Bialik Wolves Swimming Update

EISM Division 1 Championship

Tuesday night saw the Bialik Wolves Swimming Team compete in the EISM Division 1 Championship. 

After a tough 12 months for our swimmers, we were finally able to get back to the competition.  We saw the true Bialik Wolves spirit even before the actual night as some outstanding individuals from across different year levels volunteered to join the team at late notice to ensure that we had the full quota of athletes.  These students are the reason for our success as they put the College’s needs ahead of their personal feelings and realised that we are all in this together.  It is this type of attitude and sacrifice that makes these students so special.  I would like to personally thank them all for their efforts and let them know how proud we are of them all.  Of course, we had some outstanding performances as well:

Peri A – 2nd U/13 50m Freestyle, Breastroke
Hanna G – 2nd U/14 50m Freestyle and 3rd 50m Backstroke and Butterfly
Lara D, Halle K, Peri A and Bindi B – 2nd U/13 Medley Relay 3rd Freestyle Relay
Lexie P, Alize F, Hanna H and Ruby H – 2nd U/14 Medley Relay

On top of these excellent results, we have also had another 12 students qualify for the upcoming Champions Carnival which is a selection of the best swimmers across the 3 Divisions.

Finally, it gives me great pleasure to announce that in 2021 Bialik College was awarded the trophy as the “Most Improved” school based on the point tally for the night and on top of that we have secured our place for another year in the top division of swimming, being the only Jewish School who has qualified for this honour.  More photos will come as the EISM hired a professional photographer for the night due to the Covid restrictions so we are awaiting the photos!

Overall a great night of swimming and more importantly a great demonstration of the character that makes the Bialik Wolves so special.

Mick Wheeler
Director of Sport

Division Swimming

Our Primary Swimming Team competed in the Division Swimming Championships which is the second stage of the process as swimmers compete for the State Title. 

The Bialik Wolves had 5 competitors, Edith S, Esther S, Rosie F, Zoe I and Archie R reach this level and they all performed admirably.  Highlight of the meet was Archie R finishing 5th in the 50m Freestyle. 

The experience gained through competing in these types of events is invaluable and we look forward to continued success from these gifted students.

Mick Wheeler
Director of Sport


Juggling Jackpot!

The first ever Bialik College Juggling Competition was held this week with representatives of each Year level from 5-11 attempting to take home the title of “Bialik’s Greatest Juggler”. 

Upon returning from the prolonged absence from campus due to Covid-19, every student had the opportunity during Sport class to advance to the finals. 

The representatives from each year level were as follows:

Year 5- Yhonatan C; Year 6 – Hayden G; Year 7 – Sam D; Year 8 – Ilyusha S; Year 9 – Daniel C; Year 10 – Bailey L; Year 11 – Jamie S; Staff member – Stef D

After 4 rounds of competition, which included 3-ball juggling, 2-ball one-hand juggling, 3-ball trick juggling and 4-ball juggling , each round being judged by 3 expert adjudicators, we had our final result: the winners were as follows: 1st – Sam D; 2nd – Daniel C; 3rd – Yhonatan C

“Three Worlds” – a trick shop in Brunswick – kindly donated prizes for all 8 of our finalists, and a fantastic $100 voucher for the shop. 

Kol ha’kavod to everyone who participated and to the winners for their exceptional effort.


Swimming Stars

Mazel tov to our four Year 6 stars who swam at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Championships and came home with a bronze medal in the 12/13 mixed freestyle relay. An absolutely amazing effort from Peri A, Ty J, Josh H and Max I!


A conversation with Professor Deborah Lipstadt and Principal Jeremy

Earlier this week we had the pleasure of welcoming celebrated Professor Deborah Lipstadt to Bialik College for a conversation with Principal Jeremy about her new book ‘Antisemitism: Here and Now’. Professor Lipstadt is a Dorot Professor of Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, and is most well known for defeating Holocaust denier David Irving in court.

Parents, grandparents and friends of Bialik packed our Theatrette for an intimate sell-out event.

Professor Lipstadt’s new book is available for purchase from Reception for $25.

A big thank you to the BCPA, in particular, Sally Robin who made this happen!


Victorian Interschools Skiing

Middle school students Felix H and Raphi U represented Bialik College in the Victorian Interschools Skiing competition at Mt Buller last week. The competition is of a very high standard and each event has up to two hundred competitors. The conditions were generally very good with plenty of snow cover and clear skies. Raphi competed in the Alpine Giant Slalom and Skier Cross and acquitted himself well with a couple of nice runs. Felix competed in Moguls where his technique was impressive and Slopestyle where he nailed his second run to finish 12th overall and qualify for the Nationals to be held at Mt Buller on 6 September. Congratulations to both boys on their effort and attitude throughout the competition.


Netball Championships

Our Year 7 and 8 combined netball teams played exceptionally well at the VNA Championships last week.  The girls team won 3 out of their 8 matches and finished 6th on the ladder.  Our boys team had one exciting draw and three close losses, finishing 4th on the ladder.


The Jewish SnowSports Carnival and Ski Camp Recap

The Jewish SnowSports Carnival

The Jewish SnowSports Carnival was held at Mt Buller on the 28-30 July. 

The carnival began with a Bialik team gathering at the Whitt on Sunday evening. We welcomed the newest members of the team, and presented them with race uniforms and helmet covers. From there, a group walked to Buller Central to bounce, jump and climb at the Buller Air Zone set-up. And finally, a social gathering was held at the Ajax lodge.

Bright and early on Monday morning, the team gathered on the Skyline course to compete in the Maccabi Giant Slalom event (proudly sponsored by Michael Coppel Theatrical and Safety Dave), which is open to all members of the Jewish Community.  The intermittent rain didn’t damper the spirits of the competitors, as they weaved left and right around the blue and red flags.

