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Insights – standing up for social justice and inclusivity

Dear Community,

The founders of our school had the wisdom to understand that a great community school should be established on values of inclusion, egalitarianism and social justice. In our pursuit of these values we create an environment where we honour the dignity of all community members and promote opportunities for our students to engage meaningfully in contributing to their immediate and wider communities.

Last weekend I was filled with pride as, once again, King David paired with Stand Up ...

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Exploring family history – Kabbalat Dorot

A significant project Year 6 students are involved in is Kabbalat Dorot. This semester long project where students explore their family history, places investigative skills at the centre of their learning. Students were encouraged to construct as much as possible about their family’s Jewish choices and experiences over the generations. Each Jewish story is part of a broader historical context and students are encouraged to consider what broader factors may give insights into their family’s story.

A special ceremony was held ...

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Fairytale Philosophy

For over a thousand years, Fairytales have transported us to another world full of wonder and danger which challenges us to make sense of reality and the world we live in. Similarly, the Philosophy Program allows our students to showcase an ability to wonder, formulate ideas, exercise deep thinking and explore thought adventures.

Yesterday was a memorable day as the Junior School celebrated World Philosophy Day. This year’s theme was Fairy Tale Philosophy. The day began with an assembly, featuring a ...

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Insights – hope for the future

Dear Community,

I have stumbled across the perfect antidote to the negativity and pessimism that dominates our news feed and leaves us feeling worried for the future. It comes in the form of the youthful optimism, empathy and hope as demonstrated in the individual prayers and statements of gratitude prepared by our Year 2s and presented at their Kabbalat Siddur ceremony this week.

Zac prays “that the earth will have food, water, gravity and air”. He prays for “everyone in the world ...

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Prep to Year 5 Sports Day

Our Prep to 5 Sports Day was held on Monday and it was a fantastic event for students, staff and parents . While the weather threatened, there was no stopping the excitement from all students as they gave it their best. With many weeks of training prior to the event, students competed for valuable House points. Negev once again proved their dominance on the athletics field. The final results were:

Negev 2718
Galil 2373
Kinneret 2185
Arava 1987

Drew Solewicz
Sports Manager

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Biomedical Science meets Art Competition winning entry!

We are thrilled that four of our Year 11 Biology students won the Biomedical Sciences Day photo competition held at GTAC. The Biology students had the privilege to use a scanning electron microscope (worth $80,000) to explore the surface of different crystals. Photographs were taken of specimens highlighting various colours and striking patterns. As a group, students selected two of their favourite images and submitted them into a Biomedical Science meets Art Competition. The image is known as “The Abyss”. ...

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Insights – the manner of assessment

Dear Community,

There is a unique buzz of energy across the School as our Year 12 students are now half way through the VCE exam period. This high-stakes testing period is characterised by nerves, adrenaline surges and a recurring emotional rollercoaster.

I was someone who was generally well suited to exams. I was able to express myself in the format that was favoured and was also able to cram material and recall it when the moment required. However, I have frequently come ...

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Supporting the Pittsburgh Jewish community

On Monday morning, I received a text message from a friend in Israel forwarding a very special request. An Israeli girl doing her national service with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh had reached out to Jewish communities around the world asking for support. Her aim was to strengthen the morale of a community who had suffered such a devastating loss whilst praying in their synagogue on Shabbat. I engaged Senior School students in the project as this was an opportunity ...

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Year 7 Kabbalat Torah

The Kabbalat Torah experience is an exciting milestone for our Year 7 students as part of their journey into Jewish adulthood. The Jewish custom of Bnei Mitzvah, recognises that as a child turns twelve or thirteen, they move from being a child, wholly dependent upon their parents, to a young adult, gaining independence with every new experience.

Each student participated in creative group presentations, producing original songs, artworks, technological displays, dance performances, dramatic adaptations, thoughtful written work and more. Students learnt ...

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Insights – in solidarity

Dear Community,

This week the Jewry worldwide was united in sorrow following the horrific anti-Semitic attack in Pittsburgh that saw eleven congregants of the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha communities murdered and six others, including four responding police officers, wounded. This marks the deadliest attack on the US Jewish community ever.

The victims were attending Shabbat services which included a baby naming ceremony when the peace was shattered by an assailant shouting hate-filled statements.

Amidst the tragedy were remarkable stories of courage, ...

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