Performance and social

Being an all-girls school means we specifically tailor physical activity programmes to focus on developing her emotional, hormonal and social balance.

The way girls play, participate and compete is very different to boys and our programmes are designed with this in mind. At an all girls’ school, our girls are less inhibited and willing try new things in an environment which is inclusive, encouraging and above all, fun.

Social sport

Participation ranges from competitive teams and individuals to teams where the focus is on simply being involved. Many of our girls enjoy social team sports like netball and hockey games for fitness and fun. With nearly 30 sports on offer every girl can find her niche and a sport that she can enjoy well into the future.

“I’m definitely not a top athlete, but I like having a run around on court so social netball has been perfect for me. I get a workout and play with my mates, which is the best thing about sport, I think.”

Competitive sports

Those who want to seriously pursue their sport will have every support they need to go as far as possible. They’ll benefit from intensive training and support programmes with some of New Zealand’s top coaches. They’ll have the opportunity to pitch themselves against other top athletes in local, regional and national tournaments as part of our Athlete Pathway Programme. They’ll also have the opportunity to play at Club level and, if selected, represent their country at international competitions.

Many St Cuthbert’s Old Girls have – and continue to – compete at international level and we are fortunate to be able to tap into this wonderful resource. Continuing to live by the St Cuthbert’s motto, By Love Serve, many of these athletes willingly give back to current students through coaching, mentoring and inspiring.

As part of our commitment to growing balanced, well-rounded girls, all our Sports Programmes support her to be her very best – both on and off the field. This includes injury prevention and management, nutrition, strength and conditioning and helping maintain balance between academic and sporting achievements.


Our girls train in some of the country’s most state-of-the-art sports facilities.  These include an all-weather hockey turf; tennis, netball, basketball and squash courts; eight lane 25m pool with moveable floor for water polo, fitness centre and grass training field for football and cricket.

Staff and volunteers

Our Sports Department comprises a team of 10 people. Department staff have vast sporting experience including playing, coaching, managing, administrating, strength and conditioning and event management.

The school also has a number of coaches and volunteers, often Old Girls and parents, who generously provide support across all levels.  The aim is to ensure that every team and individual has access to the very best quality coaching, and ultimately, a positive sporting experience.

To make sport increasingly enjoyable and accessible to all and to remain at the top of our game, our staff are continuously involved in professional development programmes.

What sports can she play?

With almost 30 sports codes on offer, there’s not much she can’t try her hand at. Please download the PDF for full details.

Sport Term Overview
Adventure Racing 1, 2, 3, 4 Mountain biking, kayaking, orienteering and cross country running.
Athletics 1 Participation at Athletics Day; inter-school championships.
Badminton 2 Badminton Club and secondary school competitions.
Basketball 2, 3 Inter-school competition open to students of all abilities.
Cricket 1, 4 Auckland School Competition and tournaments. Links with local clubs.
Distance Running 2, 3 Cross country and road race with inter-school and national champs.
Cycling 2, 3 Team and individual events at Auckland, North Island and national levels.
Duke of Edinburgh 1, 2, 3, 4 Popular throughout the year for bronze, silver and gold awards.
Diving 1, 4 Takes place at the Point Erin Swimming Pools.
Dragon Boating 1 Year 12 and 13 enjoy this water-based activity at Westhaven.
Equestrian 1, 4 Camps and activities as well as events. Your own horse is required.
Football 2, 3 Weekly competition at all ages and ability grades throughout winter.
Gym Sports 1 Including aerobics, with inter-school competitions.
Hockey 2, 3 About 20 teams, with many games being played on the St Cuthbert’s turf.
Multisport 1, 4 Including triathlon, duathlon and aquathon.
Netball 2, 3, A large programme with approximately 50 teams.
Orienteering 1, 4 A great way to have fun while keeping fit. Grades to suit all levels.
Skiing 2, 3 Practices held at Snow Planet and teams enter North Island Champs.
Squash 2 Three courts in the John Wigglesworth Sports Centre for matches.
Surfing 1 A popular programme with a strong emphasis on safety.
Swimming 1, 3 Teams selected for inter-school competitions from College events.
Table Tennis 2, 3 A social club with teams competing at inter-school competitions.
Tennis 1, 4 Popular summer programme with College and inter-school champs.
Touch 1, 4 Auckland Secondary Schools’ and Auckland representative opportunities.
Water Polo 1, 4 Inter-school competitions with teams attending National Champs.
Yachting 1, 4 Three classes offered. Based out of Royal Akarana Yacht Club.


Sport in the Junior School
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Sport in the Middle School
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Sport in the Senior School
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