The Aquinas Sports Academy (ASA) was established in 2009 after extensive research and consultation with the school, its sports codes and community. The ASA Board has 4 over-arching aims:
Applications for ASA classes for 2018 are now open.
Download the ASA application form 2018 here or pick up a paper copy from the School Office or Sports Office. Applications close on November 17, 2017 (by 5.00pm) – late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. The selection committee consists of the Principal, Director of Sport and a member of the AS Board.
Current ASA members are required to re-apply for positions.
ASA will benefit all pupils involved in sport at Aquinas. An increasing body of research supports the view that a well rounded academic and sporting based education develops students that are better equipped to meet the pressures of the modern world. Our own research reinforced this viewpoint and a generic not specific sport development model for the Academy was chosen.
ASA is managed by the ASA Director, Bill Kite. He oversees two main streams of Sport development in the School. The first is a curriculum stream which develops and works with a key group of elite athletes. The second is within the infrastructure of the sports clubs and codes of the school. The Director works along side the clubs and their boards to provide resource and assistance to these hard working volunteers which make sport happen in the school.
There are three ASA classes, one at Year 8, 9 and 10. Class sizes are small and have been set at about 12 pupils per class. Pupils apply for selection. The selected pupils still spend the bulk of their time in their usual classes and attend ASA classes for two periods per week with a few additional hours after school.
Widespread participation and achievement in sport is central to the mission of Aquinas College and ASA recognises this. The ASA umbrella will encompass many Aquinas sports codes. The ASA Director works with the Teachers-in-charge of various sports to support administration, sports funding, short and medium term targets and planning. ASA is also involved in sourcing and promoting the skill development of coaches.
Mr Bill Kite is the ASA Director of Sport. He has an extensive background in Secondary School teaching, having specialised in Physical Education (PE) and Mathematics for the past 20 years. He has also been heavily involved with coaching various sporting teams at all levels. His work history includes time as Sports Director and PE Head of Department at Dilworth School in Auckland.
Mr Kite’s role will encompass not only developing the ASA class programme and teaching, he will be involved in promoting the ASA and sport at Aquinas and he will oversee the provision of coach development opportunities. He will also provide leadership in sport development.
There is also an ASA Board. Those on the board are: Shane Wilson (chair), Bill Kite, Richard Watson, Tony Stack, David Strong, Stephen Low, Ray Scott, Andrew Burn and Monique Balvert-OConnor.
For more information please refer to the information below:
ASA Sport Policy
Aquinas College Full Report Sport Review December 2016
We wish to acknowledge and thank the following business that is the key sponsor of ASA:
If you would like to become a sponsor of ASA please call Bill Kite 07-5432400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will discuss how you can become part of our sporting success.