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Volume 29 No: 16 13 June 2013

igeret k’tana Shalom Kehilla, It is examination season in the Secondary School. Years 11 and 12 are undertaking examinations this week and Years 9 and 10 have theirs next week. Examinations are important as they are snapshot tests of skills and knowledge. Whilst not all of the examinations contribute to the VCE scores, just as athletes train and practise for their final races, so must we train and practise for examinations. Whilst it is traditional to wish students ‘good luck’ in examinations, when I met parents in September I reflected on the idea that ‘luck’ is very often where preparation meets opportunity. At Bialik, students have the opportunity to benefit from great teaching in a superb environment, supported by caring parents. When it comes to examinations, success is achieved by matching this opportunity with preparation. One way that parents can help is ensuring that there is a quiet and tidy space at home, away from the distractions of television, phones, games and social networking sites. We hosted a superb Continuing the Journey evening for our Kinder 4 parents, giving a taster of what is in store in Prep and suggesting some activities at home to continue the Jewish and curricular journeys of our children. Marc Light gave some tips for fostering a love of reading, which included enshrining ‘snuggle time’ every night to read, making the word ‘book’ as celebratory as the word ‘birthday’, and having a ‘turn my phone off’ ritual so that our children see how important reading time is for mums and dads. Meanwhile, to those older students taking examinations, I wish them good luck (in all of the meanings of the phrase)! B’Shalom, Jeremy Stowe-Lindner Principal

What’s coming up? June Friday 14 Sunday 16 Monday 17 Thursday 20 Friday 21 Sunday 23 Monday 24 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Friday 28

Year 11 & 12 Exams conclude – Hall Year 9 Exams commence – Classrooms Great Victorian Bike Ride training ride – 9am Kinder 4 Parent/Teacher Interviews Day 1 – 4.00pm – ELC Year 10 Exams commence – Hall Year 9 Exams conclude – Classrooms Kinder 4 Parent/Teacher Interviews Day 2 – 12.30pm-3.30pm – ELC Year 10 Exams conclude Year 6 Father-Son weekend commences Year 6 Father-Son weekend concludes Great Victorian Bike Ride training ride – 9am Prep/Year 1 Parent/Teacher Interviews – 4.00pm (ELC closes at 3.30pm) Year 10 Work Experience commences Fast of the 17th of Tammuz Soiree – Voice and Piano (Years 2-12) – 7.00pm – Hall Term 2 concludes Year 10 Work Experience concludes

CLICK HERE FOR 2013 CALENDAR CLICK HERE FOR 2013 PERFORMING ARTS CALENDAR CLICK HERE FOR 2014 CALENDAR

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igeret k’tana Grandparents’ Afternoon Tea Over 140 grandparents visited Bialik on Thursday 6 June for a lovely Grandparents’ Tea in the Hall, followed by a musical performance by Primary students and then a tour of the Kitchen Garden and campus, hosted by their grandchildren. Everybody enjoyed the special day.

Support our school Philanthropy is an integral part of Bialik’s culture. Everything we enjoy today is the result of the generosity and foresight of our kind supporters. You can help too! Donations are gratefully accepted to the Scholarship Fund which helps provide a Jewish education to students who may not otherwise be able to afford it; and the Building Fund which assists with maintaining and growing the campus facilities. All donations are gratefully received and every dollar counts. For donations over $360, you can inscribe a leaf on Bialik’s Tree of Giving with the wording of your choice (this can also be done as a lovely gift to commemorate a special occasion or person). For more information, please contact Heidi Meyerson on 9822 7981 or meyerh@bialik.vic.edu.au

Birthday Book Club Mark the occasion of your birthday by donating a book to the Bialik Library! Donations will be acknowledged with your name placed in a specially-bought book. All donations are gratefully received and are tax deductible: $25 for a Paperback, $40 for a Hardback and $60 for a Reference Book. To make a donation please click here and choose “Library Fund”.

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igeret k’tana Middle & Senior Schools Middle and Senior School students were intrigued to hear the story of Pawel Bramson, who visited Bialik to share his story of transforming from a right-wing antisemitic skinhead to a Chassidic Jew working as a kashrut supervisor in Warsaw. Students from both the Year 11 Religion and Society class as well as Year 7 and 8 classes, were eager to ask interesting and probing questions about Pawel’s remarkable life transformation. From all accounts, this was a powerful and moving story that carried his pertinent message in a thick Polish accent - “It is never too late to become a better person”.

Michael Schnall, Bialik educator, pictured with Pawel Bramson

Visual & Performing Arts

House Plays

This event takes place in Term 3 on Monday 19 August and is open to students from Years 7 – 10. Rehearsals commence at the start of Term 3. HOUSE PLAY CAPTAINS HERZL – Lily Mashchenko and Daniel Peer SZOLD – Adi Cass and Hannah Malka WEIZMANN – Vered Dahan, Toby Fadida, Jaz Goodrich and Anika Sweet For further information please click on this link: http://cle.bialik.vic.edu.au/homepage/1314

MUSIC

Instrumental Music – Semester 2 All students who would like to have instrumental lessons in Semester 2 MUST complete the enrolment form. All current students must also complete this form in order to continue with their lessons. Click here for the form.

Forthcoming events:

VOICE & PIANO SOIREE - Wednesday 26 June commencing at 7.00pm in the Victor Smorgon Hall. (Please note that the previously published date was incorrect). Students who are interested in taking part in this soiree must contact Elizabeth Exintaris to collect the appropriate forms.

