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CALENDAR Keep up-to-date with the School’s upcoming events.

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL The 2016 school year ended well for The Knox School. Our annual Giving Tree Assembly saw over $16,000 in cash and kind handed over to the Salvation Army for distribution over Christmas. The Hon. Alan Tudge, our usual special guest, commented that it was one of the highlights of the local community. The commitment... VIEW ARTICLE

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JUNIOR SCHOOL A rhythm to the school year is just now emerging after a frantic couple of weeks. For some parents, particularly those with very young ones or those new to The Knox School or even to Australia, it’s a tough time – no two ways about it. Seeing your child off to school, especially on that first day or in the first couple of weeks, can be a combination of relief, pride, and a feeling of loss... VIEW ARTICLES

SECONDARY SCHOOL The Secondary School students have been engaged in the traditionally jam-packed start to the academic year. Numerous activities have allowed for students to be recognised for positions of leadership, to be congratulated on academic achievement, and to share in healthy competitiveness between the four Houses...

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WHOLE SCHOOL This year we welcome Julia Stoppa as our new Director of Music and Performing Arts. Julia comes to us from Nossal High School where she was Director of Music for two years.We asked Julia to tell us about herself; her life, her dreams and her plans for The Knox School...

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SPORT It has once again been a very busy and exciting beginning to the school year for the Sport Department. Weekly EISM Sport has commenced for Senior College students while Middle School students have participated in a variety of House Games and Trials for Term Four EISM Sport. Despite hot conditions in the first few weeks of term, our students have performed exceptionally well and are to be... VIEW ARTICLES


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FRIDAY 17 February



18 February

19 February

25 February

26 February

4 March

5 March

Years 2 - 6 Swimming Lessons at Just Swimming Nunawading Year 10 Geography Excursion, RMIT University, 8:40am 1:00pm

20 February

21 February

22 February

23 February

24 February

Year 9 Camp (20th - 24th)

House Athletics Carnival, Junior School Years 2 - 6 only, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Knox Athletics Track

International Students Guardians Morning Tea, 10:00am, Boardroom

House Games & Athletics, Year 8, Periods 4 & 5

Family Picnic, ELC and Junior School, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

House Games & Athletics, Year 7, Periods 4 & 5

27 February

28 February

Year 9 Camp (20th - 24th)

EISM Round 3, Years 10 - 12, Periods 4 &5

BDSSA Swimming Carnival, Selected U10/U11/U12/U13, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Croydon Memorial Pool

1 March

2 March

3 March

Year 7 Immunisations 9am - 11am (times TBC)

Principal’s Community Consultation, 7pm 9pm, The Auditorium

House Games & Athletics, Years 8 & 9, Periods 4 & 5

Year 9 Outdoor Education Excursion, Marine Day, All Day

House Games & Athletics, Year 7, Periods 4 & 5

EISM Round 4, Years 10 - 12, Periods 4 &5

6 March

7 March

House Games & Athletics, Year 7, Periods 4 & 5 Music Camp (5th - 7th)

EISM Swimming, Selected Students, 6pm, MSAC VTAC Parent Briefing, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, The Auditorium Music Camp (5th - 7th)

8 March Presentation Ball Information Evening, 7pm, The Auditorium

9 March House Games & Athletics, Years 8 & 9, Periods 4 & 5

Student Fever Presentation at 9am & 7pm (Venue TBC)

Music Camp (5th - 7th)

10 March Free Dress Day Whole School Year 9 Outdoor Education Excursion, Practice Hike, 8:40am - 10:55am

VTAC Parent Briefing, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, The Auditorium EISM Round 5, Years 10 - 12, Periods 4 &5



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Great Endings and Beginnings Mr Allan Shaw The 2016 school year ended well for The Knox School. Our annual Giving Tree Assembly saw over $16,000 in cash and kind handed over to the Salvation Army for distribution over Christmas. The Hon. Alan Tudge, our usual special guest, commented that it was one of the highlights of the local community. The commitment to the support for each other is palpable in this community. Our VCE results were a distinct improvement over recent years and congratulations to all concerned. Our median study score rose to 32; our percentage of study scores over 40 was back to historical average levels at 12%; one student scored a perfect study score of 50 and in 54% of the subjects offered at VCE level, the average study score achieved was the highest achieved in any of the last four years. There remains room for further improvement and we will be working on attaining that additional growth; that said the class of 2016 exhibited growth and improvement through focus and effort.

THE KNOX SCHOOL A range of refurbishments were completed over the Christmas break. Both Prep classrooms were gutted and completely refitted. Both the boys’ and girls’ ground floor toilets in Senior College were gutted and completely refitted. It is especially pleasing to note that these toilet refurbishments were brought forward as a result of student advice. I published a Principal’s Blog Post on January 25 2017 that outlines recent PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) results. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a global education benchmark assessment conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Every three years, 15-year-olds throughout the OECD and partner countries are tested on their skills and knowledge in Mathematics, Science and Reading. PISA collates the results to evaluate education standards around the world with a view to guiding education policy.


In 2016 over half a million students participated, with results released on December 6 2016. The results reflect the educational attainment of students in 72 countries and economic regions (Hong Kong and Macau are assessed separately to mainland China) who sat the tests last year. While Australia’s students overall achieved results that were just slightly above the OECD average, a breakdown of the data by sector, shows that students attending the nation’s independent schools did spectacularly well on the assessments. Australia’s independent schools boast the world’s best readers, with the sector outperforming every other education system in terms of Reading and Literacy test scores. Independent schools achieved the second-highest Science score and came fifth in Maths. These are unequivocally excellent results. Read more about these great results via this link. http://www.knox.vic.

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The start of 2017 sees new beginnings: The Knox School has a new Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms Wendy Lewis. Wendy has been on the Board for some time and I have an excellent working relationship with her. A brief ‘bio’ and photo of Wendy follow this article. A revamped House and Tutor structure was put in place at the commencement of the school year for Years 8-12 and first impressions are very positive. Many parents have assisted this initial success by sharing their knowledge of their child(ren) with the student’s tutor. Thank you! Early in January, the school’s executive team workshopped the development of an ongoing partnership with Monash University. Professor John Loughran, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Dr Kathy Smith are very interested in assisting us over time as partners and critical friends. This is an exciting opportunity and wonderful for our teachers to have access to such wisdom and knowledge. Again on January 29, I posted some tips on getting children and young people back to school. There are ten simple areas to consider and I hope you take time to read and implement them. Whilst we are in week three of term one, these tips remain topical. Read more about these hints via this link.

their future. I draw to your attention and remind you that three parents run parent focus groups and provide a conduit for feedback to me. I remain available via the usual channels for feedback but this is a recent addition to our strong and developing sense of partnership.

Road Accident Update

The following names and contact details provide you with a listening ear, and if they perceive patterns of feedback emerging they advise me of those patterns. These parents who generously provide their time and knowledge to support the school deserve our thanks and praise. They certainly have my gratitude for the support they provide us all.

She has been moved from intensive care to another ward at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

If it is of assistance, please contact any of these people: Mrs Tina Dimitriadis Mobile: 0410 498 000 Email: Mr Barry McIlwaine Mobile: 0418 825 388 Email: Mr John Weaver Mobile: 0411 252 615 Email: Thank you all for a smooth start to the 2017 school year. Welcome to all our new families; I know you will make all newcomers welcome.

Many of you have been asking about the updated condition of Alice, the young student injured in the traffic accident on the way to school in August.

Both eyes are now able to open and she responds to voices. She is taking some food via mouth. Her medication has been reduced and she is wheeled outside each day for fresh air and sunshine. Her parents think it is likely Alice will be discharged soon to continue her rehabilitation at home with all the support she needs. Alice’s mother has obtained a visa allowing her to stay with her and her little sister will join her once they are settled. Her father continues to travel back and forth to China to maintain his business. We have conveyed the community’s love and support and her parents are most grateful.

Finally, we are all interested in how we can make TKS the best school possible for the positioning of your children for



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Introducing Wendy Lewis Chair of The Board I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to staff, students and parents and alumni of The Knox School. I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Chair of The Knox School Board upon the retirement of Mr David Abraham AM, at the end of last year. I have been a member of the School Board for 5 years and during this time I have served as Chair of the Property Committee and more recently as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. I know I have big shoes to fill in taking over this role from David but I am extremely fortunate to be directly supported by a group of experienced and talented Board members as well as the Principal and Senior Management Team. The current members of the Board are Ms Genia Janover, Mr Ted Gale, Ms Sarah Spencer, Mr Craig Spagnol, Ms Sandra Ball and Mr Andrew Wilson. Over the coming months the School will be profiling each of the Board Members in this publication and hopefully this will provide you with some insight into who


we are and the skills and experience we bring to this governance role. To start off this process the following is a snapshot of my work experience and some of my interests. I currently hold the position of Executive Officer of the Collier Charitable Fund which is a philanthropic fund that supports a variety of not-for-profit organisations. Founded in 1954, the Fund has distributed over $92 million in grants around Australia since it began. Prior to taking on this role I was the CEO of Girl Guides Victoria for over 10 years. I am the current Chair of the Invergowrie Foundation, a philanthropic Foundation which is focused on advancing the education of girls and women within Victoria.

I am a passionate supporter of the AFL (I won’t say which team; you will need to ask me when you see me around) and I enjoy doing a variety of creative arts and studying. My husband, Norm, and I have been married for 25 years this year. I have 3 stepchildren and 9 step grandchildren and a cat named Mo. I am committed to supporting the development of The Knox School and its community and am excited to have the opportunity to help build on the wonderful work that has been undertaken over the last 35 years. I look forward to having a chat with many of you at some stage. I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for all of us.

Over the last 35 (plus) years I have worked in a variety of areas including manufacturing, accounting services, independent schools and tertiary colleges. I have qualifications in accountancy, education, philanthropy and non-profit studies and business administration.


