Junior School sport
jssport.jpgIn the Junior School, our PDHPE specialist teachers focus on the development of fundamental movement skills in the early years. Our girls delight in scootering around the pathways and playing on the two sets of play equipment during break times as they build strength, fitness and enhanced spatial awareness.

Our PDHPE program features a broad range of learning experiences from dance, gymnastics and dance aerobics through to ball skills, fitness, swimming and athletics, and ensures that girls are well prepared for entry into the optional, school-based Year 3 friendly Saturday sport program. The IPSHA Saturday sport program for girls from Year 4 onwards, includes opportunities to join teams in modball, soccer, hockey, netball, touch football, cricket, basketball and tennis. Elite athletes are also given opportunities to trial for representative teams in softball, tennis, cricket, netball, basketball, golf and touch football through the IPSHA, CIS and PSSA pathways. Participation in sport at the Junior School is high, with all girls wishing to join a sport being included in teams.

All girls across Infants and Primary compete in a range of carnivals throughout the year. Our Infants girls complete a Learn to Swim program during the year and compete in both the Infants swimming and athletics carnivals. All Primary girls are given the opportunity to compete swimming, athletics, cross country and diving carnivals. During the year, opportunities for girls in Year 2 to 6 to compete in gymnastics are also offered. Our ski team and equestrian team is open to all girls.

The Junior School enjoys excellent facilities to support these programs including an indoor sprung floor hall for gymnastics and dance, an oval, three courts and a heated swimming pool. Our Senior School facilities are also offered for a range of IPSHA Saturday sports throughout the year.

Through active participation and access to expert tuition our girls are able to achieve their personal best in physical activity and sporting domains. Such engagement is great fun and provides the foundation for strong social bonds to be formed.
 
IPSHA sports
Abbotsleigh is part of the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA), which organises carnivals, major sports and Saturday competitions for Primary students (Years 4-6) to promote participation, sportsmanship and enjoyment. The focus is on skill development, team spirit and participation, irrespective of sporting ability.
 
IPSHA carnivals are held throughout the year for athletics, cross country, gymnastics and swimming and diving. Girls may then be selected to compete at NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS), Primary School Sport Australia (PSSA) and School Sport Australia (SSA) levels.
 
IPSHA Saturday sport runs for all four terms, with a mix of activities available. Training sessions are held once a week. While sport is not compulsory, we encourage girls to participate regardless of previous experience or skill level.
  Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Term 1 Modball, soccer Modball, soccerball, soccer Modball, soccer
Term 2 Minkey Minkey Hockey
Term 3 Netball, touch football Netball, touch football Netball, touch football
Term 4 Basketball, T20 Blast Cricket, tennis Basketball, T20 Blast Cricket, tennis Basketball, T20 Blast Cricket, tennis

Saturday sport for Year 3
Our ‘friendly’ Saturday sport program is offered to Year 3 girls in Terms 2-4. These sessions are designed to help prepare the girls for the IPSHA competition as well as develop overall skills and to foster a love of sport. We offer minkey in Term 2, netball in Term 3, and softball and soccer in Term 4.