The Backpage Term 2 Week 4

The 2000 Olympics was my first visit to Australia. I was instantly sold by the beauty of Sydney and the incredible passion that the entire country had towards sport. As someone visiting Australia for the first time I was so impressed that the star of the games and the hero of the nation was an indigenous female athlete but the thing that stood out in my mind from that first visit was the proud Australian ethos of a ‘fair go’ for all.

As high school educators it is our responsibility to create environments that provide a fair go for our students. In the Sport Program at Scots this is achieved in a number of ways.

Firstly, by creating a coaching model that gives equal access to our top coaches for all students. At Scots we have a unique model of sport with lessons running throughout the day. These lessons are taught by a select team of our top coaches. All boys move through our Sport curriculum during these lessons with every boy, regardless of level of play or team, provided with an equal opportunity to be coached by the best that Scots has to offer.

Secondly, by breaking down the traditional model of gym training that is used in almost every high school worldwide where the gym only becomes open to students once they have achieved at a certain level or have been selected to top teams. The philosophy behind the Mind Body Heart Pathway ensures that an equal level of support regardless of age, sport or level of play is given to all students. At any given Mind Body Heart session it is not unusual, for example to see a Year 7 Rifle Shooter working alongside a 1st XV Rugby player.

Thirdly, we have standardized a number of our process so that we have fairness across all Sports. Central to this is the way that we select teams. Our selection policy focuses on a team approach where a panel meets weekly to discuss the selection and movement of players based on merit. Parents and students, I would encourage you to familiarise yourself with these policies. They can be found on schoolbox here.

Our Brave Hearts Bold Minds educational philosophy values the quest for excellence through adventure, curiosity, creativity and growth. Developing this growth mindset is fundamental to success in all areas of a boys life. It is our passion as a Sport department to provide the opportunity for boys to see their development and pathway through sport as an adventure where they are supported equally in their own quest for excellence.

This Saturday we have a number of big fixtures with our Senior Football program playing Grammar, our Volleyball teams away at Barker, Cross Country looking to extend their GPS lead at Riverview, and a big home fixture on the Rugby pitch against Knox. Knox has proven to be tough competition for a number of GPS schools. We look forward to and welcome the challenge. Our Prep teams look to continue with their string of outstanding performances with Rugby playing Newington and Football taking on Cranbrook.

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Another great weekend for Sport across the board.

Well done to the Scots Cross Country team who again added to the great start from last week by adding another five points to be clear by 33 points. This puts the team in a really strong position so early in the season.

Rugby results were very strong again with the Opens, U13s and U15s playing strongly across all games versus Riverview. Well done to the 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 16As and 16Bs teams who all had good wins. This is the first time this has happened against Riverview for many years.

The U13s in Football had some great results winning all games except the 13Es. This age group continues to impress with some fantastic results. The 1sts and 2nds went down in close games.

The 14As in Volleyball are continuing some good form by remaining undefeated. They had another good win on the weekend. The rest of the Volleyball results were tough against Newington.

Shooting again were at the range getting in some good practice.

This week we play Knox in Rugby and Sydney Grammar in Football.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Why do some students perform better than others even when they have the same level of ability or past performance? Research has shown how students with equal abilities can respond in different ways and in turn, this can affect students’ ability to develop over the long term. A key factor is a student’s mindset. Students may view their sporting ability as a fixed quantity that they either possess or do not possess - a fixed mindset or as a malleable quantity that can be increased with effort, that is a growth mindset. Students with a fixed mindset believe that their ability is limited. This can lead, in the face of challenges and setbacks, to negative thoughts and giving up. By contrast, students with a growth mindset will often perceive the identical challenge or setback as an opportunity to learn. I encourage all our students when faced with setbacks, for example results or selections, to have a growth mindset and to focus on maximizing their effort for their long-term development.

This week in Round 4 fixtures we play a range of schools that should be evenly matched and present all boys with some great challenges.


We had strong performances across the board against schools such as Kings, Barker and St Pius. It’s very pleasing to watch boys already showing signs of individual improvement after three rounds. With teams being locked in after practice this week, I’m expecting to see further development with regards to teamwork and cohesion as boys get used to each others style of play.

Mr Greg Clarence

Preparatory Football Coordinator


This past Saturday saw us host a very successful morning of sevens Rugby as part of the IPSHA Seven’s Competition at Christison Park. The Carnival of Rugby that is the IPSHA 7’s has continued to evolve over the past couple of seasons and with the sevens pathway now leading all the way through to the Olympic games, the desire from boys to be involved is rapidly increasing. The fast flowing, high intensity nature of the game is seen as so appealing that we are at the point where some boys are actually nominating to play sevens as opposed to the more traditional format of the game.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

Students that have excelled in both the classroom and on the field are generally busy, tired and hungry. Employers in modern industry are recognising more often, students that have managed a student athlete journey have developed a set of skills and characteristics that make them attractive from a recruitment perspective.

Athletes in particular have failed more than they have won, however in most cases they get back up and keep on going. This is appealing to employers as it creates a layer of problem solving and thinking around finding a way to build and improve.

Student athletes are goal orientated, resilient, great communicators, manage time effectively and team first.

They also love a challenge and understand the importance of responsibility to self and others. It's in the blood, Scots Boys and their quest for excellence, differentiates and distinguishes them in an ever global and competitive world.

Story of The Week -

Junior Swimming Success leads to Pan Pacific Games Selection for Charles Hoffman

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Following from a successful GPS swimming season 6 boys gained selection to represent the CIS at the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships at Homebush. A special congratulations to Year 8 student Charles Hoffman who was selected to compete representing Australia at the Pan Pacific Games in the 200IM.

Outstanding Results Boys

Junior Freestyle Relay Team (Ethan Chandler, Charles Hoffman, Hamish Robertson, Louis Grossemy) - fourth

Tom Grimmond - second 50m breaststroke, third 50m butterfly

Charles Hoffman - second 200m IM, fourth 50m breaststroke

Edison Qiu - third freestyle relay, sixth 50m backstroke, sixth 50m butterfly, seventh 50m freestyle, seventh 50m breaststroke, eighth 100m freestyle,

That’s a wrap for this week. Good luck to all our boys this weekend.

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport