the chemicals, meaning it would shut an hour after it was opened when uneven chlorine levels caused concerns.

The school received funding from the Fitzherbert East Trust for the pool to be refurbished and the community celebrated the reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 20-metre-long by 5-metre-wide pool has had a paint job, a new liner installed, an upgraded system for pumping and monitoring the chemicals. It also had a cover put on to insulate the pool.

Principal Val Ferry said the upgrades were welcomed by the school's children and the community with on-site swimming lessons returning to the curriculum.

After school care programme A-Plus have access to the pool, and families can purchase keys to use it after hours.

"Many small schools like ours are closing their pools but we are able to say, ‘We have a pool'," Mrs Ferry said.

"All of this gives our children water confidence, fitness and a chance to be together socially when the working day is over.

"New Zealand children and their families live in close contact with water - beaches, rivers, lakes, streams, spa pools - community pools are places where we meet and play and children need to learn water safety skills in order to be safe in these environments.

"Having a working pool enables our children to be in water and learn how to look after each other."

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