Strichen School makes a splash!

Team work: Stephanie and Kimberley.
Team work: Stephanie and Kimberley.

PUPILS from Strichen primary school enjoyed a day out at Peterhead’s Lido beach last week, as part of a national swimming programme.

The group of 25 primary four pupils have been taking part in after school swimming lessons for the past ten weeks, as part of a national programme to increase water confidence in rural schools.

After completing ten swimming sessions at Pitfour Primary School, the youngsters spent the day at Lido beach learning how to sail with Peterhead Sailing Club and playing beach volleyball.

The programme was undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council after an audit found that 29 percent of primary school children in the area could not swim.

Active Schools co-ordinator for Aberdeenshire Council, Patricia Brown, said: “This initiative is fantastic for pupils in remote areas who do not have access to swimming facilities, tuition or transport.”

She said the project had produced confident and skilled swimmers who understand the importance of water safety.

Teacher Alison Vetch said: “The swimming has been the highlight of the week.”