Learning to swim is a vital skill for all New Zealanders, and school and community pools are key to ensuring future generations of Kiwis grow up to be active, healthy and most importantly, water-safe.

The Heathcote Valley School community pool suffered significant damage in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. After several years working with insurers and the Ministry of Education, a plan to rebuild the pool is finally on track. However, we need help to get over the final hurdle: raising the shortfall in funds.

One of the most positive things to come out of the Christchurch earthquakes has been a strong community spirit and recognition of the importance of healthy, resilient and supportive communities. Therefore, saving the Heathcote pool is as much about raising water-confident kids as it is about bringing back an important community hub.

To really make the most of the wider community benefits and to enable greater options for use, the opportunity is being taken to future-proof the pool for years to come.

Phase 1 of the pool rebuild included the below and is now complete:

-         Widening the pool slightly to improve swim-teaching capacity and enable greater flexibility and options for use;

-         Heating the pool to extend the timeframe it can be used;

-         Repairing the changing rooms;

-         Replacing and upgrading filters, pumps etc., and replacing damaged fencing.

Phase 2 will involve developing a recreational area around the pool to enable even greater community use, and provide a fantastic recreation facility and social gathering space. At this stage, the plan is to rebuild the pool as an outdoor pool, however a future-proofed design means the pool could be roofed or enclosed in the future.

The wider Heathcote community contributed significantly to the original pool construction in 1998, and once again is right alongside the school thanks to a number of fundraising initiatives currently underway. However, we’re going to need all the help we can get!

The support of businesses in the local and wider community will make a really big difference to the fundraising challenge we face with the rebuild of the School Pool. 

We’re seeking donations and sponsorship from businesses, and there are opportunities for major sponsors ($500+) to be permanently recognised on the planned Major Sponsors Board at the pool, as well as advertising opportunities.

If you own a business, know someone who does, or if you work for a business that you think might consider making a donation or sponsoring the pool rebuild, click here for further details. 

There are many ways you can support this fantastic cause. Click here for details on all the different ways you can help. 

You can also make a donation by direct credit to the school’s bank account (ASB 12 3483 0003049 00 please use ‘Pool Donation’ as a reference) OR by cash or cheque at the school office.  

If you would like to help with fundraising or have particular skills or resources that may be useful for fundraising and/or to Phase 2 of the pool rebuild project, we’d love to hear from you. Please either contact our Pool Fundraising Steering Group (; ph 0276423555) or contact the school direct (; ph 03 384 1058).  

The pool will reopen for the 2017/2018 swimming season on Show Weekend. 

Pool key sales are now open to the community as well as parents and sponsors and are able to be purchased during regular School Office hours. Pool Keys will cost $120 (plus $20 bond if a new key is required). If you are a community member you will need to provide a proof of address and photo ID when purchasing your pool key.

To download the pool user form with terms and conditions please click here.