I’ve always been a great believer that the value of competitive sport in schools is that it teaches students life lessons that couldn’t be created elsewhere. Our current system of sport in schools, dates all the way back to the 1800’s and is often credited to Thomas Arnold. Arnold, as headmaster of Rugby school introduced “games” and interschool competitions as a way of building athleticism and teaching moral integrity. He believed, that boys needed what he called “Spartan” conditions, which were created through rigorous training programs and tough competition to develop into strong men. Interestingly enough, it was a visit by Pierre de Coubertin to Rugby school that motivated de Coubertin to revive the modern Olympics to spread the same character develop through sport to the rest of the world. and develop the Olympic ideals.
I read an article last week on The Conversation’s website about parenting styles. Admittedly, I was reading this to reflect on how I am parenting my own son, but, as with most things I read, I instantly began to reflect on sport and the role it plays in schools. The article speaks to the term “bulldozer parent”, a parenting style where all obstacles are removed from the child so that success is ensured.
The quote that popped into my head while reading the article was from De Coubertin where he said, “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. Just as in life, the aim is not to conquer but to struggle well.”
I was also reminded of a conversation that I had the previous week with a boy in our Rowing program discussing that the training was making him tired, asking if there was anything that I could do about it to help him. My response, as unorthodox as it might seem, was to enjoy it, and use it as a learning opportunity. We discussed in great depth how the lessons learned from the tough training, early mornings and time management skills acquired through prioritizing your study time, are some of the most important lessons that we can teach and that he can learn.
Our natural instincts as parents at times can be to bulldoze obstacles. It made me reflect where I was doing this to my own son and the potential learning that I may be neglecting him from doing this. I encourage us all as a community, to challenge our boys, support them when they are tired and working hard but insist that they rise to the challenge.
Congratulations to the boys who have been chosen by vote as Sport Captains of our Non AAGPS Summer Sports
Table Tennis – Tom Jiang
Sport Fishing - Rob Loxton
Sailing – Hugo Stoner
Our off-season summer sports: Volleyball, Athletics and Shooting team captains have been selected. These sports will have their Sport captain announced during their AAGPS competitive season.
I wish our 1sts and 2nds teams well as they begin their AAGPS Championship season this Saturday against The Shore School. Good luck to all of our boys competing this Saturday.
Scots to the Fore!
Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport
From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster
Last weekend saw most fixtures vs Newington.
Some great results in cricket with the 1stXI having a good win at Stanmore. Robbie Maclennan with the great figures of 6/19 and Jack Attenborough making 87*.
Good results also to the 14's who had a clean sweep of wins.
Lachie Reynolds 71* 15A's
Henry Snyman 111* 14A's
James Kotis 84 14A's
Tennis had some mixed results vs Newington. The 1sts going down 6-3. Well done to the 14A and B teams with both having 6-0 wins.
Waterpolo continued on its winning ways with some big results in the pool. The 1sts beating Knox 16-3 and the 2nds winning a tight game 7-6.
Volleyball had a hard contest vs Trinity in the Lion’s Den. Trinity are one of the best schools in the GPS and really tested the Scots teams.
Sailing had light oscillating sea breezes to contend with on Saturday.
Silver fleet continuing with improvements. Given the conditions the Gold Fleet raced very well. Special mention to Finn Jones and Ben Carroll for some great racing.
Shooters had the weekend off.
This weekend we have Shore and Kings in most fixtures.
It was the Treloar Shield round 4 last Saturday at SOPAC, combined with the NSW 3000m championships.
I was great conditions for the sprinters, as SOPAC in the past has mostly provided a head wind for them down the home straight.
Alessandro Savian, who in his first season ever of athletics, ran a great 100m and 200m. He came home in 11.34 in the 100m and 23.70 in the 200m, with very little competition around him. He is an exciting prospect for the sport and we hope he keeps learning and improving.
Ryan Lui also ran a superb 3000m in the NSW championships, coming home in a time of 9.31.52, well done Ryan, keep up the good work.
This week, we are looking forward to building on from last weeks performance and continue to attend all training sessions and keep the momentum going.
