Debating hat trick!

Congratulations to all three debating teams (Year 12: Josh Brill, Ari Feldman, Avishai Conyer; Year 11: Daniel Lindros, Joshua Mitelman, Max Sandler; Year 9: Alex Cowen, Charley Cowen, Kobi Mowszowski ), on their debating hat-trick this week (all three teams won their round).

Congratulations to Best Speakers Daniel, Avishai and Ari. Thanks are extended to Margaret Pagone for attending and to Oscar Black for chairing.

Peter Julian
English Learning Area Leader Yrs 6-12

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Insights – decoding the teenage brain

Dear Community,

How many of you have asked an adolescent (or have been asked as an adolescent): “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, then would you too?” My guess is many of you – so many in fact that the comedic website ‘Uncyclopedia’ dedicates a whole page to the question.

It begins by stating that this question “is a Zen koan [a riddle without a solution] posed by parents to children whenever a child cites popular opinion as the reason ...

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Year 7 parents get together

This week, while our Year 7 students have been on an exciting outdoor education experience learning to surf and exploring the area near Angelsea, their parents met at the home of Joanne Loewy Irons and David Irons for a get together.

The Parents’ Association have facilitated this event annually as there are many new families joining the School in Year 7. It is a perfect opportunity for everyone to get to know each other in a relaxed environment. Carrie Kausman, President ...

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A highly sensory experience!

Gan Seorah chose the best day this week to venture to the Royal Botanic Gardens. They were treated to a guided tour of the Ian Potter Children’s Garden, observing a variety of flora and fauna with a focus on native plants. They learned more about the Boonwurrong aboriginal people and were shown tools and artefacts used by our first people. Their guide, Linda, showed them how to create paint using a soft rock called ochre and the children enjoyed the ...

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Top of the class!

As part of the VCE Systems Engineering Units 3 & 4 course, students are required to complete a School-Assessed Task (SAT) which contributes 50% to the subject’s study score. This SAT is a year long project which requires each student to identify a problem, need or opportunity, and then develop a plan that will allow the student to solve that problem, or address the need or opportunity that has been identified. Students will then design and build their project which ...

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Insights – a culture of mindfulness and positivity

Dear Community,

There has been much written on the increased prevalence of anxiety, stress and depression among Australian students. It is thought that in excess of one in four Australian students will suffer from associated conditions. Experts have labelled the increase an ‘epidemic’ with the Black Dog Institute citing a 20% increase of youth anxiety diagnoses between 2012 and 2017.

The Mindful Schools organisation posits that many students suffer from “toxic stress.” They state that this “impairs attention, emotion and mood regulation, ...

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Soulful experience at Back to School Service

Our student leadership body, the Hanhaga, planned and led yesterday’s Back to School Service at TBI with meaningful prayer, reflection, song and dance. Years 6 to 12 students heard inspirational messages from Marc Light and Sidra Moshinsky (our Director of Jewish Life and Learning) as well as profound reflections from two VCE students (Maddie Meltzer and Ella Benary-Belfer). KDS staff were recognised for their contribution to school life and Rabbi Gersh Lazarow shared a beautiful blessing with the Year 12 ...

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Hooray for Hollywood!

All the glitz and glam of Hollywood was celebrated last Saturday night at the Hooray for Hollywood event, hosted by Friends of KDS. It was held at Kooyong Tennis Club and a welcoming red carpet, student performers, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and music from blockbuster movies to dance to, made it a night to remember.

With wonderful raffle and silent auction prizes on offer and great company, the evening offered something for everyone. This event was meticulously planned over several months ...

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Inspiring students about greening Israel

Recently, members of the Hanhaggah were privileged to hear from Rabbi Aharon Tzohar, a founding member of Naveh. This is a remote community, situated on the sands of desert in the south of Israel, close to the borders of Gaza and Egypt. Aharon spoke of the challenges of establishing a new community in such conditions and how its members view it as an extension of the pioneering spirit that has characterised Israel’s development over the decades. JNF Green Sunday campaign ...

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Hebrew Movie Club

Each Thursday at lunchtime, Prep to Year 5 students can join the Hebrew Movie Club, where they are invited to practice their language skills while enjoying watching the latest movies in Hebrew. Sometimes we even have a little movie snack!

Vered Sharp
Hebrew Learning Area Leader K-5

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