Etgar – Building a business

The ins and outs of building a business

Recently, you might’ve seen some posters stuck on your classroom door, advertising milkshakes or cookies for you to buy.

But where are all these products coming from? In periods five and six every Friday you can find members of the Build a Business Etgar team working hard, thinking of new and creative ways to improve and sell their products. Guided by Rob DeMarco and Jon Ting, the 20 students paired up and designed products to sell around the school and advertisements for them. On certain lunchtimes or Friday afternoons, you can purchase some delicious treats for very reasonable prices. 

To begin creating their businesses, the groups made business plans. These included details about what their product was, what they needed to make it, the cost, their competitors, their target audience and what makes their product stand out from the rest. They then used this to design the ideal advertising campaign and product. This clearly worked as many of the products sold out in less than 2 hours! Alisa managed to make 87 dollars and counting from her delicious cookies. But you don’t need to feel guilty about spending your money, because all the profits made by the businesses will be donated to the Lighthouse foundation, a charity that helps homeless young people. Some other products for sale are icy poles, stress balls and milkshakes.

Build a business gives real world experience for what being an entrepreneur is like and teaches how to overcome challenges and successfully create a business. This is very evident with the group selling milkshakes who, although they got off on a rocky start, managed to make outstanding amounts of money. They used the skills they learned in build a business to conquer their challenges and come out on top, which is what Etgar is all about! 

By Ashley B, Helena M and Ruth P


Etgar – Barista Program

‘The Paper Cup’: Bialik’s All-New Café Sensation

The Etgar college notices team is back at it this week with another jam (and hot chocolate) packed, behind-the-scenes article! Today we’re taking a deep dive into the Barista program.

As explained in our previous notice, Etgar means to challenge oneself; expand one’s knowledge, and try new skills. Our team decided to live up to our name when searching for news about their delicious new treats.

We interviewed a few members of the Barista team about their delicious recipes and where their profits go, and here is what we discovered.

On an average Friday afternoon, most students are in class, labouring over one assignment or another, but not the Etgar barista team! They’re in the Shuk kitchen, cooking up a storm of delicious café-style food & drinks for their wonderful café, The Paper Cup, and selling it all to students and teachers alike. “Everything is made fresh with quality produce, and a lot of love,” says Sally E, leader of the Barista program.

When you buy a cookie or a hot chocolate from The Paper Cup, all you’re thinking about is what a good idea it was to spend those few dollars you found at the bottom of your school bag on your warm, sweet treat. What you don’t know is behind the counter, a team of year 8 & 9 baristas are busily managing 3 sections of the café, including marketing, selling, and the making of the delicious creations that you can buy. Behind the crafting of the remarkably aromatic coffees and warm, comforting hot chocolates are Justin K and Jaxson B. There are also 2 managers, who oversee the café, and make sure everybody is doing their part.

Not only will buying something from The Paper Cup be a delicious treat to smooth the edges between week and weekend, but you’d be doing a mitzvah to those in need as well! All profits made by the Etgar barista team will be sent to a worthy charity sponsored by Bialik, supporting people and animals in need. “The Barista program is a great opportunity for people to learn a life skill,” says Sally Elliot.

So, if you’re feeling peckish on a Friday afternoon, and you want your hard-earned money to go towards a worthy cause, wander down to the Shuk, or order from one of the waiters walking around the school to make The Paper Cup even more accessible to you all.

By Ashley B, Helena M and Ruth P


Etgar Program

Etgar Program

Etgar means “To dare, to challenge”. Year 8 and 9 students work together on Friday afternoons for the whole year and choose an option that 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.

There are four strands – Physical, learning for Greater Knowledge, skills and creativity and Tikkun Olam. Students can choose a different elective each term. In total, they can experience 8 different elective options, allowing them to not only develop skills for the present and future, but to develop their resilience, perseverance, and responsibility. Last Friday we had a quick glance at some of the elective options, and here is what we found.

In these troubling times, what is better than hot challah with delicious fillings. For a worthy cause? Even better! Challah for hunger is ready to go. Every Friday after lunch, a group of students make scrumptious Challah to share around the school. They use tried-and-true Glick’s dough and add sweet, comforting fillings to make your Shabbat even sweeter. If you thought it could not get any better, it just did! All profits are donated to charity. “Etgar means to have fun, and to brighten minds,” says Joel Lewis, one of the head chefs behind Challah for Hunger.

Did you know that baby shark is one of the few songs which have the perfect beat to perform CPR to? The students taking part in the Etgar first aid program know all about this and more! They’re slowly becoming first-aid experts, Friday afternoon by Friday afternoon. “Etgar gives you real-life experiences that’ll help you in the future, and something to put on your resume,” says a first-aid student. After all, first aid can save lives! 

We’ve zoomed in on two amazing Etgar options, but there are so many more to come! Tune in next week to see a close-up of some more wonderful aspects of Etgar!

By Ashley B, Helena M and Ruth P


Bialik Community Cooking Etgar Program

Our Year 8 and 9 Etgar (Challenge) students have been continuing this exciting program during lockdown. This week, some of the participants joined with My Village Kitchen for some healthy, fun cooking all done in their own kitchens. Why don’t you try this easy recipe at home?

