I hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to spend some quality family time over the Term 3 break and a well-earned rest.

There was still much going on in the Sports Academy with Tennis camps, Basketball trials, Cricket matches, Waterpolo fixtures as well as Knox Grammar hosting some of the finest Schoolboy Rugby players in the world. We were fortunate to have two boys representing Australia in some games on Knox 1, with Nick Frost and Tom Woodcock enjoying the support of many Knox friends and family. Knox 1 looked superb and we were very proud to be hosting such high quality games of Rugby.

This weekend will be a terrific opportunity for the majority of teams playing a trial fixture against St Ignatius’ College. The draw is now on Skoolbag and all students and families should be aware of their commitments this weekend.

Another reminder for all families to download the Senior School Skoolbag App to ensure all information regarding fixtures and any last minute details can get to you immediately. We do expect some weather this weekend and if you have “alerts” set for the particular sport your son is involved in, you will receive instant notification as soon as a game in cancelled. The App also has the most up to date training schedule for Term 4 in the Sports section.

Our coaches have now been fully inducted and keen to get the summer season started. All of the KSAA coaches met in the last week of term and were reminded of our expectations and values of the School. Mr Matt Cavallaro (Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Centre) spoke to the group regarding the benefits of Positive Education and the impact a few words from a coach has on an individual. It was a superb session with Matt, and our coaches would have taken a lot from that and relate it to their own coaching techniques and behaviours this summer.

Go the Black and Blue!
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Mr Julien Manuel, Director of Cricket, Baseball and Tee-Ball

Knox Prep and Senior School Cricket parents are invited to celebrate the start of the 2017 season.
Featuring special guest, Michael Slater (Australian Cricketer) and a silent auction.

When: Friday 20 October, 7pm.

Cricket Supporters Season Launch 2017 Cricket Supporters Season Launch 2017 (369 KB)

The Knox 1st XI Cricket commenced the CAS Round travelling out to Queens Park to take on Waverley College. Waverley won the toss decided to bat on a good batting wicket. The Knox bowlers led by captain, Nic Gallu, kept the Waverley batsmen under constant pressure and limited their score to 226 off 81 overs. Congratulations to Max Glover who bowled extremely well to claim 5 for 32 off 16 overs – his first 5 wicket haul in the top grade!

Knox was asked to bat 11 overs before the close of play on day 1. In response, Nick Astridge and Pat Coburn guided the score to 0- 16 at stumps and have set up an exciting chase on day 2.
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Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Knox Pymble Swim Camp - Thredbo Ski Fields
Throughout the September holidays, 35 members of the Knox Pymble Swim Club travelled to Thredbo for the annual club swim camp. The aim of the camp was to train in a relaxed, team based environment. The team had a sensational time away with several trips to the snow, bobsledding, tobogganing, yoga and plenty of wildlife watching amongst plenty of swim training.

Knox students involved in this camp included Josh Mercer, Mark Buddee, Lachlan Kelly, Sam Druce, Declan Owers, Declan Farris, Euan Liney, Dylan Zhang, Tane Bidois, Jordan Menzies, Will McDonagh, Josh Johnson, Angus Stevenson, Ethan Hansen and Will Hornery.

Many thanks to Knox Assistant Head Coach, Nick Dobson who accompanied the Knox students along with Leanne Speechley and Bridgitte Moore from Pymble Ladies College.

Knox hosts Water Polo charity challenge - money raised for spinal research 
Over the Labour Day Long Weekend the Knox Aquatic Centre hosted the 2017 Sydney Uni Northern Suburbs Water Polo Charity Challenge. This event was most competently organised by Alex Trobec (year 12) who brought together all aspects of the three-day tournament.  

The Knox based Sydney Uni Northern Suburbs Team (SUNS) - consisting of 11 students from Knox Year 7 - played in this tournament against seven other clubs from across Sydney and Canberra. 

The Knox SUNS saw plenty of success throughout the all stages of the competition, winning key games against Sydney Northern Beaches, Balmain, NORDEK (ACT) and the Ryde Barbarians. 

