The Principal’s Blog

Allan Shaw
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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

Resilience

One of our core values is Resilience, the mental or psychological skill to properly adapt to stress and adversity. In doing this we each draw upon the best in ourselves and those around us. Building resilience involves creating the three things every parent wants for their child, every teacher wants for their students, and every community wants for its young people. This is for children and teens to have safe, happy and fulfilling lives. The more resilience our students have the more likely they will be to have a safe, happy and fulfilling life. The four interconnected strengths that make up the ... Read More
June 1, 2016barrye
I repeat regularly that a successful education is a partnership between the student, parents and teachers. With young students, parents and teachers carry most of the ‘load’, but never all. As the student becomes older the partnership increasingly becomes an equal three way partnership with the aim that upon exiting Year 12, a small child has grown into an accomplished, well-educated young adult, capable of thriving in the adult world. Based on this, parental involvement in schooling is vital. But how much is not enough or is too much? ... Read More
May 12, 2016barrye
The physical site of a school provides the school community with a sense of place, where the school community forms around your children, our students. We gather to see children grow, develop and thrive, essentially to learn. The physical site, buildings and facilities are a significant influence on our sense of The Knox School, our sense of our place! At the Community Consultation this week a draft Master Plan for the school site was introduced. Access to the consultation draft Master Plan is available via this link. This draft plan has been influenced by staff and parents ... Read More
April 21, 2016barrye
The National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), Mrs Karen Spiller, urged parents to look beyond My School data when evaluating schools. Her comments came as My School 2016 was released by ACARA this week. ‘My School offers parents insight into school performance on NAPLAN tests up to Year 9, but there are a host of parental concerns that the site does not address, and was not designed to address,’ said Mrs Spiller, who is Principal of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Brisbane. ‘It is clear what makes for a quality education ... Read More
March 10, 2016barrye