Congratulations to all on a fantastic Gala Day. Obviously the main focus for the KSA was sport, however I would like to congratulate not only all those involved in sport on the day but also KAPA and the KPA for organising what was truly a fantastic day of community and support for all that Knox does.

The weather held off and provided an opportunity for the Knox community to show its support and as always it did it in wonderful fashion. I thank Mr. Brice and all the KAPA staff and students for the support of the Sport programme and also their performances on the day.

To all the students who supported their teams by playing and also spectating – thank you. You were asked by myself and the Deputy Headmaster to attend the day in the right way and both support and wear the correct attire and you did this exceptionally well. And this culminated in the longest tunnel that in my 27 years I have ever seen on Knox 1. Congratulations to you all and well done.

I congratulate also the divers and swimmers who competed at last week’s CIS Championships and who have progressed to this week’s All Schools championships and I wish them all the best.

I also wish the Golfers competing at NSW All Schools this week the best as well.

This week sees the start of the CAS Competition with an away game at Cranbrook and I encourage all of you to continue in the same vein as last Saturday with regards to attitude, attendance and attire. I look forward to seeing many of you involved this Saturday.

Last Saturday also saw the first ever AFL game against St Joseph’s College and it was also our first home game played at Acron Oval for this competition, I look forward to the other 4 games that will be played at home throughout the season. As always, good luck and go the black and blue!
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'Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.'
Matt Cameron

Roll Marking for Sport

This term a new electronic roll marking system has been introduced for After School and Saturday sport attendance.

One unexplained missed attendance will result in an email being sent to your son asking for an explanation, a second unexplained absence will be an email to your son and his Mentor, and a third unexplained absence will be an email to parents asking them for the reason for absence. 

A reminder that if your son in unwell or unable to attend his Sport Training after School or on a Saturday for any reason, please either email his Coach/MIC or the KSA office to Mrs Liz Smith smithl@knox.nsw.edu.au and we can then ensure the roll is always correct.  
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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.

Firsts Rugby, Football and AFL Supporters

It is a tradition that where possible our Year 7 and 8 boys attend to support either our 1st Teams during the CAS competition when they are playing at home. This includes AFL, Football and Rugby.

We ask boys to attend the Football at 11.15am at Curagul or the Rugby at 3.15pm at Knox 1. AFL is as scheduled.   

Boys are to show their support by wearing either full school uniform or full tracksuit.  

We understand that boys might be playing school sport at this time, and are therefore unable to attend.   

Home Games in Terms 2 and 3  
Saturday 14 May 
Saturday 21 May 
Saturday 28 May – AFL 
Saturday 18 June 
Saturday 6 August 
Saturday 13 August  

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AFL

Mr Joey Britton, MIC AFL

Knox Firsts VS St Josephs
Our Firsts took on St Josephs on the weekend at Acron Oval. The Knox boys were keen to impress in their only trial game before the season kicks off next week.

Knox started the game strongly with some centre clearances from Josh Tighe and Connor McFadden. Harrison White dominating in the ruck helped to get the ball forward and we put on four goals in the first fifteen minutes. Leo Tilley marked the ball well with Campbell Saddington and Harry Parker kicking numerous goals in the forward line.  

The game continued on this track in the second and third quarters, with Knox continuing to dominate possession and the scoreboard. Jordan de Vries putting together some good handballing in packs which led to some crucial plays, Jasper Jackson laid some big tackles and James Robertson’s runs off half back also helped to create some attacking runs. 

In the last quarter we continued to make inroads into the Joey’s defence. However some lapses in defence led to a late goal from St Josephs. 

Overall it was a well-rounded and impressive performance and a good hit out before the start of the season.

Knox 129 Defeated St Josephs 10

Best Players: Connor McFadden, Josh Tighe, Campbell Saddington, Nic Gallu, Harry White, Harry Parker.
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

The annual Old Boys versus students game was held in the Great Hall on Saturday.
It was a highly entertaining match with an impressive display of athleticism and skill by the Old Boys particularly Ed Coyler’s (OKGA 2013) offensive output. The students put up a brave fight and managed to stay in the game but the power and skill of the Old Boys was simply too much and led to a 10 point victory (63-53) for the Old Boys.
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Fencing

This week students concentrated on practising their drills and exercises. Learning the correct footwork basics are a must in Fencing if you want to stay balanced and fast.

Fencers were taken through their steps, combined with correct positioning of the arms to ensure smooth and balanced movements. 

To successfully block hits it is important to use the correct parries at the right angles. Third and fourth parries are the usual parries to learn when a fencer first starts to fence as they are able to successfully stop hits to the different sides of the torso.  Practising their parries, the boys then engaged in free bouting with different opponents.

