Senior Kinder are Stars on Shabbat

Senior Kindergarten celebrated Kabbalat Shabbat with grandparents and special friends today. David Opat led the beautiful Shabbat service and Jake, our Jewish Experiential Educator accompanied on the guitar. The children beamed with delight when they recited the brachot and sang the Shabbat songs. The atmosphere was full of smiles and proud grandparents. At the end, the children gave their guests handmade Magen David picture frames which we are sure will kept for ever as a memento of this special event.

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Sweet Victory for Girls Basketball Team

After going through their season undefeated, our Years 8/9 Girls Basketball won their EISM championship match, defeating Alphington 23-18.

The game was a nail biter as KDS found themselves down by three points late in the game. After a timeout, our girls went on a 6-0 run to storm home.

As an added twist, our team was missing its Year 9 students, who are all still away on camp. For the Grand Final, the team were joined by three Year 7s and ...

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Book Week – “Oh The Places You’ll Go”

What do Katniss Everdeen, Miss Trunchball, Percy Jackson, Mog the Forgetful Cat and Harry Potter have in common?

They were all on display at our Book Week Parade on Wednesday morning, one of the highlights of Book Week. David, AKA Miss Trunchball, read “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. It is an allegory about dreaming big and achieving great things. This was fitting because the theme of this year’s book week was Escape to Everywhere. The book showed what ...

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Representing KDS at Tournament of Minds

As part of the enrichment program this year, a group of Year 7 and 8 students had a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Tournament of Minds competition at Deakin University on Sunday 20 August. We competed in the social sciences category, which entailed a long term and a spontaneous challenge. The seven members of the team were very committed to the team, giving up lunchtimes, taking on extra homework, and even coming together on Sundays.

We were thrilled to participate ...

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Equality for All

Dear Community,

The single most widely read opinion piece that has been published in Australia is former US President Jimmy Carter’s cry for egalitarianism called “Losing my religion for equality.’ In it, President Carter urges religious and traditional leaders to dismantle practices that subjugate women. He writes that such practices are “in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of ...

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A Wonderful Kabbalat Shabbat at the Pre-School

What a joyous experience for our Pre Kinder children and their grandparents and special friends who came together recently to celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat.

Rabbi Gersh and Max lead with the children’s favourite Shabbat songs they sing each week at the Pre-School. The children beamed with delight as they recited the brachot and helped Rabbi Gersh bless the candles, wine, and challah. At the end of the service, our children got to take home their hand-rolled challah to be baked at home ...

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Students Compete in Engineering Challenge

Last Friday a team of Systems Engineering students from The King David School participated in the University of Melbourne Engineering Challenge known as The Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest. Coordinated by the Melbourne School of Engineering, this contest is a celebration of the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

At a time when Australia’s educators are urged to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist, it is these four specific skills that are critical to achieving this objective. The ...

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Senior Students Make a Difference

On Tuesday, the Year 11 Youth in Philanthropy team set out for their Presentation Evening at the Melbourne Town Hall. Each of the 40+ schools delivered a report outlining the charities that they visited and explained how they allocated $10,000 among their assigned charities. Catherine Brown, a member of the Lord Mayor’s Committee, said in her address to the students, “This program deals with real people, real charities and real money”.

Daniel and Amanda superbly delivered the report on behalf of ...

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Shalom to our new Madrichim!

Our Israeli Madrichim have arrived. Maian, Roni, Tal and Aviv herald from different parts of Israel, with family heritages stretching from Iraq, Russia, Poland and Argentina.

Each day this week has seen the Jewish Life office transformed into a hub of games, activity, nana tey (mint tea), sheshbesh (backgammon), music, taki (like Uno) and more. This forms the centre of the Senior School’s Festival Yisrael.

Over the weekend, the madrichim joined the Year 9s at camp, working with Netzer madrichim to provide ...

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Fertummelt Fairy Tales – Magical!

Fertummelt Fairy Tales (fertummelt is Yiddish for “mixed up”), performed by our Years 3 to 5 students this week, provided our students with a unique learning and performance opportunity. The theme of Fertummelt Fairy Tales was based on the notion that Fairy Tales are immediately accessible to everyone at any age. We have all shared in the joy and magic of being swept away to far off kingdoms. However, not all fairy tales were created equal. In her Director’s note, ...

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