SwimmingAt Gatton we have the privilege of having our own 19m pool on site. This allows the children in years 4, 5 and 6 the opportunity to have a swimming lesson once a week, all year round.
Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children. The government has recognised the importance of swimming by making it a part of the national curriculum. Our main goal is to teach all children the importance of water safety and help support each child to reach the outcomes listed below by the end of year 6:
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively, for example front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
Aside from being an important life skill, swimming is an incredible sport for physical and mental health. The foundation of swimming opens up a whole new world of other water-based activities, such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, water polo, etc. Swimming can be an enjoyable physical activity done at any age.