RSC Update - Term 1, Week 1
New RSC Public Platforms
Welcome to the first RSC Update for 2022. We hope you like the new fortnightly newsletter format, courtesy of Schoolzine. This format provides you with greater control over the newsletter content - use the filtering "tags" to select a region, sector or category of interest.
Along with the new RSC Update, the Regional Sport Coordinators have developed a public website, located at https://sport.education.tas.gov.au. This website will feature additional articles, our events calendar and previous editions of the newsletter. Please bookmark this page and share it with any other contacts who might be interested in our content. We will begin promoting the site to our broader school communities soon.
Sport and physical activity providers can also use the "Submit Content" feature to share articles and events for future RSC Updates and our events calendar. We recently contacted all State Sporting Organisations and local clubs, associations and groups to promote this service and outline the school operating environment for Term 1.
Those who received the update last year have been automatically subscribed to this new version. If you have changed schools, please contact the Regional Sport Coordinators. Similarly, if you have changed roles and no longer wish to receive our newsletters, please use the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the newsletter.
Please subscribe if you are a new school contact and wish to receive future editions of this newsletter, direct to your inbox.
Finally, we also encourage you to download and install the Schoolzine app (available for Apple or Android). Select "Asia Pacific" on the region screen, and "Tasmania" from the drop down list on the next screen. The "Regional Sport Coordinators" should then appear. You will then be prompted to create a Schoolzine account to access the app. Please refer to the installation instructions for more details.
Our new app will allow you to receive notifications when new content is added and you can also view a region-specific stream of events and information.
We understand that the border re-opening and subsequent Omicron wave of infections has presented a challenging environment for the start of the 2022 school year, with the top priority to safely open our schools and ensure continuity of learning.
The Regional Sport Coordinators appreciate that our HPE teachers and sport coordinators may be required to deliver content differently due to staff and student absences, and/or COVID-19 restrictions.
The Regional Sport Coordinator's section of the Intranet includes a "Sport and Physical Activity Programs and Resources" page. The top section of this page includes a link to a spreadsheet containing collated Health and Physical Activity resources that can be used to support flexible and home-based learning if needed. Resources are available for primary and secondary sectors.
Note: The bottom section of the Sport and Physical Activity Programs and Resources page includes additional links to on-demand programs and resources for all sectors.
Primary staff are encouraged to check out the GymZoonasium site, which offers schools a free trial of their range of exercise, motor skills and yoga sessions, which can be delivered via an interactive whiteboard or any other internet-connected device. All resources are mapped to the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework. Check it out!
Advice - Sport, HPE and Physical Activity in Schools
The Regional Sport Coordinators have updated our Sport, HPE and Physical Activity in Schools document, which provides guidelines on conducting various types of sport and physical activity opportunities in a COVID-safe manner, operating within the current DoE and Public Health guidelines. We encourage all HPE teachers and sport coordinators to review this document and share relevant information with school leaders. Please note there are specific recommendations for the first five weeks of Term 1 to accommodate an expected rise in COVID-19 infections and implications for staff, students and school communities.
The Regional Sport Coordinators trust that this document will assist with decision making around school and regional events in Term 1 (e.g. Swimming, Athletics Carnivals), and we are ready to assist schools and school sport associations with practical solutions to any resulting operational or scheduling issues.
Please see the below upcoming opportunities for your students, and once again please don’t hesitate to contact the Regional Sport Coordinators should you have any questions or require support in facilitating sport and physical activity opportunities for your students.
The Arrogone Archers Club would like to invite local schools to particiate in archery at Gerrard Street Reserve, Moonah.
The club can cater for classes of approx 20 students at a time and can deliver adhoc sessions through to a term program, flexible to meet the needs of your school.
General costs as follows, and see the attached flyer for more details:
- Single session - $300 (Base price)
- Two Sessions (same day) - $500 ($250 per session)
- Three sessions (same day) - $600 ($200 per session)
- Term commitment (minimum four sessions held on different days)
- Single sessions- $960 ($240 per session)
- Double sessions each day - $1600 ($200 per session)
- Three sessions each day - $1920 ($160 per session)
Enjoyed playing Flippa Ball or want to try? Join us in 2022!
