Information Evening 2021
Join us for Information Evening, an annual event at Bialik College for students and their parents to learn about what Bialik has to offer. Explore our facilities, our community and how we enable students to thrive whilst also developing their Jewish identity.
Information Evening 2021
Wednesday 11 August
7.30pm – 9.00pm
In 2020 Bialik was the top-ranked school in Victoria for VCE results. This achievement was no fluke as Bialik has consistently been achieving incredible rankings for years.
Whether your child needs extra stimulation in English, math, music, drama, humanities, or any development area, we approach each student as an individual and cater to their unique needs.
Bialik is a single campus that encompasses Creche to Year 12. The community is multifaceted, with plenty of opportunities for your family to be immersed in Jewish life and events throughout the year.
Parents are automatically a part of our Parents’ Association, giving you the opportunity to volunteer in your child’s Passover Seder or the exciting day-long event on Purim or Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
Bialik also has a strong and growing alumni association with regular events welcoming past students and current families. Other opportunities for involvement include, Principal Jeremy’s fascinating JED Talks, where he discusses various Jewish topics that relate to our everyday lives and our regular Grandparents’ Teas.
We have state of the art sporting facility that includes 25 metre pool, an indoor stadium with championship basketball courts and a fully-equipped gymnasium. Outside we also have tennis courts and a football oval.
Our media facilities include an Art & Technology Centre with a recording studio, theatrette and art studios.
Last but not least, one of our most popular facilities is our school canteen, called the Shuk. The Shuk has a wonderful array of healthy and Kosher food options that include falafel, quinoa, pasta salads and vegan chicken soup on Fridays.
Uniquely positioned as a Pluralistic Jewish School, we educate our Bialik community in the vast myriad of Jewish traditions. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Secular streams of Judaism are all welcome at Bialik. This is essential for us as we promote inclusivity and diversity in our community.
We ensure that all food offered to students are Kosher.
We have a strong bond with Israel. Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated and ingrained within our curriculum.
Creche + Early Learning Centre
Creche, Kinder, Year 1
Bialik College’s Early Learning Centre is a registered Long Daycare Centre.
Our educational approach is inspired by the Reggio Emilia which challenges the role of educators to strive to make visible the curiosity and resilience of the young child through active listening.
Our youngest learners are encouraged to be risk-takers, to test theories and to question, and in doing so acquire sound basic skills in all areas including technology.
Children in the ELC benefit from a warm family environment that also provides:
- A full-time Arts educator to support children and teachers in the use of materials and developing ideas;
- A dedicated E-Learning Coordinator to guide the children’s and teacher’s use of technology;
- A full time designated Hebrew speaking assistant to support each child in developing an awareness of who they are as active members of the Jewish and global community and with a strong connection to Israel;
- A wonderful ‘Centre for Hidden Treasures’ providing children and teachers with a rich source of materials to stimulate the imagination; and
- Regular construction time for children in the ‘Loose Parts’ outdoor area so they can design and build with recycled materials
Year 2 is an exciting and important year as students move from the ELC and commence their journeys as learners in the Primary School. Being a one-campus school, our Year 2s are immersed in the main campus giving them access to all our top facilities, including: gymnasium and swimming pool, Makerspace, art rooms, science laboratories, music rooms, theatrette, and many others often only seen in secondary schools. The Year 2s have their own collaborative space for Shabbat assemblies and regular team-building activities with classes other than their homeroom. In Year 2, students attend their first camp, a sleepover on campus, an integral bonding experience for students.
Bialik in the Bush
Bialik in the Bush is our newest Primary initiative providing positive environmental and social educational outcomes for Year 3 students. In this investigative and experiential space, the students will learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in a hands-on manner and then report on their learnings in the classroom through blogs, videos and podcasts. Read more.
Technology in the classroom
Primary children use computers, interactive whiteboards, iPads, digital cameras as well as a range of programs associated with these technologies. They are regularly introduced to new technology and skills to enhance their expression and communication. Every student in Year 4 has their own iPad.
