Crystallographers in Year 5

Year 5 students are practising the work of crystallography in a joint Art and Enrichment unit of work. Crystals are commonly viewed as an embodiment of purity and perfection and hold unique physical qualities. People’s fascination with crystals dates back thousands of years. Students are displaying their fascination with crystals through their enthusiasm and engagement during their explorations.

Through the Visual Arts Curriculum students are exploring the work of Israeli artist, Sigalit Landau. Landau’s stunning sculptures are created by submerging objects ...

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Chilling classic becomes nightmarishly real!

Our VCE Theatre Studies students performed Tom Wright’s adaptation of the Australian classic novel, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ in three sold-out performances this week. The all-female cast brought to life a tale that has haunted the Australian psyche for over a decade. Through extraordinary acting skill, our audiences were transported back to a fateful Valentine’s Day in 1900 where three schoolgirls and their teacher vanished without a trace. The intensity with which the cast portrayed a large variety of characters ...

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Meeting the Rugmaker

This term in English, Year 10 students have been studying a text called The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif. It is the autobiography of Najaf Mazari, who fled his home country of Afghanistan during the Taliban regime and travelled to Australia as an asylum seeker. This week we had the chance to visit Najaf in the rug shop he has established in Prahran since becoming an Australian citizen. Najaf shared a rich collection of stories and ideas with students as they sat ...

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A thrill for our classroom music students

Legendary Australian composer George Dreyfus AM and grandparent of KDS Alumni performed for classroom music students yesterday. George played bassoon together with a trio of flute, clarinet and violin. They performed arrangements of some of his best known works including the ‘Theme from Rush’, ‘Sebastian the Fox’ and ‘Larino, Safe Haven’.

Adam Yee
Head of Music

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Insights – light triad

Dear Community,

Professor Howard Gardner from Harvard University has been a leading scholar working on The Good Project. This directs research on establishing what constitutes “goodness” in different contexts such as work and play. Once these are identified we can explore how to promote them in education, in the work force or in our homes. The Project has produced research, tools and activities that promote spreading positive qualities.

Similarly, a recent research project has attempted to identify the character traits that are ...

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Top tier debaters

This week, two KDS teams competed int the Debating Association of Victoria competition.

The Year 9 team (Oscar Black, Alex Cowen and Tobi Taranto) had a win and the Year 11 team (Daniel Lindros, Josh Mitelman and Year 9 student, Kobi Mowszowski) put in a great effort but unfortunately weren’t rewarded with a win. The Year 12 team did not get to debate as there was a forfeit but opposing team, Yavneh.

Tobi was awarded Best Speaker and Oscar should be congratulated ...

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Talented athletes!

Earlier this week, 5 talented KDS athletes competed under lights at the EISM Athletics Champions Round at Lakeside Stadium. It was a strong field of athletes from 21 schools. These competitors had qualified as the top participants of each of the three EISM Division Athletics Carnivals.

All of our King David athletes had strong performances, with our field athletes dominating. Teal Komornick (Yr 8) won Gold in Shot Put and Camilla Burrows (Yr 11) earned two gold in her favourite events, ...

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Insights – NAPLAN – striking the balance

Dear Community,

This week our students across Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 broke from their regular teaching and learning cycle to complete the annual NAPLAN tests. These are nation-wide assessments conducted in the areas of reading, grammar, spelling, writing and numeracy. For the first time in 2019 these tests have been conducted via computer instead of the traditional hand-written format. While this has grabbed some headlines due to connectivity issues, the tests ran quite smoothly at our school.

In what is ...

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What a celebration!

The School was transformed into a sea of blue and white as students and staff celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut yesterday.

In the Junior School, students started the day with a tekes (ceremony) hosted by the Year 5 leaders followed by the traditional flag parade led by Year 4 students. As the Kindergarten children moved back to their rooms to get ready for their activities, the rest of the Junior School broke out into a joyous Israeli dancing party on the front play ...

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Searching for gold

To begin our exploration of the Gold Rush, Year 5 journeyed to the goldfields of Sovereign Hill. We took on the role of fortune hunters that came to Australia to search for gold – the Irish, the Chinese, sailors and the British. While in character, we were subjected to stringent laws that ended with a jail sentence if broken – our troopers were very harsh! We tried our luck panning for gold and witnessed the creation of a $180 000 ...

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