Another good week-end of Winter sport for all Knox students. It was great to watch from the sidelines of many sports and to see the students in the black and the blue doing their best and enjoying their chosen sports.

Many teams had wins on the day but even those who did not still enjoyed their day with some games going down to the wire and teams losing only in the last few minutes.

Sport is never just about winning; but is about all that it offers with regards to lessons in life. Learning to cope with defeat and loss develops resilience and understanding. These are character strengths that students need throughout their life. Sports also provides the opportunity for students to get to their required fitness to ensure they enjoy a well-rounded life. On the weekend I saw all these things occurring and look forward to the coming week-end’s fixtures.

Most fixtures will be against Waverley College and I wish all the teams the best and remind everyone that win, lose or draw it is how we play the games that is most important. So - turn up on time, wear the right gear, always acknowledge the opposition and play for your team mates. And finally, enjoy the day.

House Dodgeball is being played at lunchtimes this week and it is always one of the most enjoyable House activities, I encourage as many of you as possible to be involved.

Summer Sports choices – Selections are being done via the Knox Skoolbag app. The choices are in this Bulletin to have a look at and then make your choice. All students are required to choose a Sport from the list.

Please note, students are NOT able to select Summer Rugby or Summer Football. These are selected groups and if you are selected into these groups you will be notified and your Sport changed at the KSA Office.
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'If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.'


Max Purcell Tennis Success!
Former Knox student Max Purcell won his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Gimcheon (Korea). This is great to see a talented player work so hard to finally get the reward. Well done to Max and Coach Steve Thompson from Mills Park Tennis Club.

ATP Report

Not even Max Purcell expected to prevail this week at the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Gimcheon, Korea.

Competing in only his 11th professional tournament and third ATP Challenger Tour main draw, the Australian teenager came through qualifying and won his first pro title by defeating sixth seed and fellow Aussie Andrew Whittington, 3-6, 7-6(6), 5-1, retired. At No. 762 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Purcell is the second lowest-ranked winner on the ATP Challenger Tour since 2000 and the first player born in 1998 to win a Challenger. He also joins Blake Mott as the second Australian teenage titlist this year. Fittingly, he overtook Mott (Launceston, No. 721) to become the lowest-ranked Challenger winner this year. 
Purcell's run in Gimcheon is even more impressive considering that the 18 year old from Sydney had only won two main draw matches at Challenger level prior to this week.

“I’m a little surprised,” he admitted. “I wasn’t expecting this coming in, but I’ve played much better than in the Futures events before this.”
Purcell completed his third week in Gimcheon, having played two Futures events leading up to his run this week. Although it’s his first trip to Gimcheon and first time time competing in pro tournaments in Korea, he quickly adapted to the surroundings.

“It’s great here in Gimcheon,” said Purcell. “The facilities and service are all well managed and it’s far better than at other tournaments I’ve played.”
Purcell will soar into the Top 400 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday. Although he said that schoolwork will limit him to less than a handful of tournaments for the rest of the year, he plans on putting in plenty of work on the practice court in hope of a big 2017.

“I’m just trying to get better little by little each day,” said Purcell. “I’m trying to be more professional in taking care of my body and stretching before matches, and then also playing with more confidence on the court.”
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Firsts Rugby, Football and AFL Supporters

It is a tradition that where possible our Year 7 and 8 boys attend to support either our 1st Teams during the CAS competition when they are playing at home. This includes AFL, Football and Rugby.

We ask boys to attend the Football at 11.15am at Curagul or the Rugby at 3.15pm at Knox 1. AFL is as scheduled.   

Boys are to show their support by wearing either full school uniform or full tracksuit.  

We understand that boys might be playing school sport at this time, and are therefore unable to attend.   

Home Games in Term 3  
Saturday 6 August 
Saturday 13 August
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Summer Sports Choices - Years 7-11

Students have the opportunity to choose their Summer Sport now via the Knox Skoolbag app.
See the attached document for sports to choose from.

2016 Summer Sports 2016 Summer Sports (21 KB)


Mr Joey Britton, MIC AFL

Due to ground closures only two senior school games were played over the weekend.

Under 14 B Black 
On a Windy Saturday Afternoon Knox Black took on Riverview Blue out at Henson Oval hoping to get their second win of the season. Knox started really well kicking the first two goals of the game as they came out of the blocks quickly. Owen Lees finished off some nice work from the midfield of  Harry Lawson and Tyler Arndt, with the second goal coming after Tyler Arndt kicked truly to get the jump on Riverview. 

