Entering into the spirit of the forthcoming elections, student leaders representing the 5 main political parties came together to debate and present their proposals for Britain in front of a live student audience. Lively debate and commentary allowed the candidates to present their ideas as well as their personalities. The election will be held at the end of this month. To learn more about Government and Politics please see Mrs.Ronksley and check out the Politics department website.
The candidates are: (L-R picture above)
James Fankl-Slater (UKIP)
Joshua Fine (Lib-Dem)
Aaron Seitler (Conservative)
Susanna Goldstone (Labour)
Leonie Jones (Green)
Mon 24th Nov 2014
Year 12 Tudor Masterclass with Prof JJ Scarisbrick
Professor JJ Scarisbrick kindly agreed to come and give a lecture to our A-Level students at King David. Professor Scarisbrick is an eminent Tudor historian with a career that spans decades. He read History at Cambridge and was one of the first research students of the great G.R. Elton. He is known as one of the leading Revisionist Historians specialising in the English Reformation and life of Henry VIII. No student can read a book and not see his name mentioned or his work quoted. Professor Scarisbrick has produced numerous works but is renowned for his biography Henry VIII (1968) and his publications on the English Reformation such as The Reformation and the English people (1985). Professor Scarisbrick is currently researching threats to the security of Henry VIII’s throne. This includes research on the Pilgrimage of Grace 1536-37 which was one of the most serious challenges the authority of Henry VIII.
Tues 18th Nov 2014
Year 12 and 13 Prize Giving
Mon 20th Oct 2014
Bishop of Manchester, Rev David walker, Addresses the Sixth Form
The school was honoured to welcome the Bishop of Manchester on Monday 20th October. The Bishop, a friend of the Jewish community, spoke to sixth form students, discussing aspects of his own faith journey after completing his studies in Cambridge and an overview of the Christian faith. The Bishop took questions from the students, responding to questions about contradictions between his study of maths and science and religion. The Bishop replied that they compliment each other and he sees no contradiction. He presented a potted overview of the basic doctrines of Christianity. I am committed to preparing our students for life after KD and this must involve an understanding of other faith groups said Rabbi Rickman. More faith speakers are planned.
Thurs 18th Sept 2014
Sixth Form Science Field Trip, Ainsdale
On 18th September, the Upper Sixth Biology and Applied Science students visited the sand dunes at Ainsdale to explore the process of succession. The dunes provide a special habitat, with many interesting examples of different adaptations in plants to an extreme environment. The whole range of dune types is represented in this habitat, from shifting dunes along the shoreline with marram grass to fixed dunes with vegetation including areas of creeping willow. Between the dunes, there are lower-lying areas known as dune slacks which support areas of more wetland vegetation, and provide habitat for the rare Natterjack Toad.
Sample found are pictured below. Click on an image to enlarge.
Prof Alan Johnson, Israel Analyst and Editor of Fathom, speaking to the Sixth Form
Mrs.Isaacson, Talia Miller, Odeliya Yechezkiel, Pearl Gordon, Joy Wolfe, Prof Alan Johnson, Joshua Rowe
Professor Alan Johnson, senior fellow at Bicom, came to speak to the KDHS Sixth Form to discuss the 6 myths of the recent Gaza conflict and how students can deconstruct media bias. He was very well received and spoke for 20 minutes and a further 20 minutes to student questions on problems in the Middle East, antisemitism in the UK and the global threat of IS.
Fri 5th Sept 2014
New Heads and Deputies, 2014/15
Heads and Deputies for 2014/15: Main School, Yavneh Boys and Yavneh Girls. Click an image to enlarge.
HEAD BOYS Head Girls Max Festenstein Natanya Grant Yoni Levy Mollie Silvert
Yavneh Head Boys Yavneh Head Girl Mark Pearce Pearl Gordon Joshua Dover
Tues 2nd Sept 2014
MDA 'In My Blood' Presentation
Ido Golan-Gutin from Magen David Adom spoke to year 12 and 13 about the importance of blood donation in Israel during the recent conflict in Gaza and of MDA's new project, 'In My Blood' being launched that now British donors are able to donate blood to Israel for the first time in 20 years. The project is formally launched on 1st Oct 2014 and students can register their interest now and be part of a unique experience of giving to and being part of Israel. PhotograpH: L-R David Rose, Ido Golan-Gutin, Head Girls Natanya Grant, Mollie Silvert and Joseph Franks.
Fri 4th April 2014
"Fruit Flies can be good for your career." Sixth Form Biology Lecture with Prof Keith Brennan
Professor Keith Brennan is Professor of Developmental Signalling at theWellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Researchat the University of Manchester. On Friday 4th April he gave year 11 and year 12 students an outline of his career path, starting with his realisation that he was fascinated by Biology, despite not studying it at A level. His degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge provided him with a broad base from which to specialise in genetics. His subsequent Ph.D. and postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Cornell developed understanding of mechanisms of cell signalling, initially in Drosophila (fruit fly) and later in mouse. Ketih then established a research laboratory in Manchester. He gave the students an introduction to the role of specific cell signalling in breast cancer, in which 'Notch' prevents death of cancer cells by apoptosis, and increases their resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs. He discussed current research which is developing novel anti-cancer therapies by specifically inhibiting this pathway. This prompted some in depth questions from the audience.