Within the Junior School the Columba College sporting philosophy emphasises fun and participation across a wide range of activities. We also provide the opportunity for girls and boys to develop skills in their chosen sporting strengths.

In Years 0-2 the focus is on fundamental sport skills and movement. Students are involved in modified games and exercises through Physical Education classes to let them practise skills and movement.

From Year 3, our Director of Sport (Mrs Rhonda Skerten) oversees a variety of sporting codes. She organises our ‘Have a Go’ programmes in both winter and summer codes to introduce students to different sports. Team sports are introduced and students have the opportunity to represent the College in inter-school competitions. Students discover their own aptitudes and passions through these programmes and can decide which sports they wish to follow in future years.

At this age we believe sport is not about winning, but is about students learning to bring their best efforts to their sporting endeavours, to dig deeper, not to give in and to be resilient in adversity. In doing so, our students learn good habits which transfer into other areas of their lives.

Years 5 and 6 students participate in a wider competitive environment and are provided with skill development in several sports.

2014 Junior School Athletics Sports at the Caledonian Ground


Junior School sports include:


All students in Years 0-6 take part in our annual Junior School Athletics Sports Day, where they can compete in different events and take part in fun activities. From this day selected athletes are chosen to represent the College at inter-school events.


All Junior School pupils participate in Swimsation lessons in Terms One and Four at Moana Pool. In Term One, all students take part in our annual Swimming Carnival. Our top swimmers are chosen to represent our school in regional swimming events.


Years 4 – 6 Miniball players at Columba College play in their own league at the Edgar Sports Centre during the winter months.

Cross Country

The annual Junior Cross Country is held in Term Three for Years 4-6. Students who are successful in this event will represent the College at the Hills Cluster and Otago Cross Country events.


Flippaball is a modified version of water polo that introduces basic skill fundamentals to Years 3-6 students. The College enters teams in the Otago Competition in both the Years 5-6 competition and the Years 3-4 league.


Netball has a high participation rate at Columba College and we encourage students from Year 3 up to get involved. The sport is played as part of a weekly competition at the Edgar Sports Centre. Selected students have the opportunity to trial for representative teams. 

T Ball

The younger students in Years 0-2 are able to participate in the T Ball competition at Bathgate Park on a Saturday morning.


Participation in ‘Have a Go Days’ is popular with all students in Years 3-6.