Sporting activities provide important activities for students to explore and extend their talents and self knowledge while also learning the skills of teamwork and leadership. The Essington School Darwin seeks to promote both high levels of participation and the pursuit of excellence by all students. All students are urged to value, support and participate in the multitude of activities.
Students are able to participate in:
After both Primary Exchanges and Secondary Championships a Northern Territory development squad will be selected to train on and if selected in the final team, students can compete at School Sport Australian events which involve various states and territories of Australia.
Physical Education and Sport:
The Essington School Darwin's sporting program develops skills acquired in the curriculum subject of Physical Education. This is taught from Transition to Year 10 by specialist physical education teachers.
Our primary years program provides students with a quality, weekly physical education and sports skills program taught by specialist physical education teachers.
Our secondary students in our Middle School also participate in physical education programs taught by specialist physical education teachers. They are also able to follow up their interest in sport with the choice of electives in sports skills, extension or sports administration.
Sport Skills Development:
The Essington School Darwin's sporting program develops skills acquired in Physical Education. Primary students participate in sports such as swimming, athletics, cross country, tennis, ball skills, gymnastics and basketball.
Secondary students play soccer, tennis, hockey, swimming, softball, rugby and football.
We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to participate in sport within the School, with other schools and within the local and national 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, school zone, Darwin and the Northern Territory in various sporting activities each year.
Beyond the School's sporting facilities, students also have access to nearby community and commercial sporting facilities such as ovals tennis courts, a fitness centre and gymnasium and swimming pools. These are used on a regular basis and accessed using the School's 22 seater busses.
In September, 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 confidence in the water and develop various skills associated with water safety and swimming. We see water skills and confidence as important for our students who have easy access to home swimming pools and Northern Territory rivers, beaches and billabongs.
Middle School students also participate in a swimming program designed to further enhance their stroke technique, endurance, water safety and survival skills.
Sport Strategic Plan:
In 2004 the School commenced the first of its annual Strategic Plans for Sport. This annual Sports Strategic Plan is designed to further enhance our sporting programs and provide increased opportunities for our students each year. Target activities vary with student interest and opportunities available but include cross country, rugby, netball, tennis, hockey, athletics, swimming, Australian Rules, basketball, cricket and soccer.
Recognising Sporting Achievement:
The School seeks to affirm the efforts, sportsmanship and success of students through Award Certificates at our weekly assembly, with Semester and Annual Awards.