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KDVP boys on top of their game

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Matric boys at King David High School Victory Park have built innovative games and apps in their spare time that aid memory, pattern recognition, strategy, organisation – even chemical calculation.

The first involves maths and counting, requiring the user to focus on two things at the same time, namely multiples of a number and other numbers containing that number.

The next game is more about memory. Players are given a bunch of blank tiles and expected to match the images on them in pairs of two. However, they can see only two at a time, requiring them to think about what they have seen, and where the images are.

Another is also about memory, but less about pattern recognition and more about speech. Players are given a list of words, which soon disappear. They have to remember as many words as possible, and be able to build strong spontaneous mental connections between seemingly unrelated words.

Yet another game is completely patterns based. Players are given a grid of nine squares, a few squares flash a colour, and then go back to normal. They have to remember the order.

Brent Butkow’s chess game came third in South Africa in the Computer Programming Olympiad this year. It aims to teach people to think ahead and strategise.

Jonathan Utian has created a groundbreaking programme for teaching quantitative chemistry. Called Periodic Practice, the programme helps students to calculate and manipulate the substances present in a chemical reaction, a challenge for many particularly in testing situations.

Dan Rom has created a programme to assist students with time management. Called Make a Plan, the programme helps those who don’t want to waste hours creating a study timetable to remain on top of their work, organised, and well prepared for their exams.

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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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