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Events at Ravenswood

An evening with Professor Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology
Ravenswood School for Girls is proud to present an evening with the founder of Positive Psychology, Professor Martin Seligman. Don't miss this opportunity to hear his latest insights on building wellbeing in young people and flourishing as individuals and communities. Professor Seligman is one of the most cited psychologists in history. Due to the enormous worldwide popularity of his research and best-selling books, tickets are expected to sell out quickly.

When: Tuesday 30 July, 6.30pm
Where: Ravenswood School for Girls, Henry Street, Gordon, Sydney
General admission: $65

To book and for further information, please visit www.ravenswood.nsw.edu.au

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Knox Communications

Lindsey Sampson, Digital Communications Coordinator

New Electronic Forms Solution
The School is now using an electronic forms solution from EdSmart to make communication between the School and parents more streamlined. EdSmart is a digital system that intends to replace paper forms that were sent home for you to complete and return. You do not need to download any apps or remember extra passwords, registrations or logins. When a form is required to be completed by you, you will be sent an email notification with a link to click that opens a secure web page version of the form to complete and submit. You can do this on your phone, tablet or computer at your convenience.

Senior School students have been sent the first of these electronic forms this week for their summer sport choices. Once the form has been completed by your son you will be sent a link which will enable you to view a copy of the completed form online. We look forward to expanding the use of these electronic forms across the School over the coming months.

Thrive Conference 2019 - Christian Positive Psychology in Practice

On Friday 6 September 2019, Knox Grammar School will present a new conference exploring how Positive Psychology can enhance and inform our faith-based teachings.
When: Friday 6 September 2019, 8am-4pm
Where: Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW

A special discount price for Knox parents is available.

Overview
Christian faith and Positive Psychology share many foundations such as hope, mindfulness, compassion and gratitude.

So how can we use Positive Psychology to enhance and inform our faith-based teachings in schools, churches and community groups?

This one-day conference for teachers, parents, school leaders, chaplains, psychologists and wellbeing leaders will explore:

  • The science of Positive Psychology
  • How concepts from Positive Psychology can be applied in faith-based teachings to promote wellbeing and improve mental fitness
  • Practical examples of how teachers are using Positive Psychology in religious and faith-based education
Confirmed speakers
  • Michael Crossland (author, ‘Kids Don’t Get Cancer’) - hope, resilience and perseverance
  • Dr Katherine Thompson (author, ‘Christ Centred Mindfulness)
  • Leisa Aitken (Eagle Psychology) - hope and Positive Psychology
  • Dr Paula Robinson (Positive Psychology Institute) 
  • Rev Tim Robinson (Knox Grammar School)
  • Rev Jon Humphries (Ravenswood School for Girls)
Bookings
Purchase your tickets now via Humanitix.

Bookings are open, with early bird discounts available for tickets purchased before 30 June 2019.

Special discounts available:
  • Early bird
  • Theology students
  • Knox parents
  • Groups of five
Enquiries
Please contact Stacey Johnson.
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FROM THE HEAD OF THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Mrs Sue Floro

Welcome back to Term 3 to all our Prep boys and families, and a particularly warm welcome to our new students. The first day of term is always an exciting day, as boys share their holiday stories with each other, recounting their adventures - both good and challenging!

Over the holidays, we had many boys representing the School in sporting competitions. Our snow skiiers had incredible ski conditions as they competed over several days, and performed admirably. A large number of boys have earned a place in the State Championships, which is being held in late August. Congratulations to all involved and to the families that travelled to the slopes to support their sons.

Our Year 5 students are on their way to Bathurst for the immersion on the goldfields to begin their studies into how gold changed Australia. There is so much history involved in this expedition, and being there, where it all happened, allows our boys the opportunity to learn about not only the events, but the people who were involved, and in similar conditions. Such powerful learning experiences! 

During the holidays, I had the privilege of travelling to Philadelphia with a team of Prep teaching staff, to attend the ISTE 19 Conference. ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education and their conference is one of the largest in the world. Approximately 20,000 delegates from around the world, all highlighting the work they are doing. During the course of the conference, our team presented six sessions, which were all very well received and which generated significant interest from schools overseas. It was so very affirming to see that our pedagogical approach, and the work we are doing is cutting edge, particularly in the purposeful and integrated use of technology to create and solve real world problems. It was a wonderful learning experience for all involved and we came away with many ideas as to how we can continue to improve our programs to encourage our boys to make a real difference in the world.

