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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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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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