The ritual of Tashlich

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection and introspection. During this time, we are required to engage in the act of “Taschlich,” meaning to “cast off,” a ritual that enables us to cast away our wrongs from the past year. This often involves throwing breadcrumbs into a body of flowing water. Traditionally, Taschlich focuses on introspection on the past year and encourages us to contemplate ways we can better ourselves in the coming ...

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Insights – nurturing leadership skills

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Recently the Senior School corridors came alive with humorous and creative posters as some of our Year 11s launched their campaigns to become elected to our new student leadership body, the Hanhaga.

This body is tasked with the very important responsibility to drive student participation in the life of the School, to contribute to the betterment of the community through actions and ideas, and to represent student voices in relation to key decision making about the School’s direction and ...

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State Semi-finalists in UN Youth Evatt Competition

Congratulations to four Year 11 students who participated on Sunday in the semi-final rounds of this year’s UN Youth Australia Evatt Victoria competition, held at the University of Melbourne. Avishai Conyer and Aaron Greenwell represented China in the morning session of a mock UN Security Council meeting and Ella Freeman and Jasmine Bader represented China in the afternoon session. Students from various Victorian secondary schools represented, in pairs, the other 14 current country members of the Security Council. Resolutions such ...

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I am. You are. We are Australian

In a stunning display of all things iconically Australian, our Years 3 to 5 students performed Made in Australia this week. The students were clearly highly engaged in this production and convincingly portrayed a range of narratives that shape our culture. Year 3 students who have been studying Indigenous culture in the classroom, brought two Dreamtime stories to life in magnificent fashion, replete with wonderfully creative puppets. Inspired by Dorothy McKellar’s poem, My Country, Year 4 students researched modern Australian ...

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Insights – the social brain

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“When he stops chattering, Marc can be a keen, cooperative class member.”

This is the comment regarding Attitude in the subject Art from my 1988 KDS School Report. In my defence, and admittedly some 30 years too late to be useful to me, is the fact that new educational research suggests that social encounters in the classroom are actually when we achieve our best learning.

New research into “the social brain” suggests that our social encounters are actually crucial ...

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Thinking with passion

Our Year 8 students presented their Passion for Thinking projects this week. This initiative allows students to investigate and develop a project based on their own passions. Students explored topics as diverse as a device designed to assist in heart attacks by quickly distributing oxygen into the bloodstream, an original song encouraging us to recognise inner beauty and to cast away shallow judgments on appearance and a unique way of preserving the memories of loved ones through creating unique personalised ...

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Two Championships in two days!

Our Years 8/9 girls netball team returned to school today as champions! This was the second championship won by King David this week as yesterday our Senior boys basketball team won their Grand Final match. In a heart stopping 25-23 win over Alphington Grammar, the netball match was close from the start, with a 4 point margin separating the teams throughout the match. At quarter time KDS were down by 2 points however with some positional changes, we gained a ...

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Senior Philosophers progress to national competition!

Last night, a team of KDS students participated once again in the annual Victorian Senior School Philosothon. Hugo Burstin, Louie Cina, Avishai Conyer, Charley Cowen, Alex Cowen, Ziggy Markus, Simon Nathan-Valentine and Danny Touretski participated in four communities of inquiry over the course of the evening. Two in their age groups and two in mixed age groups. The questions covered four key areas of Philosophy; Epistemology, Environmental Ethics, Metaphysics and Aesthetics. Questions posed were: What should have a right? If ...

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Insights – igniting student engagement

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One of the largest ever studies into the middle years of schooling was conducted in Melbourne in 2010. The Middle Years Research and Development project concerned itself with addressing some alarming patterns regarding student disengagement across these key years (loosely considered Years 5 through 9). MYRAD found that when tracking students’ attitudes to school including interest, motivation, drive and enjoyment that a pattern tended to emerge where student engagement levels peaked during junior years, plummeted across the middle years ...

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Stop! Think! Change!

The sounds of the Shofar can be heard all across the Junior School as the Year 2 students take the role of ‘Ba’al Tokea’ (the person who sound the shofar). It is a mitzvah to listen to the sounds of the shofar not only on Rosh Ha’shana and Yom Kippur but also during the Jewish month of Elul. The month of Elul is used for reflection on our actions in the past year and for planning the changes in the ...

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