Baverstock Oaks does not have a swimming pool on site but we understand the importance of water safety and the need for our children to develop water skills. We also like to provide opportunities for our competent swimmers to represent our school in the Howick and Pakuranga interschool competition.
We hold our Year 5 and 6 swimming sports each year in Term 1 at the Lloyd Elsmore pool complex. From this event our interschool swim team is selected.
Swimming lessons are another wonderful opportunity we provide our older students. The John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation was established 8 years ago and has provided over 850,000 free swim lessons throughout primary schools in South Auckland. Our school has elected to participate in this fabulous programme each year for a term. This is for all Year 4-6 students. Buses are provided for a nominal charge (taken out of the child’s activity fee) and each week, each class attend a free swimming lesson at Otara pools. The children are taught by qualified instructors. We are extremely lucky to be part of this very worthwhile programme and would like to acknowledge the Foundation and all their sponsors for providing this initiative for our children.
As well as this our Year 6 children attend a water safety programme at Papatoetoe Pools. This is set up prior to their Year 6 camp in Term 1.