Participation in sporting activities is highly valued within our school as an important component of the Health and Physical Education Learning Area. Students are encouraged to develop a healthy and positive attitude towards participation and competition, and have many opportunities to represent the school in a wide range of sporting competitions. Our specialist Physical Education Teacher has developed a program which teaches and enhances the skills required for all students to successfully participate in these activities.
We believe that swimming is an essential life skill and should be part of every child's education. Swimming tuition is provided in Term 1 each year for students in Years 2 to 6 and in Term 4 for our Prep and Year 1 students. Our students benefit from a Swim School program that caters for all ages and all ability levels and is facilitated by qualified instructors who teach a balance of swimming skills and water safety, allowing our children to gain confidence and command of a range of skills. Mastery of steps in this program ensures correct techniques, thus eliminating bad habits that can slow down progress at a later stage.
Our Years 1 to 6 Inter-House Swimming Carnival is held early in Term 1 each year. All students in these age groups are encouraged to nominate for freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly races, as well as additional inter-house relays. Age Champions are acknowledged and rewarded with trophies at the conclusion of this event, with students from Years 3 to 6 also having the opportunity to be nominated to represent our school at the Zone 4 Swimming Carnival, held in March each year. Students who demonstrate an outstanding level of swimming ability may also be nominated to attend North–West District Trials.
Kilometre Club is offered during Terms 1 and 2 as an opportunity for any students who are keen to prepare for the Cross Country season. Kilometre Club takes place each Tuesday morning before school, commencing at 7:30 am and is held at Sid Loder Park, Mitchelton.
Our Inter-House Cross Country Carnival is held in Term 2 at Teralba Park for students in Prep to Year 6, with distances ranging from 500m to 2000m. Age Champions are again acknowledged and rewarded with trophies at the conclusion of this event, with students from Years 3 to 6 once again having the opportunity to be nominated to represent our school at the Zone 4 Cross Country Carnival in May each year. Students who participate in Kilometre Club and have completed the necessary training program may also be nominated to attend North–West District Cross Country Trials during Term 2.
Girls in Years 3 to 6 can nominate to join our school Netball teams that participate in the Queensland Catholic Schools Netball Tournament which is played in May each year. This tournament has been established for a number of years and has a reputation for being very well-organised and providing a high level of competition. Girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 are invited to participate, irrespective of previous Netball experience. This event takes place at the Metropolitan Netball Association, Wembley Park, Coorparoo and attracts hundreds of students from all over Queensland.
Children in Years 3 to 6 participate in Interschool Gala Sports during Term 3 each year. Ten local Catholic schools, including St William's, St Andrew's, St Peter Chanel and Mater Dei, compete in AFL, Soccer, Netball. and Touch Football activities. These are held over two full days, with the emphasis on “having a go" and friendly competition.
Our Inter-House Athletics Carnival is held in Term 3 at Mt Maria Playing Fields. Successful athletes also compete in the Zone 4 Athletics Carnival at Leslie Patrick Park during Term 3.
Students in Years 5 and 6, who are involved in Club Sports outside school, have the opportunity to nominate to participate in North West District Trials for sports throughout the year. In recent times, some of our students have taken part in a variety of sports, including trials for Cricket, Basketball, Netball, Hockey and Rugby League. Information regarding these sports are provided at the beginning of the school year and can also be obtained from Mr Crawford or Mr Ebbage.