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Knox Parents' Association

Mr Kent Walker, President

Knox Christmas Markets – Friday 17 November
The Knox Christmas markets will be taking place in the Great Hall on Friday 17 November from 4pm to 8pm. The markets are open to family, friends and the wider Knox community. Why not start your Christmas shopping early!

Christmas Markets flyer 2017 Christmas Markets flyer 2017 (429 KB)

2018 Prep KPA vacancies
We are now seeking volunteers to join the Prep KPA Team for 2018. All roles have backup documentation so there's no need to reinvent the wheel!

Trivia Night Convenor - arrange trivia host, organise a theme, coordinate the event on the night.
Library Book Covering Convenor - liaise with the library staff as to when book covering is required. Setup roster on for volunteers. As Convenor, they don't need to attend all book covering sessions. Sessions are usually a few times per term and on a Thursday from 8.20am - 9.40am in the Years 3-6 Library.

If you would like further information on any of the roles, please feel free to email Fiona Small or contact her on 0452 337 314.

Mrs Fiona Small, KPA Prep Convenor
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2019 Scholarships

Applications for our 2019 scholarships are now open. Applications close 9 February 2018, with scholarship examinations to be held in Sydney (23 February 2018) and Dubbo (26 February 2018).

The scholarships available for entry to Knox in 2019 are:
• Academic
• Music
• All-Rounder
• Sons of Old Boys
• Boarders (from regional areas)

For more information and to apply, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Enrolments, Mr Martin Gooding, or phone +61 2 9473 9768.

Farewell for Mr Mark Hemphill

When: Tuesday 28 November 2017, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Ewan House, Knox Preparatory School, Billyard Ave, Wahroonga
Parents are warmly invited to this special parent event to farewell our wonderful Head of the Prep, Mr Mark Hemphill.

Drinks and canapés will be served. Please note, this function is for parents only (no students).
Please RSVP at by Friday 17 November.

For more information, please contact Megan Bailey, Community Relations Manager.
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Knox Pipes and Drums

Mrs Fiona Daunt, Pipes & Drums Trivia Night Coordinator

Trivia Night
To our wonderful Pipes and Drums group, the Knox community, family and friends:

There are now under two weeks to go until the Pipes and Drums Trivia Night returns on Saturday 18 November. It's going to be a great night out full of fun and games, so come along, catch up with friends and see if you can win the Trivia crown. Be sure to secure your tickets this week, as tables are selling fast and you wouldn't want to miss out on one of the best nights in the school calendar.

This year we are delighted to offer a catering option for delivery straight to your table. Refer to the Invite and Catering flyers below for further details on this no fuss dining option. We very much look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Pipes and Drums Trivia Night Pipes and Drums Trivia Night (2165 KB)

Knox Pipes and Drums Trivia Night Catering Knox Pipes and Drums Trivia Night Catering (495 KB)

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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

This Friday is the final Years 3 and 4 Chapel Service for 2017. Parents and guardians are warmly invited to attend this end of year service as we gather together in prayer and reflection to worship and give thanks for what has been an incredibly rewarding and successful year.

Next Monday all Year 3 boys will be taking part in the Surf Awareness and Education Day which will be held at Dee Why Beach. The boys are required to come to School wearing their PE uniform with swimmers underneath. In addition, students are reminded to ensure that they bring their necessary swimming gear with them (towel, sunscreen, bucket hat, recess, lunch and water bottle) in their sports bag. All boys will travel by coach to and from the beach on the day. Students are required to be at School at normal time in the morning and will return prior to 3:05pm in the afternoon.

Dates for the diary 
Friday 17 November – Years 3 and 4 Chapel Service (St John’s Wahroonga, 1.45pm)
Monday 20 November – Surf Awareness and Education Day
Thursday 7 December – Prep School Presentation Day and last day of the school year.

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 4 News

Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader

It is hard to believe that we have nearly reached the end of Year 4! For the boys the next few weeks will be packed with many exciting events.

This term, as part of our Service Learning program, Year 4 will be hosting a stall day in Week 8. Each class has worked on developing a product to market and sell to the K-6 boys. All profits from this day will be donated to Enngonia Public School, with whom Knox has had a strong standing relationship. Information regarding the day will be sent home in the coming week.

