THE BACKPAGE #12

Dear Staff

Winston Churchill once said "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." I have always been against students being described as "talent" as often what is being described is not talent at all but the results of a strong work ethic.  Those boys who are willing to apply themselves with physical and mental "GRIT" over a long period of time are often the ones who see the most success.

It is not a coincidence that when Brian Smith recently called the members of our first XV to the stage that I was able to identify some of our strongest academic students in the group. The same type of "GRIT" that determines success on a playing field can ultimately be applied to nearly anything in a boys life.

I would like to thank all the staff who were involved in making the Scots Cross Country Invitational such a huge success on Saturday, in particular Jeremy Longworth who was the event organiser. Moving from venue to venue I saw great examples of a culture of hard work towards sport displayed by our boys.  As we continue to build on our strong history of success and sport at the College, I look forward to providing more opportunities through sport for boys to reach their potential.

This week, all year 8, 9 and 10 boys have received their first Mind Body Heart profile.  These are located within the boys academic reports on Pipeline.  Boys will now have the ability to use this information to form decisions on how to apply themselves to move forward and reach their goals. 

Scots to the Fore!
The Staff Wellbeing program is going well, with increases in all areas each week.  Mobility/Mindset sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6.30am.  There is no need to sign up for these sessions anymore, just turn up and enjoy! 

In preparation for City to Surf, we would like an indication of how many staff are interested in being part of the Scots 2016 City 2 Surf team. This will help us in our planning. Please take a minute to indicate your interest by clicking here. 

Weekend Roundup
From Ed White, Acting Senior Sportsmaster
Congratulations to the Senior School for an outstanding set of results across all sports during the weekend. I would like to thank our MIC of Cross Country, Jeremy Longworth for hosting an outstanding Cross Country. 

Rugby
Good results across the board for the Rugby program with strong wins in all age groups against Shore.  The Senior boys were successful in the 4ths, 3rds, 2nds and 1sts. Great results! 

Soccer
Our 1sts played a strong match drawing against Shore, with our 3rds taking home a victory. We had some strong results across all Opens.  Some good individual performances were seen in the junior divisions.

Cross Country
Our Cross Country team went into the race ranked 3rd overall.  In showing a tremendous team effort they were able to move the team from 3rd to 1st in the race for our 4th consecutive Premiership.  Great performances by Madison Weekes and Louis Lefebvre.

Volleyball
Our Volleyball teams show improvements with each game played.  Under the guidance of MIC, Claudia Brinn, they have gone from a team that "also played" to a competitive GPS side, in just two seasons.  Our Open boys team went 5 sets with Barker but unfortunately took a loss.

Shooting
Our Shooting team were in preparation for the upcoming season at ANZAC Range.

From Brent Wilsmore (Prep Sportsmaster)
Our Rugby teams played exceptionally well from 9's to 12's with only 1 loss across all age groups. Six boys from Prep 1st XV were selected to progress from IPSHA trials to NSW Trials. The Football teams played well with 12A to 12D's Football particularly strong vs Riverview with 25 goals for and 4 against. The majority of our Football is now being played at David Phillips and this is a great facility for the boys, parents and coaches.

This week we play Cranbrook across most sports, which our boys are looking forward to.

Old Boy News
Byron Crimmins, 2014 Cross Country team Captain, competed alongside current year 12 student Christian Della-Cioppa at the Sydney 10km Championships at Homebush on Saturday.  Both boys ran extremely well with Byron clocking 36.00.23 and Christian running a very impressive 34.00.13. 
This Week in Sport
We have a solid week of preparation to get our boys ready for the first round of home fixtures.  Our Rugby teams are at home against King's and our Soccer teams are at home at St.George Oval.  Our Cross Country team looks to extend their lead in the GPS race and our Volleyball teams look for victories against Cranbrook.  

That's a wrap for this week.  Looking forward to a great week of training and competition.

Graham Pattison

Director of Sport