The new swimming pool has arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited! The pool has been upgraded with excellent changing facilities and showers. The pool itself boasts a large size and is 1.2 meters deep to allow our pupils more freedom when learning to swim. The pool comes with colour changeable lights and bubble jet steam to give our pupils an opportunity to explore different senses whilst in the pool.
The Delamere swim scheme is designed to give confidence to children in the water and give them the ability to become better swimmers.
How will we achieve this?
Some children have the opportunity to further progress their skills through interventions. Some children have been learning to accept being moved around in the water whilst others have been learning to use their arm and leg movements through the water. Pupils of Delamere have shown fantastic enthusiasm in the water and have made fantastic progress so far.
In Deer class some of our parents came to school to watch us swimming. The children enjoyed swimming on their backs and fronts and moving through the water. They also made good eye contact when the adult was singing nursery rhymes to us. The children are growing in confidence each week in the water and each week we can see progression. The pupils love their swimming session!
On Monday 21st November, Freddie Terry, Xander Stonehouse, Thomas Middleton and Jack Jeffrey from our school, represented the City of Manchester at the Panathlon Challenge North West Swimming Gala. The Gala was held at Accrington Academy School, W.Accrington. The event was a great success, and our pupils had the most amazing, memorable experience.
The schools our pupils competed against were from all over the North west:- Moor Hey, Preston; Park School, Blackpool; Pendle View, Colne, Lancashire; Great Arley, Thornton-Cleveleys; Lansbury Bridge, St.Helens; and Merefield School, Southport.
Our pupils met, and spoke to Liz Johnson, a triple Paralympic Champion (she won medals at Beijing, Athens and London), she is also an Ambassador for the Panathlon Challenge. After receiving their medals and certificates from her, they also had their picture taken with her, (just to complete their memories for the day!).
Panathlon Challenge is a wonderful organisation, and their philosophy is a very inspiring one, “…The Panathlon Challenge seeks to inspire young disabled people to use competitive sport and fair play as a means of social development…” Our pupils experienced a lot of ‘fair play’ at the event, which will undoubtedly contribute to their social development.