The Backpage Term 2 Week 9

When we think about success, we often imagine the achievement of the long-term goal. I often make a habit of asking students what their goals in sport are. More often than not the response that I get is something along the lines of: “I want to play for the 1st XV, then I want to make the New South Wales side, then I want to play for the Wallabies,“ or ”I want to represent the College in the Open 100m race at GPS, then I want to make the Commonwealth Games team, then I want to run at the Olympics.” Don’t get me wrong – and I much prefer this to the other answer of “I don’t know” – but when I follow with the simple question of: “How are you going to achieve that?” I am often met with a blank stare or the answer in the form of a question – “hard work?”

These responses are in no way different to what I receive when I pose the same question to one of my Year 12 Chemistry students. Often the response is as simple as: “I want to get a Band 6 in Chemistry and then go to university and become a doctor.” Again, great goal but when I follow with “how?” the common response is “study hard”.

Big goals are important – small goals are what get you there.

In the Forbes magazine article:Why Thinking Small Is the Secret To Big Success Lewis Howes hypothesises that the reason why most people fail to reach their goals is in the way that they approach them.

The standard approach to goal setting is to start with the big goal and then outline in detail the small steps required each day to reach it. The problem with this approach – and it’s where most of us get stuck - is that when we miss one of the steps we become demotivated, telling ourselves: “I’ll start again next week” and very quickly our plans are derailed.

Applying Howe’s strategy to Scots Sport:

1.Set your big goal (and don’t worry if you don’t know what it is yet),

2.Pick a goal that you can achieve in the next three to seven days (this may be to attend every gym session or to attend two stretching sessions),

3.Take action and achieve i,

4.Set another small goal,

5.Achieve it,

6.Repeat steps 2-5

The amazing thing here is that Newton’s first law very quickly starts to take over. You become the object in motion; and with each small goal achieved you become harder to stop; very quickly you are on your way to reaching your big goals.

Parents, with the holidays approaching now is the perfect time to work with your boys on setting and achieving a few small goals. The Mind Body Heart Pathway will run throughout the entire holiday. A reminder that these sessions are open to all boys regardless of sport or level of play. Please find our holiday camps, tours and training schedule here.

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster 

Last weekend we took on St Joseph’s in Rugby, Riverview in Football and King’s in Volleyball.

One of the hardest places to win games in Rugby is at St Joseph’s. Last week was one of the best results across the Program. Well done to the 1sts and 2nds who had good wins. In a short competition it’s important to get off to a good start. This was the result that Scots was after. The 1sts won 23-19 and the 2nds won 24-0. The 16As had a 19-19 draw and the 13Bs continue to be impressive with a 27-15 win. The U13s age group are getting some fantastic results winning five of seven games.

Football had a better week with the U16s winning three of four games. The 16Ds had their first victory of the season with a 4-3 result. Well done to the 13A and B teams winning 3-2 and 4-0 respectively.

Volleyball had some good results with the 1sts winning 3-0 and the 14s continuing on their winning ways with a convincing 3-0 win.

Cross Country won the relay events on the weekend out at King’s. They are still sitting out in front of the GPS competition in a very strong position.

Good luck to all boys competing in GPS teams over the break.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

A primary objective of sport programs has been to promote lifelong participation in physical activity and sport for a lifetime of health benefits. Research investigating motives for participation in physical activity and sport has indicated that enjoyment satisfaction is a primary motive for participation. How we measure success plays a significant role in student’s participation and enjoyment and this is intricately tied to our philosophy. In the Prep School our primary objectives are having fun and developing athletes physically, psychologically, and socially. 

Should we place winning in front of the best interests of our athletes? Or do our athletes come first? In our effort to win, we must never forget that victory is a means, not an end, and that our basic purpose is to help our boys grow into fine Scots boys. We value the challenge of trying to win, however as the famous coach John Wooden pointed out, winning is the result of doing many small things correctly. It does not occur by focusing only on winning. The statement by Vince Lombardi briefly summarizes this notion, "Winning isn't everything, but striving to win is." By adopting the philosophy that our individual's continued development is the most important, our athlete's journey towards success will be a valuable and enjoyable experience. We are fortunate at Scots to have a strong sporting philosophy and exceptional coaches to deliver this to our teams.

