The Backpage Term 4 Week 5

“The wood...taught us about survival, about overcoming difficulty, about prevailing over adversity, but it also taught us something about the underlying reason for surviving in the first place. Something about infinite beauty, about undying grace, about things larger and greater than ourselves. About the reasons we were all here.”  A quote from Daniel James Brown’s, The Boys in the Boat, that encapsulates perfectly the reason why sport is so important in the development of young men.

I cannot think of a sport in schools that can teach boys more about setting goals, developing plans, committing to hard work and working together as a team, than Rowing.  I have heard it said throughout my time as a teacher at Scots that Rowing is “too hard,” or the “boys are too exhausted,” or even worse, “what’s the point?” I can’t believe it when I hear these things being said as that is the point. There are very few areas of a young man’s life where he has the opportunity to test his limits, to see what he can physically do, to test the capacity of his mental strength and most importantly, to be able to do this with a group of teammates.  Rowing does all of this – and that’s the point!

It is with no surprise that each year when I look at the average ATAR scores of the boys who have played different sports at the College, that Rowing year-on-year tops this measurement. In fact, graduating rowers, on average, finish 5 ATAR points ahead of their cohort. So, despite the exhaustion, or the sport being labeled as “too hard,” the boys pull through and perform well academically.  Could it be that all of those things that Brown describes in the quote, helped him in other areas of his life?

This Saturday we host The Scots Regatta at Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. Our boys in the boat got off to a good start this Saturday in their first race of the season and will look forward to improving on this result in our Regatta. Good luck to all of our Rowers this Saturday.

I would like to congratulate all of the boys across all ages and grades for some great results this past Saturday. Across all venues, the reports from our sports directors was outstanding.

I would also like to thank our Prep Sport Department who hosted Trinity Grammar from Melbourne this week. Our boys represented our College well.

Good luck to all of our boys this Saturday and in particular to our Cricket teams who will be looking for wins in the second day of their matches against Sydney Grammar School.

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend we played Sydney Grammar and St Joseph’s in most fixtures.

Water Polo played Barker and it was all one sided as the 1sts and 2nds beat them 20-6 and 23-1 respectively. Well done across the whole program with Scots winning all games and having one draw.

Basketball got back in the winning circle with the 1sts and 2nds both beating Joeys. Well done to the 1sts who had a 88-71 win. Really well done to the 15's and 14's who won every game in their age groups.

Cricket played Sydney Grammar in the 1sts and 2nds. The 1st XI will have a decent run chase this weekend coming, after Grammar made 287. In reply Scots are 0/28. Well done to Phil Lapanatis in the 2nd XI who scored 136 runs in Scots 4/350 declared. Well done to the 14C, 14B, 15B and 16B teams who all had good wins.

Tennis are putting out some amazing results with big wins against Joeys. The 1sts winning 9-0 and the 2nds winning 7-2. Also well done to the 14's who had 4 good wins.

Rowing was out competing in the Sydney Grammar Regatta. Well done to all crews who are on the improve.

Table Tennis continued with more good form with wins across the whole program.

Volleyball also had a good win in the 1sts vs St Aloysius’.

This week we take on Grammar in most of the fixtures.

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

This week the MBH team are continuing to work with each year group from 8-10 to introduce the new bespoke MBH dashboard. Students will be able to quickly understand how they are progressing in each of the physical metrics monitored in the MBH program. This will also be the new software used to register for MBH sessions. This is essential prior to turning up for training sessions and attendance will be accurately tracked and reported on the student profile.

We are also very excited to announce that plans are in place to give the gym facility an upgrade and a new floor plan that will allow for improved processing capacity and better outcomes for all students.

We anticipate this upgrade to occur before the end of the year. It is an exciting time to be at Scots!

Looking forward to seeing more boys in the gym over the coming weeks.

As always, come and get ‘the STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News 








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Prep News

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

This week our we hosted Trinity Melbourne. It is a great relationship we have with the school and an excellent opportunity for our boys to host another school and learn from the experience. This culminated with fixtures on Monday with Scots winning three of the four sports and retaining the Coutts and Watson Shield for the sixth consecutive year. This week our Basketball play St Pats, Grammar and Shore; Cricket play Grammar, Knox and Waverley; Tennis play Trinity and St Pats and Water Polo play St Aloysius. 

In Round 10, we competed against St Pius, Cranbrook and Trinity (Strathfield). The were close  games across Junior and Senior Prep teams. The Prep 1sts also played a tour game against Trinity from Melbourne. Once again, we saw a high standard of basketball from a Melbourne school. In Round 11 basketball this week, we play St Patrick’s College, Sydney Grammar (St Ives) and Shore. I wish the boys good luck when competing on behalf of the college. I hope that all boys show exemplary sportsmanship again this round.

Mr James Tracey (Basketball)

The highlight of Round 10 in the Prep Tennis program were the matches against Trinity Grammar from Melbourne. Both our A-Team and B-Team played Trinity and although there were some very close matches we managed to be victorious in both fixtures. Well done to all involved.

Mr James Bruce (Tennis)

The highlight of Round 4 was hosting the Trinity Water Polo team. The boys enjoyed a round robin against Scots, St Aloysius and Waverley on Saturday and then a tour match on Monday. The billets reported many positive experiences with their host family. Thank you parents.

Two more rounds to go. Boys will continue to train and play hard to finish off the season well. Good luck to all teams this Saturday.

Elisha Smith (Water Polo)

Story of the Week - Scots Rowing Regatta at SIRC, Saturday 17 November

This weekend we host The Scots Regatta out at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (SIRC), Penrith. All students involved in the College Rowing program will be at the Regatta Centre either competing for the College or supporting the event in some capacity. For the boys who aren't racing (mainly our Year 7 rowers), the roles vary from boat holders to timekeepers. It is also a great opportunity for these boys to see the rest of the club competing. The excitement will peak at 12:00 PM for the final of the 1st VIIIs – these boys have been quietly working hard and are keen to race on Saturday and close the gap on the competition. I look forward to seeing you all at the Regatta supporting from the grandstand.

Mr Michael Probert, Senior Rowing Coordinator