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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.​


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 Year 1-6 and in Term 4 for our Prep 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, which allow 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 Year 1 – 6 Inter-House Swimming Carnival is held early in Term 1 each year. All students from Year 1 to Year 6 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 - 6 also having the opportunity to be nominated to represent our school at the Zone 4 Swimming Carnival, held in March. Students who demonstrate an outstanding level of swimming ability are also nominated to attend North – West District Trials.

Cross Co​untry

Kilometre Club is offered during Terms 1 and 2 as an opportunity for any students who are interested in preparing for the Cross Country season. Kilometre Club takes place each Tuesday morning before school, commencing at 7:30a.m. and is held Sid Loder Park, O.L.D.
Each Wednesday afternoon, students who are interested in representing the school at Zone and District level are invited to train at Teralba Park. The focus is on distance running, building up stamina and endurance.

Our Inter – House Cross Country Carnival is held in Term 2 at Teralba Park for students in Prep – 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 - 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 be nominated to attend North – West District Cross Country Trials during Term 2.

QC Cup Netball

Girls in Years 3 – 6 can nominate to participate as a member of 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. This event takes place at Metropolitan Netball Association, Wembley Parkand attracts hundreds of students from all over Queensland.

Gala Sports

Children in Years 3-6 participate in Interschool Gala Sports during Term 2 each year. Ten local Catholic schools, including St William’s, St Andrew’s, St Peter Chanel and Mater Dei, compete in AFL, Netball, Soccer and Touch Football Gala Sports activities. These take place on Friday mornings, with the emphasis on “having a go” and friendly competition.  


Athletics Club commences at the conclusion of the Cross Country season (mid May) and is an extension to Kilometre Club. A range of track and field activities are provided each week for students as a means of allowing them to prepare for the School Athletics Carnival in July and subsequent Zone and District carnivals.
Athletics Club takes place each Tuesday morning for all students and Wednesday afternoon for students expressing a desire and interest to represent the school at a higher level.
Our Inter – House Athletics Carnival is held in July at Mt Maria Playing Fields. Successful athletes also compete in Zone 4 Athletics Carnival at Leslie Patrick Park at the end of Term 3.

District Sports

Students in Years 5 – 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 Basketball, Netball, Hockey and Rugby League. Information regarding these sports are provided at the beginning of the school year.

Sporting Schools Program 

In 2016, our school will seek to apply for the Sporting Schools Grant. The Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative designed to help schools to increase children’s participation in sport, and to connect children with community sport.
In partnership with more than 30 National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), Sporting Schools helps to coordinate sporting organisations, coaches and teachers to deliver sport before, during and after school hours.
The Sporting Schools programs are underpinned by the quality assurance provided by the NSOs, and importantly, the programs are free to families.

Sporting Schools aims to:
  • Increase children’s participation in sport.
  • Nurture children’s lifelong love of sport.