The Knoxes

There are five Knoxes. The one that has been on this earth the longest is Tim, Sue was next. Tim met Sue then there was Sam, Leo and Poppy in that order.

To varying degrees, the whole family enjoys adventure. There are of course different types of adventure, there’s the rough’n’tumble, mosquito bite kind and the more luxurious, gosh “this sunset so complements the chardonnay darling”  kind. Sue’s preference veers towards the latter.  Tim believes there is a middle ground, a place where wine nulls all discomfort.

In spring 2009 they started thinking about adventure. Sue said that she didn’t want to laze around on a beach over the holidays. Tim got thinking and one Sunday, over lunch, suggested building a raft and drifting 165km down the Hawkesbury river.

Leo, son number 2, has an intellectual disability. Everyday life is and will continue be a struggle and a little scary for Leo. He has just finished year 12 at a fabulous school in Wahroonga called Saint Edmund’s and we would like to say thanks by having another adventure and raising a some funds to help the present and future students.

Leo (3rd from left) with friends at St Edmund's

Leo (3rd from left) with friends at St Edmund’s

St Edmund’s

Walk through the gates of St. Edmund’s (Eddie’s) and you know that you are in a very special place.

It’s a Year 7-12 co-educational special high school for teenagers with a wide range of disabilities including sensory impairment, intellectual disability and autism. Eddie’s prides it self in offering students what every other student in schools take for granted.

The curriculum is rich and aims to prepare students for life after school.

Eddie’s feels like a regular high school. With teenagers being teenagers the talk is constant, there’s much joking, jostling and the boundaries are continuously tested.

What is extraordinary about St. Edmund’s is the calibre of the students themselves. They are as a school body, hard working, genuinely grateful and excited about what they are learning. They appreciate the very small and their expectations are simple. They have truly learned to appreciate the moment. The relationships between students and staff are unique – always respectful but with an undercurrent of chronic good humour and fun.

“There is never a day goes by that a student doesn’t lift my spirit in some way.” Says Principal Kathy Freeman.

St Edmund’s sets out to provide an educational experience that mirrors the opportunities provided within a “ordinary” school by promoting skills, knowledge, independence, confidence and self-esteem helping students become active, engaged and contributing members of society.

The school

  1. Provide a work education program that broadens the students’ post school options.
  2. Work with parents to achieve the very best possible outcomes for the students, their families and the school community.
  3. Educate the community in acceptance and understanding of ‘difference’.