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Attitude Matters Hannah Clifton and Nathan Pandelopoulos Obstacles will get in the way of reaching life goals and objectives at many stages in your lives. Stress, anxiety and the lack of belief will be present while trying to achieve set goals. Beat the obstacles, stand strong and work hard. Avoiding and dodging the obstacles will only hide them, meaning that they’ll never be overcome. Staying strong and fighting through will allow you to gain a certain experience that you’ll be able to carry throughout your life. Beating and overcoming obstacles does not mean that your next obstacle will be easier to hurdle. Life only gets harder. With this being said, surround yourselves in a positive environment with people who will support you endlessly. Although times will get tough, continue to love and appreciate. A life of success and achievement, both in schooling and beyond can be achieved through the power of positive thinking. And luckily, the most important asset you have in your bid to achieve your goal is right under your nose. It is simply you, and more specifically, your mind.


Your thoughts are the most important asset you have in your desire to achieve your goals. They affect you in ways you might not imagine. The truth is, whether you know it or not, your thoughts are responsible for whatever place or situation you are currently in. Consider the example of electricity. It is difficult to argue that it doesn’t exist. You can’t touch, smell, hear or see it, but it is evident everywhere you look. The power it holds over the individual, community and our entire society is evident. In a similar way, your thoughts are an energy. Your thoughts drive your life just as electricity drives a motor. That is the power in having a positive mental attitude.

Any journey of personal development starts with your thoughts. If you can master your thoughts first, it allows you to become a master of your environment and circumstances soon after. You need to realise that your thoughts are under your control. If you don’t, you will be under the control of your thoughts, whether they be positive or negative. Realise what the power of positive thinking can do to change your life and give you a brighter future - the kind of future you want. You are in control, it is just a matter of harnessing the positivity. That is the most important thing. You are in control, not fate, not luck, but you.

We recognise that we are not the first to say this, and we won’t be the last. In large part, that’s a function of the central truth that lies within the observation. There is power in thoughts; in negative and positive thinking. If you choose positivity, you will enjoy positive results.


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The Learner Mr Cameron Bacholer A warm welcome to the new school year; I hope that the first few weeks of Term One have been as exciting and engaging as your children deserve them to be. Late last year I wrote a series of articles regarding reporting. I am pleased to be able to observe that we have commenced a formal review of our reporting systems at the School; the substance of which has been drawn in large part from the feedback provided directly to me through this column. I thank those parents who took the time to write and express their views once again and affirm how invaluable your contribution will be to this process. Later this year, once the review is completed, I look forward to sharing with you its findings and consulting again on the path forward. Underpinning this review will be the same philosophy that has guided the recent change in how teachers will work with students in Years 7-12 regarding the submission of assessment tasks. The approach is detailed at length elsewhere in this publication, but in essence, is grounded in the belief that


all our activities at the School should be part of a journey towards developing self-regulation in students on their path to self-efficacy. Much has been written in education recently regarding self-efficacy. In short, self-efficacy is the self-held belief that the individual can do something. All research demonstrates that a lack of self-efficacy is a significant barrier to learning. In some respects, this is self-evident: if I do not believe I can do something I am unlikely to try because the human psyche is hard-wired to avoid failure. The challenge therefore as educators in working with learners is to foster greater self-efficacy. What causes a lack of self-efficacy? The sources are many and varied; but amongst the most significant is time management and organisation. Some students, when presented with an assignment, intuitively understand that they need to structure their time, dividing the assignment’s completion into manageable quotas throughout the duration of the task. Some others know themselves well and recognise


that they need to immerse themselves in the task for a period of time, before returning to it at a later time to finish what remains. Both are effective forms of time management suited to the individual that, at their core, are powered by self-efficacy: a belief that if I invest this time I will complete what is required. Unfortunately, this skill set does not come naturally to all students, with many requiring explicit instruction and assistance to manage their time appropriately. Learning how to learn. For far too long society simply presumed it was innate or that it was not important. But, like walking, speaking, and many of the other skills we have that we now take for granted, it is an important skill set that must be taught, nurtured, supported and normalised for all learners. Viewing teaching, learning, assessment and reporting through this lens is an important direction for the School and one I look forward to discussing with you in editions to come.

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From the Head of Junior School Ms Heather Ablett Letting Them Go: School Drop-Off Time A rhythm to the school year is just now emerging after a frantic couple of weeks. For some parents, particularly those with very young ones or those new to The Knox School or even to Australia, it’s a tough time – no two ways about it. Seeing your child off to school, especially on that first day or in the first couple of weeks, can be a combination of relief, pride, and a feeling of loss. Not only do you have to manage your own thoughts and feelings, but also those of your child. No one can predict how a child will react to being dropped-off at school. Some children are hesitant about going to school, but once they arrive, they never look back, and parents are left wondering if they have given birth to the next Marco Polo. (For parents of those children this article does not apply. However, you may wish to research about managing “high-risk”

kids, especially in adolescence!) Some of the children who are most enthusiastic about school become frightened when they arrive. Perhaps, they start to resist going to school when the excitement has worn off and the realisation of routine has set in.

the lead. Have confidence in her/him. A hug (note singular) and a positive comment such as “have a great day and you can tell me all about it this afternoon” will suffice.

