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Co-curricular Activities

K Smith, R Richards, L Wright, G Crean, S Cooper —

Volleyball, Athletics, Hockey, Surfing

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We have this year had an increase in numbers of teams entered in the 2016 Monday night competition. For the first time we have had four senior teams whilst maintaining three junior teams. I would particularly like to thank coaches and parents who have supported in transporting all of these boys to and from games. Seven teams going in all different directions on Monday night is forever a logistical nightmare so we thank everyone for giving up their time to make this work.

We have had many senior players coaching the junior teams during their lunchtimes and I would like to thank these boys for the work they have done in planning coaching sessions and doing their best to get to the junior games before having to rush over the other side of town for their own games.

Year 9B - Head coach: Willem Button, Assistant Coach: Qeyloux Hakaria

Year 9A - Head Coach: Mana Placid, Assistant Coach: Finesi Lagokamu

Junior A - Head Coach: Luke Hulston, Assistant Coaches: Kim Smith & Josef Berry.

Year 11B & Year 11A - Head Coach: Dan Koster, Assistant Coach: Matt Sharr

Senior B - Head Coach: Jake Darling, Assistant Coach: Yuki Muira

Senior A - Head Coach: Kim Smith, Managers: Matt Sharr & Megan Berry.

A huge thank you to the management teams who go out of your way to provide memorable opportunities for our Volleyball boys.


We had three senior teams entered in both Mainland Championships which was held on 4, 5, and 6 March and in Canterbury Championships which was held last weekend 18, 19 and 20 March.

The Senior B team won their Division 2 Finals in both respective tournaments with the Year 11 team narrowly missing out on finals in both tournaments.

The Senior A team finished 3rd for Mainland Champs and after a gutsy performance in the final of Canterbury Champs we walked away with the silver medal.

Congratulations to Mana Placid (Year 12) for making the Canterbury Tournament team and to our year 13 captain and vice-captain Luke Hulston and Josef Berry who made the Canterbury Tournament team for the second year in a row.

The Senior A team now have two weeks to build up to the National tournament held in Palmerston North over summer tournament week. With some of our boys trialling for NZ age group teams at the culmination of this tournament. We wish them all the best in particular the year 13 boys, as this is their last chance to represent Shirley Boys' High School in the sport of Volleyball.

Kim Smith, TIC Volleyball


On Saturday 19 March, 24 SBHS students competed in 31 events at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Athletics Sports at Rawhiti Domain. For six events, boys competition finished at semi-final level whilst boys made 28 finals. Of those, five came 4th, four came 3rd, four came 2nd and two made 1st place in their event. 

Highlights of the day included a 1st and 2nd place to Connor Watherstone-Spence and Devante Wawatai respectively, a 2nd place to the Junior 4 x 100 m relay team, a 1st to Josh Kenworthy in the 3000 m race walk, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th place to Cameron Marino and a 2nd, 4th and 5th to Sam Harris. Thirteen boys won the right to enter the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Competition a fortnight later. 

South Island Secondary Schools Athletics 

On April 1 – 3 the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics competition was held in Timaru. This competition is designed to prepare athletes for the larger and more prestigious New Zealand Secondary Schools Competition which will be held in early December.

It is very pleasing to note that three Shirley Boys' High School athletes have already been ranked by Athletics New Zealand in the Under 18 (youth men) section.

The team comprised 9 members of whom 6 travelled together with team management while the remaining three made their own way to the track. Their results are listed below.

Tyler Bloomfield, Under 14: 100m - 12.68s 8th

Reece Chalklen - triple jump 3 x NJ, 2000m steeplechase 4th 7:11 (a 40 second personal best) this time with the water jump, which Rawhiti doesn’t have, followed 13 minutes later by the 4th leg of the 4 x 400m relay

Sam Harris: Senior – Long jump 6.11m 6th, Triple jump - 12.82m 3rd

Jay Hill-Cattermole, Under 14: 80m Hurd - 13.24 6th, 100m 13.14s 13th, Discus 31.80 9th

Cam Marino, Junior: 100m - 12.10s 7th, 200m - 24.52s 6th, Long jump - 6.09m 2nd

Sam Stevenson, Junior: 400m 12th injured & scratched from the 3000m

Daniel Watt, Senior: 400m - 53.61 8th, Javelin 23.45 14th

Connor Watherstone – Spence, under 14 - 200 m 25.63 s 4th

Liam Williams, Intermediate: 400m - 54.16 s 4th, 200m - 25.21 s 10th

Relays: Open 4 x 400m relay: Williams, Harris, Watt & Chalklen 3:45.09 6th

Under 15 4 x 100m relay: Bloomfield, Marino, Hill-Cattermole & Watherstone-Spence 48.81 4th

Hockey Trip to play Timaru BHS - Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March 2016

A group of 15 boys travelled to Timaru  on Saturday 12 March to play two games of hockey against Timaru BHS. This allowed us to incorporate new players into the team environment and to allow players to realise the high standard of hockey required when playing against 1st XI teams.

The team gathered at school at 10am on Saturday. Just prior to leaving one of the team members realised he had left the most important piece of equipment required on a hockey trip, his hockey stick, at home. Luckily, mum was there to save the day.

Thanks to Mr Jackman for allowing the boys to pitch their tents on the lawn of his rustic fishing hut in Pleasant Point. After tents were pitched, it was then off to the Opihi River for a quick dip to cool off. Then back into Timaru to play our first game, which ended in a 1-0 win to Timaru Boys. A pleasing result for our first game of the season.

The result on Sunday was not so close and was a huge wake up call to the boys and quickly gave them a lesson as to the level of play required, when playing top teams.

This is the third year, we have played Timaru BHS as part of our pre-season warm-up and is quickly becoming an important fixture for both schools.

Kings Exchange - Surfing

After listening for five hours to Mr Keats talking about touch nationals (he actually carved up because we went and watched him), we finally arrived in Dunedin. We each paired up with our billets at the school and went down to check the local beach. We went surfing for a couple of hours at St Kilda, the surf was big and heavy there and some of the younger surfers on our team couldn’t handle it and paddled in to sit on the beach. Afterwards we went to another beach just down the road called St Clair, we surfed there until dark. We woke up in the morning to a howling southerly wind. We headed down to the school where the Kings High surf teacher decided we head down the coast to compete at a break called 7.5 down by Taieri River mouth. It was still quite windblown but there were waves to be had. The competition was set out in tag team format and we had 90 minutes to get through all six surfers. After Jake and Bayley mucked around in the water Zayne and Harvey put on spectacular show and scored a lot of points for our team. We were running out of time (a tactical error by me the captain) but in the end we managed to scrape away with a narrow win by a 1 point victory to the dismay of the Kings staff and parents. A massive thanks must go to Mr Keats for his stellar organisation of the trip and him encouraging me personally in the scary conditions.

Liam Wright

South Island Lawn Bowls Champs

Ben Klemick (Yr 12) and Ethan Te Puni (Yr 11) competed in the South Island Secondary Schools Lawn Bowls Championship on Tuesday 5 April. Ben finished 6th and Ethan 10th.

Water Polo

SBHS Canoe Polo A Team after their energetic Division 1 play off game against Middleton B. (see photo below).  The boys lost 7 - 4 which placing them fourth.

Three of the players - Olly, Campbell and Ashleigh - were fresh to the game this season. They played exceptionally well against players who had played, in most cases, for three seasons.