Next Tuesday the boys will make their way to Narrabeen Lake where they will participate in a variety of watersports. This day is always a highlight of the year! The boys will test their strength, balance and water safety skills by ‘having a go’ at activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming. We require all parents to complete a permission form found on the Parent Lounge by Friday, 17 November.  

This Friday we have our last chapel service for the year. The boys in Years 3 and 4 will come together to celebrate all that they have achieved across the year and to give thanks for all they have to look forward to in the coming months. The service will begin at 1:40pm; all parents and special visitors are welcome to attend.  

Being my last week, I would like to say a huge thank you to you, the parents, who have worked in partnership with the Year 4 teaching staff, allowing the boys to make great gains both socially and academically. Your time, support and care have maximised your son’s learning potential and have been pivotal to their success in 2017. 

Thank you also to Lauren Dunn, Katrina Gledhill, Nathan Russell and Noni Bruce as well as all the specialist teachers who have shared their expertise this year. Together they have provided the boys with an outstanding program of engagement and inquiry catering to every boys’ needs.

Finally to our Year 4 boys, I cannot express deeply enough how proud I am of the progress that each one of them has made. Together we have had good days, days that have tested us and days that we will all remember fondly. Through all of these experiences the boys have shared life together learning more about the world, each other and themselves. I know I speak on behalf of the all of the Year 4 team when I say it has been a privilege to be a small part of their time at Knox Prep. As Team Leader I feel incredibly confident passing our boys onto Year 5, where I know they will thrive with the guidance and support of their new teachers. 
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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

This week the Year 5 boys have been voting for their 2018 Year 6 Leaders. There has been much discussion amongst the boys about what makes an effective leader. The boys have been quite insightful discussing themes of serving others, being a positive role-model, showing compassion and empathy towards others and putting others' needs above their own. The Year 5 staff have been impressed on many occasions this year with the maturity of this year group and the kindness that they show towards others. There will be many children that are already displaying the traits of leadership who may not get the opportunity next year as there are just not enough positions available. We do understand that this is disappointing, however, we have encouraged the boys to display resilience and have reassured them that it is how they react to disappointments that demonstrates one’s true character. As a Year 6 student, all boys will have the opportunity to serve and lead the school.

"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way."

Robert Kiyosaki

Week 6 Wednesday 22 November Year 5 Surf Education Beach Awareness 5P, 5B, 5F, 5W
Week 8 Thursday 30 November End of Year Band Concert, 6pm-7pm, Ireland Field
Sunday 3 December Knox Family Christmas Chapel Service (summer uniform), 9.30am-10.30am, Senior School Chapel
Week 9 Thursday 7 December Presentation Day, 9.30am, Great Hall Senior School
Thursday 7 December Term 4 concludes
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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

The Year 6 boys were most enthusiastic, displayed lovely manners and kindness at the Year 7 Orientation Day on Friday. We are proud that the boys are showing their maturity and readiness for Senior School. With only a few short weeks left until the end of their time at the Prep School, it is great to see the boys still so committed to their learning.

The Year 6 Musical is fast approaching and any parents who are able to assist with make up at the matinee or evening performances should contact Mrs Beaumont-Jones. All offers of help would be greatly appreciated!

A reminder also that there will be two performances each day on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November with a 1.30pm Matinee performance as well as a 7pm evening performance. The boys will need to be at school by 6.30pm for the evening performance. A letter from Mr George came out on Monday with the details.

6B, 6D, 6F and 6H enjoyed a fantastic day down at Narrabeen Lakes last Thursday completing activities such as stand up paddle boarding, bike riding and canoeing. The weather was perfect and the boys enjoyed what was a well-earned day of fun. There was a bit of competition between the students and teachers particularly on the paddle boards, with a couple of teachers ending up a touch water logged after the experience! 6K, 60 and 6S head down this week for their day of fun! 

On Thursday 16 November, boys from Kindergarten to Year 12 will gather together in the Great Hall for our annual Christmas Assembly where the boys will worship, sing and rejoice together. It promises to be a memorable and festive event for all boys and staff.
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Library News

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

2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge
Congratulations to all boys who have participated in the 2017 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Participation Certificates were handed out during Library and Literacy Centre lessons this week. A special mention to those boys who received a Gold or Platinum certificate. To be eligible for a Gold certificate, students must complete four challenges (not necessarily consecutive). To be eligible for a Platinum certificate, students must complete seven challenges (not necessarily consecutive). This is an amazing effort. Congratulations!

