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THE FALCON THE KNOX SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

EDITION 6: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, TERM TWO 2019

A scene from the 2019 School Play: Antigone

ARTICLES INCLUDED IN EDITION 6: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT Building Opportunities

Growth and Development in Music

Year 6 Leadership

EISM Athletics Results

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CONTENTS

Table of Contents 4.

Growth and Development VIEW ARTICLE

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New Head of Junior School

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Building Opportunities VIEW ARTICLE

8. Antigone 9.

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Prep Semester One VIEW ARTICLE

10. Year 6 Leadership VIEW ARTICLE 11. Year 9 KEEP VIEW ARTICLE 12. Year 10 Community Based Learning VIEW ARTICLE 13. Colours Awards VIEW ARTICLE 14. EISM Athletics Results

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15. Growth and Development in Music

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Growth and Development Mr Allan Shaw Principal and Chief Executive This edition of the Falcon has a very appropriate theme, Growth and Development. It is one of the joys of my role that I have seen and continue to see children grow and develop into fine young adults over a number of years. I have been professionally privileged to have founded a school and thus been able to influence the architecture, learning, outdoor and social spaces of a school that now houses 1400 thriving students. I have just been invited back to Peter Moyes Anglican Community School for the opening of the last building, the completion of the master plan I commenced in July 1999, 20 years ago! We are in the design phase of a number of projects of our Master Plan, whilst continuing the refurbishment

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program begun five years ago. Most of the Junior School has now been refurbished with the last classroom and ground floor atrium planned for summer holiday later this year. The first design sketches for a new entrance to the Junior School and realignment of the main pathway from the top carpark to the main entrance are being considered by the Board as I write. If the concepts presented are approved, they will be released to staff and the community for consultation and feedback.

The Hospitality area of the school will be refurbished in the coming school holidays and the Heads of House and Head of Senior School’s offices will move as a result, providing quiet study spaces in the Senior School building and placing a kitchenette into the main part of the Year 12 area. There is much architectural growth and development in the planning stages, all geared to provide the great facilities and Upin the superb work teachers and general staff are doing with your children.

The Landscape and Signage Master Plans are also now before the School Board and they too will be released for consultation shortly.

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NEW HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

New Head of Junior School Catherine has many strong experiences and strengths to draw upon in taking our Junior School to the next level of excellence. She exhibits a strength and warmth in her relationships that will allow her to connect with our community, ensuring positive relationships remain at the heart of what we offer.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Ms Catherine Samuel, currently Deputy Head of the Junior School of St Catherine’s School for Girls in Toorak has been appointed Head of Junior School at The Knox School and will commence at the beginning of Term 4, 2019. Catherine is excited at the prospect of building upon the fine work of Ms Heather Ablett over recent years, working in partnership with parents and staff to ensure the Junior School provides the very best learning for our young people. Catherine has been Acting Head of their Junior School for a substantial period of time and prior to St Catherine’s, she was Deputy Head of Grimwade House, the Junior School campus of Melbourne Grammar School.

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Catherine’s strength in developing the quality of teaching and learning has been evident in her previous roles, leading staff in the development of their capacities as teachers and seeing these strengths used to implement strong programs of teaching and learning to ensure the highest standard of learning, with a focus on literacy and numeracy. At interview, Catherine clearly communicated her views that children in Junior School need to learn how to think critically and creatively in solving problems, collaborate with each other in teams, make a positive contribution to their community, communicate with clarity and develop their character through the inculcation of our core values. Catherine is looking forward to her role at The Knox School and meeting the community in October. We are looking forward to welcoming her to our supportive community.

