Sporting Opportunities

2018 Winter Sporting Opportunities - Term 2 and 3

Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary 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.

NETBALL
The main focus of Netball at a Primary School level is on skill development. Player rotation is compulsory, so all players can try different positions on the court, and learn all the skills necessary to enjoy the game.  Netball is a great way to improve your child’s hand-eye coordination, reflexes and balance

All games for every year group played at Harbourside Netball Centre, Blake Park, Mt Maunganui.

Year 1 & 2 The focus for this age group is on exploring Netball.  It allows players to catch, pass, and shoot from day one, providing a fun introduction to Netball.

Games are played on Tuesdays, starting at 3:45pm and finishes at 4:50pm each week.

Games begin on the first Tuesday of term 2 (Tuesday 1st of May) and end on the last Tuesday of term 2 (Tuesday 3rd of July).

Year 3 & 4 The focus for this age group is on learning the basics of Netball.  It is designed to be fast and fun, maximising participation and touches of the ball.  With modified equipment and less players on the court the game is less complicated.

Games are played on Wednesdays, starting at 3:50pm and finishes at 4:50pm each week

Games begin on the first Wednesday of term 2 (Wednesday 2nd of May) and end on the last Wednesday of term 2 (Wednesday 4th of July).

Year 5 & 6 Netball continues to be modified for this age group. Players rotate to prevent early specialisation in positions. The emphasis is on all players getting plenty of touches of the ball and the opportunity to develop a broad skill set.play The competition begins with 3 weeks of grading games.  The teams are then placed into the appropriate grade, that will match the teams overall skill and ability.

Games are played on Saturdays, at either 9:00am, 9:50am or 10:40am

Games begin on the first Saturday of term 2 (Saturday 5th of May) and end on the second Saturday of term 3 (Saturday 4th of August).

Please note; all finish dates for Netball competitions are weather dependent.  If there are cancellations, then competitions may go longer than stated 

For further information on Netball CLICK HERE

MINIBALL
Miniball is a modified version of Basketball, which is a fun, safe way to introduce your child to the game.  This team sport promotes team work, ball skills, communication and is a lot of fun.

Year 1 & 2 Little League Miniball is played at QEYC on Monday afternoons at 4:00pm or 4:30pm.

Games begin on week 3 of term 2 (Monday 14th of May) and finish on week 5 of term 3(Monday 20th August).

Year 3 & 4 Miniball is played at ASB Baypark Arena on Tuesday afternoons at 3:50pm, 4:20pm or 4:50pm.

Games begin on week 2 of term 2 (Tuesday 8th of May) and finish on week 9 of term 3(Tuesday 25th September).

Year 5 & 6 Basketball is played at ASB Baypark Arena on Friday afternoons between 4:00pm and 7:20pm

Games begin on week 2 of term 2 (Friday 11th of May) and finish on week 9 of term 3 (Friday 28th September).

For further information on Basketball CLICK HERE

HOCKEY
Hockey is available to all Years 1 – 6 students.  The fast paced nature of the game helps improve balance, coordination, team work, communication and endurance. 

Year 1 & 2 Fun Sticks is a fundamental skills programme. Children rotate around various skill stations then finish with mini games.

Fun Sticks is on a Saturday morning from 9:00am till 10:00am at Tauranga Boys College Hockey Turf

The programme begins on week 2 of term 2 (Saturday 12th May) and is expected to finish week 8 of term 3 (Saturday 15th September).

Year 3 – 6 Small Sticks is the competitive hockey league.  Games are played on smaller fields and with less players and modified rules, in order to improve their skills and enjoyment for the game. The competition begins with 3 weeks of grading games.  The teams are then placed into the appropriate grade, that will match the teams overall skill and ability.

Year 3/4 teams play in the Kiwi Sticks League, Year 5/6 teams play in the Mini Sticks League.  Games are played between 8:40am – 12:40pm. 

Most games are played at Tauranga Hockey Centre, Kawaka Street, Mt Maunganui.  Occasionally games are held at Bethlehem College, Tauranga Boys College and Otumoetai College.

Games begin on week 2 of term 2 (Saturday 12th of May) and finish on week 8 of term 3 (Saturday 15th September).

Please note; all finish dates for Hockey competitions are weather dependent.  If there are cancellations, then competitions may go longer than stated

For further information on Hockey CLICK HERE

Note: the school does not offer Football (Soccer) or Rugby as the local clubs fullfil this criteria. 

 



 

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