Physical education at Lauriston

We believe that physical activity is integral to the physical and mental health of all students. We are dedicated to creating a culture that values physical exercise as a foundation for reducing isolation and fostering positive wellbeing through developing lifelong habits of physical activity and connections. Our students have access to a wide range of recreational, team and competitive sporting opportunities to develop skills in collaboration, confidence and resilience highly valued as an indicator of potential to employers.

“We encourage participation in sport and recreational activity with the view that all students would have the opportunity to develop physical literacy.”

We make participation in Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) or a recreational activity compulsory from Years 7 to 10. Elective offerings are provided to students in Year 10 and a Unit 3-4 offering in Years 11 and 12. We also ensure that the Junior School benefit from daily physical activity in their curriculum. We are also a member of School Sport Victoria (SSV) so that younger students can compete at different levels depending on their capabilities and level of achievement e.g. District, Division, Regional and State events.

Our Howqua program enables our students to continue their physical activity through curriculum Physical Education lessons and in addition the fitness and outdoor program provide new physical challenges for our students. Outdoor Program activities are physically and mentally challenging, but there is considerable personal satisfaction when a hike is completed, or cross-country skiing skills are developed. The Outdoor Program and Fitness give attention to building self-confidence, self-esteem and a strong understanding of the value of collaboration when it becomes important to support your fellow students and teachers.

Sport Program Objectives

  • Instill the importance of lifelong participation in physical activity by making it fun, challenging and engaging.
  • Provide high-quality coaching by passionate and experienced individuals.
  • Closely monitor each girl’s progress and adapt individual programs and goals so that each girl is challenged and motivated.
  • Encourage participation in House events, providing invaluable opportunities for girls to demonstrate leadership and courage.
  • Offers invaluable opportunities to interact and strengthen friendships across all year levels.
  • Build a strong spirit of camaraderie, teamwork and community.

Elite sport students are also given the opportunity to have an IPP (Individual performance Plan) created by our experienced coaches. 

Co-curricular Sport

There is a breadth and depth of sporting and recreational offerings for our students and everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of skill level. We offer a running club, athletics track and field, indoor cricket, squad swimming and diving to name a few.

Rowing at Lauriston

Rowing at Lauriston offers the girls a unique opportunity within our school sports. The teamwork and camaraderie that exists within rowing is unmatched amongst other sports, while the regatta days offer an exciting spectacle for those in the boat and on the river bank alike. The girls will be challenged to achieve their personal best in all areas of training. The training the girls undertake will develop their strength, technique and fitness while also assisting in development of interpersonal skills, resilience and determination.

Lauriston Snowsports Team

Lauriston offers the opportunity for students to participate in the Lauriston SnowSports team. Disciplines offered include Alpine, Cross Country, Moguls, Skiercross, slope style and Snowboarding. The team competes at the Victorian Interschool Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller. Trials and competition occur throughout Term 3.

Lauriston Netball Club

The Lauriston Netball Club (LNC) was established at the start of 2018. The LNC is open to all girls at Lauriston from Years 3-12 and acts as an opportunity for girls to play club netball for their school. Teams play out of Prahran Netball Association. Girls are selected into teams based on their ability and Teams are graded according to their year levels. Matches are played on Tuesday evenings. Training’s take place, from 6.45am-8am.

House Sport

Our House system is an integral part of our School community. From Prep to Year 12, each student becomes a member of one of four Houses – Kirkhope, Irving, Andrews and Mitchell – with the aim of creating a supportive and nurturing environment where they can make friendships across year levels, broaden their interests and involvement in the School community, and develop their potential. 

Girls are encouraged to participate in friendly House sport events that build a strong spirit of camaraderie and community and provide invaluable opportunities to demonstrate leadership and courage.

House sports include:

  • Netball
  • Cross-country
  • Athletics
  • Swimming

Our Sporting Facilities

The construction of our new Sports, Health and Wellbeing Precinct is currently underway and due to be completed by October 2022. This precinct will give our students access to world-class sporting facilities and learning spaces.

The precinct will include a new gymnasium with two multi-purpose indoor courts; spaces for activities such as yoga, pilates, meditation, rowing, cycling and weight training; new showers and change room facilities; a learn-to-swim pool and refurbishment of the existing swimming pool. Adjacent to the gymnasium will be four courts for netball, basketball and tennis, as well as outdoor cricket nets.