It was great to see the sun out and a full list of fixtures played last Saturday. It has been very much a stop / start season particularly for our outdoor sports in Term 1 and everyone has been very patient. It was a very successful weekend in terms of results against Waverley College in the majority of our sports including good wins for our 1sts Basketball, Cricket and Tennis teams (see reports for each sport below this article ).

The weekend also marked the end of the summer sport for our Year 12 students with many kind words being said at the post match functions. Many of those Year 12 boys have been playing in their chosen sport with Knox since Year 7 and even Prep School, so I’m sure there were many emotions in those final few minutes last Saturday. I am sure that all the boys will have many fond memories of their time playing for Knox with many friendships forged. Best of luck to those few who choose to continue in their sport and either play at club level or who are considering a career in their sport.

To all of the coaches and administrators behind the scenes; thank you for providing the opportunities for our boys to perform every week - and to the parents for your dedication over the summer. It is a genuine team effort. Thank you to everyone involved.

With the end of one season brings the start of another as we move straight into the winter program with much excitement. Boys will start trialling over the next two weeks prior to the Term 1 holiday as well as playing in some trial games. Please keep an eye on the Knox Portal for details on trials, training and any games coming up for your chosen sport.

The CAS Swimming and Diving event will take place at Sydney Olympic Park this Thursday evening. The coaches and all competitors have put in an enormous amount of preparation and we are all extremely proud of their efforts. We have come so very close in recent years - maybe the 900 spectators we have watching and cheering on Thursday night will be the difference and get our team the victory they thoroughly deserve. Good luck team.

Finally, good luck to our Mountain Biking squad who travel to Thredbo this week for the Australian Interschools Championship. Mr Smee is taking a very competitive squad to Thredbo and all are keen to do well.

Our Prep boys will have one more week of IPSHA sport this Saturday then move into their winter program. Good Luck boys.

Advertisement to all Rugby lovers - there is a position available for a CAS Representative Rugby selector in 2017. The selector is required to attend 1st XV games across Sydney during Term 2 only then be part of a panel to select CAS sides to participate in the NSW Schoolboy trials at the end of Term 2. Expressions of interest or any queries should be directed to Mr David Cobb.

Team of the week

Knox 13A Waterpolo - finishing season undefeated. CAS Champions.

Individual performance of the week

Lachlan McKimm – selected in the CAS Opens Basketball team 2017.
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Prep House Cross Country Championships and Fun Run

Mrs Sharon Dewar, Sport Coordinator K-6

On Thursday 9 March, Years 3-6 ventured out to St Ives Showground for their House Cross Country and Fun Run. The weather was mixed and the track wet and muddy - ideal cross country conditions for a great day of running through the bush. The boys tested themselves both physically and mentally. Our 8-10 years competed over 2kms and the 11-13 years over 3kms.

Champion House was Fuller followed by Burns, Haslett, Ewan and Lang.

Champion Boys:
8/9yrs – Jamieson Carre 1st – Burns, Luca Booth 2nd – Burns, Nicholas Bull 3rd – Fuller.
10yrs – Ryan Ford 1st – Burns, Charlie Follett 2nd – Lang, Michael Riddell 3rd – Ewan
11yrs – Sean Williams 1st – Haslett, Ben Williams 2nd – Haslett, Charlie Moore 3rd – Haslett
12/13yrs – Ryan Khattar 1st – Haslett, James Bradford 2nd – Lang, Oliver Davey 3rd - Ewan

In our parents race Hugh Moore was the first dad across the line and Joy Ford the first mum to finish.

Congratulations to all boys and parents who raced on the day for your great sportsmanship and House spirit.
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IPSHA Swimming and Diving Championships

Mrs Sharon Dewar, Sport Coordinator K-6

The IPSHA Swimming and Diving Championships were held on 7th March at SOPAC with a team of 20 swimmers and 1 diver representing Knox.

The day saw many fantastic swims with many boys recording personal best times in their events.

Knox’s Senior relay (Angus Rowe, Henry Anderson, Lochlan Stevenson and Benji Allen) finished second fastest so will represent IPSHA at the NSWCIS Championships to be held on Thursday 23 March.

A number of boys have also qualified through in individual events - Benji Allen 8-13years 100m freestyle & 12-13yrs 50m breaststroke; Henry Anderson 11years backstroke, 50m butterfly & 50m freestyle; Lukas Dunn 8years 50m freestyle; Tyler Harris 11years breaststroke; Angus Rowe 12-13years backstroke and Marcus Walsh 11years backstroke.

Ryan Manuel our only diver finished 1st in the 9yrs springboard and will also compete at CIS.

Congratulations to all our Knox swimmers and diver on a great day of competition and good luck to those boys representing IPSHA at NSWCIS next week.
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

The final round of CAS saw Knox up against Waverley. Knox finished the round with 33 wins and 7 losses winning 83% of CAS games. Congratulations to the 16 teams who finished undefeated in CAS games this season.

Opens finished the round with 9 wins and 1 loss. The 1st’s played in a thrilling match that went right down to the wire. Our boys were able to close out the game as victors 76-73. The 2nd’s game was similar and a closely contended game for its entirety. Again, Knox were able to finish the game on top winning 49-45. The remainder of the results are as follows: 3rds (W - 43-14), 4ths (L - 25-32), 5ths (W - 67-18), 6ths (W - 48-26), 7ths (W - 46-15), 8ths (W - 26-12), 9ths (W - 36-12), 10ths (W - 53-9), 11ths (W - 23-21), 12ths (W - 48-32) and 13ths (W - 39 -28). Congratulations to the mighty 5ths who were the only open’s team to finish the season undefeated!

The 10’s continue to improve and had another fantastic round finishing with 5 wins and 3 losses. The A’s and B’s played great games but unfortunately could not get the wins going down 48-54 and 24-31 respectively. The remainder of the results are as follows: C’s (W - 27-21), D’s (W - 25-23), E’s (W - 41-29), F’s (W - 30-7), G’s (L - 16-24) and H’s (W - 49-19).

The 9’s finished off an incredible CAS season going undefeated for the round 6-0. The 9A’s were premiers of the comp finishing the season with 8 wins and 1 loss. They defeated Waverley 47-38 in a great team effort. The remainder of results are as follows: B’s (W - 45 - 10), C’s (W - 46-36), D’s (W - 37-25), E’s (W - 39-19), F’s (W - 53-11), G’s (L - 18-32), H’s (L - 16-20), I’s (W - 25-17) and J’s (W - 23-14). Knox had 6 Year 9 teams go undefeated in CAS games this season. Congratulations to the B’s, D’s, E’s, F’s, G’s and H’s!

The 8’s also had a fantastic round finishing with 7 wins and 1 loss. The A’s played one of their best games to date with Luke Tucker raising the standard of play. The remainder of the results are as follows: B’s (W - 27 - 17), C’s (W - 55-18), D’s (W - 44-5), E’s (W - 22-17), F’s (W - 45-12), G’s (L - 27-30), H’s (W - 45-12), I’s (W – 40-4), J’s (W - 29-3), K’s (W - 22-21) and L’s (W - 40-16). Year 8 had 5 teams go undefeated in CAS games this season. Congratulations to our B’s, C’s, D’s, F’s and H’s!

The 7’s had another strong CAS round finishing with 6 wins and 2 losses. The A’s and B’s went down to strong Waverley competition 17-32 and 13-40 respectively. The remainder of the results are as follows: C’s (W - 38-22), D’s (W - 37-27), E’s (W - 30-27), F’s (W - 36-16), G’s (W - 39-11), H’s (W - 36-3), I’s (W - 30-13), J’s (W - 14-10), K’s (L - 8-10) and L’s (W - 24-8). Congratulations to the E’s, F’s, G’s and H’s who went undefeated in CAS games this term.

On behalf of all the coaches at Knox, congratulations to all boys who played basketball for the 2016/17 summer season and thank you to the parents for your continued support with getting the boys to their Saturday fixtures.
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CAS Swimming and Diving Championships

Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, Acting Director of Cricket

1st XI:
A top performance finished off the summer well with a 5 wicket win over Waverley. Henry Kinsey 4-12 and Todd Anderson 3-8 were the standouts as Waverley were dismissed for 94, Fraser Wilson (25) Henry Wines (24) and Jack Hoyle (21*) all batted with intent and got Knox home comfortably.

2nd XI:
Impressive cricket all-round saw the 2nd’s to a comprehensive win. Nick Astridge (44) and Matt Wedlock (31) batted smartly on a tough wicket to see the total through to 136 which was always going to be too much. James Caprarelli bowled superbly to claim 4/20 as Waverley were bowled out for 80.

