The Backpage Term 3 Week 5

One of the great things about sport is that every year there is a change of seasons, an opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of previous season and plan strategies for the upcoming seasons success.

I had the opportunity to speak to all boys in years 7 to 10 during sport periods this week.  The message was clear: Scots Sport is focused on a commitment to training hard in the Mind Body Heart program to improve our physical and mental fitness and a commitment to training and playing hard on the playing field in the service of our College and teams.

During the GPS Premiers assembly the Principal spoke of he importance of Sport in the development of boys.  In his address he spoke about the importance of goal setting, strategy and overcoming obstacles and how these skills that you learn on a playing field carry over into all areas of a boys life.

At Scots we put a lot of emphasis on our Mind Body Heart program.  As part of this program we put boys through a series of tests termly.  These tests give boys the opportunity to gain insight into the areas where they need the biggest improvements and where they have seen the biggest gains as a result of their commitment to training.

With this focus on data tracking, we are now starting to combine these tests with academic areas of the College.  Already, this is giving us insight into the affect that committing to training is having on the overall achievement of boys.  From initial findings, it is becoming clear that those boys who are making the biggest commitments to their training are seeing the most success across all areas of the College.

Nowhere is this relationship more clear than in our senior Rowing program.   When we compare the year 12 mean ATAR result of those boys at the College who have rowed in year 12 on AAGPS crews with the mean ATAR result of their year group, it becomes clear that those boys who have committing to one of the biggest training loads in the College are outperforming boys who have not had a similar experience.

Our focus for the remainder of this term – before we move fully into the summer sport season - shifts to Athletics and the preparation of our team for the AAGPS champions.

It has been an outstanding winter sport season.  I would like to thank on behalf of sport, the entire Scots community for all of the ongoing support of our sports program.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Another Winter season passes by and what a successful season it was.

Rugby finished the season with wins in the 1sts and 2nds vs Shore and this meant that the 1sts were Champions and the 2nds were Premiers. This is the 2nd year in a row this has happened and the 1sts have now won 5 in a row. Well done to the 13B's who went through the season undefeated. They finished with a tough game vs Shore on the Scots Main with pipers and all. What a great experience for those boys in the 13B team.

Cross Country won another premiership. Right from the start they dominated the season and now have won 4 of the last 5 years.

Sailing have won a National Schools title which is a huge achievement. To get to the end of a National competition and have 2 crews left and both are from Scots, is an amazing achievement never done before. The 1sts crew then took out the title.

Football results on the weekend were terrific. The 1sts having a well deserved 2-1 win against Shore. Well done to the 16A team who went undefeated throughout the season.

The Volleyball squad continue to improve. This has been by far the best season for Scots Volleyball. The 14A team was amazing throughout the season beating all schools across the board.

Shooting also had another successful season coming 2nd in the all schools championship.

We now head into Athletics season with 4 meets over the next month culminating in the GPS Athletics Carnival on the last weekend of the term.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

This week Prep continue with the Winter House Sport competitions, culminating with the finals on Wednesday. It has been great to see boys having fun and participating in their Houses. There have been so many fine examples of House spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship, in which these have taken precedence over the outcome of games. This week we also met boys and parents for an information evening for those boys who were selected for the Prep Summers Sports Tour to Melbourne. This includes games against: Scotch College, Haileybury and Trinity Grammar.


Well done to all Prep Athletes who competed at the South Harbour Invitational. These invitationals are a fantastic opportunity to prepare for the upcoming IPSHA carnival. There were many highlights but special mention must go to our Athletics Captain, Owen Douglas who jumped a massive 1.55m in the 12-13 years high jump. This is a new PB for Owen, smashing his last PB by 8 cm. Best of luck to all athletes this weekend competing at the Newington Invitational.


Monday Training: 7:00am to 8:15am on the Senior School - Focus: Running - Sprints and 800m, Throws and High Jump.

Wednesday Training: 7:00am to 8:15am on the Senior School - Focus: Running - Relays, Sprints & 800m, and Long Jump.


Saturday 26 August - There will be no weekend training on Saturday 26 August. Final preparations for IPSHA will take place on Monday 28 August during our regular training session.

Tuesday 29 August - IPSHA Carnival

Wednesday 13 September - CIS Carnival

Mr Andrew Goldrick

Preparatory Athletics Coordinator


2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships

Good luck to all of the TSC Prep Snowsports athletes who will be representing The College at next week’s 2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher.

2017 TSC Weekend Cross-Country Skiing Program

Congratulations to the Cross-Country athletes who took part in the TSC Weekend Cross-Country Skiing Program last week at Perisher.

2017 NSW Championships TSCSA Race Coaching Sessions

There are still several places available in the TSC Snowsports Association Race Coaching Sessions in preparation for the 2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships events next week. A session has been arranged for each discipline in each division. It is recommended that each boy representing the College at the Championships participates in the respective session for each discipline in which he is competing. Please contact TSCSA Race Coaching Coordinator, Margie Zeilic, asap to register (Contact details on TSC Snowsports website).

