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Fees in advance program

Mr Damian Ferguson, Chief Financial Officer

For many years the School has offered a ‘fees in advance’ program to enable increased flexibility of such payments. The program is attractive for many reasons, enabling parents to make lump sum payments for years ahead which attract discounts to the scheduled fees.

As an example: Each of the future term’s tuition fees will be billed at the scheduled rate for that year for each boy. However, participating parents will receive a discount calculated as follows:
3% discount on the next year’s scheduled fee, when fees are paid one year in advance 
6% discount on the second year’s fees when fees are paid two years in advance
9% discount on the third year’s rate for fees paid three years in advance (Add 3% for each additional year) 

The benefits of this program include:
A simple means of investing to fund education costs
The discount offered is a tax-free benefit, making it attractive in comparison with other interest bearing investments
The discount is known at the time of payment, facilitating comparison with other investment returns

To qualify, upfront full year payments must be made for a minimum of one year and the payments must be made by 31 October in the year before your payment program begins.

Payments will only be accepted by direct funds transfer or cheque (credit card or Bpay payments are not permitted for this program).

Details of the Fees in Advance Program can be found on the Knox website. Alternatively, you might like to discuss this in confidence with Betty Fowler from the School’s Accounts Department on 9487 0442.
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CAS Track and Field Video

See the highlights video from the CAS Track and Field Championships.

Knox Uniform Shop

Mrs Julie Blackburn, Knox Uniform Shop Manager

Summer Uniform Changeover - Term 4
Please remember that all students are expected to be in summer uniform from the first day of Term 4. Please take the time to check that your child's uniform still fits. If you need to purchase new uniform, the Uniform Shop is open from Monday - Friday from 12.30pm - 5.30pm. All items can also be purchased through Flexischools.

The Uniform Shop will be open as follows during the holidays:
Friday 28 September: Blazers for Year 11 Colours to be handed in by 5pm.
Tuesday 2 October, Wednesday 3 October, Wednesday 10 October, Thursday 11 October, Friday 12 October, Monday 15 October: 9.30am - 5pm (closed 12noon - 1pm)
Tuesday 16 October: 8am - 5.30pm and following Saturday mornings from 9am - 12noon.

Deputy Head of Knox Preparatory School

Mr Michael Quach

Dear Parents and Carers
As we race towards the end of term, it is helpful to take stock and reflect upon many of the student achievements from across the School. Throughout the first part of this current semester, the students have worked vigorously in all curricular and co-curricular endeavours. In addition, we have had numerous events including: overnight camps to Bathurst for Year 5 and Canberra for Year 6, Paul Kelly Cup, Science Week, Book Week, ICAS competitions, House Gala Sport Day, athletics invitational carnivals, instrumental concerts and competitions, Year 2 aquatics program, G&T workshops, Year 3 &4 musical, Year 6 Grandparents’ Day, Knox Factor and Year 5 Poetry Recital just to name a few.

It is no wonder then that the students are feeling a little weary and worn out. Therefore, the holiday period is important time for the boys to rest and recuperate after a frenetic term. Furthermore, it is an ideal time to reflect on everything they have achieved so far this year and to think about the goals that they wish to realise by the end of the year in preparation for 2019. We sincerely hope that the students use the holidays to re-energise and refocus for what will be an even busier Term 4.

May all of the students, parents and their families have a safe and happy holiday break and we look forward to seeing you at the start of next term.

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Year 3 News

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Year 3 Team Leader

What a term it has been! The students have been incredibly lucky to take part in a range of special activities and events throughout the course of Term Three. From the recent Years 3 & 4 Musical, to our Sydney Harbour Cruise excursion, Winter House Gala Day, Prep School Science Week and Book Week, not to mention the incredible teaching and learning activities both in and out of the classroom; the students have been involved in many exciting opportunities resulting in a fun-filled and rewarding term.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each of the Year Three classes and parents for their continued support in providing meals this term for our community service initiative, The Dish. As I am sure you can appreciate, these have been very warmly received by those members of our community who are in considerable need. 

Dates for the diary 
• Friday 28 September – Term 3 concludes

• Tuesday 16 October – Term 4 commences

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

The Year Three team would like to wish all of the boys, parents and extended family a safe and enjoyable holiday break before we eagerly commence the final quarter of the School year in Term Four. 

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Year 4 News

Miss Becc Burgmann , Year 4 Team Leader

Another spectacular term is almost over! It was wonderful to see the auditorium packed last Wednesday evening for the musical. The boys did an amazing job and we have been inundated with positive feedback from parents. Most notably – ‘who knew my son could dance like that!’ They definitely deserved a rest over the weekend.

