Our Sports

Adventure Racing

Adventure Racing is a popular and growing sport that combines physical skills, endurance, teamwork and problem solving.  Students have the opportunity to compete in mountain biking and running, orienteering, rogainning and kayaking to name a few.  Taranaki’s natural environment gives students access to great opportunities.

This activity is offered in conjunction with Francis Douglas Memorial College.  Both schools regularly attend the Get to Go (Junior) and Hilary Challenge(Senior). There are many local events and some further afield which the team participates in.

Students train hard and regularly for this activity.  Many team trainings happen but students are expected to participate in their own personal trainings too.

Students are expected to provide their own equipment and appropriate clothing. All events and trips involve a cost which the students self-fund.

Teacher in charge: Wendy Payne

Basketball

Basketball is normally played during Terms 2 and 3 with the college catering for both competitive and social teams.  Trials are generally held during Term 1.  Further information regarding these can be found in the Daily Notices.

There are a number of different leagues that teams participate in. What league your team is entered in determines what day of the week you play on. All social teams must have an adult associated with the team that can attend each game. Practice for each team is decided when the teams are finalised after the trials.

Our Junior and Senior teams annually compete in the Zone 3, Lower North Island regional competitions with our Senior A team often qualifying for the National Secondary Schools Tournament in the September holidays.

Students are issued a playing uniform which consists of a singlet and shorts for most teams.  Senior A  also receives a tracksuit and backpack. Social teams only receive a singlet and are expected to combine this with plain black shorts. Uniforms are required to be returned at the end of the season after sports photos. A gear bag with team lists, balls and a first aid kit are also supplied for the season to the coaches/managers.

The cost for participating is dependent upon what team your daughter is in and what league the team is entered into. It ranges from approximately $60.00 to $300.00, (if they are involved in tournaments).

Teacher in charge: Melissa Seddon

Canoe Polo

Canoe Polo

SHGC offers the sport of Canoe Polo in conjunction with Taranaki Canoe Polo (TCP). Megan Hitchcock is the college’s co-ordinator mhi@shgcnp.school.nz

Canoe Polo is loads of fun and played very similar to basketball, but you are in kayaks and in a swimming pool. It is a fantastic sport to develop water confidence, strength, team play and kayaking skills.

Schools Social League

The TCP runs a Schools Social League in Term One and Two for players from Y7 – 13.

Term 1: We play at the New Plymouth Boys High School pool, from 5pm – 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights. We try to put the younger students (Y7/8) games on first.

Term 2: Is played at the Methanex Aquatic Centre in Bell Block, where depending on numbers we play Tuesday (Y9/10), Thursday (Y11-13, Adult league) and Friday (Y7/8).

All equipment and safety training is provided – Kayaks, lifejackets, spraydecks & helmets.

Teams consist of five players and are organised through the school co-ordinator. If there are not enough players for a team from your school/at your level, we will find a team for you.

The cost in 2021 will be $80.00 per term ($150.00 if two family members and $220.00 if three or more family members), to be paid directly to the TCP not the School.
Note: this cost also pays for affiliation to the regional and national bodies, enabling students to progress through into competitions/tournaments and take advantage of club training days/coaching.

New players need to complete the safety ‘wet exit’ process (required) prior to their first game. The purpose of this to ensure that new players can safely exit a kayak should it tip over during a game. TCP runs introduction sessions at the beginning of each term for players to complete this process.

Secondary Schools Competition

As part of the NZCPA and Central Canoe Polo Regional body, Sacred Heart Girls’ College also competes in the Regional Qualifying Tournament each year to decide the National Secondary Schools qualifying teams. This team will be decided by the college’s co-ordinator.

Teacher in charge: Megan Hitchcock

Cricket

Cricket is played during Terms 1 and 4 at various locations around Taranaki. In Term 1 this year we had a 1st XI, a Development XI and two Intermediate teams which play on a Saturday morning. There is also a social Monday night league which the girls can participate in. The Taranaki Cricket Association runs regular skills workshops. All of our players have the opportunity to trial for Taranaki teams.

