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To provide a rich and supportive education for powerful learners to develop the qualities to successfully pursue future opportunities, and the personal capacity for social and intercultural engagement.

Our Vision

Every student will graduate as an engaged global citizen to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Our Values

Distinction, Diversity, Respect

Our Principles

  • Creating a community of learners
  • Developing students intellectually, socially and morally
  • International learning
  • Ethical learning
  • A focus on quality
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Rowing Program

As one of Adelaide’s leading public schools, Norwood Morialta High School is focused on delivering a rowing program that will provide each student with the opportunity to achieve success. With students from Years 8-12 actively training and representing the Norwood Morialta High School, rowing is a popular summer sport that encourages team work and leadership in addition to  developing fitness and work ethic. It is important at the Norwood Morialta High School that we not only develop our rowing students as quality athletes but also as hard working and committed students.

Features of the Rowing Program

The Norwood Morialta High School Rowing Club incorporates a talent identification selection process whereby students from outside the NMHS zone can apply to enrol at the school. Students will be selected based on their performance during the selection trials and also how well their latest school report card aligns with the NMHS core values. The selection trials will incorporate a variety of different fitness tests including a 20 metre shuttle run and 1000 metre ergo time trial.

Successful students will commit themselves to the school rowing program during their period of enrolment at Norwood Morialta High School. This involvement will take precedence over any other sporting / extra-curricular activity.

Enrolled students not part of the Specialist Rowing Program within the school are still able to be members of the school rowing club from the start of Year 8.

Facilities and Resources

The rowing club has two boat sheds; one located on the River Torrens near Montefiore Road and a shared facility at the West Lakes Rowing Club. The club has a growing fleet of boats and access to fitness facilities within the Middle Campus Gymnasium and Senior Campus Weights Room.

Student Commitment

It is expected that students involved in the Rowing Program will engage and commit to the program and competitions for three years.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Students that are successful in gaining entry into the Norwood Morialta Special Entry Rowing Program will participate in an intensive rowing program in Terms 1 & 4. In Terms 2 & 3 students will meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum and MYP by participating in Health and Physical Education units at the relevant year levels.


Lessons and training sessions include

  • Development and application of rowing skills
  • Fitness and Conditioning
  • Competition strategies


Students will study the following rowing-specific content:

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


Rowers learn boat handling and rowing skills in both scull and sweep boats and improve their general fitness. They have opportunities to row in a number of boat classes including single sculls, double sculls, pairs, quads, fours and eights. All rowers are expected to be fully committed to the sport, as absences from training sessions and regattas and failure to maintain or improve fitness levels make it difficult for others.  A training camp is also held on the River Murray in September and also West Lakes in late January. Consequently, students and their parents must be aware, before joining the program, of the time, financial and physical commitments required.

For all crews, on-water training takes place twice a week at either the River Torrens for Juniors and at West Lakes for Seniors. Rowers are also expected to attend fitness sessions which take place at either campus.


Rowers compete in Rowing South Australia regattas which are held each Saturday in Terms 4 and 1, mostly at West Lakes. Other regattas are held on the River Torrens in the city, at Mannum, Murray Bridge and Port Adelaide. Crew members are required to attend all regattas in which their crew is competing.

Students also have the opportunity to represent Norwood Morialta High School at the Australian Rowing Championships which are held in March in a different state each year

Parent Involvement

Parental support is expected to support each child’s involvement in the Rowing Program. This can be either through joining the Parent Committee, transportation of equipment, or assisting at regattas or other fundraising activities.

Contact Information

Kris Vanderloo or Ray Prideaux

T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)

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