Today I had the absolute pleasure of heading to the Star Fish Swim School in Halswell to watch our school values in action.

Over this year a group of our senior students have been working towards their qualifications as swimming coaches, gaining a valuable 40 credits towards NCEA Level 3 as well as the qualification, and now these senior students are busy coaching our Year 7 and 8 students, ten sessions over two weeks – this is ako (learning from and with each other)!

Swimming lessons are very expensive, and we are able to offer these lessons free to families (apart from transport). The seniors demonstrated huge care of the younger students – this is whanaungatanga (interconnectedness – positive relationships)! 

 I spoke to our staff who told me some of the Year 8s who were swimming well could barely float before last year’s lessons. I spoke to a young boy who has come to New Zealand from another country, this was his first time in a pool!

The seniors who were coaching had no break between the half hour lessons, but they were focused entirely on the younger students, working hard to make the most of their time in the pool. I came back to school buzzing!

Students teaching students – tuakana teina (peer to peer) in action!

By Tracey Veale

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