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Sport and Physical Education

The aims of the Physical and Health Education programmes is to develop a lifelong enjoyment of sport, physical activity, and physical recreation. It will enable our students to develop the knowledge, values, and competencies to live full and active lives. In the Junior School, the focus is on movement and its contribution to their physical and mental development. The emphasis is on full participation and engagement with the philosophy of sport for all. It is about students taking responsibility for their own well-being and demonstrating personal and social responsibility.

Experiential Education (Learning in the Outdoors)

Huanui College is proud to offer our timetabled Experiential Education programme called “Explore and Enhance”. This is a bush based programme for all junior students that focuses on the environment and sustainability, alongside the effective teaching of: Life skills, wellbeing, positive education, and personal growth through leadership.

Click here to read more about Experiential Education


Year 7-9

Our junior students have compulsory Physical Education, Health and Nutrition, and Experiential Education Classes as part of their curriculum. Time management, dedication, commitment, and self-discipline are all valuable skills that come from participating in sport. We offer a range of sporting activities and send teams to AIMS Games every year. 

Year 10-13

Physical Education is optional at this level as it is offered as an IGCSE topic. There are, however, all school sporting events which are compulsory, such as: Annual Swimming Gala, and Cross-country running. Additionally, Thursday afternoon activities include several sporting options, so students at these year levels can choose to participate and/or lead in a sport or recreation-based activity.


Huanui College offers a high level of coaching which is provided for a variety of sports. We encompass both traditional team sports and a variety of individual sports at the school. Huanui College has a strong relationship with the Northland Football Club, The Whangārei Triathlon Club, Kamo Rugby Club, Mangapai Hockey Club, The Northern Suns Basketball, Whangārei Rowing, and currently have 5 netball teams competing in local competition.

Thank you to Jess Burgess Photography for the above Cricket photo

35 Sports on Offer

Athletics • Badminton • Basketball • Clay Target Shooting • Cricket • Cross Country • Cycling • Equestrian • Floorball • Futsal  • Get-2-Go • Hockey • Hockey Academy Senior (Years 9 – 13) • Hockey Academy Junior (Years 7 & 8) • Inter School Sports • Ki-o-Rahi • Lacrosse • Mountain Biking • Motorcross • Netball • Orienteering / Rogaine • Table Tennis • Rowing • Rippa Rugby (Years 7 & 8 Mixed) • Rugby 7s • Soccer • Surfing • Swimming • Squash • Table Tennis • Tennis • Touch / Turbo Touch • Triathlon / Multi-Sport • Volleyball

Our options may vary from year to year depending on the interests/commitments of our current students. We also participate in a wide range of inter-school exchanges in varied sports, and our Year 7 & 8 students have the opportunity to travel and compete at the AIMS Games.

To sign up for any of these sports, or to learn more information, contact Kate Mather.

Northland Secondary School events

Huanui College is proud to have lots of students representing both the school and Northland at National Events around New Zealand.  

Our Sports Co-ordinator, Kate Mather, is responsible for organising the students to participate in NSSSA events and keeps students and their whānau informed and help organise transport to events, if required.  We rely upon parent help on some occasions to help get students to events if our school bus is needed by more than one group.

Click here to go to the Sport Northland Secondary Schools Calendar.

Sporting School Events

Huanui College hold annual all-school sporting events, Athletics, Swimming Sports, and Cross Country.  Every student is encouraged to participate for whānau points, and to live our school core values as they do so. These events are a lot of fun and competition is stiff to get the most whānau points on the board! We also offer physical activity at school camps, lunchtimes sports and Activity Education sporting offers.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come along to watch and parent help is always appreciated at these events.  

We have limited spaces available for 2024. Enrol now for 2025.

*We would like to advise that we are at capacity for 2024 in Years 8 & 9, and have limited spaces available for Year 7.  For enrolment in Senior School please contact to discuss further.

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