As the game wore on Riverview began to get the upper hand with Robbie Ritchie and Henry Barnes competing well all day to minimise the damage with the ball flowing in rapidly throughout the game. Angus Kitchen worked well up forward with Josh Laing providing a strong presence up forward with showing strength throughout the game. Baxter Wilson helped down back working with Ashton Smith to organise the defence. Sam Bull showed great promise in the forward flank helping out the midfielders providing good pressure. Jackson Young played his first game for the year for the Knox Black team and was a standout in the midfield working well with the ruckman all day. Rhett Masters played very well in the midfield and across the half back with some great tackles and contested possessions to give us first hands on the footy. 

Unfortunately another loss and although the scoreboard might not show it, the boys competed hard all day and keep showing improvement throughout the season. Keep working hard at training this week and hopefully the next win won’t be far away. Go Knox!

Goals: Owen Lees, Harry Lawson, Tyler Arndt 
Best: 1 Harry Lawson 2 Jackson Young 3 Ashton Smith 4 Rhett Masters 5 Josh Laing 6 Tyler Arndt

Under 16 Blue
The Knox boys were presented with the opportunity to play Waverley in the first week back after the holidays. It was an extremely windy day and Waverly won the toss and elected to kick with the wind. Credit to Waverley, from the moment the ball was bounced they had clear dominance and control of the game. Their run and carry and ability to turn defence into attack was superior to Knox and we were unable to gain full control and momentum of the match for the first half. The third term proved to be different as the Knox boys outscored Waverly narrowly by 4 points. The Knox boys started to work harder allowing more numbers at the contest, thus allowing a lot more scoring opportunities. The final term of the match showed that Waverly had greater work ethic, better decision making and better ball use. The score line didn't suggest that Knox played well at all, but at times showed that if we worked hard around the ball we could be competitive.

Best Players: Jack Brasher, Henry Smith, Braeden Campbell, Jesse Cavanough
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After a footwork warm up, the boys learned about the principles of applying a beat attack.
Beat attacks are a great tactic to use to gain priority as well as surprising the other fencer. The beat attack, as well as direct attacks, all have their place in a fencer's repertoire of strategies.  The boys then put their beat attacks into practice by bouting against each other.
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Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

Knox 1st XI continued their good defensive form after the break with yet another clean sheet. After 7 games they have only conceded 4 goals, and this week’s nil-all draw with Barker was another testament to their defensive prowess

The match was played in tricky conditions, with the wind taking a starring role in the goal starved contest. Barker had a strong start to the match, creating chances and maintaining field position in the first half. The return half showed the flipside to the coin as Knox wrestled back the momentum and were unlucky not to convert their chances on goal. The fulltime whistle saw the scoreboard reflect an evenly poised match up, with both teams deservedly sharing the points. The draw sees Knox 1st X1 remain top of the table, 4 points clear of next week’s opponents Waverley, the match provides the opportunity for the boys to take out the championship should they win. The 2nd X1 for Knox also returned from the break with a draw, with both teams hitting the back of the net twice, but neither able to convert for a third time. The draw has the 2nd X1 just one point clear of 2nd place St Aloysius, while the top 3 are only separated by 3 points, which should provide an exciting close to the season. The remainder of the open matches resulted in defeats for Knox, the 3rd X1’s Aedan Curtis performed well in their defeat, as did the 4th’s Jacob James. The 5th X1 went down in a nail-biting 2-1 loss with Stephen Du Plooy their best performer, while Nelson Nie capped off a good performance with a goal in Knox 6th X1’s 3-2 loss.    

Year 10’s round yielded a mixed bag of results in their return from the break. The 10A’s, 10C’s, and 10E’s all finished on the wrong side of the ledger, as the 10B’s and 10D’s continued their winning form without effect from the break. The 10F’s did their best to continue the goal scoring rivalry with year 7, defeating Barker 6-2 in another goal scoring frenzied match. The 10D’s Max Glover scored a brace in their 4-2 entertainer, supported well by Luke Henning-Smith and Nick Adams. Ronan Kennedy was instrumental in the 10B’s win, while Nic Galati and Zac Schieber each netted the ball twice in the 10F’s victory.     

