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Knox Careers Night 2017

Ms Linda Gomez, Careers Advisor

Students and parents are invited to 'Charting Your Future Direction: Knox Career Night 2017’
When: Monday 29 May 2017, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Knox Great Hall, Knox Senior School
Cost: Free (bookings not required)
Who: Boys, girls and parents from local schools

Boys, girls and parents from local schools are invited to a free Careers Night at the Knox Great Hall, Knox Senior School, Wahroonga.

Come and speak to representatives from:

University of Sydney                                      
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
University of NSW
Macquarie University
Australian National University 
Western Sydney University
Charles Sturt University
University of Newcastle
Australian Catholic University
University of Wollongong
Bond University
University of Notre Dame
Defence Force Recruiting
International College of Management
Chartered Accountants
Macleay College
Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Le Cordon Bleu
Sydney Film School
Education USA
Aussie Athletes Agency
Many more unis and tertiary institutions

For more information, please contact Ms Linda Gomez, Knox Careers Advisor.
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Knox Parents' Association

Mr Kent Walker, President

Next KPA Meeting
Date: Tuesday 30 May
Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Venue: Thistle Room, KG1 Building, Senior Campus

The KPA would like to extend an invitation to all parents to attend the next KPA Meeting on Tuesday 30 May.

The Headmaster, Mr John Weeks, along with the Head of Wahroonga Prep (Mrs Julie Wiseman), Head of the Prep School (Mr Mark Hemphill) and Head of the Senior School - Deputy Headmaster K-12 (Mr Scott James) will be attending to give an update on the different campuses.

Our very special guest for the evening will be Mrs Karen Yager (Deputy Headmaster 7-12 - Head of Student and Teacher Excellence K-12) who will discuss the Finnish model of education, which has garnered some great interest lately. Although the Finnish education model is very different to the Australian and NSW models, there are some significant aspects that we can focus on. One example is that their teachers are recognised as the keys to quality in education. Therefore, their teachers are provided with access to ongoing quality professional learning. This overview will highlight the differences and what we can learn from their approach.

We will be wrapping up our very successful Gala Day held a few weeks ago and giving thanks to the many parents who volunteered on the day.

Drinks and nibbles are from 6.30pm with the meeting to commence at 7pm. All parents are most welcome and it would be great to meet some new parents, so please come along. It is always informative and well worth attending.

2017-2018 Entertainment Book Membership
Thank you to our Knox families who have supported our fundraising by buying the new 2017-2018 Entertainment Membership this year! You can also share this link with your family and friends. Entertainment Memberships are filled with hundreds of valuable offers and you will also be helping raise money for the school at the same time.

All enquiries to Jodi Addis on 0418 478 764.
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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

Last week your son brought home his Year 3 Assessment Portfolio which contains a number of assessments administered in class throughout the course of the semester. Parents are encouraged to read through and discuss these with their sons in order to identify focus areas needed for the future. Upon completion of this, a parent/guardian is also asked to sign and date each assessment in the applicable section at the bottom of the front page. Please feel free to discuss these assessments with your son’s individual classroom teacher during the Year 3 Parent Information Night held early next term. As more assessments are completed, they will continue to be sent home throughout the course of the year.

All assessment portfolios are then asked to be returned to School by your son by Thursday 25 May at the latest. The Year 3 teachers thank you in advance for your support with this request.

On another note, I would like to thank the 3P parents and students for completing their Service Learning assistance towards ‘The Dish’ for this term. 3K is currently organising their final contributions for Term 2 this Friday. 3S will then start their second rotation of providing a meal for ‘The Dish’ on Friday of both Weeks 6 and 7. The contributions from 3G will recommence in Week 1 of next term.

Finally, I would like to remind Year 3 parents of the importance of regularly checking the Year 3 Portal page. Various important announcements, notes and homework are all frequently posted on the Portal in order for parents to view and be informed. 

Dates for the diary
Friday 9 June  Winter House Gala Day
Monday 12 June – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Tuesday 20 June – Years 3-6 House Track & Field Carnival (Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, Narrabeen)
Friday 23 June – Term 2 concludes

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.
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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

Maths Problem Solving
Our Year 5 boys are accustomed to applying their numerical skills to general word problems by looking for key words or clues that help them to find a solution. We are now introducing a weekly explicit problem solving lesson in all of our Maths classes. This began last week with the strategy- draw a diagram. The eight strategies we are focussing on throughout the year are listed below. We will cover the first four in our support and core classes this term. Our extension Maths classes started the Australasian Problem Solving Maths Olympiad competition with our first contest last Friday. It was very challenging. The extension classes are expected to use all the strategies in the Olympiad Competition.

Problem Solving Strategies
Draw a diagram
Making a list
Working backwards
Using a table
Logical reasoning
Guess and check
Tree diagram
Looking for a Pattern

To reinforce and consolidate our problem solving strategies, we will now be introducing just one problem on our weekly homework grid. You may have noticed that these problems are levelled to suit the individual needs of our students. If your son is in a support class they should start at level 1. If your son is in core, he could have a try at either the level 1 or 2 problem and if your son is in an extension Maths class then he should be completing level 3. If your son would like to challenge himself, he is welcome to try a higher level than suggested. 

Special Guest

Year 5 boys had the privilege of Cameron Clark from the Waratahs Rugby Union team, visit our year group last Friday morning. He talked to the boys about leadership, setting goals, facing setbacks and the importance of showing respect towards others. Cameron is an old Knox boy who joined us in Year 5 and ended up becoming the prep vice-captain when he was in Year 6. After his talk, the boys were able to ask him a variety of questions about what life was like when he was in the prep and then he made time to sign some items. 

I would like to thank Ms Rebecca Burgmann for organising his visit. 

ICAS Testing Dates
Reminder: ICAS testing dates if you have decided that you would like your son to complete them:

Digital Technologies on Tuesday 23 May
Science on Tuesday 30 May
Writing on Wednesday 14 June
English on Tuesday 1 August
Maths on Tuesday 15 August
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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

This week has been an exciting one for Year Six with many of the boys out and about with extra curricular activities. Below are some of the exciting things happening this week!

On Monday, many of the boys represented Knox at the Paul Kelly Cup AFL competition. The boys played some outstanding AFL on the day and most importantly showed excellent sportsmanship and represented Knox with pride. Well done to all the boys who attended, from all accounts it was a fantastic day thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Coming up on Thursday is the New South Wales state da Vinci Decathlon. The following boys will be representing Year 6 on the day, Brendan Milobara, Hanwei Chong, Daniel Rose, Alex Lin, Angus Wines, Ted Deane, Patrick Bull and George Ma. We wish the boys the best of luck! The other students and teachers are looking forward to hearing all about their success when they return to school on Friday.

Well done to 6B who presented a fantastic assembly on Monday. It certainly put staff and students in a "Happy" mood. Next up for Year 6 is Mrs Swanson's class in Week 7.
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Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

Oz Opera
This Friday 26 May, Oz Opera will be performing for all the K-2. They are performing a wonderful story that explores courage you find when you believe in yourself. A wonderful mix of magic, drama and excitement, using the popular tunes of Bizet’s Carmen, this 50-minute Opera featuring professional singers, colourful costumes and an enchanting set. El Kid is a band new Opera that has been devised for primary students throughout the state. The Opera will be performed in the K-2 Centre and will cost $7 which will be charged to your son’s account.

Music Camp
Music Camp will be on this Saturday 27 May from 1pm - 6pm and Sunday 28 May from 8.30am - 4pm. All boys in the Band Program will be required to attend both days. There will be a short concert at 4pm in the Prep Auditorium for all bands which will be finished by 4.30pm.

I am also still in need of about eight more parents to help on the Sunday and show their MasterChef skills on the barbie. If you are able to help for two hours from 11am-1pm on the Sunday can you please please contact Ms Rebeccah Morris.

Further information and a permission form was emailed two weeks ago. If you did not receive an invite via the Parent Lounge, please email Miss Morris.
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Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

Mr James Brice, Head of Knox Academy of Performing Arts (KAPA)

Knox Community Chamber Music Series
On Thursday 18 May two of our Knox Academy of Performing Arts – KAPA Chamber Music Ensembles performed for the patients, residents, staff and families at the Neringah Palliative Care Hospital in the first of our 2017 Community Chamber Music Concert Series.

This ‘brand new’ initiative has provided an outstanding holistic community service activity whereby our Knox Grammar School Chamber Music musicians share their talents, skills and love of music for a rich and meaningful cause.

On behalf of Lindsay Irik (Director of Strings), Joanne Carey (Woodwind Coordinator) and our complete Knox Academy of Performing Arts Department, we were delighted to visit and perform last Thursday.

From the voices of all patients, residents, boys and staff, the unanimous overwhelming emotion was that of immense joy, pride and satisfaction.

If anyone was ever doubt of the immense impact that music has collective well-being, Mrs Anne Marks, Community Engagement Officer at Neringah Hospital has kindly shared these delightful words:

"Today was a wonderful and special time at Neringah thanks to the performances of your talented string ensemble and clarinet quintet.  The boys provided fantastic music that was very much enjoyed by everyone, and the staff who attended talked about nothing else this afternoon! A carer who accompanied a dementia patient to the performance told me afterwards that she had never seen her patient's eyes as wide open and as engaged as what they were today in the entire time she has been caring for him. We are very grateful for your enthusiasm for this engagement between Knox and Neringah and look forward to the next performance later this year."
Congratulations to our wonderful performers and KAPA staff.

