Christmas gifts to keep pool open

18:05, Oct 08 2013
Rapaura School pupils, from left, Pippa Clarke, 5, Rose Coles, 5, and Egan Gifford, 7, pack one of the taste of Marlborough Christmas treat hampers to be sold to raise funds for the school pool.

The pool at Rapaura School is an important part of the pupils' lives and the community, who are allowed to use it during the holidays, but its maintenance is expensive.

In order to keep it in good condition the school are aiming to raise the $6000 needed for its upkeep by selling "taste of Marlborough" Christmas baskets. Three baskets will go on sale until November 15, with delivery in December, and will contain all manner of delicious Marlborough produce such as olive oil, fudge, wine, lemon cordial and home made dukkah.

The lemon cordial is a speciality of the school.

Parent and Friends of Rapaura School member Karen Hall says the baskets will range in price from $35 for the small to $65 for large. "They are great Christmas gifts for individuals or businesses to give one another. The money is all for the pool, which is a big part of the school," she says.

Swimming is taught as part of the curriculum at the school and the pool is available to the community to use during the long, hot summer holidays.

"Water safety is really important but the school can only really teach it if they have a pool. It is expensive to run but it is worth it," Karen says.

To order a Christmas basket contact the school on 03 570 5752 or email, with the school open again from Monday.