Matthew Williams Director of Athletics
This past Saturday saw our Scots Basketball Teams take on a very tough and competitive Newington outfit with various home and away fixtures. Across the board we experienced some very pleasing results with many of our Senior and Junior teams being put to the test.
Despite only coming away with 2 wins and a draw out of 12 matches in our Open's the tight competition was evident however unfortunately Scots wore the brunt of it with 6 of our teams going down by single digits.
Impressive performances were seen from a couple of our junior boys in the 1sts and 2nds. Luca Ace-Nasteski and Tyreeq Ah-fat both in year 8 led the way with game high point totals for their respective teams. These two boys have stepped up to the challenges thrown at them so far this season and have not disappointed. We look forward to watching these boys develop throughout the remainder of the season and in years to come.
Our Junior Age Groups came up against what was arguably their strongest competition to date. Our under 14's showed positive signs winning 5 our of their 8 games with our A's going down in a nail bitter by 2 points. The under 15's age group showed their competitive nature and although they only came away with 2 wins in the C's and D's a number of the other games were decided by single digits. Our boys showed tremendous resilience and competitive spirit refusing to go down without a fight. Our under 16 age group were again very impressive on Saturday. Results aside, this age group continues to show a willingness to improve each week, and although we didn't get the desired outcome on Saturday, going down in all 4 fixtures, our boys can really hold their heads up high. A special mention to Ilan Ronen who has really stepped up for our 16 A's over the past couple of weeks after missing the first few games of the season. Ilan has shown great skill, ability and leadership for his team which is pleasing to see.
I would strongly encourage all boys regardless of age, skill or team to attend our Drop In Skills sessions on Monday and Wednesday Mornings from 6:30-8am. I look forward to a great week of training for all teams in the lead up to the final 2 weekends of basketball for the Term.
This coming weekend all teams are up against Shore and our 1st and 2nd teams will compete in the Raschke Cup and Yeend Shield.
Steve White - Director of Basketball
Opens Basketball had a tough day against Newington at home on Saturday.
With great weather it was good to see all matches go ahead and our 5th and 6th teams stealing the show with some competitive wins and solid performances from Dan Botha and Seamus King.
Impressive performances were also seen from some of our junior boys in the 1sts and 2nds. Luca Ace- Nateski and Tyreeq Ah-fat both coming out at as leading point scorers in their games showing promise to Scots Basketball in years ahead.
The tight competition was evident and unfortunately Scots wore the brunt of it with many of our teams going down by less than ten points.
Our 11ths finished the day with a 29 - 29 all draw with a great performance from Callum Waugh to secure this.
Congratulations to the boys below for their man of the match performances.
5ths - Dan Botha
6ths - Seamus King
7ths - James Roberts
8ths - Max Commander
9ths - Thomas Kuessner
10ths - Callum Waugh
11ths - Aiden Emery
12ths - Oliver Oayda
Grace Hamilton - Senior Coordinator of Basketball
Week 5 of our basketball season continued this past Saturday 11 November.
Our under 14 boys were on the road again, this time to tackle a tough Newington outfit. We managed to come away with a respectable 5 wins out of the 8 matches played. Unfortunately our 14H's couldn't hold onto their half time lead, going down in a defensive struggle 14-12. Our G's through C's all came away with wins, highlighted by our 14F's who won a nail biter by 3 points. Our A's and B's both suffered their first loss of the young season, going down by 12 and 2 points respectively. This age group has really impressed in the first 5 weeks of the season, tallying a combined 33-5 record across all teams, a bi-product of their consistent work ethic at trainings during the week, challenge is to maintain it fellas.
Our 15 boys also made the trek out to Newington, unfortunately winning only 2 of the 7 fixtures. Our 15B's fought hard, ultimately going down by 3 points in an entertaining contest, with our 15A's also ending up on the wrong side of the ledger, this time by 7 points. The 15C's and D's saved the day by winning their games by double digits in impressive fashion. A lot of room for growth in this age group which is really exciting, big week of training for the boys this week.
Our 16 boys were once again at Rose Bay, and once again showed up with the right mindset. Results aside, this age groups continues to show a willingness to improve each week, and although we didn't get the desired outcome on Saturday, going down in all 4 fixtures, they can really hold their heads up high. Undermanned and undersized against a tough Newington side, led my Ilan 'Mr Everywhere' Ronen, our A's started like a house on fire, racing out to a 10 point lead after 10 minutes, Unfortunately they couldnt withstand a rampaging Newington, going down in the end.
