Bialik College

10
Aug

ETGAR – Challah For Hunger

Welcome to the ETGAR Newsletter! 

By: Gabriella G, Celine R & Ruth P

What is the most important part of a Shabbat dinner? The Challah of course! If you are in need of some delicious Challah, come and buy some right here at Bialik! In the Challah For Hunger ETGAR group, students together to make you your very own Challah!

Before we discuss that, what is ETGAR? Etgar is a wonderful opportunity for Year 8 and 9 students to work together on Friday afternoons for the whole year. This helps them develop their interests, skills, and competencies in new and untested areas. The focus is to create opportunities for students to explore and improve real life skills that they may have not identified before.

So back to Challah for Hunger, there are many flavours such as white chocolate, chocolate chips, and many more! But not only that, all profits made are donated to a charity. Over the years Bialik students have donated over $3000 to charities across Melbourne, to charities such as the Lighthouse Foundation. 

 “Etgar” means to challenge yourself, says a year 9 student. The concept of ETGAR grows with the positive and effective involvement of students across years 8 and 9. Electives such as Challah For Hunger make it possible for young students to embrace newly found situations and interesting scenarios. The element of donation or charity work ties in with the Jewish values of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam, teaching students to positively influence the world around them. Over the 2 years, students have come to experience various new opportunities. 

Challah for Hunger teaches students many valuable skills. Skills such as sales, cooking and money managing abilities come very easily throughout the program. It allows students to step outside of their comfort zones when they must sell Challah quietly and quickly as to not disturb the learning of their peers. The skill of silently and efficiently completing a task given can be used for many things later in life.

Don’t forget to tune in next week to see a close-up of some more wonderful aspects of Etgar!

21
Jun

ETGAR – Entrepeneurship

A Deeper Look into Entrepeneurship

Welcome back to term two of the college notices!

Before we begin, here is a quick recap of what ETGAR is all about:

Every term, students from year 8 and 9 get to choose new electives from the many choices there are. Each elective can give you benefits for your future, and you get to have tons of fun while doing them. On the last 2 periods of every Friday, the year 8’s and 9’s band together and take part in the elective that they have chosen.

Entrepreneurship is one of the 16 elective choices that provide lots of fun and excitement on Friday afternoons. Guided by Amy Ho, students from year 8 and 9 every term get to have an experience to learn about public relations and marketing.

Entrepreneurship prepares students well for future jobs, such as being a salesman or anything to do with writing or presenting. Entrepreneurship is one of 16 choices, but it expands with-in. The students get allocated to a portfolio, with about 2-3 students in each group. College Notices, Instagram, Assembly, Marketing with the Middle school, and marketing with ETGAR. There was also a bonus portfolio this term, making a song.

In the College Notices portfolio, you get to have 2 hours every Friday to write an article about any ETGAR elective of your choice. If you choose to do Instagram, you get full access to the Bialik ETGAR page (@bialik_etgar). If you get to choose Marketing with the Middle school, you get the opportunity to help Karen Glanc with issues if she needs you, including things like organizing Health and Wellbeing days, it is similar to Marketing with ETGAR. Marketing with ETGAR gives you the opportunity to go around to each ETGAR elective, and help the students and teachers with anything they need throughout their elective. Making a song involves coming up with lyrics to do with the Bialik ETGAR, recording you singing them, making a music video and having fun with it!

Entrepreneurship is just one of the many electives that can give you confidence to help people when they need it, or get a job in the future. The ways you can remember these Marketing and Public relations skills are infinite, and they can be useful if you ever need to engage a large audience into anything.

By Ruby and Gabriella

8
Jun

ETGAR – Lockdown Week 2

A Deeper Look into ETGAR in Lockdown

Following the extension of the current lockdown in Victoria, the year 8’s and 9’s ETGAR choices were kept online for this week. Some of the choices you have already read about were not able to be done, such as barista. Not many year 8’ and 9’s would just have a coffee machine lying around their house, so the teachers have changed the electives! There was one add-on to the list of online ETGAR’s. Instead of 16 choices, there are now 12 choices, but they are all as fun as the normal ones! Some of the electives have stayed the same if they were still able to be done, such as Extreme Sports and Cooking For a Cause. The new electives were introduced, but only for a temporary time. Some examples of the new ones are Roadset and some Zen Gardening!

