Hanging in the Wonthaggi Primary School administration office is a photo of the pool from the early 1920s.

Wonthaggi Primary campaigns for pool repairs

THE Wonthaggi Primary School is aiming to fundraise tens of thousands of dollars to help repair its pool, which is almost a century old.
The pool has been out of action after recent vandalism and damage to the liner.
The school’s decided it’s time to invest heavily in the pool – which was built in the early 1920s.
Assistant principal Vin Hally says they want to have the pool back up and running by term four.
The pool’s used almost every day by students in grades one to six during term one, and for about half of term four.
Vandals recently threw a safety pole into the pool, damaging the liner – although it was already on its way out.
“We’re still looking at which way to go forward, but we’re definitely looking at tens of thousands of dollars to repair the pool,” Mr Hally said.
“We got a liner about 15 years ago and it’s way past its use-by date.
“Our fundraising efforts from our major events this year will go towards this pool. The more money we raise, the better.
“We’re very fortunate to have such a fantastic pool.”
In 2003, the school received a $40,000 grant from the Department of Education and Training to upgrade the pool, including the fences and liner.
The school’s use of the pool is supplemented by ‘Beach Days’ and surfing camps, giving students the chance to hone in on their swimming skills.
The school has also been working with the Wonthaggi Historical Society to uncover old news articles and photos of the pool.
It was a mammoth effort to build the pool, which cost £850. One article states there were 600 meals handed out during a working bee.
School maintenance and groundskeeper, Nathan Leversha, says the pool is in desperate need of repairs.
“The pool isn’t really funded by the department, so we have to come up with the money to repair it.”
The department wants all students to be able to swim by the time they finish primary school.
“We’ve been going through the archives and found that it was originally heated,” Nathan, a former student at the school, said.
The pool was officially opened in April 1923. “It was used by St Joe’s and the old technical school,” Nathan said.
On Monday, July 30, the school’s hosting a Movie Night, with all proceeds going towards pool repairs.
Later in the year, the school’s hosting its annual Kidz Mini Mudda event, with proceeds also going towards the pool.
Another option is donating directly to the school’s building fund. For more information, pop-in to the school or call 5672 1105.