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Year 2 Visit the National Gallery of Victoria

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As part pf their currrent investigations into mass, focussing on balance, the Year 2 cohort visited The Alexander Calder exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria on Thursday 25 July. 

The students had an exciting morning travelling to and from the city via train, exploring the exhibition and making links to their classroom investigations within Term 2. 

There was even time to lie down in The Great Hall and star gaze, examining the beautiful stain glass kaleidoscope of polygons, making further connections to their learning.

Our students engaged in every aspect of the excursion; from building new connections and asking questions to slowly and thoughtfully examining the pieces of art.  It was an exciting and remarkable exploration into the shared worlds of Art, Maths and Science.  


KAble Mathematics and High School Cancer Symposium

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KAble Mathematics

Kable Mathematics is a program designed by our Head of Mathematics, Faina Brichko, and facilitated by Dana Ma, a full scholarship recipient at Cambridge University. Dana has also represented Australia in The International Mathematics Olympiad.

The program, which runs after school, is targeted at Keen and Able Mathematics learners, providing them with greater insight into the world of Mathematics, enriching their knowledge in areas such as Number Theory, Combinatorics, Geometry, Algebra and Proofs.

The program is designed to extend students’ problem solving skills and expose them to the beauty of Mathematics beyond the confines of the curriculum. It focuses on exploring complex challenges often found in Mathematics competitions such as the Australian Mathematics Competition, the University of Melbourne Mathematics Competition, Mathematics Challenge and Enrichment for Young Australians and the Maths Olympiad. 

KAble is a very rewarding program for those involved and exposes them to areas of Mathematics they might otherwise never encounter.

High School Cancer Symposium

On Thursday 18 July a small group of Year 10s nominated to attended the High School Cancer Symposium at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. 

The day began with 2 speakers; Dr Belinda Yeo from Olivia Newton John’s research centre and Dr Misty Jenkins, Laboratory Head in the Immunology Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. 

They discussed their current projects, their findings and what drove them to these fields of work. Following this the students visited and toured working research labs, stepping into the spaces where tissue was being grown. Under microscopes they were able to examine liver and blood cells. 

The day included conversations with survivors of prostate and breast cancer who bravely shared their stories and encouraged our students to ask questions. They also participated in networking sessions, ‘speed dating’ style, with PhD students, enabling them to gain insight into a day in the life of the PhD’s work and to ask questions on the study and a career in medical research. 

The day concluded with two guest speakers, Professor Mark Rosenthal and Professor David Vaux who explored the complexity of research and whether it actually uncovers viable and successful treatments. Both explained CAR T cells, the history and chemistry behind them and how researchers are manipulating them to fight cancer. 

Overall the day was informative, educational, fun, and very inspiring. We are now looking forward to our series High School Cancer Master Classes which begins on Thursday 25 July after school.


The 8th BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge (STEM)


For the past term and a half, a small team of four Year 9 students have been involved in The 8th 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 Professor Paul Stoddart to create a solution to a real world problem.

Professor Paul Stoddart is Director of Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre in Biodevices. His research interests include applied optics and biophotonics with projects in the areas of fibre optic sensors, Raman spectroscopy and laser nerve stimulation.

Our students chose to design and create a prototype of a wearable device used to measure ones alertness or wakefulness. They researched, within the laboratories of Swinburne, that through the use of electrodes (gel and dry electrodes, and tiptrodes), we are able to measure brain waves from points at the top and back of the ear. With the use of an app on a smart phones, they plan to analyse this data to measure how tired someone is. Their wearable device was originally to be glasses; however, upon meeting challenges and technical glitches, they re-designed their product to be earphones with dry electrodes embedded into them.

Over the 12-week period our students were guided by Professor Stoddart through all of the stages of design and on Thursday evening last week they presented their research and device at The BrainSTEM Celebration Evening. This presentation, hosted by Swinburne University, was attended by those within the BrainSTEM community as well as university lecturers, parents and friends.

At the start of Term 3 we will be inviting Year 9 students to join the 9th Innovation Challenge. Students interested should contact Caity Faiman via email [email protected] .


Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon 2019

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This week, two teams of Bialik students participated in the annual Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon, held at St Leonard’s in Brighton.

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with events of an academic nature. The disciplines in which the students competed include Science, English, Ideation, Art and Poetry, Cartography, Creative Producers, General Knowledge, Code Breaking, Mathematics and Engineering. The tasks within these disciplines are exciting and challenging with a particular emphasis placed on higher-order thinking skills.

All students spent time in Term 1 and Term 2 engaged in mini workshops within each of the disciplines and we are grateful to Gary Vellman, Dr Ford and Ms Kain for running sessions in their specific fields. Competition day was incredibly challenging and our students both thrived and enjoyed the fast pace and high level of the complex tasks.

We are very proud of the way our students represented our school and congratulate Team 1 on placing third in the Engineering Challenge.

