THE BACKPAGE Term 2 Week 1

Welcome back to Term 2 and the Winter Sport season. We have some exciting fixtures over the next few Saturdays. After a busy holiday where our teams have been working hard training and competing, it will be exciting to watch how they compete. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our staff who have been involved in providing outstanding experiences in sport to our boys throughout the holidays.

Next Friday is the 125 Years Gala Sports Luncheon. This is the first time that we have got the entire Sport community together for an event. This will be an outstanding lunch with over 600 seats already sold. We now have only five tables remaining to sell. These are available to groups or for individual purchase. Do not miss out!

For full details please follow this TryBooking link.

The Mind Body Heart Pathway Program is again up and running this week. As we have started to compare the data from this program with academic results, our early findings are showing that there is a strong link between attendance in this program and performance in the classroom. A reminder that the Gym is open every morning and afternoon and speed sessions are available on the main oval Tuesday and Thursday mornings. These sessions are available to all boys in the senior school regardless of age or ability.

Good luck to all of our boys who this Saturday. We look forward to an exciting term of Sport.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Welcome back for Term 2. This is the start of a very busy term with all Sports starting games, competing against other schools this weekend. Rugby will host Stannies from Bathurst as well as eight other schools. Football will be hosting Sydney Boys High School at St George. Volleyball will have some tough fixtures vs Trinity and Cross Country will be at the Barker Invitational. Shooting will be out at Malabar training.

Good luck to all Year 7 boys playing their first real Winter Sport game vs another school. Parents make sure that you check which team your son is in on team lists, which are published each week on Schoolbox (Sports page) on Thursday afternoons. Find what time and where on the Fixture. Then make sure the boys are there with lots of time before the game.

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

Welcome back to Term 2. It is incredible how fast the year is going and this term is shaping to be a fast and furious one. It is easy to get swept up in the pace and switch to autopilot and not have much to show for your efforts by the time the end of term rolls around. It is critical that you set time aside to think, reflect and set goals and ensure that you have a plan to achieve them. The Mind Body Heart Pathway is designed to support boys to unlock their individual potential by providing a framework and platform that gives boys the data they need to take strategic action.

The Term 1 testing data will be available next week to help boys set their new training goals for the winter season. To ensure you make the most of your opportunities please download the MBH app and book in to your sessions today.

The next installment of the performance series on nutrition will be on as follows:

Who: Edwina Ekins – Nutrition4Performance

When: Week 2, Friday 11 May 2018, 3:25pm to 4:30pm

Where: Coote Theatre or Ilse Theatre (TBC)

Edwina is running a targeted session on nutrition aimed at athletes that play contact sports and is not to be missed. Further information and registration will be available on the MBH App under ‘Enrollments’.

As always come and get ‘The strong advantage!’

Senior Sports News

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Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Congratulations to our Prep Swim Team and our junior relay team (Connor Beverley-Smith; Conrad Blackwell-Smith, Orson Owen Jones, Thomas Ellison) and senior relay team (Oscar Levy, Lucas Mitchelmore, Felix Pal and Charles Ulcoq) who competed at the NSWPSSA Championships in the last week of Term 1. Both performed well with our senior team winning gold to make it three years in a row that we have one the state title. Well done and good luck to Lucas Mitchelmore our captain who also finished 1st in the all age relay and 3rd in the 50m freestyle and will now go to represent NSW at the Nationals in Tasmania.

Round 1 commences on Saturday 5 May with our opens playing Kings in football and Shore in rugby. Reminder that all our additional skills and SEA coaching sessions have commenced. As we start the season is is useful to align our goal orientation to focus on the process (mastery goals), in contrast to focusing on the outcome (performance goals). When the emphasis is on performance, success is measured by the score and can lead boys towards a preference to winning over working hard or improving. When students have incremental beliefs (growth mindset) they believe their abilities can change and they have greater perceived self-control over the outcome of future performance and focus more on learning and improving. Alternatively, those who hold entity beliefs (fixed mindset) of ability feel the need to validate their ability through sporting successes. Challenges represent greater potential risks to their perceptions of competence, and response to failures is significantly more negative because failure is indicative of inadequacy. In the Prep we focus on the process of development and in this way our boys will be more intrinsically motivated to reach their potential.

The Prep Rugby season kicks off this Saturday 5 May. Good luck to all boys for their first game and the season ahead. Please see below for some details that will help you throughout the season.

Additional Skill Sessions

These programs are a great opportunity for boys to further develop their skills outside of normal training. Boys are to come along to these sessions in Rugby appropriate clothing and then change back into their school uniform at the end of the session, see below for times and locations:

Years 3&4 – Thursday 7:15am to 8:15am – Mansion Road Courts

Years 5&6 – Tuesday 7:15am to 8:15am – Fairfax Oval Courts

TAS Rugby Carnival

Across the first weekend of the holidays Mr Kendall, Mr Thomas, Mr Dumbleton and I accompanied the 1st and 2nd XV Rugby squads to the annual TAS Rugby Carnival. The tournament is always a big couple of days with the boys playing five games across two days. The attacking style of Rugby played by both teams led to some fantastic results, with the 1stXV winning Division 2 and only conceding 10 point along the way whilst the 2ndXV who came up against a number of schools 1st teams finished sixth in Division 4. Well done boys!

Finally, I would like to congratulate Finnlay Bartlett on his appointment as Rugby Captain for 2018, I know Finnlay will be a great ambassador for the program.

MrJames Bruce
Prep Rugby Coordinator

Finally, the 2018 Prep Football season has arrived! I would like to firstly congratulate all of the boys that attended the Football Holiday Clinic. It was very well attended and their efforts and positive attitude across the three days was excellent. Well done, boys!

With Round One commencing this Saturday, a reminder that all boys need to be ready to commence warm-up at least 20mins before the start of the match. This ensures they are adequately prepared physically as well as providing the coach the opportunity to discuss team goals for the match and make any last minute changes such as positions etc.

I would like to congratulate Edward Lynch for being appointed the Captain of Football for 2018. Edward is a fantastic footballer, a committed trainer, strong leader and he will no doubt set an excellent example for the younger boys at the Prep. Well done, Edward!!

Mr Greg Clarence
Prep Football Coordinator

Story of the Week - NSW Teams Racing State Championships

Over the coming weekend the annual NSW Teams Racing State Championships are being held at Botany Bay out the front of the new Primrose House Prep campus.

Scots is set to defend its title and hopes to replicate the success of last years event by placing 1st and 2nd in the state.

With more than 27 teams representing 15 different schools this years title defence will require the Scots Boys to push themselves and deliver their best racing across the three day regatta.

The top two ranked teams from this event will qualify to represent NSW at the National Championships to be held at Sorrento in Victoria.

I wish all members of the Scots 1st, 2nd and 3rds team the best of luck and fair winds.

Mr Beau Junk
Director of Sailing