King David recognises it is our responsibility to educate the whole child. We have a very comprehensive co-curricular program that broadens students’ learning experience. Our before and after school sports programs, lunch time activities, participation in inter-school sporting competitions and extensive performing arts programs offer students an avenue for self-expression.
These rich holistic learning opportunities available at The King David School provide a broad educational model that extends students to ensure that they develop habits that will see them enjoying a well-rounded life.
Sport is timetabled into every student’s week from Prep – Year 12. From Year 5, students commence training and competing in inter-school competitions. In Years 5 & 6, students compete in the Balaclava District Sporting Competition. Students in Years 7-12 compete in the Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne (EISM) Competition.
At the start of each term, students select which sport they would like to join (choice varies each term). If there are more students than required in a particular sport, then try outs will occur. The top performing students will then be selected for the teams and remaining students will be redirected to other sports that require more participants.
From Year 7, recreation activities are offered to students who are not selected to play in the inter-school representative teams. Once students have been selected in a sport they must commit to the team and to training sessions as arranged by their coach.
Students have an incredible range of performing arts opportunities at The King David School. The Instrumental Music Program covers most orchestral and contemporary instruments and our instrumental and vocal ensembles rehearse regularly throughout the year.
The Performing Arts Program includes Concerts, Soirees and fully staged Productions. Classroom Music offers students the opportunity to experience a number of instruments. Following this program, students may choose to continue with private instrumental music lessons.
The KDS Instrumental Program is based on best-practice principles and is benchmarked against other leading
Independent Schools and available to all students from Prep – Year 12 for an additional cost. All students in the KDS Instrumental Program regularly perform in public. After their first year of lessons, all students in the Years 4 – VCE program can be members of our expertly run choirs and ensembles.
Aside from the enormous intrinsic benefits of ensemble participation, instrumental and voice students have been shown to make powerful gains in areas such as self-regulatory skills, pro-social behaviours and cognition.
- Bass Guitar
- Drums / Percussion
- Music Theory
In order to establish fundamental reading and group performance skills (e.g. tuning, co-ordination, balance, sight
reading, rehearsal technique etc.), it is compulsory for all
students in Years 6-12 who are in their second year or beyond
of receiving instrumental lessons at the School to be involved in our ensemble program. Ensembles rehearse weekly and perform at school events including concerts, assemblies and school musicals. Music students take pride in their School and respect its educational programs and reputation.
- Junior Choir
- Junior Guitars
- Junior Percussion
- Junior Strings
- Junior Winds
- Nana – Jewish Music Ensemble
- Senior Choir
- Senior Guitars
- Senior Orchestra
- Senior Percussion
- Senior Strings
- Senior Winds
Participation in a musical or play is, for many students, the
highlight of their school year. KDS prides itself on staging
productions that are both challenging and engaging.
Prep – Year 2 Production
> All students participate
Years 3 – 5 Production
> All students participate
Years 6 – 8 Musical
> Any Year 6-8 student may participate
> Lead roles are auditioned
> Chorus roles non-auditioned
Senior Musical (Years 9 – 12)
> Any Years 9 -12 student may participate
> Lead roles are auditioned
> Chorus roles non-auditioned
King David provides extended opportunities in the fields of Science and Technology. From writing games in the Coding club, working on irrigation programs in the Vertical Garden challenge, and the popular MERIT (Making, Engineering, Robotics and Innovative Technology) program there are many opportunities to try something new and be creative.
The MERIT program encourages curious and creative learning through a broad range of practical learning experiences.
Operating during lunch times at both the Junior and Senior School campuses, the MERIT program activities are a combination of usually 2-3 (structured) learning activities for students as well as free-choice for students. Activities are centred around one of 3 levels: observer (watch and learn), tinkerer (pull down/ build up/try something new) and creator (design and build).
Lunchtime clubs give students with like-minded interests the opportunity to engage with students in other year levels and explore their creativity and thinking skills.
Whether it’s Lego, Art, Nature, Debating or Chess, there are many opportunities for students to try new activities and explore their passions.
Encouraging students to be ‘upstanders’ who now and in the future will assume leadership roles within the School, the Jewish community and beyond is of central importance in the School. Student leadership, activism and voice are promoted through a number of avenues.
In their final year in Junior School, all Year 5 students elect to be on a particular Vaad (committee), charged with leading and taking ownership over a particular area of school life, including Ruach (school spirit), Yahadut (Jewish life), Tikkun Olam (social Action), Iton (newspaper), Sport, Ichut Sviva (environment) and Media.
In Senior School, each year level elects two students to serve on the Kol Echad (One Voice – Student Action Committee), which provides a forum for raising concerns, sharing ideas and organising social justice and fund-raising projects. All Year 10 students participate in Derech, a program in which leadership capacity is developed through explicit training and opportunities to facilitate sessions with younger students. Year 11 students have the opportunity to mentor Year 7 students in Amit, our peer leadership program.
As Year 11 students approach their final year in the school, they may stand for a position on the Hanhagah, the school’s peak student leadership body consisting of seven elected representatives (Manhigim). The two school captains are chosen from within this group. The Hanhagah meets weekly with the Jewish Experiential Education team and Senior School leaders to discuss initiatives and plan events. It plays a central role in driving student engagement in Jewish life activities and building school spirit and culture. Members are offered leadership training and mentoring.
There is also the opportunity to become house captains and contribute to school spirit and sports events through this avenue.
Outdoor education is an integral part of the learning environment at The King David School. The program extends students’ learning into the outdoors and uses scope and sequence to transition learning from one year to the next.
Outdoor education is an ideal complement to classroom learning, with a structured program to ensure that students learn valuable ‘life skills’.
The King David School Outdoor Education program takes an adventure-based, holistic approach to education. Students learn how to negotiate with others to achieve the best results, develop safe risk-taking strategies, work best as individuals and within teams and how to lead others in challenging situations. Students develop important skills that help shape their adult lives. The School’s program also educates our students about social and ecological sustainability.
Students from Years 3 to 11 participate in the Outdoor Education program. After Year 4, all camps are conducted at different locations.
Year 6 students have the opportunity to visit Canberra and explore the many national monuments and museums as well as learn about the Australian Parliament.
The School works with Indigicate, an indigenous-owned and operated Outdoor Education provider, to support many of our school camps as a way of teaching our students about the traditional customs and practices within a relevant contextual setting.
Our peak First Nations experience is the immersive Year 8 journey to Kakadu where our students are hosted by the Mirarr people at Jabiru Area School and are exposed to the unique history, beliefs and culture in the stunning natural scenery that makes up Australia’s far north.
As part of the Nitzan program, Year 9 students engage in an outdoor camp that helps to build students’ independence and resilience and develops life skills.
An expedition based camp that allows students full independence while working within teams is the goal of
Year 11 Camp. Students spend time learning the skills in sailing and water navigation. The navigation skills required when sailing, and the team effort required in working and steering the yachts is extremely important as it calls upon all students to communicate effectively with one another and assist each other in demanding situations on the water.