The Backpage Term 3 Week 4

Saturday is our last round of winter sport before moving into our Athletics season and the transition to summer sport. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our directors, coordinators, sport admin staff, and coaches for the tremendous amount of effort that they have put into sport at Scots throughout the winter season. I would also like to thank our support group presidents and parents; as I move from venue to venue each Saturday, I have no doubt that our boys have more support than any school I’ve seen.

Saturday was an exceptional community day at Scots with a huge crowd supporting our boys on the Main Oval. The amount of effort and coordination that goes into the planning and running of these days is huge. A big thank you to everyone involved in making such a great day and a great display of Scots community spirit. 

This Saturday is rare opportunity to see all of our 1sts and 2nds teams competing at the same venue.  This hasn’t happened for three seasons. On this rare opportunity we are provided the chance to show our boys the same support that they would on our own oval out at King’s. Volleyball, one of our fastest improving sports, will look to finish their season on a win in the morning, followed by our football teams (who haven’t lost a game this term) and culminating in Rugby going after it’s 6th straight 1st XV Premiership on the White Oval at 3.15pm. I invite everyone in our community to take this opportunity to provide every bit of support that we can muster as a community to get the boys across the finish line.

As we move into the Athletics and transition to summer sports in the senior school, we will be holding trials in boys chosen sports over the next 5 weeks.  Please check schoolbox regularly for all information about selection policies, procedures and dates. It is our goal to have every boy in the College in a sport where they are motivated to commit to their personal growth.

Again, thanks to such a great community.  I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday at Kings.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was our Back to Scots weekend with big crowds across all fixtures.

In Rugby on the Scots Main Oval, St Joseph’s spoiled the party with a magnificent try in the dying second to win the game. The final score was 38-34. This means that Scots needs to beat Kings this weekend to win the premiership.

The 2nd XV also went down unfortunately with the St Joseph’s team running away with a 41-10 victory. Not a great day on Scots Main Oval with all Opens teams going down. Well done to the 13's and 14's age groups who had victories in the B's, C's, D's and E's.

Football had some good results with the 1st XI locked in a scoreless draw with St Joseph’s and the 2nd XI winning 2-1. Well done to the 13's who didn't lose a game.

Volleyball had a tough fixture with all teams going down to very good Sydney Boys teams.

This weekend we are out at Kings for all fixtures. Good luck to the Rugby 1st and 2nd XV who can still win premierships.

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

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden

This week I had the privilege to observe the world famous All Black Rugby team during their strength and conditioning session held at The Scots College High Performance Centre as part of their preparation for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup fixture against the Wallabies.  The best seller ‘Legacy’ by James Kerr provides an insight into methods deployed by the All Blacks to drive high performance culture that have allowed them to achieve one of the most extraordinary success records in the history of sports. The methods have application that transcend the sporting arena and if applied can transform any individual or group towards improved success.

Whilst observing the All Blacks during their session I was struck by the authenticity of their collective culture. What I had read in the book was demonstrated in the mundane preparation away from the cameras and attention from the outside world. “A collection of talented individuals without personal discipline will ultimately and inevitably fail. Character triumphs over talent.” This quote from the book highlights what I had observed in practice. There is no doubt that they are talented individuals but watching how they go about their business behind closed doors is ultimately what sets them apart. They live their principles not just talk about them!

In many ways what we are trying to teach our boys through the Mind Body Heart Pathway is to learn and live the code and not just talk about it. The program is about personal growth and transformation and parallels many of the lessons observed in the All Black culture. A values based, purpose driven culture is the foundation of the MBH pathway. We value character, discipline, humility, accountability and personal ownership. We understand that these qualities will lead to success and need to be learnt early in life. We believe that by being a part of the MBH Pathway, students will be exposed to these concepts in a tangible way and will be provided with an opportunity to transform themselves. We believe that each year brings 365 opportunities!

Come and get the STRONG advantage and book in to your next MBH session!

Senior Sports News

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Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

There is strong scientific evidence that an important determinant of youth sport outcomes lies in the relationship between coach and athlete. It’s extremely satisfying then when I hear praise for the quality of our coaches and examples of how they are getting the best out of students. As I spoke to parents in the final rounds the overwhelming consensus was the excellent rapport our coaches have with the boys how and how this motivated them. I firmly believe this relates to the our mastery approach to coaching in which we promote a growth mindset. This is supported in the literature and is abundantly clear from the sidelines how this approach has resulted in the following: positive coach-athlete relations and greater mutual respect; increased enjoyment; greater team cohesion; increased athlete's’ self-esteem; and overall greater improvements in performance. Therefore it is no surprise how our boys continue to excel across all sporting domains. I would like to thank not only the coaches but also the parents who have contributed to this positive culture at Scots.

