Sport

Whanganui High School offers a wide range of sports to our students.

We also offer a Sports Performance Programme. This programme targets a selected range of students and offers a more advanced training and support, that will allow them to reach the next level of their athletic performance.

Sports Performance Pathway 2019

This programme will target a selected range of students and offer more advanced training and support that will allow them to reach the next level of their athletic performance and their associated team sport / support sport activity.

The performance group will be limited to a maximum of 30 places initially and will be chosen in conjunction with sport staff and coaches. Participants will come from identified sports and activities that fit with the sport development pathway model and level one sport priorities.

This is a best practise, leading edge model for athlete development, coaching and personal development and will align with sports codes and national programmes wherever possible.

What will it include?

If you are included on this programme you will have access to:

  1. Mentoring – A assistance with goal setting and developing a yearly performance plan.
  2. Leadership / personal development - Help with development and coaching around taking leadership roles within teams and sport at WHS.
  3. Physical preparation – Access to specialist physical development and conditioning sessions and programmes.
  4. Support – To ensure students can maintain a work, sport, life balance throughout the year.
  5. Lifestyle / Nutrition – Advice and assistance with nutrition and lifestyle management.

Athletics

Background
Whanganui High School has a very strong athletics programme, and we are now ranked 4th = in New Zealand after our performances at the 2018 Athletics Nationals in Dunedin where we won 6 medals, and two of our students made the NZ Secondary Schools' team. Athletics also acts as a conditioning base for other codes within the school and many athletes within the programme have gone on to represent the school at high levels in other codes due to their excellent conditioning.

Structure
As well as our annual athletics sports, Whanganui High School students compete and train through the school. We have a year-round programme with emphasis on Athletics in summer and Cross Country and Conditioning during winter. This also fits in with winter sports requirements especially for juniors.

Competitions
Club nights are every Tuesday evening Terms 1 & 4, 6.30pm at Cooks Gardens. Club nights will start for the school team on Tuesday 29 January.

School Athletics this year (whole school, year 9-13) will be held at Cooks Gardens term 1 on Thursday 21 February.
Whanganui Secondary Schools competition is on Wednesday 13 March.
North Island Championships are in Tauranga on 5-7 April and the N.Z.S.S Champs are in Wellington on 6-8 December 2019.

Training Days for the season starts first week of school and will be held every Monday and Thursday from 3.15pm at school and Saturday mornings 9.30am at Cooks Gardens or other venues. There is an entry level and performance group to suit age and experience.

Cost: $45 per student for membership to Athletics Wanganui for club competitions.

Contact: Mrs L Murphy for details or behind the gym on training days @ 3.15pm.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Coach: Greg Fromont

Badminton

Badminton is held in Term 2 and 3 on Fridays after school in the Seddon and Reeves Gym from 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

Competitions this year:
Juniors - Central 6 competition, Whanganui Secondary School Championship, Junior tournament - Term 4
Seniors - Whanganui Secondary School Championship, Tournament Week - Term 3

We also traditionally have 2 Inter-school competitions throughout the year.

Cost: $50 - includes black WHS Badminton top. Shuttles are provided. Please bring your own racket.

Terms: 2 & 3

Teacher-in-charge: Mr G Hardy (hardy.g@whs.ac.nz)

Basketball - Boys

Played on Friday evenings at Springvale Stadium 4.00pm – 8.30pm.

This year our Senior A Boys will be playing in the Competitive League on Friday night vs other Secondary School teams.
Social Teams (both Snr & Jnr) play on Friday nights in the Whanganui Secondary School League.

Competitive teams will have one practice per week (normally straight after school).

Cost: $55 for Fridays

Terms: 2 and 3

Teacher-in-charge: Contact Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)

Basketball - Girls

Played on Friday evenings at Springvale Stadium between 4.00pm - 8.30pm

The Senior A and Junior A teams usually play on Thursday nights in the Premier League.

Social teams play on Friday nights in the Whanganui Secondary School League.

Practices will be decided by coach and each team, and will normally be after school.

Cost: $55 for Fridays and $65 for Thursdays

Terms: 2 and 3

Teacher-in-charge: Miss L Martin (martin.l@whs.ac.nz)

Cricket - Boys

The 1st XI and Junior team play inter-school matches and are in the T20 weekly competition.
Some of our boys play for Clubs on the weekend.
We also play Inter-school Sports Exchange matches.

Training is after school on a Tuesday.

Played on Monday - Senior
Played on Wednesday - Junior

Cost: $20 per year

Terms: 1 and 4

Teacher-in-charge: Mr A Lock (lock.a@whs.ac.nz)
Coaches: 1st XI Senior - Mr Eric Head / Mr Warren Marr

Cricket - Girls

Girls' Cricket is a developing sport at Whanganui High School.
We have a large 1st XI squad.
No experience is necessary to start playing, just a good attitude and a willingness to participate.

Training is after school for one hour on Tuesdays.

Played on Wednesday.

All equipment is provided and the girls wear PE tops with black or green shorts (our 1st XI are provided with black pants for games).

Cost: $20 per year

Terms: 1 and 4

Teacher-in-charge: Mr A Lock (lock.a@whs.ac.nz)
Coach: 1st XI - Mr Andrew Lock

Cross Country

Background
Whanganui High school now has a strong Cross Country programme, and last year we had two of our students finish in the top 5 at the NZ Secondary Schools Nationals, and one selected in the NZ Secondary Schools’ team for the Australasian champs where they finished 4th.

Structure
As well as our annual Cross Country Champs, Whanganui High School students compete and train through the school. We have a year-round programme with emphasis on Cross Country and conditioning during winter and athletics in summer. The Cross Country schedule compliments the training for other winter sport codes within the school.

Competitions
WHS School Cross Country takes place on 8 May at Springvale Park. Year 9 and Year 10 students will be preparing for this in PE classes.

From the school event, teams will be selected for the Whanganui Secondary School’s competition, which takes place on 23 May 2019.

Our most successful runners will then be invited to represent Whanganui High School at the National Secondary Schools' Cross Country event held in Timaru on 15 & 16 June 2019.

Cost: The school and interschool events incur no financial cost, just an investment in regular training.

Training Days: Generally, Tuesday and Thursday at school from 3.15pm, with some Saturday morning trainings close to competitions.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Coach: Greg Fromont

Football - Boys

Interschool and Tournament week games will be played.

This year Central Football are hoping to have a Secondary School League on Wednesdays after school.

There will be occasional interschool games during Terms 2 & 3.

Training is after school on WHS fields

Cost: $80 (approx)

Terms: 2 and 3

Teacher-in-charge: Contact Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Coaches: 1st XI - Mr Steve Kerfoot / Mr Peter Czerwonka

Football - Girls

1st XI play in the Manawatu Secondary Schools League on Wednesdays in Term 2 & 3.

This year Central Football are hoping to have a Secondary School League on Wednesdays after school.

There will be interschool games during Terms 2 & 3.

Training is after school on WHS fields

Cost: $80 (approx)

Terms: 2 and 3

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
1st XI Coach: Mr Warren Marr

Hockey - Boys

Most games are played at the Gonville Turf in Alma Road or the Collegiate Turf in Grey Street during the week, with the 1st XI Boys & Girls teams travelling to play in the Palmerston North League.

Practices are at Whanganui High School, Collegiate School Turf or at the Gonville Hockey turf after school.

Cost:
1st XI - $360 approx (dependant on turf fees)
2nd XI - $150 approx (dependant on turf fees)
Please be aware that travel costs may be added on for the teams that are playing in Palmerston North.

Equipment: Must have own stick, shin pads and mouthguard.

Terms: 2 and 3

Teacher-in-Charge: Mrs N Campbell (campbell.n@whs.ac.nz)
1st XI Coach: Mr Andrew Spence
1st XI Manager: Mr Darrell Hoskin

Hockey - Girls

Most games are played at the Gonville Turf in Alma Road or the Collegiate Turf in Grey Street during the week, with the 1st XI Girls & Boys teams travelling to play in the Palmerston North League.

Practices are at Whanganui High School, Collegiate School Turf or at the Gonville Hockey turf after school.

Cost:
1st XI - $360 approx (dependant on turf fees)
2nd XI - $150 approx (dependant on turf fees)
Please be aware that travel costs may be added on for the teams that are playing in Palmerston North.

Equipment: Must have own stick, shin pads and mouthguard.

Terms: 2 and 3

Teacher-in-Charge: Mr G Hardy (hardy.g@whs.ac.nz)
1st XI Coach: Melissa Goff

Netball

Grades are: Juniors (Year 9 & 10) and Seniors (Year 11-13)

Senior and Junior trials will be held at the end of Term 1 at the Springvale stadium. Information will be in the Daily Notices for students.

Competitions are on Saturday afternoon at Laird Park Netball Courts in Peat St.

Uniform: PE top and a black skirt which is purchased from Andersons, in their School Uniform shop at 184 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui (opposite Pita Pit).
Senior A1 & A2 have a uniform supplied to them.

Practice time depends on the coach but is usually after school.

Cost: $100 per player - needs to be paid before 8 May 2019.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Senior A1 Coach: Mrs Lisa Murphy

Rowing

Wanganui is fortunate to have an excellent facility for all year-round rowing. We have an arrangement with the Aramoho Whanganui Rowing Club with approximately 50 students who are able to take advantage of the facilities and coaching.

If you are interested in rowing or becoming coxswain, the sport of rowing could be your choice of activity whilst at WHS. The coxswain steers the boat and gives the crew instruction about their performance.

