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’.
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.