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KDS kids in their element with new library

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It’s often said that a library is a cathedral for books, a museum for stories, where silence is law and the librarian rules. This idea was flipped on its head with the launch of the magnificent new Elements Media Centre at King David Sandton (KDS) Primary School, which aims to reinvent learning.

The centre was driven by the passion of Natalie and Ian Lutrin on behalf of the Lutrin family in honour of Ian’s late mother, Shelley Anne Lutrin, who in the early 1980s, with no existing library at KDS, walked from classroom to classroom, pulling a wagon filled with books, determined to get every single child to read.

The interior is inspired by earth, air, water, and fire, with each element bringing its own explorative magical experience. Within fire, students can read and play in the tepees, discuss ideas around the proverbial campfire, play on the giant magnetic Scrabble board, or lose themselves in the largest Where’s Wally feature in Africa. Flued columns and a wave table create an “under the sea” experience in the water theme, where students read on spinning shell chairs beneath a giant whale. Tree snakes and tree pods provide a comfy reading space within the earth element, and the final element, air, brings to life the digital space. As if this isn’t enough, the ceiling displays the universe, its planets, and stars.

“It lends itself to stimulating lessons using top-of-the-range technology and equipment, and creates the perfect environment to collaborate, communicate, and create views and ideas,” says Asher Marcus from Hubo Studio, the architects of the centre.

“It’s a magnificent, safe place for our students to use on a daily basis, where a trip to the library becomes a magical learning experience,” said Lynne van Dellen, the head of school at KDS.

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KDVP high school celebrates Jerusalem Day

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King David High School Victory Park celebrated Yom Yerushalayim on Monday, 10 May, with a special assembly that highlighted the holiness and beauty of this city, the religious and cultural centre of Judaism, and the capital of Israel since the time of King David 3 000 years ago. The assembly was followed by many activities on the field such as writing notes to the Kotel and letters to soldiers, and painting the image of the wall around the old city.

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KDVP Pre-Primary views Ark and its treasures

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King David Pre-Primary School Victory Park’s senior group had an enjoyable outing to the Victory Park Shul last week, accompanied by Rabbi Azriel Uzvolk. Shavuot is about receiving the Torah, and the children were allowed to sit on the Aron Kodesh and see all the magnificently covered Torahs inside. Uzvolk taught the children interesting facts about the Torah, allowing them to see the scrolls and showing them the yad (pointer). The children also enjoyed looking at the ner tamid (eternal light) while Uzvolk explained that it symbolises that Hashem is always with us. The visit ended with seeing the Omer counters behind the rabbi’s chair.

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KDL engineers its curriculum for the future

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King David Primary School Linksfield transformed its curriculum into technological learning on a grand scale on Wednesday, 21 April, in honour of World Creativity and Innovation Day. Grade 7s were challenged with designing an ideal media centre for the school, including drawing up blueprints and building models using recyclable materials. Architects were called in to judge their creativity, innovation, and practicality. Grade 6 students brainstormed ideas about what their school should look like and built miniature models according to their plans. Grade 5s created art and design using circular shapes, and Grade 4s made baskets for Shavuot. It was a fantastic day of discovery, problem-solving, and innovation.

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