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March 26, 2021

Research suggests that individuals who feel a sense of security, belonging, and trust in their community have better health and well-being, leading to a greater likelihood of reaching their full potential and experiencing success in learning. A sense of community builds a feeling that members belong, feel they matter to one another and the group, and creates a shared belief that needs can be met through their commitment to being together.
 
This year we have continued to build on the strong sense of community across TKS by providing students opportunities to connect beyond their cohort through programs that develop and foster warm, caring and trusting relationships across different Year levels and sub-schools.

Our PP4 to Year 6 buddy program and Prep to Year 6 House Activities actively promote cross-age relationships within the Junior School. These programs help build social and support networks for children beginning at PP4 and promote a sense of community and school belonging. They also provide students with opportunities from Year 3 to take on leadership roles authentically and model care and empathy to younger students.

In Middle School, our Year 7 to Year 9 students arrange fun and engaging activities for Junior School student's participation. The Year 7 students will be running an Easter Egg hunt with our PP3 to Year 1 students just next week. The Year 9 students are currently working on ANZAC Day activities for Junior School students, to be run early in Term 2. Throughout the year, there is also an emphasis on Middle School run House Activities that involve Junior School students.

Our Year 12 Prefects have been particularly active in the Junior School this year. Their enthusiasm to build connections with the Junior School students is palpable. They have driven new initiatives and taken up every opportunity provided. We have seen the representation of Prefects at every assembly, addressing the students or sharing an interest. This week they even led the Junior School assembly. They have also participated in House Activities, visited classrooms to listen to the students read, and played with the younger children at recess and lunch.

One of the benefits of an ELC to Year 12 one-campus school is students' opportunities to build and foster relationships with younger and older peers. Developing relationships and connections across the school allow for authentic leadership opportunities, allow students to reinforce and model School values to one-another, support smooth transitions, and build student confidence that they are part of a safe and supportive community.

Ms Catherine Samuel
Head of Junior School

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.

School Photos have Arrived

Printed copies of student school photos ordered with SchoolPix prior to Thursday 11 February have arrived and were handed out to students during their mentor periods this week.
If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact Michelle Ozcan or SchoolPix directly at 1300 766 055.

Visitors on Site

All visitors on site, including parents are reminded that they need to attend main reception to sign in.

Unwell Children

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. Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. 

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.

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.

RSVP Here

Year 12 prefects reading with Year 1s

On Wednesdays, Year 1 students spend part of their very busy day conquering reading challenges. Year 12 Prefects have seen this as an opportunity to lend their experience and get amongst it all, resulting in some fantastic relationships that tie the whole school together.

Q: What do you get when you cross a Prefect with a Year 1?
A: A strong sense of community!

Top Class Music Excursion

The VCE Season of Excellence festival showcases outstanding VCE student work across several art disciplines. The top performers from the previous VCE Music cohort will be performing at the Top Class Music Concert.

On Tuesday 30 March, our Senior Music students will attend the solo performers' section of the concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, where they will watch some outstanding student performances.

We are very proud to announce that Luna Wang will be performing at this special performance, and we wish her the very best! We know she will do The Knox School proud!

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.

Key Dates

Book Here

Resilience Survey

Over the next week, students from Years 3 to Year 6 will be completing the Resilience Survey. The Resilience Survey is an online survey that collects, analyses, and reports young people's resilience at a cohort level in terms of their strengths, life satisfaction, hopefulness, anxiety and depression, coping style, and risk and protective behaviours. Specifically, the survey measures young people's resilience and wellbeing across nine key domains: Understanding Self, Social Skills, Positive Relationships, Safety, Healthy Body and Healthy Mind, Learning, Positive Attitude, Positive Values, Positive Identity. This data helps us recognise and understand how our students feel about school, home and the community.

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.

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 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.

Code Camp

Our Junior School Co-Curricular activity, Code Camp is back for Term 2.

Find out More

Kelly Sports

Our Junior School Co-Curricular activity, Kelly Sports is back for Term 2.

Find out More

Camp Australia

See the latest information from Camp Australia.

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
 

• Career as an Intelligence & Policy Analyst
• News from Monash University
    • Campus Tours
    • Monash Information Evenings
• William Angliss Experience Day – Online Bake Off
• News from the Australian National University
    • Applications for 2022 Entry
    • Changes to Engineering and Computing Programs from 2021
    • Student Webinars
• JMC Academy
• Fashion, Textiles, & Visual Merchandising Courses in Victoria in 2021
• Snapshot of RMIT University in 2021

Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner

Specialised Sport Training

Attached are the Sport details for the coming week.

Sport Details

EISM Championship Swimming

On Monday, 22 March, The Knox School participated in the EISM Championship Swimming Carnival held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. In total, 17 students represented the school and performed exceptionally well. Below is a list of medal winners. To achieve first place in a given event, they are considered the best swimmer from the 21 EISM schools. A terrific achievement!

 

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