Congratulations to all those who had activity on the week-end, especially our Sailors who did a fantastic job at the state championships over the week-end.
Also to our Year 7 Footballers who played some good games against St Andrews and Sydney Boys High and also with last minute notice, our Year 7 Rugby boys – well done to you all.

As we finish the term off, whilst many are away at Cadets; sport and sport trials continue, and I encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunities provided at school in the holidays.
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'The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.'
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No Dogs Allowed Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. Dogs are prohibited, leashed or unleashed, on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs.

Dogs may not be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

Signage has been installed and our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are a dog-free school. If you bring a dog onto school property, you may be approached by the School's Security Team and asked to leave.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this safety initiative.

Rugby - Prep

Mr Stephenson, MIC Rugby

NSW Rugby 7’s Regional Gala Day
On Friday, 1 April, two Knox Preparatory teams competed in the Upper North Shore Rugby Sevens Tournament.

The Under 10’s and Under 12’s both proudly represented the School in a series of round robin games. Strong and committed play amongst the squads saw both Knox teams qualify in 1st place for the Grand Final game in their respective divisions. 

Both sides were drawn to play Castle Cove in the deciders. After some nervous moments in their first halves, both the Under 10’s and Under 12’s teams were able to pull away with decisive victories and were deservedly crowned as winners of the competition. 

For the first time in the history of Knox’s participation in the tournament, it was fantastic to see both squads emerge victorious from the day. Furthermore, neither team lost a single round robin game. All boys involved across both teams should be extremely proud of their efforts throughout the day. Whilst the Under 10’s now solely turn their focus to the upcoming Rugby season at the Prep, the Under 12’s have the opportunity to also represent the School at the Rugby Sevens State Championships.

I would like to thank the various coaches, Mr van Bussel, Mr Lewis and Mr Horler, who acquitted themselves in a professional and dedicated manner in order to get the very best out of the players. Finally, special thanks must also go to the many parents who gave up their time to support both teams.
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Snow Sports - Prep

Please see the Snow Sports notice in the Senior School section.

Track and Field - Prep

Knox Runners Dominate At IPSHA Cross Country
On Saturday our Preparatory School Cross Country team headed out to The Kings School with the aim of running their best and being selected in the IPSHA team to compete at the CIS Carnival in June either as an individual by finishing in the top 15 or placing first or second in the teams event.

Race conditions were perfect, sunny skies, no wind and a dry grassy track that wove its way through the grounds of the school, challenging each competitor with its hills. Our Knox boys were very competitive, with the majority of the boys finishing in the top half of the field in their respective races.

In the 9 years, Charlie Follett came in 14th with Sean Williams crossing the line first well ahead of second place in the 10 years. He was closely followed by Ben Williams in 4th, Toby Caspari in 5th and Charlie Moore in 7th place. In the 11 years James Bradford finished 14th. William Constable ran a very hard race battling two other top runners over the grueling 3km course to finish strongly and take out first place.

As a result of good team running, Knox were Champions in the 10 years, 2nd in the 11years and 12 years which meant that another five boys qualified through to CIS – Ryan Khattar, Flynn Horley Alex Ruygrok in the 11years and Matthew Pearson and Charlie Sherlock in the 12 years.

Congratulations to all Knox Cross Country runners on your outstanding effort, great sportsmanship and team spirit.
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Colours

Colours for Summer Sports and Year 12 Co-Curricular have been finalized and Year 12 Colours advertised. All other year group colours will be advised in Term 4, along with all other sports and co-curricular colours in order that all colours can be placed on the blazers when they are handed in over the Christmas vacation.

Holiday happenings

The Athletic Development Centre will be open 8am – 12 noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the holidays.

Please check the portal for the times the Aquatic Centre will be open.  

Information regarding Holiday Camps for both prep and Senior school are also on the Knox Portal and bookings are still being taken.
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Sailing

Mr John Parker, MIC Sailing

The 2015/2016 season drew to a close mid-afternoon on Sunday 3rd April when the Knox team missed out on the semi’s finals at the state championships by one race win.

For a state championships held at the beginning of April, the sailing conditions were quite good and blessed with sun shine on Friday and Saturday and just a slight drizzle on Sunday. In all 198 races were sailed. 84 races were completed on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, fickle winds swinging almost 180 degrees saw racing postponed for a couple of hours on both days causing teams to practice their “bobbing”. Still, 198 races in 3 days is an amazing achievement by the race committee with our own Nat Gauci (mother of Evan Gauci (8)) assisting PRO Col Chidgey in getting all races away like clockwork. 

I was very impressed by the team’s efforts, given their youthfulness compared to the other teams. The A’s came Equal 8th but relegated to 13th on a count back having scored 8 wins from 15 starts. (a 53.3% win rate). Had we secured 8th place outright, we would have secured a place in the semi-finals. Our 1st’s had Toby Wilson (11) as team captain and steerer with Callum Parker (11) his crew, Ali Hunter – steerer (9) with Henry Armitage (7) crew, Harry Parker - steerer (9) with Tom O’Sullivan (7) crew and Evan Gauci – steerer (8) with Toshan Tan (7) his crew. For them to pull of their results against teams comprising primarily of Yr 12 steerers is a remarkable achievement. Gives hope for better results over the coming years.

Not to be out done, the B’s had an equally impressive regatta where they found their match against some very polished school teams. The B’s came equal 18th but once again relegated to 21st position on a count back having scored 6 wins from 15 starts. (a 40% win rate). The teams was led by Nat Martin (11) as steerer with Joshua Gray (8) his crew, Callum Davis – steerer (11) with Lachlan McKean (8), William Adams – steerer (10) with crew Diddy Heazlewood-Lee (7), and Tom Antognelli – steerer (12) with Christian Knight (8) his crew. It should be pointed out that this was Lachlan’s and Diddy’s first season of sailing and William and Tom were only recent graduates from the Knox Blue Squad. Taking this into account, it makes this result that much more impressive. 

This wasn’t the only team present at the states. The parent team ably led by Mark and Kirsty Hunter provided a fantastic viewing platform aboard their boat “Evening Star” for support parents and the Knox Sailing teams between races. It was great to see so many parents come and view the boys competing and providing much needed sustenance and support to the team. 

To get the boys here has been a monumental team effort. Thanks go to my Knox co coaches Garry Williams, Andrew Ollier, Tania Ebling and of course, those at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Sailing School, in particular, Vinnie, Nick, Tommy Spithill, Brendan Rourke and Simon Gambi. I have left the most important thankyou to last and that is Jordan Reece who has been successful in being appointed Head Sailing coach at the CYC. Jordan’s input this season has been invaluable. His knowledge and love of the sport has been inspirational in developing the Knox Sailors over the 2015/2016 season. As part of taking up his new position at CYC, Jordan still plans to continue his association with the Knox Sailing squad next season. Thanks Jordan and good luck with your new position. 

The End of Season Sailing Dinner
The end of season sailing dinner was a most enjoyable evening with 130 people in attendance and a substantial sum of funds raised.  

Sailing Competition
The sailing competition run by both squads finished on Saturday 5 March. At the conclusion of the competition, the Blue squad was well spread out. The results for the top 3 place getters in each division in the Blue Squad was:

Division 1
Ellis Merrit (6)                                                       35
Henry Stoodley-Williamson (9)                             52
Bodhi Oliver (9)                                                     57

Division 2
Ewan Shingler (9)                                                   9
Cain Nolan (10)                                                       23
Tom Reid (6)                                                           57

Competition in the Black squad was very competitive with the following results. In Sailing there can never be an equal placement so when an equal place is attained, it reverts to whoever was best placed at the last race meeting. 

Evan Gauci (8) + Jack Noakes (8) - eq 1st 26

Toby Wilson (11) + Callum Parker (11) - eq 1st 26

Ali Hunter (9) + Toshan Tan (7) - 3rd 50

Harry Parker  (9) + Tom O’Sullivan (7) - eq 4th 55

Nat Martin (11) + Josh Gray (8) - eq 4th 55

Callum Davis (12) + Aidan Kumarasinghe (9) - 6th 58

Knox Sailing is now in recess until trials will be held at the end of term 3. And my parting comment as always. Given the season is relatively short, the same message given in previous years still applies. The season being so short that the boys just begin to take off and then forced into a long winter hibernation before the resumption of the season in term 4. During this time, the Darwinian theory of use it or lose it comes into play resulting in much of Term 4 set aside for skill reclaiming. 

This can be lessened somewhat by students seeking out as many sailing opportunities as they can between seasons. I would therefore encourage students to hunt down school holiday sailing programs hosted by a myriad of clubs around Sydney – and beyond. Or better still, consider purchasing a boat and joining a club and participate in weekly racing. It has been pleasing to see a substantial number of Knox sailors take this advice on board and are now either proud boat owners competing in club events with a few more students jumping aboard yachts for a more challenging sailing experience.
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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

Knox Snow Sports Trip - 3-10 July 2016
After the repeated success of the Knox Snow Sports Trip for the last five years, which were fully booked in advance, Knox will be continuing on with the exciting programme introduced last year. This will encompass skiing and boarding at Thredbo with the ability to advance competition skills through the Knox Snow Sport Ski/Board program.

After almost 6 months away training and competing overseas, Knox’s own Head Snowsport Coach Joany Badenhorst is finally back with her foot firmly on the ground and ready to kick start the Knox Grammar School winter season.  

Starting her season in the Pitztal Glaciers of Austria, Joany went on to compete in Germany, Netherlands, Canada and France - finally finishing off her season in the Trentino Mountains of Italy - bringing home several medals and an overall 2nd in the World ranking.   

Pre Season Training kicking off with Joany Badenhorst 
Senior School Students 
Term 2 Week 2 
Wednesday after school 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Athletic Development Centre (ADC). These sessions can also be done individually whenever the ADC is open. 

Prep School Students
Term 2 Week 2 
Tuesday 3.30pm to 4.30pm 
Athletic Development Centre (ADC).
Prep students will meet at the Prep fountain and be walked over to the ADC. 

If there are any students that will not be able to attend training on either of those days please do not hesitate to contact Joany to organise another appropriate time.

Students should be collected from the ADC by their parents or notes provided if they are travelling home by train or bus.

The annual Knox Snowsport trip is only a couple of months away with the closing date for Snow trip applications around the corner. Please remember to send your students full application to snowsports@knox.nsw.edu.au with all payments for both the annual trip and competition fees to be made as follow (via the School Payment Portal): Other School Activities > Knox Snow Sports Trip 3 – 10 July 2016.

This coming winter season is set to be a brilliant one with amazing snow and an incredible line up staff support for all athletes.
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Swimming

Georgina Hope Australian Age Swimming Championships - 28 March to 2 April 2016
1500 swimmers from as far as Ukraine, Japan and New Zealand competed with the very best of the Australian swimmers in Adelaide last. 21 Knox boys qualified to compete throughout the week.

Leon MacAlister (Year 10) was a busy boy, winning 3 events. He won 100m and 200m backstroke and the 50m freestyle, setting a new Australian record in the 15yr 100m backstroke. Leon also won medals in the 100m and 200m freestyle and 200m medley.

Benjamin Yates (Year 10) was in the same backstroke finals as Leon, he won 4th in 200m back, and 5th in the 100m.

Kaea Bidois and Jack Ryan (both Year 11) made the 16yr 50m freestyle final and came 4th and fifth respectively.

Lachlan Kelly (Year 9) had a good heat swim in the 14yr 200m back, and came 6th in the final.

Angus Menzies (Year 8) in his first National Champs, swam a 6 second PB in the 200m breaststroke to make the finals.

Tyler Krenkels (Year 7) made his first final, in the 13/under 200m backstroke. Even more impressive is that he can race in the same event next year, as he is only a 12yr old.

Another swimmer enjoying his first Nationals and making the finals was Jack Edie (Year 10) in the 400m freestyle.

Last but not least, our final individual finalist was Andrew Hemsworth (Year 12), who claimed a finals birth in the 17-18yr 100m breaststroke.

In the relays, the 14/under freestyle team of Lachlan Kelly, Antonio Matruglio (Year 9), Josh Mercer (Year 9) and Josh Johnson (Year 8) earned a 4th.

The 16/under freestyle team of Hongyi (George) Zhu (Year 10), Jack Ryan, Sydney Robertson (Year 10) and Kevin Zhang (Year 11) fought hard for 7th.

Congratulations to all other qualifiers who also competed:  Cody Adam (Year 11), Joshua Collet (Year 7), Nicholas Dijohn (Year 10), Bailey Farris (Year 8), Ethan Hansen (Year 8) and Shane Ting (Year 8).

Well done to everyone.

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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Congratulations
Congratulations to Lachlan Antoinette, who finished 3rd at the Australian Combined Events Championships on the weekend. It also included the Oceania Championships where Lachlan placed 4th overall. Held in conjuction with the Olympic Trials, Lachlan was able to rub shoulders with Australia’s best athletes.

IPSHA Cross Country Meet 

The future was also on display over the weekend, with the annual IPSHA cross country meet being held at the Kings’s School.  Big congratulations go to champions Will Constable, who took out the 12 years race, with a devastating kick on the final corner and the 10 years team of Sean Williams, Ben Williams, Toby Caspari and Charlie Moore.  The 11 and 12 year teams also had a great showing with runner up finishes. In total 13 boys qualified for CIS.

The following boys will represent IPSHA at CIS on 16 June.

1st Teams
2 9yrs Charlie Follet 14th
2 10yrs Sean Williams 1st
3 10yrs Ben Williams 4th
4 10yrs Toby Caspari 5th
5 10yrs Charlie Moore 7th
2nd Teams 6 11yrs James Bradford 14th
7 11yrs Ryan Khattar 18th
8 11yrs Flynn Horley 20th
9 11yrs Alex Ruygrok 25th
2nd Teams 10 12yrs William Constable 1st  
11 12yrs Spencer Selikowitz 15th
12 12yrs Matthew Pearson 17th
13 12yrs Charlie Sherlock 29th

The future of Knox Cross Country and middle distance is very bright.   Big things ahead for these boys..
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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Online: Download the 'Prep Skoolbag' or 'Senior School Skoolbag app' - search 'Knox Grammar' in the app store
Sport fixtures are advertised on the fixture schedule on the Knox Portal.

These fixtures can change due to many factors and changes after 3pm on Fridays due to wet weather, cancellations or forfeits will be advertised on the sports info website and wet weather number. 
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Boarder Travel to Sport

Any boarder who needs assistance with travel arrangements to each Saturdays sport should check with their coach to assist in arranging transport.
Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.
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Mouthguards

It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  


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