Insights – lessons from the world’s most resilient people

Dear Community,

If we don’t hear about failure growing up we “freak out about it” when the inevitable happens. This was the key message that Martin Heppell shared with teachers, parents and students in a range of sessions conducted at the School by The Resilience Project. The theme of the sessions was “Lessons from the world’s most resilient people.”

The Resilience Project works with schools, workplaces and many elite sporting clubs such as the Australian Cricket team, the Melbourne Storm and AFL ...

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Science Week: Game Changers/Change Makers

Below are the highlights of Science Week from start to finish. It was a great success and many students enjoyed the various programs and challenges undertaken.

Year 9 Science Week Program: i“Every Contact Leaves a Trace” – A Salute to Sir Edmond Locard
On Tuesday morning we had a guest speaker come in to talk to us about Forensics.
He presented us with a real case of a dead body, and told us about all the ways that detectives and forensic ...

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Gan Keshet Celebrates Shabbat with Grandparents and Special Friends

Gan Keshet hosted grandparents and special friends last Friday and welcomed Shabbat together participating in a number of special activities. The children prepared their own challot to then take home to be baked in time for the Shabbat meal and sang Shabbat songs, accompanied by Ari on guitar. Rabbi Kim joined the celebration and helped made the brachot over the candles, wine and challah and treated everyone to the sounds of the shofar in preparation for the month of Elul.

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Resilience – critical to overall wellbeing

The School has recently engaged with The Resilience Project, an organisation that has worked with schools and other communities nationally, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. We have been working with Martin Heppel from the Resilience Project over the last 2 weeks. He has conducted highly engaging sessions with the teachers and all the students from Years 5 to 12. He emphasizes GEM: Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness as a way of developing greater resilience. ...

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Insights – engaging with STEAM

Dear Community,

“The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come as close to an understanding of the laws governing us in our universe is a great triumph.” This statement which was part of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking’s last speech was shared with students at our Science Week assembly this week.

The theme of Science Week is Game Changers. This idea was brilliantly articulated through exploration of key personalities in science ...

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Fierce competitors at Mt Buller

Our KDS Snow Sports team ended their trip on a high note, taking out 2nd place overall at the Interschool competition, with first place in the primary competition and third place in the secondary competition.

This is on top of a stellar performance at the Maccabi Competition where KDS scooped up five 1st place podium finishes, three 2nd places and one 3rd place finish. Congratulations to our amazing students!

At the Maccabi competition, the following results were achieved:

• Alpine skis – Adam ...

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The 23rd Annual B’nai B’rith Jewish Youth Art Competition

This important annual exhibition aims to develop and enhance the artistic abilities of youth aged 11 to 18 years and showcases the innovative artworks created by talented Jewish youth, including drawings, paintings, multimedia, sculpture and digital photography.

The Exhibition is currently showing at Glen Eira Art Gallery, Caulfield until Sunday 19 August.

The official opening and presentations were held last Sunday, 5 August to a full gallery of parents, students and dignitaries. The judges were Esther Erlich, painter, sculptor and winner of ...

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Art appreciation – Years 3 & 4 students visit MoMA

Years 3 and 4 students traveled to the National Gallery of Victoria this week to see the 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, MoMA. This Art excursion introduced our students to a collection of 200 pieces from 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art. The students began the day with an introductory talk exploring some of the artists and pieces in the exhibit. Our students’ observations and ideas of what they thought the art was, impressed Monique, the gallery educator running ...

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2018 Business Breakfast

Our annual Business Breakfast, the latest in a highly successful series, was held yesterday. The School hosted Carol Schwartz AM, one of Australia’s leading business identities. Carol is a Member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Board and holds one of the country’s most diverse portfolios of board appointments. She is recognised nationally as a champion of gender equality,
women’s leadership, governance, social enterprise, business and finance issues.

An audience of school families and members from the wider community heard our ...

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Insights – championing equality and a rich culture

Dear Community,

I would like to share with you some of the words that I spoke in my vote of thanks to Carol Schwartz, our keynote speaker at our annual Business Breakfast.

As a school that holds egalitarianism as a central value there is a natural alignment with the incredible work that Carol has done in championing the cause of equality in board representation. Further, I acknowledged Carol’s leadership in driving philanthropy in Australia – it is apparent that her dedication creates ...

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