Outstanding Achievement!

We are extremely proud of Freya Boltman, Year 12, who received a Premier’s Award in acknowledgement of her outstanding result in VCE Theatre Studies which she completed last year.

This week, Freya attended a ceremony with her parents, Marc Light and Laura Rickhuss where more than 1000 guests were present to celebrate the achievements of award recipients who were presented with Premier’s VCE Awards for their exceptional study outcomes in 2018.

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Insights – holistic education

Dear Community,

This week I was privileged to participate in a series of educational discussions at an Australian Heads of Independent Schools Association Branch meeting. The discussion topics focused on perceptions of the decreasing relevance of the ATAR and the vital role of schools to provide a broad and holistic educational offering.

Reference was made to the 2018 Mitchell Institute study which showed that tertiary institutions are increasingly looking at other factors than ATAR to determine admission. In fact, the study found ...

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REACH for Science Excellence!

On Monday 20 May, nineteen students from Years 7 to 10 participated in a Science enrichment online examination called the ‘Big Science’ Competition. It’s a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just factual.

Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting). Competition questions in the Big Science Competition are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science. The students are looking forward to receiving their results in the next couple of ...

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Reflections from Year 6 camp

My Best Camp Moment – by: Abi Krause (Year 6)

Every footstep led us closer and closer towards our next activity. Ahead a delicate, golden brown tree trunk with leaves dancing in the wind, stood right before our eyes. Beneath the beautiful tree, some classic yard games lay. Some of those games included, slack line, totem tennis and badminton. My favourite was the slack line because I felt like I was flying, with the support of my friends.

Once we’d received the ...

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Insights – celebrating diversity

Dear Community,

Too many times this year we have had our hearts broken by the extreme violence and hatred that comes from fearing “the other.” From Christchurch, Sri Lanka and the United States we have mourned with different targeted communities through each new tragedy.

With this in mind it is especially gratifying to paint a different scene for you. This one involves young Jewish students engaged in a spontaneous musical jam with First Nations members of the Black Rock Band. I stood ...

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Bonfire and learning for Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer (33rd day of the counting of Omer) is a lesser-known but vibrant day in the Jewish calendar. It marks the one day out of the 49 days (seven weeks) between Pesach and Shavuot when the atmosphere of semi-mourning is lifted in order to celebrate the end of a severe plague that was raging through the community of Rabbi Akiva and his disciples in the 2nd century CE.

The Senior School celebrated Lag B’Omer with a special event for students ...

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Crystallographers in Year 5

Year 5 students are practising the work of crystallography in a joint Art and Enrichment unit of work. Crystals are commonly viewed as an embodiment of purity and perfection and hold unique physical qualities. People’s fascination with crystals dates back thousands of years. Students are displaying their fascination with crystals through their enthusiasm and engagement during their explorations.

Through the Visual Arts Curriculum students are exploring the work of Israeli artist, Sigalit Landau. Landau’s stunning sculptures are created by submerging objects ...

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Chilling classic becomes nightmarishly real!

Our VCE Theatre Studies students performed Tom Wright’s adaptation of the Australian classic novel, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ in three sold-out performances this week. The all-female cast brought to life a tale that has haunted the Australian psyche for over a decade. Through extraordinary acting skill, our audiences were transported back to a fateful Valentine’s Day in 1900 where three schoolgirls and their teacher vanished without a trace. The intensity with which the cast portrayed a large variety of characters ...

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Meeting the Rugmaker

This term in English, Year 10 students have been studying a text called The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif. It is the autobiography of Najaf Mazari, who fled his home country of Afghanistan during the Taliban regime and travelled to Australia as an asylum seeker. This week we had the chance to visit Najaf in the rug shop he has established in Prahran since becoming an Australian citizen. Najaf shared a rich collection of stories and ideas with students as they sat ...

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A thrill for our classroom music students

Legendary Australian composer George Dreyfus AM and grandparent of KDS Alumni performed for classroom music students yesterday. George played bassoon together with a trio of flute, clarinet and violin. They performed arrangements of some of his best known works including the ‘Theme from Rush’, ‘Sebastian the Fox’ and ‘Larino, Safe Haven’.

Adam Yee
Head of Music

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