The underpinning foundations for successful programs in schools of sporting excellence: A case study of the Ipswich Grammar School

Wharton, Lee (2009) The underpinning foundations for successful programs in schools of sporting excellence: A case study of the Ipswich Grammar School. In ACHPER Queensland - North Queensland Conference, 2 - 3 December 2009, Cairns, Qld. (Unpublished)


As the competition between State, Private and Independently governed schools intensifies, school administrations are responding by implementing program that highlight various areas of specialization.

From the field of Sport, and the Key Learning Area of Health and Physical Education, the innovation of ‘Schools of Excellence’ (SOE) in sport has taken a pre-eminent position in the marketing programs of many of Queensland’s Secondary Schools. The SOE’s - often amalgamated with recognized sporting organization, Institutions of Higher Learning and or community based industry, are designed to provide specialized programs to outstanding students.

Since Kelvin Grove State College breathed life into the first SOE (Tennis) program in the country in 1984, the number of SOE programs has increased formidably. There are now 28 individual SOE in sport programs offered by State Secondary Schools in the Brisbane geographical area alone – an alarming figure considering the enthusiasm with which Private and Independent Schools have embraced the innovation of SOE in sporting programs.

The purpose of this research is to report the early findings from a seeding project that used qualitative methodology to examine the foundations that have enabled one Private Secondary School to gain national recognition from the SOE initiative.

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ID Code: 97667
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Schools of Excellence, Sport, Coaching, Education, Ipswich Grammar School
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: 2009 The Author
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2016 01:04
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 01:04

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