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March 05, 2021

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th, a worldwide event acknowledging women's achievement on a global scale. The associated series of events provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made thus far and recognise the generation that will continue advancing the agenda for gender equality now and in the future.
This year, the campaign slogan "Choose to Challenge" [i] acknowledges the spirit of the current generation of young people in our schools, referred to as Gen Z and Gen Alpha, for those born in 2010 and beyond. Growing up in a complex and often volatile global environment (we need to look no further than 2020 to see this), Gen Z and Gen Alpha are quite unlike any other. Whilst Millennials are often referred to as the "Me Generation" with a focus on the self, these generations are anchored collectively by their inherent search for truth – the "True Gen" [ii]
This nuance can be observed in their day-to-day behaviour, willing to mobilise for causes and their desire to avoid narrow labels. They demonstrate genuine, ethical concerns and believe in the efficacy of dialogue to improve the condition of the world in which they live. Causes championed on a global stage by notable female figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg have garnered much attention and deservedly so; however, it is not merely the celebrated few who will make an impact in our journey towards sustainable equality.

At The Knox School, we are proud to be a part of an environment that recognises, celebrates and supports equality across all aspects of our community. Underpinned by an ethos of Collective Individualism, we recognise that we are all part of a collective whole: students, staff, parents and the broader TKS landscape. Championing the individualism of each member of our community, we unify under our shared School Values and collaborate to make an impact on the world around us.

The IWD 2021 campaign purports that "a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change" At TKS, we strive to enable our students to not only survive but to thrive within the world in which they will find themselves. To achieve this, we recognise that it is our responsibility to safeguard equal access to all opportunity and to role model positive behaviours. We endeavour to personalise the experience for each student, ensuring they feel a sense of value and personal belonging. We avoid stereotypes, and we uphold inclusivity.

We see this in action every day as our students take on new challenges, embracing diverse opportunities with endless possibilities. In removing all barriers to what can be achieved, we generate the potential for our students to grow unharnessed by stereotypes or gender bias. Through our range of courses and co-curricular programs, we provide a secure framework for them to develop as individuals and a safe platform for their voice to be heard.

We understand the significance of alignment between rhetoric and reality; in other words, we don't just talk the talk; we also walk the walk! Embracing the spirit of #ChooseToChallenge this International Women's Day, we will host a series of events, kicking off with a student assembly where we will host guest speaker Eliza McNamara, a midfielder for the Melbourne Footy Club playing the AFLW. In her first season at the Dees, Eliza has already found her form being described as "ferocious as they come, and she won't back down!" Eliza is a wonderful example of an individual who refuses to be defined by stereotypes and one who always chooses to challenge (where appropriate) on or off the field! Eliza will share her journey with our students and take part in a Q&A session hosted by our student leaders.

Throughout the week, staff and Students at The Knox School will strike the Choose To Challenge pose, raise our hand's high to show we are in, celebrating the collective strength of our TKS community. Be sure to look out for the images which will be on display on the screens around the TKS campus and through our social media channels using the hashtags: #ChooseToChallenge, #iwd2021 and #findyourniche.

As we celebrate IWD 2021 through the series of events at The Knox School, I encourage you to reflect on not only the array of strong and influential women in your life but also on the importance of equality within our community and how privileged we are to experience that day to day.

As a community, we can support our students to not accept gender as a pre-written book, but to empower them to challenge the stereotypes and write their own chapters; to let them see that their actions are their pen and that they too can create, rather than be defined, by history! At TKS, we will continue to support and enable our current generation of students to discover their individual voice and empower their sense of collective agency to ensure they can be the generation to generate the change the world so badly needs.

At The Knox School, we are proud to be an organisation that supports the IWD2021 "Choose To Challenge" campaign. As a co-educational school from ELC-VCE, we believe The Knox School is the optimal environment to role model to our students of all ages the importance of equality of opportunity for all.

At TKS this International Women's Day, not only do we acknowledge the inspirational female role models in our lives but also celebrate the spirit of the current generation of students who will be the generation to generate sustainable change.

[i] https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
[ii] https://www.mckinsey.com

Ms Nikki Kirkup
Deputy Principal

Travelling to TKS

The commute to and from school is a daily undertaking that for all families and involves considerable organisation. With 700 students, over 100 staff, and on any day an unknown number of visitors seeking to enter the gates, the management of vehicle and pedestrian arrival and departure is an important part of ensuring student safety.

Please read the following document regarding travelling to and from The Knox School.

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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.

School Data Collection

Find details of what data we provide to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in the link below.

Further Details

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!


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.

Footy with Fletch

Click the link below to listen to Footy with Fletch podcast episode 16, an Interview with the Senior Coach of the Collingwood AFLW Team, Steve Symonds

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Key Dates

Relay for Life Postponed 

Knox Relay for Life on Saturday 13th March has been postponed. This does not affect our registrations or fundraising, but simply gives us more time to recruit more team members and raise more money! The new date will be advised once it is confirmed. Currently we have raised $4,000 and hope to raise much more.

We would love you to be part of our team at this fantastic community event, which raises much needed funds for the Cancer Council.

Relay for Life is a wonderful and fun community event. If you would like to join the TKS team, please register at the link below. If you cannot 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 in our Junior School.

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Camp Australia

See the latest information from Camp Australia

Uniform Special

A notice to Year 11 and 12 students that there are discontinued Senior pullovers for sale, reduced to $50 in the Uniform Shop. Students can wear them for the next two years.

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.

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

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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


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.

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.  

Dates to Diarise in Term 1

• Engineering Heroes Podcasts
• News from Monash University
    • Bachelor of International Business
    • Find your Fit in IT – Quick Quiz
    • Interesting Double Degrees
• Studying Law at Bond University
• New Bachelor of Data Science at RMIT University
• Courses offered by AIM – Melbourne Campus
• Games Design Courses in Victoria in 2021
• Aviation Courses in Victoria in 2021 
•Snapshot of Deakin University in 2021

Jacky Burton
Career Development Practitioner

Specialised Sport Training

Attached are the Sport details for the coming week.

Sport Details

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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