The 9A’s return match ended in a 1-1 draw, and the 9E’s also finished with a draw having hit the net 3 times in their thriller. The 9B’s Jack Payne scored twice in their convincing 3-1 win, while Hugh Falconer-Flint also scored a brace in a man of the match performance in the 9C’s 3-0 victory. The 9D’s Daniel Se scored three goals to confirm their win, while Hugh Borkman played an important role in the 9F’s 3-2 triumph.  

Year 8 continued their winning ways after the break, with each team recording victory over their opponents. 8A’s Massimo Forlico picked up from the break where he left off, showing great form to score twice in a convincing display by victors Knox 3-1. The 8B’s showed great character in their match up, and are our Feature Game of the Week. A tight contest was decided in the first half, with Knox dominating possession and field position in the first 45 minutes. Some great passing and lead up play lead to Knox’ first goal in the 31st minute when Nicholas Browne capped off a shrewd team goal with an ice cool finish. A short time later Knox extended the advantage to 2, when Alexander Vaughan was rewarded for his already outstanding performance with a goal. Barker went to the break having hit back to create respectability on the scoreboard, and give Knox something to think about in the sheds. The second half was a real tussle for possession, with both teams careful to hang on to the ball, but finished goalless with the defense on both sides flexing their muscles. Standout matches from Lockyer Couvret, Sebastian McCaughey, and Max Couvret, were invaluable in the team’s performance on the field. The 8C’s added to their reputation of goal scoring prowess, netting 5 times this week to win by 4, while the 8E’s won a tight game 1-0. The 8D’s went one better winning with 6 goals without conceding, while the 8F’s, 8G’s, 8H’s, and 8I’s all tried to break records in their ‘goal-a-thons.’

The 7A’s were unlucky to go down 2-1, Ryan Cheung the best performer in a losing side. The 7B’s and 7D’s both experienced convincing wins of 4-1 and 7-1 respectively, keeping hold of the entertainer tag for another week. The 7C’s were regimented, pleasing their coach with a 2-0 win. The 7E’s and 7G’s won their matches by 2 goals apiece, and rounding out the week is the 7F’s who finished their match 2-2. 

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The term 3 sports season has started well for Karate, with a heavy focus on basics and core technique.

Students are working towards a Grading at the end of term with several showing potential to reach black belt before they graduate. 

The results of last terms grading have been given, and many students have moved up grades, under the careful instruction of Shihan Howard Lipman.
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Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

This week the orienteers ran a difficult linear course on the new incinerator map. Running from Mortlock Reserve to Willoughby through a long gorge, competitors faced difficult navigation, creek crossings and a diverse range of terrain - from ovals to rainforest and bush.
Congratulations to Jackson Booth, who placed first in Division 1. A standout performance by Cory Aitchison (year 10), who placed second in Division 1, competing with the year 11 and 12s. In division 2, Jake Evans ran a very quick time of 45.03, closely followed by William Liu on 45.43. Marcus Hu continued to hold the champion place in Division 3, with Dhruv Hariharan placing second. 

NSW Schools Championships 

After retaining the NSW schools championships title for 18 out of the last 24 years, including 2015, we have been once again invited to compete this year at the NSW Schools Orienteering Championships on Sunday 28th August. Any student who has orienteered at Knox, either in Summer or Winter 2015/2016, is welcome to join the representative team for the competition. The team travels as a group from Knox by bus. If you are interested, please fill out the permission slip found at  NSW School Orienteering Championships and return the form to Dylan Sherman by email at or in person at training.

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Mr John Rownes, MIC Rugby

A cold, windy Saturday morning greeted the players as they returned to recommence the CAS rounds following the holiday break. As always the Knox teams relished the opportunity to play local rivals Barker.

Overall Knox won 15 of the 19 matches played including the 1st XV. There are two trophies played for in this special round, one for the school that wins most matches on the day and the second awarded to the winner of the 1st XV match. Knox was able to secure both trophies.

The 1st XV met a very willing Barker team that never at any stage relented in their effort. From a midfield scrum 20 m from the Knox line Barker executed a very neat play resulting in a try and a 5 – 0 lead. The first half lacked fluency and rhythm, but Knox scored a good try when Leo Bosch followed a well-placed kick from James Armstrong and from this point Knox were never headed. Some fine tries were scored in the second half as Knox settled into their structure resulting in a comfortable win. The 1st XV will face a genuine challenge this Saturday when they play Waverley at Queens Park.

