THE BACKPAGE Term 2 Week 2

I woke on Monday morning to read that Sir Alex Fergusson was in the hospital having surgery after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.  Fortunately, Fergusson’s surgery has gone well; the articles in today’s papers have confirmed that he is on the road to recovery. Midway through last year’s winter sport season, I was given Fergusson’s autobiography as a gift and was blown away by the mind behind Manchester United’s success.

Over the holiday I had the opportunity to attend our senior Football training camp at Narrabeen.  I used Manchester United’s vision statement “to be the best Football club in the world, both on and off of the pitch” as a starting point for our senior players to think about and discuss the shared vision and values that the players and coaches would hold each other accountable to for the remainder of the season.

On Saturday our football program had a fantastic start the year against Sydney Boys High with wins across all grades – a significant performance increase from previous seasons and an obvious shift in culture.  I would like to think that my talk to the boys at the camp had an influence on this culture, but I am reluctant to take any credit as the change the change that we saw on Saturday was a result of deliberate actions taken by our Director of Football, Mr. Andrew Goldrick, to redesign our leadership, coaching and training structures.   Ferguson points out the importance of always setting and maintain a high standard in developing a culture of excellence. As I sit here writing this article I’m watching our Football team as a group run through a training session, with an intensity and collective sense of purpose that I have not witnessed yet at Scots. Following from last Saturday’s success, we take on Newington at Newington this Saturday and I suspect the boys will be looking for an upset.

Congratulations to Beau Junk, Gary Faulkner and our Sailors who took part in the NSW Sailing Championships held at George’s River over the weekend.  The College retains the title of NSW Championships with the 1sts and 2nds teams competing against each other in the final to take home the gold and silver medal.  Both teams will compete at the upcoming National Championships where we will challenge to again to win a second straight national championship.

I would like to wish everyone who is coming to the 125 years Gala Sports Luncheon on Friday a fantastic time.  I would also like to personally thank Nancy Inglis and her team for all of the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes for the past year making this event possible.  A big thank you as well to all of our Parent support groups who have done an outstanding job promoting the event. The event will be one of the largest in College history with more than 600 in attendance.  We are all looking forward to celebrating the past, present and future success of Scots Sport.

Good luck to all of our teams competing this weekend.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

A beautiful sunny day greeted the start of winter sport in Term 2. We had some great results across all sports.

Well done to Sailing who had the State Titles at Brighton. The Scots 1sts finishing first and then the 2nds came in second. This is a very good result for Scots Sailing in a such a big event.

Well done to Football who won most games vs Sydney Boys High. Well done to the Opens with the 1sts winning 1-0, the 2nds winning 3-0, the 3rds winning 4-1 and the 4ths winning 2-0. The football teams have been putting in extra work and results are showing. This weekend will be the test with Newington being one of the better schools at football.

Rugby welcomed Stannies from Bathurst. The 1sts had a tough game verse a very willing Stannies forward pack. The score finishing 20-7. Also well done to the 2nds with a convincing 35-12 victory. Well done to the 14's age group who had all wins across the 6 games.

Volleyball had some tough results against some very good Trinity teams. Well done to the 16A team who had a good win against Sydney Boys High.

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

The numbers of new year 7 students signing up to start their Mind Body Heart journey this term has been incredible. The numbers in our Strength & Conditioning and Speed Sessions are swelling every week.

If you would like to join these sessions, please remember to download our App and register online so that we can track your attendance and progress. The term 1 Mind Body Heart reports are due to be released this week and provide a great opportunity to reflect on your athletic development and set goals for the remainder of the winter season.

There has been a change to the upcoming nutrition seminar date and time. Please find details below:

PRESENTER: Edwina Ekins- Nutrition4Performance

WHEN: Week 3 Monday 14th of May 2018 12.40pm-1.20pm

WHERE: Coote Theatre

WHO: Aimed at athletes playing contact sports.

There will also be another fantastic event hosted by the Institute of Business and Economics exploring the big business of sport. This will be an interview panel discussing how to forge a career in sport and looks to have a great lineup of speakers. To find out more please view Schoolbox for booking details.

Senior Sports News

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Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Round 1 commenced on Saturday 5 May and it will be good to look back after Rd10 in Term 3 and see the development of our teams. Our aim in the Prep is to focus on the process not the outcome. The benefit of focusing on the process includes maximising potential, enjoyment and learning. When teams focus on the outcome i.e. we need to win; we need to score more points, it does not provide a constructive methodology in achieving sporting success. By focusing on the process i.e. we need to work as a team the outcome is focused on strategies and skills to maximise performance. We challenge parents to take the same approach as our coaches when communicating with the boys.

Avoid focusing on the outcome by asking questions like ‘Did you win?’ and ‘What was the score?’

Instead encourage boys to think more critically and constructively by focusing on the process – ‘How did the team go?’ ‘What did you do well?’ ‘What can you work on at training next session?’ This requires boys to increase their knowledge of the game, to evaluate performance and inevitably improve their own skills. This also leads to developing ‘thinking sportsmen’.

Good luck to Max Soepono and Leo Jaques (Basketball) and Finnlay Dyer (Tennis) who are representing NSWCIS at the state championships this week.

In Round 2 we play St Pius and Trinity in Football and Knox and St Augustine's in the Rugby.

Well done to all boys who took the field in Round 1 last Saturday, across the board there was some great Rugby played, especially considering teams had only trained together on one occasion. I’m sure that with another training under their belt teams will build on their performances from Round 1.

Last Thursday 3 May seven boys from the Prep 1st XV attended the IPSHA Rugby trials at Shore. It's great to be able to report that five boys gained selection and will go onto to represent IPSHA at the CIS Trials with the hope of making the CIS team to compete at the NSWPSSA Championships later in the year. Well done to Finnlay Bartlett, Leo Jaques, Thomas Norgard, Max Soepono and Charlie Ulcoq.

Mr James Bruce, Prep Rugby Coordinator

It was great to have Round 1 of Prep Football played under a clear and sunny skyline. With Rugby now joining Football at David Phillips (UNSW), it has really become the sporting hub of Prep Sport and will continue to reinforce the positive sports culture at Scots. This was exemplified through the sportsmanship and effort across all teams on Saturday.

Mr Greg Clarence, Prep Football Coordinator

Story of the Week - NSW Teams Racing State Championships

The NSW Team Sailing State Championships were held right near our new Brighton Campus. After three days of racing, the Scots 1st Team continued their season domination by winning. Congratulations to Hugo Stoner, Darcy McCracken, Cole Tapper, Sam Steinberg and James Watson! Thomas Whitehead in Year 7 has moved up from the sailing program in the prep squad to make him one of the youngest ever State Champions.

Scots 2nd Team struggled in a few races before finding their form leading to a Scots v Scots.

Both these teams have qualified for the National Championships in Victoria making Scots the only school representing NSW for the second time.

Kahu Millan is to be congratulated for his exceptional role after undertaking a Race Officer’s Course running many difficult technical elements of racing. Chief Officer Col Chidely, an internationally recognised and respected race official was extremely impressed with how efficient and professional Kahu was during the whole event.

A huge thank you to Gary Faulkner, Beau Junk, Matt Wales and Alex Marinelli and for doing such an amazing job coaching and leading our boys to excel in the sport of sailing.

Congratulations Scots Team Sailing!

Mr Beau Junk
Director of Sailing