Sport

The GRG Sports Program plays an integral role in the life of students at GRG. The school aims to provide a sporting environment which caters for the diverse and changing school community through the provision of a variety of sporting activities for all students (K- 12) who wish to participate in sport and physical activity, regardless of ability. We also believe the sporting program at GRG is a valuable platform for developing character and a lifelong interest in health and fitness among our students.

The Sports Program at GRG has 3 key objectives:

Cultivate School Spirit

At GRG, the annual House Competition is held across a variety of athletic and academic events. The competition takes place between the 4 houses – Chamberlain, Jackson, Rossiter and Wood. Student participation is key to the success of the winning house every year. The 3 key sporting events that contribute to the overall points score of the victorious house are:

Swimming

Held early in Term 1 and is the first opportunity students have to actively contribute to the success of their house. Our stronger swimmers have the opportunity to represent the school at in the next levels – NASSA, AICES, CIS.

Cross Country

Is held late term 1, with our leading runners earning the chance to represent GRG at the NASSA level.

Athletics

A fabulous whole school event, which is held in Term 2. A day full of colour and athletic prowess, the houses go head to head in a range of track and field events. Our top athletes once again progress to represent the school at NASSA and beyond.

Promote movement, skill development, health and fitness

Sport and physical activity is essential to healthy development of all young people. It not only contributes to a young person’s level of fitness but also to the cultivation of dynamic and creative minds.

The benefits of being active for young children include:

  • promoting healthy growth and development
  • improving cardiovascular fitness, balance, coordination and strength
  • providing the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
  • helping to establish connections between different parts of the brain
  • improving concentration and thinking skills
  • improving confidence and self-esteem
  • relieving stress, promoting relaxation and improve sleep
  • providing opportunities to develop social skills and make friends
  • Students at GRG have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of competitive and non-competitive activities. These activities vary from term to term and aim to develop a variety of fundamental movement skills.

Foster and support sporting excellence

GRG takes part in a range of Inter-school and Gala day competitions throughout the school year. The school is an active member of various school sporting organisations including NASSA (primary and Secondary), SWISSA (Secondary) and IPSSO (Primary). GRG takes part in competitions involving the following sports –

  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Touch Football
  • Oztag
  • AFL
  • Volleyball

GRG also utilises the sporting knowledge and expertise of senior students and alumni during the year to provide coaching to enhance skill development in students selected to represent the school in the various sporting teams.

Representative Pathways

The representative pathway at GRG provides students, who excel in a particular sport, the opportunity to challenge themselves and showcase their talents at a higher level.

  • New Anglican Schools Sports Association (NASSA)
  • Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools (AICES)
  • NSW Combined Independent Schools Sports Council (CIS)
  • NSW All-Schools

GRG expects all students to who represent the school to do so to the best of their ability and display the values of the school during competition which include:

  • Playing within the rules.
  • Playing and representing the school with pride at all times.
  • Respecting the decisions of the match officials.
  • Supporting their team-mates at all times.
  • Wearing the correct GRG sports uniform with pride at all times.

The sporting year at GRG culminates in the annual Sports Awards evening, which is held in Term 4. The evening recognises the achievements of the students and teams who have represented the school during the school year.