Sport & Physical Education
At Woodleigh, we believe that a wide range of sports should be made accessible to all individuals for widening personal experiences. It is due to this belief that we have created a multi-sport program to enable all students an opportunity to participate.
Competitive sport at Woodleigh follows traditional patterns and is non-compulsory. All interested students are given as much support and encouragement as possible to participate in a wide variety of sports. All major carnivals and team sports are for both boys and girls unless otherwise stated in the following outlines.
Homestead Sport Carnivals
Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals are held each year for students in Year 7-10, with an emphasis on maximum participation from each Homestead group.
SIS Sport Carnivals
Being a member of the Southern Independent Schools Association (SIS) enables us to compete in a wide variety of traditional sports. Major Carnivals are held for Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country.
A compulsory Activity unit will run during Term 1 for Year 7-9 students keen on representing the school at SIS level.
A full range of events, both traditional and novelty, makes our carnival both competitive and enjoyable. This full day event currently takes place in Term 1 and is held at Pines Aquatic Centre, with the emphasis on mass participation for this carnival. Student performance in this event is one criterion from which the SIS Squad is selected.
The SIS Carnival and the SIS Relay Championships are our major competitions. Training takes place before school during Term 4 and Term 1 as preparation for these events in addition to the Activity unit in Term 1. The SIS Relay Carnival is held at Pines Aquatic Centre in Term 1 and the SIS Swimming Carnival is held at MSAC early in Term 2. Outstanding individual performances at the SIS Carnival can result in students being selected to represent the SIS at the VSAC (Victorian School Associations Competition) held at MSAC in Term 2. Woodleigh currently competes in Division A at the SIS Swimming Carnival.
This carnival takes place here at the Woodleigh Senior Campus in Term 2 utilising the vast expanses of the school property. The emphasis is on mass participation and working with others. Student performance in this event is one criterion from which the SIS Squad is selected.
The SIS Cross Country Carnival is our main competition and takes place at Baxter Park in the middle of Term 2. Students have the opportunity to prepare for this event during the Cross Country Activity which runs throughout the first half of Term 2 and also utilise the Morning Fitness Club to build their fitness base. Keen runners are encouraged and supported to participate in the Victoria All Schools Individual & Relay Cross Country Championships.
A wide range of traditional events plus novelty events makes for both a competitive and enjoyable day where all students have the opportunity to be involved. This event takes place during Term 1 at Casey Athletics Track. Student performance in this event is one criterion from which the SIS Squad is selected.
The SIS Athletics Carnival takes place at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park in Term 3. An activities unit runs during Term 3 where students will have a number of sessions to train, prepare and compete for a place on the school team. Students can also make use of the Morning Fitness Club and build their fitness base by attending these sessions. Our strongest athletes are supported to go on and compete in Athletics Victoria run competitions.
The Sports Aerobics Team competes in several competitions throughout the year culminating in the State and National Titles. Training is held on a weekly basis at our Minimbah Campus after school.
This is played as part of the SIS weekly sports program in Term 4 and is open to all Year 9–10 Boys.
Students at all year levels have the opportunity to represent the school in SIS competitions throughout the year. We send representative teams to compete in the Victorian College Basketball Championships. We have a number of teams that compete in the Frankston & District Basketball Association competition during the week throughout the school year.
There are SIS competitions for Year 7–8 Boys in Term 4, and Year 9–10 Boys in Term 1. During Term 2 there is an SIS Indoor Cricket competition for Year 9-10 Girls and in Term 3 a similar competition for Year 7-8 Girls. Training for these teams is held at lunchtime and in conjunction with the Activities Program.
The school has a representative Equestrian team that competes in the Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series throughout the year. Events include Show Jumping and Dressage.
Students from Year 7-12 have the opportunity to represent the school in football. All teams play during weekly SIS Sport with Senior Girls, Senior Boys and Intermediate Boys competitions taking place during Term 2, and Junior Boys and Junior Girls teams competing in Term 3. Training for these teams is held at lunchtime and in conjunction with the Activities Program.
Year 9–10 Boys and Girls compete in the SIS competitions as part of the Weekly Sports roster in Term 1.
