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Knox Parents' Association

Mr Kent Walker, President

From the Prep School Convenor
Thank you to all K-6 Convenors for organising Parent Suppers this term. From all accounts parents have had a fabulous time, both catching up and welcoming new parents into the Knox community.

Lost Property Clean up
Thank you to the Prep mums who kindly went through the Lost Property box last week. Many items of clothing have been returned to their owners. May we please remind you to name your son's clothing and lunchboxes. We hope to do a clean up each term as long as we have the volunteers to make it happen so please look at the roster to help sort through items. It is only an hour's work and definitely bring disposable gloves with you! The next one will be Friday 18 August from 8.20am-9.30am.

1) Click this link on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's easy - you will not need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Fiona Small who can sign you up manually.

Parent seminar video - Aiming for Student and Teacher Excellence

Watch a video from Monday morning’s parent breakfast.

Head of Student and Teacher Excellence K-12/The Deputy Headmaster 7-12, Karen Yager, and the Directors of Professional Learning present an overview of Knox’s approach to professional learning. This approach has been recognised nationally as being an exemplary model that has the potential to make a real difference to student learning outcomes and engagement.

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Ravenswood is proud to present the inaugural Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. The annual prize was founded to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established female artists in Australia. There are two prize categories, including a $35,000 prize - the richest professional art prize for women in Australia.

Artwork judging will be overseen by 2017 Prize Patron and acclaimed artist, Jennifer Turpin, and announced at the exhibition opening on Friday 4 August, 2017 in the Centenary Centre, Ravenswood, Henry Street, Gordon.

For details regarding the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, please visit Entries close on Thursday 29 June. Tickets to the Opening Night are $35 and are now available here. For enquiries please email Kim Williams.


Mr Mark Hemphill

I have been overwhelmed by the large number of emails and messages I have received over the past few days after the announcement of my new position in Hong Kong. Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and words and for taking the time to express your gratitude.

Rest assured that I am fully committed to the Prep School until December and I will savor every day that I get time to spend time with the Prep boys.

The K-2 boys had a fantastic day of Science and Technology activities on Friday. It was so rewarding to see the boys’ enthusiasm and excitement as they participated in all of the different activities. These types of days are so important for inspiring the boys and for generating interest, curiosity and a love of learning. From the boys’ engagement in the activities I have no doubt that we have some budding Scientists in K-2.

Pink Sock Day
Thank you so much for your overwhelming generosity in supporting Pink Sock Day last Friday. We raised an amazing $4379 for this very worthwhile charity. Well done everyone!

Uniting Church 40th Anniversary Celebration
Just a reminder that all parents are invited to attend the Uniting Church 40th Anniversary Celebration tomorrow at 9.30am in the Great Hall.

All student reports will be posted on Parent Lounge on Friday. I have enjoyed reading many of the reports over the last few weeks. As always we have boys who have achieved various levels of academic success and put in varying levels of effort. The teachers have been asked to report very honestly on each boy’s achievement and effort. If boys deserve praise then it will be forthcoming and likewise, if there are boys who are not performing as well as they could have then this will be commented on. Your son needs to accept responsibility for his report and learn from the advice of the teachers.  As parents we need to respond constructively to our son’s reports and ensure that we use the information to develop an improvement plan for Semester Two. We can’t change what has already transpired in Semester One but we can use this very important information to move forward constructively in Semester Two and to help our boys become better learners.

Some important points to consider;
If your son has been awarded a 1 or a 2 for his effort then he is trying really hard. If your son has received a 3 or a 4 then he can improve his effort for next semester. In Prep School your son’s effort is much more important than his achievement.
Please be realistic about your son’s ability.
Regarding achievement it is important to understand that if your son has achieved a C grade then he is achieving the expected results for his grade level. A C grade should not be viewed as a negative grade or as a fail; in fact it means your son is performing at the level he should be at this point in time.
All boys are different and they grow and develop at different rates so try to avoid comparisons between siblings.
This report reflects how your son is performing at this point in time. There are many years ahead of him in his education as he is only in primary school. Don’t think that this report will determine a boy’s future success or failure. Lots can happen before he finishes school! Don’t stress too much about a primary school report.
Love your son for the unique individual he is. There is only one of him in this whole world!

Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews are being held in the first two weeks of next term. You will have received an email about the procedure for booking interview times with your son’s teachers. 

K-2 - Thursday 20 July
Year 3 - Monday 24 July
Year 4 - Tuesday 25 July
Year 5 - Wednesday 26 July
Year 6 - Thursday 27 July

All interviews will be held in the Prep School auditorium.

You will receive information about signing up for the Semester Two Clubs early next term. Due to Parent/Teacher interviews and Years 5 and 6 excursions early in the term, Clubs will not commence until Week 4 of next term.

Years 5 and 6 excursions
All Years 5 and 6 boys will be attending their annual curricular trips from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 August. Year 5 will be going to Bathurst and Year 6 will be going to Canberra.

School Holidays
Term 2 concludes this Friday 23 June at the normal finishing time.

Term 3 commences for all boys on Tuesday 18 July. There is no school for the boys on Monday 17 July as this is a Staff Development Day.

This has been another very busy, exciting and action packed term for the boys. In the coming weeks I hope you and your boys get the opportunity to slow down, to have some down time, to sleep in, to have some days where you do absolutely nothing, to relax and to take it easy. We are all so busy during term time that it is really important to catch up on lost sleep during the holidays. Try to spend some time together doing the simple things such as going for a bush walk, cooking a meal together, watching a movie together, playing a board game, building something together or working on a project together. Take the time to do something as a family which you can’t find time to do during term time. The holidays are valuable times to reconnect and to spend time with each other. Our boys grow up very quickly so love and cherish every minute that you have with them because imagine how boring our lives would be without them!

Have a wonderful holidays!
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K-2 Happenings

Mrs Chris Gray, K-2 Coordinator

"Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch."
Evelyn Glennie

A very busy term comes to an end and tired little boys need to rest and prepare for the next six months of their 2017 learning journey. Keep reading with your boys and enjoying quality time together as you discover new adventures and places through literature.

Our STEM Activity Day was a huge success as volcanoes erupted, paddle boats stored energy, the boys experimented with force by creating catapults, mazes were created on iPads, chicken cups made sound waves and paper aeroplanes were redesigned for aeronautical efficiency. Their pink sock wearing teachers’ encouraged and delighted the boys as we all experienced the magic of Science, collaborating and problem solving through laughter. A special thank you to Mrs Maria Thomas and Ms Michelle Whitford who expertly prepared the amazing array of activities for the boys to engage in.
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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

We made it! As the final week of Term Two draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Year 3 boys on their hard work and efforts throughout the course of what has been an incredibly busy, yet rewarding term.

Yesterday, all students in Years 3-6 participated in the annual House Track & Field Carnival which was held at the Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen. It is always pleasing to witness the keen sense of House spirit displayed by boys, as well as the excellent levels of sportsmanship shown towards fellow competitors.

A reminder that Semester One reports can be accessed electronically by all parents at the conclusion of the term via the Parent Lounge. Parents are encouraged to read through the report with their son and discuss the comments provided by teachers, remembering to place equal importance on both the effort and achievement grades given. Furthermore, information regarding the Parent/Teacher Interviews which are scheduled for Monday 24 July has already been sent via email. If this particular date is not suitable for you to attend, please email your son’s classroom teacher to organise an alternative interview.

Dates for the diary
Friday 23 June – Term 2 concludes
Tuesday 18 July – Term 3 commences (Winter uniform)

If you have any queries with upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s classroom teacher or Mr Glenn Stephenson.

