Marking Time – indigenous art through the ages

On Wednesday 20 May students in Years 1 and 2 enjoyed a virtual excursion to the NGV. Our guides Amy and Lily lead us through ‘Marking Time’, an exhibition of indigenous art from ancient times through to the present day. We learned about the different materials, symbols and colours used in the artworks and considered the difference between indigenous and non-indigenous attitudes to our land and its resources. This very engaging experience was a great way to start our art ...

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Insights – facing the future with confidence

Dear Community,

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” This line from C.S. Lewis should inspire us all to face the future with confidence.

We’re living through a PANDEMIC! That is something that belongs in all caps – it is no small thing and something that we should more readily acknowledge. Our human psyche acts rapidly to normalise the unfamiliar as a coping mechanism. This phenomenon can play out in minimising the seriousness of a situation. However, every now and ...

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Virtual Junior String ensemble

The KDS Junior String ensemble would love to share a video compilation made to showcase their musical prowess! Students (and their parents) videoed their performance which can be viewed HERE. The piece is called Broadway or Bust by Kathy and David Blackwell.

Students have been enjoying remote individual lessons each week across wind, string, brass, percussion and voice and we all look forward to rehearsing all together soon.

Lyndon Chester
Instrumental Music Instructor

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Warm hearts in the ELC

Celebrating the 33rd day of the Omer, Lag B’Omer, children in the ELC focused on the tradition of lighting a bonfire (a pretend campfire in this case), the importance of being safe with fire, what to do if there is a fire (call 000), and enjoying playing outdoors. Shiri (Hebrew teacher) and Ido also sang Hebrew songs related to the festival.

 

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Insights – COVID 19 may positively transform education

Dear Community,

During the COVID 19 crisis we have relied heavily on video conferencing technologies to maintain education, work and social connections. In a recent Zoom meet which included participants from around Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the USA, I was struck by just how incredible it was that each of us were facing such similar challenges and experiences regardless of where we were on the planet. I cannot think of another period in my life ...

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Virtual Excursion to the Corroboree Tree

This week the Year 1s experienced a ‘Virtual Excursion’ to the Corroboree Tree or ‘Ngargee’ Tree in St Kilda. The students ‘fastened their seatbelts’ as they got aboard the ‘Google Earth’ bus, which enabled us to travel to one of Melbourne’s oldest living things! This virtual visit to the Corroboree Tree complemented our Unit of Inquiry, exploring significant geographical places, in particular a local Indigenous Australian site of the Boonwurrung People. Our visit to the Corroboree Tree highlighted the importance ...

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Teacher Appreciation Week

This is Teacher Appreciation Week and families have gained a true appreciation of the immense effort and impact teachers have on their children’s lives specially during distance learning! At The King David School our teachers have embraced the challenges of the virtual classroom and excelled.

Some of our Junior School students joined their morning meeting holding up “thank you” signs in appreciation of their wonderful teachers and all their hard work during distance learning.

THANK YOU to all our wonderful teachers. We ...

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Celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut with Emmy Monash

In these times of social isolation, finding ways to connect with our broader community is more important than ever. For Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Year 3 students combined art with an act of kindness and connection: creating celebratory artworks for the enjoyment of elderly residents of Emmy Monash Aged Care.

After learning about how the history of Yom Ha’Atzmaut and the way it is observed in Israel and throughout the world, students drew on their knowledge of Israel’s special places, landmarks and culture ...

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Insights – memorialising important events

Dear Community,

An oddity of Classical Hebrew is the lack of a word for the term “history”. While contemporary Hebrew appropriates the European word, Classical Hebrew utilised the term “zikaron” or memory, as an approximation of the concept. I say approximation because the notions of memory and history are conceptually very different. History presents a veneer of objectivity whilst memory is understood to be a subjective recollection of events. That said, historiography has taught us that we cannot take the “story” ...

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Experiential Learning opportunities

Years 6 to 8 students participate bi-weekly in Experiential Learning classes, one of the many opportunities to extend their learning beyond the curriculum.

For Year 8 MERIT (Making, Engineering, Robotics and Innovative Technologies) students, over the next 5 sessions, they will participate in a range of learning activities that all relate to MERIT. This week’s session was all about Making.

There were three choices: .

1. Build a tabletop hovercraft – you will need an old CD/DVD, glue or strong tape, a balloon and ...

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