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Hebrew proficiency at the Junior School

We had such an exciting and busy year of Hebrew study in the Junior School. For the last term, students from Prep to Year 5 prepared Hebrew assemblies.

• Prep and Year 1 students showed us the different letters of the Alef- Bet and how they learnt to read using Hebrew vowels. Year 1 students used known vocabulary to describe their immediate family members.
• Years 2 and 3 students presented the way we write the Alef-Bet in Hebrew script and ...

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Insights – happiness equals connectedness plus purpose

Dear Community,

Below is an excerpt of the speech that I delivered to our Year 12s at this week’s Graduation Dinner:

Class of 2018,

There is some interesting analysis coming out of the United States where social commentator, David Brooks, has looked into the key messages delivered at graduation ceremonies – often called commencement addresses. Brooks identifies the key messages being delivered at these events as:

“Follow your passion, chart your own course, march to the beat of your own drummer, follow your dreams ...

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The privilege of education

Year 7 students were privileged to have three students from Cambodia come and speak to us this week. Pheak, Synich and Ramey spoke about their journey of four years, from a life of illiterate poverty to being able to speak almost fluent English and studying masters in business and international relations. This was all because of their participation in a NGO, the Cambodia Rural Students Trust (CRST), dedicated to allowing all Cambodian children to have an education and to eventually ...

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Early literacy with a musical flair in Senior Kinder

Over the past few weeks, the children in Senior Kinder have been learning the song “Down by the Bay” with Liz during their music classes. It’s a fun song that uses a call and response making it easy for the students to remember and learn the melodic patterns of the music. The children have really enjoyed the song, particularly the creation of very silly rhymes. Liz set the class some “homework” to do back in Kinder, where each child needed ...

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Double Ace!

Both our Yr 8/9 tennis teams won the EISM championship this week. The boys’ team won convincingly with 8-1 while the girls’ team won a thrilling 5-4.

Great way to end the year!

Drew Solewicz
Sports Manager

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Insights – the power of language education

Dear Community,

In Douglas Adam’s classic novel Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there exists a unique and unusual species of alien called the Babel fish which when placed in a host’s ear can offer the capacity to instantly translate every known language in the universe. Last year Google released its new product, Pixel Buds. These are headphones that when attached to a Google Smartphone are designed to offer instantaneous translation to supported foreign languages.

I haven’t experimented with Google Buds but ...

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Meaningful Jewish experiences in Kinder

During our Hebrew lessons in the Junior Kindergarten, we have been learning about our Jewish identity and what it means to be Jewish. This has been done by creating meaningful and relevant experiential Jewish experiences.

Each child proudly presented on their family (mishpacha) using a family photo. They learned the Hebrew word of each family member: ‘Abba’, ‘Ima’, ‘Ach’, Achot’, ‘Safta’ and ‘Saba’. They then drew their own family in a house, ‘Bayit’ which was then made into a display on ...

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Insights – standing up for social justice and inclusivity

Dear Community,

The founders of our school had the wisdom to understand that a great community school should be established on values of inclusion, egalitarianism and social justice. In our pursuit of these values we create an environment where we honour the dignity of all community members and promote opportunities for our students to engage meaningfully in contributing to their immediate and wider communities.

Last weekend I was filled with pride as, once again, King David paired with Stand Up ...

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Exploring family history – Kabbalat Dorot

A significant project Year 6 students are involved in is Kabbalat Dorot. This semester long project where students explore their family history, places investigative skills at the centre of their learning. Students were encouraged to construct as much as possible about their family’s Jewish choices and experiences over the generations. Each Jewish story is part of a broader historical context and students are encouraged to consider what broader factors may give insights into their family’s story.

A special ceremony was held ...

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Fairytale Philosophy

For over a thousand years, Fairytales have transported us to another world full of wonder and danger which challenges us to make sense of reality and the world we live in. Similarly, the Philosophy Program allows our students to showcase an ability to wonder, formulate ideas, exercise deep thinking and explore thought adventures.

Yesterday was a memorable day as the Junior School celebrated World Philosophy Day. This year’s theme was Fairy Tale Philosophy. The day began with an assembly, featuring a ...

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