WOW - what a week for Knox Grammar. Go the Black & Blue!
I will try not to get too carried away but ... time for some gloating. As Head of Knox Sport I am extremely proud of the Knox Swim team and everybody involved in the CAS Swim & Diving Championships held last Thursday. Nearly 1,000 spectators made their way to Homebush on 20 Buses to watch the Swim team deliver the Thyne Challenge Shield for the first time in 13 years back to Knox Grammar.



It was an incredible night of high quality swimming by all six CAS schools with as many as 11 new CAS records being broken. The standard of schoolboy swimming in the CAS is as good as anywhere in Australia and to be crowned champion school is an enormous achievement and not to be underestimated.

I am particularly proud of the manner in which the boys won. It was only 12 months ago that the team copped a very tough “umpires call” and had to settle for second place - where clearly the team was the best on the night. Their sportsmanship and respect for other schools and their swimmers stood out for me as the big win on the night. They shook hands, thanked all involved, humbly accepted the Shield then sang the school song along with all 1,000 supporters. A great example of what makes this school so special.

Congratulations to Mr Steve Goodier, Nick Dobson and their team of coaches who prepared this team so well. Not only were they prepared in the pool, but we had Matt Dunn (Olympian Swimmer) and Paul Penna (Sports Psychologist) talk to the boys in the lead up to the carnival. They were prepared perfectly and responded in flying colours. Well done everyone.



A big thank you to all of those spectators who I honestly believe were the difference on the night. So many races came down to the final stroke and literally one hundredth of a second.

Please see the CAS Swimming and Diving Championships report in this Sports Bulletin for more details and acknowledgments regarding the evening.

Our Diving team also performed admirably with a well earned 3rd place in the CAS Diving Championships. Well done to Bec Manuel and her squad of Divers on a wonderful season. Another sport where the standard just gets better each and every year.

The podium finishes continued this time with our Mountain Bikers. We had a strong team that participated at Thredbo for the Australian Interschool’s Championships last weekend. The team won eight major awards including:

Team:

Div 1 Downhill Overall

Div 1 Enduro Overall

Div 1 Cross country 3rd

Div 2 Cross country 3rd

Div 3 Short Course Cross country 1st

Individual:

Harry Ward, King of the mountain (Best rider across all events), Div 1 Enduro 3rd.

Chris Palser, Div 1 Downhill 1st , Pump track Party 3rd

Jordan Fowler, Div 3 Cross country 4th

If that isn’t enough we have also just heard Matthew Dall’asen has just been selected in the National elite Fencing squad to start preparing for the 2020 Olympics. Whilst Matthew isn’t officially selected to compete at the next Olympics just yet, he is down to the final 4 that have made this elite squad.

We are also just as proud of Christopher Layman (Year 12, 2016 ) who has just received a US scholarship and been selected in the SUNY Jefferson College Baseball squad for 2017. This is big time Baseball in America and this is a great achievement from a boy just out of Knox.

The winter season kicked off in the Senior School on Saturday with our 3rd XV Rugby team playing a visiting school from Canada on Knox 1. A terrific game and hopefully a memory for the Carson Graham H.S ( Vancouver ) team can take home. These sorts of relationships are priceless for our boys and school tours in years to come.

This week
Our Rugby squads will travel to Bathurst and play St Stanislaus. All boys will be leaving early on Saturday morning and all Bus details and arrangements are available on our portal. Some Rugby boys will be asked to play in a 7s tournament run by the CAS rather than travel to Bathurst. All players will be fully aware of their commitment early this week.

The Football teams will either be trialling or playing in a CAS Football “Blitz”. Please check the portal or ask your coach for all details of the week ahead.

AFL will continue their selection process whilst all other sports enjoy a break and some valuable family time.

Prep boys will start their trial process for the winter season. Full details on the portal also.

Team of the week
Knox Swimming team for their achievements at the CAS Championships on Thursday.

Individual performance of the week
Harry Ward – Knox Mountain Bike team awarded King of the Mountain and Best rider across all events.
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6 Event - Track and Field

The House 6 Event Track & Field Day will be held on Wednesday 29 March, Week 9.

This is a very exciting day where it is compulsory for all Years 7 to 12 to compete in 200m, Shotput & 800m at Gillespie Field and the 100m, Turbo Jav and 400m on Knox 1. Students will rotate from one event to another in their House groups at the specified times.

Students compete in Year Groups and these will serve as heats for our school Track & Field Championships as well as deciding House Points. For the School House Track & Field Championships the results are based on age as of 1 January 2017.

Students may come to School in either normal School uniform or house t-shirt, Knox crested shorts and appropriate sports shoes. They will compete in House T-shirt, crested black shorts and joggers or spikes (100m and 200m only). Computers should not be brought to School. Sunscreen and a hat are vitally important.

The day will start with Mentor meetings and roll marking at 8.25am in the following areas.
Year 7 – Lawson Centre gym floor
Year 8 – KG1 assigned mentor classrooms
Year 9 – Knox Cultural Centre Auditorium
Year 10 – Great Hall
Year 11 – KSSA assigned mentor classroom
Year 12 – KSSA Hall ground level

After Mentor groups are finalised, Mentors will walk their group to the stands on Knox 1, where students will assemble in House groups.

2017 Map 6 Event 2017 Map 6 Event (339 KB)

2017 Rotation Order of Events Week 9 2017 Rotation Order of Events Week 9 (102 KB)


Once all Houses are assembled, those Houses competing at Gillespie Field - AD, AN, BR, MU, RE, SI will walk to Gillespie in their House group.
The remaining Houses – GI, MK, MI, MN, MO, TU will complete their first 3 events before lunch on Knox 1.

Students will have lunch as normal at the Senior School. The School canteen will not be open for recess, but will be opened at lunch and students should bring adequate drinks and snacks from home for the day. Those competing at Gillespie for the morning sessions will all return to Knox for lunch in the same manner at 12noon.

Following lunch, students will assemble in Houses at the Knox 1 stand and walk down to Gillespie at 12.50pm returning to Knox at the completion of the day’s events at 3.15pm. Normal sport training will continue after the 6 event.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If it is raining or a very hot day please call 9901 7701 or use the Senior School Skoolbag app. If the 6 Event is cancelled boys should be prepared for a normal school day. If cancelled please note that the canteen will operate as normal for lunch but will only serve drinks for recess and students will need to bring their own food.
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CAS Swimming and Diving Championships

Knox ends 13 year drought at CAS Swimming Championships
The Knox Swimming Team has won the Associated Schools on NSW (CAS) Swimming Championship for the first time since 2003 at Homebush on Thursday evening.

A team of 70 swimmers from Knox broke six CAS records at the competition, in front of a packed crowd of more than 1,000 Knox students, parents and staff.

Tane Bidois (Year 7) broke two records: 12 year old boys 50 metre freestyle (27.60 seconds) and 13 year old boys 50 metre backstroke (30.88 seconds).

Leon Macalister (Year 11) broke the record for the 17 year old 50 metre backstroke with a time of 57.16 seconds.

The Knox 200 metre freestyle relay teams also broke the following records: the 13 year old team of Josh Collett, Justin Lee, Tane Bidois and Will McDonagh (1 minute 50.72 seconds), 15 year old team of Brendan Hee, Mark Buddee, Bailey Farris and Josh Johnson (1 minute 42.77 seconds) and the 17 year old team of George Zhu, Benjamin Yates, Nicholas Dijohn and Kaea Bidois (1 minute 38.27 seconds).



It was a tremendous night for the boys and a testament to their hard work,” said the Head of the Knox Sport and Aquatic Academy, Martin Haywood. “This is the first time Knox has won the CAS Swimming Championship in 13 years, the atmosphere at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre was electric.

Knox won 33 of the 73 events. The overall winner of the points competition was Knox (549 points), with Trinity Grammar finishing second (542) and Barker College finishing third (442). The Knox Diving Team also finished third overall. Knox has won the CAS Swimming Championship 30 times in the competition’s history.
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Fencing

Mr Angelo Santangelo, MIC Fencing

Students went through some revision, learning to control their attacks and concentrating on their strategies. Team work provided a lot of fun for the students to fence each other and they were grouped under team names - the Zorros, Samurais and Musketeers!

