Students at Houghton Valley School have plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors. We have some of the biggest grounds of any Wellington City school. Students are encouraged to develop their physical side by exploring our adventure playgrounds and rainforest, joining in games of football, touch, cricket and t-ball on the bottom field, and riding on the flying fox.
In 2016 the school installed, with the generous help of the BikesInSchools programme and WCC, three bike tracks – a 430m sealed track, a skills track and a pump track. 50 bikes were provided and students ride several times each week, and are encouraged to bring their own bikes if possible. Most lunchtimes are allocated as biking sessions.
As well as providing exceptional informal opportunities, Houghton Valley School is committed to offering a variety of formal experiences. It is our policy that all the children enjoy daily physical activity during class time. This might involve fitness, fundamental movement skills or sport-specific skill development.
Annual school-wide training and events include cross-country (Term 1 and 2), swimming (Term 3 at Kilbirnie Pool) and athletics (Term 4). The school has whole-day events (families welcome!) for each discipline and senior students can progress to Southern Zone and Interzone level in each.
Most years also include inter-school whole day events in football, cricket and netball. A variety of sports teams, run by teachers and parent volunteers, also take part in Wellington competitions outside of school hours in:
- Floorball (indoor hockey)
- Miniball (basketball)
- Touch Rugby
- Futsal (indoor football)
- Water Polo
Many of our children are members of sports clubs, including football, rugby, gymnastics, surf-lifesaving, martial arts and dance.
We love to celebrate participation and success in extra-curricular activities. Parents are encouraged to let the teacher know if a child has achieved something special that warrants recognition in class or at assembly.
Teacher Sophia Bridgwater coordinates sport and recreation at the school. Please don’t hesitate to contact him with any questions.