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Middle School Handbook

Welcome to the Middle School The Middle School plays an important role in addressing the needs of adolescents in this age group. It provides a solid transition from Year 6 into the new challenges presented in Year 7 while at the same time providing adequate preparation for Year 8 and Year 9 students in their studies and for further success in SeniorSchool. The team of teachers has a wealth of experience and expertise to offer, and the School endeavours to work with parents in partnership in order to provide the best education, both academic and non-academic, for the Middle School students. A vital aspect of the success of The Knox School students is the collaborative and complimentary roles played by parents and teachers, building a strong sense of trust that is supported by regular communication. The Middle School program is designed to meet the specific needs of Year 7, 8 and 9 students. Most importantly it needs to create a structured and cohesive environment that enables students to be responsible, empowered and independent in their thinking with a clear idea of their aim and purpose. Through the implementation of a challenging curriculum, a variety of life skills and consistent discipline, it is the aim of the Middle School to prepare students for the ever-changing society of which they are a part, meeting the challenges with confidence and competence. The intention is to promote individuality and a happy, balanced approach to life, underpinned by strong School values and sound standards. I wish all students and families in the Middle School great success for the year ahead.

Toni-Ann Bright Head of Middle School

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Our Mission “To equip students to be the architects of, and advocates for, their learning through their lives”

Our Vision The Knox School is a secular, co-educational, Early Learning to Year 12 School committed to excellence in education. Our School has an environment which promotes learning as a means of discovery and enjoyment and where enthusiasm and diversity are the central tenets of the program. Each student is encouraged to aim high, to improve daily, to take pride in his or her achievements and to develop effective and worthy ethical values.

School Values It is expected that members of our community will do their best to implement the desired modelling of the values within the total life of the School.

Achievement Accomplishing a ‘personal best’ in the world of work, education or personal development.

Care & Empathy Being emotionally & physically supported, helping others and understanding their perspectives.

Resilience The mental/psychological skill to properly adapt to stress and adversity.

Responsibility Being personally accountable for and able to make decisions influencing a course of action.

Respect Honour or regard for the worth of others.

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Principal

Deputy Principal

Head of Middle School

Mr Allan Shaw

Ms Nikki Kirkup

Mrs Toni-Ann Bright

EA to the Head of Middle School

Reception

Reception

Mrs Carol Gardiner

Mrs Maria Last

Ms Claudia Chialastri

Director of International Program Dr Jingjing Wang

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School Nurse Mrs Colleen Norvill


