The Principal’s Blog

Allan Shaw
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The 2015 school year draws to a close; 2016 rises above the horizon and the Festive Season lies in between. In my last communication I wrote of ending and beginnings, the natural cycle of school life, divided into academic years. The excitement of new energy and the perspective of experienced but new wisdom was described in terms of our two significant new appointments to the executive staff of the School. But it is also a time of some sadness as well-loved, successful and loyal staff find it is time for them to move into a new stage of their ... Read More
December 11, 2015barrye
Term Four is a time for mixed emotions in schools! It is a natural time for conclusions, finishing and departures, and also for new beginnings and plans for the future. Year 12 exams have all but finished and that group of young men and women are both finishing a major part of their lives and new doors are opening for them. It is sad and exciting at the same time. For their parents, it is often the end of a long association with The Knox School also. In several cases it is the end of a 15 year ... Read More
November 16, 2015barrye

A very special time

The last few weeks have been full of formal School events and many informal events of note. I have now experienced two Year 12 Valedictory Dinners and they are impressive community events. I have many years of experiences of Valedictory Dinners in a number of schools. The event at The Knox School is special and symbolises so much that is good about the relationships and culture of the School and its community. Valedictory Dinners by virtue of their name must have a degree of formality to them. It is a symbolically charged evening: the formal farewell, the ‘sending out’ of ... Read More
October 27, 2015barrye

Farewell Year 12

At the start of each term we hold an assembly for the whole school (with an exception made for the very young children). The start of term assembly this week was the last for the current Year 12 class. I spoke about them to the whole school. It is usual for the senior group in the school to be a major influence on the tone and culture of the school. I was pleased to be able to talk about this group positively. As a group they have led the school well. Their own leadership group have led by example ... Read More
October 20, 2015barrye

Our Core Values

Values are the ideals that give significance to our lives, that are reflected through the priorities we choose, and that we act on consistently and repeatedly. Hall, Brian. 1994. Values Shift: A Guide to Personal and Organisation Transformation. Rockport. MA. Twin Lights Publishers Inc. For something to be of value, it must be chosen from amongst alternatives and acknowledged as worthy by its owners. The draft values that follow have been chosen from amongst others after being worked through a long process by the staff and school board; they are now open to consultation through the broader school community. ... Read More
October 9, 2015barrye
Middle School students completed a range of surveys mid-year that gathered data on their levels of resilience, mental health and well-being, and levels of hope and optimism. The surveys used were scientifically validated, reliable and internationally accepted measures for data gathering in these areas. The data analysis was conducted by independent third party professionals at arm’s length from the school. All individual data was aggregated and disconnected from any individual identifying features. The adolescent years are a time of significant growth and change and thus can be problematic. As an experienced educator, I know that it is in these ... Read More
October 5, 2015barrye
Individual student NAPLAN results arrived home late last term and where applicable, I trust you have had an opportunity to consider them. These results provide a point in time (May 2015) result for one form of writing (persuasive), punctuation, grammar, spelling and numeracy. These are important and necessary aspects of a good education but insufficient to describe, measure or judge a great education. While you have had the individual results for a few weeks we have been carefully analysing overall results and reflecting on the result for each of the four year group cohorts that took the tests. I am ... Read More
October 5, 2015barrye

Term Four begins…

At the start of each term we hold an assembly for the whole school (with an exception made for the very young children). The start of term assembly this week was the last for the current Year 12 class. I spoke about them to the whole school. It is usual for the senior group in the school to be a major influence on the tone and culture of the school. I was pleased to be able to talk about this group positively. As a group they have led the school well. Their own leadership group has led by example ... Read More
October 5, 2015barrye
The last few weeks have been very busy and productive, which is normal in a strong independent school culture. I was very pleased to be able to announce to the school community the appointment of Ms Heather Ablett as the new Head of the Junior School. Ms Ablett, along with the previously announced appointment of Mr Cameron Bacholer as Vice Principal (Teaching and Learning), provides a powerful basis for the further development of The Knox School in the years to come; building on the strong foundations of focussed student academic growth that I see occur each day in ... Read More
August 31, 2015barrye
One year ago, I commenced as Principal at The Knox School and in some of my introductory comments I commented that I was proud to be associated with the School community and would strive to serve it well. That remains the case and if anything my pride in the School and its community has grown as I have come to know the School, the community and individuals, students, parents and staff. The School has a proud set of achievements in its relatively young history and we build upon the work of those who have preceded us in further ... Read More
July 20, 2015barrye