Another reminder to all boys that junior drop in skills are on every Monday morning from 6:30-8am in the Den. Number's have been pleasing but can always be better. You are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions regardless of skill or team.
Looking for growth and cohesiveness this week from the boys ahead of our upcoming fixture against Shore. Only 2 games left this year and we'll leave no stone unturned to improve.
Luke Cooper - Junior Development Coordinator
Over the weekend, we had two performances in the Cricket Program that deserve to be brought to the attention of all. In the 1st XI, Robbie Maclennan spearheaded the Scots attack against Newington, returning the amazing figures of 6/19 off 14 overs. Robbie bowled with great accuracy and pace, and his efforts ensured that Scots took 1st innings points this weekend.
In our U14A's match against Newington, Henry Snyman became our first centurion of the season scoring 111* in his teams total of 5/251. Henry was well supported by James Kotis (84) in ensuring that Scots passed Newington's score from week 1.
Ben Sawyer - Director of Cricket
The Scots 1st XI pushed hard this weekend for outright points, playing to the very last over, but narrowly missed out taking 1st innings points only on the weekend. After posting a good total of 224 last weekend, Scots dismissed Newington for 130, with Robbie Maclennan the chief destroyer taking the superb figures of 6/19 off 14 overs. Scots then went in with the sole purpose of getting quick runs, and thanks to the hard hitting of Jack Attenborough (87) Scots were able to post 3/140 off 17 overs. Scots then looked to take 10 wickets to gain maximum points, but fell just short, claiming 6 Newington wickets at the conclusion of play.
Our 2nd XI were dealt some poor cards by the opposition this weekend, and as a result, their match ended in a draw. After the rain last week, Newington batted 80 overs on Saturday posting 5/220 and leaving Scots only 34 overs in which to chase down that total, Scots tried hard to play attacking cricket and gain the points, but fell short in their attempt, and as a result, both teams walk away with zero points from the match.
In other Senior matches, our 3rd XI were defeated despite Jackson Hill (50) and David Wingrove (38*) posting good scores, whilst our lower opens teams won 1 from 2, with Edward Oppenheimer (53), Lachlan Mason (50*), Max Cranfield (40*) and Sam Horton (4/29) all making solid contributions to their teams.
Good luck to all player for their fixtures this coming Saturday.
Finally we had some proper cricket weather. It was great to see so much parent support on the sidelines enjoying the sunshine. I was very pleased with the spirit in which the matches were played as well. Both teams showing a healthy respect for each other. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Henry Snyman's 111 not out.
16As were soundly beaten by a good Newington side. Despite bowling quite well our batsmen were unable to defend the Newington bowlers. Newington were restricted to 7/140 with Jack Armitage, Angus Poulden and Ned Dalley taking two wickets each. A good net session focusing on defending our stumps is in order.
15As Scots 56 & 5 dec for 130 were defeated on first innings by Newington 2 dec 86 and 4/63
A good comeback from these guys after a poor first day last weekend in difficult conditions. Lachlan Reynolds batted very well to top score with 71 and Tyson Cogan continues to bowl well taking 2/12.
Scots 120 defeated by Newington 2/121
14As Newington 130 defeated by Scots 5/251.
Another impressive victory to these young guns. The skipper Henry Snyman scored his first century for Scots looking in complete control to notch 'Nelson's' not out (111). He was well supported by James Kotis who rediscovered his timing to score 84. This team is enjoying the longer 2 Day cricket format. They need to be prepared to play right down to the wire if they hope to secure outright victories. It would have been proper to have 20 overs at Newington at the end of the day. Only by putting ourselves under pressure to take quick wickets do we learn how to achieve the impressive feat of taking the 20 wickets necessary.
14Bs Scots 9/105 defeated Newington 104.
A very close match played in a great spirit. Pillinger 2/9 and Beveridge 2/5 got the figures while Johnny Stratton, 18 and Thomas Cooke, 21 were the pick of the bats. Great to see the parents enjoying the Queens Park sunshine and atmosphere.
