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Knox Aquatic Centre

Ms Katie McCormick, Aquatic Centre Manager

Adult Learn to Swim lessons
The Adult Learn to Swim program is for adults with little or no swimming experience. This program is to help develop basic swimming skills such as floatation, kicking and learning freestyle and backstroke. Once these fundamental skills have been achieved, further stroke development can be taught whilst still improving on freestyle and backstroke. Classes are held on Thursday evenings at 6pm, are 45 minutes in duration and there is a maximum of six per class.

If you wish to join the Adult Learn to Swim program, you will not require an assessment. Participants are not required to have any previous swimming experience however basic swimming knowledge is helpful.

Adult Squads
Would you like to improve your fitness, health, general wellbeing and/or swimming ability? The Knox Aquatic Centre swimming program offers an Adult Squad that can help you do all of the above. 

In addition to the Adult Learn-to-Swim program, the Adult Squad is designed to cater for adults who can already swim capably. While the Squad tries to cater for all standards, in order to benefit from the programs delivered, prospective participants should ideally be able to swim 50 metres in one minute or faster. All four strokes are covered, but none are compulsory! 

Some current Squad members compete in Masters competition, some compete in ocean swims, but most just swim to stay fit and healthy. Sessions are one hour in length and are currently held Monday to Thursday evenings at 6.30pm; Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5.30am and Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm. 

Our Adults Squad coach is Knox Old Boy and former Commonwealth, Australian and World Masters champion and record holder, Mark Morgan. You can pay by the month or per session and you can come and have a trial for free!

So whether you want to swim fast in pool, surf or open water, improve your swimming skills, keep fit and be healthy in mind and body, lose weight, meditate ‘movingly’ or just experience the delights of being able to move nicely through another medium, contact the Aquatic Centre or just come down to the pool and have a swim!

More information
For more information, call 9487 0126 or email
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Knox Parents' Association

Mr Kent Walker, President

New Prep Library Convenor required
We are looking for someone who will liaise with library staff and arrange book covering sessions (sessions 8.20am - 9.40am every few weeks). is used for rostering. If interested please contact Fiona Small.

Trivia Night - Battle of the Bands
To attend this event on Saturday 2 September, please register here. Note: this event is for adults only.

For all enquiries, please contact Bec or Cass.

Virtual-reality headsets / smartphone re-use initiative

Mr Ian Fairhurst, ICT Integrator K-6

We currently have a number of initiatives running with the Knox Prep students focussing on sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint. As part of our learning activities the Prep School is looking to run sessions using Virtual Reality headsets. This new technology allows students in a classroom to explore locations around the world and even complete interactive learning activities based around real world problems. Sites and Apps such as Google Expeditions are an excellent example of this.

Our current fleet of iPads and iPods do not meet the size requirements for the virtual reality headsets, with the perfect size being closer to a modern smartphone. We are aware that smartphones currently have a high turnover and there may be devices in the community no longer in use. Rather than recycle these devices we would like to invite any members of the Knox community who may have older smartphones which are no longer required to contribute them to a fleet of virtual reality devices.
The ideal minimum device requirements based on size are an Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy or other android device that have a screen size between 4.5 to 6 inches.
If you do have any devices which you are able to contribute, they can be brought to the Knox Prep Office in Ewan House or the ICT Department in Senior School. Note: please remember to remove any old SIM cards which may have personal contacts still stored on them.
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Mr Mark Hemphill

It has been so great to see so many parents over the past week at each of the different Parent Teacher interviews. There has been a real buzz in the Auditorium and a great deal of positivity about the Prep School. It is always so encouraging to see parents and teachers working together collaboratively for the benefit of the boys. Hopefully you each have some areas of focus for second semester as we are all works in progress, especially us males!

Canberra and Bathurst Excursions
From next Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 August Year 5 boys are off to Bathurst and Year 6 are off to Canberra. These trips are a great deal of fun for the boys and make their learning of their history topics for this semester come alive. Remember to pack plenty of warm clothes for your son as it can be pretty cold in both Bathurst and Canberra in August. I’m sure that the boys will have a wonderful time. I have the pleasure of accompanying Year 5 to Bathurst.

National Tree Day
It is really important as families that we become actively involved in our local communities and teach our children to contribute to community events. Our communities really need lots of volunteers in so many different ways. Giving back to our community and teaching our children to be community minded from a young age ensures that our communities will thrive in the future. In a world which is becoming increasingly self-indulgent we need to teach our children to look beyond themselves and to think of others and the broader community. One very enjoyable way to do this is to become involved in National Tree Planting Day this Sunday 30 July. National Tree Day involves around 300,000 Australians volunteering to plant trees in their local communities.

Ku-ring-gai Council have a tree planting event at Loyal Henry Park, Roseville from 10am to 1pm. You can register here
Willoughby Council have their event at Warners Park, The Outpost, Willoughby from 10am to 1pm.
Lane Cove Council have their event at Burns Bay Reserve, Kooyong St, Riverview from 9am to 11am.

More information can be found at

So on Sunday morning why not get out in the fresh air with your family and support your local community and if you can’t do this then plant a tree at home!

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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

The Year 3 team trust that all students, parents and extended family enjoyed a safe and peaceful mid-year break. It was great to see so many parents at the Year 3 Parent Teacher Interviews on Monday. The Year 3 team would like to thank all parents who were in attendance for taking the time out of your busy schedules to speak with us about your son in support of his education. For those parents who were unable to attend, if you would like to see your son’s classroom teacher please make an appointment for a mutually agreeable time.

For all Year 3 students, Mathematics grouping will commence on Monday next week. Information regarding the grouping process has already been emailed to you and all students have also been made aware of the particular class in which they have been placed. 

On another note, I would like to remind all parents that absentee notes are a legal requirement of the School. An absentee note can be in the form of a note in the diary, an email, or a formal letter. Your son’s class teacher will keep a record of these and will collate them at the end of the term. We ask that if your son is absent from School, you please provide a note explaining this absence upon his return to School. The Year 3 team thanks you in advance for your support with this request.

Dates for the diary
Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August – Prep School Science Week
Monday 28 August - Friday 1 September – Prep School Book Week
Wednesday 13 September – Years 3 & 4 Musical Matinee (1.30pm) and Evening (7pm) Performances
Friday 22 September – Term 3 concludes
Tuesday 10 October – Term 4 commences

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 is delighted to have begun Semester Two as we look forward to witnessing the continued development of all students throughout the second half of the year.
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Year 4 News

Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader

It has been wonderful to return to School with all the boys happy and well rested. We have hit the ground running with our new topics for the term.

In English this term we will focus on persuasive writing through the writing of expositions.  We will be deconstructing texts to uncover the structure of an exposition, examining language features specifically looking at assertive words to convince the reader, as well as learning to develop well thought out arguments.  Through our reading groups and our novel study, ‘Charlotte’s Web’, the boys will focus on the comprehension skills of making predictions and cause and effect.  They will also learn the characteristics of confident presenting during their speaking and listening sessions. Later in the term the boys will present to the class which will be an opportunity to showcase all that they’ve learnt.  

Sustainability is our overarching theme for our Geography unit this term. The boys have already made a great start with the help of Mrs Bruce, launching our Year 4 Wellbeing Initiative of recycling paper across the School. This week the boys will be visiting the Agricultural Centre in the Senior School to learn about sustainable farming methods. As the term progresses we will complete a case study on ‘The Murray Darling River’ where our boys will investigate the human impact on this major water source.  

This week you will receive an email detailing the Maths units for the term.  This will help guide conversations or extra assistance you may like to offer your son.  
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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

GOLD FEVER was rife in the Prep School last Friday as the Year 5 students had their History Gold immersion activity day!

The year was 1851. The entire day was dedicated to this experience where students were given individual identity cards as they arrived and were placed in mixed groups for their activities. The boys’ identities were based on true historical characters from the era. We started the day in the Auditorium where the students were given their daily schedule. Meanwhile, the staff had well and truly taken on their character roles, which the boys found very entertaining. The boys found it very amusing that Mr Hitchiner (as the disgruntled miner) was interrupting Mr Foltyn before he was taken prisoner by the troopers (Mrs Wallis and Ms Burgmann).

Throughout the day groups rotated through activities which were both enjoyable and educational. The whole event contained detailed information which will assist the boys in their History unit for the term. Activities included: Migration, Folk dancing, Folk singing, Gold Panning, A Political Rally and old fashioned children’s games. It was really pleasing to see the boys giving everything a go with such enthusiasm. The reflections at the end of the day demonstrated the boys’ ability to retain much of the information that they were exposed to throughout the various activity stations. 

I feel very lucky to work with a team who are happy to get into costume in order for the boys to be provided with a rich learning experience.  A huge thank you to Mr Foltyn for organising the day and making this happen. 

Homework has been adjusted again this term. We are pleased to include the suggestion of a writing task over two weeks. The first week will see the boys requested to write a draft and in the next week of homework, students will be writing a final copy of that draft based on the feedback provided. We agree that this will prove more focus on quality writing and implementing feedback, which will have a positive impact on their writing long term. The homework will be placed on the portal each week. 

