SPORT AND RECREATION
All students are encouraged to be involved in sport and recreation and participation rates in sport are exceedingly pleasing. Our aims are to foster fairplay and to emphasise enjoyment. There are countless opportunities to play for form, House or school teams. Students are encouraged to take part in sport by being exposed to a variety of skills in Physical Education classes.
The Sport and Recreation Co-ordinator works with the Sports Committee to provide a range of lunchtime activities and is available to design individual fitness programmes for students, who can use the weight training room and the gymnasium equipment for this purpose. Opportunities for coaching are offered in a wide variety of sporting codes which are open to all year groups. Leadership is often provided by senior student coaches. We enjoy outstanding sporting success at all levels: local, regional and national. Each year a group of students are New Zealand representatives. The school has summer and winter exchange visits with Waitaki Girls’ High School and a quadrangular tournament with Avonside, Timaru and Waitaki Girls’ High Schools (basketball, netball and hockey).
The extensive range of summer and winter sporting activities include:
Opportunities for coaching are offered in the following sporting codes which are open to all year groups. From year to year others are added to this list. The Sports Co-ordinator can assist by providing further information.
SOME SCHOOL, HOUSE OR SPORTING ACTIVITIES YOU COULD JOIN!
To make the most of your time at CGHS you must get involved!
ARCHERY This sport caters for beginners and experienced students. Sessions are run at AimTru Archery. Term 1 focuses on practising and term 2, 3 and 4 on competition. The approximate cost is $60 per term to participate. Mrs Wilson
ATHLETICS Athletes generally come to school already members of clubs with coaches. Senior students (athletes themselves) are able to provide coaching in track or field events if required. Participation in school sports is optional but is encouraged. If placed in championship events, athletes can elect to compete at inter-secondary level and if placed there, at South Island. National Champs entry is by achieving set standards. Junior athletes in track and field may qualify for a Merit Sports Colours Certificate.
BADMINTON It costs only $20 to play badminton as the racquets and shuttles are supplied by the school and the uniform is PE gear and shoes. Quite a few juniors are involved. Practices are held in the school gym on Monday lunchtime or after school, and meetings are held Tuesday interval before the inter-secondary games on Wednesday. Travel to the venues off-site (Pioneer Stadium, Badminton Hall and other schools) is by taxi, teacher's or parent’s car. Mrs Lafdal
BASKETBALL Basketball is a winter sport and is played in terms 2 and 3. Year 9’s are coached by senior students and play at 4pm every Friday. Intermediate and senior teams also play on Friday nights between 5pm and 9pm at various schools and stadiums around Christchurch. There is a cost of about $40 to play basketball for the season. The senior A team has been very successful over the past 10 years, winning the National Secondary Schools’ title twice. As with all sports we rely on parents to help with the basketball programme by managing a team or if you have experience in this area coaching or refereeing.
BOWLS This is played during terms 1 and 4 as part of the Secondary Schools’ Wednesday competition. This sport caters for both experienced players and those who would like to learn. Coaching sessions and matches are held at local bowling clubs. Ms Eder
COMPETITIVE AEROBICS This sport caters for all levels of ability and experience, and you can participate either as an individual, pair or as a team. Competitors can learn routines through the school or from outside coaches. There are several competitions during the year with an opportunity to compete at Nationals. The initial cost is about $50.00 and a high level of commitment is required. For the last five years this group has won the Top School Award at Regionals and Nationals.
CRICKET This is a summer sport and is played on a Wednesday afternoon against other secondary schools’ girls teams. There are usually one practise a week in the nets at school. The school can supply equipment if you have not played before. The 1st X1 also play in the NZCT National Secondary School tournament. Mr Thornhill
CROQUET Croquet is a summer sport enjoyed by a growing number of students. They go to the United Lawn Bowls Club in Hagley Park for practice/coaching/competition on a Wednesday and compete in inter-school fixtures. Ms Eder
CROSSCOUNTRY / ROAD RACE Participation in school crosscountry is compulsory for Years 9 and 10. Top 10 placegetters in each grade may elect to run in the inter-secondary competition, both Road Race and crosscountry. To compete at Nationals you must perform well at the Canterbury Champs. Outstanding and exceptional junior runners may receive a Merit (Sports) Colours Certificate.
