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.
Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals are held each year for students in Year 7 to Year 10, with an emphasis on maximum participation from each Homestead group.
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.
We offer all students the opportunity to join the Squad and this allows students the chance to train two times a week with specific training programs and individual coaching.
A full range of events, including novelty events, makes for an enjoyable day for all. This event takes place in Term 4 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. The SIS Carnival is held early Term 2.
Intra-school competition for all students is usually run early in Term 2. 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 usually takes place in May. Keen runners are encouraged and supported to participate in the Victoria All Schools Individual & Relay Cross Country Championships. Training is held in conjunction with the Activities Program, at lunchtimes and before school at Breakfast Club.
A wide range of traditional events plus novelty events makes for an enjoyable day for all. This event takes place during Term 1 with the emphasis on mass participation and supporting others. Student performance in this event is one criterion from which the SIS Squad is selected.
An excellent program is offered to keen athletes at Woodleigh. Competitions that students may compete at include:
- SIS Track and Field Carnival – Late Term 3
- Athletics Victoria Track Relay Championships
- Athletics Victoria Track and Field Championships
- Athletics Victoria All Schools Knock Out Competition
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 after school.
This is played as part of the SIS weekly sport program in Term 4 and is open to all Year 9–10 Boys.
Both boys and girls at all levels play in the SIS competitions throughout the year. We send representative teams to compete in the Vic 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 and Senior Boys in Term 1. Training for these teams is held at lunchtime and in conjunction with the Activities Program.
Woodleigh send representatives to compete at the Victorian School Titles that lead to the Australian Titles for both road/track cycling and mountain bike events. Also, there is the opportunity to compete at other nominated events throughout the year.
Girls Football has become a tradition at Woodleigh with multiple Grand Final appearances in recent years and involvement in the Herald Sun Shield competition as the SIS representative. Girls and Boys from Year 7 to 12 have the opportunity to represent the school in Football. All teams play during weekly SIS Sport with Junior Girls, Junior Boys and Intermediate Boys in Term 2, and Senior Girls and Senior Boys in Term 3. Training for these teams is held at lunchtime and in conjunction with the Activities Program.
We send representative teams to schools events throughout the year. These include the Victorian Schools Championships as well as the SIS Golf teams event.
Year 9–10 Boys and Girls compete in the SIS competitions as part of the Weekly Sport roster in Term 1.
The school has a representative Equestrian team that competes in numerous competitions throughout the year. These include Show Jumping, Dressage and Horse Trials events.
There are SIS weekly competitions for Year 7–8 Girls and Year 9–10 Girls in Term 2, and Year 7–8 Boys and Year 11–12 Girls during Term 3. Woodleigh has a number of teams compete on Fridays after school in the Frankston & District Netball Association Competition at Jubilee Park throughout the school year. We also send teams to compete in the Victorian Schools Championships and the Gold Coast Netball Carnival mid-year (bi-annually).
We encourage sailors to compete in the Victorian Schools Sailing regattas and represent the school at a schools competition held at Davey’s Bay Yacht Club on Wednesday evenings during Term 1 and 4.
Skiing and Snowboarding have been popular activities for many years. 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 Girls in Term 2, Year 9–10 Boys in Term 3, and Year 11–12 Boys and Girls in Term 1. Training is held at lunch times and also in conjunction with the Activities Program.
Softball is offered to Year 9–10 Girls during weekly SIS Sport in Term 4.
Several events are entered each year including the Victorian Independent School Team Surfing Titles. Training is held on Wednesdays after school in preparation for these events.
Table Tennis is offered during SIS weekly sport to Year 7–8 Girls and Boys in Term 2.
Tennis is offered to Year 7-8 Girls and Boys in Term 4 as part of the SIS weekly sport program.
Students have the opportunity to compete in a series of Triathlon races over the summer. Training is held after school on Wednesdays in Term 1 and 4, and students have access to the school-owned road bikes for both training and races.
This sport is offered to Year 9–10 Girls and is played during weekly SIS sport in Term 1.
*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
The school has upgraded significantly over the past few years the availability of coaching of school sports teams, training programs and availability of exercise sessions for students. Woodleigh has always been active in supporting the wellbeing of its students and therefore the addition of this program is a response to the needs of the community that the school services. 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 competitions. In 2017 we had 10 teams competing weekly in various age groups. Boys' teams train on a Tuesday and the girls' teams on a Wednesday after school from 4:00pm–5:15pm.
After School Netball
Woodleigh enters school teams into the Frankston and District Netball Association. In 2017 we had seven girls’ teams competing weekly in various age groups at Jubilee Park on Friday evenings. Woodleigh provides a coach and after school training for all teams.
Is a before school program that runs year round. The sessions run from 7:00–8:15am and the aim of Breakfast Club is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their general fitness. Activities include weights programs, cardio vascular workouts, circuit training, running, ball games and much more. At the conclusion of the session a healthy breakfast is served.
Training for all interested swimmers runs one morning per week throughout Term 1 and 4. The sessions are run at Somerville Health and Aquatic Centre from 7.00–8.00am. Students are then returned to school where a Breakfast is provided for them.These sessions are designed with specific training programs and individual coaching in mind.
Sport Leadership Program
The aim of the Woodleigh Sport 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 Sport 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.