Opportunity Knox

At The Knox School, you will never be stuck for things to do.
Opportunities are everywhere and there is something for everyone at every level. These are just a few of the choices you will have:

Equestrian

Riding Lessons

Private riding lessons are offered to students from Prep to Year 12 in a six weekly block throughout the year. Each week the students are involved in one hour of practical riding with a qualified instructor and one hour of horse management and theory. Lessons take place in the indoor arena at the Balmoral Equestrian Centre in Narre Warren North. The Centre has become well known for its high standard of training, trustworthy mounts, tuition and above all, an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. The program is always a highlight for our students.

For further information please contact the Equestrian Team Coordinator, Mrs Maree Barter on 8805 3800 or maree.barter@knox.vic.edu.au

The Equestrian Program

The Knox School Equestrian Program is a unique program designed for students of all ages and ability levels providing them with a
hands-on experience. Students are able to participate in private lessons on trustworthy mounts. As learning progresses, students can focus on their area of interest, whether it is dressage or jumping. The program focuses on positive experiences and having fun, stressing the fundamentals of riding technique, theory of equitation, horse care and above all, safety.

The Equestrian Team

Many of our students are advanced riders who are selected to be part of the Knox Equestrian team and compete at local and regional inter-school horse shows. The aim is to participate in the sport in a competitive arena with other schools. The team’s focus is not about “blue ribbons”, but about being a member of a team, collegiate support for each other, the enjoyment and excitement of participating in inter-school horse shows. The Knox School’s Equestrian team has been very successful at many inter-school competitions.

Camps

Camps commence in Year 2 where students participate in an overnight stay at Scienceworks. This experience supports the academic program as well as providing an exciting and safe first ‘camping’ experience. In Year 3 students take part in an a camp is held at Lady Northcote YMCA with a focus on developing collaborative skills such as problem solving, team-building and experiencing different challenges. Our Year 4 students consolidate their Inquiry-based Learning Unit on ‘Gold’ with a three-day trip to Sovereign Hill.

Year 5 and 6 go together to Merricks, a picturesque location on Western Port Bay. Students from both year levels will have worked productively together during the year and will be able to continue to do so during camp. Although attending together, both Year 5 and 6 undertake separate programs.

Year 7 camp to Campaspe Downs near Kyneton provides an ideal opportunity early in the academic year for students to bond. It also gives students the chance to build on their skills and confidence while undertaking a range of challenging, team-building activities.

Year 8 students take part in adventurous team-building activities at Camp Rumbug near Foster. Year 9 students have Science Camp – a week at Merricks and Phillip Island where they participate in a wide range of activities designed to provide them with an appreciation of marine flora and fauna, as well as an understanding of the importance of conservation, ecosystems and environmental sustainability.

The Year 10 camp to Healesville aims to allow students to develop their academic, social and emotional skills in a setting suited to growth and personal development.

There are no additional costs for compulsory camps.

Music and Performing Arts

The curricular and co-curricular music offerings at The Knox School are interlinked. This means that, in the myriad of Music Ensembles, activities and events available, participating students may use this involvement to contribute to their music coursework, and of course they may also participate just for the love of music. At The Knox School, we encourage students to perform a range of music styles across a number of ensembles, but we also strongly encourage a culture of creativity through composition, arranging and student conducting of music ensembles.

The Knox School offers a diverse Choral Program, including the Pengana Voices for middle and senior school girls, the Piccolo Voices and Murana Voices for Junior School students and the Senior Choir.

Our Instrumental Ensemble and Band Program are similarly extensive, offering opportunities for students in the Training Concert Band, the Senior Concert Band, The Chamber Orchestra and the highly acclaimed TKS Big Band. We also have a healthy Strings and Wind Program, represented by the Falcon Strings and the Flute Choir. We also offer a popular Guitar Ensemble, a jazz ensemble, an energetic Percussion Group and an improvisation class.

Students involved in the co-curricular Music Program often perform at school assemblies and music concerts throughout the year. They regularly represent the school at official functions within the Knox community and compete in local, national and international music competitions. A growing touring program enables students to expand their view of the world through music and each year an intensive music camp is held to hone the skills of our developing instrumentalists. The world of music is yours at The Knox School – the only limit is your imagination!

Chess

Students who enjoy mental challenges and problem solving are offered the chance to practice and develop their skills in the game of chess and in other mind challenging games.

Students work individually and in small groups on activities that develop their analytical and strategy skills. Students are encouraged to enter competitions, challenging other students, staff and guests in chess games.

Debating

Debating provides students with the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills.

Students will become familiar with successful public speaking, in order to confidently prepare and deliver a speech, debate or present. These skills will be utilised and refined as they become involved with organising, adjudicating and participating in a series of class debating competitions. Through debating, students will learn to develop and defend a strong argument, while working co-operatively and successfully in a team.

The Knox School competes and succeeds in many debating events. Inter-House and Inter-School debating begins in the Middle School with competitions running through to the Senior College.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an international leadership program available for young people aged fourteen to twenty five. Participants are involved in service, skill, physical recreation and expedition activities designed to provide young people with opportunities to reach goals and develop skills such as goal setting, teamwork, decision making and leadership.

In addition to earning an internationally recognised Award, participants are able to provide evidence of extra-curricular activity which can be attractive to employers and give an edge when seeking employment opportunities.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is all about relationships. Challenging outdoor activities are used as a medium for students to explore and learn in three distinct areas of education – personal development, social development and environmental education.

The Outdoor Education experience begins in Year 9, as an elective subject. Students are involved in a practical based course, which includes single day outings involving bushwalking, orienteering, canoeing, cross-country skiing, rafting, mountain bike riding, rock climbing and abseiling. A popular program amongst students, it provides an opportunity to experience a range of activities and learn about the precious and unique environments associated with each.

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds is a national interschool problem solving program designed to challenge the minds of students from both primary and secondary schools. It is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended problems from one of the following disciplines: Language Literature, Maths, Engineering or Social Sciences.

The Knox School has taken part in Tournament of Minds since 1989. On several occasions we have progressed to State, National and Australasian Pacific finals.

The Knox School’s outstanding success in the Tournament of Minds is credit to the creativity, ingenuity and problem solving ability of our students.