Sports Development Programs
We have two Secondary specialist sports courses aimed at promoting opportunities for growth in the sports arena and ensuring students can excel while in the classroom and competing.
St Stephen’s School understands the demands of balancing sports, study and other commitments.
The Athlete Development Program (ADP) is a specialised program delivered in partnership between St Stephen’s School and Athletic Institute (AI). The ADP is open to selected students in Year 7 and 8 at the Carramar campus, and Year 7 at the Duncraig campus, acting as a precursor to the School’s Elite Athlete Program in the senior years.
AI are leaders in youth strength and conditioning, passionately mentoring the next generation of sporting stars. Their vision ‘to educate, empower and inspire future generations of athletes as they persevere in their pursuit of athletic success on a global scale’, aligns with St Stephen’s School’s desire to encourage and enable students to reach their potential. Their values of respect, integrity, grit, humility, trust and teamwork also underpin the qualities we strive to instil in our graduates.
The ADP sees our sports specialists working together to deliver a curriculum, written by AI, that is fun, challenging and results-driven. There are added opportunities for students to work with degree-qualified youth coaches and industry leaders, access to the same training opportunities as state athletes and sporting teams, and enhance the traditional study of sport, incorporating a program that targets strength in both mind and body.
Elite Athlete Program
St Stephen’s School’s Elite Athlete Program (EAP) assists Year 11 and 12 students competing at state or national level in balancing the demands of an elite sporting career and their school studies. We do this by working collaboratively with students, their teachers and families to develop a supportive learning framework, comprising:
- Flexible assessment deadlines
- Support to balance the demands of training, travel and study
- Leave of absence to compete
- Advocacy within the school environment
- Online curriculum and submission of assignments
The discipline, determination and commitment that propel athletes into the elite level of their chosen sport are admirable character traits. We view Program participants as ambassadors for sport within the School community. In return for acceptance into the Program, we expect students to:
- Keep up with their studies and maintain their optimal level of academic performance
- Communicate regularly with us about their sporting achievements
- Participate in all interhouse sporting carnivals
- Be responsible for communication regarding assessments with their teachers