Insights

Dear Community,

This week our Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 students sat the annual NAPLAN tests. These are national tests in numeracy, literacy, language conventions, reading and writing.

The NAPLAN tests garner significant debate and discussion regarding their merit as a tool for assessing individual, cohort and school achievement and the pressure placed on students and teachers to ensure the highest level of performance.

In my view, the polarised views of the NAPLAN tests presented in the general media tend to fail ...

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Insights

Dear Community,

The King David School has a proud reputation for excellence in learning. Indeed, our capacity to work closely with our students to enable them to exceed their expectations is something that gives us tremendous pride.

But our mission at the School extends far beyond our students’ academic achievement. In the design of our programs, experiences and opportunities we are constantly asking ourselves the question – who are our students becoming as a result of their time with us?

We are confident ...

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Insights from the Principal

Dear Community,

I read this week that a 2009 article by former US President, Jimmy Carter, has become the most read article ever published in The Age newspaper. The article entitled ‘Losing my religion for equality’ has struck a chord within Victoria and has become a recent viral hit. In it, President Carter describes his painful decision to leave his place of worship of over six decades due to his perception that “women and girls have been discriminated against for too ...

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Weekly Update

Dear Community,

This has been an important week for all of us at The King David School as we focus on identity, belonging and commitment through the commemorations of Yom Hazikaron, Anzac Day and the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Each of these events resonate within our community in special ways. The challenge of raising students who in line with our values “uphold the principles of democracy and multiculturalism while nurturing a strong Australian identity and a close and meaningful relationship with the ...

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Message from our Principal

Dear Community,

This week we commemorated Yom Hashoah in moving, age-appropriate ceremonies across the School. Reflecting on the importance of the annual Holocaust commemoration we are reminded of the unique Jewish approach to history and memory which requires us to remember ancient events as though they occurred to us.

The first of the Ten Commandments is instructive in this regard. On face value it does not read as a commandment at all – “I am Adonai, your God, who brought you out ...

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Weekly Update

Dear Community,

David, a fictional Yr 8 student, has had a bad night’s sleep. Before bed he saw on Instagram that some of his friends got together on the weekend without him. His baby brother, who seems to be the exclusive focus of his parents’ attention, was crying during the night. Then, this morning, after a squabble with his mother, he ran out of the house leaving his Humanities assignment that was due in Period 3 on the kitchen bench. He ...

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Weekly Update

Dear Community,

This week I had the privilege of attending our Year 9 Expanding Horizons Camp at Charnwood in the Strathbogie Ranges of regional Victoria. It was an outstanding opportunity to see our students interact in a different context.

The three-week Camp is a key component of the year-long Expanding Horizons (EH) experience. This is a carefully designed program that offers our students engaging experiences that teach them relevant life-skills that nurture their development as well-rounded people.

Much research has been done into ...

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Weekly Update

Dear Community,

For many of us, Purim marks a peak experience in the Jewish annual cycle of festivals.  When I think of my childhood growing up at this School, Purim is prominent in my memories.

I remember a number of dress ups – once I was Snap of Rice Bubble’s Snap Crackle and Pop fame, another time  I was a shower complete with shower curtain. Finally, (and this is the one my family like to bring up at every occasion possible) I ...

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Weekly Update

Dear Community,

At the start of this school year, I presented to our staff on the theme of “Teachers Make a Difference.” I truly believe that we cannot underestimate the influence teachers can have on shaping the lives of our next generations.

In previous eHarp articles I have written of the educational research that shows that of the factors that a school can influence, teaching quality has the most significant impact on student outcomes.

I wanted our teachers to start the year off ...

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Weekly Update

Dear Community,

Like many of you I have watched aghast as the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has focused on the unfathomable betrayal of children that has occurred within Australia over the past decades.

Over the past fortnight, the Royal Commission has come closer to home for Australia’s Jewish community. What has been uncovered are shocking instances of abuse and the failure of bystanders to intervene to prevent harm.

It is hard to think of a more atrocious act than the ...

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