Superb cricket from the following teams who had convincing wins, 3rd XI - Jack Hennessy 28, Crawford Lees 2-1, Michael Loong 2-8 , 4th XI - Tasman Rooke 52, Matthew French  4-10,  10c’s - Oscar Cheal 64, 9a’s Jayllen Naganayagam  109, Harrison Ferry 52* Kale Gabila 2-6 9b’s Ed Locking 31,  9c’s Hamish McMaster 3-3, Rhys Owen 2-2, 8a’s Andrew Jenkins 2-6, Tom Osborn 37*, Ed Ogilvy 25*, 8c’s James Coughlin 56*, Jack Kirk 104*, 8d’s Michael Raymond 3-6, Will Baily 3-3, Josh Parsonage 2-2, Angus Gray 38*, 7a’s – Lachie Bill 102* Andre Fourie 2-2 7b’s Sam Harlow 2-15, Chris Yanco 2-14, Riley Janjis 47, Chris Yanco 35 7c’s Scott Herman 2-5, Toby Harding 29* 7d’s Hunter Hellen Ford 50

Match of the week
This week’s match of the week goes to show it is not always about the result!! Knox 8b's had a very close loss against Waverley 8b's. Knox won the toss and elected to bowl first.
 
It was a fantastic all round effort from the Knox bowlers with 10 players getting a bowl. 6 different bowlers got at least one wicket helping them in their bowling innings. Waverley had a number of batsmen who were striking the ball very well helping them achieve a total of 160 after 32 overs. Knox generally bowled full and straight and no Waverley batsmen surpassed 25 runs.  Carlton Hogan with the best figures of 2-14 off 3 overs. 
 
Knox knew they had a large total of 161 to chase and were aware that it wasn't going to be an easy task. They struggled to get runs in the early overs seeing out Waverleys opening bowlers leaving Knox 3 down with a mere 43 runs after 16 overs.  Jack Copeland stuck it out incredibly well with a hard fought 14 in the beginning session. This left us needing 118 off the last 16 overs. The run rate climbed with Knox needing 95 runs off the last 10 overs with 4 wickets in hand. Jake Buchanan and Harrison Clydesdale then began a remarkable partnership putting the loose balls away and finding 5 maximums in the last few overs. Buchanan finished the innings with a total of 59 whilst Clydesdale made 29. Knox finished their innings with 157, 4 short from a victory, showing great composure and strength when the pressure was on. 

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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, MIC Fencing

After some agility exercises students practised their footwork including some lunging exercises. An expertly timed lunge is key to good fencing Students focused on smooth even attacks putting their arms out first, timed with rapid but even leg movements. Timing the lunge is important as it is meant to be a surprise attack, otherwise uneven or repetitive movements will warn the opponent that a lunge is coming and they can easily step back and parry riposte. Working smarter not harder is the key to good lunges.

Golf

Mr David McGowan, MIC Golf

NSW All Schools Golf Nominations
An students wanting to be nominated to attend this year’s NSW All Schools Golf Championships, either Opens or Junior (Years 7, 8 & 9), need to see Mr Cobb with their parental permission, golflink number and handicap in the Lawson Centre to be nominated.

The Open strokeplay championships will be held at the Tuncurry Golf Club and the Juniors at Foster on Tuesday 2 May. Matchplay on Wednesday 3 May.

Students handicaps cannot exceed 6.

Nominations for the championships close next week on Wednesday 22 March. Late nominations after this date to CIS are not accepted.

Knox vs Trinity
Knox played against Trinity on Saturday 11 March, on what was a spectacular day for golf at Avondale. The weather conditions were sublime, and the course in excellent shape, leading to some impressive golf.



Will Ryan played well throughout his tight match, securing a win on the very last hole after being “allsquare” after 17. Whilst there were times when Will’s putting held him back, his tee shots and approach play were consistent enough for him to secure victory on the last hole.

Nick Anderson played some great golf today, and fought a good match against his opponent. The match went down to the last hole, with Nick needing to win it to finish all square. His tee shots were impressive today, and although Nick had a good chance to win his match his opponent just managed to hold him off on the last green.

