From The Principal

Thinking Critically at The King David School

Dear Community,

Socrates famously stated that “to find yourself, think for yourself.”

This week we celebrated World Philosophy Day and challenged our students to explore those deep questions that drive curiosity and develop our sense of morality and ethics. The Junior School saw the greatest assemblage of togas since Ancient Rome as every staff member and student donned a carefully tied bed sheet to get into the spirit of the day. Furthermore everyone present was provided a nametag that bestowed them the ...

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Kabbalat Dorot – Treasuring Students’ Heritage

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Renowned Civil rights activist James Baldwin famously stated “know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”

In a deeply moving Kabbalat Dorot ceremony, our Year 6 students were challenged to dive deep into their familial history and to give us a glimpse of how these have shaped their promising futures.

The students presented their findings from exploring their families’ dorot (generations). This involved a self-exploration, an investigation into ...

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Insights

Dear Community,

This week marked the one hundredth anniversary of the Australian Light Horse Brigade’s famous victory in the Battle of Beer Sheva. This battle proved to be a pivotal one in the fall of the Ottoman Empire and ultimately manifested in the geo-political shifts that led to the creation of many of the states that make up the Middle East today. It has also come to represent an important connecting point between Australia and Israel.

Our Year 9 students represented our ...

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Nurturing our Students’ Individuality

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Talia prays for people to live peaceful lives. Jonah prays for everyone to be happy. Benji prays for more clean water to drink.

These are some of the generous and thoughtful remarks presented on behalf of our Year 2 students at this week’s Kabbalat Siddur ceremony. This ceremony is a beautiful occasion where our students are for the first time presented with their own Siddur by their families.

We mark this occasion in this way because we wish to emphasise that ...

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Educating our Students to Expect Equality

Dear Community,

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau wrote in an essay on Feminism that “when we are all equal, all of us are more free.”

Like so many of us I have read in horror of the shocking and sordid details of the extraordinary level of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood that has been exposed in recent weeks.

A few months ago I wrote in this column of the atrocious survey results that exposed that over 50% of female university ...

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Experiential Education and Sukkot

Dear Community,

This week we celebrated Sukkot at School. This ancient festival is one of my favourites because it provides such a beautiful message of inclusion. Not only does Sukkot represent the time when many in our community come together for shared meals and conversations but its construction is designed to facilitate the welcoming of the other.

The three walled Sukkah with a permanent opening for the welcoming of the stranger is linked to the legendary hospitality of the patriarch, Abraham, who ...

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Enriching our Students’ Creative Capacities

Dear Community,

The late Steve Jobs understood that those who were blessed with the capacity for creative thought were invaluable in achieving success for his ventures. He said: “When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesise new things. And the reason they were able to ...

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Honouring Norman Rothman

Dear Community,

I would like to share with you, the eulogy I delivered at the funeral of our Founding Principal, Norman Rothman this week. Please see below:

As the current Principal of The King David School I wish to express my community’s enormous sadness at the passing of our founding Principal, Mr Norman Rothman.

As a past student of the School I want to also express my own personal sorrow at the loss of my own founding Principal. For my peers ...

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Reflection and Renewal

Dear Community,

I recently had the pleasure of watching our Year 2 students perform the ancient ritual of blowing the shofar for our Prep students. Although the students were flushed and short of breath they clearly loved participating in this activity.

Throughout the Hebrew month of Elul the shofar is blown every day across the School. At a recent Grandparents and Special Friends’ Shabbat service David Opat, Vice Principal Student Wellbeing, characterised the shofar sounds as the Jewish alarm clock ...

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Equality for All

Dear Community,

The single most widely read opinion piece that has been published in Australia is former US President Jimmy Carter’s cry for egalitarianism called “Losing my religion for equality.’ In it, President Carter urges religious and traditional leaders to dismantle practices that subjugate women. He writes that such practices are “in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of ...

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