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

Selection Process

Interested applicants are required to participate in a selection process that includes:

  1. Submission of the online Application form with supporting documentation by Monday 17th May 2021.

This documentation must include:

    • The student introduction, addressing questions and presented as a video, powerpoint or written Introduction.
    • The parent nomination form
    • The online Teacher Supporting Statement. Students will need to arrange for their coach to submit this form available here.
    • Previous year school reports
    • Certificates where appropriate, including:
      • Achievement in state and national competitions
      • NAPLAN results, PAT M, PAT R and/or PAT S results
      • Any other relevant certificates to support the application.
  1. Participation in one of the fitness test sessions is required.

Testing will take place at the Senior Campus Gymasium and Ergo Room from 4.00pm-5.00pm on Tuesday 11 or Tuesday 18 May.

    • Families will be able to choose your preferred session as part of the application process
    • Students will participate in different tests including a 20 metre shuttle run, Rowing Ergo time trial/Power Test and some basic fitness tests.
      • Please wear shorts, T-shirt, shoes appropriate for running in and bring a water-bottle.
  1. Applicants and parents will be notified of the selection process outcome in June.

Please ensure the online applicaiton form is submitted by no later than 4:00pm Monday 17 May 2021. You may direct enquiries to

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