Leigh School is currently fundraising to repaint and resurface our much utilised school pool. The pool is used daily by our entire school over summer, with an extended season as we have a solar cover to keep it warm. During the school holidays pool keys are sold to local families at a very cheap rate to enable the whole community to use the pool, as it is the only one in our area.
Swimming is an essential part of our curriculum due to our close location to the sea. Our students all need to have good water survival skills.
The pool was last painted in 2009. Its current state is dire, and it is probable that we will not be able to use it this coming summer if we do not get it repaired and repainted soon.
The main problems are that the existing paint is coming off in large flakes and sand is now coming out of the concrete. This is going through the pump filtration unit and causing major issues which is likely to permanently damage the pump if we continued to run it. We also have problems with increased algae growth which due to the pitted surface, is harder to shift and clean off the concrete.
We are currently repainting the buildings in our school using Ministry of Education Cyclical Maintenance funding, but it is only allowed to be used for buildings. As you may have seen in the media over the last few years, small schools in particular struggle to maintain and paint the pools and many have to close them. Our school currently has just over 50 pupils.
In the last couple of months we have fundraised nearly $800 so far and are continuing to do this with a unique community-wide fundraiser the ‘Love Leigh Peg’, (more info on the fundraiser here). We have also made enquiries through ASB Trust who used to help schools with this sort of thing, but do not any longer, and we are talking to Warkworth Rotary too.
We have been quoted $7,000 to complete the job.
Ideally we hope to repaint the pool by October / November so we can be using it again this summer.
If you would like to contribute to the pool fund please contact Melissa to discuss or for the school bank account details.