Participation of boys in sporting activities is an essential part of school life. The boys benefit from such participation in many ways, including: improvement in physical well-being; learning to extend themselves; learning and experiencing team work; developing and refining skills; learning to cope with adversity; learning to lose with dignity and to win with grace.
The School believes that involvement in sports programmes, with their emphasis on physical fitness, skill and team building, is an important part of School life. Disciplined care of the body and the cultivation of temperate habits are essential for Healthy living. For this reason Sport is compulsory for all boys from Years 3 to 12.
In the Junior School, sporting activities are provided in a range of different areas catering for the abilities of all boys. The boys have the added advantage of accessing all the sporting facilities usually reserved for the Middle and Senior School students. These include indoor aquatic centre, indoor basketball courts, and a state of the art track and field facility. The emphasis is on team sports in order to encourage co-operation, camaraderie and mutual respect. Competitiveness is encouraged for the sake of enabling boys to give of their best, rather than simply for the sake of winning. Boys are given the opportunities to succeed and develop through to the elite level in one or more of many different sports. All boys in Years 4 to 6 participate in inter-school competitions usually on Saturdays during term. Inter-school matches are organised under the auspices of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) NSW Branch Ltd. All boys in Years 4 – 6 are required to attend sports practices and to make themselves available to play for a School team on Saturday mornings at the various venues each Saturday of term.
Boys in Kindergarten to Year 3 do not play in teams at an inter-school level. Year 3 boys participate in skills sessions in the four traditional sports of Cricket, Basketball, Rugby and Football (Soccer), during their weekly sport sessions and on four Friday afternoons per term.
SPORTS POLICY FOR THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
> Sport is played for enjoyment and to develop skill, fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship.
> The sports played are basketball, cricket, cross-country running, football (soccer), rugby, softball, swimming, tee-ball and track & field.
> All boys in Years 3-6 must participate in the Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming carnivals and for Years 4 – 6 there is compulsory sport played on Saturdays in summer and winter seasons.
> A medical certificate must be produced when a boy is not fit to participate in sport. Any other exemptions shall be at the discretion of the Master of the Junior School.
> The events entered, the number of teams offered, and the arrangements in each sport are determined by the School.
> Team places are awarded each year on merit after trialling.
> Saturday sport is organised under the auspices of IPSHA (NSW Branch Ltd).
SATURDAY SPORT OPTIONS
Summer: Basketball | Cricket | Softball (Years 5 & 6)
Winter: Football (Soccer) | Rugby | AFL
Inter-seasonal: Track and Field | Swimming Team | Cross Country
In addition to the major sports, the following are available to boys as optional co-curricular sports/activities. Some incur a cost to the boys as they involve external coaches.
> Tennis Coaching
> Cricket Coaching
> Emerging Athletes Programme
> Squad Swimming
> Holiday Rugby and Football Camps
> PK – 2 Minimites programme