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Secondary School 2019

Co-Curricular Handbook

INTRODUCTION This booklet has been developed to assist students and parents in their understanding of the Co-curricular Program at The Knox School. It is an overview only and details may vary from time to time. It should be used as a guide when deciding in which activities students wish to participate.

CO-CURRICULAR CLUBS AND ORGANISATIONS The Co-curricular Program is an integral part of the broad range of learning experiences offered to students of The Knox School. The School offers an extensive array of co-curricular activities and aims to cater for the diverse interests and talents of our students. This booklet provides a brief outline of each activity available to students for 2019. If you are interested in any of the activities listed in this book, please make contact via email to the person in charge of the activity who will communicate when the program will commence.

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Contents 3D Printing, Doodling and Design


Board Game Club


Australian STEM Video Game Challenge


Bond University Mooting Competition


Homework Club


Book Club and Publications Activity


Bridge Building


Ceramics Club


Chemisty and Physics Olympiad


Conrad Challenge


Private Music Tuition


Music Ensembles


Cross Country Training


da Vinci Decathlon


Debating Club


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


Chinese English Speaking Club


Entrepreneurship Club


German Club


VEX Robotics


Writing and Publishing Club


Senior School Production (Dramatic)


Tournament of Minds


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3D Printing, Doodling and Design Information: Students learn how to use Tinkercad to create 3D designs. Designing their own mobile phone stand or case, or a case for their ear buds, students are limited only by their imagination. Students will use Tinkercad to create their designs and have the opportunity to develop their own masterpieces for printing. Students will also learn how to doodle with 3D pens. This activity may be done individually or in pairs. When: Lunch times Where: Room 408. Contact: Dr Jane Lawrence –

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Board Game Club Information: Playing board games offers students the perfect opportunity to relax for a while away from digital technologies, helping them to develop friendships in a social surrounding. Playing board games is not only fun but it helps students to connect with each other and to build interpersonal relationships in an atmosphere of competitive fun. Many of the games require strategy, critical thinking and sometimes teamwork or alliances, keeping everyone engaged and having fun together. So if students wish to explore a new hobby, make some new friends or just want to relax during a lunch hour, come and play some board games! When: Wednesday lunch time Where: Year 7 Centre Contact: Mrs Amanda McCleery –

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Australian STEM Video Game Challenge Information: Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge invites Australian students to learn important skills for the future through the process of designing and building an original video game. The 2019 theme for all games is “Emergence”, and students must use this as the basis for their game. All levels of programming ability are catered for, and students can choose their own programming language. There are great prizes, including the chance to have their game on display at one of the largest electronic entertainment exhibitions in the southern hemisphere – PAX! When: Wednesday lunchtime Where: Room 205 Eligibility: Years 7 to 12 students Contact: Mr Travis Parker – More information can be found at

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Bond University High School Mooting Competition Information: The National High School Mooting Competition is designed to share Bond Law’s knowledge and skills in advocacy and oral presentation with students who are interested in a career in law or in expanding their horizons. In 2019, the competition will be held on campus at Bond University, Gold Coast. Participation provides students with the opportunity to: • Be challenged by preparing, articulating and defending legal submissions • Experience courtroom environments • Mount legal arguments before one or more Judges • Apply legal rules to real life cases • Gain insight into the workings of the legal system • Compete nationally for Bond University’s Judge John Newton Mooting Scholarships When: As negotiated plus out of hours planning Eligibility: Years 10 to 12 students with an interest in advocacy, the law in practice and a dedication to working hard beyond the usual academic workload. Contact: Mr Ben Ritchie –

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Homework Club Information: Homework Club is the opportunity for Middle and Senior School students to receive extra support for any of their literacy-based subjects. The club is friendly and relaxed; students can bring their lunch and receive help with their homework. Students are also assisted with study skills and preparation for tests and examinations. When: Lunchtimes on Days 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 Where: Room 407 Contact: Dr Wendy Church –

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Book Club and Publications Activity Information: Book Club/Publications Activity is an opportunity for students to discuss books they have read with each other in a small group setting. It also offers them the opportunity to write short reviews of their readings for possible publication in the school magazine. The students benefit from working in a small group, in an environment that encourages them to express opinions and improve their analytical, critical thinking as well as further develop their oral and writing skills. When: TBA Where: Room 413 Contact: Mrs Debbie Tan -

