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Knox Parents' Association

Mr Kent Walker, President

Year 8 Cakes

Early Bird Offers for the new 2017/2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership
Knox is raising funds through the purchase of the 2017/2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership. Purchase now and you'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do!

The Entertainment Book is such a great way to try new restaurants as well as provides the opportunity to help community organisations.

Learn more about the Entertainment Digital Membership:

For more information, please contact Ms Jodi Addis or phone 0418 478 764.

From the KPA Prep Convenor
A friendly reminder to all K-5 parents that voluntary donations for your Gala Day stall can be paid via Knox Online Payments or cash in an envelope to your son's teacher by the end of term. All donations are greatly appreciated to cover the cost of running the stall. Year 6 will be asked to provide food for their Cafe Stall, and the Year 6 Convenor will be in touch with regard to this.

Knox Gala Day instructions for donations via Knox Online Payments
Select Knox Parents Association, and under Event name click on Gala Day Donations and remember to put your son's class/ year in the 'Other Details' section.

Volunteer on your son's Year Group Stall
Your Year Group Convenor will be sending through an email with a link to and I encourage you to sign up to help out on Gala Day. An hour goes very quickly and it is a great way to meet other parents in your son's year group. 
Kindy - Chocolate Fountain, Year 1 Lucky Dip, Year 2 Popcorn and Slushis
Year 3 - Dumpling Stall, Year 4 Showbags, Year 5 Souvlaki Stand, Year 6 Cafe
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Knox Uniform Shop

Mrs Julie Blackburn, Knox Uniform Shop Manager

Term 2 requires students to present on the first day of term in the winter uniform. To assist with the purchasing of uniforms, we are open every week day from 12.30pm - 5.30pm until the last day of Term 1. We are also open each Saturday morning from 9am - 12noon. Additional operating hours during the school holidays are below. All items are available to purchase on Flexischools which can be delivered to the Prep School and WPS on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Uniform Shop Opening times during the holidays are as follows:

Monday 10 April - Open 9.30am - 5pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Tuesday 11 April - Open 9.30am - 5pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Wednesday 12 April - Wednesday 19 April - CLOSED
Thursday 20 April - Open 9.30-5.00pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Friday 21 April - Open 9.30-5.00pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Monday 24 April - Open 9.30am-5.00pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Tuesday 25 April - CLOSED ANZAC Day
Wednesday 26 April - Open 8am-5.30pm

Please note, all blazers that require colour award embroidery must be submitted by 5pm, Monday 11 April. Any blazers received after this time will not be accepted. These will be available for collection from the Uniform Shop from Monday 24 April during opening times and on Wednesday 26 April from 8am. For further information regarding blazer colours, please ensure you read the Sports Bulletin from Week 9 with instructions on how to complete the necessary paperwork.
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Mr Mark Hemphill

What a difference a week of sunshine makes to everyone. After a pretty dismal Summer Sports season the boys were very excited to be able to participate in their Winter Sport Trials on Saturday. Life is much easier for everyone when the boys are able to expend their limitless energy! Hopefully the weather will continue to be kind to us this week as the winter trials continue in after school training times this week.

There is no sport this Saturday as the IPSHA Cross Country Carnival is being held at Kings. Good luck to all the boys who are representing Knox at this carnival.

Data on phones
We continue to remind the boys about the rules around using their mobile phones at school. The boys may use their phones before they enter the school gates in the morning. Once the boys enter the school gates they must put their phones away and they cannot use their phones at all during the day until they leave the gates in the afternoon at the conclusion of school. The boys have been told that if they ever need to contact their parents then they can come to the Office at any time and use the office phone. The ladies in the office will always ask the boys why they need to call as they will try to help the boy to solve the problem first in case it is not necessary to call parents.

The boys are not to use their phones during the day at all and they certainly shouldn’t be gaming during the school day.

I have also spoken to the boys and asked them not to be on their phones whilst they are walking as this is very dangerous. When they walk and are engrossed in playing a game at the same time they are not aware of the dangers around them. Can you please reinforce this message with your sons at home.

A question I also have for parents is if it is necessary for Prep boys to have access to data on their phones. At this age unlimited access to the internet when the boys are unsupervised can often lead to boys making poor choices when using their phones and get themselves into trouble. Is the data absolutely necessary?

One of the best websites and resources for parents devoted to the use of technology and cyber safety is the Australian Federal Police Thinkuknow site

This site is an excellent resource for parents in this very difficult parenting topic as it has a section for parents and carers. Technology related issues are often one of the most stressful part of parenting boys and we generally need all the help we can get.

Some of the topics covered include technology and youth, privacy, relationships, reputation management, factsheets (on Instagram, Snapchat etc.), parent control guides, social media and reputational management, cyber safety and security guide and family online safety.

I think one of the most useful resources is the Family Online Safety Contract which all parents should be using with their sons. I have included the link to this contract so that you can use it at home.

This week in the Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 Assemblies I showed the boys the following video on Joe’s Story which you might like to follow up with them at home.

Bravehearts Cyberecho Program
All boys in Years 4 to 6 will be completing the Braveheart’s Cyber Echo program this semester. This online program educates young people around the positive and exciting potential of the online world as well as the dangers of cyber communication. It provides them with the skills and strategies to help them learn, interact and communicate safely online.

Easter Chapel Service
A reminder that the Easter Chapel Service will be held this Sunday 2 April at 9.30am in the Senior School Chapel. The boys are to wear their Summer uniform.

This is a lovely way to celebrate the holiness, the significance and the joy of Easter with our families so I look forward to seeing you all there.

Term 1 concludes next Friday 7 April and the boys return to school on Wednesday 26 April in full Winter school uniform.
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Student Wellbeing

Mr Peter Voysey, Director of Students K-6

'The Human Race' Wellbeing Performance
On Friday 24 March, Brainstorm Productions visited the Prep and presented their show titled ‘The Human Race’ to all students Kindergarten to Year 6. This hour long performance involved audience participation from the boys which aimed to reinforce values, positive behaviours, resilience, consequences, dealing with bullying, feeling safe, responsible use of technology and good decisions. All boys maintained high levels of interest and involvement throughout the show which I was proud of. At the conclusion of the day, the presenters commented that the younger boys knowledge and understanding of all terms, especially resilience and persistence were quite impressive compared to similar aged student performances.

All values and behaviours covered in the show are well supported throughout the year during our PD Health and Values lessons.

K-2 Happenings

Mrs Chris Gray, K-2 Coordinator

'Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.'
Chinese Proverb

We look forward to seeing our K-2 families at the Easter Chapel Service on Sunday at 9.30am where Little Lads will perform for us. The Service will be held in the Senior School Memorial Chapel on Borambil Street. The boys wear their Summer uniform (no hat). This is a special time for the Preparatory School to share time together and think about the gift of Easter.

Seesaw invitations will go home with your son by the end of term, including instructions on how to access his individual portfolio.  This amazing App empowers each student to independently document his learning journey and gives parents a window into the learning process, not just the end result. This is a wonderful way to celebrate your son’s achievements, no matter how big or small.

On Monday 3 April at 2.15pm; Year 1 parents are invited to see how we use technology in the learning process as the boys share their developing understanding across the curriculum, using iPads and QR Codes.

Year 2 parents will be taken back in time on Tuesday 4 April at 2.15pm when the boys take them on a journey through the History of Knox.  Using historical enquiry and communication activities, Year 2 will be able to show why the past is important to their future.

K-2 Service Learning  (Miss Jo Downie)
K-2 will be participating in a Service Learning Program in 2017 benefiting young children at schools in East Timor. Mary MacKillop International is a charity which helps support these schools. We are encouraging the boys to collect stamps throughout to donate to MMI. The stamps help purchase resources for the students, teachers and classrooms. These stamps can be new or used from envelopes and handed into the box at the K-2 reception. It really is a great initiative and it would be fantastic to see as many stamps being collected as possible!

Dates for your Diary
Thursday 30 March - 11.10am KR Assembly.
Friday 31 March - K-2 Activities Day.
Sunday 2 April - 9.30am Easter Chapel Service in the Senior School.
Monday 3 April - Year 1 Parent Afternoon
Tuesday 4 April - Year 2 Parent Afternoon.
Thursday 6 April - 11.10am KG Assembly.
Friday 7 April - Term 1 Concludes.
Wednesday 26 April - Term 2 Begins (winter uniform).
Friday 12 May - Kindergarten Mother's Day High Tea.
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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

Last Friday, the Years 3 and 4 Chapel Service was held for the first time this year at St John’s Wahroonga. Scheduled towards the end of each term, these Chapel Services are a lovely way of gathering together in worship as a year group and giving thanks for the many blessings we are all so lucky to enjoy on a daily basis. I would like to thank the many parents and guardians who were able to spend this time in prayer and reflection with the boys.

On another note, all boys in Years 3 and 5 will be provided with access to the following NAPLAN practice links for the holidays. Please explore these links below if you wish to do further preparation with your son for the NAPLAN testing taking place in Week 3 of Term 2. This work is not mandatory and as such, students are not expected to do this during the holiday period. Furthermore, parents will need to correct the completed practice papers at home during the holidays. The answers for each of the practice papers are included within the links. Additional practice at School will resume in Week 1 of Term 2 for two weeks.

Past NAPLAN Papers
Past NAPLAN Papers answer link 

NAPLAN Practice Papers and Answers 

In both Years 3 and 5, all students have been thoroughly prepared for the upcoming NAPLAN assessments in terms of content as well as the types of questions they will encounter under timed conditions. This will continue until the administration of the NAPLAN tests in Week 3. 

Please remember that NAPLAN is simply a snapshot of where your son’s skills are aligned at this point in time as all learners grow and develop at different rates.

Dates for the diary
Sunday 2 April - Easter Chapel Service (not compulsory), Senior School Chapel
Friday 7 April - Term 1 concludes
Wednesday 26 April - Term 2 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 hopes you have another enjoyable week as we continue marching towards the end of Term 1.
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Year 4 News

Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader

The word assessment can generate a number of different responses and emotions. For many of us when we made our way through the school system this word symbolised the pinnacle of learning, with a defining mark that indicated those who had achieved and those who had not. And for many of those who had not it was bad luck because it would be onto another subject with new content and a small chance of ever catching up.

This area of education has become a hot topic, with many researching into the benefits of quality assessment. We now understand the importance of assessing at each point of the learning process, whether at the beginning, assessing what they already know and what they are yet to understand, during, offering practical and direct ways to improve their understanding or at the end What do they now understand? What areas continue to indicate the need for further improvement? At Knox, we do not have a formal assessment period rather assessments are always taking place. For this reason the anxiety and fear that this word once promoted should be no more.   
The other component that has been identified as being the linchpin to genuine and long-term understanding has been offering quality feedback. Feedback is provided in many different ways. When you look at your son’s books or work samples they bring home you will notice traces of his teacher giving feedback but we also teach the boys to peer assess as well as self assess. These voices and ideas are just as important as the teachers. The feedback that your son is provided with from teachers and peers is not only written, it may be as simple as giving a little reminder whilst completing a task, repeating an explanation using a different strategy or demonstrating the concepts practically. If we are to move away from the traditional model of defining students by marks and truly viewing learning as a process, then we must place the greatest importance on the feedback provided.  

Over the final two weeks of this term your son will be entering the final phase of this process for the subjects of Maths, English and History. They will be offered a variety of activities with the intention of demonstrating understanding and applying their knowledge. Some of these include written tasks, working together in teams to present information, using iPads to record their ideas about a given topic and even reading aloud and responding verbally to a text. The teachers will be observing, taking notes and giving feedback to each boy. The information gathered during these tasks will be communicated to you at the beginning of Term 2 in the form of the assessment folder. Feedback will be provided for each assessment and this will then, as teachers, inform our understanding of what needs further teaching and what needs greater consolidation for the coming term.    

As parents, if you notice your son showing signs of concern when he is required to complete a task such as these, remind him that the focus is on effort and that the learning process is ongoing. Our aim at Knox is to build your sons up to be hard working, life long learners who see endless possibilities and opportunities to improve.  

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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

All boys in Years 3 and 5 will be provided with access to the following NAPLAN practice links for the holidays. Please explore these links below if you wish to do further preparation with your son for the NAPLAN testing taking place in Week 3 of Term 2. This work is not mandatory and as such, students are not expected to do this during the holiday period.

Furthermore, parents will need to correct the completed practice papers at home during this holiday period. The answers for each of the practice papers are included within the links. Additional practice at School will resume in Week 1 of Term 2 for two weeks.

Past NAPLAN Papers

Past NAPLAN Papers answer link 

NAPLAN Practice Papers and Answers 

In both Years 3 and 5, all students have been thoroughly prepared for the upcoming NAPLAN assessments in terms of content as well as the types of questions they will encounter in timed conditions. This will continue until the administration of the NAPLAN tests in Week 3. 

Please remember that NAPLAN is simply a snapshot of where your son’s skills are aligned at this point in time as all learners grow and develop at different rates.

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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

Well what a week it was! After weeks of waiting the boys finally got their chance to head away for a fun filled four days of camp at Stanwell Tops. Despite the downpour in Sydney, the Year 6 boys managed to get through the first few days without any weather interruptions. The first afternoon saw many of the groups head down to the beach via a bush walk which gave the boys an outstanding view coming down toward the beach. Unfortunately, the weather didn't allow the boys into the water; however, this didn't stop a wide variety of beach games, including a touch football lesson from Mr Kelliher.

Throughout the three days the boys completed activities such as High Ropes, Abseiling and the Goliath swing. It was fantastic to see the boys challenging themselves to push out of their comfort zones and take on activities and situations that may have been foreign to them. All the boys should be extremely proud of their efforts on camp and their behaviour as a whole was excellent. There were a few tired bodies on the bus home on Friday and I am sure the boys slept very well over the weekend.

I would also like to thank the Year 6 staff who attended the camp: Mrs Cathy Swanson, Mrs Penelope Dugan, Miss Sarah Beaumont Jones, Mr Alex Harrisson, Mr Denis Kelliher and Mr Hamish Oates as well as Mr Peter Voysey, Mrs Luisa Maxwell and Mrs Pamela Sinicco for attending the camp and looking after the boys so well. Special thanks to Mrs Swanson who also coordinated the camp.
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Library News

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

World Book Online
World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites. Knox Students are able to access this valuable resource at home via the Library Page in the Prep Section on the Knox Portal.

