“Student-athletes with high resilience are more likely to succeed in High School and University (Tough, 2012, p. 75). Extra-curricular sports can instill the attitude that failure is neither fatal nor final and help youth overcome adversity. The process of failing includes understanding what occurred and why and how to handle it in the future. Sessions to address these mental and psychological issues are as critical as the drills to correct physical and technical shortcomings” Coach Brock Bourgase (May 2005).
Ngaruawahia High School’s Sports curriculum continues to grow and make gains on successes achieved in 2014. The school has always been well-represented in Basketball, Netball, Waka Ama and Rugby with student interest in other sporting codes growing. In 2015, there has been the inclusion of Girl’s Football and Rugby, in local competitions, coupled with sporting recognition at regional and national level.
Additionally, recent data suggests that at Ngaruawahia High School, 70% of our students are involved in a team activity. Our enthusiastic Sports Coordinator Maurice Haehae states “if there is a sport or a team you want to be a part of, come and see me and we will make it happen. If we don’t have it, we will find it”. It is his vision to lift this participation rate to 80% in 2016.
It is our view that by participating in sports, we will enable our students to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, mutual trust among teammates and work ethic, which can translate back into positive learning relationships in the classroom.
With the support from Sport Waikato, Waikato Rugby Union, Ngaruawahia High School staff, B.O.T and the local community as a whole, Ngaruawahia High School sports will create numerous opportunities for our tamariki (children) to enjoy and excel in, physically and mentally.
In 2016, NHS will offer students opportunities to participate in the following sports: