Aoraki Touch TeamBack row: Miss Mountford, Charlotte Orange, Milly Arras, Jessica Lee Wells, Tom Leov, Quinn Foley-Smith, Mr Blogg. Front row: Brodie England, Conor Foley-Smith, Jackson Weir, Robert Furrer by Helen England

Sports Update

What a busy last two weeks our school has had in the sporting world since our last update. We have had some beautiful weather and some outstanding sporting events happen that students have participated in.

Aoraki Touch

Last Sunday we had a mixed team of year 11-13s play in the Aoraki Touch tournament at Timaru. Geraldine was up against some touch competition but played very well taking home a win against Mackenzie to finish the day. Well done to the team for giving this event a go, especially our 3 girls that played the whole day with no subs! 

Country High Athletics

Following on from our school athletics we took a total of 45 students to Country High athletics, hosted by Waimate. Geraldine High School excels in this event each year with the dominating amount of students we take along to participate in events. It was a very warm day and another exceptional day for our athletes. The students' age grades range from Year 7-13. All of our students placed in at least the top 3 of each individual event and our replay teams all placed 1st bar one 2nd place. Overall this was a great day out and we enjoyed watching our students compete against other country schools. This group showed so much support and unity towards each other, the school spirit towards the younger and older students was outstanding on the sideline. We would like to give a big well done and acknowledge our young U12.5s. This was some of our Year 7 & 8 students' first time attending CHS.students who performed extremely well with their events on this day.

U12.5 Girls

Ruby Mahuika and Georaeah Edmonds-Cooper

Ruby placed 1st in 400m and 800m. She was also a member of the U12.5 relay team who placed 1st. 

Georaeah placed 1st in discus and shotput. Georaeah was also a member of the U12.5 winning relay.

U12.5 Boys

Oli McKeown, Rhys Baker and GP van Heerden

Oli placed 1st in 400m, 800m and High Jump. Oli was also in the winning relay for U12.5 Boys.

Rhys Baker placed 1st in 100m and was in our boys relay team.

GP placed first in Shotput and Discus. 

Results attached

Athletic Champs

A massive congratulations to Ruby Mahuika, Ethan Hole and Rhys Baker who have made the Canterbury Athletics Teams. Ruby will be heading to Dunedin for the 995 team this weekend and Ethan Hole and Rhys Baker have made the IP team and will go to Palmerston North over Easter to compete.

SCPSSA Year 7 & 8 Triathlon

On Friday the 12th of March, six of our Year 7 & 8 students participated in the South Canterbury Primary School Triathlon held at Ashbury Park in Timaru. Racers had to swim 50m, run 2km and bike 4.5km. We had some awesome results from our girls team (Emma Campbell, Hayley Pigeon and Hannah Boorer-Lilley) who placed first overall in their grade. We also had Year 8 student Rhys Baker place first overall in his age grade - this is such an awesome achievement for our young students. Well done guys! 

Results attached

Aoraki Athletics

After an outstanding performance at Country Highs our athletics students moved onto the Aoraki Event in Timaru. There were a total of 17 schools from around the Aoraki region that participate in this event. Geraldine High School took along 24 students to compete in a range of track and field events. It was a very successful day from our participants with a number of athletes being place getters. We acknowledge all participants that did an amazing effort, who placed at this event and displayed the next level competing effort in representing Geraldine High School. We would like to make a special mention to recognise the following students for their own personal success on this day.

Ella Waldron broke the GHS record that stood by Emma Becroft in 2019 (GHS Student) for U14G Long Jump, Ella placed 1st in her grade at Aorakis. The GHS record stood at 4.77m and Ella jumped 5.02m. Ella also placed 1st in her 80m hurdles. Ella has been selected to attend SISS Athletics for hurdles and Long jump. At the weekend Ella also competed in the Canterbury Champs. She placed 1st in her 80m hurdles and 2nd in Long jump. Ella has just been selected for the Canterbury Interprovincial Team which will travel and compete in Palmerston North over Easter.

Renette Van Heerdan placed 1st in U14G Shotput also breaking her own 2020 record of 9.21m with a throw of 9.77m. 

Results attached

SISS Athletics

Following on from Aoraki competition we are excited to announce that the following students have been selected to compete at the South Island Athletics competition on April 9th & 10th. This is a massive achievement for our GHS Students. Well done!

  • Adriana Savage - U14 Triple Jump
  • Amelia McKeown - U19 Triple Jump
  • Beatrix Hardie-Lyne - U19 800m
  • Ella Waldron - U14 100m, Hurdles 80, Long Jump
  • Emily Osborne - U16 200m, 400m
  • Emma Becroft - U16 Discus, Long Jump
  • Kaitlyn Cookson - U15 400m
  • Odessa Hardie-Lyne - U19 3000m
  • Renette van Heerden - U14 Shotput
  • Zai Biggs - U14 100m, 200m, 400m
  • Angus Flannery - U15 Shotput
  • Bailey Lowery - U16 Discus



Registrations have now opened, if your son is wanting to play rugby for the U14.5 or U16.5 secondary school team please email our Courtney at Entries will close March 31st.

U14.5 Boys

We are still on the hunt for coaches & managers for this team. If you are interested in assisting this team please get in touch today!

U16.5 Boys Pre season Training

Pre Season training has now begun. Training is on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, 6pm at the GRFC.


Any girls out there still wanting to place please contact Courtney. Training is after school on a Monday and Wednesday until 5pm at the GRFC.

GHS Netball

With trials all completed we are now finalizing the last few teams and looking forward to getting practices underway. Thank you to our selectors for your time and efforts in helping us select our teams this season.

A friendly reminder to please get your policies signed and returned to Miss Opie in the sports office and to get selling those CHEESE ROLLS.

Upcoming netball skills clinic:

  • 29th March: 3:30-4:40pm Year 7&8
    • 4:30-5:30pm Year 9&10
  • 12th April: 3:30-4:40pm Year 7&8
    • 4:30-5:30pm Year 9&10

GHS PTA Adventure Race

The Geraldine High School (GHS) PTA is currently organising the inaugural Geraldine Adventure Race in conjunction with Crazy Kea Events on Sunday 18 April 2021. The event involves teams of either 2, 3 or 4 and involves trekking, biking, navigation and mystery challenges. The location will remain a secret until the registration the evening prior, but is close to Geraldine and involves hill country, open views, native bush and stunning views. There is both a 3 hour option (great introduction to adventure racing and suitable for families) and a more challenging 6 hour option. The entry fees are very reasonable and will be a lot of fun! Check out for further details. The PTA will award a cup for the best performing GHS team and house points will be awarded to all entrants and place-getters.


Year 9-13 Boys

Boys in Year 9-13 interested in playing some Basketball and making a team. Come to trials on Monday March 22nd from 15:10-16:00. We are trying to form two teams. A junior team of year 9&10 students and a senior team of year 11-13 students. Looking for more players! Judging from the first trials, we need 4-5 more year 9-10 boys and 4-5 more year 11-13 boys to make two teams. If you miss both ‘trials’ and are interested in playing, contact Mr McKay

Basketball Trials - Year 9-13 Girls

Any girls wanting to play basketball during T2 & 3 for GHS. There will be trials next Monday 29th and Wednesday 31st in the school gym after school 3.10pm-4pm.


Year 9-13 Semi finals this week.


Registrations are now open to join the Geraldine Combined Hockey club for the upcoming South Canterbury Hockey Season. Registrations close on the 22nd March 2021. For Year 7 & 8

Please get in contact with Karen O’Kane on 0211672782 or email

Year 9 -13 Winter Tournament Week

Any players wanting to play for the GHS team (boys or girls team) Please get in touch with Courtney.


Please return any Swimming and Athletics Trophies you may have sitting on your mantle to the office.

School Sport Period

Just a reminder that all students must change for their sports period unless they have a note from a parent or if students have an injury. If this is the case then students must communicate this to their sports teacher at the start of the sport period. If you have any questions or concerns around this please do not hesitate to contact our school sport coordinator at

Also, the winter sport choices need to be selected by students on the portal next week. This is for term 2 & 3. If it is not done next week they will have a limited choice of sports with spaces. 

Events coming up:

  • Y9-13 Aoraki Golf
    • 24th of March - Highfield Golf Course, Timaru. Registrations closed.
  • Y7 & 8 SCPSSA Swimming Sports
    • 31st of March - Cbay Pool, Timaru. Registrations closed.
  • First XI Cricket Vs Waimate
    • 31st of March - GHS Grounds.