Museums Together – fostering respect and acceptance

Over the last month, the Year 6 cohort have been part of a pilot program called Museums Together. This program aims to not only educate students from Jewish and Islamic schools against intolerance and racism, but build real bridges between communities to foster respect and acceptance. The students met with students from Sirius College (predominantly Islamic families) and acted as guides at their respective museums, cultivating a deeper understanding of each other’s culture.

This week, the King David students were hosts ...

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Cultural exchange on Indigenous Camp

The Year 8 students and staff recently returned from an amazing Indigenous camp to Kakadu. The camp has a strong focus on developing cross cultural connections and looking at Indigenous Australia through the eyes of other children. For this we partner up with Jabiru Area School to have activities taught to students from both schools.

We invited members of the local community to our Shabbat service during which various students from King David led and explained the significance to those present. ...

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Mental gymnastics at Tournament of the Minds (TOM)

After weeks of planning and discussion, Michelle Aghion (Yr 7), Jaida Cohen (Yr 7), Samantha Katz (Yr 7), Ariella Lyons (Yr 7), Reine Polevoy (Yr 8), Sophie Popper (Yr 8), and Dylan Umansky (Yr 7) went to Deakin University Burwood to participate in Tournament of the Minds (TOM).

There were 4 challenges to choose from, The Arts, STEM, Literature or Social Sciences. The King David team selected the Arts challenge. The concept was “The Wizard of Aus”. The challenge was to ...

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Green Innovation Award winners for Vertical Garden Challenge!

On Thursday this week, Year 12 students and their families involved in the “Victorian School’s Vertical Garden Challenge” attended a presentation and award evening. The event took place in an amazing creative space in the heart of the CBD called ISPT Foy’s Arcade. Josh Brill, Ari Feldman, Aaron Greenwell and Jacob Moulton gave a ten minute speech describing and explaining their vertical garden design and construction. They were well prepared and confident and not intimidated by an audience that included ...

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Insights -a love of reading

Dear Community,

A number of years ago I was faced with a dilemma when I was preparing a student exam for Media Studies. As an educator, I try to model appropriate citation practices when I use externally sourced content so that my students can gain an appreciation of how important it is to acknowledge others’ work. The relevant part of the exam relied on different photographic images which the students were meant to identify from the applied compositional rule. The dilemma ...

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Destination Moon: More Missions More Science

This week was a national celebration of science; Science Week. To celebrate, KDS participated in many science-themed activities, including a kick-off science assembly on Tuesday. The theme for Science Week this year is missions on the moon; in celebration of the moon landings 50th anniversary. For the assembly, many Year 7 students, such as myself, gave presentations. I was supposed to sing a song which I made up to the tune of “Sound Of Silence”. Instead, it was the “Sound ...

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Write a Book in a Day

A cockroach with the voice of an angel, riddles encased in an envelope and a potion to cure amnesia were just some of the ideas students wrote about in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ event. On Thursday 8 August, Year 5 students worked in teams over a twelve hour period, to craft stories as part of the Nationwide competition. The competition required that teams create a cohesive Narrative of at least 2000 words, as well as integrating certain ...

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Connecting to our rich Tanach heritage

Year 4 students were presented with their personal Tanachim by their families in a special celebration, Kabbalat Tanach on Thursday this week. The Tanach is a compilation of our foundational stories, guiding our personal, familial and communal ethics, values and beliefs. It is the history of the Jewish people and this ceremony is a handing down of heritage and tradition.

Recently the students have been learning Jewish Studies through a lens of understanding character analysis. Who a person is, what motivates ...

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Insights – curiosity, creativity and exploration

Dear Community,

When Nobel prize winning physicist, Isadore Rabi, was asked to explain his stellar career and life-long devotion to the study of science, he attributed it to his upbringing. He stated: “My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference – asking good questions ...

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Exceptional artistic talent

The 24th Annual Jewish Youth Art Competition, organised by B’nai B’rith Victoria was held on Sunday. The event exhibited over 300 artworks by artists whose ages ranged from 11 through to 18 years. Morrie Gold, a long-time member of B’nai B’rith and art benefactor initiated this competition to encourage the interest and confidence of children in the arts. Art competitions are a great way to foster the artistic abilities of young people and The King David School is proud to ...

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