Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Swimming Pool Information

Updated January 2019

 When will my child swim?

Each class has a rostered time to swim. Teachers will let children know of the day so children remember their togs, and a current timetable is below:

Swimming Timetable Term 4 Weeks 1-2

Swimming Timetable Term 4 Weeks 3-4 

Swimming Timetable Term 4 Weeks 5-7


What should children wear on swimming days?

We recommend that children have:

Can I see my child swim?

Parents are welcome to view from the pool gate, please realise that the instructor is very busy and the focus is on the children.

How does it work?

Each class has a time to swim, with the class divided into three groups, group sizes vary from 6-10.  After initial testing the groups will be split into ability groups to support their needs.  The information is carried over from one year to the next so that your child is in a cycle of continuous swimming improvement.

How do I know what progress my child is making?

During your child's block of lessons the instructor records each step of achievement. At the end of the block of lessons the school then transfers those records onto a swimming certificate. The original copy is kept in each students black folder in the classroom and a copy is given to your child to take home.

What is the pool temperature?

We keep the pool at 28-30C. This is comparable to other heated indoor facilities

How many lessons will they get and what will the charge be?

Children will get at around 10 lessons during a year with the cost being $60 for a year. We are happy for payments to be made over the year, information on payments is at  Account payments  or by emailing our Executive Officer, Wendy Bulloch at  executiveofficer@tetotara.school.nz to make arrangements to pay.

This supports a qualified instructor and also the cost of power and equipment. It is designed to break even. This works out at around $6 a session, which is considerably cheaper than other options for swimming lessons. Previously our children swam at Waterworld with a cost of around $35 for five lessons, the school based programme is considerably more cost effective.

What does it cost to run the pool?

 Our budgeted annual costs for the pool in 2017 are approximately $91,065, this is comprised of:


 How are the running costs of approximately $91,065 per year covered?

The School, from own funding contributes $25,000 from curriculum budgets, $20,000 comes from the swim school out of school hours, with $39,128 being from charging students, this is 44% of the budgeted income, so the school contributes over 50% of the costs to ensure our children can have high quality swimming lessons.


What happens if I don't want my child to swim?

 If you don't wish your child to swim please email the principal brians@tetotara.school.nz.


What happens if my child is sick during swimming?

 We have to book instructors in well in advance and this takes into account the numbers swimming, so once booked we are obliged to pay, so we do ask that the payment is made for the full amount.  If you have any queries around this please email brians@tetotara.school.nz.


What is the quality of instruction offered?

Where does my child get changed?

From October 2014 the school has provided purpose built changing sheds located next to the pool. They have separate boys & girls rooms, a privacy screen, hooks and metal seating. Also a skylight helps with the lighting and they can be easily cleaned.

My child has difficulty changing, what should I do?

  1. There are at least two adults in a changing room for our younger students
  2. One adult alone in a changing shed with children is not permitted, this is a protection for all
  3. Adults who help with changing should do so with the most minimal support possible
  4. Adults should minimise any direct touching of children and must act respectfully
  5. If a child or adult feels uncomfortable at any stage then they should leave the changing area and report to the teacher

What sort of pool is it?

It is a portable pool that is heated, filtered and is designed as a teaching pool only. In January 2017 we changed our sanitizing/disinfectant agent from Hydrogen peroxide to Chlorine. To find out more visit Pools in Schools.

Why is swimming important for our children -OUR NATIONAL PROBLEM !

  • Only 1 in 5 ten year olds can swim 200 metres – the benchmark for being able to swim and survive in the water.
  • 80% of all ten year olds can’t swim well enough to save themselves. Nine out of ten drownings occur when people are not expecting to be in the water.
  • New Zealand has one of the highest drowning rates in the developed world. Twice as high as Australia and three times as high as the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Research shows our children simply don’t know how to swim.
  • Changes in the school curriculum mean that learning to swim is no longer an automatic part of growing up in New Zealand.


What do I do if I have a query about the programme?

Please email our Principal, Anne Fraser - principal@tetotara.school.nz

Our sincere thanks to the following community groups for their contribution to our school pool:

Te Totara Primary School PTA     $20 000
North Hamilton Lions                   $18 000
Southern Trust                               $5 000
Lion Trust                                     $20 000

 In addition the School has added from own funding sources:

Concrete pad                             $12 000

Changing shed/pads/cover         $25 000


What is happening in the future?

There is a planned aquatic centre 300 metres from the school.  The latest information we have is that this will be ready in 2019.  It is planned that the school will use this facility to support swimming for our children.
Meanwhile it means that children have less opportunity to swim while the pool is constructed.
The link below has information on the proposed town centre that includes the aquatic centre:
Rototuna Town Centre plans