Oxley High School synthetic field builds on sports program.

MULTI-PURPOSE: Oxley High School principal Simon Bartlett-Taylor says the new synethic field will be used for a variety of sports. Photo: Gareth Gardner
MULTI-PURPOSE: Oxley High School principal Simon Bartlett-Taylor says the new synethic field will be used for a variety of sports. Photo: Gareth Gardner

OXLEY High School has welcomed a new synthetic field, which the school hopes will allow its students to hone their skills across a variety of sports.

Principal Simon Bartlett-Taylor said the multi-purpose field would be used for tennis, netball, hockey and futsal.

“At the moment we’ve got a number of students representing Australia in futsal,” Mr Bartlett-Taylor said.

“We’ve got a proud history with hockey. We’re looking to build up our hockey program again, I think the last time we won the state hockey championship was in 2012.

“Tennis is another sport we’ve had a lot of success in. We’ve got students regularly playing in the North West rep comps and interstate.”

Mr Bartlett-Taylor wouldn’t reveal how much the field cost, but said it was funded entirely by part of the $160,000 donation by the school’s Parent and Citizen Association earlier this year.

“The PE staff are very excited, they’re keen to get on to it,” he said.

“I think the kids value it and realise the value we place on them.

“We think these kids are special and need opportunities to excel in a number of different things.”

“We’re really trying to link the school gym with the surface out there to have a whole sports program, that caters for both teams and individuals.

“We believe in a rounded education for kids, including academic, welfare, culture and sports program.”

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