Community

25
Mar

JEAP – Jewish Emergency App

JEAP – Jewish Emergency App

JEAP is the Jewish Emergency Application giving you instant access to the two Victorian Jewish Community First Response groups.

At the push of a button, access CSG for security-related incidents and Hatzolah for medical emergencies to obtain the fastest response “when every second counts”. GPS integration allows your exact location information to be sent to the emergency call-takers when the emergency numbers are called.

Through JEAP, you will also receive emergency warnings and alerts as issued by CSG and Hatzolah. With regards to the crime safety kits, these can be collected from David Southwicks MP office at 1/193 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North.


19
Nov

Bialik’s Babysitting Introductory Service

What is the Bialik Babysitting Introductory Service (BIS)?

BIS facilitates Bialik parents to book Bialik students or Alumni babysitters

Benefits of BIS

  • Offers parents access to affordable babysitting
  • Allows parents to support the College’s eco-system
  • Gives students a paying job to gain responsibilities and experience

How does it work?

Step 1: Parents email [email protected] BIS and ask for an available babysitter

Step 2: The BIS administrator then sends a message to all the BIS students (usually via WhatsApp) with the babysitting criteria

Step 3: The first suitable person to reply is given the job

Babysitter requirements

  1. Babysitter must be in Year 9-12 or a Bialik Alumni
  2. Babysitter must read and agree to Terms and Conditions.

Babysitter responsibilities

Failure to meet any of these responsibilities will result in removal from the service. 

  1. Make sure that children in your care are safe
  2. Keep track of your appointments
  3. Get to your job on time
  4. Dress appropriately
  5. Be professional and polite

Payment

  • One-off $10 annual BIS fee per school year – payable by the parent via Trybooking
  • Parents pay the babysitter directly at the end of their session (bank transfer or cash)

Pricing

  • Non drivers – $15 an hour
  • Drivers – $20 an hour
  • For driver with daytime work – $22 an hour

Disclosure

The School does not play any role in any babysitting arrangement that may arise from this service. All such arrangements are private between the student and the parents requiring a babysitting service. The School will not accept any responsibility or liability whatsoever for any babysitting arrangements made or sought to be made.

Contact [email protected]

3
Sep

2021 Director of Jewish Life

2021 Senior Leadership Team

Following Dan Sztrajt’s forthcoming transition to Assistant Principal Pastoral Care / Head of Middle School, I am delighted to announce that from January 2021, Zach Gomo will be stepping into the role of Director of Jewish Life.

Bialik is unique amongst Victorian Jewish Schools (and indeed most Jewish schools globally) as a pluralist Jewish school, embracing and teaching the reality that Judaism describes different, yet equally valid, paths to different people.

Zach is currently Head of Jewish Studies in the Secondary School, and joins the Senior Leadership Team with an inspiring vision to develop the pluralist Jewish life of the College.  A graduate of Bialik College, Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, the Israeli Defence Forces and three Melbourne universities, Zach is renowned throughout the College as an outstanding teacher, a mensch and an inspirational leader. 

We are delighted to welcome Zach to his new role.

26
Aug

A COVID Mitzvah

Bialik Shuk’s Natalie Shostak and Deb Poratt have aligned with Our Village Kitchen and Jewish Care to provide meals for Jewish families in need throughout this challenging time. Each week the women cook between 20-50 kosher parve meals from their kitchen at Bialik College, including soups, salads, main meals and sweet treats. The meals are collected by volunteers and distributed by Jewish Care to the Jewish Care’s Family Disability Respite Centre.

With Melbourne experiencing Stage 4 restrictions, the need arose when Our Village Kitchen who have been cooking Shabbat dinners with Middle School Bialik College students for over four years, no longer had the facilities to cook in.

OVK, Founders, Romy Bursztyn and Jo Star, approached Natalie and Deb who were very happy to help out.

“We have been very fortunate to pivot successfully over the last few months. Our team would all agree it’s such a pleasure to be feeling useful in this time of uncertainty. The Bialik community and beyond have welcomed our Babayit initiative with open arms. By having our food at home, students can experience the taste of school – a little something to normalise these crazy times, and we have provided their families with some respite from home cooking. It’s also been a wonderful opportunity for those outside Bialik to see what we do here, respecting our customers with fresh, innovative, house made produce. Just because you aren’t at school doesn’t mean you leave your tastebuds at the front gate”. – Natalie Shostak, Shuk Manager

5
Dec

Harry Shines in Turandot!

Our very own Harry H (Year 8) shone on stage in Opera Australia’s latest production, Turandot, and Arts Centre Melbourne. Harry has been performing with AO for several years and continues to revel in the opportunity to hone his stage skills. Congratulations, Harry!

28
Nov

Bialik Students Swim For MS in the Maccabi Swimathon

Kol ha’kavod to Bialik’s team of over 20 members who participated in the MS Maccabi National Swimathon held at Bialik, in the Gringlas Sports Centre, on Sunday 24 November 2019.

The Bialik team, which was led by Mazkirut Sports Leaders Harry C and Mika G, raised $2,409.00 for this important cause. Nationally, the event raised over $20,000 and boasted 190+ participants.

Maccabi Australia praised the Bialik students, saying they were fantastic on the day and added to the positive energy of this community event.

The MS Maccabi National Swimathon, now in its ninth year, is an event of fitness and fun that contributes valuable fundraising for both Maccabi Australia and Australians living with multiple sclerosis.

21
Nov

Bialik College Foundation Creche Thank You Event

Last week the Bialik College Foundation hosted an intimate breakfast event to thank all those who contributed to the Judith Hellen Children’s Centre. We were delighted to see new faces and old faces come together for a very special morning of celebration. 