The 13A’s and 15A’s both had to come from behind to secure their wins against very determined Barker teams. In the 13A’s Barker after pressuring the Knox line forced their way over for a try and an early lead. The Knox team though produced some good play and scored some very good tries to win a very keenly contested match. 

Barker started impressively in the 15A match and established a 14 – 0 lead early in the game. However, the Knox team maintained a fine sense of control and composure to get back into the match. Inspirational runs from Oscar Cheal, Will Kablau and in particular Enrique Grobler who after completing a couple of strong runs crashed over for a try. Two further tries enabled Knox to take a 15 – 14 lead before a penalty goal from Barker had them take a 17 – 15 lead. Tom Gratwicke scored two tries in the second half for the Knox team to secure a good win.

Following from the selection of numerous Knox players in representative teams at the end of last term, a further three boys have gained representative selection. Tom Cameron has been selected in the NSW Schools U16 team while Tom Gratwicke and Sam Rechner achieved selection in the Sydney U15 team.

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Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 1st had a Bye
Knox 4 3-0 WBY The Knox team A Soonius M Gee S Ragavan set the tempo early with some quality drives and cross court shots – a very dominant performance.

Knox 6 lost 1-2 to Knox 7.    O Ellard and E Pincott played some great front of court drops which seemed to be the difference on the day giving C Williams and K Ramcharan little time to settle. A Srivatsan had a game plan focusing on his strengths with some well placed drives and was too strong for T Ballinger on the day.

Knox 8 won 3-0 against Barker 8.   T Murray, J Price and F Prince were too strong for their opponents varying there plays and controlling their games with well placed back of court drives.
Knox 9 lost 1-2 to Barker 7.  S Koroknay started with a strong performance giving his opponent little opportunity.   Steve worked hard and played some well placed shots. His team mate K Suresh found it hard going and unfortunately lost his focus and never got on the front foot; to Krishna’s credit he kept trying managing to win one game – a good come back.

Knox 10 won 2-1 over Briars.  R Deshpande played his best game to date with a very determined performance always moving his opponent around and playing some well-placed drives and cross court shots.

D Wade found his opponent challenging but David tried hard and was able to win one match – sadly, just not enough on the day.

Knox 11 won 3-0 over Barker 9.  L Marinaki showed his strengths early on playing well-placed back hand drives and some quality drops. D Loyzaga won his first game convincingly and then stepped in as a replacement to play a five setter.  This game had it all with some well fought rallies Daniel played some well-placed shots giving him the edge on the day.

Knox 15 won 3-0 over Knox 14.   A Bradshaw, V Zhong and H Mendes.  This team keeps improving and will be hard to beat as we move into the play offs. Unfortunately W Wells,  F Bryant and O Rady found it hard going with too many errors on the day.

Knox 18 won 2-0 over Knox 20.  T Kellaway and S Suresh played some well-placed drives with some varying cross court shots were too strong for A Nipatchargen and T Osullivan.  Both boys tried with some counter shots and were able to win one match showing good character in never giving up.

Knox 21 won 2-0 over Barker 17.   O Weeding and J NG - both boys have been working on their serves and back hand with a huge focus.  On the weekend Oliver played some great serves followed with well-placed back of court shots and only a few unforced errors,Jordan played  a five setter staying focused played some varying shots giving him the edge on the day.   

To all the boys at Knox Squash - Well Done  
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Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 23 July saw Knox take on local rivals Barker away. This was our first match back after the holidays and the boys were all eager and full of inspiration from Wimbledon and tournaments played.

The 1st team got off to a flying start winning very comfortably on a very windy day 8-0, with some solid tennis played by Pedro Papangelis. The 2nd team did much of the same winning 8-0 also. The 3rd team won very well 6-0 showing their strength whilst the 4th team played less matches due to lack of players, but won 3-1 overall. The 5th team won 6-0 with some outstanding tennis played by Thomas Cartwright in both singles and doubles. The 6th team also managed to win 4-2 overall.

The Year 10 boys were playing at Regimental Park. The A team won a very closely contested match 3.5-2.5 whilst the B team won 4-2 overall. The C team also won by the same score line 4-2 with some solid tennis played by Calvin Cai in both singles and doubles. The D team however found things a little too tough, losing 0-6. The team however are improving and becoming more competitive each match they play. The E tram played an internal round robin match at the Knox Senior Courts.

