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Dear Community,

You may have seen Derek Sivers’ wonderful TED talk on how to create a movement in under three minutes. In it, he analyses footage of a man dancing wildly at a music festival. This leader is joined by the “first follower” and soon more and more people join this powerful movement of crazy dancing folk. Sivers uses the example to draw conclusions about the nature of leadership and the leader’s reliance on key advocates in order to influence others. ...

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Volunteering in our Community

Yesterday, I volunteered for the TBI Nourish program, which is an initiative to offer free meals on a weekly basis to disadvantaged people in our community. King David offers students the opportunity a few times a year to volunteer in preparing the meals or serving the meals on a Monday evening in Alma Park with teachers present for supervision purposes.

Being the first time that I volunteered for this program, I developed many new skills from working in the kitchen and ...

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A Wonderful Pi-Day!

On a blistering hot day, the Senior School helped celebrate Pi Day (March 14) with our Pi Recitation Competition. In the student competition, Tobi T(Year 7) managed to recite a mammoth 50 decimal places whilst Daniel T won for Year 8, Jake H for Year 9 and Daniel S for Year 12. Representing the “I Wouldn’t Believe It If I Didn’t Witness It” Category was Year 11 student Daniel F who managed to recite 814 Decimal Places!

Congratulations and well done to ...

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Junior School Students Assist with Eat Up!

‘Eat up!’ Isn’t that what everyone’s mum says?

The answer is no because some people cannot afford to buy fresh or yummy food. In fact, one in eight children in Australia go to school without any food at all.

This term the King David students partnered with the charity Eat Up to assist with their cause. We collected over 1000 snack items and made 650 sandwiches to be delivered to 9 different schools in Melbourne so the students would have something to ...

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Dear Community,

The nexus between neuroscience and education is one which we have focused considerable resources and attention to over the past few years. As scientists gain a clearer understanding of the functionality and nature of the human brain it is increasingly incumbent on educators to harness these discoveries in brain-friendly learning techniques that maximise students’ capacity and opportunity for learning.

One area that has been neglected in recent times has been an understanding of the role that memory plays in our ...

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Chag Purim Sameach!

Today marks another special occasion on the Jewish calendar, Chag Purim (the festival of Purim). Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia and is, therefore, a time to rejoice and be merry. The day is typically celebrated by reading the story of Purim from Megillat Esther (the scroll/book of Esther), dressing up in costume, playing fun games and eating delicious foods including oznei haman.

In the Junior School, we began with our traditional Purim parade where the ...

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Israeli Dignitaries Visit King David

The School was incredibly honoured and fortunate to host Professors Raphael and Tsvia Walden yesterday who were visiting Melbourne at the invitation of the Union of Progressive Judaism (UPJ).

Professor Tsvia Walden is the daughter of the late Shimon Peres, past President of Israel and world renowned advocate for peace in the Middle East. Professor Tsvia Walden is a Psycholinguist and Director of Youth Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. After having toured our Junior and Senior ...
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The Internet and Our Children

Our Friends of The King David School Association, spearheaded by Erica Frydenberg (grandparent of the School) organised an information session this week on “the Internet and our Children” presented by Marc Light. The digital world of social media, instant access to infinite information and live streaming raises many concerns for the safety and emotional wellbeing of our children.

Marc referred to both “the dark web”, where there is much to be concerned over the negative impact of the digital world on ...

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Years 6-12 Inter-House Swimming Gala

It was hard not to get swept up in the wonderful spirit that was present at this year’s Years 6-12 Inter-House Swimming Gala. Students cheered their peers on with encouragement and excitement. They genuinely seemed to care for each and every student that participated in the races.

Our student leaders with the assistance of students in Years 11 & 12 created a carnival atmosphere at lunch time with almost every student (and staff) kicking up their heels and showing support for ...

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Dear Community,

Earlier this week hundreds of millions of people in more than 225 countries watched a monumental error occur when the wrong film was announced for the Best Motion Picture award at the 2017 Academy Awards. This mistake has dominated the Oscars’ coverage in the media and a plethora of comments, internet memes and jokes have emerged surrounding this occurrence.

Watching this unfold and the huge reaction to this high stakes blunder has made me think about the messaging around mistakes ...

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