It was therefore pleasing to see the abundant success stories from Round 7. This includes the U9As Rugby with a 80-0 victory over Newington, the 1st XIs 3 -1 win against Barker, and our U9C Football 0-5 loss to Coogee Prep A team. These were all exceptional matches that demonstrated the significant development of our boys. These successes were not measured by the scores lines but from our boys determined efforts, playing as a team and having fun.

Prep Round 8 Fixtures resume in Term 3 on Saturday 22 July.


After a couple of weeks of disrupted practice sessions and the break over the long weekend it was pleasing to see teams pick up where they left off. Once again there was plenty of effort and sportsmanship demonstrated and these attributes will be vital for the final three rounds next term after some time off.

With the holiday break in mind, I would encourage all Football players to consider attending the Prep Football Holiday Clinic. It is a great opportunity to maintain their skills and work ethic over the holidays and will be run by some of our outstanding specialist coaches. Please see details below:

Prep Football Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 26 June to Wednesday 28 June

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Christison Park, Vaucluse

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Pleaseclick here

Contact: Mr Greg Clarence -

Mr Greg Clarence

Preparatory Football Coordinator


In another very strong weekend of performances by all Prep Rugby teams special mention must go to the U11s age group who, in three matches against Shore, scored a total of 114 points without having a single point scored against them.

With three rounds to go after the holidays it’s very important that all boys continue to work on their skills over the holiday break. To facilitate this there is a Prep Rugby Holiday Clinic being held in the first week of the break, see details below:

Prep Rugby Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 26 June to Wednesday 28 June

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Christison Park, Vaucluse

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Pleaseclick here

Contact: Mr James Bruce -

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Rugby Coordinator 


During Weeks 5 and 6, Years 2 to 6 participated in our annual Athletics trials. We were extremely lucky with the weather and each year group completed their trials in near perfect conditions. Well done to all boys on your level of participation and effort. There were some fantastic results achieved across the two days.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Owen Douglas (Year 6) who has been announced as our 2017 Captain of Athletics. Owen has been an ambassador for Prep Athletics and his dedication and commitment to training is second to none. Well done, Owen. I look forward to working with you as we begin our very busy Athletics season. A reminder to those students interested in Athletics and Cross Country that we are currently running additional training sessions every Monday and Wednesday morning, 7:15am to 8:15am on the Senior School main oval.

Mr Andrew Goldrick

Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Cross Country

On Thursday 15 June 11 members of the Prep Cross Country team competed at the NSWCIS Primary Cross Country Championships. All boys performed very well on the day with five of the 11 boys finishing in the top 15. From an individual perspective special mention must go to Conrad Blackwell-Smith who finished 5th in the U8/9s and George Verco who won the U1's!! Both boys will now go onto represent the Prep School at the PSSA Championships early next term. 

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Cross Country Coordinator

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

It's with great excitement to acknowledge the selection of Sam Gaden in the NSW/ACT U16 AFL Team. Sam is a member of the Sydney Swans Academy and is also part of the Thinking Sportsman Pathway program.

On the court, Old Boy Isaac Humphries (‘14) has been visiting several NBA teams, been out through physical evaluations and interviews leading into the NBA Draft this Friday. Isaac will also be playing in the NBA Summer League in the coming months. 

Former Captain of Basketball, Parker Dale (‘16) and Old Boy Gerard Martin (‘13) will be touring Spain in August, with Grand Canyon University (NCAA Division 1) in preparation for their College Basketball season.

Story of The Week - GPS Rugby Selections 

The following Opens players have been selected for GPS Rugby honours:

GPS1s - Darcy Breen, Jeremy Williams, Will Harris, Charlie Savala and Billy Smith.

GPS 2s - Ben Joseph, Brett Wellington, Charlie Baker, Ben Baker and Tom Yassmin.

GPS Blue - Nelson Bours

GPS White - Bayley Webster

GPS Reserves - Mitch Smith, Ben Robson and Fred Tricks

These players will play in the NSW Schoolboys Trials this week at Knox Grammar School and we wish them every success.

Also, well done to the ten players selected in the Presidents A and B XV for the upcoming Under NSWSRU 16s Championship. The selections are a result of an undefeated 16A team and some really good trial form. The boys will play at Curagul Field North Turramurra this weekend.

GPS Presidents A - Daniel Botha, Joe Brial, Thomas Aveyard, Jack Mossman, Liam Oliver, Charlie Adams

GPS Presidents B - Sean Grace, Hugh Tuck, Xavier Lefebvre, Ben Zucchiatti

That’s a wrap for this week. Have a safe break.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport