Last Saturday’s full first round of sport was unfortunately disrupted by the overnight and early morning rain. However, many students were able to participate in their sport.

Water polo played some hard games against Trinity with some great wins and tight loses. Many Cricket games were called off and cancelled, along with Tennis, however some games were able to go ahead. The majority of Basketball games were able to be played as were Knox Fit, Swimming, Weights, Fencing, Shooting and Table Tennis.

Table Tennis saw our first competition games against Newington and as teams are finalised over the next few weeks players are all looking forward to the competition in Term 1.

This week sees out 1sts play the first T20 Cricket game as well as 2 students to trial for the CIS Under 15 side, I wish all those involved all the best and good luck.

This week-end sees us play Barker and I encourage students to continue in the vein that they have been doing in their sport - with a positive attitude and manner. Good luck to all and go the Black and Blue.
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'Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.'
Matt Cameron

Track and Field - Prep

NSWPSSA Track and Field Championships
Last week four Prep boys represent CIS at the NSW Primary School Sports Association Track & Field Championships at SOPAC.
Alex Sherlock competed in the 12yrs 100m running a great time and narrowly missing out on the semi-finals. Ben Williams, Sean Williams and William Constable raced in the 800m with Ben finishing 3rd in his heat – despite a personal best time finishing 12th fastest qualifier he missed out on a berth in the 8-10yrs final. Sean placed 2nd in his heat and went through to the finals finishing 5th overall. William Constable won his heat of the 12yrs and was well positioned in the final lap to make a challenge for the gold, when he was involved in a fall with some other runners. A very courageous effort by William to complete the race.
Congratulations to all boys on their performances at State and we wish Sean all the best for Nationals.
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Water Polo - Prep

See the notice in Senior section.

AGM Information

Rugby – Wednesday 2 November
Football – TBA
Snow Sports – Wednesday 9 November
Track and Field – Wednesday 26 October

2016/17 Captains and Vice Captains - Summer Season

Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

CAS Round 1 vs Cranbrook
The Open’s started off the CAS season in dominant form finishing with an 8 win, 1 draw and 3 loss record. The 1st's head into what will be a very competitive season 1-0 beating Cranbrook 70-54.
Cranbrook started the game strongly connecting on some baskets deep from the arc but Knox were able to adjust defensively through their second rotation gaining their first win for the season. Lach McKimm was a key presence for Knox and had recorded a double-double by the end of the first half. Barker this week will be a tough match up for our boys. The 2nds played a fantastic team game which led to a 48-21 victory. The boys in the 1st’s and 2nd's have both worked very hard in the lead up to the CAS season and it is pleasing to see this reflect on the court. The remainder of the games were closely contended with the 3rds (W- 35-29), 4ths (D- 23-23), 5ths (W – 21-17), 6ths (L – 25-29), 7ths (W – 27-26), 8ths (W- 26-20), 9ths (L – 15-28), 10ths (W- 25-21), 11ths (L – 8 -18) and 12ths (W – 22-10).

The 10’s age group finished the round with a 1 win and 5 loss record. The A’s took some time to adjust to Cranbrook’s zone defence but were able to secure a two point victory (42-40). Davey Sherlock helped bust the zone connecting on three 3 point shots. The B’s were unable to execute coach Paul Brotherson’s game plan going down 26-51. The remainder of teams faced strong Cranbrook sides going down 10C’s 14-52, 10D’s 14-52, 10E’s 28-44 and 10F’s in a close one 27-28.

The 9’s year group had a fantastic round finishing undefeated 8-0. The 9A’s defeated Cranbrook 56-26. Josh Pain lit up from beyond the arc connecting on 5 three pointers. Our boys played gritty team defence and worked cohesively to secure a great victory. The 9B’s were victorious (41-26) in another solid team game. Adam Thoma and Buster Scarr played some great basketball making some tough plays and leading on the court. The 9C’s won 29-22 and the 9D’s won 23-21 on the buzzer with a clutch shot from Archie Davidson. The remainder of the games were impressive with Knox winning 9E’s 37-21, 9F’s 32-20, 9G’s 43-17 and 9H’s 25-12.

The 8’s year group also had an incredible round finishing undefeated with 6 wins. This year group works particularly hard right down to the 8L’s and are to be commended on their relentless effort and dedication to improve! The 8A’s continue to develop their fundamentals and as a team and solid cohesion was evident in their 32-27 victory. The 9B’s won 33-12 with solid contributions from all players. The remainder of our teams played some awesome basketball defeating Cranbrook 8C’s 40-9, 8D’s 24-19, 8E’s 51-8 and 8F’s 39-16. Our 8F’s played against Kings F’s and were victorious 28-15. Our 8H’s played against Scots G’s were victorious 26-8.  Our 8I’s played against Waverley G’s and scored an impressive 40 points to Waverley’s 13 in a fun team game. Our 8J’s also played incredibly well defeating Waverley H’s 51-2. The 8K’s versed Trinity I’s and won 41-10 and our 8L’s versed Trinity J’s going down 4-15.

Knox finished the CAS round with a 23 win, 1 draw and 8 loss record (72%). Congratulations to all boys who played on Saturday for their hard work and sportsmanship. Round 2 will be a local derby against rivals Barker with the Opens and 8’s at home and 10’s and 9’s away. I strongly encourage all Knox boys and parents to come watch and make some noise for our 2nd's play at 10am and 1st's play at 11:15am.
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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, 1sts Cricket Coach

1st XI
A bleak forecast met both teams on arriving at Curagul but play started at 12.30 with Knox making immediate inroads having Barker reeling at 2/8, Cheng then set a blistering pace playing with freedom blazing his way to 94 off 100 balls leaving Barker 5/178 at tea.
A very disappointing session with the ball meant Knox need something special to stay in the game and the intensity certainly lifted after the break with Gallu and Wines taking 2 quick wickets each to see Barker all out for 212. Coburn and Navratil battled bravely through the tough conditions but then lost Coburn and Wines in the same over. The introduction of the off spinner saw immediate reward for Barker as Navratil was trapped LBW by a big turning delivery late in the day with Knox finishing up 3/51 requiring 162 more runs for victory. It will take some quality batting against a strong bowling attack, and with many talented batsmen to come, it provides an opportunity for someone to stand up and win the match for Knox!

2nd XI

After winning the toss against Barker our opening batsman made a superb start surviving some very challenging conditions for the first 12 overs. Barkers bowlers demonstrated good disciplined swing bowling, which Sam Chapman (18) and Josh Owens dealt with very well, slowly building our total past 30. Josh Owens displayed a natural ability to open the batting and he should gain significant confidence from this performance.
Unfortunately, wickets fell steadily for most of the inning. This was a result of solid bowling and some poor decision making by Knox batsman, with only 3 batsman making more than 10. Max Glover past 50, however fell shortly after (58). The 2nds were bowled out for 143. Although not the best, this innings could be a significant moment in the season, with several boys identifying the importance of reading the game situation and adjusting accordingly. This is an important step in us developing as individual cricketers and creating a positive team culture.
Barker faced 7 overs at the end of the day and although they made a good start (1/43) Alex Doling Cook took a wicket with his last ball of the day, which was a very positive way to finish a tough day.
 
3rd XI vs Riverview
Knox 3rds had a convincing win over Riverview 4ths winning the match by 104 runs. 
Knox batted first with Ollie Graham getting us off to a great start with a knock of 23. Danuka Tennakoon batted in the middle overs with a strong knock of 26 to get Knox's momentum back. Ned Young came into the game in the later overs with a fantastic innings of 33 not out to finish the innings. Knox finished with a total of 8/178 
Knox's bowling innings was strong and that was started with the two openers bowling incredibly well getting some early wickets. Crawford Lees had the best figures of 3/6 off his three overs and the other opener Max Hodge finished with figures of 2/21. Their bowling was full and straight which created many wickets and wicket opportunities. Michael Loong then came into bowl and continued the tight bowling finishing up with figures of 2/6. Between the great bowling and tight fielding, Knox managed to bowl them out before the drinks break for 74.  

Knox 10A 
Knox arrived at Barker Main Oval to bleak skies and steady rain. The rain finally settled by 10.30 which opened the window for a delayed start. Knox lost the toss on a green top and was sent in, with play eventually getting underway at 10.45. Barker’s opening bowlers got the early ascendancy, picking up four quick wickets to have Knox reeling at 4/39 after 12 overs. Tom Ivers (56) and Karthik Surendra (40) then combined for an excellent 72 run stand to get us firmly back in the game. Ivers was eventually run out off a spectacular piece of fielding at cover, featuring a full length dive and a direct hit. Both batsmen displayed a maturity well above their years, involving admirable patience and discipline, exquisite stroke play (particularly through the covers) and sharp running between the wickets. Jamie Cerezo (23) then played a well-timed cameo, leaving Knox at 7/185 at the close of play after 35 overs with Viruna Tennakoon (14*) and Ollie Sloan (0*) to resume next week. Great credit should go to the boys for bouncing back the way they did following last round’s tough loss. There is plenty of fight in this group of players and they are hungry leave their mark on the competition. Nonetheless, the boys will need to avoid complacency and come out strongly next week with the bat and start well with the new ball, with much of the game still set to unfold. 

9A
Day 1 of Knox vs Barker saw Barker win the toss and elect to bat on a wet day. The new ball was swinging almost too much to take wickets in the morning combined with a very wet seam which made the opening session difficult. An unlikely hero, Oscar  Petro stepped up with the ball which at this stage was like soap and managed to take 4 wickets in an over demonstrating perfect control and changing the game. He finished with 6/20 . Barker were bowled out for 181 and Knox are 1-9 in reply after facing a tricky 3 overs at the end of the day. 

9B
On the soggy Saturday morning, Knox won the toss and elected to bowl. A consistent start by the Knox opening bowlers saw a number of edges, however none went to hand. The Joeys opening batsmen began to build a strong foundation for their innings. However Adi Srivatsan was brought into the attack and had an immediate impact taking a 2 wicket maiden which included being on a hat trick. At the 16 over mark Joey's were 3/49 as a result of consistent bowling and fielding. A moment of brilliance from Lachlan Gee saw possibly the catch of the century to dismiss another Joeys batsmen. However this could not stop Joeys from continuing their attacking mindset and lifting their run rate. Hamish Quigley was brought on with the hope of halting Joeys momentum, which it did, claiming 2 wickets in his first over. At 7/82 after 25 overs, Knox looked on top however very sloppy fielding and a lack of concentration allowed for Joeys to end their innings 9/130. 

Knox's batting innings began shakily with the loss of opener Dan Mulcahy, but a strong partnership began between Henry Roberts and Hamish Quigley. However they both fell in quick succession as a result of poor decision making. This saw Ollie Harding and Liam Ridley come to the crease with the task of saving the Knox run chase which was requiring 80 runs from the remaining 16 overs. A well manufactured partnership formed and made it look like the run chase could be successful. However the task seemed to great as Knox began to lose wickets in their attempt to match the required run rate. In the end, Knox finished being 9/116 from 32 overs. Notable performers from Knox included Adi Srivatsan's 2/9 off 5 overs and Ollie Harding and Liam Ridleys 40 run stand.
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Fencing

A refresher on the various parries was held, including the counter parries. Parries are essential as a defence to attacks.
Different parries and counter parries are used to block attacks to different sides of the body and are designed to collect your opponents blade, giving priority if a riposte then follows. The boys put these lessons into practice, remembering to use precise movements rather than broad sweeps of the blade. Broad sweeps of the blade slow down the action and can be easily taken advantage of by opponents. Bouting then followed and the boys enjoyed "versing" each other.


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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 1st 1-2 Briars 1 with N You Lee leading the team our 1sts started well with Nick playing a hard fought five setter working the court to his advantage playing some well-placed drives and cross court shots.
Nick went on to win 3-2, F Hellen-Ford found his match challenging with his opponent not giving much away.   Finn is still finding his way playing in our first side but credit to Finn he is determined to improve and will only get better as the season continues.   R Rattan also played a five setter with numerous rallies played Ritwick looked set to win but got beat at the very end by 2 points This team is training very hard and it is pleasing to see the spirit within this team.

Knox 2 2-1 Knox3 A Soonius led his team with a well-controlled performance playing to his strengths Adam played some well placed drives along with some clinical drops making it hard for Z Slonim to settle, but credit to Zach he never stopped trying.  E Xie set the pace early with some quality cross court and forehand drives Evan took advantage of his power making it hard for C William who tried but could not settle into any pattern of play.  P Koch is becoming the player that does not give up as was evident in this match as he and N Huang played some hard fought rallies the lead changing several times eventually Peter taking control . Great game to watch.

Knox 6 2-1 Barker 4 with O Ellard playing first this was another match played in five games with Ollie coming from behind working to his strengths with some well-placed boasts and forehand drives eventually going on to win 3-2.  A Lin Lacy started well dominating early with some well-placed cross court shots but unfortunately lost his focus allowing his opponent back into the match but credit to Andy he regained his composure taking the match 3-1.   D Wade found his opponent challenging not being able to settle David was forced to chase every ball, to his credit he never stopped.

Knox 8 0-3 Barker 5 T Murray started well playing some well-placed back of court shots and boasts but unfortunately Tyler lost concentration allowing his opponent to gain momentum and eventually take the match, J Merhi found his opponent hard going with Jesse forced to chase giving him little time to settle into the match credit to Jesse chased to the very last ball, A Xu exploded into the game serving with such power his opponent had no reply but Arthur lost focus and his opponent took advantage and never looked back. A lesson learned - the match is not over until the last ball is played.

Knox 10 2-1 Briars 5 H Mendes led his team with a dominating performance playing to his strengths Harrison never relented playing some well-placed forehand and cross court drives, D Loyzaga found that to underestimate your opponent can be to your peril as Daniel found in his match.  To his credit Daniel showed great sportsmanship and accepted the lesson learnt, E O’Sullivan set the tempo early playing some varying shots not allowing his opponent any time to settle credit to Eddie he stayed focused and determined.

Knox 12 0-3 Barker 9 V Zhong started well playing some well-placed cross drives and forehand shots Victor lost focus allowing his opponent to get back into the match.  All credit to Victor he settled and played some hard fought rallies just going down 2-3, E Sutton found his match hard going with some hard fought rallies.  Elliot tried hard and chased every ball but just not enough on the day.  D Pathirana found the tempo of the game unsettling but as the match went on Dylan went on to play some well-placed forehand and cross court drives wining one game and narrowly losing the other two by only three points.

Knox 14 1-2 Barker 13 S McKay played some well-placed boasts and drops in a match that was closer than the result indicates credit to Sam he never gave up, L Thomas placed to his strengths with some well-placed forehand drives and boasts Liam played a well-controlled match, M Walker started slowly giving his opponent to much time on the ball but credit to Mark he settled and played some well-placed forehand drives turning the match into a five setter unfortunately being beaten by only three points in the last game.
Knox 16 2-1 Barker 15 J Allen playing his first game of the season was a bit rusty but chased every ball and never stopped trying, E Bryant set the tempo early playing some well-placed forehand and cross court drives, W Degotardi settled into his game quickly using the court to his advantage with some well-placed drives and drops.
 
Well done to all the teams.
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Table Tennis

Competing against Newington, a school with a strong Table Tennis history behind them, the Knox students played really hard, focused and showing good team spirit.
Division 1 played very close games, and it was only until the very last set of the last match, that victory was declared to Knox Team.  
Division 2 unfortunately fell to a landslide defeat by Newington.  However, the students have seen this as a big learning curve and will focus on learning the skills to deal with spins in upcoming training. 
Division 3 had the players of both school on a similar skill level, with very close games. Playing doubles game for the first time, students put in a big effort, not only with play but learning the rules.  
Students not competing trained well, focusing on basic skill practice.

Division 1: Knox 4:3 Newington
Division 2: Knox 0:7 Newington
Division 3: Knox 2:5 Newington
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 22 October 2016 saw Knox take on Cranbrook in their first round match of the summer 2016/17 season. There were a lot of cancellations this weekend due to the weather, but the 1st- 4th teams managed to get on the courts.
The 1st team got off to a shaky start tying the doubles 2 sets all. The team then re grouped and focused to win all of their singles matches with a great performance from Andy Xuan making his debut in the 1st team this week. He won his match 6-3 in a well fort match with lots of respect for one another on the court. The 1st team did well to turn it around to get the overall 6-2 win for the first match of the season. The 2nd team played just as well with a couple of young players mixed with our more experienced team members. The boys some great tennis, especially Thomas Burwood and Lachlan Walker in their singles matches. The team won 7-1 overall with some great tennis played by both teams. The 3rd team played well alsoo to win 5-1 overall with special mention to Bruce Farquharson and Anton Luger in a very professional singles and doubles display. The 4th team unfortunately went down 2-4 overall due to being down 2 players resulting in forfeits in both doubles and 2 singles matches.

Overall it was a shame that all of the other year groups and teams didn’t manage to get on the courts this week, but we are looking forward to training and getting the teams even stronger and ready for the weekend fixture ahead.

Congratulations to our new Tennis Captain Max Nguyen and Vice-captain Thomas Burwood on their new role for Tennis. I hope it will be a successful position for you both.
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

NSWPSSA Athletics Championships
Big congratulations to Will Constable, Alex Sherlock, Ben Williams and Sean Williams on qualifying for the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships. To make the CIS team is quite an achievement in its own right.

Alex Sherlock and Ben Williams performed well in the 12 year 100m and 10 year 800m respectively.  Both boys were the first ones in their heats to miss progressing to the next round.  After being well positioned at the bell in the 12 year 800m, Will Constable was tripped by some jostling in the pack.  To his credit Will picked himself up and finished 7th.
Well done to Sean Williams on being chosen to represent New South Wales at the National Championships in the last week of November.  Sean will compete in the 800m after finishing fifth in the final.

Treloar Shield
Saturday saw the debut of the Knox Grammar Track & Field Club at the Athletics New South Wales Treloar Shield competition.  The opportunity to compete in the club environment throughout the summer will give Knox athletes invaluable experience and confidence against their CAS rivals.

