The Physical Education programme aims to provide girls with a broad range of experiences, through involvement in a wide variety of sports from Years 7 to 12. The importance of physical fitness and improving personal performance is emphasised through both individual and team sports.

The teaching programmes and experienced staff promote the development of skills, tactics and sportsmanship. Girls are encouraged to challenge themselves whilst being supportive of each other. The teaching programmes are complemented by the school's excellent campus and sporting facilities, with local beaches and community venues adding a further dimension to the range of activities that can be offered.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

In Years 7, 8 and 9, girls participate in a traditional physical education programme, which complements the Independent Girls' Schools' Sports Association (IGSSA) competitions, whilst taking best advantage of the facilities available on campus.

In Year 10, girls participate in a mix of sports within a programme that follows a health and fitness approach to physical activity. Sports and activities covered across the years include swimming stroke development, hockey, athletics, basketball, movement gymnastics, softball, volleyball, netball, tennis, soccer, swimming rescue certificates, cricket, water polo, handball, badminton, self defense, Australian Rules football, flag-belt rugby, floorball and varied fitness circuits.

PE options are offered to Year 9 and 10 students (this is in addition to normal PE lessons). In Year 9 students can elect to complete an additional two periods per week of PE in the Advanced PE programme. They can also select the Fitness for Life single period option. This subject aims to keep the students active for the full 45 minute lesson with activities such as aerobics, pilates, gym circuits and yoga.

In Year 10 students can choose to enhance their PE programme by selecting Sports Science, a theory-based course that explores how the body works and adjusts with exercise; Advanced PE, consisting of two periods of practical activities; or Introduction to PE Studies, a four-period option that combines both a practical and theory component as a lead in to upper school studies in Physical Education. The theory courses are offered to students who are interested in understanding movement, physiology and the socio-cultural concepts that form the basis of their own, and others participation in physical activity.

Years 11 and 12

Physical Education Studies is offered as both a Tertiary Entrance Scoring and non Tertiary Entrance Scoring subject.

IGSSA Sport (Independent Girls' Schools Sport Association)

St Mary's is a part of the IGSSA competition and participates in competitions throughout the year. Details on Interhouse and Interschool competitions.