School News

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

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The Eddie Jaku Project – sharing happiness

King David students across the Junior and Senior schools are taking part in our ‘Eddie Jaku Happiness Project’, inspired by Eddie Jaku. Following Eddie’s insight that “happiness is the only thing in the world that doubles each time you share it”, students and their families are spreading happiness by doing

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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

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The great round challah bake

The great round challah bake In the lead up to Rosh HaShanah, Junior School students and their families joined in our virtual great round challah bake!  Louise Lowinger taught students how to make round challah, and then amazed us with her variations: challah shaped like a flower, a pull-apart loaf,

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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.

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Book Week at the Junior School

Book Week at the Junior School has been in full swing. We started with KDS alumnus Steven Krygger reading his book I think that it’s a Monster to Prep students and KDS parent Sarah Krasnostein speaking to students about being a writer. After a big week of books large and small, students

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Interschool DAV Competition

This week the KDS Junior Team 3 debated Wesley College in the DAV debating Round 2. 1st speaker was Eli Boymal (Yr8), 2nd speaker Dean Waterson (Yr7) and 3rd speaker Jess Branicki (Yr8). King David School were the affirmative team arguing ‘That we prefer children playing team sports to individual

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Science Week at KDS – Food: different by design

This week is National Science Week! To mark this, our educators offered Junior and Senior School students the opportunity to participate in many science experiments from home. The theme this year was “Food: Different by Design” and our students were introduced to game-changing food innovations for the future. In the

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Chodesh Elul Shabbat bake with Year 5

What better way in this era of lockdown living, to sweeten the coming of Shabbat and to herald Rosh HaShanah than with some home baking, singing and dancing?! “Sweet as honey, sweet as honey…” On Friday afternoon, Year 5s enjoyed a fabulous JLife Chodesh Elul Shabbat Bake. With smiles on

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Preserving olives at Gan Zayit

After patiently waiting for seven weeks while their olives cured in salt, students have spent the last few weeks rinsing their creations to get them ready to eat. Last week they added garlic, rosemary from our Kindergarten, vinegar and olive oil. This week, Gan Zayit students talked about the meaning

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Senior Kinder has Olympic fever!

This week the Senior Kinder cohort came together to participate in their very own Olympic Games. In the lead up to the special day, all children participated in a range of activities, learning about the history of the games, the sporting events and the special ceremonies. We made Olympic torches

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Somewhere over the rainbow dreams come true!

With us currently in Lockdown 6.0, we are feeling even more blessed that the Years 9 to 12 musical, Wizard of Oz, was performed, albeit for one limited audience performance, on Sunday evening. The show was spectacular and brilliantly showcased the talents of our students, both in front of the

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Giving a helping hand in Year 8 Design Technology

The focus for Year 8 Design Technology in Semester 1 was learning all about something we all probably take for granted, our hands. Students learnt about the anatomy of the hand and created a cardboard prototype of a hand to simulate tendons and simple hand movements. Students then learnt about

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Visual Art students shine at B’nai Brith Art Competition

King David performed brilliantly at the recent B’nai Brith Art competition. The Competition is open to Jewish students aged 11 to 18 and categories include painting and drawing, sculpture, mixed media, digital and photography. This year the competition and exhibition was again virtual due to the lockdown. Award winners are:

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Instrumental Music Elective

Year 7 students started their Classroom Music elective this week and because of the lockdown, received instruction online. Their first lesson involved instruction on how to assemble the instrument, hold it correctly and make their first sounds. The program is open to all students regardless of their level of musical

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From Idea to App in Year 8 Coding

In Semester 1, Year 8 Coding students developed the foundation for mobile app development for iOS, Android and Web apps. Students created a portfolio of apps including a language translator app, image recognition app, choose your own adventure app and a to-do list app. All students then completed an “Idea

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Year 5s relish the experience on camp

After two weeks in lockdown and waiting with bated breath to see if we could go to Ballarat, the Year 5s were able to go on camp. We immersed ourselves in 19th Century Victoria and the mining boom that helped shape the future of our country. The night show at

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AFL Champions!