Easy ‘Choose Your Own Vegetable’ Frittata


1 tablespoons olive oil
1 leek or ½ brown or Spanish onion, peeled and sliced thinly 
1 garlic clove, peeled and diced finely
~ 500g of any vegetable of your choice (e.g. pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, broccoli, spinach, carrots, mushroom, zucchini)
½ cup grated cheese or fetta or any cheese you have at home 
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre heat oven to 180c fan forced. 
  • Prepare a baking tin like a brownie tin or some sort or square tin. 
  • Prepare leek/onions and garlic. Set aside.
  • Prepare your vegetables of choice – depending on choice you may need to wash or peel. Dice into small cubes. Set aside. 
  • Heat olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add sliced onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often for 2-3 minutes or until onions are tender.   
  • Add chopped vegetables and cook until tender. 5-10 minutes 
  • Spread vegetables over base of baking tin.  
  • Mix eggs, cheese, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Pour evenly over vegetables. 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  
  • Allow to cool and enjoy. 
  • ** Don’t forget to clean up your kitchen. 


Bialik’s Etgar Program is Flying High

The first Etgar session this term took flight with a group of students looking at coding and robots. The students flew a drone through reception and into Principal Jeremy’s office so he could have a turn too!

These little drones are safe for indoor use and fully codable and, of course, lots of fun for students.


ETGAR Photography Group Visit the Zoo

The Year 8 Etgar Photography students braved a 38 degree day last Friday to attend an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. Having honed their photography and Photoshop skills all term, the students spent the day at the zoo capturing hundreds of photographs of the animals, insects, fauna, each other and their teacher in the wild. Their photographs show an excellent development of skill and a keen eye after only a term of Etgar Photography.


Message from Ian Poyser, Head of Middle School and Assistant Principal – Pastoral Care – November 2017

5 Years of Etgar but do you know what we do in Etgar?

For parents of students who are in K3–Year 7, you may well not have heard about this program, which runs every Friday afternoon for students in Years 8 and 9.

Our aim is to provide exciting opportunities for Year 8 and 9 students that enhance their learning, build new skills, provide part-time work opportunities and build self-respect.

The future of our young students

We are currently educating young people for jobs that do not currently exist. Research also shows that these same young people will change jobs regularly and retrain a number of times.

What should we be doing?

A broad and rigorous curriculum plus the teaching of: problem-solving skills, life skills, pro-social skills, gratitude and empathy

The History behind the Program

We surveyed students and asked them about the curriculum:
• 3 things they liked
• 3 things they disliked
• 3 things that could be improved
• 3 new things they would like to see brought in

So, how did we start?

We had at the school 6 teachers who had skills and a passion outside of their normal teaching, so we had them timetabled for Etgar and we began. Some of electives included: Build a Business, Aquatics, Extreme Sports, Photography, Masterchef, Robotics, soon followed by Barista and then the others.

What have we witnessed in the last five years?

• Students creating businesses and donating their takings to a charity of their choice
• Majority of students obtaining a Food Handling Certificate
• Increasing number of girls getting involved in Real Estate, Stockbroking and Robotics
• Students leaving the campus on a series of excursions for Aquatics, Extreme Sports, Build a Business, Stockbroking, Photography and Real Estate
• Students participating in a cafe internship giving them valuable work experience in the industry
• Donating food every Friday afternoon to charities that support families. As a result of this I firmly believe that students have become more empathetic and feel proud of making a difference.
• The growth of Tikkun Olam/community services electives particularly at Emmy Monash and Challah 4 Hunger

Where to now?

In the review of Etgar, we separated the activities into different strands; Physical, Learning for Greater Knowledge, Skills and Creativity. Students need to choose one activity from each of the strands, two activities from Tikkun Olam and two other different activities from the strands they enjoy most. Some of these strands may include the following activities: Aquatics, Urban Dance, Investing, Real-estate & Property, Robotics, Barista Course, Bialik Cafe Internships, J-Air, Photography, Ceramics, Sewing and a Trade elective.

Calling all Grandparents, Families and Graduates!!

Do you have an area of expertise or passion that you can share with our students?
The Bialik Etgar (Challenge) Program for all students in Years 8 and 9 gives the students the time and opportunity to further explore their interests, gain skills, or to try something new on a Friday afternoon. For each year they choose 3 different electives together with a Tikkun Olam/community service elective.

As we expand the Etgar program, we are inviting you to be part of the journey. The program runs every Friday afternoon from 1:30- 3:30 pm, providing a 2 hour block, 16 hour course. Both Tikkun Olam and each elective run for 8 weeks.

At a Conference recently, a presenter talked about different ways in which schools can get their students to interact with the wider community. In the UK there is a group called ‘The Amazings’ and they are a group of elderly citizens who come into schools to inform and teach young people skills from the past. Some of these skills were jam making, calligraphy and crocheting.

Do you or someone you know have a skill or passion that could be shared? Perhaps the elective can be done with a friend or colleague? We would really appreciate it you could give our students the opportunity to learn from you in either a 8 week course or share your expertise in an elective already running.

Electives already on offer which you could give an hour or two of your time to are:
– Stock market/Investing
– Real Estate/Property
– Build A Business/ Run your own business
Volunteers needed for:
– Floristry (Shabbat and event flower arrangements)
– Sewing
– Fashion Design
– Other activities that would interest Year 8 and 9 students

Etgar Tikkun Olam 2018 – With the expansion of the program for 2018, we were wondering if there are any organisations that you are connected with, that perhaps our students can volunteer for during the Friday afternoon sessions.

We would be grateful for any help and are looking forward to hearing from you. Please contact Ian Poyser via email or call 9822 7981.