Take heart. This is an opportunity. How you handle these early good-byes with your children can set the scene for their inevitable comings-and-goings as they move increasingly into a larger world. A few ideas to consider:

1. Display calm and matter-offactness (even if you don’t feel that way) leading up to, and during, dropoff time. Your child will pick up on your verbal and non-verbal messages. Take

2. Don’t be a boomerang. Don’t hang around; say good-bye once, and mean it. Once you’ve dropped off your child, don’t go back. If you do, you distract them from the task of making the transition to the classroom that they have to make themselves. Yes, this can be difficult, but it will improve the children’s resilience in the long run Remember that parents are the keepers of the “long run”. Children don’t have the benefit of perspective yet, parents do.

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3. Trust the Teacher. Teachers have seen it all before. Talk to them. Get a regular report for a few days if need be. Email is a great way to communicate. Teachers can tell you how long the tears lasted (five minutes, if that) until your child was fully engaged in the wonders of the classroom.

4. Remember that children will unload on you after school. Your child can have a productive and fun day for 95% of the time. However, the disagreement they had with their friend at Recess may be the only information you receive after school. Negative thoughts can swell in a child’s mind until there are grumblings about having to go to school. Stick to your routine. It won’t take long for the child to realise that they have to go to school even if it is tough sometimes, the same way Dad and/or Mum go to work. Again, check in with the teacher to discuss any playground problems if you have any doubts. Ultimately, with a few exceptions when adults need to

intervene, children have to work these issues out themselves, too. It’s a key part of their social development and at The Knox School we have expert staff to assist them as they practise the skills that will develop their resilience, confidence and independence.

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From the Head of Secondary School Ms Toni-Ann Bright by people who are caring and helpful. Colin Powell, former United States of America Secretary of State, is attributed to as saying the following: ‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.’ The Secondary School students have been engaged in the traditionally jam-packed start to the academic year. Numerous activities have allowed for students to be recognised for positions of leadership, to be congratulated on academic achievement, and to share in healthy competitiveness between the four Houses. Most recently, the Year 12 of 2016 students who achieved an ATAR of 90 and above were invited to the Celebration of Achievement Assembly. All students in Year 7 to 12 acknowledged the success of the new alumni, sharing in their well-earned pride and delight. Two of the alumni, Adrienne Bray and Matthew Xu, kindly volunteered to address the students, providing insight to what they believe aided them in their progress. Both presented valuable hints and real examples of how to maximise their time, not only with regards to study techniques, but also relating to health and well-being, and being surrounded


And this is a message that the students of 2016 iterated to the current students. The road to success may not always be easy; in fact, it is often the much harder route to take, presenting challenges and pitfalls to many. The ability to learn from these challenges, and see it as an opportunity rather than a hindrance, will not only allow for deeper learning and greater success, but also for higher levels of resilience. As much as parents and teachers want the best for their children and students, there are times when they need to let go, allowing the young adolescent to stumble, to find their own way, and to find the method that suits them best. The induction of the leaders for both sub-schools provided an opportunity to acknowledge the students who have stepped into roles of responsibility. The School Captains, Hannah Clifton and Nathan Pandelopoulos, addressed the Year 7 to 12 students during the Secondary School Assembly, and


Nathan’s words from the heart touched many. He indicated that he did not wish to be congratulated on his achievement of being appointed as School Captain; rather, Nathan wanted to be commended at the end of the year, when he would be able to look back on his time as School Captain and see what it is he achieved during the year. At this point in time, Nathan felt that he had not yet triumphed in his role – this would only be evident after twelve months of performing in his role. The School Captain and School ViceCaptain are attending the GRIP Leadership conference next week, while the Middle School Leaders, Captains and SRC representatives will be attending the yLead Altitude Day, a leadership workshop for Year 9 students in Melbourne. Both groups will be given the opportunity to share their experiences with their peers, leading by example and impacting others in a positive manner. I wish all the students in Year 7 to 12 the very best for 2017. It will be a year that allows for great exploration and discovery, excellent growth and development, and amazing personal success.

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2018 National Youth Science Forum Applications are invited from Year 11 students for the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), to be held at Canberra’s Australian National University in January 2018. The NYSF is a unique program that enables students on the point of entering their final year of secondary school the opportunity to experience study options in the diverse fields of science, engineering and technology. Students also will get the chance to live on campus as University students, gain an insider’s perspective of campus life, and experience real science, working with scientists at a range of laboratories and workshops. Being part of NYSF enables students to gain the knowledge, skills and perspectives that enable them to make informed choices about Year 12 studies and university course options. The NYSF program consists of a mix of scientific, formal, personal development, and social activities. These range from laboratory visits to sports evenings and from a swing dance to working on understanding group dynamics. All aspects of the program contribute to one or more of three central strands: 1.