CYCLING The cycling team has experienced a recent growth in numbers. Keen cyclists at all levels, with any sort of bicycle are welcome. Your bike needs to be in good condition and you will need appropriate warm cycle-wear, otherwise there are no other costs. The school has a cycle top uniform. Each Wednesday in Term 2 and 3 there are races out at Halswell. Students cycle out to these events. These help maintain base fitness during the winter months for summer sports. We enter teams in the annual Litolff Cup Road Cycling race and South Island Cycling Championships and there is a two day tour held in Blenheim each year. There are separate mountain biking events for secondary school students and they may wish to enter these events individually. Mrs Kircher
DRAGON BOATING Dragon Boat Racing is a sport offered to senior students only, usually students in Year 13. 2013 saw the first year where Year 12 students entered the team. The squad size sits at around 25 students with 20 racing in a boat at one time in local and national competitions. The CGHS Dragon Boating team is a highly successful one, in 2013 we are the current 500m national champions and holders of the Johnson trophy. Local regattas are held in various places such as Lake Hood and Pegasus, the team also trains on the water at Pegasus. The national regatta alternates between the Blue Lakes in Rotorua and Lake Hood in Ashburton. The Dragon Boating team has also had the opportunity to compete internationally, in 2012 the team visited China to compete in a University regatta and this year we will once again compete in Taiyuan, China in the 4th Annual International Collegiate Dragon Boat Championship Tournament. The Dragon Boating family is a highly successful one, a number of our paddlers continue on to paddle for local teams upon leaving school.
EQUESTRIAN Do you have a horse in need of competition? Christchurch Girls' High School has keen riders and we compete in a selection of events throughout the year. We have a One Day Event against Rangi Ruru Girls' School annually and any one can attend this day, and enter more than one event. The inter-secondary teams are selected on ability and juniors often make the teams. Look out for the first meeting early in the year and come along. Mrs McLean
FENCING This is held each Wednesday in term 2 and 3 after school at Christchurch Boys’ High School. You are provided with professional coaching there if you pay your $50.00 subscription. Once you have learnt the basics, you may choose to attend tournaments held during some weekends.
FITNESS OPPORTUNITIES The school operates a small but well equipped weights room which is available at lunchtimes and before/after school. Students must attend two training sessions on the correct procedures for use of equipment and exercise techniques before being able to use this room. Students may also attend fitness classes (weights, circuits, aerobics) before school (7.30am) on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Miss Helmore
FOOTBALL (SOCCER) Football continues to grow in popularity with teams formed to suit all levels of ability and interest. The 1st XI plays in the premier Christchurch competition, and all other teams also play in the Wednesday competition. Games are played against other secondary schools at various grounds around the city in terms 2 and 3. Coaching for all teams is provided by staff members or interested parents. The 1st XI team participates in the South Island Satellite tournament. Uniforms are provided by school. You provide your own football boots, shin pads and socks. Merit Certificates are awarded to outstanding junior players. Mr Adams
GOLF There is sometimes an opportunity for girls to have golf coaching sessions, $50 in 2010, which are held at Hagley. If there are a sufficient number of experienced golfers a team is entered in the Secondary School Championships. Mrs Brown
GYMSPORTS This sport involves trampolining, artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. These disciplines are taught at school at lunchtime with further practises being held in local stadiums closer to the competition. Anyone can join this club with the experienced gymnasts encouraged to coach. Students can represent the school at the Canterbury Championships in June.
