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Te Rapa Primary School is very fortunate to be able to offer a quality Aquatic Education Programme, well supported by our very modern and well resourced Swimming Pool complex.

Each and every child at Te Rapa, from Year 0 to Year 8, has the opportunity to take part in the SwimSafe programme, and staff are trained as SwimSafe Tutors.  Click here to read about the Te Rapa School staff participating in professional development earlier this year on the Swmming NZ website.

Teachers and support staff endeavour to plan and implement water safety and aquatic swimming programmes to assist our students.

The pool is a 6 x lane 25 metre pool, with an adjoining shallow learner’s pool measuring approximately 6m x 8m.

This learner pool is primarily used by the staff in the Junior School as a means of building confidence in and around water within a secure environment.

Each of the four syndicate teams within the school organise a Swimming Sports day in Term 1.  Parents are invited to attend to see their children’s progress first hand.  From there swimming squads are selected to represent the school at inter-school swimming championships.

At the Year 5/6 level the students compete against students from all other schools in the North-West Hamilton region.

At the Year 7/8 level the students selected compete in the Waikato Full Primary School’s Association Championships, which comprises of schools from Waikato, King Country and Thames Valley.

Te Rapa Primary School were the North West Primary School Swimming Champions from 2008-2010 & 2013-2015.  We were “runners-up" in 2011 and 2012.  We are the current champions!

Water Polo


Since 2011, we have had two Water Polo teams.  The Te Rapa Turbos play in Division 1 and the Te Rapa Typhoons play in Division 2.  We have a number of players who go on to represent the Waikato at U12 and U14s grades.

The games are played in the dive pool so swimmers cannot touch the bottom.  Water Polo training day is on Thursdays from 4pm to 5pm, at Waterworld. 

There are no school games in Term 2 as Waikato Water Polo run a competition mixing players from schools.  Intermediate Water Polo is split into 2 divisions depending on entries.  Games are played on Sundays between 3pm and 5.30pm.



Flippaball is based on Water Polo, but made easier.  It is open to Year 5 and 6 students although occasionally a strong Year 4 player will be selected.  Year 4 players are invited to play as a team in Term 4.  In Flippaball, players are allowed to stand on the bottom of the pool whilst passing or defending although they are not allowed to move with the ball.  It is played at the far end of the 50m pool, at Waterworld, across only half the pool.  It is important that a student wishing to play is tall enough to have their head above the water level. 

1.       Water Polo and Flippaball are played all year round although training in the school pool ceases over the winter. 

For any further information contact Mike McCurry, Room 12.

If you're not sure, come and give it a try!


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