Last Saturday the Lawson Centre was a hype of activity with so many sports having a full fixture v St Ignatius’ College. From Basketball to Tennis to the Aquatic Centre where we hosted the CAS Waterpolo trials, to Curagul and Gillespie where our Cricketers finally got started. It was a fantastic day with some brilliant performances across all areas and everyone looked very happy to back into representing Knox for their chosen sport.

One pleasing aspect of Saturday was the sportsmanship shown by all involved. I watched a cricket game and noticed a Knox boy walk off after “snicking” a catch behind. The Barker Umpire went over to thank and congratulate the boy for walking off after being given Not Out. I also saw in the same game a Knox parent give advice to a Barker fielder on where to best position himself in the field. Another great example of what makes this Knox community so special and the role sport plays in our development of character.

In the Knox Aquatic Centre on Saturday we hosted all CAS schools in a pre-season rep trial / gala day. The support from the parents towards all players was great and much appreciated. Prior to the waterpolo trials our Swim team were working tirelessly doing many laps and looking fit and healthy.

One area my team will be focussing on in Term 4 is the mental aspect of sport and how best to prepare the boys mentally for the many different scenarios that sport and life can throw at us. I was fascinated to see and hear the reaction of some boys after a disappointing performance at the recent Track and Field Championships. I was equally interested to watch some cricketers recently fold under pressure at Queens Park.

Where is this pressure coming from and how can we ensure the kids remain relaxed, in the right frame of mind and can go out and enjoy their sport on Saturday?

Is it their peers, our coaches, themselves, parents, the KSAA? Why are many of our athletes so nervous?

Please be assured we have identified this area as a priority in the KSAA and will do everything we can to try and get on top of this. The absolute last thing we want our students to feel is pressure to have to go out and win on Saturday. I have asked a number of our Sports Directors to attend seminars and workshops this term regarding this important area and look forward to passing on more information on how we will approach this in coming weeks.

Wet weather updates via Skoolbag

A reminder that the Prep and Senior School Skoolbag apps are the best place to check for changes and cancellations.

How to use the Skoolbag app for sport fixture changes

1. Please download the relevant Prep/Senior School app by searching for ‘Knox Grammar’ in your app store.
2. Setup push notifications by selecting ‘More’ at the bottom right, select ‘My subscription groups’ and subscribe to notifications for your child’s sport
3. Please make sure notifications are switched on for your app. If there are any changes to fixtures, the updates will be pushed out to the relevant sports

Please note, the telephone wet weather line is being phased out and will not be updated.

If you need technical assistance, please contact Helpdesk on 9473 9706 (Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm).

Week ahead

Plenty ahead again this week as we start the CAS Summer season this weekend with a fixture v Waverley College. For the majority of students, this term will comprise five consecutive Saturdays, whilst continuing our regular midweek training.

All students should now have settled into a routine of regular training and a commitment to Saturday sport. As always, if you have any queries or comments regarding your son’s sport, please do not hesitate to call or email the Sports Office on smithl@knox.nsw.edu.au.

Team of the Week
10H Basketball team who defeated Riverview 91-5. It’s not about the large margin of victory but the sportsmanship and respect for the official in that particular match. Well done, boys.

Individual of the Week
Max Glover – 85 runs and 5-32 in the 1st XI 2 day fixture v Waverley on last Saturday. A great individual performance.

Have a great week. Go the Black and Blue!
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Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

The first week of summer sport saw a fantastic start to the Knox Summer Season for students across all Aquatic Sports.

At the pool, the Knox Prep Water Polo Teams played the first games of Term 4 against St Aloysius College. Both Knox Prep Teams put up a brave battle against the opposition however lost in close games. There was great leadership shown by experienced players as well as enthusiasm and passion shown across both teams.

The Knox Prep Water Polo Games were immediately followed the CAS Water Polo Trials and Gala Day that Knox hosted across the Opens and 16’s age group. Knox had a standout performance with both of our teams, taking the top spot amongst the other CAS Schools.

