School swimming in global honours

SWIMMING lessons have been part of the curriculum at Merrylands High School for 60 years and that commitment to water safety by staff and students was recognised this month with an international award from the Royal Life Saving Society.

Principal Amika Prasad said that a few years ago the school was awarded the Royal Life Saving NSW President’s Award.
“As a result of achieving the state honour, the winner was then eligible for the Royal Life Saving Australian Presidents Award, which we also won,” he said.
“Finally and significantly the Australian honour was then submitted to the Royal Life Saving Commonwealth committee, and from among 42 submissions by other countries, Merrylands was judged the President’s Commonwealth Award winner.”
He said the school had run the Swim School program since 1959.
“Merrylands High School believes it has the longest running, most successful water safety, lifesaving and CPR training program of any school in NSW and as such embodies the values of the Royal Life Saving Society,” he said.