BIALIK UMBRELLAS -

Umbrellas are available for purchase from Main Reception at $15 each.

Shabbat lighting times and Parsha of the Week - Chukkat Friday, 14 June 2013 Light Candles at: 4.49pm Shabbat, 15 June 2013 Shabbat Ends: 5.50pm Parsha: click here for the link to this week’s Parsha

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igeret k’tana BIALIK COLLEGE LONG DAY CARE HOLIDAY PROGRAM 1 JULY 2013 TO 12 JULY 2013 MONDAY 1 JULY 2013 - Games Day – inside and outside games (weather permitting) It is footy season! Come dressed in your footy clothes and bring your footballs for a day of high scoring kicks! We will also be playing tunnel ball, hopscotch, hide and seek, parachute, jump rope, Simon Says, tag and many more. Do you have a favourite game you would like us to play? TUESDAY 2 JULY 2013 - Green Day & Face Painting with Dana. Come dressed in the colour green. We will make a green cake, have green drinks and a treasure hunt to the find the “green frogs”. WEDNESDAY 3 JULY 2013 - Animals Of Oz Bugs Galore Animals of Oz will bring a range of native Australian animals and bugs for the children to touch, smell and appreciate. Also, today we are going to create pots of Marigolds in special containers to take home to grow. Marigolds are beautiful orange and gold little flowers. We are also going to go on a scavenger hunt around Bialik. THURSDAY 4 JULY 2013 - Recycling Did you know that recycled CD’s make great fish? You can also make puppets, paper mosaic picture frames, tube animals such as a giraffe and a space ship – all with recycled materials. FRIDAY 5 JULY 2013 - Cooking pizzas for lunch (just bring snacks and fruit today). Today you are going to create your own lunch. What is pizza? Pizza is a bread base topped with tomato sauce and cheese. It is made in a circle and cooked in the oven. Yum Yum!! MONDAY 8 JULY 2013 - Face Painting by Dana. Dana will be here for our day of colour. There will be painting, playdough and clay - see what amazing things you can design, make and paint. Come dressed in your brightest colours. Have you ever done shaving cream painting? It’s great fun! TUESDAY 9 JULY 2013 - The Southern Ocean. Seaweed Sally is coming to the Holiday Program. Do you know how big a whalebone is? Where is the seastar’s mouth? Who makes the sea shells? All will be answered and children will be able to see some amazing specimens from the sea. WEDNESDAY 10 JULY 2013 - Cupcake making and decorating Discover the secrets of making the perfect cupcake and then decorating it. THURSDAY 11 JULY 2013 - Jack and Molly puppet show. Lots of fun and laughter in this very special show. We will also make some special puppets before the show, to impress Jack and Molly. FRIDAY 12 JULY 2013 - Party Day - End of School Holidays party day. We will dance, sing and play party games and have a delicious party afternoon snack. WHAT TO BRING: Children will need to bring their lunch, snacks, drink bottle and hat. Please supply lots of fruit and filling snacks. We have a number of children with severe allergies who attend the Holiday Program. THIS IS A REMINDER THAT WE RUN A NUT FREE PROGRAM and DEFINITELY NO LOLLIES OR CHOCOLATES SHOULD BE IN THE LUNCH BOX. There is no sharing of food and each child will need to bring their own lunch box and drink bottle from home. Please read the contents list on muesli bars before sending them to the program. FEES:

$69.00 PER DAY PER CHILD

TIMES: Monday to Thursday Friday

7.15 am to 6.00 pm 7.15 am to 5.00 pm

ENROLMENTS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR ENROLMENT FORM AND PAYMENT DETAILS EITHER WITH JULIE OR AT THE ELC OFFICE. CHILD CARE BENEFIT: If you wish to claim Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the 50% Tax Rebate (CCTR) you must be registered with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) please phone 13 61 50. Page 4


igeret k’tana BIALIK HOLIDAY PROGRAM ENROLMENT FORM MONDAY 1 JULY – FRIDAY 12 JULY 2013 Bookings: Cost: Program Times:

Please complete enrolment form and leave at ELC Office $69.00 per child per day Monday – Thursday 7.15 am - 6.00 pm Friday 7.15 am – 5.00 pm

Child(rens) Name(s): Child 1.………………………………………………………. Child 2……………………………………………………….. Child 3 ……………………………………………………… Parents Names:…………………………………………………………………………….. Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………. Phone Nos: Home: ………………………Work: ………..………… Mobile: ……………. Emergency Contact Details: ………………………………………………………... Emergency Contact Details (2): …………………………………………………………. Medical Conditions:………………………………………………………………………………… Management Plan:…………………………………………………………………………..

Dates of Program: Mon 1 July

Tues 2 July

Wed 3 July

Thurs 4 July

Fri 5 July

Mon 8 July

Tues 9 July

Wed 10 July

Thurs 11 July

Fri 12 July

Please circle dates required and indicate the number of children attending

PAYMENT/ CREDIT CARD DETAILS MUST ACCOMPANY THIS ENROLMENT FORM Total Amount Owing: $ Payment Details: [ ] Cheque/Money Order attached [ ] Credit Card Type (please circle) Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Expiry Date: __/__

VISA

M/C

Cardholder Signature ……………………………………………………………………… For further information please phone Julie on 0431 934 394 or 9822 4599.

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