The Backpage Term 3 Week 7

When I first started teaching and coaching I read a lot of biographies of some of the best coaches in the world.  What struck me about all of these books was the common traits amongst the coaches. On the surface level, the first thing that you recognise is extreme levels of intensity and passion, but when you dig deeper you start to pick up some common philosophies.  A large number of professional coaches from varying sports discussed their interest in Greek philosophy and the most common philosophy mentioned was that of the Stoics and in particular the philosophy outlined by Seneca the Younger in his Moral letters to Lucifius.

Why am I talking about ancient Greek philosophy?  In Seneca’s letters comes a tremendous amount of wisdom that, if applied today, would lead to success, not only sport but likely in all areas of life.

Seneca said: “There are only a few who control themselves and their affairs by a guiding purpose; the rest do not proceed; they are merely swept along, like object afloat in a river.”  I am driving to Perisher this afternoon to watch our boys as they compete at the National Snowsports Championships. It is well publicised that we have been the leading Snowsports schools in Australia over the past decade. This is not by random chance but by a tremendous vision and purpose driven by Director Andy Kovari. Our Snowsports team, already NSW Championships will have tough competition but  will be confident in the program that has provided a controlled approach over many years to get the boys to the level that they are at now. Good luck to all of our boys and coaches as they compete this week.

Seneca said: “The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”  What he meant by this was to focus on the things that are in your control in the present moment.  Doing this will give you the best chance of having success in the future. Athletics is a sport where, on the day of a big championships, there are so many things that can’t be controlled. One thing we work with the boys on is focusing on each training session, the effort that they are putting in and their commitment to doing things well. As a result of this they put themselves into the position to be successful. Our Athletics team are off to a great start already and will look to continue to improve this Saturday as they compete at E.S. Marks.

A reminder to all boys who are not currently in their competitive season that, setting goals, then training with purpose will lead to great success.  It’s great to see so many boys in the gym working on their fitness and already focusing on the upcoming summer season.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last week our Athletics Team went away to Narrabeen for our annual camp. This was a huge success and the boys got through a lot of work. The coaches were all very happy with the camp and the boys then headed to ES Marks for athletics carnival number 2. The results at the carnival were fantastic and the team is looking really good at this early stage.

All other sports are trialling at present and boys are being put into teams. This process will finish this week with some boys having to choose a second sport. This process is important with some sports limited by numbers.

This weekend we have carnival number 3 at ES Marks. We wish the boys luck as they head towards the AAGPS Championships on Saturday 22 September.

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

The term three Mind Body Heart testing day is fast approaching. It is critical that all boys complete this testing to the best of their ability. This information is used in a variety of ways. Most importantly it provides students with a measure of performance and allows them to assess the success of their actions and plan. Essentially it provides them the data to decide whether they are on course to achieve their physical goals. Secondly it provides data to the coaching team as to where their athletes sit physically and allows improved planning for the sports program. Finally it assists with selection purposes and allows coaches to select the most physically capable athletes for the sport requirements.

The MBH sessions have been swelling in numbers during the transition between winter and summer sports. I would like to encourage all students to continue registering online for the sessions and ensure that they have their attendance recorded each session. We look forward to welcoming more students to the MBH program throughout the summer season.

Come and get the STRONG advantage!

Senior Sports News

Cross Country


Rifle Shooting




Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster


The PSSA Rugby Union Carnival was held this past week in Coffs Harbour and it proved to be a very successful week for the four Scots representatives, Finnlay Bartlett, Leo Jaques, Thomas Norgard and Charlie Ulcoq all playing an integral part of the CIS team. After two strong wins on Day 1 against Hunter and Sydney East, the CIS side progressed to Day 2 and took on a very spirited Sydney West team in the quarter finals and after a very close first half CIS ran out strong winners and into the semi finals against Mackillop. The semi final proved to be the toughest test for the CIS team with the score locked at 12-12 with 5 minutes to go before a try in the final minutes saw them finish winners 19-12 and into the final against Sydney North on Day 3. Whilst the score of 20-0 showed an easy victory in the final for CIS it was anything but as the match was on a knife edge until two late tries put the result to bed and CIS were crowned champions for 2018! Special congratulations to Leo Jaques for his selection in the NSWPSSA 1st XV and Finnlay Bartlett and Charlie Ulcoq for their selection in the NSWPSSA 2nd XV. Well done to all involved!

Mr James Bruce and Mr Duncan Kendall, CIS Rugby Convener and CIS Rugby Coach


The Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Athletics Championships was held at SOPAC on Wednesday 29 August. The Scots College Preparatory School sent a team consisting of 24 athletes. Congratulations to the boys listed below for your selection in the Athletics team for 2018.

8 Years - Weichu Tan, Ryan Bennett, Samuel Jellins and Geordie Perks

9 Years - Jacob Collins, Oscar Groves, Hunter Norburn and Flynn Goold

10 Years - Daniel Ibrahim, Max Hogan, Nicolas Clarke and Conrad Blackwell-Smith

11 Years - Toby Pallett, Edward Johnstone, Tate Sirianni, Christian Kotis, Harry Kyle, Alexander Reid

12 Years - Jay McKenzie, Edward Lynch, Finlay Bartlett, Ethan Cox, Harry Cooper, George Verco and Hugo Arnott

All of our boys gave 100% and demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm and sportsmanship. Scots had 7 athletes qualify for CIS, including the Junior relay team.

Thank you to the parents who gave up their time to come and support the boys. Without your commitment and willingness to give up your time, our boys would not have the experiences that you help provide.

I would like to wish the boys who qualified for CIS the best of luck. The CIS Championship will be held on Thursday 13 September at SOPAC.

A reminder that there will be NO ATHLETICS TRAINING in week 10 of this term, due to the Year 5 and 6 camps to Ballarat and Canberra respectively. Keep up the good work!

Mr Andrew Goldrick, Preparatory Athletics Coordinator

Stories of the Week -

Story 1 - Athletics Camp at Narrabeen and season update

We are two competitions into the GPS athletics season and the team are in a great place.

Over 100 boys travelled up to the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen last week, where they were put through their paces. All the coaches have commented on the great atmosphere there is with the boys and they all seem to be happy and enjoying themselves while working hard in training.

This week we travel to ES Marks for the penultimate invitational carnival, where the boys get to sharpen up on their performances. The competition among the boys in the College is of a high standard and the boys realise it, knowing everything counts.

We have an exciting couple of weeks ahead and are looking forward to the GPS Championships on September 22.

Mr Matthew Williams, Director of Athletics and Cross Country

Junior High Jump (pictured above)

Campbell Pert - Long Jump (pictured above)

Charlie Burgess-Hoar and Oliver Haase - Hurdles (pictured above)

Story 2 - “Night in Rio” fundraiser

On Friday 31 August, Rio's Legacy held its first official fundraising event, a "Night in Rio" to help children with a terminal illness and their families. Rio's Legacy was honoured to host the wonderful staff from Bear Cottage at the Brazilian themed gala held at The Easts Rugby Club. With over 150 guests in attendance, the night brought together the spirit of friendship, fun, love and community awareness in efforts to raise much needed funds for such a worthy cause.

With Scots very own Old Boy Billy Smith leading the way as the charities inaugural Ambassador, volunteer services from current and Old Boys of the College and members part of the Scots wider community, the evening was a huge success in wanting to make a difference for children with a terminal matter how short their lives.

A special thanks to Samba Brazilian Entertainment for their performance in entertaining the crowd.  All up a Night in Rio was able to raise close to $40,000 which is truly amazing and we cannot thank everyone involved enough for this. Your generosity is remarkable.

On behalf of the Rio's Legacy team and my dear son Rio, thank you in helping us to honour and raise awareness for children like Rio, who have a terminal illness...because to us they are so fearfully and wonderfully made.  

Mr Ryan Fowler, Director of Tennis Development/PDHPE Teacher/Royle Assistant Housemaster

Scots Old Boys and current students supporting Rio’s Legacy (pictured above)

Brazilian dancers (pictured above)

Karen Fowler and Billy Smith (pictured above)