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Contacts Who

Contact

Phone

Email

Pre-Prep to Year 6 Absences

Nicola Thomas EA to Head of Junior School

8805 3824

Nicola.Thomas@knox.vic.edu.au

Year 7 to Year 12 Absences

Carol Gardiner Reception

8805 3800

Reception@knox.vic.edu.au

Update Contact Details

Tania Castles Registrar

8805 3800

Tania.Castles@knox.vic.edu.au

Payment of Accounts

Jenny Crampton Accounts Receivable

8805 3807

Jenny.Crampton@knox.vic.edu.au

Medical Enquiry

Colleen Norvill School Nurse

8805 3838

Colleen.Norvill@knox.vic.edu.au

Mental Health

School Counsellor

8805 3828

psychologist@knoxvic.edu.au

IT Helpdesk

Technology Services

8805 3888

HelpDesk@knox.vic.edu.au

Canteen

Canteen

8805 3834

Canteen@knox.vic.edu.au

Uniform Purchases

Uniform Shop

9801 0829

Junior School enquiries

Nicola Thomas EA to Head of Junior School

8805 3824

Nicola.Thomas@knox.vic.edu.au

Middle School enquiries

Claudia Chialastri EA to Head of Middle School

8805 3822

Claudia.Chialastri@knox.vic.edu.au

Senior School enquiries

Sonia Lili EA to Head of Senior School

8805 3820

Sonia.Lili@knox.vic.edu.au

Music enquiries

Shani Cossins EA to Director of Music

8805 3826

Shani.Cossins@knox.vic.edu.au

All other enquiries

Carol Gardiner / Maria Last Reception

8805 3800

Reception@knox.vic.edu.au

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Term Dates 2021

Term Dates 2022

Term 1: 28 January 2021 to 1 April 2021

Term 1: 31 January 2022 to 8 April 2022

Term 2: 19 April 2021 to 18 June 2021

Term 2: 26 April 2022 to 24 June 2022

Term 3: 12 July 2021 to 17 September 2021

Term 3: 18 July 2022 to 16 September 2022

Term 4: 4 October 2021 to 8 December 2021

Term 4: 3 October 2022 to 9 December 2022

School Times Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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8:40 - 9:45

Period 1

65mins

8:40-9:45

Period 1

65mins

9:50 - 10:55

Period 2

65mins

9:50-10:55

Period 2

65mins

10:55 – 11:15

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20mins

10:55-11:15

Recess

20mins

11:20 – 12:25

Period 3

65mins

11:20-12:25

Period 3

65mins

12:25 – 12:40

Lunch eating

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Lunch eating

15mins

12:40 – 1:20

Lunch

40mins

12:40-1:40

Lunch

60mins

1:25 – 2:30

Period 4

65mins

1:45-2:55

Period 4

70mins

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Attendances / Absences The School fully expects all students to attend every lesson every day and students cannot expect to achieve strong results if their attitude to study and attendance is irregular. Students should be encouraged to be punctual. Lessons missed are often very difficult to catch up. International students may lose their Australian Student Visa if absences remain unexplained. If students are unwell and unable to attend School, the parent/ guardian/homestay is requested to notify the School before 9.00am. • For students in Years 5 to 12, please contact Main Reception on 8805 3800 or reception@knox.vic.edu.au We ask that every effort is made for all students to be on time. Students arriving late to School are asked to sign-in at Reception prior to attending their first class for the day. The School will contact parents by SMS or telephone prior to 10.00am if there is an unexplained absence and will continue until they are able to make contact with a parent/guardian/homestay. Students who have approval to leave School early must sign out and provide written notice from a parent or guardian. • Years 7 to 12 students should sign out at Main Reception

Book Supplies The Knox School book supplier is: Campion Education 1/170-180 Rooks Road NUNAWADING VIC 3131 1300 433 982 sales@campion.com.au www.campion.com.au Normal Trading Hours:

Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

January Trading Hours: 1:00pm

Monday-Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to

We prefer all students to order their books online. Campion offers an excellent website assisting parents with the purchase and delivery of all school items. Hard copies of year level booklists will be provided to Primary students. The Registrar’s Office, located in the IC, has additional hard copies of all year level booklists.

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Canteen The Knox School provides a canteen service to all students. The canteen is located in The David Aitken Pavilion and is operated by an independent company, Metro Canteens. The Knox School is registered with Flexischools Online Ordering and Cashless Canteen System and families are encouraged to use this service. For more information, please contact Flexischools on 1300 361 769 or via email to help@flexischools. com.au or visit their website at www.flexischools.com.au to register. This service allows online ordering.

Communications Knoxmail

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Emailed every Friday afternoon from 2pm; contains messages from staff which may otherwise be mailed individually. Any upcoming excursion notifications through Operoo will be emailed to relevant families around the same time.

The Falcon

Produced electronically in Terms 1 and 3 and parents will be emailed a link to download it direct from our website

The Chronicle

The School’s community magazine, distributed at the end of Semester One

School Yearbook

Published at the end of each year


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Excursions & Incursions Excursions and incursions are seen as an integral part of the rich and stimulating school curriculum as they enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and their social skills development in a non-school setting. Excursions/incursions may have a cultural, environmental or outdoor emphasis and complement the educational programs offered at The Knox School. Regular excursions and incursions are planned for each year level. Parents are advised in advance if students will be attending a program outside the school and will be asked to respond via Operoo with approval.

