Sports Opportunities

Sports Day

The Ross Park Ath­let­ics Car­ni­val is an annu­al event held each May – June for all students in Tran­si­tion to Year 6. Rona Glyn Pre-School join the ‘big school’ to par­tic­i­pate in run­ning races which is always a highlight for children, families and teachers. The Athletics Carnival is held on Ross Park oval next to the pri­ma­ry school. All stu­dents earn points for their house teams to determine an over­all winning team on the day. There are two awards for most out­stand­ing sportsper­son and two memo­r­i­al awards donat­ed in the mem­o­ry of Bradley Abala for students who demonstrate exceptional skill and sportsmanship. Families are welcome to join us for all or part of the day and it is a wonderful community event.

The run­ning and field events that stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in are aligned to skills that stu­dents practise as part of their athletics lessons during PE and also correlate with events at the Alice Springs Interschool Athletics Carnival. Some events, such as High Jump, are held prior to Sports Day due to pressure of time. School Sports Day can be the beginning of a pathway for talented athletes to represent first their school, then move towards Territory representation if this is a goal. Stu­dents in Year 3 – 6 who perform out­stand­ing­ly may be chosen to par­tic­i­pate in the Alice Springs Inter­school Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships which are usu­al­ly held in June.

Swim­ming Carnival

Our swim­ming car­ni­val is an annu­al event held in Octo­ber – Novem­ber for stu­dents in Year 3 – 6. It is held at the Alice Springs Aquat­ic Cen­tre. It com­ple­ments the learn to swim pro­gram which is for stu­dents from Tran­si­tion to Year 2 and high­lights to stu­dents the con­tin­ued impor­tance of swim­ming in the Aus­tralian Cur­ricu­lum. The events range from dif­fer­ent stroke events to nov­el­ty races and shorter distances across the width of the pool. All swimming abilities are catered for and the day is huge fun!

Stu­dents com­pete for their House teams, all earning points for racing with the goal of their house win­ning the shield. Stu­dents who achieve excel­lent results at our car­ni­val may be offered the opportunity to par­tic­i­pate in the Alice Springs Inter­school Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships which is held each March. 


Junior School Swimming Program

A two-week swim­ming pro­gram is held each year for Year T‑2 stu­dents. A par­ent con­tri­bu­tion is required to cov­er the cost of pool entry and qual­i­fied swim­ming instruc­tors who teach the lessons. Back to School vouchers may be allo­cat­ed by par­ents towards the pro­gram and this must be arranged in Term 1.

Interschool Sports

All schools have the opportunity to par­tic­i­pate in a range of sports in school time over the school year to devel­op student inter­est and engagement in pos­si­bly join­ing clubs out­side of the school con­text. Interschool sport is organ­ised through School Sport NT who have a region­al coor­di­na­tor for Cen­tral Region. The pro­grams are developed with the sup­port of local sport­ing bodies. There are annu­al region­al events in ath­let­ics, swim­ming, cross coun­try, ori­en­teer­ing, gym­nas­tics and ten­nis. Some sports also organ­ise gala days pri­or to the com­mence­ment of their sport­ing sea­son in con­junc­tion with School Sport.

Stu­dents who excel in a particular sport can opt, if chosen, to rep­re­sent Cen­tral Region Schools in Ter­ri­to­ry Cham­pi­onships. Northern Territory teams are formed from the regional championships to represent the Territory in Aus­tralian Championships. There is a cost involved in all of these opportunities and students must have forms signed by the principal to endorse their selection as a positive role model for Alice Springs and Ross Park.

The sports include:

  • AFL
  • Touch Foot­ball
  • Crick­et
  • Net­ball
  • Ten­nis
  • Soc­cer
  • Track and Field