Alternatively, go to
Log-In ID: knox
Password: grammar

World Book Online – Kids is targeted for students aged 6-10 and World Book Online – Student is suitable for ages 10-14.

Students can also access e books via the World Book Online homepage.
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Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

Grand opening of the Knox Prep Performing Arts Centre
For over 14 years the Prep Music staff have been teaching in two very old buildings down next to the basketball courts. Over the Christmas holidays the two music buildings were demolished and a mega demountable was placed in between the basketball courts and the tuckshop. The building took over 8 weeks to building and soundproof and it truly is a remarkable building which houses over 16 ensemble rehearsals weekly, over 450 private instrumental lessons and 35 Classroom Music Lessons each week.

Last Tuesday 28 March, we had the official grand opening of the new Prep Music Centre. Congratulations to all of the boys who performed at the Grand Opening of the Prep performing Arts Centre!! The special guests and audience were blown away with the performers musical prowess and professionalism. It was a remarkable evening of music showcasing our Prep Musicians and how well we are utilising our new musical home.

Easter Chapel Service
The Easter Service is on Sunday 2 April in the Knox Senior School Chapel. If your son is involved in the Concert Strings, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Knoxapella or Little Lads he will be involved in the service. As in the past, all boys (except Little Lads) will be required at the Senior School Chapel by 8.30am for a rehearsal. Little Lads are not required until 9.15am. The chapel service starts at 9.30am and should be completed by 10.30am. Full summer uniform with blazers should be worn - no hats. If your son is not able to attend can you please send your conductor an email as soon as possible. 

Private Instrumental Lessons
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. 
If your son decides to discontinue for whatever reason, notice must be given to the Director of Instrumental Music, Miss Rebeccah Morris, four weeks prior to the end of a term. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to your son’s lessons, please don’t hesitate to email Miss Morris.

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Year Group Newsletters from last Friday

Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Theatre

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

Years 7 - 9 Musical Auditions
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Fin, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional Spelling Bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups.

Knox Academy of Performing Arts is auditioning for roles and a large ensemble of singers, actors and dancers, from Years 7 - 9, for our September production season of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Audition Dates: Monday 1 - Thursday 4 May

Auditions can be booked online at: (limited spaces available in each session)

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact KAPA Coordinator, Ms Amanda Hough or Director of Theatre Performance, Innovation and Partnerships, Mr Daniel Dunlop.

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

Thank you for all of your support of Social Justice in Term 1. We wish you a blessed Easter and a relaxing holiday. Come and visit the Social Justice stall at Gala Day!

The Knox Wesley Mission Appeal
Thank you to all the generous boys and their families who are supporting our Easter eggs and noodles drive! Room 19 and the KSSA Sao office reflects your generosity!

Each year for the past eight years the Knox students and the community have supported the homeless at Easter. We collect eggs and noodles to be distributed to the homeless in our City over Easter. Please drop in Easter eggs and pots of flavoured noodles to the SAO offices.

It’s a good time to think ethically when buying chocolate. See the following website, Stop the Traffik, and click under 'resources' for a list of which brands to support. 

The Social Justice Trip to Vanuatu, Saturday 24 June - Friday 30 June
These July school holidays we are undertaking a trip to SWBPC Vanuatu as part of the Knox Social Justice Program. This will be the second trip to the remote school by a Knox delegation. Details of the inaugural 2015 trip are available from Mrs Helen Clarke so that you can familiarise yourself with the school and surrounding community.

This year when visiting the school, our aim will be to assist in their teaching program with students and staff working together to find ways to add value to these programs. Expressions of interest are now called for from students with an interest in helping other students living in a remote pacific island community.

We can take up to 10 students on this trip but it is a self-funding venture with each participant to cover airfare, accommodation expenses in Port Vila and other incidental costs. In 2015 the costing was around $4000 per student. If you are interested in being a member of this Social Justice team, please contact Mrs Clarke by the start of Week 9 via email or by visiting the WLF office in Room 10.

The Knox Social Justice Club – Working Together for Justice
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 supporting for the homeless.

Meets each Friday.
All boys Years 7-12 are welcome to get involved with our various initiatives!
Initiatives and leadership opportunities for all boys! The Social Justice Prefects mentor the boys in various activities and we have our recent 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 K 102 (in the Knox Cultural Centre).

Current projects are:
Stop the Traffik - buying ethically with a particular emphasis on the Stop the Traffik Good Chocolate Guide to Australia.
Support of Youth - Beyond Blue.
Both of these organisations will be a focus of our Gala Day Fundraising this year!
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