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Exploring our Heritage

Year 6 students are beginning their Dorot Projects this term. Last week, they went on an excursion to the Jewish Museum of Australia to learn more about our rich and diverse heritage. Below are student reflections from the experience.
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When we arrived, everyone was so excited to discover new things about Judaism. We started by learning about how Jewish names have changed over the decades, which was very interesting. Some people even found out the origins of their own ...

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A New Generation of Wonder People

Dear Community,

This week an alarming report was released by the Human Rights Commission which illuminated the shocking rate of sexual harassment experienced by females on university campuses in Australia. The report found that more than half of university students were subjected to sexual harassment and 6.9% were subjected to sexual assault in 2016. The report indicated that the statistics suggested that victims of the conduct were overwhelmingly female and perpetrators male.

These statistics are manifestly unacceptable and should fill us all ...

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Shared Learning Experiences with KDS Chaverim

Our KDS Chaverim program held its first weekly sessions today in our brand new facility where we welcomed 22 children who will be King David Kinder students next year.

It was wonderful to share in this exciting program with new and current school families. There were some parents attending with their child who were King David students themselves!

KDS Chaverim is designed for children under 3 years of age who will be entering our Junior Kindergarten in the following year. The program ...

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Global Jewish Engagement and Conversation

This week, Year 10 students joined up with students from the Arava in the South of Israel to engage in conversations about what makes each of them similar and different.

Discussions revolved around them describing an average day of their week and weekend, whether Judaism was at the heart of their identity and whether living in Israeli or Australia is better for the future of Judaism. As can be seen from some of the post-it notes included below, the students drew ...

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The Importance of Recognising Plural World Views

Dear Community,

We live in an age of information overload. A recent report published in App Developer magazine suggests that more data was created in the past two years than in the previous 5000 years of human history combined.

This staggering fact can be placed into context through considering that every minute users upload more than 400 hours of video to YouTube, produce 350,000 tweets, send more than 4 million text messages, create more than 2.5 million Facebook Posts and ...

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Transforming Educational Approaches

Dear Community,

Over recent years advances in imaging and medical technology have led to a far greater understanding of the constitution and operation of the human brain. At King David we have been exploring ways to harness these insights into improving the learning experience of our students.

Over the past week, Russell Kaplan, Vice-Principal Teaching & Learning and I have been in Santa Barbara at an Educational Neuroscience conference, focused on Executive Functions and its impact on learning. It seems ...

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Pre-School Learn the Importance of Dental Hygiene

Earlier this week, our Pre-Kinder room had a visit from Sharon the Dentist and her friend, Sammy the Teeth. Sharon showed the children that Sammy was missing a tooth because when he was younger, he did not brush his teeth. This caused lots of tiny bugs to appear and they ate one of his teeth until it fell out! She demonstrated to the children how to brush Sammy and then Dahlia, Toby, Bella, Zach, and Osher had a turn at ...

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Solving Crime Using Forensic Science

On Tuesday, a group of Year 10 students travelled to Monash University in Clayton to participate in the Monash Murder Mystery workshop.

The task? To solve a fictitious murder using modern forensic science techniques.

Students were separated into groups and worked alongside students from schools from across Victoria as they rotated through different evidence stations. Evidence collected included fingerprinting, DNA analysis, spectroscopy and blood splatter analysis. Based on the evidence, our students successfully proposed a hypothesis and solved the fictitious murder!

The excursion ...

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An Inclusive Approach to Judaism

Dear Community,

Our School Vision statement calls upon us to engender within our students “a close and meaningful relationship with the Land and State of Israel.”

We do this in many ways through our curricular and extra curricular endeavours. We have developed a rich and sophisticated Israel education program, we celebrate Israel’s highs with joyous and lively Yom Haatzmaut celebrations, and lows, with our solemn Yom Hazikaron Tekes (Commemoration). We actively engage Israeli and Zionist Madrichim in order to facilitate a personal ...

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Yo Ho Ho – It’s Pirates Day!

This week, our Pre-Kinder and Junior Kinder students transformed into pirates, ARRRRR!

In the Pre-Kinder room, Pirate Dan came to visit the children as he needed their help finding his lost buried treasure. The children excitedly assisted Pirate Dan, and his first mate Pirate Emma, solving a series of clues to locate the treasure. The children worked together to dig up the buried treasure in the sandpit. Pirate Dan was so grateful that he gave each child a piece of treasure ...

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