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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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F1 in Schools STEM Challenge – outstanding students!

The F1 in Schools STEM Challenge is a worldwide student competition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The challenge is multi-faceted and multi-disciplined requiring students to follow an engineering and manufacturing process to design, analyse, test, make and race a miniature F1 car capable of reaching speeds up to 80km/hour along a 20-meter track.

King David School Year 11 students Jordan Engel, Daniel Eikelis, Joel Langer, Daniel Lindros and Ashley Morris worked tirelessly on the challenge over many months and recently ...

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Junior Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat

Junior Kinder children showcased their Jewish learning to delighted grandparents and special friends today in a joyous Kabbalat Shabbat filled with meaning and song . Special handmade candlesticks were then given to their grandparents and special friends before big hugs and kisses were exchanged!

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Insights – “kids these days”

Dear Community,

“[Young people] are high-minded because they have not yet been humbled by life, nor have they experienced the force of circumstances…They think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it.”

This fourth century quote from Aristotle fits into a consistent pattern of criticising youth that dates back to at least 624 BCE according to a recently published study by John Protzko and Jonathan W. Schooler in Science Advances magazine. The study aimed to explore the propensity of older ...

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2019 Spring Concert

Last night, Years 3 to 12 music students performed a dazzling variety of popular, classical, Israeli and educational repertoire at the annual Spring Concert. Our VCE Music students shone with their solo performances as did the younger students, many of whom were participating in their first formal concert. Every KDS ensemble (except the exhausted Aladdin cast!) was featured in this event which has become a highlight of the school calendar.

With thanks to Adam Yee and the instrumental teachers for a ...

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Insights – upstanding students

Dear Community,

This week I saw some wildly contrasting images. One was a bleak photograph of the lonely, single figure of climate activist Greta Thunberg sitting on the steps of Swedish Parliament in August 2018. She is seated next to a sign which reads “Skolstrejk för klimatet” and this was the very first School Strike for Climate. The other images were taken 13 months later. They were aerial shots of mass crowds of protestors at iconic sites around the world held ...

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“King Bridges” – Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

Adara Frisch and Abraham Nathan-Valentine designed and constructed a balsawood bridge that a held a 19.6 kg mass at the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition on Wednesday 18 September. They had worked for several weeks in the lead-up to the event, even making a prototype to trial test. Louis Pittas (Science teacher) mentored Adara and Abraham. Good effort team ‘King Bridges’

Lesley MalliganPaul (LAL Science)
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The Aurecon Bridge building competition is a competition where lots of schools from around Melbourne are ...

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Passion for Thinking Extravaganza

On Tuesday evening, parents and staff attended the Passion for Thinking exhibition. It celebrated the term-long endeavour of the Year 8 students as they were tasked to create personal, innovative and creative projects that resonated their strengths and passions. Students put together vibrant stalls in order to display their research, journals and projects which ranged from artisan clothes and candles, to children’s picture books, musical innovations, podcasts, art and so much more.

It was a great pleasure to witness the students’ ...

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