Scholastic Book club
The final Scholastic Book club catalogues for 2017 have been distributed to all K-6 students this week. The closing date for all orders in Wednesday 22 November, with orders being delivered to Knox within two weeks of the closing date. All orders are to be submitted online using the LOOP payment system, with no order forms or money being returned to school.

The Prep School Libraries will be closed in Week 9 for annual stocktake. Borrowing will cease at the end of Week 7 (Friday 24 November), and we encourage students to return all borrowed books to the K-2 and 3-6 libraries before Friday 1 December (Week 8).
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Knox Pipes and Drums

Mrs Judith McGhie, Pipes and Drums Administration

Come and join the Pipe Band
We are now enrolling and looking for students who would be interested in learning the bagpipes (Years 5 and 6) and tenor drum (Year 5).

By joining now for Term 4, this would allow students time to develop ability to progress into the Prep Pipe Band the following year.

Year 6 boys will also get a head start on Pipe Band in the Senior School.

Spaces are limited so complete the enrolment form ASAP and return it to Pipe Band administration office - Attention Mrs Judith McGhie.
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Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

Christmas Markets
Little Lads, 3-4 Vocal Ensemble, 5-6 Vocal Ensemble and Year 6 String Quartet will be performing at the annual Knox Christmas Markets in the Senior School Great Hall this Friday evening, 17 November. The time allocations for each ensemble are below.

This is a fun and exciting concert and families are more than welcome to come and watch our performance in the foyer of the Great Hall and then enjoy the markets and shopping inside. Summer Uniform (minus boater) is to be worn.

3-4 Vocal Ensemble and 5-6 Vocal Ensemble will be performing from 5pm-5.40pm. Arrival time is 4.45pm.
String Quartet will be performing from 5.40pm-6pm. Arrival time is 5.15pm to give time for tuning.

If you have any questions in regards to this event please feel free to email Miss Rebeccah Morris.

Year 6 Musical
There is great excitement amongst the Year 6 boys with the imminent performances of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat’, which the boys will perform in Week 7 in the Prep School Auditorium.

Please see the dates and times of performances below:
Wednesday 22 November - Matinee at 1:30pm
Wednesday evening at 7:00pm
Thursday 23 November - Matinee at 1:30pm
Thursday evening at 7:00pm

Please ensure your son arrives at school by 6.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in order for costumes to be fitted etc. He should bring school shoes if required.

Boys may be collected from their classrooms at the end of the performances.

All boys should come to the evening performances with a base of foundation, bronzer/blush and mascara already applied by a parent/guardian. Given that we have approximately 170 boys performing each night, having basic makeup already applied before they arrive is of great importance.

We also need a small team of parents to help with character make-up prior to the night performances. If you are available to assist, please email Mrs Beaumont-Jones.

To purchase tickets please visit Trybooking. You will receive confirmation of your bookings from TryBooking.

Ticket prices: Adults - $15 Children - $10

We hope you enjoy attending the performances.
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Champions of Change

Lachlan Walker, Year 11 student

Consider all of the women you hold dear in your life; family, friends and acquaintances. Now, I want you to envision repetitive forces of brutality, violence and verbal degradation committed against these women. The generic question arises: ‘What would you do?’ For most, answers revolving around intervention would emerge. For others, it is easier to ignore rather than intercede. Yet, on average, at least one woman per week is killed by her partner or former partner in Australia. To clarify, that’s one preventable death each week of every year. Such statistics serve to reinforce Jimmy Carter’s belief that “the abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth”.

For the men of Knox Grammar School, the prevention of domestic violence remains at the forefront of our consciousness, education and actions as proactive ‘Champions of Change.’ The integration of White Ribbon within the Knox Grammar School community encourages a new generation of men, a generation of diligent and socially conscious men concerned with the issue of domestic violence and the degradation of women. Knox Grammar School endeavors to expose this uncomfortable issue, encouraging our men to identify, understand and prevent violence against women. The concept of ‘the standard you walk past, is the standard you accept’ is one deeply engraved within the foundational values and behaviour of all men of Knox. Although ‘physical violence’ exists as the most commonly identified hallmark of abuse against women, Knox Grammar School encourages its community to consider alternate forms of abuse, including degradation, humiliation and manipulation. Tanya Plibersek described it best when she stated that “all violence against women starts with disrespect.

