The sun was shining, and the swimming gear was on for students at Mauku School, as they prepared to test the waters of their recently refurbished pool on Thursday 7 December.
The school received a $50,000 grant from Transpower, which allowed the 1953 pool to undergo a revamp.
New changing rooms, a deck with sun cover, new tiling and paint for the now solar heated pool are some of the new features. “We used to call this pool the ice breaker, as the first class in the morning would have to experience the freezing cold water,” said Principal Angela Smith.
The pool will be a great community resource, with keys available for the public. “It’s going to benefit the community,” she said. “We also hope if the weather continues to be good, we will be able to swim up to the end of term one.”
A number of students from different year levels were selected to test out the new pool first, before the other students went for a swim that afternoon.