Knoxonian - Week 9 Term 3 2019

Mr Scott James

Farewell Year 12

This week we have celebrated with Year 12 as they prepare to complete their schooling at Knox.

I am honoured to say, we are proud of the boys many achievements over the years, their countless accomplishments in their studies, co-curricular and sporting endeavours.

They are a hardworking, dedicated group who have been willing to work alongside their teachers and the School. Of course, there have been a few challenges along the way, however, they have supported one another to overcome these hurdles.

The young men in Year 12 have demonstrated a great deal of initiative right from the beginning of their senior years. I have always said Year 12 are a major contributor to the tone of the School, and I thank the boys for the way they have set such a positive culture. Year 12 have finished their time at Knox with dignity and grace.

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Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” 
John 11: 25-26

Fees In Advance Program

For many years the School has offered a ‘fees in advance’ program to enable increased flexibility of such payments. The program is attractive for many reasons, enabling parents to make lump sum payments for years ahead which attract discounts to the scheduled fees.

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Knox Uniform Shop

Mrs Julie Blackburn, Knox Uniform Shop Manager

All Year Groups- Uniform Changeover


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Year 12 Valedictory Ceremony - Live streaming

We warmly invite the Knox community to watch the live stream of the Year 12 Valedictory Ceremony on Monday 23 September from 10.30am.

The ceremony will feature live music performances, speeches and the presentation of prizes. The Knox Tech Crew is running the live stream.


To watch the live stream, please visit We apologise in advance for any technical issues. Due to copyright, the video will only be streamed and will not be available after the event. However, a short Year 12 farewell video will be published in the days after the Valedictory Ceremony.

Parent Breakfast Seminar - The Conundrum of Technology

Knox Pipes and Drums

Mr Ainsley Hart, Pipe Band Master


2019 Knox Highland Gathering

On Sunday 8 September, the Knox Highland Gathering Solo Contest took place on Knox 1.  There were approximately 50 competitors overall.  The contest kicked off at 10.00am.  27 boys from Knox Pipes and Drums competed in the solo events. 


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From the Head of the Preparatory School

Mrs Sue Floro

This week is truly an ‘event-full’ week! This morning we welcomed the Year 12 boys who were once Preppies, back to the Prep School to explore the buildings and classrooms where they had their first Knox experiences. They are always amazed to realise just how much has changed, yet how much remains the same. Our long serving staff are also so pleased to reconnect with the boys they once taught. To play on the equipment for the last time, to remember their games, their joys and their challenges is all part of their farewell to their school days, and it is always our pleasure to welcome them back! We wish these boys every success as they prepare for their HSC exams and life beyond Knox.

Tomorrow, we welcome our Year 6 boys’ grandparents to a special morning of boys sharing their Prep story with some of their most precious family members. The relationship between grandparent and grandchild is just so special and is different from that of the parents. It is one of my favourite days of the year – watching the adoring grandparents interact with their gorgeous boys is such a treat. Thank you to all of our grandparents for making the time to spend with your grandsons.

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Kindergarten News

Mary-Mae Burton, Kindergarten Team Leader

Kindergarten boys are continuing to experience many thrilling “first of” events throughout this year. Last Friday, it was the Mini World Cup. The boys loved representing a Rugby World Cup country while practising their ball skills, co-ordination and agility. Not only was there an opportunity to demonstrate their sporting aptitude, but the importance of participating and being part of a team was also highlighted.



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Year 1 News

Mrs Emma Donaldson, Year 1 Team Leader

This week the boys are focusing on the feeling of happiness. They have brainstormed how we can spread happiness and are aiming to bring happiness to Knox in all that they do throughout the week.

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Year 2 News

Mrs Alicia Baldry, Year 2 Team Leader

We have a huge week for K-2 in Week 9. On Friday, the Year 2 boys will be bringing in cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA. The Year 6 Social Justice leaders will assist with the selling of the cupcakes during recess and lunch and they will be priced around $1-$2. K-2 Chapel will be held this Friday in the Prep Auditorium. Also on Friday we have the K-2 Athletics during the afternoon. 


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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

The Year 3 students have been thoroughly enjoying the class coding workshops led by staff from the ScopeIT organisation and have greatly benefited from the expert support and tuition provided by the experienced instructors. The various coding skills which the boys have been developing will also be further applied across a range of key learning areas throughout the remainder of the semester as all students continue to develop their understanding of the fundamentals behind the technology that is rapidly shaping their future.

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Year 4 News

Mr Jared Rastall, Year 4 Team Leader

Year 4 Student Achievements

Well done to our three athletes, Owen Dixon, Lukas Dunn and James Lynch who competed at last week’s NSWCIS Athletics at Homebush. All the boys performed very well on the day with Owen placing 3rd in the Junior 1500m and proceeding on to State level. We wish him the best of luck!

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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

Sydney Jewish Museum Visit

“I should never bully someone for what they believe, their colour or for just being different.”

