Extra-Curricular Activities

St Mark’s Church School provides students with a comprehensive range of sporting opportunities. It is our belief that participation in a range of sporting activities promotes a sense of self belief, hard work, healthy competition and achievement that complements our children’s successes in the classroom.

This sports booklet is designed to give you a general overview of sport at St Mark’s and sets out the St Mark’s sports code of conduct for children, parents and supporters, together with uniform standards and teachers in charge.

Matt McDonnell
Head of PSPE

David Gillies
Head of Sport

Sports Code of Conduct

The Student Fair Play Promise and Parent Code of Conduct, shown below, agree to the following terms. This will be located on the St Mark’s webpage.

Student Fair Play Promise

As a student representing St Mark’s Church School (SMCS), I promise I will:

  • Be proud to represent SMCS in sport
  • Attend all games and practices with the appropriate gear for my own health and safety
  • Develop the habit of warming up and warming down at games / practices
  • Look after and wear my team uniform correctly. Return any school issued items (in a clean condition) by the specified due date / end of the season
  • Take responsibility for looking after all the school sports gear issued to my team
  • Behave responsibly and appropriately before, during and after each game by:

-treating all players with respect, just as I would like to be treated

-aspiring to work hard and give my best at all time

-thanking my coach, officials, supporters and opposition for the game and their time

-attend all scheduled games and practices, advising the coach if I am unavailable, as early as possible. I understand that unexplained absences could affect selection for the upcoming games

SMCS Parent / Supporter /  Code of Conduct

As a parent / supporter / I promise to support my child as a St Mark’s Church School representative by:

  • Reading and discussing with my child, the Student Fair Play Promise
  • Ensuring all fees associated with my child’s participation are paid by the specified due date
  • Accepting all team selections / composition are done in accordance with the SMCS policy, taking into consideration the organising sports codes’ requirements and guidelines
  • Taking my concerns directly to the teacher in charge of the team or the SMCS Head of Sport
  • Making sure my child is on time, available and committed to scheduled games and practices – advising the coach if my child is unavailable, as early as possible
  • Collecting my child promptly after their game / practices or ensuring other arrangements are made clear to the child and others involved
  • Looking after and ensuring the team uniform is worn correctly. Return any school issued items (in a clean condition) by the specified due date / end of the season. Lost or damaged uniforms may incur a replacement fee
  • Showing respect, support and appreciation towards coaches / managers and officials who are voluntarily involved in my child’s sport, including the opposing team’s officials
  • Recognising and applauding the abilities of the opposition and other SMCS players
  • Encouraging all team members in their efforts, regardless of the end result
  • Insisting that my child plays within the game rules and by the principles of Fair Play
  • Assisting with transport wherever possible
  • Making sure my child uses the appropriate protective gear required for their games / practices
  • Being a positive role model by displaying respect and encouragement from the sidelines
  • Coaches will endeavour to share the Player of the Day award around the team over the season.

I understand that I could be asked to leave a game and not attend others, for failure to follow this code.

PLEASE notify SMCS Sports Co-ordinators if your child is leaving, or will be away for an extended period of time, so team replacements can be organised by the school if possible.

Fixture Sports

St Mark’s Church School hosts and visits other independent schools and local primary schools for various inter-school fixtures during the year. These are broken up into summer and winter codes, with the Summer codes being played in Term 1 and 4 and the Winter codes played in Term 2 and 3.

Summer codes: Tennis, Cricket, Softball

Winter codes: Rugby, Netball, Football and Hockey

Students in Years 5 – 8 are encouraged to take part in at least one of these sports. Trials are held for team selections in Term 1 for Summer codes and Term 2 for Winter codes.   

Cricket

Team: 1st XI – Year 7 and 8  boys and girls Colts – Year 5 and 6

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: Cricket whites, St Mark’s cap, appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge: Darren Houston

Softball

Team:  Years 7-8 Colts – Year 5 and 6

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: SMCS polo shirt, navy blue PE shorts, appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge: Melissa Rivard Cathy Underhill

Tennis

Team: Tennis VIII

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: SMCS polo shirt, navy blue PE shorts, appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge: Viki Zadimas, Ashleigh Pope

Rugby

Team: 1st XV            Colts – Year 5 and 6

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: SMCS Rugby Jersey, navy blue PE shorts, rugby socks and appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge: Mark Leggett

Hockey

Team:  1st X1       Colts – Year 5 and 6

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: SMCS polo shirt, Navy blue PE shorts, appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge: Ailsa Pollock

Netball

Teams: Year 4 and above

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: SMCS Netball strip, St Mark’s Polar Fleece, appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge: Viki Zadimas

