You will continue a rich and varied sporting tradition at St Andrew’s. From Years 4 to 12 you will participate in a sport and/or cultural activity each week, throughout the summer and winter terms. You will have the opportunity to attend inter-school competitions at local, regional, national and perhaps even international level. Many of our top teams in targeted sports achieve outstanding success in regular national competitions. Our much-anticipated annual athletics, swimming and cross-country events will also be on your agenda.
A feature of our co-curriculum is the extraordinary variety of sports available to you.
Sport is compulsory in Years 4 to 8 of the Preparatory School, as is participation in our annual athletics, swimming, cross-country and duathlon events. Sports offered include cricket, touch, soccer, rugby, netball, basketball, hockey, tennis and water polo.
In the Secondary School, a choice of over 30 sports is offered, ranging from “target” sports such as rugby, netball, hockey and rowing, to lesser-known activities like target shooting, yachting and multisport. Our programme is certain to feature a sport that fits your talents and interests. You can download a copy of our latest Sports and Activities booklet, using the link on the left, to view the full range of opportunities open to you.
Pathway to the Podium
What will it take to be a top athlete, where am I now, who do I need to become, and how do I get there? StAC’s High Performance Sports Programme for athletes in Years 11 to 13 is focused on helping students develop the tools and skills to answer those questions. And it’s been so successful, the College is planning to extend the initiative to include younger students.
“Students will be taught to realise what it takes to be successful in their chosen sport,” says Progamme Co-ordinator Rod McIntosh.
The High Performance Programme next year will include an elite Sports Studies option for Year 9 students, which will expand into Year 10 in 2017. The aim is to provide a point of difference for young athletes seeking a sharper competitive edge in their chosen sport.
“While each sport has its own specific training requirements, there are lots of generic and shared concepts, such as nutrition, principles of training and mental preparation, that are important,” says Rod. “This will be the opportunity to upskill children in the early foundation years, and help them become resilient, adaptable sports men and women who are not afraid of failure, and who will push the boundaries in order to grow.”
Years 11–13 athletes already have access to the latest resources within the sports performance industry. Students have three extra sports-related classes a term and are allocated a course facilitator who works with them to help balance their training loads with school work and College life.
The students meet fortnightly with their facilitator who provides mentoring and helps resource them with the tools so they can perform at their best. “Being successful is not just about extra training, but more about understanding the process behind it,” says Rod.
Students work with their mentor to create an Individual Performance Plan (IPP) that helps them organise their time and focus their goal setting.
Consultants to the programme include Tracy Patterson who works for High Performance Sport New Zealand and Greg Thompson, a New Zealand 7s, Canterbury NPC and Crusaders fitness conditioner.
Rugby player Richie Mo’unga (OC 2012) credits the programme with life changing opportunities that opened the doors for selection into the Canterbury NPC and Crusaders teams. “The programme was hugely beneficial in helping prepare me for life after school and in the professional environment.”
It’s a sentiment that’s echoed by Charlotte Elley (OC 2014), a member of the New Zealand U21 netball squad and Canterbury’s Tactix train-on squad. "St Andrews College gave me full support in my netball career, they offered me top quality services from mental skills, fitness training and specialist coach. My time in the StAC A netball team is something I value and see as a vital stepping stone on my pathway to my dream netball career."