There are four sporting houses at Birkdale South. These have been named after native flowers.
Banksia – Orange
Wattle – Yellow
Grevillea – Green
Waratah – Red
All students are placed into a sporting house on enrolment. Siblings are kept in the same sporting house. The three main sporting events where students compete to represent their house are the Cross Country Carnivals (Prep-Yr 6), Athletics Carnivals (Prep-Yr 6) and the Swimming Carnival (Yr 4-Yr 6).
Students in year 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to compete in our Interschool Sport Carnival Days. Soccer, Touch Football and Netball are on offer for Semester 1 while Oztag, European Handball and Volleyball/Newcombe Ball are the choices for Semester 2. Semester 1 sports are held on 2 carnival days, one in Term 1 and the second in Term 2. Semester 2 sports follow the same format.
Our school offers rugby league to students 9 years and older, through an interschool competition played at Alexandra Hills High playing fields and coordinated by teachers after school. A gala day and opportunity for a 9 years side to play a demonstration match at Suncorp, also exists later in the year.
Our swimming program in conducted at the Chandler Aquatic Centre during Term 3 for years 4, 5 and 6. Students participate in 8 swimming lessons which are provided by qualified swimming instructors during their PE lessons. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in our swimming carnival held at the start of Term 4.
Cross country training starts at the beginning of the year with before school training as well as later in the term during PE lessons. Our cross country carnival for Yr 4-6 is held at the end of Term 1 and our Prep–Yr 3 carnival at the beginning of Term 2.
Athletics and Fitness
In the lead-up to the school and district athletics carnivals, before school training is on offer to our 9 years to 12 years students. These training sessions are 45 minutes in duration, 4 days a week during Term 2 and 3.
Year 3 and 4 students participate in our Bike Ed program in preparation for our Yr 4 Adventure Days. Students learning to basics of bicycle safety, riding techniques, bicycle maintenance and road safety.
Year 4 students are given the opportunity to participate in our Adventure Day program where students engage in bike riding and canoeing. A partnership with the Redland/Wynnum Canoe Club allows students to experience canoeing in our local area. Students also ride along our local cycleways to put bike safety and riding techniques into practise.
Perceptual Motor Program
Students in Prep will participate in a 30 minute per week perceptual motor lesson in addition to their regular PE lesson. The perceptual motor program focuses on developing gross motor skills as well as the language and instructions associated with body movement.