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Safety Child Safety The Knox School has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse and demonstrates this commitment through the implementation of a comprehensive Child Protection Program designed to keep children safe.

Transport Car The commute to and from school is a daily undertaking that for all families involves considerable organisation. The peak time for vehicular traffic is 8:25-8:40am Monday-Friday, 3.20 to 4.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 2.45 to 3.15pm Tuesday. We have several strategies in place to make drop-off and pick-up as safe and efficient as possible including the Burwood Highway entry and a ‘kiss and drop’ area for Junior School. Middle School and Senior School parents are encouraged to use the Merryn Grove entry and round-a-bout. For more information, please refer to our “Travelling to TKS” brochure.

Bus The Knox School is well-serviced by a variety of transport systems and we offer several chartered bus routes from surrounding suburbs, comprising coach services run specifically for the School as well as our own fleet of mini buses driven by qualified drivers. For more information, please refer to our “Bus Transport” brochure.

Bike Students who are in Year 5 or above may ride a bicycle to school, if they have received the necessary permission from the Head of School and their parents. Permission is dependent upon: (a) the wearing of an approved helmet (b) the secure locking of bikes in appropriate bays during school hours.

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School Uniform The Knox School Uniform Year 7 - 12 • The blazer • White, long-sleeve shirt, tucked-in shirt, school tie • Charcoal grey trousers or tartan skirt • Plain grey socks (trousers) or navy tights (skirt) • Black leather shoes (laceup or T-bar) • School jumper

Summer variations in Terms 1 and 4 include: • White open necked shirt with school crest • Charcoal grey shorts • Plain grey socks • Summer dress with white socks Charcoal grey shorts may be worn during Terms 2 and 3 except on formal occasions Plain white socks may be worn instead of navy tights except on formal occasions

Appearance and Fashion Clean, well-groomed and naturally coloured hair that is tied back if it touches the shoulders, and is free from an excess of style or product. Hair accessories should be in the school colours of blue and gold A cleanly shaven face Unobtrusive make-up and plain, natural coloured nail polish

A limit of two piercings per ear fitted with small, plain studs or sleepers Face or nose piercings, visible tattoos, prominently undercut hair, dreadlocks, acrylic nails and nail art, and jewellery such as bracelets, rings and necklaces, would all be considered contrary to expectations.

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Uniform (continued) Students of The Knox School are required to wear the relevant School uniform appropriate for classes, physical education, and sport. The School expects the uniform to be worn correctly at all times: at School, when travelling to and from School and on formal occasions.

Term Time Opening Hours:

More information regarding the appropriate way in which to wear the uniform can be found in the student Record Book.

Thursdays 2.00pm – 5.00pm

All items of uniform are available for purchase through The Knox School Uniform Shop which is operated by Noone Imagewear. The shop is located in the Daniel Rechtman Information Common adjacent to the Health Centre.

Mondays: 8.00am – 11.30am Wednesdays: 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Term 1 and Term 4 only)

Holiday Opening Hours: Please contact Reception for holiday hours. It takes some time to kit out a new student when starting at the school. As December and January are the busiest months of the year in the Uniform Shop, we encourage you to make an appointment to enable the Uniform Shop staff to give the attention required. Phone: 9801 0829

Visitors to the School For the safety of our students, all visitors to the School during the school day should go first to Main Reception and sign in. All visitors will receive a visitor badge which must be worn for the duration of their stay. Visitors are also asked to sign out at Main Reception and return their visitor badge. If a meeting has been arranged with parents, the staff member will come to Reception after parents have signed in. This also applies to parent volunteers.

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Student Matters Camps The School’s camping program is an integral part of the learning for all students from Year One. There are compulsory Year level camps from Years 1 to 10. The cost of these camps is incorporated into the consolidated charge. Other non-year level camps are offered during the years, such as Music Camp, and may incur an additional cost to parents.

Co-curricular Activities The Co-Curricular Program is an integral part of the broad range of learning experiences offered to students at 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. Most activities take place after school and run between 1 hour and 1.5 hours unless otherwise stated. Some activities are taken by outside providers and others are taken by staff of The Knox School. As some programs do not finish until 5.00pm, it is recommended that students bring an additional snack to school for afternoon tea. The Secondary School Co-curricular booklet is available on the School website under the Essential Links tab. Each activity has its own eligibility requirements and these are clearly outlined in the booklet. If you are interested in any of the activities listed in this book, please register via the contact details for each activity.

Health & Wellbeing School Nurse The School employs a registered nurse who is on campus from 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday to administer the Health Centre. The Health Centre is located adjacent to the Staff Room in the Daniel Rechtman Information Common. School Counsellor Many students find their years at school enjoyable and rewarding. However, students also sometimes hit bumps in the road and may need a helping hand to get through. All students have ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. Sometimes these ‘downs’ have a huge effect on us, and those around us. The School Counsellor at The Knox School is a registered and experienced psychologist. An initial appointment can be made by contacting the School Counsellor directly or discussing a referral with a teacher or Head of Sub School.

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House System The House system is an integral feature of our practice, particularly for competitions, festivals and student leadership. The Junior School holds a regular weekly House Program when students from each House work together on a wide variety of activities. This enables student leaders, particularly the House Captains to take an active role. The House system provides the sense of belonging to a small unit such as a House and the provision of individual attention form the basis of the House system. Each House develops its own spirit. House events are held in sports, performing and creative arts and other areas. All students belong to one of 4 houses at The Knox School.

Chisholm

Lawrence

Caroline Chisholm (1808-1877)

Marjorie Lawrence (1907-1979)

Progressive 19th-century English humanitarian known mostly for her involvement with female immigrant welfare in Australia.

Victorian soprano. Became an international operatic performer. Afflicted with polio in 1941, she continued to entertain troops during the war. She received the Légion d’honneur in 1946 and a CBE in 1976.

Flinders

Paterson

Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814)

Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (1864- 1941)

Distinguished English navigator and cartographer who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.

Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas.

Information Technology The Knox School is a digitally rich environment where engagement with learning technology is a normal aspect of student learning. The School’s use of technology throughout student learning programs is commensurate to the age group and mindful that technology is a tool to assist learning, not an end in and of itself.

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Prep to Year 2

Class sets of iPads for use as part of a student’s learning program

Years 3 to 6

One to One Laptop program whereby devices are owned by the School and loaned to students during the year. Students in Years 5 and 6 are permitted to take their device home in order to assist their learning, including opportunities for home learning

Years 7 to 9

One to one laptop tablet program

Years 10 to 12

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Library The Knox School’s Library aims to provide a gateway through which our entire school community can enter an environment that supports and fosters lifelong learning, independent decision-making and cultural development on a ‘research and presentational’ model. To this end, the Library will acquire, preserve and make available the widest variety of print and electronic materials to support the school curriculum and reflect the needs and diversity within the school community. The School Library is open before school from 8.00am to 8.30am and after school from 3.30pm to 5.00pm.

Lockers Lockers for students in Years 7 to 12 will be issued on the first day of the school year. Year 7 students and new students in Years 8-12 will be supplied with a combination lock, as paid for in the book list. This lock is the only one to be used as it has a master key in the sub-school office which can be used should the combination be forgotten. Current students in Years 8 -12 will retain their combination lock from the previous year.

The Record Book is also used as a means of communication between school and home. If you have any messages to convey (lateness, medical appointment or a request for an interview) please place this on the current week’s page. Your child is expected to show this message to the appropriate staff member. If a student misplaces their Record Book, they should obtain and complete a ‘Request for Replacement Record Book’ form from their sub-school office or Main Reception as soon as possible.

Reporting Parents and students receive information regarding their progress in subjects throughout the year via the parent portal for the Continuous Online Reporting system accessed from the school website. Students can access this information via SEQTA. Year 7 to 12 students receive an electronic End of Semester Report at the end of Term 2, and Year 7 and 11 students receive an additional report at the end of Term 4. Parent/ Teacher interviews are conducted throughout the year, and students are encouraged to attend these evenings with their parents to engage in the learning partnership.

Lost Property Students are encouraged to name all items of clothing, belongings and learning resources. All named items, when found, should be returned to the student’s classroom teacher or tutor. Any unnamed items found will be held at Main Reception, Junior School (in the yellow Lost Property bin), Middle School office, Senior School office or the Physical Education Department Office (upstairs in the gym) until the end of term at which point they will be disposed if they remain unclaimed. Students wishing to claim unnamed items will need to provide some evidence that they are the rightful owner. Every endeavour is made to trace lost belongings.

Mobile Phones Personal electronic devices and mobile phones are nowadays an integral part of the educational process. However, these can only be used in class to support learning if instructed by the teacher. All other use of personal devices is restricted to out of class time. Inappropriate or irresponsible use of personal devices may result in them being confiscated for a period of time. Parents will then be advised. The School takes no responsibility for personal electronic devices and mobile phones if lost or stolen on the school property.

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Academic Overview Academic Tutoring Academic Tutoring is available after school on Mondays to Thursdays throughout the year. Alumni and a supervising teacher are present in the Library from 4pm-5pm. Academic Tutors are exceptional Alumni with specialties in advertised areas. Attendance does not need to be pre-arranged. More information is available from the Middle School office.

Assessments NAPLAN The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessment is held annually for all Year 7 and 9 students in Term 2. Information will be provided to students and parents regarding the testing. School Parents can follow students’ progress via SEQTA, where up to date information regarding their subject work can be accessed. This feed of information ensures that the needs of students can be addressed timeously and with input from both the school and parents.

Extensions to Assessments Students should work consistently and steadily on all tasks throughout the year and must be completed within the period designated by the teacher. In exceptional circumstances, students may wish to apply for an extension of time. Work lost due to computer misuse or malfunction is not an acceptable reason for granting an extension of time. Process Students must request an extension (in writing) from their subject teacher and include the following information: • Student’s name and date of request; • Relevant subject; • Relevant assessment task; • Set submission date; and • Specific details of the reasons for the request for an extension of time. This extension should be requested well before the due date of the assessment task wherever practicable. The student and subject teacher will negotiate an appropriate length of time for the extension. The teacher must notify the student’s Tutor, Head of House, and the Head of Middle School of the extension granted via email. Should the teacher not grant the student an extension of time or if an agreement cannot be reached on the specific details, the student has the option of appealing to the Head of Middle School who will assist in conciliation. In circumstances where a student is affected by an event or condition that causes multiple assessment items to be impacted upon, a student should directly liaise with their Head of House to act on their behalf with the teachers concerned. The Head of House will ensure that no student is disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control. Examples of such events include prolonged illness and bereavement.

Assessments – Non-Attendance and Lateness Students who are ill and unable to attend School to complete Assessment Tasks should obtain a medical certificate and present this to the Executive Assistant in the Middle School Office. Failure to follow these procedures might result in the student not being assessed for that task. The subject teacher will make arrangements with the student to undertake the assessment task at a mutually agreed upon time. This might be during the next class, before or after school. Students should be prepared to undertake the assessment on the first day they return to School.

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Attendance and Leave Attendance and Leave It is School policy that students attend all classes. Students are encouraged to complete as much work as possible and be actively engaged during each lesson. Interaction and discussions are an important aspect of learning and will assist all students in reaching their full potential. In the event of absence, a written explanation from a parent or guardian and/or a doctor’s certificate is required to explain any absence as part of the School policy. Students are not permitted to leave the School premises and then return for later classes unless a specific appointment has been made and written permission from the parent or guardian is given to the Main Reception or Middle School Office.

