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Sports Academy


As part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Shalom Academy of Sport (SAS) is designed to use sport and recreation as a vehicle to engage Indigenous students in their schooling and to improve academic and vocational outcomes for a brighter future.


  • an increase in school attendance;
  • strengthened engagement with school and improved attitudes to schooling;
  • improved achievement in learning;
  • increased retention to Year 12 or its vocational equivalent
  • greater parental and community involvement with the school and students’ schooling.

The development of sporting skills and participation in sport are subsidiary outcomes.

Operation and Delivery

Focusing on sport and recreation related subjects, academy courses and activities are tailored to meet students’ interests and needs, they include accredited training courses and are integrated within the school program and outside of regular school hours providing flexibility of delivery.

Current key activities include

  • SAS activities include extra sporting opportunities, coaching, mentoring, life-skills development, vocational training, works experience, numeracy and literacy and support.
  • Relationship and Team Building camps by gender for all secondary students held at our Crystal Creek Campus.
  • Annual Outdoor Education Camp, which focuses on physical, mental, social and emotional growth. Students develop important life-skills such as teamwork, leadership and resilience while being challenged in a natural setting.
  • School-based traineeships in Sport and Recreation
  • Other certificate courses include Senior First Aid training and Level 1 Coaching Certificates.
  • Extra-curricular sports such as School and Club AFL, Rugby League, Netball, Basketball, Touch and Soccer.
  • Watersports Program involving boating, tubing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, kayaking and canoeing.
  • Annual Confraternity Rugby League Carnival conducted by the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools’ Rugby League (Q.I.S.S.R.L); one of the most formidable schoolboy rugby league competitions in Australia.
  • Community Involvement with the WNBL Fire Basketball Clinics, Townsville Street Soccer Program, James Cook University Social Sport, AFL Townsville and NQ Eagles.


All students in grades 7 - 12 are encouraged to pursue a range of opportunities provided in the Sports Academy Program.

Code of Conduct

Students in the Academy are monitored against the below.

  • Attendance
  • Attitude
  • Academic Achievement (on par with their capabilities)
  • Aspire to Lead
  • Access to skills and qualifications to improve chances of employment

Academy students will be offered a number of incentives to motivate them meet these ideals. These incentives may include extra sporting opportunities, extra support and clothing/apparel. SAS clothing/apparel incentives will be presented once a term if students meet the standards of the program. These include Sports Academy polo shirts, hoodies, shorts, hats and bags. These standards are monitored throughout the college with classroom teachers, teacher aides and house parents working in conjunction with SAS Staff to meet the program's objectives.

Academy students who are not meeting the standards will be supported to make the necessary improvements to remain in the program. 


Mark Burgess – Head of Sports Academy

Tel: (07) 4750 3400
Email: markb@shalomcollege.qld.edu.au