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February 26, 2021

Much careful thought and discussion by many staff are invested in who becomes the next set of School Captains. This includes a significant focus on leadership training in Year 11 and often in prior years, selection processes including interviews and activities and especially drawing upon the knowledge and expertise of members of the student peer group, Year levels on either side, and staff, both teaching and general staff, through a voting process. This provides me and others with valuable advice and insight into the capacities of students who have nominated.

Our Values proudly define the Knox School and as such the process is conducted with Respect and Care and Empathy for those involved as a nomination requires a level of confidence, vulnerability and Resilience. Our collective Responsibility is to ensure the process selects the very best people, for it represents a significant recognition of Achievement for them and the School. We are a mixed gender school and a meritocracy. The responsibility for the choices made rests with me, although the process involves many others.

This process has been delayed in 2020/2021 due to disruptions, beyond our control, to regular school routines.

It is my pleasure to advise you of the outcome of this highly focused activity occurring over the last few weeks.

The School Captains for 2021 are: Olivia Black and Emily Roche

The School Vice Captains for 2021 are: Peter Pfukwa and Sadhana Sughesh

They will lead a Prefect group and a Year 12 group of considerable capacity. Other staff and I look forward to working with them, and the entire school community looks forward to the contribution they will make over the coming 12 months. Please congratulate them, support and assist them in performing these significant responsibilities.

Mr Allan Shaw
Principal and Chief Executive

Travelling to TKS

The commute to and from school is a daily undertaking that for all families and involves considerable organisation. With 700 students, over 100 staff, and on any day an unknown number of visitors seeking to enter the gates, the management of vehicle and pedestrian arrival and departure is an important part of ensuring student safety.

Please read the following document regarding travelling to and from The Knox School.

Read Here

Unwell Student Guidelines

A gentle reminder to please not send your child to school if they are unwell, especially with cold / virus like symptoms. If they exhibit cold or flu like symptoms please take them for COVID testing and isolate until you receive a negative result. If you need to give your child paracetamol for cold or flu like symptoms, they should not be coming to school. By keeping your child home if unwell you will help prevent infections spreading, others becoming sick and also needing to test and isolate.

School Data Collection

Find details of what data we provide to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in the link below.

Further Details

Mark your calendars, Rock Out March is back, live and in-person on 25 March.

On the night you’ll hear bands from all year levels, current staff and past Falconians, it’s an event not to be missed. Be sure to RSVP your interest!


AEAS Online Events

The Knox School is participating in the AEAS Online Open Day in Hong Kong on Saturday 13 March 2021 and AEAS Online Fair in China on Saturday 20 March and Sunday 21 March 2021. Please help The Knox School spread the news in your circle of friends and social community and encourage them to explore The Knox School page HERE for Hong Kong and HERE for China and register HERE for Hong Kong and HERE for China zoom meetings.

Become an Expert Science Adviser

Do you have expertise in an area of  science? Would you like to share your knowledge and your passion with students? Your experience can help shape, inspire, and motivate TKS students!

The Expert Science Advisor program aims to match student queries with expert advice from our science community. From Astronaut to Zoologist and anything in between – if you think you can help, we would love for you to be part of this initiative.

Your involvement could be as simple as responding to email, organised video calls or being invited to campus as a guest speaker.

Email Us

Teacher Experiences in Lockdown

 As a part of our Monash Education partnership, our staff wrote three articles for ACER’s Teacher Magazine on the experiences and learnings gained from lockdown.
Learning from lockdown – a catalyst for teacher agency
Learning from lockdown – redefining school community collaboration
Learning from lockdown – teacher wellbeing

House Swimming Carnival

We are pleased to announce that Lawrence House were the winners of the House Swimming Carnival held at Croydon Memorial Pool on Monday 22 February. Congratulations to all students who participated in the activities.

Congratulations to the following Age Group Champions from the House Swimming Carnival.

Year 5: Tobias Weber and Olivia Charmichael
Year 6: William Zhu and Sophia Wang
Year 7: Nikhil Indalkar and Erin Haig  
Year 8: Kohilan Balanathan and Kayla Sautner
Year 9: Fangzhou Li and  Cherise Ncube
Year 10: Tyler Damen and Nicoletta Lim 
Year 11: Rahul Daudia and Imogen Worthy 
Year 12: Angus McConnell and Charlotte Whittle

EISM Swimming

Congratulations to the students who have been chosen to represent The Knox School at the EISM Division One Swimming Carnival, held at MSAC on Tuesday 2 March.

Unfortunately parents are unable to attend this event and all participants will be required to wear a face mask while travelling to and from the pool. Information has been sent to parents/guardians via Operoo to provide permission for their child to attend.

Year 9 Live Concert Experience: Cheetham and Beethoven

Our Year 9 Music Students have been invited to attend a unique and engaging, live evening concert performance of “Cheetham and Beethoven” presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall on Monday 1 March 2021.
Parents/Guardians are to drop students at Glen Waverley Station at 4.50pm for a 5.09pm train and then collect students from Glen Waverley Station at 8.15pm. School uniform is not required, but students must dress appropriately in neat casual attire. Face masks are required whilst travelling on public transport and in indoor spaces.

Students must also bring their own myki with sufficient funds for a daily zone 1-2 fare.

Key Dates

If you want to witness a natural display of a sense of wonder, observe a child. A child's whole world is viewed through the eyes of wonder and excitement. A child has no judgements of why things are so, but rather a child is in awe of life and views life through innocence, purity, and curiosity.
- Mary Paleologos, Huffington Post

Every day the ELC students have the opportunity to experience a sense of wonder through a range of engaging and purposeful activities carefully considered and often student-directed. Many of these opportunities are play-based, allowing students to learn through discovery, experimentation, improvisation, and imagination. Their natural disposition is one of curiosity, and this curiosity fosters questioning, learning and connections in their very young minds. It is a joy to watch and be part of each day.

At The Knox School, we recognise the importance of fostering curiosity in our students, far beyond the early years. Students are encouraged to be curious by seeking and acquiring new knowledge, skills, and ways to understand the world.

Curiosity can be a powerful attribute that motivates students to learn and keeps them learning throughout their lives. Curiosity facilitates engagement, critical thinking, and reasoning. We see it when we observe children and teens exploring their environment, asking questions, taking learning further, connecting with people, and seeking new learning experiences.
From ELC to Year 12, the learning design nurtures and encourage students' intellectual curiosity through three interconnecting journeys. Students are shaped through the intellectual mind's development – building a solid foundation in academic knowledge, understanding, and skills. Students are provoked by opportunities to practice and apply skills, create new ideas, translate them into practical applications through creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Third, students are positioned to develop character and contribute and engage with the local and broader community.

As significant adults in our children's lives, we should encourage and foster curiosity at home and school. By intentionally and consciously encouraging a young person's curiosity, we provide a platform to support a love of learning and have a lasting impact in ways that cannot be measured by grades alone.

You can teach students a lesson for a day, but if you can teach them to learn by creating curiosity, they will continue the learning process as long as they live.
- Clay P Bedford

Ms Catherine Samuel
Head of Junior School

Term 1 Parent-Teacher Meetings

On Monday 1 March and Thursday 4 March, parents will have an opportunity to meet classroom and specialist teachers. Parent-Teacher meetings provide an invaluable opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s learning progress, achievements, and areas for continued focus with the classroom teacher.

Bookings are now open, click here for further details and booking information.

Team TKS at Knox Relay for Life Saturday 13 March

The Knox School will again have a team at the Knox Relay for Life, held on Saturday 13 March at Knox Athletics Track. Team numbers are growing, and we have raised over $2600 to date, with just over 2 weeks to go.

The event has been shortened this year and will not be an overnight event, instead running from 12.00pm to 10.00pm on the Saturday. We would love you to be part of our team at this fantastic community event, which raises much needed funds for the Cancer Council.

Relay for Life is a wonderful and fun community event. If you would like to join the TKS team, please register at the link below. If you cannot join the team, you can still contribute to our fundraising efforts by donating to the TKS team through the link. If you have any questions, please email Nicola in our Junior School.

Two of our amazing TKS students have also given an exceptional donation to support those undergoing cancer treatment by donating their hair for wigs. Thank you to Hope Luciano in Year 3 and Emily Arnott (Class of 2020) for their incredibly generous and selfless donations. 

Find out More

Camp Australia

Click here for the latest information from Camp Australia

Road Smart Drivers Education

On Tuesday 23 March, Year 10 Students will be participating in the Road Smart program. Students are also encouraged to register for a FREE driving lesson or a FREE off-road driving experience. To take up this offer, visit the link HERE

The Road Smart Program includes free eLearning modules along with the free driving lesson to help reinforce the key road safety messages.

SAC Calendar

The first iteration of the SAC calendar for all Unit 1-4 studies can be found via the attached link. These dates are good guidelines to assist students in their planning, yet will be subject to change should a consensus between the teacher and students be reached. The most current form of the SAC calendar will be also posted on SEQTA for all future versions, and uploaded to Teams for students to download their own copy and personalise it for their subjects.

SAC Calendar

VCE Jackets

The VCE Jackets ordered by Year 12 students will be delivered for the start of Term Two. Payment of $85 can be made through the School's payment portal. Select the "events and other payments" option and be sure to list your name for reference

Pay Here

Academic Tutoring

Our Alumni Tutors are available to all students on Tuesdays from 3 - 5pm in the library, and to Senior School Students in the Senior Building during Period 1 and 2 on Thursdays and Fridays. The lists here can be used to see what specialist help is available


Please note that students are expected to arrive on time to school for the start of each day, even when Flexible Learning Periods or Study Periods are timetabled.

Please see the Career News for this week and a reminder that this newsletter, as well as previous newsletters that have been sent out, can be found on the Knox School Careers website here under the For Students tab.  

Please see the Career News for the upcoming week here.

Dates to Diarise in Term 1
• What does a Blogger do?
• Postgraduate Pathways to Engineering at Monash University
• The Bachelor of International Studies at Deakin University
• Applications for 2022 Entry at ANU
• Studying Digital Media at RMIT
• UCAT - Entry to Medical Courses in 2022
• Agriculture Degrees in Victoria in 2021
• Park Ranger Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
• Snapshot - Blue Mountains Hotel Management School in 2021
• Snapshot of the International College of Hotel Management in 2021

Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner

Specialised Sport Training

Attached are the Sport details for the coming week.

Sport Details


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