Specialist Sport Program


Pasadena High School offers a Special Interest Basketball Program (SIBP).  A three-court purpose built basketball stadium is located on the school campus and operates under a joint agreement between the school and Basketball SA.  The Special Interest Basketball Program is available to students in years 8 to 12 as an optional subject.



Students choose between physical education and health OR basketball for a semester.  During lesson time, students are involved in a structured learning program of practical and theoretical tasks aligned to the Health and Physical Education Australian Curriculum.  The initial application to enrol in the Special Interest Basketball Program needs to be approved by the school. 

The basketball program is aimed at students who demonstrate skill and a commitment to the sport and have a positive attitude towards school.  Students will participate in a broad range of basketball related activities.  Student’s skills, interest and potential will be assessed across the course duration.  Recommendations will be made about the student’s future participation in the program.  Parents will be consulted throughout this process.



Recommended students are offered a place in basketball which is one of a number of optional subjects at year 9.  Students have the opportunity to participate in 2 semesters of the subject if the student is recommended by coach/teacher.  The program is an extension of the year 8 course. Students will consolidate skills developed in the year 8 program and will continue to maintain fitness levels which enable them to extend their potential in basketball.


SENIOR SCHOOL:  Years 10, 11 and 12

Students in the senior years enrol in Stage 1 or Stage 2 Integrated Learning SACE subject.

They further develop their interest in the SIBP by gaining accreditation in administration, refereeing, coaching and playing basketball. The students work with local primary schools to reinforce their learning and application of coaching and officiating.

Students are also involved in the planning, organisation and participation of events such as the Special ID State carnival, Pacific School Games and the local junior school zone sport and knockout basketball programs.



Students in the program are encouraged to participate in the Basketball Zone, Knock Out Competitions and special events.  At varying times students will be absent from other school lessons.  They will be expected to negotiate with their subject teachers to make up for work missed.  Students will be required to commit to a number of hours after school to coach, referee or administer matches for junior and primary school students in the local area, or be involved in local club or community sport programs.



  • Access to coaching from accredited coaches and special organised events by Basketball SA.
  • Participation in regular games against students of similar ability from other schools in Zone and Knock Out competitions.
  • SACE and community accreditation through their participation in basketball.
  • Pathways can lead directly to a number of higher level TAFE and university courses in the Sport and Sport Sciences. 
  • Work placement opportunities in the industry that enable students to appreciate work demands in a specific area of the sport industry and increases personal development.


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