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Year 2s interview Year 12 students

This term the Year 2s have been exploring a History unit with a focus on Understanding the past to understand the future. As part of their investigations into the past, Year 2A had the wonderful experience of interviewing Ayden, Hayley and Tom from Year 12 about their time when they were in Year 2 many years ago. The interviews were conducted on TEAMS and after a short introduction the students broke up into different channels led by their Year 12 mentors.  The smaller group interviews started with the Year 2s asking open and closed questions about how school uniforms, subjects, rules, buildings, games, and the timetable have changed in the 10 years since they were in Year 2. The conversations were informative, rich and at times very funny, and it was so awesome to hear the Year 12 students speak passionately about their experiences and memories from the past. Some of the biggest changes the Year 2s learnt from the experience were iPads were not around and the price of food from the Shuk has increased as well as many changes to the menu. 2A students have also invited Ayden, Hayley and Tom to visit their actual classroom when back on campus to share some of the new things that have happened in Year 2. A great experience for everyone involved! 


Year 10 High School Cancer Masterclass

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Last week, 20 Year 10 students commenced their 5-week High School Cancer Masterclass. Session 1 was on campus and we were able to be flexible and switch our learning environment to Zoom for sessions 2-5.

The HSCM program consists of five consecutive weekly tutorials designed and delivered by high-achieving university students studying biomedical science courses including the Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Science, and Doctor of Medicine.  During tutorials, tutors cover topics ranging from the basics of cell biology to the treatment and prevention of cancer.  


The Annual G.A.T.E.Ways Challenge

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From 27 – 29 November Bialik hosted the annual Gateways Challenge. Each of the three days saw approximately 80 students from around 20 schools participate in a series of different challenging problems.  Through their involvement, students’leadership, team work and problem-solving abilities were extended through a series of original, creative and exciting scenarios. Twenty-eight students represented Bialik over the three days, with the Years 3-6 students participating in morning workshops followed by afternoon competitions and the Years 1-2 students enjoying challenging and thinking-rich workshops. 


BrainSTEM Innovation Challenge

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For the past two terms, a small team of four Year 9 students have been involved in The 9th BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge.  BrainStem is an organisation that connects students with lecturers or PhD students from universities within Melbourne to explore an area of interest.  Our students have travelled weekly to Swinburne University in Hawthorn to work with Muneera Bano, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering now positioned at Deakin University and on Thursday 21 November they shared their project at BrainSTEM’s 9th Innovation Presentation Evening. Ms Bano specialises in the field of socio-technical domains of software engineering focusing on human-centred technologies. She works at the intersection between computers and humans – looking for ways to engineer technology to work better with the people that use it. Her research interests include requirements engineering, service orientation, sentiment analysis and evidence based software engineering.

Our students chose to design and create a prototype of an app, called CONNECT, to support communication between children with autism spectrum disorder and their families, carers and guardians. The app uses AI and deep learning, via a game, to learn the person’s communication patterns and emotions. Based on the data collected from the game and interactive tasks, the app creates a personalised dictionary for the families and carers to refer to. It also aims to develop the person with ASD’s language and communication skills.  The app also has links to community support and events and the capacity for deep learning, to follow and measure any patterns in emotions and behaviours of the person with ASD. Although in its infant stages, we believe our app will have a positive impact on people within the ASD community; supporting them in communicating with their carers and families.


Our FLL Junior (Primary School) Team

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Our Junior First Lego League team represented Bialik last Sunday, 24 November, at The FLL Junior Expo at Swinburne University. Run in parallel with the National Finals for First Lego League, 32 teams from a variety of schools shared their BoomTown Builds, their ‘Show Me’ posters and programmed Lego WeDo robots. Over the last term and a half our students have been meeting every Thursday lunchtime with our FLL Junior mentor, Alison Fiske, to learn some of the engineering behind buildings and to create their own building using the WeDo robots and the Lego BoomTown Build Inspire Sets. Our students built a community cinema, taking into account the building’s durability, environmentally friendly features and accessibility for all. They also built and coded automatic doors, a working elevator and a film projector. On the day, they mingled with students from other schools and found out about their research and projects. At this level, the students are not scored but rather are visited by judges and asked to explain their designs, builds, challenges robotics and coding. It was a high energy filled day and our students demonstrated great resilience, perseverance and confidence when they needed to rebuild damaged aspects of their cinema and recode in the moment when their robots did not respond as predicted. We were very proud of them! Thank you so much to the parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins who joined us and supported us on the day.

Moving Doors

First Lego League (FLL) Robotics 2019

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Well done to the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics team, including Olivia W, Eliana F, Jaiden K, Nathan S, Joseph Z, Jack R and Shakked F. 

The team competed in the regional FIRST LEGO League competition in Roxburgh Park on Sunday 17 November. Even though it was not Bialik’s first FLL competition, it was the first time competing for all the current team members.

While Bialik’s team did not win this time, it was a quick learning curve. The students’ designs, building and programming got better each time between Rounds 1, 2 and 3. It was a great first experience of an FLL competition for all. The judges loved our team’s description of the research project and were impressed by how much our students had done. 

The students had a great time and were outstanding representatives of Bialik College with their positive attitude, values and teamwork. 


Teen Day at the Wheeler Centre

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On Friday 8 November two Year 9 students travelled with Ms Gordon to the Wheeler Centre in the city to attend the Broadside Teen Day.

Broadside, a festival that ran from Friday to Sunday, is a series of feminist workshops with speakers such as Monica Lewinsky and Maya Angelou. The students attended a series of lectures, presentations and activities aimed to extend and challenge their knowledge about feminist issues. Eco-feminism, friendship and body image were all addressed.

Overall, the day was an enriching experience and the students had a greater understanding of how feminism is intertwined with other societal issues.


MathsCraft Student Workshop and Beat The Box Challenge

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MathsCraft Student Workshop

On Friday 25 October, three students from Year 7 together with Maths teacher Mr Vanara Jone, participated in MathsCraft Student Workshop at Ruyton Girls’ School. The morning was centred around the questions, “How does a mathematician think about and solve problems?” and, “What does doing maths look like?”.

The four representatives from Bialik worked collaboratively with University Mathematics Professors to solve complex problems which they then in turn presented to the other schools attending. The event was a great success and it showcased the collaborative and inquisitive nature of our students. Well done to our outstanding Year 7 students.

Beat The Box Challenge.

On Thursday 24 October, six of our students represented Bialik at the Year 5 Boroondara Collaborative Interschool Beat The Box Challenge hosted at MLC. 

On the day, in mixed school teams, our students worked with like-minded peers to solve three different breakout box challenges that require problem solving, team work and strong communication. The students needed to use cryptic clues to solve problems and crack the locks in order to reach the content inside each box.

The students needed to prepare for the day researching Edward Lear and learning some of his poems and limericks as well as creating their own. The day proved to be an exciting one with our students meeting the complexity and difficulty levels of the three challenging sessions, centred around Mathematics, Engineering and Literature. A fun day was experienced by all.


Year 9 Aurecon Bridge Building Challenge (STEM)

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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.


Primary Schools Parliamentary Convention


On Tuesday 6 August, Lola D and Elliot F represented Bialik at the 2019 Primary Schools Parliamentary Convention. 

The topic of the day was, “Should athletes and other celebrities use their popularity to influence political and social issues?” 

The day was held at Parliament House, Melbourne, with all proceedings taking place within the Legislative Assembly. Events began with a welcome to country delivered by a member of The Wurundjeri Council and a welcome to attendees delivered by Maree Edwards MP, Deputy Speaker of The Legislative Assembly. Tim Richardson MP, Parliamentary Secretary for School then introduced the topic for the day which led into opening addresses. 

Students from selected primary schools were invited to make opening statements and Lola and Elliot gave an address on behalf of Bialik.

Clementine Ford (writer and presenter) and Rayoni Nelson (from School, Sports Victoria) gave keynote addresses and following these, students broke into mixed school discussion groups where they discussed and debated the reasons for and against whether athletes/celebrities should use their popularity to influence political and social issues.

Following a lunch break, representatives from each discussion group reported back to the assembly. Individual students then had the opportunity to share their personal views during the soap box session. The final vote showed that the majority of attendees believe athletes and other celebrities should use their popularity to influence political and social issues.

The day was an interesting and provocative one as our students heard and learnt about emotive, factual and well researched views.