Healthy Active Learning and Sport

We are a Healthy Active Learning School.

Healthy Active Learning (HAL) is a joint government initiative between Sport NZ and the Ministries of Health and Education to improve the well-being of tamariki through healthy eating and drinking and quality physical activity.


What success looks like:

  1. Our school understands and recognises the value of the Health, Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.
  2. The school supports and promotes quality play, sports, and physical activity opportunities.
  3. Teachers are confident and capable of delivering the Health, Physical Education and Hauora curriculum.
  4. We support and promote a healthy food and drink environment.
  5. Otonga School makes well-informed decisions when engaging with external providers.
  6. We are connected to their wider community, including whānau and local health and physical activity providers such as Sport NZ.

We are very proud of our work across the school and in this area and it is celebrated in this article from the Education Gazette Volume 103 | Issue 2 (22 February 2024).

Students can participate in individual and team sports/games during and after school.

Te Kura o Tihiōtonga has teams for netball, hockey, miniball, rip rugby, flipper ball, futsal, and cricket. Many of our students belong to football clubs. Each year we hold athletics and cross-country events, with children going on to represent the school at inter-school and regional championships.

Healthy competition is important. 

There are many other events on the Central BOP Sports Calendar that we take part in. Some of these include RATS Duathlon, Top School, Gymnastics, Chess, Rippa Rugby, Tough Guy and Gal Competition, Tennis, Swimming, and many more.

Otonga School hosts the Central Bay Primary School Events Director, Whaea Liz Savage, who works across our region under the Rotorua Principals’ Association (RPA).