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Three Journeys

I regularly speak with prospective parents at the commencement of School Tours and as this school year draws to a close it is worth relaying some of these messages. Many of you were at the Robert Blackwood Hall for Presentation…

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PL@TKS – an education worth having!

The Board of Directors of The Knox School (TKS) at its last meeting in late August formally endorsed the model of Personalised Learning as the School’s long term strategy. This Strategy defines the focus and key priorities for the School…

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A tale of wonder and delight!

Creativity, design thinking, cross-age tutoring and a real life solution to be developed in designing the furniture for the new Junior School STEAM room (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths)> A classroom abuzz with excitement and action! I have three…

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Smartphones, research data and opinion

There is no doubt we live in rapidly changing times. The smartphone was released just 9 years ago (July 2008) in Australia. It has had a huge impact on us all. We often think of smartphone use as something young…

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School Values and Entrepreneurial Skills

What an unusual headline! How might our school values connect to the development of entrepreneurial and innovative attitudes and skills? The connection is actually strong, though not necessarily obvious. We, along with many other schools enunciate a set, usually a…

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Hopes and Fears for Schooling

I recently sat with parents of International Students over dinner in their own home cities. It was a wonderful experience to meet them and discuss the progress of their children and their hopes and fears for them. As parents we…

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Mainstream media catching up with TKS

During 2016, a number of consultations and presentations associated with The Knox School’s strategic intent focussed on the clear indicators of a very different future jobs market and the pressure on the unwritten but well-known social contract that outlined a…

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IQ, Attitude and Body Language

Last year I was fortunate to listen to Professor Iven Mareels, Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne where he emphasised that he wanted equal numbers of girl and boy students entering his faculty and all of them need…

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Partnerships

In my conversations with parents, staff meetings and addresses to groups, be they inside our school community or more distant, I often stress the importance of a positive and productive partnership between staff and parents. This partnership is the basis…

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