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BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

Building Opportunities Throughout the past few years, the School has used the holidays breaks to steadily renovate and refurbish classrooms. Parents of children in the Junior School will have seen these renovations for some time, while many of our Middle and Senior School parents would have had the opportunity at Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews to see the first renovations of the Middle School building. This holiday period, it will be the Senior School that will see attention as the Hospitality kitchen is enlarged which, in turn, will require changes to offices for the Heads of House and Head of Senior School. The pattern of using holidays to minimise disruption to the teaching and learning program is a prudent financial approach and ensures that learning remains the priority of our endeavours; it will continue for the incremental refurbishment

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of teaching and learning spaces throughout the school. Building opportunities will, in the near future, commence with larger scale projects that will take greater time; some of these projects on the horizon include the creation of a student services hub and new library, renovations to the ELC, a realignment to the School’s entry from Burwood Highway and a new look for the quadrangle. Together with these building works, the School will in the near future Utake a significant task in adopting a uniform approach to signage. All building plans and 3D mocks are, it should be noted, conceptual drafts and subject to consultation, refinement and final approval from The Board. Hopefully though, they provide some insight into the thinking and planning that is taking place at present and the possibilities held by the future.

Remodelled entrance

Proposed Signage

Proposed Quadrangle

Student Services Hub

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BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

Junior & Middle School Refurbishments

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ANTIGONE

Antigone: A cast recount Evie Albert, Performing arts Captain The Senior School production for 2019 was Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy Antigone. This was a very different production from some of the previous plays presented by the Senior School with no humour or easy endings which I personally found difficult as my character, Choragos, did not smile the entire play. Antigone was challenging in many aspects and certainly was very rewarding in the end. The cast and I would like to thank everyone who attended the performance, as having an audience makes it all worthwhile. The cast put in so many hours since the beginning of the year with people even practising with each other outside of allocated rehearsal times. The costuming, sets, props, front of house displays and makeup all helped give the cast confidence to perform to a high standard of theatre. I have found that nothing can quite compare to standing in front of an applauding audience, appreciating all of your hard work. We were all very aware the play was a difficult concept for people to grasp, as even some of us had to read the script several times to Ustand it, however, with the expert and never ending guidance and support of Ms Schultz, Mr Morris and many other people, we were able to make the show come to life.

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This play was particularly meaningful to me as it is the last production I will be involved in at The Knox School. In fact I have either watched or been involved in all of the musicals and senior plays since 2006. My eldest brother, Ed, first came to the school in 2003, when the alternating plays and musicals weren’t even a thing. In 2006 both he and my other brother Sam performed in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, followed by Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2008 when they were joined by my sister Georgia as well. In 2010, both Sam and Georgia played roles in the musical Back to the 80s. Seussical, in 2012, saw Georgia perform again before she too graduated. I myself performed in Footloose in 2014, Legally Blonde, 2016, and Into The Woods in 2018. The senior plays did not begin until 2011 when both Georgia and Sam performed in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Georgia then performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013. In 2017 I performed in Pride and Prejudice which now leads us up to the most recent performance of Antigone. My whole family will dearly miss being involved in The Knox School productions once I graduate at the end of this year.

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PREP SEMESTER ONE

Prep Semester One Miss Michelle Richardson & Miss Brigitte Spiller Prep Teachers A common highlight for many of the Prep students and their families during Semester One has been the rapid growth in their reading. Students are now confident in using pre-reading strategies to make strong connections between their prior knowledge and new information in the text. The majority of students began Prep with limited recognition of high frequency words. Through the implementation of

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the Magic Words Program students have been engaged in a range of fun and interactive activities that have further developed their reading, fluency and comprehension skills. Daily phonogram sessions have also been an essential component in students’ reading development which has further supported their ability to write and spell. Our recent Prep Assembly demonstrated the students’ ability to

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deliver what they have accomplished this semester. Experiences such as this equip our students to develop their public speaking skills. The students have also made significant gains in their social and emotional development. They have learned how to work and play with others, negotiate friendships and form relationships with their Year 4 buddies.

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YEAR 6 LEADERSHIP

Year 6 Leadership Mr Lee White Year 6 Teacher Student leadership at The Knox School is about collaboration, teamwork, care and empathy and service to others. This has been an overarching theme throughout our leadership program. Throughout the year we have challenged the student by allowing them to design and implement an activity that shows service to the school. This came in many forms including lunch time Prep games, Sports Skills, Origami Club and many more. The students had to work through some challenges to make their initiative successful.

