NISSA Extends to Secondary

It is with excitement that plans that are underway to develop a Secondary Independent School Sport competition – the Northern Independent Schools Sporting Association (NISSA).

Participation in high standard school sport competition is known to provide many benefits in terms of physical fitness, health benefits, cognitive development, personal wellbeing, and social integration. As a result, four foundation schools including Grace Lutheran College Rothwell, The Lakes College, Prince of Peace Lutheran College and Genesis Christian College have been working collaboratively for more than 18 months in planning to bring the vision of a secondary sports competition to reality with the competition planned to commence in Term 1, 2023.

The plan is to initially establish an Interschool Sport Competition to be known as NISSA, with the competition being run during the school day, targeting students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10. Our objective is to create a sports competition based on strong collegial relationships, sportsmanship and healthy competition of a high standard, amongst like-minded schools. The competition will incorporate two seasons across the calendar year, incorporating a variety of popular sports.

Northern Independent Schools Sporting Association (NISSA) was originally established amongst a group of Primary schools including Grace Lutheran Primary School, The Lakes College, Genesis Christian College and more recently Prince of Peace Lutheran College. This competition has been highly successfully running for several years. This new secondary sports competition will build upon this foundation by adding a Secondary school competition.

Although the competition is planned to launch with Interschool Sport offered to Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students, further consideration is being given to suitable opportunities for Year 11 and 12 students with a model structured appropriately for the rigors of students completing the final years of schooling. It is also the intention of the NISSA Management Committee to introduce additional competitions such as carnivals for member schools in the future.

We are incredibly excited about the sporting opportunities that NISSA Secondary will provide for our students, the collegial relationships that will be developed and the opportunity to partner with like-minded schools. Further information will be provided to individual school communities as the 2023 school year draws closer.

Yours faithfully,
NISSA Management Committee