STEM in action;


STEM in society; and


The next generation of STEM.

In STEM in action, students will be exposed to cutting edge research and development, talking with researchers and practitioners, and learn what it


means to be a scientist, or an engineer. Through visits to laboratories in tertiary settings, students learn about the variety of ways that STEM is used in practice, and the range of careers that STEM study can lead on to. Through the STEM in society stream, the role of STEM is placed in the broader social, economic and theoretical contexts, including the connection between STEM and the larger issues facing communities both in Australia and internationally. Students learn how STEM is providing solutions to problems facing society, as well as how STEMrelated activity has contributed to past and present problems. There is also a focus on how to address barriers that limit participation in STEM as well as discussions on science in our everyday life, ethics, diversity and leadership. Presentations from NYSF corporate funding partners and alumni further contribute to the wider knowledge of life outside of academic research.

activities and workshops, as well as the broader communications skills essential for collaboration, networking and leadership in a dynamic workforce. To be eligible, students must be currently in Year 11 and a permanent resident of Australia. At the time of submitting their expression of interest applicants must also intend to pursue a university degree at an Australian university to study science, engineering, technology, or a related discipline. Further information can be obtained at . Please contact Mrs Kim Hepworth (Head of Science) if you wish to apply as the closing date for applications is 31 May 2017.

By showing students options on study and careers in STEM, the NYSF program both in January and in subsequent activities, contributes to building the next generation of STEM professionals and practitioners. As well as illustrating the range of study and career choice through engagement with NYSF partners, students will begin to develop the STEM– specific skills required for lab


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Jacky’s Turn Ms Jacky Burton, Career Development Practitioner Welcome to a new school year! I am looking forward to working closely with the Year 9 – 12 students this year, as well as their parents and guardians. The Career Centre is always a busy place, and no two days are ever the same. Already this year, a number of students have been in to see me about their subjects; others have been in to discuss career testing, overseas study, Open Days, SATs - the list goes on. Over and above this, I am fortunate to still be supporting some of the 2016 Year 12 graduates, as they finalise their enrolments at the universities or TAFEs they received a tertiary offer from. Besides one-on-one appointments, and informal chats that take place each day, my main form of regular communication with students is through the weekly Career News that I email to all the Year 10 – 12 students. I am particularly pleased this year to also have over 100 senior college families who have also signed up to receive the newsletter too. This newsletter is my way of disseminating important information about tertiary study and information sessions; new courses, cancelled courses, VCE entry requirements to universities, key dates etc. and I also try and profile various careers too. The objective is to assist students and their families becoming more informed, and kept updated regarding the ever-changing world of work.


The Knox School has a fabulous careers website - http://theknoxschoolcareers. com/ - and students are encouraged to regularly access this ‘one-stopshop’ for all sorts of very useful information. Besides the vast amount of information on post-school options – apprenticeships, traineeships, university, TAFE, etc. - students are also able to register and log on to the Student’s Secure area, which provides them with access to resources such as résumé writing templates, cover letter templates, career quizzes, career action plans, etc. Students are able to save their résumés, etc. and update them accordingly. The weekly Career News is also saved in the Student’s Secure area. Over the next few months I will be working quite closely with the Year 10 - 12 cohorts. Every Year 10 student will sit the Morrisby Online Assessment during the last week of this term. This career testing comprises of a series of timed assessments and untimed questionnaires, taking a total of 1hr 40 minutes. A profile will then be generated describing their abilities, personality, and career interests, and blend the information to suggest several careers for further exploration. The website provides more detail. I will meet with each Year 10 student to discuss their results, and to continue our conversations on their VCE, and the subjects they might


wish to choose for 2018. Year 11 students are encouraged to begin plotting their tertiary pathways – to spend time reading and researching, so that they enter Year 12 feeling better prepared with what lies ahead. Year 12 students will be expected to continue their reading and research by browsing tertiary websites, attend career expos and tertiary Open Days, and begin familiarising themselves with the tertiary application process. Tertiary applications, scholarship applications, and all other processes will take place during Term 3. The annual TKS Careers Expo will be held on Wednesday 19 July, and I anticipate over 30 exhibitors again this year. All up, I expect it to be another fantastic year, and welcome aboard!

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Welcome Julia Stoppa Director of Music and Performing Arts This year we welcome Julia Stoppa as our new Director of Music and Performing Arts. Julia comes to us from Nossal High School where she was Director of Music for two years.

Whilst in Europe I was lucky enough to perform with several symphony orchestras and on returning to Australia I was a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Band.

We asked Julia to tell us about herself; her life, her dreams and her plans for The Knox School

If I think about my life in education, I think about the relationships I’ve had the joy of being a part of. At this end of my career I can’t distinguish between the relationships I once had as a student and the ones I enjoy now as the teacher. I have joined the fraternity of music teachers who so richly influenced my life and now call them colleagues. As a teacher, I look at the students in my care and see they are already the people I collaborate with every day and work with as colleagues, they just don’t know it yet – perhaps the same was true for me. The glory of working with young people in music is that we must all work together, read each other’s body language, solve problems together, be both leaders and servants to the music, and above all trust those around us to play their part – literally.

“My guiding principle in life is – identify what you want, then make it happen. I became a teacher twenty-two years ago because that was what I wanted to be. I identified a need for higher music performance skills in order to better teach my students, so I took myself off to The Netherlands to complete a Master of Music Performance in clarinet and bass clarinet. It was quite accidental that I became a performer, and it was certainly not my intention to remain in Europe for ten years and work as a professional musician. That was a product of being open to opportunities that came my way and daring to challenge myself.



If I could tell every student in the world one thing, it would be – reach out and grab your education. You have one chance to undertake this year of your education. I can teach it again next year, but this is your time to have experiences that will only briefly be available to you. Get involved in things both in and out of the classroom. Be proud of your school and the part of history you are writing. With that in mind, as Director of Music and Performing Arts, I will be my best for you. I promise.”

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HOUSE is where the heart is Our newly formed House structure is already seeing students have a greater sense of connection with others in their year level, but more importantly within the school – in many ways the new House structure is building on our strong sense of community. Maybe our new mantra should be “House is where the heart is”. Tutors mentor, care for and support students in their House/tutor group with daily interactions looking to foster our core values. These sessions which encourage the development of trust are supplemented by longer sessions every Tuesday where we run intraHouse activities that enrich, broaden and develop personal, social skills and student well-being.

Parental Involvement It is important that parents support their children and us in achieving the best possible outcomes for each and every one. It was great to see many attend the swimming carnival and the various ‘Meet the Tutor’ afternoons where extensive conversations have set the scene for a positive year ahead. The TKS swimming carnival had a great buzz and was filled with the enthusiasm of students as they eagerly participated or cheered from the sidelines. The House spirit went a long way to making the carnival a success. Chisholm have stolen the Championship Cup from runners-up Lawrence who have dominated the last two years.


Congratulations go to Paterson who was awarded the most year level champions. Ethan Bird of Flinders was a force to be reckoned with with his impressive gliding in the pool. At The Knox School, we believe that parent communication is paramount to the social and academic success of our students. For a number of years we have utilised a system of continuous online reporting; keeping students and parents up to date on progress made. Not only has this system allowed for academic information to be accessed from anywhere, it has also enabled teachers to draw more readily on the results from past years. We know that to better educate our students, we need to understand them, therefore as they transition from one year to the next, it is important that we are well-equipped with historic information that will assist us.

them in obtaining high scores, and this was followed by a goal setting session where students and their tutor reflected on what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome. These will soon be available to students and parents on SEQTA. We will continue our goal setting throughout the coming weeks and also focus on different concepts such as VCE information for older students, and team building exercises for the younger years. We will then move into unpacking the school values of achievement, care and empathy, respect, responsibility and resilience. 2017 promises to be an action packed year!

One of the aims of the ‘Meet the Tutor’ nights was to collect information that might be useful in assisting us better understand students in our care. What motivates your child to learn? What sort of classes do they find engaging? What does your child like to do outside school?

Celebration Of Achievement This week, all secondary student attended the Celebration of Achievement assembly, where we congratulated the class of 2016 on their fantastic results. Adrienne Bray and Matthew Xu shared tips that assisted


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What a Start of the Year! Dr. Jingjing Wang Director of International Student Program It is the beginning of a new school year, and there is not a dull moment at The Knox School. The dynamics of the International Student Program adds liveliness, excitement and diversity to our already buzzing students and staff. At the commencement of the new school year, ten new international students from both schools joined the Knox family. Most of them have been in Australia for a very short period of time. The orientation program conducted on the first day assisted our new students to familiarise themselves with the environment of the school, their daily routines, our school’s expectations, the importance of safety as well as the new school pastoral care system; not to mention the house rules and tutor system implemented at the start of 2017! They have settled well into school life and we wish them all the best in striving for their academic and personal excellence through hard work and intense passion in their journey at Knox. On the very second day of the new term, TKS hosted a group of 25 pupils


from Shanghai Tianyuan Experimental Foreign Language School. The Robert Read Learning Centre was the central meeting location where morning tea and lunch was served. During the four-day study program, pupils from both schools learnt from each other, not only language communications but also cultural differences. Through daily interactions, they gained a better understanding of their international peers’ education, culture and history. On the last day of their stay at Knox, our international guests joined the Junior School Assembly and performed in both English and Chinese for Junior School students, parents and teachers. At the farewell, gifts were exchanged, tears were shed and friendships were formed. It is our hope that long lasting friendships will be born out of this exchange and TKS will have the opportunity to host similar groups of students in the future. The vast majority of international students live with homestay parents who have been carefully selected and are monitored by the school. Caring


for international students both on and off campus is one of the primary focuses of the International Student Program. On February 1, our annual Homestay Information Evening was held to publicly acknowledge the invaluable contribution that many homestay parents have made in the success of the International Program at The Knox School. Mr Allan Shaw extended his personal appreciation and gratitude to the hard work put into the lives of these young men and women by their homestay families. He highlighted the fact that it is not just the food and accommodation, but rather the home away from home that our homestay parents have provided to our students which enables them to concentrate on their studies. More importantly, it is the comfort of a home and not just a house; a strong sense of security, and the care of adults experienced on a daily basis that assists them to grow and mature both physically and emotionally. During the evening, our homestay parents were presented with the School’s updated guidelines in managing the Knox International Program, which

