Please click on this link for my end of term video message, with some nice tips for your Pesach Seder!
As we end Term 1, I wish to take the opportunity to extend a huge thank you. I am beyond proud of the positive mindset and can-do attitude of our parents; you have been integral to the success of both our Digital Bialik trial (the three days of real-time Prep to Year 12 learning last week) and the home learning program this week. Overall the program was a huge success and I thank you for your positive feedback, warm messages and ideas for improvement. Your ongoing support and involvement does not go unnoticed and the team at Bialik will be reviewing all suggestions, in particularly with the ELC and Primary School, over the break to further enhance the provision of Digital Bialik if Term 2 commences online. A deep clean is currently taking place throughout the College.
Today, we sadly find ourselves in a completely different world to when we commenced the school year. We are all impacted in some way by the pandemic and I empathise with each of you, the new challenges your family is now facing. What we have seen is that Bialik is more than a school and our community extends beyond the building; we have all been inspired by the many examples over the past week of families connecting and supporting each other.
Lee Howard, our Etgar (Years 8-9 Challenge and Skills Program) Coordinator has put together a program of holiday activities by colleagues who have generously volunteered their time during the break, for the benefit of our children and community. View the program. The Bialik College Parents’ Association will also be running a range of activities for both children and parents. Stay updated by regularly checking the BCPA CLE page and following the BCPA on Facebook. I am delighted to offer some JED talks for parents and grandparents and look forward to engaging with you online, looking at some controversial Jewish texts. Click here to see the topics, times and how to book.
An important survey
As part of our planning, we recently surveyed our Creche and Kinder parents regarding their likely interest in an on-campus Pre-School provision for their children during Term 2 in the event of a general school closure commensurate with a requirement to open our Pre-School.
We are also interested if parents of Prep to Year 12 children would send their children to campus to access Digital Bialik in a supervised capacity in the event of a general school closure (this might be most suitable for essential workers such as those in Healthcare). Please click here to complete the two-minute survey. If you completed the Creche and Kinder survey and you do not have older children, you do not need to complete this one.
Will we open Term 2?
Whilst the duration and total impact of this situation is uncertain, I am confident that as a community we will get through whatever is thrown at us. At this stage we are unsure as to whether Term 2 will commence on campus and I will, of course, be in contact in the final week of the school holidays, around 14 April, regarding this.
However, I am confident that regardless of the format in which lessons are provided, our children will continue to receive a world-class Bialik education. Given the success of the trial of Digital Bialik, we have been inundated with requests from other schools to learn of the Bialik magic!
Bialik is internationally renowned in the educational world for its Cultures of Thinking, an approach that enriches and inspires teaching and learning by encouraging both teachers and students to be curious, ask questions, and be risk takers, while engaging in thoughtful reflection that leads to construction of knowledge. This ethos has never been more relevant and our educators will continue to respond to the current situation in an innovative and cutting-edge style which is uniquely Bialik.
I wish you and your family wellness and health and a Chag Pesach Sameach. Take this time to rest, spend time with your loved ones in your own home and be safe. I look forward to seeing you back on campus when the time comes.
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