BCPA Helpful Tips for Lockdown

The Bialik College Parents’ Association wishes everyone a speedy and healthy extended ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown. If you are currently queuing for the Pfizer vaccine or are still stuck on hold to the hotline, here are a handful of ideas to help pass the time:

  1. Check out Time Out Melbourne (Time In) for some useful tips about surviving another lockdown in Melbourne: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/things-to-do/time-in-the-best-things-to-do-at-home
  2. Check out these audio meditation apps for decompressing: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-7-best-meditation-apps-to-add-some-self-care-to-the-daily-grind/
  3. Look up classbento.com.au or go to https://www.facebook.com/MerrylsMosaics/ to purchase and have delivered a craft activity (it may even arrive before you get home)!
  4. Create your own age-appropriate Escape Room at home with helpful hints online for some great family fun:

Some good free DIY escape room puzzle ideas include:

  • Compose a message with invisible ink
  • Place a clue inside a balloon
  • Leave a diary lying around
  • Bury a clue inside a hollowed-out book
  • Use a letter lock
  • Use your phone as a lock
  • Write instructions in a foreign language

5. For a limited time, The Melbourne Theatre Company are offering their plays to viewers online, including ‘Berlin’: https://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/whats-on/mtc-digital-theatre/

6. Plan and get creative with your leftover vegetables in the fridge to make a hearty winter soup (Calling to mind the folktale about the Magical Stone Soup https://dltk-teach.com/fables/stonesoup/mtale.htm).

We will get through this together. Stay safe and well and see you soon!

The BCPA 🙂


Early Childhood Educator (Full-time)

About the role

Bialik Crèche provides long day care for children aged from three months to three years old.  We are seeking skilled and experienced Educators to provide high quality care for our enrolled children and their families. Also seeking fluent speaking Hebrew Educators, who will lead musical, religious and cultural Jewish learning experiences in the Creche.

This position is responsible for providing care and education for our children, involving planning and implementing curriculum and experiences, whilst championing the Reggio Emilia approach of being through learning and care. 

This is a full-time role working Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm.

Our Ideal Person

You will have a proven track record for providing a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment for children in line with organisational values and strategy.   

You will ideally hold the following qualifications:

  • Completed a minimum of an approved two year ACECQA qualification in Early Childhood
  • Minimum two years’ experience working as an Educator or Room Leader
  • Valid Working with Children’s check
  • Be willing to obtain a Police check
  • Recognised first aid, emergency asthma management and anaphylaxis management training
  • Thorough understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), National Quality Standards (NQS) and the National Regulations to make sure their practices are in accordance with these.

Employee Benefits

Bialik College is located close to the Monash Freeway and Tooronga Station.

  • Rostered day off (RDO) one day each month.
  • Free secure onsite parking.
  • Be part of a wider school community.
  • Access to additional resources & personnel working onsite including Student Services Team, School Nurse, Maintenance Staff
  • Salary packaging options.
  • Onsite gym & swimming pool.
  • Access to school fee discounts for enrolled Kinder- Year 12 children.
  • Access to free and confidential wellbeing support including onsite Psychologists and Employee Assistant Program (EAP)
  • Local retail discounts.
  • Discounted rental rates for school premises.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Safe & secure environment with onsite security

Please submit your application directly via SEEK.


Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

Strictly no agencies please.


School Photos 2021

The Bialik 2021 School photos are now ready to order!

Arthur Reed Photos uses an online ordering system where you can view your photos prior to ordering.

On photo day, all students received a flyer that included a code unique to them. You will require this 2021 code to register online and view your photos.

If you have already registered, you will receive an email or SMS from Arthur Reed Photos with a link to view your photos.

If you have not yet registered, please go to order.arphotos.com.au and enter your code to complete your order.

If you have misplaced your registration code, please contact the Arthur Reed Photos customer service team directly on 5243 4390 or [email protected]

Please note that you will need to register online with your 2021 photo code to gain access to this year’s images.

All photo packages are being sent home in 2021, so please ensure that you enter the correct details and nominated shipping address upon checkout.

If you require any assistance ordering your photos, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 or email [email protected]


Bialik & Maccabi Partnership Announcement

Bialik College is excited to announce a new community partnership with Maccabi Victoria and the launch of Maccabi Aquatics at Bialik which will commence operating in Term 4, 2021. Maccabi Aquatics at Bialik will be operated by Maccabi and based at the Bialik College Gringlas Sports Centre Pool.  It will offer a complete aquatics program including: Learn-to-Swim; Junior, Senior & Masters Squads; Water Aerobics; Fitness Squads; and All Abilities programs.The Maccabi Aquatics team will also work very closely with Bialik’s sports department in running its curriculum swimming, school swim squads and fitness, health & wellbeing aquatic programs at the College.

Maccabi Aquatics at Bialik is the next stage in a collaborative journey that will build on an already strong Maccabi-Bialik relationship through basketball as well as the Maccabi Victorian Carnival in January 2021. “We are so proud of our wonderful sporting facilities and are thrilled to see that through this unique partnership, our sporting facilities are being used for the benefit of our broader community” said College President Kate Beaconsfield.