The 9A team played some fairly solid tennis to win 6-0, with great play by Harry Wagstaff and Oscar Geddes. The B team also played some beautiful tennis to win 6-0. The C team won well 5-1 showing our depth, whilst the D team won 6-0 to continue the good run of form from the Year 9s. The E team had an epic battle tying the match 3-3, but eventually winning on games. The F team were short a few players in both schools and unfortunately lost 0-2 overall.

The 8A, B and C teams all won 5-1 overall with special mention to Robert Khattar making his comeback after being injured for a couple of terms and winning in style 6-0 in singles and doubles. Also well done to Javier Garcia our new player who has just joined the school from Madrid, winning both singles and doubles. The D team also managed a win 4-0 overall. Teams E-J played an internal round robin match at Knox Senior Courts with all of the boys getting some of the rust out after not playing too much tennis during the break.

The 7A team managed to get a win 4-2 overall, whilst the B and C teams both won 6-0 very convincingly with some great tennis played by Rene Sun and Barbod Beheshti in both singles and doubles for their teams. Teams D- G played an internal round robin also at the Knox Senior Courts with some improvement shown by all of the boys.

Overall it was a very professional victory by the Knox Tennis boys winning 90% of all matches played. Well done boys and thank you parents for your support on the weekend.

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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Season Launch
The 2016 Track & Field season is now well and truly underway! 40 very enthusiastic boys and their parents were at Curagul Field for the 2016 Season Launch event. The boys were very fortunate to participate in a training session led by Olympian Matt Shirvington.

The afternoon also included a BBQ, a brief outlook of the season ahead and a silent auction of items kindly donated by Olympians Henry Hutchison, Michael Shelley and Matt Shirvington.  The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by the boys who attended and another positive indicator of what will be a great year of Track & Field.

Cross Country - NSW All Schools
Five Knox boys made the journey to Eastern Creek to contest the 2016 New South Wales All Schools Cross Country Championships.  Mid week rain left the course very soft under foot, favouring the true cross country runner.  Starting with the 10 year boys Ben Williams, Sean Williams and Charlie Moore each had fantastic runs to finish 5th, 6th and 28th respectively.  Will Constable had a great run in the 12 boys, finishing 7th.  In the 14 boys Mitch Westhuizen continued his great season form with 2nd.  James Constable also had a great run with 19th, this will put him in a great position for the fast approaching track season.

Ben Williams was named in the NSW team, with Mitch Westhuizen, Sean Williams and Will Constable as reserves.  Unfortunately due to injury, Sam Rockliff was unable to compete, his position in the NSW team is now in the hands of selectors.  The National Cross Country Championships will be held in Canberra on 27 August.

Cross Country - Kings Relays
Runners were met at The Kings School early Saturday morning by a bitterly cold breeze that put even the best winter jackets to the test.  Without hesitation, it was business as usual for the Knox harriers as three teams lined up to contest the annual Kings Relays.  
After a great start from Tom Gordon, Isaac Roberts had the run of his life, holding his teams position against top class competitors.  The Open boys would hang on for 9th.  The intermediate boys showed incredible consistency in each leg to finish 7th.  The Junior boys continue to get better each race. Well done to Max Evans, Richard Hildebrand and Angus Matthews on great relay legs.  With only two invitational’s remaining, the team is building good momentum for the CAS Championships.
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Ms Alexandra Charles, MIC, Volleyball

The morning kicked off bright and early with the Knox 3rds playing a close game against Barker. They fought hard in all their sets but after a strong start the Barker boys pulled ahead and Knox struggled to regain the lead.

There were stand out performances from Oscar Wu, Jack Tomlinson and Tom Simes who all played a really strong game. Oscar, Euro Ruangvanish and Daniel Shen must get a special mention for staying back after their game and helping out the 1sts who were short of players – thank you boys!  

The 1sts had some excellent defence at the net from Angus Lorimer who really put the pressure on the Barker hitters but despite their best efforts they were unable to match the Barker team who played an excellent game. Finally, the seconds played a really consistent match and demonstrated their increasing control and skills however once again the Barker team had a strong attack and our defensive line struggled to pick up their tips and hits. 

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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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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.


It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  

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