Our team made it through to the Grand Final Vs Sydney Uni Blue in a gripping ‘edge of your seat game’. Team members Xander Mercer and Jacques Horbach stated: “the last few minutes of the game were very tense - we all swum like there was no tomorrow”. Each of our students displayed a great deal of talent and determination despite a narrow 1 point loss.  

Congratulations to Xander Mercer, Jacques Horbach, Luke Banfield, Josh Banfield, Flynn Worner, Harry Miller, Wyl Parker, Aiden O’Neill, Ryan Johnson, Jett Robens and Sayan Bahl who played in this team. 

The Water Polo Charity Challenge was able to raise approximately $8000 which will be donated to the Australian Spinal Research Foundation. 

Special thanks are owed to all students, coaches and parents involved in the organisation and delivery of the 2017 Charity Challenge: Alex Trobec, Mrs Julie Trobec, Mrs Eileen Reeve, Mr Gareth Mercer, Mr Mark McNamara, Mrs Rachel Potter, Mr Frank Cubirka, Mr Jai McNamara, Mr Troy Ratcliffe, Ms Lindsay Cotterill, Mikey Glover, Dylan Cooke, Lachlan Reeve, Matt Reeve, Liam O’Neill, Jason Park and Oliver Utteridge. 

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Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

During the term break a number of basketball activities occurred. Many of the boys continued to work hard over the break in the gym and on the court and it will be exciting to see their progress as we head into the beginning of the CAS season next week.

The Basketball Holiday camps were a great success. On Monday and Tuesday of the first week, our prep students worked very hard on improving their fundamental basketball and movement skills. On Wednesday and Thursday, senior school students worked hard on developing the finer aspects of their games with Head Coach, Harry Fotopoulos. These camps for Knox Prep and Senior School students are a great opportunity for basketball players at any level to develop their skills in a fun and engaging environment.

The 1sts and 2nds were involved in a two day training camp followed by the Sydney Schools Shootout Tournament at The King's School. The 1sts played some fantastic basketball in the tournament. First up, they were defeated by a strong StJosephs team 39-50 in a closely contended game. The second game saw them up against a physical St Pat’s Fairfield team. It was a close match but Knox fought hard and defeated St Pat’s in a nail biting 39-38 contest. The third game saw the Knox boys take the game to another level in an impressive 56-36 victory against Scots. The boys executed the dribble drive offensive game plan with precision and great skill. Their final game for the tournament was against King's which ended in a 33-45 loss. The tournament was a great chance to play together and a learning opportunity for our boys under the guidance of new 1st’s coach, Jacob Jackomas. Their current form puts them in great position heading into a tough CAS season with the desire to win the championship. 

Our 2nds demonstrated great form in the tournament through some impressive team play. Their first game against St Josephs saw them come away with 26-31 loss. Coach, Harry Fotopoulos, placed the emphasis on defence for the remainder of the tournament and the boys did a great job of sticking to the game plan. Game two was against St Aloysius and the boys got it done winning 32-27. The third game of the tournament was against Scots. Knox started the game incredibly and were up to an early lead which saw the boys win the game 35-21. The final game was against King’s which went right down to the wire with Ben Wickins connecting on a free throw the secure a one point victory for Knox finishing the game 26-25. The boys have put themselves in a great position to be very competitive in the CAS this season.

The 9A’s are showing great preseason form and played some great team basketball throughout the tournament. They were unstoppable in their first game of the tournament and won against St Aloysius 57-24. After a slow start, there were unable to close the gap in a tight game against Trinity which saw Knox defeated 36-42. After a pep talk from Coach, Paul Brotherson, the boys bounced back and put on an impressive showing against King’s defeating them 58-32. Day two of the tournament saw the boys go down to St Augstine’s 33-22. The boys worked hard and made some defensive adjustments but Augie’s sharp shooting was too much for our boys. The final game of the tournament saw the boys up against Chatswood High. The boys did a fantastic job finishing the game 59-24 victors.  Congratulations to the boys and thank you to the parents involved for your support.

Summer basketball starts this week. Please check the Knox Basketball Portal Page, the SkoolBag app or the Lawson Centre noticeboard for all information regarding training and games. Best of luck to all boys who are playing basketball this season! 

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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

CIS Athletics Championships
Knox Grammar had 27 athletes represent CAS at the CIS Athletics Championships during Week 10 of Term 3.

