April 2018


Message from the Sports Coordinator

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to the SHS community for their support with helping and leading our sports events so far this year. We have had a lot of students involved in the senior school with tag, softball and swimming.


Both of this year’s swimming sports were great successes. Thanks to YMCA Glen Innes Pools for providing an excellent venue, our judges for their efforts on the day as well as the teachers, staff and students for what was personally one of my favourite sports events.


I wish all of our interschool competitors the best in their events and look forward to seeing many more of you being involved as the year progresses.
Mr Nevalagi, School Sports Coordinator


Year 7&8 Eastern Zone Girls Softball

On Thursday 8th March, the Year 7 and 8 girls played in the Eastern Zone Girls Softball Tournament. The Year 7 girls were lucky enough to place third in their competition. They only played three games due to poor weather conditions but showed a lot of teamwork and enjoyment. The parent helpers had to assist as umpires as well as managers. They did a great job umpiring, were fair in all games and taught us a lot throughout the day. The other schools competing included Sylvia Park School and Point England School. Everybody played really well and it was so much fun. We had a great time and so did the other schools.
By Edie, Y7 student


Year 5&6 St Heliers School Swimming Sports

Nerves were in the air as the bendy bus travelled to YMCA Glen Innes Pools. Positive and challenging thoughts flew through our minds. We took a few steps into arena and the scorching heat and smell of chlorine hit us.
When the races began, we dived into the pool and the heat went away. Cheering could be heard as you swam and it encouraged us to swim even faster. Finalist swimmers delivered great bursts of energy in their races. Some students were pumped, others tired and exhausted from all their swimming and cheering.
The highlight of the day were the class relays! Competition was fierce between all Year 5 and 6 classes. We look forward to swimming sports in Year 7 and 8.
By Gabriella and Sam, Y6 students


Year 7&8 Eastern Zone Boys Softball

In Week 6 the Year 7 and Year 8 boys’ softball teams played at the Eastern Zone Softball Tournament. This event was held at Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve, where the morning weather was absolutely beautiful before it turned scorching hot in the afternoon. The Year 8 boys did not place but still had a lot of fun playing softball all day. Our Year 7 boys fared a little better and finished in fourth place. There were a lot of tough teams who looked like they had been training a lot longer than us but we still tried our best. Thanks to Mr Barlow for coaching us and Andrea Little for being our manager and umpire for the day.
By Jackson and Ed, Y8 students


Year 7&8 St Heliers School Swimming Sports

On Friday 9 March the Year 7&8 students had their swimming sports at the YMCA Glen Innes Pools. There was a high level of competition this year and lots of people participating in most swimming strokes and events. Students were given the option of swimming non-competitively in races which were one length, and two lengths which allowed us to find our interschool finalists.
This year, we did things a little different - there was a pizza lunch up for grabs! Classes earned points throughout the day for participating in swimming races, placing in the top three of their races and showing encouragement, support and teamwork. Room 14 won with a total of 292 points, 40 points clear of second place, securing their prize for this year’s senior school swimming event.
This year’s swimming sports was a great one and we wish all of our interschool swimmers the very best at the Eastern Zone swimming sports.
By Kessia and Colden, Y8 students


Year 7&8 Eastern Zone Tag

On Friday 16th of March, St Heliers School sent two senior school teams, Year 7&8 boys and Year 7&8 girls, to the 2018 Eastern Zone Tag tournament. Tag is modified version of rugby league, similar to rippa rugby. This event was held at Hamlin Park in Mt Wellington. Both teams showed incredible sportsmanship towards their opposition, teammates, referees and coaches. The boys played well, scoring enough tries to be placed fourth overall out of nine teams. Our girls team finished in fifth place by winning two out of five games. Both teams played against Pt England School, one of the best tag schools in East Auckland.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and thank you to the parents and teachers who supported and coached us. Without them, our strenuous but very enjoyable day wouldn’t have been possible.
By Hugh and Rebecca, Y8 students


Weet-Bix TRYathlon

Congratulations to all the St Heliers School children who competed in the Weet-Bix TRYathlon a few weeks ago. It is fantastic to see so many of our children giving this event a go.


We won the prize for the biggest team with 155 children!!

Kathy Harding, Running Groups Coach