The dancing continued with KnoxFactor on Monday afternoon. Brandon and Shaun represented Year 4 with much gusto and enthusiasm. We were so proud of their effort and performance. 

The boys will participate in a 3-6 Chapel service this Friday afternoon at the Senior School. We always look forward to these events and it’s a fantastic way to come together as a school and be thankful for what has been a blessed and successful term. 

Portfolios will go home at the end of this week with a couple of new pieces. Please have a look at this with your son and discuss his improvements and growth this term and encourage him to start thinking about his goals for next term. Please return these asap at the beginning of next term. 

As we commence Term 4, organisation will continue to be a focus. The boys are slowly becoming more responsible in class for getting themselves prepared for the day and lessons ahead. Of course, there is still room for improvement!  We have noticed that some boys are still relying heavily on you as parents to solve problems for them including things like bringing in uniforms for after school sport, forgetting lunches, permission slips, reminders for how they are getting home and homework. At home we ask that you too reinforce the importance of organisation with your son.  On a Sunday night it would be beneficial to run through together before and after school commitments as well as family functions that may impact on normal routines.  Also encourage them to pack their bags the night before and check their diaries to ensure they are prepared for the coming day, and in fact have their diary. If your son does forget something, this is a wonderful problem-solving opportunity for them rather than running straight to the office to beg for a mercy dash from you! The boys are eager for independence and together we can help them begin to stand alone.    

We hope you have a restful two week break and manage to relish in some family time. Please encourage the boys to continue reading over the break, but to also just rest. Switch off from technology and the busyness of each day and just enjoy pondering life. We look forward to seeing your sons reinvigorated for their last 8 weeks of Year 4.  

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Year 5 News

Mrs Tammy Paterson, Year 5 Team Leader

Poetry Slam
We are hoping to see a large number of parents attending our Year 5 poetry slam event this Wednesday afternoon. This will give you a chance to see the poetry recitals across the grade and what we have been working on this term.

The boys are to wear full school uniform if they are presenting.

Poetry Slam Poetry Slam (8 KB)

This week we will start to look at the data from our recent MAP testing. We look forward to sharing these results with you early next term. Please do not hesitate to contact my self or your sons teacher with any questions you may have about Map or the Khan mappers program. As a team, we are thrilled with the results so far.

The Year 5 team would like to thank you for your support throughout this busy term. The boys should enjoy a well deserved holiday! Next term, we look at tolerance and how we learn lessons from the past to help shape our future.
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Learn to Code Holiday Camps - September Holidays

Mr Ian Fairhurst, ICT Integrator K-6

These September holidays Code Camp are returning to Knox Grammar Preparatory School, to teach your child to code, or continue them on their coding journey! Code Camp has taught more than 40,000 students in Australia and is a great way to spend time over the holidays as students have lots of fun with friends while learning important new skills such as logic, creativity, problem solving, app development and game building in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.

Catering for any K-6 students, Code Camp have created 4 different camps so students continue to learn new skills with each camp they attend. This season Knox Prep will be hosting:

Little League (Grades K-1 - suitable for Beginners)
Tuesday 2- Wednesday 3 October, $239
Little coders make their first small but important leap from consumers to creators of tech. Build awesome mini-games and learn about coding using a mixture of iPad and physical based learning.

Spark (Grades 2-6 - suitable for Beginners + Intermediate)
Tuesday 2- Friday 5 October, $439
Fun, engaging and challenging… and are our most known Code Camp that over 12,000 students have completed. Code Camp Spark is where every student in years 2-6 should start their Code Camp journey.

Ignite (Grades 2-6 – suitable for Intermediate + Advanced)
Tuesday 2- Friday 5 October, $439
For those students who have completed Spark check out Code Camp Ignite! Students build on their skills and create new apps with increasingly complex logic, more code, behaviours and problem solving. Start with Drag & Drop and then move to Line Coding with JavaScript.

Blast AR (Grades 3-7 – suitable for students who have previously completed Ignite or Blast3D)
Tuesday 2- Friday 5 October, $439
With Augmented Reality (or AR), you can transform the world around you in whatever way you like. Monsters on the coffee table? Sure. Flying unicorns in the park? Why not! By harnessing the power of Augmented Reality, the possibilities are endless. With the Blast AR, students learn how to build an exciting AR game using pure JavaScript, the language of the web! Recommended for students who have completed Ignite or Blast3D.

