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Athletics Sports Information - Thursday 25th February

posted 21 Feb 2021, 11:39 by Debbie Stevens

For a programme of events, click here.

Important Information

  • Boarding staff will escort all boarders to the gym at 8.00 am ready to be transported by bus to Porritt Stadium. You will be transported back to school at the end of the day.
  • Roll check is at 8.25 am at Porritt Stadium (in Houses). Ask your parents or caregivers to deliver you to Porritt Stadium (bus students see below). If you bike or drive to school, then go directly to Porritt.
  • The first event starts at 8.30 am (3000m). If you are running in this event, please get to the track early.
  • Everyone is expected to complete the 800m walk as a warm-up. This is not a championship event. Times and records will not be kept. House points do not count for this event. If you are a competitive race walker please let Mr Cornaga know if you are interested in competing at Zone or Waikato Championships.
  • You must wear the correct PE uniform. House singlets may be worn. Items of mufti are not permitted. Do not wear face paint, flowers, balloons, tinsel, or feather items of clothing. This is a Hamilton City Council rule. Please check the weather forecast. You may need extra clothing.
  • You are strongly advised to wear shoes - especially for the longer track events e.g. 200m, 400m. If you do not wear shoes, expect blisters. Please be prepared. The nurse at first aid would prefer not to be treating blisters when you could have taken preventative action.
  • Track events have precedence over field events. That means, report to your field event and register your name, then go immediately to your track event and take part, then return to your field event. If you are a serious competitor make sure you are in the first 2-4 heats which will be timed.
  • Field events: If you want to compete then you must be ready to compete at the event start time on the programme. You have a maximum of three jumps or throws (except for the high jump). You get a point for your House by exceeding the House Point Standard. If you are happy with that you can finish there. If you are a serious competitor, a Measuring Standard will be even further. Everyone who exceeds the Measuring Standard will have their jump or throw measured for the Championship.
  • You may not leave until the grounds are tidy and you have been dismissed. This will be between 2.45 and 3.00 pm, after your roll check. After the sports day, staff will supervise students waiting to be collected by parents or family members at the entrance to Porritt Stadium on Crosby Road. For health and safety reasons, please organise to be picked up by 3.00 pm.
  • Be prepared for a hot sunny day. Bring sunblock, hats, sunglasses, drink bottles with iced water, and snack food. Make sure you keep fluids up as you are going to be active.  Stay in the shade when not competing.
  • Programmes will be given out on the day, posted in your form class, and on the sports noticeboard. A copy of the programme is posted above.
  • Parents/caregivers/whānau are most welcome to join us at Porritt Stadium.
  • The Student Councils will be running a sausage sizzle and will be selling ice-creams - so bring some gold coins. 
  • Postponement: If the weather is not looking good, we will send out a whole school email postponement notification. This will also be posted on the Dio Facebook page. If the day is postponed, please come to school prepared for a normal school day.

Athletic Sports Bus/Transport Organisation

The Te Awamutu, Cambridge/Matangi and Morrinsville bus students will be dropped off at and collected from Porritt Stadium.
Huntly, Ngaruawahia, Raglan, Templeview/Whatawhata/Pirongia and Rototuna students will come to school on their respective bus runs as normal. They will then board a Turley Motors chartered bus which will depart from outside the Dio gym at 8.20 am.  This bus will transport the girls to the stadium and also return them to school in the afternoon for them to catch their buses home. This bus will depart Porritt Stadium at approximately 3.10 pm.

Any questions regarding Athletics Day should be sent to Mark Cornaga, Director of Sport: