Schools & School Teachers

School Ambassador Program

Are you a School Teacher or employed by a School? Do you have a passion for swimming? If so, Swimming Victoria needs you to act as a School Ambassador.

The program aims to resource, recognise, support and reward those who strongly promote swimming in their school and community.

The vision of the Swimming Victoria School Ambassador Program is to create proactive, sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships between school communities and Swimming Victoria clubs.

School Ambassadors will be used as a platform to ensure school communities have access to all relevant Swimming Victoria programs and information including but not limited to; professional development opportunities, officiating and coaching courses, running a carnival guide and support as well as other resources that will help build a mutually beneficial relationship between schools and clubs.

The main roles of a Swimming Victoria School Ambassador include:

  • Provide a point of contact for the distribution of information to teachers, parents and school children
  • Promote and implement Swimming Victoria programs within their school
  • Distribute information about local swimming clubs
  • Ensure swimming is part of the school’s PE program

To assist ambassadors carry out their role Swimming Victoria will provide the below packages.

The first 100 to apply and be accepted will receive the BLUE package:

  • A certificate of recognition;
  • Swimming Victoria School Ambassador polo shirt;
  • Printed “How to Run a Swim Meet” resource booklet;
  • Access to exclusive Swimming Victoria Professional Development and networking opportunities e.g. Conference, Seminars, Teacher PD workshops, VIP events etc;
  • Opportunity to undergo AUSTSWIM courses at discounted rates;
  • Ongoing assistance and resources from Swimming Victoria; and
  • Chance for your school to win prizes including one of two special guest appearances from an elite swimmer.

Once the initial allocation of 100 is exhausted, accepted applicants thereafter will receive the ORANGE Package:

  • A certificate of recognition;
  • Printed “How to Run a Swim Meet” resource booklet;
  • Access to exclusive Swimming Victoria Professional Development and networking opportunities e.g. Conference, Seminars, Teacher PD workshops, VIP events etc; and
  • Ongoing assistance and resources from Swimming Victoria.

If you are interested in becoming a Swimming Victoria School Ambassador please CLICK HERE here to complete the expression of interest form.

 To view the current list of School Ambassadors please CLICK HERE.

School Teacher Training

Swimming Victoria in partnership with Swimming Australia have developed a School Teacher Training professional development course for Primary and Secondary school teachers and employees wanting to deliver school swimming programs and activities in their school.

The School Teacher Training course contains three modules of learning:

  • Coaching,
  • Technical Officiating, and
  • Swimming Carnival Coordination.

The Course is designed to assist Teachers and school employees gain introductory level practical coaching, officiating and school swimming carnival coordination skills to increase their interest in delivering swimming programs in the school environment, as well as their capacity to do so effectively. The School Teacher Training is not a Coach or Technical Official qualification within the Swimming Australia National Coach / Official Accreditation Scheme.

The School Teacher Training is about:

  • The school based swimmers;
  • Helping teachers through interactive learning;
  • Teacher development, not only professional development certificates;
  • Creating awareness, developing responsibility and self-belief, and giving ownership to teachers and the school-based swimmers they work with; and
  • Recognising the importance and achievements of teachers who work with swimmers at all levels and in all types of school environments.

The School Teacher Training is new in 2013. Courses are currently being arranged so please stay tuned for further information to be released shortly. For any enquiries on the School Teacher Training, please contact Catherine Tate, manager Member & Community Development, catherine.tate@vic.swimming.org.au, (03) 9926 1410

 

Host Schools/Venues

Swimming Victoria are calling for Expressions of Interest for Schools and Venues to host the one day School Teacher Training Course. Up to six initial workshops will be scheduled for 2013/2014.

Please click here for further information.

For enquiries and to express your interest, please contact Catherine Tate, manager Member & Community Development, catherine.tate@vic.swimming.org.au, (03) 9926 1410

 

School Teacher Training course facilitators

One day facilitator training workshops were held in March and June 2013, specifically designed to train a group of facilitators how to most effectively deliver the new Swimming Victoria School Teacher Training. The Training is a part of the wider Schools Support program. 

Facilitators of the relevant modules/s within the School Teacher Training course require suitable levels of base knowledge and practical skills in the module/s they facilitate.

The following workshop facilitator qualifications are recommended: 

Fundamental Swimming Coaching Skills

  • Swimming Australia Bronze Coach

Fundamental Swimming Officiating Skills

  • S1 = Starter Level 1
  • MAR = Marshal
  • TK = Time Keeper
  • REC = Recorder
  • JOS = Judge of Stroke
  • ANN = Announcer

Fundamental Swimming Carnival Coordination Skills

  • Note: No qualification is required, however suitable competition management experience is essential.

 For any enquiries on the School Teacher Training, please contact Catherine Tate, manager Member & Community Development, catherine.tate@vic.swimming.org.au, (03) 9926 1410 

 

Resources for School Teachers

Guidelines to Running a School Carnival- Part 1 (pages 1-11)

Guidelines to Running a School Carnival- Part 2 (pages 12-20)

 

Relationships between Schools and Swimming Clubs

Swimming Victoria has been working closely with the School Sport Victoria Swimming Sub Committee throughout 2012. A major focus area has been to develop an opportunity for schools to seek support from their local swimming club and for the local swimming club to make contact with schools where they may be able to assist with some of the following - facilities, officials, conducting encouragement events for school students, assisting teachers in preparing their school team for the local swimming sports. To facilitate this, a letter templates have been created which schools & clubs can personalise to forward to the local swimming club/school seeking an opportunity to chat about how they may be able to work together.

Click here for further information on the School Sport Victoria website.

Template letter: Schools wishing to facilitate relationship with local swimming clubs.

Template letter: Swimming Clubs wishing to facilitate relationships with local schools.

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