The school has proudly been supported by the Pools in Schools New Zealand initiative, and were provided with the teaching pool for Term Four and Term One of next year.
Principal, Cris Hull, says parents, children and teachers were all incredibly excited about the partnership, which is between a local trust and Water Safe Auckland, as it will be supporting an aquatics programme to keep their vulnerable, young children afloat.
“Now, I am just disgusted and disappointed that someone feels the need to completely disrespect not only our school, but the pool which had intended to be used for the community.”
Last weekend, ten school volunteers, along with the help of a corrections team, donated eight hours of their time to help set up the heated pool, which is fully site compliant and covered with a marquee. Pool designer, Ian Calheam from Auckland, was also there last Saturday, lending a hand. Ian designed the pool to give all children access to a swimming programme, which can be found all over New Zealand.
“I came in last Monday morning to find tagging around the school and inside the pool shade. A bottle of Smirnoff was left floating in our teaching pool, as well as two cigarette butts. I am just so disappointed. With summer approaching, this initiative will benefit our community as a whole by educating our children with water safety. If this continues, I’m not sure if we will be able to retain the pool.”
The school now has to front with the funds to clean up the vandals mess.
“We are so lucky to be able to have this initiative available to us and on top of power and water costs, we now have to pay for the damage they have caused, which is completely unnecessary.” The Police have been notified and Cris, the Board of Trustees and the students have a clear message for the vandals that came onto their school.
“Have some respect for us and stay off our school grounds. You are damaging the future of learning for our children and we won’t tolerate it.”