The Backpage Term 1 Week 6

Nathan Zylstra (Year 12) gave an outstanding address to the boys of the College at this week’s assembly.  In his address, he mentioned the book Legacy:15 Lessons in Leadership written by James Kerr, who was embedded with the All Blacks for 5 weeks in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup.  

Nathan spoke about a ‘Team First’ culture mentioning the importance of putting others before yourself.   He used the quote from the book “No one is bigger than the team and individual brilliance does not automatically lead to outstanding results. One selfish mindset will infect a collective,” to demonstrate the importance of the role of every boy in the College in shaping a culture of excellence.

I’ve never seen the inside of the All Blacks change room, but I would be almost sure that it is immaculate and that their physical space is reflection of their attitude toward being part of the organisation. Kerr’s book starts with the All Blacks concept of ‘Sweep the Sheds’. Dan Carter summarises this concept clearly with this statement:

“No one likes a big head, in the All Blacks environment there’s no room for it, and if there’s ever signs of it happening, you’ll soon be brought back down to earth. From the very start, you learn humility. There are these structures in place, like the fact that we always leave the changing room as clean as it was when we walked in. So you’ll often see the likes of Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen sweeping the shed.”

In the changeover of the Sport seasons, we will have a big push with the boys on being part of a ‘Team First’ culture, not having a selfish mindset and getting the little things right as we push for excellence again in the Winter Sports season.

I wish the best for all of our teams this Saturday, as we wrap up the Summer Sport season. Good luck to our 1sts and 2nds Water Polo teams and our 1sts and 2nds Tennis teams who are in contention to win Premierships this Saturday.

Next week’s assembly will be on Thursday morning and will be the send-off for our GPS crews before the Head of the River. I would like to invite all parents of boys who will be representing us along to this assembly. We know that our Rowers will be putting the team first in their final lead up to the Head of the River.

Finally, tickets to the 125 Years Gala Sports Luncheon will go live to the community on Friday. Look for a College email with more details. We look forward to having you at this event.

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

There were some great results last weekend, as we played Sydney Boys High and Sydney Grammar School.

Rowing had the Gold Cup out at Saint Ignatius College, Riverview in the lead up to Head of the River. Well done to the 1st VIII for coming third and the 2nd VII for coming second.

Cricket had good wins across the program. The 1sts and 2nds both had good wins with the 1sts getting the outright win.

Highlights in all game:

1sts - Mitchell Sciberras (Year 11) 6/21

2nds - Samuel Gale (Year 11) 68, Fred Tricks (Year 11) 58*

16A's - William Green (Year 11) 5/38

15A's - Charlie Dennis (Year 9) 56*
14A's - ArthurTaylor (Year 8) 72, James Kotis (Year 8) 53, Matthew Hield (Year 8) 5/42

13B's  - Hugh Green (Year 7) 77

Basketball were up against Sydney Grammar in most matches, and had some close matches. Well done to the 1sts for winning 76-67. The 14's were the best age group, winning all games except for the 14B's and H's.

Tennis this weekend will be huge, with the 2nds looking to seal the1st premiership since 1974.

We wish the Shooters good luck as they head off to Tasmania this week. It’s always a great trip and a big highlight for the boys and staff.

This weekend is the last weekend of Summer Sport before the Head of the River.

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

The number of students participating in the Mind Body Heart Pathway sessions has been at an all time high over the last few weeks. In particular, the number of new Year 7 students attending has been incredible. These boys are starting their personal journey of growth and development and making the most of the opportunities provided to them by the MBH Pathway. The upcoming MBH Pathway testing will be occuring later this term and is an opportunity to get the data that can drive strategy and action. I would urge all students to give their personal best in these testing weeks, and use the data to drive further improvement. The MBH Pathway philosophy always prioritises continual progress over chasing the illusion of perfection. We use the data to assess the level of progress and to drive behaviour to improve. I can only imagine how big, fast and strong these athletes will be in the coming years if they can maintain the discipline and commitment to the MBH Pathway program.

If you haven’t yet started your journey, what are you waiting for? Download the App today and register for your first session!

As always come and get ‘the STRONG advantage”!

Senior Sports News




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Water Polo

Sports Fishing

Snowsports Information Night

The Snowsports Association invites all families to join in Snowsports at Scots in 2018, particularly those new to the College who may not be aware of the Snowsports opportunities for boys from Transition to Year 12.

