Year 9 student Tal D and Year 8 student Adam E, were nominated for Lyrebird Awards (for best female ensemble and best male ensemble) for their wonderful performances in Bialik’s musical production of Hairspray, which was presented earlier this year. Our magnificent costume designer, Janine Box, was also nominated. We are very proud of their well-deserved nominations.
The Mazkirut (student leaders) joined forces with Bialik’s Shuk to make ‘Movember’ 2017 a great success. Bialik raised over $2,400 – an incredible effort indeed! The Shuk sold frozen drinks, which raised a portion of the final total, whilst a group of staff and students were sponsored by family and friends to grow a ‘mo (moustache). The younger students participated by making their own colourful ‘mo. Kol ha’kavod to everyone who contributed to this very important charity.
The Movember Foundation is an organisation that is dedicated to saving and improving men’s lives through projects focused on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
The Year 6 ‘Shakespeare Project’ was presented to parents in the Solomon and Minnie Fisher Drama Studio on Tuesday 21 November (6A), Wednesday 22 November (6B) and Thursday 23 November (6C). The audience were entirely captivated by the student’s performances. It was a delight to see our young students confidently interpreting the words of the great bard.
Our Chavayah students are about to depart China for Israel. Below are a few excerpts of their experiences whilst in China:
Our first stop was the Propaganda Postern Museum. Hidden in the basement of an apartment block, the museum displays over 6000 various pieces of Chinese propaganda from the initial stages of the People’s Republic of China until the Cultural Revolution. Luckily for us, we had the privilege of speaking to the founder of the museum. Contrary to what we believed, the Chinese government actually knows about the museum, and funds them with over 150 000 yuan a year.
Arriving at the luggage factory, our initial perceptions were immediately changed. The building gave us the impression of an army base from the outside and a worn-down warehouse in the inside. The tour really opened our eyes to the conditions of the workspace. Consisting of rows of female sewers in some areas and men handling scrappy machinery in others, the poor working conditions were exposed. Whilst this shocked us, our thoughts were further challenged after being told that these workers were treated relatively well, having a monthly salary of 8000 renminbi (~1600 AUD) and sick leave.
Our afternoon was filled with a Jewish tour around Shanghai, which taught us about the long history of Judaism in the country. We learnt of the three groups of Jewish immigrants that came to Shanghai, focussing on the Jewish refugees that fled the Nazi regime. With Shanghai’s open borders many Jews took refuge here and we were able to visit ‘Shanghai’s ghetto,’ a neighbourhood where stateless Jews were required to live. However, unlike Nazi ghettos the neighbourhood was not fenced and Jews who migrated to Shanghai and were not stateless did not have to reside. We also visited the Shanghai Jewish Refuge Museum where we were provided with a platform to expand our growing knowledge on the lives of those who fled to Shanghai during the Holocaust.
FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition
On Sunday 19 November, eight students from Years 7 and 8 competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics competition held at Swinburne University. The theme of the competition was Hydro Dynamics.
In Term 2, the students began learning code and building robots and programs based on last year’s competition, with a focus on growing their skills, knowledge and experience. 2017’s challenge was released at the start of Term 3 and from then onwards, they met Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursdays after school to work on the various tasks. These included designing, building and programming a Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot for the purpose of carrying out various theme-related missions in a Robot Game. Students also worked on a project, researching a problem that currently exists within our water cycle/system and developing a solution.
On competition day, they competed in three different Robot Game ‘mission rounds’ and also collaboratively and knowledgably shared their robot design and the complexities in building and programing it during a Robot Design Judging session. They presented their project and a 3D printed model to a judging panel. The final area of judging involved a group interview based upon the group’s core values and team collaboration.
The day was full of high energy and team work and to add to the excitement, the Bialik team received a Judges’ Award.
Well done to our Year 3 team who took first place in the Primary Division of the Everybody Dance NAO robot dance competition. It’s the second year that Rosie, Bialik’s NAO Humanoid Robot, has taken first place, with the help of a creative group of Bialik students who wrote the code for her moves and, this year, even composed the music for her to dance to.
Kol ha’kavod to the Year 3s, and to the Year 5 team who also made it to the finals, which were held at Scienceworks during the Robotica 2017 exhibition
During Term 2, twelve students from Year 4 and sixteen students from Years 6-9 joined the Science Enrichment Opportunity. This opportunity allowed the students to become researchers and inventors in their quest to design and create an entry into this year’s Science Talent Search, with the theme of ‘Future Earth’.
The Bialik students submitted entries in the following areas: video games, scientific posters, picture story books, inventions, creative writing, videos, experimental research, games and photography. They met regularly during Terms 2 and 3 at school and also spent many hours at home working on their project plans and designs in preparation for judging day at the end of July.
On the day, students were required to explain their thinking and processing to two independent judges from The Science Teachers Association of Victoria with all students receiving encouraging feedback and feeling confident about their presentations.
Seven Bialik students received bursary prizes and certificates, recognising their outstanding achievements, and were awarded these at a ceremony at La Trobe University on 23 October.
Congratulations to all of the students involved in Science Talent Search 2017!
Two Bialik students have placed first and second in the Elie Wiesel Essay writing competition, organised by the Bnei Brith Anti-Defamation Commission.