Athletics and Cross Country
The College provides excellent opportunities for students to compete at the highest levels in Athletics and Cross-Country. Students compete in the College Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals leading to selection in the College squads for further specialist training and Carnivals. Our students have the opportunity to then compete locally at the WAS (Western Associated Schools) and Bathurst Diocese carnivals prior to Independent Sporting Association ( ISA ) Carnivals held in Sydney; Athletics at Olympic Stadium Homebush and Cross Country Carnival at the Sydney Olympic Equestrian Centre. For many years success at the ISA carnival has led to further representation in the CIS (Combined Independent Schools) team at the NSW Schools State titles and then further representation at the National Schools titles. There are a number of prestigious perpetual awards presented at College including the Finn Cup (scratch start sprinting), Athlete of the Year and the Sergeant Paul Quinn Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Individual Athletic performance.
The College has competed strongly in the ISA (Independent Sporting Association) Basketball competition since joining the association in 1996. The College provides teams in the 1stV, Under 17’s, Under 15’s, Under 14’s and Under 13’s age groups. There is weekly coaching and local games played in the excellent Basketball facilities in the College Indoor Recreation Centre. The competition occurs on a home and away basis with many outstanding schools including St Augustine’s College, Oakhill College, St Pius X College, Chevalier College, St Gregory’s College and others. The College has had teams reach the finals series since entering the competition and won the 1stV Division 2 competition in 2017-2018. The College has also maintained strong representation in the ISA Open’s representative sides selected at the conclusion of the Basketball season. These compete against the other Independent School Associations.
The College maintains a proud cricketing tradition with the cricket season always beginning with the 1st XI side playing an Old Boys team which has for many years contained the College Old Boy Peter Toohey who played 15 tests for Australia in the 1970s. The College 1st XI and 2nd XI compete in the Sydney based ISA competitions with strong success leading to further representative opportunities in the ISA sides ongoing to the CIS (Combined Independent Schools) sides competing in the NSW State titles. The College has maintained a strong record in the State wide Berg Shield for students in Catholic schools in Year 9 and below, with Strannies winning the title in 2016-2017. The College has 10 sides in the various age groups in the Bathurst District Junior Cricket Association competition which is played on a Saturday morning in Bathurst and nearby districts. Stannies offers excellent facilities and coaching throughout the season at the school campus.
Stannies students have the opportunity to play Saturdays in the local Bathurst Hockey competition. The College regularly sends students to represent the ISA at the CIS trials in Pennant Hills which leads to selection in the NSWCIS team which competes in the Schools Tri-Series Tournament.
The College has forged a reputation of being one of the strongest Rugby playing schools in NSW over many years. Stannies is the only country school to win the state wide Waratah Shield (1974, 1980, 1981, 1995 as well being finalists on eight other occasions) and has also won the ISA 1st XV title on 5 occasions (1998, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2017). There have been numerous students who have represented either ISA, NSW Schools or Australian Schools at Under 16 or Under 18 level (Bo Abra became the ninth player selected for Australian Schools in 2017). Stannies has three or more sides in the Under 13’s, Under 14’s, Under 15’s, Under 16’s and Opens (which usually goes to the 5th XV). The College plays in the formidable ISA Division 1 competition against St Augustine’s College, Oakhill College, St Pius X College, Kinross Wolaroi School, St Patrick’s College and St Gregory’s College. In addition, pre-season fixtures are played against schools from other Associations. These include Barker College, Knox College, Trinity Grammar, Cranbrook School, Kings School, St Ignatius College. The College continues an ongoing tradition of overseas tours with most recent experiences including travels to Fiji and New Zealand.
Stannies students have the opportunity to play in the local Bathurst Rugby League competition and also represent the College in the state wide Country Cup knockout competitions for Under 13’s, 15’sand Opens. In addition, the Cochrane Cup for Catholic School’s is available for our Under 14’s and 16’s.
Over the years Stannies has progressed throughout the rounds of these competitions and is very fortunate to have many outstanding coaches on staff. Stannies students have also progressed into the NSW CIS representative sides at both Under 15 and Opens levels which compete annually in School boy’s titles championships, Braidon Burns is the most recent student to follow this pathway directly into the NRL competitions.
Swimming is a highly active and competitive sport at College with many opportunities for students during Term 1 and Term 4. The College Swimming Carnival is a unique event where House participation is the key. The College swimming squad emerges after competition in the College Swimming Championships and training occurs regularly in the College pool. Further opportunities for this squad to compete locally in the WAS (Western Associated Schools) and Bathurst Diocese Carnivals prior to the ISA carnival held in the Olympic pool in Homebush. Stannies continues to develop students who are selected to represent ISA at subsequent carnivals at the CIS and national levels.
Tennis has a strong profile within the school with the College offering two separate teams across senior, intermediate and junior age divisions in the local summer ISA competition. The College Blue and White sides represent Stannies throughout the season leading to the Singles and Doubles Championships at season end where students have achieved great success. Highly contested College Championships also take place during the tennis season while Stannies students have also gained higher representative honours competing for ISA in the CIS Tennis tournament.
The College maintains a very strong presence in the local Bathurst District Touch Association’s Mens and Under 14 competitions. Stannies usually enters over 20 teams allowing 250 players to compete each Monday evening in summer. The strength of Touch Football at Stannies has more recently led to an Opens team representing at the ISA Touch trials held at Barker College which has led to student selection in the ISA teams for the CIS trials and further representation at the national titles.
The College is well-known for its commitment to offering the broadest range possible of co-curricular opportunities for all students. This includes representative opportunities in AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Hockey, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Tennis, Touch Football and Triathlon.
Students also have representative opportunities competing in inter-School Carnivals for Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country.
The College is a full member of the Independent Sporting Association which offers sports competition against local, regional and metropolitan schools. It also provides a pathway to representation at higher levels leading to State and National honours.
Additional Co-Curricular Opportunities
Students are able to participate in many co-curricular opportunities including:
Creative and Performing Arts
- Visual Arts Club (SADA)
- Annual College Musical. The musical for 2018 was We Will Rock You. Previous musicals have included Footloose, West Side Story, The Addams Family, The Buddy Holly Story, Sweeney Todd, Grease, Godspell and Oliver!
- Annual Drama production. Previous drama productions have included A Christmas Carol, 12 Angry Men, Lord of the Flies, Blood Brothers, Journey’s End, Julius Caesar, Our Town and Only an Orphan Girl.
- Musical groups include Concert Band, Stage Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Cantor Group.
Equestrian and Agriculture
- Equestrian Events include participation at the Coonabarabran Horse Expo; the Evans Crown Horse Sports Day; Stannies Show Jumping, Dressage and Polocrosse days; and the Light Horse Troop.
- Show Teams for Sheep and Cattle, participating in the Royal Bathurst Show, Blayney Show, the Short Horn Heifer Show, the All Breeds Heifer Show in Dubbo and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. These events are entered with our own livestock from the Stannies Shorthorn Stud.
- Chickens for Steggles Meat Bird Pairs to be shown at the Sydney Royal Easter.