HOCKEY CGHS Hockey Club is administered by parents and a staff representative. Trials to select teams are held at the beginning of term 1. In 2011 there were 5 teams with beginners and experienced players catered for. Juniors are eligible for, and have been selected for premier and premier reserve teams for some years. Our 1st XI and 2nd XI teams participate in national hockey tournaments. Some of the hockey teams play in both school and club competitions and games are played on week nights for school and weekends for the club. Teams are also entered in regional tournaments and also school exchanges. Parents are welcome to join the CGHS hockey committee. Mrs Boyd
INDOOR NETBALL This is played in terms 1 and 4 on Wednesdays as part of the Christchurch Secondary Sports programme. Teams are generally made up of a group of friends or form class members. Games are held at various commercial venues around Christchurch so transport is a requirement. There is a cost for this sport, generally around $20.00 per term. Mrs Buckley
INDOOR FOOTBALL This is played in terms 1 and 4 as part of the Christchurch Secondary Schools’ programme. Teams are made up of friends or from form classes. There is a cost involved - around $10.00. Games are held in school gyms and at indoor sports centres. Mr Adams
LIFESAVING There is a long history of lifesaving success at Girls’ High. Year 9 students are encouraged to qualify for the Bronze Star Award. Senior students may seek qualifications as instructors, and participate in the Monica Thacker annual competitions. Badge work is carried out in local pools. An inter-secondary competition called the Monica Thacker Competition is held in term I for those selected for teams. In 2012 lifesaving will depend on pool availability.
MULTISPORTS A growing group of girls are competing regularly at various multisport, triathlon and duathlon events. These include both team and individual races where emphasis is placed on participation. Some of the events students have competed in over the past few years have included Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Triathlon and Duathlon Championships at Corsair Bay and Halswell Quarry, the Coast to Coast multisport race, club events run by the Canterbury Tri Club and many others. Self motivation, interest and a commitment to having fun are essential factors required to take part in these events. Mrs Leech
NETBALL A large number of the 20 school netball teams are junior teams. All juniors who would like to play netball are allocated a team. At year 9 and 10 level CGHS A teams are often among the top of the Christchurch schools. Teams play on Wednesday afternoons in the interschool competition and on Saturdays in the club competition (organised by the Christchurch Netball Centre). How do you get into a team? You will hear or see notices around the school in late February and early March asking you to sign up for the trials. A non-refundable payment of $20.00 is required to trial and then a further $155.00 to join the Club, once teams have been selected. This covers a club badge for you and the levies that each player must make to the Christchurch Netball Centre. If you have sisters playing netball the cost is reduced. The CGHS Netball Club is administered by a committee of parents, the teacher-in-charge, past pupils and two student leaders. If your parent is keen to be on the committee or to coach/manage a team please encourage her or him to get in touch with Mrs Brown. Girls can be players as well as umpires (any level) and coaches (seniors). A good number of girls, from a range of teams, umpire each week. Through the Colours system girls are able to gain a Merit Certificate (Year 9, 10), Gold or Full Colours (Year 11, 12, 13) in this sport. So don't forget if you are interested in playing netball selecting of teams starts in March (see trial dates notice below). The Netball Club is very active and organises training sessions, and as well there are some inter school exchanges. Mrs Brown
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RIFLE SHOOTING Would you like to try target shooting? The CGHS rifle shooting club meets during terms 2 and 3 on Tuesday nights at the Bangor Street Range which is located just off Kilmore Street (east end). The club provides equipment such as rifles, jackets, gloves and coaching. Students must supply their own hearing protection and pay for ammunition and targets. The cost is approximately $5 per night. We usually enter a team into the NZ Secondary Schools postal competition and some members may be selected for a combined Christchurch Schools’ team to shoot against Wellington schools. We also compete in the NZ Inter Secondary Competition. Mrs Stackhouse
ROCKCLIMBING Girls interested in the sport of rockclimbing participate in Wednesday rockclimbing at the ROXX. There is also the opportunity to compete in interschool climbing events usually held at the YMCA or the Roxx Climbing Centre. Teams participate in the annual Waitaki Exchange. Mrs Passchier
ROWING The CGHS rowing programme is athlete focused, coach directed and parent supported. Rowing is not an easy sport. It requires commitment both in time and effort. Commitment from the coaches to set and implement the training programme. Commitment from the rowers to be at every training session and to work their best at every training session. Commitment by the parents to ensure that their daughters get to training and are kept in good health and to provide support at regattas as house parents. With equipment, coaching and trips away, participating may cost around $2000.00 per year. The rowing season runs from term 4 - term 1 the following year. A Learn to Row programme is offered prior to the rowing season beginning after winter, so that each student can work out if rowing is the sport for her, prior to the actual season commencement in term 4. Miss Helmore
