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For Upper School pupils, last Wednesday brought to a close our 10 weeks of swimming lessons. During this period the children have developed their stroke technique, worked on their water safety skills, enjoyed water polo sessions, enjoyed a house swimming gala, completed a timed swim ready for the final 2 events in our school triathlon and for some, they’ve even completed a swimathon. In short, we are exceptionally proud of the advanced standards, the majority of our swimmers are reaching, many of them having been challenged well beyond the advanced targets laid out by the government. What is becoming strikingly clear is the number of children who are reaching these advanced stages much lower down in the school. With 1 in 3 children across the nation not able to swim 25m and display the necessary water safety skills, it is paramount that all our pupils leave Hunter Hall with these skills firmly in place. This year 100% of our Year 6 pupils leave with these skills in place; 62% of our children reached the advanced stage and, in many cases, well above that! All Upper School children will have received a certificate today detailing the level that they completed, with details of the expectations laid out on the reverse. For many who have met the advanced stage next year we will be working on race starts, turns, technique, diving of blocks in the coming years while consolidating some of the key water safety skills. Should you have any questions regarding this information please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Hetherington.

House Swimming Gala:

What a cacophony of noise greeted all our swimmers as they took to the blocks this Wednesday for our annual house gala. With every swimmer completing freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke heats, not to mention 3 relays (freestyle, medley & the new Olympic event- ‘the woggle race’) there was plenty to cheer about. Following the timed swim last week, children were grouped according to their ability ensuring there were some fiercely contested races. Hares produced impressive relay results in both Years 3 & 4 and then Years 5 & 6 races, but our eventual winners were Foxes and Squirrels both finishing on 113pts. In the individual races, swimmers were given 5pts for a win, 4pts for 2nd and so on. Alex and Matthew were the only unbeaten swimmers of the morning, while Lucy Ha (14pts), Claire (13pts), Sophia (14pts), Matilda H (13pts) and Antonia (14pts) all showcased their ability in all 3 strokes. It was great to see the tremendous levels of support offered particularly for those children who find swimming a challenge. But in this competitive, yet supportive environment all the pupils had their moments to cherish.

Final Standings:

1st -Foxes 113 pts & Squirrels 113pts,

3rd -Hares 106 pts,

h – Badgers 99 pts

We have 3 swimming galas (St. Pius, Mowden Hall & Penrith Schools’ gala) planned for 2019, so plenty of opportunities for many of our advanced swimmers to compete at an even higher level.

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