Water Safety Day – Year 9

There is an opportunity of Year 9 students to participate in a Water Safety Day in early December.  Considering “Drowning is one of the major causes of injury-related death to children in New Zealand accounting for 16.5% of all deaths” (Safe Kids, NZ), we think this is a very important day for students to participate in. The specific purposes for the day include learning to: tread water and survival techniques, raft handling and what to do if the raft tips, which is important for Year 10 Camp, river crossing, and rescue techniques.

Students will be split into groups. Life jackets will be provided for non-swimmers.

Date:                 Monday 5 December – 9HD, 9GB, 9KR
                          Wednesday 7 December – 9HG, 9MY

Time:                 9.00am meet at Thorndon Pool changed and ready for activities
                         11.45pm arrival back at St Mary’s College for lunch and then afternoon                                    classes

 Cost:               The cost per student $10.  This is to cover the cost of entering the pool and                            instructors from the Wellington City Council. It would be grateful if this is                              paid to the Cashier’s office prior to the event.

Payments:         Payments can be made to the Cashier Office or deposited in the following                              account: SMC BOT Account – 020-585-0002457-02.

                          Reference: Student’s name, Form class, Year 9 Water Safety

 Gear required:  Togs or appropriate gear, Towel, Goggles, Sun block

We are all looking forward to a great day out. The activity will continue regardless of the weather.


Rhonda Turner
HOD Physical Education