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enabled all parties to be clear in the responsibilities that each plays in this mutually beneficial cause. It was a night buzzing with lively conversation, of laughter and of joy. It is through the many informal conversations at events like this that I connect with many of our homestay parents at a deeper level and gain a better understanding of the sacrifice, compassion and love they bestow to our students on a daily basis. They have generously provided a home and opened the door into our culture to these fine young men and women. It is with their love, care and compassion that our students are able to embark on this journey feeling guided and supported, ultimately enabling them to succeed.


And if all that weren’t enough, the “delayed” celebration of Chinese New Year combined with Welcome Pizza Lunch for our new international students could be the highlight. This year, Chinese New Year fell on January 28, so the majority of our international students had spent some of their Chinese New Year with their families before they returned to school. Therefore, the celebration at TKS was on a small scale. On Tuesday February 14, international students from all year levels gathered together in IC 9. They were treated with a feast of traditional Chinese finger food including pan fried Chinese buns, Chinese meat balls, chicken tandoori skewers, baked spring rolls, Chinese hamburgers, mini pizzas, curry


puffs, assorted mini cupcakes, fresh fruits and cans of drinks. Though this celebration was held at the conclusion of the traditional Chinese New Year celebration period of 15 days, students felt at home in our warm TKS community, even though their families were thousands of kilometres away from them. It is events and gestures like this that enhances the personal and cultural lives of our international student community, making The Knox School’s International Student Program a holistic experience for students, parents and teachers both locally and abroad.

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STEAM Technology plays a big part in our lives and will continue to grow and diversify in so many different ways in the future. Our children will embrace this developing culture and, fueled by creativity, will take us to places we can’t even imagine. The preps have begun this journey by developing their coding skills using Bee-Bots as part of their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) lessons.

During the week, they visited the designated STEAM room to program their bee shaped robots to move from one area on a map to another. This session on coding required forward thinking and remembering, not to mention learning their left and right! STEAM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons, integrating all the included areas of the curriculum. It will become a regular component of

every class in Junior School and I watch with interest to see what these young engineers design and develop over time.

Relay For Life! throughout the 18 hour relay. Please consider joining us during the relay weekend to walk/run some laps and raise money in support of Cancer Council Victoria. It’s a fun weekend and all the family is invited.

Knox Relay For Life in 2017 is fast approaching! The Knox School has entered a team again and we are hoping to raise over $5,000 towards cancer research and support services. Relay for Life runs from 4pm on Saturday April 1 until 10am on Sunday April 2 at the Knox Athletics Track in Ferntree Gully. Staff, students, parents and friends of The Knox School are invited to register and join our team. Members of our relay team will keep The Knox School baton going around the track


Early bird registrations are currently open at $20 per person which includes your Relay For Life shirt. To register for The Knox School team or make a donation please click on this link http:// TR/RelayforLife/CCVIC?team_ id=47522&pg=team&fr_id=4205 For more information – please feel free to contact Kobi Searle or Nadia Arnott


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Visual Arts @ Knox Knox Festival This year sees the annual Knox Festival and our Year 8 Visual Art students enter creatively designed and constructed kites that are then decorated, for the Secondary School Art Installation activity titled, “Up in the Air”. This competition provides an opportunity for students to release their creativity and have their artwork seen by thousands of people. This art installation will be a central element of the festival to showcase the creative genius of students

all over Knox. Our Year 8 class has also had the opportunity to work with Artist in residence, Julian Clovijo who travels the world making Art installations. So come along on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5 to support our students and vote for your favourite. Many keen Year 6 students are also participating in the Primary School Banner Competition that is often a focus and talking point at the Knox Festival. The competition demonstrates both the talent and vision of these younger

students in creating huge banners that are produced with images that incorporate the festival theme. This year the theme is “Home Sweet Home”. So students were asked to represent through artworks, what makes “Their School” a home away from home. The students are using lunchtimes and after school hours to design, draw, paint and decorate a giant banner which will hang proudly amongst 20 other schools on the 4 and 5 March. There are many prizes on offer, so please remember to come vote for THE KNOX SCHOOL!

The Expansive Classroom Other Classes throughout the Art Department have also been very busy during the opening weeks of Term One. Our Year 7 classes have been using their “New” laptops in capturing and working with images of themselves for self-portrait mixed media exploration.

