Thinking Critically at The King David School

Dear Community,

Socrates famously stated that “to find yourself, think for yourself.”

This week we celebrated World Philosophy Day and challenged our students to explore those deep questions that drive curiosity and develop our sense of morality and ethics. The Junior School saw the greatest assemblage of togas since Ancient Rome as every staff member and student donned a carefully tied bed sheet to get into the spirit of the day. Furthermore everyone present was provided a nametag that bestowed them the ...

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Yom Rabin Seminars

Last Saturday marked 22 years since the tragic assassination of Israeli PM Yitzchak Rabin. Rabin’s life was ended barely a year after signing a peace agreement with Jordan, and during the peak of his government’s Oslo peace process with the Palestinians.

Rabin’s assassination was a key moment in the narrative of the Jewish people both in the diaspora and in Israel. It is important that our students understand who Rabin was, what he achieved and the effects of his assassination on ...

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Kabbalat Dorot – Celebrating Family Heritage

If students are to feel safe living in a world made up of so many varieties of people and cultures, they need to feel comfortable and safe with their own Jewish identity.

Kabbalat Dorot is a celebration of each person’s family heritage and one critical step along the pathway of students being able to articulate how being Jewish matters to them. Year 6 students spent months interviewing family members, researching artefacts, exploring family migration stories, discovering branches and details of ...

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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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Kabbalat Dorot – Treasuring Students’ Heritage

Dear Community,

Renowned Civil rights activist James Baldwin famously stated “know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”

In a deeply moving Kabbalat Dorot ceremony, our Year 6 students were challenged to dive deep into their familial history and to give us a glimpse of how these have shaped their promising futures.

The students presented their findings from exploring their families’ dorot (generations). This involved a self-exploration, an investigation into ...

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Year 7 Boys Indoor Cricket Stars

This week our Year 9 boys represented King David in the EISM Indoor Cricket Carnival. Throughout the day KDS competed in a 5 game round robin system followed by finals. The boys were unsure what to expect however they were confident after 3 training sessions with coach Ari.

Game one the boys easily defeated Oakleigh Grammar dominating both with bat and ball. Game 2 vs Bialik was a much closer affair with KDS fielding and smart batting closed out a 12 ...

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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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Insights

Dear Community,

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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