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Students spent a day at Jells Park to develop their awareness of others and how care and empathy is more productive to a team in achieving their mutual goal. Students had various challenges to overcome with ‘fake injuries’ put into play to push the teams to problem solve and work collaboratively. The highlight of this day was trying to build a hut that was tested for how water proof it was, if it sheltered all of the team and how well each team performed U pressure.

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Recently our leadership program has extended into ‘service to our community’. We were buddied up with a senior citizen from the Knox Retirement Village. They were required to interview their senior buddy and write a memoir for them. It was a most remarkable experience for all which stretched the Year 6s out of their comfort zone but it allowed each student to master their service to community with support from teachers. We look forward to presenting the memoirs to our senior citizens at our Year 6 assembly, Friday July 19th.

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KEEP

Year 9 KEEP Mrs Michelle Mitchell Manager - Strategic Implementation During 4th to the 12th June all of our Year 9 students were involved in KEEP City. The two mornings always provoke a lot of thought amongst the students including which train to catch, how to meet with friends and how to travel from location to location once in the city. They visited the Magistrates’ Court and Eureka Tower, and met with a Police Officer on both mornings to learn how to stay safe in all types of situations. The first afternoon was spent racing around the city in small groups collecting points whilst visiting various locations before meeting back at a central location, and on the second day the students had to work collaboratively whilst finding their own way from the central city to the MCG. Day three of the program saw students back at school shaping their presentations and planning for their free choice day in the city. The free choice day included optional visits to ArtVo, The State Library, The Museum, Colourful Lane Ways and Art Galleries amongst other attractions of each groups choice. Whilst all the students had a wonderful rest over the long weekend, they returned to school on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th to complete their presentations depicting their experiences and to ensure that all was ready for the parent night on the 12th where they were required to hold ‘stalls’ and sell Melbourne as a great holiday destination to their parents. Currently the Year 9 students are busy planning their August KEEP Coastal THE KNOX SCHOOL

experience which will see them travel in small groups around Port Phillip Bay over two days.

Student Quotes:

William Liu “I am more confident, resourceful and open-minded”

James Kirby “Our student led day was planned out well”

Tenaya Forster “Using Public Transport helped us to develop independence”

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YEAR 10

Year 10 Community Based Learning Mr Travis Parker Head of Paterson House specific team aims and what they would like to learn, managing their budget, logistics and transport management. Teams have also identified a community service project or initiative (direct or indirect service) where they learn about and make a difference to a real issue about which they are passionate.

The Knox School Year 10 Community Based Learning (CBL) Program is a new initiative at The Knox School based upon service-based learning. It will occur over 3-4 days in late November, and aims to provide students the opportunity to develop and practise important personal and social capabilities, essential life skills, teamwork and leadership, independent learning capabilities, community service and how they can make a positive difference. During Semester One, students have formed teams and have been set the challenge to design, plan, organise and then lead a community based experience somewhere in Victoria. The student teams have been set the challenge to plan and organise almost all they key aspects of the CBL experience, including

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Students have already submitted their initial proposals and are well on their way to organising accommodation, planning their role within their team and liaising with relevant community groups that they will be working with. See below a sample of last year’s group and what they did in the CBL Program

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COLOURS AWARDS

Colours Awards The Colours are awarded in Years 7 to 12 for student endeavour in a variety of areas including Academic Excellence, School Services, Performing Arts, or in any other field as approved by the Vice Principal.

