The School has exceptional sporting facilities and a teaching and coaching staff to match. Opened during the 50th Jubilee ceremonies in 2009, the Jubilee Sports Centre provides facilities that are unparalleled in most primary schools. Along with a large gymnasium with retractable seating, there is a fitness room, additional classroom space and an outdoor astro-turf that doubles for hockey in winter and tennis in summer. The Centre borders substantial sand-based playing fields for rugby and cricket with access to further fields across the road for football. The venue also has a function room for after-match refreshments.
The School has a heated outdoor swimming pool and learners’ pool in a leafy setting central to the campus. Heating the pool ensures that we can maximise the summer swimming season to ensure all our boys develop crucial swimming and water safety skills from an early age.
Within the PE programme, all boys are taught essential skills to develop strength, stamina, agility and balance while engaging seasonally in swimming, gymnastics, athletics, cross country and ball skills relative to the major codes.
Boys from Years 5 to 8 choose a winter and summer sport for competitive engagement with neighbouring schools where combining a boy’s personal best in a strong and positive team culture is the focus. The main choices are: rugby, football and hockey in winter; cricket, tennis and softball in summer. In addition, there is optional involvement in flippa ball and water polo, miniball, touch rugby and basketball from as early as Year 2. Our older students are offered further options in golf, sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving.
Our Senior 1st division teams have the opportunity to go on tour both within and beyond New Zealand to extend their horizons and meet new challenges. Teams regularly travel for an exchange with Southwell School in Hamilton with trips further afield to Christchurch, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington in recent years.
Three School athletic days are held in which all boys participate at their level. The events have a House focus where all boys win points for their House. Top athletes compete at Zone Athletic meets. Athletics is held in Term 4 only.
Badminton and table tennis is offered to Senior School students. Games are played in the Jubilee Sports Centre during Wednesday Senior sport time.
Basketball is offered to Junior, Middle and Senior students. Games are played outside school hours, usually on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons at Saint Kentigern School Jubilee SportsCentre or ASB Stadium. Basketball practices are taken during School hours by Auckland Basketball.
In the Middle School we select Years 5 and 6 teams. In the Senior School we select cricket elevens based upon ability. The number of teams ranges from 4 to 6 teams in the Senior School. The 1st XI plays in the Milo Cup series. Cricket runs during Term 1 only.
Year 4 to 6 cross country is held at Saint Kentigern College. Year 0 to 3 is held in the grounds at Saint Kentigern School. All students in the School are expected to compete in these events. The top runners compete in the Cross Country Zones.
Flippa Ball is a mini version of Water Polo. Boys in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 play Flippa Ball in a competition at the Sacred Heart Aquatics Centre. There is a practice session once a week in the evenings. The competition is run on a Sunday evening.
Football is offered to Middle and Senior School students. In the Middle School the teams are selected from Year 5 and 6 boys. In the Senior School football teams are selected from Year 7 and 8 boys. They play against various local schools every week and enter zone tournaments. Football runs during Term 2 and 3 only.
Golf is offered to Senior School students on a Wednesday afternoon and is played at the Ellerslie Racecourse Driving Range and Golf Course. Boys can bring their own clubs. The School also has some sets available.
Hockey is offered to Middle and Senior School students. In the Middle School teams are selected from Year 5 and 6 students. In the Senior School teams are selected from Year 7 and 8 students.They play against various local schools every week and enter zone tournaments. Hockey runs during Term 2 and 3 only.
Rugby is offered to Middle School and Senior School students. In the Middle School, the teams are selected from the students in Years 5 and 6. Rugby teams are selected on ability in the Senior School from both Years 7 and 8.
It is traditional that the School enters an Optimist sailing team each year in the Eastern Zone Sailing Regatta. This is for Year 7 and 8 boys and is usually held in Term 4.
Scuba diving is offered Senior School students on a Wednesday afternoon at Parnell Baths. All gear is supplied as part of the cost but boys may bring their own gear.
In the Middle School, we select two Year 5 and 6 teams. In the Senior School we select an A and B team. They play against various local schools every week. Softball runs during Term 1 only.
Swimming is taught during class lessons during an eight to ten week season in Term 1 and weather dependent in Term 4. During the swimming season all boys are expected to compete in the School swimming competitions. Three separate swimming events are run which allow for all students to be involved. The top swimmers from the championship events then go on to compete at the zone swimming sports.
In the Middle School we select two Year 5 and 6 teams. In the Senior school we select an A and B team.During term 4, the School runs a tennis competition for each year level from Years 4 to 8.
Water polo is offered to all boys in the Senior School and is played at the Sacred Heart Aquatics Centre on Friday evenings, in a local competition. There is also a practice session once a week in the evenings. The school also enters into three Water polo tournaments in the latter half of the year.
Windsurfing is offered to Senior School students on a Wednesday afternoon at Lake Pupuke. All gear is supplied as part of the cost, but boys may bring their own gear.