The year 8’s and 9’s got to choose 2 electives to participate in, as for this Friday, they only run for one hour each. The classes were all fun, and they were still teaching things that could be used in the future!

Zen Garden with Sally Elliot, the option is only available for the year 8’s. In Zen Garden, the students get to design their own pattern from any powdery material in a bowl or tupperware. They get to design the things that they feel is right for them. The students can create their own personal garden the whole lesson, drawing lines, placing stones and decorations where it feels right for you. You would also get a brief history about Zen gardening and where it is from!

For Extreme Sports since it is a lockdown at the moment, the Extreme sports is similar to a normal sport lesson, but better! Led by Daniela D’Amelio and Mark Robinson, The Extreme sport students have a choice of doing what they want from these three; A Workout, The 500 and going for a walk with Strava. Going for a walk with Strava for 30 minutes, and then you can go outside and breathe the fresh air while moving yourself! In the 500, you get extremely active through the lesson while doing 100 push ups, 100 crunch sits, 100 burpees, 100 star jumps, and 100 squats. And for the work out, you will find a workout clip on youtube, participate in it and do it yourself. 

There are more fun choices such as Film analysis. Led by Brad Rychter, the students got to watch an episode of their choice and answer a few questions in a worksheet. Some examples are “what did you enjoy about that episode?” “ What did you dislike about the episode?” and “ what would you rate the episode out of 5?”

Tune in next week, to learn more about ETGAR, and stay safe!

Gabriella G.

3
Jun

BCPA Helpful Tips for Lockdown

The Bialik College Parents’ Association wishes everyone a speedy and healthy extended ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown. If you are currently queuing for the Pfizer vaccine or are still stuck on hold to the hotline, here are a handful of ideas to help pass the time:

  1. Check out Time Out Melbourne (Time In) for some useful tips about surviving another lockdown in Melbourne: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/things-to-do/time-in-the-best-things-to-do-at-home
  2. Check out these audio meditation apps for decompressing: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-7-best-meditation-apps-to-add-some-self-care-to-the-daily-grind/
  3. Look up classbento.com.au or go to https://www.facebook.com/MerrylsMosaics/ to purchase and have delivered a craft activity (it may even arrive before you get home)!
  4. Create your own age-appropriate Escape Room at home with helpful hints online for some great family fun:

Some good free DIY escape room puzzle ideas include:

  • Compose a message with invisible ink
  • Place a clue inside a balloon
  • Leave a diary lying around
  • Bury a clue inside a hollowed-out book
  • Use a letter lock
  • Use your phone as a lock
  • Write instructions in a foreign language

5. For a limited time, The Melbourne Theatre Company are offering their plays to viewers online, including ‘Berlin’: https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/whats-on/mtc-digital-theatre/

6. Plan and get creative with your leftover vegetables in the fridge to make a hearty winter soup (Calling to mind the folktale about the Magical Stone Soup https://dltk-teach.com/fables/stonesoup/mtale.htm).

We will get through this together. Stay safe and well and see you soon!

The BCPA 🙂

3
Jun

Director of Learning, Michaela Strang

An insight into learning in lockdown from our very own Director of Learning.

Our current generation of students have been labelled, wryly, as the ‘COVID Generation’. A generation of students who have navigated the disruption of the global pandemic with agility and resilience, utilising technology to meet their learning needs. These ‘generational’ attributes were evident as our students recently transitioned from the traditional classroom setting to Digital Bialik 4.0.

Whilst individual students may have had different experiences in the remote learning setting, our collective experience has been extremely positive. Our teachers have generated digital learning experiences that have ensured a rigorous continuum of learning from Prep through to Year 12. Learning has been targeted to meet the demands of the Victorian Curriculum and the needs of our students.

Our remote learning experience has shown that students demonstrate greater agency and independence as learners. Students have certainly been active participants in their learning, they have monitored their daily schedule, communicated with their teachers, and they have utilised a range of digital platforms, including Seesaw and MS Teams, to communicate and document their learning. They have also been adept at troubleshooting any technical issues that may have emerged.

Whilst we are physically disconnected during remote learning, Bialik has put into place wellbeing initiatives to ensure that students feel a sense of belonging. Students are invited to participate in the following opportunities as a way of staying connected with community members: lunchtimes with the Jewish Informal Team, Enhanced Homework Club, and the Feel Good Friday program. Increased collaboration in digital breakout rooms has also increased within the learning context to maximise student communication and interaction.