Calvin Su played some solid golf today, even though it was his first time at Avondale and second game for the Black and Blue. Under the handicap match-play rules Calvin was required to give 13 shots to his opponent, which seemed quite daunting from the start. With his length off the tee and consistent iron play, Calvin achieved an excellent victory, finishing his match early.
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Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

Field of Mars
A fantastic final Saturday course was held at Buffalo Creek this weekend. Being the first all-bush course for the season, the boys were challenged by distinguishing vegetation densities, following contours and spotting unique natural features along the course. There was a team BBQ after the course to celebrate a short but very successful season. Congratulations to our overall division champions for this season:

Division 1 - Thomas Gordon
Division 2 - Lachlan Yelds
Division 3 - Kyle Lassau-Wray

State representation 
Congratulations to Isaac Roberts and Thomas Gordon for representing Knox at the NSW Summer Series Orienteering event last Wednesday. Tom placed third in the junior men’s division while Isaac placed 5th. They will continue to represent Knox in the coming weeks at the concluding Summer Series events. 
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Surf Life Saving

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

The 2016-17 Surf Lifesaving season has seen our students thrive under the various scenarios that the open ocean chose to throw at them. In this time, our Knox Surf Lifesavers have been involved in everything from mass rescues through to winning state medals!

Throughout the 2016-17 season, 19 Knox Students have gained (or are in the process of gaining) the Surf Lifesaving Australia Bronze Medallion. Training involves learning Resuscitation, First Aid, Radio Communications, Spinal Carries, Rescue Techniques and more. Congratulations to our 2016-17 Bronze Medallion Graduates: Jack Bregenhoj, Elliott Burns, Braeden Campbell, Digby Dalton, Dylan Gay, Mat Jackson, Nik Kaderavek, Harrison Muller, Luke Parks, Jack Payne, Ethan Ravenhall and Samuel Wang.

Sam Asher, Angus Kellaway, Wil McDonald, Charlie Moore Oscar Press and Oscar Thomson completed the first part of the Bronze Exam over the past weekend and are due to complete the second part in coming weeks. Good luck!

Throughout the 2016-17 season, our Knox Surf Lifesavers additionally patrolled Whale Beach contributing many hours worth of volunteer work towards the club. In November, 2016, a number of Knox students were involved in a mass rescue at Whale Beach with a number of swimmers needing rescuing from a flash rip. At the time, our Knox Surf Lifesavers were recognised with the Surf Lifesaving ‘Rescue of the Month’.

Towards the end of the season, Surf Sports took to the forefront, with Knox hosting Shore School and Barker College for a friendly carnival. Matt Stafford, Charlie Kellaway and Ryan Paul displayed their talent with each Surf Lifesaver in Year 10 and 11 showing skill that will put Knox SLS in a strong position for next season.

Throughout the season, Knox students also travelled to the NSW Junior & Open State Championships with a number of fantastic results being recorded by Dylan Mackenzie (Knox Prep), Will McDonagh, Travis Cox, Romeo Bray, Cooper Hennessy, James Simmonds and Tyler Krenkels (see report below).

In late March, Luke Blahuta (year 8) will travel to the Gold Coast to contest the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships.

Thank you to our Year 12 Surf Lifesavers for their leadership and cohesion throughout the season – Charlie Kellaway, Tom Sanderson, Matt Stafford, Ryan Paul, Aedan Curtis and Josh Sheiner. Charlie Kellaway, our captain was also recognised at the beginning of the season as the Sydney Northern Beaches and Whale Beach SLSC Young Surf Lifesaver of the Year. Charlie along with his team of year 12 Surf Lifesavers are to be commended on their service and leadership over the past years.

Well done to all of our Surf Lifesavers throughout the season for their many and varied achievements across the beach and ocean.

Tyler tops the state in Surf Lifesaving - again!
A week after he won Gold in the Junior NSW Surf Lifesaving Championships Surf Swim, Tyler Krenkels has once again displayed amazing talent by competing up an age group in the NSW Open SLS Championships.



As large surf battered the NSW coastline, Tyler (currently in U14’s) lined up with his U15 Manly LSC club mates, to compete up an age group. Tyler and his team won Bronze in the U15 Swim Team event, an event in which 4 swimmers from each club contest a 500m surf swim course.

After gaining top spot a week ago in the U14’s swim, Tyler again tested himself over the weekend by coming 5th in the U15 Individual Surf Swim – once again placing in top spot among the fellow U14’s competitors.

Tyler, who is also a member of the Knox CAS Swim and Dive Team as well as a talented Knox Water Polo player capped off his 2017 Surf Lifesaving Season with two State Medals as well as placing in the top 6 in a range of other events including the Ironman, Board relay, Cameron Relay and Swim Teams.

Well done to Tyler!
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday was Knox tennis last match of the season. The 1st and 2nd teams finished off with a strong win (7 sets to 1 set and 8 sets to 0 sets ) Special mention must go to Pedro Papangelis (Y10) whose game has gone from strength to strength. Pedro led from the front played well in his doubles and the very strong performance in his singles winning 6/2 over his opposition.

