Congratulations to everyone last Saturday, another weekend of good sport and competition across all sports that Knox is involved in.
With many wins across all ages and levels it can sometimes be forgotten what is important. And that is that Sport is part of the Knox Total Fitness model and this includes our attitude, our commitment, how we represent the school and how we represent ourselves.

I therefore ask that this week-end we remember all the little things that make up the 'Knox Man' and they are: to ensure our uniform is correct, to ensure that we are on time, to ensure that we turn up and meet the commitment that we have made to both ourselves, our own team and the opposition.

Often the phrase 'in the heat of the battle' is used to justify comments or actions that young men make, however this is not right. Whilst young men are on a journey and mistakes will happen, we need to learn from them and also ensure that this is not used as an excuse but is a test of the character that we know Men of Knox have.

I and all the staff and coaches of the KSA look forward to continuing to develop the ethos and values that Knox teaches and wish all of you the best this coming week end. Good luck, and go the black and blue!
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'Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.'
Joshua J. Marine

Prep Fencers Have a Go!

On Saturday a number of our Preparatory School Fencers participated in their very first competition at Marrickville.

The boys found the competition very challenging, really testing their skills. On a number of occasions the boy’s scored hits to win the bouts.

In the All Beginners Under 13 Mixed Epee event Benjamin Cook came in second place – an outstanding effort.

In the Under 13 Boys Foil Arthur McCully placed 31st Fergus Andrew 38th, Edwin Fang 40th and Cameron Hayes 54th.

Congratulations boys on a fine day’s competition.

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Saturday Sport at Trinity this Weekend - Additional Information

Parking
There is an underground parking facility at the School, entrance via Victoria Street. Please utilise the car park under the No 2 Oval Sport Complex.

Trinity Tennis Centre - Parking
Please park on either King or Princess Streets, and not in the car-park of Ashbury Bowling Club.

Dogs
Please be aware, any dog brought onto the Trinity campus, is required to be on a leash at all times.

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AFL

Mr Joey Britton, MIC AFL

Under 14a
Our Under 14As travelled to Moore Park on Saturday to take on a highly skilled Cranbrook side.
Knox enjoyed a solid win defeating Cranbrook 87-18.  The intensity was noticeable with some great tackling pressure from Lachlan Voukelatos and Will Aylward early on. The team got out to an early lead against a capable Cranbrook team who fought all game but were no match for the Knox team’s speed and skills.  After dominating the first half, Knox went to the major break with a huge lead. Knox continued to take control after the break and showed their strength to hold off a Cranbrook side that was trying to claw their way back into the game. It was an impressive performance from the team who is clearly a strong contender in the competition this year. The commitment to the ball and their skills were on display throughout the day. 
Best Players: Kale Gabila, Jude Yates, Liam Puncher, Dom Goddard, Will Blackburn and Daniel Brading

Under 14 B Black
Knox Black faced both Riverview teams for the first time this season out at Goddard Park on Saturday afternoon in matches that would present the hardest fixtures to date. All boys battled hard against firm opposition and showed their potential in small passages of play throughout the day but unfortunately were out played by superior opposition. Ashton Smith and Tyler Arndt battled hard all day in the ruck to provide our midfielders with first use of the football. Lachie Donaldson and Charlie Hennessy were good against tough midfielders and Robbie Ritchie showed his talent as he slowly worked his way into the game. Owen Lees swung down back to help us use the ball more efficiently with some nice passages of play with Baxter Wilson and Henry Barnes. Angus Kitchen and Cameron Cormio kicked their first goals of the season. Unfortunately not getting a win this week but no one could doubt the boys effort in both matches trying right to the final whistle. 
Goals: Angus Kitchen, Josh Laing, Cameron Cormio
Best Players: Lachie Donaldson, Ashton Smith, Charlie Hennessy, Tyler Arndt, Robbie Ritchie and Owen Lees.