Last week, the Year Five boys set off on an excursion to the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of our Knoxigation unit of inquiry. Although they learned more about the tragic genocide of six million Jewish people, it was the stories of hope and survival that stayed with them and caused them to think beyond the day to day events of their lives. The boys were split into two page groups; taking a guided tour around the museum, a history lesson and the most remarkable part was listening to the story of a survivor. 

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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

Grandparents Day is all the buzz this week as the boys are busily preparing themselves for what should be an excellent event. Just a reminder that the boys will need to wear their full winter uniform on the day, for any boys in 6B, 6D, 6F or 6S you may bring your sports uniform on the day to get changed into for sport in the afternoon.

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Musical Notes

Ms Rebeccah Morris, Ms Ali Irwin and Mr Ashley George

Prep Dubbo Tour Showcase and Information Evening

On Thursday 19 September from 6.00pm -7.00pm we will be holding a concert and information evening for all parents and boys who are attending the Dubbo tour. This will be held in the Prep Auditorium. At this concert we will have both the Performance Ensemble and the Concert Strings perform part of their tour repertoire. After the concert I will hand out the final itinerary and 'What to Pack' booklets for students and they will also receive their tour shirt! The tour shirt is the Year 7 PDHPE shirt that boys will wear in Year 7 (we decided to use this for the tour as well to save parents money). If your son already has one of these (due to having an older brother) please email Miss Morris ASAP and I will organise for your son to not be billed for the tour shirt. ALL boys will be required to wear this shirt for the duration of the tour and are expected to be at the concert on Thursday 19 September.

If you or your son are unable to attend please email Miss Morris and the information will be emailed to you.


K-2 Literacy Centre and 3-6 Library

Mrs Emma-Kate Smith and Mrs Jo Wheatley

National Reading Hour – Take the Time to Escape!

Thursday 19 September is National Reading Hour. Pick up a book and read for one hour on your own, or with someone. Take time to learn, escape and relax.

Reading aloud is one of the most powerful things we can do to encourage learning, compassion and understanding. 


Take the time to read this brilliant article on why reading aloud is the most important things you can do, for kids of all ages.

Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

Jo Carey, Woodwind Co-Ordinator



Year 11 musicians Andrew Peng, Ryan Thom and Sam Yang performed a recital of their Australian Music Examinations Board Diploma level repertoire on Sunday 15 September 2019.   The AMUSA – The Associate in Music, Australia is awarded to candidates of both outstanding performance and theory achievements. 



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Handwriting Course Term 4

Rebecca Papageorgiou, Learning Enhancement


Each term, Knox holds a Handwriting Course designed to help improve the speed, accuracy and neatness of students’ handwriting, reducing tension and fatigue when writing for long periods of time. In 2019 the classes will be held by Ms Lisa Norton, an occupational therapist, who specialises in the development of skills necessary for handwriting and the remediation of handwriting difficulties.


We are now filling places for our Term 4, 2019 course.

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Social Justice

Mrs Helen Clarke, Head of Diversity, Justice and Stewardship

The 40 Hour Back Pack Challenge - The Backpack Challenge


Congratulations to the over 40 boys who participated in the Backpack Challenge last weekend! The Knox Team raised an amazing $5,187 and were the 33rd highest fundraising school in all of Australia and 11th highest in NSW! 

This week the 2020 Social Justice Leaders will be announced


My personal thanks to Head Prefect Raghav Lall and SJ Prefects Digby Dalton; Renier Lambinon; Clinton Lui and Kai Yang.  These boys led the SJ Club and supported many boys across the School in many initiatives and causes such the Hornsby Women’s Shelter; International Women’s Day, the 40 Hour Famine, Our Recycling and Sustainability Program etc. Well done boys!

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From the Head of Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy

Mr Martin Haywood

This week we celebrate the end of the Track & Field season with the CAS Championships at SOPAC on Thursday night. The team has been announced and the boys are well prepared to give a good account of themselves. Let's hope they relax, have fun and enjoy the support from our huge crowd in the stand. We are confident of many wonderful performances and the team of coaches could not be more proud of this talented group of boys. Good luck team.


Track & Field

Last Saturday was the final Invitational for the season, and Knox hosted with Scots College. It was the last chance for boys to put their name in front of selectors – and many boys took full advantage of the great conditions. A full report can be found on the school app in the Track & Field section.   



Twelve Knox boys travelled to Canberra on the weekend to participate in the U14's annual Canberra Cup Water Polo competition. The competition consisted of many of the best junior teams from the east coast of Australia and our boys performed remarkably well and are primed for a huge summer for Knox Grammar School.


The Knox boys competing in the U17 Division also enjoyed much success with more impressive performances on their way to winning their Division. Sydney Uni were the Canberra Cup Champions for 2019 with Knox boys, Harrison Miller, Xander Mercer, Lucas Banfield, Jett Robens and Aiden O'Neill featuring heavily in all victories. Fantastic effort boys and well deserved. Flynn Worner also competed at the tournament and played well.


The SUNS U18 team will compete this coming weekend in the Open competition of the Cup.

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