Performance & Social Sport

Being an all-girls school means we specifically tailor our programmes to bring out the best in each girl.

Our girls are less inhibited and willing try new sports and activities 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, football, and hockey, for fitness and fun. With nearly 30 sports on offer, every girl can find her niche and a sport that she can enjoy, socially or competitively, well into the future.

Competitive sports

As part of our commitment to growing balanced, well-rounded girls, our Sports Programmes support her to be her very best – both on and off the field. Those who want to seriously pursue their sport have the 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 also have the opportunity to pitch themselves against other top athletes in local, regional and national tournaments.

Athlete Pathway Programme

The Athlete Pathway Programme (APP) recognises our top sportswomen and provides each athlete with greater opportunities and resources to excel even further in their chosen sport.

The key objectives of the APP are to build confidence and resilience in our young student athletes, to enhance physical preparation to provide a competitive edge in their chosen sports, and to reduce the likelihood of non-contact injuries related to puberty and growth spurts.

“As a former Silver Fern and Silver Ferns Captain I have gained an enormous amount from a sport that I love…My real passion also lies in youth sport – supporting, nurturing and teaching today’s generation of athletes how to be the best they can be on the sports field,” – Anna Stanley, Athlete Pathway Manager.

The APP is managed by former Silver Fern and Silver Ferns Captain, Mrs Anna Stanley. As the Athlete Pathway Manager, Mrs Stanley’s role is to help ensure our APP athletes at St Cuthbert’s are provided with the necessary tools and resources to achieve success and, ultimately, find enjoyment in the sports they love and excel at.

“I pursued a career in Sports Science in New Zealand and have worked with elite, young and recreational athletes across various sports helping prepare athletes for World Championships and the Commonwealth Games…As the Head of Movement Science at St Cuthbert’s College, my goal is to help young athletes remain injury free and optimise their performance,” – Mr Kaushik Talukdar, Head of Movement Science.

As part of the APP, athletes also work with Mr Kaushik Talukdar, Head of Movement Science. A former competitive cricket player in India, Mr Kaushik helps our student athletes to develop sound movement skills that improve mobility, speed, agility, strength, power aerobic and anaerobic fitness, which is key to long-term athletic development.

Beyond St Cuthbert’s 

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 providing inspiration for future female athletes.


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; an eight lane pool with moveable floor for water polo, a fitness centre and grass training field for football and cricket.

Staff and volunteers

Our Sports 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.

Click here to find out more about our Sports Department.

Contact our Director of Sport

Kerry Lancaster

Phone: +64 9 520 4159 extn 7962

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.