Interfaith Dialogue Day

This week, Ilim College hosted Year 11 students from King David representing Judaism and Thomas Carr College representing Christianity for an Interfaith Dialogue Day. After a brief description of each school, the students played human bingo and had speed chat circles to get to know one another. Then discussion circles unpacked stereotypes of each faith community in the media and the violence which is conducted in the name of religion. All participants spoke positively about the invigorating and frank discussions ...

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Year 1s learn from Sofer STaM

According to Jewish tradition, it is a Mitzvah to affix a Mezuzah on the doorpost of each room. A Mezuzah is a parchment scroll contacting the Hebrew words of the ‘Shema’ prayer. The parchment also known as Klaf is written by a scribe who is known as Sofer STaM. As part of our Mezuzah unit the Year 1 students met Rabbi Eli Gutnick who is a Sofer STaM. Rabbi Gutnick explained about the tools he uses to write not only ...

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Stonnington Youth Services & YLab Youth Leadership Summit

On Tuesday, I was one of ten Year 7 students who participated in the Stonnington Youth Services & YLab Youth Leadership Summit held at Prahran Town Hall. King David was not the only school to attend; representatives from other schools, such as Prahran High School and Christian Brothers College were also there. I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my friends from Ripponlea Primary School who participated in the event as well. The focus of this day-long workshop was ...

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Insights – “learning to learn”

Dear Community,

I remember spending many of my formative schooling years engaged in the time-consuming research projects that were in vogue. These required the regurgitation of the relevant facts about a particular subject matter with appropriate accompanying illustrations – I remember ones on coral reefs, fireflies, Costa Rica and coffee. At the time, sourcing the relevant information was considered a valuable task by my teachers as it involved seeking information out manually in an encyclopedia in the school library and transcribing ...

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Year 6 – Jerusalem Old City tour guides!

Throughout Term 3, Year 6 students explored the question ‘How can we bring the old city of Jerusalem to life in the classroom?’. To answer this question, students were instructed to create, develop and facilitate an authentic tour of the Jerusalem old city. Students worked in groups to create a tour company that had expertise in one of the Quarters of the Old City. This project-based learning opportunity saw students become inquisitive and passionate about their Quarters and their subsequent ...

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Inaugural Brick Builders’ Tournament

During the school holidays, there was a frenzy of building activity at the Dandenong Road campus by Years 2-4 students from across the Jewish Community. They used a great number of bricks in their endeavours, Lego bricks, as they competed in the inaugural Jewish Community Brick Builders’ Tournament. Students had 3 or 4 builds to complete, including a bridge, a tower, a vehicle and finally a house and garden. The creations were elaborate and extraordinarily clever. Each team had 1500 ...

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Australian Brain Bee Competition competitors

On Wednesday this week, five Year 10 students competed at the State Finals of the Australian Brain Bee Competition (ABBC). The ABBC is a neuroscience competition, and during the day the students took part in both team and individual challenges. The questions were challenging, and certainly tested the participants’ knowledge of neuroscience. The students also had the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers who were experts in the field of Neuroscience. One presenter spoke about spinal cord rehabilitation, ...

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Insights – the power of resilience

Dear Community,

Cultural commentator, Simon Sinek, has spoken about a perceived lack of resilience among millennials and its contribution to their poor rates of retention in the workplace. He states: “You take this group of people and they graduate and they get a job and they’re thrust into the real world and in an instant they find out they are not special, their mums can’t get them a promotion, that you get nothing for coming in last and, by the way, ...

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Prep to 2 Grandparents’ Shabbat

Prep to Year 2 students’ enthusiasm was infectious today as they celebrated Kabbalat Shabbat with grandparents and special friends. They showcased their learning of the beautiful Shabbat rituals and songs and have clearly been engaged throughout their Jewish Studies classes. Led by Shneur Reti-Waks and Jewish Studies teachers Ravit Epstein, Adina Cavallaro and Justine Kaiser, it was a joyous celebration of our ancient traditions.

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The magic of Broadway – 42nd Street

The magic of Broadway came to our School this week in the form of its biggest dance show, 42nd Street. One had to continually remind oneself that it was a school production because it felt so much more. The catchy tunes and large dance numbers made it such an entertaining production, but it was the cast that took this musical to new heights. Director Laura Rickhuss expertly cast each member into the perfect role and they shone. Many of the ...

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