Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut at KDS

For once, the falling rain and sharp decline in temperature did not dampen school spirit and activities on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, while take-home packs and recipes – combined with materials available on the School’s online platforms – meant that the festivities could extend well beyond the school hours and the school gate. There is a silver lining to everything!

Following moving commemorative virtual ceremonies to mark Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s memorial day for soldiers and victims of terror, the next day brought vitality, ...

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KDS Drive-through Library!

The Junior and Senior Campus Libraries have launched a wonderful drive-though library initiative to families that gives access to the exciting range of books in both libraries.

Yesterday, a number of families took advantage of this service and collected the books they had ordered , without having to leave their car! Families should order by Monday 5.00pm and pick-up is on Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm of the same week.

To access the Library’s catalogue and to reserve books please follow the instructions in the ...

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Insights – innovation and creativity in education

Dear Community,

Winston Churchill is credited with the famous quote, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” This week, when observing the many varied, rich and meaningful learning opportunities undertaken across the School, I was struck by how our educators have innovated so effectively in order to maintain a sense of community, and the integrity of our curricular and co-curricular experiences despite the move to Distance Learning.

One of the international conglomerates that has actually seen increased business during the COVID ...

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KDS face shields for health care workers

The King David School’s Makerbot Replicator 5 3D printers have been put to good use recently producing 20-30 face shields per day and supplied to health care workers as extra personal protective equipment for use during the COVID-19 crisis. Using PLA plastic (which depending on production includes corn starch, tapioca roots, or sugarcane) these masks can ultimately be recycled or composted after use. It was the initiative of our ICT Network Administrator, Tom Sargent and our KDSPA President, Carrie Kausman ...

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Yom HaShoah 2020 – Remembering at home

Despite the challenges of distance and functioning in a virtual landscape, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust memorial day) was commemorated with a range of engaging and moving activities. In the Junior School, students heard about the meaning of the day in morning tefillah and watched as six candles were lit. They then heard age-appropriate stories linked to the theme of the Shoah, including a children’s story about a child survivor, Henryk Kranz, read by his daughter Andrea Kranz.

In the Senior School, a ...

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Insights – meaningful opportunities to engage

Dear Community,

The start of Term 2 is ordinarily an extremely busy time when we find ourselves moving from ceremony to ceremony to commemorate the yomim – Yom HaShoah, Anzac Day, Yom Hazikaron and then Yom Ha’atzmaut. While the circumstances are radically different, this year is no exception.

Providing meaningful opportunities to engage with these occasions has required creativity and flexibility on the part of our brilliant educators and I am proud to say that the team have put together moving and ...

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Distance Learning Technology in the Junior & Senior School

Like all schools, the shift to Distance Learning in the Technologies Learning Area in the Senior School has provided some challenges, particularly for the practical and making components of our technology programs. It has also provided some new opportunities to use technology in meaningful and powerful ways.

In Year 7 Coding our students have been applying their knowledge of HTML and CSS (the languages used for webpages) to create their own ePortfolios (electronic portfolios).

In Year 7 Design and Technology our students ...

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Visual Arts thrives during Distance Learning

In Visual Arts, all levels of learning and teaching have exceeded our expectations. Students from Prep to Year 12 have engaged in a wide variety of art production and analysis. Online technologies and apps have provided students with diverse learning experiences.

Opportunities have included visits to online galleries, watching videos on a range of production techniques, arts movements and skill acquisition. Art students are continuing their studies into portraiture and genre studies. Visual Communication and Creative Design students have progressed their ...

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Serving our community

The COMP (Children of Medical Personnel) Program has been running all this week. Children from 5 different year levels have had very busy days working on their individual Distance Learning programs. They help each other and they have been very ably led by Marlo Newton throughout the week. They have conducted Tefillah each day, recess, lunch and mindfulness. They have formed a really excellent team and have happily accepted the need to come to school while their parents serve the ...

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Insights – Chag Pesach Sameach

Dear Community,

Family legend has it that in the very early 1980s a very young KDS student (yes, that was me!) regaled his Pesach Seder attendees with a detailed retelling of the exodus complete with Moses loading the Hebrews into a Volvo station-wagon to cross the Red Sea.

I was clearly ahead of my time in the incorporation of technology into our ancient story. However, this year it is likely to be video-conferencing, rather than Swedish automobiles that will be centre stage.

While ...

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