Sporting Opportunities

St Mary’s Catholic School has a variety of sporting opportunities, ranging from Athletics to Water Polo.
The School sports and extra-curricular activities, provide students with valuable learning experiences.  From trying new sports, playing sports they enjoy, to developing and strengthening a range of skills, as well as learning valuable social skills, and the opportunity for students to create and enhance friendships.
Our School’s sports could not be run without the help and support of our parents and whanau. We are always looking for passionate family members to coach or manage our teams, or volunteer at our school run events. There is no experience required, time commitment is minimal.  It is an awesome, positive experience, plus your child will love having you involved.  If you would like further information in regards to coaching or managing a St Mary’s Sports Team please email Steven Finlayson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cricket the quintessential Kiwi Summer game is open to all year 1 – 6 students.  Cricket is lots of fun, and helps develop the fundamental skills of catching, throwing and hitting. At primary school level great importance is put on participation, with all players being given an equal opportunity to bat and bowl.

Cricket is played at various venues around the WBOP. Games begin on the first Saturday of term 1 and runs for the entire term.

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Flippaball not only helps develop the skills of passing and catching a ball, but also provides the opportunity to increase water confidence. Plus, it is a great opportunity for everyone to have a good splash around.

Played at Memorial Pool on a Tuesday evening from week 3 to week 11 (last week of term 1). St. Mary’s has teams for years 3 – 6 boys and girls.

Games are played at:
•    3:30pm – 7:30pm for years 3 & 4
•    4:00pm – 8:30pm for years 5 & 6.

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Kiwi Volleyball is available for year 5 – 6 students.  The modified rules used in Kiwi Volleyball are a fantastic, easy and fun way to introduce your child to the game. Volleyball is a great way to improve your child’s hand-eye coordination, reflexes and balance.

Volleyball is played on a Friday afternoon at QEYC (Memorial Park) from week 4 until week 10 of term 1. Games are played at either 4:20pm, 5:00pm or 5:40pm.

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Rippa Rugby is a fast, safe, non-contact, easy game to play for both boys and girls. Being non contact, it is perfect for those who don’t play rugby, but would like to give it a go.  For those who do play rugby, Rippa Rugby is an ideal way to keep up your rugby skills and fitness.

Rippa Rugby is open to all years from 1 – 6 students.  Games are played at Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay and begin in week 5 of term 1 and run for6 weeks (finishing week 10 of term 1).

Games are played at:
•    4:00pm for Year 1 & 2
•    4:30pm or 5:00pm for Year 3 & 4
•    5:00pm or 5:30pm for Year 5 & 6

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Water Polo is for year 5 and 6 students.  It is a unique fun filled water based game.  Water Polo is a physically demanding sport, which is played by experienced swimmers. 

Water Polo is played at Toi-Ohomai (formerly known as Bay of Plenty Polytechnic) pool on a Friday afternoon between the times of 4:00pm and 6:30pm

Games begin on week 3 of term 1 and end on week 10 (last Friday of term 1)
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Term 4 Extra Curricular Activities

•    Cricket –The cricket coaches will decide what level to enter the St. Mary’s School teams for term 4, and trials may or may not be necessary depending on numbers registering.  Teams will be similar, but not necessarily the same as term 1. 

•    Beginner Cricket – Don Warner will run a series of one hour fun lessons for beginner players from year 1-3.  All plastic gear is provided.  Players are not in teams, but doing skills based activities and minor games.

Two venues and times – Pemberton Park, Greerton.     Friday night         5.00-6.00pm

-    Fergusson Park, Matua    Saturday mornings        9.00-10.00am

•    Flippaball – water polo with your feet on the bottom of the pool.  Year 3 and 4 play in waist deep water in the learners’ pool.  Swimming is not a required skill.  Year 5 and 6 play in the large pool which has a shallow end and a deep end.  Reasonable swimming ability is required for the senior grade.

•    Hip Hop – Gabby Cardey continues to offer group dance lessons.  Routines are reasonably simple to cater for all levels.  All groups will perform to a school audience in early December to showcase their routines. 

