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January 29, 2021

Welcome and Welcome Back

A special and warm welcome to all of those who are new to The Knox School community and whose children started at school today. Welcome back to all who are returning for the 2021 school year.

Yesterday, I spent some time walking around visiting classrooms and while I can't promise I visited every classroom, I certainly visited many to say hello and enjoyed talking with students in the grounds during the day. What impressed me yesterday was the gentle and warm welcome the new people received and the quiet buzz that existed in the school no more than half an hour after commencement.
From our very youngest to our ‘old hands’ in year 12, I know 2021 will be a positive and productive year. The adolescents in Middle School and the young people in the Senior School missed out on many opportunities for small and large group social interaction in 2020 and so we had a special programme in these first days to practise some of those group skills and team-building skills, to revisit and refine organisational, record-keeping, study and time management skills, in preparation for the year ahead. It was great to talk with Year 12 students and their parents at the Year 12 Information Evening last night.

Yesterday morning, I was privileged to take part with all of Year 7 in ‘ice breaker bingo’. It was really good fun and I got to learn a few names and faces. Believe it or not, I am familiar with a year seven student who tells me they love spinach and while I could not find someone who had a haircut last week, it wasn't hard to find someone who has blue pyjamas and who has a cat for a pet. Did you know, Mrs Cook's favourite meal is breakfast and the Head of Chisholm House, Mr Brand is one of three boys in his family?

The Chair of the Board of The Knox School, Ms Wendy Lewis was awarded an OAM on Australia day for ‘service to the not-for-profit sector and to education’. On behalf of all of those in the school community, I offer Wendy our heartiest congratulations on this wonderful honour bestowed upon her for the volunteer work she has done over many years.
I am sure 2021 will bring its challenges but let's hope they are nothing like what we managed in 2020 and whatever those challenges are, if we handle them as well as we did those in 2020, we will again thrive and grow as a community.
I wish your children the very best for 2021 at school and to all of you, I look forward to working with you in the months to come.

Allan Shaw
Principal and Chief Executive

School Photo Day

A reminder that School Photo Day will be taking place on Thursday 11 February, a timetable will be sent out to parents in the coming days. Students should receive order forms from their teachers next week. Should you have any inquiries please contact Michelle Ozcan. Please note SchoolPix are no longer accepting any cash payments.

Sibling Photos

A reminder to order sibling photos online prior to School Photo Day. Sibling photos will be taken in the Auditorium Foyer beginning at 8.20am. Parents of siblings, please send your children directly to the Auditorium Foyer for their photo upon arrival at School.

Parents on Campus

In keeping with the current COVID-Safe guidelines, parents and visitors to the School are subject to density limits, physical distancing requirements and registration if on-site for longer than 15 minutes.

Apply now for an Academic Scholarship

Academic Scholarships are available for new and current students entering into Years 7, 9 or 10 in 2022 who demonstrate outstanding academic ability.

Students applying for this scholarship will be required to sit an exam conducted by Edutest. This scholarship offers a discount of 50 per cent off the tuition fees and is tenable until the end of Year 12.

Find Out More

Ensembles re-commence next week

A reminder that music ensembles start back up next week, see the timetable below


Middle and Senior Leadership Assembly

Save the date for this year's Student Leadership and Celebration of Achievement Assembly which will be livestreamed to parents on 16 February 2021 at 11.20am - 12.40pm. Please note the link will not work until the day of the event.

Livestream Here

House Mentor Night

Year 7 – 12 Parents are warmly encouraged to secure a 15-minute virtual appointment with their child’s Mentor (formerly referred to as Tutor) in the upcoming House Nights, on Monday 8 and Wednesday 10 February between 4pm and 8pm.

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Year 7 - 12 Sport

The Sport Department, coaches and students are very excited about the return to Sport in 2021. Please find attached the Sport details for next week which will also be emailed to all students in Years 7 - 12 and Mentor teachers.

In summary

Monday 1 February - Year 7 students will participate in a variety of athletic disciplines, followed by trials for their chosen Term 4 Sport.
Wednesday 3 February - Senior students will participate in Term 1 trials in preparation for the weekly EISM competition which commences the following week on Wednesday 10th February.

Thursday 4 February - Year 8 and 9 students will participate in a variety of athletic disciplines, followed by trials for their chosen Term 4 Sport.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of students trying out for some teams, not all students will be successful in being selected for their chosen sport. Therefore, where possible, a number of training sessions are conducted by our Sport coaches who run a variety of training drills and simulated match practise sessions to determine the final team. Students in Years 8 and 9 will have ample opportunity to demonstrate their ability, however, the only training session for Senior students will be Wednesday 3 February as matches commence the following week. Usually, senior students would have had the opportunity for a training session last year, but due to Covid and our inability to mix year levels, this was unfortunately unable to occur. Students who are unsuccessful in making their chosen sport are given the opportunity to trial for their second preference.

Please note that our House Swimming Carnival will be conducted on Monday 22 February. Students will have the opportunity to register for events in upcoming Mentor Group sessions. In preparation for the House Swimming Carnival and the EISM Swimming Carnival, students are given the opportunity to train at King Swim, located on Mountain Highway, commencing on Monday 8 February. Students who are interested in this opportunity should contact Mr Wilson and information will be sent to parents via Operoo.

More detailed information regarding sport can be found here

Auditions Open for Senior Play

“Getting away with murder must be quite easy provided that one’s motive is sufficiently inscrutable”

Auditions for the 2021 Senior Play, The Real Inspector Hound begin next week. If your interest is on the stage, a speaking or non-speaking role, or as backstage and technical support, if you’re a student in years 10-12, we want you! Sign up now on the sheet outside the music office.

Footy with Fletch

Fletch Fraser, one of our Year 12 students runs a football podcast called Footy with Fletch. Tune in to his podcast here This week on Footy with Fletch, Fletch Fraser talks with Brisbane Lions Midfield Coach, Dale Tapping.

Relay For Life

The Knox School will again have a team at the Knox Relay for Life, to be held on Saturday 13 March at Knox Athletics Track.
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. The idea of the relay is to have at least one member of the team on the track at all times during the event. Relay for Life is a fantastic and fun community event – stay through the event, or just come for an hour or so. If you would like to join the TKS team, please register at the link below. If you are unable to 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 Thomas in the Junior School

Click here to Join or Donate

Key Dates

It has been wonderful to welcome our Year 1 to Year 6 students back to school this week and have our ELC students participate in their Orientation sessions, and Prep students come in for some one-on-one transition activities. Thank you to those families who joined us virtually for our first Junior School Assembly since Term 1 2020. It was quite special to have the students back together after such a long time. 
Catherine Samuel
Head of Junior School

Junior School Information Evening

A reminder that on Tuesday 2 February at 7.00pm is the Junior School Information Evening. Parents are invited to attend an information session with their child’s teacher in their classroom, in which you will understand the day-to-day running and organisation of the classroom, expectations for the year, and some information about events and activities that will be coming up throughout the year. Refreshments will follow the classroom session in the Pavilion. We look forward to seeing parents at this time.

Junior School Volunteer Sessions

We warmly welcome parents interested in in becoming a classroom helper to attend an information session on Tuesday 9 February and Thursday 11 February in the Auditorium. All classroom helpers will be required to take part in training sessions and require a valid Working with Children Check

Co-Curricular activities

Cocurricular Activities are scheduled to begin on the week of Monday 8 February.

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ELC Enrolments for 2022

If you have a child eligible for Pre-Prep 3 or Pre-Prep 4 in 2022 and are interested in enrolling or need more information on ELC or ELC Tours, please contact Tania Castles in the Registrar’s Office.

The demand to enter Pre-Prep is high and the school will offer priority placement to current parents providing an enrolment form has been submitted at least 12 months prior.

Junior School Parent Helpers

Throughout the year, there are various activities run successfully thanks to the support and assistance of parents, who generously give their time and support. So that we can continue to provide these opportunities for the students and Junior School community, we are seeking volunteers to be involved in the following:

• Junior School Banking Program
• Mother’s Day stall
• Father’s Day stall
• Year Level Classroom Reps

Please contact Nicola Thomas in the Junior School Office, if you would be interested in assisting with one of these activities or finding out further information.

Junior Sport Information

Information about SDSSA Swimming Qualifying can be found here and information about our co-curricular activity, Kelly Sports can be found here

Camp Australia

Bookings for Camp Australia 2021 now open see below for more information

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Final Reminder for Year 7 Welcome Evening

By way of welcoming you to the start of your Secondary School Journey, it is our pleasure to invite our families of Year 7 students to a Welcome Evening on 3 February. On the night you will have the opportunity to meet other parents and key staff who will be guiding your child through this important transition. Bookings close tonight and due to COVID restrictions booking are essential.

Book Tickets Here

Math Pathways in Year 7 and 8

Our year 7 and 8 students engage with mathematics through a personalised digital maths program, Math Pathways.

Math Pathways allows our students to learn theory, study examples and respond to questions in a way that allows students taking control of their own learning, with the guidance, support and intervention of the teacher.

Learn more.

Welcome to the new school year. Those of you that are joining us for the first time, a big welcome to each of you, and I will enjoy getting to know you over the course of the year.

As the new school year commences, students are reminded that I will be emailing a weekly Career Newsletter. I encourage each of you to read over the contents and make sure you do not miss out on opportunities and important information. Each week there will be information about new university courses, university and TAFE events, as well as information about other activities/opportunities. 

I also invite all of you to have a look at the Careers website which is a fabulous one-stop shop of information. If you register your details under the secure For Students tab, you will have access to all sorts of resources including interesting quizzes, as well as résumé and cover letter templates should you are applying for a part-time job. 

A reminder that Year 10 & 11 students can drop in to my office before school, during recesses and at lunchtimes for a chat, and Year 12’s can make appointments to see me during your Private Study periods.

Finally, parents and guardians are invited to subscribe to weekly Career Newsletter please email me at and I will add your contact details to the distribution list.
Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner


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