Artistic inspiration

Years 3 and 4 Art students recently had a special lesson with guest artist Anita Ophoven (grandmother to student Gabriel Berkowitz).

During this lesson, they saw several of Anita’s coloured pencil and water colour drawings. Anita discussed the process of making her art, her influences and the time spent making each drawing. The students then had the chance to ask her questions.
Anita helped students work on their own drawings, looking at different fruit and vegetables and using coloured pencils ...

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A guided tour of Melbourne’s Jewish community

To launch a new Project Based Learning unit on the Melbourne’s Jewish Community, the Year 9s enjoyed a walking tour through the streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood. The tour was lead by engaging and innovative guides from ‘Localing Tours Melbourne’. Students learned about the history, development and less known contemporary stories of this grungier pocket of the inner city. This marks the beginning of a semester-long project where students will develop their own guided tour of Melbourne’s Jewish Community.

Jewish Life ...

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Insights – Global Jewish Education

Dear Community,

I have recently returned from attending the inaugural Global Jewish Education Summit in Jerusalem. The Israeli government’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs hosted Jewish School principals from all over the world who came together to discuss the nature and future of Jewish education.

I was privileged to attend along with 130 other principals and school leaders from across the world as well as 30 Israeli school principals.

The program was rich and varied. It involved dialogue with many of Israel’s key influencers ...

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The Alps come to Armadale

The School was alive this week with the beautiful voices and astonishing acting talent of our Years 9-12 students who performed the much loved classic, The Sound of Music over four nights. Word quickly spread from those who saw the first performance, that this was an experience not to be missed. The impressive sets, the inspirational orchestral accompaniment and the wonderful cast delighted the audience.

The extraordinary Rachel Silber seems to have been born to play the role of the endearing Maria, as ...

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Cultural exchange on Year 8 camp

To describe camp in three words it would be, enlightening, confronting and beneficial. The camp experience was enlightening due to the insight is gave us on Aboriginal heritage and culture, but also to the fact that despite being at the opposite ends of the country and sharing a vastly different lineage, the kids up there were in many ways just like us.

The atmosphere on the shuttle bus to the airport could be described as two distinct groups, the moody awake ...

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KDS Philosophers shine!

On Friday 22 June, a group of aspiring philosophers from Years 4-6 attended the Primary School Philosothon. Our students’ critical thinking skills were on display as they analysed, explored, evaluated and reflected upon some of the original iconic artworks at the NGV Ian Potter Gallery. The theme of the Philosothon was Rights and Responsibilities. Some of the concepts and topics that students discussed were; women’s rights, Indigenous rights, different perspectives, technology, The First Fleet and the importance of time.

Below are some ...

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Insights – nurturing the spirit of creativity

Dear Community,

Some months ago, I wrote in this column of the enormous benefits of teaching creativity in schools. I discussed the ideas of Sir Ken Robinson, a global leader on education. Sir Ken famously stated that: “creativity is as important as literacy”. He argues that schools need to adapt to provide greater opportunities to foster and develop the crucial skills including those that allow us to adapt our thinking, take risks and to work collaboratively.

This week our Senior School students ...

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Finalists – Alliance Francaise Berthe Mouchette competition

Every year, our school French students participate in the Alliance Francaise Berthe Mouchette competition. I am very proud to announce the names of our 7 finalists this year who will continue to compete with finalists from other Victorian schools.
Bravo! Well done!

These students with A+ results are:

• Abigail Branicki (Year 7)
• Shayna Epstein (Year 7)
• Sienna Epstein (Year 7)
• Tali Liner (Year 7)
• Abraham Nathan (Year 8)
• Yoni Ringelblum (Year 8)
• Julian Glowinski (Year 9)

Vera Rozkin
Senior School Teacher

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A roaring success!

A seat at today’s KDSPA Annual Breakfast was the hottest ticket in town! It was a sold out event, and for good reason because the annual KDSPA Breakfast has set a very high standard of engaging speakers and wonderful community spirit and today’s event was no exception.

Lisa Klepfisz and her dedicated committee members meticulously planned for months to provide something for everybody today. A wonderful new venue – Kooyong Tennis Club with its stunning location – a delicious breakfast not ...

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Insights – developing skills for our students to thrive in the world around them

Dear Community,

I would like to share with you, the presentation I gave at this morning’s KDSPA Annual Breakfast with keynote speaker, Dr Arne Rubenstein, speaking on “Raising the young women and men of the future in a rapidly changing world”.

Late last night our Year 8 group touched down from an incredible experience in the Northern Territory where they were able to learn about Australia’s indigenous heritage, meet indigenous students of their own age and appreciate the extraordinary connection to land ...

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