14Cs Newington 9/210 defeated by Scots 3/124
Another game played in really good spirits. Plenty of parents from both sides enjoying what Queens Park has to offer with a new cafe and the fields were looking in good shape. Tom Steele- Park put in a man of the match performance in front of Mum and Dad top scoring with 42 and taking 3/13. Tom McLean scored 37 and Phoenix Winter climbed out of the tree just long enough to take two wickets also.
Great to see all the 14s teams enjoy a victory and more importantly they were gracious victors. I am excited to watch this age group develop over the next few summers.
Looking forward to the Ashes!
See you on the boundary at Kings next week.
Brett Cranfield - Junior Development Coordinator
Last week saw us race our first regatta of the season.
You will all have heard me talk about how the results from the first regatta were not the focus, our clear focus for this season is weekly progression. This week leading into the St Josephs College Regatta we are looking to you all to take responsibility to make improvements. A tough week of training ahead, "rip in" and look to move on from last week.
Trust defined as: A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.
As coaches we know you have the ability to achieve your goals this season, and we trust that you will do the work necessary to put yourselves on the right track
Trust the program, trust in each other, trust the process.
Michael Probert - Senior Coordinator of Rowing
The Junior academy had a busy weekend with our team split between Gladesville and SIRC.
The Year 9 quads were competing at SIRC for their first time. All the crews raced well and made improvements from the first to the second races. Special mention to the Year 9 sixth Quad who managed 2 wins - Tyree Manson, Harry Davis, Will Nourse, Edgar Leung and Barnie Rule. Good luck this weekend - try to think of some aspect of your performance that you can do better as well as something your crew can do to improve their racing.
At Gladesville the Year 10 eight made the most of the calm water and went sculling. Great improvements all around and a special mention to Sam Underhill for a great effort. The boys will have the first race of the season this week at the St Joseph's regatta at SIRC. Thanks to Copper and Dylan who filled in last week in the second eight - well done on 2 solid performances.
The year 7 group had the first of their 2 weekends of overnight camps. These camps are a great way to get lots of extra sessions done and the boys did really well. Lots of single sculling (swimming!) and a variety of crews as well. This weekend we have the second camp and will hopefully put together some competitive crews for the regatta on the 25th November. Well done boys - keep up the good work.
The whole group has shown great commitment to the Monday morning fitness sessions and the results are showing in improved run times and better endurance during rowing sessions.
Good luck to all crews racing this weekend - please remember to check bus times on schoolbox.
Gill Campbell - Junior Development Coordinator of Rowing
Saturday provided a beautiful, if cool, morning to spend on the water. The wind was very light, coming from the west. Distant clouds threatened a swing to the South East, but the breeze held for the duration of the racing.
Scots fielded 6 boats amongst a field of 24, also including boats Cranbrook and Sydney Boys'. In the extremely light conditions, those who could handle their boat were easily identified as they left behind those who were struggling to even move.
Given the breeze, only two short races were completed. In the first, Scots 7, skippered by Alexander Muddle and crewed by Chris Kosasih, rounded the top mark first, closely followed by Cranbrook. They held the lead around the bottom mark to bring home the win. In the second race, Scots 7 crossed the start line at least two places behind the leader, and initially struggled to make up the gap. Scots 12, skippered by Marcus Podgornik and crewed by Lachlan Scott came around the top mark in 3rd place, behind Cranbrook and High. Shortly after, Scots 7 made overtook 2 places, coming around the bottom mark and finishing in 2nd place. Well done to all the boys for their effort.
Beau Junk - Director of Sailing
Our Firsts' team had their first big challenge of the season competing against the highly ranked Newington team, which has 3 players who have qualified for the National Championships. Our last minute substitute, Lachlan Alcott played amazing tennis all day, finding his “rally speed” and “shot tolerance” perfectly to win both singles and doubles. Newly appointed Captain of Tennis, Hugh McAdam, had a marathon singles match only to be denied 7-5 in the final set. Ethan Waked earned a well deserved win in his singles match playing aggressive tennis from start to finish. Despite the overall loss in the final trial game, the day was a good test for the team leading into the first round of the AAGPS Season for 2017/2018.
