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Creativity

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Erich Fromm Much has been written about the need to prepare students for a future where they will be doing work that does not yet exist. The New Work Mindset…

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Leadership

"Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and most importantly a way of communicating’ Simon Sinek This week I was fortunate enough to attend the Senior School Leadership Assembly, after just last week holding the Junior School…

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You’ll find your niche

They say it takes a village to raise a child and indeed, it takes a village to welcome a new Deputy Principal! This has been my experience of my recent welcome into the community at The Knox School. From my…

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Focus for 2020

At the Year 12 Information Evening, held on the first day of school, I asked Year 12 students and their parents to tell us what is important to them for the year ahead. This is the word-cloud that they produced.…

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Resilience

Resilience“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou Growing up in a small community in the North of England, I consider myself to have had a relatively trouble-free…

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The PISA Illusion

In the latter months of 2019, much was made in the media of Australia’s PISA results. There was significant criticism that Australia’s results were falling and that this was a significant issue. PISA is the Program for International Student Assessment…

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How do we talk to children about bushfires?

Australians grow up with the notion and reality of bushfires. Thankfully, for most of us bushfires are not part of our practical experience. For those for whom bushfire has been a part of our lived experience, it is usually an…

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VCE results 2019

Any way you look at it, Year 12 is hard work and a challenge; mentally, physically and emotionally. There is never a way around that and we admire each and every student in the Year 12 cohort for taking on…

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Parent Survey Results

Each year, parents of ELC, Years 2, 5, 8 and 12 are asked to complete a Parent Satisfaction Survey. This was done in early August 2019. The results have been with me and other senior staff now for a few…

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International Students – A revitalised tradition

The Knox School has the enviable record and tradition of hosting International Students for over thirty years. We have highly developed in-house expertise, policy and practice to ensure International Students are welcomed, embedded in the school and valued as young…

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