On Thursday, Yr 8/9 boys football team brought home the first AFL championship by defeating Bialik 62-38 in a thrilling match. Bialik were undefeated throughout the season with KDS only suffering once loss to them. In perfect conditions, the boys kicked the first goal of the game. Bialik then missed

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Winners are grinners!

On Tuesday, Senior boys and the Yrs 8/9 boys competed in the EISM Soccer gala day. Both teams performed extremely well during the round robin phase and made it into the semi finals. Sadly the senior team were knocked out finishing in 3rd position overall. The Yrs 8/9 boys however

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Important conversations about consent

Elephant Ed (a national leading sexuality education provider to hundreds of schools around Australia) delivered a very insightful and informative webinar this week on sexual consent, including the legalities of consent and the importance of parental involvement in educating their children about consent. The presenters highlighted the influence of peers,

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Sensory delight in Visual Arts

It’s been a busy couple of weeks throughout Term 2 for the Visual Arts students. A range of experiences, excursions and student work exhibitions to finish off the term. Year 4 students looked at the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai who did woodblock prints of waterfalls. Then they used Plasticine to

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It’s great to be back at school!

While our Years 9 & 10 students returned today to start their exams (Years 11 and 12 students have been sitting their exams from last week), other students could enjoy being back in the classroom and learning with their friends. In the Senior School, Year 8 drama students enjoyed a

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A study of Ancient China

Part of their unit of study on Ancient China, Year 7 Humanities students took up the distance learning challenge of building a model of the Great Wall of China out of materials found around the home. Students showcased their ingenuity using paper, cardboard and Lego to create structures that would

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Active engagement in Year 7

Throughout Term 2, all Year 7 students have participated in a variety of sports and activities. The majority of students have competed in EISM interschool sport teams (volleyball, table tennis and indoor cricket) while others have played badminton or worked out in the gym each week. While we are mid-

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Reconciliation in the ELC

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW are the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. Reconciliation must live

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Resilience and adaptability

The reintroduction of lockdown is difficult for all Victorians. We are acutely aware of the extraordinary impact that the prolonged lockdowns in 2020 had on our capacity to function with any semblance of normalcy. No doubt, the return to anxiously following daily press briefings and the influx of angry commentary

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Year 6 students – Canberra Camp

Year 6 students recently embarked on an educational tour of the Nation’s capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit

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Captivating performances – VCE Theatre Studies students

This week, audiences were treated to three outstanding performances by the VCE Theatre Studies class of Yasmina Rezas’ play, ‘God of Carnage’. Teacher and director, Phoebe Witts, adapted the play-script to engage with a modern Australian audience, expertly casting the play to elicit the very best from our students. Charley

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Exploring food at South Melbourne Market

Year 7 Food and Society students explored South Melbourne Market today. They identified a variety of products sold in the market and its origins. Students visited the Deli Hall, candy shop, patisserie, cheese, and fresh produce, butcher and the fish shop, and many more. They had to figure out what

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Cross country participants last the distance

This week, 26 of our finest long distance runners from Years 4-6 participated in the Balaclava District Cross Country Carnival. The sun was shining on Dendy Park ensuring a great day for running. The students performed at their best with some excellent results. Our best result for the boys was

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Chag Shavuot Sameach!

Shavuot (meaning ‘weeks’) was known as one of the pilgrimage festivals, on which people brought their spring offering (‘bikkurim’) to Beit HaMikdash in Yerushalayim. Eating dairy food is also favoured during Shavuot. This week Hebrew sessions were all about fruit, vegetables and especially dairy! Across the School, Shavuot was celebrated

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Inaugural Prep Job Expo

The Prep students were excited to welcome parents and family members to present at our inaugural Prep Job Expo last week. Our visitors discussed the jobs they did and the contributions they made to the community. The Prep children have been learning this term about what a community is and

