Knox Grammar School

From the Head of
Knox Sports Academy Mr Chuck Ardron

As the end of term draws near, I thank all those involved in winter pre-season sports trials for their participation and commitment and remind all that sport will resume in its entirety on Monday 20 April.

Over the holidays there are many opportunities for students to take advantage of the Knox facilities and programmes and I encourage all to look at the details in this week’s Bulletin and online.» Read More

This Saturday sees our last trial this term for both Rugby and Football and I wish all those involved the best of luck.

To all those going on tours in the holiday I hope that they have a great time and enjoy their sport and stay safe.

Colours
Summer Colours have been finalised and Year 12s will be announced today. This information will be posted on the Knox Portal by 5pm today. Blazers can be handed into the Knox Shop anytime between now and Thursday 2 April at 5.30pm.

If you have any questions, please contact the KSA or KAPA office.

Colours for Years 7-11 will be advertised in Term 2.

Quote of the Week

'The secret of getting ahead is getting started.'
Mark Twain

The Knox 1st XV Rugby Team with the St Augustine's Team at last week's pre-season trial game.

HIGHLIGHTS

​NSWCIS Swimming Championships

On Thursday 19th March, Knox swimmers representing IPSHA at the CIS Championships were amazing in the pool, qualifying through to the finals in the all the events they contested and recording personal best times. » Read More

Our Junior (Alex Ruygrok, Angus Rowe, Benjamin Allen, Charlie Anderson) and Senior (Ben Rothery, Joshua Collett, Will McDonagh, Paul Lee, Luke Tucker) relays teams won silver in the 4 x 50m freestyle, qualifying through the NSWPSSA, along with Joshua Collett who won gold in the 11 years 50m freestyle & breaststroke, Ben Rothery bronze in the 12 years butterfly, Benjamin Allen bronze in the 8-10 years breaststroke and Angus Rowe silver in the 8-10 years backstroke.


Congratulations to all boys on their outstanding performances at CIS and all the best for PSSA this coming week.

Track and Field
Chris Pittman, Director of Track and Field

The NSW Little Athletics State Championships are the culmination of the Track & Field competition season. » Read More

This season the Championships were be held on Friday to Sunday, 20-22 March 2015 at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.

Lachlan Antionette and Nicholas Frost proved that Knox will be a forced to be reckoned with in the U15 age group in 2015. Nick and Lachlan threw 57.60m and 40.26m respectively in the U15 Discus with Nick taking a NSW Gold medal in pursuit of his own NSW record of 64.26m. The pair then backed this with Nicholas throwing 16.07m and Lachlan throwing 12.02m in the U15 Shot Put with Nicholas claiming a NSW Silver Medal. Nick then progressed through a very busy program which resulted in a 5th Place in the U15 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.97sec and a 6th Place with a throw of 43.26m in the U15 Javelin.

Max Hirst achieved some amazing results with two NSW Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal. Max jumped 5.04m in the U12 Long Jump, clocked 9.67sec in the U12 Hurdles and 13.94sec in the 100m and cleared 10.87m in the U12 Triple Jump. Lachie Sky made it two representative outings in two weeks in the U13 1500 Metre Walk, Lachie earned a Silver medal with a time of 7:26.50sec to add to his 5th ranking achieved at last weekend’s National Championships in a time of 16:32.00sec.

James Constable let his impressive race experience and endurance show to take the 400m / 800m double and two NSW Gold Medals. James clocked 1:00.17sec in the 400m to record a new Personal Best and 2:18.34sec in the 800m. William Constable produced an exciting U11 1500m Final with a very close finish in a time of 4:58.01sec to claim a NSW Silver Medal. William backed this with a NSW Bronze Medal in the U11 800m in a time of 2:27.61sec.

John Hunter put in a strong performance to gain two NSW Top 10 Rankings in the U13 Discus with a throw of 33.53m. John then backed this with a 10.61m throw in the U13 Shot Put. George Newbrun claimed a NSW 4th Placing with a 10.53sec run in the U9 60m Hurdles. Michael Newbrun showed great versatility to complete the U13 High Jump with a clearance of 1.50m and the U13 Hurdles in a time of 14.46sec.

Tom Shannon recorded a NSW 8th Place in the U12 Shot Put with a throw of 9.98m.

