The Principal’s Blog

Allan Shaw
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This year I commissioned an independent, confidential ‘experience’ survey of the 2016 Years 2, 5, 8 and 12 parents and Year 12 students as part of our commitment to continually monitor and improve the quality of education we provide to our students. We greatly value the views of parents and students. This information is most important for the School for our operational and strategic planning, as well as tracking changes in our performance. A total of 104 parents and 64 students completed the survey. We are most grateful to parents for their time and effort in assisting us ... Read More
December 5, 2016barrye

Interconnected Learning

Driving on country roads is enjoyable and can also provide time for some reflection. Such an opportunity this week allowed me to consider the learning my younger son has been undertaking in sitting his VCE exams and by extrapolation, the learning that our Year 12 students may also have been doing over the last week or so. The VCE exams are set by the State to test our students’ learning in their academic subjects. This is useful and an important task of itself and personal best academic results are our goal as individuals (students), our wish for our ... Read More
November 2, 2016barrye
Traditional, independent school values indicate that the best education is an education of the head, heart and soul. That is, the best education focuses on the whole person. This could be described as a strong academic education, supportive pastoral care building a strong sense of wellbeing and a rich, rewarding and cocurricular program, all operating within a positive and clear set of commonly held values. We take this rounded approach to a child’s education at The Knox School. To date we have done so based on tradition and insight: if a school focuses on student wellbeing, a good ... Read More
October 12, 2016barrye
Students, Heads of Schools, and Parents, We hope your holidays were productive and a nice breather. First I would like to open this speech with some quotes: Tom Brokaw: “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”Eleanor Roosevelt: “Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events and great minds discuss ideas.” Quotes serve as a stepping stone to an idea that one can choose to explore. ... Read More
October 7, 2016barrye
Our NAPLAN results for students in Junior School are exceptionally good for the second year running and solid in the Middle School. For the School to average well above the state for each skill tested, at each year level, is a significant achievement. Indeed, while NAPLAN is an individual undertaking, the collective results of students in Years 3 and 5 particularly are formidable and I write with confidence that they would compare favourably with any school in the nation. Year 3 In Reading, Writing, and Grammar and Punctuation, 25% of students are around or above the top 10% ... Read More
September 9, 2016barrye
I would like to draw your attention to two articles, quite separate in intent that indicate the challenges and opportunities that face your children, our students, as they move into the adult world after graduating from the caring environment of The Knox School. Alan Finkel is Australia’s Chief Scientist and wrote an opinion piece in The Australian of August 29 that reflected on societal expectations of tertiary education. At The Knox School, we have an enviable record of placing students into their tertiary education course of choice, and do so for all our students, each year. A bachelor’s degree ... Read More
August 30, 2016barrye
Our NAPLAN results for students in Junior School are exceptionally good for the second year running and solid in the Middle School. For the School to average well above the state for each skill tested, at each year level, is a significant achievement. Indeed, while NAPLAN is an individual undertaking, the collective results of students in Years 3 and 5 particularly are formidable and I write with confidence that they would compare favourably with any school in the nation. Year 3 In Reading, Writing, and Grammar and Punctuation, 25% of students are around or above the top 10% ... Read More
August 30, 2016barrye
In The Falcon (June 3), I outlined the Safe, Happy and Fulfilling Pathways Framework that underpins the data we have gleaned from surveys taken by your children, our students in Years 5-12 earlier this year. This outline of the framework which might allow you to better understand what follows is available on the school website in two places, my blog site or where copies of The Falcon are housed. In this edition of The Falcon, I will focus on the results for Middle School students (Years 7-9). In the responses from students in Years 7-9, over 60% of ... Read More
August 10, 2016barrye
In The Falcon (June 3), I outlined the Safe, Happy and Fulfilling Pathways Framework that underpins the data we have gleaned from surveys taken by your children, our students in Years 5-12 earlier this year. This outline of the framework which might allow you to better understand what follows is available in two places: my blog site (http://www.knox.vic.edu.au/resilience/) or where copies of The Falcon are housed (http://www.knox.vic.edu.au/falcon). In this post, I will focus on the results for upper primary school aged students (Years 5 & 6) and Middle School students in an upcoming edition of The Falcon ... Read More
July 22, 2016barrye
In the last issue of The Falcon (June 3), I outlined the Safe, Happy and Fulfilling Pathways Framework that underpins the data we have gleaned from surveys taken by your children, our students in Years 5-12 earlier this year. This outline of the framework which might allow you to better understand what follows is available on the school website in two places, my blog site (http://www.knox.vic.edu.au/resilience/) or where copies of The Falcon are housed (http://www.knox.vic.edu.au/falcon). In this edition, I will focus on the results for Senior College students (Years 10-12) and on groups of younger students in ... Read More
June 23, 2016barrye