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Youthful debator makes it to big league

Debating is a time-consuming activity that requires dedication, commitment, and an intense interest in current affairs. You need to be witty as an individual, and above all, a team player.

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Joshua Jankelow, a Grade 11 student at Crawford College Sandton, reached the pinnacle of the discipline this year by being selected for the 2018 South African National Debating Team, which competed at the World Debating Championship in Croatia in July.

Following five months of training, and a nailbitingly close competition, the five-person team was ranked 12th globally, and Joshua was ranked 21st in the world out of 600 senior speakers. He was also the highest ranked South African team member. On 27 July, he was ranked first in the South African Council for English Education (SACEE) schools debating league.

Having started debating only in 2016, it was evident from the outset that Jankelow’s general knowledge and excellent oratory skills were going to result in a debater who could compete against the best in the league, according to his teachers. In recognition of achieving a place on the South African team and representing his country, Joshua was awarded the college’s first Cum Laude Honours blazer.

Debating head and school teacher, Shakti Maharaj, congratulated Jankelow on his achievement, quoting American statesman Colin Powell, who said, “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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Matric boffins bond over muffins and coffee

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The Yeshiva College matric students of 2020 returned to campus on the weekend to get their certificates together with a muffin and coffee, generating an atmosphere of friendship, love, and respect.

They were greeted by their dedicated teachers and school heads, who worked with them tirelessly during lockdown and beyond to ensure that they achieved the unbelievable results that Yeshiva College is so thrilled about.

However, it’s not just the phenomenal distinction rate that makes the school proud. Greater pride comes from the fact that each learner achieved a university pass, opening doors to further study should they wish to take that particular path. Kol ha kavod matric class of 2020!

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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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Yeshiva gets party hat on for Rosh Chodesh

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Yeshiva College Primary and Girls High School celebrated Rosh Chodesh Adar with music, movement, delicious food, and lots of fun. The primary school was filled with the tunes of Hallel, a sea of colours, hot chips drenched in sauce, and boxes of Smarties. The Girls High School played laser tag, did Zumba, drank smoothies, and had paint fights organised by YID and led by the school’s amazing Grade 11s. What a way to start this special month!

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