St Patrick's in running for swimming programme award

00:48, Mar 24 2014
FISH OUT OF WATER: St Patrick’s Inglewood students Harrison Whitmorents, left, Logan Duff and Riley Costarnts enjoy a day of swimming and splashing.

An Inglewood school is waiting with bated breath to see if it will be named New Zealand's school of the year for its swimming programme.

St Patrick's School is one of the three finalists for the State Kiwi Swim Safe School of the Year category in the 2014 Swimming New Zealand Awards.

The other two finalists are schools Fraser Crescent and Maraka Model in Wellington.

If St Patrick's is named winner it will join Bell Block School, which picked up the award last year.

St Patrick's principal Kim Theyers said the school was very excited to have made it to the top three.

The school has been running its programme for five years now, giving students the chance to learn vital water safety skills.


"It's especially important in Taranaki as we're surrounded by water," Mrs Theyers said.

A swimming sports day was held on Wednesday for students to splash around and put their swim skills to use.

Mrs Theyers said the children enjoyed the Swim Safe lessons and also liked it when swim mascot, Koru the Kiwi, came by to hand out certificates to mark their achievements.

Swim Safe adviser Cecilie Elliott said St Patrick's result was a "fantastic achievement" for a school in the Taranaki region. "It shows how successfully the staff have embraced the programme, both in the classroom and in the pool," she said.

The Swimming New Zealand Awards are on April 12 at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.

Taranaki Daily News