Firstly I would like to welcome Mr Andrew Ferris, the new Director of Track and Field to Knox Grammar School and I wish him and all those involved, both coaches and students, all the best for their goals in 2016.

Speaking of Track and Field, I would like to congratulate the boys who competed at Nationals in Perth last week-end with all 3 boys doing well - especially Riley Hemsworth, Year 7, who is a national champion. I would also like to wish all those involved in this week-end’s state championships good luck for their events.

Last week-end saw the 1sts and 2nds dinner functions for Cricket and Basketball, and from all accounts these were two very enjoyable nights. I thank the boys and their parents for their support in the organisation of these important events. I also congratulate those students who have been selected in CAS Rep Basketball teams, and wish them all the best in their upcoming fixtures.

I would like to wish all those involved in this week-end’s Golf all the best as the boys play for the championships in the last fixture of the season.

Knox Fitness – on the last week-end of Summer Sport two weekends ago, the Knox Fit Games were held and all students involved challenged and pushed themselves in their designated fitness activities. It was great to see all those getting involved and putting in the effort, with a report from the MIC in this Bulletin.

Our Mountain Biking team competed last week in the National Inter-Schools Mountain Biking Competition and did exceptionally well. I congratulate all boys involved and also thank their parents for the support they give the programme, and I am delighted to announce Knox Grammar School is now the best Division 2 School Team in the country, and congratulations to Matt Dinham who was crowned ‘King of the Mountain’.

In the Squash Grand Finals, Knox teams won 8 of the games, and came runners-up in the other 6, with the 1sts narrowly going down 8 games to 9. This is another testimony to the strength of Sport at Knox and the strength of the Squash programme in particular. Also last week saw Winter Sport Induction days for AFL, Football, Rugby and Tennis and I congratulate all those involved and I hope they enjoyed their days.

Over the week-end and into Monday Knox hosted the Australia Women 7’s team versus NZ Women’s 7’s team to assist in their preparation for the Rio Olympics.

This Saturday AFL and Rugby commence with Squash, Table Tennis and Volleyball all conducting trials. I wish all those involved this weekend the best of luck and hope that they enjoy their Sport.
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'The mind is everything. What you think you become.'
Buddha

Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

A wonderful evening was had by all at the Basketball 1st’s and 2nd’s 2015/2016 end of season dinner.
 

Co-Captains Alex Selvarajah and Matt Horsley did a fantastic job as MC’s on the night which reflected and celebrated the hard work and success of both the 1st’s  and 2nd’s throughout the  season.

A number of our Prep Basketball teams played at the Senior School in their final round of the term. The boys all had a lot of fun and played very hard. This is a photo of the Knox Prep 1st’s after their first win of the season!

A reminder for all boys to hand their playing singlets back to Ms Manou in the KSA office before Friday 18 March otherwise charges will be incurred.

Congratulations to the following Knox boys who have been selected in CAS Basketball representative teams:

• Matthew Horsely - 1st CAS team
• Alex Selvarajah - 1st CAS team
• Lachlan McKimm - 1st CAS team
• Brad Ellwood - 2nd CAS team
• Marcus Hayden - 2nd CAS team

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Golf

Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

Knox A All Square (2/2) with Knox B
Knox Grammar School hosted Saturday's match in sunny conditions at Avondale Golf Club. Whilst Riverview played against Barker, the two Knox teams had an opportunity to earn some bragging rights against each other.

Led out by Captain Patrick Ferris, Knox A started off solidly, looking to take a 4-0 victory. Patrick played some impressive golf as usual, but he was pitted against the steadfast Sam Druce, who simply refuses to give his opponents an easy hole. Sam won the A grade medal at Avondale last week, and played some impressive golf again today. With Sam winning a number of holes in the middle part of his round, Pat had to play well all the way through to the 16th Green before securing a 3/1 win against Sam, who continues to improve each week.

