Insights – positive mindsets and resilience

Dear Community,

I have made it clear many times in my communications with you throughout the period of the COVID 19 pandemic just how incredibly proud I have been of our students who have risen to the challenge and coped with significant adversity with courage, resilience, patience and good humour.

I am especially proud of our Year 12 cohort who have been facing the uncertainties and disruptions of the pandemic while coping with what many acknowledge is ordinarily the most challenging school ...

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The path to reconciliation

National Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal cultures and histories, share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. In the words of Reconciliation Australia, “It aims to give people across Australia, the opportunity to focus on reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians”.

This year’s theme is “All in this together” and together the Junior School and ELC children engaged in Australian history through exploring the “Path to reconciliation”. Displayed ...

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Learning by doing in Nitzan

The Nitzan program has been a really enjoyable break from studies. This week during Nitzan, we had many activities but a few were my favourite. After recess we participated in the Great Escape, 1920’s themed escape room. We were put into groups and all had our own sets of puzzles. Through looking at evidence, unlocking codes and solving word puzzles we solved a murder case. It was really fun because it was challenging and you had to work as a ...

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Sport training resumes!

Students have been extremely keen to engage in physical competition post lock-down. Today the Senior School students took to the field for some soccer training or enjoyed either netball or basketball workouts. The table tennis tables provided great competition for other students . The gym was also well utilised as students began to replenish lost muscle mass experienced during isolation. We hope to see some inter-school competition in the near future. In the meanwhile, our students will be dusting off ...

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Insights – a deep and honest reckoning

Dear Community,

Marcia Langton writes that “Australia is alive with the long history of the Indigenous people, our culture and our presence. Nowhere else in the world can you see and experience the oldest living cultures of humankind.”

In this column last week, I wrote to you to acknowledge Reconciliation Week and to highlight the numerous ways that the School was working to foster connections with First Nations Australians and a sense of pride in a unique heritage as the longest lasting ...

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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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