30 June, 2022


Term 2 wrap up

Thanks to everyone who was involved in training, matches and the running of our winter sport programs. It has been a short but busy term with many students involved across multiple sports.

A reminder to our community that our Girls SATIS football final is on at 12.30pm at St Patrick’s College as part of the football SATIS final gala day where they will play Guildford Young College. It would be great to see a sea of Gold, Navy and Maroon up at SPC in support of our girls!  Should you be unable to be there you can still watch online at

Students, please be mindful that there is a Period 3 sports meeting on Wednesday 27 July. If you are unable to attend training matches for any reason, please communicate as early as possible with your coach and PIC.

I hope you all enjoy the holiday break and I look forward to getting everyone back on deck in term 3 for another big term of sport.

Download sporting fixtures coming up this weekend here – Sport Fixtures – Week 9

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Tasmanian All Schools Cross Country Championships

What a day for the College at the Secondary All Schools Cross Country Championships held at Symmons Plains Tuesday 28 June. We had several top ten performances, with fourth place performances from Cameron Parker in the U18 Boys event and Bella Shaw in the U15 Girls event. Ben Findlay and Maya Martin also finished in 5th position in the U20 boys and U17 girls events respectively.

Our standout performances on the day came from our Boys Cross Country Captain Sandy Wood in the U20 Boys event finishing in third place, and Sophie Marshall, finishing first in the Girls U16 event. Sophie has now been crowned State All Schools Champion five times, competing in the primary and secondary events. Sophie has had a long time on the sidelines with a foot injury, so it is fantastic to see her back at the top of her game competing again.

A number of students have been invited to compete for Tasmania at the National All Schools Championships in Adelaide in late August. We wish each of them every success at this event.

Thank you to our staff, Kim Badcock and Cale O’Keefe, for supporting the team at the event and also to parent, and coach of many of the team, Mrs Liz Gray for her assistance.

A full list of results can be found at this link 2022 Tasmanian Secondary Schools Cross Country // TheTimingGuys Results.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport


A big congratulations to our Seconds Badminton team, Preston, Hamish, Shinu, Mohak, Arlo, Emily, Ithara and Elise, winning the second grade roster this week.

Well done also to our Firsts team who were named runners-up in the NSATIS final.

Thanks to all players, but particularly those who made a strong commitment to the team and our Year 12s who are leaving us. Also, a big thanks to Ishani and Navida for their leadership on and off the court.

I look forward to working with those that continue to play. Keep working hard to improve your game.

Paul McKendrick
Person-in-Charge of Badminton

Sporting Mindset

Anyone who knows me, knows that this week’s chapter in Legacy is an important one for how we are being when we are playing our sport.

The chapter is called “Expectations” and is written in Maori. Translated into English it says “My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.”  In it, we are encouraged to Embrace Expectations and Aim for the Highest Cloud.

This weekend our Girls Firsts AFL team play their SATIS Grand Final.  They will be aiming for their highest cloud of winning their final and we all stand with them and support them to reach it.

“Loss Aversion” is something the All Blacks learned from the research of Devon Pope and Maurice Schweitzer at the University of Pennsylvania which discusses the ‘relative strength of two motives’ in the statistics of professional golfers. “Whether the putt was easy or hard, at every distance from the hole the players were more successful when putting for par than for a birdie’.  The difference in motivation resulted in a success rate of more than 3.6 per cent.  They didn’t play to win, they played not to lose.

The history of the All Blacks became so high after that, everyone expected them to win, right across their nation from the Government down, and the highest level of the Loss Aversion that drove them to greater sacrifice – and success on the field – was experienced.

The All Blacks had a saying, “Don’t be a good All Black.  Be a great All Black.  Don’t just be satisfied to reach your targets.  Go higher.”   In the words of Jonah Lomu, “We hate coming second to ourselves”.

This is a statement that I concur with – we should never come second to ourselves.  That grates against our very souls.

So be free in your sporting endeavours, Scotch Oakburn, to embrace expectations.  They take us from good to great, and remember, in the words of the poem called Invictus by William Ernest Henley:

 “I am the master of my fate
I am the Captain of My Soul”

Go Scotch Oakburn!

Rev Grace
College Chaplain