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Year 7 Kabbalat Mitzvah

This week we celebrated our Bnei Mitzvah in style with students and families gathering for an evening that recognised these young people’s coming of age. The aim of this signature Jewish Life event in Year 7, Kabbalat Mitzvah (Receiving of the Commandment) is to provide opportunities to engage meaningfully and

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Innovation and entrepreneurship – 2021 Business Breakfast

The King David Foundation hosted this week’s Business Breakfast, with the theme being innovation and entrepreneurship. Our school is acknowledged as a leader in this space, being recently honoured with an Innovative Schools Award by the Educator online magazine, recognised as “making a profound and exciting impact in education today”

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All about fruit in Hebrew learning

What a busy and exciting two weeks we had in Prep. For the last two weeks in Hebrew, we learnt about fruit. We learnt the Hebrew name and colour of each fruit. We also created a memory game to play with our friends and family. At the end of the

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‘Making the Ordinary… EXTRAordinary’

The Year 4s have had a busy start to Term Two! They’ve explored poetry and even attempted to co-construct a definition of what a poem is. Mika’s definition was appreciated by all (and even sparked a debate as to whether her definition was a poem in itself!):Some poems are scary.

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Scrub the deck! Steer to Port!

These are some of the phrases that were heard on the Polly Woodside ship. Our Year 4s experienced first-hand what it would have been like to live as a crew member or passenger aboard the ship. This experience provided a newfound perspective for our students as they made connections to

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Lest we forget

Today Senior School students attended a moving ANZAC Day ceremony in advance of this weekend’s commemoration. The theme for this year was First Nation ANZACS and students heard from Indigenous educator Aleryk Fricker, history lecturer from RMIT who belongs to the Dja Dja Wurrung people who spoke movingly about his

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

On Monday this week, the School commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with a moving and sombre Senior School assembly organised by our students, and included an address by child survivor, Danielle Charak. Ella Carmeli-Wolski (Year 10), Shana Epstein (Year 10) and Yoni Ringelblum (Year 11) sang the powerful and

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Beyond the blue and white – Yom HaAtzmaut

While there was plenty of kachol ve’lavan (blue and white) visible at Yom HaAtzmaut – everyone dressed in it, flags flying high, decorations and even blue sky with white clouds (until they turned grey!), much of the educational part of the day was devoted to offering students insights into the

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Chag Pesach Sameach!

Hineh ma tov u’ma naim shevet achim gam yachad(How good it is for brothers and sisters to sit together), King David is believed to have written in the Tehillim (Psalms). We certainly felt the joy this week of sitting and being together through the multiple sedarim held across the ELC

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School Day Becomes School Knight

Yesterday, our Year 8 History students experienced the past when they welcomed a troop of knights and squires complete with armour, weapons and torture devices. It was Medieval madness as students participated in an archery tournament and explored the development of weapons and medieval clothing. Students also learned about the

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Year 7 Anglesea Camp 2021!

This week, we, the Year 7s went on camp to Anglesea. The camp was centred on aquatic sports. The aquatic sports were as follows; surfing, boogie boarding, and stand up paddle boarding. We went to local beaches and rivers, specifically Anglesea main beach, Urquharts Bluff beach and Coogoora Reserve (Anglesea

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Media students gain photographic perspective

Year 11 media students are currently involved in an investigation into photographic portrays of gender across time and history. They have studied artworks from many photographers, including the well renowned Julie Millowick. To complement this in-class study, the students visited a gallery of her works at the Footscray community arts

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Junior School students learn to make shmurah matzah

Learning is experience. Everything else is just information Albert Einstein In the lead up to Pesach, Junior school students are getting their hands dirty with avoda kashah, hard work! Prep, Year 2 and 5 students are enjoying incursions by the Matzah Factory and relishing in the opportunity to bake their own

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ELC children make a difference on Clean Up Australia Day

In the lead up to Clean up Australia Day which is today, there have been discussions in the ELC about recycling and environmental action. Gan Rimon children participated in this special day by walking to Armadale Reserve and searching all around the park and trees for any rubbish using special

