Sport provides opportunities for personal fitness, self discipline and development of team play. Competition teams represent the school in rugby, netball, soccer, swimming, athletics, cross country, equestrian, basketball, cricket and volleyball.
Years 9 and 10 have timetabled Physical Education lessons. Years 11, 12 and 13 can opt to take Physical Education. Sport and Recreation is also a popular subject to study in Years 12 and 13. This course involves the great outdoors and opportunities to go fishing, diving and tramping! Sounds too good to be true!
The Sport and Recreation pupils, combined with the Duke of Edinburgh pupils, went tramping to Cape Brett. This is an annual event and includes camping overnight at Deep Water Cove, a 5 hour tramp to Cape Brett, sleeping in the DOC Hut and tramping back. Lots of sore feet, but the views and the weather made the trip worthwhile! Other opportunities also exist in Outdoor Education. These include abseiling, rock climbing, canoeing, tramping and participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
The school has a well equipped gymnasium, large playing fields, floodlit astrograss surface (suitable for netball, tennis and hockey), weight training room and a heated indoor swimming pool. The 22 metre indoor swimming pool is fully utilised by the school and the local swimming club. The gymnasium incorporates a climbing wall for budding rock climbers.
Cricket is also a popular sport - Dargaville High School's First XI play in a men's league. The First XI is made up from a mixture of juniors, seniors and a few Dargaville old boys.
The school is fortunate enough to have a Sports Coordinator. Her job role is co-ordination of all sports within the school and within the district. The Sports Coordinator works closely with Sports Northland, keeping Dargaville High School at the forefront of the sporting field.
We have a few rugby league players amongst our pupils who are gaining regional recognition for their talents. Rugby is also an important part of our extra curricular activities and we have parents to thank for their contribution to our sporting program.
Also, thanks to parents, we have an Equestrian team and a trap-shooting team - part of our extra curricular activities program.