Under 14 B Blue
The Knox 14 B Blues have their fifth straight win for the season against Waverley College at Goddard Oval. The boys led the scoreboard throughout the game posting a big win. The first quarter was very strong from Knox, who posted a quick trio of goals early in the game. This gave the boys great confidence and really impacted the game from the start. The second and third quarter saw Waverley come back with some goals, but Knox remained focussed on the game and led by 3 goals at the last break. The last quarter saw some brilliant match ups and contests for the footy. Fortunately, Knox were able to capitalise on their opportunities and run out the match with a convincing win. Special mentions go to Ben Hollander for kicking 3 goals also to Carlton Hogan and Jack Smith for both kicking 2 goals. 
Goals: Ben Hollander 3, Carlton Hogan 2, Jack Smith 2, Harry Lawson, Declan Ravenhall, Dom Singarayar, Sam Matruglio and Declan Ravenhall.
Best Players: Rhett Masters, Ben Hollander, Carlton Hogan, Xavier Singarayar, Harry Lawson and Sam Matruglio.

Under 16 Black 
Knox Black took on Cranbrook on Saturday in a hard fought battle. After last week’s loss to Waverley, the boys were looking to rebound with their first victory of the season. Knox jumped out to a great start kicking 5 goals 10 behinds to Cranbrook’s 1 goal as Aiden Robertson led from the full forward position kicking three goals in the first term. The second quarter saw the boys show increased accuracy in front of goal after the first quarter, kicking 9 goals while Aydin Ince locked it down in the back line cutting off any attempt that Cranbrook threw at us. The final siren saw Knox run out with a large victory, stand out efforts from Aiden Robertson who took control of the game as well as Ethan Ravenhall providing his usual line breaking speed from behind while Leo Tilley provided the team with great run through the middle.
Goals: Aiden Robertson 5, Leo Tilley 3, Luke Parks 2, Josh Officer 2, Isaac Selvarajah 2, Campbell Saddington 2, Nic Gallu, Max White, Aydin Ince, Mitch Parker and Ethan Ravenhall. 
Best Players: Aiden Robertson, Luke Parks, Ethan Ravenhall, Nic Gallu, Josh Officer and Leo Tilley.

Under 16 Blue
The Under 16 Blue took on a strong Shore side in the Under 16 Black.  Round 3 began with a strong first half from Shore leading by 1 goal at quarter time and half time. However, the resilience and effort the Knox boys demonstrated in the third quarter showed in their tackling and tough play.  The last quarter was a real thriller and an extremely tight contest with both sides trying to take control of the game. Eventually it was Knox that prevailed in one of the most exciting games in Knox AFL’s history. A fantastic effort saw Knox walk away with a thrilling three point win. Relentless hard-hitting tackles from Henry Smith combined with Ryan de Vries' intercept marks helped the side to victory. Campbell Saddington put in a very impressive effort leading to a bag of 6 goals and Best on Ground. It was a very impressive effort from the team that saw Knox just get over the line in this exciting game. 
Best: Campbell Saddington, James Roffe, Ryan de Vries, Braeden Campbell, Henry Smith and Jordan de Vries.
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

Winter Basketball
Winter basketball athletes have been doing a fantastic job so far this term.

Students are working hard to improve their fundamental skills and conditioning in preparation for the summer season. It has been a big step up in terms of commitment and intensity from previous years and students are to be commended for their passion and dedication. 

Coach Harry Fotopoulos has been doing some tremendous work with the boys on the court and particularly during the intense Saturday morning circuit work outs. Keep up the fantastic work !

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Cross Country

Another great weekend of cross country running, this time at North Ryde Common.

Once again the Under 14 boys started the day of well with a swag of top 15 placings.  Sam Rockliffe, Ewan Shingler, Richard Hildebrand and Angus Matthews continued their impressive string of performances.  Max Evans had a fantastic debut with 12th overall.