We are all looking forward to the term ahead and to the fabulous learning the boys will do over these next 10 weeks.
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Kindergarten News

Mrs Mary Mae Burton, Kindergarten Team Leader

Where does the time go?

Next Monday, Kindergarten will be celebrating ‘100 Days of School’ and there is plenty to celebrate. It is with delight and pride that we have witnessed the boys settle into Knox Prep life, filled with curiosity and wonder, participating to their fullest, to learn so many new and exciting concepts. We have been active listeners, collaborative learners, shown to have growth mindsets and been inquirers asking many thought provoking questions. All Kindergarten are looking forward to our special day of celebration with activities to mark the occasion and reflect on our learning journey so far.

After the three-week vacation, it is evident how much the boys have grown taller, lost more teeth and gained in confidence and independence. We are looking forward to the rest of our Kindergarten year and the possibilities it will bring. 
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Year 1 News

Mrs Emma Donaldson, Year 1 Team Leader

Welcome to Term 3. We hope that you had a wonderful school holidays full of fun, exploration and rest.

This term, Year 1 will explore two Knoxigations units of inquiry. We will begin the term continuing our exploring and discovery about materials and how they are made, used and recycled. They boys have demonstrated so much passion during this unit and we are excited to see how the boys will implement their knowledge to design a sustainable solution for a farmer in Mr Fox’s World.

This will lead the boys into the Knoxigations unit of inquiry 'Tinkering towards Tomorrow'. During this unit the boys will be involved in an investigation into the forms of energy and how they are used in our world. Year 1 will focus on sound energy and link it to their emotions. They will organise a ‘Day without Speech’ and educate the Knox community about the importance of sound and how it impacts our world.

We look forward to an exciting term ahead.
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Year 2 News

Mrs Alicia Baldry, Year 2 Team Leader

Welcome back to Term 3! We hope that all of the Year 2 families enjoyed a well deserved mid-year break.

This term we are continuing on with our 'Reuse, Reduce and Recycle for a Sustainable Future' unit. The boys will continue to inquire into the effect of single use plastics and how they impact our environment.

We are very excited to start Maths groups again this week and the boys will be given instructions on how to log into Khan Mappers from home. Khan mappers will be part of the Year 2 homework for the rest of the term, for preparation moving into Year 3.

Thank you to those families who have accepted the KimBricki excursion that will be next Thursday 1 August. If you have yet to accept the invitation could you please log on to the Parent Lounge at the earliest possible convenience. 
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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

The Year 3 team trusts that all students, parents and extended family enjoyed a safe and peaceful mid-year break.

A reminder that the Year 3 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held in the Prep Auditorium next Monday 29 July. If this particular date is not suitable for you to attend, please email your son’s classroom teacher to organise an alternative interview.

On another note, I would like to remind all parents and guardians that absentee notes are a legal requirement of the School. If your son is unable to attend school for any reason, please use the absentee form via the Knox Prep Skoolbag app, contact the Prep Office directly via email or phone 9473 9351. The Year 3 team thanks you in advance for your support with this request.

Dates for the diary:
Monday 29 July - Year 3 Parent/Teacher Interviews
Friday 2 August - Jeans For Genes Day Initiative
Monday 19 August - Friday 23 August - Prep School Book Week
Friday 27 September - Term 3 concludes

If you have any queries with upcoming events, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s classroom teacher or Mr Stephenson.

The Year 3 team hopes you have another enjoyable week as we officially commence Semester 2.
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Year 4 News

Mr Jared Rastall, Year 4 Team Leader

Welcome back to what will be another exciting term! It was great to see all the boys return to School well-rested and ready to learn.

This term we will continue our Knoxigations unit on thriving communities in growing cities before beginning to look at specific cities in our world. 

We are looking forward to meeting with you at next week’s Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday. Please contact your son’s classroom teacher if for any reason you are no longer able to attend so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Homework will begin in Week 2.
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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

Welcome to Semester 2! The Year 5 team and I hope you have all enjoyed a restful three-week break with your sons.

We have a busy term ahead starting with Bathurst camp this week!

The boys will learn all about how gold influenced and changed Australia. They will have a go at gold panning and hope to find some gold themselves!

This term we will also be presenting our Poetry Recitals, completing our Knoxfest movies and taking part in our Year 5 service learning project - The Compassion In Action project.

The CIA project has been modified this year so that it relates to our unit of inquiry and the boys will get an opportunity to spend more time in class completing set tasks each week.

Please see next week's Knoxonian for further details. Information as well as a unit of inquiry overview will also be placed on the portal.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Parent Teacher Interviews next week. Please contact your teacher if you were unable to find a suitable time.
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Year 6 News

Mr Liam Flanagan, Year 6 Team Leader

It has been great to see so many smiling faces greet the staff as they return from their three-week break. We hope the boys have come back well rested and thoroughly enjoyed their holiday period.

This term we continue our 'Stories of the World and its People' unit, focusing on indigenous cultures around the world as well as historical individuals who stood up for the rights of their people by showing courage, integrity and wisdom regardless of the context in which they found themselves. The boys have thoroughly enjoyed this unit of inquiry thus far and we look forward to continuing to develop their knowledge over the coming weeks.

On Thursday of Week 2, Parent Teacher Interviews will be taking place. This is an excellent opportunity for staff to meet with you and discuss your son’s progress and goals for the second semester. If you haven’t booked in with your son’s teachers, I would encourage you to do this as soon as possible as time slots are filling up fast.

The Year 6 staff are looking forward to an excellent term of learning with your boys!
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K-2 Literacy Centre and 3-6 Library

Mrs Emma-Kate Smith, Mrs Jo Wheatley and Mrs Katrina Gledhill

Knox Prep Literary Day 2019
August is a busy time of year in the Library with a number of events being held to celebrate Book Week.

Literary Day is an exciting Prep School event that celebrates our love of children's literature and ties in with the Children's Book Council of Australian Book Week Events. The theme this year is ‘Reading is my Secret Power.’

K-6 Literary Day will be held in the Prep Auditorium on Friday 23 August from 7am-12.30pm. The auditorium will be transformed into a bookshop and all boys in K-6 will have the opportunity to purchase a wide range of books for themselves. All classes will be allocated a time during the day and you will be advised of your son’s class time later this term. The auditorium will also showcase the amazing artwork that the boys have created during their Art lessons based on the 2019 Book Week theme.

The Giving Tree
If you pass through the foyer near the 3-6 Library, you may notice one of the additions to this year's K-6 Literary Day: The Giving Tree. Any books purchased for donation will be given to St. Lucy’s School, as part of our Service Learning Program. A leaf will be added to our Giving Tree for every donation. In addition, a Knox plaque with the student’s name will be inserted inside each donated book.

Author Visits
During Book Week, the boys will have the opportunity to listen to our visiting authors; Matt Cosgrove (Years K-2), James Foley (Years 3-4) and John Heffernan (Years 5-6). A note will be emailed to all parents regarding this incursion.

K-6 Book Character Parade
We will be holding a K-6 Book character parade on Tuesday 20 August.

Students will have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character, with outfits constructed out of items found at home, rather than being purchased or hired for the day. Dress ups need to be book characters, not movie or video game characters. For example, Cat in the Hat, Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, and Willy Wonka, to name just a few. The internet is a great resource if you are stuck for creative ideas for the parade.

Family and friends are most welcome to attend (and dress up too!)

Volunteers for K-6 Literary Day
We are seeking volunteers from K-6 to assist with hanging artwork in the auditorium on Wednesday 21 August.

We're using SignUp.com to organise our upcoming activity. Here's how it works in three easy steps:
Click this link to go to our invitation page
Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, we can sign you up manually. Please contact Fiona Onikul, Literary Day convenor, for further information.

2019 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)

Only six weeks to go! Congratulations to the boys who have completed the 2019 PRC. Please see the staff in the Library if you need assistance with logging on and adding books to complete the challenge. The 2019 PRC concludes on 30 August. Certificates will be distributed at the end of Term 4.

World Book Online
World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

We have just subscribed to Early World of Learning, suitable for students in K-2. Students in Years 3-6 can continue to access World Book Online – Kids and World Book Online – Student.

Knox students are able to access this valuable resource at home via the Library page on the portal.

