Philosophy & Goals

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2014 Athletics Review

In 2014, SMUS carried out a comprehensive review of the Athletics program - following on from a similar review conducted in 2005. The Review contains our refreshed philosophy and goals, which have been shaped by the thoughts of our community.

Read the Report on the 2014 Athletics Review.

The SMUS athletics program is committed to the athletic potential of all students. We believe that all students should experience the lessons of physical literacy, character, community and excellence that competitive and recreational sports can teach. Underpinning this philosophy are the following principles:

  • The athletic journey at SMUS begins with recreational sports played for fun on a field of wildly mixed abilities. Students whose abilities and interests do not incline them toward national competition will still want to learn the lessons of sport and pursue their lifelong development as athletes and human beings.
  • SMUS athletics will provide a wide array of opportunities and choice in order to help students discover their potential and passions and to become most fully who they are.
  • Athletics plays an important role in character development and should include the lessons of both success and failure.
  • Excellence is about the pursuit of potential. This applies to all students; if each individual is going to pursue his or her excellence, it will be about achieving his or her potential in areas of strength, ability or passion.
  • Our athletes will understand the benefits of playing multiple sports in achieving their complete potential.
  • We will build on our core strength of coaching expertise by supporting the professional development of our coaches so that they deliver the broadest and most fulfilling experience of sport that is available at this level.

Five Cornerstones of our Athletic Philosophy

  • Respect: An environment of mutual respect between athletes, coaches, and parents, where language and overall decorum is reflective of our school's values.
  • Commitment: Athletes show full commitment and hard work towards their team and individual goals, learning the value of courage in the process.
  • Community: An environment where athletes give back to the community and discover the deeper meaning of sport.
  • Character: A team culture where athletes learn how to be tough competitors while respecting others and are role models in our school and in the greater community.
  • Leadership: Developing athletic leaders who hold themselves and their teammates accountable to the school's beliefs, while leading with compassionate ethic.

Codes of Conduct

SMUS has codes of conduct that reinforces the philosophy and goals of the Athletics program. The Codes of Conduct are downloadable as pdfs:

Athletics Review spread

2014 Athletics Review

In 2014, SMUS carried out a comprehensive review of the Athletics program - following on from a similar review conducted in 2005. The Review contains our refreshed philosophy and goals, which have been shaped by the thoughts of our community.

Read the Report on the 2014 Athletics Review.