All St Mary’s girls receive a well-rounded, health and fitness approach to Physical Education. We have further study options available in Sport and Recreation for those girls with a desire to turn their love of Phys Ed into a career.
There is a great variety of team and individual sport on offer, at both interhouse and interschool level, where the importance of physical fitness and improving personal performance are emphasised.
Years 7, 8, 9 and 10
Sports and activities covered across the years include:
- Swimming stroke development
- Movement Gymnastics
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Swimming rescue certificates
- Water Polo
- Australian Rules Football
- Touch Rugby
- Fitness circuits
Further Phys Ed options are offered to Years 9 and 10 students (in addition to normal Phys Ed lessons). In Year 9, students can complete an additional two periods per week of Phys Ed in the Advanced Physical Education programme. They can also select the Fitness for Life single period option. This aims to keep the students active for the 45-minute lesson with activities such as aerobics, pilates, gym circuits and yoga.
In Year 10, students can choose to enhance their Phys Ed programme by selecting Sports Science, a theory-based course that explores how the body works and adjusts with exercise; Advanced Physical Education, consisting of two periods of practical activities; or Introduction to Physical Education 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 a tertiary entrance scoring subject for students interested in expanding their knowledge in the sports and fitness industry.
The units covered are:
- Exercise physiology
- Functional anatomy
- Sport psychology
- Motor learning and coaching
- Developing physical skills, strategies and tactics
- We offer a Certificate II course in Sport and Recreation in Year 11 and students have the opportunity of completing a Certificate III course in Sport and Recreation in Year 12
IGSSA Sport (Independent Girls' Schools Sport Association)
St Mary's is part of the IGSSA competition, which is mostly held after school. Students are selected on merit at the start of each season from interhouse carnival results and/or through trials.
IGSSA activities include:
- Cross Country
- Water Polo
In addition, interschool competitions are held in cricket, gymnastics, surfing, Australian Rules Football and badminton. Recreational group fitness gym circuits and Badminton Club are run after school.
A number of events are held throughout the year based on the House system. All girls participate in the Interhouse Swimming Carnival in Term 1 and the Interhouse Athletics Carnival in Term 3. In addition, girls may compete in interhouse diving, cross country and gymnastics. All girls in Years 7 to 10 participate in interhouse netball, hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis.