A hot day in Telfer saw some very eager Punmu children’s eyes light up when they finally reached the big blue swimming pool at the Telfer Village.
Some of the children, aged from 4 to 7 years, were experiencing a swimming pool for the first time in their lives, and water confidence was bound to be put to the test.
With safety rules put in place, the kids couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as they introduced their tiny toes to the cool water for the first time.
Surrounding them were support staff from Punmu’s RAWA School, and Ngurra Kujungka ISDO’s Callan Hatchman and Ebony Humble.
In fact, support staff numbers almost outweighed the number of kids, and they too lacked no enthusiasm for getting wet and escaping the Western Desert heat. With splashing in abundance, the youngsters in their own good time grew in confidence in attempting to swim short distances between adults.
Some kids found fun in blowing bubbles and learning to dunk their faces underwater, while others found comfort in floating on pool noodles and kick boards.
A few mini-skills were practised, including becoming comfortable while submerged underwater, learning to float on their backs, and practising the common freestyle stroke. As lunch time arrived, it only took the appearance of an approaching Callan carrying trays of food to the tables to attract the attention of all the swimmers.
The delicious sandwiches and vegetables, thanks to Telfer’s ESS staff, kept the kids silent for the first time that day. After letting their food settle and a quick kick of the footy in the grassed area, the young visitors were back in to the water, soaking up as much of their remaining swimming time as possible.
After an ice cream cone treat, the youngsters were soon aboard the school bus and heading back to Punmu. “It is such a pleasure having the RAWA School on site,” said Ebony. “We tend to take swimming in pools for granted, so it was very special to be present when the younger kids were experiencing this for the first time. I look forward to seeing how much their confidence and abilities progress.”
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