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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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KDL Primary teaches chesed through kits for the disadvantaged

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Grade 6 students at King David Senior Primary Linksfield last week packed and supplied educational hampers to their outreach school, Houghton Primary, which has yet to return to full-time schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to generous donors to the King David Schools Foundation, students in Houghton Primary’s Junior Phase received a pack containing age-appropriate worksheets, new stationery, a book and a small treat, along with a personal note written by King David Grade 4 and 5 students.

The initiative is part of teaching students the importance of chesed (kindness), a core value at King David. King David students are able to live this value through the school’s outreach programme, and participate in partnerships that support previously disadvantaged communities.

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KDLPP shows appreciation for Hatzolah heroes

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Hatzolah responders Warren Katz and Yehuda Sevitz visited King David Pre-Primary Linksfield students and taught them about kindness and mitzvot in the month of Elul. Then, the Grade R students presented them with a beautiful poster and a quilled chamsa to show their appreciation for community heroes. The children enjoyed seeing the ambulance and meeting these Hatzolah responders.

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Youth leads the way

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Mazaltov to the newly-elected student leaders for 2022 from their schools and the SA Jewish Report!

King David High School Linksfield

Head Student Leaders: Gabi Sassen, Daniel Appleton

Deputy Head Student Leaders: Shiri Kaplan, Judah Marx

Heads of Committees:

Advocacy and Awareness – Kelli Hollander

Arts and Culture – Mia Peretz

Eco – Danielle Novick

Judaica – Yoni Porter

Outreach – Hannah Gnesin

SMACC – Dylan Heller

Sports and Lifestyle – Rachel Sacks

Leaders: Leigh Appleton, Gabriella Berkman, Jonathan Borowitz, Ricki-Lee Friedman, Michael Gingell, Anja Gluch, Ben Goss, Jessie Herring, Raphael Hirschowitz, Ryan Jammy, Joseph Joffe, Lior Kolman, Melissa Krawitz, Amy Lurie, Chiara Miller, Tali Pimstein, Zak Rachelson, Rory Rosenberg, Aiden Sack, Dalya Uria, Isabella Woznica

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Executive Committee

Head Boy – Jarrod Kapeluschnik

Head Girl – Megan Gruzd

Deputy Head Boy – Liron Krawitz

Deputy Head Girl – Leah Meyerowitz

Chief Whip – Ariella Scop

Judaica Committee: Nadav Sundy, Liora Scop

Arts and Culture Committee: Keren Katzew, Joshua Milner

Spirit and Sport Committee: Adam Dakes, Elle Ochayon

Outreach Committee: Shira Woolf

Global Awareness Committee: Environment – Jessica Blem

Civic and Social Awareness – Jamie Treger

Service Committee: Public Relations and Communication – Daniel Rismani

Foundation and Mentoring – Natalie Cohen

Yeshiva College High School girls

Head Girl: Liat Lew

Vice Head Girl, Head of Israel: Ariella Friedland

Head of Unity and Inspiration: Ariella Feinblum, Talya Shlesinger

Head of Chessed: Tali Kozinsky

Head of Media: Carrie Goldstein

Head of Environment and Advocacy: Batsheva Levy

Head of Sports, Arts, and Culture: Hannah Farber, Liora Rosenberg

Yeshiva College High School boys

Head Boy: Gabriel Kahlberg

Vice Head Boy: Josh Sachs

Head of Israel: Benji Chazen

Head of Unity and Inspiration: Asher Levenstein, Gidon Ralph

Head of Chessed: Daniel Sacks

Head of Media: Joseph Levin

Head of Environment and Advocacy: Joshua Hirschowitz

Head of Sports, Arts, and Culture: Jonathan Lewis

Herzlia High School

Head Student: Benjamin Anstey

Deputy Head and Secretary: Sinomhlobo Nomkonwana

Deputy Head and Outreach: Sabrina Brivik

Deputy Head and Zionism: Olivia Diamond

Sport: Aaron Schwartz

Jewish Life and Learning: Adi Ayache

Social Affairs: Mila Smith

Culture: Jamie McNally Student Wellness: Jared Daitsh, Lilla Fleischmann

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