The Backpage Term 3 Week 9

Good luck to our boys competing at this Saturday’s AAGPS Athletics Championship. Our team of coaches, lead by Director of Athletics should be very proud of the effort and preparation that has gone into ensuring that our boys are fully prepared to compete at their best.  I would like to highlight the outstanding leadership of team captain Remy Kidd (Year 12), who gave an outstanding and moving speech to the College during Wednesday’s assembly.

Athletics has grown at the College and forms part of the basis of our physical preparation in the Mind Body Heart program, that underpins the training for all of our sports.  Throughout the year more than 600 boys at the College have been involved in Athletics training as part of our legendary Tuesday/Thursday Speed Sessions. From a combination of our College Athletics carnival and the results of MBH testing, 150 boys were chosen to represent the College as part of the Athletics team in the four lead-up carnivals to the AAGPS Championships.  At the completion of the final lead-up carnival, the top runners, hurdlers, throwers and jumpers in each age group have been chosen for the final Scots College Championship team that will represent us on the track at the AAGPS Championships. These boys are well prepared and in the position that they are because of the culture of hard work that has been established by our coaches and the continuous competition created in training sessions by the more than 600 boys involved.

Scots College Athletics has always had a philosophy of 'team first', and few teams have exemplified this philosophy as well as the team that will represent our College on the track on Saturday. Congratulations to the outstanding preparation of this team. You have an entire community running, jumping and throwing with you on Saturday. We look forward to an outstanding championship.

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

Please follow this link to view the AAGPS Championship Athletics Team 2018 

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

This Saturday, September 22 will see our Athletics team compete in the AAGPS Athletics Championships at SOPAC Homebush. The Championships are a representation of the top athletes in each event from each College competing. Our team have been training extremely hard over the past five weeks and are focussed on their goal of doing their best and representing Scots with pride.

The Championships is a compulsory event for all senior students to attend and we can look forward to a fantastic day of competition. All transport details for the day are on Schoolbox in the “transport” section.

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

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most” Augusta F Kantra.

In 2014 I had the privilege to tour with The Scots College GPS Rugby squad to compete in a major schoolboy rugby festival held at the prestigious St Andrews College in Johannesburg South Africa. As part of the experience the squad was taken to the famous Ellis Park Stadium to enjoy a Super 15 Rugby fixture and a tour of the facilities. I remember walking into the changeroom of the home team and seeing the referenced quote about discipline high on the walls and in full view.

Personal discipline is perhaps the most pertinent requirement for success. It is not glamorous and generally overlooked for other easier to come by qualities but when you strip everything away, consistently choosing and acting in a way that aligns to your goals is the only way to succeed.

Everyday we are bombarded by choice and those that can consistently choose wisely will win. In essence it is a skill or a habit that can be improved and harnessed to yield results. The Mind Body Heart Pathway teaches boys how to build and harness personal discipline as part of their personal growth journey. There has never been a better time than now to get involved. Register using our MBH platform or App and get the 'strong' advantage.

The choice is yours!

Holiday Training Times

What: S and C Sessions, and Speed Sessions

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Excludes public holidays) 6.30am-8am (S&C) and 8am-9.30am (Speed)

Where: John Solomon Gym (S and C) and Fairfax (Speed)

Who: All students Years 7-12 (Senior School)

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Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Summer sports practice has commenced and we are fortunate to have an exceptional line up of coaches. This includes: level 3 coaches, National coaches, NSWCIS coaches; Coaches who have played at National and International level and Old Boys who have come through our athlete pathway and understand the culture that we have for sport at Scots. These practice sessions are the critical time when we focus on the development of skills. This is where we have a high coaching to athlete ratio so that we can provide feedback at this time that is critical to the development of skills. We encourage boys to make the most of these development opportunities including: Additional Skills (mornings), SEA Sports and Holiday Clinics.

Our Snowsports team return from the Nationals and I am very pleased to reflect on the tremendous character of our boys, who represented the College with distinction. Amongst the many other schools in attendance, Scots set the benchmark other schools strive for in terms of our professionalism. Congratulations to all boys who helped win back the National Championships.

This week we also have the largest number of boys attending the NSWCIS Athletics Championships at SOPAC. Amongst the many individuals performances a highlight was the improvement of the Junior 4 x 100m Relay team will now progress through to the NSWPSSA Championships. We are also hosting 8 schools in the Scots Prep Hoops Invitational on Saturday. This is an excellent initiative in its fourth year and is a highlight for boys in 1st basketball.

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 
Date: Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Venue: The Scots College Pool
Age / Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)
Cost: $45
Organiser: Ms Elisha Smith

Sport / Area: Prep Spring Holiday Aquatic Clinic
Date: Tuesday 2, Thursday 4 October 2018 or
Date: Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 October 2018
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Venue: The Scots College Pool
Age / Year group: Year 2 to Year 6 (2018)
Cost: $60
Organiser: Ms Yvette Higgins

Sport / Area: Prep Swimming – Personal Stroke Correction 
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: Ms Yvette Higgins

Sport / Area: Prep Basketball 
Date: Thursday 11 October, Friday 12 October and Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: Lions Den Gym (Senior School)
Age / Year Group: Year 2  to Year 6
Cost: $90 for one day, $180 for 2 days, $270 for 3 days
Organiser: Mr James Tracey

Sport / Area: Prep Cricket 
Date: Wednesday 10 Oct to Friday 12 October 2018
Time: 8:00am to 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: Mr Greg Clarence

Sport / Area: Prep Tennis 
Date: Monday 8 October to Friday 12 October 2018
Time: 9:00am to 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: Mr James Bruce

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:

Story of the Week - Matthew Wacher, Australian Basketball Development Camp

Congratulations and good luck to Matthew Wacher (Year 10) who has been selected to attend the Australian Development Camp for Basketball to be held at the Centre of Excellence in Canberra from September 22-25. As 1 of 20 selected athletes from all over the country he will take part in a 4 day intensive training camp under the watchful eye of Australian and Centre of Excellence coaches. We wish him all the best.