Flippa Ball is scheduled to run again in Term 1 and Term 4 for Grades 3/4 and 5/6 primary school students at Clarence Pool.
- Come & Try: 20-Feb
- Term 1 Roster: 27-Feb to 10-Apr (six rounds excluding 13-Mar)
- Come & Try: 30-Oct
- Term 4 Roster: 6-Nov to 11-Dec (six rounds)
- Games: 20 minute games, Sunday nights between 5.10 and 8.10pm.
- Training: Water Polo TAS provides coaches for group training on Tuesday nights, commencing 22-Feb.
- Fees: $700 per team.
- Teams: A minimum of 7 players are needed for a team. Mixed teams are encouraged.
- More Information: visit the Flippa Ball website and keep up to date via the Water Polo Tasmania Facebook Page.
Imperial Futsal once again invite schools participate in their 5-aside futsal tournament at Aurora Stadium, Creek Rd.
- Grades 7-10, boys and girls
- Friday March 18
- Aurora Sports Stadium (Tas. Netball Centre), Creek Rd, New Town
- Cost - $150 per team
- Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm (subject to number of entries)
- Deadline: entries close Friday 4-March
See the registration form below for full details and to nominate your teams.
Challenge yourself and swim for youth mental health. Laps for Life takes place from 1–31 March, 2022 to raise money for young people living with a mental health challenge.
Whether you're new to the water or a competitive swimmer, get involved any way that suits you. You can team up with family or friends, or participate individually.
- Swim ANYWHERE you like - laps at the local or school pool, hit the beach or take part in an ocean swim!
- Swim AS FAR as you can - set a goal that suits you, and use the handy lap calculator to decide how many sessions you'll need.
- Swim WHENEVER it suits you - you don’t need to swim every day, just pick the days and times that suit your lifestyle.
- Swim WHATEVER style you want - whether its freestyle, butterfly or doggy-paddle, just get swimming!
The challenge goes on for ONE MONTH and supports the one in four young people with mental
Sandy Bay Sailing Club invites Grade 7-12 students to participate in the Southern Schools Team Racing Series, conducted in both Terms 1 and 4 each year.
Teams of 6 sailors (3 boats) race against other schools for a total of 3 short and sharp races each round.
Teams are split into two separate divisions, with beginner through to advanced abilities welcome.
The series is conducted over six consecutive weeks:
- A Division: Wednesday evenings, commencing 23-Feb and finishing 30-Mar.
- B Division: Tuesday evenings, commencing 22-Feb and finishing 29-Mar
First rounds start at 4.15pm each afternoon, and all teams must have a nominated supervising team manager. The series is raced in Pacer Dinghies and all participants must have a current Australian Sailing membership.
Term 1 Registrations due 5pm Thursday 17-Feb
Cost: $370 per team
The Southern Tasmanian Table Tennis Association (STTTA) regrets to inform schools and students of the decision to delay their Term 1 Junior Program due to COVID-19.
Schools may however still hire the Table Tennis Centre, based at Kingborough Sports Centre, to conduct class programs.
Casual School Hire
- 10 table facility for $40 per hour
- Access to STTTA's equipment
- Contact email@example.com for bookings and availability.
Please see STTTA's notice below outlining the suspension of their Junior Schools program in more detail.
See the Southern Tasmanian Table Tennis Association website for more details.
Develop not just skills but children's confidence and motivation to be active as well! Improve student physical literacy levels to help nuture a love of physical activity that will last a lifetime.
- Set priorities and goals for the school year and each term, using the Sport Australia Physical Literacy Guide for Schools.
- Use KIDDO's scope and sequencing and FMS development documents to help plan the year.
- Become familiar with focus skill's teaching cues, skill criteria and teaching strategies with KIDDO's FMS skill resources.
- Plan KIDDO activities for the weeks ahead and discover new favourites. Reflect on your focus skills and choose activities that will engage all children.
- Invest in yourself and school staff by upgrading your KIDDO Membership to access all of KIDDO's evidence-based and time saving resources including:
- curriculum-linked lesson plans
- professional development
- FMS assessment and reporting tools. now
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) have published a free eBook to help people with disability to become more physically active.
