From the Primary Sport Coordinator
Term 1 Primary Sport – Full Time
What a busy term it has been. Many opportunities on offer and great fun and development was had in Primary Sport at St Aloysius.
We had teams playing basketball at Wayville on Wednesdays after school. This competition is a challenging one, it is made up of teams that are predominantly club players which makes it difficult for beginners, but our girls, to their credit, stuck it out and always put in their best effort to compete. The Year 6 team, who had some experienced players, saw scoreboard success going through the term undefeated. The Year 5 team was made up of players who were new to the sport and in a tough 5/6 competition they worked hard to improve throughout the term. Both Year 3/4 teams had a great start to their basketball careers at SAC with some scoreboard success as well as developing game knowledge and skills along the way.
A big thank you to Ms Jo Szegedi and Ms Vashti Casserly-Lund for their basketball expertise. Jo ended up attending all matches and training to impart her excellent knowledge to both our student coaches and players. Vashti was at every training session refereeing and supporting both coaches and players alike. Well done to our student coaches who listened to feedback to improve their own coaching knowledge, SAC sport could not run without the help of these secondary students.
Meanwhile Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students were involved in Come ‘n’ Try Clinics. Receptions had fun getting a taste of many different sports through a fundamental movement program run by Ready Steady Go. Year 1s were introduced to basic cricket skills, while Year 2s learnt some basketball skills in readiness for Year 3 basketball. Thank you to our house captains who supported the facilitators of the Come ‘n’ Try sessions, it is great to have so many older students involved that the junior primaries can look up to.
At lunch times, Year 3-5 students participated in lunch time lacrosse with Ruby who always makes learning fun and purposeful. Many students are ready and are going to give lacrosse a go more competitively in Terms 2/3 on Saturday mornings.
Upper primary students were given the opportunity to learn about Water Polo through Thursday night clinics run by Layla and Capri from Year 11 and 9 respectively. Students learnt a lot over the six weekly sessions as Layla and Capri delivered a program that gave students an excellent introduction to the skills involved and the game of Water Polo.
Year 6 students also had the chance to participate in Fitness sessions at lunch times this term. It was great to see so many students registering for this new activity on offer to get up and moving during break times.
In Week 5, interested Year 5/6 students were introduced to the game of softball in a day long clinic that took place at East Torrens Baseball Club. As a result we had students try out for the East Adelaide District SAPSASA Softball team. Not only were they successful in making the team, but they helped their team to win the division 2 championship that took place in Week 10. Well done girls!!
In Week 8, Year 3 students were involved in a FIFA Women’s world cup clinic. They learnt many new skills from Football Australia coaches, (even the Matildas’ assistant coach was there!), and they had a lot of fun too.
In Week 9, we had a SACPSSA (Catholic Schools) Swimming Carnival and a SAPSASA Swimming Carnival where many students tried out to be a part of the team. All girls participated to the best of their ability and showed true fighting spirit in never giving up.
Also in Week 9, SANFL coaches facilitated free Auskick clinics for our Year 1 and 2 students. They were introduced to the skills of the sport through game play and fun activities.
As you have read, there has been a lot going on in Primary Sport this term. It is great to see so many students getting involved and keen to represent St Aloysius in the world of sport. A huge thank you to all of the teachers who have supervised primary sport in some capacity this term, if it were not for them, primary sport would not be able to go ahead.
Looking forward to seeing what Term 2 brings!!
Ms Sarah Anderson
Primary Sport Coordinator
Primary Sport Spotlight!
A huge congratulations to Year 6 student Maia, for winning the first South Australian medal of the 2023 Chemist Warehouse Australian Junior Track and Field Championships!
Maia has won GOLD in the U13 Women’s 800m, with a speedy time of 2:20.52. An outstanding achievement!