The Backpage Term 1 Week 9

I was impressed on Saturday 24 March, moving from venue to venue, seeing the organisation, buy-in, and effort of all of our Sports staff and boys in running fair and equitable selection trials and initial team grading. 

Scots Sport will strive to provide a selection process that endeavours to create a consistent, transparent and a strategic approach to team selections and player grading. Students will be presented an environment that promotes skill development, team cohesion and equal opportunity. Students will be challenged by senior coaches to demonstrate learning and progression in the following aspects – individual skill, team strategy, game understanding and team culture.

How does Scots select it’s teams?

Step 1 – Open Trial Process

All students and parents will be notified through Schoolbox of the selection trial dates for their chosen Sport.

Step 2 – Selected Squads

Students are viewed and graded by a selection panel of coaches and administrators in their chosen Sport.  Each selection panel will meet on a weekly basis to discuss any required re-grading or player movements.

Stage 3 - Communication

Weekly team lists will be published on Schoolbox and the Scots Sport Website each Thursday afternoon at 3:00pm. Players will be expected to attend the competition match for the team in which they have been selected and attend all training sessions for that team the following week.

Player Grading Concerns - Student and Parent Meetings

Scots Sport prides itself on the importance of effective and timely communication between Senior Coaches and Students. The spectrum of constructive feedback, empathy and follow up is vital in the process to ensure continued motivation of students when experiencing team movement. We view team selections as an important learning opportunity for boys.

To use selections as a learning opportunity, we will be trialing a new format for any selection discussions.  We believe that it is important to have face-to-face meetings with the Coordinator, parent and player present.

We will be offering an opportunity for you and your boy to meet with us and between 4:00pm and 5:00pm each Friday afternoon, to discuss any concerns you may have.

To arrange a meeting, please contact our sports administrator, Mrs Rowena Robinson at

I would like to congratulate the outstanding effort of our Swimming team at this year’s AAGPS Championships. The highlight being a top 3 performance from our junior boys. With some very good results in the pool this year, we should see some great team performances in the future. Congratulations to those boys (see stories of the week) who have been selected to represent the AAGPS at this year’s CIS Championships.

Congratulations as well, to our Prep Sailors who had a strong performance at this year’s NSW Optimists Championships.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Easter and look forward to getting into our first rounds of Winter Sport when we return.

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

Ken Catchpole Tribute - Invite

On Saturday 7 April, which is Round 1 of the 2018 Shute Shield Rugby Union competition, Randwick will be hosting Gordon at Coogee Oval.

On that day, Randwick will be paying special tribute to 2 former players – the Late Ken Catchpole & the late Sir Nicholas Shehadie, both former Randwick players – and Wallabies.

Naturally, with Ken Catchpole being a Scots Old Boy we would like to invite any members of the College community to attend.

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

The first weekend of trials for Football and Rugby were successful, with games happening at Scots, Main, Christison Park and St George.

All directors were happy with the trialling, and have a much better idea of team capabilities, moving forward. Just a reminder, teams are not set yet, so trialling will continue over the next few weeks.

In Sailing over the weekend, Scots competed in the annual Ascham Regatta. The Scots 1sts team dismantled an inform Ascham in the semi-finals and then meet Cranbrook in the final, to win impresively.

There will be no Sport over the Easter long weekend.

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

The Mind Body Heart Pathway team are excited to announce the next instalment of the Performance series. This workshop will focus on the progression towards an elith pathway in Athletics. It will up-skill the participants in the skills and drills designed to improve biomechanics and unleash the full power required to achieve peak performance. It is a must for all aspiring athletes or anyone wanting to run faster. The presenters for this workshop are the long standing Athletics coaches – Mr Jin Jung and Mr Henry Mitchell.

Please find details about the workshop below.

Elite performance athletics workshop

Date: Week 10, Friday 6 April 2018

Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Attendees: All Senior School students (Years 7 to 12)

What to bring: Sports clothes, water bottle

Please remember to book in using the MBH Pathway App. This will be available under the ‘Enrolments’ section of the App.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Come and get ‘the STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News

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Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

As we commence the winter season with trials in Weeks 9, 10 and 11, I wanted to highlight our selection process and how we can approach this.

