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April 1, 2021

A thousand fibres connect us

For as long as we can remember, communities have come together in times of joy or sadness, celebration or even times of oppression. Across cultures and traditions, the context may be diverse, yet the connection remains the same. Music provides a mechanism for humans to connect; it channels our shared stories and experiences - it is the bond that unites us. I am sure all of us can relate to a song that marks a moment in time or recall (word for word) the lyrics of that number 1 hit that you sang along with your bestie using a hairbrush for a makeshift mic – just me? I thought not…

So, what better way to end Term 1 here at The Knox School than to come together (for the first time in over a year) and “Rock out” to the sounds of our exceptionally talented TKS performers! From our Junior Rock Band to our Year 12 Rock Band and the highly anticipated debut of The TKS Staff Rock Band, we were treated to an array of hits ranging from The Beatles to Cream and Kylie Minogue! All the classics were on display!
Although our original date of March 25 would have been more like “Wash Out” than “Rock Out” on account of the unpredictable Melbourne weather, the rescheduled evening was glorious with the sun shining beautifully over the Quad and the centre stage quite literally in the spotlight! With perfect pitch and impeccable notes, the wafts of popcorn and hot chips drifting through the air, the Quad was alive with laughter, music and dancing. Even Mr Shaw could not resist the chance to jump onto the stage and demonstrate his prowess on the bongos!

It is fair to say that the last year has been a real test of the strength of all communities worldwide. The global spread of the COVID-19 virus has sent entire cities, states, countries and continents into an unprecedented state of lock-down and isolation.
Although it is undeniable this time has been a challenge for us all, as I reflected on the atmosphere in the Quad last night, it has remained one of hope, collaboration and overall – united resilience. The Staff, Students and Parents at The Knox School remain buoyant, in fact more than that – they are optimistic that, despite the tragedy that continues to play out in the media around us, the TKS community remain undeniably strong.

As our musicians worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to perfect their pieces and we made our plans for the event, we did so with a little uncertainty; would it be permitted to go ahead? Would the weather be kind to us? Would people even want to come? We could not have been happier at the way it all came together; the community came out in force to support the work of our performers and to join together as one. Whether you performed on the stage, danced in the Quad or even sang along from the terrace whilst devouring a delicious ice cream (or perhaps two…) you could not help but be warmed by the spirit that was alive on campus, the warmth that radiated from every smile and every ring of laughter and the sense of belonging that emanated from all corners.

When asked what makes The Knox School such a special place, we often say that TKS is a community bound by a united vision and the strength of authentic relationships, underpinned by strong community values. Last night as I watched the event unfold, surrounded by colleagues, parents, and students, I felt part of something much more tangible. A famous poet once said, “a thousand fibres connect us” and last night, I finally understood the true meaning of his words.

On behalf of all here at TKS, I thank you for being a part of this wonderful community and wish you a wonderful and relaxing Easter break.

Ms Nikki Kirkup
Deputy Principal

The Term 1 Falcon is ready to fly

Our Falcon magazine for Term 1 is now available to read online or download.

The Falcon is a wrap-up of this busy term but still filled with lots of news of all the exciting things that have been happening around the school

Read more in the link below.

Read Here

The Knox School Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023

The Knox School Board has re-endorsed the School’s strategic plan at its meeting at the end of February 2021.

The first version of The Knox School’s strategy of a Personalised Learning focus was published to parents and staff for consultation in 2016 and formally endorsed by the School Board in 2017 after a lengthy and fruitful consultation with some valuable amendments made in the light of feedback.

Read about this and more in the link below.

Read Here

Years 7-12 Parent Teacher Virtual Interview Nights

Year 7-12 Virtual Parent Teacher Interviews are being held on Thursday 22 and Wednesday 28 April.

Interviews commence at 4.00pm and conclude at 8.00pm on both evenings. As successful learning is a partnership between the teacher, student and parents, it is preferred if the students can attend with their parents.

Meetings will occur via Zoom and are booked using the Parent-Teacher-Online (PTO) booking system and will be available to parents to book from Friday 16 April at 9:00am.

Crown Coaches Bus Routes and app

Students who utilise the bus services at TKS that are operated by Crown Coaches now have access to download the Crown Coaches App.

The Crown Coaches App allows families and students to:

•  View scheduled pickup and drop-off times
•  View school bus location during active runs
•  View status of passengers linked to your account only (where and when students
   board and alight the vehicle)
•  Register a student who will not be travelling
•  Receive broadcast messages from operators (ie: delays on route / running late etc.)

The app is free to download from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. For anyone wishing to find out more information about the bus services we operate, please visit our website or email Mrs Beth Higgs

Donor and Volunteer Honour Board

The Knox School and the Falcon Philanthropy Group (FPG) are proud to unveil the first annual Donor and Volunteer Honour Board. This board will be updated in Term 1 each year and is another important step in acknowledging our donors and volunteers' support. This list will also be showcased on our school website (but will not itemise donation sums or hours volunteered).

Thank you to those who were able to give their time, knowledge, wisdom, services, and funds towards the benefit of others throughout 2020. These contributions genuinely support our FPG mantra 'TKS Giving for all'.

We look forward to welcoming our 2020 and 2021 Donors and Volunteers to our official thank you event on 29 October 2021.

If you would like to hear more about the FPG please contact Mr Ted Gale.

Autumn Ensemble Concert

The Intermediate and Senior performing ensembles are working hard to prepare an exciting evening of entertainment for you in Term 2. Please join us in celebrating their achievements on Wednesday 5 May at 7.00pm in the David Abraham Auditorium.

Entry is free but RSVP is essential. Due to Covid-safe measures, bookings are open to immediate family members only.

