The Backpage Term 2 Week 8

Last week, in the process of marking year 12 Science papers, I got derailed by an article in the copy of New Scientist sitting on staffroom table. The article took a scientific perspective on human nature and attempted to prove that in every human is an internal instinct that drives us to divide and separate but also, and more importantly, there exists an extinct that drives us to come together as a community. The scientist argued that there exists higher level and basic level instincts and that the instinct that drives us together falls within the higher level category, whereas the instinct that drives us apart fits within the lower. 

I’m not sure that I agree with everything the scientist wrote, but it did get me thinking about how sport has always been used as a catalyst to bring people together: schools, communities, cities, nations and in the case of the World Cup or the Olympics, even the entire world. Fortunately, throughout history, with the exception of a rare few examples, it has been used more as a tool to appeal to our higher nature of bringing us closer together.

On Wednesday, we held our Senior School Winter Sports Assembly. These assemblies are always one of my favourites, as they are an opportunity to bring all sports in the College together and to equally recognise those boys who have made the commitment to their chosen sport over their time at the College and as a result have the honour to represent our community on a championship team.

It was great to hear our sport captains speak. Across all sports, the message from the boys was clear.  They spoke about: the importance of committing to a team and caring for and supporting teammates, the importance of hard work and commitment to training and the pride they have in representing our College and supporting each other’s sports.

Saturday was a great example of a Scots Sport community supporting each other. I was impressed to see a number of Rugby and Football players, while waiting for their own matches, in the Den in the morning supporting our Volleyball teams. I then walked up to the Main Oval to see Volleyball and Football players on the sidelines cheering on our 3rd XV Rugby. I was incredibly impressed by our Rugby boys, who at the end of their matched welcomed our Football players, with a tunnel, onto the Main Oval.  From there 3rd XI through to 1st XI Football played some outstanding matches at home in front of a big crowd. A huge thank you to everyone involved in our community and in particular our Football Support Group for making this such a great event. The day finished with a great Rugby match out at Joeys, where I supervised our boys, who represented our College with pride.

As I drove home from Joeys, the New Scientist article I had read the week before popped into my mind and I couldn’t help but thinking how impressive our Scots Sport community is and if what was written in the article is true, how we are operating on our higher level instincts of bringing an entire community together.

Good luck to all of our boys this Saturday. We have a number of important fixtures, with our Football teams taking on top-ranked Riverview away and our Rugby teams kicking off their competition with a big home match against Newington on the Main Oval. I hope to see you all there.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we played Sydney Grammar in Football and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams played on Scots Main Oval for the first time in many years. The 1st XI playing some great football in a great 3-1 victory. Well done also to the 13A, 14A and 13C teams all with good wins.

Rugby was out at St Joseph’s and we had good results there as well. Well done to the 1st XV who had a 34-26 victory against a very good St Joseph’s team. It was great to see the 14A team have a good win 24-5. The 14's age group won 5 out of 6 games which was a great result. The 13B and 13D teams also having great wins.

Volleyball was outstanding last weekend against Riverview. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams all winning. This program is improving out of sight and these results reflect the change.

Fantastic results in Cross Country with the Opens team winning the Relay races out at Kings. This team has not given up hope of knocking off Sydney Grammar in the GPS competition.

Shooting had training out at Malabar.

This weekend we have Newington in Rugby and Riverview in Football.

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

The Mind Body Heart team would like to extend an invitation to all senior students to continue their athletic development journey throughout the holiday period. An abbreviated MBH timetable will be available during the break. It is a great opportunity to make some significant progress that will pay big dividends in the Winter sport season next term. Please find timetable of sessions below:

WHAT: S&C Sessions & Speed Sessions

WHEN: 6.30am-8am (S&C) and 8am-9.30am (Speed)

WHERE: John Solomon Gym (S&C) and Main Oval (Speed)

WHO: All students years 7-12 (Senior school)

As always come and get ‘the STRONG advantage’!

Senior Sports News

Cross Country


Rifle Shooting




Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

A primary objective of sport programs has been to promote lifelong participation in physical activity and sport for the lifelong health benefits. Research investigating motives for participation in physical activity and sport has indicated that enjoyment satisfaction is a primary motive for participation. How we measure success plays a significant role in student’s participation and enjoyment and this is intricately tied to our philosophy. In the Prep School our primary objectives are having fun and developing athletes physically, psychologically, and socially.