2017 NSW Interschools Race Bib collection arrangements

Race bib collection arrangements for TSC Preparatory School teams at the 2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships will be confirmed by SMS &/or email each evening prior to the respective events.

2017 Interschools Awards Presentation Ceremonies

It would be appreciated if all Scots competitors could attend the Interschools awards presentation ceremonies on their respective competition days. It is requested that all Scots competitors attending the presentation ceremonies wear their TSC Snowsports vests or jackets.

Parent/Guardian On-Snow Supervision

On-snow supervision and care of TSC Preparatory School Snowsports team members is the responsibility of each athlete’s respective parent(s)/guardian(s) at all times on race and event days.

2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships Dates: Perisher

Sunday 20 August: TSCSA Race Coaching Sessions

Monday 21 August: TSCSA Race Coaching Sessions

Tuesday 22 August: Interschools: Snowboard GS (Div 4, 5) + Moguls (Div 4)

Wednesday 23 August: Interschools: Snowboard BX (Div 4, 5) + Moguls (Div 5)

Thursday 24 August: Interschools: Cross-Country (Div 4, 5)

Friday 25 August: Interschools: Alpine GS (Div 6) + SkiCross (Div 4, 5)

Saturday 26 August: Interschools: Alpine (Div 4, 5) + SkiCross (Div 6)

Sunday 27 August: Interschools: Alpine GS + SkiCross (Secondary Divisions)

Mr Clive Tanner

Preparatory Snowsports Coordinator

From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Pathway & Head of PDHPE

The Mind Body Heart team are committed to building bigger faster stronger and more injury resistant athletes. There has never been a more important time than now to invest  heavily in developing athletic attributes that give a competitive edge and keep athletes at the top as well as safe. Watching the GPS rugby competition this year it was staggering how big fast and strong some of the athletes were. The collisions were powerful and the general speed of the game has certainly developed over recent seasons.

As we move into the athletics and summer seasons it is just as important to further develop athleticism. Students at The Scots College have an opportunity that most other students across the world don’t. The Mind Body Heart facilities, programming and staffing are second to none. I would urge every boy to take full advantage of the MBH Pathway and maximise their potential to the fullest. Any boy aspiring to win a GPS premiership in any sport needs to take action in realising this dream.

‘The dream is free but the reality is sold separately’! The only path to achieving the reality is to commit to the process and dedicate themselves to consistent growth and development. There is no easy path.

I look forward to seeing growing numbers in the MBH sessions (S&C, Speed, Regeneration) and remember to schedule your week using the MBH App and book into sessions before you attend. If you have any questions or need any assistance please come and see one of the MBH team.

Story of The Week - Media Release from the Wentworth Courier

Stellar Sports Season for Scots

As the final whistle is blown on another Great Public Schools winter sports season, The Scots College becomes home for a number of perpetual trophies, after a strong season saw them claim victory in Rugby and Cross Country, while the Sailing team were crowned National Champions.

Throughout the years, Scots has become synonymous with sport – largely due to the College’s approach to all boys playing a sport. It’s a philosophy that was born from the desire to provide a truly rounded education for every student, while also acknowledging that every student has different interests and skills.

“Scots offers students the choice of 16 sports ranging from Athletics to Water Polo, so that no matter their interests they will find a path to follow”, commented Mr Graham Pattison, Director of Sport at The Scots College.

“We focus on development of young athletes and value commitment to hard work and training as a team. Our focus into sport science and research provides boys with the information and feedback required to achieve their goals. With an emphasis on process over outcome our boys have been able to achieve together outstanding results.”

“The 2017 Winter GPS season yielded strong results for Scots. Our 1st XV Rugby side were named GPS Champions – a title bestowed upon the top performing team from any sport that has finished the season undefeated – and claimed a fifth consecutive GPS title. Our 2nd XV also wrapped up the sason as unbeated Premiers”, explained Graham.

Scots also had success in both Cross Country and Sailing.

“The Scots Cross Country Team has a culture of training and competing hard. After 10 weeks of racing the Intermediate team, made up of students in Years 9 and 10, won the Cross Country Championship, as did the Opens team”, said Mr Jeremy Longworth, Coordinator of Cross Country.

On the water, the Sailing team capped off an incredible season as National Champions, coming back from sixth place in the finals series of the Australian Schools Team Sailing Championships in Perth.

As Graham explains, while the results on the field have been great, sport is not all about winning and losing.

“We want to encourage the boys to learn fundamental skills such as goal setting, team work, dedication and persistence. These skills will carry over in to all aspects of a boys life at school, at home, and when he joins the work force, as well as when he takes to the sports field on the weekend.”

Caption: Scots 1st XV players Jake Styles, Billy Smith, Tom Yassmin and Darcy Breen

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Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport