Schools have an important role in promoting sport through the co-curricular programmes they offer students. These programmes allow students to build on and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they develop in the school's physical education curriculum. Organised school sports programmes should neither be seen as substitutes for sport studies in this curriculum nor as the specific domain of physical education teachers.

The effective promotion and organisation of school sport should reflect the needs of students and ensure that all students have the opportunity to:

  • participate to the highest level of their interest and ability

  • experience enjoyment and achievement

  • become competent and enthusiastic participants

  • practise fair play (in the widest interpretation of the term) in all situations

  • experience and manage competition.

Waerenga School has a range of sporting and PE opportunities that challenge our students to participate for fun and fitness, to encourage healthy lifestyles, and to learn to be a supportive team member or leader.

Sport Waikato visit the school weekly as a part of Project Energise, teaching a wide range of skills and sports and we also participate in the Life Education Trust program.

Waerenga School takes part in all interschool sports with some students making the regionals in swimming, cross country and athletics.

Swimming lessons twice a week in Terms 1 and 4 are subsidised for all students wanting to participate. Our pool is heated and we have an excellent swimming coach.

We encourage all students to participate in some form of sport and most of our students take part in a weekend sport i.e. netball, rugby, soccer, or hockey.

Sports programmes can be developed in partnership with clubs and other community groups and may involve interschool and club competitions.

Students require a range of structured, sequenced, and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities in sport studies. These include opportunities to develop:

  • skills for participating in diverse sporting roles

  • such as playing, coaching, officiating, and administrating

  • constructive attitudes, values, and behaviours that will help them to manage co-operative and competitive sports environments

  • skills for identifying and critiquing the contributions that science, technology, and the environment make to sporting performances

  • the skills to identify and discuss the social and cultural significance that sport has for individuals and for society

  • for example, in relation to attitudes, values, specific practices and their effects, and media influences.