Sport in Education

Howick College is proud to have been selected as one of the first eight schools in New Zealand to be part of the Sport in Education (SiE) project. SiE contributes to improved academic, social and sporting outcomes for schools and their students by using sport as a context for learning and student engagement.


Sport has generally been promoted for its positive impact on young people's physical and mental health, but an increasing number of evidence from international research suggests that increased participation in sport and physical activity can also lead to improved academic and social outcomes, benefiting students, schools and communities. 
Launched in 2013 as a three year trial, the SiE project philosophy was to develop, trial and evaluate approaches to deliver improved outcomes that will then be made available to all schools. Sport New Zealand led the project with the support and involvement of the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, New Zealand Council for Education Research, New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council, and the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
After a very successful trial which saw student achievement and engagement increase significantly, SiE is now a permanent part of Howick College's curriculum programme and continues to deliver positive learning outcomes for our SiE students.

The initiatives and aims of the SiE project include:

  • developing teaching and assessment resources in Maths, English, Social Sciences and Physical Education using sport as a context to engage students in learning;
  • developing an associated professional development support programme;
  • providing student leadership opportunities, including utilising young leaders/coaches in primary schools;
  • incorporating the values and characteristics of sport into the school environment, such as teamwork, rules, respect, growth mindset, leadership, and of course, our 4C values - courtesy, commitment, curiosity, courage;
  • mentoring students both in the classroom and on the sports field.
For further information about our Sport in  Education programme, please click on the attached PDF.
If you have any specific inquiries, please contact the Director of Sport in Education, Mrs Emma Jones -

SiE in Action

At Howick, the SiE programme focusses on developing three components:


Academic achievement - At Howick College, we have students involved in the SiE programme from Year 9 through to Year 11. Year 9 classes (one male class and one female class) are made up of students with a passion for sport and leadership who are selected following an application process. Students focus on Physical Education, Maths, Science, English, Social Studies, Sport, Literacy, Health, Digital Technology, and Athlete Development.

In Year 10, there are also two classess (one male class and one female class). At this level, students focus on Physical Education, Maths, Science, English, Social Studies, and Health. Two classes (mixed gender) continue into Year 11 and students complete Level 1 NCEA in Physical Education, Maths, Science, and English. Student progress is closely monitored and strong connections are made with teachers and whanau.


Social outcomes - SiE students are given many opportunities to act as Sports Ambassadors at events within local primary schools and in the wider community. Students are actively encouraged to develop coaching and officiating skills. Our SiE students are expected to be role models for their peers and younger students. We are developing closer links with our feeder schools and it is not unusual for our PE teachers to provide professional development and support to primary/intermediate teachers. Teachers and students from the SiE programme can sometimes undertake coaching and/or officiating roles at our feeder schools. We are developing our community links and stronger relationships are being forged with a number of our local sporting clubs.


Sporting success - SiE students are expected to represent Howick Colleg in at least one sport. Through representation, students can demonstrate the school's values of courtesy,  commitment, curiosity and courage. Students are supported to strive to be the very best that they can be, both when representing the school and within their sporting commitments. Teachers support students with their time management when juggling trainings and school work. An awareness of careers in sport is encouraged through the SiE programme, so that students are inspired to ensure that their passion for sport is one that lasts a lifetime.