Charlie Wong (yr10) won both doubles playing with Pedro and was able to get home in a hard fought singles 6/4. Max Nguyen and Aston Bloom split their doubles sets 6/2 4/6 but both fired well in their respective singles winning both sets.

The 2nds won their match only giving away 14 measly games. Lachlan Walker (Y11) and Hugo Thomas (Y9) both won their singles 6/0. Thomas Burwood (Y12) and Andy Xu (Y12) won all their sets that they played.

The 3rd team won 6 sets to 0 sets with both Simon Sharpe and Joshua Hourmouzis not even dropping a game in 3 sets to their opposition.

The 4th team had a close match winning 4 sets to 2 sets. Harikesh Pushpapathan and Harrison Binks won all their sets.

The 5th team did well only giving away 11 games in their match. 

The 6th team narrowly went down by 3 games match was Knox 3/24 to Waverly 3/27. 

The Year 10 group had a mixed results with the 10A winning 5 sets to 1 set. Once again Jason Xu lead the way with a 6/2 win in his singles and a well won 6/0 win in his doubles combing with Harry Wagstaff.

The 10B ran into a very hot Waverly team going down 4 sets to 0 sets.
                                              
The 10C and 10D had strong wins both winning 6 sets to 0sets 
    
The Year 9A, 9B and 9C all won convincingly not dropping a set.

The 8A won 5 sets to 1 set against their opponents while the 8B won by 11 games. 8C won in a great display only dropping 5 games in their whitewash win of 6 sets to love. 

The Year 7 group won all their matches. 7A won 6/36 to 0/7. 7B had a closer math winning in a nail biter 3/33 to 3/28. 7C won 4 sets to 2 sets while the 7D team won 5/36 to 1/21.
                                     
That concludes our summer season and well done to all our participants at tennis. Enjoy your winter activities and the best of luck and keep working hard.

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Track and Field

Mr Nick Bromley, Track and Field Director

Knox Track and Field had another successful week of results from the team of 25 who competed at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush last Saturday afternoon. Sunny conditions greeted the boys and aided favourable sprinting conditions for the 100 and 200m runners. One of the standout sprinting performance was Josh Batten who posted a solid season opener of 12.08 in the 100m’s and backed up for another great run in the 200m’s with a time of 23.82. In the field, Charlie Sherlock (Y7) had a sensational series of jumps, leaping to 1:55m in the High Jump. The Track and Field teams attention now turns to a solid training block with some boys competing at the NSW Little Athletics State Championships this weekend at Sydney Olympic Park.

A special congratulations to Knox Track and Field Sprint coach Mr Nick Bate (OKG 13) who ran a sensational 10.65 at the Athletics Australia Grand Prix in Canberra on the weekend. Mr Bate is looking to gain selection in the World Championship 4 x 100m relay team this year and qualify for the World University Championships in South Korea later this year.

Congratulations to all who competed on the weekend!
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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, Head Coach, Waterpolo

Knox school finished off their season on Saturday with some great wins and competitive matches.

Second grade confirmed their CAS champions status for the second year with solid wins over High and Cranbrook at Newington Pool. Oscar Ley, Will Harte, Ted Harrison and Xavier Wall led the attack with plenty of goals and Jason Park was very dependable in goals. The team showed plenty of grit and determination all season and coach Frank Cubirka and his team deserve the accolades of being the CAS champions.

The undefeated U13 team continued their fine form with a strong win over Waverley by 13-3 with many players sharing the scoring. Flynn Worner and Ryan Johnson were dangerous with Jett Robens, Wyl Parker and Harry Miller having great games. Xander Mercer and Aiden O'Neill were as solid as always and led from the front all season. Congratulations to all concerned!

In an entertaining 'intra school' game, the U16's teams and coaches defeated a weakened 1st grade team by 14-10. Frank Cubirka, Alex Heintze and Jai McNamara led the scoring for the 16's with Pat Hogan and Dylan Horsfall having great team games.

The crowd was kept entertained with several goals from half way by Jai, and Franks antics in front of goal making it interesting. I am sure the first graders learnt plenty of tricks from the old master. The other intra school game played was between the U14A's and the U15's where the older boys proved too strong and won by 4 goals. Mitch McAsey and Douglas Harrison were impressive. Will Bondy was the quarter back, directing the play and leading his team to victory while Pat Hogan was reliable between the sticks!

A successful day for Knox with our 2nd graders and U13's providing plenty of promise for the future of Knox Water polo.
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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.