Inaugural New Zealand Teachers' Games open for registration
Monday, July 10, 2017
Come term 3 school holidays, it won't just be the students enjoying fun and games, with the launch of the inaugural New Zealand Teachers’ Games in Mount Maunganui.
Developed and hosted by the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council (NZSSSC), the New Zealand Teachers’ Games is an opportunity for teachers and support staff to have some fun with their colleagues, compete seriously or socially and enjoy each other’s company on and off the sports field.
With options for all levels of ability, fitness and competitiveness, social and sporting activities, the NZTG has something for everyone, providing a setting for staff to relax, to network socially and professionally and to experience all the fun that being physically active and part of a team can bring.
The New Zealand Teachers’ Games run from Sunday 1 to Tuesday 3 October, and are open to anyone on the payroll of early childhood, primary and secondary schools – so why not get a big bunch of your colleagues (or the whole department/staff) together and get your game on!
Less traditional options on offer include a King/Queen of the Mount race for the serious runner, Round the Mount Relay for teams of four and New Zealand’s Fastest Teacher, a 50m dash in age groups with medals for every division, along with team options in dodgeball, ultimate and futsal.
Sports available include beach volleyball, bowls, badminton, squash, basketball, touch, golf, netball and hockey, as well as try-a-sport options in waka ama and stand-up paddleboarding.
Based at Club Mount Maunganui, social activities will be a major highlight with a Great Race and the not-to-be missed trivia with a twist nights.
Sport is a big part the educational landscape in New Zealand schools. It has the ability to develop school culture and pride, and importantly to engage students in learning.
Sport can contribute to academic and social outcomes with clear links to key curriculum competencies including relating to others, participating and contributing and managing self.
The NZTG aims to encourage teachers to be a part of providing quality school sport opportunities for their students so that students, teachers, schools and communities can reap these rewards.
This event is supported by Sport Bay of Plenty as the NZTG delivery arm, alongside the Ministry of Education, PPTA and NZEI, which recognise the NZTG for creating positive health and wellbeing experiences for teachers and support staff.
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