The Year 9 Art class are excitedly looking at Surrealism and creatively reworking a conventional wooden chair into an eye catching, somewhat amusing and certainly unexpected, furniture piece. The Studio Art students have been looking at old fashioned film and

darkroom photography and visited Chesterfield Farm in Scoresby for their first use of a film camera and black and white photography. Year 11 VCD and Studio Art will both enjoy a visit from a large Art supply firm. This will inspire and help the students with sourcing and understanding the materials they will use in their folios and final artworks throughout 2017. We welcome the many new students that have joined us and The Knox School in general. We hope to see many of your artworks up around the school and in one of our TAD Shows in the coming months.

Chris Hilton (Art Teacher)



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From the Head of Sport Mr Alex Wilson It has once again been a very busy and exciting beginning to the school year for the Sport Department. Weekly EISM Sport has commenced for Senior College students while Middle School students have participated in a variety of House Games and Trials for Term Four EISM Sport. Despite hot conditions in the first few weeks of term, our students have performed exceptionally well and are to be congratulated for their efforts. On Tuesday February 7, students from Years 5-12 participated in the House Swimming Carnival held at Aquanation in Ringwood. It was terrific to see the competitors participating at such a high level. The level of sportsmanship and teamwork was exceptional and once again I was impressed with the assistance the senior students gave to the younger ones in the 25m races. The Carnival included House chants and a novelty race and fashion parade for the Year 12 students. School records from previous years were made available to staff and students and I am pleased


to announce that many records were broken on the day. For the first time ever, a Champions Race was included in the program. This race consisted of the fastest male and female swimmers from each year level competing in 50m freestyle. The times obtained from earlier in the day were used to create a staggered start. Interestingly, the two winning students were both from Year 5. Although the scores at the end of the carnival were close, it was Chisholm House who were the overall victors and won the House Cup.

Year 7 Girls – Imogen Worthy Year 8 boys – Angus McConnell Year 8 Girls – Emma Griffiths Year 9 Boys – Nathan Lim Year 9 girls – Hannah McKnight Year 10 boys – Ethan Bird Year 10 Girls – Ayisha Seif Year 11 boys – Nick Sleeman

Congratulations to the following Year level champions:

Year 11 Girls – Mikaela Starr

Year 5 boys – Joshua Habjan

Year 12 Boys – Adam Kiat

Year 5 girls – Lara Bennett

Year 12 Girls – Abi Baker

Year 6 boys – Tyler Damen

Congratulations to the winners of the Champions Race:

Year 6 girls – Nicoletta Lim Boys – Joshua Habjan – Year 5 Year 7 boys – Nicholas Alexander Girls – Lara Bennett – Year 5


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Learning and Teaching at The Knox School Self-regulation and the road to self-efficacy The first stage of becoming a successful learner is learning how to learn. Self-efficacy, the strength of a person’s belief in their own ability to complete a task or reach a goal, has been demonstrated time and again to be critical to successful learning (Schunk, 1990). Self-efficacy is thus an ongoing construct; a journey towards greater strength in one’s own abilities. As a learner’s skills improve, so goes the theory, so should their belief in their ability and thus their self-efficacy. Research suggests that the optimal level of self-efficacy is slightly above one’s ability; in this situation, learners have the confidence to engage with challenging tasks (Csikszentmihalyi, 1997). A barrier to this reciprocated development of confidence and skill can be self-regulation. Self-regulated learning is guided by the autonomy and control of the learner who monitors, plans and regulates their actions towards a goal or designated outcome (Paris and Paris, 2001). Self-regulated learning in a school context begins with learning to sit and listen in Prep, continues with the development of routines and habits in Middle School and culminates with the self-guided practice of the senior years. A self-regulated learner will come to view a challenge as an opportunity; their sense of ownership and control of their learning providing them with high levels of self-efficacy (Pintrich & Schunk, 2002). Assisting students to develop ownership and control of their learning habits is thus vital to successful learning. An initiative in 2017 at The Knox School to support this is a reconceptualisation of how teachers and students manage the process of submitting learning activities completed at home, fundamental to which is the separation of learning from time management. Instead, teachers will assess student learning on its merits and work with tutors, Heads of House and families to address any organisational skills that need consolidating.

An overview of the new process can be found below:

Student misses a due date and wishes to negotiate a new date with their teacher. A discussion occurs between teacher and student Student fills in an Application for Extension form and sends this form to the teacher via SEQTA Teacher approves the application and alerts the Head of House via SEQTA message Head of House approves the application and notifies the Tutor via SEQTA message Tutor notifies the parent and is point of contact for the parent

Please contact your child’s tutor should you wish to know more.

Term One Community Consultation


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The Auditorium Wednesday March 1, 7-9pm


The Principal, Mr Allan Shaw, warmly invites you to the first Community Consultation for 2017. These consultations are a great way to have your voice heard and your questions answered. Mr Shaw will discuss the results of the Parent Satisfaction Survey and you are welcome to raise any other topic of concern you would like discussed in this free and open forum. We look forward to welcoming you. Parents and friends from all year levels are welcome to attend.

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