Bialik Team 1: Josh D, Jasmine F, Celine R, Liam S, Iliya S, Jennifer T, Ella W, Jesse W

Bialik Team 2: Rebecca P, Aviv K, Ella H, Aaron P, Benji F, Sophie G, Sophie S, Zoe M


Max Makes His Mark On Canberra

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We are very proud of Max S, Year 11, who was selected to represent Bialik at The National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra this year. This convention was held from Tuesday 19 March – Thursday 21 March and was attended by students from across Australia. Below is a reflection from Max of his experiences:

The growing levels of uniformed decision making surrounding the world of politics and the disconnect between younger generations and the political system has become an ever increasing issue in the modern world. As a consequence, the Australian government has allocated some of its budget in a constitutional convention of approximately 100 students across Australia. I was lucky enough to have been one of these students.

The program began with an introduction to Parliament House and a rundown of its history, which was immediately followed by several speakers discussing their areas of specialisation. After having gathered a good level of understanding surrounding constitutional law, the workings of Australian politics and – the focus of the convention – the Preamble of our constitution, we were asked to construct a new Preamble and give persuasive speeches as to why this new particular Preamble was best suited to the views and values of modern Australia.

I was given the opportunity to deliver a speech on my group’s particular Preamble and it was selected via popular vote as the final proposal. A mock referendum was held which passed the proposed change. The proposed changes were then handed down to members of the Senate for future debate. There is currently bi-partisan support for changing an outdated Preamble but the cost of holding a referendum is far too expensive in practicality for realistic implementation of our proposal but I, along with a hundred or so school kids across Australia, dream on.


Year 10 French Walking Tour of the CBD

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On Tuesday 2 April our Year 10 French students were fortunate to spend a beautiful autumn morning in the CBD on a French walking tour of Melbourne – A l’Écoute de Melbourne.

They were joined by students from Scotch College and Camberwell Girls’ Grammar as part of the Boroondara Gifted Network. Each Bialik student was paired up with a student from another school, and together they toured around the city visiting famous historical landmarks, guided by a French podcast, which explained the history behind the landmark. These stories were informative, and also at times surprising and even comical.

The students were required to complete a questionnaire based on what they heard in the podcast as they made their way around the streets and arcades of Melbourne. One of the most popular stops was the visit to Degraves Lane, where the students stopped for a delicious French morning tea at the Belgian Waffle Stand.

At the conclusion of the tour, our students continued the French gastronomic theme and enjoyed delicious French galettes (savoury crêpes) for lunch, at the Roule Galette café off Flinders Lane.

All conversation was in French, enhanced by the participation in the excursion of Bialik’s French Assistante Andréa, ensuring the students had a fully immersive experience throughout the morning.

Our students commented afterwards how much they had enjoyed the outing. They learnt a lot about their city through a highly informative French podcast, were pleased to have met students from other schools and were particularly grateful to have had the opportunity to eat delicious French fare.



Year 3s Visit the Escher Exhibition at The NGV

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As part of our Year 3’s current Maths investigation on Geometry, the whole year level visited The Escher x Nendo exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria on Monday 1 April. The students had the most exciting and full day travelling to and from the city via train, exploring the exhibition and making links to their classroom investigations, participating in a workshop led by educators from The NGV and taking time out in The Great Hall to lie beneath the amazing stained glass kaleidoscope of polygons, making further links to their learning.

Our students engaged in every aspect of the excursion; building new connections, asking questions, developing hypotheses, slowly and thoughtfully examining the pieces of art. Their teachers were so proud of their excitement, interest and perseverance.

For some it was their first time on a train. For some it was their first time in The NGV. And for some it was their first time in a gallery. What an awesome day!



Year 7 Maths Gala Day

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On Monday 25 March, eight of our Year 7 students represented Bialik at a Year 7 Maths Gala Day hosted at Scotch College, joining 100 students within the Boroondara network of schools. The half-day event required our students to work in teams and ‘strategise’, ‘mathematise’ and navigate their way through numerous mathematical challenges and puzzle fields.


BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge for Year 9 Students

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Earlier this term, students from Year 9 were invited to submit applications to join the Bialik BrainSTEM team, a group of 4 students who will be participating in BrainSTEM’s Innovation Challenge. The Innovation Challenge requires students, together with a university mentor, to highlight a problem within our society and develop a real-world solution to it. Innovations that schools and mentors have developed in previous Innovation Challenges include:

  • The development of a spill-proof Parkinson’s mug
  • The programming of a robotic arm to aid in meal preparation for those living at home with a disability
  • Monitoring retained heat in synthetic grass
  • The creation of a cortisol detector to be fitted around a tooth to detect spiking stress levels in teenagers.

Our students attended the launch at Swinburne University on 8 March and were partnered with Professor Paul Stoddart, Director of Swinburne’s ARC Training Centre in Biodevices. His research interests include applied optics and biophotonics with projects in the areas of fibre optic sensors, Raman spectroscopy and laser nerve stimulation.

Over the next 12 weeks our BrainSTEM team will meet regularly with Professor Stoddart to design and build a prototype which will then be shared at a presentation evening attended by all schools participating in the challenge.


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


From 28 November – 30 November, Bialik hosted the annual G.A.T.E.Ways 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.