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Insights – holistic development

Dear Community,

It is an interesting exercise to consider the key skills required to perform in all the discrete tasks which make up one’s employment and determine how many of these were reflected in one’s school education. My school education was largely focused on developing my literacy and numeracy skills and capacity for recall, as well as fostering my ability to think critically and develop conceptual understanding. I use each of these in some capacity every day. However, there ...

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Design and Technology – Zero Emission People project

Year 8 Design and Technology have just completed building a prototype of a micro-sized house. Students investigated how food, water, shelter and power are required to support human life. Working in groups, they developed an automated watering and filtration system using sensors and motors powered by an Arduino micro-controller to water food crops they have selected based on nutritional values. They learnt how to convert stored and solar energy to power their shelters and equipment. Using design thinking strategies, students ...

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Critical Thinking at the Philosothon

This week a group of aspiring philosophers from Years 4-6 attended the Primary School Philosothon. Our students’ critical thinking skills were on display as they questioned, interpreted, analysed, explored, evaluated and reflected upon some of the original iconic artworks at the NGV Ian Potter Gallery. The theme of the Philosothon was Sustainability and Our Future. Some of the concepts and topics that students discussed were; technology, childhood, industrialisation and the relevance of time.

Below are some student reflections from the day.

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KDSPA Annual Breakfast – we’re one voice

Natalie Isaacs, Founder and CEO of 1 Million Women was the guest speaker at this morning’s KDSPA Annual Breakfast. She is a climate change activist who began building a global movement of women and girls to “empower women everywhere to act on climate change through the way they live”.

As a cosmetics manufacturer, her life was all about over packaging and she considered climate change “someone else’s problem”. Since 2006, she recognised the power of the individual and as a collective, ...

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Insights – climate change advocacy

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I would like to share with you the speech I gave at the King David School Parents’ Association Annual Breakfast.

When I walk around the School on tours with prospective parents I will often ask a passing student at random to articulate what they think is so special about King David. With startling regularity there is mention of our community, the relationships between the students and staff and a feeling of being at home at school.

I point out that this ...

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Footy Day at the Junior School

The Junior School celebrated Footy Day with lots of colour, footy fun, leadership and education.

They came to school on Wednesday in their AFL club colours. Four Melbourne Football Club players came to the School and inspired our students with interactive sessions. Our Year 5 sport leaders ran a fantastic footy obstacle course for the Prep and Year 1 students which was enjoyed by all. This was followed by a Q & A with the professional players and Years 2 to ...

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Mindfulness in Year 6

Kindle students in Year 6 have been learning that Mindfulness is not just about sitting cross legged and meditating. It is also about practising to be mindful in our every day lives and finding mindful activities that we enjoy and can also have have fun with.

Making collaborative Rock Mandalas requires patience, focus and stillness, especially when trying to balance them. Once they have been created they are then destroyed ready for others to use.

Big life lessons can be learnt from ...

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Insights – teenagehood

Dear Community,

I have always loved teaching teenagers. This precious time between childhood and adulthood presents individuals who are speedily acquiring a personal sense of ethics, who can express with assuredness their perspectives on many issues and also have an exuberance of energy and verve that is fun to be around.

That said, I once heard Dr Michael Carr-Gregg characterise teenagehood by stating that a teenager’s developmentally appropriate characteristics would be considered a major personality disorder if they presented in a grown ...

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Chag Shavuot Sameach

Shavuot (meaning “weeks”) marks the end of the seven week counting period from Pesach to Shavuot. On Shavuot we celebrate receiving the Torah. It is also a harvest festival, one of the pilgrimage festivals, on which people brought their spring offerings (known as ‘bikkurim’) to the Temple in Jerusalem. The eating of dairy foods is also favoured.

Students were invited to come to school dressed in white and with flowers in their hair or on their clothes. This is an Israeli ...

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Outstanding Achievement!

We are extremely proud of Freya Boltman, Year 12, who received a Premier’s Award in acknowledgement of her outstanding result in VCE Theatre Studies which she completed last year.

This week, Freya attended a ceremony with her parents, Marc Light and Laura Rickhuss where more than 1000 guests were present to celebrate the achievements of award recipients who were presented with Premier’s VCE Awards for their exceptional study outcomes in 2018.

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