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Educating for a sustainable future

In line with the School’s commitment to educating for a sustainable future, students will take personal responsibility for electricity consumption with the completion of the first of a three stage installation of solar panels on the roofs of our campuses. By the end of September, 80% of the School’s power will be generated by the sun. We are proud to be amongst the first schools to undertake this initiative.

This system is linked to an innovative app and students will be ...

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Emerging Innovative Minds Conference

Year 12 students Joshua Brill, Ari Feldman, Aaron Greenwell and Jacob Moulton attended two program sessions of “The Emerging Innovation Summit 2019”. It was an insightful event that offered the students a rare opportunity to learn what some of the world’s best innovators and thinkers have to say about our rapidly changing world.

There were speakers who discussed the latest innovations driven by imagination, creativity, design thinking, system design, technology and business innovation. KDS made a special presentation about green innovation ...

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Insights – a culture of continuous teacher improvement

Dear Community,

Research into school improvement suggests that one of the primary factors that can inhibit the raising of student learning outcomes is the siloed nature of the teaching profession.

While during the instructional stage of a teaching degree there are many opportunities for teachers to observe others in action, in many schools this does not continue once a teacher is entrusted with their own class. Instead the adage of ‘my classroom, my kingdom’ seems to apply.

In this model, a ...

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Changemakers at KDS

It was my absolute pleasure to be a participant in this year’s Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) programme. The Youth in Philanthropy program is offered by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. The aim of the program is to get senior school students involved in philanthropy, and to inspire them to continue contributing to society later into life. The program kicked off with a meeting at the State Library where the different schools were introduced to the areas of focus and students ...

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Museums Together – fostering respect and acceptance

Over the last month, the Year 6 cohort have been part of a pilot program called Museums Together. This program aims to not only educate students from Jewish and Islamic schools against intolerance and racism, but build real bridges between communities to foster respect and acceptance. The students met with students from Sirius College (predominantly Islamic families) and acted as guides at their respective museums, cultivating a deeper understanding of each other’s culture.

This week, the King David students were hosts ...

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Cultural exchange on Indigenous Camp

The Year 8 students and staff recently returned from an amazing Indigenous camp to Kakadu. The camp has a strong focus on developing cross cultural connections and looking at Indigenous Australia through the eyes of other children. For this we partner up with Jabiru Area School to have activities taught to students from both schools.

We invited members of the local community to our Shabbat service during which various students from King David led and explained the significance to those present. ...

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Mental gymnastics at Tournament of the Minds (TOM)

After weeks of planning and discussion, Michelle Aghion (Yr 7), Jaida Cohen (Yr 7), Samantha Katz (Yr 7), Ariella Lyons (Yr 7), Reine Polevoy (Yr 8), Sophie Popper (Yr 8), and Dylan Umansky (Yr 7) went to Deakin University Burwood to participate in Tournament of the Minds (TOM).

There were 4 challenges to choose from, The Arts, STEM, Literature or Social Sciences. The King David team selected the Arts challenge. The concept was “The Wizard of Aus”. The challenge was to ...

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Green Innovation Award winners for Vertical Garden Challenge!

On Thursday this week, Year 12 students and their families involved in the “Victorian School’s Vertical Garden Challenge” attended a presentation and award evening. The event took place in an amazing creative space in the heart of the CBD called ISPT Foy’s Arcade. Josh Brill, Ari Feldman, Aaron Greenwell and Jacob Moulton gave a ten minute speech describing and explaining their vertical garden design and construction. They were well prepared and confident and not intimidated by an audience that included ...

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Insights -a love of reading

Dear Community,

A number of years ago I was faced with a dilemma when I was preparing a student exam for Media Studies. As an educator, I try to model appropriate citation practices when I use externally sourced content so that my students can gain an appreciation of how important it is to acknowledge others’ work. The relevant part of the exam relied on different photographic images which the students were meant to identify from the applied compositional rule. The dilemma ...

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Destination Moon: More Missions More Science

This week was a national celebration of science; Science Week. To celebrate, KDS participated in many science-themed activities, including a kick-off science assembly on Tuesday. The theme for Science Week this year is missions on the moon; in celebration of the moon landings 50th anniversary. For the assembly, many Year 7 students, such as myself, gave presentations. I was supposed to sing a song which I made up to the tune of “Sound Of Silence”. Instead, it was the “Sound ...

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