Level 4 Interschool Sport
Interschool Sport runs during:
Term 1 - Summerschool Sport, and
Term 2 - Winterschool Sport.
At Kalinda Primary School, the purpose of Interschool Sport is to:
1. offer our students meaningful sporting experiences (most-often competition-based) in sports such as basketball, cricket, netball, AFL, soccer, diamond-sports (tee-ball, softball, rounders), modified volleyball and modified tennis, and to
2. Contribute to the school’s compliance with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s requirement for “3 hours per week of Physical Education and Sport”.
Throughout Term 1, Summerschool Sport is played during the morning.
Game-play is generally from around 9:30pm until around 10:30pm.
For teams playing 'Away', the bus departs for competition as soon after 9:00am as possible, and returns to Kalinda P.S. at approx.: 11:00am.
Throughout Term 2, Winterschool Sport is played during the afternoon.
Game-play is generally from around 1:30pm until around 2:30pm.
For teams playing 'Away', the bus departs for competition as soon after 1:00pm as possible, and returns to Kalinda P.S. at approx.: 3:00pm.
VENUES FOR INTERSCHOOL SPORT:
During BOTH terms, the venues at which each of the teams play is negotiated by both schools based upon discussions about the quantity, quality and availability of facilities available between them.
HOW ARE STUDENTS ALIGNED TO SPORTS TEAMS?
During BOTH terms, Grade 6 students are invited to express interest in their most favoured of the available sports. Those Grade 6 students will be placed immediately into that team, provided that there are enough playing positions available to do so. *If there are more expressions of interest than there are available playing positions, trials will be conducted.
Once ALL Grade 6 students have been placed into teams, Grade 5 students are advised of the remaining playing positions and are encouraged to apply for those. Those Grade 5 students will be placed immediately into their preferred team, provided that there are enough playing positions available to do so. *If there are more expressions of interest than there are available playing positions, trials will be conducted.
* Player selections will be based upon the professional judgement of a player's ability by either the Physical Education teacher, or by the team coach (usually a Level 4 staff member). The selection process, criteria and methodology used by 'the selector/s' is entirely at the selectors discretion, and will always be applied in good faith. The trial process continues until no playing positions remain.
Any student who misses out on a position in one of the inter-school teams will be placed into the school's Alternative Sports Program, which aims to provide those remaining students with a meaningful sporting experience (often clinic-based) in sports such as tennis, basketball, rugby and netball (amongst others). Students may also opt-in to the Alternative Sports Program, and they often do for a variety of reasons.
Inevitably, some students will be left disappointed by their application / trial experience. It is an unfortunate by-product of having a greater number of grade 5 & 6 students than there are places available in inter-school sporting teams. However, we believe this model to be the fairest and most transparent process possible, as do many schools within our district who also adopt these processes.
For obvious reasons, the school will be very reluctant to enter into correspondence following the selection of teams. If required, parents should feel free to arrange an appointment with the school's Physical Education teacher to discuss the reasons for their child's non-selection.
HOW IS THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE PLAYING POSITIONS ON EACH TEAM DECIDED?
To maximise the potential for student participation, all Kalinda Primary School Summer-school, and Winter-school sport teams are structured in accordance with the maximum number of players allowed by School Sport Victoria at STATE participation level (where such guidelines exist). In the few sports where those guidelines do not exist, teams are structured to maximise participation, without negatively affecting the overall experience of the participants within the team.
‘Winning’ and ‘Losing’ is of far less importance during the competition phase of interschool sport than effort, enjoyment and learning. However we do try to ‘engineer’ teams, within the selection guidelines, that can potentially be competitive (not necessarily ‘ultimately successful’, but competitive) against other schools in our district– some of whom take their ‘wins-and-losses’ far more seriously than we do.
CANCELLATION OF INTERSCHOOL SPORT:
Occasionally, Interschool Sport is cancelled (or 'postponed') due to inclement weather or playing conditions. The decision to cancel is centralised to a single representative of the SSV (School Sport Victoria) District to which Kalinda Primary School belongs.
- During Term 1, we are notified of that decision by (approx.) 8:15am.
- During Term 2, we are notified of that decision by (approx.) 11:30am.
The school will use a Compass News feed to communicate the decision to all parents of Level 4 students as soon as possible after we have been advised of the decision.
* Please make sure that the school has your current mobile phone details so that you receive any notifications sent via the 'Compass system.