Intrepid sailors on Year 11 camp

Last week the Year 11 cohort traveled to the Gippsland lakes to partake in a 3 day sailing camp. Throughout the trip we were guided by instructors from Rivera and staff from King David to learn the basics of sailing and how to live in a confined space with others. We learned the terminology associated with the sport such as “Jibe” and “Tack” as well as when and how to use them. Our camp experience was accompanied by those of ...

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The Big Emotional Divide

The Big Emotional Divide took Prep to Year 2 students on a confronting journey of emotions. The students studied various emotions and then wrote their own lines for this show that aligns with the School’s emotional intelligence program. They sang, they danced, they acted and eventually established the idea that emotions are perfectly normal and something that we all deal with on a daily basis. The teachers were incredible support for the students and the show was creatively written by ...

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Insights – B’hatzlacha and Kadima!

Dear Community,

I’d like to share with you, the message I gave to our Class of 2019 at their Graduation Dinner held last night.
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Dear Graduates,

I think I can speak on behalf of your parents, teachers and the whole KDS community when I say that we are all bursting with pride. It sounds like such a cliché but let me take a moment to delineate why.

You are an extraordinary group of individuals who have a vast array of individual talents ...

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The Year 5 camp last week included climbing high and low ropes, building rafts and creating dreamcatchers. Students also visited the penguin parade on Phillip Island, had a bonfire and competed in a trivia night. All of this while making new friends, working as a team, supporting each other through homesickness and surviving 37 degrees!

Taryn Stark and Gideon Sharp

Below are reflections from students on their experience:
• I loved that my group won trivia – Sam L
• I loved ...

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Friends of King David – Lyon Housemuseum

Friends of the King David School organised a very special event on Sunday at the Lyon Housemuseum. Bookings were at capacity and guests were generously hosted by Corbet Lyon who presented on many of the works which comprise a selection of his 360 art works from highly regarded contemporary Australian artists. He also gave a short impromptu performance on a specially commissioned organ.

It was a wonderful event and a special opportunity to enjoy the unique architecture of the Lyon Housemuseum, ...

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Building the city of the future with LEGO

Last Sunday, a keen group of Junior School students attended the FIRST Lego League Junior Expo held at Swinburne University. The event was packed with over 20 Lego displays from schools across Victoria and hundreds of interested visitors. The theme for the day was “building the city of the future”. Given that we were situated in the Advanced Technologies Centre that hosts various cutting edge robots, the atmosphere was very futuristic

The King David students had created three displays: our first ...

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Year 6 Team Wins a Zoos Victoria STEM Challenge!

Congratulations to Year 6 students, Eden Blumberg and Charlotte Lipton for winning a prize in a Zoos Victoria STEM Design Challenge.

Zoos Victoria set a challenge for interested students to help improve the wellbeing of the Lemur and Meerkat populations at Melbourne Zoo. Their objective was to build a prototype 3D sustainable model that would increase an aspect of the animal’s natural behaviour. Three Year 6 KDS teams entered the competition. They are all to be commended for their passion, deep ...

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Insights – the importance of feedback

Dear Community,

Prominent Australian educational researcher, John Hattie, explains that “the most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is feedback.” Indeed, timely instruction and advice on what one can do differently in the future is crucial to effective learning.

Despite this, recent research indicates that Australian parents are largely dissatisfied with the quality of feedback and reporting provided in Australian schools. The study, conducted by Edumate in 2018, involved surveying over 1000 parents of students across all states and school settings about ...

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World Philosophy Day

Yesterday the Junior School celebrated ‘World Philosophy Day’. Students donned robot, computer character, and futuristic costumes in accordance with our ‘Technologic in the Digital Age’ theme.

Our budding Philosophers were immersed in all activities as they showcased their critical and collaborative thinking skills to conquer technology-themed ‘Escape Quests’. Additionally, it was wonderful to see our thinkers display creative and verbal reasoning skills during our Communities of Inquiry.

We were thrilled to host Philosopher Michelle Sowey who facilitated a variety of these engaging ...

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Insights – building harmony and connections

Dear Community,

I wish to describe a few scenes for you. The first involves our Year 11 students weaving friendship bracelets, playing soccer, making ice cream and reading with young members of the Australian Sudanese and South Sudanese communities. This occurred at the annual King David and Stand Up joint Mitzvah Day event at our Dandenong Road Campus. For the eighth year in a row, the Jewish and African communities came together for a joint celebration on this special day.

A highlight ...

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