We have had another very busy term with our sports teams, with many having the opportunity to participate in sports cluster events. As always we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children, parents, and teachers who so actively support our teams in either a coaching, managing or spectator capacity.

Tips for Parent Supporters

(Taken from the SPARC Sport and Recreation New Zealand Website)

• Encourage my child to play within the rules and respect officials’ and coaches’ decisions

• Teach my child to respect the efforts of their opponents

• Remember that children learn best by example so I will applaud good plays/performances by both my child’s team and their opponents

• Give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort

• Support my child’s efforts and performance

• Thank the coaches, officials and other volunteers who give their time to conduct the event for my child

• Help when asked by a coach or official

• Respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all people involved in the game, regardless of their gender, ability, or cultural background.

Senior School Cross Country

Our school cross-country was held on Friday 8th June. Children in all age groups competed in races of varying lengths around the school grounds. Each age group produced its stars. (As mentioned in the School newsletter). All children showed increased fitness levels as a result of the classroom training programmes leading up to the event and most would have felt proud of their achievements on the day.

A special thank you to our staff and volunteers positioned around the course. You did a fantastic job!

The first six place getters in the eight to ten age groups went on to compete in the Super Cluster Cross Country at Long Bay Regional Park. This was held on Monday 2nd July and involved nine other schools. The weather was outstanding for this event.  Our star performers were Harmony Naeata 1st 8-year-old girls, Raige Doubell 1st 8-year-old boys, and Ryan Ward 2rd 9-year-old boys. In the teams event we claimed enough points to place Glamorgan 3rd overall. Many thanks to all our parent supporters and volunteers who helped on the day.

Michaela Nicol (Teacher in Charge of School Sports Events)

Junior School Cross Country

The Junior School Cross Country allowed the children to show determination and the growth in their stamina and perseverance. Our new course including the steep hill was a challenging one, but everyone put in a big effort to get up the slippery slope. As we have seen in previous years, the support for one another and sportsmanship made us proud.

We were lucky enough to have the fabulous students from Room 17 to take on leadership roles in marshalling and warming up the runners. They were enthusiastic and encouraging of every child.  I am very appreciative of the way they keenly took on their jobs and carried them out diligently.

This year we welcomed the Glamorgan Kindergarten children in a race of their own. They stayed to watch big brothers and sisters and old Kindy friends run and were very vocal in their support. It was fantastic to have so many parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles there to support the children. Congratulations to everyone who ran and completed the course.

Steph Masefield (Junior School Cross Country Coordinator)

Hockey

The 2018 season has started well for the Glamorgan teams with the year 3/4 boys undefeated and the year 3/4 girls doing well too. The year 5/6 teams have mastered the basic skills of moving the ball (dribbling), receiving (trapping), passing and tackling are now learning the more advanced skills such as goal scoring and team play. They are demonstrating great sportsmanship in every game and we are very proud of them.

All teams are working hard to develop their hockey skills and become familiar with the rules.  They are going from strength to strength and we are delighted with their progress.

Most importantly, all teams are having fun and demonstrating fabulous sportsmanship while playing hockey for Glamorgan.

We would like to say a big thank you to the amazing coaches and managers who work so hard behind the scenes to make the sport run so smoothly. We could not do this without you. Thanks!

Sue Bellehewe and Kirsty Hewitt (School Coordinators)

Swimming

Swim Team 2018

At the end of Term 1 we took our swim team to the North Shore Swimming Primary School Competition. There were 23 schools competing and more than 500 children. It was a very full-on day, but our team spirit and behaviour were amazing throughout. It was a pleasure taking this group of children out of school.

As a team, we finished a very creditable 10th out of 23 schools. We also had some outstanding individual and relay performances. The following students earned medals for placing top 3 at the competition.

The Girls 8yrs and under 100m Medley Relay team won a bronze medal for third place:

Seriah Coe, Ciara Watson, Chloe Kavanagh and Millie Haines.

Alicia Tuck won a bronze medal in the 9-year-old Girls 50m backstroke.

Holly Nelson won: a gold medal in the Girls 10 years and over 100m Freestyle, a gold medal in the Girls 10 years and over 50m Freestyle and a gold medal in the Girls 10 years and over 50m backstroke. Holly also won the trophy for the Girls 100m Freestyle Open Champion.

Congratulations girls, and well done to the whole team.

Glenn Sheers and Jo Barker, Sue Bellehewe (Team Coaches & School Coordinators)

Year 5/6 Basketball

Basketball has proven to be super popular again this year – not just at Glamorgan School, but across the ECB area. Glamorgan has a record six teams entered in the ECB competition and the competition itself is at capacity (or slightly beyond) with 22 teams involved this term. Sorry about the late night when your child’s team plays the 8:15 game!!!

It’s great to see many of the children transitioning from playing Year 3/4 miniball over the past couple of years into Year 5/6 basketball this year, and still playing together as a team. That friendship and camaraderie is what team sport is about.

Due to the large number of teams competing, the first two terms have been grading competitions. Hopefully, in Term 3 the competition will be split into two divisions so that the teams are more evenly matched.

Keep enjoying yourselves and representing Glamorgan School with pride and integrity. We hope to see you playing again in Term 3. To the coaches, managers, and parent helpers a huge thank you for your commitment to ensuring that the children have the opportunity to play such a wonderful team sport. It wouldn’t happen without you.

Glenn Sheers (School Coordinator)

Year 5/6 Rippa Rugby

Interest in rippa rugby has remained strong this year. We had nearly 60 children sign up, and have five teams entered in the North Harbour Primary Schools competition – a Year 3/4 Girls team, a Year 3/4 Boys team, a Year 5/6 girls team, and two Year 5/6 Boys rippa teams. The competition consists of three one-day tournaments spread over terms 2 and 3.

The weather was very kind to us for the first tournament in May, and we experienced a fabulous day of rugby. All of our players demonstrated commitment, sportsmanship and great team spirit, and represented Glamorgan School with pride. Our results were a step up from last year, with 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses from the day’s matches. A special mention to the Year 3/4 Boys team who won all three of their games at tournament one.

The rain set in during June, and unfortunately both the scheduled day and the save day for tournament two were a washout. Organisers are hoping to run a make-up day early in Term 3 so that the children don’t miss out on the chance to play. The third and final tournament is in week 4 of next term.

With such a large number of players, we could not give our children the opportunity to participate in these tournaments without the assistance of parents and caregivers. Thank you to all the whanau who have volunteered to support and help manage the teams on tournament day.

Glenn Sheers and Becky Taylor (School Coordinators)

Kiwi-Badminton Fundamentals

As part of the KiwiSport initiative, our students have taken part in a 6-week Kiwi-Badninton programme. Kiwi-Badminton is aimed at helping younger player’s to develop their coordination and fundamental movement skills. The children took part enthusiastically in this programme and for many it was an opportunity for them to try something new.

Term 3 Events

Northern Bay Cluster Winter Sports Day

Basketball/Mini Ball

Junior and Senior Netball

Hockey

Rippa Rugby Tournament

Netball

Once again a huge thank you to all the staff, parents, and coaches who volunteer their time to give our students so many wonderful sporting opportunities. I also wish the very best to our teams and athletes with their Term 3 games and events.

Michaela Nicol (Teacher in Charge of School Sports Events)