Setting The Record Straight
I was interested to read, in the last edition of An Tirisdeach, about the swimming lessons in Loch Bhasapol. This seems to be a very sensible solution to teaching swimming on Tiree where an indoor heated pool is not financially viable.
However, in the piece, Catriona Spink states that ‘ Tiree children only get one school trip in first and second year at secondary that involves swimming’. I would like to set the record straight on that comment.
When I became Depute in Tiree High School in 1990 I continued the already established practice of taking Primary 7 Pupils to the mainland in June on a Swimming Trip where the pupils were given swimming lessons every day. This continued annually until fairly recently, when the numbers dictated that the trip happen every second year with the group becoming a combination of P6 & 7.
Many pupils learned to swim on these trips and those who could already swim were able to improve their skills due to the expert tuition they received. I hope these Primary trips will continue with the main emphasis being on swimming lessons and I am confident that all the pupils who had this experience will endorse its value. Jessie Gray