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Football

Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

Gala Day Football 2016
Gala Day saw the first hit out for Knox Football in 2016 going up against St Joseph’s College.
The Opens fielded 6 teams to match up with Joeys and started the day off with a 1-0 win in the 3rd XI preceding the 1st XI clash against a buoyant Joeys outfit that had taken the win off Barker a couple of weeks prior. The Knox 1st XI were on song early putting their opponents under immense pressure with numerous chances being created. Joeys struggled with the pace of the match and were giving away a few fouls and one eventually came close enough to goal to have a crack. 

Hug Forlico stepped up and hit a swerving dipping strike into the top corner giving the Keeper no chance and giving Knox the lead 1-0. Matt Lee was next on the score sheet just before halftime after a lead up of ten plus passes chipping over the keeper from close range with the outside of his right foot, 2-0 at the half. Knox was still dominant in possession after the break and found the net once again from Hugo’s strike from a set play putting the game out of sight for the visitors who managed a consolation goal at the end to make it 3-1 to Knox for the win. 

The 2nd XI grabbed a win as well coming from 0-1 down to grab victory 2-1 from Tom Lilley’s double strike.

Year 10 played a couple of internal matches along with the As Bs and Es matching Joey’s As Bs and Cs. The 10As were comfortable in a 5-0 win Sam Chapman scoring a double stepping up from the Bs and the 10As dominated possession for large parts of the game. 10Bs knocked in eight goals in their 8-1 win while the mismatched Es vs Joeys Cs managed a 1-0 victory. 

Year 9 were away at St Josephs with only 2 matches, 9As scored their first win 5-2 after 2-2 at halftime, Max Davis scoring a hat-trick the first of the season. The 9Ds matched up against 
Joey’s Bs and rallied to grab a 2-2 draw against a much fancied Joeys B team.

Year 8 also had the opportunity to play a number of internal matches which helped with the grading process. The 8Bs matched Joeys As and was 0-0 at the break before Emanuel Berg broke the deadlock with a goal and it was followed up by a Benji Jacobson strike to seal the win. The 8Es against Joeys Bs recorded a 3-1 victory Jonah Nethercott scoring a double to start his tally for the year.

Year 7 are always an unknown quantity but have already shown an eye for goal with the 7Ds and 7Es both knocking in 11 goals past the Joey’s Bs and Cs secure the wins. The 7As came up against a spirited Joey’s outfit who defended valiantly with raid after raid on their goal by the Knox boys. It looked as if it would end in a draw with every part of the post and bar hit with the ball until some great combination play resulted in Lachlan Hui going one on one with the keeper and calmly slotting home the winner with only minutes remaining!!
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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

MetrOLeague
This Sunday the Knox Orienteering MetrOLeague team competed at the second state level opens competition in Division 3. The team won the round, against SHOO-IK with a phenomenal score of 36-18!


Congratulations to Thomas Gordon who performed exceptionally well with a winning time of 28.26. A huge congratulations to Oliver Pitman, who ran for the first time at MetrOLeague, and placed a time of 42.55. An incredible run also by Jake Evans, who was only one second behind Oliver. Jackson took out third place with 34.35 with Isaac just behind, placing 5th, with 38.17. 

This now places us FIRST overall in DIVISION 3, against adult teams. The team is looking forward to round 3 at the end of May. 


Winter Orienteering
Welcome back to Orienteering for the winter season. A reminder to please check the fixtures on the Knox Orienteering Portal page. 

You can also find calendar subscription links on the page to automatically sync the events into your electronic calendar of choice. Please also check the portal page, and email, for a weekly update with results, overall season standings and any important announcements for the following week. 

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Rugby

The opportunity to play a complete round of fixtures with a strong rugby playing school was welcomed last Saturday 30 April when Knox played against St Joseph’s College.

All 30 Knox teams were able to play against the one school, which has been somewhat of a rarity in recent seasons. St Joseph’s College provided strong opposition and it is certainly what the Knox rugby program required.

These matches will have hardened the resolve of the Knox players and have them ready to take on the challenges of the upcoming CAS season. It was a magnificent autumn day and the added excitement of Gala Day produced a wonderful scenario for a huge day of rugby. By 3.15pm a massive crowd filled the grandstand and flowed around the outskirts of Knox 1. The tremendous atmosphere of the day was quite special. St Joseph’s College defended extremely well and their relentless commitment to the breakdown paved the way for a very sound 41 – 3 win over Knox in the 1st XV match. This style of play epitomized the manner in which St Joseph’s College approached each and every match throughout the day. 

This Saturday 7 May the Knox 1st XV will travel to Hordern Oval to take on Cranbrook in the first round of the CAS competition. Not all Knox teams will play Cranbrook, so it will be necessary to closely check the fixture list.

NZ Training Camp and Tour Report 2016
Forty seven Opens and U 16 rugby players enjoyed eight great days, deep in the rugby heart land, of the North Island of New Zealand.

