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Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon

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 inter-school gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with events of an academic nature. The disciplines in which the students competed included: 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 Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, Dr Ford, Ms Slaney and Sally McCredie 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 Yellow on achieving first place in Science and second place in Creative Producers and Team Blue on achieving second place in Code Breaking and third place in Creative Producers.

Bialik Team Yellow: Lily C, Isaac P, Elliott G, Orly S, Zoe K, Evan D, Elijah C, Nathan B
Bialik Team Blue: Jem A, Natasha G, Mia W, Jake J, Sammy V, Milla G, Jennifer B, Seth R

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Year 8 & 9 After School Pardes Enrichment Program

The focus of our afterschool PARDES program in Term 2 is Understanding Politics, with Mr Dan Sztrajt leading the sessions.

Last week, the group of Year 8 and 9 students visited the Glen Eira City Council and met Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos and CEO Ms Rebecca McKenzie. Both Cr Athanasopoulos and Ms McKenzie spent time with the students explaining the workings and complexities of local councils, sharing their experiences and answering our questions. They also gave the students a tour of their offices.

The session at Glen Eira City Council concluded with Cr Athanasopoulos running a mock Council meeting in The Council Chamber. Students prepared their arguments ahead of time and assumed the roles of Glen Eira City Councillors, as they debated current issues on council’s agenda.

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