Date: Tuesday 20 March

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Coote Theatre, Senior School

We would like to stress that boys do not need to be experts, champions or highly skilled - the emphasis of Snowsports at Scots is fun for the young!

The Scots Race, for example, held in Perisher, is open to children of all ages interested in Skiing or Snowboarding, from the youngest to Year 12.

The Races, which will be held this year on Sunday 15 July during the June/July School holidays, are a wonderful, fun introduction to competition, without being too serious.

Scots Snowsports athletes will also be able to register to represent the College at the Sydney Interschools Snowsports Championships, which commence on Tuesday 17 July at Perisher, following The Scots Race.

The basic requirement, from the youngest up, is that all competitors should be capable of at least negotiating a Blue Course.

Want to know more about Snowsports at Scots?

Please click here for full details of the Information Night and join us to find out all about what we do, and how you can join in the fun!

If you would like a copy of the Snowsports Association Handbook, please email your address to and we will post one to you.

Kind regards

Mr Robert Meade

President - The Scots College Snowsports Association

Scots will again be hosting our annual Secondhand Snowsports Clothing and Equipment Sale, this year in conjunction with Kambala, Ascham and Cranbrook, on Sunday 6 May at Anderson Hall from 12:00pm. Click here for more information.

Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

I receive a number of emails from parents each Friday and Saturday morning advising of their son’s illness and inability to play Sport on Saturday. Importantly, I am also hearing that while they can’t play, they will be there anyway to support their team. Last week one boy went all the way to Knox Grammar School to support his team. This year, I have highlighted the tremendous success of our teams. Critical to this success is the depth of the commitment of team members to work together. I believe the greatest compliment to any player is that he or she is a great teammate.

We can’t all be great players, but we can all be great teammates. On individual talent alone, you may not warrant selection in a team. However, when you factor in team work and one’s ability to make those players around them play better, this may justify your selection. Great teammates choose to commit fully to the team’s goals and understand they are part of something bigger than themselves. They commit to the old adage that a champion team will beat a team of champions. I believe our Scots teams are an example of such. Scots to the fore.

This week, our Swim Team will aim to build on their tremendous commitment to training and success at the invitational carnivals at the IPSHA Carnival on Tuesday. I wish them every success as they aim for their personal best. In Basketball we play Saint Ignatius College, Riverview in Seniors, and Shore Preparatory School in the Juniors. In Cricket, we play Cranbrook and Riverview, in Tennis we play Knox Grammar, and, in Water Polo we play St Aloysius.

Prep Basketball

There were strong performances across all Prep Basketball teams on Saturday as part of Round 4. We competed against Knox, Newington, Trinity and Kings on the weekend. Of particular note, were the 3As who had a strong win against Trinity. All senior teams 1st - 10th also had wins against Knox. It was pleasing to see such a high standard of play across all teams when competing in Saturday games. I look forward to seeing the boys play again in Round 5.

Mr James Tracey

Preparatory Basketball Coordinator

A fantastic win to the Senior A Gold team over Newington on Saturday. The boys fought really hard to win by one point. The other Senior games were well played against St Aloysius and Waverley. The Junior boys game moved to the middle third this week. The boys handled the challenge well and will play their last two games there. This helps with the transition to the deep end in Term 4.

Ms Elisha Smith

Preparatory Water Polo Coordinator

Stories of the Week - Isaac Humphries NBL Rookie of the Year award and Mitchell Short and Jack Maddocks - Rugby achievements.

Congratulations to Scots Basketball Old Boy (2014) Isaac Humphries who was recently awarded the NBL Rookie of the Year award at the National Basketball Leagues End of Season Awards Night. Isaac averaged 6.9 points per game to go with 3.6 rebounds per game throughout the 2017/2018 season, and was a key contributor for the Sydney Kings. The future is looking bright for Isaac and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours.

Mitchell Short and Jack Maddocks - Rugby achievements

A great weekend for Scots Rugby, with former players Jack Maddocks and Mitchell Short being prominent. Jack Maddocks scoring three tries for the Melbourne Rebels against the Sunwolves in Japan. It’s the best start to a Super 15 season ever by the Rebels, winning their first two games. Mitchell Short also starring for the Waratahs scoring the winning try in the corner against the Sharks, for Bernard Foley to convert on the final whistle.