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Matanot l’evyonim & C-Care

In a school-wide effort to fulfil the Purim mitzvah (commandment) of providing gifts for the needy (matanot l’evyonim), students were asked to bring a designated year-level item to donate to C-Care, an organisation providing relief to needy families in the Jewish community. From students in the ELC bringing tinned tomatoes

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Chag Purim Sameach

We didn’t need a global pandemic to appreciate the joys of Purim, but it has certainly heightened the simcha (happiness) of the day. How good it is to gather, parade, learn, celebrate and laugh together. We are so fortunate here in Australia to be able to enjoy a full Purim,

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Year 2s examine how inventions have changed over time

On Tuesday this week, Year 2 students eagerly attended an excursion at Como house. This excursion was part of our unit of inquiry “inventions” where we are looking at past and present inventions and how the changes in technology have enhanced our world. They participated in a wide range of

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Scout Leader Training launches at Senior School

Students at the Senior School are very familiar with Scout, a Golden Retriever / Labrador cross who is part of our Senior School Wellbeing program. A wellbeing dog can help with; empathy, kindness, respect, relationship building, behaviour, self-confidence, responsibility, control, anger, meltdowns, communication, lowering blood pressure, anxiety and much more!

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Galil triumphs at the pool

The Inter-House Swimming Carnival took place fortunately just before the circuit-breaker lockdown was announced mid February. Brought high levels of energy and House spirit. There were many close races, with the Year 12 cohort leading the way with enthusiastic participation. As always, the break between races saw lots of students

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EISM sport competition off to a winning start

Round 1 of the EISM Senior competition began on Wednesday. KDS faced Huntingtower in basketball, soccer, tennis and badminton. It was wonderful to see so many of our Year 12 students turn out to represent KDS, with excellent support from the Years 10 and 11 cohorts. There were some very

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Wominjeka! Gan Seorah welcomes Dinnawan the Emu

As part of our Indigenous learning program, Gan Seorah has welcomed travelling mascot, Dinnawan the Emu. Designed to build a connection between early learning centres and services around Australia, the Koori Curriculum provides eight plush toy Australian Animal Mascots to volunteer centres. Our visitor is here to learn about the

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A meaningful beginning to the school year

In Marc Light’s address at today’s Back to School Service, he asks “so what makes a good beginning?”. The Years 6 to 12 students were given every opportunity to reflect on this question as they attended a virtual Back to School event. In the interest of the safety of our

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A brand new journey

The rain didn’t dampen our Preppies’ spirit or excitement as they arrived last Friday in their crisp new uniforms, ready to start their KDS learning journey in “big school”. Have a great year Prep students! RETURN TO SCHOOL NEWS

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Launching into the new school year

For some students, it might be daunting to start at a new school or a new campus and even for those who have been on the campus for a while, coming back after a summer break can sometimes be nerve-wracking. There are questions, which range from how will I know where

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Amit Leadership program

Annually, our Year 11 students are offered the opportunity to participate in the Amit Peer-Leadership program as student leaders. As part of this program, these students will facilitate experiential programs for Year 7s which will assist in the development of Year 7 student wellbeing, integration and engagement in Jewish life.

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Mazal Tov to the Class of 2020

“We are so tremendously proud of the 2020 cohort.They faced the year’s extraordinary challenges with maturity,resilience and positivity. They looked out for one another and alsobenefited from the unfailing support and wisdom of their teachers.We are confident that the Class of 2020 will make a profound impact in thecoming years.

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Celebrating the Festival of Lights

This week the Junior School campus has been blazing with Chanukah excitement! Our students have enthusiastically prepared their own Chanukah celebration packages, ready to use for last night which was the first night of Chanukah. The students designed and rolled their own sustainable beeswax candles with Eldad from JNF. Netzer

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Hearing the story of the world’s oldest Agunah

As part of their studies of the Lifecycle and Judaism, Year 7 students have been examining beliefs, traditions, texts and symbols associated with each stage of life, including marriage and divorce. This week they were fortunate to hear from Doreen Beckwith, a great-grandmother of a student in the year level,

