As children progress through the Learning Communities there are additional sporting opportunities on offer.
Year 4 children have the opportunity to enter the Rugby Fun Day. This is rugby for younger players with some experience.
From Year 5-8 the children have the opportunity to compete further at Selwyn Central Zone and Canterbury Events. The events they can enter are:
● Cross Country
● Gymnastics (Rhythmic/Artistic)
Not all our children who participate in these sports at zone level participate in them out-of-school. We provide children an opportunity to try new sports, learning new skills at school level, then if selected they can participate and represent West Melton at zone level for our school.
In addition to the above events our Intermediate, Year 7 & 8 children, also have the opportunity to enter Summer and Winter Tournaments every alternate year:
● Summer Tournament - cricket, golf, tennis, softball
● Winter Tournament - basketball & volleyball
All sports have training sessions, and often have outside coaches who train the children at school. All sporting opportunities are on our school calendar and are based on the Physical Education and Health Curriculum.
The curriculum states “This learning takes place as they engage in play, games, sport, exercise, recreation, adventure, and expressive movement in diverse physical and social environments.”
Physical Education and Sport are an essential part of the curriculum that help provide opportunities for students to develop motor skills, knowledge and positive attitudes towards physical activity, while enhancing their relationships with others.
At West Melton School there are a number of sporting opportunities offered throughout the year. Our school is part of the Lincoln Zone and runs under the umbrella of Primary Sport Canterbury. We are part of one of the biggest sports zones in Christchurch and as such offer a great opportunity for children to be challenged at zone level, as well as at Canterbury level. As a school we offer sports opportunities from Year 1 - 8.
We have a range of whole school sports events that occur throughout the school year. These events include children from all of our Learning Communities, from our New Entrant Piwakawaka children all the way through to our Year 7 & 8 Intermediate children. These whole school sports events include the following:
● Triathlon - Kiwi Aquathon, Pukeko Team Triathlon and Moa Team Triathlon.
● Swimming - Piwakawaka display, Kiwi display and Pukeko and Moa team sports.
● School Cross Country - Run from Year 1 to 8 on four different courses.
● Athletics - Is based on the run-jump-throw manual and is run in Piwakawaka, Kiwi, Pukeko and Moa teams.
We are very lucky at West Melton and have in the past had coaching from experienced coaches in football, rugby, volleyball, athletics and tennis. Outside providers are often used in school to supplement teaching in Physical Education. We have had Canterbury Tennis, Canterbury Basketball, Canterbury Soccer and Canterbury Touch Rugby, Canterbury Volleyball, and New Zealand Athletics providers.
We are very successful at zone level as well as Canterbury level and find our school is often in the top places in many codes. I’m sure you’ve read about our success in our local paper.
Many of our sporting events rely heavily on our amazing parent community. If you are a parent and would like to be involved as a marshall at future events, or would like more information about our sporting opportunities at West Melton Primary, please contact our sports coordinator via our school office. (firstname.lastname@example.org)