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Sports Update

We have had some phenomenal results and equally impressive moments of resilience amid adversity in sport over the past few weeks!

Our cricketers across grades have been performing superbly in 2022. 

Our rowers continue to epitomise the word ‘grit’ with Covid-19 restrictions on Maadi Cup not hindering these young men’s efforts to train and work so hard for one another. 

Our athletics men not only participated but competed at podium level nationally last week. 

Amongst all this taking place, we also have individuals making representative teams such as in league or cross country top 3 results! 

Kaha rite Kotahi! We are strong as one! 

Please keep up to date with our STC Facebook sports page for all the latest on these results, and details about the up and coming winter sports! 

Please also see information below from School Sport New Zealand regarding the governments amendment to the Health Order regarding sport.  

We are expecting the amendment to the Health Order in relation to the requirement that all students participating in school activities, including school sport, are not subject to vaccine mandates will come into effect in the coming days.

Key points for schools and providers of school sport once this comes into effect:

  • All students will be eligible to participate in school sport activities regardless of vaccination status. Standard eligibility criteria set by the organiser of events will still be in place. Students cannot be asked for proof of vaccination status when participating for a school representative team.
  • Students who are in a school-organised team, group or individual activity cannot be asked for a vaccine pass and must be treated by the activity organiser or venue operator as if they were vaccinated.
  • There is no change to the vaccine requirements for staff and volunteers supporting any school activity involving children and young people – they must be vaccinated and may be asked by venue staff to provide evidence of their vaccination.
  • Sport NZ and School Sport NZ recommends event organisers take a pragmatic approach to the introduction of this change – where it is possible to incorporate participants that may have been previously excluded due to the legislation in place at that time, you should. Where this might present significant disruption to competitions we recommend proceeding with already selected teams or squads.
  • Where a young person is representing any team other than a school representative team, MVPs may still be required within the current changes to the Health Order.
  • Changes will apply to all venues, including council venues that are used for school organised activities and require a Vaccine Pass.
  • Vaccine Pass requirements will no longer apply for those participating in school-related activities (curricular or extracurricular). Students will be ‘exempt’ from vaccine pass requirements and there will be no requirement for facilities to partition off space for these groups.
  • For council venues that have chosen to not apply a Vaccine Pass setting or have chosen not to host EOTC activities, there is no change.
  • A reminder that at Red, these activities will still be able to have up to 100 participants in a defined space, so long as the adult participants have a My Vaccine Pass.

We appreciate that there will be many more questions and specific scenarios that will need to be interpreted as we move forward. Be kind and show patience as we move through these challenges.

Sport NZ will update its School Sport specific guidance once the changes to the Health Order have come into effect. We at St Thomas’ will then further update you on any further changes down the track.