Insights – light triad

Dear Community,

Professor Howard Gardner from Harvard University has been a leading scholar working on The Good Project. This directs research on establishing what constitutes “goodness” in different contexts such as work and play. Once these are identified we can explore how to promote them in education, in the work force or in our homes. The Project has produced research, tools and activities that promote spreading positive qualities.

Similarly, a recent research project has attempted to identify the character traits that are ...

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Top tier debaters

This week, two KDS teams competed int the Debating Association of Victoria competition.

The Year 9 team (Oscar Black, Alex Cowen and Tobi Taranto) had a win and the Year 11 team (Daniel Lindros, Josh Mitelman and Year 9 student, Kobi Mowszowski) put in a great effort but unfortunately weren’t rewarded with a win. The Year 12 team did not get to debate as there was a forfeit but opposing team, Yavneh.

Tobi was awarded Best Speaker and Oscar should be congratulated ...

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Talented athletes!

Earlier this week, 5 talented KDS athletes competed under lights at the EISM Athletics Champions Round at Lakeside Stadium. It was a strong field of athletes from 21 schools. These competitors had qualified as the top participants of each of the three EISM Division Athletics Carnivals.

All of our King David athletes had strong performances, with our field athletes dominating. Teal Komornick (Yr 8) won Gold in Shot Put and Camilla Burrows (Yr 11) earned two gold in her favourite events, ...

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Insights – NAPLAN – striking the balance

Dear Community,

This week our students across Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 broke from their regular teaching and learning cycle to complete the annual NAPLAN tests. These are nation-wide assessments conducted in the areas of reading, grammar, spelling, writing and numeracy. For the first time in 2019 these tests have been conducted via computer instead of the traditional hand-written format. While this has grabbed some headlines due to connectivity issues, the tests ran quite smoothly at our school.

In what is ...

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What a celebration!

The School was transformed into a sea of blue and white as students and staff celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut yesterday.

In the Junior School, students started the day with a tekes (ceremony) hosted by the Year 5 leaders followed by the traditional flag parade led by Year 4 students. As the Kindergarten children moved back to their rooms to get ready for their activities, the rest of the Junior School broke out into a joyous Israeli dancing party on the front play ...

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Searching for gold

To begin our exploration of the Gold Rush, Year 5 journeyed to the goldfields of Sovereign Hill. We took on the role of fortune hunters that came to Australia to search for gold – the Irish, the Chinese, sailors and the British. While in character, we were subjected to stringent laws that ended with a jail sentence if broken – our troopers were very harsh! We tried our luck panning for gold and witnessed the creation of a $180 000 ...

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Remembering the fallen

Yom Hazikaron (remembrance day) was commemorated at the Senior School with a very solemn assembly which included meaningful presentations.

This annual commemoration honours fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror and is always on the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut. It symbolically remembers those who gave up their lives so that Yom Ha’atzmaut can be celebrated peacefully.

Our Hanhaga (student leadership) led the assembly which featured candle lighting, readings and poems, appropriate music and dance interpretations. A very moving presentation was also given ...

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Insights – our digital footprint

Dear Community,

In 2010 CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, made a dire prediction regarding the future of the generation raised with access to social media. He explained that he believes that laws will need to change to make it easier for young people to change their names upon reaching adulthood in order to escape the digital footprint that has been stored on their and their contacts’ social media accounts. He suggested that young people were unable to fathom the consequences of ...

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Recipients of the Private Greg Sher shield

On Sunday 28 April, the Victorian Association of ex-Jewish Servicemen and Women (VAJEX) held its 90th anniversary ceremony at the Glen Eira Town Hall. VAJEX was formed after the Great War to care for families who had lost loved one in service to their country. Year 12 students Avishai Conyer and Jasmine Bader were this year’s worthy recipients of the Private Greg Sher shield, honoring the first Jewish soldier to have tragically lost his life since the Second World War. ...

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To each person there is a name

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Commemoration Day) was marked with great solemnity in the Senior School. The day began with students focusing on a number of victims of the Shoah, reading accounts of their often brief lives, and trying to reduce the impossibly vast number of six million into individual lives, each one unique. ‘To each person there is a name,’ writes the Hebrew poet Zelda.

The commemorative assembly focused on the particular fate of children and young people in the Shoah, their ...

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