From The Principal

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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A Wide Range of Opportunities

Dear Community,

I often meet parents and grandparents at school events and tours who make comments such as, “I wish I was going through school today”. There is no doubt that the opportunities that are available to our students provide for new and different types of learning that were not available to previous generations.

Our attitude to education is one that acknowledges our responsibility to extend beyond the core curriculum and to provide a wide range of life experiences that foster the ...

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Fostering the Development of Resilience in Children

Dear Community,

The principal of a boys’ school in Little Rock, Arkansas, provoked some interesting conversation by posting a sign on the front door which read: “STOP. If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment etc. please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”

This was an example of resilience development that was discussed at a Parent Education Series event that we hosted this week with highly regarded parenting expert, ...

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A New Generation of Wonder People

Dear Community,

This week an alarming report was released by the Human Rights Commission which illuminated the shocking rate of sexual harassment experienced by females on university campuses in Australia. The report found that more than half of university students were subjected to sexual harassment and 6.9% were subjected to sexual assault in 2016. The report indicated that the statistics suggested that victims of the conduct were overwhelmingly female and perpetrators male.

These statistics are manifestly unacceptable and should fill us all ...

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The Importance of Recognising Plural World Views

Dear Community,

We live in an age of information overload. A recent report published in App Developer magazine suggests that more data was created in the past two years than in the previous 5000 years of human history combined.

This staggering fact can be placed into context through considering that every minute users upload more than 400 hours of video to YouTube, produce 350,000 tweets, send more than 4 million text messages, create more than 2.5 million Facebook Posts and ...

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Transforming Educational Approaches

Dear Community,

Over recent years advances in imaging and medical technology have led to a far greater understanding of the constitution and operation of the human brain. At King David we have been exploring ways to harness these insights into improving the learning experience of our students.

Over the past week, Russell Kaplan, Vice-Principal Teaching & Learning and I have been in Santa Barbara at an Educational Neuroscience conference, focused on Executive Functions and its impact on learning. It seems ...

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An Inclusive Approach to Judaism

Dear Community,

Our School Vision statement calls upon us to engender within our students “a close and meaningful relationship with the Land and State of Israel.”

We do this in many ways through our curricular and extra curricular endeavours. We have developed a rich and sophisticated Israel education program, we celebrate Israel’s highs with joyous and lively Yom Haatzmaut celebrations, and lows, with our solemn Yom Hazikaron Tekes (Commemoration). We actively engage Israeli and Zionist Madrichim in order to facilitate a personal ...

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