Right handed boys sometimes have difficulty in fencing left handers as they can encounter the naturally strong forth parry that left handers tend to have. Right handed boys were given tips to help them fence left handers and vice versa for the left handers! Remembering to riposte after a parry is always key to securing points and this was brought home to a number of boys who lost points because of this. The standard of fencing is improving greatly as students work ion their timing and distance and speed up their footwork.

Mountain Biking

Mr Cameron Smee, Head Coach Mountain Biking

2017 Thredbo Australian Interschools Mountain Biking Championship
Last weekend saw our Mountain Bike team making the highly anticipated trip down to Thredbo for the Australian Interschools Championship.

Our largest team ever of 33 boys went head to head with 470 of the best MTB school riders in the country and promised for some strong competition for our Mountain Bike Team.

The competition started with short course cross country on Thursday evening and provided a challenging 15 minutes of riding on the steep and rocky slopes at the base of the mountain. Our Div 3 boys held their own to come away with a 1st place while our Div 1 and 2 teams came in a close second.

Results
Team
Div 1 Downhill Overall
Div 1 Enduro Overall
Div 1 Cross country 3rd 
Div 2 Cross country 3rd 
Div 3 Short Course Cross country 1st 

Individual
Harry Ward, King of the mountain (Best rider across all events), Div 1 Enduro 3rd.
Chris Palser, Div 1 Downhill 1st , Pump track Party 3rd
Jordan Fowler, Div 3 Cross country 4th

Teams
Div 1: Gill Garrett, Harry Ward, Chris Palser, Kye Harbour, Luke Henning-Smith, Harris Manning, Toby Marchant, Ollie Heys, Max Kelly and Harry Koster.
Div 2: Chris Abberton, Thomas Burns, Angus Denton, Ethan Han, William James, Julian Kelly, Tom Mckernan, Hugh Phillips, Tom Salerno, Jack Vizard, Alex Richter, Luke Derry, Chris Laniewski, Charlie Sargent, Callum Hutchinson.
Div 3: Matthew Ifield, Lachy Carty, Josh Richter, Jordan Fowler, Michael Ashcoff, Charlie Murray, Tim Allsop.



Friday saw the first ever endurance downhill race for the competiton. The course provide 10 minutes of high speed cornering and jumping as It wound its way down the mountain. For some of our Div 3 (Y7 and Y8) riders it was the first time that they tested themselves at the downhill racing and provided a challenge to step up to and all successfully completed. Unfortunately during practice Ollie Heys (Y11) suffered a fractured elbow which took him out for the weekend however he remained a great support to the rest of the team. Harry Ward (Y11) claimed 3rd place in the event and led the charge for Div 1 to take the overall win.

Saturday’s race was the Infamous downhill race. The track saw riders negotiating steep rock shoots, large boulders and technical forest sections for a rough and physically demanding race from the top to the bottom. Chris Palser surprised the local schools to claim a 1st place in Div 1. During his final race for the team Year 12 Harry Koster crashed in his race run. He recovered and has some good footage to remember the event. An honourable mention goes to Jack Vizard(Y9) and Alex Richter (Y9) who finish in the top 30 against faster year 10 riders and also 0.4 seconds apart from each other.

After a week of warm weather Sunday’s cross country race was a dusty affair. The format for the race had each division doing a number of laps of a technical and climbing track that put all riders fitness to the test. Jordan Fowler(Y7) was just shy of the podium and came away with a very respectable 4th place against and strong trio of year 8’s. A dominating performance from the Div 2 team had 5 riders (Alex Richter, Charlie Sargent, Luke Derry, Jack Vizard , Hugh Phillips) in the top 20 and they came away with 3rd place overall. The Div 1 boys continued their strong performance and came away with 1st overall in the cross country. Once again 5 (Harrison Ward, Toby Marchant, Gilbert Garrett, Kye Harbor, Luke Henning-Smith) year 11 boys finished in the top 20 proving they are a force to be reckoned with next year.

