Spartan Sport


Sport at Shirley Boys’ High will provide a platform for students to:

  • Have FUN
  • Pursue aims of excellence, personal achievement and self-discipline
  • Improve self-esteem and sportsmanship
  • Establish friendship with other students within the school and beyond
  • Meet and get to know teachers beyond the classroom
  • Develop leadership and ‘followship’ skills
  • Opportunities will be available in a diverse range of sports for all to participate, enjoy and achieve at a level appropriate to their development, skill and potential.

Encourage acceptance of the benefits of quality opportunities in sport and recreation, including acceptance of the Fair Play Charter.

SBHS offers a wide range of sports and welcomes students of all abilities and experience to get involved. The sporting arm of the school is referred to as Spartans Sport. For all the sports we offer click the button below. 


Shirley Boys’ High School students will achieve personal growth and success through playing sport and doing physical activity.

We will achieve this vision by:

  • providing opportunities for students to be involved in a broad range of sport and physical activities
  • establishing and maintaining facilities that are suitable for developing a diverse range of sporting skills
  • encouraging students to strive toward BtB  (Better than Before).
  • putting the student at the centre of the decision making process
  • providing sporting pathways from our contributing schools and to our community clubs and organisations
  • approaching sport from the philosophy that ‘better people make better athletes’
  • actively promote the principles and  philosophy of the ‘Shirley Man’ and the ‘Fair Play Charter’

For more information about the Junior Spartans Programme (JSP), see the Spartans Sports Directory.

Sport Registration, Levies, Tournament and Exchange info, Coaches and Managers guide, Compliance.

For all current information regarding Spartan Sport follow the link to the Spartan Sport Directory

Students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are eligible to apply for entry into a specialised Sports Development Programme.

It is a condition of entry to this programme that the students play their major code/s in a school team (where a team is available).

The programme provides specialised ongoing training for the top sports students, who in turn will form a core of able students in each of the school’s first teams.

In the middle of each year, applications are invited from Year 9 students who wish to be considered for this programme in the following year.

Entry Criteria include:

  • Must be selected and an active member of your chosen codes top team for Shirley Boys High School E.g. Junior 1st XI Football, Under 14A Rugby Team.
  • Individual athletes need to receive a reference from an external person such as a coach which outlines their history and success in their sport AND how they will support them in this programme.
  • Gain appropriate Teacher in charge of Sport approval.
  • Attend trials which will occur at lunchtimes or after school.
  • Fitness Testing scores from the previous year are examined and monitored.

If you would like to apply for the programme, please go to the following link, and complete an application.

APPLICATION FORM    Applications close August 30th.

In recognition of Year 9 students finding it difficult to establish themselves within sport at Shirley Boys High School and fueled by a desire to have all students active, the school has adopted a policy of compulsory involvement in physical activity for all Year 9 students. Students are required to commit to a minimum of two terms of physical activity. The emphasis will be on ‘playing the game’ and the social interactions made possible through physical activity. Many of the activities are prioritized for Year 9 students only (JSP).


Students must commit to their chosen activities in the first two weeks of term one and must select at least one activity in two out of the four terms throughout the year. Checks will be made to ensure that they are honouring their commitment. Failure to complete the two terms worth of sport may have school-based consequences.


The Year Nine Sports Programme offers opportunities in both ‘in-school activities’ (Clubs or JSP’s) and competitive involvement. If selecting a Club or JSP option a student must attend his chosen activity for a minimum of one hour on a regular weekly basis throughout the term(s) during which he is enrolled in the activity. The JSP programme is displayed on page 25 and a selection form is inserted at the rear of this directory.

Summer and winter sports teams were formed with the opening of Shirley BHS in 1957. These included athletics, cricket, football, hockey, rowing, rugby, swimming and tennis. As the school roll increased, sports such as golf, shooting and table tennis were added and these later included badminton, canoe polo, cycling, dragon boating, fencing, futsal, ice and in-line hockey, martial arts, mountain biking, squash, surfing, touch, and volleyball.

A rigorous Sports Development Programme offers students NCEA Physical Education Standards from Year 10 onwards and this has led to provincial and national sporting representation for Shirley BHS teams and individuals.

Among these are All Blacks Steve Scott, Craig Green, Chris Jack and Ryan Crotty; volleyballer Hugh McCutcheon, NZOM; cricketers Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan; Black Sticks Bradley and Hayden Shaw. For several years, Shirley BHS dragon boaters were the New Zealand schoolboy champions while the school rowing squad members are regular medal winners at Maadi Cup and other rowing championships.

To qualify for a Spartan Sports tie a student must either appears in 50% or more of the first teams fixtures in a given season or be a second year member of that first team.

Spartan Sport code badges are awarded by coaches/managers to students after making a single first team appearance and Bar badges are awarded on-top of these to represent long service in a first team (2nd, 3rd Year Bar etc).

Blues badges are awarded to our top sportsman at the annual Sportsman of the Year dinner. These badges denote representing a given sport at the top level (Canterbury/NZ) as well as being a worthy representative of the school (including academic/attendance/attitude etc). These awards are generally reserved for Y12 & Y13 students.

Full Honours list here

Shirley Boys’ High provide a physiotherapy service for students and staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Sick BayAppointments can be made in the Sick Bay with Ms Cooper or online at 

Physiotherapy provided at school means less academic time lost and no travel costs or time.  You can get early treatment of your injuries and have less time out of the sport or activities you are involved with.  

Sharada Stewart from Balance Physiotherapy has a Master’s degree in Sports Physiotherapy and is experienced in sports physiotherapy and injury management in the adolescent age group. We can also consult with coaches and PE staff to help you get the correct level of activity as you recover. There is no need to be referred by a doctor but if the physiotherapist feels a GP or specialist needs to be consulted or X-rays takenshe can organise this at assessment. Get treated early for a good recovery! 

ACC still subsidise accident-related physiotherapy treatment and we caninitiate your ACC claim for you. The co-payments are $34.00 for initialinjury assessment and $30.00 for follow-up treatments. Holders of a CSCare eligible for a discounted rate of $30 initial and $28 follow-up,evidence of CSC must be provided with consent to receive this discount. These co-payments may be claimed on Private Health insurance; check yourpolicy. We also treat non-ACC cases.

For more information or to make an appointment contact Ms Cooper in the Sick Bay phone: 929 0685  or Balance Physiotherapy:  phone 021 742 723, email [email protected], or book online at  

As well as our traditional Academic Scholarship which is awarded to the prospective student who scores the highest on the CV Gallagher Scholarship examination, for students starting in 2021 there is also the opportunity to gain the “CV Gallagher Creative Shirley Music Scholarship” and the “CV Gallagher Spartan Sport Scholarship”. There are two additional sport scholarships awards, the details of these can be found here.

SBHS warm up gear is available for purchase/fitting in the first week of every term. Reminders and instruction around this will be in the school notices and also on our instagram @sbhsspartansport



As spectators of your sons’ sport it is important you promote the fair play charter that is included in this booklet. Whilst one of our pillars at SBHS is around excellence it is not at the expense of respect for our own teams, the opposition, supporters of the opposition and the officials.

Please be positive citizens of our community and enhance the experience for ALL those who are participating. You will notice the following signs placed on our fields of play please remember…



We would like to extend a massive thanks to our sponsors for their continued support of Spartan Sport.

For all information regarding Spartan Sport Sponsorship please click here.