•    Jump Jam – with all teams qualifying for the Nationals in Christchurch, the Jump Jam teams are well underway with their preparation with Kim Artus and his team of helpers.  Only current team members can enrol for this option.

•    Kiwi League Tag –  Rugby Leagues version of  Rippa Rugby.     Rules are very similar, although kicking is allowed in Kiwi Tag.  Waistbands and velcro flags are used.  NO TACKLING.

•    Touch – Players use a rugby ball although there is no tackling.  Players tag the opposition to stop their progress, and each team has up to six ‘touches’ before there is a possession change.

•    Volleyball – a modified game with Kiwisport rules of ‘catch and throw’ so beginners do not need to hit the ball on the volley.  More able players can choose to hit the ball on the volley if they wish

•    Water Polo – If your child is ready to progress from Flippaball, here is the next step.  Players will need to be competent swimmers with a good level of cardiovascular fitness.  Players cannot touch the bottom of the pool.  Water polo will be played against Intermediate C grade teams, and other primary school teams.

Returns due by Tuesday 15th September

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Term 2 and 3 activities offered at St Mary’s School

Term 2 and 3 activities offered at St Mary’s School
Welcome again to another round of activity selection.   We are expecting a fun filled and active winter, and look forward to many children and parents being involved.

St Mary’s School teams are always named with a minimum number of substitutes, so the children spend their time playing their chosen sport, not waiting on the sidelines.

Please ensure, when choosing an activity, both you and your child understand the commitment to this activity.   Some codes will have weekly practices, set out by the coach, as well as the game and children are expected to attend both.  Some activities, such as hockey and miniball, go for two terms. Many activities require parent help with coaching, managing and administrative roles.

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All activities offered are for both boys and girls, including netball.

Gymnastics - Mrs Watene will continue to tutor both girls and boys who wish to be available for team selection for the Argos Gymnastics festival in June.  Limited numbers so register early.  Only gymnasts who registered in term 1 can register again.

Hip Hop - with Gabby Cardey, an outside provider.  Gabby limits the number in each group, so it is a FIRST IN FIRST SERVED situation. Her routines are reasonably simple to cater for all levels.  Gabby will invoice the students once they have registered.

Hockey – all levels are catered for with the graduated Hockey programme.  Children who selected
yr 3-6 hockey must be available for games each week – some games can be as early as 8.30am, while other teams may play around noon.  The draw is done on a weekly basis, and game times change each week.  Funsticks are at the same time each week.  This is a very long season, so please be aware you need to commit to two terms of hockey if you sign up for Ministicks and Kiwisticks.  Trials will be held prior to the end of term if required.  

Jump Jam – Kim Artus is currently auditioning any student wishing to be considered in the competitive squads for Jump Jam Nationals qualification.  Once squads are assembled, Kim will invoice all squad members.  

Miniball – this is basketball with fewer rules.  Games are played at the ASB Arena at Baypark
 (Year 5/6) and at the ASB Arena and QEYC (Yr 1/2 or Yr 3/4).  This is a very long season so please remember you need to be available for two terms if you sign up for Miniball.   Trials will be held at the beginning of term 2.  
The cost for miniball is significant again this year.  In the past, TCBA has charged per player, regardless of how many players were in a team.  St Mary’s will continue to have small numbers of players in each team, hence the cost is higher per player than a school who has 10 players in a team.
The cost of a referee for all teams has been factored into each team fee, as this year the TCBA referees are compulsory for all Year 3-6 teams.  

Little Netties – Introductory netball skills offered without having to be worried about positions on the court.  Passing, catching, shooting and footwork are all addressed in a fun atmosphere.  

Netball Kiwi Ferns – A modified game of netball where the hoops are lowered for shooting and all players must rotate positions each quarter.  Designed to put the children on the court in a ‘real’ game.

Netball Future Ferns – The real thing, where coaches can decide on the positions that best suit players.  Goals are full height and netball rules are tightened up.  

Forms are due back by Friday 27th March.

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