Sports & Cultural

We are proud of our sporting, cultural and performing art students and their achievements at Matakana School.

Students are encouraged to participate in sporting, cultural and performing art activities
offered and venture out of the classroom regularly to do so.  Starting the day to a Jump Jam DVD, a quick run around the running track, PMP activity, Choir or Kapa Haka practice, showing the school their talent at school assemblies and so much more.

Cultural 

Kapa haka is offered to all Year 4 to 6 students. Year 3 students of Maori and Pasifika ethnicity are also encouraged to attend. Students learn basic te reo and tikanga, karakia, and range of action songs. Practice is held each Friday at 9:45am and whanau are welcome to attend. Performances throughout the year include school assemblies, performing at retirement homes, and at events like Matariki and Carols by Candlelight.

  

Sports

At Matakana School, our view is that sports are all about games – and games should be fun! And our approach is that if a child works their socks off, but the outcome isn’t quite what they had hoped for, we look at the value in the process rather than focusing on the target that wasn’t hit.

At Matakana School we love children who show initiative and ask questions. As coaches and teachers we help a child to be proactive and decisive; we do this through challenging them, educating them and holding them accountable for their actions. Our mission is to help children to become task-oriented and not time-oriented – we like to get the job done!

We like to encourage our children to play multiple sports and feel that early sports specialization isn’t always the best route forward. A well-rounded sports experience fosters better athleticism and is a great way to teach kids to mix with different social circles as well. We provide the opportunity for all pupils to play at the best and most appropriate level for themselves. This may be at inter-house, inter-school, county or at national level. Sports tours are a regular feature of our games programme, giving pupils the chance to experience the competition and camaraderie that these events bring to life.

On a serious note, with more and more tournaments on offer, we have a generation of children who are being desensitized to losing. Losing is a part of life, but that doesn’t mean that we should be satisfied with it! The PE and Games Department looks to motivate children to work harder so that it doesn’t happen again. We hope to educate children that the true reward is the satisfaction that comes from knowing that they did ‘the best’ they could do. A trophy should be a reminder of hard work, teamwork and a job well done. It must not diminish the value of exceptional performance or service – we don’t deserve a party every time we accomplish something!

Our exceptional grounds and ever-improving facilities provide endless opportunities for self-development. Top sporting awards won at the major public schools are testament to Matakana School’s ability to bring youngsters on.

As educators, we have to remind parents, that a huge proportion of children who participate in sport will not become professional athletes. That said, we believe that sport is a fabulous vehicle to instil a range of positive qualities aside from athleticism – and give important lessons for life!

Sports offered include: 

Athletics - Cross Country - Hockey - Netball - Rippa Rugby - Soccer - Swimming - Touch Rugby.

Year 5 and 6 students also have the opportunity to go Sailing at a local beach Algies Bay with "Sailing Have a Go". 

PMP (Perceptual Movement Programme) A programme in which the Junior Syndicate run, hop, skip, climb, slide, jump, balance, throw, strike, roll, turn and have fun. They do this with a variety of common and especially designed equipment. The PMP programme aims to develop children’s motor skills that are the foundation for many activities. PMP develops these skills in a fun, holistic and organized way.  In the early years at Matakana School, Year 0-1 pupils participate in the PMP programme. This programme aims to develop the child‘s perceptions and understandings of himself/herself and his/her world through movement experiences.

As pupils continue through school, teachers introduce mental fitness exercises as part of the daily class programme. These exercises assist with body awareness and body connections and help lower stress levels. 

Jump Jam

Students from Year 3 upwards enjoy an 'Kidz Aerobix' style fitness sessions created by Brett Fairweather.