The Backpage Term 3 Week 8

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to spend time at the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation on our Athletics team camp as they prepare for the upcoming AAGPS team championships.   

Athletics is a sport that is brutally honest, in that there is nowhere to hide from a time recorded or distance measure and if you haven’t put in the hard work, no excuses can be made.  At the same time the honesty of results is what makes it so great.  In few sports can you see the results of your hard work with such clarity.

During a team session I had the opportunity to speak to the boys about the importance of commitment and adopting a growth mindset.  During this session it was rewarding after being personally involved in this program for many years to highlight to our younger boys the number of year 12 boys who have persisted with the sport throughout their years at the College.  A number of boys that will be on the track for us at this years championship have been involved in the program for six years, with this being the first time they have represented the College – an outstanding example of the result of long-term commitment and work ethic.

Carol Dweck said, in her book Mindset, “We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who are born different from us.  We don’t like to think of the as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.

At the core of our Scots Sport is the Mind Body Heart program.   The philosophy of the program is based on personal development.  Our initial results are showing a strong correlation between attendance in the gym, improvement in sport and improvement in effort grades.  This program is open to all boys in senior school, regardless of age or level of play.   

We are confident that as more boys commit to training we will continue to see extraordinary results.

Good luck to our Snowsports team who compete this week at the Australian Championships and to our Athletics team in their final preparation for the upcoming AAGPS Athletics Championships.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend our Athlete's headed off to Narrabeen for an Athletics camp. The camp was very successful camp and in between boys competed out at SOPAC in an athletics carnival.

This weekend we have the last carnival out at SOPAC before the GPS Athletics next weekend. This is the last chance for boys to put in a good performance to try and make the team.

Summer Sport are conducting trials at present and should have all their teams up to date before the start of the season next term. The first weekend back next term we will play Barker in most sports.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Summer Sport resumes this week with Sports practice and Additional Skills morning sessions.

Please see the link below for Draft Term 4 Fixtures (Saturdays) along with several other important links regarding summer sport. We also have various Clinics during the Term 3 holidays. Please see below for details and links. For any queries regarding camps or for specific Sports, please contact the relevant Master in Charge.

Prep Holiday Basketball Clinic

Date: Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October 2017

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Venue: Lions' Den gym, Senior School campus (Indoors)

Year: Year 2 to Year 6

Cost: $90 for one day, $180 for two days or $270 for three days

Bookings: Please click here

Cricket Clinic

Date: Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October 2017

Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Fairfax nets and courts

Year: Years 3 to 6

Cost: $60 for one day, $120 for two days or $180 for three days

Bookings: Pleaseclick here

Water Polo Clinic

Date: Monday 9 to Tuesday 10 October 2017

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: College Pool, Senior School campus (Outdoors)

Year: Years 3 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $90 for two days

Bookings: Pleaseclick here

For enquires about Summer Sports, please contact the respective Master in Charge.

  • MIC Basketball - Mr James Tracey:

  • MIC Cricket - Mr Greg Clarence:

  • MIC Sailing - Mr Nick Spencer:

  • MIC Tennis - Mr James Bruce:

  • MIC Water Polo - Ms Elisha Smith:

  • MIC Swimming - Mr Brent Wilsmore:


The Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Athletics Championships was held at SOPAC on Tuesday 29 August. The Scots College Preparatory School sent a team consisting of 27 Athletes. Congratulations to the boys listed below for your selection in the Athletics team for 2017. 

8 Years - Jacob Collins, Oscar Groves, William Cunningham and Chilli Tonelli-Smith

9 Years - Jaxon Heapes, Daniel Ibrahim, Max Hogan and Zann Scrimgeour

10 Years - Toby Pallett, Edward Johnstone, Tate Sirianni, Michael Jenkins, Harry Kyle and Edward West

11 Years - Jay McKenzie, Edward Lynch, Finlay Bartlett, Jack Thompson, George Verco and Jack Chapman

12 Years - Owen Douglas, Kobe Banks, Oliver Rouse, Charlie Dixon, Ethan Hadley and Jake Scotts

All of our boys gave 100% and demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Scots had 13 athletes qualify for CIS, including both the Junior and Senior relay teams.This demonstrates our amazing depth and commitment to athletics within the Preparatory School. 

Thank you to the parents who gave up their time to come and support the boys. Without your commitment and willingness to give up your time, our boys would not have the experiences that you help provide.

I would like to wish the boys who qualified for CIS the best of luck. The CIS Championship will be held on Wednesday 13 September at SOPAC.

A reminder that there will be NO ATHLETICS TRAINING in week 10 of this term, due to the Year 5 and 6 camps to Ballarat and Canberra respectively.

Keep up the good work!

Mr Andrew Goldrick

Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

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

SPEED Kills!

In sport, there is one universal truth ‘speed kills’! There is virtually no scenario in team sports where by speed is not a distinct advantage. The MBH team recognise how fundamentally important speed development is in producing superior athletes. We are currently in athletics season and preseason for summer sports. If you have not been attending the MBH speed sessions you are missing out on a critical success ingredient that will set you above the competition in your chosen sport. These sessions are available throughout the week and can be scheduled using the MBH App.

Recently the athletics team hosted a weekend camp that set a record for attendance as we approach the GPS athletics carnival later this term. The athletic traits developed will pay big dividends in both the summer and winter seasons ahead. I would like to congratulate the boys on attending and committing to relentlessly pursuing athletic development and I am confident that these skills will positively transfer into their chosen sports.

I also want to draw your attention to the importance of quality nutrition and the significant role it plays in improving recovery and performance. Make sure you don’t miss out on the upcoming Nutrition seminar hosted at the College in coming weeks. Please check out details below:

This seminar will be focused on Performance nutrition and cover the following content areas:

  • Role of Macro & Micronutrients

  • Nutritional goal categories: Increasing lean muscle, Losing Body fat & Weight maintenance

  • Strategies to achieve nutritional goals

  • Performance hydration protocols

  • Supplements: Myth vs Fact

This seminar is a must for all aspiring athletes and will increase knowledge and upskill athletes to better prepare for performance outcomes. The seminar will be run as follows:

WHEN: Friday 15th of September (Week 9) 3.30pm-4.45pm

WHERE: Coote Theatre

WHO: All senior students years 7-12

WHAT TO BRING: Note pad (Questions you may have about nutrition)

Remember ‘Hard work pays off’!

Story of The Week - Grace Hamilton, 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup

Today Grace Hamilton returned to her sports desk after being away for a month. What makes this so special is that Grace has been in Ireland competing in the 2017 Women's World Cup for Rugby. Grace was playing No 8 for the Australian team. The Australian team finishing the tournament in a commendable 6th place. Grace was the only player on the tour to play every minute for Australia and was awarded the players player of the tour. She also topped the World Cup statistics for most carries and most carries over the gain line. What a fantastic achievement by someone who is so modest and down to earth. Well done Grace.

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Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport