Sydney High Rowing: Developing Scholar-Oarsmen since 1924
As a GPS school, Sydney High is able to offer rowing as a summer sport. This is a wonderful opportunity for High students to be able to row at a state high school.
While rowing is physically and mentally challenging, it is also very rewarding and enjoyable. It is one of the ultimate team sports promoting strong friendships and camaraderie, a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and the discipline necessary for good HSC study habits.
The High Rowing program takes place at the home of High Rowing, the Outterside Centre in Abbotsford, a fully equipped rowing shed, with large dormitory, semi-commercial kitchen, dining area, and gym, allowing students to participate from Year 7 to 12.
- AAGPS Head of the River – High has a long history competing in this prestigious regatta
- NSW CHS Regatta – we are a strong, competitive school winning many medals
- Taree Senior Training Camp in January each year
- Melbourne High School Year 10 annual rowing exchange program
- Holiday Development Camps
Students may join the rowing program in any year but it is a skilful sport, which takes time to learn.
Year 7 boys start rowing in Term 1. They learn to row in Quad Sculls Thursday Afternoon and Saturday Morning. They start to row in Y8 Quads in Term 4.
Year 8 continue rowing and start racing in Y8 Quads at the GPS regattas in Term 1. In Term 4 the rowers improve their skill acquisition while gaining fitness and start race in Y9 Quads at the GPS regattas.
Year 9 continue to race in the GPS regattas during Term 1. In Term 4 the emphasis is on greater skills and stronger rowers as they start to learn sweep oar technique and race in the GPS Y10 Eights.
Junior Rowing is conducted on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings, as well as competitive crews rowing on Monday afternoon.
Thursday Training – School Afternoon
Rowers leave school at Lunchtime and travel by school coach to the Outterside Centre at Abbottsford. They return by school coach at about 4pm.
Saturday Training – 8am to 11:30am
Rowers are expected to attend Saturday Training and must make their own way to and from the Outterside Centre (Bus 438 goes very near, 100m).
All Junior Rowers (except while in Year 7) race in GPS regattas on Saturday mornings and must make themselves available at the Outterside centre at times determined by their coaches.
Year 10 continue rowing and racing sweep oared boats. The skills they acquired in the junior years enables them to row the mighty 8s, and they race from November each year until the Head of the River in early March. Training is on Monday after school, Thursday sport time, camping Thursday nights, Friday morning and Saturday morning.
Senior Eights and Fours - these are the crews at the pinnacle of sporting achievement in the GPS, the 1st XIII, 2nd XIII and the IV’s. Senior Rowing is conducted on Monday after school, Tuesday morning, Wednesday sport time, Thursday afternoons, Friday mornings and Saturday mornings. It includes overnight camps at the Outterside Centre.
Saturday Racing – All Y10 and Senior Rowers race in GPS, club and state regattas. These are often at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith on Saturdays. The rowers need to be available for boat loading before and after the regatta.
Boys wear ‘zooties’ available from the High Store, otherwise shorts and t-shirts. They need rugby socks, cap and white long sleeve t-shirt. Sunscreen is provided.
It is important that all rowers build on strength and endurance. All rowers are encouraged to use the gym at school. A tailored program for rowers has been developed. Juniors and Y10 eights on Tuesday afternoon, Seniors on Monday morning, Wednesday sport time and Friday afternoon.
- School bus on school days
- Parents need to organise transport on Saturdays. Car-pooling is encouraged
- Buses 438 and L38 leave from near the sheds travelling to the city
- Rivercats are available from nearby wharf
Events and Fundraising
Annual events on the rowing calendar are –
- Parents Welcome/Orientation to Rowing
- Shed Race/Barbecue Breakfast
- Boat Naming Cocktail Party
- High Regatta
- Rowing Dinner
Rowing is an expensive sport to run, please support any fundraising initiatives undertaken by rowing. Parking for nearby sporting fixtures on the school grounds is a major source of income for rowing. Please help at least one rowing parking day during the year.
Rowing would not operate without the support of parents. In year 7/8 parents are requested to assist in barbecue operations at the Outterside centre on Saturday Mornings. At least one morning per season is required.
Year 10 and Senior parents are required to help at overnight camps either preparing food and/or supervising overnight. At least once per term is required.
The Sydney High Rowing Sheds are at the Outterside Centre, 5 Teviot Ave, Abbotsford.
Rowing Parent Committee
Rowing is supported by an active parent committee which meets once per month during the rowing season. It supports the rowing program and provides vital fundraising. For more information contact