From the Sport Development Leader
There is nothing more satisfying than celebrating success and Term 4 is all about this at Mount Alvernia College. We have recently held the Sports Awards Night where we were able to share all the success that our girls have had. An addition this year was to celebrate the girls who are excelling in representative sport. It was so pleasing to see how many girls are excelling in sport on a regional, state, and national level.
Our Awards Night was attended by Cr Fiona King, Dr Anthony Lynham, and guest speaker Brenden Hall. It was motivating to hear Brenden’s story and how he has overcome his obstacles to succeed in swimming. I am sure many girls were inspired by this.
I wish to congratulate again the girls who were awarded on the night - well done and keep it up.
As we get closer to the end of Term 4, planning for 2019 sport is underway. We are excited for next year already. Our CaSSSA competition remains mostly unchanged with sports offered but, as we look to adapt to market trends, there will be some more carnival evenings for pilot sports to see if the interest levels are appropriate.
In the second half of this year the CaSSSA colleges underwent a review process to ensure that sport is able to continue to grow and meet the needs of our students. Mount Alvernia College also conducted an internal review on the future requirements of our own Sport Department. It has been agreed that a contribution fee will need to be introduced for sport to continue at the level at which it is operating. This decision was not reached easily, and I do hope that we retain our participation numbers but, looking at the costs involved with transport, facility hire, sport affiliations, and coaching, we do need to introduce this. There are many schools within the CaSSSA competition that have introduced a contribution fee, and consultation about this has been positive. As well as the continuation of sport programs, they report better accountability to teams and commitment over the season, and these colleges are still expanding programs and participation. I do hope we experience the support in this area that these colleges have, as sport is such an integral part of learning and health.
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With this the last of Activities Corner for 2018, I take this opportunity to thank those who support sport: Shan Caruana is an asset to this department and has really helped with her commitment and support, as well as teachers, staff, parents, and coaches who have helped with teams. Our Sports Captain, Caitlin McManus, and the Sports Committee. All of these people have been a pleasure to work with in 2018; I wish you all a great break and I hope I can see you all in 2019 for another year of sport.
Sport Development Leader