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Bridge Building Information: Students participating in this activity will have the opportunity to engage in a ‘real-world’ experience as a possible future engineer. Using STEM as the backbone, students will need to discover, ideate, filter, prototype and reflect as they meet the challenges of this competition. Students will design and construct a bridge using limited materials to meet the guidelines outlined by the competition organisers. The students will represent the School at Scienceworks in September where their bridge will be judged against other schools by professional engineers. There is a digital component to this competition too for those students who enjoy using AutoCAD or SketchUp. When: Tuesday lunchtime, commencing Term 2 Where: Rooms 504 and AR1 Eligibility: Year 8 students Contact: Mrs Carol Cartwright -

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Ceramics Club Information: Middle School students who attend Ceramics Club will have the opportunity to expand their hand-building skills using clay. They can ‘throw’ vases and bowls using the pottery wheel, learn how to refine their finished work so it looks professional, create objects using slab and coil techniques, explore paint techniques using special underglaze paints or glaze their work in an assortment of colours. Students can create small single lesson objects, or embark on larger, more time consuming artworks. They can attend one, a few or many sessions, depending on their availability. When: Day 2 lunchtime Where: AR3 Eligibility: Middle School students Contact: Mr Con Koumouris -

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Chemistry and Physics Olympiad Information: The Australian Science Olympiads are national programs for top performing secondary science students. The program is a rewarding opportunity for Year 10 and 11 students to extend themselves far beyond school science through challenging examinations that tests students’ knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills. At The Knox school, the students are trained to prepare for these examinations in the disciplines of Chemistry and Physics. Students interested in being a part of this competition may elect one of the options of Chemistry or Physics. Both examinations take place in August. When: Thursday Lunch times during Terms 2 and 3 Where: Rooms 501 and 502 Eligibility: Year 10 and 11 students Contact: Ms Sharmila Ashok (Chemistry) and Miss Ashleigh Holland (Physics)

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Conrad Challenge Information: The Conrad Challenge brings science, commerce and technology subjects to life through a student-driven, project-based approach to learning and discovery. There are no theoretical tasks in this challenge. Students identify relevant real-world challenges that don’t necessarily have a clear answer and learn how to innovate by creating solutions. Teams of between two and five students from Years 9 to 12 are invited to join this challenge every February. Committing at least one hour per week in Terms 1 and 4, and three hours per week in Terms 2 and 3, students entering the challenge are required to work collaboratively over an extended period of time.

When: One lunch time per week as negotiated plus out of hours Where: Room 205 Eligibility: Years 9 to 12 students Contact: Mrs Michelle Mitchell - More information can be found at

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Private Music Tuition Information: Students in the Secondary School may have tuition in a wide range of instruments including; Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Percussion (including Drum Kit), Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar Voice and Music Theory. Please contact the Music Department for more details. or ph.8805 3826

Ensembles Information: Students in the Secondary School are able to join a relevant ensemble if they play a musical instrument or wish to belong to a choir. Please contact the Music Department for further details. Please refer to the next page for a full list of Music Ensembles. Please note that some ensembles are selected on the performance standard of the students.

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Ensembles 2019




AFTER SCHOOL Chamber Strings

Snr Guitar Ensemble

Mr Di Florio

Mr Hall

MR1 3.40 to 5.00pm

MR5 3.40 to 5.00pm

Stage Band Mr Marcus

AUD 3.40 to 5.00pm

Falcon Strings

Senior Choir

Junior Band

Mr Di Florio

Ms Swan

Ms Stoppa

MR2 12.40 to 1.40pm

AUD 12.40 to 1.40pm

AUD 3.00 to 4.00pm

Senior Rock Band Mr Hall

MR5 3.00 to 4.30pm

Intermediate Concert Band Mr Carr

MR6 3.00 to 4.15pm

Intermediate Strings Mr Di Florio


Piccolo Voices

Big Band

Ms Melitsis

Mr Farrands

Intermediate Rock Band

MR2 12.40 to 1.20pm

AUD 3.40 to 5.30pm

Mr Schmidli


Junior Guitar Ensemble


PR7 3.00 to 4.30pm

Senior Concert Band Ms Stoppa

Intermediate Guitar Ensemble

Mr Hall

MR6 3.40 to 5.30pm

Mr Hall

MR5 12.40 to 1.20pm

MR5 3.40 to 5.00pm

MR6 3.40 to 5.00pm

Percussion Ensemble

Junior Rock Band

Mr Marcus

MR5 12.40 to 1.20pm

MR4 12.40 to 1.20pm

Mr Hall

Murana Voices Ms Swan

MR2 8.00am to 8.40am

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Cross-Country Training Information: Cross-Country training is conducted for students in preparation for the EISM Cross Country Carnival, held in September at Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster. The training is held during Tuesday lunchtimes beginning the second Tuesday of Term 3. Students are to meet at the gazebo where a bus will depart at 12:45pm for Norton’s Park. During training, students will run between 3-5 kilometres, depending upon their age and ability levels. All students are welcome to attend the cross-country training sessions even if they will not be representing the school at an EISM level. A bus will return students to school in time for their period 4 classes. When: Tuesday lunchtimes in Term 3 Where: Norton’s Park; bus departs from TKS at 12:45pm from the gazebo Duration: One program offered per semester Eligibility: Years 7 to 12 students Contact: Mr Alex Wilson -

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da Vinci Decathlon Information: The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon with a variety of themed events of an academic nature. In teams of eight, students from Years 7 to 10 are challenged and stimulated to compete against teams from other highly regarded Melbourne schools. The tasks are exciting and challenging with an emphasis on provoking higher order thinking skills. Students work effectively on complex tasks which cover areas of Engineering, Philosophy, Cartography and Games of Strategy, Code-breaking, Science, Maths, English, Art and Poetry and Creative Producers. To better position students for success on the day, students give up their own time to meet once or twice a week to work through sample tasks and practise working with their peers on tasks that are specific to their high ability and areas of interest. When: Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes in Term 2 Where: Room 205 Eligibility: Years 7 to 10 students Contact: Ms Janelle Mathias -

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Debating Club Information: The Debating Team offers an opportunity for interested students in Years 9 to 12 to compete against local schools in a series of debates run by Debaters Association of Victoria. Debating is an invaluable skill for students; it promotes confidence and effective public presentation as well as encouraging logical and critical thinking, social awareness and an interest in current affairs. Debating can also build collaboration and creativity skills in those involved. Teams are involved in 5 rounds throughout the first half of the year on Thursday evenings and, if successful, will participate in the Finals. Preparation for each debate occurs at a mutually agreeable time with the team at School. Debates take place at Wesley College, Glen Waverley All interested students are welcome. There will be a rotation of team members for the various debates to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be involved. When: Thursday evenings at 7pm or 8pm Where: Training at TKS, Debates at Wesley College, Glen Waverley Contact: Miss Emma Kenny -

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Information: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an award-based programme for 14-24 year olds. The award is internationally recognised and gives young people the opportunity to build on a wide range of skills from team work to organisation. The award is comprised of three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) with each level involving an increased level of skills and commitment. For each level, the participants are required to complete four sections: voluntary service, physical recreation, skill and adventurous journey. Activities may include playing an instrument, sport and volunteering; many of which students will already be doing as an extra-curricular activity. The participants are able to choose which activity they want to undertake for each section and create their own SMART goal to work towards. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a fantastic opportunity for students to refine a range of skills which will help position them well for life after school.

Cost: $130 for Bronze Award, $135 for Silver Award and $160 for Gold Award Eligibility: Years 8 to 12 students Cost: $130 for Bronze Award, $135 for Silver Award and $160 for Gold Award Contact: Ms Gemma Beard and Mr Chris Brand

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Chinese English Speaking Club Information: Students from Middle and Senior Schools are invited to attend this weekly immersion language club every Monday. The club welcomes all students, whether they are currently studying Chinese or not, who are interested in learning some phrases in Chinese and learning about the Chinese culture. The students alternate between speaking only Chinese or English, and a set of questions and discussion topics are provided to encourage communication. Popular Chinese and English songs, video clips and ICT resources are used to develop the students’ speaking and listening language skills and cultural understanding. When: Mondays 12:50-1:15pm Where: Room 403 Contact: Supervised by Ms Zoe Guo, Ms Linda Cheng and Mr Ben Liu

