At Rotorua Boys’ High School we offer a balanced sports programme, in an effort to support the needs of young men today and the stars of tomorrow! Our Schools vision reflects the determination by staff and students “to be the best outstanding Boys’ School in New Zealand. This can be supported by the historical results of our sporting teams including;

  • Our 1st XV rugby team won the National Secondary Schools’ Championship in 2015 and came 3rd at the SANIX RUGBY WORLD YOUTH TOURNAMENT in 2016
  • Our Senior Touch Team won the National Finals in December 2015 and 2017
  • Our U15 Sevens team won the North Island Secondary Schools competiton this year
  • Our Waka Ama crews contested the New Zealand Schools Waka Ama Championships on the Blue Lake and returned with some impressive fiinal performances
  • Our Basketball Team placed 4th at the National Secondary Schools Championship in 2015
  • Our Golf Teams came 1st at the JI Manihera Memorial Golf Tournament last year and placed first in the NZ Super Eight Schools Championship this year

The Sport Department‘s aim is to identify, foster and maximise, in a holistic approach, the natural sporting talent that each student brings to our School. We look forward to offering new students the opportunity to become part of the Rotorua Boys’ High School sporting family.

Sports Academy Booklet

Sports Academies

Rugby Academy Philosophy

To foster, identify, enhance and develop the attainment of rugby players and skill levels along with the development and appreciation of rugby as a sport.

Directors of Rugby

Ngarimu Simpkins was appointed as Director of Rugby at Rotorua Boys’ High School in 2014, his past coaching success includes leading the Ngati Porou East Coast to a Heartland Championship in 2012, and now Rotorua Boys’ High School to the New Zealand School’s National Rugby Championship in 2015.

Before becoming involved in coaching, Ngarimu played professional rugby for a number of years and represented at first class level both North Harbour and Bay of Plenty. He was also for a time with the Waikato Chiefs Super Rugby Team, before becoming a rugby coach.

Rotorua Boys’ High School has a strong rugby academy program that allows international students to mix with top schoolboy rugby players and high level coaching. Each player will be challenged mentally and physically, through tactical game plan options and strength & conditioning fitness levels. Expectations are high to ensure there is development in all areas of the game and to ensure that our school remains as one of New Zealand’s top rugby schools.

With thanks to our sponsors:

  • Rotorua Ford & Mazda
  • Hairama Logging
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • R&O Riggers and Operators
  • Kukri
  • Fuji Xerox

International Students Rugby Academy

Rotorua Boys' High School offers a world renowned Golf Academy which operates from an on-site 10-bay golf driving range and state of the art short game facility. Our Director of Golf, Jared Pender is a NZPGA Class A Professional and provides a development programme that includes: Computer golf analysis, Golf Statistical analysis and a comprehensive Short Game Handicapping system.

Golf Academy Program

The Raukura Golf Academy operates three levels of membership

1. Elite Academy

The Elite Academy membership is for boys who want to reach the highest level and be proficient at Golf.

This membership provides:

  • 2x 1 hour lessons with NZPGA Professional Jared Pender per week
  • 18 Holes of golf monitored by the director of golf
    Weekly Video analysis
  • Golf membership at Rotorua, Springfield and Lakeview Golf Clubs
  • Flight Scope analysis (distance, skills and game testing)
    2 weekend trips away for golf play and tournament preparation to elite courses
  • Discounted Callaway, Titleist and Cobra ranges of golf gear
  • Mental skills coaching/ mentors available (at a small cost)
  • Gym membership at RBHS weights gymnasium
  • Unlimited use of the driving bay nets and short game facilities at RBHS

NZD $6000.00 per year - $1500 payable at the start of each term

2. Progressive Academy

This membership provides:

  • 1 x 1 hour lesson with NZPGA Professional Jared Pender per week
  • 18 Holes of golf monitored by the director of golf
  • Flight Scope analysis (distances)
  • 2 weekend trips away for golf play and tournament preparation to elite courses (at a small cost)
  • Weekly Video analysis
  • Mental skills coaching/ mentors available (at a small cost)
  • Golf membership at Rotorua, Springfield and Lakeview Golf Clubs
  • Gym membership at RBHS weights gymnasium
  • Unlimited use of the driving bay nets and short game facilities at RBHS

NZD $4000 per year, $1000 payable at the start of each term.

3. Development Academy

The Development Clinic is an opportunity for boys to develop their golfing skills.

This membership provides:

  • 1x 30 minute lesson with NZPGA Professional Jared Pender per week
  • 18 Holes of golf monitored by the director of golf
  • Golf membership at Rotorua, Springfield and Lakeview Golf Clubs
  • Mental skills coaching (at a small cost)
  • Weekly Video analysis
  • Unlimited use of the driving bay nets and short game facilities at RBHS

$1500 per year, $375 payable at the start of each term.

Football Academy Director

Mr Mark Trembath comes to Rotorua Boys' High School with 5 years of experience coaching Youth Football in our local area. He was the football Coordinator for Rotorua Intermediate School where he helped them to establish their dominance in local and regional competitions and coached them to the final at NZAIMS Games 2016 in Futsal.

Mr Trembath is an old boy of Raukura, playing football for all his years in Boys' High teams.

He was a part of the Boys' High 1st XI team for his senior years and in 2003, Mark was part of the team to qualify for the New Zealand Premier National tournament as their Goal Keeper.

Mr Trembath is passionate about developing footballers at RBHS and in our local area and is currently doing his NZ Football coaching certificates to upskill himself in Football and Futsal.

He currently has his Youth Level 2 in Football and his Level 1 in Futsal. He is about to embark on his Level 3 Football Youth Certificate and his Level 2 in Futsal.

He is the head coach for the Rotorua Boys' High School 1st XI, which play in the Bay of Plenty Premier U19 Competition on Saturdays', while also coaches the Junior A team, playing in the local U16 competition for Saturday football.

Mr Trembath also coaches Futsal (indoor 5 a-side) at Junior and Senior Level too.

Achievements to date:

  • Winners of the Gold Coast Representative Premier Football Carnival U13-14 (2018)
  • Winners of the WAIBOP U16 Rotorua Local Football (2018)
  • Winners of the WAIBOP U19 Baywide Premier Football (2018)
  • Winners of the Hillcrest Invitational Futsal (2018)
  • Runners up at B.O.P Futsal Secondary School Championships (2018)
  • 3rd Place NZSS Football Malcolm Cowie Tournament Papakura 2018

The RBHS Hockey Academy is a one of a kind Hockey specific program within the Bay of Plenty region.

  • The RBHS Hockey Academy aims to develop all aspects of our young Hockey athletes, looking at not only the technical and tactical aspects of the sport but encompassing Physical, Mental and Emotional elements to contribute to the overall growth of our boys.
  • The Hockey Academy is incorporated into the students in-school physical education time allowing them to develop within school hours.
  • You can expect video analysis of matches and hockey skill breakdowns, modified games, Hockey specific strength and conditioning, individual performance planning, off-site field trips, mental skills workshops utilising the most up to date hockey training equipment and coaching techniques.

Director of Hockey - Mr J Carroll

The RBHS Director of Hockey Mr J Carroll is an old boy of the school who has over 20 years of Hockey experience both in New Zealand and Australia as a player and coach. He was recently acknowledged from Hockey New Zealand for his contribution to coaching.

Rotorua Boys’ High School is proud to appoint a new Director of Basketball.

‘Old Boy”, Theo Tait brings a wealth of experience and energy to his new role as Director of Basketball at Rotorua Boys’ High School. Active in this sport as both an athlete and a coach for over 25 years, Theo’s involvement has taken him all over the globe in various roles. His major coaching roles at home have included; the NZ Junior Tall Blacks Assistant Coach (qualifying for the World U19’s), NZ U19 Boys’ Head Coach (obtaining a Gold Medal at the Oceania Games in Australia) and NZ U19 Maori Mens’ Assistant/Manager for their Tour to Tonga. Theo also has experience as a High Performance Coach.

In the National Basketball League he was the Auckland Stars Assistant Coach and General Manager for 4 years, winning 2 NBL titles and 2 second placings during his 4 years with the Auckland Stars. He was the Assistant Coach for the Hawkes Bay Hawks for 2 years, achieving the finals in his first year and working with his friend and mentor, Head Coach, Tab Baldwin.

Theo has ties to Rotorua and to Rotorua Boys’ High School, being born in Rotorua, and an “Old Boy’ of the school. He has represented the city for basketball in many age group and senior Representative teams. He was granted a Junior Tall Black trial, and enjoyed a brief stint with the then Waikato Titans (Warriors). He also had many years with the Rotorua 2nd Division Senior Men’s teams, as both a player and a coach. Theo’s son attended Rotorua Boys’ High School and during that time, Theo coached the RBHS Junior A and Senior A teams. Theo says it was that experience which fired his enthusiasm to pursue coaching further, and he moved to Auckland to take up a role with the Auckland’s Stars Franchise in the New Zealand Basketball League as the General Manager and Assistant Coach. “My application for a position as a Coach on the Basketball NZ Koru Tour started my journey into the BBNZ coaching of age groups” he says. “ I am honoured to be able to share my experiences with the young men of Rotorua Boys’ High School and to help develop skills towards their aspirations in the sport of Basketball.”


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