PSSA: PSSA (Public School Sports Association) is an inter-school competition where students are selected to represent ODPS and play weekly at various locations. We participate in the Friday Castle Hill PSSA competition. Students are able to trial for 2 of the summer or winter PSSA teams. Teachers select their students on their performance during trials and the skills they demonstrate. Each sport has a particular number of students playing on the field/court plus reserves. This limits the number of students who may be selected into a PSSA team. Successful students are offered a position within a team. We participate in some of the following sports, depending on the availability of coaches:
Junior & Senior Girls Touch Football
Junior & Senior Boys Touch Football
Junior & Senior Cricket
Senior Boys & Girls Basketball
Junior Boys and Girls T-Ball
Senior Boys and Girls Softball
Junior Netball (3 Teams)
Senior Netball (3 Teams)
Junior & Senior Newcombe Ball
Junior & Senior AFL
Junior & Senior Boys Soccer
Junior & Senior Girls Soccer
Junior students include 8, 9 and 10 years (Year 4 – Year 5 students)
Senior students include 11 and 12 years (Year 5 – Year 6 students)
Summer PSSA runs in Term 1, end of Term 3 and Term 4. Winter PSSA runs in Term 2 and 3. This is a fee incurring activity to cover registration, field or court hire and transportation.
Knockout Competitions: NSW PSSA Knockout is a statewide competition between NSW Public Schools who enter. Teams are based on the regular PSSA team and students who have been successful in a different PSSA sport, may still be selected in a minor trial for a Knockout team. Schools go head to head in organised rounds where future draws are determined on the winner of the previous game. Teams might only play one game against another school or take it all the way to the state final.
Clinics: Clinics are offered when a local sporting club or organisation provides a free one-off lesson. This is to promote and encourage participation of this sport outside of school.
Gala Days: Gala Days are one off day competitions, where we compete against schools in the neighbouring area. PSSA team members are usually chosen to enter the Gala Day and addition students may be asked to form a second team. We consider the following Gala Days: Paul Kelly Cup AFL, Paul Wade Soccer or Futsal, Hills Basketball, Oz Tag and Milo Cricket. Our school’s participation in Gala Days is determine by other planned school events as they take precedence within the term.
Representative Sport: Oakhill Drive Public School is part of the Beecroft Zone PSSA. We compete in 3 annual zone carnivals: swimming, cross country and athletics. Students who represent at these carnivals are selected based on the results of our school carnivals and may be required to meet qualifying times or distances. Students from the 21 schools in the zone carnival may gain a place to Sydney North Area and potentially through to State and National carnivals.
Individual Representative Sport Trials: Students who play at a representative level or Division 1, outside of school may be given opportunity to represent the school at Beecroft Zone or Area level. These are held outside of our school. We are often limited to 2 students from our school for each trial and need to make a decision based on the potential of highest selection. Trials include for boys and girls: AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Diving, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League and Rugby Union (boys only), Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Touch Football.
Premier’s Sporting Challenge: Students participate in the Premier’s Sporting Challenge to encourage involvement in fitness activities in their everyday life. This is a valuable program for the school as our participation enables Oakhill Drive Public School to receive a funding for sport equipment.