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Entrepreneurship Club Information: The student Entrepreneurship Club operates at lunch time and is offered to all students who are keen to learn entrepreneurial skill in a safe environment. Students in the club work together to plan and execute a small enterprise over an extended period of time. A small amount of start-up capital is provided in which the students in the club need to plan for advertising, inventory and equipment prior to beginning their group business. Once the enterprise is established the students in the club are required to maintain the business and improve profits. Some recent ideas have been a staff burger stall, a student market garden, a student milk shake stall and a staff car wash. Fifty percent of all profits are retained by the students who run the enterprise and the other fifty percent is donated to charity. When: One lunch time per week as negotiated plus out of hours planning Where: Various locations Eligibility: Years 7 to 12 students Contact: Mrs Michelle Mitchell -

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German Club Information: The German Club is open to students who are currently studying German or for those who have an interest in learning the language and the culture of German speaking countries. Students will gain a deeper understanding of German culture through a range of different mediums from cooking, film, music, poetry and crafts. German Club gives students wider exposure to the language and expands on language covered in the classroom. When: Thursday lunchtimes Where: Room 401 Eligibility: Years 7 to 12 students Contact: Ms Gemma Beard -

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VEX Robotics Information: The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest growing robotics competition for Middle School students in the world. Each year students are presented with an exciting engineering challenge to solve. The problem is presented to students in the form of a game. Working in a team the students design and program a robot to perform the tasks outlined in the game manual. Students will compete against other schools at organised scrimmages throughout the year and will have the opportunity to attend Nationals at the end of the year. Teams that are successful at Nationals represent Australia at Worlds in Kentucky USA.. When: Tuesday lunchtimes Where: Rooms 504 and AR1 Eligibility: Years 8 to 11 students Contact: Mrs Carol Cartwright -

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Writing and Publishing Club Information: Students will have the opportunity to explore their creativity through the joy of writing. The group will focus on different genres of writing and identify pieces that resonate with them. Students will look at language and style techniques to enhance work and produce writing that is interesting, provoking and enjoyable to read. One session will see the group visited by a published author who can give tips to all the budding writers in the club. When: Tuesday lunchtimes Where: Rooms 501 What to bring: lunch, drink, imagination, pens &/or computer Contact: Mrs Bronwyn Cook -

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Senior School Production (Dramatic) Information: The Knox School produces a Senior School Dramatic Production in odd numbered years. The auditions take place late the year before and the performance is in May, with rehearsals beginning the first week of school and running through until the performances. Students do not need to have any dramatic or performance experience. There is generally a range of parts from very minor through to major roles. Students learn or develop their understanding of producing a major dramatic performance and learn or develop their performance skills. While developing their performance skills, students also work as part of a large team with a very real deadline and audience. Students will have to plan ahead, collaborate with others and show resilience. When: As specified in the rehearsal and performance schedule Where: The David Abraham Auditorium Eligibility: Years 10 to 12 students, by audition Contact: Supervising teachers: Ms Liesl Schultz and Mr Brenden Morris

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Tournament of Minds Information: Tournament of Minds is an International interschool problem solving program designed to challenge the minds of students from both primary and secondary schools. It is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. Students are required to solve demanding, openended problems from one of the following disciplines: The Arts, Language Literature, STEM or Social Sciences. The Knox School’s outstanding success in the Tournament of Minds is credit to the creativity, ingenuity and problem solving ability of our students. The competition commences at the start of Term 3 with six weeks of problem solving, script writing, acting and making props and costumes, before the students present their solutions to judges from a series of challenge categories. The teams rehearse after school, one night a week until 5.30pm. The Regional competition takes place at Deakin University, Burwood, in August, followed by State Finals in September for the whole day. If successful at the State level, the team earns the right to represent Victoria at the International Final in October. The Knox School also runs a Tournament of Minds Camp and utilises senior students and alumni as facilitators, who return to give back and pass on knowledge from their time in the program. When: After school on a team agreed-upon day, from 4:00-5:30pm Where: Middle School or Founders Building MPA spaces and classrooms Cost: Flights and accommodation for any student in a team that qualifies for an International Final Contact: Mr Chris Hilton -

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