I was fortunate on Saturday to see many of our boys enjoy another wonderful day representing Knox Grammar School. The spirit and sportsmanship on show by our boys cannot be underestimated and has been mentioned numerous times of late at our School Assemblies. It has been nice to receive many emails from the public regarding our boys and their behaviour on Saturdays.

At the Turramurra Dojo complex on Saturday morning we had as many as 30 boys practising the art of Karate. Wonderfully led by coach Mr Lloyd, our boys showed great respect for the traditions and some of the skills of such a traditional sport. By the end of the session the boys were absolutely exhausted, yet full of appreciation towards their instructor. What a great option to consider one day if in doubt of a sport to choose.

I was then fortunate to spend some time at the Hornsby rifle range when another group of committed Knox students were learning the art of Rifle shooting under the leadership of Mr Norrgard. Our students are joined by boys from Grammar and Shore on a 350m rifle range and let 12 rounds off with their .308 rifle gun. The focus and intensity from all was evident and their desire to learn and help each other was a real quality from this group of young boys. If you consider going to watch one day, please remember the ear muffs !

The above is just a small sample of the many sports on offer at Knox – both requiring very different skill sets, for a very different type of student. I am absolutely confident there is the right sport at Knox for your young lad. Please consider what is right or please come and chat to the staff in the KSAA any time as we start to consider sports for the coming Summer program.

Last Saturday was our final Rugby fixture v GPS schools as we took on the might of St Joseph’s College. All of our boys were extremely brave and will have a memory forever about the day they went to Hunters Hill and test themselves against arguably one of the best Rugby schools in Australia. Well done all – a great effort. Now for CAS competition !

Our Footballers have now completed the first half of their Home & Away competition after a tough fixture against Waverley College. A big win for our first XI ( 3-2 ) has them well and truly in the hunt for a crack at the CAS title over the last five games. The results right across Preps and Senior teams last Saturday was a huge complement to the program currently being run by our Football staff.

Tennis continue their dominance with another 8-0 win in the Firsts over Waverley. The strength and depth to the Tennis programme is a true testament to the time and effort put in by all of our talented coaching staff.

AFL had another solid day with many big wins. This sport continues to go from strength to strength. Our firsts unfortunately went down in the dying moments against Shore.

From the Archives
Interesting to note, as we prepare to play Cranbrook this week across most sports – this picture was found in our Archives. Knox played Cranbrook at the SCG in 1930 as a preliminary game to the annual Queensland v NSW interstate Rugby fixture. Knox 1st XV went down, 0 – 8. Fingers crossed we can reverse that score line at Bellevue Hill on Saturday.

• Hugo Forlico and Oliver Wiggin – selected in the CIS Football Opens squad to play in the All Schools Championships later in the term.
CAS went on to win the CIS Championships last week – a great effort against ALL Independent Associations in NSW.
• Oliver Scott selected in the CIS Under 16 Football squad to play at the National Championships in Adelaide. CAS were also unbeaten in the 16s CIS competition.
• Samuel Rockliff won the Junior division Cross Country once again. Sam is having a huge season.
• Josh Tait also won the Intermediate division at the CAS/GPS Cross Country.

Team of the week
The Intermediate Cross Country team (Josh Tait, Mitch Westhuizen, Zac Wyatt and Max Evans) winning their division against all comers – Josh Tait winning the race outright.

Individuals of the week
Cooper Morrison ( Opens Rugby ) played a full game in 2nds then came on at ½ time in 1sts as a tight head. Huge effort, Cooper.

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Football - Prep

Mr Kai Lammert, Football Coordinator

Our 9's teams made the trip over the bridge to play Scots. All teams did exceptionally well and played some terrific Football. The 10's A,B and Black had convincing wins while the Blue's, White's and Silver's had very close encounters against higher graded teams with mixed results.

Our 11's and 12's made the short trip for the local derby to Barker and took all the points back home to Knox. The 11's coached by Western Wanderers W League coach Richie Byrne and former Knox Captain Will Cole didn't concede a single goal and played some fantastic Football over the last weeks.

Vinc Cali's 1st team had a tough game against Barker, but came away with a 3-2 win at the end. The 12's 5th team lead by Mr Roberts rounded up the day with a dominating 11-0 win against the 12C team against Newington Lindfield.

Rugby - Prep

Mr Glenn Stephenson, Rugby Coordinator and Mr Scott Lewis, Coach

A return to sunny weather saw all teams back in action this weekend. The highlights were the dominant wins from the Under 9A and Under 10 Blue teams – a reward for all their hard work at training last week. All other teams showed improvement within their own games against tough opposition and should be proud of the way in which they played. This weekend sees the Opens and Under 10’s return to Lower Gillespie with the Under 9’s up the highway at Barker and the Under 11’s at the King's School. I’m sure all boys will be keen to put their best foot forward in our last game before the long weekend break.

Aquatic Sports

Mr Nick Warby, Director of Aquatic Sports

Congratulations to all swimmers from Knox and Knox Pymble Swim Club who competed over the past weekend at the Swimming (Sydney) Metro North East Winter Short-Course Championships. It was another very successful meet for Knox with plenty of medals being won across all age groups. In summing the weekend up, Captain of Swimming, Jack Ryan said that “across the board, Knox Pymble were amazing”.

After competing at the recent CAS, CIS and All School Swim Championships, Lachlan Robertson enjoyed success at this meet. Upon winning two Bronze medals in the 200m and 100m Backstroke, Lachlan said “It felt good to be back in the pool at SOPAC with club mates and our great coaches”.

This success was backed up by coach, Michael Yu – who proudly stated that “up to 95% of our swimmers achieved Personal Best Times at this meet”.

According to Assistant Head Coach, Nick Dobson, “the success of the Knox Pymble Swim Club continues to contribute greatly to the overall success of swimming at Knox”.

Combined Sports

Yrs 7/8 Div 2 Def Barker
Goals - Jack Harty 5, Josh Laing, Lachlan Thompson, Lachlan Voukelatos
Best - Justin Hirsch, Angus Rowe, Baxter Wilson, Will Junnier, Josh Laing
Player’s Player - Josh Laing

Yr 7/8 Div 1 Black Def St Aloysius
Goals - Berend Hollander 4, Tyler Krenkels 2, Hamish Cooper, Jack Roberts, Will Shortis, Edward Ogilvy
Best - Jackson Young, Tyler Krenkels, Jack Roberts, Berend Hollander, Saxon Liddle
Player’s Player - Finn Carolan

Yrs 7/8 Div 1 Blue Def Barker
Goals- Will Shortis 4, Liam Puncher 3, Ed Ogilvy 2, Will Hopkins, Patrick Bolger 2, Harry Lawson 2, Charlie Anderson, Lachie White, Daniel Beattie, Alexander Benson
Best- Will Shortis, Liam Puncher, Patrick Bolger, Dom Goddard, Charlie Anderson
Player’s Player- Dom Goddard

Yrs 9/10 Def St Ignatius 
Goals-Jay Naganayagam 5, Dominic Singarayar, Jude Yates, Henry Smith
Best- Henry Smith, Jude Yates, Jay Naganayagam, Lachlan Dowling, Ethan Ravenhall
Player’s Player- Lachlan Dowling

2nds Def By Shore
Goals - Zac Stewart 2, Riley Freeman
Best - Duncan McMaster, Riley Freeman, Amir Faeghi, Max Richards, Ed Curits
Player’s Player - Ed Curits

1st Def By Shore
Goals - Kale Gabila 2, Campbell Saddington 2, Duncan McMaster, James Bennett, Nic Gallu
Best - Kale Gabila, Campbell Saddington, Nic Gallu, James Bennett, Duncan McMaster, Jack Brasher

Target Shooting
Saturday 27 May. Hornsby Rifle Range.  Long Range- 300m
Students shot 2 sight round and 10 shots rapid fire.

Student Name
Alexander Bahramali
Alexander Voinovich
 35, 2
Angus Ball
Billy Fan
David James
Ethan Hanley
 42, 3
James Cole
John Hunter 34
Ken Sequeira
Nathan Wong
Nic Simpson 45, 3
Nicholas Ferry 40
Ross Cameron 42, 2
Ryan Lin 26
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Mr Angelo Santangelo, Head Fencing Coach

Students were given drills on distance where they practised being close enough to attack but being ready to step back or parry if their attack failed.

Often an attack can miss by centimetres so the boys need to have strategies to work out what to do next which is dependant on what their opponent does in response. The importance of good footwork was emphasised as it can assist in landing an attack or can get a fencer out of range with a few quick steps back, putting the fencer in a position of being ready to attack or parry again. The boys then bouted, including the épée boys for whom distance exercises are especially important.


Mr Stephen Roche, Director of Football

Football Skills Holiday Camp
Tuesday 4 July - Thursday 6 July (Junior)
Tuesday 11 July - Thursday 13 July (Senior)

Curagul Field, North Turramurra
Time: 9am - 1pm

Register online here. All enquiries to Mrs Liz Smith.

2017 Knox Football Skills flyer 2017 Knox Football Skills flyer (262 KB)

Knox vs Waverley CAS round 5
Entertainment ruled the day when Knox 1st X1 hosted league leaders Waverley in round 5. Knox made their intentions clear from the kick off, outclassing a shell-shocked Waverley to dominate play for the first 30 minutes. An emphatic start resulted in Ollie Wiggin converting early for Knox. Shortly after, Hugo Forlico increased the lead on the back of a foul on an in-form Lincoln Tasker Hughes. Not willing to settle with a two goal advantage, Ollie put away his second through a beautiful cross from Lincoln. Knox up 3-0 after 30 minutes. The tide began to turn when Waverley fought back to score from the spot before halftime. The second half produced some great defence from both sides, until Waverley were able to score again, providing the crowd a tense finish. The game would end 3-2 in favour of Knox, pleasing the coach, Kai Lammert. “This was a vital win for us, with plenty of positives to build momentum in the competition,” he said. Knox 2nd X1 hold on to top spot on the ladder, defeating Waverley 2-0. The 3rd’s and 7th’s went down this week, while the 4th’s and 6th’s came away with wins. The 5th’s Xavier Bolger and Alex Zatz scored a brace each in their 8-2 win. 

Year 10 returned to their winning ways this week, with all teams walking away with three points. The 10A’s remain in touch with the league leaders after their 2-1 win over Waverley. Fantastic performances from Nick Boyd and Alex Sun helped Knox to stay within one win of the top spot. 10B’s Mackenzie Harvey scored two in their 4-1 win to remain second on goal difference behind St Aloysius. Will Seitam earned praise with his performance in the 10C’s 3-0 victory, while Hugo Domazet bagged four goals in the 10D’s six to nothing win. The 10E’s Daniel Se and Borty Oung couldn’t stop scoring during their team’s 14-0 win, hitting the back of the net nine times, Daniel with five and Borty four goals. The 10F’s round off a perfect week for Year 10, winning their match 6-0, Bodhi Oliver and Sean Ringrose scoring a brace each there.   

Year 9 experienced no defeats this week, winning seven games and drawing two. The 9A’s cemented their reputation for being the most prolific scorers in the competition. Netting four goals to two in their win to lock up second place on the ladder ahead of Waverley. Blake Wilson and Billy Candrick both receiving high praise from the coach. The 9B’s showed why they are top of their table by some distance, winning their match 6-1 to go seven points clear on the ladder. The crowd were entertained by the 9C’s 5-2 win and performances by Harry Wilson and Richard Hildebrand. The 9D’s and 9H’s both drew their encounters, the D’s game scoreless while eight were scored in the H’s outing. The 9E’s, F’s, and G’s all finished with clean sheets in their wins, while the 9I’s let in just one in an eleven goal game. 