The Year 3 team would like to wish all of the boys, parents and extended family an enjoyable holiday break and we look forward to all students returning safely (and happily!) to the Prep School for the commencement of Semester Two.
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Year 4 News

Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader

As we come to the end of the first half of Year 4, we reflect on the many experiences we have shared and learning that has taken place. The boys of Year 4 wrote the following poem. We hope you have a wonderful three week break and we look forward to having an equally rewarding Semester Two.

We are Year 4

We are Year 4.
We wonder what the future holds.
We hear the scratching of pencils on paper. 
We want others to achieve their goals. 
We are Year 4.

We pretend to be everyday heroes. 
We feel perseverance in the face of frustration.
We touch the lives of those less fortunate than us.
We worry that we might not be successful.
We cry for our failures.
We are Year 4.

We understand that there will be struggles along our path.
We say encouraging things to one another.
We dream our weaknesses will become our strengths.
We try to do our best throughout the school year.
We hope that we will always remember our Year 4 journey.
We are Year 4.
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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

Congratulations to all Year 5 boys! Semester One has come to an end and the boys have thoroughly deserved their three-week break. Reports will be put up online. This will be a time for you to gain a deeper insight into your son’s progress thus far; a time to celebrate your son’s grades and achievements, and to look at the positives and show him just how proud he makes you. Positive reinforcement is a proven strategy that encourages boys and helps build self-esteem. It motivates them to try and do more and more for themselves. They also enjoy knowing that their efforts are appreciated. I encourage you to celebrate all levels of grades on your son’s report and look for opportunities to offer positive and constructive feedback within areas of need.

We look forward to meeting with you early next term for parent teacher interviews, to also celebrate and discuss your son’s progress and to support them as they continue to move through their upper primary years and eventually on to their senior schooling years. 

Knox Visitors
Please enjoy these 5W class pictures from their exciting week last week with our visitors from Enngonia Public School, which is near Bourke.

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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

Well done to the Year 6 boys on the completion of what has been an action-packed term! I must congratulate the boys on the effort and enthusiasm they have put in throughout the term and for the high quality of work they have produced over the past nine weeks. On Friday this week, school reports will be available for you to view. Take the time to look through this with your son and celebrate the successes he has had throughout the semester and think of some of the areas in which he may require further development throughout the year and make these goals for the second semester. Of particular emphasis and importance to the teachers is the effort grades which indicate the level of commitment they are putting into their learning on a daily basis. All students have different ability levels, however, if their effort level is high it shows us that they are doing their best to work to their potential. Over the weekend, the online Parent Teacher Interview times would have become available for you to meet with your child’s teachers in Week 2 of Term 3. Get in early to ensure that you get a time that is suitable to you!

Well done to the boys for their efforts in the Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, their last in the Prep School. It was fantastic to see not only the boys trying to compete to the best of their abilities but also the enthusiasm and encouragement they gave not only to their fellow year members but also to younger students throughout the grades. They have been excellent role models throughout their final year!

On Thursday, the boys will be heading up to the Senior School for the Uniting Church 40th celebration in the Great Hall. This will be an exciting event for the boys, which will also include Ravenswood as well as Wahroonga Preparatory School. It should be a great celebration!

On Friday afternoon to end our term the boys will be heading to chapel at St John's. Parents are more than welcome to attend.

Finally, the Year 6 team would like to wish all the boys and parents a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing you all again next term! Happy holidays!
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Drama News

Mrs Maddie Thomson, Drama Teacher Years 4 and 6

The Year 4 boys have had a busy, fun term in Drama, learning about the art of Oral Storytelling. They have thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing the scripted play, The Everlasting Shoes, from the Arabian Nights Tales. We have been concentrating on practising strong body movements to convey meaning, learning stage directions within simple scenes and experimenting with vocal projection and expression. The boys absolutely love performing for their peers and they are to be commended for the sheer enthusiasm they bring to Drama lessons each week.

