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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

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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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Year 7 EISM Success

Earlier this week, Year 7 students participated in the final round of the EISM (Term 2) season against Bialik. The Girls Soccer team ended their fantastic season with a 5-0 win, leaving them in second place on the final leaderboard with four wins, one draw and one loss. The Girls Basketball team also had an outstanding season, finishing in third position with four wins and two losses.

The Boy Hockey team finished off the season with a narrow 1-2 loss, which ...

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Rich Characterisations in Steel Magnolias

The Lawrence Family Theatrette was transformed this week into a visually rich stage depicting life in a small town in the deep South of America in the 80’s. Our VCE Theatre Studies students performed Robert Harling’s play Steel Magnolias which focuses on the bond of a group of women in a small town community and how they cope with the death of one of their own.

A requirement for students in this subject is to choose areas of stagecraft in which ...

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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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