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An evening of creative arts

The inaugural Creative Arts Evening at the start of Term 4 showcased the work of our senior students in the fields of Art, Design, Drama and Media. The School’s Jewish performance group,
Nana, opened the evening with songs on arrival. After a welcoming address, families were escorted to different areas of the Rebecca Magid Centre by the recently elected Hanhagah
(student leaders) to view the art in the Joseph Brown gallery, watch films, listen to audio recordings and enjoy dramatic ...

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Innovative Schools Award!

The King David School was recently awarded the 2019 Innovative Schools Award by the Educator online magazine. This is awarded to schools at the cutting edge of change and innovation in Australia. King David has been noted as one of the schools making the most profound and exciting impact in education today.

King David has been recognised as a pioneer in utilising the major advancements in the field of Educational Neuroscience. The King David School has used this knowledge and understanding ...

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Insights – a commitment to reconcilliation

Dear Community,

Last week a group of students, teachers, parents and grandparents gathered for a meeting after school to launch our process of developing King David’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Under the umbrella of Reconciliation Australia, RAPs are developed as an organisation’s formal statement of commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s first nations. You can learn more about RAPs here: https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/

At King David we have been on a journey of enhancing our students’ knowledge and understanding of Australia’s indigenous heritage. This has ...

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Gan Seorah went to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo!

Last Wednesday Gan Seorah enjoyed an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. Endangered animals was our topic of choice and we were treated to a beautiful play-based session by our Zoo keeper guide Francesca. Over the last week or so we have focused our learning on three Australian endangered animals, the Helmeted Honeyeater, the Corroboree Frog and the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Francesca reinforced the learning back at Kinder and the children had the chance to engage with a range of materials ...

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Prep to Year 5 Inter-House Athletics

The sun was shining at the start of this week’s Prep to Year 5 Inter-House Athletics Carnival. Students competed in a number of sporting events and the clouds that threatened did not inhibit our students from jumping, running and throwing themselves into every event. The agility of the hurdles, the power of the shot put, the speed of the sprints were among the highlights of the day. The rain was eventually too strong to continue and so the event was ...

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Insights – social media storms

Dear Community,

Over the last week I have followed with some interest the gathering social media storm that was prompted by a cartoon by Michael Leunig. The cartoon depicted a young mother so engrossed in her phone’s screen that she had not noticed that her baby had fallen out of the pram. The image was accompanied by a short poem which ended with the line that the baby was “wishing that he was loved like a phone.”

The negative response that the ...

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Climate change and cities of the future

Throughout the Humanities classes in Term 3 , Year 7 students worked very hard tackling the difficult problem of climate change and how the cities of the future will be designed to sustainably manage the needs of a growing population while reducing our carbon footprint.

In small groups, students researched, designed and built sustainable cities of the future. Each city had to deliver zero emissions strategies across four key sectors: Energy, Transportation, Housing/Infrastructure and Agriculture. At their Exhibition on Friday, the ...

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Year 7 – Kabbalat Mitzvah

In the first of what will become a regular fixture in the School’s Jewish Life calendar, Kabbalat Mitzvah was held for Year 7 students and their families. Centering around the mitzvah of Shabbat and the concept that, to quote the Zionist thinker Ahad Haam, ‘More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews’, the evening began with hearing from members of three generations about their thoughts and associations with Shabbat. Participants then chose from fifteen Shabbat-themed sessions ...

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Name a Star!

Gan Rimon Kindergarten this year has been studying the Apollo 11 Anniversary and all about the Solar System. This led into the “name a star and its orbiting planet” competition which we entered, as part of the International Astronomical Union its 100 birthday. We are one of the 6 finalists!

We would love everyone to vote so that our Kindergarten and The King David School will have the prestige honour of naming a new Solar System . The finalist with the most votes ...

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Insights – nurturing future leaders

Dear Community,

When you see the typical teenager represented in advertising or sitcoms they are usually depicted as monosyllabic, absorbed on their device or rolling their eyes at something their parent has said. The media and wider popular culture are responsible for perpetuating an image of youth as apathetic, self-consumed and shallow.

While in any population there are individuals who will conform to a dominant stereotype, my experiences with young people present a character type that is vastly different from ...

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