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A strange anomaly of the Hebrew language is that there is no original translation of the word “history”. While Modern Hebrew has borrowed the term from English, the closest lexical conception that has evolved from Ancient Hebrew is the term “zikaron” (memory).

The focus on understanding the past as part of our collective memory is arguably one of the factors that has connected the Jewish people and ensured our survival. Time and again we are commanded to remember the experiences ...

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Chag Pesach Sameach!

The School has been abuzz with Pesach activity this week which included a total of twenty two separate sedarim held across the School! No mean feat.

Pre-School and Kindergarten students jumped like frogs, sang Mah Nishtana, wore frog masks, tasted charoset and pretended to be slaves while singing Dayenu at their sedarim. In the Junior School, Jewish Studies classes learning about the story of Pesach, making matza, charoset and afikomen bags have given students very meaningful experiential educational opportunities. Students ...

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MERIT Program – Encouraging Curious and Creative Learners

Every Thursday afternoon students from Years 3 – 8 are invited to attend the MER(IT) program which is held at Dandenong Road Campus in the Science Lab. MER(IT) is an acronym for:

Makerspace- Creative and Innovative Play
Engineering- Bridge Building
Robotics- First Lego League Robotics
Information Technology- Coding Robots, Arduino Boards

Students are guided and mentored through the various activities of choice. They are encouraged to take home their creations from the MakerSpace or Engineering areas at the end of the session. ...

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Students Shine at the Music Ensemble Soiree

Wednesday night saw the first Ensemble Soiree for 201 and featured performances from all our Magid Campus groups. Thanks to the parents, students and music staff who made it all happen- it was a great evening of music making. Some of the highlights were the premiere of a new orchestral piece by VCE student Noa Abrahams and amazing solos from every member of the stage band.

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Fun at the Fair!

Our Junior School Open Day Fair was held on Sunday to celebrate the opening of our brand new Kindergarten and Junior School. There were many free activities for children to enjoy. This included an activity in the new Jewish Life learning area where children could decorate their own Afikoman bag which can then be used at their Pesach Seders. Another popular activity was the Coding Challenge where children learnt how to manoeuvre Dash, the robot towards a “treasure chest” by ...

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Years 6-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival

Last Friday, KDS took to the track and field as students ran, jumped, threw and danced all day to secure big points for their House during the Years 6-12 Inter-House Athletics Carnival.

Our students put on a great show in all of the events. The scores were very close early in the day as Arava took an early lead ahead of Kineret, Galil and Negev after the 100m sprints. Once the first round of field event scores had come in, Negev ...

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Dear Community,

American civil rights activist William Dubois stated that “children learn more from who you are than what you teach.” The emphasis on providing positive role models for children is well understood in education. This is particularly pertinent in an era when our children are constantly bombarded with shallow messages about what should be valued through both social and traditional media channels. Many bemoan the fact that contemporary celebrities’ claims to fame have so little to do with ...

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Weaving a Basket for Moses

This week in Kindergarten, we have been preparing the children for Pesach, learning all about Moshe and his story. We know that Moshe’s mother weaved him a special basket out of the reeds by the river Nile to keep him safe on his journey down the river. On Thursday, we worked with Adrienne, a special basket weaver, to make our own Moshe basket. Adrienne has spent 12 years in the Northen Territory mastering her craft as well as working with ...

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Alumnus is Mentor for Creative Design Class

The Year 8 Creative Design class are fortunate to have alumnus Tahl Swieca (Class of 2010) as a mentor while they are working on their task to design and create their own movie character. Tahl is an award-winning and multi-disciplinary industrial designer who also designs and makes quirky and highly original figures in Sculpt modelling clay.

Tahl has generously shared his knowledge and expertise with the students and the processes involved when creating their own characters, from the initial brainstorming stage ...

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Year 3s Investigate how Cities Change

Year 3 has spent the term investigating how cities change in response to the people who live in them, looking closely at the physical and demographics changes that have occurred in Melbourne over time. Last Friday we took to the streets to explore these changes in person. We learnt about the key personalities that have shaped the development of Melbourne and explored the role that immigration has played in forming the city that we all live in today. During the ...

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