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Knox Parents' Association

Mr Kent Walker, President

Morning Teas
Thank you very much to Mrs Denise Weeks and Mr Mark Hemphill for attending the Kindergarten to Year 6 Morning Teas this term and giving such sound advice to parents. The Morning Teas are a great way for parents to get to know each other better and I also greatly appreciate those families who opened their homes for the morning teas this year.

Bake a difference this Knox Gala Day!
Do you have a family favourite to share? The Cake Stall is one of the most popular stalls on Gala Day. This year we hope to have cakes, slices and baked goodies of every kind to keep the crowd happy.

Supporting and donating to the cake stall takes just 3 easy steps:
1. Collect a cake box from either Senior or Prep School Reception.
2. Bake and box up the home baking (remember to list the ingredients on the box)
3. Deliver to the Senior School Reception Office at 2 Borambil Street, Wahroonga on Friday 28 April by 5pm or directly to the stall on Saturday 29 April.

Even if you don’t manage to collect a cake box, we would still love you to bake. Just bring your goodies to the stall on the day and we can package them up to sell. If you have any questions please contact the Year 8 Convenors, Jane Dalton or Jill McClintock.

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 the Knox Payment Portal or by placing 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 families.

Knox Gala Day instructions for donations via the Knox Payment Portal
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 has sent an email with a roster link 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 Slushies
Year 3 - Dumpling Stall, Year 4 Showbags, Year 5 Souvlaki Stand, Year 6 Cafe

2017/2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership

Knox is raising funds through the purchase of the 2017/2018 Entertainment Book and Entertainment Digital Membership to support our Knox Parents' Association. Buy a new 2017/2018 Entertainment membership through us today to help us reach our fundraising goal - all the while receiving over 12 months of great value on 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.

Buy a membership here: for only $70. Be sure to share this link with family and friends to support our fundraiser for our boys!

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

We have almost made it to the end of a very busy Term 1. It is really important over the holidays that the boys get to have time to rest and relax. Don’t try to get them to do too much and try to ensure that there are opportunities to get to bed early and to have a sleep in where possible. We all lead such busy lives during term time and often sleep, rest and relaxation are sacrificed so the holidays are a great opportunity to accrue some credit in the sleep bank!

I wish you all a very happy and joy-filled Easter with your families and hope that you enjoy the two and a half weeks with your son.

Gold Coast Sport Tour
I am lucky enough to be attending the Year 6 Gold Coast Sport Tour with the boys during the first week of the holidays. I'm sure that we'll all have a great time.

Sport Coordinator
Mrs Sharon Dewar will be on Long Service Leave for the whole of Term 2. Mr Greg Scott will be taking on Mrs Dewar’s role during her leave and he can be contacted via email. Mr Scott's PE classes will be covered by Miss Sarah Raine.

Term 1 concludes this Friday 7 April and the boys return to school on Wednesday 26 April in full winter school uniform.

K-2 Happenings

Mrs Chris Gray, K-2 Coordinator

'Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there's really nothing to lose. There's no wrong you can't make right again, so be kinder to yourself, you know, have fun, take chances. There's no bounds.'

Congratulations on surviving the term. Kindergarten are no longer new to school. They have embodied Knox expectations and settled into the routine of learning well. So much has been experienced, discovered and explored by all our K-2 boys. They are very tired and they need time to recharge and reconnect, gaining strength so that they are able to build onto their knowledge next term.

During the holidays, take some time as a family to have a picnic and laugh at yourselves. Build resilience in your little man and take risks by going on a bushwalk, climbing a tree or cooking up a storm. There are lots of exciting adventures which you can experience together in Sydney. Some ideas from the Destination NSW site here: Autumn School Holidays.

We look forward to returning next term in full winter uniform on Wednesday 26 April.

Dates for your Diary
Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day.
Wednesday 26 April - Term 2 begins.
Saturday 29 April - Knox Gala Day
Thursday 4 May - 2D Assembly.
Thursday 11 May - 2F Assembly.
Friday 12 May - Kindergarten Mother's Day High Tea.
Thursday 18 May - 2B Assembly.
Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday.
Friday 23 June - Term 2 concludes.
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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

As the final week of Term 1 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect upon the many experiences the Year 3 boys have had the privilege of participating in throughout what has been a very busy, yet extremely rewarding past ten weeks.

