Bialik plays host and visits the past

May 29, 2014 by Talia Katz
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Melbourne’s Bialik College has  hosted around 100 students from various schools, participating in the 2014 Chess Ideas and Chess Victoria Primary Interschool Chess Tournament.



During the course of the tournament, the students competed in 7 x 15-minute rounds of chess.

The children were welcomed to Bialik College by Karen Friede, Head of the Primary School. In her opening address, Ms Friede spoke to the students about the wonderful opportunities for learning that the game of chess affords them, such as building integrity, strategising and hypothesising. She also reminded the students not to allow the activity around them to become a distraction and emphasised, “Don’t lose sight of your goals; of what you’re here to do.”

Jennifer Troski, Thomas Troski, Josh Davies, Ella Wilson

Jennifer Troski, Thomas Troski, Josh Davies, Ella Wilson

Ms Friede concluded with the words, “At Bialik, we want you to have an amazing day and think about how you’ll grow.”

Once the tournament began, it was remarkable to see a room of young students with so much focus and good sportsmanship. The event was not only a chance for them to show their chess-playing skills but also to socialise with kids from other schools. There was a genuinely friendly atmosphere in the room, all the students were engaged and on their best behaviour.

Bialik College was proud host to the participating schools: Balwyn North Primary, Christ Church Grammar, Essex Heights Primary, Good Shepherd Primary, Greythorn Primary, Haileybury Newlands, Kew Primary, Laburnum Primary, Lloyd Street Primary and Mount Scopus Memorial College.


Guy Davis, Michelle Goldenberg, Jess Fisher, Amy Liberman, Zoe Adler, Benjamin Harris, Sahar Shavit

Guy Davis, Michelle Goldenberg, Jess Fisher, Amy Liberman, Zoe Adler, Benjamin Harris, Sahar Shavit

Bialik College Year 8 history students have had a wonderful, fun-filled interactive learning experience.  The Medieval Performing Company visited the college and students arrived in period dress.

Students enjoyed a busy day of medieval activities and active experiences, taking part in a varied program of events. Students learned about all aspects of medieval life from Medieval warfare, the daily life of peasants, the purposes of dance, (especially how the marriage dance developed to aid in selecting a husband/wife) and archery.One of the highlights was Tournament.

Here students were taught how to use the various weapons used by knights in battle and then competed against a knight in Tournament. Another popular activity was archery, with some potential Robin Hoods’ displaying their prowess. The day finished with a wonderful Medieval luncheon/feast in the Mifgash. It was a day that certainly brought history alive for Bialik students.

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