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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Tuesday night was a joyful blur of fairy lights, finger food, music and congratulations. The graduating Class of 2020 was joined by their teachers and parents in a picturesque venue on the St Kilda waterfront to celebrate the conclusion of what has been a challenging year. Taking advantage of the

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Year 1s benefit from visit by Zoologist

On Monday this week, Year 1 students extended their learning about animals and habitat when Zoologist, Ella Loeffler (Class of 2012) visited them. Ella shared experiences of the monkeys, bandicoots and turtles she has worked with, and how this has sustained their habitats and ability to survive. The Year 1s

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The Philosophy of Ownership

This week, our Year 1 Philosophers explored the concept of ownership. Our young thinkers eagerly shared their opinions about what the responsibilities of caring for a pet would be. They launched into an engaging discussion, describing that pets would require someone to feed them, take them to a vet and

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Fred Hollows Humanity Award Winners

Earlier this year, the Year 6 teachers were asked to nominate two candidates for the Fred Hollows Humanity Awards. The Fred Hollows Humanity Award recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in their community. It celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness

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Talking about body image

The KDS Parent Education webinar, Let’s Talk Body Confident Children and Teens, held last night, provided invaluable insights and strategies to families for promoting positive self image in their children. Facilitated by David Opat, Vice-Principal Wellbeing, the guest speaker was Nicki Lefkovits who has worked with the Butterfly Foundation for

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Noach and the Ark

In Jewish Studies, the Year 1 students learnt about Parashat Noach as part of their Torah unit. Today the students were involved in a ‘Noach and the Ark’ experience. Students arrived at school dressed up as one of the animals that boarded the ark. The day started where we all

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Celebrating the First Nations People

This week for NAIDOC Week, the Senior Kinder and Year 1 students engaged in rich learning experiences that celebrated the achievements of the First Nations People. In Senior Kinder, the children studied the Bundjalung artist Bronwyn Bancroft and had the opportunity to create their own artistic response with a focus

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Junior School Sports Day

The sun was shining at the Junior Sports Day on Monday. Mazal tov to all Prep – Year 5 students who ran, jumped and hurdled to achieve their personal best. Galil took home the trophy but everyone took home plenty of ribbons and happy memories! RETURN TO SCHOOL NEWS

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To know our family stories is to know ourselves

Kol Hakavod to the Year 7s of 2020/5780-81 who have worked so hard in challenging times to tell the stories of the Dorot (Generations) of their families and to create precious projects that we hope will be treasured for years to come. To know our family stories is to know

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2020 Revs Tea Party

Our traditional end of year Tea Party was held yesterday for the VCE Revolutions class of 2020, to celebrate their final history class, with a small morning tea in a safe outdoor setting. Unfortunately, a couple of students were unable to join the group in person but, at least one

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Induction of new School leadership

Mazal tov to our newly inducted Hanhagah 5781 (School Leaders): • Teegan Casselson (Roshei Hanhagah – School Captain)• Liad Navon (Roshei Hanhagah – School Captain)• Abbie Aronovych• Louie Cina• Jacob Irons• Erin Padowitz• Sebastian Vidal The outgoing Hanhagah delivered beautiful messages of encouragement to the incoming Hanhagah at a ceremony

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From little things, big things grow

After a long break from the Kibbutz Garden due to online learning, the students didn’t waste a minute during their session last week and worked hard moving the mulch from the truck via wheelbarrows to make a path using rakes alongside the fence. Amit (our resident kibbutz gardener) encouraged the

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Thank You Day

Victoria’s AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday was renamed ‘Thank You Day’ this year to show appreciation to those who have made sacrifices to contain the spread of Coronavirus. During a class discussion, we spoke about the importance of showing people our appreciation and acknowledge how much they have done

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KDSPA provides comic relief

Our school community was treated to some light comic relief, courtesy of KDSPA. They hosted a virtual Comedy Night on Wednesday night featuring Dave Hughes and Des Dowling. It was a wonderful escape from the reality of the pandemic we all face. Many thanks KDSPA for organising this. RETURN TO

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Boker Tov Yeladim!