Our teams also compete in the Gillette Cup qualifying series in Taranaki. The winners of which represent Taranaki at C.D. level, aiming to qualify for the nationals.

Practices and trainings vary depending upon which team the girls are in.  Currently the 1st XI practice on a Wednesday after school, the Development XI on a Thursday after school and the Intermediates practice during lunchtimes. Occasionally there are interschool matches which require a day off school.

Cricket tops (and caps) are provided for by the school. Girls are expected to provide their own white pants.  The tops are expected to be returned at the end of the season.  Students are responsible for providing their own protective gear to be worn underneath. Balls, bats and pads are supplied to all teams for the season.

The cost for participating ranges from $20.00 to $60.00.  There are additional costs for trips.

Teacher in charge: Ross Howarth

Football

Football is played during Terms 2 and 3 with the college catering for both competitive and social teams.  Trials are generally held during Term 1.  Further information regarding these can be found in the Daily Notices.

There are a number of different leagues that teams can participate in. Each year we assess and choose the most suitable leagues available for our ‘all girls’ teams. We often have teams in the Wednesday after-school Girls’ High School grade and on Saturday morning (mixed). Year 7 & 8 students also participate on Saturday morning in the 12th grade.

Games take place at various schools and parks around the region so the ability to travel is expected. Practice for each team is decided when the teams are finalised after the trials. 

Our 1st XI team is highly competitive and regularly qualifies for the National Premier Secondary School Tournament held during Winter Tournament Week, around various New Zealand cities.

Students are issued a playing uniform.  Most teams will get a top and shorts with the 1st XI also receiving a tracksuit and training jacket. Uniforms are required to be returned at the end of the season after sports photos. Students are responsible for providing their own boots, red socks and shin protection. A gear bag with team lists, balls and a first aid kit are also supplied for the season to the coaches/managers.

The cost for participating is dependent upon what team your daughter is in and what league the team is entered into. It ranges from approximately $80.00 to $300.00 (if they are involved in tournaments).

Teacher in charge: Melissa Seddon

Hockey

Hockey is played during Terms 2 and 3 with the college catering for both competitive and social teams.  Trials are generally held during Term 1 at the New Plymouth Turf.  Further information regarding these can be found in the Daily Notices.

There are a number of different leagues that teams participate in. Our 1st XI team competes in the girls’ secondary school league on a Thursday evening. Some teams practice on a Wednesday after school due to the cost and availability of the New Plymouth Turf. Other teams practice here at Sacred Heart Girls’ College on our newly turfed courts.

Our 1st XI team is highly competitive and has previously qualified for the National Premier Secondary School Tournament held during Winter Tournament Week around various New Zealand cities.

Students are issued a playing uniform.  Most teams will get a dress, some will get shorts and a top, with the 1st XI also receiving a bag and tracksuit. Uniforms are required to be returned at the end of the season after sports photos. Students are responsible for providing their own mouth guards, red/white socks, shoes and shin protection. A gear bag with team lists, bibs, balls and first aid kit are also supplied for the season to the coaches/managers.

The cost for participating is dependent upon what team your daughter is in and what league the team is entered into. It ranges from approximately $80.00 to $300.00 (if they are involved in tournaments).

Teacher in charge: Melissa Seddon

Netball

Netball is our most popular sport with over 25 teams competing annually. It is played during Terms 2 and 3 with the college catering for both competitive and social teams.  Trials are generally held during Term 1.  Further information regarding these can be found in the Daily Notices.

There are a number of different grades that teams participate in. Our Senior A team competes in the Premier 1 or 2 League on a Thursday or Friday evening indoors.  All other teams participate on a Saturday at the local courts.  Exact time of the games is variable and changes every week. Games are played on the hour from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Social teams must have an adult associated with the team that attends each game. Practice for each team is decided when the teams and coaches are finalised after the trials. There are also occasional Sunday tournaments, pre/post season at additional cost, which the teams may enter. Senior A generally practices twice per week indoors and is highly competitive in their league, and attends the Lower North Island Secondary Schools tournament annually.

