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Prep to Year 2 Students Welcome in Shabbat with Family

The words of Lecha Dodi sang out across the Junior School as Prep to Year 2 students shared their weekly Shabbat celebrations with adoring grandparents and special friends. Prep students have learned a great deal about Shabbat this year so far and included a reflection on ” why I love Shabbat” today. Year 1 students demonstrated their knowledge of Mitzvot with a focus on how to give Tzedakah and what Shabbat should feel like. Year 2 shared their exceptional ...

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Dear Community,

Our Junior School was filled today with that most special type of love – the unique bond between a grandparent and a grandchild. We hosted our Grandparents and Special Friends’ Shabbat services and they were predictably constituted of equal parts cuteness, hilarity and heartfelt emotion.

Developmental psychologists have shown that grandparents can serve an incredibly powerful role in shaping the character of their grandchildren. One of the interesting ways that this is achieved is through the introduction to ...

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KDS Compete at Winter Round Robin

Last week, Years 5 & 6 students competed in the Balaclava District Winter Round Robin. Football, Soccer, Netball and Teeball were played at various venues around Melbourne.

KDS performed extremely well , winning many games across all the sports.

RESULTS:
Mixed AFL: 5th
Boys Soccer: 4th
Girls Soccer: 5th
Teeball: 5th
Girls Netball: 7th
Mixed Netball: 3rd

All students represented KDS in a fantastic display of sportsmanship and skill. Well done to all players and coaches in what was a great day.

Drew Solewicz
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New Horizons Students Make a Difference

A group of Year 9 students visited Gary Smorgon House this week as part of their New Horizons Program.

Ethan, Ariella and Chantall helped with the residents’ arts and craft activity whilst Marcel, Joel and Rafi visited residents in their rooms, talked with them and even sang a French song together. The highlight of the day was a little concert that Ariella performed spontaneously. She sang beautiful songs in Hebrew and English, which brought a lot of smiles and joy to ...

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Dear Community,

I would like to share with you the speech that I gave this morning at the KDSPA Annual Breakfast:

The land that we meet on today is the traditional home of the Boon Wurrung language group that form part of the East Kulin nation. The Boon Wurrung believed that they lived with the protection of Bunjil the eagle and that they were obliged to care for the land and look after the children. In paying our respects to their elders, ...

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Impactful Giving at the Annual Breakfast

“Protecting children is everyone’s business”. This was the theme of this year’s KDSPA Annual Breakfast. Listening to Susan Barton AM, Founder of the Lighthouse Foundation speak of her nearly three decades of commitment to the homeless was not only truly inspirational but struck a chord with everyone in attendance at the event, reminding us how much we take for granted from our comfortable lives.

Susan believes “homelessness affects us all as we have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable in our ...

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Pre-School Practise Tikkun Olam

Marc Light highlighted today, at the KDSPA Annual Breakfast, the importance of teaching our children and young people to appreciate our earth, restore it and care for our environment. This week, our Pre-Kinder children participated in preparing their vegetable garden bed. The soil was added, tossed, turned and prepared for planting seasonal vegetables. It’s never too early to teach our children the importance of a sustainable future. We look forward to bringing you more photos of the growth of the ...

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Year 4 Students Celebrate Milestone in Jewish Learning

On Wednesday, Year 4 students participated in the Kabbalat Tanach Ceremony where they received their very first Tanach. Kabbalat Tanach acknowledges the transition from learning about the original Jewish stories, to reading them from the Tanach.

Kabbalat Tanach’s purpose is to communally mark the next stage of growth in our students’ Jewish education, as they will use it every year in Jewish Studies at The King David School. The Tanach is the anchor of Jewish memory, containing the foundation stories, ethics, ...

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Dear Community,

Last Friday we held our annual Student Wellbeing Conference. This year’s conference focused on equipping our teachers with the relevant knowledge, skills and methodology to best support students who suffer from a range of common learning and mental health disorders.

The day started with an enlightening presentation from former North Melbourne and Sydney footballer and mental health advocate, Wayne Schwass. Wayne shared with us his story of his lengthy battle with Anxiety, Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Wayne outlined that at ...

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Preps – Eco Warriors

The Prep students went on an excursion to CERES as part of their ‘Marvellous Materials’ Inquiry unit earlier this week. The students learnt all about recycling, reusing and reducing our daily waste. A highlight of the day was making paper and searching for mini beasts, small animals without a skeleton or backbone, with magnifying glasses.

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