Maccabi Aquatics at Bialik has been established as part of a long-term strategic partnership between Maccabi and Bialik and will operate solely for the benefit of the community. In the true spirit of a Not for Profit community partnership, all surplus funds earned will flow back into the community via the Maccabi Victoria and Bialik College Foundations.

Maccabi Aquatics at Bialik will also offer pathways for competitive swimming under the banner of the existing Maccabi Ajax Swimming Club which was one of the state’s premier clubs in the 1970’s & 80’s. By creating a home for Victorian Jewish Swimming at Bialik and an established competitive pathway, the aim is to reinvigorate Jewish swimming in Victoria to ensure a vibrant, growing and successful Maccabi Swimming Club well into the future.

The Bialik College community is extremely grateful to Swimming With Excellence for six years of excellent provision. The SWE team has been, and continues to be, a genuine and thoroughly professional partner in the provision of swimming at the College. The SWE program will operate up until the time that Maccabi Aquatics commences and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

We look forward to providing further details on this exciting new initiative closer to its commencement. 


The Best Bagels in Town Podcast by OC Jake Fehily

Bialik Old Collegian, Jake Fehily (’14), recently completed a podcast called ‘The Best Bagels in Town‘. The show is about a musical Jake wrote whilst in Year 9 at Bialik and is a reflection on childhood dreams. It was supported by the Victorian Government through their grants assisting artists in lockdown…Click here to listen to the Podcast.


Celebration Evening 2020 / 5781

Thursday 5 November, 7.30pm


1000 Bar Mitzvah Students

Thank you Rabbi Link for your wonderful dedication to teaching Bialik students over the years!

Written by Rabbi Steven Link.

I started teaching Barmitzvah boys at the age of 19, at a time when there were no computers, so some of my earlier students are not included in my recorded list of students. Who would have thought when I started teaching that I should have compiled a list of all my students! Now, with the ability to have a spreadsheet on a laptop, I have all my students recorded.

I began teaching privately and when I was offered a job teaching Jewish studies at Moriah College in Sydney, I assisted the Barmitzvah teacher and prepared students for their Barmitzvah. He celebrated his 100th birthday a few years ago. I hope that this happens with all Barmitzvah teachers.

In 1970 I moved from Sydney to Melbourne to take up the position of Chazan and Assistant Minister at St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation. While serving the Congregation for 14 years I taught Barmitzvah boys throughout the 14 years of my tenure there.

While still working at St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation I began teaching at Yavneh College as a Jewish Studies teacher. The school did not offer Barmitzvah tuition at the time but asked me to take up the position of Barmitzvah tutor at the school. (I shared an office with Genia Janover as we were both Senior Masters of the school).

In 1984 I left St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation to take up the position of Chazan and Assistant Minister at Kew Hebrew Congregation. I was to study for my S’micha in order to take over as Rabbi of the Congregation once I completed my studies. During that time, I continued teaching Barmitzvah boys.

In 2009 I was asked to teach Religion and Society 1 & 2 at Bialik College. The Barmitzvah teacher was taken ill so I was asked to take over tutoring his students until his return to good health and his return to the school. Not long after this, he decided to resign and I then took over teaching all the Bar/Batmitzvah students.

Once I was no longer teaching Religion & Society, I continued teaching Bar/Batmitzvah students, which I continue to do.

In 2017 I began teaching Bar/Batmitzvah students also at The King David School.

The one main aspect of my teaching is that I teach one-on-one with my students and I have the opportunity to be a positive influence on them and also to be someone that they can speak to and approach if they have problems.

Of my current recorded 999 students, 250 are students of Bialik College.

I also use my sense of humour with my students so that learning Barmitzvah is fun and not something tedious for them. We do have a lot of fun!!! We also discuss various sports and often have bets on the matches against my teams, with the loser making a small coin donation to the Magen David Adom charity box in my office.

Every student is an individual and I have had to fine tune my way of teaching in order to get the best results from my students.

I have taught students with Down Syndrome, students with hearing loss and students with varied learning difficulties. I went to a school for the deaf and learnt how to communicate with the students using the deaf and dumb sign alphabet. This is much easier than what we see today on TV.

No student is impossible to teach. They only require patience, understanding and dedication.

Apart from the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Haftarot, I have taught every Parsha multiple times.

The most satisfying aspect of teaching the children their Bar/Batmitzvah is seeing them mature and even doing better in their other school studies. Once they get up in front of so many people in Shule they realise that they can achieve anything.


2021 Director of Jewish Life

2021 Senior Leadership Team

Following Dan Sztrajt’s forthcoming transition to Assistant Principal Pastoral Care / Head of Middle School, I am delighted to announce that from January 2021, Zach Gomo will be stepping into the role of Director of Jewish Life.

Bialik is unique amongst Victorian Jewish Schools (and indeed most Jewish schools globally) as a pluralist Jewish school, embracing and teaching the reality that Judaism describes different, yet equally valid, paths to different people.

