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Fred Kok – Head of Senior School

In Senior School students are encouraged to fulfil their learning and performance potential through a full range of curricular and co-curricular programs. Students are prepared for a successful move into further study, employment and the broader community. This is accomplished by maintaining excellent academic standards, retaining the traditional mutually supportive relationship with Judaism, fostering a caring atmosphere and establishing a sense of personal responsibility and self-esteem. Teachers deliver interactive and collaborative teaching practices providing motivation for student learning. Students are treated as individuals and urged to achieve their personal best in an environment where equal opportunity is of paramount importance. There is a strong focus on values and character building throughout The King David School and explicit teaching of positive values, attitudes and behaviours. Teachers maximise incidental opportunities to talk about values and the relevance of these to everyday situations.

Years 6-8 students are based in the historical mansion at the rear of the Orrong Road campus. This Middle Years grouping allows for special programs for this important developmental stage in students’ learning.

The brand new, purpose-built Orloff Family Centre houses Years 9-12 students.  Here there are beautiful light-filled spaces which have the flexibility to open up to one-another for a variety of teaching purposes. All classes have been fitted with large flat-screen displays that wirelessly connect to laptops to share teaching materials. The building has been furnished with nooks in the corridors which contain couches, coffee tables and small meeting set ups to facilitate students working with teachers to gain the one-on-one support that we value so much.

The Year 9-12 experience is specifically focused to provide students with a pre-tertiary experience. Year 10 students can opt to include a number of VCE 1&2 Units in their subject selections. This provides students with an insight into the demands of VCE Units 3&4, one year before their full involvement in the state-wide external assessment. It also provides the opportunity for suitably qualified students to undertake University level subjects during Year 12. These strategies are designed to allow students to maximise their VCE scores and to gain familiarity with the structure of University and/or TAFE courses. Currently our students can choose from over thirty VCE subjects on-campus. King David achieves strong VCE results and is consistently ranked within the top 4% of schools in Victoria.