Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

Thanks to all for last weekend. Trials went ahead whilst Baseball continued to play in their competition. Thank you to all students for doing the right thing on the day with attitude, attendance an attire. Welcome to all Year 7s and I hope that all involved enjoyed their first Saturday sport experience at Knox Senior School. » Read More

I hope all the Open Cricketers from 2nds to 6ths enjoyed their special day at Curagul and the barbeque supplied by the Cricket support group and the cordial by Mr Rownes.  

Our Basketball 1sts, 2nds, 10As, 9As and 8As, participated in a Basketball Blitz with some enjoyable games and great results.

This Saturday sees Round 6 of the CAS Summer Sport competition and I wish all those involved the best of luck and would like to remind all students that doing the manly thing means that we do the right thing – always.  All students need to show their support in the right manner to the opposition and referees and umpires at all times.  They are to show their support of the school by wearing the correct attire to all their games.  If they come to support, then they are to be dressed in the correct Knox sporting attire or school uniform. 

If they are unable to attend Sport for any reason on a Saturday they should email their coach or MIC.  

I hope you all have enjoyable day and good luck for this coming weekend.  

Quote of the Week

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there."
Bo Jackson

Peter Sherlock (Yr 9), Mr Nick Walker (coach) and Duncan Ballantine (Yr 11) at the Sun Run last Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

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PREP SPORT

2015 Sports Training Term 1 schedule

The Term 1 summer sports training schedule is posted at Prep Sport under ‘Training Schedules’. » Read More

All sports commence their training sessions this week. Please check to see when your son’s sport training will be held. The Bulletin lists further details regarding your son’s sport.

Term 1 Sports Teams listing for Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Teeball

Team lists are posted under the individual sports. e.g. basketball team lists, please go to the Basketball section on the Portal. Fencing, Karate, Orienteering and Golf – boys are not placed in to teams.

Term 1 Saturday Sports Fixtures for Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Teeball

Basketball, Cricket, T-ball and Tennis Saturday fixtures are posted on the Portal under ‘Sports Fixtures’. » Read More

It is imperative parents check the Portal every Friday in case there has been a fixture change.

Saturday fixtures for Fencing, Karate, Orienteering and Golf are given to the boys at their training sessions.

Sport is compulsory for every Year 3 to 6 boys in the respective sports training sessions and Saturday or Sunday commitments.

Reading the Fixtures
On the Sports Fixtures page, the fixtures will be listed by sports (eg. Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Teeball). Click on to the relevant sport. Scroll down to find your son’s team which you have located previously on the team list under the individual sport.  Go to the column for the required Saturday/round of play.

Sample fixture as follows:

 

Year 3
Cricket 
Saturday 1 February
Round 1
 
 
9A
Scots

Cooper Park 1

9.30am
This is opposition

This is the venue

This is the time of the match


With the above Fixture you will see ‘Cooper Park 1’ as the venue. You will need to then go to the ‘Directory of Venues’ (on the Knox Portal) and scroll down to Knox Grammar School and see if it is one of our venues or scroll down to Scots (as this is the opposition) and see if it is a Scots venue. Cooper 1 is a Scots venue and there you will see the address, which you could check via Google Maps.

We ask that parents do not contact other schools regarding where their son may be playing for a fixture. Please contact Ms McDonald for any fixture/venue query before Friday 3pm.
 

Sports Uniforms

All boys should have their correct sporting equipment and attire for training and match play. If in doubt please, contact the Prep Sports Office.

Tennis Lessons K-6

Semester 1 (Terms 1 and 2) Tennis Lesson enrolment forms are posted on the Portal under ‘Tennis’. » Read More

No boy is automatically re-enrolled from 2014. Please complete a 2015 Semester 1 form and return it to Ms McDonald to reserve a place. All information is on the form. Tennis lessons commence as of Week 2.

Athletic Development and Fitness for the Brain Programs - Years 3-6

Information regarding these programs are posted on the Portal under ‘Forms’ on the Prep Sports page on the Knox Portal.

Sport contacts and information

Please see below for contact details and further information for each of our Sports on offer. » Read More

Basketball       
MIC: Mr Glen Stephenson
Basketball Trials and trainings - Please check the portal under Prep >  Sport > Training Schedules.

Cricket           
MIC: Mr Adrian van Bussel
Cricket Trials and trainings - Please check the portal under Prep > Sport > Training Schedules.

Dance           
There will be no Dance held during the summer season due to insufficient numbers.

Fencing           
Head Coach: Mr Angelo Santangelo

Futsal           
MIC: Mr Steve Roche
Coach: Mr Kai Lammert
Please check the portal under Prep > Sport > Training Schedules.

Summer  Golf       
MIC:  Mr Wayne McKechnie
Please check the Portal under Golf for information. Any queries to Mr McKechnie
                                                
Karate           
MIC: Simon Emmerson
Karate is held at the Turramurra Dojo, Rohini Street, Turramurra. The boys meet at the Prep Headmaster’s fountain after school and are supervised to the train station and the Dojo. Train tickets are purchased by the school. Parents will need to collect their son from the Dojo at 4.40pm. On Saturdays, Prep boys may be divided into two time slots and will be advised on the Friday.

Orienteering       
MIC: Mr Alex Hairs
Orienteers train on Thursdays after school. The Orienteering boys are walked to the Senior School. We ask parents to collect their son from the Senior School at 6pm at the Lawson Centre. All information is on the Portal under Orienteering.

Softball        
There will be no Softball this year.

Teeball
MIC: Mr Jay Crowhurst
Please check the portal under Prep > Sport > Training Schedules.

Swimming
Contact the Knox Aquatics Centre for information with regarding swimming and squads, learntoswim@knox.nsw.edu.au or call 9487 0126.

Tennis           
MIC: Mr Ben Higgins
Please check the portal under Prep > Sport > Training Schedules
        
Track and Field        
MIC: Mrs Sharon Dewar
Director of TF: Mr Chris Pittman
For Trainings, please see the portal under Training Schedules for sessions.

Representative Competitions

IPSHA – (Independent Primary Schools Heads Association)
This is the Association that Knox competes in at the Junior School level. Knox enters teams in this competition and are bound by their rules and regulations. » Read More

This may mean that students may play under different rules, size of fields etc compared to club competitions. Where IPSHA does not cater for sports or competitions Knox endeavours to enter teams in local competitions or programs. 

As part of the commitment to Knox and IPSHA, Knox requires students to meet the Knox commitment first and then the school supports students with their outside sporting commitments.

CIS – (Combined Independent Schools)
Knox students compete in CIS competitions which incorporate Independent Schools across New South Wales. Students are nominated by the Knox Sports Academy (KSA) for all team sports trials.  Non team sports (e.g. Gymnastics) students may nominate through the KSA.

Representative Pathway

KNOX    >   IPSHA   >   NSWCIS  >  NSWPSSA   >   SSA


Swimming, Diving, Track & Field and Cross Country compete at IPSHA Carnivals with boys being selected to represent IPSHA at the NSWCIS competitions.

From here boys can be selected to represent NSWCIS (State Independent Schools) and compete at the State Primary Schools competition (NSWPSSA) – this competition incorporates boys from Independent, Catholic and Public Schools.

A NSWPSSA team is then selected to compete at the SSA (School Sports Australia) competitions.  Similar pathways are also offered for AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Rugby, Snow Sports, Tennis and Touch Football.

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Basketball
Director of Basketball, Mr Dom Finlay

The first Saturday of term 1 is always a busy time for our basketball players and coaches. » Read More

Over 200 prep athletes made their way over to the senior school to be tested, using national standardised skill protocols. This is a crucial part of our basketball program, giving all coaches and selectors a base idea of where all of the boys rank within their cohort.

Following the prep trials, our year 7s continued their trials, with scrimmage based selection. This looks to be a strong year group with a lot of enthusiasm for the game. The 5th annual CAS blitz was played across 5 separate campuses. The 1sts won the 5th straight blitz, winning 3 out of 4 games. The 2nds had 4 very close games. Winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 2, with all games decided by 4 points or less. The 10As won 3 and lost 1 against Barker. The 9As looked very strong, finishing the Saturday tournament undefeated. The 8As struggled to find their rhythm throughout the day, failing to record a win, although Coach D’Agostino was happy with how the boys continued to play through adversity.

Mid-week practice continues this week with our first game back against St. Aloysius this weekend.

Cricket

Our first Saturday of Cricket in 2015 saw the new Year 7s continue their cricket trials. » Read More

In addition our Open’s players have a chance to do friendly battle on our main cricket ground, Curagul. The Prep School also had its Cricket trials with over 200 boys being successfully graded in a morning of coaching, fun and games.

Year 7 Cricket Trials

Despite the rainy weather this week, we have seen over 80 boys choose cricket for Term 1 sports choices. Not only is this one of the largest Year 7 groups seen here at Knox, but the positive attitude has been something to behold.

Trials began indoors on Wednesday with an applied skills session. This provided a wonderful opportunity for the boys to show the coaches what they possess and our fantastic coaches to start the learning journey with these students that will continue  until they leave the school.

Saturday morning was fine and dry, a chance to get in the nets and compete with each other with bat and ball. Ninety minutes of pure effort from 80 boys in packed nets at our fantastic facility at Gillespie was a terrific sight and the fact that we can field almost 6 teams this Term is amazing.

Opens Cricket Day
While the 1st and 2nd XI can be coveted in the gold and glitter of recognition for service, the fact we can field 5 senior grades cannot be forgotten. Opens cricketers deserve so many plaudits. Six years of commitment, hard work and pride putting on the Knox shirt were rewarded this Saturday with an opportunity to walk out on our 1st XI ground and play a fun and competitive competition against each other.

Ten over games and more innovation than the Big Bash, there were smiles, laughs and some great cricket played. Our Cricket Committee kindly provided a BBQ and everyone enjoyed the occasion.

Football

Freestyle Football performance at the Asian Cup Final
Simon O’Hagan (Year 10) was selected for inclusion in a team to perform an exhibition show of Freestyle Football Skills at the Asian Cup football final on Saturday 31 January. » Read More

The final between Australia and Korea at Stadium Australia drew a capacity crowd of 80,000.  The Freestyle team were selected by Paul Harvey the Head of events, media and communications of
Freestyle Football Australia.

The teams were introduced as the Harlem Globetrotters of football, and performed among the crowd as well as in the “one v one” tents. Each of the 2 teams performed 4 x twenty minute sessions of Freestyle Football prior to the match. Simon was the youngest of the 4 chosen to perform and was very proud to be selected although nervous to make his debut appearance at the cup final match. He really enjoyed performing for the crowds who clearly appreciated the skills and tricks by cheering and clapping after each session.  He was amazed at how many people were taking video of them, and before he got home, someone he knew had already seen a video of his performance on Facebook.

The purpose of these exhibition shows is not only to entertain the crowds for their sponsors, but also to promote the growing sport of Freestyle Football around the world. You can see a snippet of Simon in action here.

Golf

Welcome back to Knox Golf! This part of the season will start officially at Strathfield G.C. on the 14 February. » Read More

Training commences on Monday afternoon - meet at the bus at the usual place and time.  Hopefully we will be going to Avondale, but if this is not possible we will go to Thornleigh instead.

The draw for this term is still being finalised at present and will be published as soon as possible. We are well positioned at this stage (but only half-way through the competition).

A great photo of Patrick, Matt and Josh taken after the Avondale junior pennants team, of which they were part, won the State Junior pennants championship.

In order to get to the State Final, the team first had to win the Sydney Metro competition which they won in September.

The State Finals were held on 19 and 20 January at Newcastle Gold Club.  The boys were joined by three NSW regional/district teams and the four teams played in the finals.

All 3 boys played very well both in the lead up to the Sydney finals and the State finals.

Track and Field and Athletics

Knox athletes were out in force over the past four days in a variety of events. » Read More

Shah Garcia (Yr 11) made the long trip to Illawong on Thursday evening to earn himself a 2nd place in the 5.0kg Hammer with a throw of 38.86m.

Thomas Shannon (Yr 7) was at Gosford Little Athletics (GLAC) and looked to further improve his discus result this week after a 1st place in the U12 Shot Put with a huge throw of 9.87m to be 3m clear of his nearest competitor.

Peter Sherlock (Yr 9) and Duncan Ballantine (Yr 11) took advantage of the perfect conditions in the Dee Why to Manly 10km Fun Run. Peter Sherlock crossed the line in 2nd place in the 13-15 years age group in a very fast 41m27sec. Duncan Ballantine (Yr 11) continues to impress over middle and long distances with a 5th place in the 16-19 years age group in a time of 41m28sec.

Their results combined saw Knox as the 1st School Team across the line and the 4th Team overall. This result is even more amazing given the 3000 plus competitors and 158 teams. A big thank you must go to Coach Walker who ran the entire distance with the team.

Swimming

A reminder that Swim trials for 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, plus the 100m freestyle will start at 1.15pm. » Read More

Year 10 swim Monday, Year 9 on Tuesday, Year 8 on Wednesday and Year 7 on Friday.

Year 11 and 12 MUST NOMINATE what events they would like to swim for the School Championships taking place on Wednesday 18 February.  This is to be done by email to goodiers@knox.nsw.edu.au by 5pm on Friday 13 February.  

Timed finals for ALL year groups will be held on Thursday 5th February at 4:30pm. The program of events for Thursday’s finals will be 200m free, 400m free and finishing with the 200m IM.

REGULAR NOTICES

Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Website: www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport » Read More

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. 

A mini website has been created for Prep and Senior School students and parents to get the latest sport wet weather information via their smartphone. Please visit and bookmark www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport.

Representative Honours List

Knox compiles a representative honours list each year for the following achievements. » Read More

Students who have been selected and competed for the Combined Associated Schools, the Combined Independent Schools or NSW All Schools teams. Knox also acknowledges students who have been selected and competed in a NSW or state representative team or has been selected and competed in an Australian representative team. Please advise the Sports Office of any selections that occur so that we can acknowledge the fantastic

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. » Read More

Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.

Knox Dog Policy

Please note that Knox Grammar School has introduced a policy regarding dogs on our property and that all dogs on Knox property must be restrained on a lead at all times. » Read More

Owners must also immediately clean up after their dogs.

Uniform

Any student attending any Knox sporting fixture and/or venue must be properly attired in either track suit or school uniform.

Knox Portal

Prep School Sport
Senior School Sport

Fixtures

Prep School fixtures
Senior School fixtures

Wet Weather and
Sports Information

www.knox.nsw.edu.au/sport

Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701

Prep Sport Office

Phone: 9473 9308
Email: Bonnie McDonald

Senior Sport Office

Phone: 9487 0127
Email: Liz Smith