A huge congratulations to Tom Shannon (Yr. 9) who broke the CIS 14 Years Shot record with a throw of 15.72m Thomas Shannon.

Congratulations must also go to the following students who achieved some fantastic results:
Max Mandera – 1st in 14 Years 100m in a time of 11.72s and 1st in 14 Years 200m in a time of 23.06
Ben MacNamara – 1st in 13 Years high jump with a height of 1.70m and 3rd in 13 Years 90m Hurdles in a time of 14.18s
Jackson Ellis – 1st in Opens 100m in a time of 11.24s and 3rd in Opens Long Jump with a distance of 6.27m
Will Constable – 1st in 13 Years 800m in a time of 2:10.92
Thomas Shannon – 1st in 14 Years shotput with a throw of 15.72m (almost 3m further than any other thrower)
James Coughlin – 1st in 14 Years Discus with a throw of 41.67m
Josh Batten – 2nd in 16 Years 400m in a time of 52.00s
Lucas Ribbands, Lachie Orth, Max Mandera and James Coughlin – 2nd in 14 Years 4 x 100m relay in a time of 48.71
Jasper Spiller – 3rd in 17 Years 800m in a time of 2:09.21
Lachlan Antoinette – 3rd in 17 Years Discus with a throw of 39.84

Complete results can be found here: https://cis.aisnsw.edu.au/SportResults/aths17cissecondaryresults.pdf

Treloar Shield #1
The Knox Track and Field Team continued its training and racing throughout the holidays in preparation for the upcoming NSW All School Championships from October 12-15.

Athletes were greeted with blustery conditions at ES Marks Athletics Field in Randwick.

In the sprints, Aidan Lau and Ben MacNamara (Y7) continued their sensational form from the CAS season by running great times in the windy conditions clocking 13.11 and 13.55 respectively.

Christian Martinez (Y7) showed he hadn’t lost his trademark strong finish in the one lap event. “It was really windy but I felt good in the home straight,” Martinez commented after placing 2nd in the U14 division.

Another notable performance on the day was Sam Reeves (Yr. 8) in the 1500m. Reeves had a sensational run, clocking a personal best with a time of 4min 44 sec.

Congratulations to all of the boys who competed!

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Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

During the school holidays saw Knox Round Robin Tennis tournament take place in the second week of the holidays. There was a great turn out of boys from Year groups 7-12. It was great to see all standards giving the tournament a go in a friendly tournament atmosphere. All of the boys got lots of match practice each day singles and doubles. All of the boys showed a huge improvement by the end of the tournament. There was some great fun had by all of the boys with prizes given and won.

Knox Tournament Winners and Runners-Up:
Division 1 Singles Winner- Lachlan Jones 
Division 1 Singles Runner- Up- Harry Hunter

Division 2 Singles Winner- Aiden Lowe Yip
Division 2 Singles Runner- Up- Rex Dennis

Division 1 Doubles Winner- Harry Hunter & Harrison Binks
Division 1 Doubles Runner- Up- Lachlan Jones & Aiden Lowe Yip

Division 2 Doubles Winner- Daniel Loyzaga & Tony Du
Division 2 Doubles Runner- Up- Chris Beeton & Rex Dennis

Other tournament mentions:
During the holidays some of our Knox boys played in tournaments outside of the school for their own personal rankings. The boys all played some outstanding tennis throughout the holidays. Some note able performances:

Pedro Papangelis (Australian Ranking 331)-
NSW JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Runner- Up losing 10-8 in the 3rd set after beating the No.2 seed in the semi-finals.
GLENORCHY OPEN (Hobart): Quarter finals losing to the No.2 seed.

Jason Xu (Australian Ranking 901)- 
BLACKTOWN SPRING JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Semi-finals after beating No.4 seed in round 1 and beating No.8 seed in the quarter finals.

Hugo La Hei (Australian Ranking 905)-
Played in the Gloucester Open. 

Aston Bloom (Australian Ranking 840)-
Played in Blacktown Junior Championship and Tennis World Junior Open.

Well done to all of the Knox boys on some great performances over the holidays and looking forward to carrying that over to the Summer 2017/18 season.

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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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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.