Firstly may I thank all staff and students for the warm welcome to the Knox Grammar community. I have been struck by the amount of help and willingness of all staff to assist one another as we strive to deliver excellence to every single boy enrolled at Knox Grammar.

Before starting at Knox this year, I worked at CAS for nearly 20 years. From the outside in my role with the CAS I have always admired the way Knox students and coaches go about playing their sport each week. There is no doubt Knox teams love success at all levels across all of our many sports, yet are also very mindful of the important values such as sportsmanship, respect and courage on the field.
I distinctly recall one moment last year when I was organising the CAS Track and Field Championships at Homebush Bay. After a long tough battle all evening where eventually Knox was overcome by Trinity Grammar. I was so impressed by the whole school, the leaders, the students and staff. The atmosphere created in the stands was unbelievable. After the official presentations the Trinity Athletic team did a lap of honor to show off the Thyne Challenge Shield. I looked up into the stands to dismiss all schools back to their buses and it was only Knox Grammar and all of the 700 or 800 supporters that stood and clapped the Trinity team. I will not forget that for a long time and will do my very best to ensure this sort of sportsmanship continues well into the years ahead. It was clear to me that Knox was a special place to be involved and I could not be happier.

I am very proud of the dedicated team of staff we have within the Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy. We are all very keen to ensure we deliver an experience tailored to the needs of each boy – whether he be an ‘elite’ top line sportsman or a boy that prefers to have more fun and stay healthy each Saturday. I am confident our team can cater for all.
I will encourage all students to get involved in absolutely everything and enjoy some of the best facilities a school could offer.

Over the next few weeks please do not get caught up in the selections where the boys are graded in various teams. Our staff will do everything possible to give all boys positive feedback and set some goals for the year. Please just enjoy the experience and let selections take care of themselves.

I look forward to meeting a lot of parents around the fields, grounds and tracks in 2017 as we watch and support our young men doing their best for the black and blue.
As always, if you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact the Knox Sports Office and we would be only too happy to assist in any way.

Each week the KSAA will announce a Knox “team of the week” and have a small story on why that team was chosen.
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Prep Sport Absences due to illness or injury

We ask that appointments preferably are not made when trainings are on. If your son is unwell to attend his weekly sports training day, could you please notify the sports office (prior to or on that day) by calling 9473 0308 or an email to Mrs McDonald mcdonaldb@knox.nsw.edu.au with a reason why your son can’t attend. Please ensure at all times in correspondence with the sports department that you provide your son's full name, year group and name of his sport.

If your son is unwell on a Friday evening or Saturday morning and is unable to attend his game, please email Mrs McDonald with your son's full name, sports team and the reason why your son will be absent. It would also be helpful, if possible, to let another team member know that your son won't be at his game so he can relay this immediately to the coach.

Prep Sports Information


All information regarding Knox Prep Sport is listed on the Knox Portal under Prep > Sport.

Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

As the first half of the CAS season comes to an end, I would like to congratulate all boys who have played this term. We have done incredibly well with a total of 18 teams being undefeated in CAS games this term! Special mention to our Year 8 and 9 basketballers who combined, have won a remarkable 77 out of 80 CAS games (96%).
Knox Basketball USA Tour 2016
 
A squad of 30 Knox students toured the USA in December 2016. The boys trained and played games against seven schools in Texas and California.
 
Some of the highlights included:
  • Meeting Aussie NBA players Andrew Bogut (Dallas Mavericks) and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs). At both NBA games our boys were able to watch the pre-game warm up and shake hands with some of the players. At the Mavericks game we had a number of our boys involved in the in-game entertainment. Lachlan McKimm (pictured below) was the honorary co-captain of the Mavericks and was able to shoot around on the court prior to the game and high five the players on to the court during the game announcements.
  • The homestays and high school class experience was really great for our boys as it gave them a unique opportunity to experience what life is like in America. The boys really loved this!
  • Our Freshmen team finished the tour undefeated and our Junior Varity team also won the Jarrell High School tournament. The boys really developed individually by the end of the tour and learned valuable lessons about themselves and their roles as a team player in a basketball team, which was encouraging to witness.
  • The tour was demanding on the boys due to our gruelling schedule but the boys managed to push themselves and try their hardest to make the best of every situation. We also had a lot of fun at Six Flags, the jet boat ride in San Diego, the tour of Penny Skateboards, San Diego Zoo and Disneyland.  


The boys in all three teams played against some really talented teams in the USA. Throughout the tour the boys improved at decision making and making adjustments in games which will be invaluable for them to take back to the second half of the CAS comp. 
 
Knox Basketball Shooting Camp with NBA Coach David Nurse
We were incredibly fortunate to have NBA shooting coach David Nurse run a two day shooting camp at Knox during the holidays. Coach David has helped develop the shooting technique and capabilities of high level NBA players, Euro League, NCAA D1 and thousands of high school and youth level players.


