Garret Badenhost

Garret Badenhost, Senior Boarder 2015

Rural Boarder - Griffith NSW

Through my time in boarding I have had the privilege to be led through my years in school by some great leaders who guided the boarding community to new heights and standards. This year has been one of challenges and learning for me but it has been one of my favourite years in boarding.

Boarding wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of the amazing staff that we are provided with and definitely wouldn’t be the same without the amazing contribution of the different stages within the community, each stage playing a crucial role in the day to day running of the boarding program. It is easy to say that being a boarder is a very different experience to being a day boy and being a boarder isn’t always easy. One of the most difficult challenges about being a boarder is learning to call Knox 'home'. But it is through the consistency of every boarder’s experience that we as boarders are able to come together and provide the needed support for each other.

Our parents can’t always be there for us, so we create the unique family that is boarding, and it is these relationships that will last us a lifetime. Boarding is a time when individuals can live life to the fullest. I have truly enjoyed my time in boarding, having had the chance to live in a community with immense support from friends, staff and family.

Charles Capp

Charles Capp, Senior Boarder 2013

Rural Boarder - Gresford NSW

The appointment of Senior Boarder is one of great responsibility and diligence, yet it is also a role which I desire to accomplish to my full potential, to further enhance the already prestigious Knox 21st Century Boarding. The position involves continuous and consistent exertions to both uphold and build on, the current structure and implementations that keep the Knox machine ticking over. These efforts are focused on both the entire school through the Executive body, and specifically the Boarding community. I will be working in close association with the Boarding Prefects; Josh McKenna, Diago Stathoussis and Connar Stratton. The Boarding Prefect body has a vision of heightening a positive influence in the Boarding community.

This vision will be carried out by emphasising and building on what applications work in Boarding. By working in close proximity with the BLT, and having productive meetings that analytically assess Knox Boarding, is how myself and the Boarding prefects intend to implement this vision. Not only am I extremely privileged to be a student in Knox 21st Century Boarding, I am also extremely honoured to lead it. As it is something that I have been a part of for the last 5 years, I have built a robust sense of pride for the school, and have easily been able to call it home. I passionately strive to maintain the extraordinary values of the Boarding community so that your son can feel the same way I do for Knox.

Will West

Will West, Year 11 boarder

I was pretty nervous when I first came to Knox, but that was soon gone when I met the people there. Everyone was very welcoming and would always go out of their way to lend a hand. The kitchen staff have been very good to me with my allergies.

Having a Boarders’ Leadership Team is a great way to improve boarding, and to hear the boys’ opinions. This means that the decisions made in boarding are more influenced by the boys and their ideas. Life at Knox has taught me new skills and I am looking forward to the future.

Hugh Browning

Hugh Browning - Year 10

Rural Boarder – from Narromine NSW

My favourite thing about being a Boarder is being able to enjoy all the school facilities like the gym, pool, library, basketball courts and handball courts. I also really like being able to go to Wahroonga shops after school, going to the movies on weekends and the special outings such as Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour.

Homework is a lot easier to do in the Boarding House. Each night we have a teacher come in to help us with our prep and sometimes we are allowed to work in groups to complete our work.

Being from the country I like living in the city to attend School because there are more opportunities and more things for me to do when I am bored. But I like going home in the holidays to the country because there is more space. When I am home we ride motorbikes, I drive the tractor and help work on our property. When we are at school we play a lot of touch football and basketball – it’s good to be surrounded by friends.

Lachlan Kemp

Lachlan Kemp, Year 12 2015 boarder

I lived in Gillespie Heritage House when I first became a boarder in Year 7 and I feel it is very refreshing to be back in here in Year 11.

Our rooms are definitely one of the best aspects of the house as they are very spacious and we feel very independent as we start our HSC studies.

The whole structure of boarding definitely makes it easy to get work done especially with the tutors and teachers who visit the house to give assistance. Prep time is one of the best features of boarding as everybody is sitting down and it allows you to fully concentrate on your work with no distractions and are teachers willing to help. I believe it will be increasingly important for us this year.

Overall boarding at Knox has been one of the best experiences in my life and I have made many lifelong friends and watched it grow whilst having been here. Boarding also allows everybody to become more mature and learn from the older boys whether around the house or in the Boys to Men camps.

Chris and Amanda Kemp (parents of Lachlan Kemp, Year 12)

Lachlan started boarding in 2010 and has been part of a wonderful ‘evolution’ of boarding at Knox. As a third generation boarder, he has truly been part of Knox boarding, old and new, and this year finds himself in the beautifully refurbished Gillespie Heritage House.

Boarding at Knox Grammar is a terrific experience for boys and families. Strong relationships develop with those caring for our precious boys. Our incredibly lucky boys have access to state of the art sporting equipment and fields, partake in community and cultural activities, and are the envy of their day boy peers with the modern and superior boarding facilities. The dedication of the staff to the academic and personal wellbeing of each boy is what makes Knox Grammar a stand out boarding school.

Vanessa West (parent of Will West, Year 11)

Our son commenced his time at Knox as a boarder in Year 9 in 2013. Since the very first day our experience as boarder parents has been a happy, supportive and positive one. The boarding staff are warm and friendly and provide a safe and nurturing environment for the boys. We have found the boarding staff supportive and extremely approachable if there has been any concern.

We like the horizontal boarding, the boys get to know and live with everyone in their year group. At the same time, the design of the Knox Boarding Centre and the proximity of Gillespie Heritage House allow all the years to mix with each other.

Boarders are assisted in all areas of living away from home, from academic organisation to support in starting cadets, outdoor camps, transport to and from school, medical appointments, just to name a few.

Further Reading Suggestions

Boarders' Communication and Support: Learn how we provide flexible, open communication between the School, parents and boys.


How to Enrol: Find out the next steps for enrolling at Knox.