Participation in sport is an important aspect of a student’s life at Mentone Grammar. It provides the opportunity to improve physical fitness and coordination, develop good sportsmanship and instils the values of working together with others towards common goals. Students are encouraged to participate at all times to the best of their ability with integrity.
This means that the social enjoyment and skill development aspects of the particular sports are encouraged rather than the ‘win at all costs’ attitude. Winning of the game is not as important as how you play the game.
There are two gymnasiums, an Aquatic Centre, a heated outdoor swimming pool and sports ovals, three tennis courts and seven basketball and netball courts on campus. These are complemented by 17 hectares of playing fields at Keysborough, just a few minutes from the school.
Mentone Grammar competes with pride and distinction in the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria Competition at Year levels from 7 to 12 and in the interschool Cheltenham Districts Competition in Years 5 and 6.
Inter-school competition takes place on Saturday mornings. Each season, students are required to select a sport from those offered at MG:
- Summer - cricket, hockey, tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis.
- Winter - football, rugby, soccer, hockey, cross country, basketball.
- Summer – swimming, softball, volleyball, tennis, touch rugby and badminton (Years 9–12).
- Winter – netball, basketball, soccer, cross country and table tennis (Years 9-12).
Additional opportunities are also available in athletics (optional for students and held between Winter and Summer seasons), triathlon, aerobics, snow sports, water polo, sailing, golf, surf life saving and surfing along with opportunities for AGSV team and representative selections.
When a student has gained selection in a particular team this commitment must take priority over outside sporting involvement. If a student is at an elite level of sport beyond that which Mentone Grammar provides, the Head of Sport may be contacted to discuss training and game requirements.
It is compulsory for students to attend any game if they are selected to represent the school.
As well as Inter-school sport, students participate in House sport throughout the year. While participation and commitment to their House is the primary aim, competition for the coveted 'House Plate' is fierce amongst all eight houses.