Alternatively, click here.
Log-In ID: knox
Password: grammar

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Prep KPA

Mrs Fiona Small, Prep Convenor

Tuckshop volunteers urgently required - approximately once a month commitment.

Recess from 9.45am- 10.45am
Lunch from 11.45am-1.45pm

Please contact Robyn, the Tuckshop convenor with your availability.

Careers

Mrs Linda Gomez, Careers Advisor/School Psychologist

Guest presenter James Hunter (National Managing Partner, KPMG), along with our Old Boys, attended our annual Business Industry Careers Breakfast. Diversity of skills acquired at school and university was one of the key messages heard by our Year 10 to 12 students and their parents. Several of our Old Boys generously gave up their time to share their experiences from their careers and spoke about the variety of career possibilities available within the business industry. It was great to see many students at these events, reflecting the level of interest from our students to make informed decisions about their post-school options.

Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

Mr James Brice, Head of Cocurricular Performing Arts (KAPA)

2019 Sydney Eisteddfod Results
Our Knox Senior School Instrumental ensembles once again performed with distinction, achieving unparalleled excellence across the full range of Sydney Eisteddfod Orchestral, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Stage Band Divisions for 2019.

With 10 outstanding performances across all respective Secondary School Instrumental divisions so far, with Chamber Music Divisions still to come, our talented boys demonstrated refined musicality, tremendous concentration and focus, exceptional commitment and dedication, boundless enthusiasm, and performance flair in the Chatswood Concourse Concert Hall throughout the grueling 12-day performance season, spanning from Sunday 2 June and Saturday 15 June - Tuesday 25 June 2019.



To highlight the extraordinary achievements of our boys, (award winners across multiple sections), here are the results for which our entire school community, inclusive of our boys, parents, families and colleagues should be exceptionally proud.

Concert Bands 

Knox Symphonic Wind Ensemble - 66 boys
1st Place Honours in the premium Secondary School Concert Band Section - SWE - 96 points!!
Knox Yr 7 Wind Band - 74 boys
1st Place Honours in the novice Secondary School Concert Band Section - 96 points!!
Knox Concert Band - 86 boys
3rd Place Honours in the intermediate Secondary School Concert Band Section - 88 points!

Orchestral Prize & String Ensembles
Knox Symphony Orchestra (KSO) - 66 boys
1st Place Honours in the Secondary School premium Orchestra Division - 96 points!
Knox String Orchestra - 58 boys
1st PLACE HONOURS in the Secondary School intermediate String Ensemble Division - 95 points!
Knox Chamber Strings -19 boys
Highly Commended in the Secondary School premium String Ensemble Division - 89 points!
 
Stage Band & Jazz Ensembles
Knox Big Band - 26 boys
2nd Place Honours in the Secondary School premium Stage Band Section with 97 points!!
Knox Stage Band - 24 boys
Highly Commended in the Secondary School intermediate Stage Band Section with 95 points within a field of 14 Secondary School Bands.
Knox Yr 7 Jazz Ensemble - 25 boys
2nd Place Honours in the Secondary School novice Stage Band Section in achieving 88 points! The youngest members competing in this division of 10 bands!
Knox Jazz Combo - 6 boys
Highly Commended in the Secondary School Jazz Band Section with 89 points!

Congratulations to all of our wonderful Knox musicians and exceptionally dedicated KAPA Instrumental Ensemble Directors, Mr James Brice, Ms Lindsay Irik, Mr Geoff Power and Mr Andrew Chessher, our KAPA Instrumental Ensemble Tutorial Staff of Ms Jo Carey, Mr Rob Ewan and Mr Dylan Sherman, our KAPA Coordinator Ms Sami Culleton, our entire team of KAPA Music Tutors, Knox Music Staff and KAPA OKGA Staff, for their inspirational work with our boys.

With these exceptional results achieved across the complete range of Sydney Eisteddfod Secondary School Instrumental divisions, Knox has firmly established our reputation as a leading specialist music school within Australia.
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Senior School Handwriting Course - Term 3, 2019

Ms Rebecca Papageorgiou, Learning Enhancement

Each term, Knox holds a Handwriting Course designed to help improve the speed, accuracy and neatness of students’ handwriting, reducing tension and fatigue when writing for long periods of time. In 2019 the classes will be held by Ms Lisa Norton, an occupational therapist, who specialises in the development of skills necessary for handwriting and the remediation of handwriting difficulties.

We are now filling places for our Term 3, 2019 course. Our course will run on a Wednesday morning, starting at 7.30am, once minimum numbers are confirmed.

A minimum of seven students, and a maximum of ten, ensures individual attention. The course costs $300 for seven sessions of 45 minutes.

The Introductory seven week course includes a tub of theraputty, that is designed to improve hand muscle strength and fine motor skills.

Availability of places is dependent upon a first come first served basis. All students who miss out on a place in Term 3 will be placed on the waiting list for Term 4, 2019. Should you be interested in pursuing this option for your son, please contact Rebecca Papageorgiou in the Learning Enhancement Department ASAP.
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Social Justice

Mrs Helen Clarke, Head of Diversity, Justice and Stewardship

Welcome back to all in the Knox community and we look forward to your support of our Social Justice initiatives this term.

Wesley Mission Winter Food Drive
The donations have now been collected by Wesley Mission Connect. Thank you very much to all who so generously contributed to the winter food drive. Many families now have the dignity of purchasing food of their choice in the Wesley Mission Connect ‘shop’ at prices in line with their budget.

NAIDOC Assembly this week
We are delighted to welcome Gary Ella (former Wallaby player) as our guest speaker at our NAIDOC Assembly tomorrow, Thursday 25 July. The NAIDOC 2019 theme is Voice, Treaty Truth - Let’s work together for a shared future.

Goodooga Indigenous Games 
A number Year 10 boys next week are participating in the Outback Immersion to Walgett and Goodooga. They will work with students from Walgett Community School and mentor students who come from the remote far west of NSW to participate in the Games at Goodooga.

Engonnia Immersion - Year 10
We have been visiting the community of Enngonia for five years now and annually, we spend a week in the school teaching, sharing culture and sport. Boys also learn about living in the bush - the drought, bush foods, goat farming, shearing etc. Our next visit is with PLC and will be held in Term 4.

Stop the Traffik
A committee is working on this initiative about modern trafficking and how our students and the Knox Community can support the elimination of unjust practices. Part of this is for us to seek to make ethical purchases in tea, coffee, chocolate, seafood and clothing to ensure that the supply chain of products does not support or include modern slavery. If your son wishes to participate, please contact Helen Clarke.

The Justice Conference - Years 9-11
The Justice Conference is on the 15-16 November in Melbourne. The boys have the opportunity to Immerse themselves in big world issues such as poverty, human trafficking; Aboriginal reconciliation issues, the ethics of Aid funding, impact of gender inequality in the developing world etc. 

Social Justice Clubs
The Social Justice Club meets each Friday at lunch time in room KCC101 and nearby classrooms. The Club is both social and proactive for all boys who want to serve others and make a difference. There are opportunities to participate in outback and overseas Immersions as well as many school and community based activities.
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Year Group Newsletters from last Friday

From the Head of Knox Sports and Aquatic Academy

Mr Martin Haywood

Senior School Sport Choices
All students should have received an email this week with information regarding the choices for Summer 2019/20. Please take the time to read this information and help your son choose carefully. We do not allow boys to change and switch sports after we have committed staff, facilities and to competitions. All choices are due by Friday 2 August.

Over the holiday break there was much going on in the Sports Academy and so much to be proud of.

Snow Sports
In tough, cold, wet, miserable conditions as many as 80 students from both Prep and Senior School went to Perisher to compete in the annual Snow Sport Regional Championships for 2019.
• 47 boys in Regional Competition and
• 33 boys in the Knox Snow Rec Camp

As many as 18 Knox teams qualified to State Champs to be held later this term. Knox finished 2nd on the point score to Kings against as many as 224 primary and secondary schools. Thanks and well done to the team of staff and coaches that helped the boys in very difficult conditions. I will advise on the progress of boys who go through state then on to nationals later this term.

Knox Track & Field – Athletic Development & Education Camp
During the second week of the holidays 20 athletes from Years 7-12 went  to the Sydney Academy of Sport in Narrabeen for a three day Track & Field Camp. Whilst in attendance, the boys were introduced to living the life of a professional athlete and continue preparation for the Term 3 CAS season. The boys spent time in the Academy’s testing facility, where they underwent athlete testing alongside members of the Manly Sea Eagles team

The Track & Field are building for an exciting term culminating in the CAS Championships in September. 

