Knoxonian - Week 6 Term 3 2019

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 Mr Scott James

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The Co-curricular program is an integral part of the broad range of learning experiences accessible to students at Knox. The program offers an extensive array of co-curricular activities and aims to cater for the diverse interests and talents of our students.


The benefits of co-curricular activity have been extensively researched and it has been found that students who participate in these activities improve their academic results, have better relationships at school, and are more likely to lead healthy, active lifestyles when they leave school.  


Over the past week, students across both the Prep and Senior campuses have engaged in meaningful learning opportunities outside the classroom, including participation in Book Week, our first ever robotics competition, service learning activities, public speaking, debating, Maths Olympiad, and Celebration of Learning activities.

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Then Jesus said to them, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  
Matthew 11: 28

Parent Breakfast Seminar

The conundrum of technology and how it impacts on your children

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Knox Uniform Shop

Mrs Julie Blackburn, Knox Uniform Shop Manager

All Year Groups- Uniform Changeover


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Thrive Conference 2019 - Christian Positive Psychology in Practice

On Friday 6 September, Knox Grammar School will present a new conference exploring how Positive Psychology can enhance and inform our faith-based teachings.

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Knox Prayer Group

A warm welcome is extended to anyone who would like to attend our next informal prayer meeting.

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Global Cafe - A morning of collaboration and conversations for parents

When: Saturday 7 September 2019, 9am-12pm
Where: Roach Junior Academy Lounge, JAPAC, Senior School

Knox Prep, Wahroonga Prep and Knox Senior School parents are warmly invited to the ‘Global Café’. An inspiring morning of collaboration and rich conversations where we will explore the future of education and the importance for our students of developing the global competency skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character and citizenship.

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Knox Prep Book Week video

Knox Senior Academy - Max's story video

Learn about the Weeks Senior Academy through the eyes of Year 11 student Max. 

Opened in 2015, the Senior Academy is the purpose-built home for our Years 11 and 12 students. 

Inspired by Albert Bandura's 'Social Learning Theory', the academy provides an environment for our senior boys to develop their passion for independent learning. 

From the Head of the Preparatory School

Mrs Sue Floro


It was our pleasure to host the Term 3 KPA Meeting at Prep on Tuesday, and most particularly, to welcome Michelle McLaughlin, founder of the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, as our guest speaker.

Michelle founded the organisation after her 4 year old son was tragically killed in 2014, when he was struck by a car in a local street by a car travelling at 50kph. Michelle’s message was clear – children under the age of 10 do not have the capability of being road safe without help from adults. It is imperative that parents of young children hold their hand while crossing the road.

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Kindergarten News

Mrs Mary Mae Burton, Kindergarten Team Leader

Kindergarten has eagerly begun tuning into our new Knoxigations unit. The big idea we are exploring is: 'Forces impact the world around us'. In this unit, we will be learning about push and pull forces, gravity and friction, and how these forces are applied to our daily lives. The boys are looking forward to being scientists and conducting experiments, testing predictions, summarising the results and making conclusions from our observations.

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K-2 Happenings

Mrs Chris Gray, K-2 Coordinator


Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded.  Jess Lair

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Year 1 News

Mrs Emma Donaldson, Year 1 Team Leader

Congratulations to all the boys on their Celebration of Learning for their Big Idea ‘Materials are for Making’. You are consistently developing your transdisciplinary skills and we are so proud of your thinking, researching and questioning.

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Year 2 News

Mrs Alicia Baldry, Year 2 Team Leader

This week in Year 2 we are concluding our Sustainable Solutions Knoxigations unit, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for a Sustainable Future. The boys have worked extremely hard this unit and are excited to share their work with the parents on Tuesday 27th August in the Prep Auditorium. Some of the stations include a VR experience of our recent excursion to Kimbriki Waste Management Centre, Infographics and 3D printed models of our recyclable food packaging. Photos and reflections will be included in next week’s article.

The Year 2 cupcake stall will be held in Week 9 of this term on Friday 20 September, more information to come.

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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

Last week the annual Book Week celebrations were held across the Prep School as students took part in a range of exciting activities in order to mark the occasion. In light of this, I feel that it is also an opportune time to thank all parents and guardians for your continued support in assisting your son with his daily reading. The importance of reading is simply insurmountable; just as physical exercise improves the fitness of one’s body, research points to the fact that reading has been shown to improve the fitness of one’s mind. Therefore, the Year Three team encourages all parents to continue reading with your son, becoming an active participant in the reading process and assisting him with the comprehension of texts by posing questions at a variety of levels.

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Year 4 News

Mr Jared Rastall, Year 4 Team Leader


Interschool State Snow Sports

Well done to Owen Dixon, Max Halliwell, Jackson Macdonald and Kingston Rahme who proudly represented the School at the Interschool State Snow Sports Competition at Perisher last week. By all accounts each of these boys performed very well, with Jackson and Max continuing on to Nationals in Mt Buller for Ski Cross Alpine and Mogul Skiing respectively. Year 4 is very proud of all your achievements!



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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

ARTSCI Competition

The Knox boys should be very proud. The cosmic creators category was the most entered of all the age categories for our National Science Week 2019 ARTSCI competition. We had over 80 entries in this category from across all of Northern Sydney. The top three awarded at the final exhibition were all Knox boys!!!!! 


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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader


Year Six has had another busy week of learning with lots of fun activities being completed across the grade. 

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Prep KPA

Mrs Fiona Small, Prep Convenor



Prep Trivia Night Saturday September 7 "Your Favourite TV Show"..last few tables available


When: Saturday 7 September, 6.30pm
Where: Prep Auditorium
RSVP: Wednesday 28 August 


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K-2 Literacy Centre and 3-6 Library

Mrs Emma-Kate Smith and Mrs Jo Wheatley

Reading brings knowledge and knowledge is power; therefore reading is power. The power to know and learn and understand . . . but also the power to dream. Stories inspire us to reach high, love deep, change the world and be more than we ever thought we could. Every book allows us to dream a new dream. Emma Chase

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Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

Mr James Brice, Head of Cocurricular Performing Arts (KAPA)

Community Chamber Series
On Thursday 22 August, three chamber ensembles performed at Neringah Palliative Care Hospital in Wahroonga to an appreciative audience.


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Knox Oratory Programs

Mr Dan Schofield, Oratory Coordinator

CAS Debating

In the last round of the CAS Season, the Knox contingent left Bellevue Hill on Friday evening with some fantastic results.


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Social Justice

Mrs Helen Clarke, Head of Diversity, Justice and Stewardship

There are many events coming up in the next few weeks. Please make a note of them and encourage your sons to participate.

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From the Head of Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy

Mr Martin Haywood

Congratulations to all of our Snow Sport competitors that made it through to the State Titles held last weekend. Whilst we were enjoying the most amazing weather here in Sydney, the boys on the Mountains were treated to some windy conditions, yet put in a remarkable performance. The following have now made it through to the National titles. 

Team Qualifiers:                                                              

Ski Cross - Div 2M - Team A                                       

Ski Cross - Div 3M - Team A


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