Educating for a sustainable future

In line with the School’s commitment to educating for a sustainable future, students will take personal responsibility for electricity consumption with the completion of the first of a three stage installation of solar panels on the roofs of our campuses. By the end of September, 80% of the School’s power will be generated by the sun. We are proud to be amongst the first schools to undertake this initiative.

This system is linked to an innovative app and students will be ...

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Changemakers at KDS

It was my absolute pleasure to be a participant in this year’s Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) programme. The Youth in Philanthropy program is offered by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. The aim of the program is to get senior school students involved in philanthropy, and to inspire them to continue contributing to society later into life. The program kicked off with a meeting at the State Library where the different schools were introduced to the areas of focus and students ...

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Museums Together – fostering respect and acceptance

Over the last month, the Year 6 cohort have been part of a pilot program called Museums Together. This program aims to not only educate students from Jewish and Islamic schools against intolerance and racism, but build real bridges between communities to foster respect and acceptance. The students met with students from Sirius College (predominantly Islamic families) and acted as guides at their respective museums, cultivating a deeper understanding of each other’s culture.

This week, the King David students were hosts ...

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Mental gymnastics at Tournament of the Minds (TOM)

After weeks of planning and discussion, Michelle Aghion (Yr 7), Jaida Cohen (Yr 7), Samantha Katz (Yr 7), Ariella Lyons (Yr 7), Reine Polevoy (Yr 8), Sophie Popper (Yr 8), and Dylan Umansky (Yr 7) went to Deakin University Burwood to participate in Tournament of the Minds (TOM).

There were 4 challenges to choose from, The Arts, STEM, Literature or Social Sciences. The King David team selected the Arts challenge. The concept was “The Wizard of Aus”. The challenge was to ...

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Write a Book in a Day

A cockroach with the voice of an angel, riddles encased in an envelope and a potion to cure amnesia were just some of the ideas students wrote about in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ event. On Thursday 8 August, Year 5 students worked in teams over a twelve hour period, to craft stories as part of the Nationwide competition. The competition required that teams create a cohesive Narrative of at least 2000 words, as well as integrating certain ...

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Round 4 DAV debates – hat trick!

A hat trick! Congratulations once again to our intrepid debaters for their valiant efforts in representing KDS in the annual DAV interschool debating competition. On Wednesday evening this week, our three teams were victorious in the penultimate round of debates.

In the D Grade debate, Alex Cowen, Charley Cowen and Tobi Taranto debated the negative of the proposition ‘That convicted criminals should not be allowed to publish accounts of their crimes’. The B Grade debaters, Daniel Lindros, Josh Mitelman and Max ...

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Interfaith Dialogue Day

This week, Ilim College hosted Year 11 students from King David representing Judaism and Thomas Carr College representing Christianity for an Interfaith Dialogue Day. After a brief description of each school, the students played human bingo and had speed chat circles to get to know one another. Then discussion circles unpacked stereotypes of each faith community in the media and the violence which is conducted in the name of religion. All participants spoke positively about the invigorating and frank discussions ...

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Stonnington Youth Services & YLab Youth Leadership Summit

On Tuesday, I was one of ten Year 7 students who participated in the Stonnington Youth Services & YLab Youth Leadership Summit held at Prahran Town Hall. King David was not the only school to attend; representatives from other schools, such as Prahran High School and Christian Brothers College were also there. I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my friends from Ripponlea Primary School who participated in the event as well. The focus of this day-long workshop was ...

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Inaugural Brick Builders’ Tournament

During the school holidays, there was a frenzy of building activity at the Dandenong Road campus by Years 2-4 students from across the Jewish Community. They used a great number of bricks in their endeavours, Lego bricks, as they competed in the inaugural Jewish Community Brick Builders’ Tournament. Students had 3 or 4 builds to complete, including a bridge, a tower, a vehicle and finally a house and garden. The creations were elaborate and extraordinarily clever. Each team had 1500 ...

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Australian Brain Bee Competition competitors

On Wednesday this week, five Year 10 students competed at the State Finals of the Australian Brain Bee Competition (ABBC). The ABBC is a neuroscience competition, and during the day the students took part in both team and individual challenges. The questions were challenging, and certainly tested the participants’ knowledge of neuroscience. The students also had the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers who were experts in the field of Neuroscience. One presenter spoke about spinal cord rehabilitation, ...

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