The Year 6 boys have tackled the challenging unit of work, Playbuilding; a collaborative venture which involves the entire class in the creative process. The boys have had to work together to devise, write, rehearse, direct and perform their own class play and they have learnt a lot about communication and teamwork along the way! It has been a joy to facilitate and watch the collaborative process unfold and I have been impressed by the maturity shown by many boys, with their wonderfully creative ideas and commitment to the task.

I look forward to seeing all of the boys again next term for more Drama fun!
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KPA Assistance with Lost Property

Mr Peter Voysey, Director of Students K-6

A huge thank you to our KPA helpers for their very generous assistance in sorting through the lost property. All labelled items have now been returned to their owners. Unfortunately, at the conclusion of distribution, we were left with six plastic bags full of items including felt hats, school shirts, socks, ties and PDHPE gear. All items were shown and made available to the students at the Years 3-4 and Years 5-6 assemblies. If you feel your son may have misplaced an un-labelled item, please drop by Years 3-6 reception this week to inspect and collect.

Library News

Mrs Emma-Kate Smith, Mrs Jo Wheatley, Ms Emma Fowler and Ms Wendy Lim

Book Swap
Last Wednesday, the Years 3-6 Boys participated in a Book Swap during lunchtime. The boys were able to swap their pre-loved books from home for a new book and a gold coin donation. Together, we raised $245 for the charity, Unbound. What a fantastic way to recycle our books. Thank you to our Service Learning Captains, Blake Roder and Riley Pincott, who helped organise the event.

2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge
The holidays are a perfect opportunity to read books that can be added the the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge. The Challenge must be completed by Friday 25 August.

Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

String News
Last weekend we had our first ever String Camp held in the Prep School which involved over 80 boys from Concerts Strings, Prep Orchestra, String Ensemble and some boys and girls from WPS. The day was a huge success and students learnt a lot and practised hard! The whole day ended in a concert which truly showed the musicality of the boys in the String Program! Well done to all of the students involved and a huge thank you to Nick Gummerson, Nicholas Walker and Nathan Lui and to the parent helpers who helped cook the BBQ for our lunch!

Another date for your diaries is the Australian School Orchestral Festival and this will be held on Sunday 27 August (Term 3 instead of Term 4). Arrival times for these groups are the following: String Ensemble - 1.55pm, Concert Strings - 3.40pm and Prep Orchestra - 5.20pm. Please encourage all String and Orchestral boys to include repertoire from their ensembles in their practise so that they are best prepared for all of these events. 

Lost Property from camp - all items that were left at school after String Camp have been left in the Music Classroom 1. There are a number of music stands, jumpers and hats.

NSW Band Competition
This year all four bands will be competing in the Annual NSW State Band Championships next term in Week 3, Sunday 6 August. Please lock this date in your calendar. All bands are performing in the Clancy Auditorium at The University of NSW located at Gate 9 on High Street, Kensington. A permission form will be sent out early next term, closer to the event.

The exact times for each bands arrival is below. All bands will perform approximately 45 minutes after their arrival call. There is no workshop, so once your son has performed, they will come back to the meeting area which is in the foyer of the Clancy Auditorium and they can be taken home straight after the event. Closer to the event I will email all parents a map of the University which clearly shows parking and where the Clancy Auditorium is. Tickets for this event are $10/$5 and all school aged children are free. If your son cannot perform in this event can you please email Miss Morris ASAP.

Junior Band performing in the Wilbur Sampson Event – Arrive at 10.30am
Intermediate Band performing in Robert McAnally Event – Arrive at 11.50am (please note the time change due to organisers from the competition changing our time).
Senior Band performing in the Joe Cook Event – Arrive at 1.00pm
Performance Ensemble in the William Lovelock Event – Arrival at 2.45pm
Jazz Band performing in the Graeme Bell Big Band Event – Arrive at 4.15pm

Ensembles Term 3
All ensembles will resume as normal in Week 1 of Term 3. Please remember that if your son cannot attend a rehearsal for whatever reason, can parents please email the ensemble director or Miss Morris.