Designed by Ron Unger Architects, the Bialik Creche is an inspiring and nurturing environment for our youngest children and draws on the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.

“In Reggio Emilia, they say that the youngest and oldest in the community should walk into their buildings  – care homes and schools – and say to themselves ‘my community loves me.’ We believe that we are fulfilling this mission,” said Principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.

“School fees and government grants cover the day-to-day running of the school but we rely on our community to support our Bialik College Foundation to ensure that we are able to dream big and continue to provide the very best facilities, programs and opportunities for our children,” said Bialik College Foundation Co-Chairs Stacey Dodge and Michael Carp.

We would like to once again thank all those who supported this project.

For more information on the Bialik College Foundation please contact Tanya Cherny, Foundation Director on 9822 7981 or email [email protected]

21
Nov

Bialik College Parents’ Association CVS Lane Golf Day 2019

On Friday 15 November, golfing legends united at 7.15 am for the official registration at The Cranbourne Golf Club for the start of the CVS Lane Bialik College Golf Day. The Year 4 and 5 Kitchen Program at the College had baked an assortment of muffins that golfers ate for breakfast, along with some snacks from Kez’s Kitchen, fruit from Fruitbox, and a much needed coffee from the famous Gary Peer Coffee Van.

The morning was opened by Principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner’s first ever golf shot from the first tee – and he was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to connect with the big driver. 

The 20 corporate groups made their way to their respective starting holes to commence play in weather that was 50mm and 10 degrees better than the 2018 Golf Day!

The 18 hole sponsors, lunch sponsor and major naming sponsors brought groups of talented golfers, along with some current parents, grandparents, teachers and friends of the school. Teams were not just playing for pride and nachas, but also for their chance to win some amazing prizes donated from some very generous companies from our wider community. 

Golfers were encouraged to have their playing partner film their swing, with each participant receiving a free on-line golf lesson from Skillest. Many of the golfers were in desperate need for this service. Jeremy also had his swing analysed but unfortunately we can’t post the video due to all of our time constraints.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

Winning Group: Fife Capital (Aaron Hillier, Stuart Ward, Marty Bourke, Matt Brown Greaves). Their names get etched into history on the honour board in the Bialik Sports Centre, on the trophy prize, and they each received an Antler Roller-bag.

Runners-Up: Antony Jolson, Darren Blair, Lorelle Krulis, Carolyn Jolson. Prize: 20 bottles of Linnaea wine.

Closest to the pin – hole 3: Darren Blair. Prize: La Lucciola restaurant gift voucher and a box of golf balls.

Closest to the pin – hole 8: Antony Jolson. Prize: two tickets to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, the musical.

Closest to the pin – hole 14: Mick Wheeler. Prize: four bottles of Linnaea Wine.

Longest Drive for 0-15 handicaps: Kean Flanagan: Samsonite Suitcase

Longest Drive for 16+ handicaps: Wes Moore: Samsonite Suitcase

A huge thanks goes out again to all of our sponsors for the day:

CVS Lane, DS Capital, River Capital, Jadig Finance, ANZ, Renaissance Supermarket, Morgan Stanley, Alexander Funds Management, Fife Capital, Crestone Wealth Management, Gary Peer, Anaconda, HR Legal, Quintessential, Assembly Now, Seek, Telstra Elsternwick, Escala Partners, Square Peg, and Maxcap.

7
Aug

Bialik Recognised as Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2019

We are delighted that Bialik College has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2019.

The Employer of Choice Award recognises the investment and effort Bialik has put into creating a world-class workplace for our staff, to partner our internationally renowned and admired Cultures of Thinking and Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy of learning and teaching.

Our students thrive because we attract and retain the very best teachers and staff we can – staff who are passionate, hard-working and who enjoy teaching! It is very evident at Bialik, how much our students and teachers thrive in their stimulating and engaging interactions with each other – and having a happy workplace is central to creating this environment.

As an employer, Bialik seeks to serve its staff by providing a workplace where people are passionate and committed to education and the College. This is evidenced by a low turnover of less than 10% in 2018. Bialik offers broad opportunities for professional learning and development, including domestic school camps and international trips overseas, to Israel and China. Bialik is committed to offering staff the opportunity to be at the forefront of educational thought, through its association with Harvard University’s Project Zero. Enrolments at Bialik are growing. In July 2019 Bialik commenced the operation of a Creche to provide care for children from three months to pre Kinder.

As a not-for-profit independent school, Bialik takes great pride in its responsibility to the community and industry. A core focus of the College is to deliver consistently high quality education and success. However, an equally important responsibility that the College holds is to benefit society and community, whereby School Fee Assistance is offered to families who want a high quality education within a Jewish Cultural environment.

We congratulate our school community on this outstanding accomplishment.

7
Aug

Mazel Tov to Lauren Goldbloom for 10 Years of Great Service at Bialik

This year marks over 10 years that Lauren Goldbloom has been an Office Administration Assistant at Bialik College.

Lauren’s role at the College is highly valued, meaningful and active and only continues to grow. She is involved in paper restocking, lost property redistribution, mail out and other administration tasks.

Her dedication and commitment to her role is well recognised amongst her co-workers and the students at the College. She’s always smiling and ready for a chat and calls of ‘Hi Loz’ can be heard as she walks around the school going about her duties.

Lauren is also an avid competitor of the weekly Bialik Footy Tipping competition and loves discussing her passion for football with her co-workers. She has participated in the Jewish Inter-School Skiing Competition, initially as a student and then for years following as a Bialik staff member.

As she is a past alumna of the College, she has developed a deep love and connection to the school community and vice versa.

She continues to support the school by  attending the School Musical Productions and Rising Star performances.

We cannot wait to see what the next decade will bring forth for Lauren!