Sport at St Mark’s Church School

St Mark’s Church School provides all of its pupils – girls and boys – with a comprehensive range of sporting opportunities.

Sport at St Mark’s Church School has always been integral to the development, well-being and enjoyment of our children. 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.

Many of our children represent St Mark’s Church School in matches and fixtures against other local and independent schools and teams. Our main School fixtures take place in tennis, cricket and softball in the summer (terms 1 and 4); soccer, hockey and netball in the winter (terms 2 and 3).

In addition, our children compete in Central Zone sports, many of whom go on to represent the School and Wellington in regional and national competitions. Recently we have had boys and girls representing Wellington in U11 and U13 hockey, swimming and water-polo.

Many other sports are available – often in teams in local weekend and evening leagues: miniball, badminton, netball, flippaball, basketball, swimming and water-polo. Our children are given every opportunity to take part in many different extra-curricular sporting activities either at lunchtime or before or after school.

House sporting competitions in cross-country, athletics and swimming are always well-supported and hotly contested. Every child in the school has an opportunity to represent his or her House.

Our extensive PE and Sports programme provides each child with an hour of PE a week as well as an afternoon of Sport – rippa rugby, softball/t-ball, netball, basketball, hockey, tennis, cricket, soccer and cross-country running. All
children from Year 2 upwards swim for a term a year at the Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie.

All Sport and PE at St Mark’s Church School is overseen by the Head of Sport, the Head of PE and Swimming, specialist sports and swimming coaches, classroom teachers and very well supported by parents and members of our School community.


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