School Sport Canterbury

Regional Sports Directors Office

History - School Sport Canterbury, Regional Sports' Directors Office

The position of Regional Sports Director was established in 1987 as an initiative of the Christchurch Secondary Schools Principals Association and became operational in 1988.  It replaced the Christchurch Secondary Schools Sports Masters’ Association, and the Christchurch Secondary Schools Sports Mistresses’ Association.

The Canterbury Regional Sports Director is one of fifteen Regional Sports Directors nationally, and the Canterbury position was the first to be established.  Similar positions were subsequently established by Principals Associations in Auckland and Wellington, followed by a joint initiative in Waikato between the Principals Association and Sport Waikato (Regional Sports Trust)

The position of Sports Director was established by the Christchurch Secondary Schools Principals Association, and continues to be owned by the Canterbury/West Coast Secondary Schools Principals Association.  The Association established a subcommittee, the Sports Director’s Management Committee, to manage the position.  Initially, this committee consisted of four principals, and the chairpersons of the existing Sports Masters’ and Sports Mistresses’ Association.  Since the inception of the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council, the Canterbury/Aoraki/West Coast principal representative on the NZSSSC Board is a co-opted member of the committee if not already on the committee.

Initially, 28 schools in the greater Christchurch area were the founding partners of the office.  A further thirteen Christchurch schools have subsequently joined the office.  In 1993, the eight Canterbury country high and area schools, which comprise the Combined Country High Schools Sports Association, joined the office.  Ashburton and Mt Hutt Colleges are dual partners of both the Aoraki and Canterbury offices.

Principal members of the Management Committee are elected on a needs basis at general meetings of the Principals Association. 
Heads of Sport are  represented by two members, one of which is elected each year for a two year term. 
They are eligible for re-election. 

The current 2017 / 2018 Management Committee is:
Gillian Simpson           [Chairperson, Executive Principal, St. Margaret's College]

Ann Brokenshire         [Principal, Hillmorton High School]

Kathy Paterson           [Principal, Lincoln High School]

Justin Boyle                [Rector, St Bede’s College]

Jo Fogarty                   [Rangi Ruru Girls' School, Heads of Sport representative]

Clare Kissick [St. Bede's College, Heads of Sport representative]

Who are we?  What do we do?
Secondary school sport in Canterbury is promoted by School Sport Canterbury, the office of the Regional Sports Directors.

The office serves 43 Christchurch secondary schools, 7 nearby country schools and 2 Mid Canterbury schools.  We offer an information service to 7 schools on the West Coast.

The Sports Director’s Office has a major role of communication with its partner schools, their staff, coaches and students. 

The educational needs of young sportspeople in our schools are paramount.

There are two fundamental aims of the Sports Director’s Office:

  • To increase and/or maintain participation in physical activity/sport, both in school and in the community, of secondary school students
  • To increase the performance and satisfaction of secondary school students in sport
Partner schools have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of championship events and regular competitions in addition to sport education programmes which this office organises.

Secondary school sporting events at provincial, regional, South Island and National levels are organised by this office.

Christchurch is unique among New Zealand cities in that schools close at 2.30pm on Wednesdays to enable students to participate in the sports competition we organise or other sports associations organise.

 


SPORTS WE OFFER

Participating schools have the opportunity to compete in Canterbury Secondary School Championships organised by the Regional Sports Director's Office:

Athletics

Gymnastics

Tennis

Badminton

Road Race

Touch

Cross Country

Ski and Snowboard

Volleyball

Equestrian

Squash

 

 Golf

Swimming



Christchurch schools close at approximately 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoons to enable students to participate in competitions in:

  

 

SUMMER

WINTER

 

Archery

Archery

 

Bowls

Badminton

 

Cricket

Basketball

 

Croquet (Golf)

Cycling

 

Disability Sports

Futsal

Disability Sports

Football

 

Golf

Golf

 

Hockey (Summer)

Hockey

 

Indoor Netball

Indoor Cricket

 

Indoor Football

Netball

 

Korfball

Orienteering

 

Petanque (Term 4)

Rugby League

 

Multi Sport (Duathlon & Triathlon)

Rugby Union

 

Rowing

Squash

 

Softball

Table Tennis

 

Surfing

Ten Pin Bowling

 

Tennis

 

 

Ten Pin Bowling

 

 

Touch

 

 

Volleyball

 

 

Water Polo

 

The Regional Sports Director’s office also organises competitions in
Basketball (Friday) and Volleyball (Monday)