Sport and PDHPE are integral parts of the curriculum, promoting behaviour that contributes to good health and a holistic approach to life and learning. Adrian Deck, Acting Director of Sport and Outdoor Education, and Jay Tregonning, Head of PDHPE, run us through the game plan.

At TIGS we have a strong belief that sport is for everybody, not just for the elite athlete. With this in mind, we offer a vast variety of sports for students to enjoy in our extensive Co-Curricular Sports Programme. These sports are open to all students from Year 7 to Year 10 and run in both the afternoon and morning, before and after school. The emphasis of these programmes is fun, fitness and skill development. Sports on offer include Rock climbing, Trampolining, Girls Fitness, Ballet Body classes, Tennis, Basketball, Touch Football, Indoor Soccer with the Illawarra Football Academy, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Learn to Surf.

Our Sports teachers are always striving to teach new skills to students of all abilities and to support their students to achieve outstanding results. TIGS student’s have the opportunity to follow a representative pathway from local all the way through to national and international championships.

TIGS has supported students who have represented at a state and national level in Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Football, Hockey, Rugby League, Skiing and Mountain Biking.

One initiative to propel TIGS students towards their dreams is the Talented Athlete Programme. It is a wonderful programme that helps identify students with sports potential and nurtures them as they grow into elite athletes. Students can participate in this programme twice a week, with most sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. On Tuesday mornings, students participate in a strength and condition session led by the expert coaches at CrossFit Jak Elite. The focus is on fun and holistic body fitness, where students develop their strength and fitness for their chosen sport. During Thursday sessions the focus changes depending on the school calendar. In Term I and Term IV, students participate in swimming and aquathon training, in preparation for the swimming carnival and school triathlon. In Term II and Term III, the focus shifts to cross country and athletics, where students improve their fitness and skills under the expert guidance of some of the Illawarra’s best and most experienced coaches.

TIGS also has a compulsory Health and Physical Education (HPE) programme developed by the NSW Education Standards and MYP for Year 7 to Year 10 students. This course is based on the four distinct areas of Self and Relationships, Individual and Community Health, Movement Skills and Performance, and Lifelong Physical Activity. Our PDHPE staff members teach these through at least two theory and two practical lessons per fortnight that aim to develop knowledge, skill and understanding that enables students to adopt healthy behaviours and confidently participate in a range of physical activities.

In Year 9 and Year 10, students can choose the elective Physical Activity and Sports Studies, developed to give students as much practical experience as possible. Physical Activity and Sports Studies provides them with the opportunity to learn how the body works to create movement. Students also develop detailed knowledge and skills about the importance of sport and physical activity in our society through participating in a wide range of lifelong physical activities, including recreational, leisure and adventure pursuits, competitive and non-competitive games, individual and group physical fitness activities.

In Year 11 and Year 12, students have the option of continuing further study in the area of PDHPE. The course provides students with information about, and practical ways of, maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their own health status. They also examine the impact that society has on their health and the health of others. Practically the course is concerned with social and scientific understandings about movement, leading to enhanced movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives.

Our Alumni have also used their experiences at TIGS as a springboard to go on and represent their sport at the highest level, most notably when former students David McKeon (Class of 2010), Emma McKeon (Class of 2012) and Jarrod Poort (Class of 2012) all competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. It was a real privilege to have them back at the school at an assembly following the Games, to talk about their experiences at the Olympics and reflect on how their time at TIGS helped them in their journey towards achieving their goals.

TIGS has also had many successes in team sports, with a number of football teams achieving at an extremely high level in school competitions. Last year was a particularly outstanding year for football at TIGS. The U15 Boys Football Team finished 4th in the prestigious Bill Turner Cup Competition; the Open Girls Football team were runners-up in the NSW CIS Football Cup, and; the U14 Boys and U16 Girls were both runners-up at the NSW State Futsal Championships.

As teachers, our aim is to open a variety of potential career pathways for students which can include but are not limited to Nursing, General Practitioner, Paramedic, Sports Scientist, Personal Trainer, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, PDHPE Teacher, Life Guard, Nutritionist, Sports Administration, and Fitness Instruction and Sports Manager.