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March 12, 2021

New Facilities

Over the summer holiday break in 2020, the ground floor atrium in the Senior School and one of the classrooms on that floor were completely refurbished. In addition, both Science labs on that level had additional glass added to improve natural light penetration into the atrium space. This opened views of greenery and sky from the atrium.

In the coming Easter break, two further classrooms in the Middle School building will be refurbished, adding to the three classrooms that were refurbished in Semester 2, 2020.

Later in Semester 2, 2021, a significant building project will begin in the Junior School. The current under croft area on the western side of the Dulcie Flinn building will be filled in to create a new reception area and front desk for the Junior School, an office for the Head of Junior School, another for the ELC Coordinator and several meeting rooms.

Junior School extension seen from the North (Burwood Highway)

The space currently occupied by the Junior School office will be extended and completely refurbished to create an additional classroom for the Early Learning Centre. This is in response to demand for places in our ELC and is the first of the more significant projects that have been planned through our architectural master planning process.

Junior School extension seen from the West (main reception car park)

The logistics around this building project are currently being analysed to minimise disruption to day-to-day activities, especially the beginning and end of the day for the duration of the build. This project will be completed during 2021, ready for occupancy either late this year, in the case of the offices and reception areas, and for the new classroom occupancy in 2022.

Plan of the Junior School extension

Another building project will commence late in 2021 and provide a new learning space for Years 4 to 6. This new building will be situated on what is now the southern end of the hockey field, adjacent to the current Pavilion and Middle School buildings. This new building will provide a similar building design to that currently used by Years 4 to 6 in the Robert Read Learning Centre.

The move of Years 4-6 from the RRLC to the new space will allow other refurbishments within the School’s master plan to occur with minimal disruption to day-to-day activities in the short term and provide additional classroom spaces for increasing enrolments.

New Year 4-6 building seen from above

Internal layout of rooms in the new Years 4-6 building.

At the time of writing, the discussions regarding the landscaping around the new Year 4-6 building have just begun. It is envisaged that this landscaping will include a kitchen garden as well as retaining a significant space for Years 4 to 6 on what is currently the northern end of the hockey field.

These are significant projects in the development of the school, reflecting its positive reputation for a personalised approach to education in facilities carefully designed to enhance learning and wellbeing.

Central atrium space in the new Year 4-6 building


There has been considerable media interest in the testimonials submitted mostly by students and former students at schools in Sydney around sexual assault and other forms of inappropriate social and sexual behaviour.

The data suggests that it is mostly in the age bracket of 15 to 19, where young people are most at risk. While not all the victims of sexual assault have been all girls and young women, most are.

At the Knox school we are currently conducting a review of what we teach and how we teach it around sex education, the laws of consent, the social context of consent and how these are supported by our school values.

Several of our school values and the adherence to them by our community will assist in influencing how our young people deal with sensitive and potentially dangerous situations. The values I have in mind are Respect, Care and Empathy and Responsibility. How these values are used in the context of sexual intimacy and consent are almost self-evident. We also need to remember that the cognitive development of an average 15-year-old is not that of an adult, no matter how much the 15-year-old might like to think they are adult-like. The development of their pre-frontal cortex remains a work in progress. This is the part of the brain that defines executive function; the ability to judge risk and stay out of trouble. When the neural pruning of approaching adolescence is added to the equation, we can understand why teenagers tend to take greater risks than the children younger and the adults older than them. Adding access to alcohol and low levels of direct adult supervision in social situations creates a situation that can place teenagers at considerable risk.

The following are some resources available to you as parents that might assist in having appropriate conversations with your children regarding consent, appropriate protective attitudes, and friendly but safe behaviours in social contexts.

We have been advised by SchoolTV that a free-to-access video on consent and sexual assault has been prepared for parents, featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. The video, includes tips for parents on how to initiate a conversation with their children on consent.

An article posted by Curtin University Research Fellow Jacqueline Hendriks may also be helpful for parents.

Mr Allan Shaw
Principal and Chief Executive

No parking on Burwood Highway

The School has been advised that Knox City Council Parking Inspectors attended the Burwood Highway frontage of the School on March 4 and booked some vehicles for parking illegally. They advised they will return soon. Please follow the parking sign restrictions.

Read more about Travelling to and from The Knox School

Pedestrian Safety

A reminder to please use the footpaths and the crossings when using the top carpark. There is a lot of traffic in the morning and afternoon, and it is not safe for children to be crossing or walking in front of or behind parked or moving cars, even when with an adult. It is also important we all model pedestrian road safety to our children.

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!


House Athletics

A reminder that the House Athletics Carnival for Year 7-12 students will be held at Bill Sewart Reserve on Thursday 18 March.

Information has been communicated to parents via Operoo. Parents wishing to attend the event will need to contact Alex Wilson via email to register. Students will be required to wear a mask while travelling to and from the venue and when social distancing is not possible.

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 for Hong Kong and for China and register for Hong Kong and for China zoom meetings.

Key Dates

Year 4 Camp

Next week our Year 4 students and teachers are very excited to be off to Phillip Island for the Year 4 Outdoor Education Camp. This is particularly exciting as our students missed the opportunity last year. They have many fun activities to look forward to, and we will enjoy hearing about these on their return. We wish them a very safe and enjoyable camp.

Book Club




The best gift any parent can give a child is the love of books and the joy and benefits of independent reading for fun. Children who read at home, or are read to, have a head start on reading success in school.

This year we will be participating in 2 Book Clubs (Term1 and 3) and 2 Book Fairs (Term 2 and 4). See further details here

Birthday Treats

A reminder to please avoid bringing birthday treats or other food to share with the class that contain nuts, as we have several students with allergies.

Camp Australia

See 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.

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

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

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

• Engineering Heroes Podcasts
News from Monash University
    • New Certificate Courses
    • Bachelor of Arts - Professional Futures
    • Bachelor's/Master's Program in Arts
• Differences between a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath and Myotherapist
• ADF Gap Year and Information Sessions
• Undergraduate Webinar Series at Victoria University
• Your Career Website
• Travel & Tourism Courses in Victoria in 2021
• Occupational Therapy Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
• Physiotherapy Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
• Snapshot of Bond University in 2021

Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner

Specialised Sport Training

Attached are the Sport details for the coming week.

Sport Details

EISM Swimming

On Tuesday 2 March, approximately 50 Knox students participated in the EISM Division One Swimming Carnival conducted at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Considering our school's size, Knox did exceptionally well, finishing 7th out of 9 schools competing. This places Knox as the 7th best school in the EISM from a field of 21 Independent schools.

The EISM will invite students who performed well at this event to represent our school in the upcoming EISM Champions Swimming Carnival, which is scheduled for Monday 22 March at MSAC. Parents of these students will receive information via Operoo shortly. I would like to thank students who assisted on the evening as officials and those nominated as emergencies. Congratulations once again to our school swimming team.

Wantirna Jetbacks Basketball Club

The Wantirna Jetbacks are looking for more players for the 2021 season.

Zebras Junior Football Club

The Zebras Junior Football club are looking for more members to join their under 9s, under 10s and under 11s.


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