Primary/Intermediate Schools

The following information, ideas and insights are designed for both primary (Years 1-6) and intermediate (Years 7-8) schools.



Creating an Active School Environment

Having good physical activity, learning and movement practices in the school environment can have enormous benefits for the community. This often starts with developing the culture of the school and planning how this can be integrated into everything the leaders and teachers do. It includes strategic planning, developing policies, designing school systems and fostering relationships in the community.

What’s more, providing opportunities for students to actively contribute helps to develop leadership skills that helps to promote and improve their wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.


Physical Activity Leadership

Students can take on many leadership roles such as class or team captain, peer leader or outdoor recreation leader. The following resources can help you develop the next generation of physical activity leaders.



Play is essential for growth for cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in young people. It builds fundamental physical literacy (knowledge), develops resilience, teaches the learner to sustain their attention, encourages creativity, develops the ability to identify and manage risks and correlates with overall higher levels of intelligence. It also contributes to the wellbeing of whānau and the wider community.



Physical Education

Physical education (PE) is about teaching life skills, giving everyone a go, reflecting young people’s different needs, and physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. It is more than games, fundamental movement and motor skills – PE also encompasses attitudes and values and ensures students are connected to the learning by embracing hauora.


Sport and Active Recreation

Offering co-curricular activities provides both students and staff with opportunities to develop further skills including communication, motivation and resilience. With aligned values and clear responsibilities, external sport and active recreation organisations can support schools with physical activity experiences for young people that positively contribute to their wellbeing.



Youth Sport Report

Conducted 2018 to 2020, the Youth Sport Project looked at intermediate and secondary school sport structures, athlete development practices, and support required for teachers, coaches, managers and officials to ensure students enjoy, take part in and develop through sport across Auckland. We thank our partners CLM Community Sport, College Sport Auckland, Harbour Sport, Sport Auckland and Sport Waitākere along with our funders of this initiative, Sport New Zealand.

Voice of Rangitahi Survey Results

Intermediate Schools Survey Results

Secondary Schools Survey Results

Sport Leaders Survey Results

2019 Secondary School Sports Release Census Highlights




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Jacqui Johnston

Team Manager – Community

P: 027 548 4614

E: jacqui@clmnz.co.nz


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Kylie McGrigor

Regional Sports Director

P: 021 422 076

E: kyliem@harboursport.co.nz


Leanne Knox

Young People Lead

P: 027 290 8589

E: leannek@sportauckland.co.nz


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Michael Mau’u

Young People Lead

P: 021 688 970

E: Michael.mauu@sportwaitakere.nz