The Backpage Term 1 Week 1

One of my favourite parts of the start of any new academic year at any school is meeting for the first time the new group of wide-eyed year 7’s.  On Monday I had the chance to speak to the entire group of boys before sending them off to their very first Scots senior sport session.  Our boys have incredibly opportunity to be part of the best high school sport program in the country.  At Scots we are incredibly proud of our leadership and coaching staff and strive on every level to challenge boys, providing them with every opportunity to improve and be the best that they can be.

My message to the year 7’s was this:  There is no secret to success in sport.  Anyone who tells you that or believes that is likely making an excuse or trying to knock you down.  The true secret to success is those who succeed always have a combination of a strong work ethic and a commitment to training.  A simple passion for working hard and doing that consistently over a long period of time will bring you to levels in sport that you may never have thought possible.

I would like to recognise the twenty year seven boys who took this message seriously and turned up to the first gym session the very next morning.  My dream is that we have to build a bigger gym because all boys in every year make this same commitment.

I would like to welcome everyone to another exciting year of Scots Sport.  One that I am sure will be filled with success and opportunity.  As part of the “125” campaign we have a number of exciting initiatives and events to look forward to.  This will be communicated further in coming weeks.

I would also like to acknowledge and thank our Sport Directors and their teams who have committed to providing our boys with outstanding opportunities throughout the holidays.  Watching a number of our teams training this week, it is obvious that a tremendous amount of hard work has been done and that our boys will walk into sport this Saturday extremely well-prepared.

Good luck to all of our boys on our first Saturday of sport.  Looking forward to an outstanding 2018.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Welcome back to the start of 2018.  We look forward to another great year of Scots Sport.  I would like to thank all of our sport leadership and coaches for all of the outstanding work that they have done over the holidays.

Over the coming weeks you will receive more information from me about upcoming events and expectations.

This week kicks off our first round of sport.  All year 7’s will be involved in internal trials at the College.  All other year groups are involved in the first competitive Saturday of sport this year.

For team lists and fixtures please ensure that you have visited the sport landing page on Schoolbox.

Looking forward to a successful 2018.

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

Welcome back to 2018. It was very pleasing to see the number of boys involved in the Mind Body Heart session throughout December and January. It is a true testament to their commitment, desire and passion to improve. As the great Vince Lombardi used to say “The man on the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”

I would like to encourage all the new students to take up the opportunities available to them in the Mind Body Heart program. If you have not already, please download the Scots MBH App and start your journey to a better you today! For any assistance please come down to the gym and and see one of the gym staff. Further information can be found on the MBH schoolbox page. I wish you all a successful 2018!

Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Sport Dates -

Week 1

Saturday 3 February: Summer Sport Trials Year 3 to 6 (See trials fixtures attached)

Week 2

Monday 5 February: All Additional Skills commence

Monday 5 February: Summer Sport Trials Year 5 and 6

Tuesday 6 February: Summer Sport Trials Year 3 and 4

Wednesday 7 February: House Swimming Carnival

Saturday 10 February: Summer Sport Round 1                                                 

Summer sport trials will be conducted in Weeks 1 and 2. Boys should come to school on trial days in PE uniform ready to participate in trials. Boys must attend the sport they selected. The initial selection of boys in teams is determined by the respective Directors and MIC’s and combined with the assistance of additional coaching staff. Teams are selected on merit and the decisions taken are not subject to negotiation. Selections are based on performance demonstrated in the trials only. In the event that maximum numbers are exceeded for sports (tennis, sailing and water polo) that can only cater for a set number of participants, some boys may have to trial for their second preference. Teams will remain fluid up to Rd3 and boys may be moved up and/or down based on performance demonstrated in games and at practice until this time and then they will be fixed for the remainder of the Term.

Absence from Saturday Sport – Absences pertaining to illness/injury prior to Friday 12.30pm should be sent to Mrs. Shipman: ; Absences pertaining to illness/injury after 12.30pm Friday should be sent to Mr. Wilsmore: Please clearly state the: boys name, class, team and nature of the absence. Unexplained absences adversely affect the team and these will be followed up by the Masters in Charge of Sport. Leave from Saturday Sport – is only granted in exceptional circumstances and must be sought from The Head of Prep at least one week in advance (where possible).