The excitement was palpable at the Junior School at the start of the week as students returned to campus for the first time in 4 months! The music was pumping as everyone arrived. Then the music paused and there was an excited announcement “Boker Tov Yeladim!” To which the crowd

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Rosh Hashanah festival in the Junior School

Junior School students enjoyed an amazing virtual Rosh Hashanah festival yesterday, exploring themes of Rosh Hashanah through craft, song, stories, discussion, and construction. They were engaged in Jewish experiential learning drawing on their creativity and prompting reflection and debate. The Junior JLife Team wish you all good health and blessings

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Passion for Thinking in Year 8

This week Year 8 celebrated the culmination of their term’s work in a virtual Passion for Thinking evening. After several weeks of planning, research and design of a website portfolio, our Year 8 students presented their Passion for Thinking (P4T) projects to their families. Projects included creating YouTube channels to

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Junior School Buzzes for Rosh Hashanah!

Prep to Year 5 students are buzzing with excitement for the upcoming High Holy Days! We have been hard at work learning about, preparing for and immersing in knowledge of this awesome time of year. And sweet voices have rung out in chorus across Google Meets! Chodesh Elul, the month

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Alex Cowen impresses at National Mikalot Finals

In Mikolot (‘The Voices’), a national public-speaking competition between Jewish schools, Alex Cowen (Year 10) qualified for the finals which was held earlier today. She placed third which is an incredible achievement. Competing against a very strong group of articulate Jewish students from schools nationally, Alex did herself and the

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Making salt dough in Prep

The Preps recently finished a three-week art unit on modelling – and instead of clay, we all made our own salt dough! The students met online with all their ingredients ready and enjoyed mixing and kneading the dough, then experimenting with different tools (forks, pencils, whisks and whatever was at

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Our windows have a message!

In these challenging times, and where students are not able to be with their peers, Senior School students wanted to send encouraging messages to the each other and the community. They created window messages in Hebrew in the hope of brightening someone’s day and making them smile! See HERE for a compilation

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Sounding the shofar

Since the start of the Hebrew month of Elul, students have been listening to the shofar every day on the JLife myKDS pages. Students in the Junior School have also participated in an interactive live lesson with the Jewish Experiential Educators where they made their own shofarot. Every Friday during

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A Call To The Sea! National Science Week

The theme of 2020 Science Week was Innovations of the ocean. During the week, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Science department, students had an opportunity to explore concepts, inventions and interesting stories about the Ocean. There were many fascinating videos including my number-one, “Top 10 most dangerous ocean animals.”

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Year 7 Puppet Shows

Year 7 Drama students were asked to script a puppet show based around a fairytale or myth of their choice. They were then asked to get creative around the house in the making of their puppets, sourcing crafts and objects to use for their puppets and set pieces. The performance

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Positive growth mindsets in the ELC

ELC educators and families have demonstrated a fabulous positive growth mindset as everyone has adapted to the distance learning opportunities. The ELC educating team planned and successfully delivered a remote program that supported the learning that has already occurred in the classrooms so far this term. Senior Kinder focused on

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Year 1s design, create and affix their own Mezuzah

According to Jewish tradition it is a Mitzvah to affix a Mezuzah on the doorpost of each room. A Mezuzah is a parchment scroll containing the Hebrew words of the ‘Shema’ prayer. The parchment, also known as Klaf, is written by a scribe who is known as Sofer STaM. The

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Self expression through poetry

The Independent Schools Arts Festival provided a platform for students across Victoria to express themselves through poetry. A number of our Years 4 & 5 students seized the opportunity to write poems for entry in the inaugural poetry competition. Students crafted poems that showed their depth of thinking when viewing

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Year 4s research African animals

Term 3 marked the beginning of the Year 4s’ exploration of Africa and the unique animals that call the continent home. The students spent three weeks busily researching an animal native to any part of Africa and then were tasked to write an information report to communicate their findings. This

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Tu B’Av – celebrating love and kindness