Matt de Groot, guest speaker, at last week's White Ribbon Assembly

The Class of 2018 has collectively demonstrated their ongoing support for this cause as active ‘Champions of Change.’ Such support is physically evident in their repeated display of white ribbons at Formals, Father and Son Breakfasts, International Women’s Day, sporting events and on school grounds. Although this act may appear outwardly trivial, this symbolic gesture represents the unity of the Knox community towards a common issue and the significant financial aid raised to support victims of abuse. Together, we, as men of Knox Grammar School have taken the White Ribbon pledge to ‘Never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.’ 
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Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

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

Woodwind Soiree #4
The Woodwinds of KAPA give regular performances throughout the year with the most recent being the Soiree #4 on Thursday 9 November.

Performers from Years 7 to 10 as well a guest from North Sydney Boys presented items on the clarinet and saxophone.

The Soiree showcased a very high level of performance skill with all items presented being of at minimum AMEB Grade 8 standard. We wish the best to Alex Zhu for his upcoming Music Elective performance exam and to Jeremy Huang who will sit his AMEB 8th grade exam in early December.

A special thanks to our piano accompanist for the evening, Mr Christian Lillicrap.

The full list of repertoire and performers:

Woodwind Chamber Ensemble Soiree
Nine woodwind ensembles and the TBBT – The BIG Bang Theory, performed in a wonderful evening of chamber music on Monday 13 November.

Each ensemble rehearses once a week and give regular performances across the year at events such as Gala Day, Knox in Concert, Woodwinds on the Boulevarde series and community performances.

This Soiree allowed all ensembles to present an item to showcase their development over the year and will be for most, their final performance for 2017.

Knox Saxophone Ensemble – KSE
Alto 1 – Jeremy Huang, 8, Samuel Luo, 8, Ben Cairns, 7
Alto 2 – Shervin Erfanian, 7, Nathan Tsui, 7, Arthur McCully, 7
Tenor – Anton Pan-Cassin, 8
Baritone – Brian Cheng, 8
Henson & Pottle - Muppet Show Theme

Knox Clarinet Quartet 2 – KCQ2
Oliver Chen, 7, Oscar Chen, 7, Ryan Xia, 7
Bass Clarinet – Ben Yang, 7
Shield & Regas & Edwards: Clarinet Marmalade 

Knox Saxophone Quartet – KSQ
Soprano – Alex Zhu, 10
Alto – Ryan Thom, 9
Tenor – Anton Pan-Cassin, 8
Baritone - James Jiang, 8
Jean Jean – Quartet Mvt 1

Knox Flute Ensemble – KFE
William Papantoniou, 9, Hamish Chan, 8, Angus Dunk, 8, Dominic Rodriguez-Russell, 8, Austin Swaffer, 8
Knight: Night Sky

Knox Clarinet Orchestra – KCO
Clarinet 1 - Will Hordern, 11, Haowen Gao, 10
Clarinet 2 – Sam Yang, 9, Harry Hearder, 9
Clarinet 3 – Andrew Peng, 9, Leo Cui, 8
Clarinet 4 - Matthan Choi, 10
Bass Clarinet – Nathan Lui, 10
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue 

The BIG Bang Theory – TBBT
Flute - Michael Shi, 10
Clarinet – Zach Lucas, 7, David Sorrell, 7, Henry Qu, 9
Saxophone – Jason Nan, 7, Billy Deane, 7
Trumpet – Samuel Luo, 8 (guest artist)
Trombone – Edward Cameron, 7
Euphonium – William Rayment, 8
West – A Little More Blues

Knox Saxophone Orchestra – SO
Soprano – Peter Koch, 10
Alto 1 – Ryan Thom, 9, Jason Jin, 9
Alto 2 – Stanley Tang, 9, Edward Luo, 9
Tenor – Clinton Lui, 10, Evan Gauci, 9
Baritone – Alex Zhu, 10, Davey Sherlock, 10
Piazzolla - Liber Tango

