School News

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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