Junior School Sporting Opportunities in 2019
Abbotsleigh Junior School provides extensive opportunities for our girls to participate, shine in and enjoy a vast range of sporting opportunities each year. The following information provides a snapshot of these opportunities:
IPSHA Saturday Sport
Each term Junior School girls participate in the weekly Saturday sport program offered by the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA). The emphasis in Saturday sport is on fun skill development and healthy competition in a supportive and safe environment. Training is provided once a week by specialised external coaching staff supported by class and PDHPE teachers. Every girl who registers to play will be placed in a team. In 2019, IPSHA Saturday sport has grown to include Year 3 girls and there is also the addition of some new sports. The following sports are offered on a termly basis:
• Soccer (Years 3-6)
• Flippa ball (Year 5)
• Water polo (Year 6)
• Minkey (Years 3-5)
• Hockey (Year 6)
• Netball (Years 3-6)
• AFL (Years 3-6)
• Touch football (Years 3-6)
• Basketball (Years 3-6)
• T-20 blast cricket (Years 3-6)
• Tennis (Years 3-6)
School based carnivals
Each year, friendly rivalry and competition abounds at our annual sporting carnivals. Our Infants (K-2) engage in their athletics carnival in Term 2 and their swimming carnival in Term 4. Primary girls participate in swimming and diving trials and carnival in Term 1. The cross country carnival is also held in Term 1 and the athletics carnival is held in Term 3. Girls in Years 3-6 can also participate in the Junior School Singles and Doubles Tennis Competitions, which take place in Term 3.
Representative carnival pathways
Girls who qualify via our school carnivals will be selected to participate in the major sporting carnivals of that year. These carnivals include swimming, diving, cross country, athletics and gymnastics. We have a fabulous tradition of girls progressing from IPSHA, CIS, PSSA right through to SSA National level competitions.
Representative sporting pathway trials
Girls who demonstrate exceptional ability of a representative standard will be invited to represent Abbotsleigh at various sporting trials. These occur throughout the year with progression from IPSHA, CIS, PSSA and culminating at SSA national level competition. Sports include tennis, basketball, AFL, soccer, hockey, touch football, softball, netball, golf and cricket.
We also offer extension sessions to train and prepare for major carnivals. These are run by specialised coaches and PDHPE staff. Girls can sign up for Cross Country training in Term 1 and Athletics training in Term 2. Girls who proceed along the Representative pathway will continue to have sessions offered. Our representative swimming and diving teams also have training and coaching provided by our outstanding Aquatic Centre coaching staff.
Additional programs attached to PDHPE
Our girls are also involved in a wide and varied range of additional activities throughout the year including: Kindergarten and Transition Intensive Swimming week (Term 1), T-2 Intensive Swimming week (Term 4), Year 2 Bike Education Rideability program (Term 3), K-2 Tennis Hot Shots program (Terms 1, 2 and 3), Year 6 Wild Ropes outdoor adventure day (Term 4), Year 5 CARES Bike Education (Term 4), Years 5 and 6 Surf Educate sessions (Term 4), Transition – Year 3 Life Education Week (Term 2), Years 4-6 Judith Krause Life Education sessions.
Add to the above an extensive PDHPE program aligning with the brand new syllabus for class lessons, plus our wonderful Outdoor Education week in Term 1 and our girls are well and truly able to engage in many opportunities to suit their interests and talents.