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Showcasing our Year 5 musical talent

Showcasing our Year 5 musical talent

Students in Year 5 have taken lessons on new instruments during Term 2. This week they presented and performed on their instruments, which we captured on video. See students' original trumpet composition; students playing the clarinet; our wonderful flutists; our recorder showcase; and our rhythmic student trombonists. Next term, students will swap to learning a new wind instrument. This program is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of playing a wind instrument. 

Liz Hender

Music Teacher

Insights: Building and acting on empathy

Insights: Building and acting on empathy

Dear Community,

“If these students represent the future, then we have nothing to worry about.” These were David Opat’s closing words at the recent Year 3 Term 2 assembly. 

The theme for the assembly was inclusivity and the students shared with us how they had been studying this topic this term. They had a strong emphasis on understanding difference and they focused on learning about physical disability as a way to appreciate that accommodations can be made to make space for everyone. They conducted an all-abilities audit of our play spaces to see how they might be made more accessible to those with various disabilities. The students sang “It’s a Wonderful World” to us while signing in Auslan and demonstrated how they had learnt to introduce themselves, sign their names and have a basic conversation in Auslan.

I share David’s sentiments that through prioritising our students’ genu

Learning about feelings in Junior Kinder

Learning about feelings in Junior Kinder

We were so lucky to have Dione Brint  (Zoe's mum and a Psychologist) to facilitate a feelings workshop for the children this week.  Dione started the sessions by explaining to the children that it is her job to help people with their thoughts and feelings.  She asked the children where their thoughts come from? Ceci answered "From your brain". She then asked where your feelings come from? Stella answered "From your heart". Dione then explained to the children that at times you may also feel your thoughts in other parts of your body such as your tummy like when you worry about something.  

Next we played "Feelings Simon Says". For example, If you are feeling sad, make a sad face, a happy face, an angry face as well as an angry body.  The children really connected with this and were seen standing their feet and crossing their arms

A bittersweet Shabbaton

A bittersweet Shabbaton

Facilitated by Tzevet Lev (Jewish Life team), a Year 12 Shabbaton was held at Queenscliffe last weekend, with the aim of the camp for students to experience a meaningful Shabbat together and reflect on their time at school. Students explored their connection with the Jewish community and their Jewish identities and discussed what they want this to look like after school.

This was a bittersweet experience as this will be the last time the cohort experiences time away together on a KDS camp.

Here are two student reflections:

The year 12 Shabbaton was the bittersweet summation to the 5 wonderful KDS camps I have attended. Unlike the others, which taught me how to cook rice on a trangia or challenged my canooing or surfing abilities, this camp was unique - it taught me about myself and my relationships with others. I will never forget the unity and friendship bolstered from singing around the campfire, or the tears and attachments 

Ending the Term on a celebratory note

Ending the Term on a celebratory note

The Senior School celebrated the end of Term 2 with a lively assembly showcasing our musical talent, sporting achievements, and our Kinor David badge recipients. 

VCE music students Raphy Light and Sienna Burrows performed, as well as the Senior String Ensemble, the Nana band, and the Senior School choir. 

Students Charlie Black (Year 11), Charli Cantoni-Bud (Year 11), Jackson Carew (Year 11), Teige Cordiner (Year 11), Joe Kornhauser (Year 11),  Jacob Kronberg (Year 11), Sammy Oizerovitch (Year 11), Reine Polovoy-Geller (Year 11), Ella Simons (Year 10), Jasmine Weisberg (Year 11) and Zoe Ziguras (Year 11) received Kinor David badges for their commitment to Hadracha (Leadership), Tikkun Olam (Social Justice), Achreyut (Personal Endeavour) and Shituf Peulah (Teamwork).

We congratulated students for successes in the BDPSSA and EISM competitions, particularly the Senior <

Film fun funds for Children's Ground

Film fun funds for Children's Ground

Yesterday, the Year 5 Tzedakah (Charity) Committee ran a Movie Night Fundraiser, raising money for the charity they chose, Children's Ground. This First Nations-led organisation provides education and community support, making lasting change for First Nations children and their families. 

Students in Year 5 (and their families) generously baked yummy items to sell before the films. As well as eating delicious food, students wore their pyjamas to get the full movie night experience. Kol haKavod to our Year 5 leaders for a wonderful evening!  

To view pictures of the fundraiser, please see our myKDS Photo Gallery.

Abuzz at the Drone Fair

Abuzz at the Drone Fair

Last Friday a group of Year 6, 7 and 8 students attended the inaugural Drone Fair at RMIT City Campus facilitated by She Maps, the industry leaders in Drone Education. The students learnt how drones are being used with software applications in a variety of ways including: analysing Great Barrier Reef bleaching events, counting Koala populations using thermal imaging, and drone delivery of vital medicines, such as immunisations to remote locations. Our instructor Katie also challenged our societal "unconscious bias" that has led to smaller numbers of female students following technological career pathways and she encouraged all students to be open to the possibilities of future drone careers. Working in small teams and rotating through the roles of pilot, co-pilot and reporter, our students learnt how to safely set-up and manually pilot their drones through many skill-based challenges. Lastly, students were given a rescue scenario which requir

Incredible EISM sports results!

Incredible EISM sports results!

Term 2 of EISM sport was completed this week with some incredible results.  Our volleyball teams continued to improve after every game with the boys finishing off the season in style with their first win in the final match against Huntingtower.  The girls' volleyball team were competitive in each and every match, narrowly losing their final game and finishing the season in 6th position.

Our boys' soccer team had a wonderful season on the pitch without losing a game.  They finished in 2nd position with only one draw separating them from first place.  Well done boys!

Championship glory returned to KDS once again in the form of Soccer.  The girls' soccer team completed their undefeated run in term 2 by demolishing Huntingtower in the final game finishing the season with 5 wins & 1 draw finishing on top of the ladder and taking out the EISM Championship.  Well done girls!

Drew Sol

Aruchat Boker Tov in Prep

Aruchat Boker Tov in Prep

What a busy and exciting term we have had in Prep! We learnt about fruit, vegetables and, for the last few weeks, our topic was breakfast. We learnt the Hebrew name and colour of each fruit and vegetable and the food and drink we would have for breakfast. We also created a memory and lotto game to play with our friends and family. This week, we enjoyed having a big breakfast here at school. That was extra yummy!!

Shabbat Shalom and have a nice break,

The Hebrew Team.

Please see our myKDS Photo Gallery for pictures from the breakfast.

KDS vs Yavneh Annual Footy Match

KDS vs Yavneh Annual Footy Match

On Wednesday KDS students faced Yavneh in the annual King David vs Yavneh senior football match. 

It was a spirited game with our students showing resilience and excellent comradery. 

Please see images of the game, and of the team receiving their guernseys, on our myKDS Photo Gallery

We're already looking forward to next year's match! 

Year 2 reduce, reuse and dig

Year 2 reduce, reuse and dig

The Year 2 students have been learning about sustainability through an exploration into how we can sustain our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling, how long things take to decompose, and the actions we can take to reduce our environmental footprint. Students undertook an experiment where they buried rubbish and made predictions as to how long the various items would take to decompose. We then dug up the rubbish and compared our observations to our predictions. The unit culminated in students making buildings using various recycled materials and including a range of sustainable features in their building, such as solar panels, compost bins, water tanks and gardens.

Events

The Importance of Being Jewish

The Importance of Being Jewish

KDSPA is supporting Saltpillar's latest production: 'The Importance of Being Jewish'.
Date: Sunday 14 August, 7:30pm
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Please click here to book tickets and 'see more details' for the synopsis.
 

Kedem's Service for the Soul

Kedem's Service for the Soul

Kedem's Service for the Soul is back this Shabbat - online and in-person.
Please join Student Rabbi Sarah Livschitz who will be leading this nurturing service. 
For more information please see the attached sheet and/or contact ruth.kedem@outlook.com 

Call out for warm clothes and blankets for the Posh Opp Shoppe

Call out for warm clothes and blankets for the Posh Opp Shoppe

With the cost of living increasing, those most vulnerable in our community are struggling to keep warm, with many unable to afford the cost of heating or warm clothes. If you have spare good quality warm clothes or blankets you can donate, the Posh Opp Shoppe would really appreciate your donation.
Please drop your Winter goods to either: 484 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick or 1226 Glenhuntly Rd, Glenhuntly. As you do so, please check out their selection of good quality second-hand King David uniforms upstairs! (Glenhuntly only). The Posh Opp Shoppe do so much for our community, including funding integration aids for Jewish schools - let's give them what we can. 

 

After School Chess Club for Term 3

After School Chess Club for Term 3

The Chess Club is back for Term 3!
Dates: 18/07 – 19/09: 11-week programme
Who: For P-5, Beginner to Experienced players
Time: Monday afterschool, 3.35 – 4.35pm
Place:  Philosophy Room
Cost: $19.00 per lesson $209.00 for first child, second child $167.00) 
To pay online please go to: http://www.chessideas.com.au
For more information, please see the attached document.

Justin Art House Museum Exhibition

(Event finishes 23/08/2022)

Justin Art House Museum Exhibition

Friends of KDS invites all in our community to join them for a fascinating Art & Gender Exhibition at the Justin Art House Museum.
Date: Tuesday 23 August
Time: 11am
Cost: $40
Gender is an issue today that is both topical and complex. At Justin Art House Museum (JAHM), our hosts Leah and Charles Justin will present works drawn from their collection, as a vehicle to explore the nature and processes of the artwork and to consider whether the artwork reflects the gender of its artist. By interrogating the diverse practices of some of the 60 artists presented, they hope to  stimulate conversations and insights into the influence gender has on the creative outcome.