The 8A’s sit in 3rd position on for-and-against after their 1-1 draw with 4th place Waverley, strong performances from Christian Wells and Ryan Cheong contributing. The 8B’s remain undefeated atop the ladder after Johnno Ouyang and Dan Wartho continued their form in a 3-0 victory. The 8D’s Michael Tucker and 8F’s Nicholas Kan played well in their team’s losses. The 8E’s resounding winners 6-0, Nicholas Weickart scoring a hat-trick for Knox. 

Some mixed results sees the 7A’s two wins behind the league leaders, this week’s 1-0 loss to second place Waverley adding to the frustration. Good performances from Caellum Cummings and Dom Allen indicating to the coach the team is ready to build for a strong back end of the season. The 7B’s hold top spot on their ladder, winning 3-0 to stay one point ahead of second place. A brace to Robert Sanderson, backed up by Hamish Graham’s performance, the key to their convincing win. The 7C’s Michael Tan and Michael Dibiase played well in a 2-2 draw, as did Bo Verbeek Wolthuys in the 7D’s 5-0 win. The 7E’s galloped through to a 7-0 win in their match, a hat-trick to Aston Bloom the highlight of the day. Angus Pinn also scored a hat-trick in the 7G’s 8-3 loss, while the 7F’s remained goalless in their four goal defeat. Rounding out the week, Knox 7H were matched up with Trinity F while Knox 7I took on Trinity G. In a combined display of depth for the Knox Football Academy, the two sides were relentless in their wins. The 7H side shared the scoring, winning the match-up 6-0 with six different goal scorers. Alexander Apostolou pleased onlookers with his hat-trick of goals in the I’s 4-0 victory.
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Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Track & Field Balmoral Run
Sunny skies greeted over 1500 runners for the 17th running of the Balmoral Burn charity foot race up the infamous Awaba Street hill. For those who aren’t aware, the street stretches for 420 metres, with a rise of 70 metres and a gradient of 30%! Knox had 12 boys competing which made up three teams in the “King of the Hill” relay

The Knox 1 team of Mitch Westhuizen, James Constable, Zac Wyatt and Ben Fitton had a great run placing a respectable 4th against much older school teams. The Knox 2 team also finished in 5th place which was a sensational result as the team mainly consisting of sprinters. The junior team of Charlie Moore (Year 6), Nick Kellam (Year 7), Christian Martinez (Year 7) and Aidan Lau (Year 7) had a great result considering their age and placed mid field. 

Sam Rockcliff competed as an individual in the Open event placing 8th.

Congratulations to all of the boys who took part in the great event rising money for the Humpty Dumpty foundation.

Track & Field Championships – Wednesday 21 June

While nominations for track and field champs officially closed on Friday, we will accept late nominations until this Friday 2 June to ensure every student is given the opportunity to attend. Please ensure you return the form to Mrs Liz Smith in the KSAA office (near the squash courts).

2017 Track and Field Championships Nomination Form 2017 Track and Field Championships Nomination Form (135 KB)

Cross Country
Barker College were the hosts for Week 5 of the CAS/GPS Cross Country competition. 

Knox started the proceedings with Sam Rockcliff, William Denton and Matthew Pearson in the Junior category. All had great runs on the hilly course at Macquarie Hospital with Rockcliff winning and also Matthew Pearson and Will Denton placed 20th and 55th in CAS respectively. The Intermediate Team of Jackson Croker, Josh Tait,  Mitch Westhuizen, Angus Kellaway, Zac Wyatt, Mac Evans, celebrated a victory in the teams category which was led by Josh Tait who continued his fantastic season by placing 3rd overall. In the Seniors event Ben Fitton and Luke Bray placed 21st and 22nd. Next week the attention turns to a new Cross Country course at John Fisher Park, Curl Curl.

Keep up the great work!