A highlight of the Tu B’Av celebrations this week was the recording by our Senior School Jewish Performance Group, Nana of Geula, an Israeli love song by Hemi Rodner. The students Jessica Cebon (Year 11), Charley Cowen (Year 10), Jesse Ermer (Year 10), Yoni Ringelblum (Year 10) and Amira Susskind

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Remaining active during Distance Learning

During PE classes in the Junior School, students have been participating in a range of movement activities including dance videos, yoga, scavenger hunts, minute to win activities, juggling challenges and obstacle courses. A great way to remain active while learning from home. Shelley BederPE Teacher RETURN TO SCHOOL NEWS

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Rainbows and faces

Prep to Year 2 students raided fridges, toy boxes and pencil cases for this week’s art lesson! Prep students experimented with making different expressions and looking in the mirror to see how their facial features changed. They then made fabulous found object faces that showed different emotions, such as happiness,

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Fitness, martial arts and netball/basketball training online

Years 3-9 students have been keeping their bodies moving each week with live sport lessons hosted by the sports department. These sessions combine fitness, martial arts and an optional netball or basketball component. In the comfort of their own home, minimal equipment is required. Students use their own body weight

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Bringing the Old City into the classroom

Throughout Term 2 , Year 6 students explored the question ‘How can we bring the Old City of Jerusalem to life in the classroom?’ To answer this question, students were instructed to create, develop and facilitate an authentic tour of the Jerusalem Old City. Students worked in groups to create

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Honing Executive Function skills in the ELC

In the ELC, children are explicitly taught executive functions as part of our play based SOWATT program. Experiences vary for each year level, with each educator intentionally embedding skill acquisition into everyday routines, practices and experiences. Bike riding is currently an ideal way to exercise and practise social distancing. This

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Sport training resumes!

Students have been extremely keen to engage in physical competition post lock-down. In the Senior School students took to the field for some soccer training or enjoyed either netball or basketball workouts. The table tennis tables provided great competition for other students . The gym was also well utilised as

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Warm hearts in the ELC

Celebrating the 33rd day of the Omer, Lag B’Omer, children in the ELC focused on the tradition of lighting a bonfire (a pretend campfire in this case), the importance of being safe with fire, what to do if there is a fire (call 000), and enjoying playing outdoors. Shiri (Hebrew

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The Annual Lego Builders Tournament

Junior School students were invited to participate in The King David School’s Second Annual Lego Builders Tournament over Term 2. There were three builds in total over a three week period, with a brief for each build released to students at the start of that week. It was a fiercely

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Hebrew script writing with a twist

In Year 2, students have just completed learning how to write the third group of the Hebrew letters. They enjoyed using different textures to form these letters. Vered SharpHebrew Learning Area Leader K-5 RETURN TO SCHOOL NEWS

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Finalist – Best Student Wellbeing Program

The King David School is a finalist in the Australian Education Awards 2020 for Best Student Wellbeing Program. This award recognises the most outstanding program or initiative developed by a school in Australia to improve student health and wellbeing. The program or initiative can apply to the entire school or

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Growing our own vegetables in our Kibbutz garden

Towards the end of Term 2, our annual Jerusalem Artichoke harvest in the Kibbutz took place. These were planted many months ago and they grow underground, making them very difficult to find. The only clue the students have was to find a tall brown stem which looks dead. The Junior School students absolutely loved the artichoke hunt and they found an enormous number of ready to eat artichokes.

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Retro Arcade Game Machine

One of the extended project activities for Nitzan over Terms 1 and 2 has been the creation of a Retro Arcade Game Machine. The project has involved many hours of team-work, problem-solving and fun. The students have been involved in a range of activities including; creating cardboard and wooden prototypes,

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Bringing the Old City into the classroom

Throughout Term 2 , Year 6 students explored the question ‘How can we bring the Old City of Jerusalem to life in the classroom?’ To answer this question, students were instructed to create, develop and facilitate an authentic tour of the Jerusalem Old City. Students worked in groups to create

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