Private Instrumental Lessons
There are still a few vacancies for all instruments/voice with our talented tutors in the Prep School. If your son is interested in learning an instrument please email Miss Morris.

NOTE: if your son is already learning an instrument at school and he cannot attend his lesson for whatever reason, 24hrs notice must be given to the tutor directly or you will be charged for the lesson. Please do not assume that because something is in the calendar (which means your son cannot attend his lesson) that your tutor will know about it. It is the responsibility of the parent to always inform the tutor of any absences.
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St Lucy's Trivia Night

All welcome to attend St Lucy's Trivia Night
Time: 6.30pm start for 7pm - 10pm
Theme: 1980s
Tickets: $25 per person

An online auction will also be held. Visit

St Lucy's Galabid flyer 2017 St Lucy's Galabid flyer 2017 (121 KB)

Invitation for Years 8 to 10 families to host international boarders

The Knox International Boarder Immersion Program will commence again in Term 3. The program offers international students the opportunity to integrate into Australian and Knox culture whilst learning English. Students complete tutorials at Knox two days per week and on the other three days, they attend the Sydney College of English in the city.

During the immersion program, international students need “homestay” residences to act as their second family while they complete their course. In the case of the immersion program, students will be attending Knox two days per week, and traveling to Central Station three days per week.

We are reaching out to our Knox families and asking anyone who lives close to the train line (to allow easy travel north to Knox or south to Central) that might be interested in becoming a “homestay” family to contact us for more information.

This is a great, rewarding opportunity for Knox families to meet international students, learn about their lives and teach them about Australian culture.

Homestay families must meet a number of requirements to be eligible and will receive a weekly financial. For more information, please contact Knox enrolments (9487 0195) or visit the following link:

Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Theatre

Mr Daniel Dunlop, Director of Theatre Performance, Innovation and Partnerships

Theatre Sports Years 7 and 8
All Years 7 and 8 students are invited to participate in Theatre Sports.

Theatre Sports, a form originated by Keith Johnstone and now practiced around the world, involves improvisation around various competitive 'game' pretexts that are judged by an audience.

Students have the opportunity to attend Theatre Sports Workshops with the possibility of being selected to represent Knox in the Interschool Theatre Sports Schools Challenge Competition, run by Impro Australia.

When: Wednesdays from 3.30pm – 5.00pm during Terms 3 and 4
Additional Workshop days may be scheduled for representative teams
Where: Knox Academy of Performing Arts (John Williams Hall)

Should you wish to participate, please express your interest to Mr Dunlop.

Speech and Drama Lessons
I am delighted to advise that we have appointed Ms Merryl Llyod as our new Speech and Drama Teacher. Ms Lloyd is a highly experienced teacher and assessor and currently sits on the Examiners Board of the International Music Examination Board for Speech. We are excited to have her on the team and know her wealth of knowledge and experience will benefit each student.

Speech and Drama provides students with the enhanced skills of speech, presentation, improvisation, thinking quickly on your feet, communication and expressing your ideas more clearly! Perfect for both Drama students and all students who need to present speeches or presentations.

Who: All Year Levels
Where: Knox Academy of Performing Arts (John Williams Hall)
$20 per student for a 30 minute group class (if spaces available)
$45 for individual 30 minute one-on-one coaching.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Amanda Hough, Performing Arts Coordinator.

Drama Club - Years 7 and 8
Drama Club for Years 7 and 8 will be offered on two days (Mondays and Tuesdays from 3.30pm – 5.00pm) during Term 3, allowing students to choose the day that best fits their schedule.

Should you wish to enrol for Term 3, and to help us plan, please click on the link below to indicate which day is your preferred option. Students need to choose one day each week and are not able to mix and match. This ensures consistency of groups etc.

Please click here to register.
Drama Club will commence in Week 2 (Monday 24 July or Tuesday 25 July).

