EARLY LEARNING TO YEAR 4
All boys, from the Early Learning Centre to Year 8, take an active part in Physical Education each week as part of their curriculum. Physical Education lessons are based on movement concepts and skills. Every lesson includes locomotor and manipulative patterns, body and special awareness. It is on this cornerstone that the child’s ability to compete with confidence is based. All boys will also complete a 6 week swimming programme each year.
YEAR 5 TO 8
Years 5 to 8 move on to an option programme for Physical Education. We give the boys the opportunity to explore in depth their chosen summer and winter sports. These two blocks give the boys the chance to receive specialised coaching in their chosen sport.
Boys in Years 5 to 8 will choose one summer option for the first and fourth terms. Options include cricket, tennis, softball or touch rugby. One winter option is also available to the boys for the second and third terms. These include rugby, football, hockey or basketball. Badminton, orienteering, bowls and aquatics are also offered. The sport chosen will be different from their Games option.
Throughout the year all boys also take part in swimming, cross country and athletics.
King’s School has an extensive programme of sports games, both within the school as part of the House competition, as well as many inter-school fixtures. The participation in the school-organised Games programme provides students with the opportunity:
To put into practice the skills learned in the skill-based PE programme
To learn the rules of the games played or the structure of the event
To be part of a team environment
To be involved in a competitive environment
To develop an understanding of fairness and fair play
To accept decisions, whatever the reason
To help develop the concept of others rather than self
To learn to play safely
To development a game sense
The School has an extensive schedule of fixtures with local schools, with the majority of these matches taking place during the boys’ games sessions - on Tuesday for the Middle School and on Wednesday for the Senior School. The inter-school fixtures are listed in the calendar.
In addition, school teams take part in a number of traditional fixtures with other independent schools, both within Auckland and around the country. All boys at King’s are encouraged to be involved in some form of sporting activity and we strive for the maximum participation from the greatest possible number of boys.
Boys practise for their representative team on Monday 2.30 – 3.35pm (Senior School) and Thursday 2.30 – 3.35pm (Middle School). Some practices may go longer and additional practices may be added. Coaches will send notification of this to parents.
Where possible, we endeavour to involve as many teams and boys as possible in our fixtures with local schools.
Boys from Years 5 to 8 may trial for selection in teams that take part in inter-school fixtures in:
Term 1 and 4
Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Swimming, Athletics, Touch Rugby
Term 2 and 3
Rugby, Football, Hockey, Cross Country, Flippa Ball, Water Polo, Basketball, Skiing
Boys are selected on merit after trials and on the basis of our knowledge of a boy’s performance over a period of time, both at School and within the community. New boys are not disadvantaged and we make every effort to observe these boys in the sporting arena when they arrive here. Similarly, we continue to observe those boys who do not gain selection in school teams in the first instance and encourage them to improve in their chosen sport.
Boys may trial for a sports team for the first trial and then change to another sport for the second trial. We try to field as many teams as possible in each chosen sport hoever we can only cater for teams that have opposition to play.
Boys that miss out on representative team selection may choose from the following sporting options:
All boys participate in House sport. In Terms 1 and 4, boys participate in competitions for badminton, softball and cricket. In Term 3, boys participate in rugby, football and hockey. All boys choose one sport to play for the summer and winter.
SPORT & PE HANDBOOK
Click HERE for a copy of the Sport & PE Handbook which can be downloaded.