The Seconds team played at Newington College and put in a strong performance. Starting off with winning all three doubles matches, the boys kicked on to win all singles matches too. It was great to see the boys get behind each other with support, especially when some things became tricky. Well done to Tom Mitchell who won his match in 3 sets and Jayden Soedirdja who came through with a win after an early onset of cramping during his singles. This was probably due to having also played matches in the morning and winning for the 3rds.
It was a reasonably successful day across the board for the 3rds to 8ths teams with only 1 team going down to Newington and the others teams achieving convincing wins in what turned out to be quite a warm November day. The 3rds and 4ths produced sound performances and it was pleasing see a high level of team support demonstrated by these boys. Unfortunately for the 5ths, only the doubles team of Jesse Williams (Yr 12) and Cooper Wray (Yr 10) grabbed a win, whereas the 6ths took away a 4-2 win overall. The mighty 7ths didn’t allow Newington to win a set, with Liam Dettman-Hughes (Yr 10) only losing one game in both his singles and doubles matches (with Jack Gerrard Yr 10). Also of note was Justin de Solom (Yr 10) in the 8ths who did not lose even one game! We are very fortunate to have this level of strength and depth in our tennis program here at Scots.
It was pleasing to see the 9ths and 10ths teams play competitively against each other and enjoy their afternoon at Eastcourts. James Coogan (Yr 10), George Hickson (Yr 10) and Peter Southey (Yr 12) should all be commended for their positive approach and committed attitudes to the tennis program.
Lauren Harvey - Senior Coordinator of Tennis
The U14’s played at Newington College first off and the the A’s started things off strong. Each week they have been tough to beat and this week continued that trend. The A's won 6-0 whilst the B's came away with a draw. Although the C’s and D’s went down in their fixtures, they continue to work hard and are making steps in the right direction to build on their games.
The U15’s played at Eastcourts against Newington and put in a strong performance as a year. The A’s and D’s won 5-1 and 5-0 respectively, with Jack Bacon playing in the A's and not dropping a single game in either set he played. The B’s had a tough loss 2-4 and the C’s came away with a 3-3 draw. Well done to Matthew Fahy who came through winning in a tiebreak 6-5.
The U16’s also played at Eastcourts and were very dominant as a team. The A’s, B’s and C’s all won their ties with a 4-2, 5-1 and 6-0 respectively. With a few boys playing up from different years, well done to Brandon Bell, Archie Thompson, Oscar McGiven and Joseph Mete for coming through so convincingly.
Once again a great effort from all year groups and I look forward to seeing how we go this weekend against Shore.
Ryan Brims - Junior Development Coordinator
With little training, some key players missing and tough opposition- it was a difficult Saturday for our Summer Volleyball players. Unfortunately, Trinity Grammar school, brought their strength- and with our players unsettled we lost in straight sets across all three grades. With the 1sts being competitive in the early parts of each set. Matthew Lim played across all three grades and earned points in both the 3rds and 2nds- our Summer School box page has the current leader board with Matthew Lim, Ronnie Wilson, and Oscar Lawland leading the charge.
Boys in the program are reminded that they need to be dressed ready to warm up at least 30 minutes before start time, and with a home fixture they should be there to fulfill duties.
Our last match is against Barker on Saturday 18th of November– at Barker (on the upper North Shore- near Hornsby) and we hope to finish with a solid performance, we ask that all boys allow plenty of time for travel- and ensure that they uphold the standards we expect of a Scots Volleyball player.
The 2018 fixtures for term 1 are listed on our School box page and with afternoon matches- it is essential that boys and families plan ahead.
Over the holiday we hope to have an open training session – with date to be confirmed and details posted on both the Summer and Winter Volleyball pages. After the 2018 orientation day for new year 7s, and the interest in Volleyball we have decided to host another “come and try” day for juniors aged 8-13.
C Brin - Coordinator of Volleyball
The match of the day was our 1st who demonstrated with an amazing level of water polo to win 16-3 keeping our combined GPS/CAS title alive. The 13 goal-winning margin did not reflect the competitive nature of this match. Although Knox is a powerhouse in swimming, our continued improvement in Water Polo skill and teamwork was the difference.
