A wide range of sporting opportunities exist for our students. Mater Maria Catholic College has encouraged many outstanding sportsmen and sportswomen who have competed at both National and International levels.
During term one of each year the College swimming carnival takes place. This is a compulsory event for all students and takes place during the school day. This results in strong but friendly competition with selection taking place for further representative competition. The swimming carnival is always an engaging event for staff, students and parents that provides laughs, thrills and spills much to everyone’s entertainment.
This swimming carnival acts as a qualifier for further representative opportunities.
Mater Maria basketball teams are formed to compete in the BBSSSA Basketball Gala Day competitions in term 1. Individual players may further represent the College at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges trials and competitions. These teams may then progress to NSW CCC and All School representative teams.
Mater Maria basketball teams are also entered, where possible, through our Parents & Friends Association in the Manly Warringah Basketball Association competition played at the Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre. Year 7 teams will only be entered in Semester two. We appreciate the assistance of parents in the management and/or coaching of teams to ensure that as many teams as possible can be supported across the College’s sport program.
Students who have a keen interest in running and swimming are invited to compete in a range of biathlons. Each week we have a committed group of students complete a run/swim/run with the PDHPE Coordinator from the College to Narrabeen Rock Pool and back to the College.
Students compete annually at the Invitational Biathlons in individual, team and mixed team events.
The opportunity to represent Mater Maria Catholic College in cross country is offered to any student who demonstrates an interest and ability in their age related event.
From the trials, a representative group of boys and girls are selected in each age group for the College team. The team competes at the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Championships.
Six students in each age group are then selected to represent the Broken Bay Diocese at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges championships. Talented runners may then be selected to progress to the NSW All Schools level.
Mater Maria has traditionally been one of the strongest Diocesan schools in the cross country event.
Football (Soccer) is becoming an increasingly popular sport at Mater Maria for both girls and boys. Students may represent the College through the Peninsula Cup competition (junior, intermediate and senior boys and girls divisions) or the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Gala Days. Trials are held on our Slattery Field pre season for both the boys and girls.
Training takes place during lunchtimes and many games are played at the College on the Slattery Field. These Broken Bay soccer gala days are held late in Term 1. We are regularly the premiers in both the girls and boys’ competitions!
Girls have a number of opportunities to represent the College in netball. In Term 3, Mater Maria Catholic College teams participate in the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Netball Championships. Trials for these teams are held in the Marana Complex early in Term 2.
Mater Maria Catholic College has also organised a Peninsula Netball trophy for girls which is played on Wednesday afternoons in a competitive but relaxed style of netball at Boondah Reserve at Warriewood.
Years 10 and 11 girls also have the opportunity to represent the College in touring teams. The European Cultural and Sporting tour is a biennale event where our girls can play netball whilst enjoying the historical sites of the United Kingdom and Italy.
Rugby union is a popular sport at the College. Our boys have a number of opportunities to represent the College. Trials are held in the pre-season and squads are selected from these trials. The standard of junior rugby continues to develop at the College. All teams at the College enter the Peninsula Cup competition (First XV, Under 16, Under 14 and Year 7 teams) where boys play after-school games for a six to eight week period against other schools in the local area.
Boys may also represent the College at the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay selection trials, where talented players can further represent our Diocese at Combined Catholic Colleges and finally Australian schoolboys.
Years 10 and 11 boys also have the opportunity to represent the College in touring teams. The European Cultural and Sporting tour is a biennale event where our boys can play rugby whilst enjoying the historical sites of the United Kingdom and Italy.
Sailing is offered at the College through our Parents & Friends Association. Those students who have had prior sailing experience will be given priority.
Each year, our sailors are entered into a number of competitions. These include the Schools' Regatta on Sydney Harbour; the Combined High Schools (CHS) Regatta at Belmont during the April school holidays; the teams racing event in Cruising Yacht Club in September and the Pittwater Schools Regatta in February.
The College sailing team train at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport in the weeks prior to a regatta.
Surf Lifesaving carnivals are unique events offered to most other schools. Being situated on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the College has the facilities, resources and student involvement to be successful in this area. The College surf carnival and Broken Bay carnival usually include events such as surf ski, an ocean swim, beach sprints, relays and beach flags.
In November, the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay surf carnival is hosted by Mater Maria at Collaroy Beach. The pathway to this carnival is the College’s surf carnival in term 1. Our College team comprises male and female competitors who are in junior, intermediate or senior divisions.
Surfing & Bodyboarding
Surfing and Body boarding are popular pastimes for many students at the College. Talented surfers may represent the College in the junior and senior divisions at a number of events. These include the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Championships held annually for junior and senior surfing and body boarding and the Sydney All Schools Championships held annually for junior, senior surfing only.
Talented surfers may further represent the College at the NSW State Championships, and if they are successful they may move onto the Australian Surfing Championships.
The Mater Maria Catholic College swimming carnival, held in the first weeks of Term 1, is the only pathway to further representation at the College. Following this is a very comprehensive and busy program of swimming events at Interschool level where progression to National level can be achieved.
From our annual College swimming carnival, students are selected to compete at a number of inter school carnivals which ultimately prepare them for the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Championships at the end of Term 1.
All students in Years 7 to 12 are eligible to enter into team events for the tennis competition. There are three divisions, junior, intermediate and senior.
Mater Maria Catholic College enters teams in the Peninsula Interschool Tennis Competition. It is a round robin competition played weekly during term 1 at courts all over the Northern Beaches. The teams play both singles and double matches.
Teams are also selected to play in the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Tennis Gala Day in October. Further representative opportunities exist for talented students who may be selected for the Diocesan team, should they perform well at the Broken Bay Competition. Players may progress further to the National level.
Touch Football is a very popular sport at Mater Maria Catholic College. There are several representative opportunities for athletes in this sport. Term 1 each year sees the selection of boys and girls teams in the junior, intermediate and senior teams.
Trials for these teams occur during lunch times on the Slattery field, and once selected teams train at lunchtimes or after school on the same fields until the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay Gala Day. From this event, athletes may be selected to represent the Broken Bay Team at the Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) Championships. Elite players may then have the opportunity to be selected for the State and National teams.
Track & Field
Our College's Track & Field Carnival acts as a qualifier for further representative opportunities at Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay and All Schools levels. The opportunity exists for talented athletes to progress to State and National levels.
The Mater Maria annual Athletics Carnival is held in Term 2 at the Narrabeen Academy on a sport synthetic track. Track events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m and relay events. While field events include shot put, discus, javelin, high jump and long jump.
A team of approximately eighty students represents Mater Maria at the Broken Bay Championships at Homebush Stadium in Term 3. All track (including hurdles) and field events are entered.
Based on results at the Broken Bay Championships a team is selected to represent Broken Bay at the NSW CCC (Combined Catholic Colleges) Championships. Selection for NSW All Schools is based on results at NSW CCC (Combined Catholic Colleges). A NSW team is then selected for the National level of competition.