The value of sport is more than what happens on the field or court. It is also about building good relationships with our students, having a positive understanding with our families and community and engaging students with their education.
At GEIS, we provide our students with high quality sporting opportunities both at participation and competitive levels.
There are many opportunities to participate in sport in the school through our different levels of sport offered. Through sport our students experience and learn how to be part of a team, participate in physical activity, develop leadership skills, resilience and learn how to relate to others. “The strength of the TEAM is each individual. The strength of each individual is the TEAM”. (Phil Jackson) This is our GEIS Gladiators quote that all our teams have adopted.
It is important for children to understand that as individuals they all bring something unique to the team. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, but together in our GEIS teams we are stronger when we all work together. Everyone must contribute to the team, this is where we find our strength. Through all the highs and lows, we journey together as the GEIS Gladiators.
GEIS has different levels of opportunities in sport for our students:
Participation for everyone to be involved. Inter-Class and Inter-Mini School. This runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday either on the field, turf or in the gym. Notices about what is happening are posted on Cactus and Hail.
After School Sport
Basketball, Netball, Water Polo, Cycling. The number of teams we have available for each code is dependent on the number of volunteer coaches and managers. Parents are always needed to help with these roles, if you are able to assist please contact our Director of Sport.
Schoolwide Sporting Events
Participation for everyone to be involved in, which includes Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics/Carnival Day.
Zone Day Sports
Competitions against other West Auckland schools (one day tournaments) over the years GEIS have won 80% of the Waitakere Sporting Events. Trials are held for our zone day teams. Children are notified of these through Cactus and the school notices on Hail (online notices for students) for the sign up process of trials. The Director of Sport selects coaches for each sporting code. The teams selected are based on skills and attitude. These teams have a limited number of entries for each sporting code at the Waitakere Zone Days.
If we place 1st at the Waitakere zone, we then progress through to the Auckland Champs. (one day tournament)
This is a week of competitive sports at Totara Springs, Matamata with other schools from around the Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato region. The teams compete in over 20 sports and these range from rugby, netball, volleyball to petanque, chess and croquet and more. It is highly competitive and GEIS puts in a lot of hard work to prepare our teams for this competition. When the teams are selected we expect our students to be 100% committed to our training programme. We have most of our training sessions at 7.15am, lunchtimes or after school. Trials will be held during term one
National Sporting Champs.
The tournament is held in Tauranga and it is a full week of competitive sports with over 300 schools from throughout New Zealand and Australia. It is a spectacular event with over 7,800 Year 7 and 8 competitors. This is an elite level and there is a selection process where coaches select students through trials.