Around 1 in 6 Australians (4.4 million people) live with disability. People with disability are generally less active due to the additional barriers they face, and this increases their risk of chronic diseases and poor health outcomes.
The eBook outlines a variety of disabilities that are common to Australians and the role exercise can play in managing the disability and helping with daily living.
ESSA accredited exercise professionals and allied health professionals have compiled this ebook to both provide exercise advice, and to support and resources people to improve their health and well-being.
The Little Friends Scholarship Program supports children affected by domestic violence.
Back to school time is an exciting time for many children but for some families it can be incredibly stressful trying to find the funds to provide their children with everything they need for school. Book lists, school stationary, uniforms and school fees – it all adds up.
Little Friends provides bi-annual scholarships in two categories to ensure all children have the ability to either further their education and be able to participate in extra-curricular activities that they may not be able to pursue due to the financial impact of Domestic and Family Violence within their family environment:
- Educational: such as school fees, laptops, ipads or other devices required for school, textbooks, stationery requirements, specialised equipment such as art supplies, or uniforms. It may also include costs for excursions, camps, access to academic competitions, or school uniforms.
- Extra-Curricular: such as sporting equipment, sport uniforms, tuition costs, training or transport costs. It may also include equipment for music, the arts or to cover the costs of representative teams, sign-up or registration fees for a sporting season, competition, debating, or some element of the arts.
Applications now open until 5pm Friday 25-Feb 2022.
See Little Friends Scholarship Website for full details.
The Tasmanian Institute of Sport (TIS) has partnered with Paralympics Australia (PA) to develop Para-sport pathways within the state, with the aim to provide more targeted support for developing and emerging Tasmanian Para-athletes and coaches.
The project has been made possible through funding from Communities, Sport & Recreation Tasmania.
The TIS is seeking additional Expressions of Interest for the Junior Talent Program - see details below:
Para-Sport Junior Talent Program: A talent ID opportunity for talented junior Tasmanian Para-athletes aged 10-18, exposing them to the high-performance environment. Participants will be exposed to elite level training facilities and sessions to develop their knowledge of basic strength & conditioning, performance habits and will connect them with former Paralympic and scholarship athletes.
The first session for the program was held at the beginning of February. Athletes participated in an introductory strength and conditioning session, followed by a presentation from three-time Paralympian, wheelchair athletics athlete, Sam McIntosh (T52 100m & 400m). TIS Para-archer Kevin Faulkner also joined the session sharing his experience and knowledge.
Additional sessions will be conducted during school holidays in 2022.
Please note the program will be available in the Hobart region in 2022, with a view to expanding to other regions in future years.
Expressions of interest are open for the next session, to be staged on Tuesday April 26. Please contact Ilene Carr (Sport Program Coordinator) to register your interest.
More information is available on the TIS website.
The Tasmanian Canoe Club, situated on the banks of the Forth River, invites juniors to come and join the Slalom Scorchers Kayak Introduction Program.
The first 2 sessions are open to all juniors aged 11-17yrs who wish to try the sport:
- Sunday 13-Feb 3-4pm
- Sunday 20-Feb 3-4pm
All equipment and gear will be supplied, and activities will include general paddling skills followed by some games and fun at Forth.
Come and try sessions will continue on Sundays, and once established a Thursday afternoon session may be included.
All interested parties, please contact Russell Horton for more information, waivers and to provide medical information.
New Horizons provide inclusive sport and recreation opportunities for people with any disability (intellectual, physical, spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders and more) from ages 5 and up and their families.
The summer calendar is full of action-packed activities for Term 1 for all to join, including basketball, boccia, cricket, disc golf, lawn bowls and more.
- All participants must hold current New Horizons membership
- Varying activity fees apply
- Participants and carers must be vaccinated against Covid-19 - see statement below
Hobart Run The Bridge is gearing up for its 13th fun run and walk on Sunday 27th February 2022.
- Liv-eat 1km (FREE for kids)
- Epic 5km Run
- Positive Salary Packaging 5km Walk
- Spectran Group 10km Run
- Virtual 10km & 5km
The first event of the series of six is scheduled for 16-Feb.
Four different length courses, ranging from 1.5km to 4km, are available each week at the variety of venues. See the flyer below or visit the Orienteering Tas Website for full details.