 
The shooting camp focused on teaching the ability to shoot the basketball with perfect form every single time in all possible situations at game speed and develop the mentality and confidence to become a great shooter. There were 80 participants at the camp who enjoyed the expertise and enthusiasm of Coach David. There were a number of awards given throughout the camp and all camp participants learned key fundamental skills that will improve their shooting game.
 
Tournaments
There were four Knox teams playing at three tournaments in the last week of holidays.





Trinity Challenge – 1sts
It was a tough start for our 1sts team with early losses in the day to Kings and Scots. In their final game of the day they kicked the defensive intensity up a notch and had an early lead against St Augustines. The boys played very well but were unable to hold on to the lead going down 54-66. Day 2 saw them defeated Sydney Grammar 57-44 – the boys all contributed and worked seamlessly as a team. Defensive pressure and intensity is crucial for this group to succeed and this tournament was a great opportunity for the boys to work this. In semi-final against Hunter Sports High the boys played some great basketball but unfortunately went down 59-64. It was a great lead in to the second half of the CAS season for the Firsts with the CAS Blitz being hosted at Knox this Saturday 4 February. 

Newington Classic - 2nds
The 2nds continue to develop as a team and they used the tournament to dust off some holiday cobwebs in order to be successful for the second half of the CAS season. Day 1 the boys lost to both Shore and Moriah but had a huge win against the undefeated Scots team. They also beat Aloys which placed them 3rd in their pool, Day 2 they played against Trinity and defeated them by 4 points. Coach Harry Fotopoulos was full of praise for his boys, “this was the best game we have ever played. The boys were so engaged and effective on the defensive end.” Tom Hulley continued his fine form and had his stand out game of the tournament scoring 18 points for Knox.

King’s Cup 9As and 8As

9As – The 9As won the shield division in this tournament last year and were eager to claim the coveted cup this time round. Day 1 saw the boys undefeated, beating Aloys, Barker, St Joseph’s 1 and Shore convincingly – setting themselves up to be top of the table come finals. The boys defeated King's in their final pool game 57-14. In the play off to make the semi-finals our Knox boys started slowly but lifted their defensive intensity playing a stifling full court press which left Cranbrook scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The boys had a thriller against Central Coast Grammar which was sent into overtime. Our boys played with maturity and poise and ending up winning the game 39-33 to land a spot in the Cup playoff against Aloys. It was a tight start but again our boys were so impressive and played with defensive intensity and poise on the offense end. The boys won the game 37-25. Congratulations to coach Callum Balmer who did a fantastic job with the boys throughout the tournament and congratulations to all the boys in the team for playing some incredible team basketball!

8As – It is always a big ask for our Year 8s to play in this tournament where they are up against boys a year older than them but the Knox boys did themselves and the basketball program proud and improved throughout the tournament. The boys lost their games to Cranbrook, Central Coast Grammar and St Augustine’s but finished Day 1 on a high, defeating St Joseph’s 2. On Day 2 they lost to Sydney Grammar but Coach Paul Brothers on was very impressed with his team’s effort “The boys played hard against Grammar. It was one of their best games of the tournament for sure. To have scored 16 points against them was a great effort!” This tournament was great preparation for our 8A’s for the CAS season.

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CIS Sport Nominations - Baseball and Triathlon

Baseball

NSW CIS Open baseball trials will be held on Wednesday 8 February. Entries close on Wednesday 1 February. Please see Mr Cobb – Sportsmaster in the Lawson Centre to be entered by Tuesday 31 January. Only elite players should consider entering.
Triathlon 
The NSW All Schools Triathlon Championships will be held on 22-23 February.  Entries close for this on Wednesday 15 February.  
Individual races - Entries close for this on Wednesday 22 February.  

Relay Races – Entries close for this on Thursday 23 February.

Please see the NSW CIS website for more details of times and costs.  

Please see Mr Cobb, Sportsmaster in the Lawson Centre with your team, to be entered by Friday 10 February.  Only elite athletes should consider entering.  

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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, 1sts Cricket Coach

The 2017 Neil Dansie Festival was held in very hot conditions at Toowoomba Grammar, the facilities were outstanding and the hospitality shown to us was second to none. Getting the opportunity to play on such high standard of wickets before our one day competition starts was very beneficial.
A very impressive performance on the first day against St Peters saw us bowl well on a ground with very small straight boundaries, 38 metres both ends! Todd Anderson (3/60) and Henry Wines (1/27) led the tight effort. Knowing this was a well below par score, Knox chased it down comfortably with Max Glover 64* timing the chase perfectly, Jack Hoyle 43 and Fraser Wilson 32 provided strong impetus through the middle overs when boundaries were needed. 