CAS Representatives will be announced shortly.

The Knox Swim Team is gearing up for another summer of successful swimming. There has been an increase in energy at all squad sessions as the Swim Teams begin preparations for the upcoming Summer State Championships and CAS Invitational Series. 
 
At Whale and Long Reef Beach, the Knox High Performance Surf Team and the Surf Lifesaving Team enjoyed their first training sessions in the surf. At Long Reef, the Knox Surfing Team begun the week with surf safety training before hitting a 2ft swell on Saturday. A 500m Surf Ironman Course was closely contested throughout the week amongst the Surf Team, with Jack Anderson taking out the top spot with Cooper Hennessy only seconds behind. 

At Whale Beach, the Surf Lifesavers begun their Surf Rescue Certificate and Bronze Medallion training with board and tube rescues while the experienced Surf Lifesavers participated in board skills and first aid scenarios. 
 
The Knox Sailing Team endured strong winds that enabled the Black Squad to sail 6 highly competitive races throughout Saturday morning with brilliant starts. Coaches were impressed by the 2 second starting time (the time it took the boats to cross the start line after the gun) - which indicates there will be a successful season of competition ahead for the Knox Sailing Team. 
 
This week also saw the start of the Knox and Wahroonga Prep Swim Scheme with students in Knox Prep 3 - 6 and Wahroonga Prep K - 6 visiting each day. 

The first event of the Senior School House Calendar has also been held this week, with Senior House Water Polo commencing in Week 2 and 3 while Junior House Water Polo will be held at lunchtimes over weeks 4 and 5. 
 
At Abbotsleigh, the Knox Diving team begun the season with training dives from the 1 & 3m board before gym work under the guidance of Rebecca Manuel. 

All Divers impressed, especially Bill Hirst whose enthusiasm for perfecting his dives proved he will be a strong talent within Diving over the coming years.  
 
 
 
 
Mr Nick Warby
Director of Aquatic Sports


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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

The start of the summer basketball season was a great success with some fantastic games against Riverview and highly competitive internal games.

The standout performance of the round goes to our 10H’s who defeated Riverview 91-5. Our 1st’s and 2nd’s have had experienced success in the preseason and were eager to play against Riverview who historically, have a very strong basketball program. Our 2nd’s put on a valiant effort but were unable to execute and control the tempo of the game, which led to their 17-30 defeat. The Riverview 1st’s played with an intensity which our 1st’s had not yet come up against in the preseason and we struggled defensively to contain them. The final score was 53-89 and the game was a good lesson for our boys to compete and play with intensity. Both our 1st’s and 2nd’s backed it up that night to play their final preseason fixtures against King’s and Canberra Marist. The 2nd’s defeated Marist 48-31 and also defeated King’s 33-25 and played with great intensity as a team. Our 1st’s defeated Marist 38-32 and backed it up to defeat King’s 51-31. This was a solid effort for our boys as they went down to King’s the previous week by 12 points.

Congratulations to our 1st’s and 2nd’s who have put in a tremendous amount of work preparing for the CAS season which starts against Waverley this week.
The boys did a sound job against a tough Riverview program, finishing with 20 wins and 12 losses. The Open’s finished with a 4 win and 8 loss record. These games were a great opportunity for our Open’s who have had limited time training together and will be further graded after training this week. The 10’s were dominate winning 7 games and only dropping 1. The 10A’s defeated Riverview 30-19 with Will Rapley showing great form early in the season. The 9’s were also dominate winning 5 games and losing 2. The 9G’s put on an impressive display winning their game 41-10 with Jeremy Huang putting on an impressive display. The 9A’s defeated Riverview 35-31 with Rourke Voyzey being named Best & Fairest on the day. The 8A’s were dominant in their 43-31 defeat of Riverview. These boys have improved drastically in the preseason and are encouraged to keep working hard. Our internal matches were a great chance to further grade players and there were a lot of close games with 1 or 2 point victories. 