Matt Finfer started off well for the first couple of holes, but William Ryan’s game continues to improve with experience, and he was in strong form today. William took an early lead and secured a comfortable 7/6 win against Matt, who will need to re-build his game before his last round of golf in the black and blue next week. Doug Fox had his match against Nicholas Anderson, and although he started well, soon found the layout and strengthening breeze a challenge. Up against an improving opponent, Doug found the going tougher as the match progressed and he was defeated 4/3 by Nicholas on the 15th Green. This was a pleasing win for Nicholas!

With Ricky out this week due to an injury sustained at PE yesterday, William Wells, our replacement for Greg Bradford had secured a victory for the A team simply by turning up. William enjoyed his game today, which was the first time he had played at Avondale. Supported by his father throughout the day, William played some good shots and made some solid pars. Welcome to Knox Golf William.

Next Week: Practice on Monday at Avondale
Both teams are required next Saturday – same time same place… (Last round of the season, and the final school comp round for Knox A – let’s hope they can win it!).

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Knox Fit

This summer season the Knox Fit Games took on the theme of ‘March Madness’. This was for two reasons. Firstly, we were paying homage to the four week college basketball tournament in the US with this nickname (both Mr Cavallaro and Miss Tara are big fans). Secondly, what we were asking boys to do over 3 hours could only be described as Madness!

 The competition started out with two workouts where all boys, regardless of age or ability, had to complete and the top 16 would move on. The two workouts were a 500m row and The Hulk (which is a timed workout that requires completing 50 reps of 6 exercises for time). This was a great opportunity to ensure that the next round of boys had the ability to complete a wide range of exercises to a high standard and have the cardio ability to last what was to come.

In the ‘Sweet Sixteen’, the boys needed to complete a gruelling workout where they had to complete increasingly more kettle bell swings and pull ups in the same amount of time. Pull ups was the determiner. And, in a workout that the coaches thought no one would complete, seven of the eight who advanced did.

The ‘Elite Eight’ displayed just how varied the boys abilities needed to be if they wanted to be crowned Knox Fit Games Champion. On top of completing as many kettle bell squats as they can as heavy as they can handle for 1 minute was a test of agility with a shuttle sprint immediately afterwards! 

And then there was the Final Four: Joey Asnicar (Y10), James Taylor (Y10), Nick Kindl (Y12), Harry Stankovic (Y11). To be crowned champion they would have to make it through 5 workouts with one competitor eliminated after the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Three hours after the competition started. The Knox Fit Games Champion was crowned - Joey Asnicar (Y10)!! A very well-deserved victory after displaying outstanding levels of full-body strength, fitness and inner strength throughout the entire day.

Thank you to Tara for all her organisation and to Matt Ross for his coaching and support. A big thank you to our captains Nick Kindle and Ashton Cook (and all the boys) for their dedication to the sport. Every year we’ve been able to grow both the number and quality of skills. 

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Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

Last weekend saw our Mountain Bike team making the highly anticipated trip down to Thredbo for the Australian Interschool’s Championship.

About 350 of the best MTB school riders in the country promised for some strong competition for our highly fancied Mountain Bike Team.

The competition started off with the Dual Compressor race on Friday followed by the Downhill on Saturday and finished with the Cross Country race on Sunday. For some of our Division 3 (Y7 and Y8) riders it was the first time that they tested themselves at the downhill or dual compressor races.  After some extensive training with some pro MTB coaches on Thursday and some great coaching on Friday from our very own coaches Cam and Jacob all riders made it home safely and ended up with some very respectable results.  Sunday saw the boys competing in the cross country our main focus throughout the season.

First up was the Division 4 (Y6 and younger) and Josh Richter not only came third in the fun pump track challenge on Friday evening, he also managed to finish third in a highly competitive cross country field.

The Division 3 team (Year 7 and 8) lead by Alex Richter who narrowly missed out on an individual podium spot finished second in the team competition. Part of the successful team were Alex Richter, Chris Abberton, Angus Denton, Chris Hughes, William James, Julian Kelly, Tom McKernan, Hugh Phillips, Tom Salerno, Elliot Heys and Jack Vizard

Our very strong Division 2 team (Year 9 and 10) lead by the 'King of the Mountain' Matt Dinham not only dominated the cross country competition, but also finished 2nd in the Downhill and the Dual compressor ahead of some highly fancied  local schools. Chris Palser knocked out the top Dual compressor rider in the Quarter Finals to finished third in the dual compressor just behind Matt Dinham. Matt dominated the Cross Country race that also saw Harrison Ward finishing in third place. The Division 2 riders contributed to this outstanding success were Luke Derry, Joe Andrews, Matt Dinham, Chris Palser, Harland Rock, Harry Evans, Gil Garrett, Luke Henning-Smith, Oliver Heys, Harris Manning, Tobias Marchant and Harrison Ward.

The Division 1 team surprised the competition with a 3rd place in cross country and a 3rd place in the dual compressor race. For Jack Virgona our captain and Tobias Murray our vice-captain this competition was the last one in Knox colours and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them both for some great leadership throughout the season. Part of this successful team was Jack Virgona, Tobias Murray, Harry Koster, Max Kelly, Ben Fitton and Kent Felton.

The Knox boys demonstrated great sportsmanship throughout the competition and are to be congratulated for their sporting achievements in Thredbo and throughout the season.

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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

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

Bookings are now Open with full information on the Snow Sports page of the Portal. 

Any enquiries to snowsports@knox.nsw.edu.au
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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox Squash was represented on Saturday at Thornleigh Squash Centre with 14 teams participating.

 
Knox 1 v Willoughby sadly a 1-2 loss.  Every player in this team played a 5 setter and were down but  fought back chasing every ball, trying to gain any edge possible with relentless rallies and gets this team worked and tried everything!  With the crowd applauding both teams it made for a great spectacle well worth watching, our opposition chased just as hard and piped us at the post.
Congratulations to V Kumar, N Y Lee, B Arnold.

Knox 2 v Willoughby a 2-1 win with F Hellen-Ford playing his best game of the season.  This set the platform for N Huang to build on and so he did - along with E Xie, who never stopped trying but couldn't settle into his game just lost.  A great team effort. Well Done.

Knox 3 v Knox 4.  Both these teams trained together all year with some spirited challenges throughout.   Knox 3 winning the final 2-1 R Rattan defeating S Ragavan in a game
that challenged both players until the last point was won, M Gee continuing on with his good form beating T Joseph in a game of quality shots and enduring rallies . P Koch left his best game till last having narrowly been beaten in previous weeks.  Peter was focused and determined. L Hiller unfortunately meet Peter on the wrong day but credit to Lachlan he never gave up, to both teams a fantastic season.

Knox 5 v Knox 6 both these teams started their season slowly as their game awareness improved both teams settled into their own style and it wasn't long before results went their way and it was only fitting that both made the Final with Knox 5 -  T Ballinger, E Bakker, Z Slonim winning 2-1 Knox 6 - C Lee, K Ramcharan, T De Solom.  Well done boys! 

Knox 8 v Briars 5.  This team went into the game giving their opposition very little on the court with E Pincott playing some quality drives and giving his opponent little chance to settle into the game.  A very disciplined performance followed by C William who started slowly but gained momentum as he settled into his style and identified his opponents weaknesses.  The A Soonius played an opponent who on the day wouldn't go down.  Adam played drives and cross court shots that on any other day would have won the match – giving very entertaining high intense rallies Well Done to all.

Knox 9 v Briars 5.  Given not much of a chance to make the Finals this team having players away injured or sick they persevered and last Saturday won 2-1 with a never give up attitude they played their game of the season.  Congratulations to B Fraser, F Prince, J Gengand the injured D Wade.

Knox 10 v  Knox 11.  Both these teams coming into the Finals in good form - these games started at a frenetic pace and not giving each other an inch with some intense rallies and well played shots Knox 10 E Denton E O Sullivan.  T Murray  defeated  Knox 11 S Gibbs  J Price  A Michaels with some very entertaining games played and enjoyed by all.  On the whole, a great effort.

Knox 13 v  Knox 14.  Both these teams have  been evenly matched all year with not much between them Knox 13 J Henery, D Loyzaga, O Radey  winning 2-1 with Knox 14 L Strang,  H Mendes,-  C Beauchamp  - not giving up and chasing every point possible - great team support.

Knox 15 v  Knox 16.  Both teams worked the court not giving each other much with some long rallies and back hand drives being the difference giving Knox 15 L Marinaki  E Sutton a 2-0 victory over Knox 16.   B Sterrett, S McKay - these boys played with so much enthusiasm and sportsmanship towards each other it was fun to watch.
 
On Behalf of Knox Squash I would like to thank all students that participated in Squash throughout the summer season and look forward to seeing you play Squash again.

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Track and Field

Welcome to new Director of Track and Field
Welcome to Andrew Ferris, who joined Knox this week as Director of Track and Field. Andrew comes from Emmanuel College on the Gold Coast, where he previously held the role of Head of Track and Field.

Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge in his area, having coached state medalists and national finalists across all event groups from Grade 4 to senior. 

He has also coached national champions in Middle Distance and also National Schools Knockouts, as well as Australian Representative athletes. 

'I am looking forward to the challenge of building a culture that can bring the Knox programme to both CAS and National title level.' 

We welcome Andrew and wish him every success in his new role.

 

Australian Junior Championships

Well done to the four boys who represented New South Wales at the Australian Junior Championships in Perth last week.  Riley Hemsworth won the U/14 90m Hurdles, Thomas Shannon was 4th in U/14 Hammer Throw, James Constable was 9th in the U/15 800m and Shah Garcia was 10th in the U/20 Hammer Throw.

I’d also like to wish all the best to the Knox boys competing at State Little A’s this weekend.

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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

Knox Water Polo continued its steady improvement during the second half of the season with many impressive results. The outcome of winning CAS in 1st grade was missed by 2 points after losing the final game to eventual winners St. Aloysius. 2nd grade and U16A Boys both secured their inaugural CAS title with draws in the final games.

In the tough first grade competition, our Knox boys scored a massive 142 goals in total, but sadly their defence tactics let them down when it counted and the 114 goals against them proved decisive.  Regardless, the CAS title was on the line in the final game of the season vs St Aloysius, and some missed chances caused them to trail by 4 goals early in the match.  Despite a mini comeback to be only 2 goals down in the 3rd quarter, the team was unable to overcome the odds and desperate measures late in the game, but a loss resulted and dreams of the CAS title this time around evaporated.

Both 2nd grade and U16A's were able to secure their inaugural CAS titles despite drawing their final games.  2nd grade had a slow start to the season but improved gradually to secure the title.  The 16A's were a dominant team and only lost to the traditionally strong schools, and had the CAS Title wrapped up prior to their final game.  Congratulations to all boys on their efforts in achieving this milestone.

The 15A's, 14A's and 14B's were all very competitive and finished in the upper part of the tables (although no actual records are kept of final standings), and they will be better for the experience. The U13 boys look to be very solid and along with our strong Prep teams, shows that Knox Water Polo will be a force to be reckoned with in coming years.

1st Grade
Position: 2nd place CAS, 5th place overall
Win/loss/Draw: 6 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw
Goals: 142/114

2nd Grade
Position: 1st Place CAS, 5th Place overall
Win/Loss/Draw: 5 wins, 5 losses. 1 draw
Goals: 100/69

16A
Position: 1st Place CAS, 5th place overall
Win/Loss/Draw: 6 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw
Goals: 110/52

16B
Win/Loss/Draw: 1 Win, 7 losses, 2 draws
Goals: 95/98

15A
Win/Loss/Draw: 8 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw
Goals: 144/48

14A
Win/Loss/Draw: 6 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw
Goals: 111/56

14B
Win/Loss/Draw: 5 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw
Goals: 82/72

13 Blue
Win/Loss: Won 4, lost 1
Goals: 44/29

13 Black
Win/Loss:Won 4, lost 1.
Goals:38/29

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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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Knox Dog 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. 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.

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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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