Representative Schoolboy Rugby Trials 2019
It all began on the Tuesday of last week of Term 2 where our CAS teams played GPS on Knox 1 and then more NSW trials were held through the start of the holidays with games against ISA.  
 
Selections:
CAS Opens - Enrique Grobler, Will Kablau, Oliver Hughes, Oscar Cheal, Dan Breden, Tom Gratwicke, Darcy Fitzgerald, Sam Rechner, Oliver Griffiths, Oliver Evans
CAS U16 - Jack Black, Luke Tucker, Charlie Herdman

Following the CAS games, there were two Open NSW teams selected to attend the National Championships at Riverview and we were fortunate to have a number of boys selected in NSW teams.

Selected in the NSW teams:
NSWSRU 1sts - Tom Gratwicke, Dan Breden and Will Kablau
NSWSRU 2nds - Enrique Grobler, Sam Rechner
Barbarians - Oliver Evans, Oscar Cheal
NSWSRU U16 1st XV - Jack Black 

Selected in the Australian Schools Barbarians team:
Tom Gratwicke

Camps
Knox Football ran a junior camp in Week 2 with 36 students and a senior camp with 10 students in Week 3 at Curagul with many more boys enjoying themselves. 

Rugby training at Gillespie whilst Cricket, Basketball have also run small training sessions here at Knox as they prepare for the summer ahead. The Weights Room and Lawson Centre gym were also open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for ‘free play’ and supervised gym sessions.  

Two Tennis camps including a three-day round robin tournament in the first week and a five-day coaching camp in the last week. The camps included up to 25 boys at each which is terrific. Thanks to Ian Pack, Alisa Rudolph and all of the coaches involved. 

Squash also had two camps in Week 1 and Week 3. 

All camps were well received. 

More staff news
Kai Lammert – Our 1st XI Football Coach was away with the Australian Parraroo team competing in the IFCPF World Cup in Spain. Well done, Kai.   
Harriet Roberts – Our Head coach of KnoxFit and SWAT is away competing in the World tour Cross Fit games in America.  
Senior Performance Swim Coach Nick Dobson represented NSW at a swim meet coaching camp in Wagga Wagga in the holidays. It included the best swimmers from NSW, the ACT and Tasmania with Knox swimmers Joshua Collett, Joseph Hamson and Tane Bidois making an appearance. 

We were also fortunate to have high profile coaches on our premises recently and over the break:
Ex Australian Basketball Coach/legend Brian Goorjian along with Billy Tomlinson worked with our elite group of Basketball players. 
Ex Australian Swim Coach Bill Sweetenham worked with Nick Dobson and Steve Goodier and our talented Swim squads. 

Archery
We are very pleased to inform you that Branden Tse participated in the Trans Tasman Archery Championship 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand last week. 
His results - 
Round WA 35/720 - Gold Medal
Individual matchplay at 35m - Silver medal
Team matchplay at 35m - Silver Medal

Good luck, Branden, for this weekend at the National Indoor Archery Championship 2019. Branden is shooting for the NSW state team. 

Orienteering
Orienteering did not stop over the break as they competed at the first MetrOLeague event. Both Knox teams won their round, resulting in both teams remaining as the champions of their respective divisions - congratulations! In Division 3, Heath Wallace ran the fastest time in the entire division, closely followed by Alex Koch-Lowndes and William Liu. They decisively won the round with 36:19min. In Division 5, the team won 40:15min. Alex Smith ran the fastest time in the entire division, closely followed by Callum Waland, Henry Shortis and Lachlan Yelds. These are incredible achievements given in each division the boys were racing against 39 other orienteers almost all over 18 years old.  

Swimming - NSW Winter Metropolitan Championships 
Almost 1,200 swimmers from 70 clubs from the Sydney Metropolitan Region, competed at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre over the weekend. With a total of 27 Knox boys qualifying, including five Knox Prep boys, our School had a large presence at the meet. 

