Sport at SCAS aims to achieve excellence through pursuing sports performance, whilst fostering participation and involvement.
A diversified co-curricular sporting program offers students the opportunity to participate in a range of individual and team sports and provides pathways to representative selection. Sporting excellence is underpinned by structuring involvement and exposure to a variety of selected sports for all students and developing and enhancing sports performance through participation in strategic initiatives for selected students. SCAS is recognised for sporting success at a local, regional, state and national level.
At SCAS we recognise that regular participation in sport and physical activity is associated with a range of physical and mental health benefits both in childhood and adulthood. SCAS sport provides a foundation for a number of social, physical, emotional and moral learnings and is recognised as an important expression of our culture. Active children generally become healthy adults and SCAS seeks to contribute to that outcome by providing or facilitating the opportunity for all students to participate in a range of challenging and enjoyable sporting experiences.
All students participate in School Sport on a weekly basis. The School Sport program encompasses a wide variety of sports and physical activities including non-traditional sport options such as surfing, martial arts, skateboard riding, mountain biking and yoga. Sport is conducted on campus, utilising SCAS facilities, and off site in the local area with external providers.
SCAS enjoys the use of a wide range of sporting facilities including:
- Double court indoor sports centre (for basketball, netball, futsal, volleyball and more)
- Cardio & Weights Gymnasium
- 400m Athletics Track
- Tennis Courts
- Rugby Field
- Soccer Field
- Cricket Nets/Pitch
- General Purpose Oval
- Cross Country Track (Googik Track)
St Columba representative teams compete in Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS) Gala Days and/or Inter-School competitions in Swimming, Cross Country, Athletics, Tennis, Hockey, Rugby, Rugby League, Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Touch Football, Futsal, Cricket, Mountain Biking, Equestrian and Golf. SCAS also competes in local community competitions in Basketball, Hockey, Touch Football and Rugby.
Talented athletes are provided with the opportunity to represent at HRIS, the Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES), NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) and NSW All-Schools levels progressing to representation at the highest standard in a NSW All-Schools team at a National level.
School Sports Days
Primary School students in Years 5 and 6 typically have their Sport day each Wednesday. Sport is compulsory for all Primary School students. Coloured House shirts are usually worn.
Years 7 and 8 have Sport on Mondays and Years 9 and 10 have Sport on Fridays. Full Sports Uniform is worn for those days. Sport is compulsory for all Secondary School students. Students are expected to take transport to and from sport that has been arranged by the school, where required.
Students will make a sport selection in the preceding term. Parents/caregivers will then be informed via email and will need to visit the Parent Lounge to accept their child’s participation and pay the cost associated with the selected sport (where applicable).
Participation in Sport and Physical Education
The school is based upon the concept of holistic development and therefore the curriculum includes Physical Education and Sport. If, for medical or other valid reasons, a student is unable to participate in sport, physical education or training on a particular day, the student must bring in a note signed by a parent/caregiver. Students should show this to their teacher prior to the lesson. It is not appropriate for parents/caregivers to give permission for students to miss sport for unreasonable requests.
The Iona Talented Athlete Program (ITAP)
The Iona Talented Athlete Program is a multi-faceted sporting program available to students in Years 7 to 12, with the overall goal of inspiring young athletes to pursue excellence in their sport, while maintaining their academic pursuits.
The program aims to provide extra support for our aspiring and elite athletes, as well as providing a platform for all students, helping them improve and pursue excellence in their sport, no matter their ability or representative level. ITAP also promotes a holistic approach to sport, fitness, exercise, health and wellbeing throughout the School community. Contact the Sports Department for more information.