Ambition: Happy, healthy and resilient kids, physical activity
Education State Target: By 2025, the proportion of students doing physical activity for an hour a day, five times a week, will grow by 20 per cent.
Victoria’s first specialist sports program in a government school is producing outstanding outcomes for students.
The vision for a sports school was driven by former Victorian Minister for Education, the late Lynne Kosky, who believed schooling needed to be adapted to students’ interests in order for them to be truly engaged, and succeed.
Ten years since its opening, the Sports Academy at Maribyrnong College has proved this point, and has become a great example of how all Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.
Last year, it had 204 student athletes represent Victoria and Australia in a range of sports. Over the past decade, the academy has been represented in more than 1000 state and national teams.
Among the academy’s outstanding student athletes is Bronte James.
The Year 12 student recently received the academy’s inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial award for resilience and courage, for her commitment to overcoming obstacles – including three knee reconstructions, to reach her academic, sporting and life goals.
Despite these set-backs Bronte made Victorian teams in three sports — cricket, soccer and weightlifting. She has also captained college teams that won School Sport Victoria Senior State Championships in soccer and AFL, all while completing VCE.
The Government aims that by 2025, that 20 per cent more students will be doing physical activity for an hour a day, five times a week.
The college’s state-of-the-art facilities are also building pride and confidence in our schools - and being used by its many community partners.