Exploring the meaning of Pesach

Despite time frames changing dramatically from day to day, students across the School participated in a range of Pesach activities, varying from learning the songs and symbols of the seder, to engaging with the concepts of change and reversals in the Pesach story, connecting to our present-day context. Junior School activities centred on working through and learning about the Haggadah through discussion, art and craft activities, music and movement. Our explorations of Pesach will continue in Jewish Studies and Jewish ...

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Insights – the revolution in global education

Dear Community,

At a professional development session I once attended, the presenter showed an approximately 100 year-old photo of a room and asked the audience to guess what it was. The room was reminiscent of a university lecture space. It had tiered wooden bench seating and what appeared to be a teaching table in the middle of the room. It had a blackboard mounted on the wall and another small table with a wooden chest on it that was presumably used ...

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Connecting to the “Seven Senses”

Senior School students collaborated with Aboriginal artists (including Professor Liz Cameron, Chair of Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin) to create “The Seven Senses” mural, proudly displayed at the Orrong Road Campus.

Liz spent two days last week with her daughter Mikaela and Ben, another emerging artist and connected with students at the Senior School. In addition to classes visiting and chatting with the artists, a number of students were selected to work side by side with the artists on the mural. These ...

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America’s most influential rabbi visits King David

Rabbi David Saperstein, President of the World Union of Reform Judaism, visited The King David School this week, addressing the Year 12 cohort and meeting with members of the Hanhagah. Designated by Newsweek Magazine as the most influential rabbi in America, for decades he directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, representing the Reform Jewish movement, the largest segment of American Jewry, to the U.S. Congress. Rabbi Saperstein spoke to the students about being inspired by Jewish concepts to ...

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Insights – this too shall pass

Dear Community,

I recently read a great tweet by American comedian, Alyssa Limperis, which simply stated, “Crazy how Monday was 4 years ago”. Like much good comedy, the art here is catching and expressing the collective mood.

It really does feel like the volatility, uncertainty and pace of constant updates is leading to a climate where many of us are experiencing the passage of time in a very different way.

Like many of you I have vacillated between moments of feeling normal and ...

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A joyous Purim

From the youngest Queen Esthers and Mordechai, to our Year 12 students decked out in space suits, all King David School students enjoyed a full day of Purim activities, characterised as always by intense colour, music, food and engaging sessions. Across the School, all students had the opportunity to fulfil the four mitzvot of Purim: exchanging mishloach manot (gifts), giving matanot l’evyonim (gifts for the needy), hearing the megillah and enjoying a mishteh (feast). ELC students donated to Flying Fox ...

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Insights – the School’s planning and response to COVID-19

Dear Community,

This is a challenging time for many in our community as the concerns about the COVID-19 situation have continued to escalate. This week we have briefed all staff, communicated with all parents and also met with all Senior School students to explain the School’s planning and response.

Our goal in these communications is to be clear and helpful and to reduce rumour and misinformation.

It is also apparent that a number of students are feeling anxious because of the heightened focus ...

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New experiences on Year 7 camp

Being ‘out the back’ in among the waves as they were breaking, I experienced great pride when some of the students who hesitantly took to the surfboard a day earlier were proudly owning their newly acquired skills. Some of the students who are not typically sporty were standing up on each wave. Their determination to keep taking boards twice the size of them, be buffeted backward by each powerful wave, and keep dragging themselves and their boards out to the ...

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Insights – a warm and inclusive environment

Dear Community,

Do you remember starting at a new school? Your first days at a new workplace? That fear of misunderstanding the local lore or specific cultural nuance and making a fool of yourself. The worry that you would not have anyone to talk to or that you would be lonely.

Seared in my memory is a mortifying moment as a young student on my first day at a new school where I sprinted down some stairs, instead of up, and found ...

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Round 1 DAV interschool debates

On Wednesday evening this week, three KDS teams and supporters embarked on this year’s journey of verbal jousting. A big congratulations to the first time Schools Competition debaters, Charli Cantoni-Bud, Jackson Carew and Jacob Kronberg (Year 9) who successfully argued the negative of the D Grade topic ‘That we should limit the number of cars that each household can own’. Mazeltov to Jacob who was awarded Best Speaker.

The more experienced C Grade team of Alex and Charley Cowen and Tobi ...

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