On Thursday 17 October, Bialik’s musical ensembles and vocal groups from the Middle and Senior Schools put on an incredible show in this year’s Musica Bialika.
Showcasing some of the College’s finest musical talents, the evening was enjoyed by all.
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.
Health and Wellbeing Days are a staple at our College. During these exciting days, students do yoga, self-defence, learn about positive relationships and much, much more.
Recently, the Year 7 students enjoyed a Health and Wellbeing Day during which they worked in teams to create a fashion parade out of butcher paper. They had to collaborate and compromise to achieve the results. It was a learning experience enjoyed by all.
The Year 6 students had an enriching and insightful visit to the Immigration Museum, where they actively explored Melbourne’s Jewish history, as well as the immigration stories of all the other cultures that make up our diverse country.
The Rosenkranz Centre for Excellence and Acheivement
This week Jake A, Dustin F and Josh K represented Bialik at The Aurecon Bridge Building competition hosted at Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College in Altona. The competition required the students to construct a bridge from a kit of materials provided by the competition organisers. This term our team of 3 researched different types of bridges, sought advice from mentors around our school and designed their bridge digitally using SketchUp Make. When the kit arrived our students had several weeks to build the bridge according to specific instructions and dimensions, that could carry a large weight ready for competition day on 18 September.
Competition day was a buzz with 42 schools in attendance. Within the competition hall our students met with judges from Aurecon, Vic Roads, Metro Tunnel and Auto Cad. They explained their design and had their bridge tested to ‘breaking point’.
We are very proud of our students and the work they put into this competition. Their bridge withstood up to 20.3 kgs, a 6 fold improvement from last year, winning Bialik the Most Improved Award. Bialik also finished second in the digital design component.
We look forward to entering again in 2020 to build on our performance.
Opening with the Year 4 dance show (Tues 30 July), ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, Bialik, once again, celebrated the arts in our annual arts festival.
Visiting artist Chieko Hester worked with all Primary students on the Paper Plane project, soon to be revealed as an art installation in the Primary building, while the ELC engaged in Israeli dancing with visiting dance instructors from Bamba Dance.
The themed Year 6 – 11 Art Showcase, ‘Seeing Round Corners’ was officially opened and is currently on display in the Art & Tech building, Level 2.
In Middle School, the Year 6 Drama students presented performances based on indigenous themes and parents and grandparents joined in the Year 7 Ballroom Dancing presentation.
The Year 8 Film Festival produced a range of short films, for which prizes were awarded.
The Mazkirut Omanuyot organised a visiting magician as a lunchtime activity and the senior students enjoyed visiting comedy writer, Declan Fay.
The festival concluded with Bialik Rising Star at The National Theatre, St Kilda.
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.
Congratulations to Max W, Oliver F and Noah V who won this year’s Annual Water Balloon Bungee Competition in Year 8 Mathematics.
Students worked collaboratively across math streams, analysing data then using this data to make a linear model which allowed them to predict the exact number of rubber bands needed to drop their water balloon from the primary school bridge.
Max’s, Oliver’s and Noah’s accuracy and precision brought home the win.
Well done to all year 8 math students.
Earlier this month, the Year 1 students visited the Science labs to join the Year 8 Science students who were making games using circuits and a program called Makey Makey.
The Year 1 students were filled with so much wonder and excitement that their teachers decided to continue the investigation back in the ELC. Middle School Science teacher, Simon, visited them in their classroom to teach them about the basics of electricity and circuits.
The students are now investigating which materials conduct electricity using the same program as the Year 8 students.
As part of Bialik’s Big Read, students and staff came to school in their pyjamas to add to the fun of the celebration of literature and to raise money for The Pyjama Foundation, which helps support children in foster care.
Bialik’s Big read is a week-long celebration of the love of books and literacy and students enjoyed many fun activities like author visits, multicultural story time, craft activities, a school-wide book swap and more.