The Backpage Term 1 Week 3

“Schools that offer more sports and field more successful teams produce higher test scores,” was a statement made by university professor Dr Jay Greene in a recent New York Times article.  This is a broad statement and one that raised much debate in the online comments that followed.

There are two sides to the debate.  On one side, you have the argument that the values learned through the experience of sport – character, discipline, working in teams, increased fitness and wellbeing, etc… carry over to all areas of a boys life and better equip them to succeed elsewhere.  On the other side of the argument, one might say that sport takes away precious and valuable study time and therefore has a negative impact.

As a Chemistry teacher,  I have always taught students to rely on empirical data as often long-standing beliefs don't hold up under the rigor of scientific scrutiny.

Regardless of what side of the debate you believe in,  it is hard to argue with data.  And,  as we start to collect greater amounts of data on the boys of the College, the numbers are suggesting that those boys who take on the greatest sports commitments are also performing to a higher standard in the classroom.

Nowhere is this truer than in our Rowing program, where we have analysed the boys who have represented us in a senior crew at the Head of River.  Our data from the past 10 years shows that these boys have year on year obtained an average Atar score that is 5 points higher than the rest of their Scots cohort.

As an academic and lover of sport,  I am a firm believer in the link between the sports field and academic results and believe fully in the importance of its role in the holistic education of boys.

Looking forward to another great Saturday of sport.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Better weather greeted the second week of sport for the year. Great to see all our new Year 7 boys out and representing Scots in games versus other schools.

Water Polo was the highlight for the weekend with the 1sts and 2nds both having good wins against Trinity. This puts them in a very good position to win the GPS and CAS premierships.

In Cricket the 1st XI got bowled out for 118 chasing 167 with Campbell Pert and Robbie Maclennan performing well with 5/26 and 4/41 respectively. The 2nd XI are in a good position with St Joseph’s being bowled out for 54 and Scots in reply 6/113. Richard Lowry with the great figures of 6/15 off 13 overs. Alec Bathgate 43* and William Kirkpatrick 37 doing the job with the bat.

The 14A's continue on their winning ways with the team bowling Joeys out for 78 and in reply are 1/152. The stand out Cricket performance of the weekend was Will Fowler who scored 130 not out in his 14Bs match v St Joseph’s.

Volleyball had great results vs winning all 3 games and not dropping a set.

Basketball came up against a very strong St Joseph’s team with our 1sts going down 60-90 and the 2nds 42-52. We had solid win in the 6ths, 9ths, 14A and 14B and our 13s age group who played with first game of the season had great wins in 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E, 13F and 13G

Our Sailors were dominant against all Sydney Schools with the 1sts winning overall and the 2nds finishing just behind.

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

The Mind Body Heart team has now launched the new look timetable and the new MetCon session has been an absolute winner! Feedback about the new session has been overwhelmingly positive. If you are yet to try it, be sure to check it out!

An exciting development in the MBH Pathway is the new artificial intelligence software that will underpin our testing, data collection and reporting. This will give students the most sophisticated analysis and direction available on the market. More information will be available shortly on this exciting initiative. Please ensure that you are setting your weekly schedules up in advance using the MBH App. We look forward to seeing you at your next session! Come and get ‘the STRONG advantage’!

Senior Sports News




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Table Tennis


Water Polo

Sports Fishing

Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Highlights from Round 1 include wins from Year 4, 5 and 6 basketball 17 wins, 1 draw and 0 losses and wins from all cricket teams Years 3 to 6. We are fortunate to have an amazing lineup of coaches for the Prep and their impact on our students development has been significant. This week in Round 2 fixtures we play Knox, Barker and Grammar in the Cricket; St Pius, St Aloysius and Kings in the Basketball; Riverview in Tennis; and Knox and Reddam in Water Polo.

It was terrific to see the boys playing in their teams for Round 1. Games were played against Waverley, Knox and St Aloysius. Despite the successes of the day, it was great to see the boys participating in a healthy, competitive spirit. The Year 3 boys played against particularly strong opposition in St. Aloysius. Despite this, it was great to see the boys in the Year 3 teams competing to the end, regardless of the score. I look forward to seeing this kind of attitude in all games again during Round 2.

Mr James Tracey

Preparatory Basketball Coordinator

Well done to Luke Stark and Finley Dyer who both competed at the IPSHA Tennis Trials held at MLC on Thursday 8 February. Both boys performed incredibly well in hot conditions testing their skills against the best of IPSHA in 8 very tough best of 5 matches. It's great to report that Finley Dyer won through as the top seed to go on and lead the IPSHA team at the CIS Trials held later in the Term.

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Tennis Coordinator

Story of the week - Hugh Norburn’s Catch of the Day - Sportsfishing

To all Australian surfer's and watermen "Huey" controls the swell, the wind, the rain, anything to do with water based activities including fishing. It was with open arms that The Scots College Sportfishing Club boys welcomed Hugh Norburn to the Double Bay boatshed on Saturday and true to form Huey brought the fish with him.

Huey's first bait out was a fresh strip of bonito on an extra long 5kg flourocarbon trace, cast on the edge of the drop off. Staying patient while those around him kept changing their baits and recasting to catch tiddlers, Huey finally got a take and it was clear the way his line was arcing deep and strong that he had a big one on. While Jayden Leong stood by with the landing net, calls were made for stingray or shark - while all hoped for a big flathead.

Minutes passed and Huey strained and then sure enough out of the depths came a huge dusky flathead, a fish that is famous for biting off the line the moment the shovel sized head breaks the water's surface. Carefully working the huge fish to the surface Jayden calmly put the net under the big fish but Oh No! it was too big to fit into the net. Letting the fish run deep again Huey didn't panic and while Jayden repositioned himself for a second try the big fish glided back into view and was scooped up onto the lower landing.

A 60cm dusky flathead the new Leader Board Length for this species. After photos and measuring the big flathead was slid back into the water by Huey, ready to fight again another day.

Phil Atkinson - Coordinator Sportsfishing