There are four distinctive orders or Colours:

White – for service to a given field of endeavour

Gold – Years 10-12 for outstanding achievement

Falcon – in recognition of a personal best or achievement that demonstrates personal growth

Silver – Years 7-9 for outstanding achievement

Honours – Years 10-12 who reach the pinnacle of achievement in a field of endeavour

The following students were awarded Colours Awards in First Semester Ben McNeil . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Cohen Morgan . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Liam Pimentel . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Sahana Sughesh . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Aiqi Xu . . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Matilda Hirst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sport - Silver Imogen Worthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sport - Silver Jason Cormick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sport - Silver Oscar Kendall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sport - Gold Nathan Lim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sport - Gold Hannah McKnight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sport - Gold Ethan Bird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sport - Honours

Samuel Arnott . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Nifty Arora . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Alex Bennett . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Bansari Chaudhari . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Jayden Giang . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Amnaaz Shergill . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Sophia Siddle . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Maxwell Troiani . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Anneliese Turner . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Ella Vegh . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence - Silver Ruohua Gao . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Bhavesh Kapadia . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Sarah Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Excellence – Gold Ethan Bird was the only recipient of an Honours award. His achievements include 2017 Division 1 Swimming Carnival: 1st Backstroke 1st Butterfly 2nd Breaststroke 3rd Freestyle Champions Swimming Carnival: 1st Backstroke 1st Butterfly 2nd Breaststroke 3rd Freestyle

2018 Division 2 Swimming Carnival: 1st Backstroke 1st Butterfly Champions Swimming Carnival: 1st Butterfly 3rd Backstroke Awarded Gold Colours for Sport in 2018 2019 Division 2 Swimming Carnival: 1st Backstroke 1st Butterfly 1st Medley Relay 1st Freestyle Relay

In addition to the all of this, Ethan broke the EISM record for U 14 Boys Backstroke in 2015 with a time of 31.09 seconds.

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EISM SPORT

EISM Athletics Mr Alex Wilson Head of Sport The EISM Division Two Athletics Carnival was held at Lakeside stadium, Albert Park on Tuesday 7 May. Students were invited to compete at this carnival based on the results obtained from The Knox School’s House Athletics Carnival and Physical Education classes. Students who achieved medals at this event are as follows: Niru Thaveesan . . . . . U 13 Girls High Jump . . . . . .3rd Makayla Vinen . . . . . U 13 Girls Shot Put . . . . . . .3rd Lincoln Howe . . . . . . U 13 Boys 100m . . . . . . . . 3rd Lincoln Howe . . . . . . U 13 Boys 200m . . . . . . . . 3rd Lincoln Howe . . . . . . U 13 Boys 400m . . . . . . . . 3rd Lincoln Howe . . . . . . U 13 Boys Long Jump . . . . . .3rd Lincoln Howe . . . . . . U 13 Boys Triple Jump . . . . . 3rd Brooke Anderson . . . . U 14 Girls 800m . . . . . . . . 1st Georgia Howe . . . . . . U 14 Girls 400m . . . . . . . . 1st Georgia Howe . . . . . . U 14 Girls Long Jump . . . . . . 1st Georgia Howe . . . . . . U 14 Girls Triple Jump . . . . . 1st Georgia Howe . . . . . . U 14 Girls 4X100m relay . . . 2nd Georgia Howe . . . . . . U 14 Girls 100m . . . . . . . . 2nd Georgia Howe . . . . . . U 14 Girls 200m . . . . . . . . 3rd Laura Stone . . . . . . . U 14 Girls 4X100m relay . . . 2nd Anakin Slade . . . . . . U 14 Boys 4X100m Relay . . . .3rd Jason Cormick . . . . . . U 14 Boys 4X100m Relay . . . .3rd Jason Cormick . . . . . . U 14 Boys Long Jump . . . . . .3rd Aiden Angus . . . . . . U 14 Boys Long Jump . . . . . .3rd Matilda Hirst . . . . . . . U 14 Girls 4X100m relay . . . 2nd

