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Sporting Opportunities

Maungatapu Primary School has a variety of sporting opportunities, ranging from Athletics to Rippa Rugby.

The school sports and extra-curricular activities, provide students with valuable learning experiences. From trying new sports and 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 Maungatapu Primary School Sports Team please email the Sports Coordinator on sports@maungatapu.school.nz

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SPORTING CODES

NETBALL

Netball is available for Years 1-6 students. The main focus of ‘future FERNS 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

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. Children work through various skill-based activities then finish with mini games. The games are played on a third of the netball court and have 4 players on the court with modified hoops.
Games are played at Harbourside Netball Centre on Tuesdays, starting at 3:45pm and finishing at approximately 4:50pm

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. The games are played on two thirds of the netball court and have 5 players on the court with lowered goal posts.
Games are played at Harbourside Netball Centre on Wednesdays, starting at 3:45pm and finishing at approximately 4:50pm

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. The game is played on a full sized netball court with lowered goal posts and has 6 players on the court.
Games are played at Harbourside Netball Centre on Saturdays, between 8:30 and 10:40am

BASKETBALL

Basketball is available for Years 1-6 students and it 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’ games are 22 minutes long and played on half a basketball court. To ensure players get to handle the ball there are only 4 players on the court. The primary objective of the league is for players to have fun, whilst learning the concept of a team game and developing basic basketball skills in a safe environment.
Games are played at QEYC and the ASB Baypark Arena on Monday afternoons between 4:00pm and 5:00pm.

Year 3 & 4 ‘Miniball’ games are played in 2 x 12 minute halves and are played on a full sized basketball court. They are played with 5 players on the court. The primary objective of the league at this age level is to develop young player’s skills in a safe, encouraging and positive environment.
Games are played at ASB Baypark Arena on Tuesday afternoons between 3:50pm and 6:30pm.

Year 5 & 6 Basketball games are played in 4 x 10 minute quarters and are played on a full sized basketball court. They are played with 5 players on the court. At this level the game is played on full size hoops, and with normal basketball rules.
Games are played at QEYC and ASB Baypark Arena on Friday afternoons between 4:00pm and 8:30pm.

HOCKEY

Hockey is available to all Years 1 – 6 students. The aim of the programme is to provide greater focus on skill sets across the age groups, so as to prepare players to better cope with the later competitive programmes. The fast paced nature of Hockey 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

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.
Year 3/4 teams play in the ‘Kiwi Sticks’ League, Year 5/6 teams play in the ‘Mini Sticks’ League.
Games are played on a Saturday morning between 8:40am and 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.

GYMCLUB

GYM Club is available to all Years 1 – 6 students. GYM Club is a great way for children to learn balance, coordination, speed, agility, strength, flexibility, goal setting, and focus. GYM Club gymnastics classes focus on fun whilst improving: concentration, strength, spatial awareness, balance, coordination, conditioning, flexibility, and discipline. Gymnasts of all ages are encouraged to safely push their personal limits. Gymnasts are awarded with badges as they set and achieve individual goals.
GYM Club is held in the Maungatapu Primary School Hall on a Monday, from 3:15pm til 4:15pm.

TENNIS

Tennis is available to all Years 1 – 6 students. This is a very popular programme run by the exceptional Peter Blow. He is a very experienced senior Tennis Coach who offers a fantastic and fun way to learn the skills of Tennis. Peter modifies his skill-based activities so that children can pick up the skills easily and quickly.
Tennis is held on the Maungatapu Primary School Courts on a Thursday morning, before School starts, from 8:00am til 8:55am.

COOL KIDS CONFIDENCE CLUB

Cool Kids Confidence Club is available for Year 3 – 6 students. This very popular programme is run by the amazing Matua Tama, who is a teacher at the school. It is a programme that teaches children skills to help keep them safe. They are taught how to deal with other people who are displaying “bully behaviour”. The skills are taught to them in a fun and engaging manner, thus building up children’s confidence and resilience.
Cool Kids Confidence Club is held in the Maungatapu Primary School Hall on a Wednesday afternoon, from 3:30pm til 4:30pm

TAEKWONDO

Taekwondo is available for students aged 7 – 10 years old. It is a programme run by the ever experienced Master Lee Miller. It is a fantastic introduction to martial arts and is a great pathway for children to then join a Club.
Taekwondo is held in the Maungatapu Primary School Hall on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, from 3:30pm til 4:15pm

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

CRICKET

Cricket the quintessential Kiwi Summer game 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 with a grading round on 10th of February (1st Saturday of term one) and runs for the entire term.

Divisions are:
Year 3 – 5: Division 2 Cricket.  For novice cricket players.
Year 4 – 6: Division 1 Cricket.  For more experienced cricket players

SUPERSTAR CRICKET ACADEMY

Superstar Cricket Academy is for Year 1 – 3 students, beginner cricket players.  The focus is on developing skills in a fun format.

Registration for the Superstar Cricket Academy is done via New Zealand Cricket, not St Mary’s.  If your child is interested in attending the Superstar Cricket Academy CLICK HERE. Our Major Association is Northern Districts.

FLIPPERBALL

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 (27th February) to week 11 (last week of term 1).

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

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 (9th March) until week 10 of term 1. Games are played at either 4:20pm, 5:00pm or 5:40pm.

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 on a Thursday afternoon beginning in week 3 (22nd February) 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
 

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

Water Polo is for year 5 and 6 students only, and begins in week 2 (16th February) of term 1 and end on week 8 of term 1.