International Students: Leave at end of terms International students are expected to remain at The Knox School until the conclusion of classes at the end of each term and semester, and return in time for the commencement of each term and semester. A student wishing to take leave from the School in June must attend their classes until the final day of Term Two. At the end of the School year, students taking leave and returning home for the December and January vacations are expected to attend until the final calendar day of the academic year. All students who leave Australia must provide the Director of International Program with a written request from their parents or support provider detailing the dates, times and airline by which they intend to exit Australia and then return.

Requests for Leave If a student will be absent from School for reasons other than a School activity, illness or misadventure, prior written approval must be sought from the Head of Middle School by a parent or guardian.

Approved Absence Where an absence occurs for medical reasons or other special circumstances such as EISM activities, bereavement, misadventure, School-sanctioned activities and excursions, or for elite sporting or cultural activities, the student’s records will show that as Approved Absence. Where applicable, supporting evidence such as a medical certificate may be required.

Unapproved Absences Where one of the above criteria is not met, the student’s absence will be acknowledged but generally approval for that absence will not be given unless it is for a substantial reason. Please note that activities such as overseas travel or holiday arrangements with family would not, in normal circumstances, be regarded as a substantial reason. The student’s records will show Unapproved Absence It is The Knox School policy that students are required to attend all scheduled classes and learning activities, unless there is due cause and adequate documentary evidence provided. For all day-to-day attendance communication, please contact Main Reception on 8805 3800 or reception@ knox.vic.edu.au by 9:00am.

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Camps & Celebrations Camps The Middle School camps provide an ideal opportunity for students and teachers to bond in an environment other than academic. Each of the camps has its own focus. The Year 7 Camp takes place in Term 1 and is specifically focused to aid the transition from Junior School into Middle School, establishing relationships between students from within TKS and from other schools, as well as student-teacher relationships. Activities are chosen to develop cohesion in the cohort, team work and communication. Initiative exercises and team activities are core to the program. The Year 8 camp incorporates bush-walking and camping, fostering good team-building and bonding amongst the students. The focus is on developing independence, resilience and communication skills. The Year 9 camp is focused on leadership, with students responsible for the structure of the camp with regards to activities and their meal plan. Under the guidance of their tutors, students spend time during the year creating the program and developing communication, collaboration and leadership skills.

Celebrations Year 9 Celebration The journey of students through Middle School is celebrated at the end of the year with the Year 9 Celebration, and family and friends are invited to attend. Presentation Night The Knox School celebrates the achievements of the students at the annual Presentation Night held at the Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash University. Family are encouraged to attend the event which is compulsory for Middle School students. As it is a formal occasion, the formal School uniform is required.

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Miscellany Communication with Teachers Middle School teachers are available to provide advice on subject matters, study techniques and general information on student performance. The first point of contact for general matters relating to a student is the Tutor. A student’s Tutor will be their consistent mentor throughout the student’s time in the Middle School. Tutors are part of the House system. Parents, carers and students are also welcome to contact Heads of Department for subject-related matters, Heads of House for significant over-arching concerns, and the Head of Middle School for matters that require further attention. The Director of International Program is available to International parents and students attending The Knox School who need support and assistance, and can be contacted via telephone, fax or email.

Course Selection: Year 9 Year 9 provides an opportunity to trial a number of different subjects alongside core subjects which provide a taster of the VCE studies on offer in Senior School. It is an exciting opportunity for students to expand their learning and consider their options for Years 10 to 12. Refer to the Subject Handbook for further details.

Curriculum The Core subjects are the main focus for Middle School students, who are encouraged to achieve their full potential. These subjects are English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Health and Physical Education (HPE). For Year 7 and 8 students the Core subjects include a Language. Elective subjects provide opportunities for students to experience other subject fields and provide an insight into possible subjects at VCE level, exploring subjects to which they have had little previous exposure.

