From The Principal

Insights – happiness equals connectedness plus purpose

Dear Community,

Below is an excerpt of the speech that I delivered to our Year 12s at this week’s Graduation Dinner:

Class of 2018,

There is some interesting analysis coming out of the United States where social commentator, David Brooks, has looked into the key messages delivered at graduation ceremonies – often called commencement addresses. Brooks identifies the key messages being delivered at these events as:

“Follow your passion, chart your own course, march to the beat of your own drummer, follow your dreams ...

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Insights – standing up for social justice and inclusivity

Dear Community,

The founders of our school had the wisdom to understand that a great community school should be established on values of inclusion, egalitarianism and social justice. In our pursuit of these values we create an environment where we honour the dignity of all community members and promote opportunities for our students to engage meaningfully in contributing to their immediate and wider communities.

Last weekend I was filled with pride as, once again, King David paired with Stand Up ...

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Insights – hope for the future

Dear Community,

I have stumbled across the perfect antidote to the negativity and pessimism that dominates our news feed and leaves us feeling worried for the future. It comes in the form of the youthful optimism, empathy and hope as demonstrated in the individual prayers and statements of gratitude prepared by our Year 2s and presented at their Kabbalat Siddur ceremony this week.

Zac prays “that the earth will have food, water, gravity and air”. He prays for “everyone in the world ...

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Insights – in solidarity

Dear Community,

This week the Jewry worldwide was united in sorrow following the horrific anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh that saw eleven congregants of the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha communities murdered and six others, including four responding police officers, wounded. This marks the deadliest attack on the US Jewish community ever.

The victims were attending Shabbat services which included a baby naming ceremony when the peace was shattered by an assailant shouting hate-filled statements.

Amidst the tragedy were remarkable stories of courage, ...

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Insights -B’hatzlacha to Class of 2018

Dear Community,

That special ingredient that turns a group of similarly-aged students into a cohort, a collection of individuals into a community and a school into a second home was on display at our recent Yr 12 Celebration Day Assembly.

Our students marked the end of their formal classes as they move into their study period leading into their final exams. The assembly was characterised by their irreverence and displayed their wit, sense of humour and unique dancing skills. However, the ...

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Insights – an educationally agile and caring school community

Dear Community,

I would like to share with you, the address I gave at our 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Sunday. Please see below.

Shabbat Shalom,

Marc Light
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Dear Honoured guests and friends,

In 1981 I began my school education as a wide-eyed and talkative 3 year old in what was then called Brown Kindergarten at The King David School in Kooyong Road, Armadale.

My happiest childhood memories are predominantly focused around the formative time I spent as a Primary school student at ...

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Insights – celebrating the past and supporting our future

Dear Community,

In the lead up to our 40th birthday Gala and Appeal, I hope that you have had the opportunity to view the beautiful videos being shared on the School’s social media accounts which emphasise the theme of celebrating the past and supporting our future.

What struck me in watching these videos, as it does when I speak with students, alumni and school families, is the unanimity in what resonates with so many about our incredible school.

Alumna, Alix Friedman, mentioned ...

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Insights – nurturing leadership skills

Dear Community,

Recently the Senior School corridors came alive with humorous and creative posters as some of our Year 11s launched their campaigns to become elected to our new student leadership body, the Hanhaga.

This body is tasked with the very important responsibility to drive student participation in the life of the School, to contribute to the betterment of the community through actions and ideas, and to represent student voices in relation to key decision making about the School’s direction and ...

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Insights – the social brain

Dear Community,

“When he stops chattering, Marc can be a keen, cooperative class member.”

This is the comment regarding Attitude in the subject Art from my 1988 KDS School Report. In my defence, and admittedly some 30 years too late to be useful to me, is the fact that new educational research suggests that social encounters in the classroom are actually when we achieve our best learning.

New research into “the social brain” suggests that our social encounters are actually crucial ...

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Insights – igniting student engagement

Dear Community,

One of the largest ever studies into the middle years of schooling was conducted in Melbourne in 2010. The Middle Years Research and Development project concerned itself with addressing some alarming patterns regarding student disengagement across these key years (loosely considered Years 5 through 9). MYRAD found that when tracking students’ attitudes to school including interest, motivation, drive and enjoyment that a pattern tended to emerge where student engagement levels peaked during junior years, plummeted across the middle years ...

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