There are SIS weekly competitions for Year 7–8 Girls in Term 2, with Year 9–10 Girls and Year 7-8 Boys competing in Term 3. Woodleigh enters teams into the Frankston & District Netball Association Competition held every Friday night at Jubilee Park throughout the school year. We also send teams to compete in the Netball Victoria Schools Championships and the Gold Coast Netball Carnival mid-year (bi-annually).
We train our Sailing squad at Mornington Yacht Club after school during Term 4 and Term 1 over summer. These students also have the opportunity to represent the school in a competition at Davey’s Bay that runs after school midweek across several rounds during summer. We also select a team to compete in the Victorian School Team Sailing State Championships in Term 1.
Skiing and Snowboarding have been popular activities for many years at Woodleigh. The school competes annually in the Interschool Snow Sports Championships and, in recent years, teams and individuals have gone on to compete at the Australian Interschool Championships.
Soccer is offered during weekly SIS Sport to Year 7–8 Boys and Girls in Term 4, Year 9–10 Boys and Girls in Term 3, and Year 11–12 Boys and Girls in Term 1. Training is held at lunchtimes and also in conjunction with the Activities Program.
Softball is offered to Year 7-8 Girls in Term 2 and Year 9-10 Girls during Term 4 as part of the SIS weekly sport program.
Several events are entered each year including the Victorian Independent School Team Surfing Titles. Group training sessions are held in Term 1 in preparation for these events.
Table Tennis is offered during SIS weekly sport to Year 7–8 students in Term 2.
Tennis is offered to Year 7-8 students in Term 4 as part of the SIS weekly sports program.
Touch Rugby is offered to Year 7-8 Boys in Term 2 and Year 9-10 Boys in Term 3.
This sport is offered to Year 9–10 Girls during Term 1, Year 7-8 Boys in Term 2 and Year 7-8 Girls in Term 4 as part of the SIS weekly sports program.
*Participation in some of the above sports may incur transport and entry costs.
Coaching, Umpiring or Just Getting Involved
As well as giving students the opportunity to participate in a team, we also encourage students to assist with teams in many different ways. Whether as a coach, umpire, official or general assistant, students are given the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills associated with their chosen sport. These opportunities are extensive and students can make use of their individual talents and run a specific Activity within the Activities Program.
Sports Club Program
Student involvement in the Sports Club Program incurs a cost of $30 per student per term, in addition to any game and registration fees that may be charged by external organisations. This fee entitles a student to be involved in as many Sports Club Programs as they choose.
The Sports Club Program consists of:
After School Basketball
Woodleigh enters school teams into community competitions in the Frankston District Basketball Association. We provide a coach and after school training for all teams. Teams train after school on Tuesday and Wednesday in the school gym from 4:00–5:15 pm.
After School Netball
Woodleigh enters school teams into the Frankston and District Netball Association competition at Jubilee Park on Friday evenings. We provide a coach and after school training for all teams. Training takes place on Thursday’s after school in the school gym from 4:00-5:15 pm.
Morning Fitness Club
Is a before school program that runs year-round. The sessions run from 7:30–8:30 am and provide students with the opportunity to improve their general fitness. Activities include weights programs, cardiovascular workouts, circuit training, running, ball games and much more.
Training for our keen swimmers runs one morning per week throughout Term 1 and 4. The sessions are run at Somerville Health and Aquatic Centre from 7.15–8.15am. Students are then returned to school by staff in time for the school day. These sessions are designed with specific training programs and individual coaching in mind.
Sport Leadership Program
The aim of the Woodleigh Sports Leadership Program is to encourage students with a strong interest in sport to develop their leadership skills. The program aims to develop skills such as coaching, public speaking, organisational skills, teamwork and confidence, promotion of sport within the school and a greater appreciation of sport and all its dimensions. Students involved in this program will have the opportunity to be a voice for students in developing the Woodleigh Sports Program.
The program may include but is not limited to:
- Working towards achieving a Level 1 Coaching/Umpiring Accreditation in their chosen sport.
- Public Speaking – Assembly, Homestead Carnival Presentations etc.
- Participating in an Activities unit based on Sport Leadership.
- Coaching teams/students (where applicable) – through the Activities Program, SIS sport and after school sport.
- Attend sport leadership meetings.
- Assist in developing the Woodleigh Sport Program by providing input and feedback.
- Supporting younger students to develop skills and a love of sport.