From our exciting three-day Camp adventure at Milson Island, to the fabulous incursions and presentations on Chinese New Year and Diversity Day, not to mention the extraordinary range of diverse teaching and learning opportunities conducted within the classroom, all boys can consider themselves truly lucky to be a part of the Prep. The Year 3 teachers can only hope that the boys have enjoyed themselves this term as much as they have loved being a part of your son’s daily education.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many students and parents across Year 3 who were able to provide a meal for The DISH throughout Term 1. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated and this Service Learning initiative will continue to operate on a rotational roster next term.

Dates for the diary
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 would like to wish all of the boys, parents and extended family a safe and blessed Easter break and we look forward to hearing about the many stories of fun and relaxation. It is hoped everyone will be able to enjoy over the holiday period.
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Year 4 News

Mrs Julia Baerlocher, Year 4 Team Leader

Last week Year 4 ventured into the city to visit the Hyde Park Barracks and the Museum of Sydney. Both venues were filled with rich hands on experiences bringing their learning from school to life.

At the Barracks, the boys experienced the life of a male convict in the early colony. They used primary sources to identify the prisoners and their crimes. The boys learnt about the convicts living conditions whilst swinging in hammocks and the punishments the convicts faced if they broke the rules by handling a set of leg irons and a cat o’ nine tails. A highlight of the day was when the boys were issued with convict shirts and had a taste of convict work laying bricks.

The Museum of Sydney offered a thought-provoking tour where boys were encouraged to view the arrival of the British through the eyes of the Aboriginal Peoples. They explored the challenges both groups faced without having a shared language and the consequences of these misunderstandings. The boys were also introduced to some of the significant historical figures that influenced and shaped the colony including Bennelong, Pemulwuy and Colebee.   

The guides’ expertise in both locations shone through their explanations of the sources and events, making it an incredibly valuable day for all. Thank you to both Kathy Lee and Christine McDonell for assisting us during the excursion; your help was greatly appreciated.  

It has been a busy term but it has also been incredibly productive and rewarding. Every boy can enjoy the well-deserved break. We look forward to seeing you in Term 2.

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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

Premiers Reading Challenge 2017
The challenge has been set for all Year 5 students to complete the Premier's Reading Challenge in 2017. The Premier's Reading Challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to engage in reading for pleasure and learning. This year, I have asked the library teachers to take away the competition amongst the classes and only show a record of how many Year 5 students as a whole have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge so that we can all achieve it together. The PRC is something I have always been very passionate about. It is designed to be an attainable feat for all students regardless of their reading ability and the reading list contains an enormous variety of books from picture books without words to large novels and everything in between. In this regard, the PRC caters for everyone and enables all students to achieve. The aim is to read 20 books between now and August. The school holidays would be a great opportunity to get this started! All students have been given their PRC log ins. It can be very motivating to log in each book as they read it.

Doing da Vinci Day
All Year 5 students participated in the annual Doing da Vinci Day last Thursday. We were also joined by the Year 5 students from WPS. We were impressed with how the teams of eight students worked together and encouraged one another. There was much excitement in the room as the winning teams were announced throughout the day. Congratulations to ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ who were the overall winning team. From this day, eight students from a variety of teams will be chosen to represent Knox at The State da Vinci Competition.

Term 1
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of Term 1 already. I commend the boys on their transition into Year 5. We have had many comments from staff all over the Prep in regards to how settled the boys are and how well they have started the year. Please use these school holidays as an opportunity to relax, get outdoors and recharge the batteries for a busy Term 2.
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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

As the first term comes to its conclusion I would like to thank all the boys for the dedication and effort they have put into their studies this term. They have all been exceptional learners and have shown great enthusiasm towards all their activities; be it in the classroom or in their co-curricular pursuits. The highlight for the term for a lot of the boys would have to be the camp to Stanwell Tops. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their time away and definitely pushed themselves to complete activities which took them outside of their comfort zone.

Well done to the boys for their outstanding effort in Doing da Vinci Day last Friday. The boys took part in a variety of activities throughout the day and although challenged, all the boys persevered throughout the day and produced some excellent results. Well done to the winning team!

To finish off the term all Year 6 boys will be off to chapel on Friday afternoon at St John’s Church at WPS. This will be an excellent way for the boys to finish off an exciting term of learning.

All the Year 6 staff would like to wish the boys a happy, safe and restful holiday. We are looking forward to seeing the boys back and raring to go in a few weeks. Happy Easter!

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Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

Important Dates For Your Diary


Saturday 29 April - Knox Gala Day. Senior Choir, Performance Ensemble, Senior Band and Intermediate Band will be performing from 2pm - 3.15pm in the Great Hall foyer.


Band Music Camp - Saturday 27 May from 1pm - 6pm and Sunday 28 May from 8.30am - 5pm. This will be held at school and boys go home on Saturday night. It is an expectation that all boys attend this once a year event.

Strings Music Camp - Sunday 18 June all boys in the Concert Strings, String Ensemble and Prep Orchestra will attend a 1 Day String Workshop at school from 9am - 4pm.



Sunday 6 August - NSW Band Championships. ALL Bands will be performing at this. Time TBC


Knox Spring Festival - Friday 8 September. Time and venue TBC


Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 September. Performance Ensemble and Orchestra Tour to Hobart.

Rehearsals Term 2
All rehearsals will commence as per normal in Week 1 next term. If your son cannot attend a rehearsal for whatever reason please remember to email your conductor.

Knox Gala Day
The first weekend back on Saturday 29 April will be the annual Knox Gala Day! This year the Senior Choir, Performance Ensemble, Senior Band, Intermediate Band and Prep Sax Ensemble will be performing at the Knox Gala Day. All boys are to meet in the Great Hall Foyer at 1.45pm and be ready for a 2pm start time (Sax Ensemble are to meet at 1.30pm). Below are the approximate times for each ensemble:
Prep Sax Ensemble - 1.45pm - 1.55pm
Performance Ensemble - 2pm - 2.20pm
Intermediate Band - 2.20pm - 2.35pm
Senior Choir - 2.35pm - 2.50pm
Senior Band - 2.50pm - 3.10pm

Boys are to wear their sport or PE uniform (depending on what sport they have on that morning). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Miss Rebeccah Morris.

Music Camp
Music Camp will be on Saturday 27 May from 1pm - 6pm and Sunday 28 May from 9pm - 5pm. All boys in the Band Program will be required to attend both days. Further information will be sent home at the start of Term 2, so if you can lock these dates in the diary that would be fantastic. Ensembles involved in this year’s camp will be the Performance Ensemble, Jazz Band, Senior Band, Intermediate Band and Junior Band. Please note that there will be no string groups at this camp as they will be doing a String Camp later on in Term 2.

Easter Chapel Service 
Congratulations to all the ensembles that performed at the Easter Service on Sunday morning. It was a fantastic morning of music making with all the groups performing to a very high standard. Thank you to those who came and celebrating Easter with us.
Instrumental Lessons
There are still a small number of positions for private instrumental lessons left this semester, so if your son would like to learn an instrument at school, please contact Miss Morris. If your son has already enrolled in lessons and you haven’t heard from your tutor yet, can you also please email Miss Morris.
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Year Group Newsletters from last Friday


Mrs Linda Gomez, Careers Advisor/School Psychologist

Knox Careers Night 2017
Local 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

Engineering Industry Breakfast in conjunction with the OKGA
When: Tuesday 16 May 2017, 7am - 8.20am
Location: Knox Senior Secondary Academy
Cost: Free (bookings required)
Who: Knox Year 11 and 12 students and their parents

Are you considering studying and working in the Engineering industry?

Join us for this free OKGA event to learn more about the variety of possibilities on offer from Engineering industry professionals.
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A special guest speaker will talk about the expectations of employers, Engineering career paths and how to ensure you are work ready during your tertiary studies.

Other guests will include Old Boys from a variety of Engineering backgrounds such as Petroleum, Mining, Civil, IT and many more fields to help you understand where your Engineering degree can take you.

Complimentary breakfast provided courtesy of the OKGA will be provided.

RSVP: Friday 12 May via the OKGA website.

For more information about these events, please email Mrs Linda Gomez, Knox Careers Advisor.
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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 Spelling 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.