Insights – importance of the early years of education

Dear Community,

At this week’s Prep and Beyond Evening we spoke with parents about the vital importance of the early years of education. The Jesuit Maxim of “Give me a child until the age of seven and I will give you the adult,” has been supported by more recent discoveries in neuroscience which has shown that the most significant time in our lives in terms of the rapidity of the development of our neural pathways occurs in early childhood.

It is during ...

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Exploring New Horizons in Year 9

New Horizons is a year-long program for Year 9 students that is designed to offer students opportunities to look outside themselves and to engage in the wider world. The aim of the program is to build students’ independence and resilience and develops life skills.

One of the highlights of this program is the Year 9 camp and students have returned today from the Grampians where they spent two weeks, exploring the area including independently camping overnight in groups and learning about ...

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Jewish authors inspire our students

With many of our School community involved in Melbourne Jewish Book Week, students in the Junior and Senior School had a wonderful opportunity to hear from highly regarded authors.

Year 5 students were fascinated throughout the presentation yesterday by Ursula Dubosarsky, a prize winning children’s writer from Sydney who spoke about the many books she has written over her career (over 60 titles!). She been nominated for both the Astrid Lindgren and Hans Christian Anderson awards, the most prestigious children’s awards ...

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KDS students compete in Houston for FIRST Robotics World Championships

After being part of the winning alliance in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics South Pacific Competition, held in Sydney in March this year, our rookie team 7128 XLR8, comprising students from the ‘Greater Melbourne area’ qualified to attend the world championship competition in Houston Texas from 18-21 of April.

Ethan Engelander, Ari Feldman, and Abe Graeve represented The King David School.

More than 15,000 students, making up nearly 700 robotics teams from 43 countries from around ...

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Philosophical Kinder students

This week, I facilitated a Philosophy lesson with Gan Rimon based on the classic picture storybook ‘The Rainbow Fish.’

Throughout the lesson, our young thinkers questioned whether the Rainbow Fish would be happier if he gave away his shiny scales. The children connected with their own experiences to the concept of Tikkun Olam, which is defined by acts of kindness performed to repair the world. They formed logical arguments, critically reflected and showed an ability to agree and disagree with each ...

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Igniting the love of learning

In celebration of Lag B’Omer, our Kindergarten children helped prepared the fire pit with pretend marshmallows made from crepe paper yesterday at Pre-School. They prepared the gum leaves and helped with getting the roast potatoes into tin foil for cooking. All the children at the Pre-School were greeted by Meital and she led everyone in Acknowledgement of Country. She told the story about Lag B’Omer and highlighted the importance of us being strong Jews and strong people.

Jake played his guitar ...

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Insights – reading both on the lines and between the lines

Dear Community,

In multi-award winning children’s author, Paul Jennings’ book, ‘The Reading Bug’ he outlines that one of the great gifts we can impart unto our children is a passion for reading. Jennings argues that reading with our children is an emotional act and should be an expression of our love and connection. He explains that “this act of love forms an association between the child and books. The word book brings pleasure. The feel, look and smell of books are ...

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ANZAC Day at Pre-School

I was emotionally moved this week as the ‘Last Post’ was played in the Gan Dubi (Nursery) room. As the bugle played, the educators all stood in silence, thereby role modeling the appropriate etiquette to the children. The children all stop what they were doing, watched their educators and copied them in silence. Even at such a young age, these children demonstrated their ability to stop, think and self-regulate, which is one of the executive function skills in the SOWATT ...

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2018 ANZAC Day Commemorative Service

KDS Senior School students participated respectfully on Tuesday in an assembly to remember all Australian service men and women. In this centenary year of the final battles of the Great War, we particularly paid tribute to those who served and made sacrifices on the Western Front in 1918, markedly in a vital battle at Villers-Bretonneux on April 25, 1918. From leaders, such as General Sir John Monash, to a boy soldier who enlisted at age 14, we honoured their memory.

Our ...

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