The Under 16’s once again tipped the scales in their favour Henry Partridge, Jackson Croker and Luke Bray had great runs yet again.  Zac Wyatt had a great debut, finishing 3rd overall for the team.  The Opens also had a solid day of running.  Tom Gordon, Ben Fitton and Kent Felton all had solid days at the office.

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Fencing

NSW ABC Under 13 Foil and Sabre
Knox boys scored well at the NSW ABC Under 13 Foil and Sabre last Saturday. John-Charles Clegg came third in Sabre and James Reed and Oliver Heller both had good results in the foil competition.

At Training, footwork drills and exercises were practiced to ensure students take neat steps and remain in control and balanced. Different tempos were also demonstrated to assist in surprise attacks. Bouting then followed and the boys enjoyed practicing their footwork as well as disengages and parry ripostes.

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Football

Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

Round 3 proved to be a very successful round for Knox as a whole, with the school notching up 29 wins from the 35 fixtures played across all age groups.

The Knox 1st X1 proved to be too good for Waverley, winning their fixture 2-1 with goals to Hugo Forlico and Lachlan Hemphill. A strong Waverley side controlled the first half, with both possession and field position. The second half proved to be a different contest with a strong comeback from Knox, having more possession in an intensely physical matchup. Goalkeeper Nicholas Gongolidis received high praise from his coach for his continued good form for the season. Head coach Kai Lammert said he was happy with the 3 points this week, but the boys will need to improve on this performance for the away game at Trinity next week, if they are to stay atop the ladder.

The undefeated Knox 2nd X1 are 3 points clear in top spot on the ladder after an emphatic 3-1 victory over 5th place Waverley.

The 3rds, 4ths, and 5ths, all registered wins this week, while the 6ths suffered the only loss in the opens, and the 7ths registering a 1-1 draw.

Knox 3rds treated the spectators, coaches, referees, and linesmen to a thrilling come from behind win for our Feature Match of the Week. This was a seesawing affair with Waverley taking control by scoring an early goal to lead 1-0, only for Knox to counterpunch and draw level through a wonder strike from outside the area by Simon Sharpe. Sharpe continued his fine first half display with a dominant far post header off a well flighted free kick from Arkie Preketes. Moments later Waverley managed an equaliser just before halftime. With the scores locked at 2-2, the first 25 minutes of the second half was tightly contested, with Knox having the better of the play during the period through the tireless efforts of Lachlan Tan, Aedan Curtis and Simon Sharpe. A steady duration of sustained pressure from the mighty black and blue was finally rewarded, when a powerfully struck free kick from Arkie Preketes thundered in to the back of the net, leaving the Waverley keeper with the only option of retrieving the ball from its final resting place. The final moments of the game saw the colossal pairing of Eddie Morris and Captain Chad Mannering repel the last ditch attacking efforts of the Waverley strikers. The fulltime whistle sparked great celebrations full of jubilation at the Knox 3rds come from behind success, and the final protection of a hard earned 3-2 victory.

Following the success of the Opens this week, Year 10 continued the trend with all teams tasting victory in their fixtures. The 10A’s won their match 3-2, with outstanding performances from N. Drummond, B. Davis, and S. Chapman. The 10B’s Thomas Lee scored 4 goals in their 6-1 win, as he was backed up with a strong performance from Toby Buchner. The 10C’s, D’s, and E’s all enjoyed convincing wins, with Xavier Bolger of the E’s also scoring a hat trick.

All of Year 9 also finished the weekend undefeated while hitting the back of the net 23 times in 5 fixtures. The 9A’s drew 1-1 in a tough match with Thomas Stubbs the outstanding performer again. The 9B’s registered the only other close score, taking their fixture 2-1. The C’s, D’s, and E’s had a ‘goal-a-thon’ winning their fixtures 6-1, 4-1, and 10-nil respectively. Remarkably Charlie Sargent of the 10E’s scored the only hat trick of the 3 matches.

