The Backpage Term 3 Week 8

This past Sunday I took my 6-year-old son to get his hair cut.  As I was sitting waiting for him I picked up a copy of an old ruffled Men’s Health magazine.  In it, was an article titled, simply, “What does it mean to be a man?”  After reading the article, I was left with a sense that the author clearly didn’t know the answer to his own question.

We live in a time where the definition and traditional values of masculinity are constantly being challenged by the media.  Because of this, a great boys school plays a very significant influence in teaching boys this lesson. When you ask most boys what it means to be a man, the usual answers revolve around wealth, athletic prowess and attractiveness to the opposite sex.  At Scots we believe that the ultimate aim of our education is to help students acquire a knowledge of the truth — of God, society and the world — so that they are better prepared to serve in their families and the wider world, to the glory of God and for the welfare of others. Really, what this aim of our education is, is the definition of how to be a good man.   

Sport can play a role in teaching this to boys by:

1.     Giving a forum to teach and display a value structure

2.     Giving boys an opportunity through teams to put the welfare of others at the forefront of their actions.

I would like to congratulate Andy Kovari, Clive Tanner and our Snowsports team and community on another successful National Championships where both the Senior and Prep schools took home national titles.  Our Snowsports program is a great example of the above in action where boys are taught the values of hard work and commitment and are successful as a result of putting the outcome of a team first. This is displayed by the boys willingness to enter events and put forward a strong effort outside of their own disciplines in an attempt to score as many points for the team.

Next Saturday,  our Athletics team competes at the AAGPS Championships.  The strength of this team, similar to Snowsports, has been on the values of hard work and commitment to training combined with a team-first mentality not often seen in individual sports. Good luck to our boys as they compete this Saturday at SOPAC in their final preparation for the Championship.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend was the 3rd Athletics carnival at ES Marks before GPS next weekend. Well done to all Scots boys who competed in wet and blustery conditions. Some really good times by all boys and the team is tracking really well leading up to the last trial meet this weekend. This weekend the team is at Homebush. Scots and Knox are hosting and it should be a really good meet with high temperatures forecast for Saturday.

The first round of trialling has finished  with boys having to select another sport if they haven't made a team in their first choice. This process takes a month with boys moving around and settling into new sports.

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

“Comfort is the enemy of achievement!”

In order to grow you must be challenged, you must avoid being comfortable. Adaptation physically, occurs when the body has been challenged by a stimulus. The body then through adequate recovery processes (sleep, nutrients etc) will super compensate to deal with future stimulus. This leads to improvement and progress. The Mind Body Heart team understand the value of challenging athletes and applying stimulus to facilitate growth and development. There are a range of sessions on offer that target all the major fitness components that are a valuable currency in sports. I would encourage all students to get started on their journey and leverage off all the opportunities available to them in the MBH program. Take charge of your destiny and book into your next session using the MBH app!

Holidays are fast approaching and as always the MBH team will be offering opportunities to continue to get BIGGER, FASTER, FITTER and STRONGER. An abbreviated timetable will be available for all students wishing to continue making progress on their athletic journey. Please view sessions available during holiday period 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

Summer Sport resumes this week (Week 8). Boys continue in their Sports from Term 1 for Rounds 7 to 12 in Term 4. Wednesday Sports practice and Additional Skills morning sessions commence in Week 8.

We have various Clinics during the Term 3 holidays. Please see below for details and links. For any queries regarding camps or for specific Sports, please contact the relevant Master in Charge.

Prep Sport Clinics Term 3 Holidays (October 2018)

Sport/Area: Prep Water Polo –Click here

Date: Monday 15 October, 2018

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Venue: The Scots College Pool

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: $45

Organiser: Elisha Smith


Sport/Area: Prep Spring Holiday Aquatic clinic –Click here

Date: Tuesday 2, Thursday 4 October 2018 or

Date:Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 October 2018

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Venue: The Scots College Pool

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: $60

Organiser: Yvette Higgins


Sport/Area: Prep Swimming personal stroke correction – Click here 

Date: Tuesday 2, Thursday 4 October 2018 or Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 October 2018

Time slots: 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm

Venue: The Scots College Pool

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: $50

Organiser: Yvette Higgins


Sport / Area: Prep Basketball – Click here

Date: Thursday 11 October, Friday 12 October  and Monday 15 October 2018

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Lion’s Den Gym (Senior School Campus)

Age / Year Group: Year 2  to Year 6

Cost: $90 for one day, $180 for 2 days, $270 for 3 days

Organiser: James Tracey

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Cricket –Click here

Date: Wednesday 10 Oct to Friday 12 October 2018

Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Fairfax Courts / Nets

Age/Year group:Year 3 to Year 6

Cost: $60 for one day, $120 for two days, $180 for three days

Organiser: Greg Clarence

Contact 1:

Sport/Area: Prep Tennis – Click here

Date: Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October 2018

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: Scots Macintyre Courts

Age/Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)

Cost: $90 per day or $400 for 5 days

Organiser: James Bruce

Contact 1:

For enquires about Summer Sports, please contact the respective Master in Charge.

  • MIC Basketball - Mr James Tracey:

  • MIC Cricket - Mr Greg Clarence:

  • MIC Sailing - Mr Nick Spencer:

  • MIC Tennis - Mr James Bruce:

  • MIC Water Polo - Ms Elisha Smith:

  • MIC Swimming - Mr Brent Wilsmore:

Stories of the Week -

Story 1 - Australian Interschool Snowsports Champions for the eleventh consecutive year!

Two hundred and fifty schools, comprising of over 3000 entries from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, WA, Tasmania and ACT qualified through their regional and state finals to compete in the Australian Interschool Snowsports Championships.

Scots emerged victorious after 5 days of grueling competition: Scots 238, Melbourne Grammar 152, The Kings School 92 points.

Scots teams won 12 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medals out of the 21 events.

James Johnstone was crowned individual Australian Champion in Division 3 Snowboardcross after a brilliant performance against quality opposition. Hugo Hinckfuss triumphed in the Cross Country with a convincing win over the field of many talented skiers. Fittingly, the co-captains Hugh McAdam and Lewis Kennedy-Hunt won the Nationals Titles in Alpine and Snowboard respectively. Also individually, Tom Davies (Alpine), Ben Matsumoto (Moguls), Lewis Kennedy-Hunt (Slopestyle Snowboard), Kody Pitt (Snowboard), Oliver Logan (Moguls) and Winston Kloster (Cross Country) achieved silver medals in their age groups.

On the podium in the bronze medal position in their respective age divisions were Marcus Mead (Alpine), Hugh McAdam (Skiercross),  James Huon (Alpine and Skiercross) and Kody Pitt (Slopestyle Snowboard).

Congratulations to all the boys in the team on their brilliant performances and excellent conduct during the Australian Championships.

National Champions (pictured above)

Story 2 - Sailing - Optimist Teams Racing Championships

Over the weekend six Scots sailors from years 5, 6 and 7 represented the College in the Optimist Teams Racing Championships. This event serves as a great training ground for future 1st and 2nds teams racing sailors. Scots Blue represented by Thomas Whitehead (Yr7) Jacob Marks (Yr6) and Ben Crafoord (Yr6) sailed incredibly consistently in a tricky oscillating breeze and secured an equal third place behind some older more experienced competitors.

Well done boys! The Scots sailing community is watching on as these young guns campaign towards the National Championships held in Hobart at the start of the 2019.

Scots Sailors (pictured above)