Book Here

Mother's Day Raffle Donations

The Parent Engagement Group, in conjunction with the School, have commenced planning the upcoming Mother's Day Breakfasts.

We hope to be able to raffle off some wonderful prizes. If you are able to donate any items towards the raffle, please contact Beth Higgs, Community Engagement Coordinator.

Uniform Shop Holiday Trading

Uniform Shop Holiday Trading hours can be found below.

A notice to Year 11 and 12 students that there are discontinued Senior pullovers for sale, reduced to $10 and students can wear them for the next two years.

Click here

Sweet start for SQuAD

The Science Questioning And Design (SQuAD) club launched last Tuesday with an experiment showing how Physics can be used to make ice cream. Salt was added to iced water to lower the temperature at which it freezes and work was applied, by the student, to mix cream and milk. An enjoyable vanilla ice cream was the result. A very sweet experiment!

House Captains and House Mentor Representatives

A big congratulations to the following students who were successful in their respective leadership applications.

We look forward to seeing the wonderful contribution that you can make to your House, your Year Level and most importantly the wider School community in 2021.

Premiers' Reading Challenge

At The Knox School, students from Prep to Year 8 are automatically entered in to the Premiers' Reading Challenge and are encouraged to take part in the Reading Challenge.
Prep to Year 2 students read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Year 3 to Year 8 students read 15 books, 10 of these must be Challenge books.

Challenge books are available from the Library and are clearly marked as Challenged books. Challenged books are also available from our Wheelers eBook Library.

Books are entered online. View the website for more information on the Challenge, to add books or to view the booklists

Students who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier after the Challenge finishes on the 3 of September.

Key Dates

Darrell Lea Easter Colouring Competition

Mr Nick Wakeling MP, in conjunction with Darrell Lea, generously donated two additional prizes per primary school in his electorate for entries in the Darrell Lea Easter Colouring Competition.

Many amazing entries were submitted, but two lucky TKS students were selected to win prizes based on their originality and initiative. Congratulations to Nicola in Year 1 and Cecilia in Year 2, who were presented with their prizes on Wednesday.

Book Here

Playing our part to build a national picture of child health

In early 2021, our School and thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC gives us a national picture of children's development, health, and wellbeing in their first year of full-time school. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools, and governments plan services and develop better policies to target children and families' support. Children don't miss any class time, and parents/carers don't need to supply schools with any new information for the census.

The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level - it isn't an assessment of individual children. Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don't need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census. To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families, visit the AEDC website If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Junior School.

Junior School Co-Curricular Activities

The Junior School Co-Curricular handbook has been updated for Term 2. The handbook is always available to view on The Knox School website under the Essential Links tab

Most programs commence in Week 1 and run through the entire term, however, please check the details for your child’s chosen activity, as some programs run on alternate dates.

Read Here

Junior School Assembly

Watch our Junior School assemblies live. This link will be active each assembly week from 8.45am. The next Junior School Assembly is on Friday 23 April, This assembly will focus on understanding ANZAC Day and some of the symbols and traditions associated with ANZAC Day.

Anzac Biscuits For Sale

Years 4-6 have the opportunity to buy ANZAC Biscuits to enjoy on Tuesday 27 April. These must be pre-ordered. Students wishing to buy ANZAC Biscuits are to bring their order to their classroom teacher by Wednesday 21 April (Term 2 Week 1). They do this by bringing in a brown paper bag with their name, class and order clearly labelled on the front of the bag, and the correct change inside the bag. (We will, unfortunately, be unable to offer any change in the bag.) All proceeds will be given to an ANZAC related charity in the local area.
Rolled Oats
Golden syrup
Caster sugar
Desiccated coconut
Bicarb soda
Plain flour
1 cookie $1
2 cookies $1.50
3 cookies $2.50

Young Engineers

Our Junior School Co-Curricular activity, Young Engineers is back for Term 2.

Find out More

Camp Australia

See the latest information from Camp Australia.

Elephant Education

On Tuesday 23 March, Year 8 students participated in a presentation by Dr. Stiglec on the human reproductive system as part of the wellbeing program. This provided them with a scientific understanding of both the female and male reproductive systems.

As a follow up to this presentation, students also participated in a workshop run by Elephant Ed on Sex and Social Media on Tuesday 30 March.

Students had the opportunity to ask anonymous questions in both sessions and most of these were answered, but we encourage you to discuss this with your child at home. For more information on both sessions click here.

Road Smart Program

As part of the Road Smart program that Year 10 students participated in last week, students have the opportunity to complete eLearning and receive a FREE in-car session with an approved instructor, reinforcing the key road safety messages they learned. Students who did the Road-Smart program in 2020 or 2019 are also eligible for this in-car FREE session.

Visit Road Smart to find out more or contact one of the local Road Smart accredited driving instructors

Ready for the Road Driving School
Suburb: Vermont South
Contact: Michael Villani
Mobile: 0429961014
Email: mvillani@bigpond.com

The Drive School
Suburb: Ferntree Gully
Contact: John Ierufi
Mobile: 0415 378 755
email: john@thedriveschool.com.au

121 Driving Academy
Suburb: Burwood East
Contact: Sridhar Ramaiah
Mobile: 0421 935 331
Email: sridhar5@tpg.com.au

Olivia Huang
Suburb: Burwood
Mobile: 0401 975 021
Email: auswellux@hotmail.com

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 under the For Students tab.  

Key points in this weeks' Career News

• ‘Talk with’ Webinars at ACU
• Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership Information Session
• RMIT University - Discover What’s Next Webinar Series
• Careers in Agriculture
• Changes to Student Contributions towards University Degrees
• Animation & Gaming Courses in Victoria in 2021
• Photography Courses on offer in Victoria 2021
• Snapshot of The University of Otago (NZ) in 2021

Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner


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