Congratulations to Harry Ward who claimed King of the Mountain by being the most dominating rider across all events.

A huge thanks must go out to the leaders of the team Ben Fitton, Max Kelly, and Gill Garrett for their continued motivation throughout the year. The Knox boys demonstrated great sportsmanship throughout the competition and are to be congratulated for their sporting achievements in Thredbo and throughout the season.
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Rugby

Mr John Rownes, MIC Rugby

The 2017 rugby season has commenced with training conducted throughout last week in spite of the very wet weather. Unfortunately, the trial matches scheduled with St Augustine’s College were cancelled on Saturday morning. We extend our apologies for the late cancellation and for any inconvenience caused.

However, the Knox 3rd XV played a match with Carson Graham School from Canada at Knox and in a very entertaining match that displayed some good ball movement and fine tries, Knox defeated Carson Graham, 21-14.

CAS 7's - Saturday 25 March
A 7’s tournament is being held for each age group and a small number of players from each age group will be selected to participate in the 7’s. All other players will travel to St Stanislaus College Bathurst to play a series of trial matches with St Stanislaus College, Blue Mountains Grammar and Scots School Bathurst.

Knox Grammar School vs St Stanislaus/All Saints/Blue Mountains Grammar/Scots School - Saturday 25 March
Knox will be playing trial matches in Bathurst. Travel will be by bus with the following departure times. Players will need to meet at Woodville Avenue prior to the departure times.
5.45am - 5th XV, 16A, 16E, 15C, 14A, 14B, 14D, 14E.
7.45am - 3rd XV, 4th XV, 16C, 16D, 15A, 15B, 14C, 13B, 13C, 13E.
9.30am - 1st XV, 2nd XV, 16B, 13A, 13D.

Return buses will depart from Bathurst at the following times: 1.00pm, 2.15pm, 4.30pm. The estimated time of arrival at Knox will be 4 hours from the departure time in Bathurst.

Students will travel in their Knox tracksuit and must bring their Knox Rugby Playing gear, trainers, towel, water bottle, appropriate snack food and warm clothing that may be worn under their tracksuit. Be prepared for cold and/or wet weather.

Match Times
10am - 16A, 14B, 14E
11am - 5th, 16E, 15C, 14A, 14D.
12noon - 4th, 16D, 15B, 14C, 13C.
1pm - 3rd, 16C, 15A, 13B, 13E.
2pm - 2nd, 16B, 13A, 13D.
3.15pm - 1st.
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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

It was a very successful day for Knox Squash on Grand Final day held at Thornleigh Squash Courts with seven out of ten teams winning their divisions. I would also like to thank the support given to our teams by parents and friends.

Knox 2 won 3-0 over Briars 3 with A Soonius leading his team setting the tempo early playing some great back forehand and cross court shots. Adam played with confidence even playing some well-placed drops, the spirit continued with E Xie playing a five setter with some lengthy rallies forcing both players to dig deeper; Evan focusing on his hard serves and clinical forehand drives eventually won the fifth match. With N Huang not having played for some time, Nathan found himself behind early. However he slowly got back into his style and varied his plays with some well-placed backhand and cross court shots to go on and win the match.

K3 lost 0-3 to Barker11 with Z Slomin playing a very tactical game varying his plays with some well-placed back of court shots. Zach took this match all the way finally going down 12/15 in the fifth, P Koch played to his strengths working the court well with some well-placed drops giving him the edge early on. Peter looked confident with some varied cross court shots but unfortunately found an opponent intent on not giving up and lost in the fifth game 12/15. C William started strong playing with great length with some well-placed forehand drives and drops - his strength on the day but unfortunately Chris also had an opponent that always kept coming back and finally went down 1-3 in a very close match. 

K4 won 2-1 over Barker 2. K Ramcharan set the pace early with some great court running, Kiano wore his opponent down playing with great length varying his forehand and cross court shots along with some neat drops, E Bakker played the game of the season with some hard fought rallies played. Eugene continued to apply the pressure but he too found his opponent challenging and went down 13/15 in the fifth game. J Price played to his strengths with some well-placed drops and forehand drives - James played with confidence and went on to win convincingly.

