Empowering young women and girls through sports
Tara has a wide range of sports and activities available to your daughter whatever her level of sporting ability. Whatever her interest, there is a place for your daughter at Tara. The benefits of single-sex schooling for girls stretch beyond the academic. There are distinct advantages for girls who participate in single-sex sport, physical education (PE) and outdoor education groups. The experiences provided by physical activity potentially have a key role in providing young people with the skills, knowledge, understanding, values and attitudes that are fundamental to their health and lifestyles.
At Tara, the girls have access to a fantastic array of sporting facilities. These include:
Two large sports playing fields
Six outdoor multi-purpose courts for netball, basketball and tennis
A 25 metre swimming pool with deep water access for water polo
A multi-purpose hall containing a gymnasium with a fully sprung floor for artistic gymnastics, indoor court for basketball, netball, badminton and volleyball
A fitness centre (exercise room) and movement room for dance
Tara rowing shed, located out of Drummoyne Rowing Club
Tara holds annual carnivals in athletics (Early Learning Class to Year 12), cross country (Early Learning Centre – Year 12), diving (Years 3 – 12), gymnastics (Early Learning Centre to Year 12) and swimming (Years 3 - 12). Our smallest girls enjoy these days very much and learn a great deal about sportsmanship, teamwork and House spirit. Within the school, Tara has a four House system: Crawford (Purple), Hake (Yellow), Walker (Green) and Waugh (Red). House spirit can be very intense during our School carnivals and the girls are very House proud.
At each carnival the whole school community comes together and experiences a sense of belonging through the support and encouragement they give and receive. They are a highlight of the school calendar.
Senior School Sport
Tara encourages all Tara girls to undertake some form of sport competition during the school year. Involvement in sport brings many advantages. Sport provides valuable life skills such as how to win and lose gracefully and enhances student self-discipline. We find that girls who participate in sport at Tara find they can improve academically and are able to develop skills in organisation as they juggle a number of commitments. They also meet new friends who they may not otherwise have met in their normal academic day.
With around 20 sports to choose from, Tara girls develop team and school spirit, leadership skills, and most importantly, have fun.
Senior School sports include athletics, basketball, cross country, diving, dance, football, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), hockey, netball, rowing, snowsports, softball, swimming, tennis, touch football and waterpolo. Tara also provides pathways for girls to be involved with golf, equestrian, sailing and a number of other specialised sports.
Our Senior School participates in the Independent Girls’ School Sports Association (IGSSA). Two Saturday sports are offered each Term in the IGSSA calendar and games are played on Saturday mornings at various locations within the Sydney metropolitan area (including Mittagong). Trials for these teams are held in the term prior to competition so that girls can be placed in the most appropriate team for their ability. During the competition term, trainings occur twice throughout the week as agreed by the team members and their coach.
As well as Saturday sport, IGSSA offers one off carnivals during the school year for athletics, cross-country, diving, gymnastics, rowing, swimming and tennis (Tildesley tournament). Selection to join the representative team for these carnivals is a great honour with Tara team spirit on display. We have had many Tara girls excel at IGSSA and continue on to CIS (Combined Independent School) as well as All Schools (state) and Nationals.
While sport is not compulsory, we encourage girls to participate regardless of previous experience or skill level. Tara also offers exercise and fitness sessions in the fitness centre.
More information on additional sporting opportunities is available through the Tara Enrichment Centre.
Junior School Sport
Tara girls shine in the sporting arena. Sport in the Junior School is aimed at promoting participation, fun and sportsmanship. Junior School girls engage with a variety of energetic and relevant sports including athletics, basketball, kanga cricket, diving, football, hockey/minkey, gymnastics, netball, swimming, touch football, tennis and cooperative games.
Sport in the Junior School starts with regular PDHPE lessons within the curriculum. In Year 3, Tara girls are able to participate in trainings for sport once per week. In Year 4, Saturday sport is available to our younger girls and trainings increase to twice a week on Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon.
Our Junior School participates in the Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA) competition which includes Saturday sport as well as annual carnivals in athletics, cross country, diving, gymnastics and swimming.
While sport is not compulsory, we encourage girls to participate regardless of previous experience or skill level.
More information on additional sporting opportunities is available through the Tara Enrichment Centre