Jackie Ellis

Junior Kinder asks ‘R U OK?’

R U OK? Day is dedicated to inspiring and empowering everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them by asking the simple question “Are you OK?” It’s a day to remind us to offer support in an event that others are struggling, especially during these uncertain times. Gan Gefen and Gan Zayit students participated in activities encouraging kindness, empathy and love. Together we watched Yelena’s puppet …

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Looking inwards

We are well within the Days of Awe between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, where our tradition teaches that it is time to acknowledge past wrongdoings and look forwards with commitment to striving to be our best selves in the year ahead.  We all appreciate what a difficult year this has been. We have all …

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Students and Staff learn how we can help Afghanistan

KDS Students and staff joined Gideon Reisner from Stand Up for a lunchtime seminar to learn more information about the current situation in Afghanistan. Gideon placed the rise of the Taliban into historical context, starting with tensions between Great Britain and Russia in the 19th century.  Gideon charted the interventions of Russia, Great Britain and …

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Shana Tova

A phenomenon of living in the Diaspora is the dualism involved in simultaneously keeping in mind our secular and Jewish life experiences. This can affect us at many levels but one pragmatic one is holding two conflicting calendars in consideration. There are times when this can prove challenging, for instance the dreaded Yom Kippur – …

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Shakespeare in our homes

A drum, a drum Shakespere doth come… Years 8 and 9 English students played the audience to performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth respectively.  While Lysander cautions Hermia to remember that “the course of true love never did run smooth”, luckily for us the course of virtual live productions ran very smoothly indeed. From the drama and suspense …

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