Sport is central to the Marist College Ashgrove curriculum not just because boys enjoy them, but because they embody many qualities in which the College believes. Learning to win and lose, to lead and be led, to push oneself to and perhaps beyond one's limits, to think as part of a team, to know when to strive for more and when to acknowledge defeat; these are all part of learning to be human. Consequently, Marist College Ashgrove aims to give every boy the chance to benefit from learning through sport by playing and being taught the sport of his choice at the level appropriate to his abilities and interest.
Every Year 5 & 6 boy is encouraged to participate in at least one summer and one winter sport. Sports offered in Terms 1 and 4 are AFL, cricket, swimming and athletics. Sports offered in Terms 2 and 3 are Football (soccer), Rugby (union), Cross Country, Basketball and Tennis.
Sports require attendance at training sessions during the week, before or after school hours. Games are played against teams from other schools on Friday afternoon or Saturday mornings.
There is a school team for every boy who wants to play – this amounts to more than 40 teams on some match days – and each of the year levels fields a number of teams at senior and junior levels in the majority of sports.
Marist College Ashgrove is a member of a number of sporting associations and therefore have commitments to field teams in a variety of different sports and competitions. The most regular competition is undertaken as part of our involvement in the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) competition.
AIC Competing schools
- St Laurence’s College
- Villanova College
- St Edmund’s College
- Padua College
- Iona College
- St Peter’s Lutheran College
- St Patrick’s College
At the highest level of expertise, Marist College Ashgrove sportsmen consistently challenge against the strongest school opponents in this country.