This week we commence our House Winter Sport Competition. This is always a highlight of the year as boys compete in their Houses in the winter sport options. Winter Sport Additional Skills have now concluded. Summer Sport including Additional Skills commence in Week 8. Congratulations to students selected in the Athletics Team and good luck as they start the representative athletics season with the South Harbour Invitational on Saturday at SOPAC. Good luck also to our Scots representatives participating preparing for the NSW Interschool Championships starting this weekend.


Congratulations to all Prep Footballers and coaches for their efforts and continued commitment this season. It is always pleasing watching the final round of Football whilst thinking back to when the season began. The rapport between players/coaches and even within the teams has consistently grown each week. Seeing the support and encouragement for each other up until the final whistle has been most rewarding to witness in action.  Well done to all involved in Prep Football for 2018!

Mr Greg Clarence, Preparatory Football Coordinator


After the Season began back in March, a very successful Rugby Season has come to an end. Across the board in 2018 the development of each and every individual within the Prep Rugby program has been significant and this is evident in both the level of enjoyment shown by the boys and from the results on the field. Across the ten teams who play the traditional format of the game we had a winning percentage of 80%. Not only do those percentages highlight the success of the program they highlight a great culture and a love of the great game of Rugby.

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


On Thursday 9 August, the annual Scots Preparatory School House Athletics Carnival was held at the SOPAC competition arena, which is a fantastic facility for both the competitors and spectators.

The day saw some wonderful competition but, more importantly, a high level of fun and sportsmanship. I would like to thank all the parents who came and supported the boys on the day. The boys love having you there and it certainly enhances the carnival atmosphere.

The final House standings were as follows:

1.     Edyvean

2.     Palmer

3.     Bell

4.     Palling

5.     Deane

6.     Spier

The age Champions for 2018 were as follows:

8 years         Weichu Tan & Geordie Perks

9 years         Hunter Norburn

10 years       Conrad Blackwell-Smith

11 years       Harry Kyle

12 years       Finnlay Bartlett

Training Sessions

Athletics training has commenced for the boys. A reminder that training is from 7:00am to 8:00am on the Senior School Main Oval. We have some fantastic coaches on board this year, so I am encouraging all our athletes to make the most of their knowledge and experience and get to as many sessions as possible.

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Story of the Week - Grace Hamilton playing Rugby for the 2018 Wallaroos

Grace is a member of the College sports administration team and coach of the Rugby 8th XV.

The below article is courtesy of “”.

‘Finally, my family will get to see me play for Australia at home, on the same soil as the men.’

Can you remember the first time you heard the Australian anthem? As in, the first time you heard it sung for a real, patriotic reason – not just at a school assembly?

I can’t actually remember my first time, but I’d bet good money that it involved my family and I watching a bunch of men in gold jerseys, belting out “Advance Australia Fair” before they took on the world’s best rugby teams.

I grew up watching rugby and the Wallabies, and it shaped my childhood in so many ways. Even my first crush was rugby related (Matt Burke, circa 1999 – I was seven years old, and thought he was the best player ever).

But I was always on the sidelines – cheering on Dad, cheering on my brother, cheering on my guy friends, cheering on the Wallabies.

Nowadays though, I’m cheering on my own teammates from the field.

Since I started playing rugby for real five years ago, it’s been a whirlwind of travel, tackles, parties, physio, beep tests and laughs.

As well as travelling all over the country, I’ve been lucky enough to play against girls from all over the world in the USA, New Zealand, Samoa and most recently to Ireland to play at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in front of sold-out stadiums.

And while it’s amazing to wear the gold jersey and sing the national anthem standing shoulder to shoulder with your best friends, we’ve never been able to do it at home, on the same stage as the boys.

Until now.

On Saturday 18 August, my teammates and I will run out on ANZ Stadium for our first double-header in our home country. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever worn the gold jersey at home.

And you might think is great for us, the players. But it’s so much more than that. This is our chance to represent not just our country, but the family and friends who’ve been supporting us since day one – before anyone really knew or even cared about women’s rugby.

For the first time, my grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends will be able to watch me represent my country without flying halfway across the world.

See, when we started playing rugby, playing a double-header at ANZ Stadium wasn’t something we could aspire to. The concept was probably laughable to many.

But now there are little girls who will watch us and know that they too can play rugby on the same field as the boys.

When they see us singing the anthem, they will see tall girls and short girls, big girls and small girls and they will know that regardless of their shape or size, they can play any sport and be damn good at it, too.

Who knows, maybe there’ll be little girls who grow up and remember that the first time they heard the national anthem was before watching a bunch of awesome women run into a stadium to do their country proud.

The Wallaroos play the New Zealand Black Ferns on Saturday 18 August, before the Wallabies Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium. For details and tickets, visit the ANZ Stadium website.

(Grace with her grandmother pictured above)