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RUGBY Rugby has become well established in the school and in 2011 our team won the Christchurch competition. A team or two, drawn from all levels of the school, is entered in the local competition (if there are sufficient numbers). Players must provide their own personal equipment including a mouthguard which is compulsory for all practices and games. Practices are held twice a week and are open to any girl who wishes to learn the skills of the game. Teams are entered in the secondary school sport programme on Wednesdays in terms 2 and 3. Mr Lyall
SAILING Students can take part in the weekly sailing programme run at the Naval Point Yacht Club. Sailors are also able to attend various inter-secondary school training programmes and enter into competitions and regattas throughout the year. Interested students can sign up for school sailing at the beginning of term 1. Sailing sessions are held at Navel Point on a Wednesday afternoon. Miss Hornsey
SNOWSPORTS The school enters students in the Canterbury ski and snowboarding championships in August. Up to two ski teams and 2 snowboarding teams (4 members in a team) are selected on ability and experience from all year levels. Junior ski and snowboarding days are occasionally organised for those interested on a Sunday. Mrs Passchier
SOFTBALL Anyone can sign up to play softball. A team competes on Wednesday if there are sufficient numbers, in the inter-secondary competition against other Christchurch schools. Uniforms are provided for some teams, otherwise PE uniform is worn. Teams practise at school, and transport is sometimes required depending on game venues. Mrs Brown
SQUASH It costs $40 to join this sport and you need a squash racket (the school have some rackets you may borrow) and suitable shoes. Sometimes taxi costs need to be charged but these are usually off-set by fundraising. We play at Squashways and travel there on Monday after school (practice) and Wednesday after school (inter-secondary game). Juniors are able to earn a Merit Certificate for reliability and success in the sport. Mrs Brown
SWIMMING The school has its own swimming sports early in the first term. In 2012 these will be held at Wharenui, and placegetters in the Championship events are selected for the inter-secondary championships. Students can elect to attend the South Island Championships. The school pool is a 25m solar heated one and is used for class and recreational swimming in the lunchtimes and before and after school.
TABLE TENNIS All the equipment for this sport is provided by the school or by the Canterbury Table Tennis Club at their stadium in Blenheim Road. PE gear is worn as uniform. For any interested students competition is on Wednesday after school against other secondary teams. Mrs Brown
TENNIS We play tennis against other schools on Wednesdays in terms 1 and 4. Anyone can sign up for a fee of about $5.00. Some transport is required. There is an opportunity for competitive players to compete in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships in Term 4. School tennis Champs are also held, and we compete in regional and national tournaments if the team qualifies. Mrs Brown
TOUCH Touch is a fun and fast summer sport. It is a 30 minute game, played with 6 players on the field at a time with plenty of subs on the sideline!! It resembles rugby league but you touch instead of tackle. Lots of students play touch, some in competitive teams, others choose to be in social teams with their friends. All junior teams are given a member of the school Supertouch team as coaches. Games are played during terms 1 and 4 on a Wednesday, usually at Hagley Park or occasionally at other schools and parks. All you need if your PE gear, sports shoes and a drink bottle. Cost $5.
TRAMPOLINING The school gym is the location for this sport and no special gear is required. The team practises for fun and enjoyment and also to prepare for inter-secondary competition which takes place once a year.
UNDERWATER HOCKEY This sport has been played at CGHS for some years and is run by an outside coach. The girls practice and play at a local pool. The teams participate in the local Christchurch competition and secondary school tournaments. Mrs Brown
VOLLEYBALL Volleyball is a summer sport played in terms 1 and 4 on Monday nights. Junior teams are coached by seniors and usually play at 4pm or 5pm. Intermediate and senior games are later. Games are played in school gyms and also at Pioneer Stadium so transport help is appreciated. The cost is $10 to play volleyball. There is an opportunity for the top teams to compete in Canterbury, South Island and National tournaments. Mr Thew
WATERPOLO Water polo is a summer sport played in terms 1 and 4. CGHS generally has two teams playing at Jellie Park on a Wednesday or Friday night. The teams train on a Thursday morning at 7am at Jellie park which is not compulsory for the B team but encouraged. CGHS have been very successful in this sport over the last few years. There is a cost depending on the team you are selected in.
These are just some of the activities you could join. Read the Daily Notices for more ideas. If you are involved in an activity it is your responsibility to read the Daily Notices.