All children are required to take part in physical education during class time but should there be a medical reason for restricted activities please phone or write a note to the teacher.
Term 1 has a focus on swimming lessons using our school pool – students will swim approximately four times a week as advised by their teachers. This is part of the New Zealand Curriculum, and children are expected to take part in these lessons.
Term 2 is a quieter month for sporting events but physical education still plays a role on a daily basis.
Term 3 is cross country which is held in the school grounds for the juniors and around the perimeter of the school and Moanataiari sea wall for the older students. Daily training is held leading up to the cross country and for those students that go on to represent the school at the Thames School and Thames Valley cross country events.
We encourage students to join in our school netball and football teams to compete in the inter school fun day competition. We enter a large team of students to the Thames Gymfest competition. Training for both these events is taken by volunteers and teachers during lunch breaks.
Term 4 has a focus on athletics. Students train in athletic events before the athletics day is held. We host the Thames Interschool athletics competition and place getters compete in the Thames Valley athletics day.
Also in term 4, we enter touch teams into the local Thursday night youth competition. This term we also have cricket experts come in to coach us and we offer students opportunities to join teams. We enter a girls team into the Sista Smash competition. We also encourage students to enter into the Thames Valley Tennis Championships, which can lead to opportunities to play at the Waikato Championships
Whanau are invited to attend and support their children in all sporting events.
Other activities are held such as basketball, tennis, court exercises, Jump Jam, cricket, netball and futsal.
Sporting equipment is available for the juniors and seniors to use during breaks. Each classroom has their own bucket of equipment and is responsible to ensure it is always returned after play.
Wherever possible, we will participate in wider community activities. This is a great opportunity to showcase student skills, learn new ones, meet students from other local schools and build relationships and have fun.
Participating in any of these events is not possible without parent/caregiver support, and we appreciate any help with training/coaching, transporting and managing teams. Please let the office know if you can assist in any way.
We take part in The Yummy Fruit Company scheme. ‘Yummy Apple’ stickers and bag labels are collated, which we submit in return for sports equipment such as balls, swimming equipment, ball pumps etc. We have been taking part in this scheme for a couple of years, and each year we have increased the number of stickers which means more equipment for our tamariki.
Our tally so far -
- 2020 - $681 worth of sports equipment
- 2019 - $465 worth of sports equipment
- 2018 - $263 worth of sports equipment
Collection charts are placed in classrooms and sent home via newsletter. Otherwise, they can be printed directly from these links: