Participation in sport or physical education is compulsory at Geraldine High School for students in Years 7-13. We aim to provide students with life-long habits in healthy lifestyles, participation in physical activity, and the enjoyment that comes from playing together.
Physical Education is a compulsory subject from Years 7-10, and becomes an academic NCEA course in Years 11, 12 and 13. It is important that students learn both the practical skills of a range of games and activities, and the theory behind how our bodies work, sports management and the psychology of sport. Senior students plan and complete a triathlon for their practical experience.
There are three special days on our school calendar:
Participation in events on these days is colourful and competitive, with House points hotly contested. Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the days with us.
Each year level has the opportunity to join a ski trip to one of our local fields: Round Hill, Mt Dobson or Mt Hutt.
Teachers, senior students and community volunteers make a wide range of sports available in our school, and we have specialist facilities both at school and in Geraldine for most activities. Joining a sports team is a commitment and practises often take place after school, with games on weekends. Students sign up for their chosen sport at the start of the school year.
Competitions take place weekly in Geraldine or Timaru, while some students travel to competitions throughout the country. In 2010 our Rugby First XV competed in a tournament in the Gold Coast – and won! The annual Secondary Schools Tournament sees our teams competing successfully against the best schools in the South Island.
We celebrate achievement in sport through assemblies and awards, with many prizes available to top sportspeople. Our students make regional representative teams every year, and often go on to enjoy national or international success.
Some of the sports offered at Geraldine High School: