Weekly Newsletter – December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014
13 Kislev 5775
Nurturing Creativity

Taking a cue from the projects emerging in the art studio, senior Visual Art students travelled to B + B Scale Models on Granville Island to see just how models are built – all by hand! This studio makes models for the largest projects all around the Pacific Rim, including the Vancouver Tower slated for Beach Avenue and Howe Street.


Next, we went to see the work of Ben Reeves at the Equinox Gallery – a rich display of colour and texture that take the viewer past the surface of the canvas and deep into snapshots of everyday life.


Last stop was the Maker Lab, a public studio that rents space and offers classes for creators of all sorts. We toured the wood shop, the leather-cutting studio, and learned about 3D printing and laser cutting. The visit raised lots of good questions about how artists and designers make prototypes, and why communal spaces are important in our climate of soaring real estate values.
Drama, Music, and Technology
  


In Drama 8 this term, students were challenged to create a music video for a popular song. Students were responsible for all aspects of the production from brainstorming and planning to acting and editing. Some groups created humorous videos while others chose to explore more serious themes and ideas. In this video, one group chose the Kelly Clarkson song “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” to explore the pressures that face high school students and the support that friendship can provide in rising above these challenges.

~ Mr. Rosenberg
Geography Outdoors 
  

Two weeks ago, our Geography 12 students started outdoor geography classes. All students in this course have a series of Geography classes at various locations throughout Vancouver. Our first outdoor class was held in Pacific Spirit Park. Through hands-on activities, students were able to observe different features related to Physical and Chemical Weathering in a rain forest. They also were able to observe how erosion takes place and how culverts and retention walls are used to mitigate the effects of erosion in the paths throughout the forest. These experiences truly bring learning to life!

~ Ms. Lawrence

Learning from the Past 
  

On Thursday, our History 12 students travelled to Vancouver Technical High School for the International Human Rights Day Student Symposium about the Asian Pacific experiences during WWII. The conference is organized to further students’ understanding of the atrocities of war committed in Asia from 1931-1945. The aim is to promote social justice, provide a broader historical perspective and foster a deep and lasting desire for peace and learning – all to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.  

We had a very powerful day hearing about very intense and meaningful historical events and personal stories through discussions, video footage from survivors, and primary sources of photographs and documents. Colin, Grade 12, did an excellent job as one of the 11 student representatives from the many schools attending the Symposium yesterday. Colin spoke on behalf of King David and expressed his hope that no one should ever have to face such horrible acts again and that it is important that these war crimes not be forgotten.  It was a very powerful and worthwhile day.”

~ Mrs. Yaxley

Kol Hakavod!
  

Congratulations to the Bantam Boys’ basketball team who defeated Vancouver Christian School yesterday by a score of 51-34, improving their record to 2-0 this season.  The Lions had everyone on the team contribute including 9 different scorers.  Great job, team!
~ Mr. Amram
Thank you from our friends in Israel 

Our heartfelt gratitude to the community for working with King David to ensure the success of the visit from the Har Vagai delegation. Their visits to the JCC, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and Synagogues, enriched the 
experience and left them with 
wonderful warm memories of their time in Vancouver. We’d like to share their letter of gratitude as this was a true community effort! 

Dear Friends, 

We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks for the warm reception which you afforded us, and for the fascinating week we spent with you…

…We believe that the experience of this visit has left its mark upon our pupils, as could evidently be seen by the tearful departure at the airport!

We hope to continue to preserve and develop our links, to deepen and expand them through mutual educational programmes and a mutual acknowledgement of the importance of the strengthening of Jewish and Israeli identity, both here and overseas.

With our best wishes,

Galit Riess, Inbar Ehrlich & the Har-VaGai Staff

  
Alumni Corner

Since graduating from King David in 2012, Ephram, formerly known as Effi Markovitch, has been building a successful music career and is now recognized as a new up-and-coming talent in Vancouver. 

 

Jonny Seguin, King David’s Music teacher, is co-producing his work and they are currently raising funds for the next recording project. 

 

Please click here to check out Ephram’s “kickstarter”. Within, you will find a delightful video that chronicles Ephram’s history on the live stage and two previously recorded tracks. 

 

Calling Alumni!

As our senior students prepare for everything that lies beyond high school, they are curious about what this transition is really like.
It would be meaningful for them to hear from past graduates about their experiences in post-secondary. we would appreciate it if you would come in to share your stories. 

 

We would like to put together a panel while you are in town over winter break to have you share your perspectives. If you are available to come in during the week of December 15th to talk about a school or gap-year program that you have attended since you graduated from King David, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. 


Questions? Contact Jordana Corenblum
Movember Tally

On November 28th, students voted for their favourite moustache and we’re proud to announce that the best moustache award goes to Ms. Lane! Ms. Lane, who participated as a Mo Sister committed to the cause by wearing a different (temporary) moustache everyday. Her efforts paid off as students donated over $120 on her behalf. Including donations received online, King David High School will be contributing $1,076 to the Movember campaign! Thank you to everyone once again and we look forward to doing this fun event next year. 
In This Issue
New Student Applications

If you have a student, or know of a student, interested in joining the King David family for the 2015-2016 school year, applications are being accepted now. 

Please click here or visit the King David website to complete the application online. 

Applications for admission are due by January 12, 2015
Candlelighting Times

Shabbat Begins: 3:57 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 5:09 p.m.

Parsha: Vayishlach
Genesis 32:4-36:43
Community Events

Beth Israel Winter Coat Drive

 

Please donate any gently used coats, jackets, and sleeping bags. Drop off items at Congregation Beth Israel between:

  • Nov 17 – Dec 19 
  • Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec 7 from  10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

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