On Monday afternoon, after some hot chocolates and a change of clothing, part of the team took on the SkiCross course, also on Skyline.  The course was considered novice-friendly and the skies cleared to provide slower and more stable runs for the competitors. Competitors and family met at the Alpine Cinema to receive awards and celebrate the Maccabi event, organised by Auscamp.

On Tuesday, the Little Buller Spur Course took centre stage, as the sun shined on the Jewish Interschools Giant Slalom (proudly sponsored by Arnold Bloch Liebler).  The course was icy and fast, but the Bialik students managed to navigate their way safely through the flags. The day finished with presentations at the ABOM Moose Bar, with many congratulations going to the Bialik students for their individual efforts. 

In 2020, we encourage as many families as possible to join us in this terrific event.  Please contact Angie Carson in the Sport Department to register your interest.

Results- Jason D – 2nd SkiCross, 1st GS; Lara D – 5th SkiCross, 5th GS; Rafi U – 1st SkiCross, 1st GS; Lili C – 3rd SkiCross, 1st GS; Phoebe C – 1st GS; Chloe C – 2nd GS; Georgie J – 3rd GS; Abbie D – 5th GS; Hardy J – 2nd GS; Mason J – 5th GS; Ashley B – 3rd GS; Felix H – 4th GS;
*GS- Giant Slalom

*Maccabi race results were not available at the time of this report.

The 2019 Bialik Ski team consisted of the following students: Georgia J (Kinder 4); Chloe C & Ethan D (Prep); Phoebe C (Year 2); Hardy & Mason J (Year 3); Jason D (Year 4); Lara D & Blake J (Year 5); Rafi U & Ashley B (Year 7); Felix H & Pippa D (Year 8); Lili C (Year 11).

2019 Ski Camp

The 2019 Bialik Ski campers departed Cato Street on a Sunday morning.  Many nervous, but excited participants, waved goodbye to parents, checked their ski jackets (Pippa D!), and turned on devices for the four-hour trip to Mt Buller. After a low-key stop for lunch at Yea, the group arrived at the Skating Rink in clear sunny weather and transferred to over-snow taxis to make our way to Collegians Lodge. We headed to the village to pick up skis, boots and helmets. Old Collegian, Josh Batten, entertained the group with his musical performance as the students toasted marshmallows.

On Monday morning, the rain was present, which made it more difficult for our first-time skiiers, but the group managed to get through the day and return to the lodge for some Bonnie’s greatest cooking (muffins and zucchini slice!). 

On Tuesday, the group was rewarded with blue sunny skies. With Gabe Harris (OC ’98), Anton Fitt (OC ’95) and Brad Defran leading the groups around the mountain, everyone was rewarded with great runs and weather. 

Wednesday again delivered superb weather conditions (plenty of sunscreen = not great snow) and the campers enjoyed a photo shoot outside of ABOM and lunch at Tirol, Koflers or Burger Haus. 

Thursday morning was the first sign that camp was coming to an end – the bags of shoes had to be transported to Buller Sports. The last of the lessons took place in the morning, and everyone made the most of the perfect afternoon conditions.  On Thursday night, we were entertained by Anton and Brad’s delivery of Nicknames, Josh and Bonnie’s Haka, Josh’s bullying song, and awards were given to the following students: Best First Timer- Ava S; Best Female Camper- Lily C; Best Male Camper- Jem A.

Many thanks to everyone (Mr De, Carol, Anton, Brad, Gabe, Bonnie and Angie) who made for another memorable Bialik Ski Camp.

All the photos from these events can be found on the CLE: click here to view them.


Year 5/6 Footy News

After winning the Kooyong District, the Bialik College Year 5/6 Football team progressed to the Division Finals on Monday 29 July at Lynden Reserve in Camberwell. The competition was a round robin format within which we played three games.

Bialik played Mont Albert Primary in the first match and it was a hot contest with both teams cracking in hard. Neither team led by more than a goal throughout as the momentum swayed. Unfortunately we lost a nail biter by two points but to the credit of the group our attitude was excellent. Mont Albert 26 d Bialik 24.

Game two was against Auburn Primary and we burst out of the blocks with Jonty I lighting up the forward line with three first quarter goals. This spurred the rest of the team on and we managed to play some excellent team orientated Football. Dion Z was feverish around the contest and our backline led by Noah K was miserly. Bialik 37 d Auburn 7.

Finally we played Ashburton Primary and again we broke free early with Jonty riding a wave of confidence slotting goals from everywhere. Hugo K worked hard and it was great to see Josh H, Hayden G and Tye J rack up possessions. Bialik 54 d Ashburton 2.

Overall the team made massive improvements throughout the season and we hope that they continue to improve their Football outside of school. Thanks to Jonah Wise who coached the team with purpose and style.


Primary Bike Education Program

A special thank you to the BCPA on their generous sponsorship towards our Primary Bialik Bike Education Program. The school has purchased 8 Junior ‘Giant’ Bikes, 2 of which are 20” and 6 are 24”, in order to assist our Primary Students of varying ages and sizes, to be able to learn how to ride a bike.

For more information regarding this program, or to enquire about your child participating in the Bike ED Program, please email Angie Carson.

Some of the learning will take place during Sport lessons and a “Bike” Lunchtime Club will begin in the next few weeks. 


Year 4 Interschool Sports

On Wednesday 19 June, the Year 4 Bialik students participated in an interschool competition against The King David School. All students were highly excited for the day and represented their school well. They competed in two sports; Soccer and Rounders. The students thoroughly enjoyed the round robin with finals.