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Elementary school in Ho Chi Minh City holds water activities to encourage swimming

Friday, April 12, 2019, 18:05 GMT+7
Elementary school in Ho Chi Minh City holds water activities to encourage swimming
Students of Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School swim in Nguyen Binh Khiem Swimming Pool in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, 2019. Photo: H. HG / Tuoi Tre

As temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City reach their year-highs, 1,000 students at a local elementary school tried to beat the heat by participating in water activities on Wednesday.

The “Getting Into Water Festival” held for Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School students at Nguyen Binh Khiem Swimming Pool in District 1, located across the street from the school campus, was the perfect way for the schoolers to take a break from the sweltering temperatures that have suffocated the city over the last few weeks.

After changing into their swimwear at the school, the students walked across the street to the swimming pool where they were given their “missions” for the day.

While fourth and fifth graders were required to swim a lap around the pool, first, second, and third graders were asked just to swim across the pool.

After finish their task, each participant was given an award by the organization board before taking photos with the teachers.

The activity was held by Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School, the Sports Center of District 1, and Nguyen Binh Khiem Swimming Pool management.

Currently, Nguyen Binh Khiem Elementary School includes swimming in its curriculum, requiring all students to master the skill by third grade.

For two periods each week, students in grades one and two choose between three elective courses: swimming, chess, and military defense focused on self-defense and patriotism.

From third grade onward, students must take on swimming if they have not yet mastered the skill.

Students line up by the side of the pool to wait for their turn to swim at Nguyen Binh Khiem Swimming Pool in District 1, Ho chi Minh City on April 10, 2019. Video: H. HG / Tuoi Tre

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