Josh Collett (Y10) had a great meet, winning a sensational six Gold (50/100/200 Brst, 200/400 IM and 100 free). Josh also won 2 Silver and a Bronze medal. 
Justin Lee (Y9) won two Gold (100/200 fly) and two Silver.
Tane Bidois (Y9) won Gold (100 back) and two Bronze medals.

Not to be outshone by the big boys, our Prep School swimmers grabbed medals too.
Christopher Montana (Y4) won Silver in the 100 best and a Bronze in 100 back.
Lukas Dunn (Y4) won Bronze in the 100 fly.

Thirteen of our swimmers made a top 10 finish including Benji Allen (Y8), Tane Bidois (Y9), Tyson Bujak-Upton (Y11), Josh Collett (Y10), Lukas Dunn (Y4), Nathan Gladman (Y7), Joseph Hamson (Y10), Tyler Krenkels (Y10), Justin Lee (Y9), Christopher Montana (Y4) Finn Morton (Y4), Freddie O'Hara (Y4), Shane Ting (Y11).

Congratulations to the rest of the team for qualifying for this meet: Ethan Bailey (Y8), Mark Buddee (Y11), Owen Fung (Y8), Euan Liney (Y10), Angus Menzies (Y11), Jordan Menzies (Y9), Toby Peknice (Y10), Daniel Seo (Y7), Ben Shen (Y10), Ashton Smith (Y11), Solomon Tan (Y5), Oscar Wang (Y11), Evan Yueh (Y7) and Dylan Zhang (Y10).

With less than four weeks until NSW State Championships, it is all guns blazing for all of these swimmers.

Water Polo Interstate Championships 
Throughout the recent holidays, Water Polo Australia hosted the Interstate Water Polo Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. These championships saw NSW dominate – with the assistance of our highly talented students – Tyler Krenkels (Y10), Xander Mercer (Y9), Aiden O’Neill (Y9) and Harry Miller (Y9). 

Each of our students played in NSW 16 Years Representative Teams. As with representation in Surfing, Swimming and Diving below, this is a very high level of representation with selection being based off a number of avenues throughout the year. Throughout these championships, both Tyler and Harry contributed a total of 20 individual goals for their teams – this achievement is simply outstanding. Well done to Tyler, Xander, Aiden and Harry! 

Surfing NSW Schools Championships
After an outstanding win at the Sydney North Schools Surfing Titles, Xavier Bryce is lining up against the best of the best at the NSW Schools Championships this Wednesday (today at time of publishing) in Coffs Harbour. These championships are a representative event – with selection only from the top tier Junior Surfers in each region of NSW. 

Xavier is in fine form after gaining 2nd Place in the star-studded Billabong Occy Grom Comp U14 Division at Duranbah (Gold Coast) in the holidays. A majority of the finalists from the 2018 Australian titles were there and Xavier took out the current Australian Champion and runner up during the week on his way to the final. There were also strong competitors from USA, Hawaii, Brazil, Indonesia and Portugal. Good luck today, Xavier! 

School Sport Australia Swimming & Diving Championships 
A long line up of swimmers and divers will also be waiting at the airport later this week heading to these Swimming & Diving Championships in Melbourne where they will represent NSW. We are immensely proud that our 16 2019 representatives who form our largest team of Knox representatives in recent memory.

New South Wales Combined High Schools Representation is the highest honour a student in NSW can attain. In achieving this representation they have become part of a great tradition. We know the huge effort and sacrifice that each nationals representative has given – we know with certainty they will collectively bring great pride for our School. 

Good luck to Samuel Tan (Diving, Wahroonga Prep), Freddie O’Hara (Swimming, Knox Prep), Toby Bishop (Diving, Y7), Owen Fung (Swimming, Y8), Benji Allen (Swimming, Y8), Justin Lee (Swimming, Y9), Tane Bidois (Swimming, Y9), Josh Collett (Swimming, Y10), Joseph Hamson (Swimming, Y10), Tyler Krenkels (Swimming, Y10), Toby Peknice (Swimming, Y10), Michael Xenofontos (Diving, Y11), Dylan Zhang (Swimming, Y10), James Riordan (Diving, Y11), Tyson Upton (Swimming, Y11) and Angus Menzies (Swimming, Y11).

Good luck to everyone this week and for the remainder of the winter season. With just three weeks to go, there is much to play for with many teams in the hunt for CAS premierships.  

Go the Black and Blue! 
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