Early in term 4 we have a meeting of the sports committee. This is a group of staff and parents who are interested in developing sport within the school. We meet approximately 4 times per year to look at activities and events that are approaching as well as to evaluate events that have been run between meetings. Our purpose is to examine what we do and what we might do in order to best serve the children and families of our school.
This term has been a busy one for sport. We have:
- taken approximately 60 children to Dubbo for the Far Western Zone Athletics carnival
- taken 11 students to the secondary CSSA athletics carnival at Homebush
- taken 8 students to the primary CSSA athletics in Blacktown
- From these CSSA carnivals (these are for all Christian Schools in NSW) we had 1 primary and 2 secondary students qualify to compete in the NSW CIS Athletics carnival
- run Wednesday afternoon Netball training each week (except for one – rain and cold) with Katrina Hausia (Rep Netball coach)
- committed to sending 1 netball team to the Friendship Games (in Dubbo Nov 13, a serious social gala day which runs across several sports – Dubbo Christian and Maquarie Anglican host it). Katrina has kindly offered to continue coaching the team to be sent in term 4 up to the event.
- continued the planning / budgeting for the school sport plan
- entered 4 teams in the year 5&6 cricket gala day, kids did a great job, for most kids it was the first organised competition they had participated in for cricket
- entered all children in year 3&4 in a cricket gala day (to be held at Jack Brabham Oval on 13th October)
- encountered many issues and questions relating to how we want to move forward, what is wise, and the risks involved in various activities we could participate in. Although this process takes time, the fact that we keep returning to these questions, reinforces to me that we are moving forward and progressing with new directions.
Something to keep in mind and pray for is parent involvement. Most of the activities above, need some parent help, in order for school to run them, and none of these are the big events of the year. Next year our school swimming carnival, zone swimming carnival and school athletics carnival will all need parent help in order for us to run them smoothly and in a way that gives children the most opportunity to perform at their best. Finding sufficient help has been one of the challenges in the last few years, especially because we have hosted the zone swimming carnival (OCS hosts this zone carnival for 3 years out of every 6, however, as a result, we are not called upon to host zone athletics).
I hope this is informative, and please feel free to talk further with me about sport at OCS.