The Backpage Term 3 Week 1

Welcome back to the start of an exciting term 3 of Sport at Scots.  

This week the College staff had the opportunity to listen to a presentation from Dr John Haldene from St Andrew’s University and amongst a list of distinguished positions that he holds is described as one of the current top 50 philosophers in the world. In his presentation he spent a significant amount of time discussing how the boys that we teach and coach live in a space and time and community that they have arrived at without their control. When asked by one of our staff, “what is the best advice that we can give those boys?” His response was: “teach them that they have a mind and that they are in control of it.”  I have long been convinced that the most important thing that we can teach our boys is that, through the choices that they make in committing to their training, that they have the opportunity to control the improvements that they make. It is by no surprise, that the boys who learn this in sport also tend to have success in all areas of their lives. Over the holiday, Scots Sport has been very busy, with a significant number of boys travelling, competing and training in their sports. In certain points during the holiday, the sport area seemed busier than it is during the term. I had the opportunity to visit a number of Colleges over my holiday and what stuck out to me was just how committed our coaching staff and boys are through this time in comparison. Please see below an overview of the Scots Sports holiday program.

I would like to personally thank all of the staff involved in providing such rich opportunities for the boys, the parents who travelled to support their sons on tours and the boys themselves for their buy-in and commitment. Well done!

Cross Country/Athletics

The Cross Country program during the July break was an opportunity to strengthen running skills and endurance amongst the boys. It was impressive to see the number of boys who attended the program with the largest ever attendance and their commitment. It was an opportunity to commit to running sessions and a combination of core strengthening and stretching. This will be a core group of cross country runners who will work towards a position in the team heading into the World Cross Country event in 2019.


The Mind Body Heart program continued smoothly throughout the winter holidays. Amongst a steady flow of students, we also hosted a number of international guests to our facilities. The IBSC Pre-Conference found delegates from England, USA, India, Peru and Canada touring and tasting a student experience of both the John Solomon Sports Club and Forbes Carlile High Performance Centre. Also, 83 year 10 students from Shanghai participated in a modified Mind Body Heart testing battery during their Scots experience. Welcome back and good luck for the remainder of the winter sport season!


The Junior Academy Sessions were very well supported this year with over 50 boys attending each day at Waverley Oval. It was a great opportunity for our boys to train with our core coaches and with boys from different year groups. The standard was excellent and I am confident those boys who attended will return fit and ready to go for the remaining four games of the season.

The Senior Program were involved with three sessions during the final week of the holidays. Our focus was preparing for our final four games against SBHS, Shore, Joeys and Kings.


The Scots College U14 and 16 Rugby Teams (52 boys) travelled to the Gold Coast to compete in the annual Gold Coast Rugby Carnival. The Carnival is held over 6 days and schools from all over Australia and New Zealand travel to compete in 6 games against each other.

Both the U14 and 16 teams were runners up in their division with the U14s playing some really entertaining football during the week, to record strong wins over Rotarua and Hale before showing some real conviction in defence in going down to the team from Penrith.

The U16 got off to a slow start with a draw against NZ team Taupo, but then went on to play some real razzle dazzle football to record strong wins against Downlands College and The Cyclones finally losing a very hard fought and physical game to St Pats College from NZ.

The boys had lots of fun away from the footy field with a day at each Dreamworld and Wet & Wild and then finishing with the closing Ceremony at The Outback Spectacular.

It was a wonderful week with the boys learning some important life skills in working as a team both on and off the field.

In Senior Rugby, NSW 1 have claimed the National Schools Championship against NSW 2 29 - 19. Well done to all boys who participated in the championships and boys who played in the final.

New South Wales have claimed more than half of the spots in the extended 2018 Australian Schoolboys squad following a successful week-long Australian Schools Championship at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview.

Congratulations to the four Scots boys who have been named in the extended Australian Schools Squad - Will Harris, Jeremy Williams, Seb Strang and Fred Tricks.


Over the holidays, the Volleyball program had 3 days of squad specific sessions, with boys from all squads invited to train with speciality coaches in the Lions Den. On Thursday and Friday 19 and 20 July we had our 'Come and Try' Volleyball training sessions were we had girls and boys aged 8-13 come and try Volleyball. Our coaches worked with students to develop their love of Volleyball and to introduce them to the game. It was very well attended and we were at capacity with students from a number of different local schools.

Coaches: Congratulations to Dimitri who has been selected to trial for the Australian Volleyball team down at the AIS this week.

