Student-led initiative empowers boys to be champions of change


Student-led initiatives at Knox to raise awareness for White Ribbon have culminated with 600 Year 10 and 11 boys and staff coming together to form a giant White Ribbon on the school oval.

Throughout the year, a group of students, called the ‘Champions of Change’, has been driving this campaign to stop violence against women.

“In our local area, in the beautiful Hornsby Ku-ring-gai local area, almost 100 women each month flee their homes because of violence,” the Headmaster John Weeks told more than 1,800 boys at a special White Ribbon Assembly on Thursday. 

“In Australia, on average, each week one women will die because of domestic violence. Those women die because of men. This is a reality and this needs to stop. If we are going to change it, it starts with you and it starts with me changing,” said Mr Weeks.

Knox ‘Champions of Change’ initiatives have included
  • A whole school assembly with guest speaker Mrs Kerryn Baird, wife of the Hon Mike Baird MP, NSW Premier and Member for Manly
  • A Father Son White Ribbon Breakfast attended by 250 people with guest speaker Kiki Paul from Hornsby Women’s Shelter
  • A White Ribbon ‘Champions of Change’ Sports Round
  • Guest speakers throughout the year
  • Year 7 White Ribbon cupcake sale
  • Year 10 boys wore White Ribbons to their formal in support of the campaign