Zach is currently Head of Jewish Studies in the Secondary School, and joins the Senior Leadership Team with an inspiring vision to develop the pluralist Jewish life of the College.  A graduate of Bialik College, Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, the Israeli Defence Forces and three Melbourne universities, Zach is renowned throughout the College as an outstanding teacher, a mensch and an inspirational leader. 

We are delighted to welcome Zach to his new role.


Bialik Baking

Lockdown 4.0

A Chocolate Mouse Monday Morning

Bread Sushi Rolls

Year 1 students had another wonderful cooking session online and made Bread Sushi Handrolls using their favourite bread and fillings. The children loved making and eating their Handrolls so much that some of them then made more for their family for dinner that night or lunch the next day. Click here to view the recipe.

College Notices 10 September 2020

Herb, cream and salmon muffins

Ingredients for the muffins

2 ½ cups self-raising flour

1 tablespoon caster sugar

¾ cup of milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

3 green onions (spring onions), finely chopped

1garlic clove, crushed

Ingredients for the topping of the muffins

½ cup spreadable cream cheese

150g smoke salmon, sliced

Extra dill sprigs to serve


Step 1

Preheat oven to 190 degrees/170 degrees fan-forced. Grease 2 x 12 hole, 2 tablespoon-capacity flat-based patty pans. Combine the flour, sugar, dill, parsley and green onion in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.

Step 2

Add milk, egg, oil and garlic. Mix until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture evenly between holes of prepared pans.

Step 3

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden and just firm to touch. Stand in pans for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool.

Step 4

Serve muffins topped with cream cheese, salmon and extra dill.

Eggplant Caponata


1 tablespoon olive oil, plus a splash

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 eggplant

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons capers

400ml can of diced tomatoes

2 slices of crusty bread

½ small pack of basil

½ lemon juiced


  1. Heat the olive in a high sided frying pan over a high heat, add the onion and eggplant with a big pinch of salt and fry until golden and softened, around 10 minutes. Crush in the garlic with the oregano and cook for 1 minute max, then tip in the capers and tomatoes. Half fill the empty can with water and add to the pan, bring to the boil then turn the heat down to a simmer until the sauce has thickened and the veg softened.
  2. Toast the bread, then drizzle with a little more olive oil. Squash the tomatoes a bit with the back of the spoon, then stir in half the basil and season the caponata, adding lemon juice, salt and black pepper to taste. Tip into bowls, top with the remaining basil and serve.

College Notices 3 September 2020

Year 6 Linguine with avocado, tomato & lime


115g wholemeal linguine (or your own pasta)

1 lime, zested and juiced

1 avocado, stoned, peeled and chopped

2 large tomatoes, chopped

½ pack of fresh coriander, chopped

1 red onion, finely chopped

1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped (optional)


  1. Cook the pasta to pack instructions-about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put the lime juice and zest in a medium bowl with the avocado, tomatoes, coriander, onion and chilli, if using, and mix well.
  2. Drain the pasta, toss into the bowl and mix well. Serve straight away while still warm or cold.

College Notices 27 August 2020

Year 1 Gimmel – Breakfast cookies

Year 1 Gimmel had a fantastic cooking session online where they made ‘Breakfast’ cookies using only four ingredients.
The children really enjoyed the experience.
With the help of some very enthusiastic adults, the cookies were placed in the oven to bake and 15 minutes later the children happily and excitedly tucked into their homemade cookies. The verdict – delicious, yummy, chocolatey, gooey cookies. Click here or on image to view the recipe.

Year 6 Middle Easter Flatbread

On Friday, 6B English and Humanities baked flatbread in order to help us write diaries from the point of view of Jamal and Bibi, the main characters in Boy Overboard. There is a scene in which Jamal bakes bread on the diesel engine for the asylum seekers on the boat. This was a fun thing to bake. We mixed the flour and yoghurt by hand, let it sit for 20 minutes then rolled it into balls, flattened it with a rolling pin and fried it. Some of us made mini pizzas out of it. Some just had good old fashioned butter. We all had a great time.

Year 9 French – making crepes

J’ai préparé des crêpes pour ma famille. Ma famille les a vraiment aimées.

Year 6 and 7 student-led cooking

Year 6 and 7 students voted as a class what they wanted to cook and in Year 7, one of the students actually ran the session; he organised the recipe and lead the class step by step. Some promising new contenders for the BCPA Junior Masterchef competition.

Year 6 easy Linguine recipe

Click on image above for Linguine recipe


Primary Science Week

Last week our Primary School had Science Week as part of Digital Bialik.

Activities included:

  • Making lava lamps to further their understanding of density
  • Writing biographies of famous scientists
  • Dressing up and creating science backgrounds via Teams
  • Introducing Geology through drawing
  • Online excursions learning about animal adaptions at the Melbourne Zoo and the SciFest 2020: Surviving Antarctica. Next week Year 3 will be ‘visiting’ ScienceWorks and the Year 4 will participate in the Super Science Showcase.
Year 3 – Honey Eater Drawings