It has been another huge week with much going on in the Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy. The CAS Track and Field Championships were held at Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday evening and we could not be more proud of our Knox team. In front of almost 5,000 screaming spectators, our athletes performed beyond our expectations with numerous personal best performances. The look on so many faces after a great race was a real highlight and hopefully the catalyst for a successful era of Knox Track and Field.



I would like to thank our group of Year 12 athletes who have given so much for this school over the years. Thursday was their last chance to represent Knox in a sport and they were inspirational.

A big shout to our Year 7s who cheered on every boy wearing a Black singlet. The Year 7 boys were the difference in so many races with their support and our athletes are extremely thankful for their support and energy on the night. I hope the evening inspired some of them to being part of the squad in 2018.



Last Saturday was also the start of the trial process for the summer season and the selectors sure have their work ahead of them. I am constantly amazed at the standard of athlete we have at Knox and I look forward to watching all teams perform through Term 4. The foundation has been set with a thorough pre-season and some wonderful coaches. I know they will all do the Black & Blue proud.

Holidays
There are still spaces in both Prep and Senior Basketball Holiday Camps. Please see the registration flyers below.

The Athletic Development Centre, Lawson Centre Gym floor and Squash Courts will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am- 12 noon (excluding Monday 2 October) for any students wishing to take advantage of the facility.

Have a safe and enjoyable break everyone.
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Basketball Holiday Camps

Develop shooting techniques, ball handling skills as well as learn fundamental movement skills.

Dates
Prep Camp: Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September 2017
Senior Camp: Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September 2017

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Senior Basketball Holiday Camp - September 2017 Senior Basketball Holiday Camp - September 2017 (217 KB)

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CAS Track and Field highlights video

Watch highlights from the CAS Track and Field Championships 2017 held on Thursday 14 September at Sydney Olympic Park.



A link to purchase photos from this event may be accessed via the Knox Portal.

Colours

Mr Chuck Ardron, Director of Co-Curricular Operations

Year 11 Prefect and Colours Awards
Year 11 students awarded Prefect Colours and other Colour Awards will be able to submit their blazers for embroidery during the Term 3 holidays. A member of staff from the Uniform Shop will be in the KSSA during the last week of Term 3 to confirm Prefect titles and Colours to be received from the latest list.

Each student submitting a blazer must have the attached form completed and signed by a parent; the form should then be placed in the top pocket of the blazer when handed in. Any blazer received without the completed paperwork will not be embroidered. Blazers can be handed in on the last day of attendance prior to the holiday and the deadline for handing in is Friday 22 September at 5pm. Please note: Blazers received after this time will NOT be accepted for embroidery.

Year 11 Blazer Submission Form 2017 Year 11 Blazer Submission Form 2017 (241 KB)


The Blazers will be available for collection from 1pm on Monday 9 October and the Uniform Shop will be open from 8am on Tuesday 10 October .

K-2 Sports Day

Mrs Sharon Dewar, Sport Coordinator K-6

K-2 Sport Day
On Friday, our K-2 boys participated in their House Sports Day.

The afternoon began with a House parade down to Ireland Field followed by 50m sprints, then five tabloid activities – target throwing, goal shooting, hoppers races, rugby passing relays and a challenging Ninja Warrior obstacle course keenly overseen by our guest ninja turtles – Raphael and Leonardo (Mr Hemphill and Mr Voysey).



The last event was an endurance race around Ireland and Yeldham Fields led by the House Leaders followed in hot pursuit by our young champions. House war cries saw the end to a wonderful day.

NSWCIS Prep Track and Field Championships

Mrs Sharon Dewar, MIC Track and Field

Last Wednesday six boys represented IPSHA at the NSWCIS Track and Field Championships at SOPAC. Battling high winds and temperatures the boys were very successful in their events. Many boys recording personal best performances and placing in the top half of the field.

Max Mitchell won gold in the final of the 9 years 100m and placed 11th in the 8-10 years long jump with an outstanding jump of 4.11m. Max was the only 9 year in a group of 10 year old boys.
Ben Williams won silver in the 11 years 800m and finished 4th in the final of the 200m.
Sean Williams was awarded bronze in the 11 years 800m and placed 14th in the shot put.
Samuel Langridge just missed the top five cut for the finals in the 11 years discus, finishing 6th with a throw of 23.28m.
Toby Caspari jumped an amazing 1.38m a new personal best and finished 5th overall in the 11 years high jump.
Benji Allen put 10.06m in the 12years shot put and placed 14th in the discus.

Max, Ben and Sean will now represent NSWCIS at the State Primary School Championships early next term.

Snow Sports - Prep

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

This snow season has been one of firsts!

The first time in our new uniform
First in the first ever Snowboard Slopestyle at State Championships
The first time 25 teams and three individuals have been selected through to the state titles held at Perisher
The first time 10 teams and two individuals have been selected through to the national titles held at Mount Buller
The first time Knox has won a national gold medal at the Australian Interschools Championships


The best Snow Sports season in the School's history!

Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

On Saturday, we saw over 700 Knox and WPS students from Years 3-11 trialling for the upcoming summer season. Our A’s squads played in preseason games against Oakhill, who are traditionally a strong basketball school. Our 8A’s and 9A’s had their first opportunity to play together since term 1 and showed tremendous improvement but were both defeated 30-45 and 36-41 respectively.
Coach Brotherson and Moore Porter were happy with their boys’ effort! In his first game for the black and blue, Coach Howard had a great victory with the 10A’s. It was a tight game for patches but due to some nifty shooting and great teamwork, the boys pulled away with the 48-42 win. 