AMEB Diploma Soiree - Sunday 21 May 2017
Many of our talented musicians are currently preparing for external AMEB performance exams that will occur over the next four week period. Alex Zhu is in preparation for his Diploma level exam, AMusA, on saxophone. Last Sunday afternoon, Alex gave a Ssiree to friends and family of his full performance program, accompanied by the fabulous pianist, Nana Tatanaszwili.

Bozza – Etude #12
Sancan – Lament et Rondo
Hindemith – Sonata
Glazunov – Concerto

Alex’s exam will be on Saturday 3 June in the city and we wish him and all AMEB candidates the best for their performances.

Knox will hold its official AMEB exam period on campus in Term 4 throughout Week 1-3, with over 150 candidates involved.

Miss Jo Carey Woodwind Coordinator, KAPA

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Knox Pipes and Drums

Mr Ainsley Hart, Pipe Band Master

2017 Tocal Field Day
On Friday 5 May, 43 members of Pipes and Drums Ceremonial Band participated in the Tocal Field Day - an annual field day and rural exhibition held at the CB Alexander Agricultural College in the Hunter Valley Region. This is an annual event and all the boys enjoyed taking part.

After a two-hour bus trip, we arrived there at around 10.30am. It was a beautiful sunny day and the grounds of the college were busy with visitors and exhibitors.

The band performed twice, first on the Main Stage and then they marched through the crowds to the end of the exhibitors and back again. The spectators enjoyed the performances, taking the time to stop and listen and take photos.

Congratulations to all involved. It was a very successful day.
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Parent Seminar - Tomorrow's Man

WHEN: Wednesday 19 July 2017, 7pm-10pm
LOCATION: Seniors Hall, Knox Senior Secondary Academy
COST: $25 per family (one adult and their child or children) - supports the Gotcha 4 Life Project
WHO: Knox Senior School boys and their dad, step-dad, uncle, godfather or close male adult friend

2017 Parent seminar flyer - Tomorrow's Man 2017 Parent seminar flyer - Tomorrow's Man (179 KB)

What does it mean to be a bloke today? And what do we want it to look like tomorrow?

The tide is changing for men young and old and the outdated stereotype is leaving some of our mates, dads, sons, uncles, teammates, workmates and brothers stranded without the tools for a healthy life. 

It’s time we got in a room to have a no holds barred conversation about the state of man; face the stats and create room to break the stereotype. Explore how we can look after ourselves, our mates and families better while carving out our own version of the Aussie man.

In an engaging, memorable and impactful few hours Gus Worland (Triple M Grill Team Captain) and Tom Harkin (Expert facilitator and Tomorrow’s Man founder), facilitate a casual and honest conversation exploring where the current man code has taken us and look at what tomorrow’s man might look like.
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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 - let's continue the collection!
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.

Reconciliation Week Assembly coming up
Knox celebrated Reconciliation Week at the Weekly Assembly last Thursday 18 May. Our guest speaker was Marcia Ella-Duncan Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and she highlighted the importance of seizing the challenges of all opportunities in the educational context of respect for all cultures to ensure all people move forward to ‘the next steps’ in Reconciliation for all people.

The local community and Ku-ring-gai Council are holding some special and wonderful events for Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC. Follow this link for more information.

Red Shield Appeal is on this Sunday 28 May
The Red Shield Appeal is coming up this Sunday. Each year, Knox supports this important annual appeal and our Salvo’s link person, Major Bruce Stoltenberg, has dinner with the boarders and in his presentation explains the importance of the Appeal for the needy in our society. Remember to give generously when Red Shield Volunteers knock on your door!

Vanuatu Service Learning Trip postponed
The Vanuatu Trip will be in the Term 3 holidays. Cyclone Donna impacted on the area and the locals requested that we postpone our trip until the later date. New application forms will be available soon. The cyclone and the need for us to support the education of the people of Vanuatu are important factors as we reach out in services of others. Please contact Mrs Helen Clarke to express your son's interest in this important service opportunity.

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.

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).

The Life Line Book Fair
Helpers are needed this July at Knox. Life Line needs helpers to set up and pack up. These hours can also count to your KSLP. The Life Line Book Fair is on at Knox each year in the July school holidays.

Please contact Mr Phil Irons if you want to volunteer for this event. Mr Irons will be able to sign your time sheets. You will be able to help for up to six hours with this project.
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