Welcome back, we hope you all managed a during another very busy term in schools.

While we do not need to look too far from our shores to see the impact that COVID 19 can still have on our way of life, hopefully your winter codes are now underway in local and regional formats and students are back on the fields and courts enjoying wearing their school colours. It is exciting to see a return to the traditional Winter Tournament Week schedule with tens of thousands of students pulling on their school colours and participating in what will the culmination of a seasons worth of effort.

We are busy working with NSOs to plan events on the 2022 national calendar and excited about the offerings that our Rangatahi will be able to access.

Always a highlight of the year, we are pleased to open registrations for the 2021 North Island School Sport Conference, the premier annual professional learning opportunity for all school sport personnel. The below article has all the information and links you need to select your workshop options and complete your registration. We are once again grateful for the support of SportNZ which has allowed us to maintain the earlybird registration fee at just $75 for school based delegates. Register today!

Thanks to all of those schools that have paid their School SportNZ levies invoiced last term – your support is greatly appreciated in enabling the work we do on your behalf. If you haven’t yet completed payment, we would appreciate this being actioned as soon as possible.


Registrations for the premier professional development opportunity for school sport staff in 2021 are open NOW!

Click HERE for the Conference Programme

Click HERE to Register

With a new workshop structure that allows for more in-depth discovery of key topics relevant to the school sport environment, this years edition is not to be missed!

Now more than ever, we need to ensure that our offerings for rangatahi our relevant and meeting their diverse needs.

With Sport NZ providing it's support for school sport, we are able to bring you this conference opportunity at a substantially subsidised cost, including a contribution to your travel to and from the conference through your regional school sport office. We are pleased to confirm that early bird entries will remain at $75 per delegate, increasing at the end of August (so get in early!).

Accommodation options at the Millennium Hotel are still available. To take advantage of these conference accommodation rates at the Millennium Hotel:

Go to - https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/rotorua/millennium-hotel-rotorua/    Enter check in and out dates then press Check Availability

Under Codes and Options, enter NISSC21 under use a group code

Click Update Results

This will then show room types and agreed discounted rates

Proceed with booking

Please contact your Regional Sports Director for further information or the School Sport NZ Events Manager at events@schoolsportnz.org.nz


Get into the Great Outdoors!

Outdoor events will be showcased over the next few weeks starting with the first of the Get2Go events and the NZSS Rogaining Championships. 

Now in its 16th year, the Torpedo7 Get2Go comprises a series of fun regional outdoor adventure challenges, for teams of year 9 and 10 students from all levels of fitness and experience. It’s a little like the Amazing Race mixed with adventure sports including activities like indoor rock climbing (only Bay of Plenty and Wellington events), orienteering, kayaking, stand-up paddling, mountain biking and a little bit of problem solving.

Torpedo7 Get2Go is organised by Hillary Outdoors and supported by sports clubs and organisations right across New Zealand and has been designed to encourage a wider participation in outdoor pursuit activities. There are 12 challenges in the series held in regions around the country spanning as far north as Whangarei and right down to Dunedin and Queenstown, held in Term 3 each year.

Although the Get2Go is all about participation and having fun in the outdoors, there is also a competitive element for schools wanting to try and earn a place in the national Get2Go Final, held over 5-days at our Great Barrier Island Centre in December.

At each regional Get2Go the teams need to undertake either three or four 60-80-minute-long tasks challenges in an allotted time. To maximise their score in each challenge teams will be required to work together, using important team skills such as communication, problem solving, planning and decision.  The first Get2Go is on Thursday 27th July in Auckland with the last one scheduled in Central Otago on Friday 17th September.  Please visit the School Sport New Zealand website and click on the events tab for more details about a race near you. 

The New Zealand Secondary School Rogaining Championships will take place this weekend on Sunday 1st August, Charteris Bay, Canterbury. 

Rogaining involves teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible in the time allowed. Shorter duration rogaines often allow solo competitors. Checkpoints are scored differently depending on level of difficulty in reaching them; therefore, teams choose a strategy (for example, to visit many low score checkpoints) and route selection becomes a vital component.

Teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to hilly forest. Teams travel at their own pace and anyone from children to grandparents can experience the personal satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation at their own level of competition and comfort. Team members stay within earshot of each other.

All the best to all those adventurers who will taking on the ‘Great Outdoors’.