Selection of boys in teams is determined by the Directors, MICs and the coaches of each age group, with the assistance of additional coaching staff. Teams are selected on merit and the decisions taken are not subject to negotiation. Initial selections are based on the performance demonstrated in the trials, only. It would not be objective or fair to use previous performance and or other criteria in the selection process. It is sometimes the case with Junior School boys, that performance in one or more of these areas are variable and may not always demonstrate best performance. The difference in ability between teams can be so small that boys could be accurately placed in a range of teams on any given day. All of these factors may result in boys being selected in a team that may not accurately reflect their potential. The aim is to align boys in team most commensurate with their demonstrated ability.

I also wanted to convey that when boys are disappointed with their placement in a team, parents can support their sons to deal with this themselves and to use it as an opportunity to develop resilience. At the core of resilience is an ability to stand strong when faced with adversity and to bounce back from disappointments. This is a part of life and we can use these setbacks as learning experiences that enable our boys to develop resilience. It is natural to feel disappointment and useful to acknowledge such. However, it is important to stay positive and demonstrate confidence to overcome these hurdles and find a way to success.

Stories of the Week - GPS Swimming and Sailing NSW Optimist State Championships

GPS Swimming

The GPS Swimming Season is coming to an end after a hectic term of very tough competition. Scots Swimmers have done themselves and the College proud, with some very fine individual and relay swims.

Throughout the season, our 13 year old’s relay team has performed strongly, winning nearly every race – Tom Grimmond (Year 13) and Sam Jones (Year 8) continued to dominate their events and Charles Hoffmann (Year 9) had exciting tussles with his competitors. The All Age GPS Relay also provided an exciting finish to the main and final carnival with the Scots team coming in third. It was pleasing to see so many personal best times being achieved during the season and the excitement that this brought to the boys. The Junior Swim Team (12 to 14 year olds) came a very commendable third in the GPS competition with the Intermediate 6th and Senior teams 5th.

The swimming pathway continues with the GPS team being selected this week to swim in the CIS Championships after Easter. The following Scots Swimmers were selected into the GPS Team – Reece Blackett (Year 12), Jack Chenoweth (Year 12), Tom Grimmond (Year 8), Jock Hanson (Year 10), Charles Hoffmann (Year 9), Sam Jones (Year 8), Hamish McDonald (Year 11), Charlie Moore (Year 8), Hugh O’Neill (Year 8)and Jensen Soedirdja (Year 7).

We wish them every success.

Sailing NSW Optimist State Championships

This weekend, the annual NSW Optimist State Championships was held up at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Sailing on Pittwater is a very challenging spot for racing due to the shifty winds, strong tides and wind gusts that barrel down through the open water – all combining to create a lot of chop, and a really technical race course over two very long days of competition. 

14 Scots boys attended, including Tom Whitehead (Year 7) to Connor Hood (Year 3).

All boys sailed well, with Jacob Marks (Year 6) placing 27th in the Open Fleet, which is huge for such a young sailor. He was also awarded the 11 Year Old Skipper award for the best 11 Year Old sailor. He is now number 1 in the state for his age group.

Henry Myers (Year 5) finished fourth overall in the Intermediate Fleet, which was a tightly fought place, only narrowly missing out on a podium finish. Lachlan Jones (Year 6) also had a great regatta, finishing 11th overall as did Hugo Fayyad (Year 6) coming in 32nd. 

Congratulations to all sailors who competed. Special mention to James Frappell (Year 4), Connor Hood (Year 3) and Zann Scrimgeour (Year 7) who competed at their first regatta, Ben Crafoord (Year 6) who moved up to the Open Fleet, and, Macgregor Finlayson (Year 6), Charlie Treffry (Year 5) and Alex Lewis-Thorp (Year 5),who moved up to the Intermediate Fleet. Well done to Hamish Anderson (Year 6) and Felix van der Donk (Year 6) for your excellent Sailing in the Green Fleet.