This week we see the start of the CAS season against Waverley with Open’s and 8’s playing away and 10’s and 9’s at home. Due to the Future Problem Solving Competition being held in the Great Hall this weekend, some games will be at Abbotsleigh so be sure to check the fixtures carefully. Best of luck to all boys competing this weekend!


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Cricket

Mr Julien Manuel, Director of Cricket, Baseball and Tee-Ball

First of all I would like to thank all those that have attended the preseason. We have done an amazing amount of work and I think this will hold us in good stead as we commence our season. The aim of this preseason was to ensure the playing group continues the upward curve that the group has been on and continue to have ultimate success throughout all grades.

Unfortunately, almost on cue, the rain returned after a dry winter sport season to disrupt the first round of cricket at Knox. All home games were affected and this lead to many cancellations. Our teams who played away from home experienced better luck and many fine performances were recorded against Waverley in the 2 day CAS fixtures and Riverview in our round of trials.

Congratulations to the following boys who recorded some fine performance last weekend:

Max Glover 85 and 5-32 vs Waverley 1st XI
Nic Gallu 50 vs Waverley 1st XI
Avinash Mirando 66 vs Waverley 9A XI
Fred Kellow 52 vs Knox 8C

Special mention must go to Luke Headley in 8A’s. Luke commenced the match keeping wicket and managed to take a hatrick in a devastating spell at the bowling crease. Well done!

This week sees that “official” start of the CAS round. We wish all boys the best of luck and fingers crossed the rain stays away!


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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

The boys worked on addressing their footwork and balance so that point lands true. Warming up and special footwork exercises strengthen the feet and enable the fencers to execute a number of moves quickly and accurately. Keeping the arm straight is also important to keep points on target. The boys then fenced each other in a number of exciting bouts.

Orienteering

Knox would like to congratulate Ewan Shingler (Year 9) who recently represented NSW in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships.

Ewan finished as the 2nd Australian junior (3rd overall) in the individual sprint event as well as 2nd in the junior boys relay team, of which he ran the middle leg, just 2 seconds behind Queensland in a sprint finish after over 80 minutes of racing!

To round off the week Ewan was named in the all-Australian Junior Boys Schools team. A big congratulations.

Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday 14 October saw Knox take on Riverview in a friendly season opener. The 1st team and 2nd team played to a very high standard against some strong opposition and both won 8-0 overall. Special mention to Andy Chen who was very sharp in his doubles with partner Jason Xu. They combined very well looking like they have been doubles partners for years.

The 3rd team won 5-1 overall making light work of their opponents. The 4th team won 6-0 overall with some outstanding tennis played by Harrison Binks. The 5th team drew 3-3 on sets, but won on games. The 6th team won 5-1 with the players showing some good court craft. The internal competition was played at Morona Avenue and Waitara’s new Tennis Centre.

The Year 10A team won 6-0 with a great all round team performance. The B team won 5-1 with the boys performing well in their doubles. Teams C and D both drew 3-3 with the C team losing by 3 games and the D team winning by 4 games. The internal competition was played at Waitara over the weekend.

The Year 9A won 6-0 with the team showing their strength. The B team had a very close match winning on games after tying in sets. The C and D team won 5-1 and 6-0 with some good tennis played by Sam Reeves in both singles and doubles. The Internal competition was played at Regimental Park, but some matches were cancelled unfortunately due to the rain on Saturday.

The Year 8A- D teams played away at Riverview on Saturday. The A team won 4-2 overall with some good tennis played by Rex Dennis in both singles and doubles. The B, C and D teams all won 5-1 overall with some solid tennis played by the boys. The Internal competition was played at Regimental Park, but some matches were cancelled unfortunately due to the rain on Saturday.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for Knox Tennis with Knox winning 95% of matches played. This was a good test for our boys beating a strong GPS school. We are looking forward to a successful summer 2017/18 CAS season.



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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
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 Skoolbag apps.

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 relevant Prep or Senior School app.

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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.