Bookings are now open via this link:

For more information, visit or contact Code Camp at
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Musical Notes

Mr Ashley George, Miss Rebeccah Morris and Mrs Ali Irwin

Important Dates for your Diary Term 4
Week 1
Tuesday 15 October Woodwind AMEB rehearsals in Ens Rm 1
Wednesday 16 October Woodwind AMEB rehearsals in Prep Auditorium
Friday 19 October String Rehearsals day 1 Ens Rm 1
Saturday 20 October WOODWIND AMEB

Week 2
Monday 22 October String AMEB Rehearsals in Ens Rm 1
Wednesday 24 October Brass AMEB Rehearsals in Ens Rm 1
Thursday 25 October Woodwind AMEB Exams Abi McCunn students
Saturday 27 October PIANO AMEB in Prep Auditorium

Week 3
Monday 29 October VOCAL AMEB 9am-11.30am SENIOR SCHOOL
Monday 29 October String AMEB Rehearsals in Ens Rm 1
Monday 29 October BRASS Concert Shannon and David 6pm Prep Auditorium
Wednesday 31 October STRINGS AMEB in the Senior School
Thursday 1 November Brass AMEB rehearsals in Prep Auditorium
Thursday 1 November LOWER BRASS concert 
Friday 2 November CELLO AMEB exams in the Senior School
Saturday 3 November BRASS AMEB

Week 4

Tuesday 6 November - The Performance Ensemble will be involved in the Knox Band Festival in the Senior School Francis Auditorium. Boys to arrive at Senior School at 4.30 for Rehearsal with Year 7 Band. Concert is from 6.30-7.30 in Francis Auditorium.

Week 5
Monday 12 November K-2 Dress rehearsals 8.30am-11am
Monday 12 November Naomi Singing Concert 6pm
Tuesday 13 November K-2 Dress Rehearsal 8.30am-11am
Wednesday 14 November K-2 Concert in The Great Hall
Friday 16 November – Christmas Markets In The Great Hall

Week 7
Wednesday 28 November Year 6 MUSICAL matinee and evening performance
Thursday 29 November Year 6 MUSICAL matinee and evening performance
Sunday 2 December Christmas Chapel Service

Week 8
Tuesday 4 December – Year 6 End of School Assembly
Wednesday 5 Final Day Assembly and Presentation Day rehearsal
Thursday 6 December – PRESENTATION DAY

Rehearsals Week 1 Term 4
All rehearsals will resume back as normal next term commencing on Tuesday 15 October with Performance Ensemble in the morning and Intermediate Band and Senior Band at lunchtime. All other rehearsals are the same time and day in Week 1.

AMEB Exams

In the first few weeks of term 4 we have over 80 boys sitting their AMEB music exams. The exams will take place in both the Prep School and the Senior School. All parents with students sitting exams through School should have received an email from Miss Morris in the final week of term. If you did not receive an email with all of the information for your son's exam or you have any questions in regards to the AMEB exams being held next term, please email Miss Morris.

Private Instrumental Lessons
There are still a few vacancies for all instruments/voice with our talented tutors in the Prep School. If your son is interested in learning an instrument please email Miss Morris at the above email.

NOTE: if your son is already learning an instrument at school and he cannot attend his lesson for whatever reason, 24hrs notice MUST be given to the tutor directly or you will be charged for the lesson. Please do not assume that because something is in the calendar (which means your son cannot attend his lesson) that your tutor will know about it. It is the responsibility of the parent to always inform the tutor of any absences. 

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Student Leadership

Knox Prefects 2018-2019

School Captain - Thomas Constable
School Vice-Captain - Henry Cross
School Vice-Captain - Oscar Cheal

Academic Prefects - Charlie Sargent (Head Prefect), Eugene Bakker, Lucas Page, Nathan Guo, Daniel Se, William Liu, James Price

Boarding Prefects - Angus McHue (Head Prefect), Campbell Goodall, Jeremy Cook, Luca Wynn

Chapel Prefects - Sean Ringrose (Head Prefect), Matthan Choi, Harry Wagstaff, Louis Pratt

Co-Curricular Prefects - Austin Thomson (Head Prefect), Nick van Veen, Austin Wagner, Hugo Morgan, Tim Barrie, Peter Koch, Edward O'Sullivan, David Sherlock, Sam Druce

House Prefects - Sam Asher, Viruna Tennakoon, Max Rechner, Borty Oung, Sam Finlayson, Lucas Tomic-Baez, William Studdert, William McDonald, Mikey Glover, John Hunter, Nicholas Trobec, David Addis

Community Prefects - Trent Muskens (Head Prefect), Jeremy Jenkins, John Nevell, Tim Shannon

Sport Prefects - Daniel Breden (Head Prefect), Harrison Muller, Thomas Stubbs, Lachlan Kelly, Sam Rechner