Homework Middle School students are encouraged to create a timetable to assist with the organisation and prioritisation of homework and assessment tasks. It can assist with scheduling time for commitments outside of school hours. Tutors are available to assist with the creation of the timetables. It is recommended that an effective learning environment to minimise distractions is created at home. The area should be quiet, well-lit and provide a work surface. The following times are recommended for set work and revision per week: • Year 7: One hour • Year 8: One and a half hours • Year 9: One and a half hours

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Information Evenings The School offers various Information Evenings throughout the year which are publicised in the School calendar and the weekly newsletter, Knoxmail. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. In addition to Academic Subject Information Evenings, the annual Careers Expo is held in Semester Two. Representatives from tertiary institutions and industry professionals provide literature, advice on course selection and entrance requirements – a valuable resource to students and parents.

Plagiarism The Knox School values truth and honesty. If a student copies another person’s words or ideas from any form of written text, electronic or visual source, without stating where it comes from, the student is guilty of plagiarism. All work submitted by students is expected to be their own thought, research or ideas expressed in their own words. Under the 1968 Copyright Act, plagiarism is illegal and an act of fraud. If ideas and information of other people are used, students must acknowledge and cite the source appropriately. Teachers are able to assist students in this regard. Each of the following activities is plagiarism and therefore unacceptable. • Copying someone else’s work in part or in whole and presenting it as your own; • Using material directly from books, journals, or digital sources, such as translators, without referencing; • Building on the ideas of others without reference to the source; • Handing in work to which another person such as a parent, tutor or subject expert has substantially contributed; • Using words, ideas or designs of others in practical and performance tasks without appropriate acknowledgement or copyright permission; • Paying someone to write or prepare material. Work that is plagiarised will not be considered as part of the assessment. Students will be able to resubmit work but no change of score or grade will take place. Please note that students who assist another student in a breach of rules may be penalised.

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School Colours Middle School students may be awarded Colours that are embroidered on the School blazer chest pocket. Colours are awarded for a variety of endeavours, such as Sport, Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country, Music, Performing Arts, Tournament of the Minds, Sustainability, Multimedia, Academic Achievement, Community Service and Service to the School. For a full description of the Colours Awards, please refer to the Student Record Book.

Sport Middle School Sport takes place on Monday afternoons for Year 7 students and on Thursday afternoons for Year 8 and 9 students. Students are to be dressed in the correct sports uniform for all sporting events. Students will be dismissed from School at 3:40pm as per usual.

Student Leadership The Middle School aims to provide leadership opportunities to the students to develop communication and public speaking skills. Students are encouraged to accept responsibilities in the variety of co-curricular activities and to join programs which can aid the development of leadership skills. Leadership is not confined to those who hold a specific role of office in the Middle School and students are encouraged to practise active leadership within their capacity. The Middle School Leaders are role models of leadership to students in the Sub-School. They are selected by application, interview and endorsement from teachers. The students learn to develop strategies, assist with organisation of events and provide service, motivation and leadership to The Knox School community. The Leaders are encouraged to support and care for their peers, able to provide advice and assistance should it be needed.

Student Promotions Policy The Knox School provides guidance and direction for students in shaping their pathway towards their future, and in accordance with their academic needs and demonstrated skills. All students are treated fairly and equally, with grades based on the individual’s performance within the subject. If non-promotion appears to be a possibility, the relevant Head of House will contact parents or guardians to agree on a program of support, and to assist the student in improving their performance. The Principal, Deputy Principal and Head of School have the discretion to waive the promotion requirements in individual cases where it is considered appropriate to the student’s needs. Promotion from Year 9 to Year 10 Criteria to be evaluated: • Appropriate achievement in preceding courses to articulate into equivalent Year 10 studies • Positive attitude to learning and study • Consistently demonstrated sound work habits • Availability of a suitable course in which the student has a very good chance of success and which meets their career aspirations

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