I write to you today with great excitement and gratitude. As the 2024 school year has commenced, I am honoured and privileged to have assumed the role of Acting Head of Senior School.

The opportunity to serve as the Head of Senior School comes with great responsibility, and I am committed to ensuring that our students remain connected, supported, and guided throughout their Senior School journey.

Having been a part of this remarkable community for several years, I have witnessed firsthand the dedication of our staff, the incredible accomplishments of our students, and the unwavering support from our parent community. It is this collective commitment to excellence that inspires me to lead with integrity, compassion, and a student-centred approach.

I had the opportunity to welcome the entire Senior School back in my first address for the academic year. It was a daunting experience but one I will cherish.

I have shared my address with you below:

“Good morning, Senior School and welcome to the new academic school year! It is my privilege to be able to address you for the first time as acting Head of Senior School this year.

As I sat down to write my start of year address so many ideas came to mind. However, it was reading Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to my three kids (Aiden, Harris and Zara) which has always been a cherished tradition in our household that provided the inspiration.

I couldn’t help but reflect on the powerful message hidden within the whimsical tale. Just like Sam-I-Am, who persistently encourages his friend to try something new, we too have the opportunity to embrace new beginnings with an open mind and a sense of adventure.

The story reminds us that sometimes, the things we initially resist or fear, whether that be starting at a new school, studying an accelerated subject or having a new teacher may turn out to be the very things that bring us joy and fulfillment.

“Green Eggs and Ham” teaches us the importance of stepping outside our comfort zones and being open to trying new things. It encourages us to approach life with a sense of adventure and curiosity, knowing that new beginnings can lead to unexpected joys and discoveries.

And so, to our returning Senior School students, you have already experienced the incredible journey that TKS offers, and now it’s time to build upon that foundation. This year presents a fresh start, a chance to set new goals, and an opportunity to challenge yourselves in ways you never thought possible. Embrace the excitement and possibilities that come with a new beginning.

To our new students, starting a new school can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking, but rest assured that you are joining a community that is ready to embrace you with open arms. You are surrounded by teachers, staff, and students who are here to support and guide you on this journey. Welcome this opportunity to make new friends, explore new subjects, and discover your passions. Let this new beginning be the foundation for a successful and fulfilling journey at TKS.

So, as we journey through this year, let us remember the lessons of “Green Eggs and Ham.” Let us embrace the challenges, celebrate the successes, and learn from the setbacks. Who knows what wonderful surprises and opportunities await us in 2024?

Here’s to a year filled with new beginnings, growth, and the joy of discovering our own “green eggs and ham.”

I am aware of the significant role that the Senior School plays in shaping the lives and futures of our students, where academic achievement is complemented by the development of character, values, and wellbeing. My vision for the Senior School is one that embraces innovation, empowers our students to become confident and compassionate leaders, and prepares them to navigate an ever-changing world beyond the gates of The Knox School.

I extend my gratitude to the entire School community for your trust, support, and collaboration. I am confident that together, we will create an environment that inspires and enables our students to achieve their full potential.

Ms Janelle Mathias
Head of Senior School and Head of VCE (acting)