Swimming Policy

Aims 

  • To enable pupils to acquire basic swimming skills while they are at Baltydaniel N.S.
  • To comply with the requirements of the Revised Curriculum in aquatics.

Rationale

The school has regard to both the physical and mental development of each of its pupils. Believing that a healthy body promotes a healthy mind, the school arranges for an eight week course of swimming instruction in the Mallow swimming pool for each of its students during the school year.

Swimming Guidelines

  • Each pupil will attend a 6 week session in a swimming pool annually from Jun. Inf. – 6th class.
  • The swimming pool at Mallow has been reserved for forty-five minutes each Wednesday from 11.00am– 12.00noon.
  • Attendance at this course fulfils the Aquatics Module of the PE Curriculum as laid down by the Department of Education and parents defray the cost of the course and also that of the transport to and from the pool. It is compulsory for all children to participate in aquatics lessons as part of the National Curriculum. Should a child be unable to attend aquatics, due to a medical condition, a letter from the child’s doctor must be sent to the school requesting exemption and stating the reason why.
  • Should a child be unable to attend one lesson due to ill health or any other reason, a letter must be given to the class teacher and he/she will travel with the class to the pool and remain under the supervision of the class teacher for the duration of the lesson. If children are not swimming on a given day parents do not need to be present in the swimming pool and children are not allowed to be taken away by their parents while the swimming lesson is taking place. It is a normal school day and normal supervision by the class teacher will take place.
  • Pupils will be accompanied by and supervised by a class teacher on the way to and from the pool. Pupils will travel by bus to the pool and the class teacher will provide supervision before and after the swimming lesson.
  • Pupils attending the course at any given time will be from a combination of both a senior and junior class. This is to allow for the different levels of swimmers to be spread out over various sections of the pools.
  • All children attending the course should wear their tracksuit. It is suggested that swimming togs be worn under tracksuits coming to school. Each child must have a suitable bag to carry is/her swimming gear (Sports bag or similar with secure zip or other fastening).
  • Time is limited so children are not encouraged to bring shampoo and shower gel to the pool and to quickly rinse after their lessons.
  • There is not enough time to fully dry children’s hair with a hair dryer. Therefore, it is recommended that a silicone hat should be worn and girls with long hair should wear their hair tied up for the day.
  • Deodorants must not be brought to the pool as the dressing rooms are confined spaces and they leave a strong smell.
  • All items brought to the pool should be clearly labeled with the child’s name.
  • Mobile phones and cameras are forbidden to be used in the swimming pool premises by both adults and children for child protection reasons.

Instructional Arrangements

Karen O’Sullivan, the P.E. Co-ordinator will organise the swimming sessions for all classes.   Instruction in the pool will be provided by the pool instructors.

School Competitions

Baltydaniel N.S. will compete each summer term in the North Cork Schools Gala. In developing partnership with the parents, Karen will ask for assistance from parents carrying out the time trials and children will be selected on the basis of their times. Only the times of the children who participate in the times trials on the organised date will be considered for selection for the North Cork Swimming Gala. No external times are accepted. We will follow the class groups for the children as laid down by swimming pool management when entering the annual gala.

Special Needs Pupils

The SNA’s are required to assist the Special Needs pupils to undress and dress before and after swimming lessons in Mallow Swimming Pool. They should also assist the child to enter and exit the pool and be available at all times during the swimming lesson to take the child from the swimming instructor if he/she was no longer taking part in the lesson.

The SNA’s are not required to enter the water with the child. They do not have sufficient training to do so. It is the responsibility of the instructor, be it an individual or group instructor to teach the special needs pupil their swimming lessons. It is the decision of the swimming pool whether or not the pupil is capable of being in a group swimming situation or an individual one. This depends on the ability of the individual child in the water. If the child is required to have an individual instructor the cost is incurred by the parent/guardian.  This decision may be reached before or after the child’s first lesson in the pool.

In relation to school tours, where classes are visiting a swimming pool or a water area e.g. an adventure park the same procedures apply. SNA’s are not required to enter the water with the special needs pupil. If the parent/guardian feels that their child needs individual assistance in the water, a staff member from the given establishment may be employed and the cost of same is incurred by the parent/guardian of the child.

Health and Safety

Best practice in relation to the supervision, instruction and child protection procedures as outlined by the Irish Sports Council, Swim Ireland and the National Safety Council will be adhered to at all times. Staff will follow the guidelines of our own Health & Safety Statement and Child Protection Policy at all times. In the female dressing room school staff and parents of children who are swimming supervise the children. One adult will not be supervising the children on their own at any time.  The boys from Jun – 1st class may go to the female dressing room. In the male dressing room, if a male teacher is not present a member of school staff will stand in the link corridor outside the male dressing room and to supervise. Along with that a male member of the pool staff will be regularly in and out checking the boys in the dressing room.

Children from 2nd class up should not require assistance (excluding children with special needs)

Pupils are required to behave at all times in a manner that ensures the safety of all involved in school swimming. Pupils must obey the instructor’s orders at all times and comply with the school’s Code of Behaviour Policy and the pool’s Health and Safety Guidelines.

Parents should be aware that our Health & Nutrition Policy still applies during swimming lessons. No treats are permitted during this time as the swimming lessons are part of a normal school day.

Parents/guardians will receive a standard letter providing information on school swimming before their child starts their swimming term.  The fees for swimming lessons must be returned to the class teacher prior to the start of the swimming term.

Teachers of all classes should remain on the viewing deck during the lesson in order to supervise the overall group and pupils who may need to use the toilets or need their attention during the lesson.

Where a parent/guardian has a health concern regarding their child’s participation in swimming, professional advice must be sought before the child participates in the swimming lesson.

In the best interest of the child, it is the duty of parents/guardians to inform the class teacher and/ or Principal with regard to any health condition that may affect the child in the pool. This information will be held in confidence and provided on a need to know basis to the swimming instructors.

Implementation and Review

This policy was originally implemented by the Board of Management in January 2013.

This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management every two years.

It was reviewed in November 2019 and is due to be reviewed again in November 2021.

 

Ratification and Communication

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management in March 2015. It has been communicated to all staff and the parent body. It is available for the wider school community on our school website.