Our 2nd’s, had their first game together after a month of pre-season and had a superb win 43-18. The boys executed on offence and showed great potential for the upcoming season. 

Our 1st’s also had a victory in a physical contest taking the game, 62-51. The boys are still adjusting to our new 1st’s coach Jacob Jackomas’ systems, but you could clearly see that when the game plan was executed, Knox are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming CAS season. 

We have an exciting opportunity with some great camps held at Knox next week. Our senior camp will take place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 of September in the Great Hall. These camps will be coached by our 1st’s coach, Jacob Jackomas and Head Coach, Harry Fotopoulos and will be a fantastic opportunity to improve over the holidays. Click here for the link to register. 

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CAS Track and Field Championships

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Well what a night at the CAS Champs – a great way to cap off a massive CAS track and field season! A massive thanks to everyone who attended from athletes, to reserves, to supporters to support staff and coaches. With Knox finishing third overall on 599.5 points (behind Barker in 2nd on 649 points and Trinity in 1st on 704 points), we are content with the result, but not willing to accept that this is our rightful position, as we constantly strive to be the best that we can be! An increase in points from 578.5 in 2016 shows that we are heading in the right direction.

From a results perspective, we saw a number of outstanding individual performances including Knox Grammar students breaking four CAS records on the night:
• Sam Rockliff (Y8) – 14 Years 1500m in a time of 4:23.95 min (previous record was 4:24.65 min)
• Max Mandera (Y8) – tied the record for 14 years 200m with a time of 23.47 sec.
• Tom Shannon (Y9) – 14 Years shotput with a throw of 15.41m (previous record was 15.24m)
• Nick Frost (Yr12) – Opens discus with a throw of 49.28m (previous record was 49.22m)



Knox also had a number of other wins, including:
Flynn Macgregor (Y7), Ben MacNamara (Y8), Robert Sanderson (Y7) and Aidan Lau (Y7) winning the 13 years 4x100m relays with a time of 5.56 sec.
Ben MacNamara (Y8) winning the 13 years high jump championships event with a jump of 1.69m and then backing up to win the 90m hurdles championships event in a time of 14.00 sec.
Tom Shannon (Y9) who also won the 15 years shotput (competing up an age group) with a throw of 15.45m (which would have beaten his own CAS record in the 14 years shotput), while also competing in the 16 years and 17 years shotput (a total of four age groups!)
Mitch Westhuizen (Y9) winning the 15 years 800m division event with a time of 2:09.27, as well as the 15 years 1500m event with a time of 4:23.60
Colin Ojah (Y9) winning the 15 years 100m division in a time of 11.81 sec.
Harrison Muller (Y10) winning the 16 years long jump championships event with a jump of 6.61m, 16 years 200m division event with a time of 23.10 sec and 16 years 100m championships event with a time of 11.37 sec.
Nick Frost (Y12) also winning the Opens 110m hurdles division event in a time of 15.29 sec.
Dominating the middle distance program winning a staggering seven of the 12 800m events, including Will Constable (Y7) in the 13 years 800m championships with a time of 2:14.64, Jake Buchanan (Y8) in the 14 years 800m division event with a time of 2:15.57, Mitch Westhuizen (as mentioned above), in the 15 years 800m division event, Peter Sherlock (Y11) in the 17 years 800m division with a time of 2:03.37,  Jasper Spiller (Y11) in the Opens 800m division with a time of 2:05.11 and Ben Fitton (Y12) in the Opens 800m champs in a blistering time of 1:56.58 – over two seconds ahead of his competition.


 
More importantly, a number of performances really highlighted the culture that we are aiming to develop within the track and field program, including:
Henry Partridge (Y11) completing the 1500m event with one shoe after losing his spike on the first bend.
Alexander Sherlock (Y7) completing his 200m event after injuring himself early on in the event (and then staying around at the event to support his teammates)
Mitchell Roberts (Y10) getting the call up for the 1500m event to compete in this event for the first time since prep school.
Jasper Spiller (Y11) winning the 800m Opens Division event after participating in only a handful of 800m events in his life.
Tom Shannon (Y9) competing in four age groups for shotput!

This really typifies what Knox Track and Field is all about!
 
Where to from here?
The track and field program does not end here! A reminder that Knox offers track and field as a summer sport and it is not too late to change your sports if the CAS Championships inspired you for a massive 2018!
 
Throughout the summer, Knox Grammar competes as Knox Athletics Club in a host of Athletics NSW events on Saturdays. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and these sessions are open to all-comers. Even if track and field is not your summer sport, you are more than welcome to attend any Tuesday or Thursday session for some conditioning work and attend any track and field meet that doesn’t clash with your summer sport.
 
Please feel free to contact Mr Kieran Donohue if you would like more information about Summer Track and Field.
 
We will also be taking a team to Adelaide for the National Schools Knockout in December after qualifying through the state Knockouts earlier this month and we will look to send a strong Knox contingent to NSW All Schools in October.
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Reminder

The Athletic Development Centre, Lawson Centre Gym floor and Squash Courts will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am-12noon (excluding Monday 2 October) for any student wishing to take advantage of the facility.

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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Uniform

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

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.
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Parking for Saturday sport at the Senior School

Due to construction of our exciting new Knox Performing Arts Centre/Junior Secondary Academy, we are no longer able to provide parking at Woodville Ave for families attending sports fixtures at the Senior School campus. Parking is available in the Borambil Street underground carpark for weekend sport. Where possible, we encourage boys and parents to use public transport for travel to and from the Senior School campus.