Sport at St Paul’s

Sport is an essential part of student development at St Paul’s Collegiate School, with participation in both summer and winter sport a compulsory part of school life.

St Paul’s sports programme caters to students of all abilities – from those less sporty to those who are pursuing sport as a career through St Paul’s high performance sports programme.

Participation in sport allows students to experience individual success, the power of teamwork, personal discipline and healthy competitiveness.

Sport options

Sport is compulsory at St Paul’s and all students are required to play a summer and a winter sport. Students are advised to choose carefully before making their commitment as there is a clear expectation that students finish the full season of their chosen sport.

Students need to choose one sport but can play another if time permits and it does not negatively impact on their academics. Clubs are also available for students in addition to a student’s sporting commitment. When there is a clash of times for practices and competitions the sport commitment takes priority.

Boarders must meet their sport commitments before taking leave. Students are also advised to give notice to their coaches if they are unavailable to attend practices or competition due to sickness or injury. This should be in the form of a note with their housemaster’s signature. It is inexcusable for students to miss practice without reason. Students are responsible for communicating with coaches and managers. Even if injured, students are still expected to attend practice, to be helpful and supportive and to observe new drills and team plays.


Athletics, Badminton, Clay Bird Shooting, Cricket, Cycling, Futsal, Golf, Mountain Biking, Rowing, Sevens Rugby, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, Volleyball.


Badminton, Basketball, Clay Bird Shooting, Cross Country, Cycling/Multisport, Hockey, Lacrosse, Netball, Rugby, Football, Rock Climbing, Squash, Table Tennis, Water Polo.

Other sports that students can get involved in on a competition-type basis include, adventure racing, which sees a team of students compete in events like the Get2Go challenge run by Hillary Outdoors, as well as skiing.

Sports coaches

Most sports are coached or managed by academic staff with significant sporting backgrounds. This co-curricular interaction helps foster positive relationships between teacher and student, resulting in a number of benefits in the classroom.

St Paul’s also employs a number of specialist high performance sports staff who provide additional training to students who have their sights set on regional and national representative selection. Students are provided with individualised programmes that cover skill, endurance, mental game and strategic play. This specialised training is also provided to St Paul’s first teams.

Many Collegians, who have become professional sports people, also visit St Paul’s throughout the year to share their experience and advice with students.

To read more about our coaching staff, click here

Sports exchanges

St Paul’s takes part in annual sports exchanges with schools across New Zealand and overseas including, but not limited to, Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga Girls' College and Lindisfarne College.


Director of Sport – Brad Emslie Email

Sports Administrator – Sandra Ardern Email