Sports at Kelburn Normal School

In addition to regular class physical education, a number of sports and physical activities are offered during the day or after school. The running of these activities varies, depending on how many children are keen to participate and whether there are teachers and parents available to coach or coordinate them. During the week day we rely heavily on parents to support external sporting opportunities for the children with transport and supervision.

Information about the various activities is communicated to the children and in the school newsletter. Participation is on a first-in-first-served basis and it is up to the individual child to show organisational skills to get themselves to the activities. School labelled clothing is available for purchase from the school office. Costs vary, depending on the activity.

For further information regarding these opportunities, contact our sports coordinators Rob Kerr or Emma Murdoch, or the parent coordinator noted below:


In late term 4 the school learns techniques, prepares and trains for and competes in the school athletic sports. Our Y4-8 team then competes at the Western Zones and students qualify for inter-zone, regional and national level (Terms 2-4)


Yrs 5-8, Western Zones Cricket

Cross Country

In late term 1 the school trains for and competes in the school cross country. Our Y4-8 team then competes at the Western Zones and students qualify for inter-zone, regional and national level (Terms 2-4)


Yrs 5-8, competing in Western Zones competition


Yrs 5-8, competing at Western Zones level

Kelly Sports

Yrs 1-4, external provider, offering an introduction to a range of sports (onsite at school).

  • Yrs 1-2 Wednesday after school
  • Yrs 2-4 Tuesdays after school

They also operate a summer series of sports and school holiday sports.


Kelly Sports

ph 04 972 7201


Yrs 2-3, Fun Ferns is on offer in Term 2. This involves ball handling skills and games every Tuesday at 3:10pm on the bottom court - or in the Hall if raining.

Yrs 4-8, Netball runs in Terms 2 and 3 with practices either before or after school. Competition play is on Saturday mornings. Parents are needed to help coach, manage and umpire.

Yrs 5-8, competing in Western Zones Netball.

Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP)

Yrs 1-2, a programme aimed at developing motor skills that are the foundation for many activities in the classroom. This runs as part of the class programme, with parent volunteers managing activities. The teaching staff believe that this has a direct positive outcome for our children in their learning ability and general improvement in their own confidence and awareness of self. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the students in the school and build community with the children.

Rippa Rugby

Yrs 3-8, competing at Wellington Region Rippa Rugby Tournaments during the year. Practices for those interested will be in the day sheet. (Rob Kerr / Jennifer Wilkinson)


The children have swimming lessons using local community pools. These are blocked in during the year and children travel to and from the pools by bus. You will be advised when these occur. We have a whole school swim sports annually. Our Yrs 4-8 swim team competes in Western Zones and children qualify for the Inter-Zone competitions.

Touch Rugby

Yrs 6-8, competing after school at Wakefield Park, Island Bay, Terms 1 & 4 (Jennifer Wilkinson).


Yrs 5-8, after school, will be run if a parent coordinator can be found (Jennifer Wilkinson).

Western Zones

Yrs 4-8 compete in a range of sports at Western Zones competitions. Many individuals or teams go on to compete at a regional level. Competition dates and venues will be advertised in the newsletter. Sports include:

  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Netball
  • Hockey

Water Polo

Yrs 6-8, Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, Terms 1 and 4, helped by parental assistance (Jennifer Wilkinson).