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February 19, 2021



Term 1 has seen a slightly different start to the year for students; first was the special program for the opening two days of Term that was heavily focused on social and emotional well-being as underlining academic achievement and second was the snap 3-day lockdown this week. In reflecting on the first three weeks, I am reminded that the aim of the program for the first two days was to continue the growth of the culture at The Knox School that is welcoming, comfortable and supportive of students to achieve their best at all times. Feedback has been positive and has done much to foster a sense of belonging and pride in being a TKS student.

The connection students feel with the School is not limited to teachers and students – it is essential parents are connected to TKS, too, as they complete the 3-way partnership that is integral to students’ success. It was lovely to see the Junior School Parents at the Information Night and the Year 7 Parents at the Welcome Night enjoying meeting each other and the teachers. Further success of the special two-day program was evidenced by the Year 7 students who were quick to join their new-found friends and the wonderful sound of laughter drifting across from the Hockey Pitch.

Without a solid foundation and relationships built on trust and respect, little learning of worth will happen. When there is a connection, students will feel valued, be willing to take risks and ultimately thrive. The quality of relationships is important – it cannot just be lip service – and is further fostered through the House Program and the Mentor, who are the first point of contact for both teachers and students.

It is these relationships and connections that allowed The Knox School to transition into Home Campus, with minimal disruption to learning. While it was not without its challenges, particularly for the students new to The Knox School, the connections made with teachers enabled students to feel comfortable with the different mode of delivery, with mutual respect replicating an environment conducive to learning and one that allows for mistakes to be made in good humour, with the purpose of improving practices.

The Mentor Night interviews for Year 7 to 12 students and the Junior School Welcome Night at the start of Term provided the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between parents and the School, cementing the notion for students that they are strongly supported by people who are invested in; and committed to, their development. The House Program in Secondary School (Middle and Senior School) is diverse in its offerings and students are encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available at TKS, concurrently challenging students to be independent, critical thinkers.

The Knox School acknowledges parents as the primary educators of their children. As a School, we are explicit about our School Values – Responsibility, Respect, Resilience, Care and Empathy, and Achievement – and our strength and effectiveness as a School relies on the partnership between home and School working in tandem to deliver a constant message. Through clear communication and positive connections, we improve the learning opportunities and create an environment in which all students can flourish.

I look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2021 and celebrating the successes of students at The Knox School.

Mrs Toni-Ann Bright
Head of Middle School

Year 5 to 12 House Swimming

An Important reminder that the House Swimming Carnival will continue as planned on Monday 22 February at Croydon Memorial Pool.

Please ensure you provide permission for your child to attend via Operoo. Students will need to wear a mask while travelling to and from the pool and unfortunately parents will not be able to attend the event as spectators.

Wantirna South and Boronia Corona Virus Advice

Victorians with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms are being urged to get tested following the detection of viral fragments in Victoria’s expanded wastewater monitoring program.

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.

Parking on Burwood Hwy

A reminder stopping or parking on Burwood Hwy can create visibility difficulties for cars entering and exiting the School.

The School encourages parents not to park on Burwood Hwy but use the designated Kiss and Drop and Pick-up Zones.

School Data Collection

See attached in the link below details about what data we provide to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Further Details

VCE Top Class - Luna Wang

After achieving an outstanding result in 2020 with a perfect study score of 50 in VCE Music Investigation Unit 3/4, Yue (Luna) Wang received an invitation from the VCAA to audition for the Top Class Music concert. This concert is part of a series showcasing outstanding VCE Performing Arts students from the previous year’s VCE Unit 3/4 studies. After a successful audition in a very competitive field, Luna has been invited to perform at the concert and she will present a performance on the Guzheng (Chinese Zither) to a sold-out audience at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 13 March. Congratulations Luna, this achievement is a great recognition of your hard work and dedication.

Luna would also like to express her gratitude to her accompanist, Ms Erin Brown, who plays a crucial part in Luna’s performances.

Men's Australian Open Final - Laura Stone

Our very own Laura Stone has been chosen for the ballkids squad for the Men’s Final at the Australian Open on Sunday night. This will be an unforgettable experience! Congratulations Laura!

Leading schools for the future: Lessons learned from the COVID lockdown

While the COVID restrictions presented challenges for education, for The Knox School, the growth and development from the experience was transformational. Read more about our experience in Monash University publication, Lens.

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

Elevate Education Webinar

Elevate Education is hosting a webinar series for TKS parents on Wednesday 24 February on supporting their children for the 2021 school year. Elevate Education works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how to better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school.

The webinar is run live online from 6pm – 7pm where the presenter will share Elevate’s key research and skills, and will conduct a live Q&A so you can ask them questions directly. Registration is essential and is free for parents of The Knox School.

Register Here

Leadership Assembly

Join us for this year's Middle and Senior Student Leadership and Celebration of Achievement Assembly which will be livestreamed to parents on 23 February 2021 at 11.15am - 12.20pm.

Please note the link will not work until the day of the event.

Livestream Here

Join a TKS Choir

If you love to sing and express who you are, then come join a choral ensemble in the Music Department. All students are welcome and rehearsals occur each week.

Senior Choir – Year 7 - 12
Tuesday 3pm - 4pm, Auditorium

Murana Voices – Years 4 - 6
Wednesday 8am - 8:30am, Auditorium Foyer

Piccolo Voices – Year 2 - 3
Thursday Lunchtime MR2 (upstairs music classroom)

Maths Club

Maths Club runs each Tuesday lunchtime throughout the year. It provides a number of activities for students in Years 7 - 12:

Extension and enrichment – activities to extend and apply what is learned in the maths classroom.

Competitions – preparation for formal mathematics competitions, as individuals or in teams.

Maths Assistance and Catch-Up – students can come along to seek assistance with the work they have been doing in maths classes.

Maths Homework – student may wish to come along to do their maths homework, knowing there is someone there to assist if they need help.

Maths Club meets in Room 413 (upstairs in the Middle School Building) from 12.40 – 1.40pm. Students may bring their lunch along with them. Please direct any enquires to Mr Sheehan or Mr Morris.

Key Dates

Banking Program

A friendly reminder that the Junior School Banking Program will resume on Friday 26 February.

Junior School Picnic

Unfortunately, the Junior School Picnic will not go ahead due to public gatherings being limited to twenty family and friends.

We will hopefully be able to come together at Rock Out March later in the term.

Junior School Assembly

Please CLICK HERE for the link to the JS Assembly live feed. This link will be active each assembly week from 8.45am.

The next Junior School Assembly is on Friday 26 February.

We will announce the Semester One SRC Representatives at this assembly.

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. Click here for further details.

Camp Australia

Click here for the latest information from Camp Australia

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

Attendance

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.

A final reminder to Year 11 and 12 students that the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course will take place on Saturday 20 February – please collect a form from the Careers office if you are interested in participating.

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
• News from Deakin University
• CompareED: Inspired Decisions, Limitless Possibilities
• Group of Eight Universities
• Careers in Journalism
• Health Fact Sheets
• The Hansen Scholarship 2022 at The University of Melbourne
• News from Monash University
  - Biomedical Engineering Specialisation
  - Why study Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences?
• Studying Screen and Media at Footscray Film School
• Film & Television Courses in Victoria in 2021
• Snapshot of Swinburne University in 2021

Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner

Specialised Sport Training

Attached are the Sport details for Week 4.

Sport Details

Play AFL with the Mitcham Tigers

Mitcham Junior Football Club is looking for more female players for our teams in the following age groups, and would love you to join us at the Tigers!

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