We are extremely grateful to our parents and guardians who have played an essential role in juggling their own commitments to ensure that their child’s home learning experience has been successful. Please continue to monitor correspondence from the College for the latest information concerning assessments, reporting, and a return to onsite learning.

Michaela Strang

Director of Learning

3
Jun

ETGAR – Lockdown

A Deeper Look into ETGAR in Lockdown

Because of the current situation in Victoria, the year 8’s and 9’s ETGAR choices were switched up a bit for this week. Some of the choices you have already read about were not able to be done, such as barista. Not many year 8’ and 9’s would just have a coffee machine lying around their house, so the teachers have changed the electives! Instead of 16 choices, there are now 11 choices, but they are all as fun as the normal ones! Some of the electives have stayed the same if they were still able to be done, such as Extreme Sports and Cooking For a Cause. Many new ones were introduced, but only for the temporary time. Some examples of the new ones are Drawing and some study skills!

The year 8’s and 9’s got to choose 2 electives to participate in, as for this Friday, they only run for one hour each. The classes were all fun, and they were still teaching things that could be used in the future! In Drawing with Carol Andrews in Period 5 and Miriam Ryan in period 6, the students learnt how to draw using tones, and then practiced drawing lips, a nose or eyes, it was your choice. Learning to draw with tone can help if anyone wants to become an artist in their future, or even if they just enjoy drawing! 

For cooking for a cause, since it is a lockdown at the moment, the cause is your hunger! Led by Belinda Lee and Ian Poyser, the cooking for a cause students had to join the call, but others who wanted to try it out were also able to. The students were emailed recipes to choose from, and were able to cook what they chose. Many chose desserts such as choc chip cookies! Cooking for a Cause ran for both Period 5 and Period 6, but it was great to be able to try your delicious desserts after they were finished!

There are also educational elective choices such as learning about Cryptocurrency! Guided by Amy Ho, the students who chose to do Cryptocurrency learnt about an 18 year old man, Erik Finman, a Bitcoin Millionaire. Just at 21 years old, he is the youngest self-proclaimed bitcoin millionaire. The students also learned about blockchains, what they are and how they work! We also looked over the details of what a digital coin was, and some good ones!

Tune in next week, to learn more about ETGAR , and stay safe!

Gabriella

24
May

ETGAR – First Aid

A Deeper Look into First Aid

First Aid is one of the 16 elective choices that provide lots of fun and excitement on Friday afternoons. Guided by Frank and an instructor from the official Victoria first aid program, students from year  8 and 9 every term get to have an experience to learn about level 2 first aid. 

“First aid is very educational and Frank teaches us a lot about first aiding” Nathan H.

“Doing first aid is an enjoyable and interactive ETGAR choice that will provide you with very useful skills for the future, and may even save lives!” Helena M.

First Aid prepares students for any emergencies, as they would have learnt the basic steps of level 2 first aiding. The things that are taught during the lessons are how to treat an open wound, fainting, anaphylaxis, help with a seizure, strokes, hypothermia and more. The students get hands-on interactive practice on musically approved dummies. At the end of the term, the students complete government official tests, and if you pass it, you will get a certificate to prove that you have become an official level 2 first aider.

First Aid is just one of the many electives that can give you confidence to help people when they need it, or get a job in the future. The ways you can remember these steps is great, and with level 2 first aid skills, you will already have a head start from others if you want to apply for a job in paramedics, and you will be able to help your friends and family with the things you have learned.

Tune in next week, for information about another elective, see you then!

By Ruby, Sunny, and Gabriella

20
May

ETGAR – Emmy Monash

A Deeper Look into Emmy Monash

Welcome back to Term 2 of the Igeret!

Before we begin, here is a quick recap of what ETGAR is all about:

Every term, students from Years 8 and 9 get to choose new electives from the many choices available. Each elective can give you benefits for your future, and you get to have tons of fun while doing them. On the last two periods of every Friday, Year 8s and 9s band together and take part in the elective that they have chosen.

“This is a great opportunity to bond together, and learn about their (residents) life experiences and how they got here (to Emmy Monash).” Eden said.

Emmy Monash is one of the 16 elective choices that provides lots of fun and excitement on Friday afternoons. Guided by Lindy Broadfoot, students from Years  8 and 9 every term get to leave the school premises and go to the Emmy  Monash Aged Care Centre, to interact with the residents. Every week, each student gets paired with a different resident. They get to meet and interact with different people every week.

This provides an insight to the daily life of the residents and what they went through to be living in Emmy Monash. Many of the residents arrived after they found out that they would need some sort of help, many have dementia or other disease/illnesses, which give the students exposure to things they may not have heard much about before. The students get to hand out Challah and greet the residents by saying a Shabbat Shalom. After the students arrange flowers, the residents of Emmy Monash choose whether to play Bingo, Rummikub, or do another activity that has already been arranged each week for them. 

Emmy Monash is just one of the many electives that can give you confidence to meet new people and interact with them, or assist with getting a job in the future. The way you can connect with them is endless, doing anything will help these people learn more about you. You can also learn about the people living in Emmy Monash. The residents can talk to you, and you can let them know about things that are happening recently they may have missed out on.

Tune in next week, for information about another elective, see you then!

By Gabriella, Ruby, and Sunny

13
May

ETGAR – Build a Business

A Deeper Look into Build a Business

Build a business is one of the 16 elective choices that provide lots of fun and excitement on Friday afternoons. Guided by Rob De Marco, students every term get to get into small groups within the elective and come up with products to present to the school. They are all thought of by the Students, and the groups have many weeks to prepare for their selling days. There are planners to follow, inspirations to watch, and many more factors of Build a Business to enjoy. Here are some quotes of the students that are enjoying this elective this term:

“ I think that build a business is a great way to learn new techniques about how to create a business and how to interact with customers.” – Lara Zohar

Even though you will have to purchase the items that the year 8 and 9’s have made with their groups, you shouldn’t feel bad for spending money on the items, as all of the profits made will be donated to the Lighthouse Foundation! The lighthouse foundation is a non-profit organization that helps young people  who have been through some tough times in their life get through them, and they are supported through their journey and recovery. Last Term, the build a business group went to visit the Lighthouse foundation and learnt about the way that they work.

Build a business is just one of the many electives that can give you confidence to start up your own thing, or get a job in the future. The possibilities of what you create belong to your imagination, and the groups are chosen by you. As long as people enjoy the product you have created and want to buy it, you could help the Lighthouse Foundation out a lot!

Tune in next week, for information about another elective, see you then!

By Gabriella G

6
May

ETGAR – Koala Kids

A Deeper Look into Koala Kids – Bialik ETGAR Term 2

Before we begin, here is a quick recap of what ETGAR is all about:

Every term, students from year 8 and 9 get to choose new electives from the many choices there are. Each elective can give you benefits for your future, and you get to have tons of fun while doing them. On the last 2 periods of every Friday, the year 8’s and 9’s band together and take part in the elective that they have chosen.

Koala Kids is one of the 16 elective choices that provide lots of fun and excitement on Friday afternoons. Guided by Mandy Mandie, two students every term get to pack boxes for children suffering with cancer. The students chosen get to work in a functioning office environment. Koala Kids mainly provides workshops, activity days, arts and craft bees, and many more before the Covid restrictions came in place. Now the organization is focusing more on packaging food, games, arts and crafts, and essentials for the children’s everyday use.  Overnight packs are  also available, as well as toiletry bags, food packs and other essentials. This is not only to help make the children’s life more comfortable and enjoyable, but to support parents and siblings too. Koala Kids is just one of many great work experience options that give students the confidence to apply for jobs in the future. 

While working at the Koala kids headquarters, the students are actually a part of the organisation. Eden and Zac from last term helped create food, games and arts and craft packages. They also bundled donation boxes and smash cakes into boxes for delivery. Here are some quotes from the students of last terms Koala Kids;

“At Koala Kids, I learnt more about kids living with cancer, and how making  little daily routines more joyful and enjoyable can make a big difference. I also learnt about  the logistics of running an office, as well as the financial side. Lots of effort goes into finding donors.”

Koala Kids is a non-profit organization that helps bring joy and happiness to Melbourne’s youth living with cancer and their carers. The main aim of Koala Kids is to help out children that suffer with cancer of any kind, and to help families get through the difficult times.

Tune in next week, for information about another elective, see you then!

By Gabriella G