At Riccarton High School, we aim to foster and promote sporting opportunities for young people by encouraging them to practice and play sport in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We also ensure the maximum use of school assets, equipment and facilities for the benefit of our entire community.
Our sporting success depends not only on good management practices but also genuine concern for the students. We are aware of our responsibilities regarding the welfare of players and the importance of encouraging all participants by creating a comfortable, healthy environment, setting down appropriate behavioral standards and providing for their safety and welfare.
We are committed to the Fair Play charter and SPARC Sportsmark programme, emphasising all the positive qualities sport can bring to our students. Fair play involves honesty, respect for team mates, opponents – whether winning or losing – and respect for coaches, umpires and officials.
Aerobics: A number of students are members of an Aerobic club but can compete in the Canterbury and National Championships.
Athletics: A number of students are members of an Athletic clubs. The School Athletic Championships are held in February which enables qualification for Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships. In addition a Gala Day is held for Year 9 and 10 students on the same day as the Athletics Championships.
Badminton: This very popular sport is played in Term 2 and 3 in the Wednesday competition. Practices after school on Tuesdays, Fridays and during Friday lunchtimes.
Basketball: A very popular sport played in the Friday night competition. The Boys Senior A team plays in the Tompson Trophy competition on Tuesday nights. Basketball has a very close association with the Canterbury Wildcats, the Canterbury Rams and the Gaitors Club, and a number of students play in the Saturday competition.
Hockey: Played in the Monday night competition. Training is on Thursdays and Fridays after school.
Bowls: We have an association with the Riccarton Bowling Club.
Chess: Practice is held every lunchtimes and competes in the New Zealand Championships. The Senior team are currently the Canterbury Secondary School Champions.
Climbing: Has strong participation. Teams and individuals have won various Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand competitions.
Cricket: Secondary School Cricket runs in Term 1 and Term 4. All games are played at either home or at various schools on Saturday. Girls’ Cricket is played on Tuesday and in conjunction with the Riccarton Club on Saturdays. Practices are on Mondays and Thursdays after school. Riccarton High School has a strong association with the Riccarton Cricket Club whose home ground is now nearby at Riccarton Domain.
Cross Country: Students compete in the Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand Championships.
Cycling: Students compete in the regular Wednesday competitions held at the Tai Tapu course. They also compete in the various Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand Championships.
Dragon Boating: For Year 11,12 and 13 students. Practices are held Friday after school. The teams compete in various Canterbury and South Island competitions.
Equestrian: Students compete in the various events, including Show Jumping, Dressage and One Day Horse Trial competitions.
Fencing: A year-round sport. Coaching is provided by a qualified professional at all levels. Canterbury and National tournaments are available for those who would like to compete.
Football: Played in Term 2 and 3 with teams formed to suit all levels of ability and interest. The 1st XI boys play in the Premier 1st XI competition and all other teams play in the regular Wednesday afternoon competitions.
Hockey: Played in the Monday night competition. Training is on Thursdays and Fridays after school. Trials are end of Term 1 with competitions in Term 2 and Term 3. The opportunity is also available for teams to attend the Winter Tournament week.
Netball: A large number of students play in the Wednesday and Saturday Netball competition. Every year the Senior A team competes in the South Island Secondary Schools tournament, and the Junior Year 9 and Year 10 in the Junior tournaments, held in Christchurch.
Road Race: A number of students are members of clubs but can compete in the Canterbury and National Championships.
Rugby: The school rugby season runs from the end of Term 1 through to the end of Term 3. The Girls, Boys Junior and 1st XV teams play the Wednesday competition.
Squash: Inter-school and local competitions are available for those interested in squash.
Swimming: A number of students are members of a Swimming Clubs. The School Swimming Championships are held in February which enables them to qualify for Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships.
Table Tennis: Students compete in the Wednesday inter-school competition Term 2 and 3. Practice after school on Tuesdays.
Tennis: Played during Terms 1 and 4. There is an opportunity for competitive players to compete in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Championships and New Zealand Tournaments.
Touch: Girls, Boys and Mixed teams play Term 1 and 4 in Wednesday Inter School Competitions. The Senior Girls A and Boys team play in the Super Touch competition. A number of students have represented Canterbury at provincial tournaments.
Volleyball: Competition is held on Monday nights. Our teams have, in the past, many Canterbury and South Island Championships and competed with distinction in the National Championships. The school has produced a number of Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand representatives.
Waka Ama: Term 1 and Term 4. Practices are held Friday after school and the team competes in the Canterbury Championships.
Yachting: Radio yachting is held every Wednesday throughout the school year.