Principal's Welcome

Bruchim Habaim and welcome to The King David School.

Our School offers the finest education, equipping our students with the key attributes, skills and knowledge to thrive in the world that they will graduate into. This is achieved in a warm and caring environment in which each student is cherished and recognised for who they are. We focus on fostering our students’ self-confidence and emotional intelligence, supporting them to strive for excellence and use their achievements to create a better world around them.

Our students are immersed in joyous Jewish Life experiences which are delivered in a non-judgmental manner, fully acknowledging, and indeed celebrating, the diversity which is so fundamental to our School community. When you enrol your child at King David, you don’t just join a school, rather, you become part of a thriving community. I urge you to give your child the greatest gift of all – the blessing of a King David education.

Marc Light

Principal's Blog

Each week our Principal, Marc Light shares his insights into current events and educational pedagogy, highlighting how these inform the educational programs and culture at The King David School.

Pesach and the Ice Block Challenge

Why is this seder like no other? At many of the sedarim throughout the KDS community this year there will be a new addition to the seder table – an ice block. Our school has joined the Jewish Climate Network (JCN) in promoting and supporting the Pesach Ice Block Challenge.

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Navigating social media and adolescents

This week we conducted a Parent Information Evening on the topic of “Social Media and Mental Health – Time to Get Serious”. We were privileged to hear from Dr Jeremy Blumenthal, adolescent psychiatrist, and David Opat, Vice Principal Student Wellbeing and child psychologist. Jeremy and David explained that they were

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Empowering our future leaders

There is a legendary story told about a visit undertaken by President John F. Kennedy to NASA in Cape Canaveral in 1961. President Kennedy was taken on a tour to gain a firsthand look at the progress that the USA was making in the race to be the first nation

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A deep-seated and insidious cultural problem

“Just as the impacts of evil are borne by all of us, so too are solutions borne of all of us.”These are the words of child sex abuse survivor and Australian of the Year, Grace Tame. We have a problem. All is not ok in our society and we must

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A vision of a just and inclusive society

In our vision and values statement we explicitly acknowledge the vital place that Israel holds within our school identity. While we are proudly Australian Jews, in parallel, we are constantly striving to nurture “a close and meaningful relationship with the land and State of Israel.” At the King David School,

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Embodying our school culture

Hinei Matov umanaim shevet achim gam yachad! This short circuit breaker lockdown has brought into sharp focus how much better it is when we can be together as a community. I am so grateful to our staff, students and families for the incredible flexibility, positivity and open-mindedness with which you

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Studentship – the art of being a great student

There is a wonderful parable that I presented at the recent Years 6-8 Parent Information evening which I think is worth sharing more broadly. There was a family who packed all their belongings into a cart in order to move from one town to the next one. They completed the

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Wominjeka – come with purpose and possibility

Welcome to a new school year. I would like to share with you the words I shared at today’s Back to School Service. Bereishit bara Elohim et hashamayim ve’et ha’aretz. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy

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The greatness of our school

On Monday night we celebrated (yes, celebrated!) The King David School’s monumental achievements in 2020 at a Presentation Evening with a difference on the big screen at Coburg Drive-In cinema. I say celebrated, because even though there have been extraordinary challenges this year, there have been so many positives in

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The incredible, inspiring and zany Class of 2020!

I’d like to share with you some of the words I offered as a toast at this week’s Graduation Dinner. Our dear weird, wacky, wild and absolutely wonderful Class of 2020. What do we say about a group of students that have totally embodied our school culture and have made

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The power of passion

There is a Japanese proverb which reads “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” Perhaps this year – more than ever before – the enormous value of our teachers has been made apparent to us all. Throughout the lockdown period there have

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We assess what we value and we value what we assess

Over the past few weeks our VCE students have been conducting their final examinations. I have been enormously impressed by the positivity, focus and purpose demonstrated by this year’s students who have been challenged in so many ways throughout 2020. Nonetheless, our students seem to be studying hard, completing many

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