5 August, 2022



It was great to see the start of the first official roster for Volleyball take place on Thursday night. Both our junior boys and girls teams played at St Patrick’s Collee and our senior Boys and Girls teams played at home in the HPEC. I look forward to the sport growing and seeing our team competing as part of the NHSSA roster.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Athletics training

I hope everyone enjoyed the break and is excited about the upcoming athletics season. As this is out of season for the last time in 2022, with the athletics carnival moving to Term 1 in 2023, I would like to give it our all, despite the difficult conditions. For the full schedule and team lists, please check the sport notice board and the Athletics dash page. It was great to see a lot of students turn up on Thursday morning with Liz Gray for the Sprints and Middle-Distance session. Training this week is:

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Around the Grounds

Download next weeks sport fixtures here – Sport Fixutres – Term 3 Week 3 2022

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Mia Green on her recent selection to the Tasmanian Netball Team. Mia represented the state at the 2022 School Sport Australia Netball Championships in Canberra recently and performed exceptionally well. Her selection augurs well for her future in Netball.

Jane Gregg
Acting Head of Senior School

Improving a Sports Mindset

One of the first memes I shared last Term was ARod’s belief that success is the culmination of knowing our fundamentals + confidence (because we know our fundamentals).  This week in Legacy, from the biography about the All Blacks that we are continuing this Term, the chapter is on preparation, I love the title page quip:

“The way the sapling is shaped determines how the tree grows.  So the same is for sport.  How we train is how we end up.  For the All Blacks, they train to win and the way they do this is to practise under pressure. “

I wonder how many times we don’t train, or we feel lethargic so we don’t put in our full effort.  What would it take for us to train 100%, all the time, so that we too are training to win.

Maybe we could take a leaf out of this man’s book:

“Shepherd St, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia, 1915

A different sport; another lesson.

A small boy is playing cricket alone in a backyard. The sound of ball on bat echoes over the neighbourhood, rebounding over ordinary weatherboard bungalows in an ordinary Australian town.

The bat is a cricket stump. The ball is a golf ball.

The boy throws the ball against a curved, corrugated wall. Each time he throws, it flies off at a different, random angle.

Sometimes he cuts. Sometimes he blocks. Sometimes he drives.

Every time, though, he hits the ball.

Every time.

The boy does this every morning, every afternoon, every day and every year for a decade. In his first game for the local school, aged twelve, he scores 115 not out. In the return match, his captain retires him on 72. For the third match, the opposing captain refuses to field a team if he is selected.

A few years later, during his first season of club cricket, the boy scores 995 runs in just nine innings. In 1927 he plays his first first-class match.

The next year he plays for his country. Twenty years later he retires, with an average Test score of 99.94 – dismissed one run short of an extraordinary career average of 100.

The boy’s name was Donald Bradman, the finest sportsman of any generation.

Bradman learned his trade on the backstreets of Bowral by bouncing a golf ball off a corrugated wall and hitting it back with a cricket stump.

He made practice his test.”

Now the question is – will you?

Rev Grace 
College Chaplain