Prep Football

The Prep Football Clinic was held in the first week of the holidays at Waverley Oval. With the World Cup heating up in Russia the enthusiasm from the boys was excellent. The clinic was well received with over 35 boys in attendance each day. Thank you to those boys who attended the clinic, the extra training will certainly help for the remainder of the season.

Prep Rugby

The Prep Rugby clinic was held in the first week of the holidays down at Woollahra Oval #1. The clinic had a great turn out of boys with about 45 boys per day all working hard on developing their skills in preparation for the final 3 rounds of the season.

Term 3 is always an exciting time of the year with: the culmination of the winter sports season, the lead-up to AAGPS Athletics marking the end of the 2018 sport year and the changeover to summer sport and the start of the 2019 AAGPS season. Scots is committed to providing the best learning opportunity for boys in sport. As part of this we expect boys to make a commitment to the sports that they choose. This will allow them to reach their full potential. A reminder to all boys and parents in the Senior College that we will continue to follow the 1, 2, 3 Policy where we expect boys to increase their commitment to their chosen sport as they progress through the College. Boys in year 7 will be expected to make their year 8 + 9 choices and boys in year 9 will be expected to make their senior choices over the next few weeks.  We will be sending out further information in coming weeks. Please take the time to speak to your boy about the choices he would like to make in sport. All information about Scots Sport can be found on SchoolboxHERE.

Good luck to all of our boys this Saturday.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Welcome back to Term 3. Well done to all the boys who had camps and tours and also played representative sports over the break.

We wish the Shooting team the best of luck as they compete for the GPS titles this week.

This weekend we take on Riverview and Sydney Boys High in Rugby and then Sydney Boys in Football. Volleyball are taking on Sydney Grammar in the Lions Den. We have only 4 more weeks of Winter sport left before the Athletics seasons begins. We wish all teams the best of luck for the remaining 4 weeks.

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

The Mind Body Heart team would like to welcome all students back to school for the start of term three. I must commend the students that continued with their athletic development journey throughout the break. The discipline and dedication to growth and improvement is impressive. I would also like to highlight the numbers of students selected to represent at both state and national levels in Rugby. This is truly an incredible result and a testament to the hard work that has accumulated over the years in this level of achievement realised.

I would like thank and congratulate two members of the team that will be moving on into new roles outside of Scots later this term. Mr Chris Epakis has made a valuable contribution to the MBH team over the last few years and will be taking up a position at the Aspire Academy in Qatar. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Chris and a valuable life and professional experience. Mr Maxim Grishchenkov will also be moving out of a full-time role at Scots to pursue his private coaching with aspiring track athletes. Maxim will still be assisting the MBH team in a reduced capacity. Maxim has made a large contribution to the Movement competency program that underpins the broader MBH pathway.

We are excited for a big term ahead! As always come and get ‘the STRONG advantage’!

Senior Sports News

Cross Country


Rifle Shooting




Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

It was great to see so many boys attend the rugby and football clinics during the holidays. They are great opportunities to play with mates and improve performance and the improvement in these boys was evident. Likewise, as we head into the final three rounds of winter sport it is impressive to observe how far our boys have developed from round 1. This is not by chance and it is not simply because our boys are inherently talented. For the most part this improvement is due to practice. There is an old saying that ‘practice makes perfect’. However, practice alone is not sufficient. Research says that the type of practice is critical. This is because it's not just practice that makes perfect. It's practicing intelligently that improves performance. Specifically, it has been found that variable practice i.e. game like challenges that require decision making as opposed to rote practice or repetition of a simple skill makes the biggest improvement to performance. During the key post practice period when the brain processes and retains the lessons it has just learned — known by neuroscientists as the consolidation phase — mixing tasks and adding an element of thinking pays off.

We are very fortunate to have an exceptional coaching team with a focus on creating thinking sportsmen. We prefer to ask boys questions than to tell them the answers. We create situations at training that require problem solving rather than closed skills. Tedium is bad for the brain. In constant practice, people go into auto mode and are not required to think. In variable practice, your brain is more actively engaged and actively processing information, which allows it to hold information better. Our brain is like a muscle, and when it gets a good workout, it gets stronger. By investing in the philosophy of working smarter we are seeing our boys more engaged, motivated and subsequently we see that their performance is improving.

