SCIENNES SWIMATHON 2016
Monday 25 April – Thursday 28 April 2016
Back by popular demand, the most anticipated event of the pupil calendar! At the request of the children themselves we plan to hold another Swimathon this year to raise funds to benefit ALL children at Sciennes.
The Swimathon has been great fun in the past and we would like as many children as possible to take part again this year. Children will have the opportunity to swim as many lengths/breadths of the pool as they can in a specified time. Non-swimmers are encouraged to take part, using swimming aids in the shallow end of the pool, never going out of their depth. The Swimathon is well staffed, with a qualified life guard on duty at all times.
How it works
- Primary 1 and 2 will swim breadths or half breadths for 5 minutes
- Primary 3-7 will swim lengths or half lengths for between 5 and 10 minutes
- Children can be sponsored per breadth/length or at a flat rate. You will get an email from the school once the MyDonate page has been set up.
How you can help
Parent helpers are required to help count breadths and lengths. If you are available, you can sign up to help out at http://doodle.com/poll/sywhzquvfuy62rh9. Come for just your child’s class, or volunteer for a larger block of time, the choice is yours.
My child has never swum before, can he/she still participate?
Of course! We encourage every child to get in the pool and give a go. It does matter if they walk, jump, float or swim. We have floaties and arm bands and encourage children to use them if they feel unsure. P1s and P2s ‘swim’ breadths of the pool, across the shallow end. In P3 and up, children have the option of swimming half lengths so that they can touch the bottom the whole time.
Is it safe to have that many children in the pool at once?
We break each class down into smaller groups so there is usually around 5-8 pupils in the pool at a time. We have a fully qualified lifeguard on duty at all times and many other adults supervising.
What should my child bring for the swimathon?
All your child needs is a swimming costume and a towel (please label). Goggles are also useful if they have them. We know that sometimes children forget to bring these things in, and we have extra swimming costumes, towels and goggle available if necessary.
Any other questions or concerns? Let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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