Independent and Catholic school heads expect inter-school sport will resume in New South Wales this weekend after a breakthrough marathon meeting last night with the state‘s chief health officer. Source: Daily Telegraph.
More than 20 headmasters from primary and secondary independent and Catholic schools walked away from a two-hour Zoom meeting with Dr Kerry Chant last night confident non-government school sport was back in play.
Non-government boys schools scrapped last Saturday‘s fixtures after strict rules confined competitions to public school-centric zones, which allowed government school sport to go ahead as planned.
The public school zones meant Asquith Boys High School in Sydney’s northwest was free to play schools as far as 35km away – such as Randwick Boys High School – but private schools St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill could not play St Ignatius Riverview just 5km away.
In an email to Catholic Schools NSW chief executive Dallas McInerney, Dr Chant relaxed the rules and assured non-government schools they were free to exercise discretion about what schools could compete against one another.
A return to school sport was critical for students‘ mental wellbeing, according to Mr McInerney.
He said clarity from Dr Chant that inter-school sport can continue was “great news”.
School sport: Private and Catholic inter-school sport restarts after marathon crisis meeting (By Jack Morphet, Daily Telegraph)