Pupils celebrate pool upgrade

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 06:47 21/02/2014
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JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ

POOL PARTY: A group of pupils from Highfield School splash around at their pool party to celebrate fundraising to upgrade the school's pool.

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Pupils from Highfield School have celebrated their fundraising efforts with a pool party at their upgraded pool.

Over the past two years the Highfield Home and School Association, along with parents and students, raised around $35,000 towards the project.

Association secretary Natalie Doyle said they received grants from Southern Trust and Air Rescue Services. They also had the school fair, discos, a fashion parade and a calendar on sale to help raise funds.

The money allowed the pool area to be extended with a new fence, replacing the old chicken mesh one.

Teacher Melissa Stevenson said it allows all the kids to be in the same area at once and the new sunshades keep them covered during peak sunshine hours.

There is also new seating and the changing rooms have been reclad. As far as they know, the pool hadn't been upgraded in a long time, parent Jocelyn Gillespie said.

The 282 pupils at the school use the pool for lessons every day in summer. The pool is heated using solar power and can be used once it reaches 18 degrees Celsius.

All up the project cost $40,000 and there are a few things to fix before the upgrade is complete.

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