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Healthy living ambassadors deliver powerful message

King David Victory Park High School’s counselling and life orientation departments invited well-known sports physician Dr Jon Patricios and Mandy-Lee Ginsberg, a recovering bulimic to speak to the school last Friday.

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This forms part of an initiative to educate children on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

Patricios explained how good nutrition and a healthy exercise programme were the best way to achieve in sports. He also described the physical and psychological damage that results from the abuse of supplements, growth hormones, and steroids.

Ginsberg shared her journey through the hell of bingeing and purgeing that took her to the brink of self destruction. She described the day she decided to take back her life, and how soul triumphed over ego. Both talks were empowering, and had the students on the edge of their seats.

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Matric boffins bond over muffins and coffee

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The Yeshiva College matric students of 2020 returned to campus on the weekend to get their certificates together with a muffin and coffee, generating an atmosphere of friendship, love, and respect.

They were greeted by their dedicated teachers and school heads, who worked with them tirelessly during lockdown and beyond to ensure that they achieved the unbelievable results that Yeshiva College is so thrilled about.

However, it’s not just the phenomenal distinction rate that makes the school proud. Greater pride comes from the fact that each learner achieved a university pass, opening doors to further study should they wish to take that particular path. Kol ha kavod matric class of 2020!

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PJ Library raises literacy through bedtime stories

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The PJ Library programme was officially launched at all King David pre-primary and junior primary schools in 2021. Founded by American philanthropist Harold Grinspoon, PJ Library caters for Jewish families with young children. It aims to encourage learning through Jewish bedtime stories, hence the “PJ” in the title, short for “pyjama”.

Every month for the past three years, Jewish children around South Africa have received a free, magnificent, brand-new book themed with Jewish ideas and concepts.

The programme, which is now in more than 30 countries around the world, is funded in South Africa by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation together with donors to the King David Schools Foundation. It distributes books to 27 schools throughout South Africa and has an additional 250 individual subscribers.

PJ Library is open to all Jewish children ages three to eight years old. If your child doesn’t belong to one of the many participating Jewish schools, you are welcome to sign them up by clicking on the following link: www.pjlibrary.org.za/enrol

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Yeshiva gets party hat on for Rosh Chodesh

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Yeshiva College Primary and Girls High School celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar with music, movement, delicious food, and lots of fun. The primary school was filled with the tunes of Hallel, a sea of colours, hot chips drenched in sauce, and boxes of Smarties. The Girls High School played laser tag, did Zumba, drank smoothies, and had paint fights organised by YID and led by the school’s amazing Grade 11s. What a way to start this special month!

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