Social Justice Prefects - Raghav Lall (Head Prefect), Renier Lambinon, Kaixing Yang, Digby Dalton, Clinton Lui

Head Prefect Cadets - SUO - Will Kablau

Chairman of Year 12 and Prefect Executive Secretary - Hortin Zeng

Student Leadership - Dean Gongolidis, Andrew Johnstone, Antonion Matruglio, Joshua Mercer, George Arsenis, Thomas Simes, Kiano Ramcharan, Enrique Grobler, Michael Pinn, Adam Hussain, Thomas Henderson, Toby Chantharasy, Ben Bradshaw

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Knox Academy of Performing Arts - Music

Mr James Brice, Head of Knox Academy of Performing Arts (KAPA)

Last Friday 21 September, trumpet players from the Senior School were privileged to meet and attend a masterclass presented by the visiting USA Trumpet virtuoso Mr Vince DiMartino, a world-renowned musician, performer and educator, as part of his Australian Tour.

Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought-after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in1972, professor DiMartino had taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he taught trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He served as the Music Chair and coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. 

Equally known as a jazz artist, he has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and The Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles. 

This opportunity has been hosted and supported by Mr John Foster, the Artistic Director of Queensland Baroque, Australian Baroque Brass and Director of the Australasian Trumpet Academy for who we sincerely thank and acknowledge.
The Masterclass/ Workshop was conducted in the Francis Auditorium specifically for which approximately 30 Knox trumpet players were absolutely captivated from 1.30-3.15pm.

On behalf of our Staff and Tutors, I would like to congratulate the following FOUR soloists, for their outstanding performances as masterclass participants.  
• David Kokolich - Yr. 12
• Elliot Albany - Yr. 10
• Matt de Meyrick - Yr. 8
• Cameron Hogan - Yr. 7

Congratulations Boys!

May I also thank and congratulate all of our students for their enthusiasm, outstanding etiquette and absolute engagement throughout the entire masterclass.
This was certainly an exceptional afternoon for the ‘high-note enthusiasts!’
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Social Justice

Mrs Helen Clarke, Head of Diversity, Justice and Stewardship

As Term 3 comes to an end, I wish you all a happy and restful holiday and a sincere thank you for all of your support this term. See the information below about Just parents. We have many compassionate parents in our community, and together with your sons, we can work on many ‘Just Projects’ together!

Congratulations to our new Social Justice Prefects
Raghav Lall is our new Head Prefect for SJ and he will be supported by Renier Lambinon; Kaixing Yang; Digby Dalton and Clinton Lui.

Thank you to the 2018 SJ Prefects Lachlan, Ben Biggs and Nick Palmer.

A John Lincoln Service Award 
Congratulations to Lachlan Walker, Head Prefect, who has been an exemplary leader, and notably he has recently received a John Lincoln Award by Governor Hurley at Government House.

Year 7 and 8 Social Justice Club (a new initiative)
In term 4 we are commencing a Social Justice Club for our younger boys. The boys will meet weekly during lunchtime and work on various projects that reflect their age and will be supported by their Year Group initiatives. Next term these younger boys will focus on helping those who are marginalized at Christmas – organising a food drive and making Christmas special for disadvantaged young people.  There will be guest speakers and guidance given to the boys. These boys will also link in and mentor younger students involved in the SJ Projects at the Prep School. Pastor Luisa Maxwell will help me with this new initiative. Please email me if your son is interested in helping establish/joining this group.Our first project will be a food drive for those families in need at Christmas!

Shoes for the Philippines
Each year we collect school shoes and trainers in good condition and polished please!  Please would you drop off donations to Room 19 or to the WLF office? These donations make a life changing difference to the children who live in the garbage tips of Manila. Without shoes they cannot attend school.

‘Just Parents’- Working for Social Justice
Pastor Luisa and I attended an event recently called ‘Just Women’ and we were inspired that so many women were willing to work for justice.  We would like to gather some interested parents who will help us with Justice Events, so that we further embed the Social Justice Program at Knox across the whole community.
Please let Pastor Luisa Maxwell or myself know if you are interested in being part of 'Just Parents' or 

Father Son White Ribbon Breakfast - Save the Date!
There will be a Father Son White Ribbon Breakfast next Term on Tuesday morning 13 November in the Thistle Room.
Further details will be announced next term.

The Social Justice Club
The Social Justice Club continues to meet each Friday at lunch time in room KCC101 and nearby classrooms (the numbers are growing!).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.
Boys from ALL year groups are most welcome. Come along and join a committee and get involved in some of the action for Justice at Knox Grammar School!

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Year Group Newsletters from last Friday

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