Practices are on Saturday mornings and three or four evenings per week in summer. In winter coaches run indoor fitness classes where possible. There will also be a 'Learn to Row' programme for new rowers starting in February 2018.

The season starts in September/October and ends in March/April after the Maadi Cup Regatta. Rowers participate in a number of regattas over this time.

Cost: There is the membership fee that students pay to the Aramoho club to cover equipment use and some regatta entries.
WHS Regatta fees will be invoiced to parents through school.
Fees could vary each year.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)

Rugby

Most year 9 students who are interested in Rugby play for one of the schools Junior teams.

Please note that Wanganui RFU rules state that students are not permitted to play for a club team unless permission is granted by the Principal.

Trainings will be after school twice a week.

Uniform: Students are supplied with a rugby jersey for each game, but are required to purchase black shorts and socks from Andersons, in their School Uniform shop at 184 Victoria Avenue, Wanganui (opposite Pita Pit).

NB: Fees need to be paid prior to the start of the regular season. No pay no play.

Cost: $40
1st XV Fee $120 (approx.) - play in Manawatu competition.

Teachers-in-charge:
Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Mr Bryn Parry (parry.b@whs.ac.nz)
1st XV Head Coach: Mr Bryn Parry

Softball - Boys

Our students play for clubs on Saturdays and we will be sending a Boys and Girls team to the Regional Tournament in Gisborne during Term 1.

Cost: $20 (Saturday competition)
Regional Tournament week - extra cost

Equipment: Own glove

Terms: Term 4 & Term 1 the following year

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Coaches: Marama Savage / Shaun Pirere

Softball - Girls

Our students play for clubs on Saturdays and we will be sending a Boys and Girls team to the Regional Tournament in Gisborne during Term 1.

Cost: $20 (Saturday competition)
Regional Tournament week - extra cost

Equipment: Own glove

Terms: Term 4 & Term 1 the following year

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs L Murphy (murphy.l@whs.ac.nz)
Coach: Fiona Campbell

Touch

The school competes in the Whanganui Secondary Schools' regional competitions in March.

There are trials for a Girls and Boys team.

We also enter teams in Term 4 for the Whanganui Secondary School League.

Cost: Determined by competition entry

Teacher-in-Charge: Mr S Brown (brown.s@whs.ac.nz)
Coach: Mr Sean Brown

Teacher Profile: Mr Brown has represented New Zealand in various age group and open grades as a player since 2001. Since coaching WHS from 2010 the team has participated at Nationals five times, making the finals in 2013 & 2014 and winning in 2015 and 2016!!

Volleyball - Boys

Trials for junior teams are at the start of Term 1. Students need to attend these if they wish to play. Senior competitive teams trail in Term 3. Opportunities to create own team also exist for senior social students.

Practices vary during the week but they are generally at breaks or after school in the Seddon or Reeves gym.

All Junior students participate in an interschool competition in Terms 1 & 4 at a small cost, run by Sport Wanganui.

Senior Social teams play Term 1 only. Games are Wednesday afterschool at Jubilee Stadium.

Senior Boys and Girls competitive team work towards going to Secondary School Nationals in Term 1 and also play in the Palmerston North competition.

Cost: $10 - Juniors and Social Seniors playing in local competition.
Competitive Seniors: $65 for Palmerston North competition and cost of Nationals.

Terms: 1 and 4

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs M Bennetts (bennetts.m@whs.ac.nz)

Volleyball - Girls

Trials for Junior teams are at the start of Term 1. Students need to attend these if they wish to play. Senior competitive teams trial in Term 3. Opportunities to create own team also exist for Senior social students.

Practices vary during the week but there are generally at breaks or after school in the Seddon or Reeves gym.

All Junior students participate in an interschool competition in Terms 1 & 4 at a small cost, run by Sport Wanganui.

Senior Social teams play Term 1 only. Games are Wednesday afterschool at Jubilee Stadium.

Senior Boys & Girls competitive teams work towards going to Secondary School Nationals in Term 1 and also play in the Palmerston North competition.

Cost: $10 - Juniors and Social Seniors playing in local competition.
Competitive Seniors: $65 for Palmerston North competition and cost of Nationals.

Terms: 1 and 4

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs M Bennetts (bennetts.m@whs.ac.nz)

Waka Ama

Waka Ama at WHS takes place on our beautiful Whanganui River/Awa during Term 1 in preparation for the National Secondary School Waka Ama Competition on 26-29 March 2019 held at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Rotorua.

Cost for this trip would be $280 (approx).

Training days are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 4.15pm – 5.30pm.

Teacher-in-charge: Mrs C Graham (graham.c@whs.ac.nz)
Coach: Anna Kauika (a.kauika@wrhn.org.nz)

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