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Sports at Ōtūmoetai Intermediate

As a school, we are committed to ensuring all students receive a variety of sporting opportunities and to develop each student as an active participant in sport and exercise.

Sport at Ōtūmoetai Intermediate has developed and evolved over the years to a point where the school now offers over 28 different sports for the students to participate in at either a participatory or elite level. The school has fostered a strong climate of student self-belief and a play hard, play fair attitude to all competitive events.

For all students, coaches, and managers there is an expectation of excellence in everything we do. This includes presentation, sportsmanship, teamwork, and a high standard of skill development. It is our goal to maintain the school’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s premier sporting intermediate schools and to provide our year 7 and 8 students with the best opportunities for sport in the country.

Since 2004, Ōtūmoetai Intermediate sports teams and individuals have forged a formidable reputation during the ZESPRI AIMS GAMES National Sports Tournament, the premier sporting tournament for New Zealand Year 7 and 8 students.  This National Tournament was an initiative started by the Principals of Ōtūmoetai and Tauranga Intermediates to provide sporting opportunities and competition at the highest level for our students and year 7 and 8 students in schools across New Zealand. The tournament has established itself as the top sporting event for this age group.

We believe that sport and physical activity are important for the personal growth of our students and these are promoted at a participatory and competitive level.  There are three tiers of sports at Ōtūmoetai Intermediate School.

Tier one is the compulsory participation level where all students are expected to take part in physical education lessons and school wide events such as the school triathlon, school athletics sports and school cross-country.

Students are also given an opportunity to participate, on a voluntary basis, in inter-class sports events at lunchtimes and inter-house sports competitions at lunchtime.

Tier two is based on competitive sport where students are selected to play in inter-school sports (Super11) teams or in local leagues.

Tier three is sports at an elite level where students are selected to represent the school through the Sports Academy or in our ZESPRI AIMS Games teams.

The school promotes and organises sport in a variety of ways.

  • Interschool events provide an opportunity for our sports teams to represent the school in competitions against other Intermediate schools. Games may be local or held in Rotorua, Gisborne, Kawerau, Taupō, Whakatane or Te Puke.  Students are invited to trial for these teams as a basis for selection.  In major sporting codes, the school may field more than one team in a range of grades.  For example, netball, hockey and football.
  • Local competitions and leagues are run by clubs in sports such as cricket, rugby and soccer where the school does not field representative teams. Students are encouraged to go along to the club muster days and join a club team.  The school makes every effort to promote club information in our school newsletter.

There are also a number of leagues in sports such as volleyball, kiwi tag, softball and waterpolo, where the league may be organised by a club, association or another school.  Our school does not field representative teams in these leagues but facilitates the formation of teams on the league organiser’s behalf.

We will do our best to convey information provided by the organisers to interested students.