"Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars " Casey Kasem
St Mary's College offers a wide variety of external sporting programs to students.
The aim of these programs is to:
- Promote and develop enthusiasm for physical activity through sport
- Offer activities that encourage participation as well as the option to participate in competitive sport at an interschool level.
- Further develop the whole person, by promoting leadership and social skills, and enhancing a sense of personal responsibility in team and individual pursuits.
- Develop each student's skills and potential and increase their level of self confidence.
Reception - Year 3
In conjunction with the Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association Policy and St Mary 's College, sport involvement from Reception to Year 3 is of a non-competitive nature.
Students in these year levels have the opportunity to participate in The AFL AusKick Program, Net Set Go, Mini Tennis as well as Dance activities. Clinics are conducted by qualified instructors and coaches. Reception to Year 3 students are also involved in the College Sports Day Carnival for all students at Santos Stadium as well as a Junior School Water Activity Day at Unley Swimming Centre.
Students in Years 4 - 7 have the opportunity to participate in many competitive and non-competitive sporting activities throughout the year. We compete within the Catholic Schools and SAPSASA competitions and carnivals.
Years 4 - 7
Some of the sporting activities that the Years 4 - 7 participate in are:
Athletics | College Sports Day Carnival for all students at Santos Stadium | Swimming | Catholic School Netball Carnival | Netball Development Squad | Netball Thunderbirds Cup | Beach Volleyball | Mini Volleyball | Cross Country Squad
Primary Competitive/Representative Sport
St Mary's College currently offers primary students the opportunity to represent the school in sports such as swimming, athletics, volleyball, netball and basketball. These teams either compete in Carnivals or State wide Knockout events.
The entry of Knockout teams is reviewed at the beginning of each year, with the talents and interests of the students in the Years 6 and 7 level being taken into account.
Students in Years 6 and 7 who display a talent for their chosen sport are also provided with the opportunity to trial for SAPSASA teams.
In Term 1 and 2 students at St Mary's College from Year 7 - 12 participate in a Swimming Carnival at the North Adelaide Aquatics Centre and an Athletics Carnival at Santos Stadium.
Southern Zone Sports Association
Southern Zone sport competitions are played during the week after school from Monday to Thursday 3.30 pm 4.30 pm. The competitions are based on a home and away draw, except Netball which is played at ETSA Park or the Church Courts on Anzac Highway.
St Mary's College competes against a variety of schools in the Southern Zone.
Some of the sporting activities that the Years 8 - 12 participate in are:
Volleyball | Tennis | Basketball | Touch Football | Netball | Aussie Rules 9-a-side | Badminton | Soccer | Ekiden Relay
South Australian Catholic Secondary Schools Girls Sports Association (SACSSGSA)
The College's involvement in the Catholic Girls Sports competitions is directed towards sports and competitions that are participated in during the week; therefore, our involvement in this program is not as broad as that in the Southern Zone.
Some of the SACSSGSA sporting activities that the Years 8 - 12 participate in are:
Swimming Carnival | Athletics Carnival | Water Polo | Beach Volleyball
Secondary Schools Sports South Australia (SSSSA)
The entry of St Mary's College representative sports teams is based on the skills and talents of the current student body.
These teams are selected on ability and talents of current students with the emphasis on being as competitive as we can, while still adhering to the sense of fair play.
St Mary's College enters in the following State Knockout Competitions:
Tennis | Netball | Basketball | Volleyball | Football | Soccer | Touch Football | SSSSA Athletics | Ekiden Relay | Swimming | Cross Country Carnivals
When students/teams are required to travel away for Sport, contracted transport is used. Students are transported to the playing venue and at the completion of the activity they return to St Mary's College.
St Mary's College Sporting teams are provided with coaching expertise from experienced staff or outside resources. Many of our external coaches are old scholars from St Mary's College. All coaches support the ethos of the College and the aims of the Sports program.
St Mary's College Volleyball Program
SA Volleyball and National Schools Volleyball Cup
St Mary's College has an advanced volleyball program. A squad of Volleyball players is selected at the beginning of the year to play in Junior League Volleyball on Friday nights, in the State Schools Cup and the National Schools Cup in Melbourne. Coaches are past SA and National players as well as Old Scholars who have participated in our program. Trainings are held early mornings throughout the year. In past years St Mary's College has won gold and silver medals at a state and national level.
St Mary's College Netball Program
St Mary's College Advanced Netball Program2007 saw the introduction of the St Mary's College Advanced Netball Program. Students who display Advanced Netball Skills, from Years 6-10 are invited to train as part of a Netball Development Squad and represent St Mary's in the State Knockout Netball Competition, Wednesday afternoon Southern Zone Competition and in a National carnival in Brisbane held in July.
Trainings consist of early morning and lunchtime sessions. In the past few years, the program has been extremely successful, with many of our teams playing in Statewide Finals.
St Mary's College is recognised as a NETBALL SA Endorsed Specialist School, one of only 7 in SA. Many students from St Mary's College have also been selected in State Teams.