Football

Team: 1st XI – Year 7 and 8 Colts – Year 5 and 6

Training: Thursday afternoons

Uniform: St Mark’s blue football shirt, Navy blue PE shorts, appropriate footwear

Teacher in Charge:  David Gillies Rebecca Johns

 

St Mark’s Church School Team Sports

Coaching / Managing/ Umpiring

All sports teams which represent St Mark’s Church School will have a staff member attached as a coach or manager. We value the contribution of our parents and school community in the giving of their time to help with coaching and managing teams, or assisting with scoring or umpiring. All parents can assist our student athletes by ensuring they are prepared and on time for all practises and games, and in offering support to all team members during games. In all teams it is the staff member who will be responsible for awarding Player of the Day at the end of each game and Most Valuable Player at the end of the season.

Team sports may vary from year to year and depend on the number of students interested. Notices about various sports go out electronically via Google forms. Please note that if parents or students don’t submit forms by the given deadlines, they may not be able to play, if teams have been confirmed.

Uniform

A puffer jacket or tracksuit pants are not acceptable attire for any SMCS team. Please wear the appropriate uniform pertaining to that code of sport as stated under each activity. In the winter, students can wear the St Mark’s polar fleece.  

Sports Tracksuits are available from the Uniform Shop for Year 5 to Year 8 students.  These are compulsory for Year 6 to Year 8 and all netball players.   

Badminton

This is for Years 5 – 8 only. All games are played at Badminton Hall in Hataitai as set out below during Term 2 and 3. All training days are determined by the Coaches.

Teacher in Charge: Cathy Underhill

Competition: Year 5 & 6: Day TBC, time: between 3.30pm and 5.00pm

        Year 7 & 8: Day TBC, time: between 3.30pm and 5.00pm

Uniform: SMCS white polo shirt, navy blue PE shorts, white socks and sneakers

Basketball and Miniball

All games are played at ASB Sport Centre in Kilbirnie in Term 2 and 3. All training days are determined by the Coaches.

Teacher in Charge: Mark Leggett

Year 3/4 Miniball games are played on Wednesday nights

Year 5/6 games are played on Monday nights

Year 7/8 games are played on Tuesday nights

Game schedules will be emailed to parents each week. Parents will need to arrange transport to and from games for their child.

Cost: Year 3 – 6 – $32.00 /student, Year 7 and 8 – $42.35 / student.

Uniform: SMCS white polo shirt, navy blue PE shorts, white socks and sneakers

Further information can be found here: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/

Flippaball

All games are played at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, in Wellington on Friday evenings, during Term 1 and 4. All training days are determined by the Coaches.

There is a startup fee and pool entry charge.

Teacher in Charge: Heather Taylor

Uniform: Swimming togs, SMCS Swim cap

Teams: Year 5-6

Netball

All games are played at EBIS in Kilbirnie Wellington on Saturday mornings, during Term 2 and 3. All training days are determined by the Coaches.

Teacher in Charge: Viki Zadimas

Competition: Saturday mornings, between 8.30am – 1.00pm

Uniform: SMCS Netball strip. SMCS Polar fleece and rain jacket, white socks and sneakers

Teams: Year 5, Year 6, Two Year 7 & 8 teams

Draw information will be on http://www.mknetball.co.nz/  for the whole season

 

Touch Rugby

All games are played at Wakefield Park during Terms 1 and 4. Competition days are on a Wednesday from 4.00pm for the younger grades and 5.00pm for the Year 7/8 grade. Practice times are at coaches’ discretion.

Teacher in Charge: Mark Leggett      

Cost: $30.00 per season  

Uniform: SMCS polo shirt, navy blue PE shorts, appropriate footwear

Teams: Year 3-4, Year 5-6, Year 7-8

Draw information will be on www.totaltouch.org.nz for the whole season

 

Waterpolo

All games are played at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, in Wellington on Monday evenings, during Term 1 and 4. All training days are determined by the Coaches.

There is a startup fee and pool entry charge.

Teacher in Charge: David Gillies

Uniform: Swimming togs, SMCS swim cap

Teams: Year 7 and 8

School Sport Days and House Activities

During the year St Mark’s Church School has three major sport days involving the whole school. In 2016 these will take place as follows:

Term 1:

April – Cross Country

Clothing: SMCS PE Gear, SMCS Polar Fleece, appropriate footwear

Venue: Basin Reserve, Mt Victoria

The top 5 runners from Years 4-8 will be chosen to compete at the Central Zone and thereafter Inter Zone competitions.

