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.

GYMNASTICS
Available for year 5 and 6 students, gymnastics is a fantastic way to gain balance, flexibility, agility, coordination, grace and control.

During term 1 and the beginning of term 2 students learn a routine, which is then performed at two competitions.  The first competition is at Argos in May and the second competition is in Te Puke in June.

Gymnastics practise takes place before school on a day designated by the coaches.

TERM 2 and 3 SPORTS:

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 2nd of May) and end on the last Tuesday of term 2 (Tuesday 4th 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 3:45pm and finishes at 4:50pm each week
•    Games begin on the first Wednesday of term 2 (Wednesday 3rd of May) and end on the last Wednesday of term 2 (Wednesday 5th 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 6th of May) and end on the second Saturday of term 3 (Saturday 5th 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 15th of May) and finish on week 5 of term 3(Monday 28th 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 3 of term 2 (Tuesday 16th of May) and finish on week 9 of term 3(Tuesday 19th September).

Year 5 & 6 Basketball is played at ASB Baypark Arena on Friday afternoons between 4:00pm and 7:20pm
•    Games begin on week 3 of term 2 (Saturday 20th of May) and finish on week 9 of term 3(Saturday 19th 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 13th May) and is expected to finish week 8 of term 3 (Saturday 16th 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 13th of May) and finish on week 8 of term 3 (Saturday 16th September).

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 Hockey CLICK HERE

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

TERM 1 SPORTS:

CRICKET
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.

For further information on Cricket CLICK HERE

FLIPPABALL
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.

For further information on Flippaball CLICK HERE

KIWI VOLLEYBALL
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.

For more information on Kiwi Volleyball CLICK HERE

RIPPA RUGBY
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

For more information on Rippa Rugby CLICK HERE

WATER POLO
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)
 
For further information on Water Polo CLICK HERE


 

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