Should we place winning in front of the best interests of our athletes? Or do our athletes come first? In our effort to win, we must never forget that victory is a means not an end, that our basic purpose is to help our boys grow into ‘Fine Scotsmen’. We value the challenge of trying to win, however, as the famous coach John Wooden pointed out, winning is the result of doing many small things correctly. It does not occur by focusing only on winning. The statement by Vince Lombardi briefly summarizes this notion, "Winning isn't everything, but striving to win is." By adopting the philosophy that our individual's continued development is the most important, our athlete's journey towards success will be a valuable and enjoyable experience. We are fortunate at Scots to have a strong sporting philosophy and exceptional coaches to deliver this to our teams.

It was therefore pleasing to see the abundant success stories from Round 6 which included both wins and loses. However, what I did observe were some exceptional matches that demonstrated the significant development of our boys. These successes were not measured by the score line but from our boys determined efforts, playing as a team and having fun.

In round 7 fixtures our Football play Knox, St Patrick’s and Grammar and in Rugby we play Waverley, Kings and St Aloysius’. These are the final fixtures this term before resuming for rounds 8-12 in Term 3 on Saturday 28 July.


Once again there was plenty of effort and sportsmanship demonstrated in Round 6 and these attributes will be vital for the final round of term this coming weekend.

As the holiday break approaches I would encourage all football players to consider attending the Prep Football Holiday Clinic. It is a great opportunity to maintain their skills and work ethic over the holidays and will be run by some of our outstanding specialist coaches. Please see details below:

Prep Football Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Waverley Oval No. 2, Waverley.

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Pleaseclick here

Contact: Mr Greg Clarence

Mr Greg Clarence, Preparatory Football Coordinator


With a very successful season to this point it is important that we continue to work on our skills over the holiday period to ensure that we finish the Season as we have started it. For those of you who are interested there will be a Prep Rugby Clinic running during the first week of the Holidays, see details below:

Prep Rugby Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Woollahra Oval #1. O’Sullivan Rd, Rose Bay

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Please click here

Contact: Mr James Bruce -

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


During week 5, Years 2 to 6 participated in our annual Athletics trials. The trials were slightly affected by the weather meaning we still need to trial Year 3 in high jump, this will be done before the end of term. The conditions were not easy and the boys should be congratulated for their effort and application in some extreme conditions.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jay McKenzie (Year 6) who has been announced as our 2018 Captain of Athletics. Jay has been an ambassador for Prep Athletics and his dedication and commitment to training is second to none. Well done, Jay. I look forward to working with you as we begin our very busy Athletics season. A reminder to those students interested in Athletics and Cross Country that we are currently running additional training sessions every Monday and Wednesday morning, 7:15am to 8:15am on the Senior School Main Oval.

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Cross Country

On Thursday 14 June 11 members of the Prep Cross Country team competed at the NSWCIS Primary Cross Country Championships.

The following boys represented the IPSHA Cross Country team: Tom MacKay, Daniel Ibrahim, Conrad Blackwell-Smith, Athan Karabalios, Cesare Peroni, Harry Kyle, Alexander Reid, George Verco, Jay McKenzie, Harry Cooper and Oscar Levy.  All members competed outstandingly well on the day with six of the eleven boys finishing within the top 10 of their event.

The following boys finished within the top six of their event and were selected to represent the NSWCIS Cross Country team at the NSWPSSA Cross Country Championships on Friday 27 July 2018: Daniel Ibrahim (U10s), Alex Reid (U11s), Harry Kyle (U11s) and George Verco (U12/13s). Good luck boys!

A special mention goes to the U10s Cross Country team (Daniel Ibrahim, Conrad Blackwell-Smith, Athan Karabalios, Cesare Peroni) who won their age groups team event.

Congratulations to all boys on a fantastic seasons thus far.

Mr Ben Thomas, Prep Coordinator Cross Country

Story of the Week - Cross Country CIS Championships  

Last week was for a super week for Cross Country at The Scots College. On Thursday 14 June, 18 boys made the CIS Cross Country Championships which is a superb number of boys and illustrates how the sport is growing every year at the College.

Ryan Lui started the day off with a great race in the U18 and was selected to represent the state later in July. Max Freer followed suit in the U17 finishing 6th also gaining selection for the state.

In the U17 along with Max Freer, Matt Lowe, Luke Gosper and Charlie Verco went on to win the team event for that age group, which is a great result and well deserved for all of those boys.

Max Freer, Matt Lowe, Luke Gosper and Charlie Verco have a great Cross Country season so far this season and deserve their success of being the best U17 Cross Country team in the CIS.

Well done boys and keep up the great work.  

Mr Matthew Williams

Director of Athletics & Cross Country

Kings Relay Bronze - James Wily, Max Freer, Luke Gosper and Ryan Lui (left to right)

James Wily at Kings Relay (above)

Max Freer at King’s Relay (above)

Luke Gosper at Kings Relay (above)

Ryan Lui at Kings Relay (above)