Benjamin Suleyman completed the U13 Javelin and Shot Put double with throws of 21.34m and 9.90m respectively. Austin Thomson return to the 400m track with a 58.15sec run. SeanWilliams earned himself a NSW 5th Ranking in the U9 800m with a 2:38.72sec run. Sean also backed this up with a 1:12.07sec run in the U9 400m.

Congratulations to all our Knox students who represented their Clubs in the NSW Championships.

Any students wishing to undertake Track & Field training are reminded that Knox conducts regular (year round) Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions. All students are welcome and I would encouraged any student wishing to improve their athleticism to attend:

Tuesday AM 6:45-8am at Gillespie Field.
Thursday Am 6:45-8am at Gillespie Field

PREP SPORT

Prep Holiday Camps

Football and Tennis – Prep Camps
More information on the Knox Portal » Read More

Prep Rugby Holiday Camp
>> More information on the Knox Portal

Winter sport

Winter sports trials and training
The Winter sports trials and training sessions for all team sports (AFL, Football, Rugby and Tennis) continue during Weeks 9 and 10 this term. Please refer to the Training Schedule on the Knox Portal. » Read More

Track and Field continue with their current schedule.

Winter Karate, Orienteering, Golf and Fencing commence in Week 1, Term 2.

Winter sports for Term 2
The Training schedule for all winter sports for Term 2 is also on the Knox Portal under Training Schedule.

Saturday fixtures commence on Saturday 2 May. There are no fixtures on Saturday 25 April due to the Anzac Day public holiday.

SENIOR SCHOOL SPORT

Holiday Camps - Senior School

Football and Tennis
A reminder that holiday camps for Senior students for Football and Tennis are on in the holidays
More information on the Knox Portal » Read More

Athletics - Holiday activities
The Athletic Development Centre will be open from 7am-11am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (excluding Good Friday and Easter Monday) for any students who wish to take advantage of the facilities.

Sailing - End of season
John Parker, MIC Knox Sailing

A fantastic end to the formal 2014/2015 Knox Sailing season. Sailing of course is purely controlled by the wind. » Read More

In Term 4, we experienced multiple sessions that had to be called off due to excessive wind strength. In Term 1, we got more than our fair share of glassed out windless drifters. Despite this, the Knox Sailors experienced favourable sailing conditions for around 2/3 of the blink and miss it season. The season is so short that the boys just begin to take off and then forced into a long winter hibernation before the resumption of the season in term 4. During this time, the Darwinian theory of use it or lose it comes into play resulting in much of term 4 set aside for skill reclaiming.

This can be lessened somewhat by students seeking out as many sailing opportunities as they can between seasons. I would therefore encourage students to hunt down school holiday sailing programs hosted by a myriad of clubs around Sydney – and beyond. Or better still, consider purchasing a boat and joining a club and participate in weekly racing.

What’s a good boat to consider I hear some of you asking? For those wishing to steer, my preferred path is to think about Manly Juniors, suitable for steerers from 8 to 14 years of age. Then make the transition into Flying 11’s for 13 to 17 year old steerers. With a good hold of Flying 11’s, you can then progress to 29er’s and beyond.

For crews, MJ’s can start at 6 to 10, then progress to Flying 11’s from 10 to 14 and then think of crewing 29er’s from 15 onwards.

There are of course many other paths to take. You could try your hand at Opty’s (a one man trainer boat) which is good up to around 12 years of age before making the switch to a Lazar. A Lazar can be a boat for life as it has 3 different rigs to suit weight and ability. You can start with the 4.7 meter rig, before progressing to the 5.7 meter radial rig and then finally taking on the 7 meter full rig.

So fellas, don’t wait for the opportunity to fall in your lap, get out and hunt it down and make it happen.

Sailing competition
The sailing competition run by both squads finished on the Wednesday prior to the end of season sailing dinner. This allowed sufficient time for names to be engraved on trophies. The Blue squad had very tight competition, especially between the top 5 place getters in each group. The results for the top 5 place getters in each division in the Blue Squad is:

Blue Squad
Division 1
1.Sam Nethercott38
2.Reece Condrick43
3.Jack Finlayson44
4.Hamish McEwan46
5.Tom Antagonelli48

Division 2
1.Kye Harbor8
2.Cain Nolan 12
3.Angus Dunk13
4.Henry Armitage15
5.Gregory Ducharme19

Competition in the Black squad came down to a one way contest due to the uncatchable captain of Sailing Oliver Parker and his crew Alex Phipps. The results at the end of the season for the top 5 place getters were:
1.Oliver Parker/Alex Phipps26
2.Alex van Veen/Ewan Shingler58
3.Alex Cross/Lucas Tomic/Baez63
4.Ed Fay/Nick van Veen68
5.Toby Wilson/Christian Knight74

After this rigorous selection process, the following boys have been selected for state representation. The State championships will be held at Woollahra Sailing Club from the 1st to the 3rd of May. It would be great if those boys who missed out this year could come along and support the team in competition. With 5 of the team being graduating Yr. 12 steerers, it means that there will be 5 steerer vacancies to fill in the 2015/2016 season. By supporting this year’s team, a great eye opener can be gleaned for what’s install for next year’s state championships.

1sts
Steerer/Crew
Oliver Parker Ali Hunter
Alex van Veen Ewan Shingler
Alex Cross Nick van Veen
Ed Fay Harry Parker

2nds
Steerer/Crew
Toby Wilson Bodhi Oliver
Callum Davis Aidan Kumrasinghe
Nat Martin Alex Phipps
Scott Chestney Lachlan Marlow

These students are now training for the state championships. A reality check of what’s installed for the state championships happened on Saturday 21st March with an invitational regatta hosted by Scots. Following this invaluable experience, The Knox team will need to dig deep if they want to get their hands on this illusive trophy. I’m sure I speak for the entire Knox Sailing community in wishing the 1st’s and 2nd’s all the best for success at the state championships. Should Knox finish in the top 2 positions in the state, then we will have qualified to represent NSW at the National championships being held this year at the Manly Yacht Club in Brisbane during the June/July school holidays. Should this happen, then additional sailing training will continue right through 2nd term on Saturday’s only.

The Annual Knox Sailing Dinner
Wow! What a night of celebration and support of the boys in the Knox Sailing Squad. And so many records set.
We had the greatest attendance on record with 154 present.

Wait for it……… a record breaking $8,534 was raised to support the boys sailing. Another dinner as successful as the one just past will see sufficient funds to place an order for the final 3 boats in the Knox Sailing program. This will bring us up to a fleet of 12. Some of the old blue boats (2003) and the green boats (2004) are starting to show their age. So in time, these will be rolled over and updated with newer boats.

This result would not have been possible without the efforts of the Knox sailing supporters committee comprising of: Kim Chestney, Christine Parker, Dawn Russell, Jocelyn Mcewan, Kate Cale, Kirsty Hunter, Krista Ducharme, Leanne Wickenden, Lynne Nethercott, Mia Park, Nada Sekulich and Narelle Fay.

Much of the funds raised were courtesy of generous donations by families and business. On behalf of the Knox Sailors, an enormous thank you to the families who donated. It would also be fantastic to support the businesses which have supported our sailors. Please find attached the extensive list of donors.

An enormous thank you is extended to our guest speaker Malcolm Parker (OKGA 2011 and Captain of the Knox Sailing program) for his inspiring talk.

With wrapping up the season, it’s important to acknowledge the many people who have had an input into the Knox Sailing program.
  • The Knox coaches Garry Williams, Andrew Ollier, Tania Ebling and Dave Gradon.
  • The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport, and in particular coaches Tommy Spithill, Tom Vincent (Vinney), Katie Spithill, Malcolm Parker, Nick, and behind the scenes organizer Tom Brewer.
  • The KSA, in particular Chuck Ardron, Dave Cobb, Paul Knight, Liz Smith, Verna Berg, Sharon Dewar and Bonnie McDonald for their steadfast support and encouragement.
  • The Headmaster for his continued support Our parting
  • Yr 12 Sailors Oliver Parker, Scott Chestney, Alex Cross, Ed Fay, Alex van Veen, Vaughn Wickenden for their leadership and 6 years of commitment to the Knox Sailing program.
  • The sailing parents for their continued support and great positive feedback
Sailing Awards presented at the dinner
The OKGA Most Improved
Blue Squad:
Division 1 – Harrison Craig
Division 2 – Kye Harbor

Black Squad
Steerer – Callum Davis
Crew – Bodhi Oliver
The Knox Sailing Supporters Trophy

Blue Squad
Division 1 – Sam Nethercott
Division 2 – Kye Harbor

Black Squad
Steerer – Oliver Parker
Crew – Nick van Veen
The Clifton Love Memorial Trophy
Oliver Parker

That’s it for the 2014/2015 season. Watch this space for State Championship results.

Bring on the 2015/2016 season.

Until then, fair sailing.

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