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King David teachers win World ORT award

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King David educators Heidi Morgan and Mandy Gruzd were recently announced as winners of the World ORT Beatrice Wand-Polak Educators award. This was for their dedication to their profession, and inspiring and encouraging students above and beyond expectation in the lockdown period.

The competition was established by former ORT Latin America Director Bernard Wand-Polak in memory of his wife, Beatrice. It’s open to ORT schools internationally and to schools affiliated to the World ORT network.

This year, 12 teachers from across the globe, including South Africa, Italy, Spain, France, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Ukraine, and Russia were selected from hundreds of nominees as winners of the award, and acknowledged for their excellence in teaching and efforts toward “educating for life”.

Heidi Morgan is the director of educational technologies at King David High School Linksfield, and Mandy Gruzd deputy head of teaching and learning and HOD History at King David High School Victory Park.

“Heidi and Mandy are worthy winners of this prestigious award,” said Rabbi Ricky Seeff, the general director of the South African Jewish Board of Education. “Their contribution to education in our schools has been tremendous. Their commitment to excellence, to adapting to new teaching methodologies and encouraging change and growth in their colleagues, has brought great credit to the King David schools. Our students and teachers are lucky to have them in our midst.”

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  1. Maureen Keet

    Feb 6, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Mazeltov Mands, Super so happy for you. Kind wishes from the Keet clan in USA.

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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

King David High School Victory Park

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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