Camberwell were dismissed the next day for 124 which could have been much lower had Knox not conceded 49 extras, Nic Gallu proved deadly against the lower order taking 3/16, Henry Wines 2/31 and the ever reliable Todd Anderson 1/11 off  9 overs made life hard for the opposition batsmen. This again was easily chased down with Henry Wines smashing a quick-fire 50 to see Knox home comfortably in the 28th over. 

Other results going our way meant that the match vs Toowomba Grammar was a dress rehearsal for the final. The whole squad was given an opportunity as many hadn’t had a decent bat with dominant performances in our first two games. The very strong bowling attack of TGS proved too accurate and we scrapped our way to 155 off our allotted overs which was not going to be enough. 

The final didn’t go to plan, Knox again unable to counter the TGS talented swing bowlers relentless accuracy crumbling to be all out for 80. Our technique was exposed and it will be worked on hard in the short time before the CAS competition starts again. Thankfully we won’t be facing the Dukes ball in that! 
80 was never going to be competitive against such a quality side and TGS were the deserved winners of this year’s Neil Dansie Festival. 

The squad reflected on the areas that we let ourselves down in and individuals know that there is healthy competition for places in the one day side, some hard work ahead, and you learn more from challenging situations so I look forward to seeing the response in the second half of the season. 

My thanks to Ben Bryan for his assistance during the tour, John Rownes for his meticulous planning which allowed everything to go smoothly, and to the boys who were a credit to Knox with their behaviour on and off the field. 

15th Jan vs St Peters
St Peters 8/257 off 50 overs   Henry Wines 1/27 Todd Anderson 3/60 
Knox 6/259 off 48.3 overs   Max Glover 64* Jack Hoyle 43 Fraser Wilson 32

16th January vs Camberwell 
Camberwell 124 off 47.2 overs  Nic Gallu 3/16 Henry Wines 2/31 Todd Anderson 1/11
Knox  4/125 off 27.4 overs Henry Wines 50 

17th January vs Toowoomba Grammar 
Knox 9/155 off 50 overs  Pat Coburn 27 Henry Wines 26* Nick Astridge 25
Toowoomba Grammar 2/156 off 38 overs Todd Anderson 1/7

18th January vs Toowoomba Grammar 
Knox 80 off 32 overs  Fraser Wilson 20 Jack Hoyle 18 
Toowoomba Grammar 2/82 off 17.3 overs  Henry Kinsey 1/16

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Swimming and Diving - Trial Information

Steve Goodier, Head Coach, Swimming

Year 7-10 Swim Trials - Weeks 1 and 2
Year 11 and 12 students wishing to enter the School Swimming Championships
Swimming Trials for 50m Freestyle (compulsory for all Year 7-10 students), 50m Backstroke, 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle (all optional) will be held as follows.
  • Friday 3 February - Year 7 - 1.15pm - Knox Aquatic Centre
  • Monday 6 February -Year 10 - 1.15pm - Knox Aquatic Centre
  • Tuesday 7 February - Year 9 - 1.15pm - Knox Aquatic Centre
  • Wednesday 8 February - Year 8 - 1.15pm  - Knox Aquatic Centre 
All students on their allocated day must report to the Aquatic Centre by the allocated time. At the conclusion of Period 6, students who have completed their compulsory 50m freestyle event will be dismissed to go to Period 7 sport. All other students will remain in the Aquatic Centre until the conclusion of their compulsory or optional events and then join Period 7 sport.

Students who are unable to do the compulsory 50m Freestyle due to injury or illness report to the eastern end of the pool at the start of each year group’s trials. Names and notes of reasons will be taken and students who wish to swim at a later date can do so between 7.30am and 8am Monday to Thursday in Week 3.

Year 11 and 12 students must nominate with the aquatic staff the events that they would like to participate in at the School Swimming Championships by emailing goodiers@knox.nsw.edu.au by Friday 10 February, 5pm.

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Tennis - Holiday happenings

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

During the Christmas holidays and January, some of the Knox boys have been competing in tournaments all over NSW. The boys have all been working hard to keep up their standard or improve ready for the upcoming term.
Below are some notable results from some of the boys tournaments they played in:

Pedro Papangelis
Quarter Finals ANZ Newcastle Jnr Gold U/16s
Quarter Finals Power Court Junior Tour U/16s

Charlie Wong
Quarter Finals Parramatta City Open Gold U/18s

Aston Bloom
Quarter Finals 2016 Warrnambool Grasscourt Jnr Tour U/12s

Jason Xu
3rd Round Parramatta City Open Gold U/18s

This was a great effort from the boys in their tournaments and well done to all for giving every tournament a go. Well done to Harry Wagstaff who also entered the Wakehurst Parkway Tournament, but unfortunately lost to a seeded player who happens to be the No 1 from Waverley. 

