As the College Sports Facilitator, I would like to welcome you and your family to St Mary MacKillop College for the 2023 school year. The purpose of this page is to give a brief overview of Sport at the College.
Significant events on the sports calendar are the Swimming and Athletics carnivals. The Swimming Carnival will be held this year at the Dickson Aquatic Centre on Thursday 23 February and the Athletics Carnival will take place at the Australian Institute of Sport on Thursday 9 March. These days are compulsory school community days. They are both competitive and inclusive and involve a wide variety of novelty events that generate House Spirit. The Houses compete for the Championship Trophy awarded to the House that earns the most points through competitive events. The Spirit Cup is awarded to the House that demonstrates the greatest participation and House Spirit.
We compete in interschool competitions that generally take the format of a one-day gala style event. Students participate in the age groups of Years 7/8, Years 9/10 and College events, in numerous sports throughout the year. These include but are not limited to; Australian Rules Football, soccer, rugby league, rugby union, netball, basketball, hockey, touch football, Oz Tag, cricket, golf, tennis, softball and mountain biking. We are a member of the Associated Southern Colleges (ASC) and compete against the other Catholic and Independent Colleges in Canberra. We also participate in the ACT Secondary School Sport competitions that are open to all secondary schools in the Territory.
Staff at the College coach or manage the teams throughout the year and this generally requires trials and training which are held at the College after school. Students will be informed about sporting opportunities via student messages in their Pastoral Care Class and the schedule of sports throughout the year will be available on Canvas. Information letters and consent forms will also be uploaded to the Sport section on Canvas, in the respective Year Group folder. These notes need to be signed and returned to the staff member in charge of that sport prior to the trial. If your child is unable to attend the trial, they will need to contact the staff member in charge, prior to the trial date.
The College Newsletter includes articles written by staff and students as well as photographs of teams in action. This is an opportunity for students to be recognised for their contributions to the sporting life of the College.
We believe that students who attend St Mary MacKillop College should compete in weekend sport in their local areas and teams enabling them to develop and strengthen relationships with adolescents of their own age in their community.
Those students who are turning 12 years old this year (born in 2011), will still compete in the ASC competitions in their age group with the school. Then, if qualified they will compete at the Under-12 ACT finals in the primary school system which may be on a different day to the High School Finals. This will occur in the following sports; athletics, swimming and cross country. Every effort is made to inform these students of the different dates of events; however, it is essential that these students check both Student Messages and the Canvas page for information so that they can compete.
I hope that the above information will prove useful throughout your time at St Mary MacKillop College and I look forward to working with you and your children throughout the year. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.