Our 14As also showed their dominance winning 13-3, excellent play by Jack Kyle and Gorge Pal who score 4 goals each.
14Bs are still undefeated, excellent play by all 12 boys secured the 9-8 win against strong opposition.
The most dramatic game was the 2nds, who again won by the closest of margins to also keep the CAS/GPS title in their sights.
With 4 rounds already played in the 10-week competition, our boys have continued to improve each week. With our away fixture this Saturday we are hoping for all teams to finish the last two rounds with quality performances and inspired play.
From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster
This week, I received two emails from opposition school praising our boys behaviour and sportsmanship. It is great to see our culture of playing hard but fairly and within the rules and not at the expense of sportsmanship. Our boys have invested significantly into their training and as we approach the final round of the season it is great to reflect on the tremendous improvement shown boy our teams. This week, in round 12 fixtures we play Grammar, Cranbrook and Riverview in Cricket; Riverview and Newington in Basketball; Waverley and Riverview in Tennis; and Knox and Waverley in Water Polo.
In round 11 we has all but one team at our home venue and it was great to see the skill and enjoyment on display across so many boys of varying ages. Round 12 on Saturday will see the culmination of the Tennis Program for 2017 and here’s hoping that we finish on a positive note.
Mr James Bruce
Preparatory Tennis Coordinator
Round 5 was the last Saturday with all teams at the College Pool. It was nice to have a glorious, sunny day and BBQ on offer for after the game. It was great to see Mr Crerar at the pool watching all the teams. He commented to the coaches and I on how far the boys have come both individually and as teams. Mr Crerar was very impressed with the standard displayed. Well done boys and best of luck for the last round for 2017.
Ms Elisha Smith
Preparatory Water Polo Coordinator
I watched all of the games at Mansion Rd last Saturday for Round 11. All of these games were played against Knox. The boys performed well in all of these fixtures and won all of these home games. Knox have had a very strong basketball program previously and, in years past, we may have had some wins against Knox, but would have lost most of these fixtures. While we try not to focus too much on wins and losses and more on the performance, the past weekend made me think about how much the boys have improved and of how the standard of basketball at the Preparatory School has improved significantly over the past 5 years. I believe this is due to two factors in particular. The boys receive great coaching in a range of contexts including SEA Basketball, Additional Skills sessions, Wednesday training sessions, during Saturday games and at our Prep Holiday Basketball Clinics. We also have a number of boys who compete in club basketball competitions outside of school. I believe that these two factors have lead to the noticeable improvements in our Prep Basketball program. We have a number of teams who go into the last round of the Summer Sport season undefeated. These teams are the 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, 8ths and Year 4As. I wish all of the boys well for Round 12 and I look forward to seeing many of the boys again for the next season.
Mr James Tracey
Preparatory Basketball Coordinator
From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Pathway & Head of PDHPE
The Mind Body Heart Pathway is all about helping boys unlock their potential and realise a better version of themselves. This doesn’t happen overnight and is a journey of self discovery not a destination. It requires a tremendous amount of self discipline, self direction, perseverance and accountability. One of my favourite quotes “The strongest Samurai swords are the ones that have been plunged into the fire a 1000 times”. This resonates strongly with me because I truly believe that challenge and hardship help to forge character.
The great Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about his six golden rules for success:
Trust Yourself- If you don’t believe in yourself no one else will!
Break some rules
Don’t be afraid to fail- Failing is learning and a big part of ultimately being successful.
Avoid the naysayers- People always want to put limits on you, but those are their limits not yours!
Work like hell- You never want to finish thinking you could have done more!
Give something back- No one is ever self made! There is always help along the way. It is your duty to give back when you can and pull others up!
If you haven’t taken the opportunity to be a part of the MBH program, there is no better time to start than the present! Download the App and book your first session. Start your journey and be the best you can be!
Story of The Week - Athletics - Alessandro Savian
Congratulations to Alessandro Savian for his outstanding performances this Saturday on the track. Alessandro who is in his first Athletics season ran an impressive 11.34 in the 100m and 23.49 in the 200m. These performances bring him close to making his first NSW Athletics team and national championship. We look forward to seeing him achieve his goals this season.
Scots to the Fore!
Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport