Remembering the fallen

Yom Hazikaron (remembrance day) was commemorated at the Senior School with a very solemn assembly which included meaningful presentations.

This annual commemoration honours fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror and is always on the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut. It symbolically remembers those who gave up their lives so that Yom Ha’atzmaut can be celebrated peacefully.

Our Hanhaga (student leadership) led the assembly which featured candle lighting, readings and poems, appropriate music and dance interpretations. A very moving presentation was also given ...

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Insights – our digital footprint

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In 2010 CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, made a dire prediction regarding the future of the generation raised with access to social media. He explained that he believes that laws will need to change to make it easier for young people to change their names upon reaching adulthood in order to escape the digital footprint that has been stored on their and their contacts’ social media accounts. He suggested that young people were unable to fathom the consequences of ...

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Recipients of the Private Greg Sher shield

On Sunday 28 April, the Victorian Association of ex-Jewish Servicemen and Women (VAJEX) held its 90th anniversary ceremony at the Glen Eira Town Hall. VAJEX was formed after the Great War to care for families who had lost loved one in service to their country. Year 12 students Avishai Conyer and Jasmine Bader were this year’s worthy recipients of the Private Greg Sher shield, honoring the first Jewish soldier to have tragically lost his life since the Second World War. ...

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To each person there is a name

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Commemoration Day) was marked with great solemnity in the Senior School. The day began with students focusing on a number of victims of the Shoah, reading accounts of their often brief lives, and trying to reduce the impossibly vast number of six million into individual lives, each one unique. ‘To each person there is a name,’ writes the Hebrew poet Zelda.

The commemorative assembly focused on the particular fate of children and young people in the Shoah, their ...

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Insights – Never again

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“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” In this quote Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel, demonstrated a courageous response to the most unbearable of experiences by committing himself to action.

One of the great challenges of Holocaust memorial is in representing a duality of purpose – to turn inwards and grieve those ...

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Chag Pesach Sameach!

Our students have been engaged across the School, learning the Pesach story and rituals in the lead up to Pesach. Model sedarim were held from Kinder through to Year 5 while the Senior School students engaged in interactive Pesach activities. Gan Keshet children at the Pre-School will host families next week for their model seder.

Please visit Media/Photo Gallery on the Parent Portal for galleries of all the photos from the model sedarim.

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Insights – meaningful Jewish experiential activities

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At King David we move to the rhythm of the Jewish calendar. Our weeks are punctuated with Kabbalot Shabbat and acknowledgment of the minor and major festivals. This term we have cycled through thematic changes in our school bells as we have transitioned from Purim to Pesach. At various times during the day, the air is punctuated with a different Hebrew earworm and while it is sometimes infuriating to catch oneself humming ‘Dayenu’ at inopportune moments, the overall message ...

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EISM Tennis champs

Winners are grinners! Our Senior boys tennis team were crowned EISM champions this week after defeating Alphington Grammar to secure the trophy for the third time in 5 years.

After the 6 singles matches were completed, the Grand Final was tied 3-3. It came down to the three doubles matches to decide the winner. Our team then went on to win 2 out of 3 doubles. Mazal tov!

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Insights – Gross National Happiness

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In March 1968 Robert Kennedy gave a speech in which he railed against the economic principle of measuring progress by growth in Gross Domestic Product (then called Gross National Product (GNP)). Kennedy explained that GNP was used to measure any economic activity regardless of the benefit to society but that it fails to address the valuable contribution to society of valuable but less quantifiable indicators of a society’s character.

He stated that “[GNP] counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ...

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The perfect family day out

It is hard to imagine a more perfect family day out than the recent King’s Carnival. Held last Sunday at the Magid Campus on Orrong Road, this well-loved event exceeded expectations on every level. The weather was picture perfect and the entertainment, food and retail options kept the young and the young at heart busy all day.

It was a wonderful spectacle of community effort and engagement with parents, grandparents, students and staff all volunteering to create a successful day.

We are ...

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