Norwood Morialta High School (NMHS) is committed to delivering a Special Interest Rowing Program that provides opportunities to develop student’s rowing skills, their time-management, organisation, leadership and teamwork as a valued member of our Rowing Club. Students will study rowing as part of the HPE curriculum and rowing pathway in years 7-10, including a 10 credit stage 1 course.

 Features of the Special Interest Rowing Program

The Norwood Morialta High School Special Interest Rowing Program incorporates a talent identification selection process whereby students from within and outside the NMHS zone can apply to enrol at the School. Student selection will be based on their performance during the selection trials, Student Introduction Videos, teacher/coach support comments and their academic achievement to date. The selection trials will incorporate a variety of different fitness tests including a 20-metre shuttle run, ergo time trial/power test, and various other fitness testing.

Successful students who gain entry to the Special Interest Rowing Program will need to commit to the Special Interest Rowing Program and associated activities until at least the end of Year 10. This involvement will take precedence over any other sporting/extra-curricular activity.

The Special Interest Rowing Program operates alongside the Norwood Morialta High School Rowing Club, which is open to all NMHS students as a summer sport. It is compulsory for students within the Special Interest Rowing Program to also join and participate in the Rowing Club Activities (Link to Rowing Club Info on Website).

Facilities and Resources

The Program has access to the two Norwood Morialta High School Rowing Club boat sheds: one located on the River Torrens near Montefiore Hill Road and a shared facility at the West Lakes Regatta Course. The School has a growing fleet of boats, access to various other water training facilities and is currently constructing new fitness facilities within the Parade Campus (completed late 2022).

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Students involved in the Norwood Morialta High School Special Interest Rowing Program will undertake intensive rowing units during terms 1 and 4. During terms 2 and 3 students will experience the core PE curriculum as part of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP), and/or SACE requirements.

Practical lessons include:

  • Development and application of rowing skills
    • Sculling (Singles, Double, & Quads)
    • Sweeping (Pairs, Fours, Eights)
    • Coxing
    • Coaching
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Competition/racing strategies
  • Group dynamics/team building

Students will study the following theory-based rowing specific content:

  • Introduction to rowing
  • Principles of training
  • Leadership/teamwork
  • Health/wellbeing/resilience
  • Factors affecting performance
  • Fitness/performance analysis
  • Rowing and technology
  • Rowing History

Applications for 2022 have now closed. You may direct enquiries to

Contact Information
Ben O’Connell or Anne-Marie Thomas
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus)