The Backpage Term 3 Week 6

This morning I had the opportunity to visit the 105 boys from our Senior School Athletics team who are away this week on the Athletics camp at Narrabeen. When I arrived, the boys were split into 3 conference rooms where they were being supervised on a 2 hour study block. This camp has been a highlight for the Athletics boys for the best 6 years and is a key component of preparing our boys to achieve their best at the upcoming GPS Championships. I have always been a firm believer that the two most important things for success in team sports is creating an environment where athletes put the interests of the team ahead of their own and develop a culture of pushing each other in training, with hard work and commitment valued over individual greatness or success. It was amazing to see our year 11 boys, between their training sessions, working together and helping each other with their studies, applying the same principles that we speak about when talking about training successfully on a track or in the field. On Saturday, we had our first GPS lead-up carnival and Scots was in early season fine form, with a huge number of boys competing and even more importantly staying to the end of the carnival to provide support for their teammates. This Saturday, this team competes at ES Marks. We look forward to another great performance from our boys as they prepare for the upcoming Championships.

A big thank you to both the Sailing and Football Support Groups who have put in a huge effort organising outstanding end of year functions this week for their sports. This is a great opportunity for these communities to come together and celebrate the successes that both these sports have seen this season.

Over the next few weeks, boys in the Senior School will be involved in trials for our upcoming GPS summer sport season. It should be the goal of every Scots boy to aim to represent our College in one of these sports teams. A reminder that the gym is open every morning and afternoon to all boys in the College. Those boys who are making the biggest commitment to their training are, without surprise, seeing the biggest improvements and success in their sports.

Good luck to our Athletics team this Saturday and to all boys as they trial for their summer sports.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was the first of four Athletics meets before GPS Athletics. It was great to see so many Scots boys out at Homebush for the Trinity and St Aloysius track meet. Well done to all boys competing for the first time. Highlights were Iwo Ellis running very good times in 100m, 200m and 400m. A good tussle in the 17s with Jack Murdoch and Jack Mossman sharing the honours in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Also well done to Max McCathie in the 15s and Hamish Dunstan in the 16s.

This weekend we are at ES marks for the second Athletics meet.

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

The transition from winter to summer sport is now well underway. The MBH team have been meeting with all summer sport directors and their coordinators to explore how we can best support their programs and provide opportunities for their athletes to have a competitive advantage. The MBH team have been looking into ranking athletes in each program based on the physical competencies they demonstrate in the MBH testing. These rankings will allow sport coaches and directors to understand the needs of their program as well as help with team selection.

It is important that all students take up the opportunity to become BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER and more resistant to injury. Students should take an active role in setting their physical goals and setting up their MBH training schedules to give them the best opportunity to compete this summer season.

Sessions can be scheduled using the MBH app (years 8-12) or the MBH dashboard (year 7 only). The next round of MBH testing will be coming up later this term and provides a great chance to get a benchmark on physical ability.

We look forward to seeing you there. Come and get the STRONG advantage!

Senior Sports News

Cross Country


Rifle Shooting




Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

This week we begin our House AFL competition, which will run over the next two Wednesdays of sports practice. We have many boys playing outside of school with four selected for NSWCIS and one in the NSWPSSA Team. It is great to see all boys bringing their respective skills from football and rugby into a modified form of AFL for some House spirit.


Good luck to our 5 NSWCIS Rugby Reps who are competing at the NSWPSSA Championships in Coffs Harbour this week. The team is coached by Mr Kendall and managed by Mr Bruce.

James Bruce,Prep Coordinator of Rugby


The Newington Invitational was held on a chilly morning out at SOPAC on Saturday. Congratulations to all our Athletes for their superb effort and application at the event. We were very well represented in all events and it was great to see the blue and gold up there in the top three in most races.  Our attention now turns to the IPSHA carnival which will be held this week at SOPAC Competition Arena. I wish all our athletes the best of luck for the day. I would also like to thank in advance the parents for their support throughout the athletics season. I know how busy your boys are and we appreciate everything you do for them.

Andrew Goldrick, Prep Coordinator of Athletics

Story of the Week - Rugby Representations - Jack Maddocks and Brett Wellington

Well done to Scots Old Boy Jack Maddocks who played in his first rugby run on test match against New Zealand on the weekend. Jack scored a try when he came off the bench in the first Test and then earned a starting spot in the second Test.

Also well done to Brett Wellington who was selected late to join Fred Tricks in The Australian Barbarians team. With Will Harris, Jeremy Williams and Seb Strang in the Australian Schoolboys team.