Matilda Hirst . . . . . . . U 15 Girls Hurdles . . . . . . . 3rd Sophia Siddle . . . . . . U 14 Girls 4X100m relay . . . 2nd David Guo . . . . . . . . U 14 Boys 100m . . . . . . . . 1st David Guo . . . . . . . . U 14 Boys Shot Put . . . . . . . 1st David Guo . . . . . . . . U 14 Boys 200m . . . . . . . . 2nd David Guo . . . . . . . . U 14 Boys 4X100m Relay . . . .3rd Oliver Horlock . . . . . . U 14 Boys 400m . . . . . . . . 3rd Oliver Horlock . . . . . . U 14 Boys 4X100m Relay . . . .3rd Emily Roche . . . . . . . U 16 Girls Shot Put . . . . . . .3rd Akshaay Shankar . . . . U 15 Boys Triple Jump . . . . . . 1st Akshaay Shankar . . . . U 15 Boys Hurdles . . . . . . . . 1st Akshaay Shankar . . . . U 15 Boys Long Jump . . . . . 2nd Akshaay Shankar . . . . U 15 Boys 100m . . . . . . . . 3rd Sydney Smith . . . . . . U 15 Boys 1500m . . . . . . . 2nd Hannah McKnight . . . . Open Girls 1500m . . . . . . . 3rd Ashleigh Bertram . . . . 1Open Girls High Jump . . . . 1st Ashleigh Bertram . . . . Open Girls 100m . . . . . . . 2nd Ashleigh Bertram . . . . Open Girls 400m . . . . . . . 2nd Ashleigh Bertram . . . . Open Girls Triple Jump . . . . 2nd Spencer Stuckey . . . . . Open Boys 200m . . . . . . . .3rd

Students who achieved a first place in the Division Two Carnival are automatically invited to attend the Champions Carnival which was held on Monday 13 May. All other invitees are determined through next best times/distances. A student who achieves a first place at the Champions Carnival is considered the best athlete in that given event for all 21 EISM schools. Lincoln Howe . . . . . . Georgia Howe . . . . . Georgia Howe . . . . . David Guo . . . . . . . Akshaay Shankar . . . .

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U 13 Boys Long Jump . . . . . .3rd U 14 Girls Long Jump . . . . . . 1st U 14 Girls Triple Jump . . . . . 3rd U 14 Boys Shot Put . . . . . . . 3rd U 15 Boys Triple Jump . . . . . 2nd

Akshaay Shankar . Akshaay Shankar . Ashleigh Bertram . Ashleigh Bertram .

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U 15 Boys 100m . . . . . . . . 3rd U 15 Boys Long Jump . . . . . .3rd Open Girls High Jump . . . . . . 1st Open Girls 400m . . . . . . . .3rd

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MUSIC

Growth And Development in Music Ms Julia Stoppa Head of Music & Performing Arts Band and String Extension Program - BASE Program It has been fascinating to watch the new musicians in BASE this year. These lucky students in Year 5 and Year 7, performed for family and friends after only a few lessons on their instruments at The 5-Note Concert. It is the first time we have invited the public in to see the very beginning of their journey. We tell students we value their growth above all else, so we decided to show our community what that means and to give them a reference point for where this group of students started. Now, we feel complete; we have a training ground for beginners, a Junior Band, an Intermediate Concert Band and the Senior Concert Band. This is the journey possible for wind, brass and percussion students at our school. It now matches the comprehensive set of ensembles enjoyed for years by our string players. We hope they develop a life-long love of music and a sense of community where they belong and feel welcome.

Generations in Jazz From year to year, we lose senior musicians when they graduate, which means we have to rebuild in some way each time we enter a competition. It is the nature of Music Education and we welcome the regeneration. This year was no exception, except that when we arrived at Mt Gambier, we were unexpectedly met by four of our alumni. The lives of these young men and women have been changed by the opportunity to attend this event while they were TKS students. So much so, they decided to attend the weekend as members of the general public. This is why we work hard to bring students experiences they don’t know they need to have. This is why it is essential to take every opportunity offered. You never know when the next inspiration will hit, and we can’t predict which experience will make the right difference, to the right student, at the right time.

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