Heliocol assisted many schools with funding and sponsorship of their Solar Pool Heating system, providing schools with the ability to pay for the solar pool heating over a few years as they save money while fund raising.
New Zealanders are losing the ability to swim
In 2008, only 1 in 5 10-year-olds in New Zealand children can swim 200m freestyle breathing correctly – the benchmark for being able to swim and survive – and only half can swim 25m
For 12-year-olds, only 2 in 5 can swim 200m and 30% can’t swim 25m
Schools play a central role in our community when it comes to providing our children with the life skill of learning to swim despite the fact that since 2008, our education curriculum no longer requires that children be provided with swim instruction.
Prior to this, the curriculum stipulated: “It is expected that all students will have had opportunities to learn fundamental aquatic skills by the end of year 6.”
Together, we can reverse this trend and provide better conditions to enable students to build up their swimming and water sport skills or just have safe fun without risk
Warm Pool Benefit:
- More comfortable environment
- Extended season which allow more instruction / pool usage hours each year (Terms 4 & 1)
- Students are more focused when the pool is not cold
- Creates a positive water experience
- Allows school can lease the pool time to other parties
- Creates opportunity to increase greater community involvement with the school
Sustainability, and particularly Renewable Energy, is a subject of growing demand within NZ school curriculums.
The Ministry of Education recognises Solar Group programme if it is part of school curriculum as an additional star toward the overall green star rating of the school.
See more details on Education for sustainability in the curriculum under efs.tki.org.nz
Funding & Loans
Various funding is available from community organisations & trusts. Solar Group is an approved EECA supplier, and can assist, FREE of charge with the submission of applications that are available from time to time putting together the school case in the most compelling way.
Next Crown Loan application due date is 20 September 2017