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Embracing our cultural identity

Cultural identity is a strong element of the Early Learning Centre (ELC) curriculum, as we ensure each child has a greater understanding of both Australian and Jewish culture. This is embedded into our everyday routines and practices, from the start of the week through to the end.

Each Monday morning begins with our Havdallah ritual, we discuss the end of Shabbat and welcome the week ahead. It is a beautiful way to start our week as it gives the children and ...

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Insights – “Be excellent to each other!”

Dear Community,

In one of my favourite scenes from the classic ’90s movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, Bill and Ted are placed in an uncomfortable position when asked to offer some words of wisdom to their adoring followers. The advice they come up with is indeed sage, they say – “Be excellent to each other!”

Following recent prominent stories in the media, it seems increasingly apparent that our society needs the wisdom of Bill and Ted. In the past week we ...

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Inspirational Service

Starting the year on the right track, the Senior School students attended an uplifting and inspiring Back to School Service yesterday, lead by the Hanhagah and Jewish Life team. There were special honors given to staff and students in recognition of their contribution to school life and personal reflections. Much of the service included music accompaniment by Senior School music students and singing. The Year 12 cohort received a blessing by Rabbi Gersh Lazarow with wishes for a successful year ...

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Insights – the heart of our school

Dear Community,

I would like to share with you the words I offered at yesterday’s Back to School Service:

It is a great honour to welcome you all to our Back to School Service for 2020.

The Back to School Service is our acknowledgment of the promise of the new school year. It is also a chance for our community to celebrate the contributions of extraordinary staff members and students who do so much to enhance the School.

This morning we will recognise the ...

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The festival of Tu B’Shevat

The festival of Tu B’Shevat (the “birthday” of the trees) was celebrated this week at the School.

At the Junior School, Preps students focused on gratitude for trees and performed for the first time in P-2 Tefillah by השקדייה פורחת. They were so proud to wear their festive crowns and take part in their first ‘big’ school tefillah! Years 1 and 2 students participated in a Tu B’Shevat seder. Year 1s focused on dried fruits and Year 2s focused on red ...

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Year 3 students – Kabbalat Siddur

On Tuesday morning, the Year 3 students received their Siddurim from their families at our Kabbalat Siddur tefillah. The Year 5s led the minyan (prayer community) and welcomed the proud and excited Year 3 students with some reflections and words of wisdom.

• “My personal Siddur is important to me because it is mine and nobody else’s. It feels nice to know that you have a Jewish object of your own to use in our community.”
• “I feel a part ...

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Insights – the miracles of our planet

Dear Community,

“Once there was a tree….and she loved a little boy. And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree…. very much. And the tree was happy. ...

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Friendly competition in and out of the pool

King David’s biggest ever Senior School Swimming Gala took place at Harold Holt Swim Centre on Thursday and the atmosphere was fantastic. The pool was busy with students participating in individual and team events. The day began with the student team narrowly defeating the staff relay team. At lunch time Galil was leading on the scoreboard with Kinneret close by. The lunch time dance off saw Arava jump to the lead as they were electric on the dance floor but ...

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Rearing to go in Prep!

Our Prep students had their first day of School on Friday 31 January before Term 1 officially started. They were extremely eager to experience their new classrooms and teachers and seemed more than happy to wave goodbye to adoring families for a few hours! Have a great year of learning!

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Insights – dawn of a new school year

Dear Community,

Last Friday, I indulged in one of my most favourite annual traditions. I attended the Prep orientation session and then immediately dashed to the Year 12 orientation. This is one of the great blessings of my job – to be involved in guiding our students, regardless of age and stage, through their school journeys.

The Preps were a delightful picture. Serious faces, swimming in over-sized uniforms, lugging school bags that they could practically live in. There were far ...

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