Sport for Years 7 and 8 revolves around our traditional Wednesday afternoon of sport. The local schools that we generally compete against across all four terms are: King's School, Dilworth Junior School, St Kentigern School, St Kentigern College and St Peter's College.
At the beginning of Term 1 the boys will be doing Athletics Prelims in preparation for our annual Twilight Athletics competition. For the remainder of the term, teams will be run in Baseball, Tennis and Athletics. If boys do not wish to take part in these three sports codes, then summer sports will be Super Sports i.e. t-ball, long ball, Non Stop cricket etc. The final three weeks will be taken up with trials for the winter sports which are Rugby, Football and Hockey.
Cricket: (Active Post Cup)
Trials take place for the Active Post Cup Team, which will be arranged by the Director of Cricket. Boys need to supply their own Cricket gear and these games are generally played through to 4.30pm. Transport is arranged to the venue (if not playing at SHC), but parents have to arrange transport directly home after all games at 4.30pm.
Terms 2 and 3
In the winter Terms 2 and 3, teams are run in Football, Rugby and Hockey. Boys can opt to play for whichever sport they wish, and when at all practicable we try to accommodate their first choice sport. There is a first and second team for each of these codes, open trials are held for these teams at the start of the season. Our 1st and 2nd teams play in exchanges with the other schools and are played either here or at the host school. These teams are transported by bus and returned to Sacred Heart around 2.30pm.
Any students who do not make the 1st and 2nd XI football teams are put into teams that make up our 'Bicentenary Cup' Football Competition. All games are played across the road from the College at Crossfield Reserve.
As with Football, any student who did not make the 1st or 2nd XV rugby teams are organised into 3rd XV rugby teams or 'Challenge Trophy' football teams. There is a strictly enforced weight limit of 68kg for all Year 7 & 8 teams, for health and safety purposes any boy who cannot make weight will not be allowed to participate. We had three rugby teams competing in the '3rd XV rugby' Tournament which is run similar to the 'Challenge Trophy Football Tournament' with the same schools above.
We trial boys for our 1st and 2nd XI Hockey teams and these teams play either here or at another school and are transported to and from the venue, returning to Sacred Heart by 2.30pm. Depending on interest from the boys we may also have a 3rd XI in 2018.
In Term 4 we hold our House Competition. Each House has one team represented in each of the following sports: Basketball, Touch, Sevens and Football. All other students compete in ‘Tabloid Sports’.
Our Water Polo teams are also entered into the local competition, with games usually held at our aquatics centre – this tournament takes place from Term 2 through to Term 4.
Year 7 and 8 students who wish to play Basketball usually play in the after school tournament at ASB Stadium in Kohimarama. The team selected to play in the Year 7/8 Eastern Zone tournament is generally taken from the teams that regularly play in the after school tournaments.
We enter Eastern Zone tournaments in a number of different sports where possible, and success here can lead to Auckland Championships. In 2017 we entered tournaments in the following codes: Football, Active Post Cricket, Rugby, Basketball, Swimming, Cross-Country, Hockey, Touch and Athletics.
Unless told otherwise, the boys will wear their sky blue polo shirt for Wednesday Sport. The boys wear their PE shorts for Wednesday sport, and in the winter, socks and boots are required for football and rugby. All rugby players will also need to purchase a Sacred Heart College Rugby jersey, and of course mouth-guards are compulsory for Rugby and Hockey. If boys are chosen for one of the Cricket teams, then they will wear white longs. Tennis players will need to bring their own racquets.
If your son cannot participate on a Wednesday sport afternoon, he must provide a written note from his parent, or an email to his homeroom teacher on the Wednesday morning or before, to explain this.