Catholic education commends the extension of the Sporting Schools Program

19 May 2022

By Contributor

Two girls in front of a rock climbing wall.
Catholic school students participate in activities that promote wellbeing. Photo: Catholic Education Western Australia.

A re-elected Morrison Government’s commitment to provide more than $20 million to expand the Sporting Schools Program to Years 9 and 10 secondary students has been welcomed by Catholic Education.

National Catholic Education executive director, Jacinta Collins, said the program would focus on secondary students increasing their physical activity, improving their overall health and wellbeing, and help young people develop a strong sporting ethos.

“The school sporting program highlights the importance of sport for young people, with Catholic Education already implementing their existing grants in many of our schools across Australia,” Ms Collins said.

“Over 83 per cent of all schools, including many Catholic schools, were successful in obtaining grants under the program for the 2020-21 round which was available to primary schools and Years 7 and 8 students in secondary schools. This included many regional and remote schools.”

On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged the additional funding for the Sporting Schools Program which would see it expanded to include up to 700,000 students if his government was re-elected.

Some of the Catholic schools that received grants in 2020-21 included: Gilroy Catholic College ($9,100) and Holy Cross Catholic Primary School ($13,390) in New South Wales; Emmaus Catholic Primary School, Victoria ($5,335); St Cuthbert’s Catholic School in Tasmania ($8,250); St Mary Mackillop College in Western Australia ($13,200); St Thomas Aquinas Primary School in the ACT ($8,030); Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School in the Northern Territory ($10,700); Holy Family Catholic School, Parafield Gardens, South Australia ($9,350), and St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville, Queensland ($9,100).

NCEC is the peak body for Catholic Education in Australia and responsible for the national coordination and representation of Catholic schools and school authorities

Nationally, there are 1,755 Catholic schools educating more than 785,000 students, or one in five Australian students, and employing over 102,000 staff.