The first stop was the Millennium Training centre in North Auckland, where the boys trained at a world class training facility, alongside Rio Olympians from New Zealand. The gym, fields and pool were all put to good use.  The boys were taken out of their “comfort zones” with some challenging rugby sessions from the North Harbour ITM Cup team coaches. 

It was four days of hard rugby in Auckland that was topped off with a trip to Eden Park and the Super rugby match between the Sharks and the Blues.

After Auckland the tour travelled to Hamilton, the home of the Waikato Chiefs and the highlight of the tour, a ninety minute questions and answer session with three All Blacks. Five eight Aaron Cruden, scrum half Tawera Kerr-Barlow and second rower Dominic Bird.

On all our rugby tours the major focus is the development of the Knox rugby culture. It was obvious the boys had thought deeply about the “culture of New Zealand Rugby.”  The quality of the New Zealand National team players character gave the boys a great insight into what it takes as a person to give to a team, so that team can be successful.

The tour became an eight-day emersion into the wonderful depths of New Zealand’s rugby culture and the responsibility taken by the New Zealand players, not the coaches, to protect and up lift that culture. 

We were then onto Rotorua, the base for the tours adventure experiences. The next few days were full of Jet boating on lake Rotorua, “downhill luge rides,” a heart thumping three hours at Agroventures, where once again, the adrenaline rides took everyone out of there comfort zones and recovering in the baths of a thermal hot springs, then diving into the coolness of Lake Rotoiti. It was a lot of fun.

The boys also attended a Mouri cultural night, performed a Haka - not the best Haka I have ever seen – but their enthusiasm was amazine – and then they were brilliantly fed at a traditional Hungi.  The boys also participated in a huge “Knox teams games night” run by Mr Dennis Kelliher, that many of us thought was the highlight of the trip.

It was rugby touring at its best. We worked hard, laughed deeply, were well fed and were loving being rugby players in a community that loves its rugby.
The night before playing Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland, the families of MAGS 1st XV, 2nd XV and 16A billeted the teams. The boys enjoyed the warm hospitality from the MAGS families. 

On Wednesday 20 April Knox played MAGS, who are ranked number four in NZ. The boys can take great pride from their performances. On a warm and sunny Auckland day the 16A team played super rugby and had an excellent win. The 2nd XV gave away two early tries, before fighting back to lead 19-18 with ten to go. They MAGS 2nd XV got home late. However the Knox boys showed great courage against a very big MAGS team in a gutsy 19-28 loss.  The MAGS 1st XV were very big and skilful. They come out firing and played some wonderful rugby and were dominating Knox 22 - 0 at the thirty minute mark. Knox drew on the “culture” we have worked so hard at establishing and scored 19 unanswered points, running in three great tries. As the full time whistle blew Knox were awarded a penalty 5 metres out and in front of the posts. The Knox boys showed great self belief and turned down the penalty kick and went for the win. They tapped and ran the ball. They tried valiantly, but fell short of the win. MAGS carried the day 22-19.

The entire reason for playing rugby is to learn. On tour the boys learnt many valuable lesson about rugby, team culture, friendship, mateship and life. Not the least of which is that a draw is not as good as a win, but it is much better than losing. 

It was a wonderful trip on every level. The rugby was of a very high standard, higher than the CAS competition. The training was challenging. The off field activities were exhilarating and great fun.

The tour also empowered the players to bond as a group and for the leaders to emerge and guide their peers. There were no groups of Year 12, Year 11 or Year 10 boys, there was only one group of Knox rugby players.

The boys behaviour was excellent. The manners, conduct and character of our boys was exceptional.  

My sincere thanks to the Black and Blue rugby committee for their support of the tour and to the staff and players who worked with such dedication that made the tour a great success.

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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

Snow Sports Dinner - Friday 27 May

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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox Squash Looking Good for Term 2
With many of the players moving up into higher teams, our top five teams have a good mix of different year levels giving Squash a healthy outlook for the future.

The weekend games v Barker showing our Knox boys were keen to start Term 2 making a statement on the day, with Knox winning 12 out of the 13 games . 

Well Done Knox Squash.
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Swimming and Diving

NSW CIS Swimming Championships 2016, 27-28 April at SOPAC
Senior school swimmers representing Independent Schools from the whole on NSW competed last week at Sydney Olympic Park. Swimmers who make the dais, will get selected to compete for CIS at NSW All Schools 5 May.

A total of 25 Knox boys were selected to compete over the two day meet.  Our boys won a total of 20 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze medals.


Relays
Knox teams were in commanding form for the relays, winning five out of the seven events, setting three new records throughout the evening. 
The all age team of Joshua Collett (year 7), Tyler Krenkels (year 7), Mark Buddee (year 8), Sydney Robertson (year 10), Jack Ryan (year 11), Will Yang (year 12) broke last year’s Knox record, by over a second.

The 15/16 yr boys team set two new records. The team of Leon MacAlister (year 10), Kaea Bidois (year 11), Jack Ryan (year 11), Tom Williams (year 11) and Jack Edie (year 10) swam outstanding times in the freestyle and medley to win by five seconds.
The 17/over team of Andrew Hemsworth (year 12), William Yang (year 12), Sam Ritchens (year 12) and Cody Adam (year 11), won both the freestyle and medley relays.

Individual Winners
Leon MacAlister (year 10) won six individual events, the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m, 100m freestyle and the 200m medley. He set new records in the medley and in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke.
Joshua Collett (year 7) did a clean sweep, winning all five of his events, and setting a new record in the 12yr 50m breaststroke.
Andrew Hemsworth set a new record in winning the 50m fly. He also won the 50m breaststroke.
Lachlan Kelly (year 9) won the 15yr boys 50m backstroke
Sydney Robertson (year 10) won the 15yr boys 100m freestyle.
Jack Ryan (year 11) won the 16yr boys 200m freestyle.

Swimmers Competing on 5 May
Congratulations to the following 19 swimmers, who will compete for CIS at All Schools on the 5 May.
Year 7 – Joshua Collett, Tyler Krenkels
Year 8 – Mark Buddee, Bailey Farris, Ethan Hansen, Joshua Johnson
Year 9 – Brendan Hee, Lachlan Kelly
Year 10 – Jack Edie, Leon MacAlister, Sydney Robertson, Ben Yates
Year 11 – Cody Adam, Kaea Bidois, Jack Ryan, Thomas Williams
Year 12 – Andrew Hemsworth, Sam Ritchens, William Yang 

CAS Representatives
Congratulations to Angus Stevenson (year 7), Joshua Mercer (year 9), Declan Owers (year 9), Ben Rothery (year 7), Mitchell Westhuizen (year 8) and Kevin Zhang (year 11) on representing CAS.

CIS Diving
The boys had a great day out at CIS diving. Results were as follows:

13 years boys springboard
2nd Thomas Mountstephens 
4th Cameron Mitchell

13/14 years platform
4th Cameron Mitchell

14 years boys springboard
2nd Otto Thomas

15 years boys springboard
5th Tate Osborne 

16 years boys springboard
2nd Ben Dempsey
3rd Jack Gutmann

17 years boys springboard
4th Nicholas Gordon 

The following boys have qualified for NSW All Schools to be held next Friday 6 May:
Thomas Mountstephens 
Otto Thomas
Ben Dempsey
Jack Gutmann
Nicholas Gordon
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Table Tennis

On Saturday, 33 students came for training from Years 10, 11 and 12.

All players had a hit with the table tennis robot machine. The machine can be programmed to send balls out, according to where, how frequently or how much spin you want the balls to be. Boys can get tired but the machine does not - so it is quite a challenge.  

Students also had a chance to play one-on-one social games with their chosen partners, the class provides a very good opportunity for exercise, learning the skills of Table tennis and having some fun. 


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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 30 April saw Knox take on St Josephs in a warm up match for the season. The 1st team was at temporary home venue Turramurra Park. The 1st team played some very solid tennis to start the season to win 6-2 overall with an impressive display form Hugo La Hei in both singles and doubles.

The 2nd team also had a great start to the season winning 8-0 overall and only dropping a few games. The 3rd and 4th teams played an internal match against the 10A and B team. It was a well contested match and the year 10s gained some good experience playing some of the older boys. The 5th and 6th teams played an internal round robin at Morona Avenue.

The 10C, D and E team also played an internal round robin at Morona Avenue. The boys gained some practise after the holidays and all worked well.

The 9A, B, C and D all played an internal match play at Turramurra Park with all of the boys showing great effort and it was all very competitive. Teams E and F played an internal round robin at Regimental Park. 

The 8A and B unfortunately got washed out at St Josephs. Teams C- J played an internal round robin competition at Regimental Park with the boys putting in great effort throughout their time there.
The 7A-G teams also played an internal round robin competition at Regimental Park and also worked well throughout their time period.

The boys are looking forward to starting the CAS Winter season playing Cranbrook in our first match. Good luck to the boys for next weekend!
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Cross Country
This weekend saw the Knox Cross Country team head to Mutch Park for the Cranbrook Invitational.

The junior boys got the momentum going early with Sam Rockliffe and Mitch Westhuizen finishing 1st and 3rd.  Ewan Shingler and Angus Matthews also ran well to round out the junior division.

Jackson Croker, Aiden Kumarasinghe and Luke Bray put in their debut over the 6km distance all put in solid performances and will continue to gain momentum as the season goes on.  The open division saw Ben Fitton and Kent Bray tackle the 8km course.  With a solid start to the season the boys will look to build fitness over the course of the season.
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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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