The Bialik College Kitchen Garden Program is an integrated aspect of the Years 4 and 5 curricula. Fortnightly kitchen and garden classes provide the children with the opportunity to explore and to be involved in harvesting and growing a wide range of fresh foods. They discover the pleasure of hands-on food education and, together with the guidance of the kitchen and garden educators, learn how to grow and care for fresh food as well as prepare meals. For up-to-date recipes, information and photos, please see the dedicated Kitchen Garden Blog.
During lunchtime, Primary students have the opportunity to join one of many Lunchtime Clubs on offer, socialising with different groups and learning and enjoying different skills. In addition to the sporting clubs, some examples are the Chess Club, Science Club, Swap Card Club, French Club, Gardening and Book Club amongst others. Students often initiate their own clubs too!
Primary School camps take place in Portsea for Years 3 and 4. Year 5 students enjoy an outdoor educational camp in Lake Dewar where they experience camping in tents, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, hiking survival skills and more.
Manhigut (Peer Leadership)
Manhigut peer leadership provides every Year 5 student the opportunity to work in a team on a leadership portfolio of their choosing. There are 6 manhigut leadership portfolios from which to choose which form the basis for all leadership programs throughout Bialik. Students are encouraged to take on leadership roles in an endeavour to increase their own leadership skills and to act as effective role models for the primary student body.
The atmosphere of community and support is very strong in Bialik’s Middle School, a function that is particularly supported by the Year Level Coordinators. The College recognises that adolescence is a period of dramatic personal and social change and prioritise the Pastoral Care program in these years.
The Middle School curriculum is deliberately flexible, enabling students the time to delve more deeply into topics in which they become engaged and to take more responsibility for their learning as they progress from Year 6 through to Year 9. Each student from Year 6 onwards, is equipped with a laptop.
Bialik’s acclaimed Year 8-9 Etgar (Challenge) program is an avenue for students to gain important life skills, as well as to get involved with Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World).
Students spend one term engaged in community service and three terms exploring options as varied as aquatics, building a business, Barista and Café training, Masterchef and robotics.
Middle School students enjoy camps at Mount Buller and Wilson’s Promontory as well as a Canberra experience.
In a unique to Bialik program, our Year 9s participate in ‘Entrepreneurship Week’ which aims to promote unbridled, independent and innovative thinking. It is an exciting experience that is designed to enhance the students’ life skills and independence. As part of the week, students engage with CEO guest speakers, interview successful entrepreneurs, and pitch their own ideas to respected figures in the business world .
Students in the Senior School make significant choices and identify pathways for their future. Small class sizes, individual care and attention, and teacher availability during students’ free time all coalesce to make the senior school experience a positive and collaborative one. Despite being a non-selective school, Bialik’s VCE results consistently rank in the top five schools in Victoria. Senior students are encouraged to balance their academic pursuits while maintaining their involvement in extra-curricular activities.
Leadership opportunities in Senior School are available to all students and are fully inclusive. All Year 10 students participate in the College’s Identity and Leadership Program where students choose from a wide range of community-based leadership and self-development opportunities. Year 11 students mentor Kinder students in the Early Learning Centre during key chaggim, a relationship that continues into Year 12.
Year 12 students can nominate themselves into the Mazkirut program, assuming a role within a range of portfolios within the College where they can introduce and drive initiatives to enhance College life.
Senior school students also form special relationships with the Prep students – sharing significant chaggim events such as Pesach seders and Shavuot activities. These events are complemented by regular visits with our young members of the Bialik community in the Early Learning Centre.
Bialik’s teaching staff and careers’ counsellor assist students to make wise choices to deliver optimum results, not just in terms of an ATAR score but, more importantly, for their life direction and personal goals. Careers counselling is offered to individuals and groups and, as part of our ongoing commitment and connection with our graduates. Past students regularly return to Bialik to discuss any career issues.