Water safety a priority at school

PLAYING IT SAFE: St Mary’s students (back, from left) Will Matthews, Jonte Giles, Will LaSpina, Jesse Giollom, Kyran Hagens, (front, from left) Victoria Notarianni and Jaclyn Bromley all enjoyed the school’s final “Get in Get Wet” day.

ONE local school has made it a priority to teach its students the importance of water safety ahead of the summer holidays.

St Mary’s students wrapped up their water awareness program ‘Get In and Get Wet’ last Friday with a fun day of races and games at the Myrtleford pool.

For the two weeks prior prep to six students had received weekly lessons from St Mary’s teacher and qualified swim instructor Simone Feltrin, practising safe water entry, floating techniques, survival strokes as well as some regular swim strokes.

Friday’s activities included optional races for swimmers of all levels and abilities, novelty activities, basic water play and some free play at the end of the day.

With the school year finishing in summer St Mary’s principal Gab Jackson said the program was about teaching confidence in the water.

“A lot of kids will be spending probably much of their time over the summer around water whether it’s in rivers, dams, or swimming pools,” she said.

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