Prep Wet Weather Line – 9391 7753:  Sports are sometimes affected by wet weather. If there is doubt that a game will be played because of wet weather, students must telephone the School's wet weather number on Saturday morning after 6.45am to ascertain whether the match or game has been cancelled.

Information regarding Prep Sport should be sought in the following manner: Coach/Teacher > MIC > Sportsmaster.

Prep Summer Sports Coordinators

Basketball – Mr. James Tracey; Cricket – Mr. Greg Clarence; Cross Country – Mr Ben Thomas; Sailing – Mr. Nick Spencer; Swimming – Mr. Brent Wilsmore; Tennis: Mr James Bruce; Water Polo – Ms Elisha Smith.

House Swimming Carnival

Location: Des Renford Aquatic Centre, Robey Street, Maroubra

Date: Wednesday 7 February 2018

  • Click here  to complete online Transport and Permission Note – due Friday 2 February.

  • Click here to read the Information Note

  • Click here to view the Venue Map

  • Click here to view Event Lists and approximate start times

Swimming (Brent Wilsmore)

Story of the week - Tass Mourdoukoutas - Western Sydney Wanderers

Tass Mourdoukoutas is a Scots Old Boys who finished in 2016. In two short years he has excelled in the sport of Football. He has made the transition from School boy Football to State league Football and now playing at the highest level in Australian Football. He is now a regular inclusion in the Western Sydney Wanderers A league squad. Tass is an inspiration for our young and up and coming Scots footballers. His attitude, determination and work ethic has put him in his current position. We are extremely proud of Tass and will be eagerly following his progress in the national competition.

Sports Highlights over the Holidays 


Thanks to Steven White and his team who have held camps and clinics throughout the holidays in preparation for the main part of the GPS Season.

Thanks to Steve and Tedi for taking the boys to the National Championships in Melbourne.

Last week our Firsts, Seconds and Juniors competed  in the Trinity Cup, Newington Classic and Kings Cup Tournaments in preparation for Round 2 of their GPS Seasons. Welldone to all boys.


Ben Sawyer and his team participated  in a series of games against Scotch Melbourne in preparation for the remainder of the GPS season.

Congratulations also to Ben’s  womens sixers team currently on top of the ladder leading into finals for the WBBL.

Mind Body Heart

The Mind Body and Heart program ran throughout the holidays. Thanks to Dan Markham and his team, opening the gym monday, wednesdays and fridays as well as speed sessions  for boys looking to work on their running techniques.


Thanks to Bob and his team who have held many camps throughout the holidays.

The Junior crews trained throughout Sydney with the Yr 9/10 crew travelling to Canberra for camp last week.
Our senior boys trained well at Gladesville with the Senior GPS crews travelling to Taree for an intensive camp in preparation for the upcoming head of the river.

Athletics/Cross Country

Thanks to Matthew Williams and his team for running the speed sessions throughout the holidays for all athletes.

Over the holidays boys also travelled to Jindabyne for the athletics / cross country trip  giving boys the opportunity to develop their skill in an elite environment.


Thanks to Claudia Brin and her team hosting open sessions throughout the holidays and a come and try day allowing all new and old players to come and test out their Volleyball skills.


Congratulations to our Water Polo teams who managed to secure a one point lead to reclaim the Thomas Whalen cup just before the holidays.

With only one point separating 1st and 2nd Scots just finished above St Joseph's College and 2 points above Newington College.

Thanks to Val and Vedran for taking the boys to the Trans Tasman tournament in New Zealand

The water polo team is training this week and will work to ensure their standing at the top of the GPS competition.

Thanks to Vedran Cirkovic for all his work in the Scots water Polo program and welcome back to Yvette Higgins from maternity leave after the birth of hr second daughter Sinead.

Prep Sport

Thanks to Brent and his team in the prep school for the continual improvement of our prep sport.

Prep ran basketball, Cricket, Sailing , swimming, tennis and Water Polo clinics throughout the holidays for all boys in preparation for start of the 2018 summer sport season.

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