Sport Cancellation Notice From The Headmaster, Mr John Weeks
Due to the extreme weather conditions forecast this coming weekend, with temperatures predicted in excess of 40 degrees across Sydney and possible disruption to transport, Knox Grammar School is being proactive and has decided that for the health, benefit and safety of its students, staff, parents and community members, all sport for students across K-12 has been cancelled for today (Friday 10 February), Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February.

It was great to meet so many parents and students participating in our trial weekend for summer sport here at Knox on Saturday. There were many questions regarding who, where, when, does my son’s team play and train. Please make yourself aware of Sports pages on the Knox Portal and how to find a lot of the information from the Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy. If you still have queries please call the Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy on 9487 0127.

Each of our Directors of Summer sport have consistently reminded students at training and at trials not to let selections get in the way of what sport is all about here at Knox. It will take time, particularly for the Year 7s, to find the most appropriate level for all boys so please be patient and encourage your boys to go and enjoy the experience with their team mates. The stress of selections really can take all of the enjoyment out of a great opportunity.

In the Senior School this week we start competition games and the final five weeks of our CAS season with a fixture against Cranbrook (away). Please be mindful that Cranbrook School cannot offer the number of teams we enter so there will be some teams that may play against an ISA or GPS school. This full draw will be available on the Knox Portal following a meeting with the GPS and ISA on Wednesday 8 February.

Last Saturday I witnessed a young lad from Waverley break his leg in an unfortunate accident in the Great Hall. I was again reminded of why I love being a part of Knox Grammar with the amount of help and compassion shown towards this player. He was escorted to the local hospital by our Sportsmaster, Mr Cobb, and Waverley have since sent a number of letters regarding the care and attention given by our Knox staff and community.

The Prep School also began their trial process as they start to pick teams for Round 1 of their summer season of IPSHA competition. The cricketers endured some tough conditions with drizzle and rain but they all got stuck in and tried to impress the coaches and selectors. They would not have known it was raining they were having so much fun. It was great to watch.

Good luck all this weekend and a gentle reminder:

  • Being thankful to our coaches, parents, officials and opposition for the opportunity to play sport this Saturday. 

  • You are all clear on what to wear to and from your games on Saturday. We all want to look  and be proud wearing the black and blue.

  • Any spectators coming to Knox on Saturday must park in Borambil St car park or use public transport. Woodville Avenue is simply a construction zone.   


Team of the Week

Our two Opens Basketball teams who went through the CAS Basketball Blitz 2017 undefeated last Saturday.
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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, Director of Basketball

The first Saturday of Term 1 is always a busy time for our basketball players and coaches. Over 200 Prep athletes made their way over to the Senior School to be tested. Following the Prep trials, our Year 7s continued their trials, with a skills and scrimmage based training session. This looks to be a strong year group with a lot of talent and enthusiasm for the game.

CAS Blitz
The 7th annual CAS blitz was played across five separate campuses. 

The 1sts went undefeated winning all four games. The 2nds are really starting to work together as a team finishing the Blitz with an impressive two win – two draw record. Both the 1sts and 2nds have worked extremely hard in the holidays to get back into form in time for the second half of the CAS season and they have put themselves in the perfect position to contest in every game for the title.

The 10As are playing well after the holiday break, beating Cranbrook and Trinity, drawing with Waverley and going down to Barker.

Coming off the back of their King’s Cup victory, the 9As continue their impressive form going undefeated in the Blitz. Coach Mark Pitman was pleased with all boys contributing to the team’s success.

The 8As Blitz unfortunately was cancelled after a win against Aloys 18-11 and a loss to Trinity 18-23. Coach Mike was very impressed by his team’s effort! 

Before and after school practice begins this week with our first game back against Cranbrook this Saturday (Opens, 8 and 7 away and 9 and 10 at home). All training and fixture information can be found on the Basketball page of the portal or the Lawson Centre notice board.


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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, Director of Cricket

An exciting Term 1 looms for our Knox Cricket program. After a fantastic turn out at Gillespie for the Year 7 trials, our coaches had the very tough challenge of selecting six sides and the depth looks promising as evidenced by 38 players asking to be considered for the A side. Even those who struggle with Maths can see that this means that we will have players in the D side who believe they have the ability to play at the top level. This is great for the coaches to see and certainly fitting with the culture we are building where we are continually striving to improve right from the Fs up, which will drive all the teams to get better.

As with every age group that gets selected there will be disappointments, one of the best parts of sport is how it teaches us to focus supporting the team and that your performances will be seen and rewarded.  I have no doubt looking at this group of players that we will be very successful on the field, but more importantly a very respectful group of young men who will represent Knox with pride. 


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Make up Swim Trials for Years 7 to 10

Steve Goodier, Head Coach, Swimming

Make up Swim Trials for Years 7 to 10 will be held on Friday 10 and Monday 13 February at 7.30am.

Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

Welcome back to Orienteering for Term 1 2017. This term we have two exciting new events held at Knox Senior and Prep campuses. These will be held by Orienteering NSW after extensive work has been undertaken to produce an orienteering map of each location! The season will also conclude with an awards ceremony and BBQ at Buffalo Creek in March.

Training this term (Wednesday afternoons) has also been redesigned to focus on developing critical skills and particular approaches to orienteering. In doing so, we have new and exciting training exercises and feedback procedures. During the term, if training is altered or cancelled, the subscription will automatically update events in your calendar. Please also check the wet weather line (9901 7701) and your emails. Each week I will also be emailing a short update with results and reports of events. For more detailed results, please check the Orienteering portal page.

MetrOLeague 2017
After great success in 2016, Knox will be entering a Division 3 team into the NSW opens MetrOLeague competition. The MetrOLeague squad consists of 6-8 orienteers from Knox who are dedicated, committed, enthusiastic and actively engaging to improve their performance. Any student who has orienteering experience may join, you do not have to be enrolled in Orienteering as your school sport! The competition is held one Sunday every month from March to August, culminating in a finals event if we place in the top two during heats. The competition is an incredible opportunity for exposure to high level orienteering and an excellent way to experience the sport beyond the school program. For more details, please find a letter here.  If you would like to express your interest, please fill out the slip at the bottom of the letter and return it by email to shermand@knox.nsw.edu.au.

Ewan Shingler - National Success

Congratulations to Ewan Shingler, Year 10, who has been selected as one the five junior boys from around Australia to be a member of the Australian Schools Team. They will compete in New Zealand during the Easter holidays. We wish Ewan all the very best as he represents Australia internationally this year. 

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 4 February 2017 saw Year 7 trial for the tennis teams. The boys all worked very hard and showed great dedication to their trials. There is a lot of talent in this Year 7 group making the teams very strong overall. The coaching team is looking forward to working with the Year 7 boys of all standards to get the very best out of each and every player.

The boys have to remember that there are many different schools that the Year 7 boys have come from which will make the teams even stronger and also could mean boys might not be in their normal position they are used to at their primary schools. The boys are not stuck in their positions and we will endeavour to get the best out of each and every boy that plays tennis. Looking forward to a successful term.

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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.