Good luck to our Prep First Rugby and Football Tour Squads as they travel to Queensland for the Annual Winter Sport Tour. Our teams are hosted by The Southport School with games against Southport, Iona, A B Paterson and All Saints.

In Round 8 Fixtures we play Trinity, St Aloysius and Grammar in Football; and St Patrick’s, Kings and Knox in Rugby.

Rugby League

In the last week of Term 2 three members from the Prep 1stXV were part of the Primary CIS Rugby League team who competed at the NSWPSSA Carnival in Mudgee. It was only the second time that CIS had entered a team into the competition and it was the first time that Scots had any boys selected in the side. After 6 very gruelling matches, CIS found themselves in the final against Sydney West and whilst they didn’t manage the win it was still a great achievement considering it was only the second time that CIS had been involved. On an individual note, it is great to be able to report that the three Scots boys Finnlay Bartlett, Leo Jaques and Charlie Ulcoq all made the State team and will compete at the School Sport Australia National Carnival in Adelaide in 3 weeks time.

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


Welcome to Term 3. A reminder that our House Athletics Carnival is on Thursday 9 August. Can I ask that all parents please complete the Online Permission and Transport Form which was emailed out on Thursday 28 June. This is now overdue. Please liaise with your classroom teacher if your transport arrangements change. Boys will attend House meetings prior to the carnival and a final parent email with the most up to date program will be sent out prior to the carnival.

Monday and Wednesday training will continue this week and will run for the remainder of the term. I would urge all our Prep Athletes to attend these sessions if possible. A reminder that these session are held on the Senior School Main Oval and commence at 7:15am.

Please contact me directly if you have not received the relevant information regarding the House Athletics Carnival.

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Cross Country

This Friday 27 July we have the largest number of boys who will run as part the NSWCIS Team at the NSWPSSA Cross Country Carnival held at Eastern Creek. These boys having been training incredibly hard over the past month since the NSWCIS Carnival and I have no doubt they will perform at their very best on Friday. Good luck boys!

Mr Ben Thomas, Preparatory Cross Country Coordinator

Stories of the Week -

Story 1 - Charles Hoffman Selected for Australian Water Polo Tour

Congratulations to Charles Hoffman for his selection into the Born 2003 squad to represent Australia for the upcoming training tour to Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and the 10th Darko Čukić Memorial Tournament Belgrade (Serbia), 28 July – 14 August 2018.

Charlie attended the Australian selection camp at the AIS in June, where he impressed the selectors with a solid performance which resulted in him being selected in the Australian junior team.

His hardwork & dedication to training has been rewarded by his inclusion in the First 13 team since year 7, having won three GPS premierships during this time. Charlie is fine representative of a true Scots boy who strives for excellence. We would like to wish Charlie good luck representing Australia overseas.

Charles Hoffman(pictured above)

Story 2 - Rugby - NSW 1 claim National Championship & Australian Schoolboys Selection

NSW 1 have claimed the National Schools Championship against NSW 2 29 - 19. Well done to all boys who participated in the championships and boys who played in the final.

New South Wales have claimed more than half of the spots in the extended 2018 Australian Schoolboys squad following a successful week-long Australian Schools Championship at St Ignatius’ College, Riverview.

Also, congratulations to the four Scots boys who have been named in the Australian Schools Squad - Will Harris, Jeremy Williams, Seb Strang and Fred Tricks.

Story 3  - Sailing European 420 World Championships

Scots sailors Cole Tapper (10) and Tyler Creevey (9) have teamed up in the 420 class to represent Australia in the 420 world championships. Over the term break the boys travelled to Portugal to compete in European championships. The boys sailed a very consistent regatta and walked away as European Champions. Following the event Cole jumped straight on a plane and met the Scots boys in Melbourne.  

Story 4 - Basketball Under 16 Championships

Congratulations to Matt Wacher (Year 10) and Tedi Yaghoubian (Current 1sts Basketball Coach) on their recent success at the 2018 Under 16 National Championships which was held in the Sunshine Coast over the June/July holiday break. Matt was a key contributor for his side who brought home the Bronze Medal after beating South Australia Country in the Bronze Medal game. Matt is also to be commended on his appointment to captain the NSW Metro Under 16 side throughout the course of the tournament. His success and performance earned him selection in the National Performance Program which is a squad selected from the tournament comprising of players from all over Australia. We look forward to watching Matt continue his success into the upcoming basketball season for Scots. Well done!

Tedi and Matt (pictured above)

Matt Wacher (pictured above)