As we begin this new school year, we come to realize that our time at Bialik is coming to an end.
Thinking back on our first day of high school, we both weren’t really sure what to expect. But, as soon as we walked through Bialik’s doors, we immediately felt extremely comfortable. We were welcomed with open arms.
Bialik has shaped us into the people we are today. The team of staff have taken it upon themselves to teach us to respect one another and to be independent in our own ways. They have taught us that if we work hard, we can achieve whatever we set our minds to. They have taught us to be individuals, and to have confidence in ourselves and our beliefs. They have taught us about our culture and about our heritage, and that everyone should be accepted, regardless of their beliefs, or levels of observance.
From the International Baccalaureate program, our learner profiles have stemmed. We have been guided to expand our perception beyond the Jewish community. Due to our open-mindedness, our entrance into CEGEP in the coming year will be less of a culture shock than for those who are less exposed to diversity. As we approach big decisions about our future, our teachers, who have become our mentors, show us that it is important to be knowledgeable and principled before taking risks.
Since we are now the oldest in the school, our teachers stress upon us how important it is to act as role models for the younger high school students, as well as the elementary school students. The mentor program allows for every secondary one student to have an older “sibling” in the school to help ease their transition into this new stage in their lives. We have seen how this has reassured the new students in that they know that someone always has their backs.
For the past five years, we have both participated in many sports teams such as basketball in the winter and football in the spring. This will be our first year taking part in the Bialik fashion show, which is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. Every student is overtly proud to represent our school in everything we do, artistic, athletic or academic, and this is why there is so much school spirit.
All in all, we are so sad that our time at Bialik is coming to an end. We are so grateful to have been given this opportunity to be part of the Bialik family. We know that the memories and friends that we have made in the past five years will stay with us forever. No matter where our futures take us, we are certain that there will always be a place for Bialik in our hearts.
Olivia Cons (’17) and Samantha Eisman (’17)