Sport Overview

'Sport at Bishop Druitt College encourages participation, respect, inclusivity and enjoyment. It promotes positive health choices, self and social awareness, and leadership.'
The BDC Philosophy of Sport

Sport plays a central role in the college’s mission to support and nurture students with diverse needs and to create dynamic, caring and optimistic individuals. Involvement in sport develops students’ confidence and resilience through physical, technical and mental stimulus, and provides exposure to teamwork and leadership opportunities.  

Sport at Bishop Druitt College encourages participation, respect, inclusivity and enjoyment, and promotes positive health choices, self and social awareness, and leadership. At the core of our sport program is participation, with every student involved in sport at Bishop Druitt College.  

PDHPE and Tuesday School Sport

In the primary school all students participate in a compulsory PDHPE program.  Students are involved in a weekly sports program that focuses on skill development and encourages a positive attitude to physical activity.  Primary students also engage in regular PE sessions throughout the week.

In the secondary school all students in Years 7 - 10 complete a compulsory PDHPE program in accordance with the NESA guidelines. Additionally, all students in Years 7 - 10 also participate in the Tuesday sport program that is separate, yet supports the development of skills from PDHPE.  

Students in Years 7 - 8 have set sports with some opportunity to select the sports they wish to be involved in on Tuesdays.  The range of sports available to students increases in Years 9 & 10.  These programs are compulsory and any costs involved for student participation are charged to parents via the Parent Lounge.

Representative Sport

The opportunity to engage in competitive sport in the primary school is ensured for all students through the inter-house competitions.

Bishop Druitt College is a member school of the North Coast Independent Schools (NCIS) association for inter-school sporting competitions.  Participation in these competitions is decided in a number of ways. For many of the sports, including swimming, athletics and cross country, students are selected after successful performance in the relevant school carnival.  

Entries for swimming and athletics are done electronically via Meet Manager software. These entries are required 1 week prior to carnivals and changes are not permitted on the day. Swimming nominations are completed by parents (primary) and students (secondary) and then sent back to parents/students for checking.

There is also a challenge process for students who did not meet the selection requirements during a team trial or inter-house carnival due to genuine illness, attendance at other sporting trials or due to special reasons as identified by the Sports Administrator, Head of School or the Principal. Students who miss the initial selection process are required to submit a verifiable performance within one week of the required timeline. Students must complete and submit a sport selection challenge form to the Sports Administrator within that week.

Opportunities to enjoy sport and to develop skills, sportsmanship and team spirit are enhanced by the involvement of qualified development officers and coaching staff for a variety of sports. College teams participate in inter-house, local, regional and state-wide competitions, and talented students have access to representative pathways within the Combined Independent Schools (CIS) framework.  

Students’ behaviour and attitude at school will also be considered when allowing them to represent Bishop Druitt College in sporting activities.  A student who has a recent history of poor behaviour or unexplained absences will not be allowed to represent the college. The Sports Administrator is to present the team list to the relevant head of school prior to the team being announced, to ensure these protocols are addressed.

Team sport nominations are via Schoolbox.

A notice will be put in Schoolbox with a link to the form for all eligible students to nominate for any sport they would like to have the opportunity to play. Some sports will require a trial process, as team numbers are limited, but this should not discourage students from trying a new sport. It is a process we have to follow to make it fair for all students.

Most representative sports are for students from Year 5 – Year 12 and occasionally we have gala days that include students from Year 3 – Year 12.

Playing representative sport is a choice made by the students and parents of the college.  As such, parents agree to the charges that will be incurred if their child is selected for and competes in representative sports. Representative sport includes local, inter-school, regional, state and national competitions.

The college will also support individual/team sporting pursuits including: AFL, rugby league, athletics, cricket, cross country, equestrian, golf, hockey, squash, surf sports, swimming, tennis and mountain biking.


The Sports Administrator is responsible for publishing information regarding sporting events and teams. The TASS Parent Lounge is the portal through which information, permission, medical document review and payment for sporting events is administered.

To ensure that all of the above is addressed, Bishop Druitt College will no longer be using paper permission notes. This change is due to new state registration requirements concerning the storage of student data and school procedures.


Students must travel to their competition in either their Bishop Druitt College sport uniform, or their school uniform. Team uniforms cannot be ordered or purchased without the express permission of the Principal.

Student Behaviour

Bishop Druitt College rules and regulations regarding student behaviour apply to all students when representing the college in sporting events. Good sportsmanship is expected.

Expectations of Spectators

Bishop Druitt College students participate in school competitions as school students. That is the context in which the school competes. In all sports there will occasionally be decisions made that we might wish to contest.  Spectators are expected to allow those contentious matters to be handled by the relevant coach or the sports administrator. Criticisms of other teams, coaches, individuals or officials are unwelcome and contrary to the Bishop Druitt College philosophy of sport.

Travel and Costs

Selected Bishop Druitt College team members will travel together to competitions. It is possible for students participating in events such as NCIS Swimming or NCIS Cross Country to travel with their parents.

With equity in mind, a standard charge will be levied for all students attending NCIS events whether they travel with their parents or on a school bus and share team accommodation.

The Awarding of Championship Points to Individuals

Sports Champion of the Year awards exist in primary and secondary. The Sports Champions of the Year, one male and one female, will be announced at the annual college presentation days for primary and secondary.

Points that accumulate toward Sports Champion of the Year are awarded for age champion (5 points), runner-up age champion (4 points) and for any students who have qualified (2 points) for the next level of competition in swimming, cross country and athletics.

Bonus points will be awarded to students who have been selected and attend through the college pathway (school sports) into NSWCIS (10 points), state (10 points) or national (20 points) team sports.

In both the primary and secondary schools, championship points for the three major carnivals will be awarded according to the NSWCIS guidelines. If two competitors finish on equal points for champion or runner up then a countback of 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will occur. If the points are still equal then both are awarded the title.

Further Representative Honours

If a student is selected to progress to CIS, for example, all costs to attend these events, including registration, are borne by parents.

Students who progress to further honours such as state (representing NSW) or national (representing Australia) may apply to the Principal for financial assistance to support this representation. These claims are retrospective. Limited support is offered. A financial assistance application for representative honours form is available for this purpose.