Students are issued a playing uniform.  Most teams will get a dress with the Senior A also receiving a tracksuit and backpack. Some teams will receive a skirt and top. Uniforms are required to be returned at the end of the season after sports photos. Students are responsible for providing their sports shorts, worn underneath. Bibs, balls, a gear bag and a first aid kit are supplied to all teams for the season to the coaches/managers.

The cost for participating is dependent upon what team your daughter is in. It ranges from approximately $80.00 to $300.00 (if they are involved in tournaments).

Teacher in charge: Aroha Lynch

Rugby

Rugby is normally played in Terms 2 and 3. Rugby 7s is a growth sport at Sacred Heart Girls’ College and is played during Terms 3 and 4. A rugby muster is generally held during Term 1. Further information regarding this can be found in the Daily Notices.

Years 9 -13

Depending on other schools’ numbers, there is usually a junior 10s league run on a Sunday morning at the start of Term 2. This is followed immediately by the Secondary School Girls’ 1st XV league, also on Sundays. Practices for all players are finalised after trials/muster.

Years 7 & 8 

A Year 7/8 league is reliant on other schools having teams. Therefore, most competitive rugby players at this age continue playing for their club teams.

Our Rugby 7s teams annually compete at the Condor 7s tournament, held in December, in Auckland. Trials for the U15s and open teams are usually held at the end of Term 3.

Students are issued a playing uniform which consists of a rugby jersey and shorts. Girls are required to purchase their own mouthguards and red SHGC rugby socks (available from the sports department). Players attending tournaments also receive a tracksuit and bag. Uniforms are required to be returned at the end of the season after sports photos. A gear bag with team lists, balls and a first aid kit are also supplied for the season to the coaches/managers.

The cost for participating is dependent upon which format your daughter plays (7s/10s/15s). It ranges from $50.00 to $300.00 (if they are involved in tournaments).

Teacher in Charge: Aroha Lynch

TSSSA

The Taranaki Secondary School Sports Association (TSSSA) regularly hosts events throughout the year for students in Years 9-13 to attend. These range in level from championship to qualifier to participation/social events.

During the year, the Sports Co-ordinator receives information of forthcoming events. This information will be posted in the daily notices and Sports Notice Board in the Events Centre and outside the Library. It is the responsibility of the students to keep informed and attend meetings when they are scheduled.

Events are held during the school day, after school and on the weekends, depending on the level. Some events are only for our best/top teams and some are purely to encourage students to try a new sport with their friends.

Some of these events have limited space so it is first in, first served.

Attendance at events does require parental permission and sometimes assistance with transport and supervision.

Click on the following links to see news, events, calendars.

https://www.tsssa.org.nz/

https://www.sporttaranaki.org.nz/

http://www.nzsssc.org.nz/

http://www.sportnz.org.nz/

 

Volleyball

Volleyball is classed as a summer sport for both indoor and beach volleyball.  The senior season is generally Term 1 and juniors are Term 4. Squads do train throughout the year to focus on skill development and training of new players.

There are various competitions that the students can participate in. There is Taranaki regional competitions, NZSS Championships, NISS Junior Championships, TSSSA Junior and a social league on a Sunday evening at TSB Stadium. The Volleyball Taranaki League is held during Autumn, Winter and Spring.

Practices and training vary depending on what team the girls are in and their focus for the year. Practice is usually held one lunchtime and after school on the weekend.

Uniform tops are provided by the school for competition games and tournaments and are to be worn with black sports shorts.  A good pair of court shoes is recommended as bare feet are not allowed at indoor venues.  Kneepads are optional but recommended. Balls, a gear bag and first aid kit are supplied to the teams for the season to the coaches/managers.

The cost for participating is dependent upon what team and competition your daughter participates in. It ranges from approximately $30.00 to $400.00 (if they are involved in tournaments).

Teacher in charge : Melissa Seddon