Sport and Physical Education (PE) have always been major ingredients in the making of strong, confident Mentone Girls. Participation in organised sport promotes physical, social and personal development. We encourage our students to adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious food and participating in regular exercise. Making both a daily habit can go a long way to building physical strength and keeping mentally fit. This often provides greater levels of success within and beyond school.
These positive attitudes to physical wellbeing and fitness are established through the PE curriculum, the comprehensive sporting program, and the carefully sequenced Outdoor Education program. From Aerobics to Waterpolo, there is something for everyone with instruction from qualified PE teachers and sports coaches in a number of sports, outdoor and recreational activities. With our unique location on the foreshore, it is not surprising that many of our physical education activities utilise our ‘Classroom on the Beach’.
Our Wellbeing Centre is a brilliant new facility which offers students a dedicated space to practise Mindfulness, keep active and access our School's health services. As an extension of our current gym, the Wellbeing Centre brings together indoor and outdoor spaces in one location for our Sport and PE classes. The new building includes a Mind Body studio for yoga/pilates, an upgraded fitness gym, additional toilets and change rooms, and a home for our School Nurse in the Health Centre, together with our School Psychologist, linking these important services.
At the Primary Level, the School participates in the CDPSSA (Cheltenham District Primary School Sports Association) and competes against a number of co-educational local primary schools in activities such as Netball, Softball, Cricket, Swimming and Cross Country.
Girls Sport Victoria (GSV)
At the Senior level, our students from Years 7 – 12 compete in Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) competition, which involves 23 Independent girls' schools in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Sports range from Swimming, Diving, Tennis, Softball, Netball, Hockey and Badminton to Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Athletics, Golf and Surf Life Saving. GSV games are played after school, not on weekends, enabling students to participate in community-based sports.
The Camps and Outdoor Education program is specifically designed to address the needs of girls at each particular age and stage incorporating all aspects of our WAVES priorities. Through this program, our students from Years 3 - 12 are developing important life skills and self awareness. These experiences not only encourage teamwork and community living, they help promote independence and personal responsibility. Students are encouraged to be bold and conquer their fears. This program also promotes an interest in the environment and knowledge of our own Indigenous Australian culture.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The nature of the curricular Outdoor Education program progresses each year, to the point where each student can make an informed choice about continuing her adventures through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Duke of Ed) from Year 9. The Duke of Ed is not a competition, but rather a personal challenge. At each level, Bronze, Silver and Gold, there is a requirement for physical recreation, skill development, social service through volunteering and adventurous journeys. The Duke of Ed Co-ordinator works with staff to organise weekend Skiing, Surfing, Walking, Bike Riding and Rock Climbing expeditions to help students satisfy the adventurous journeys component of the challenge.
The Mentone Girls' Grammar School Aerobics Squad competes in the Schoolaerobics and Dancestar competitions with an extremely successful record, sending teams to the State Finals every year, and teams to the National Finals for the last 15 years. Jess Hayes is the Head Coach of the Mentone Girls' Grammar School Aerobics Squad. Jess has 17 years experience in teaching and performance, of which 15 years have been as a School Aerobics Coach, and Jess is also a Schoolaerobics judge. There are also several assistant coaches who work closely with Jess to ensure students have the opportunity for feedback from more than one coach on their progress.
Open to both Junior and Senior School students, the aerobics season runs from February to November and girls are expected to commit for the entire year and attend all scheduled training sessions and competitions with their team.