Project Based Learning – Year 7

Throughout the ins and outs of life you rarely get to look at a question and think. Luckily, this year the Year 7 students were able to get an opportunity to explore a deep question for ourselves.

First we had a week of seminars, mini-projects and talks from entrepreneurs, including Morgan Hipworth of Bistro Morgan (we even got to try his famous donuts). We then had a week of answering a big driving question. This year the driving question was ‘How ...

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Junior School Kibbutz Program

This week, Year 1 students took part in an enhanced Kibbutz program, which incorporates the cycle from seed to table and teaches our students about food sustainability and nutrition.

Under the guidance of a qualified horticulturalist and the classroom teacher, the students plant, tend, reap and eat a range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Each student appreciates the process of plant and vegetable growth. Through this program the students have the opportunity to learn responsibility, commitment, compromise and other teamwork skills. ...

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World Philosophy Day

The Junior School celebrated their first ever ‘World Philosophy Day’ (WPD) this week.  This special day commenced in the Kobritz Hall with an assembly and the introduction of our special Philosophers, Marc Light, Russell Kaplan and David Opat.  We were thrilled to have hosted Philosopher Emmanuel Skoutas who facilitated a variety of Philosophical ‘Community Of Inquiries’ during the day.  Our young Philosophers enjoyed a wonderful day full of thinking, investigating questioning, learning and most importantly, fun! We all dressed for the occasion ...

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Passion for Thinking – The Power of One

On Wednesday evening Year 8 students showcased their Passion For Thinking presentations. This initiative allows students to investigate and develop a project based on their own passions. There is no question that when you give students the freedom to choose what and how they want to study a topic, you are going to have successful processes and outcomes and foster a love of learning.

Based on previous years, staff had high expectations. We were amazed this year by the diversity and ...

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Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Beersheba

On Tuesday this week, Year 9DG students visited the Shrine, for the centennial commemoration of the Battle of Beersheba. This was an opportunity to pay our respects to the troops of this significant battle of World War One. It was an eventful ceremony that featured the horses from the light horse division, who were key in the battle, the State Governor of Victoria, members of the Australian Defence Force and the Victorian Mounted Police.

Two of our class members Max Sandler ...

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Kids Teaching Kids Conference

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the sustainability committee visited Melbourne University and Collingwood Childrens Farm for the 2017 Melbourne Water, kids teaching kids conference.

Our main highlights were learning about water, pollution and frogs habitats. We loved learning about frogs and their habitats so much that we are hopefully going to add a frog pond into the School.

We did so many wonderful workshops which taught us loads of facts and ideas about the environment. It was so much fun and ...

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Celebrating Diwali at Pre-School

Our Pre-School children were entertained by Akshita, Ling, Daniel and Cristina as they acted out the story and history behind Diwali.

A good man called Rama was married to a beautiful princess called Sita. They had been banished to live in the forest with his brother, Lakshman, by his stepmother, as she wanted her son to be King. Ravana, The King with ten heads, heard of Sita’s beauty and goodness and planned to kidnap her. By magic, he conjured up a ...

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The ABC’s of Learning

To celebrate our completion of learning the letters and sounds of the alphabet, the students dressed up to represent a letter of the alphabet. The students baked cookies in the shape of their initials and participated throughout the day in Literacy activities.

The Year 4 Buddies also shared in the celebration by reading alphabet books to the Preps. The students in Prep are now all able to read at their level and excitedly listened to stories and read to each ...

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Artists of the Future Inspire at Art KDS Festival

What better way to nurture the talents of our future Visual Artists than create an Art Festival to support them?

On Sunday 10 September, the inaugural ARTKDS Festival and Ten Thousand Hours exhibition will celebrate both established and future artists in an afternoon of art shows, creative activities and valuable fundraising. KDS families, friends and art lovers from across Melbourne are invited to an afternoon of gourmet food, live music, roaming entertainment and art exhibitions from 12pm to 4pm at the ...

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Life Skills Learned on Year 9 Camp

On Friday 11 August the Year 9 cohort began the memorable journey to their extended camp. Coming into mental and physical challenges everyone was excited and pumped to begin the camp. Our first Shabbat as a whole year level began with great energy as we had Netzer Youth movement leaders join us in a few services reflecting the true Jewish culture we hold at KDS.

We then set off for 5 nights hiking and tenting in the coldest conditions recorded in ...

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