Please visit the Year 5 Portal page for a summary of what we are learning this term in Mathematics, English and History. 

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday 26 July where we can discuss the Semester One reports as well as set goals for Semester Two. 

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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

Year 6 are back and raring to go after a restful three-week break. The boys have come back extremely enthusiastic and ready to complete what will be their final semester at the Prep School. We have hit the ground running in Year 6, with many learning opportunities up and running for the term and we are all very excited for the Canberra camp coming up in Week 3.

Just a reminder to parents next Wednesday, to ensure that your son is at School at 5.40am and ready to leave Knox Prep by 6am. It is very important that all students are here on time to ensure that the bus avoids morning traffic on the way to Canberra. The weather is meant to be quite cold so please ensure you pack appropriate clothing such as thermals for the boys as they move about during the day. A big thank you must go to Mr Oates for organising the camp this term. We look forward to sharing some photos and some stories from Canberra when we return at the end of Week 3.

We are looking forward to seeing all the parents on Thursday for the Parent Teacher Interviews. This is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss the boys’ learning needs and also to make some goals to focus on for the second semester. You should be very proud of your son's efforts throughout the year. They have all had an outstanding year to date.

Looking ahead to next Monday, 6F will be presenting the first Year 6 assembly for the term.
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Library News

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

Knox Prep Literary Day 2017
When: Wednesday 30 August
Where: Prep School Auditorium
From: 7am-3pm

A huge range of quality books available for purchase for all boys in K-6. Come before school or during your son’s class time (This will be emailed later this term).

2017 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge
Only five weeks to go! Congratulations to the boys who have completed the 2017 PRC. Please see the staff in the Library if you need assistance with logging on and adding books to complete the challenge. The 2017 PRC concludes on Friday 25 August. 
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Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

Private Lesson Wrist Bands
We are very excited to announce that the Prep School have designed and created a new wrist band for any students learning a private instrument at School. The wrist band is made of rubber and has the Knox Music Lesson time box that is used to remind boys of their lesson time for that week. The bands are $10, which is debited to your son’s school account and available from the Prep Music Office. For further information and to order one please email Miss Rebeccah Morris.

Music Tour to Hobart
The final instalment for Tour was due last week (Friday 21 July). To pay your final instalment please go to the Knox website for Online Payments and select ‘Other School Activities’. Select the submenu: Prep Music Tour Hobart 21-23 September and enter the details requested on the screen – note all fields must be completed. In ‘Participants Name’ please include the Student’s Name.

Do not hesitate to email Miss Morris if you have any questions.

Australian Business Week

Mrs Fiona Foster, Mentor Liaison

All Year 10 boys at Knox Grammar School will be involved in Australian Business Week (ABW) at the end of Term 3. In brief, ABW involves a simulated activity (conducted online over the week) and practical activities whereby companies comprising of Knox, Ravenswood and Roseville students establish, operate and market a consumer electronics retail business. Students are also involved in a corporate social responsibility challenge and receive presentations from experienced businesspeople. ABW is a challenging, enjoyable, rewarding and ‘mind-shifting week’. More information will be provided to the boys in the coming weeks.

I am writing to enquire whether you may be interested in mentoring a group/company of approximately 10 students during the week of Tuesday 19 September - Friday 22 September 2017. We are looking for approximately 34 mentors. Essentially, the role of a mentor is to facilitate learning and guide students, rather than providing them with solutions. It is also a fantastic opportunity to network with other parents and professionals.

Mentors can complete their own work at Knox when students are not working in their companies (approximately three hours per day), with school internet access and a quiet room available. In addition, Mentors will be provided with morning-tea and lunch, as well as beverages throughout the day. You certainly do not need to commit to the whole four days either. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

If you have further questions or are interested, please contact Mrs Fiona Foster, Mentor Liaison.

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Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

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

Sydney Eisteddfod School Chamber Music and Brass and Woodwind Concert Competition
Knox Grammar was delighted to host the Sydney Eisteddfod School Chamber Music and Brass and Woodwind Concerto sections on campus on Sunday 23 July.

The inaugural Concerto section held twenty-four entrants of any age performers and Peter Koch, Year 10, performed the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto earning a Highly Commended award and score of 91/100.

Chamber Music entries continue to grow each year with 20 entrants from primary school through to university ensembles taking the stage. These groups of three to eight members each hold an individual part and perform without a conductor, requiring high level development of teamwork in preparation and performance.  Knox was represented by four ensembles, each receiving significantly positive feedback and results.

Saxophone Quartet: Weidoeft: Valse Vanite, Weiss and Shearing: Lullaby of Birdland (Alex Zhu Yr 10, Ryan Thom Yr 9, Anton Pan-Cassis Yr 8, James Jiang Yr 8): 89/100
Horn Quartet: Tcherepnin: 3 Horn Quartets, Trenet and Lasry: Beyond the Sea (Jonathan Yeap Yr 11, Peter Sherlock Yr 11, William Liu Yr 10, Adam Soonius Yr 9): 88/100
Saxophone Quintet: Mozart Piano Quartet K478 (Peter Koch Yr 10, Ryan Thom Yr 9, Clinton Lui Yr 10, Davey Sherlock Yr 10 and Alex Zhu Yr 10 on PIANO): 87/100
Saxophone Quaret 2: Handel Concerto Grosso, Walton: Stormin Normin (Leo Zhu Yr 8, Jeremy Huang Yr 8, Sam Luo Yr 8, Brian Cheng Yr 8): 87/100

Miss Jo Carey, Knox Academy of Performing Arts (KAPA)
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Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Theatre

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

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - a Years 7-9 Musical
Tickets selling fast!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winning musical comedy, written in 2004, and 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. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves!

Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm
Friday 8 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 9 September, 2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 10 September, 5.30pm

All Tickets $25
Venue: Knox Cultural Centre Auditorium
Tickets available for purchase here.

Knox Pipes and Drums

Mr Ainsley Hart, Pipe Band Master

2017 Scottish Heritage Service - Kirking of the Tartan
On Sunday 23 July, 40 members of Pipes and Drums Highland Band participated in the Kirking of the Tartan ceremony as part of the Scottish Heritage Service at St Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Roseville. This is an annual event and the Knox Pipe Band have been participating since 1988.

The Kirking of the Tartan is a ceremony when each clan bring a piece of their tartan to church to lay on the altar. The tartans are then blessed by the minister.

It was a beautiful day and the band performed twice, before the church service and again afterwards. The parishioners enjoyed the performances, treating us to morning tea and a sausage sizzle afterwards.


Ms Belinda Markham, Head of Music

Vocal Masterclasses with Gavin Brown (OKG11)
Gavin Brown, recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, has returned to Knox to work with the Year 12 HSC Music students. Focusing on solo performance techniques for singers, Gavin workshopped each of the boys’ HSC repertoire, and gave constructive advice for improvement. Thank you, Gavin, for your expertise and dedication!

Pictured (L to R): Mr Andrew Chessher, Edward Yoong (Year 12 Music 1), Mr Gavin Brown

Special Recital: Matthew Xiong (OKG11)

We welcome Matthew Xiong back to Knox Grammar. Since leaving Knox, Matthew has been studying to be a concert pianist at the New England Conservatorium (Boston, MA). Studying under Julliard and Curtis professors Robert McDonald and Ignat Solzhenitzyn, he has already been a soloist at the Cochem Klaviersommer Festival (Germany) and the Beethoven Institute (New York).

With one year left of his tertiary study, Matthew is currently on a short vacation in Sydney, and will honour us with a special “Homecoming” recital, here at his alma mater. He will be presenting the works of Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and Schumann, and will feature guest soprano, Elizabeth Li.

The wider Knox community is invited to this recital.

Date: Friday 28 July
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Francis Auditorium (Music Centre)
No bookings required. Free admission, and refreshments will be served.

We look forward to seeing you there.
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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

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

Serving others and walking the Kokoda Track in the September holidays
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 ASAP or see him in the PDHPE Department. There is a training program for the trek and there is one more vacancy. Please see Mr Shaw this week.

Service Learning and Social Justice in Vanuatu. Applications close this week!
The Vanuatu Trip is on and there are places for six boys to participate in this trip from Saturday 23 - Friday 29 September. Cost $3500 based on eight participants. It would be a little higher if the numbers are lower. Download the permission letter and complete the form below and return to Mrs Helen Clarke ASAP.

Vanuatu Information and Permission Letter September 2017 Vanuatu Information and Permission Letter September 2017 (725 KB)

Stop the Traffik – addressing Year 10 students this week
Buzz Kitto, leader of Stop and Traffik, will speak to Year 10 students at Year Meeting this week. Remember to discuss this with your sons about ethical purchases of clothing, tea, chocolate and seafood. Help him become a champion of change and informed how and why modern slavery is rife in these industries. Visit this site for more information. 

City to Surf
Interested in running/walking the City to Surf in 2017 for a good cause? Join the Refugee Council’s Team - meet compassionate people who care for others!
Register here

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 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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