Term 3:

August – Swimming Sports

Clothing: Togs, towels, goggles, swim-cap (if needed)

Venue: Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre

Children will be chosen to compete in Central Zones based on their placing. However, the relay teams will be chosen based on the House relay results.

Term 4:

October – Athletics Day

Clothing: SMCS PE Gear, SMCS Polar Fleece, appropriate footwear

Venue: Newtown Park

Students in Years 4-8 have the opportunity to compete at a higher level at the Central Zone and thereafter Inter Zone competitions, for those who are placed in the top 3 of each event.

 Sport Awards

SMCS Colours Badges

Colour badges can be presented to students in Years 3-8 who demonstrate a positive commitment and attitude in one or more performing arts discipline or sport.

Colours awarded in Years 3 – 6 are blue and in Years 7 and 8 the badges are red.

Colours Badges Award Criteria

Students must meet all the criteria below to receive a sporting or cultural colours badge:

  1.  Students who display commitment to a sporting or cultural activity either for a full season or for an academic year (whichever is relevant).
  2.  A student regularly attends practices, rehearsals, meetings and games/performances.
  3. A student must have displayed exemplary behaviour at all times while participating in their sporting or cultural activity, showing respect for the staff, coaches and other students.
  4. The pupil has represented the school (in that sport or cultural activity) at sporting or cultural fixtures/exchanges, concerts or performances with other schools.

Other Guidelines

You can only receive a colour badge for the same activity once – for example, if a student has been awarded a colours badge and the student repeats their involvement again the following year they do not receive another colour badge. Students will wear their Colours Badges on their right side of their blazer and underneath their House badge. Lower School and Upper School Badges can be worn at the same time.  For example Colts Cricket (Blue) and Senior Cricket (Red). If a child loses a badge then a limited supply will be kept on hand at Reception for purchase.

Honors

This is the next tier up from colours and are only awarded to those students who have had an absolutely stand out performance (sporting or cultural).The list of criteria is below.

Sports Honours Criteria

To receive an Honours Badge then children must fulfil four out the six criteria below.  Attribute 1 must be one of the four attributes:

1.  Students who display outstanding ability, effort and attitude in Sport may be considered for an Honours badge. Representing the School in an Interschool fixture does not qualify a student for an Honours badge.

2. Students who are selected for, or play for, a Regional or National training squad, and/or compete in Inter zone competitions in the relevant academic year.

3.  Students who have displayed a total commitment to sport at school in all areas including attendance at training and matches, a selfless approach to the team, respect for the coaching staff and an impeccable sense of sportsmanship/fair play.

4. The student must have displayed exemplary behaviour at all times in Sport, Physical Education and regular class work.

5. The student should be an excellent role model to others in the school.

6. The student must have played for 1st teams in Year 7/8 or Colts teams in Year 6 in all or most interschool matches during the academic year to qualify.

Athletics

Athletics certificates will be given out within combined year groups. These are awarded to the first, second and third place in combined total of field events, and combined total in track events. Championship points will be allocated for finals only, with five points for a win, three points for second and one point for third.

Swimming

Swimming awards will be given out within combined year groups. These are awarded to the first, second, and third place swimmers with the highest combined total. Championship points are allocated in finals only, with five points for a win, three points for second and one point for third.

Cross Country

Cross Country awards will be given out within combined year groups. These are awarded to the first, second and third runner in each group.

Sportsperson of the Year

At our annual Prize Giving the Sportsperson of the Year is given out to our top boy and girl. This person is decided based on their achievements during school sports days, as well as any Zone Competitions that they have participated in. Also taken into account are school sports teams they have been part of, and any representative honors outside the school. This person is announced at Prize giving on the last day of school.

Player of the Day

Player of the Day is awarded to one player each game by the teacher involved, and reflects the coaches’ key focus for the week. At the end of a season, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) will be awarded to one student. This award reflects the player’s commitment in practice, games, supporting their team, development and demonstration of game specific skills.

 

Other Sport at St Marks

Kelly Sports

Kelly Sports encourages kids to have fun, build confidence and to give sport a go.

Each term, Kelly Sports offers after school sports programmes to children at St Mark’s Church School. Their MULTISPORT programme where children get to participate in a range of sports is proving to be very popular with the students. These take place in the school grounds, usually in the Birdcage. Programmes run one day a week from 3.00pm to 4.00pm and the cost is $80.00 for the term.

 

Fitness Club

Our before school Running Club is very popular and is a great way to start the day and get fit. Runners wear their school PE gear. The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7.30am, choosing a run up the bush of Mt Victoria or do a circuit class in the School Hall if the weather turns.