Frank Knowles

Frank Knowles: M.A. (Hons), F.T.C.L., L.G.S.M., Dip. Teach. was trained at Balmain Teachers’ College. Later at Sydney University as a part-time student he obtained English, History and Government majors. While teaching at Enfield Grammar in Middlesex, England, he studied at the Mountview Theatre School and at Trinity College, London, and the Guildhall. The next few years were spent with Russian and Lebanese ESL students at the University of NSW and then with graduates in teacher training at Sydney Teachers’ College. He then taught HSC students at St. Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, where in charge of Drama, he produced: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Crucible before he had two decades at Abbotsleigh. Here English and Drama up to the HSC level became his speciality. As Head of the English Department for seven years he had responsibility for the Annual School Magazine –‘The Weaver’. As an HSC English marker for fifteen years he had two years as one of NSW English Standard Judges. His M.A. (Hons) at Sydney University was: “Foreign Influences on Sydney & Melbourne Theatre Directors, 1950-1980”. While at Abbotsleigh he undertook extra curricula Speech & Drama adjudications at the Tamworth, Shoalhaven, Ryde and Sydney Eisteddfods. He had five years adjudicating the Lower North Shore Lions Youth of the Year Competition. Frank continued to coach and train students for Trinity College and the NSW HSC English exams until 2017. He was an Invigilator for Naplan Testing in NSW for English and Mathematics over 8 years. He has written on Local History with The History of St. Andrew’s, Longueville; Grandad’s Story – growing up in Austin St. in the 1940-1950s; and The History of Woodford Bay, in Cammeraygal Country – from 1788 into the 21st century, encompassing the Indigenous as well as the European History of this part of Sydney Town. He works as a volunteer with Bushcare at Woodford Bay and St. Andrew’s ‘Time 4U’ which helps Senior Citizens in the district cope with loneliness each Wednesday and Thursday each week. He is quite proud of the fact that the Isabella grape vine, the cumquats, lemon and orange trees provide the ingredients for the wonderful St. Andrew’s Market Morning jams. A considerable amount of the raised moneys, annually, goes towards Exodus.



Dance Troupes

Speech and Drama

Senior Vocals

Modern Vocals Pop and Musical Theatre


String Instruments

Wind Instruments