Maintaining the winning trend, Year 8 won eight of their nine fixtures this week. The 8A’s won 3-2 with outstanding performances from Oliver Lynch and Xander Ryan, to be in 2nd position on the table. The 8B’s, C’s, D’s, and E’s all enjoyed convincing wins, with Clive Marolt hitting the net 3 times in the C’s victory. The 8F’s, G’s, and H’s experienced victory in much closer contests. The 8I’s were unfortunate in a defeat of 2-1, but the boys remain positive as they look forward to next week’s assignment.

The 7A’s added a draw to their season tally to occupy 3rd position on the ladder, finishing their match 1-1. The 7F’s were unfortunate to go down in a thriller 2-1, but good games from goal scorer Angus Fuller, and Lachlan Li, will give them confidence to shake off the loss. The 7D’s again showed the character they are fast becoming reputed for in their 2-1 victory, while the 7B’s also displayed plenty of Knox pride in their 2-1 win. The 7C’s were gifted their victory with an own goal, while the 7E’s and 7G’s cemented the Year 7 “entertainer” tag in big scoring wins.

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Lawn Bowls

The Winter Lawn Bowls team played their first match of the season against Waverley last Saturday. The game was played in great spirit and enthusiasm and resulted in a win to Knox 3 matches to 1.

The competition was in pairs with 3 bowls per player.

The wining Knox teams were Angus Grant and Josh Scheiner who won a close match, Mac Powell and Kasra Johari Tehrani who completely dominated their match, Damian Cloros and Tas Browning who won well and Fletcher Hemming and Hugo Wilson who lost in a one-sided match. All players thoroughly enjoyed the match and all gained valuable experience.

 

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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

The Orienteering team explored the surrounds of Buffalo Creek this week on a very challenging course.
Navigation presented particular difficulties, requiring complex compass work and following bearings to reach isolated controls within the bush. 

All students in every division, though, performed with admirably, demonstrating positivity and commitment to their run. 

Congratulations to Isaac Roberts, rising to first place in Division 1, behind Jackson Booth (2nd) and Sam Pitman (3rd). Cory was a standout winner in Division 2, followed by Jake 6 minutes later. In divisions 3 Seb Goh once again run a winning time of 53:03, with Marcus Hu trailing on 57:23. 
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Rugby

The third round of CAS promised to provide a challenge as Waverley are the one CAS school that closely match Knox for team numbers and have some depth within their rugby program.
The results from the day indicate this as Knox won thirteen of the twenty three matches played.

The 1st XV were prepared for a tough match as Waverley had won their first two games and presented a genuine challenge. Knox was behind on the scoreboard as Waverley made a strong start and established an early lead. This lead was extended as Waverley held a 17 – 7 advantage at the mid-point of the first half. Nonetheless, the Knox defence remained resolute and shut down the attempts from Waverley to break the defensive line.  In the second half Knox was impressive. They remained calm and composed and never lost their structure. This disciplined approach resulted in some sustained attacking pressure creating scoring opportunities. Some fine tries were scored and the final result of 38 – 23 was a true reflection of the dominant effort displayed throughout the second half. In a day that demanded hard work the quiet achievers of the team stood out. All players were exceptional, but a special mention goes to Tom Gee, Lachlan Ireland and Jack Upton.

Knox plays Trinity and St Aloysius in the next two matches and the 1st XV will play away. As both these schools have substantially fewer teams than Knox, the fixture list will include matches with a number of different schools at various venues.
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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 3 down 1-2 against Knox 2. F Hellen- Ford set the tempo early giving K Tse little opportunity with some back of court plays and quality drops.
To Karlons credit he ran and chased every shot. B Close played a very controlled game varying his shots, whilst N Huang never gave up and also chased every ball – unfortunately just not enough on the day. E Xie managed to get one back for his team with some well placed back hand and cross court plays with R Rattan competing for every ball and trying to unsettle his opponent.  Both teams competed in the spirit of the game Well Done.

Knox 4   1-1  against Briars 4.   A Soonius played to his strengths covering the court and varying his plays with some quality fore hand shots.  M Gee found it hard going with his opponent running him around the court. 
 
Knox 6  3-0 win over Barker 6.   K Ramcharan set the pace early with a very dominant performance . A Srivatsan started slowly with a few errors but quickly settled playing some quality  rives and drops. C Williams made it a clean sweep with a very disciplined game with well-placed back hand shots.

Knox 8  2-1 win over Knox 9.    B Fraser and T Murray played some hard fought rallies with both boys chasing every ball. J Price and K Suresh played a tough 5 setter neither player giving in with James managing to win in the end.  F Prince made it hard for S Koroknay chasing every shot that Steve played but Finn worked the front of court to his advantage showing adept skill of play.  

Knox 11  a 2-1 win over  Knox 10.   L Marinaki played some well-placed drives also varying his plays giving S Gibbs little opportunity to settle.  Both students played with great spirit which is pleasing to see. J Henery and D Wade played a tough 5 setter both boys chasing every ball with Jason finally wining 3-2.

Then David played his second match another 5 setter against D Loyzaga again both boys not giving an inch with some hard fought rallies David wining 3-2  . A big thank you to David as this was the third week he has played double headers. Well done! 

Knox 12 lost 1-2 against Knox 13.   Both these teams are improving in leaps and bounds a credit to their commitment showing us the depth in Knox Squash .A Michaels, R Despande,  A Lin Lacy,  E Sutton,  J Merhi and J Harris .

Knox 14 won 3-2 against Barker 13.    W Wells found his opponent a handful and tried very hard varying his shots and plays but it was not his day.  O Rady was into his game from the first ball and played some quality drives and drops proving too much for his opponent. F Bryant played a tough 5 setter, having at first found it hard to deal with his opponents hard serving but as the game went on Flynn found his opponents faults and capitalized by running him around with some well-placed back of court shots.

Knox 16 lost 1-2 to Knox 17.   O Bendrien playing B Cheng in a very intense game with both boys chasing every ball, it was Oliver who settled and found the back of court with some well-placed drives. L Gee and E Albany played a 5 setter with each game being won by the closest margins, with Lachlan wining the last game 17-16. Then E Albany was asked to plat again as a replacement proving too strong for B Firth, but all credit to Ben he never stopped trying .

Knox 18 won 2-1 over Barker 14.   T Kellaway played some quality squash trying to vary his game.  Unfortunately his opponent never gave up finally proving too strong in the end. S Suresh played a well controlled game varying his drives and back hand plays.  E Bowen dominated front of court with some quality drops along with well placed back of court shots.

Knox 19 lost 1-2 to Knox 20.    W Studdert played a strong game giving W Zheng little opportunity to settle whilst Willis tried hard with some good return of serves unforced errors did not help. A  Pan-Cassin and T O Sullivan played a well fought 5 setter with end to end rallies with Anton victorious in the end. M Walker playing his first competitive game showed his qualities with a strong performance chasing every ball along with some well played drives giving J Andrews very little opportunity on the day but he tried very hard showing competitive spirit. 
 
Again a very strong performance by all students - well done.

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SWAT – Senior Weights and Training

In SWAT this season we have put the students through a plane of movement style of training.

Usually the body only moves in only one dimensional way, with the incorporation of plane of movement training it allows the boys to increase the range of movement, prevent injuries and provide a greater stability for their body. With all these benefits the boys have also had a drastic increase in their strength, fitness all while keeping to the overall goal.

Jalen Ren, Maclean Nicholls, and Dan Li have shown drastic improvements in all aspects of our style of training and have already reached their personal goals that they come up with at the start of the season.

With another term to go students will re-evaluate their goals and work towards new ones.  Students  enjoy their sessions and are proud of their achievements in the gym .

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 21 May saw Knox take on Waverley at home. The 1st team played some great tennis in a much improved Waverley team.
The Knox doubles was very solid winning all sets. The boys played some intense tennis in their singles and only dropped 1 set. The 1st team won 7-1 overall. The 2nd team took apart their 2nd team with our depth too strong for the other schools. Well done to debutant Bruce Farquharson winning both singles and doubles with help from partner Lachlan Walker. The 3rd and 4th team both played very well to win comfortably 6-0 in both teams. The 5ths and 6ths played against St Ignatius College. The 5th team went down 2-4 whilst the 6th team won 6-0.

The Year 10A and B team both won 6-0 with some great play by Erwin Xu in the A team and Harry Hunter and exchange student Will Jarrett in both singles and doubles. The 10C and D team both lost due to forfeiting too many matches due to no shows from the Knox boys which was very disappointing for their opponents, team mates and school. The 10E team that showed up played an internal competition.

The Year 9A and B teams both won 6-0 with some impressive tennis played by Jason Xu in his singles. The C and D team played against St Ignatius with the C team winning 5-1 and the D team winning 6-0. The E and F team played an internal round robin match at Regimental Park with all of the boys competing well to improve their positions in the team.

The Year 8 A team was the only team from that year group to play against Waverley with our team way too strong for their opponents even with a few players missing from our A team. The B and C team played against St Ignatius College. The B team had a great battle with their opponents ending up in a complete draw between the two teams. Well done to Andy Lin on a great performance in both singles and doubles. The C team won 5-1 with some very impressive display of tennis by the whole team. Teams D- J all played an internal round robin tournament at Regimental Park with all of the boys working hard in every match.

The 7 A and B team played against Waverley and won well in both teams. The A team won 5-1 whilst the B team won 6-0 with a great team show of tennis and great sportsmanship shown by the boys. The C and D team played against St Ignatius College in a well contested match. The C team unfortunately lost 2-4 overall whilst the D team won on count back after tying on sets. Well done to Joshua Caspari again on another impressive performance in both singles and doubles. Teams E to G played an internal round robin tournament at Regimental Park with all of the boys working hard and all very competitive in their matches.

Overall it was a good number of wins for Knox. Knox won 85% of matches played against Waverley in the CAS competition, whilst in the friendly match against St Ignatius College the boys won 75% of matches played,
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Volleyball

Ms Alexandra Charles, MIC, Volleyball

Winter Volleyball
The Winter Volleyball Season is in full swing with three teams competing in the combined CAS/CIS/GPS competition.
Last weekend we played Scots College at Home in the Lawson Centre and all three games turned out to be the closest of the season yet.

Our 3rds team, made up of a range of beginners from Year 8 to 11, kicked off the morning with a game that showed off their developing ball control skills and fought hard against Scots but unfortunately ended up with a 3:0 loss. These boys have been improving at a rapid rate and did an amazing job to take the experienced Scots College team to 18:21 in the first set.

The 2nds team, coming down off their first win against The Kings School last week, had a nail-biting game that was point for point in the first two sets. The boys worked hard to stay focused and consistent as they tried to fight back against the excellent defence of the opposition. With the need to win by two points the first set pushed well beyond the usual 25 points to win, as the Knox boys fought their way to a 32:34 point loss in the first set. The boys played an excellent game with the second set going to 27:29 as well but unfortunately were unable to come away with their second win for the season and went down to Scots 3:0.

Our 1sts team continued the trend of tight games as they were locked in a point for point battle that they were able to pull through and win in the first set. The first set allowed the boys to show off their advancing serving and attack skills as they pushed hard against the well drilled Scots team. After Knox took the first set Scots College fought back and were able to secure the last three sets giving them the win for the day.

Overall, the skills development shown by out teams over the first three rounds is very promising and with the dedication of the coaches and commitment from the boys the season is bound to progress in a positive fashion.

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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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