With every tournament entered, the boys are gaining more valuable match play experience and improving because of it. Well done to all boys. We are looking forward to Term 1 Tennis.

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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Australian All Schools

The Australian All Schools Athletics Championships were held at the AIS in Canberra over the weekend.  Well done to our newest National Champions, Tom Shannon in the Under 14 Hammer Throw and Riley Hemsworth in the Under 14 90m Hurdles.  Both boys led from start to finish in exciting fashion.
John Hunter threw a new persona best in the Under 16 Hammer Throw to finish 11th and Mitchell Westhuizen ran a personal best in the Under 16 3,000m to claim 9th. Cameron McEntyre was slightly adrift of his usual high standard to finish 8th.

Well done, boys.



Tom Shannon on top of the podium

Schools Knockout National Final
The Junior and Senior teams qualified for the National Final via their outstanding performances at the NSW round in late August.

The Senior team consisting of Josh Batten, Rory Cheal, Lewis Clabburn, Harley Clifton, Jackson Ellis, Ben Fitton, Tom Gordon, Cameron McEntyre and Hunter Nicholas had solid results right throughout the day to finish fourth.  With eight of the nine team members returning this year, the team will certainly have its eye on the podium in 12 months’ time.

The Junior team got off to a flyer winning the first two event, thank to Riley Hemsworth in the hurdles and Lucas Chamen in the Shot Put. 800m runners James Constable and Mitch Westhuizen both finished in the top 5 to keep Knox towards the top of the podium.  Sprinters Michael Hitchcock and Rhys Williams also performed well to keep the team on the podium.  The Junior team finished the day with a bronze medal.

These results have capped off a great year of Track and Field for the Black and Blue.


The Junior and Senior Knockout teams



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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, Head Coach, Waterpolo

Seven Knox water polo players took part in Knox's first ever overseas water polo tour during December 2016. They travelled to Auckland, New Zealand, where they participated in the prestigious Trans Tasman Schools Water Polo Tournament. Travelling from Sydney on 12 December 2016 and returning on the 19th, the team bunked at the host school (Sacred Heart College Auckland), where they were provided with substantial meals and the opportunity to mingle with other teams and form lasting friendships. It was a mere 'walk down the hill' to the swimming complex.
The aim of the tour was learning and development.  
 
The team participated in a tough group of three other NZ teams, consisting of Rangitoto College (the current NZ Champions), Aquinas (Wellington NZ champions) and consistent performers St. Kentigerns.  Knox were granted special leave to have young coach Jai McNamara and South African Gap year student Kyle Marriott play with the team.  The decision to have these two older aged players prevented Knox from playing for any medals, but was instrumental in providing a fantastic learning experience for Knox students.  
 
A first up 5-16 loss to Aquinas, showed the strong level of competition, but scores were close in the first half.   
 
Lessons learned from this first game carried forth to our next game where the team played some fantastic water polo and gave 100% to provide a 10-8 upset win vs St Kentigerns. This win provided the motivation for a huge effort against champions Rangitoto College where despite losing 9-16, the scores were level just before half time resulting in the Rangitoto coach needing to play all his best players in the second half to guarantee his team a win.
 
All the boys were very excited to have a training game vs the touring South African Schoolboys team, and even with the addition of Rio Olympian Tyler Martin and former Australian player Lachie Hollis to the Knox team, the SA team was too strong. It was however a great experience.  
 
With the resumption of the tournament, Knox easily won their next two games. 
 
During the week the boys managed to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping in Auckland and also went to the cinema for the first day opening of the new Star Wars movie.
 
Thanks must go to Mr Chuck Ardron, Mr John Bladon and Mrs Liz Smith, for their support and assistance to make this tour a success. Travelling Knox manager, Kai Lammert, was ever present in making sure everything on tour was planned and due to his diligence everything ran like clockwork. Kai was also educated in the finer necessary skills and abilities required for water polo and I thank him for his fantastic organisation and management. Kai is keen for next year's tournament in Melbourne.  Thanks to Jai McNamara for the way he motivated and coached the boys both from in and out of the water and also to Kyle Marriot for his efforts both in and out of the pool to help out our Knox boys and also assist the staff.
 
Most of all I would like to thank all the parents who made this tour possible for their boys and also the boys themselves who were always well behaved, gave 100% effort in the games and set a fine example as Knox ambassadors.  Nic Trobec, Liam O'Neill, Aiden Robertson, Will Harte, Dylan Horsfall, Harry Sturrock and Austin Wagner, you are a credit to your school!

 




Results Trans Tasman cup 
Aquinas v Knox 16-5
St Kentingern v Knox 8-10
Rangitoto v Knox 16-9 
South Sfrican School Boys - Knox 17-6
St. Peter's v Knox 6-7
Melbourne High v Knox 2-11
Westlake v Knox 7-6
Sacred Heart College v Knox 14-13






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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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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.