Earlier this week I was in the Margaret Beale Aquatic Centre; the Main Pool had a class of Junior School students working on technique, a babies swim class was on in the Learners’ Pool and a Senior School group were in the AFG Fitness Centre. The place was abuzz with activity. I thought at that point about the visit I made to a fantastic pool complex in Victoria as part of the research into the pool project. The pool complex there was superb, probably the best one the team saw in Australia – but it was completely empty. I asked the pool manager how often the main pool would be used that week. He looked up the pool timetable for a moment and then said, ” Once”. Apparently the students and staff felt it was too cold to swim in winter. St Cuthbert’s girls are definitely tougher! The pools are busy in every season, including winter.
It is really satisfying to see how much use the pools are getting and how much impact the Centennial Centre for Wellbeing is having on the girls’ experience whether it is our Premier Water Polo Team taking out both the Auckland and North Island titles in one week, the slew of records set by Junior, Middle and Senior School students at their swimming sports, the number of girls doing fitness training and the amount of use the community makes of the CCW (which under the great management of Mr Ben Feinberg-Danielli makes a very significant contribution to the centre’s running costs).
This week a Young Enterprise group Float “floated” an idea with me to enable students from low decile schools to be part of a learn to swim programme. I was delighted with their social enterprise concept and look forward to them developing their business plan. With the terrible drowning toll this year we want as a College to do something of significance in this area.
This has been a very positive last two weeks of term with a great Scholars’ Assembly (and a timely recognition of the girls’ great achievements in the Herald), a farewell for the cross country team off to Budapest to represent New Zealand, winning performances in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, and very successful Year 3 and Year 4 camps (following a fantastic Year 6 camp).
I hope the girls have a really relaxing and restorative holiday after a long term and look forward to seeing them back ready for the start of Term 2.
Mrs Lynda Reid