Saturday’s Workout of the Day (WoD) was a timed event in pairs to see who could complete three rounds of the below circuit the quickest (while still maintaining good form):
A 600m run
50 Air Squats (one partner working at a time)
40 push ups (one partner working at a time)
30 Air Balls (one partner working at a time)

Congratulations to the following boys who achieved top scores:
Years 7 and 8 - Sam Harlow & Josh Henderson (Yr. 7) - 22 min 15 sec.
Years 9 and 10 - Sam Carmen, Hayden Frith, Michael Pinn, and Jackson Sault (Year 10) - 27 min. 30 sec.

The Incinerator.

Attendance at SWaT is slowly improving, but just a reminder that the SWaT time for Saturday sport is 11am-12pm. You must attend during this time, so Head Coach, Mr Harry Fotopoulos, can provide guidance and feedback. 

Alternative times are only available by arrangement with Harry.
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Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports, Mr Eric van Arkkels, Head Coach and Ms Annie Gleason, 1st and 2nd Squash Coach

Knox1 1-2 (7-6) N You Lee ,A Soonius ,F Hellen-Ford Adam had a great match with long rallies attacking shots narrowly going down 2-3 , Nic went on next and totally dominated his match winning 3-0 this left Finn to try and secure the team win , all games went long good placement and great volleys just going down 2-3 but got the important game to win 7-6.

K2 1-0 K3 K Tse set the tempo early with some well delivered forehand and cross court drives Karlon also played some clinical drops to completely dominate his match, Z Slonim found his opponent challenging but credit to Zach he never gave up varying his plays but just not enough on the day.

K4 1-2 K5 R Despande played a clinical match with good length and determination varying his shots Rishi was able to dominate early with some well-placed drops a feature of his game, E Bakker was unable to find his rhythm but to Eugene's credit he fought hard chasing every ball but just not enough on the day, C Lee and P Koch played a very entertaining match with some lengthy rallies both boys chased every ball with the lead changing several times Chan played some great back of court drives to Peters credit he also played some well-placed cross court shots taking this game to a five setter with Chan winning 3-2, F Prince set the pace early with good length and control of the "T" Finn varied his shots dominating and winning 3-1 J Ngo worked very hard to compete in this game while Jackson was beaten convincingly he showed great character in never giving up and will only benefit from his determination.

K6 3-0 Giss C William stepping up as number1 player worked hard chasing every ball Chris stayed focused with some well-placed drops and back of court drives giving him the edge in a 3-2 win, L Marinaki found himself again playing two matches he never lost his focus setting the tempo early in both matches Luke played with some great length working the "T" with confidence with some clinical drives and drops. Great effort.

K7 2-0 Barker2 L Hincks E Albany Lachy played a great match dominating every area to win 3-0, Elliot had a very close match good length covered the court well great serves went on to win 3-2 in a hard fought five setter. 

K8 1-2 Northmead1 Knox8 came up against a tough side on the weekend with Archer Bradshaw battling hard but unfortunately fell short against a tough opponent, Victor Zhong played two outstanding matches a great effort in itself he went down fighting against the second ranked player but extraordinarily he overcame a 2-0 deficient to win 3-2. Well Done.

K9 3-0 K10 R Somaiya set the tempo early playing some great serves along with well-placed forehand and cross court drives to give Ricky a 3-0 win ,S Koroknay never found his rhythm varying his shots Steve tried hard but unfortunately wasn't enough on the day , A Lin Lacy played a very determined match with good length controlling the "T" Andy played some very clinical back of court shots to win 3-0 , T Murray found his opponent challenging whilst Tyler chased hard it was just not enough on the day , A Lin Lacy then played his second match of the morning with more intensity than the first match Andy totally dominated to win 3-0 , R Soutar tried hard to compete chasing every ball varying his shots unfortunately not enough on the day.

K11 2-1 K12 A Xu and J Merri  both boys set the tempo early with some well-placed shots great length Arthur also had a great service game to win 3-0 , H Mendes tried hard to stay in the match but struggled with the powerful serves credit to Harrison he never stopped trying ,  Jesse also dominated with some great forehand and cross court shots to win 3-0 S Kim found his opponent challenging Simon never stopped trying just not enough on the day, H Mendes then played his second match varying his drives and drops Harrison dominated and went on to win 3-1 C Beauchamp started slowly going behind 2-0 nil Cameron then fought back with some well-placed drives unfortunately couldn't maintain the pressure going down 1-3. 

K13 3-0 K14 J Harris set the tempo with good length James played some well-placed drives to win 3-1 , S Suresh started well but lost concentration and was unable to find his rhythm going down 1-3 ,F Bryant played a very dominating match with some great forehand and back hand drives Flynn controlled the "T" to win 3-0 , O Weeding never settled with too many unforced errors Oliver tried hard but just not enough on the day. E Sutton started slowly going down 1-0 he then varied his plays with some great drives and boasts Elliot stayed focused  to win 3-1 , A Nipatcharoen started well with some good chasing Akito lost his focus going down 1-3.

K15 2-0 K16 W Degotardi  J Brooks both boys are great rivals and this was another one of these matches played in five sets Will and Jordan chased every ball scores changing several times with Will finally winning 3-2 very competitive match played in the right spirit, A Pan Cassin started slowly but then settled playing some well-placed back of court shots and front of court boasts to win 3-1 S Burhop started well playing with great length Sean unfortunately lost his focus but to his credit didn't give up going down 1-3.

K17 2-1 Barker9 M Walker J Ng special thank you to Mark playing twice with some long rallies being played Mark finally went on to win 3-1 and unfortunately just going down 2-3 in the second match, Jordan started slowly then found his rhythm with good depth and return of serves to win 3-1.

K18 4-0 Barker12 W Thomas L Merhi E J Poier Leo Cheng these boys are showing great progress playing to their strengths controlling the "T" chasing every ball they are all finding the back of court with some well delivered drives both back hand and forehand they totally dominated all there games. Great effort. 

Again a great turn out in the Internal League with some very intense matches played. Well done to all!

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Mr Ben Higgins, Director of Racquet Sports

Saturday saw Knox take on Waverley at home. The 1st team had a tricky assignment with the first pair winning a close battle in their double 7-6/ 7-6. The second pair in the 1st team won with ease to help put Knox into a 4-0 head start. The boys all came out and played some great tennis in their singles and helped the team secure an 8-0 victory. The 2nd team played some brilliant tennis to win 8-0 overall with Hugo La Hei playing some very solid tennis in his singles and helping our Year 8 player Cohen Rinas in the doubles to victory. The 3rd and 4th teams both won comfortably 6-0 to continue their good form. Teams 5th-9th played an internal match play at Morona Avenue.

The Year 10A team played away with the B team at Waverley. The A team had a good win 4-2 whilst the B team lost by 1 game with one of our players not showing up. The team still fort valiantly to lose very closely. Teams C-E played an internal match play also at Morona Avenue.

The Year 9A-D  all played an internal round robin due to Waverley not having a Year 9 team. Teams E-I played an internal round robin at Regimental Park. All of the Year 9 boys have been working very hard on their individual games and it is showing in their performances.

The Year 8A team were the only team in that Year group to play against Waverley. The A team played some great tennis and were too strong for their opponents to get the win 6-0. Teams B, C and D all played match play at Turramurra Park and all worked hard in their matches and continued to improve tactically. Teams E, F and G all played an internal round robin at Regimental Park with the boys playing well and looking to further their skills and positions in the teams.

The Year 7A team lost a close match 3 sets all but lost by 2 games after having to forfeit a singles and doubles match. The B team won in style 6-0 and only dropped 2 games against their opponents. Teams C-H all played internal match play around the area and showed real dedication to furthering their skills.

Overall it was another successful weekend for Knox tennis with all teams working on their games in trainings which is reflecting well in their matches each weekend. Knox won 77% of matches played on the weekend.
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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.