Cocurricular and Sport Programme

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Secondary School Winter Activities at St Andrew’s Cathedral School are: Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Ping Pong (Years 7-9), Media Club, Fit for Life, Hockey, Netball and Fencing. It is expected that all students will be involved in one of these activities from Years 7-11. Involvement includes at least one training session per week and Saturday matches against other Independent Schools.

The Secondary School Summer Sports at St Andrew’s Cathedral School are Basketball, Softball, Cricket, Swimming and Water Polo. Involvement includes one training session a week plus Saturday game commitments.

Summer Sport is optional and can be taken up by any student from Years 7-12.

In addition to the above we also offer the following: Athletics, Debating, Dance, Mock Trial, Theatre Sport, Chess, Ski and Snow Sports and Year 7 Drama Club.

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Aims

Our aims for the sport programme are, to:

  • develop team spirit and mutual respect between pupils;
  • develop a sense of commitment and loyalty;
  • provide opportunities for communication between staff and students outside the classroom;
  • provide an opportunity for all students (with or without particular gifts), to be involved in a team activity; and
  • promote and encourage Christian ethical action, including fair play.

All students are required to represent the School during the Winter Competition. The sports offered to both the boys and girls are outlined below.

Benefits

It's great to watch a School sports game, to see a School musical and a weekly performance from an ensemble. These are acts of determination, persistence and most often, lots of team work.

For the most part, students greatly enjoy their involvement in cocurricular activities. However, some may wonder why the School makes it compulsory to participate in these. We believe that involvement in such school based activities such as sport, student leadership, performing arts, Cru groups, community service programs, and academic clubs (such as debating and chess) provides a unique range of social experiences that builds character, strengthens relationships in the School and enhances student achievement.

This is not just our belief, rather it is backed by research. High school involvement in cocurricular activities is associated with higher school satisfaction, higher feelings of self control, higher confidence socially and academically and higher educational and occupational aspirations. A number of studies have shown that students participating in extracurricular activities do better academically than students who do not participate.

Even when taking into account IQ, SES, grades and aspirations in the final year of school, some studies have shown that participation in sports had a positive effect on educational attainment, being enrolled in further education (TAFE, College, University), occupational status and income fifteen years later. Studies have also shown that sports involvement at school lead to a higher likelihood of liking school and lower levels of social isolation, better relationships with peers, and better emotional adjustment at school.

When you think about it, it makes sense. Students in cocurricular activities spend time working together in teams, practising, drilling, following coaches' and each others' directions. They learn the skills of compromise, negotiation, following and leadership. Students learn to problem solve, plan, reflect and execute. They learn to compete and how to win with humility and to lose with dignity. Unstructured activities (such as hanging out with friends or watching television) cannot provide these experiences to the same extent.

Additionally, having teachers as coaches leads to other opportunities that cannot be gained through non school sports. The teacher can remind students of details from school (eg. 'Don't forget about the assignment next week') and can continue to build relationships with students that can continue at school. In a meeting with the Senior Student Leadership Team last term, they overwhelming told me that one of the best things about SACS was the cocurricular program and when asked why, they replied that it built relationships, not only between themselves and teachers, but between students in different year levels, reducing the amount of cliques that can be found in other schools.

Finally, school cocurricular activities can be good for parents. They provide lots of opportunities for parents to meet each other over the years, to share stories, raise questions, compare ideas and sometimes even remind each other of the assignment due next week!

Terms 2 and 3 - Winter Sports and Commitments

DANCE - see below for details.

FENCING - One afternoon training session per week plus a Saturday session or competition against (Boys and Girls) other independent schools.

FIT FOR LIFE – Two training sessions per week (one weekday session and one weekend session)

FOOTBALL - One afternoon training session per week, apart from 1sts who have two training sessions per week. Saturday competition against (Boys/Girls) CAS, GPS and ISA schools.

HOCKEY - One afternoon training session per week, apart from 1sts who have two training sessions per week. Saturday competition against (Girls) other independent schools.

MEDIA CLUB - One weekday meeting and then assignment on weekend or weeknight activities.

NETBALL - One afternoon training session per week, apart from 1sts who have two training sessions per week. Saturday competition against (Girls) other independent schools.

PING-PONG - One weekday training per week plus Saturday Internal Competition.

RUGBY - One afternoon training session per week, apart from 1sts who have two training sessions per week. Saturday competition against (Boys) CAS, GPS and ISA schools.

TENNIS - One afternoon training session per week. Saturday competition against (Boys and Girls) other independent schools.

WATERPOLO - One training session per week plus Opens Boys and Girls Competition on Friday Nights and Juniors Competition on Monday Night.

Terms 1 and 4 - Summer Sports and Commitments

DANCE - see below for details.

ATHLETICS - Afternoon trainings (depending on events), School Athletics Carnival, ISA Athletics Carnival and Saturday Carnivals.

BASKETBALL - One afternoon training session per week, apart from 1sts who have two training sessions per week. Saturday competition against (Boys and Girls) ISA schools.

CRICKET - One afternoon training session per week, apart from 1sts who have two training sessions per week. Saturday competition against ISA schools and non ISA Schools.

SOFTBALL - One afternoon training session per week. Saturday competition against (Girls) ISA schools.

SWIMMING - three Invitational Carnivals, School Swim Carnival and the ISA Carnival.

WATERPOLO - One training session per week plus for Girls Tuesday competition and for Boys Friday competition

Dance

St Andrew’s has launched Dance year round within the co-curricular program as an optional extra activity and is partnering with one of Sydney’s biggest open-class dance companies to provide this service in DANCE AVENUE. This program is open to both genders and all ages across the School both in the Junior and Senior School and is a chance to develop skills, build friendships or try something completely new that has never been offered before. Classes are offered from Monday to Friday, from 3.30pm - 7.30pm. Classes are offered in a range of styles including Hip-hop, Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. For more details please see the website at www.danceavenue.com.au or email dance@sacs.nsw.edu.au or call (02) 9286 9586

ISA/CIS/ NSW All Schools Representative Pathway

SACS offers all students the pathway to represent at higher levels including ISA, CIS and NSW All Schools.

To be nominated for this a student is required to be active among this particular sport at the school. If the given sport is not offered at St Andrew’s, the student may still be nominated.

Honour Braiding

See Cocurricular Braiding and Honours.

Safety

Sport activities at St Andrew’s Cathedral School are carried out on a variety of playing surfaces in a range of surroundings and during different environmental conditions. All of these can be potential factors in causing injury. The School aims to minimise the possibility of injury during physical activities through thorough Risk Management and appropriate training of students; however, there will remain some degree of risk due to the unpredictable nature of sport.