Building resilience through sport

Now that the summer season has concluded, we have an opportunity to reflect on the season past. For many students, this was their first taste of APS sport, and hopefully the taste was sweet!

I’ve presented at both Middle and Senior School assemblies this week outlining why the vast majority of our students love Carey sport. Having surveyed our students, the reasons are clear: it’s fun, they have an opportunity to learn new skills, and they enjoy the competition with our fellow APS/AGSV schools. Interestingly, ‘winning’ was not high on the list for most of the students surveyed.

The whole-school theme of ‘Resilience’ for 2019 sits perfectly within the school sporting context. As I said to the students in assembly, you won’t always make the ‘A team’, you may not play in your favourite position, the umpire might make a bad call or you may even have to be on a bus to Geelong at 6.00am on a Saturday morning only to have the game washed out when you arrive!

Being part of a 100-plus year tradition that is the APS is indeed a privilege and one that is unique to our member schools. And with this privilege comes responsibility. To that end, can I please remind parents and students that the sport program at Carey is compulsory, and therefore the following minimum expectations are required:

  • To attend all trainings and games
  • If you are injured/unwell, an email to the team manager is required before the event
  • For last minute (legitimate) Saturday absences, text Mr Jepson on 0403 245 953 and the message will be passed onto the coach/team manager
  • To not make appointments during Carey Sport time – this includes parties, medical appointments, weekends away, tutors, tests, SACs or exam preparation
  • Know where and when you are required to play and train. Check fixture updates on the Carey app and CareyLink.

Have a great break and I’ll see you out there in the winter season!

Carey Sport – We love it! 

Paul Jepson
Head of Sport