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This week marked the one hundredth anniversary of the Australian Light Horse Brigade’s famous victory in the Battle of Beer Sheva. This battle proved to be a pivotal one in the fall of the Ottoman Empire and ultimately manifested in the geo-political shifts that led to the creation of many of the states that make up the Middle East today. It has also come to represent an important connecting point between Australia and Israel.

Our Year 9 students represented our ...

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Kabbalat Siddur – Connecting to Something Bigger

Kabbalat Siddur was a personal celebration of our Year 2s growing older and achieving new Jewish heights.

Each major Jewish milestone at KDS is marked by a Kabbalah ceremony. The theme of Kabbalat Siddur is “Connecting to Something Bigger”. Each week, the Prep to Year 2 students are immersed in the music and words of Jewish prayer. As they move towards Year 3, they receive their first professionally published Siddur. This Siddur connects them to other KDS students, to Jews in ...

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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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Nurturing our Students’ Individuality

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Talia prays for people to live peaceful lives. Jonah prays for everyone to be happy. Benji prays for more clean water to drink.

These are some of the generous and thoughtful remarks presented on behalf of our Year 2 students at this week’s Kabbalat Siddur ceremony. This ceremony is a beautiful occasion where our students are for the first time presented with their own Siddur by their families.

We mark this occasion in this way because we wish to emphasise that ...

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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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VCE Art Show

The 2017 VCE Visual Arts show held on Sunday 15 October at the Rebecca Magid Centre showcased a range of important issues in our Senior students’ artworks, many of which were hung in the Joseph Brown Gallery, which allowed the work to be exhibited in a professional display. Students, family and community members shared in this celebration of the creative endeavours and achievements that all the hard work that the visual arts student in Art, Media and Visual Communication ...

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KDS Represented at International Astronautical Congress

Earlier this year The King David School was honoured to have its paper, Big Scientist Little Scientist and the Colonisation of Mars, accepted for presentation at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), as part of their Technical Education stream of sessions. The paper was the culmination of a year-long project based on the theme of ‘Colonising Mars’, which involved the development of an innovative progression of modular activities that could be implemented across both primary and secondary school systems.

Ben Brill ...

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Educating our Students to Expect Equality

Dear Community,

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau wrote in an essay on Feminism that “when we are all equal, all of us are more free.”

Like so many of us I have read in horror of the shocking and sordid details of the extraordinary level of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood that has been exposed in recent weeks.

A few months ago I wrote in this column of the atrocious survey results that exposed that over 50% of female university ...

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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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Experiential Education and Sukkot

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This week we celebrated Sukkot at School. This ancient festival is one of my favourites because it provides such a beautiful message of inclusion. Not only does Sukkot represent the time when many in our community come together for shared meals and conversations but its construction is designed to facilitate the welcoming of the other.

The three walled Sukkah with a permanent opening for the welcoming of the stranger is linked to the legendary hospitality of the patriarch, Abraham, who ...

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