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March 19, 2021

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is an important day in our school calendar where we stand with other schools across Australia to say ‘Bullying. No Way!’

Whilst today marks the 11th year of this National Day, at The Knox School we’re proud to say ‘Bullying. No Way!’ each and every day. With our Core Values guiding our practice and expectation within our community, Respect, Responsibility, and Care and Empathy determine that there is no place for bullying in our community.

Across the whole school, our bullying prevention initiatives this week put a spotlight on our stance, which fosters looking out for each other and standing up for what is right. Students are engaged in creating and participating in presentations, making banners and chatterboxes, expressing anti-bullying pledges in bunting and creating posters. We encourage students to take hold of the issue and talk about what works.

Senior Students in their assembly this week said “No Way” to bullying and violence, shown in this short video, and at the forefront of our whole-school objectives, we have been exploring how to use our school values to help us resolve conflict. Of particular interest to the TKS community is how to become a helpful bystander, prepared to call out unacceptable behaviours.

Bullying occurs when there is an intention to intimidate or harm someone perceived as vulnerable in a repeated or ongoing fashion. At the Knox School, we are very proud of our students’ overarching acceptance of each other, where Respect, Responsibility, and Care and Empathy foster a compassionate attitude, where students are able to learn, and staff are able to work, in an environment which is not only free from harassment but enables all of us to strive towards our personal best.

Our anti-bullying policy is available in the student Record Book and via the school website’s Essential Links, or can be found here

Ms Suzanne van Strien
Principal and Chief Executive

Unwell Children

Please could we ask that you do not send your child to school if they are unwell. This is to help reduce the transmission of seasonal colds and viruses between staff and students and the impact of taking time away from school and work to get tested and stay home until well.
In line with Victorian Government guidelines, please take you child for COVID testing if they have any symptoms associated with COVID, however mild. These include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, aches and pains, headache.

Please keep them at home until they receive a negative result and are completely well to avoid infecting others.

Several children have been diagnosed with RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. See the factsheet from The Royal Children’s Hospital as it describes this infection very well.

If you have any enquiries please contact the school nurse, Colleen Norvill

NAPLAN Coordinated Practice Test 2021

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be conducted for Year 3, 5, 7 and 9, and will take place in Term 2 between Monday 10 May and Friday 21 May.

In preparation for NAPLAN, a Co-ordinated Practice Test will take place on Thursday 25 March. Students will be advised of the requirements for the Practice Test, which will familiarise students with the testing process, particularly the online platform.

More details regarding the National Assessment Program will be provided closer to the assessment dates.

See the NAPLAN website for more information regarding NAPLAN. Any questions can be directed to the Head of Junior School, Ms Catherine Samuel or the Head of Middle School, Mrs Toni-Ann Bright

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.

House Athletics

The House Athletics Carnival conducted at Bill Sewart Reserve on Thursday 18 March. In beautiful conditions, Lawrence House was the overall winner, narrowly defeating second place Paterson by only 14 points.

Lawrence has now won both the House Swimming and Athletics Carnivals and set their sights on the House Cross Country, scheduled for Wednesday 12 May. Congratulations to all students who participated in the activities.

A number of students will be invited to represent The Knox School at the EISM Division Two Athletics Carnival held at Lakeside Stadium on Thursday 29 April.

Information will be sent shortly to parents/guardians via Operoo to provide permission for their child to attend.

Congratulations to the following Age Group Champions from the
House Athletics Carnival

Year 7: Nikhil Indalkar and Aleisha Cormick
Year 8: Kohilan Balanathan, Kayla Sautner and Jacqueline Ring
Year 9: Tisakya Munasinghe, Alex Stodolak, Dinadi Sethehuwa and Cherise Ncube
Year 10: Jason Cormick and Georgia Howe
Year 11: David Guo and Sophia Siddle
Year 12: Peter Pfukwa and Emily Roche

Mother's Day

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.

Please look out for the invitation to the event which will be sent shortly in knoxmail. We hope you can join us

Less than one week until we Rock Out March!

With food trucks, student led stalls and bands from across all of the TKS community, it’s one you don’t want to miss.

If you haven’t RSVP’d already, do so now! All guest must register their attendance on the night aligned with COVIDSafe Guidelines


Student Run Stalls at Rock Out March

There will be a number of student run stalls at Rock Out March such as the Fresh Popcorn stall, the TKS Diner selling burgers and potato twists and Sweet Station selling various sweet goods. Please bring cash along and support our students!

AEAS Online Events

The Knox School is participating in the 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 and register for zoom meetings.

Key Dates

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.

A friendly reminder to please have your Book Club orders done online by no later than this Friday 6pm 19 March

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

Mobile phones and smartwatches in Junior School

A reminder that if a Junior School student has a mobile phone or smartwatch, they should be switched off and kept in schools bags during School hours. If students need to contact a parent during the school day, they should do so through the Junior School office or Main Reception. At no time should a student record or take photos during the school day unless part of classroom activity.

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 26 March, featuring the Year 2 students.

Darrell Lea Easter Colouring Competition

Reminder that all completed entries should be given to Nicola in the Junior School Office by Monday 22 March

Year 3-6 Swimming

The Swimming Program commences next week for all students in Years 3-6 and will run over 8 sessions. Please make sure your child brings their bathers, towel, goggles, swimming cap and a plastic bag for wet clothing on all days of the program.

Students will swim on the following days:
Monday 22 March – Wednesday 24 March and Friday 26 March (no swimming on Thursday 25 March) Monday 29 March – Thursday 1 April

If you have not already done so, please ensure you have read the information in Operoo and accepted this event. Any enquiries can be directed to Ms Morgenthaler

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

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 Deakin University
    • Deakin Campus Tours – April School Holidays
    • New Education and Teaching Course Finder Tool
• Early Leaders Program at Swinburne University
• Studying Design Courses at RMIT University
• Freight, Transport, and Logistics
• Event Planning Courses in Victoria in 2021
• Human Resources Courses on offer in Victoria in 2021
• Snapshot of The Australian National University (ANU) 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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