The vibrant sporting life of The Essington School Darwin, is an essential and established part of the co-curricular programme. In 2017 the School adopted a three year Sport Strategic Plan to consolidate and extend sporting opportunities and programs for its students.

House Sport

Students have the opportunity to participate as members of teams in inter-House competitions throughout the year. The School has three Houses that students are members of. They compete during the year in a range of different sporting activities at all levels. Two days are set aside for House Athletics and House Swimming each year and these full day activities are held in community sporting facilities in Darwin. Other sports and activities are held at the school each term. The House Cross Country competition is held at East Point on a special course set out for our students.

Transition to Year 3 students participate in a program of House Athletic activities at the School on the main school oval. Years 4, 5 and 6 have full day House Athletics and Swimming Competitions. Year 7 to 12 students also have a day each of House Competitions in Athletics (in Term 2) and Swimming (in Term 3).

Inter School Sport

The Essington School Darwin is an active participator in inter-school sport. Students regularly participate in a wide range of sports against other primary and secondary, government and non-government schools in Darwin. From these interschool competitions, students are selected to represent Darwin city in Northern Territory sporting competitions.

Elite Sports Program

Students who are emerging high achievers in a particular sport, or already high achieving at a Northern Territory or national level, are catered for in our Elite Sports Program. Students are invited to be part of the Elite Sports Program and are assisted by the Director of Elite and Community Sport to plan their training and competition commitments around their academic commitments.

Community Sports Program

To provide opportunities for students to participate in a range of sports outside school hours, the School has a Community Sports Program. It started its own basketball club, the Essington Cannons, in 2014 to play in the Darwin Basketball Association competition. In 2017 the Club had over 165 members in over 22 teams from Under 10 Years to Under 20 Years. In August 2017 the Club haunted its Club Mens League team, the first time in about fifteen years an additional Men’s League team has been added to the Darwin Basketball Association competition. This allows Senior College students, past students and young men of Darwin to play together in this Men’s League team.

Players in the Essington Cannons, the School’s basketball club, have the opportunity to participate in playing tours in Asia. Teams performing at a high level have in the past competed in the International Junior High School Basketball Competition in Malaysia, and in 2017 will participate in playing tours in Asia at international schools.

Emerging and high performing students participate in individual coaching programs during the school day in the School’s Basketball Academy. Coaching programs are also provided during school vacation breaks for players and high performing players. Professional coaches are employed for these programs.

The School has developed links with local community sporting clubs in a number of sports to facilitate the entry of Essington students in to selective clubs. This provides Essington students to a range of out of school hour sporting opportunities in sports of their choice.

The Essington International Tennis Academy

In 2017 The Essington School Darwin became an affiliate of TennisNT, part of TennisAustralia, and together TennisNT and the School have established The Essington International Tennis Academy. TennisNT Australian accredited tennis coaches provide individual and small group targeted coaching programs on tennis courts adjacent to the School’s main campus. The program supports Essington students who are playing at a Northern Territory or national level, or who are emerging high performing players. The Academy also provides lessons to students learning to play tennis.

The Essington International Tennis Academy, along with TennisNT coaches, will provide tennis coaching programs in Singapore by nationally accredited Australian tennis coaches. The Academy and TennisNT are working together to co-host an International Junior High School Tennis Competition for students from international schools in Asia from 2018. This Tournament will be held at the new Darwin Tennis Centre currently being constructed at the Marrara Sports Precinct in Darwin.

Physical Education

The Essington School Darwin’s sporting program develops skills acquired in the curriculum subject of Physical Education. This is taught from Transition to Year 12 by specialist Physical Education teachers.

Year 8 & 9 students are able to follow up their sporting interest in the Middle School Electives program. One of the electives they can elect is the Physical Education Extension Elective.

Our Aims

We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to participate in sport within the school and other schools within the local, national and international community. We feel it is important for students to experience the benefits of being in a team as well as being a solo competitor. Many of our students participate in community sporting clubs and represent the School, Darwin Region and the Northern Territory in various sporting activities each year.

After Darwin Region Cluster Days, students have the opportunity to represent the Darwin Region in the NT School Sports competitions. This can then lead to NT School Sport Selection.

At The Essington School Darwin, we have a wide range of facilities including an air-conditioned auditorium, large oval spaces, tennis courts, a basketball training area and ample undercover spaces to utilise in wet weather.

In Term 3, all students from Transition to Year 5 complete an Intensive Swimming Program on a daily basis over two weeks. This is run in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Association at a nearby community pool. In this program, students learn to be confident in the water, and develop various skills associated with water safety and swimming. Middle School students also participate in a swimming program designed to further enhance their stroke technique, endurance, water safety and survival skills.


Physical Education Classes cover skills in the following sports:

Australian Rules Football
Touch Rugby
European Handball
Touch Football
La Cross
Cross Country
Gaelic Football

Darwin Region Inter School Competition ‘Cluster Days’ occur in:

Term 1
Australian Rules Football
Indoor Cricket
Rugby League
Term 2
Cross Country
Touch Rugby
T20 Cricket
Hot Shots Tennis
Term 3
Track & Field
Table Tennis
Term 4
Beach Volleyball