Sport is an integral part of the school's educational program and as such, all students are required to participate in the school's regular sports program. It is important for the social, physical, emotional and moral wellbeing of the student body and is an important expression of our culture.
For School Sports Carnivals (Swimming and Athletes) the school is divided into four Houses which are identified by the given colours. Tallows: Red, Dolphins: Yellow, Pass: Black and White and Wategos: Blue
When students are enrolled at the school, they are allocated to one of these Houses. One Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country Carnival is held. Attendance at these carnivals is part of the school curriculum.
We provide a comprehensive sports program at Byron Bay High School. All students are provided with an opportunity to experience a range of recreational activities. It is designed to promote the value of physical activity in student's lives.
Students may choose ONE sport each term from a variety of team or individual sports listed below. It is conducted at school and at various local facilities on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 3:10 pm.
All senior students are expected to participate in school carnivals.
All students are required to participate in Wednesday afternoon Sport. However, under special circumstances leave passes may be granted. No student is to go home without prior permission from the Sports Organiser.
Examples of available sports:
- Beach games
- Body surfing
- School powerwalking
- School soccer
- Surf survival
- Table tennis
Byron Bay High School has four sport houses based on the names of the local beaches:
These houses compete for victory at each of the school's annual three sporting carnivals which are popular and exciting events that give students of all ability levels the opportunity to get involved.
The Swimming Carnival is held early in Term 1 at Byron Bay Swimming Pool. It features both fun and competitive events for students in each age group. Students undergo swimming training in PDHPE in the weeks leading up to the carnival. Two representatives in each event represent the school at the Far North Coast Swimming Carnival. Byron Bay High School has been very competitive in swimming for a number of years with regular representatives at the CHS State Swimming Championships and more recently at the Australian Championships. Novelty events are available and the highlight of this carnival is often the student's fashion and make-up in house colours, as well as the annual teachers vs students relay.
The Cross Country Carnival is held at the beginning of Term 2 with a course along the beach behind the school. This event is organised as a fun run / cross country competition. Students are requested to make a gold coin donation to raise money for a variety of charities which have included canTEEN, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Heart Kids. Once again all students usually get involved with an assortment of outfits to make a fun day for everyone. At the completion of the carnival, the school provides a free sausage sizzle and drink. All students undergo training in PDHPE in the weeks leading up to the event by gradually building their fitness levels. Four representatives from each age group represent the school in the Far North Coast Cross Carnival. Once again Byron Bay High School has proved competitive with a number of students representing the school at Regional, State and National level.
The Athletics Carnival is held in the middle of Term 2 at the high school. It involves a full day for the whole school, although certain field events are held in the days prior to the carnival. All students are encouraged to participate in both official and novelty events with the focus on participation and enjoyment. The age relays at the end of the day are highly fought out events with all houses vying for wins to boost their house points. Two representatives in each event represent the school at the Far North Coast Athletics Carnival. Byron Bay High School has been very competitive in athletics for a number of years with regular representatives and placegetters at Regional, State and National Athletics Championships.
From these carnivals our top athletes are provided opportunities of representing the school at either Zone, Regional or State CHS (Combined High Schools) competitions.
Byron Bay High School has an impressive record of achievements at these championships with a number of the school's representatives named as Age Champions, breaking records or achieving medals at all levels.
These sporting carnivals are all part of the normal school routine.
We ask all parents to encourage their children to participate on carnival days.
Students absent on these days MUST provide a note explaining their absence.
CHS knockout competitions
At Byron Bay High School we support and encourage students to pursue representative selection at all levels.
We are not only keen to extend our talented sports men and women to achieve their personal goals, but also to strengthen school pride by encouraging sportsmanship, leadership and co-operation on the sporting field. The school has a proud record of individual and team achievements in a variety of sports including Soccer, Surfing, Golf, Surf Lifesaving. Many of our students have gone on to be selected to represent at zone, regional, state and national championships, where they have enjoyed enormous success or been selected in AIS development squads. We have also had former students become World Champions and Olympic medallists.
Byron Bay High School competes in a wide range of CHS Knockout competitions for both junior and open teams.
Knockout competitions - Entry into CHS competitions is by school nomination where teachers are available to coach teams. Students from any year are given the opportunity to trial for inclusion in a knockout team, although senior students tend to dominate in the Open teams due to size and experience. Selection trials and training are generally announced on assembly or in the Daily Memo. We usually enter teams in soccer, netball, basketball, AFL, touch football, water polo, beach volleyball, cricket and volleyball. The school also participates in the Tennis, Golf, Surfing and Surf Lifesaving Competition.
Representative Teams - trials are held for a wide range of sports and students from years 7 to 12 are eligible to attend. Students need to be highly competent in these sports to be selected. Selections may be made via representation in a school team or if no school team participates, students may trial on an individual basis. If students are selected in a zone team they then train and play at an all-day Far North Coast Zone carnival. A North Coast representative team is selected on the day and this team plays against the other regions in a state carnival. Selection in state teams occur for only a few sports, which go on to play at National Championships.
Gala Days – on occasions a variety of gala days are organised within the zone providing students with the opportunity to play sport against other schools in the area.
Some carnivals are for Open teams and other for Junior Teams.
All students interested in representing the school in their chosen sport, should ask the Sport organiser for more details.
Sport is an important part of the curriculum at Byron Bay High School, and we are very proud of our sporting tradition.