Sports

 

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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.

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.

 

Students are able to participate in:

Australian Rules Football
Softball
Baseball
Tee-ball
Basketball
Cricket
Hockey
Netball
Touch Rugby
Soccer
European Handball
Tennis
Touch Football
Swimming
Gymnastics
Athletics
Lacrosse
Volleyball
Badminton
Cross Country
Gaelic Football

Interschool Teams:

Term One:
Basketball
Australian Rules Football 
Indoor Cricket
Rugby League
Netball
 
Term Two:
Soccer
Cross Country
Golf
Touch Rugby
T20 Cricket
Hot Shots Tennis
Volleyball
 
Term Three:
Track & Field
Table Tennis
T-Ball
Orienteering 
Squash
 
Term Four:
 Swimming
Hockey
Gymnastics
Beach Volleyball

Secondary Championships:

Students have the opportunity to compete at the following school sport NT secondary championships:

Australian Rules Football
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Hockey
Netball
Rugby League
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Touch Football
Track and Field
Triathlon
Volleyball