Knox Clarinet Quartet – KCQ
Harry Hearder, 9, Sam Yang, 9, Leo Cui, 8
Bass Clarinet – Nathan Lui, 10
Piazzolla – Night Club

Knox Saxophone Quartet 2 – KSQ2
Alto – Jeremy Huang, 8
Alto – Samuel Luo, 8
Alto – Leo Zhu, 8
Baritone – Brian Cheng, 8
Desmond – Take 5

Knox Clarinet Ensemble – KCE
Oliver Chen, 7, Oscar Chen, 7, Ryan Xia, 7, 
Ethan Jones, 8, Ashton Lee, 8, Zachary Slonim, 10
Bass Clarinet – Ben Yang, 7
Rossini – L’Italiana in Algeri

A special thank you to the director of KCQ2 and KCO Ms Watts and the director of KFE Mr Watkins for their work with their ensembles throughout the year and the performances at the Soiree.

Upcoming Woodwind events for Term 4
Woodwinds on the Boulevard – Week 8, Wednesday 29th November at Lunch – Saxophone Orchestra
ATCL Diploma Recital – Week 8, Thursday 30th November, 5pm – featuring Alto Saxophonist Andrew Lee (Yr 11) and Mr Lillicrap (piano)

Miss Jo Carey, Knox Academy of Performing Arts 
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Social Justice

Mrs Helen Clarke, Head of Social Justice

Knox Christmas Markets this Friday 17 November
Come to the 'Everything in Common’ Stall and support those who have less!

The Social Justice Program will be supporting the Uniting Church Program ‘Everything in Common’. Have a look at what is available on the following website.

Buy meaningful and practical gifts for those who have everything - or share the joy of giving to help others! Buy these special Christmas Cards, support the education of a child, a woman, a toilet for a village, a goat, education materials so a child in the developing world can go to school.

Support needed for the ABBOX of Fun Sony Foundation Children's Holiday Camp
The ABBOX of FUN Children’s Holiday Camp is a four day, three night residential experience for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. This year, the camp is hosted at Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga from Saturday 9 – Tuesday 12 December 2017.

The ABBOX Children’s Holiday Camp provides four days of care, friendship and entertainment for children. It also provides respite for families as senior student volunteers from both school dutifully take on the role of camp carers. 

Campers participate free of charge. We also provide all meals for all campers and carers - that’s five meals for up to 120 people for each day of the camp. 

The Camp relies on community support and we have been lucky to have such a great community who is happy to support us. Unfortunately, we have lost a major sponsor, and we are looking for ongoing support by a cooperation or institution. This can be in the form of goods, vouchers or be financially. 

If you want to become a sponsor or know of someone who might be able to help, please contact Andrea Carter.

Speech Day Collection for ABBOX of Fun
At the conclusion of Speech Day 2017, the Social Justice Club will be collecting loose change (and notes if you prefer) in support of the ABBOX CAMP.

The Knox community was so generous last year we were able to finance a new activity which was a specially supervised jumping castle, which costs about AUS $900 for two hours and it was a wonderful success. 

Donations needed for ABBOX of Fun Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp
Thank you to those who have generously given some support already which will go to the important needs of the Camp. We now can run the annual ABBOX Masterchef thanks to the generous support of the Knox community. We will be asking for your time and wonderful morning and afternoon donations of goodies (not nuts at all) and some gluten free options for the Camp. If you would like to be involved, but you are not able to bake or come and help, you still can support the Camp by donations of:
Art and Craft supplies, such as paper, not toxic paints and brushes, stickers etc
Picture books
Children’s DVDs

Please contact Helen Clarke if you can help.

Annual Knox Christmas Gift and Food Hamper Appeal
The Christmas season is approaching - give generously and please bring your donations to Room 19, KSSA SAO Office, your son's mentor or WLF teacher.

Each year Knox supports those for whom Christmas is a difficult time. Knox supports two agencies at this time:  
The Wesley Mission Christmas Food Hamper Appeal 
Information about the STARTTS Organisation can be found on their website. Years 7 and 8 students (and any other families who wish to participate) may donate Christmas gifts to the children who are victims of torture and trauma supported by STARTTS. These children do not receive any other gifts at Christmas.

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