Sport at St Mary's College
St Mary's College prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded and balanced education, focusing on boys' academic, physical, social, spiritual and recreation needs. Sport is integral to that mission. At St Mary's, sport prepares boys to be fit for life. It develops character, integrity and resilience, qualities boys need to make a positive contribution to society. It shows them how to cope with adversity and behave with dignity when they win.
The sporting philosophy at St Mary’s College has always been to offer our students the largest range of opportunities; challenging those that enjoy competitive sport to excel and ensuring a range of social sports that encourage physical pursuits for remaining students.
Sport at St Mary’s College encourages involvement. The sporting program teaches students valuable life lessons, including grit, determination and resilience. The success of any sporting program is not measured by premierships, but by participation and the development of characteristics such as leadership, commitment, sportsmanship, loyalty and dedication.
St Mary’s College students continue to gain recognition for their sporting abilities with many students gaining Toowoomba, Zone and Darling Downs’ selection. A number of these students go on to gain selection in Queensland sides while a few select students gain the opportunity to represent Australia in their chosen sport.
St Mary’s College participates in many competitive sports, including:
- Streetsmarts AFLQ Schools Cup - Term 2
- Friday Night - Term 1
- Armstrong Auto Group (AAG) - Term 2
- Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) - Term 3 and 4
- Darling Downs Independent Schools T20 Cricket - Term 1
- Streetsmarts Regional T20 Challenge - Term 1 and 2
- Bill Turner Cup (Junior) - Term 2
- Red Lion (Senior) - Term 2
- Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) School Boys Competition - Term 1
- SWQ Schoolboys Futsal Competition - Term 1
- SWQ Titles (Progression to Champion of Champions dependent on results) - Term 1 and 4
- Darling Downs Schools Cup - Term 2
- Rocky Trail Fox Superflow - Term 2
- Shimano National All Schools Cycling Challenge - Term 3
- Laura Geitz Cup - Term 1
- Vicki Wilson Championship - Term 2
- Toowoomba Local Schools Competition - Term 2
- Struddys (Southwest Queensland Competition for Grades 7, 8 and 9) - Term 2 and 3
- Tonie Carrol Cup (Grade 7 Gala Day with possible progression) - Term 2 and 3
- U15 Team: Walters (Division 1) and DeVere (Division 2) - Term 2 and 3
- Opens: Mercy Shield - Term 1
- Opens Team: Langer Cup (Division 1) and Gee Cup (Division 2) - Term 2 and 3
- Opens: Confraternity Shield - Term 2
- Darling Downs Super Schools Cup - Term 3
- South West 7’s - Term 4
- Golden Glove - Term 2
- Swans Schools Cup - Term 3
- South West Queensland (SWQ) All Schools Touch - Term 3
- All Schools Touch - Term 4
- Toowoomba Schools Premier League - Term 2 and 3
- Intermediate Schools Cup - Term 2
- Senior Schools Cup - Term 3
The St Mary’s College primary students in Years 5 and 6 enjoy a wide variety of sporting opportunities throughout the year. During Term 1, 3 and 4 boys compete in Interschool Sport. Term 2 is dedicated to Athletics practice and trials in preparation for the College, district and regional carnivals.
The Interschool sports currently on offer are:
- Term 1: AFL and Hockey
- Term 3: Rugby League and Soccer
- Term 4: Cricket, Touch and Basketball
In addition to this, our primary students participate in a variety of local, South East Queensland and Queensland wide competitions for many sports, ranging from Rugby League, Football (Soccer), AFL, Touch and Basketball.
At St Mary's College we hold numerous carnivals for all students to participate in. The Swimming Carnival is held in Term 1 at Milne Bay Aquatic Centre. The Cross Country Carnival is also held towards the end of Term 1 at the Kearneys Spring Touch Fields. The Athletics Carnival is held on the College Oval in Term 3. Based on the student's performance at the school carnivals, they can be selected for Toowoomba Zone, Regional and State representative opportunities.
St Mary’s College is proud to partner with ‘The Fit Lab’ to help provide a strength and conditioning program for our young athletes. This organisation has several connections with local representative teams of which many of our students make selection.
Students of all ages can access the College Gym located underneath the Edmund Rice Cultural Centre or alternatively they can attend on site at the high-performance centre, The Fit Lab. There are three different streams of access.
Open Gym Program
Offered to students looking for general health and well-being. The students that engage in this format learn proper technique and are provided with a holisitic approach to their development as dictated by what is age appropriate. A qualified personal trainer is available to run the sessions. The cost of this program is paid directly to The Fit Lab.
Based at the high-performance centre, The Fit Lab, this allows for athletes to home in on sport-specific conditioning to help better their chosen sport. The Fit Lab manages the programming and can tailor the session to any sport. The cost of this program is paid directly to The Fit Lab.
The Rugby League and Basketball squads routinely attend strength and conditioning sessions in the College gym. The cost of these sessions can be added to the student’s tuition fees.
If you are interested in enrolling your son in this program, please email: email@example.com