THE BACKPAGE Term 2 Week 4

It has been one of the highlights of this term for me; working with year 7 boys in their tutor groups, introducing them to our new goal setting platform within the Mind Body Heart program.  It is easy to get completely focused on performance and wins and lose track of some of the most important lessons that can be learned from sport win things aren’t going your way. The most interesting part, for me, of meeting with groups of our year 7 students was listening to their views and opinions on sport.  The consistent message that I have heard from all of them is: the vulnerability that they feel as year 7’s walking into a gym and sport program, competing against their peers and boys in older year groups.

An article in this week’s Good Weekend “How vulnerability became sport’s winning weapon” highlights the importance of the humanistic side of sport, with a number of high-profile examples of clubs and organisations that have taken on board the importance of team members discussing more difficult topics and opening up to what makes them feel vulnerable in order to be more successful and cohesive as a unit.

One of the top 5 Ted Talks of all times with more than 34 million is “The Power of Vulnerability” where American professor Brene Brown discusses her research on a trend that she noticed in the way humans connect.  Her hypothesis is that the most powerful conversations that you can have with anyone is about the things that make you feel most vulnerable. It is a willingness to share these moments that make us feel most connected.

I will be working with our entire year 7 cohort on goal-setting to improve attendance, participation and performance in our Mind Body Heart program before rolling out the entire platform to all age groups in the College.  I suspect that one of the most powerful aspects of doing this will be the conversations that will be initiated as a result of the program between tutors and boys. Could I urge you all as parents of boys, to discuss the Mind Body Heart program with your sons and listen to their concerns, worries and vulnerabilities.  This may have the biggest impact on their development and performance.

Congratulations to the boys on another good Saturday of sport against Grammar and Waverley.  This Saturday promises to be exciting with our Football taking on Shore to remain undefeated in the plate competition, Volleyball playing away at Newington, Cross Country looking for a big win at Centennial Park and some exciting fixtures for Rugby on the Main Oval against St Augustine’s.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we played Rugby vs Waverley and in Football we had Sydney Grammar.

In Rugby the 1st XV game was a very hard game with Scots kicking away with a 45-19 victory. The 2nd XV had a closer contest getting up in a close game 15-12.

Well done to the 14s age group who had only one loss in 6 games with the 14As going down to Waverley. Well done to the 13As who were the only A team to win with a 26-7 victory.

Football had a great weekend with the 1st XI having a fantastic 1-0 victory over Sydney Grammar and the 2nd XI having a draw. This is a really good result and is testament to the work Football is putting in on and off the field.

Volleyball had games against Cranbrook. The Opens winning all 3 games except the 1sts who went down in three sets.

Well done to the Junior Cross Country who tied for first place on the weekend. The Opens and Intermediate team finishing 4th.

This weekend we play St Augustine’s and St Pius in Rugby and then Shore in Football.

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

The Mind Body Heart team are encouraging all athletes to attend the Speed sessions (Tuesday & Thursday morning). Speed is a critical fitness component and one that gives those who possess it a real competitive advantage. The Mind Body Heart Pathway is designed to develop the athlete holistically and takes a long term approach. Now is the time to reflect on your MBH report and look at how you can turn your weak areas into areas of strength. If you would like more advice on what is best for you and your chosen sport please make an appointment to meet with staff from the MBH team so that they can help customise the best schedule for you. Remember to download the app and register for all sessions prior to turning up. There have been a number of dominant performances across all sports over the weekend and this is a testament to the hard work going in to the physical preparation in the MBH program. It is not too late to start your journey! Come and get ‘The STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News

Cross Country


Rifle Shooting




Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Sport is an integral component of the Scots experience and brings together our community on the sidelines each Saturday. ‘Let Kids be Kids’ is a national campaign that addresses sideline behavior - largely in junior sport. The behavior of people on the sidelines of junior sport can have a profound impact on kids' participation and enjoyment of sport.  Watch thisvideo where children talk about how they feel about comments from the sideline.

The message being sent is clear: let kids have fun and do what they love. On the sports field, ‘Let kids be kids’. Parents all want their children to shine on the sports field. Yet there’s nothing that will dull a child’s sparkle more than having parents and spectators pressure them from the sidelines. What they hear can have a marked impact on them for the rest of their sporting lives. Some may rise above it. Many can’t. I look forward to seeing parents on the sidelines watching their kids be kids!

In the week ahead we have rugby vs Kings and Grammar and football vs St Patricks, Grammar and Cranbrook. We also commence our Athletics Trials in PDHPE in preparation for the House Athletics Carnival.

Rugby League

On Wednesday 23 May seven boys from our Prep 1stXV made the trip to Penrith to attend the NSWCIS Rugby League trials. This will be the second consecutive year that CIS have entered a Primary Boys Rugby League into the State Carnival and after finishing 14th in their first year are looking at building on their results in 2018. We wish the Scots boy involved all the best at the trials.

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


We will be conducting Athletics trials during Weeks 5. These trials allow us to place boys in heats for the 100m event. It also allows boys to qualify for Division A or B finals in the field events. The schedule is listed below:

Thursday 31 May

Period 1 and 2 - Year 2

Period 3 and 4 - Year 6

Period 5 and 6 - Year 5  

Friday 1 June

Period 3 and 4 - Year 3

Period 5 and 6 - Year 4  

House Athletics Carnival

This year our House Athletics Carnival is on Thursday 9 August. The event will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Competition Arena. Please be sure to keep this day free. The boys love the support and it certainly contributes to the carnival atmosphere.

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Story of the Week - Thomas Bedingfield & Hugh O'Neill- NSW All Schools team

Thomas Bedingfield & Hugh O'Neill are currently spending this week in Perth representing NSW Water Polo All Schools Team at the Australian All Schools trials. We wish them all the best for this week and  further selection. Their results will be published in next week's Back Page. 

Hugh O’Neill (pictured)