A wonderful feature of my job is the variety. I can go, as I did this week, from lengthy discussion about the latest health and safety directive affecting schools, to logistical arrangements about swimming pools and then to a visit from children sharing with me their wonderful work. Benjamin was a welcome distraction from health and safety discussions this week. What a super piece of writing.
Swimming Lessons - Kingfisher Pool Closure
Many of you will be aware that the Kingfisher Leisure Centre is closed, as we understand it, for at least for the whole of January.
Miss Adamidou has faced the challenging task of attempting to find alternative swimming pools to ensure that we can continue with our provision. I cannot understate quite the logistical challenge this closure has caused. These challenges include quite unsociable times offered, limited space/lanes in the pools and increased travel time.
Whilst we have secured some time at Richmond Pool, the times available have regrettably impacted on our normal swimming provision.
Despite the very best endeavours of Miss Adamidou and Mr Stevenson, we have only had two times made available to us - Monday morning, 10.30am-11am and Friday afternoon, 2.30pm. In both cases, we have just two lanes available to us. We are keen to ensure that the progress in swimming all of our children have made continues. Therefore, to ensure that all of our children receive lessons this term without negatively impacting on their curriculum, swimming lessons will be as follows –
Year 1 and Year 2 – Swimming lessons on Monday 13th, 20th and 27th January, 3rd and 10th February.
Year 3 and Year 4 - Swimming lessons on Monday 24th February, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March.
Year 5 and Year 6 - Swimming lessons on Friday 17th and 31st January, 7th and 14th February.
It is frustrating that we are unable to exactly replicate our provision at Richmond Pool but with so many schools in the area also competing for limited space the perseverance of Miss Adamidou has at least ensured all of our children will experience swimming lessons this term.
I am hopeful that this will indeed prove to be a short term measure and that the Kingfisher Pool will be back in action very shortly.
We have faced even greater challenge in finding pool space for our swim squad. We are determined to find a suitable pool for this session and will write to those of you with children in the squad once we receive any updates.
The full uniform list can be found here.
We do also recognise that the black games shorts can be a little large for children in Reception who are joining us for our regular games lessons at the impressive Kingston Grammar School playing fields. Should you find this to be the case, they are very welcome to wear a plain black pair of shorts until such time they are able to fit the school shorts.