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Dunlop.
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NSW Schools Titration Competition

Ms Chantal Dreesbeimdieke, Science and Chemistry Teacher

Over the weekend, Knox hosted three schools as part of the annual NSW Schools Titration Competition.

Twenty-four (eight teams) of our Chemistry boys across Years 11 and 12 competed against eight teams from Mount St Benedict College and two teams from Domremy College.

For the past eight weeks, our teams have been training hard for this event and the boys were really excited to participate.

During the 1.5-hour competition, the boys used the technique of volumetric analysis to determine the concentration of an unknown solution.

First and second place went to Mount St Benedict College with the team from Knox Grammar (Haoyuan Luo, Yingchen Nie, Mengzhe Gu) in third place. With a score of 56 points, Knox has a good chance of making the Nationals. Well done boys!

Social Justice

Mrs Helen Clarke, Head of Social Justice

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” John Wesley

The Knox Wesley Mission Blanket Appeal - clean out cupboards and keep others warm this winter!
Do you have old or spare blankets or sleeping bags in the cupboard that could be distributed to those who are cold as winter approaches? Richard Duncan from the Wesley Mission is keen for any donations of blankets and sleeping bags to help them provide for the homeless in the winter ahead. Please drop off any donations to Room 19, the WLF Office or at Reception located at 2 Borambil St Wahroonga.

Year 10 Students - Life Line needs your help at the Book Fair again this year. It's not too late!
KSPL hours can be completed at the Life Line Book Fair. Mr Phil Irons coordinates the Book Fair and there are two dates where he particularly needs help. Please phone him on 0410 699 560. 

The Book Fair is in the Knox KG1 building again this year.
Saturday 8 July - convoy books to Hall (KG1 Building) commencing from 8am.
Sunday 16 July - convoy unsold books from KG1 Building to trucks and assist with loading of trucks.

Service Learning/Social Justice Project Opportunities  
Year 10 KSLP: a reminder to register on Student Cafe for your KSLP - all Year 10 boys are to complete this to register their commitment and time sheets as well as other documentation.

Serving others and walking the Kokoda Track
Since 2013 our social justice involvement in PNG has also included walking the Kokoda Track and supporting village teachings and cultural experiences on the track. The Kokoda Track is coordinated by Mr Adam Shaw and is again set for the Term 3 holidays. Boys wishing to participate should email Mr Shaw or see him in the PDHPE Department. There is a training program for the trek.

The Enngonia Transition Program
Thank you to Mr Hemphill and Mr Voysey and all of the generous teachers at the Prep and the Senior School who helped and supported the visitors from Enngonia last week. The boys relished their time at both the Prep and the Senior School and in Stage 4 boarding and had the chance to enjoy a sumptuous dinner prepared by House Master, Mr Norman. Well done everyone!

Enngonia Service Visit
The service week at Enngonia will occur in Term 4. Boys who have nominated for this event will receive an email in the next week or so with the final details. The cost will be approx. $900. The group will be a max of 10-12 boys due to accommodation restrictions.

Keep those shoes, especially school shoes, in good condition to help the Philippines school children attend school!
The Knox ongoing school and sports shoe collection allows the opportunity for children in very disadvantaged areas of the Philippines to have the opportunity to go to school! Simply, without shoes they cannot attend school and adults cannot attend work! Let Mrs Helen Clarke know if you have any shoes to donate and deliver to either Room 19 or the WLF office.

The Knox Social Justice Club - working together for justice and serving others
Encourage your son to join the SJ Club. The Social Justice Prefects mentor the younger students and the committees formed work on projects such as support for the homeless
All boys across Years 7-12 are welcome to get involved with our various initiatives! Our committee's focus this term is Youth Beyond Blue and Stop the Traffik
Initiatives and leadership opportunities for ALL boys! We have our new Portfolio Leadership Team joining us at the meetings as well. Congratulations to these boys who represent their year groups!
The Club meets each Friday at lunch time in room C102 (in the Knox Cultural Centre).
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Year Group Newsletters from last Friday