Congratulations to all teams for last weekend, with some good wins and some hard-fought losses and I congratulate the effort put in by all. Once again my thanks to all students who demonstrated their commitment to school by wearing the correct attire and demonstrating the correct attitude. Can I ask that this is maintained and ensure that we not only thank the opposition teams, but also the referees, for without them there would be no sport.
I congratulate the swimmers and divers on their performance and NSW All Schools and wish them all the best for their selection in NSW teams.

I also congratulate our students who competed at the NSW All Schools Golf Championships in Taree, and especially Will Bayliss, year 11, who won the championship. Will is the first Knox student to ever win an All School Golf Championship – well done!

This weekend sees us play home games versus Barker with Football 1sts and 2nds being played on Knox 1 under lights on Friday evening. I encourage all those who can attend to support our Football on Friday evening and those who can support the AFL and Rugby on Saturday to do so.

Wish you all the best for the coming week-end and go the Black and Blue!
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'A trophy carries dust, memories last forever.'
Mary Lou Retton

Aston Bloom selected to represent NSW

Last week Aston Bloom travelled to Tweed Heads to represent NSWCIS in the NSW Primary Schools tennis Championships.
Aston, CIS Boy’s Captain won his seven singles matches for his team playing in the #1 position. CIS won both the boys and girls competition and the overall team event at the Championships.

Aston has been selected to represent NSW at the School Sport Australia Championships (Bruce Cup) in Albury in October. 

Congratulations, Aston!


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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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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

Under 14 A
The Under 14 A’s took on a strong Riverview side in their first game of the year. Injuries and sickness took its toll on the team with several players unfortunately unavailable.
The team started well with some strong runs down the wing from Daniel Brading and some strong midfield efforts from Lachlan Thompson and Kale Gabila. The backline was playing very well with good cohesion. Rhett Masters and Harry Lawson were solid and tackled hard. We were keeping right up with Riverview and it looked destined to be a close finish. Unfortunately the Riverview team played strongly in the last quarter and ended up running away with the game. Despite not getting over the line, the effort of the Knox team was very pleasing and many players showed excellent signs of improvement.

Riverview 64 Defeated Knox 36
Best Players: Kale Gabila, Angus Menzies, Lachlan Thompson, Liam Puncher, Dan Brading and Rhett Masters.

Under 14 B vs Waverley
The under 14s began their season with a win as the Knox team took on Waverley at Ball and Ball Oval on a smoky Saturday afternoon. As the Waverley team forfeited their earlier fixture with the Knox Blue team, instead of the usual 12 a side format for the competition, the game was played full field with 18 on each team playing. A big thank you to those from the Knox Blue team who helped make the fixture such a big success. The game was an excellent display of skills and competitive spirit as the Knox team slowly took ascendency on the match. The midfield lead from the front all day with Severin Fairfax laying on ferocious tackles to give Lachlan Donaldson, Charlie Hennessey and Jack Smith first use of the ball. Carlton Hogan and our captain Owen Lees provided great run from the wings to give our forward good service all afternoon. Tyler Arndt was excellent in creating a contest for the team to aim at and Josh Laing was excellent in taking advantage of his opportunities to kick three majors. Thank you again to those that helped by playing for the opposition and helped bolster our numbers for the fixture. 

Knox B Black/Blue 27 Defeated Waverley B 1.2.8
Goals: Josh Laing 3, Tyler Arndt

Best Players: Severin Fairfax, Aleksy Ginovic, Josh Laing, Robbie Ritchie, Charlie Hennessey, Owen Lees

Under 16 Black vs Riverview
On a smoky and hot day, the Knox boys attempted to defeat their formidable opponent. With a slow start in the first quarter and an exceptional effort from the back 6, Knox was down at half time. Whilst Knox put up a hard fight, we couldn't show it on the scoreboard. Efforts from Aydin Ince at the half back line proved to be damaging to Riverview, stopping many potential scoring opportunities. The second half of the game the Knox boys lifted their game exceptionally with new players such as Josh Officer and Aiden Robertson proving their physical presence with some excellent runs and work rate as the filling in ruckman.  Jack Puncher, Lachie Dowling and Leo Tilly were the best on grounds showing off their hard work rate and skill execution. Good Game Boys. 

Riverview 106 Defeated Knox Black 36
Best Players: Jack Puncher, Mitch Parker, Josh Officer, Ethan Ravenhall, Lachlan Dowling, Aydin Ince.

Firsts vs Riverview
The Knox 1st AFL Team played its first game for the season against arch rivals Riverview. It is always a close and hard fought out game and today was no different. From the very start of the match, the team ready for the challenge. Knox was strong at the contest and we were able to get the game on our terms and dominated play at stages throughout the first quarter. We were able to get the ball inside our forward fifty on a number of occasions, however, struggled to apply scoreboard pressure on Riverview. 

Throughout the second quarter, we couldn’t apply the same pressure and intensity at Riverview at critical moments. At times, we rushed kicks and were out of position at critical moments which caused unforced errors and led to Riverview scoring goals from our turnovers. This resulted in a number of goals, which did not reflect the run of play.

After half time Knox responded well and kicked two quick goals to keep them well and truly alive in the match. As all good teams do, Riverview applied an enormous amount of pressure both inside and outside the contest. This made it difficult for Knox to be calm and composed under pressure. This led to Riverview kicking a late goal just before the siren sounded. 

At the three quarter time break, we were three goals down. In the fourth quarter, the Knox boys showed courage, fortitude and commitment at the contest but we weren’t able capitalise this onto the score board, as we made more mistakes than the opposition under the pressure that was applied by Riverview. Knox were unable to respond to Riverview’s goal scoring chain during the quarter and lost control and momentum. 

Overall, despite the loss it was a very good effort from the Firsts. Their desperation at the contest couldn’t be faulted. They gave 100% at every contest and there are lots of positives to take from the game.

Riverview 64 Defeated Knox 42

Goals: Campbell Saddington 2, Luke Parks 2, Tom Moscou.
Best Players: Josh Tighe, Tom Kite, Connor Mcfadden, James Robertson, Campbell Saddington and Nic Gallu.

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Cross Country

The weekend saw the Cross Country team stay local and race at St Ives Showground for the Scot’s Invitational.
For the second week in a row the Junior boys led the way with Mitch Westhuizen taking line honours. Ewan Shingler ran an exceptionally tough race for 7th overall. Richard Hildebrand had a very good first day in the Knox singlet and Angus Matthews continued to improve.

Next up saw the Intermediate boys, and not to be outdone Henry Partridge had a great debut with a 12th place finish.  Henry has improved in leaps and bounds this year and I’m sure he will have a top 10 finish in the next few weeks.  Jackson Croker also had a top run, finishing in 16th place.  Aiden Kumarasinghe and Luke Bray both had solid runs.

The Open boys were led by Tom Gordon in 15th place.  Andrew Crosling received the superhero award for his 39th place after two games of rugby earlier in the morning.  Kent Felton continues to build his season and Ben Fitton showed true toughness battling his way around the course.  After fighting for position towards the front of the field, Sam Coburn fell victim to the course with a sprained ankle.  

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Diving

The boys competed well at the All Schools Diving Championships held at SOPAC on Friday 6th May.

Results were as follows:

13yrs springboard - 5th Thomas Mountstephens 

14yrs springboard - 7th Otto Thomas

16yrs springboard - Ben Dempsey withdrew due to illness.

17yrs springboard - 5th Nicholas Gordon 

Well done to all.


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Fencing

This week, students concentrated on learning parries and counter parries to enhance their defensive regimes.

This was practised in addition to attacking moves and appropriate footwork to ensure the target is close enough to land hits. 

Some drills and strengthening exercises followed to develop timing and the arm and wrist. Quick fire bouting with changes of opponents enabled the boys to put their skills into practice, particularly in relation to timing of hits.  

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Football

Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

CAS round 1 saw the mighty Black and Blue take on Cranbrook away at Dangar Oval. There were 26 games played against Cranbrook and Knox came up with 21-wins 1-draw and only 4-losses. A massive 142 goals scored on the day and merely 42 against.
The Opens had a great start to the day with the 3rd XI skipping away with a 5-0 win all different names on the scoresheet. The 2nd XI also got the points with a 2-1 win Nick Diamond and Yashwin Khanna with one goal apiece. 1st XI took the field full of confidence after a solid preseason and created a plethora of chances that just were not going in the net. A healthy percentage of possession was still going Knox’s way in the second half but the goals were still eluding our boys. Finally a flick on from Hugo Forlico to Matt Lee saw him away on goal and the ball was firmly paced under the keeper for the lone goal of the match settling the 3 points for Knox at the final whistle. 

Year 10 had a clean sweep of wins for their first hit out of the season scoring 27 goals and conceding only 1. 10As started with a 3-0 win goals coming from Sam Chapman, Nick Drummond and Benji Davis. 10Bs 10 Cs and 10Ds one upped each other as the day went on with 7-0, 8-0 and 9-1 wins respectively.

Year 9 had a mixed bag of results with 2 wins 3 losses and a last minute draw in the 9Fs which was an end to end match with many chances going to both teams and Knox only finding a way past the St Pats keeper with seconds remaining to grab a share of the points. 



Year 8 managed a record in the first round of the season winning every match and scoring a whopping 40 goals in 6 matches and only letting the 1 goal slip past in the 8Cs 8-1 win. The 8As played a fantastic first half against a committed Cranbrook outfit creating numerous chances and some exciting combination play only to be held 0-0 at the half. The deadlock was broken by a Massimo Forlico goal of a corner which he guided into the roof of the net with his knee which ended up being the difference between the teams at the whistle with the 1-0 win to Knox.

Year 7 also managed a clean sweep against Cranbrook. 7As got away to vibrant start going ahead 2-0 in the first 10 minutes with goals from Lachlan Orth and Edward Ogilvy and went into the half with the score staying the same. Cranbrook came out strong in the second half and dragged a goal back and Grant McAsey saved a penalty to keep the Knox boys nose in front at the end for a 2-1 win. Barnaby Clarke scored a hat trick in the 7Cs 6-0 win along with Alec Berg knocking in 3 goals in the 7Es 12-0 win rounding out a very exciting first day of Knox Football.  

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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

A fine performance by all orienteers at Forestville this Saturday. Overlooking the city, the orienteers undertook rocky terrain and challenging contours during their first course for the season.
Due to the smoky conditions, most were unable to finish the course, but everyone displayed strong performances until their early finish. Well done to Jake Evans, placing first in Division 2, followed by William Liu and Cory Aitchison. In division 3, Marcus Hu placed first, with a winning time of 46:49, followed by Jonathon Van Es with 46:55. Closely behind was Toshan Tan, with 49:06. 

For full results from the day, please check the Knox Portal. Please note, due to the weather conditions, the results for the event will not contribute to overall placings in the Winter season. 


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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.
The first round of the CAS competition was played last Saturday 7th May against Cranbrook. Cranbrook only field sixteen teams and therefore extra fixtures were played with Waverley, Kings and St Ignatius College throughout the different age groups. Of the sixteen matches played with Cranbrook, Knox won twelve. 

The U13 age group has started the season well and has demonstrated a very positive approach towards their rugby. There were some fine results and they certainly possess a great deal of potential. 



The U14D team had a tough day against a strong St Ignatius team but the 14C’s put together some nice rugby to record a good win while the 14B’s never ceased to try their best in the loss to Waverley. The 14A’s produced a very satisfying display to defeat Cranbrook 35 – 0 and will gain a lot of confidence from this performance. 

The U15’s have an increased depth throughout the age group from last year and this is extremely pleasing. While the 15C’s, 15D’s, 15E’s and 15F’s did not win their respective matches, the manner in which they competed was impressive. The 15A and 15B squad enjoyed the benefit of a week in Queensland during the past holiday and the intensive work has them well prepared. They produced two magnificent performances with the 15B’s winning 46 – 12 and the 15A’s defeating Cranbrook 29 – 7 in what was a sustained and mature effort. 

The 16D’s were very sound in their 36 – 0 win, while the 16C’s lost to Cranbrook. The 16B’s possess genuine passion and real grit. They were strong in their loss to St Joseph’s College the previous week and their efforts were well rewarded this week with a 31 – 0 win over Waverley. The 16A’s were clinical in their 36 – 0 over Cranbrook.

The Opens not only have an increased number of teams with the addition of a 7th XV but most definitely an increased level of depth. The 6th XV and 7th XV travelled to Kings and encountered some strong opposition but produced a fine effort despite two losses. The 5th XV won 42 – 5, 4th XV 51 – 10, 3rd XV 24 – 7 and the 2nd XV 57 – 13 highlighting a very sound performance across these four teams. 

The 1st XV regrouped well from the previous week and through a combination of strong defence and composed attack, produced a very solid effort to control the match with Cranbrook. The resulting 37 – 3 win reflective of their domination.
This week Knox will play local rivals Barker in the second round of the CAS competition.


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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 1st had a convincing win over Briars 3-0 with B Arnold having a strong game dominating front of court and playing to his strengths.

V Kumar continued with some quality back hand shots not giving his opponent any opportunity of settling into the game.  N You Lee started slowly giving his opponent an early advantage before settling in and going on to dominate his match. This team is leading by example – exactly the tempo Knox Squash is aiming for – well done boys!  

Knox 4 won 3-0 over Willoughby 2.   This match started with the Willoughby player totally on top and A Soonius down 0-2 and not looking good.  But then Knox settled to win the next 3 games in a thrilling 5 setter!  The best game Adam has played to date showing great mental strength. M Gee continued the momentum to have a convincing win with some well-placed back of court shots . A Srivatsan from team 6 replaced S Ragavan to come in and play as number 3 Adi showed quality in some of his plays to win in 3 sets.

Knox 6  2-0 over Knox 7 with K Ramcharan playing with confidence and showing  that hard work pays off.  Kiano is now playing shots he struggled with in term one keep going – well done.  A Srivatsan continues to improve weekly through his positive attitude at training constantly playing and challenging himself against senior players.  T Ballinger has ability to play some quality squash – keep practicing!  A good effort from O Ellard, more practice needed.  

Knox 8 won 3-0 over Barker 8.  This team are the silent achievers with T Murray covering the court with quality runs followed by well placed hand shots.  J Price continues to improve playing some very direct shots into back corners followed with some pin point drops giving his opponent no chance to settle. F Prince completed the dominance allowing his opponent only 6 points throughout the game Finns ability to cover the court makes him a very competitive player.

Knox 10 lost 1-2 to Briars.  S Gibbs started well but lost focus giving his opponent an opportunity to expose him with some back of court balls. D Wade set the tempo in his game giving his opponent no time to settle - David has improved on his back of court play giving him the ability run his opponent around with ease. David was then asked to back up and play their no1 with very little rest – thank you and well done.  

Knox 9  1-2  against Barker 7.  S Korokany on the back foot early on with his opponent serving at speed.  Steve settled in to come back 1-2 but his opponent continued with these serves giving Steve little chance to get into the game.  A credit to Steve on his first training session into the courts working on return of serve, this shows great attitude.  L Marinaki from team 11 played as a ‘fill in’ and showed how healthy Knox Squash is with a strong performance playing up and also this being his second game.  Luke has worked hard at training and it shows on the court.
 
Knox 11  3-0  Barker 9 L Marinaki was in form giving his opponent very little with Luke focusing on his drops and back of court play Luke went on to win quite comfortably .J Henery continued the momentum with a solid performance
D Loyzaga brought the team home playing a very controlled game . This is another team improving weekly.  Don't stop boys!  

Knox 15  2-1 against Knox 14.  Both these teams are showing their desire to improve training hard staying back after school to work on the little things.  V Zhong, H Mendes, A Bradshaw team 15 and W Wells having to play both games to cover for a team mate along with year 7 student S Suresh from team 18 being asked to fill in after playing an earlier game Shiv went on to win his match – well done.  

Knox 18 2-0 against Knox 20.   T Kellaway playing very direct focusing on back of court shots made it hard for W Zheng to settle into the game E Bowen and T O Sullivan playing a 5 setter with the deciding game won by 2 points to Elliot .

Knox 21  1-2  Knox 22  both these teams played some quality squash with O Weeding and A Barker playing a 5 setter followed by S Suresh and W Zheng playing some short rallies .  Both these boys were playing extra games to cover for absentees – a great effort.

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Swimming and Diving

NSW All Schools Swimming Championships 2016 - 6 May 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.
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, Hongyi George Zhu
Year 11 – Cody Adam, Kaea Bidois, Jack Ryan, Thomas Williams
Year 12 – Andrew Hemsworth, William Yang 

Relays

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) Won Gold. 
The 13/14 yr boys team of Bailey Farris (year 8), Brendan Hee (year 9), Joshua Johnson (year 8) and Mark Buddee (year 8) Won Silver in the Medley Relay.
The 15/16 yr boy’s teams 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 Gold in both events
The open team of Andrew Hemsworth (year 12), William Yang (year 12), Hongyi George Zhu (year 10) and Cody Adam (year 11), won both the freestyle and medley relays.

Individual medalists 

Kaea Bidois   Silver - 50Fs
Joshua Collet Gold - 50Fs, 50Brst, 100Fs
Silver - 50Fly, 50Bk
Jack Edie Silver – 400Fs
Ethan Hansen Bronze – 200Fly 
Andrew Hemsworth   Gold – 50Fly, 50Brst
Silver – 200Brst
Lachlan Kelly Silver – 50Bk
Tyler Krenkels Bronze – 200bk 
Leon MacAlister Gold – 50Fs, 100Bk, 100Fs, 50Bk
Jack Ryan Silver – 200FsBronze – 50Fs
Ben Yates Bronze – 100Bk

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 7th May 2016 saw Knox take on Cranbrook away. The 1st team got off to a flying start for the CAS season beating Cranbrook 8-0.
Well done to Max Nguyen for gaining revenge in his singles match after losing to the same player last term. The 2nd team did well to get a 5-3 win after having to forfeit the doubles and single due to being short a player. The 3rds and 4th made light work of the opposition to win 6-0 in both teams. The 5th and 6th team played at Sydney Grammar in a friendly match. The 5th had a great match to get a draw 3-3 and 29 games all. The 6th had a couple of matches due to both teams only having a few players for that day.

The Year 10 A-Ds played an internal doubles competition at Turramurra Park. The boys worked very well and showed great concentration and competitiveness throughout the morning. The doubles positioning and tactics improved immensely with some outstanding rallies. The 10E team played at Regimental Park in an internal competition.

The Year 9A and B team played away at Cranbrook and won very comfortably 6-0 in both matches with the B team not losing a single game. The C and D team played a friendly at Sydney Grammar. The C team won 5-1 with a special mention to Jackson Lee on a great singles and doubles performance, whilst the D team won 6-0. The E and F teams played at Regimental Park in an internal round robin and all of the boys worked well and showed improvement throughout the morning.

The Year 8A and B teams played Cranbrook at home at Turramurra Park. The A team played some great tennis to win 5-1 overall with special mention to Kiran Anker finding form again to win both singles and doubles. The B team won 6-0 overall with our team too strong for their opponents. The C and D team played a friendly also against Sydney Grammar with the C team winning 5-1 with special mention to Allen Chen winning both singles and doubles. The D team worked well as a team to win 4-2. Team E- J played at Regimental Park in an internal round robin. The boys all worked well with all contesting for higher spots in the team, which was great to see which keeps great depth and strength at Knox.

The Year 7A and B team played at Cranbrook with the A team winning 4-2 overall with special mention to Avinash Mirando for his effort shown on the court to have a great comeback in his singles match. The B team also won 4-2 overall with the boys working well as a team. The C and D team played a friendly against Sydney Grammar School away. The C team had a great battle but lost only by 3 games after both team split 3 sets each. The D team had a tough time losing 5-1 overall to a solid D team. Teams E-G played an internal round robin at Regimental Park with all of the boys always working hard and looking to improve their skills and match play.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for Knox winning 100% of matches in the CAS competition and 71% of matches in the friendly against Sydney Grammar.

Well done to all of the boys for a great performance this weekend and thank you to all of the parents for getting your son to his allocated venues. Good luck for next week!

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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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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.

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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