Sport, Health, Outdoor & Physical Education
Mount Lilydale Mercy College offers a wide range of opportunities and sports in the Sports program. All students from Year 8 through to Year 10 participate in compulsory weekly sport and students from Year 11 and Year 12 are also able to participate in the weekly competition for Terms 1-3.
Mount Lilydale is a member of the Eastern Independent Schools Melbourne. The sports offered through the EISM include Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Basketball, Netball, Tennis, AFL, Soccer, Badminton, Table Tennis, Softball, Hockey, Cricket and much more. Year 9 and 10 students who do not play weekly sport participate in a mix of different activities including Dance, Snooker, classes at the Lilydale Gym, Gymnastics and Roller Hockey.
All students in the College participate in the House Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals. Those who are successful at these events are selected for the school squads and compete at EISM level.
Students are encouraged to participate in lunchtime sports in their House Groups or even in homeroom competitions. There is also equipment available for students to play with at lunchtimes.
Other sports offered at the College include Futsal, Weightlifting, Aerobics, Snow sports and Equestrian. Students are always encouraged to be a member of the sporting teams.
Health is a subject taught from Year 7 to 12.
At Year 7 and 8 it is incorporated into the PE program and topics include; Tobacco, Sunsmart, Personal Hygene, Mental Health, Nutrition and Body Systems.
At Year 9 there is a core subject looking at Healthy Life style choices, Drugs and Alcohol and provide students with real information and strategies to deal with real life scenarios which they may encounter.
At Year 10 the highlight is the “Virtual Parenting” topic where students take home a mechanical baby which needs to be fed, burped, changes and looked after in the same way as a real baby would. This subject also prepares students for Health and Human Development at VCE level.
Mount Lilydale’s Outdoor Education program is a highlight for many students.
The program currently runs from Years 9 to 11 covering activities such as Canoeing down the Yarra, Hiking around Wilson’s Prom, Surfing, Paddling, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Orienteering, Snow Camp including Cross Country and Down Hill Skiing.
Students learn to look after and use the environment safely and for enjoyment and learn many life skills such as team work, leadership skills, first aid, communication and survival skills.
Mount Lilydale Mercy College has a fantastic and exciting Physical Education programs at year 7 and 8. Students cover the usual sports such as; Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Football, Hockey, Softball as well as Touch Football, Gaelic Football and Grid Iron. There are also some excursions at these levels to Kilsyth Pool, Glitz Gymnastics Academy and the Lilydale Tennis Club. At Years 9 and 10 level the subjects become electives, which include:
Supercoach – which involves coaching at the local primary school
Personal Training – Training towards an event, sport or personal goal
Nutrition – training towards a fun run/running event incorporating all aspects including nutritional requirements
Peak Performance – preparing students for VCE Physical Education.