Highlights of the meet included Tom Shannon winning the Shot Put and Hammer Throw, Runner up performances from Lewis Clabburn in the 100m, Michael Hitchcock in the 400m, Lachlan Antoinette in the Shot Put and Hammer Throw and John Hunter in the Hammer Throw.  A special mention goes to Zach Wyatt for another impressive drop in time with a six second PB in the 1500m.

The next Treloar Shield will be November 12 at SOPAC.
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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

CAS Waterpolo success
Four Knox 1sts Water Polo players have gained selection into the CAS team to take part in competition with other schools in November.
Alex Trobec, Ben Yates, Liam O'Neil and Kevin Zhang were selected after their strong performances on 15 October. Also on this trial day, these four students along with Nicholas Trobec were selected in the North team which defeated the South team convincingly.
A strong team consisting of the four Knox players, Trinity and Barker boys, will compete at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic centre, with the aim of being selected in the CIS team.
Captain of Knox Water Polo, Alex Trobec, is confident that all the Knox players will give 100% in an attempt to gain further representation.  All players are to be congratulated on their achievement to date, and the best of luck for the next trials.

1st Grade vs Trinity
Lost 11-12
Goal scorers: L O'Neill 4, A Trobec 3, K Zhang 1, N Trobec 1, A Matruglio 1, A Robertson 1.
After a slow start and at one stage being behind by 6 goals, the team fought bravely to provide a massive comeback only to fall short by 1 goal. A great effort by the boys. Improved shooting, extra man attack and ball security will be concentrated on in Training to ensure that victory is not far away. Alex Trobec shone despite being closely marked and Liam O'Neill started slowly but found his mark in the second half to top the goal scoring.  
 
2nd Grade vs Trinity
Won 13-9
Goal scorers: T Winterton 3, T Harrison 3, W Harte 2, N Di John 2, O Ley 2, X Wall 1.
A very solid and disciplined performance with excellent passing and shooting. Scoring was led by Tom Winterton and Ted Harrison with Oscar Ley being dominant all over the pool.  Well done boys.  
 
16A vs Trinity
Lost 4-16
Goal scorers: Will Kablau 1, Dylan Horsfall 1, Alex Heintze 1 and Austin Wagner 1.
Unfortunately a slow start playing against a much more experienced and skilled Trinity team. Will Kablau, Alex Heintze and Austin Wagner battled hard all game, with all boys showing great effort and trying their best.  

16B vs Trinity
Drew 5-5
Goal scorers: B Phillips 1, S Doerner 1, M McAsey 1, K Park 1, N Van Veen 1.
There were five separate scorers in an outstanding effort by the team. Despite leading for the majority of the match, the opposition scored 2 late goals to equalise. 
 
15 vs Trinity 
Lost 3-9
Goal scorers: W Bondy 2, J Noakes 1.
A tough match where the boys gave their all, but found they were always chasing the game. Will Bondy played well at Centre forward with Jack Noakes scoring his first ever competitive goal. Congratulations Jack.
 
14A vs Trinity
Won 9-5
Goal scorers: T Krenkels 5, L Reeve 3, M Reeve 1.
The 14 A's were never really troubled by the opposition with Tyler Krenkels having a marvellous attacking game. He was ably assisted by the Reeve brothers and Daniel Beattie.  Keep up the good work.
 
14B vs Trinity
Won 7-1
Goal scorers: K Park 3, J Sung 2, W Gleave 1, R Frater 1.
The 14B's had an outstanding game on Saturday. The inexperience of our opponents was obvious early on and we capitalised on this advantage at every opportunity to quickly gain a 4-0 lead. Will Dixon had a fantastic game and chose his shots at goal wisely. Will Gleave also had a great game finding space and defending well. Kevin Park and James Sung were our key goal scorers, other goals scored by Reagan Frater, Will Gleave and Will Dixon. 
Congratulations to the boys on a resounding win! 
 
Prep School Blue vs Newington
Won 12-2
Goal scorers: W McDonagh 6, A Rowe 2, W Parker 2, N Walker 1, E Talwar 1.
A very dominant display led by Will McDonagh and ably assisted by Angus Rowe, Wyl Parker and Ethan Talwar. The team displayed great teamwork and ability to win easily.
 
Prep School Black vs Newington
Won 9-1
Goal scorers: D Farris 2, F Worner 2, X Mercer 2, A Rowe 1, E Ericsson 1 and A O'Neill 1.
This team of champions are also a champion team who support each other and are all involved in great game play.  Xander Mercer ably supported by Declan Farris and Flynn Worner were stand out, but well done to all players.
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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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