The Backpage Term 3 Week 2

Winston Churchill said: “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the guilty which guarantees all the others.” In other words, you can possess countless good qualities or virtues as an individual, but without the courage to take action, you will never see those qualities become reality. It takes courage to put yourself on the line, to test yourself – to see how far you can take it.

For the most part boys do not attempt things because they fear the potential consequences. It is often easier to stand in the shadows and talk about what you potentially could be than to put in a full effort – showing the full courage to find out where your real potential lies. What boys need to realise is that the worst consequence comes in not attempting to do the things that you can – never realising your potential.

Our Sport department continues to push hard to provide development programs in all sports that allow boys to realise their full potential. Our Mind Body Heart program runs every morning and afternoon, with all boys regardless of age, sport, or level of play invited to attend and commit to their improvement. As we continue to collect data on the development of boys, we are becoming further convinced of the relationship between a boy’s commitment to improving their physical performance and their overall performance in all areas of the College.

It was a great start to term three with outstanding performances across all of our winter sports programs. It has been satisfying to watch the effort of our coaches and boys converted into performance on the playing field. As we move into the final weeks of our winter sport season – with a number of our teams in contention for premierships – I encourage everyone in the College community to attack these final weeks with brave hearts and bold minds as we support our boys as they put themselves on the line, testing themselves in their commitment through sport to realise their full potential.

Thank you to our Prep sports staff who travelled with our football and Rugby teams to the Gold Coast on the weekend. By all accounts it was a successful tour. Good luck to all of our teams competing this weekend.

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Another great weekend of sport for Scots.

Well done in the Football for the 1sts who won 3-2 against Joeys. Also a really good result with the 14A's and 14C's winning their first games of the season. The 14A's winning 10-0 vs Reddam and the 14C's winning 3-0 vs Joeys.

Rugby had some great results on the weekend. The 1sts winning 71-20 in a dominate performance. The 2nds, 16A's and 13B's continued their undefeated season with good victories. We play Newington and Sydney Grammar this weekend.

Out at Hornsby range our Shooters were competing for GPS honours. Well done to our team who ended up coming 2nd in the all school tournament and then in the 4th in the GPS competition.

Well done to the Cross Country team who had the relays out at Trinity. Well done to Jack Freer on making the NSW under 20 team. This weekend they compete out at North Ryde for the GPS competition again. The team is some 50 points ahead and looking to continue on the road to GPS premiership.

Well done to Volleyball who won games in the 3rds and 16B's. The 1sts going down 3-0 to a very good Trinity team.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

It was a pleasure taking the boys to Queensland for the Winter Sport Tour. We were hosted by The Southport School which where Dr Lambert’s was Head Boy. This was an incredibly successful tour. We were again inundated with praise for our boys fine behaviour. For example "I wanted to personally let you know what delightful, well behaved and mannered young men were our billets. They are such fine examples for The Scots College” (email from TSS Parent).

We played some exceptional teams and our boys approached these challenges with skill and determination. The final games against All Saints at the end of a very full 5 day tour were two of the best games I have seen for a long time. I look forward to seeing our 1st teams bring this experience for the final two rounds of the season against Knox and Waverley who along with Scots are the top two teams in the IPSHA competition.

Off the field it was impressive to see the growth of our boys as they developed both independence and an ability to work as a team. It was a highlight to see our boys make significant steps into fine young men. I am sure they will all take with them many fond memories for years to come.

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Mixed results in Round 8 of the IPSHA competition for Prep Football however once again the effort and attitude was praised in several match reports from coaches. Some of the feedback concluded that it was the most complete game the boys had put together this season on the back of a strong practice session in the lead up. With 2 rounds to go it would be great to see this momentum being continued all the way through until the final whistle in Round 10. The focus at practice this week will be to improve movement and energy off the ball and continue to develop teamwork and passing in the lead up to shots on goals.

Mr Greg Clarence

Preparatory Football Coordinator


After 8 rounds of the IPSHA competition both our U9’s & U11’s A, B and C teams remain undefeated and are leading the way for the Prep Rugby program with 2 rounds to go. In the lead up to the holidays all boys had been training hard and were encouraged to continue to train over the holidays, from the results on Saturday this was certainly evident not only in the 9’s and 11’s but across the program and is a testament to the boys commitment to the great game of Rugby!

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


House Athletics Carnival

The House Athletics Carnival is scheduled to be held on Thursday 3 August at Sydney Olympic Park. It is a fantastic day and something the boys are really looking forward to. Boys will receive the final program early next week. There will be no alterations made to the program. Please ensure you have completed your online permission and transport forms.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions regarding Prep Athletics.

I look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

Mr Andrew Goldrick

Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Cross Country

Last Friday 21 July two boys from the Prep competed at the NSWPSSA Cross Country Championships held at Eastern Creek Raceway. I'm pleased to be able to announce that both boys performed incredibly well, Conrad Blackwell-Smith finished a very respectful 37th in the U8/9's and George Verco who finished 5th in the 11's which sees him qualify him to compete at the National Championships in August. Well done boys and good luck to George as he continues his training leading up to the Nationals later in the year.

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Cross Country Coordinator

From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Program

The Mind Body Heart team are excited to announce the launch of the new MBH App. This is now live and available for iphone and android. It is essential that students download the App and set up their personal user profile. The App will allow students to book into all MBH sessions in advance as well as hear about new innovations and upcoming events within the program. Parents are also welcome to download App and set up profiles to hear upcoming news. Further information about the program is also available on the MBH schoolbox page.

The Term 2 MBH reports are due to be published this week and provide a great opportunity for parents and their sons to sit and review results as well as set goals for term 3. This is an important part of the program and highly encouraged. There are a wealth of opportunities at the students finger tips and the aim of the program is to connect students with the support and services that drive personal development. Currently a robust 'mindset success journal' is being developed. We aim to have this available to students later in the year. As always 'come and get the strong advantage'!

Scots to the fore

Story of The Week - Year 12 Jack Freer and Year 5 George Verco Selected to the NSW Cross Country Team.

A big congratulations to year 12 Jack Freer and Year 5 George Verco who has qualified for the National Cross Country championships. Jack and George will be heading to Hobart to compete as part of the NSW team and should be commended for Their great attitude and determination in his sport.


That’s a wrap for this week. Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport