Kia ora,

We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you about our school’s sports program! Our participation rates have reached an all-time high, and we couldn’t be prouder of our enthusiastic students who are stepping onto courts, and fields with immense passion and dedication.

One of our most significant accomplishments is fostering an inclusive sports policy that embraces all students. We firmly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to participate and shine in sports, regardless of their skill level or experience. Our inclusive approach encourages teamwork, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging, making sports accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

With such high participation and a supportive team behind us, our school’s sports program continues to soar to new heights. The benefits of sports extend beyond the playing field, fostering essential life skills such as leadership, resilience, and teamwork. We witness our students growing not only as athletes but also as well-rounded individuals.

As we look ahead, we eagerly anticipate upcoming tournaments, friendly matches, and sportsmanship-filled games that will showcase the true spirit of our school community. We encourage you to come out and support our teams in action.

None of this would be possible without our amazing coaches and managers, who play a pivotal role in supporting and guiding our teams. They selflessly dedicate their time, expertise, and energy to ensure our students have the best possible experience. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to these unsung heroes, for they are the backbone of our sports program. As we have had such an influx of participants it has required more parents to step up and coach or manage. Unfortunately, some of the teams that we have fielded are larger than we would like, but without the support of our parental community we are unable to help this. If you would like to support our teams, please get in contact with Sam Coyle and discuss how you can get involved.

Once again, thank you to our outstanding students, parents, coaches, and managers for making our sports program a shining example of what teamwork and dedication can achieve. Together, we continue to build a community where everyone feels valued and celebrated.

Renee Heasley & Sam Coyle

Here is a recap of Term 3 sports so far. 

Basketball: Ka pai to all of our 13 basketball teams for completing their grading! The first round of competition games began this week. Good luck!

Hockey: Well done to our hockey teams for completing their season! Special mention to the Torbay Blue Sticks and the Torbay Yellow Sticks for finishing first and second in their respective leagues. Ka rawe! Information for summer hockey to come soon.

Netball: Good luck to all of our netballers who play their last game this weekend! Ka pai for an amazing season! Netball will return in term 4 for Spring League. For more information check your email or the board outside the PE shed. Registrations close on the 11th of September.

Rippa Rugby: Earlier this term we took 100 students to Windsor Park for their 2nd Rippa Rugby Festival! With the Rugby World Cup not far away our school was assigned a country to represent, Torbay represented Ireland. It was great to see many of our tamariki enjoy their day in the mud and sun while showing off some green! We had green socks, zinc, hats, and hair! Photos are linked below.

Junior Cross Country: Ka pai to all of our junior school for trying their best and pushing themselves in their races. A lot of resilience was shown when challenged. Congratulations to the following students for placing.

Year 1 Girls

  1. Alice RM 15 &  Maitena RM 16
  2. Alyssa C RM 13

Year 1 Boys

  1. Flynn RM 15
  2. Wolf RM 16
  3. Charl RM 15

Year 2 Girls

  1. Alex RM 2
  2. Maya RM 4
  3. Amelia RM 2 & Sophie RM 2

Year 2 Boys

  1. Jacob RM 3
  2. Kaysen RM 3
  3. Lochlin RM 1

Year 3 Girls (1 Lap)

  1. Amelie RM 6
  2. Indie RM 10 & Ida RM 10
  3. Madisson RM 5

Year 3 Boys (1 Lap)

  1. Jesse RM 6
  2. Teo RM 10
  3. Kosta RM 9

Year 3 Girls (2 Laps)

  1. Millie RM 9
  2. Bella RM 6
  3. Evelyn RM 9

Year 3 Boys (2 Laps)

  1. Coby RM 5
  2. Brodie RM 6
  3. Daniel RM 9

Interschool Winter Sports Day: This year we took 7 of our year 6 teams to compete at the Interschool Winter Sports Day held at Kristin. Our tamariki competed in Netball, Miniball, Hockey, and Football. Ka pai to the Torbay Diamonds, Torbay Gems, Torbay Heat, Torbay Thunder, Torbay Football, Torbay Blue Sticks, and the Torbay Yellow Sticks. Special mention to our football team who won their respected competition against other schools from our cluster.

Torbay Football: Isaiah S, Zane D, Zeke W, Matteo C, Jagger C, Anthony S, Tyler M, Toby L

Touch Rugby: In term 4 we welcome the return of touch rugby. Touch is an exciting and inclusive game played by teams of six players that promotes the fundamental skills of running, passing, catching, evasion, and support play. For more information and on how to register please check your emails or see the sports news board outside the PE shed. Registrations close on the 4th of September.

Chess: Is your child interested in Chess? Chesspower will be back in term 4! More information to come at the end of the term.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Experience: In week 2 we took 45 Year 3-6 girls to experience the FIFA FanZone. In the morning we were hosted by Northern Rovers at Becroft for a range of drills and games with a couple of their coaches. The girls then headed to the city for lunch at the Silo before being welcomed at the Cloud for a range of activities including speed, agility and playing on the Unity Pitch. We were also lucky enough to be given some free tickets to the Italy vs Argentina game which many of these students and their whānau utilised. Who knows, maybe we have sparked a love of football in one of these games and we get to see them playing in the future at a World Cup?

Sport Photos: Last week Photolife came in and took photos of our teams. Photolife will email you directly your child’s individual key code to order photos.

Photos: Here are photos from sports in term 3 

If you have any questions, please email Sam Coyle – [email protected] 

Ngā mihi,


Sam Coyle

Physical Education Teacher and Sports Coordinator