At Kinross Wolaroi School, Cocurricular sport plays a vital role in educating the whole person. It is a compulsory activity from Year 3 onwards. Training sessions are held after school twice a week with matches held once a week, usually on Saturdays.
Our sporting opportunities and facilities are among the very best. While aiming to win is an important part of sport, participation and involvement are even more important. It is expected that in striving for the good of the team, students will give their best and work with their teammates to achieve goals.
The diversified Co-curricular sporting program also seeks to foster growth and development of individuals by providing pathways to representative selection. Indeed, many of our students have gone on to achieve state or national representation in their chosen fields of endeavour.
The Co-curricular program provides a wonderful opportunity for Boarding students. Often our boarders come to Kinross Wolaroi School from small, rural communities where competition and representative opportunities are limited. Our experience is that these boarders relish the opportunity to be involved in a highly structured program that caters for individual and team pursuits.
Inter-House competitions are conducted throughout the year to develop team spirit and encourage exciting participation. In addition to House competitions, the School is involved in a number of associations to give students the best possible competition. These include Orange town competitions, Western Associated Schools (WAS), Independent Sporting Association (ISA), Association of Independent Coeducational Schools (AICES) and the NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS). These associations provide a wide range of representative pathways for teams and individuals in their chosen sports.
Our sports for the girls include netball, hockey, basketball, rowing, triathlon, touch football, aerobics, dance, cross country running, swimming, tennis, athletics, squash, water polo and football.
Our sports for the boys include rugby, rowing, cricket, football, basketball, triathlon, squash, dance, cross country, running, water polo, tennis, athletics, swimming and weights training. In some of the competitions our boys and girls compete as part of mixed teams.
The School also supports and fosters a range of more specialised programs, such as equestrian sports. If a student has achieved a representative level in an area that the School doesn't provide for in the formal Co-curricular program then the School will consider dispensation for that student to pursue their talents in their chosen sport.
Driving into the School, the range of sporting facilities becomes apparent. The two School sites have eight magnificent playing fields for sporting activities. These include three rugby fields, two football fields, two hockey fields, a full athletics track, 10 turf cricket practice nets and three cricket wickets. The girls' Boarding site at PLC has an outdoor pool and extensive open spaces for general fitness. The cross-country is held at the PLC site each year.
The Indoor Recreation Centre on the Wolaroi site is an ideal environment in which day students and boarders can foster their sporting aspirations. The centre has a heated indoor pool, strength and fitness training rooms, an aerobics room, a gymnastics pit, an abseiling wall, three full-sized indoor courts for tennis, netball, basketball, badminton and volleyball and five indoor cricket practice nets. The new Orange Netball faciIities at Anzac Park and Orange Hockey Centre are in close proximity and are the venues for netball, basketball and hockey competitions.
The rowing program has a rowing shed and pontoon situated at Spring Creek Reservoir on the edge of town. Rowing machines are situated in a dedicated room in the School gymnasium.
Teaching staff are all required to undertake Co-curricular activities; it is an expectation of being a member of the Kinross Wolaroi School staff team. This assists in developing relationships between staff, students and their families beyond the classroom. Outside expertise is also brought into the School to support the specialised needs of the Co-curricular program.
Professional development opportunities are provided for all coaching staff to develop their competencies and skills,and to meet required accreditation benchmarks for coaches as determined by the sporting associations in which the school participates.
In recent years, School sporting teams have also been involved in a range of international sporting tours. Rugby and netball tours to Fiji and New Zealand and a hockey tour to Argentina have provided a wonderful cultural experience for our students.