Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

New Pool Building For Khandallah School To Open


23 March 2012

New Pool Building For Khandallah School To Open

Hundreds of children are set to continue their swimming lessons at the Khandallah School pool with the opening of a new pool building on Thursday 29 March.

The pool’s future was in doubt until the school received a one-off grant of $420,000 in March last year from Wellington City Council’s School Pools Partnership Fund. The total cost of the rebuild will be over $550,000.

Set up in 2010, the $2 million fund helps schools to maintain and improve their pool facilities for wider community benefit. This includes improving access to learn-to-swim programmes, aquatic education and water sports.

The 14-metre heated pool at Khandallah School was housed in a damp dilapidated building. With hundreds of children in the northern suburbs reliant on the pool for their swimming lessons, the building needed to be replaced before it became unusable.

“Many children have learnt to swim in this pool over the years and it’s an important part of our school,” says Catherine Cooper, Board of Trustees Chairperson.

“It’s not only the pupils at Khandallah School who benefit. We have around 300 children who come from neighbouring schools to learn to swim as well as many who take private lessons at the pool with Easyswim Swim School.”

Built in 1956, the old building was in poor repair. The structure was damaged by condensation, which meant the future of the pool was uncertain.

“There was no ventilation or heating and if you were a spectator, you got dripped on. This new building will change all that and enable us to keep using the pool to help children learn to swim,” says Catherine.

The new building has insulated wall panels and a ventilation system to eliminate the condensation. Changing rooms are bigger with better access and options for families.

While the School Pools Partnership Fund is focused on improving facilities at schools, a condition of these grants is that they provide a service for other nearby schools, water-sports and surf lifesaving organisations as well as the local community.

“The fund will help to meet demand for swimming facilities in Wellington – especially when it comes to learn-to-swim programmes,” says Councillor John Morrison, Portfolio Leader for Sports and Events.

“We talked with a lot of schools, swimming groups, and also with our own staff who manage Council pools. Our pools are just not able to take all the children and adults who want to learn or improve their swimming – not to mention the water-sports groups. The fund is helping to alleviate this problem,” he says.

Khandallah School was the first to receive a grant from the Council's School Pools Partnership Fund. In October last year the Swimming Trust of Wellington received a $450,000 grant to redevelop a 25-metre pool and 12-metre learning pool for Wellington East Girls’ College, and these pools will benefit at least five other schools in the area. Berhampore School has been awarded $119,000 to construct a new building over their pool so it can be used all year and a smaller amount was awarded to Tawa School.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Charlotte Yates' Mansfield Project

Katherine Mansfield's vapid verses are of even less interest than her over-rated short stories, but Yates has risen to the challenge of producing a fascinating compilation album by a variety of musicians to accompany her poetry. More>>

Howard Davis: Dazed & Confused by Beats

Beats is both a coming-of-age tale and a romantic movie about endings, set to a nostalgic backdrop of the disappearing tail of the UK's illegal rave scene. More>>

Howard Davis: And The Oscar Goes To … Parasite
For its deliciously dark wit and genre-bending ingenuity, Bong Joon-ho's latest movie has just won four out of a potential six Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Director. Only ten foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture and none have won before. More>>

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 


 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland