Sport at Rangi Ruru is as much about participation and fun as it is about competition, challenge and success at the top level.
If there is one word that encapsulates sport here, it would be opportunity. The essence of sport in our school is found in the opportunities which are provided for your daughter to find her sporting north – the activity or sport which inspires her – and for her to be the very best she can be.
We have a very proud tradition of sporting excellence with our teams consistently performing highly on the local and national stage, and numerous girls representing Canterbury or New Zealand. Aside from these individual and team successes, we consistently achieve participation rates that sit above 80%, indicating a tradition of not just achievement, but also involvement at all levels.
Our focus is on offering opportunities that support ākonga to flourish as athletes but equally, if not more importantly, as people. Our extensive network of coaches, managers and convenors, are committed and passionate about supporting all our students in their sporting journey – whatever they might be, and wherever they might go.
Whether sport is about fellowship, excellence, enjoyment or passion, sport at Rangi is about sport for life.
Our coaches continue to be the foundation of the quality sporting programme that we offer. This is true across our Years 7-13 programme, with experienced coaches appointed to teams at all year levels. We believe investing in our coaches allows our students to be exposed to invaluable experience which assists them with the skills, mentoring and development that they need to achieve their sporting aspirations. Our coaches include a mix of current and former New Zealand representatives, with 20 of our coaches being either current or previous Regional, National or International representatives.
Strength and Conditioning
Our programme caters for over 100 students on a weekly basis, assisting them to be stronger and fitter to take on the demands of their sport. However, while students might view their S&C sessions to be about being fitter, the true value of strength & conditioning is reflected in the reduced injury rate, particularly significant knee injuries.
Wellness monitoring is an important part of our sports programme, helping our coaching staff and management to monitor how our sportswomen are doing, providing opportunities for our sports staff to initiate conversations with students who are negotiating the study/school/sport/life balance on a weekly and sometimes daily occurrence.
Mental Skills Coaching
Mental skills coaching is a key component of the sports programme, with students able to have one-on-one or team sessions focused on improving their performance by learning to control their minds efficiently and consistently.
Excellent on-campus facilities including the water-based hockey turf, hard courts, rowing erg room, heated pool and two gymnasiums complete the resources on offer at Rangi Ruru, providing opportunities for teams and individuals to train individually or together at school. Atawhai, our sport and multi-purpose centre was opened in 2022, and includes classrooms, a full sized international standard basketball court, and Fitness Centre.
Sports On Offer
Each year up to 30 different sporting options are on offer to Rangi students. In all options, girls can participate either on a social or a highly competitive level.
Additionally, students can represent the school at Canterbury and New Zealand Secondary School events in sports which are not directly offered and will also have access to resources such as Mental Performance and Strength and Conditioning to support their sporting aspirations.
Years 7 and 8 students have the ability to take part in many of the weekly sport opportunities alongside students in Years 9 – 13. As members of the CAIMS network (Canterbury Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools), Years 7 and 8 students also have the opportunity to compete against other larger intermediate schools on a weekly basis throughout the school year.
The SOAR Programme
S.O.A.R (Supporting Outstanding Athletes at Rangi Ruru) is a unique sports programme which provides support and guidance for student athletes who demonstrate talent, potential and determination.
Learn more about our specialised Rowing Programme
Learn more about our specialised Equestrian Programme