Return to on-campus learning

There was much excitement at school on Monday and Tuesday this week as our students and teaching staff reunited for on-campus learning! Each student had their temperature checked and then sanitised their hands before joining their classmates.

Senior School students were in for a surprise when they found little welcome back skittles packets on their desks.

Welcome back!

To view a video of students returning to school, please click HERE

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Womindjeka- ‘Come with purpose’

Womindjeka. This loosely means ‘Welcome’ in the local indigenous Boon Wurrung language, but more strictly, it means, ‘come with purpose’.

KDS is ‘coming with purpose’, especially during National Reconciliation Week.

Gan Seorah offered an Acknowledgement to Country today. Please enjoy the video: HERE

Students in the Senior School marked Reconciliation Week both on campus and through digital learning. Some KDS students conducted interviews with a number of First Nations Peoples, including Jabiru’s Black Rock Band frontman, Richie Guymala, VCE student Zoe Walters from ...

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Chag Shavuot Sameach!

Tonight, is erev Shavuot, a harvest festival and also one of the pilgrimage festivals. It is where people brought their spring offerings (known as ‘bikkurim’) to theTemple in Jerusalem. It is also celebrated as the anniversary of the gifting of the Torah on Mt Sinai, arguably the moment that the people of Israel were transformed into a nation. It is a custom to devote the whole night of Erev Shavuot to Jewish learning, known as Tikkun leil Shavuot. This is ...

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Insights – “In this together”

Dear Community,

Womindjeka!

Last year, when the National Reconciliation Council announced the theme for its 2020 National Reconciliation Week it had no idea that what was chosen would resonate with such new layers of meaning. They chose “In this together” as a poignant message to characterise a shift in relationship with Australia’s First Nation peoples.

Of course, this theme has been adopted by politicians, corporations and individual across a range of media platforms to characterise our shared fight against the pandemic.

While the theme ...

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The Annual Lego Builders Tournament

Junior School students were invited to participate in The King David School’s Second Annual Lego Builders Tournament over the last few weeks. . There were three builds in total, once a week over a three week period with a brief for each build released to students at the start of that week.

It was a fiercely fought competition overall with two equal first place winners: Noah Milgrom (Yr.1) and Levi Sholl (Yr.2) . Ezra Sholl (Yr.4) was awarded Runner Up. Students showed great ...

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Marking Time – indigenous art through the ages

On Wednesday 20 May students in Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a virtual excursion to the NGV. Our guides Amy and Lily lead us through ‘Marking Time’, an exhibition of indigenous art from ancient times through to the present day. We learned about the different materials, symbols and colours used in the artworks and considered the difference between indigenous and non-indigenous attitudes to our land and its resources. This very engaging experience was a great way to start our art ...

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Insights – facing the future with confidence

Dear Community,

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” This line from C.S. Lewis should inspire us all to face the future with confidence.

We’re living through a PANDEMIC! That is something that belongs in all caps – it is no small thing and something that we should more readily acknowledge. Our human psyche acts rapidly to normalise the unfamiliar as a coping mechanism. This phenomenon can play out in minimising the seriousness of a situation. However, every now and ...

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Virtual Junior String ensemble

The KDS Junior String ensemble would love to share a video compilation made to showcase their musical prowess! Students (and their parents) videoed their performance which can be viewed HERE. The piece is called Broadway or Bust by Kathy and David Blackwell.

Students have been enjoying remote individual lessons each week across wind, string, brass, percussion and voice and we all look forward to rehearsing all together soon.

Lyndon Chester
Instrumental Music Instructor

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Warm hearts in the ELC

Celebrating the 33rd day of the Omer, Lag B’Omer, children in the ELC focused on the tradition of lighting a bonfire (a pretend campfire in this case), the importance of being safe with fire, what to do if there is a fire (call 000), and enjoying playing outdoors. Shiri (Hebrew teacher) and Ido also sang Hebrew songs related to the festival.

 

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Insights – COVID 19 may positively transform education

Dear Community,

During the COVID 19 crisis we have relied heavily on video conferencing technologies to maintain education, work and social connections. In a recent Zoom meet which included participants from around Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the USA, I was struck by just how incredible it was that each of us were facing such similar challenges and experiences regardless of where we were on the planet. I cannot think of another period in my life ...

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