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Connecting the Opotiki community through a love of sport

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sport is a big part of the positive culture of Opotiki College and the wider community.

Opotiki College has launched a full school overview of sport, designed to improve participation numbers and develop a positive culture in both the school and the wider community.

Spearheaded by the Sport Bay of Plenty Community Sport Team, at the request of Opotiki College principal Susan Impey, the review will evaluate the current state of sport in the college, as well as infrastructure, environment, and support by the community.

It will then provide recommendations on how to enhance the current systems and identify a future direction for the school.

Over the past few months, Sport Bay of Plenty staff have sought to engage and receive feedback from parents and students, PE teachers, coaches, student leaders and department co-ordinators, in order to better understand and report on the current state of sport in the school.

Susan says sport participation has greatly improved this year, which is important to the school and its pupils because it is where students experience and learn how to be part of a team, participate in physical activity, develop leadership skills and learn how to relate well to others.

She is very grateful for all the help Opotiki College receives, saying, “We are thankful to our staff and parents, who share their knowledge and give their time to coach or manage a team. Without them sport wouldn’t exist.”

Sport Bay of Plenty Sport Manager Megan Cleverley believes the sports review is a valuable tool for secondary school providers, to evaluate current methods and better understand from staff, students and wider community what they want and need in order to better connect with their sport.

“The value of sport is more than what happens on the field or court. It is also about engaging students with their education.”

Executive Director of the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council Garry Carnahan says he is excited that Opotiki College are reviewing their sports programme and are taking a strategic approach to providing their students with high-quality sporting opportunities.

“The positive impact of the review will be wide ranging because sport is such an important factor in developing both a positive school culture and contributing to the front end of the NZ Curriculum.

“The students, the school and the local community all benefit from a strong sports programme within Opotiki College.”

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