K5 won 2-1 over Northmead 1. L Tilley found his opponent challenging – he was running hard and chasing every ball finally playing to his strengths with some quality drops and back of court drives - Leo went on to win convincingly.  C Lee followed with some clinical drops along with well-placed forehand drives - Chan went on to win in five games, L Marinaki found himself chasing early but credit to Luke he never gave up chasing every ball and tried playing some cross court shots to unsettle his opponent unfortunately going down 0-3.

K10 won 2-1 over Barker 6 with E O’Sullivan well focused. He set the pace early with some well-placed drives along with some front of court boasts. Eddie never looked back going on to win 3-0. H Mendes started slowly but settled in to level the score with Harrison working the back of court well with some well-placed drives giving him the edge but unfortunately his opponent did not give up taking the match 3-1. D Loyzaga played a hard fought five setter with scores see-sawing throughout the match Daniel played to his strengths with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives.

K12 won 3-0 over Barker 10.   V Zhong varied his plays from the start giving his opponent little come back to his well-placed drives and cross court shots. Victor played hard and went on to win 3-0, H Partridge set the pace early with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives giving Harry the momentum for a convincing win, F Bryant played to his strengths with some great back of court shots allowing Flynn to dominate and also have a convincing win.

Knox 14 lost 1-2 to Barker 14 with J Ngo setting the pace early with some well-placed cross court and forehand drives. Jackson played a very confident game going on to win3-0. L Thomas started strong winning the first game 15/8 Liam varied his plays using the length to his advantage with some quality drives. Unfortunately Liam lost focus and went on to lose 1-3, S McKay chased every ball focusing on the back of court playing some quality drives Sam was unlucky with his opponent having a very strong forehand proving the difference on the day.

K15 won 2-1 over K16 O Weeding and W Degotardi playing their Grand Final mid-week with some hard fought rallies played. Both boys worked the court well with some quality drives and boasts played with Oliver serving well this match went to the end with Will finally taking the win, E Bryant left his best match for the final using the court well with some front of court boasts and well delivered forehand shots Ewan stayed focused giving him the edge on the day. J Ng started well chasing every ball with some hard fought rallies Jordan unfortunately lost his way but to his credit he never gave up - varying his plays only to lose in a tightly played match.  M Walker set the pace early varying his plays with some well-placed forehand and backhand drives giving Mark that edge to go on and control the match and finally get the result. A Pan-Cassin played to his strengths with some well-placed back of court shots Anton looked settled but lost focus and unfortunately never regained his momentum but to his credit he fought on to loose in a tightly fought match.
 
To all the boys that have participated in Knox Competitive Squash - well done!
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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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Knox Uniform Shop

Term 2 requires students to present on the first day of term in the winter uniform. To assist with the purchasing of uniforms, we are open every week day from 12.30pm - 5.30pm until the last day of Term 1. We are also open each Saturday morning from 9am - 12noon. Additional operating hours during the school holidays are below. All items are available to purchase on Flexischools which can be delivered to the Prep School and WPS on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Uniform Shop Opening times during the holidays are as follows:

Monday 10 April - Open 9.30am - 5pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Tuesday 11 April - Open 9.30am - 5pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Wednesday 12 April - Wednesday 19 April - CLOSED
Thursday 20 Apri l- Open 9.30-5.00pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Friday 21 April - Open 9.30-5.00pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Monday 24 April - Open 9.30am-5.00pm (closed 12.30pm - 1pm)
Tuesday 25 April - CLOSED ANZAC Day
Wednesday 26 April - Open 8am-5.30pm

Please note, all blazers that require colour award embroidery must be submitted by 5pm, Monday 11 April. Any blazers received after this time will not be accepted. These will be available for collection from the Uniform Shop from Monday 24 April during opening times and on Wednesday 26 April from 8am. For further information regarding blazer colours, please ensure you read the Sports Bulletin from Week 9 with instructions on how to complete the necessary paperwork.
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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.