Retro Arcade Game Machine

One of the extended project activities for Nitzan over Terms 1 and 2 has been the creation of a Retro Arcade Game Machine. The project has involved many hours of team-work, problem-solving and fun. The students have been involved in a range of activities including; creating cardboard and wooden prototypes, designing artwork, using tools to accurately measure, cut and fix wooden pieces together to create the cabinet followed by sanding and painting. Lots of testing and trouble-shooting of the raspberry ...

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Bringing the Old City into the classroom

Throughout Term 2 , Year 6 students explored the question ‘How can we bring the Old City of Jerusalem to life in the classroom?’ To answer this question, students were instructed to create, develop and facilitate an authentic tour of the Jerusalem Old City. Students worked in groups to create a tour company that had expertise in one of the quarters of the Old City. This project-based learning approach saw students become inquisitive and passionate about their quarters and their ...

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Insights – successfully navigating uncharted territories

Dear Community,

As we draw to the conclusion of Term 2 it is apt to reflect on what has arguably been the strangest term in memory.

This term, we have been tested in very different ways and have faced the uncertainty of life in a pandemic, the extended distance learning period and then the careful return to on-campus learning.

It is said that it is in times of challenge and hardship that true character emerges. If this is so, what can we say ...

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The elusive Jerusalem Artichoke

Last Friday, 12 June, our annual Jerusalem Artichoke harvest in the Kibbutz took place. These were planted many months ago and they grow underground, making them very difficult to find. The only clue the students have was to find a tall brown stem which looks dead. The Junior School students absolutely loved the artichoke hunt and they found an enormous number of ready to eat artichokes. They packed them into bags, included a sumptuous recipe for artichoke soup and then ...

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Oscar Gorog captures the attention of Apple

Oscar Gorog, Year 9, a coding and software development enthusiast, recently entered Apple’s Swift Student Challenge, open to international students with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to create an app. Applicants had to be older than 13 years, be an Apple developer or a member of the Apple Developer Program and were given less than two weeks to submit their work. Entries needed to be creative and interactive, using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds.

As the COVID crisis ...

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Insights – a flourishing student wellbeing model

Dear Community,

The King David School was recently announced as a finalist in the Australian Education Awards for our outstanding student wellbeing program. While we will have to wait until the awards ceremony to find out if we will be crowned as the winner, being shortlisted is welcome recognition of a vital aspect of our educational offering and programming.

The significance of a flourishing student wellbeing model in delivering positive educational outcomes cannot be understated. Through fostering the key social and emotional ...

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Young Philosophers Building Big Ideas

Year 2 Philosophers were wide-eyed and eager to continue their Philosophy For Children (P4C) program. The rules of the Community of inquiry were quickly established as our young thinkers began using the strategy of ‘making a plan’ before engaging in discussion. A thought-provoking art piece displaying a family on one side of the interior of an hourglass and a playground on the other was shown. We conducted a See, Think, Wonder thinking routine whilst observing and analysing the image. With ...

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Honing Executive Function skills in the ELC

In the ELC, children are explicitly taught executive functions as part of our play based SOWATT program. Experiences vary for each year level, with each educator intentionally embedding skill acquisition into everyday routines, practices and experiences.

The children in Pre Kinder are working on their organisational skills and working memory. At the start of term they have been independently putting away their bags in their lockers, bringing in their lunchboxes and water bottles into the room and putting it in the ...

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Finalist – Best Student Wellbeing Program

The King David School is a finalist in the Australian Education Awards 2020 for Best Student Wellbeing Program. This award recognises the most outstanding program or initiative developed by a school in Australia to improve student health and wellbeing. The program or initiative can apply to the entire school or a targeted group of students. When judging this award the following criteria will be considered:

• Innovation and excellence in program design and delivery
• Integration of wellbeing into students’ overall ...

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