The Backpage Term 3 Week 3

There has been a lot of research in recent years given to the importance of long-term commitment to focused training.  10,000 hours of training popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers” - refined to 10,000 hours of specific training by Mark Syed in his book “Bounce,” has led to countless NY Times bestsellers about the attributes required to commit to long term excellence.

At Scots we see the benefit of boys committing to their sport and to their training over a longer period of time.  A single season in a sport is simply not enough time to realize potential and often boys change sports long before they come anywhere near determining where their potential lies.

As we move into the summer sport season, I would like to remind all senior school students and parents of our sport transfer policy.  Our policy allows two opportunities for a boy to transfer sports throughout their journey at the College.  Our view is that boys should be encouraged to trial a sport in year 7.  Our first transfer window is the transition from year 7 to year 8.  We then ask that boys make a two-year commitment to their chosen sport.  The second window of opportunity to transfer sports as following Glengarry at the end of year 9, where we then ask boys to choose their senior sport pathway, making a three-year commitment to reaching their potential.  Any transfers made outside of these windows will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

This Saturday is “Back to Scots.”  I would like to thank everyone in the community who has been involved behind the scenes in ensuring that Saturday will be an outstanding day.  One of the highlights of the day will be the official opening of the Graeme Dedrick memorial scoreboard.  I would like to thank the RSG and the Old Boys union on behalf of the College for the significant contributions they have made to this project.  We look forward to having Graeme’s family on-site for the opening.

Good luck to all of our boys this Saturday. Our Rugby program could not have set up a more exciting fixture, with a win for both the 1sts and 2nds teams securing premierships.  I would also like to wish our Cross Country boys the best of luck as they compete in their final race of the season on Saturday.  Our Open boys team is leading the competition.  A win on Saturday will secure the GPS premiership.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the main oval Saturday.

Scots to The Fore!

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Another fine weekend for sport with the sun shining around the grounds.

Rugby out at Newington was large with huge numbers coming out to back to Newington day. Well done to the 1st and 2nd XV who had really good wins and are set for a big game this weekend vs Kings.

Football was away verse Sydney Grammar last weekend. It was a tough weekend of football, with wins from the 3rdXI and 13Bs. This weekend is our last home fixture out at St George verse Sydney Boys High School, good luck to all players.

Cross Country are looking really strong this weekend and are set for another GPS premiership. They still lead the competition by around 50 points.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

The first listed aim of IPHSA Sport is participation and enjoyment of students. At Christison Park on Saturday we had all four full fields of rugby in action from 7:30am to 12:00pm, including approx 80 games of 7’s rugby involving 16 different schools. As I walked around the most notable feature was the level of participation with small fields and small numbers enabling all boys to be involved. This inevitably lead to a plethora of tries for all and smiles all around. Also of note was how parents stepped back from the sidelines and also seemed to be enjoying just watching their boys play and have fun. Sevens rugby has been a great addition to IPSHA and I look forward to seeing these boys flourish in the years to come.

Next week in Rd10 fixtures we play Waverley, Knox, Kings and Cranbrook in the rugby and Kings, Knox, Newington and Mosman in Football. This is the final round of winter sport before we commence the representative athletics season.


After a cold start on Saturday morning the standard of football certainly warmed things up at David Phillips with some nail biting draws and a few mixed results to kick off the weekend for Prep Football. With only one round to go it is great to see boys focusing on the process and working together to achieve success and improved performances. Round 10 has the boys playing across most parts of Sydney with fixtures against Sydney Grammar, Mosman, Newington, Knox, Waverley, Santa Sabina and Kings.

Mr Greg Clarence

Preparatory Football Coordinator 


For the second time this season we hosted the IPHSA Sevens at Christison Park. The IPSHA competition has certainly created a link with the mindset of the 7’s format which is all about Colour, Action, Speed and for those involved it has certainly proven to be a huge success. For the boys involved the amount of tackles, rucks, tries, passes they make each week is significantly higher than those who play in the traditional format of the game and thus their skill development is multiplied through their involvement in this brilliant program.

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


House Athletics Carnival

The Preparatory School House Athletics Carnival will be held tomorrow Thursday 3 August at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre (SOPAC) - Competition Arena. Pleaseclick here to view the program.

Buses – These will depart the College by 7:50am sharp, boys need to arrive by 7:40am.

Private Transport – Parking is P2. Tickets can be validated at the main reception of SOPAC.

Parents/Spectators – There will be designated seating for boys in their House groups. Parents are not permitted to sit in this area but are welcome to sit in the stands in all other areas. No parents are allowed inside the main fence of the track.

Photos – Anthony Kouhry Photography will be taking professional photos of the day and parents will be able to go onto the secure link to purchase photos after the carnival. Parents are also welcome to take their own shots from the stands.

Wet Weather – We will aim to go ahead with the carnival regardless of weather. Please ensure boys are prepared for all weather conditions.

No Early Departures – Rolls will be marked at the conclusion of the Carnival at approximately 2:10pm. Boys not collected then will travel back to the College on a bus and can be collected from approximately 3:05pm. Boys not collected will be taken to After School Care.

Mr Andrew Goldrick

Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Pathway

It is truly humbling to witness the drive, commitment, dedication and culture displayed by students involved in the Mind Body Heart Pathway. It is not easy to consistently make the sacrifices necessary to be successful. Waiting to develop the perfect plan or for the right time to come is a recipe for disappointment! it never comes! a good plan executed consistently with enthusiasm will ultimately pay big dividends. You need to know where you are going and why you want to get there before you will be prepared to to take action. If you don't set goals you drift and lack the discipline and commitment to make progress.

The MBH team is here to support students in this journey of self improvement. It would be a waste to move through years at Scots and not take full advantage of everything on offer. Start today and download the MBH Pathway App Make sure you set up a user profile and set your life on a path of progress and growth!

I am excited to announce that an opportunity will be coming up for senior students thinking about studying over in the U.S.A to hear from representatives of Rice University about all things college. Rice are hear to take on Stanford University in a battle of the titans in Gridiron and have kindly extended an opportunity to our students to find out what it takes to study in the U.S.A.

I look forward to communicating more about this shortly.

Story of The Week -

Congratulations to year 11 Student Hugh McAdam who has been selected to represent Australia as part of the U19 Alpine Ski team for 2017. We look forward to Hugh making a huge contribution to the Scots Snowsports team in the upcoming state and national championships.

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Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport