Galilee Newsletter

07 September 2017
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Report
Upcoming Dates
Education in Faith
Leadership and Management
Learning and Teaching
Student Wellbeing
School Community
Student Reports
Local Connections
Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School
(03) 9699 2928
301 - 319 Bank Street
South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205
AU

Principal's Report

Parent Information Session

Dear Families,

In Term Four, students will participate in Family Life Education Sessions run by Family Life Victoria. Galilee has previously used this company in the years prior to 2016.

See PDF below for year level programs:

Family Life Victoria will hold an information session for adults only on Wednesday 13th September from 7pm in the school hall. This one hour session is designed to give parents and carers an opportunity to find out more information about the class program their children will be participating in and to have a better understanding of some of the issues of family life  education.

For more information, please open the link above.

Tickets are $10 per family (parents/guardians of children only).

Please book via the link below:

https://www.trybooking.com/RWGM

If anyone is having financial difficulties but would like to attend, please see the office.

Father’s Day Breakfast & Liturgy

A big thank you to all the parents who helped plan and organise the Father’s Day Breakfast which was attended by our local member, Mr Martin Foley. The breakfast was very well catered for with food supplied by Store 6. Thankyou to Mr Coaley for organising the Powerpoint, Paul Mapley for his facilitation and to the many helpers who prepared and served food. These events are always a highlight for the children and we had an excellent turn out of dads on the day. Later in the day, we held a Father's Day Liturgy that was again attended by a large amount of Dads. Thanks to Year Three and Miss Carnavale and Mrs Rochecouste for their excellent preparation. I hope all of our fathers enjoyed the day and were spoilt by their children.

 

 

 

School Review 

Catholic Education Melbourne and the VRQA conduct a thorough external Review of schools every four years. Our Reviewer is Christine Wakeling and she will be visiting this Friday. I thank everyone who has contributed towards the completion of documents, especially the Deputy Principals (Mrs Burns & Mrs Gerecke). Throughout this process we have created and reviewed a number of policies that can be accessed through our school website.

September 8 - Pre-visit for VRQA compliance including Child Safety and classroom visits

October 10 - Day One and meeting with panels consisting of students, parents & staff

October 13 - Day Two and the Reviewer meets with a panel of staff & parents discuss future directions

November 14 - Reviewer reports back to Staff and School Education Board (the report will be shared with the community in following weeks)

December 1 - School Closure Day for staff to meet with Catholic Education Melbourne to plan  goals in response to the Review

Summer Uniform

The children may begin to wear their summer uniform from the beginning of Term Four. During the first few weeks of Term 4, the children may wear either summer or winter uniform until Cup Weekend, after which they are expected to wear their summer uniform. Hats are compulsory in Term Four. 

Parent Surveys

Could I please remind parents to complete the parent survey by this Friday. These can be completed online. I would like to thank those parents who have already taken the time to complete these surveys. The results of these surveys will be reported to parents next term.

Caremonkey

There have been a number of Care Monkey forms sent out of late. Please compete the requests before the event/excursion/sport to avoid your child missing out on things. Parent helpers are needed for most excursions and it's a great help to teachers when staff know how many helpers are available prior to the excursion or sporting event. Care Monkey will send a notification email until you have completed the request. If you have any issues, please contact them directly.

Reportable Conduct Scheme

Last week I attended workshops on the Reportable Conduct Scheme and the next steps on the journey with the Child Safe Standards. These workshops were designed to support school leaders to review and reflect the Child Safe Standards implemented to date and inform the schools on updates to the system requirements and legislation. The work done in this area has resulted in heightened awareness, increased vigilance and stronger policies and practices in schools to keep children safe as they learn.  We remind all families,  volunteers and members of our community that child safety is everyone's responsibility.

 

Peace & Blessings,

Simon Millar

Upcoming Dates

**Dates and times may change

Term Dates 

Term 3 July 17 - September 22

Term 4 October 9 - December 19 

 

September 

Thu 7 - Dads Night, 6.30pm Palace Hotel

Mon 11 - Yr. 6 Parent Morning Tea

Wed 13   Prep Assembly (please note change - all Preps will participate) 

Wed 13   Family Life: Parent Only Information Evening Session. Book via https://www.trybooking.com/RWGM

Fri 15  Years 5/6 Rugby Gala Day 

Wed 20  6C Assembly

Fri 22  End of Term 3. Students finish at 1.30pm

 

School Closure Dates

Monday November 6

Friday December 1

 

Sacrament Dates

Sacrament of Confirmation at St Joseph’s, Port Melbourne & Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park

  • Thursday 14 September - Combined Confirmation Faith Night and Parent Information Session at Galilee School Hall, 6.30pm – 7.45pm
  • Saturday 16 September - Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Saturday 14 October -  Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Saturday 21 October  - Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Saturday 28 October - Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Wednesday 1 November - Candidates Reflection Day at MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne. More details about the Reflection Day will be made available at the Faith Night on 14 September 2017.
  • Wednesday 8  November - Rehearsal & meeting with Bishop Elliott - O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms,  Middle Park at 4.30pm
  • Saturday 11 November - Sacrament of Confirmation Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park at 6.00pm 

Sacrament of Confirmation at Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne

  • Sept. 14  - Confirmation Faith Night at Galilee Hall at 6:30 - 7.30pm
  • Oct. 26 - Parent Information Night Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall at 7pm
  • Nov. 1  - Candidates Reflection Day at MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne. More details about the Reflection Day will be made available at the Faith Night on 14 September 2017.
  • Nov. 4 -  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall followed by Mass
  • Nov. 11  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall followed by Mass
  • Nov. 18  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall  followed by Mass
  • Nov. 25  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall  followed by Mass
  • Dec. 3  Sacrament of Confirmation  Ss. Peter and Paul's 10am

Public Holidays

29 Sep   AFL Grand Final Friday (during school holidays)
7 Nov     Melbourne Cup Day

 

Assemblies

Wednesdays 2.40pm

Aug 30  Book Week Parade (2:30pm start)

Sept 6  4R

Sept 13  Prep E & Prep F

Sept 20  6C

 

Parent Calendar

http://www.gsmelbournesth.catholic.edu.au/page/179/Calendar

 

Second Hand Uniform

Open Fridays 8:40am-8:55am & afternoons are available by appointment (3:30pm-3:40pm) please SMS Kate on 0419 384 471 to arrange.

Located in Prep Building

Clean uniform donations appreciated

 

Lunch Orders

Available to order Wednesdays and Fridays only

Lunch Order 2017.pdf

 

School Review Dates

September 8 - Pre-visit for VRQA compliance and classroom visits

October 10 - Day One and meeting with panels consisting of students, parents & staff

October 13 - Day Two and the Reviewer meets with a panel of staff & parents discuss future directions

November 14 - Reviewer reports back to Staff and School Education Board (the report will be shared with the community in following weeks)

December 1 - School Closure Day for staff to meet with Catholic Education Melbourne to plan  goals in response to the Review

 

 

 

Education in Faith

St. Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

Galilee will be assisting the St. Vincent’s de Paul’s Winter Appeal. You can help by donating any bedding, blankets, towels, etc. preferably new. The items will be redistributed to help our less fortunate within our community. We will be collecting donations until the end of the term. Why not get a head start on your spring cleaning and also help out those in need! All donations will be collected in a tub near the prayer table at the office. 

Thank you in advance for all your support!

 

Day of Action

Galilee will be holding its first Day of Action on September the 18th. Students from a variety of year levels are creating their own stalls with fun games and activities such as lucky dips, raffles, baked goods, etc. Each stall will be donating the funds raised to a charity of their choice. All students are encouraged to bring $1 coins for the day to participate in the fun and games!

 

The Day of Action links to Catholic Social Teaching that students have been engaged in through Religious Education this year. Catholic Social Teaching covers all spheres of life – the economic, political, personal and spiritual. The four core principles of Catholic Social Teaching are: The Dignity of the Human Person, The Common Good, Solidarity and Subsidiarity. Out of these flow the principles of the Preferential Option for the Poor, Participation, Economic Justice and Stewardship, among others. These principles are responsive to particular social issues such as poverty and inequality, the right to work, and environmental degradation.

 

For a brief introduction to Catholic Social Teaching, you can view this clip 'CST in 3 minutes'.

 

 

 

Grandparent's Day Mass

This week the students and families of Galilee celebrated Grandparent’s Day Mass at St. Peter and Paul’s Parish led by the Year Two classes. The Mass reminded us of the importance of our Grandparents and special friends and all the love and support they give us. Thank you to all the Grandparents and special friends who attended the Mass. Thank you to the Year 2 students and teachers for preparing the Mass. It was a wonderful way to celebrate together. 

 

Father's Day Liturgy

Last Friday, the Year Three classes helped us to prepare for Father’s Day with a beautiful liturgy in our school hall. Thank you to all those who contributed a photo to reflect on the wonderful job our fathers and father figures do. Thank you to all the students who assisted in writing the prayers, reading the prayers and putting together the beautiful liturgy. We would also like to thank the Grade 3 Teachers for all the work that they did in preparing the afternoon liturgy. We hope that the Father's Day celebrations at Galilee helped to kick-start a wonderful weekend for the Father's and special men in our community.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

Later this term many of our Year 6 students will begin the formal preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please see the dates for the Sacraments below and the attached enrolment form for St Joseph's Port Melbourne and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park. 

 

Sacrament of Confirmation at St Joseph’s, Port Melbourne & Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park

  • Thursday 14 September - Combined Confirmation Faith Night and Parent Information Session at Galilee School Hall, 6.30pm – 7.45pm
  • Saturday 16 September - Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Saturday 14 October -  Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Saturday 21 October  - Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Saturday 28 October - Preparation Session in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms at 4.45pm, followed by Mass at 6pm
  • Wednesday 1 November - Candidates Reflection Day at MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne. More details about the Reflection Day will be made available at the Faith Night on 14 September 2017.
  • Wednesday 8  November - Rehearsal & meeting with Bishop Elliott - O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms,  Middle Park at 4.30pm
  • Saturday 11 November - Sacrament of Confirmation Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park at 6.00pm 

The Confirmation enrolment form for the Sacrament of Conformation at St Joseph’s, Port Melbourne & Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Middle Park has been attached below. 

 

Sacrament of Confirmation at Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne

  • Sept. 14  - Confirmation Faith Night at Galilee Hall at 6:30 - 7.30pm
  • Oct. 26 - Parent Information Night Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall at 7pm
  • Nov. 1  - Candidates Reflection Day at MacKillop Heritage Centre, East Melbourne. More details about the Reflection Day will be made available at the Faith Night on 14 September 2017.
  • Nov. 4 -  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall followed by Mass
  • Nov. 11  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall followed by Mass
  • Nov. 18  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall  followed by Mass
  • Nov. 25  Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall  followed by Mass
  • Dec. 3  Sacrament of Confirmation  Ss. Peter and Paul's 10am

The Confirmation enrolment form for the Sacrament of Conformation at Ss. Peter and Paul has been attached below.

 

Leadership and Management

Pre-Review Visit

On Friday, we will welcome Christine Wakeling to Galilee who will be conducting our External Review. Christine will be visiting Galilee on Friday for a Pre-Review-Visit. She will have a tour of the school, meet with Leaders and take away a culmination of work that has been completed over the past four years. Christine will return in Week 1 of Term 4 where she will spend more time Reviewing the past four years and setting direction for the next four years. 

 

External School Review

Every four years Primary Schools are Reviewed by an external reviewer who critiques the performance data, evidence and any additional information gathered by the school. The Reviewer recommends refinements or further development to be considered in the formation of the ensuing School Improvement Plan (SIP). A School Improvement Plan is written during the Review process and sets out the scope of work for the next four years. An external school review report is prepared and provides a basis for further dialogue and planning.

 

We look forward to working with Christine on Friday and in Week 1 next term. 

Peer Mediation

Tomorrow, 8th September, The Year 5 students will participate in The Peer Mediation Program facilitated by Kids Matter.

 

The Peer Mediation Program aims to create an environment that is positive, caring, safe and friendly. Peer Mediation teaches students to resolve low-level conflicts using their peers as mediators. Mediation opens up communication channels allowing the disagreeing students to discuss their problems and come to a resolution with the guidance of the mediators.

 

Students may develop improved skills in:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict management

The school may notice results in:

  • Improved yard safety
  • Reporting of low-level problem situations
  • Increased co-operation within the community

Mediation training and the use of mediation can assist students in the school community in several ways:

  • Students are taught skills such as listening, critical thinking and problem solving, which can be brought to bear in solving their own conflicts as well as the problems of their peers
  • Mediation is an empowering process in which students learn to assume greater responsibility for resolving their own problems
  • Mediation can sensitise students to cultural differences and how to approach these issues in respectful ways

Galilee School Report Format to Change

Galilee's School Reports are currently under review and the format of the Semester Two Report, that will go home to all families at the end of the year, will be different from previous School Reports. 

 

As you will already be aware, all families receive a formal written report on their child’s learning achievement twice a year - in June and December. Teachers are continuously gathering, analysing, reflecting and moderating student evidence to making informed and consistent judgement about student achievement. Student achievement is formally reported on twice a year through the School Report. 

 

Within the School Report, parents are informed of their child’s achievement in relation to age-related expected level of achievement that is outlined in the Victorian Curriculum. 

 

In order to make the School Reports more informative Galilee are currently reviewing the School Report format. In Term Two, a representative team of students, parents and teachers sat to discuss how the School Report could be improved. The recommendations made by this team have informed the new format that will be used for our Semester Two Reports. 

 

The School Reports will continue to display the student achievement against the Victorian Curriculum in the form of a dot that is placed at the stage of the curriculum that the student is currently working at. The dot will continue to show growth since the last report and will display if the student is working at, below or above standard in relation to age-related expected level of achievement outlined in the Victorian Curriculum.

 

The new Report format will continue to contain a personalised General Comment about the students personal and interpersonal skills, thinking skills, organisational skills as well as behaviour and effort in the classroom. 

 

The difference between the previous School Report and the new School Report, that you will receive in December, will be to Areas of Achievement and Areas of Improvement. In the past Achievement and Improvement have been formatted in dot point comments made by the teacher that relate to the Victorian Curriculum. In the new School Report the Achievement standards, from the Victorian Curriculum, will be presented in a table and each student will be marked on the achievement standards against a scale. The scale will indicate the students level of mastery of each achievement standard. The table will indicate if the students is not able to demonstrate the skill,  if they need assistance from the teacher to demonstrate the skill, if they can independently demonstrate the skill or if they have in fact excelled in the achievement standard. There will be a different table for each subject area that the student has participated in. Students will also be marked on their behavior and effort for each subject area.

 

The aim of this structure is to provide families with more information about how each student is performing within each subject area. 

 

We will continue to update you on the new Report format as we get closer to December, when you will be receiving your child's next School Report.

 

We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are.

Learning and Teaching

Developing Reading Comprehension at Home

Here are six tips to improve reading comprehension in early readers:

  1. Have your child read aloud. This forces your child to go slower, which gives them more time to process what they read, which improves reading comprehension. Plus, they're not only seeing the words, they're hearing them, too. You can also take turns reading aloud.
     
  2. Provide the right kinds of books. Make sure your child gets lots of practice reading books that aren't too hard. They should recognise at least 90 percent of the words without any help. Stopping any more often than that to figure out a word makes it tough for them to focus on the overall meaning of the story.
     
  3. Reread to build fluency. To gain meaning from text and encourage reading comprehension, your child needs to read quickly and smoothly - a skill known as fluency. By the beginning of Grade 3, for example, your child should be able to read 90 words a minute. Rereading familiar, simple books gives your child practice at decoding words quickly, so they'll become more fluent in their reading comprehension.
     
  4. Talk to the teacher. If your child is struggling mightily with reading comprehension, they may need more help with their reading — for example, building their vocabulary or practicing phonics skills.
     
  5. Supplement class reading. If your child's class is studying a particular theme, e.g. The Arts, look for easy-to-read books or magazines on the topic. Some prior knowledge will help them make their way through tougher classroom texts and promote reading comprehension.
     
  6. Talk about what they're reading. This "verbal processing" helps them remember and think through the themes of the book. Ask questions before, during, and after a session to encourage reading comprehension.

Number Intervention    

Congratulations to our Mathemagicians of Weeks 7 and 8, Adele, Maddie and Jock, for showing such enthusiasm for your learning in Maths.  Keep up the great work!

      

Helping your child at home

In the last newsletter, I spoke about the importance of memorising basic Maths facts. Maths facts form the building blocks for higher-level maths concepts such as adding and subtracting greater numbers, telling time, working with money, measurement, and multiple-step multiplication and division. These concepts are significantly easier for your child to learn once he has mastered his basic facts. Helping your child learn maths facts at his/her own pace to automaticity will build his confidence and improve his/her ability to learn and retain higher order maths skills.  Below are some fun ways to practise basic facts.

 

Adding Doubles:  Learning doubles, such as 3 + 3 or 8 + 8, can be an effective strategy for learning addition facts. The nice thing about learning doubles is that there are just 10 of them, so it is a manageable goal for a child who struggles. Practising doubles can be a natural lead-in to help your child learn neighbouring facts, such as 3 + 4 and 8 + 7.

Commutative Property:  Teach your child that this property is the mathematical way to say, “Numbers can be added or multiplied in any order and give the same answer.” Based on this property, if your child knows 4 + 2 = 6, then he/she can solve 2 + 4 = 6. This approach reduces the number of addition and multiplication facts by half.

Skip Counting:  A simple strategy that your child can use is skip counting. Counting by 2s, 5s, 10s, and so on can be fun to do together as your child hears patterns in numbers. When he pairs skip counting with using a hundred chart, he/she can even begin to visualize those patterns. For instance, when skip counting by 10s, see if he/she notices that all the numbers end in zero.

Fact Families Cards:  This strategy is most effective when your child understands the relationship between addition and subtraction or multiplication and division. Fact families are simply 3 numbers that are related and make a set of maths facts.

Jump and Hop Math Facts:  Draw a hopscotch board with sidewalk chalk and write facts inside each square. Your child must say the fact and the answer when hopping on each square. Alternatively, recite facts while doing something rhythmic such as jumping on a trampoline, jumping rope, hopping on one foot, clapping to a beat, or bouncing a ball.

Maths Toss:  Toss a balloon or ball around the room with your child. As you toss, call out a maths fact. The goal is for him/her to say the answer before catching the ball or before passing it on.

Computers and Mobile Devices:  To supplement practice, try some of the fun and engaging computer games and maths apps for mobile devices that focus on fact practice. Many of them are free or very low cost. Work them into your weekly routine for short periods of time for extra practice.

Fact Flash Tag:  For this activity you will need a chalkboard, whiteboard, or a blank wall with sticky notes and a flashlight. List the answers to several maths facts on the board or on the sticky notes (either in rows or random order). Dim the lights and ask your child a maths fact. His goal is to “flashlight-tag” the correct answer as quickly as possible.Fact of the Day:  If you student is having difficulty with just a few facts, choose one of them at a time and make it the “fact of the day.” Post the fact in a place where it will be seen often. Then ask your child frequently during the day to tell you the answer.  

Let me know if I can help in any way!

Jane Ferris

[email protected]

Student Wellbeing

Friendship Groups

 

On Monday, we all met together for our next Friendship Group activity.

Our focus was FAMILIES. We learnt that all families are different and are special to US - no family is the same.

We listened to the story ‘Family Forest’ and then likened it to our ‘Family Forest’ at Galilee.

Each group designed their own tree. Then each student selected a piece of fruit or leaf to represent their family. They then drew a design that represented their particular family and then placed it on their Group’s Friendship Tree.   

 

Our Friendship Trees will be displayed in the stairwells, so that we can all see what a wonderful Family Forest we have grown within our Galilee Community.

 

 

 

Grandparents' Day

GRANDPARENTS/SPECIAL FRIENDS Day was a huge success with 200+grandparents & special friends attending to take part in our mass & open classrooms.

It was a wonderful day & both our children & grandparents/special friends enjoyed themselves – as you can see by our photos!

A big thank you to Store 6 for supplying the delicious Morning Tea & to our Class Reps, who worked tirelessly ensuring all received a hot drink and a delicious bite to eat.

A special thanks to the Yr. 2 teachers and the Yr.2 students for preparing & reading at mass. It was a very moving mass & we had many, many wonderful positive comments from the grandparents. Well done to all involved. The grandparents also purchased $2000+ worth of books at the Book Fair for their grandchildren & our library. Over $7800 was spent throughout the week.

 

National Child Protection Week (3-9 September)

As mentioned in last Thursday’s School Bulletin, this week is National Child Protection Week. This gives everyone in the community an opportunity to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe.

 

Importantly:
• We ALL have a part to play in protecting ALL children
• Even small actions can help to improve a child’s future
• By building stronger communities, we are creating safer environments for our children.

 

National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN)

 

Top Tips for Playing your part:
• Be kind to children and families
Look out for all children and not just your own
• Be a positive role model for children
• Support families to get help
• Stop and listen to children

 

Please take the time to watch this clip released by NAPCAN this week.
 
 

On Friday, 31st August, we had our school closure day.

This allowed our whole staff to participate in a full day of Professional Learning together.

Along with the staff from St. Joseph’s, Elsternwick, St. Anthony’s, Glenhuntly and Trinity, Richmond we were privileged to learn about the Berry Street Educational Model.

The Berry Street Education Model

provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage challenging students. It is unique because it equips schools to promote cognitive and behavioural change, thereby engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievements.

In today’s changing and complex world, many primary and secondary school students face daily adversity including chronic and traumatic stressors, lack of environmental supports, and other barriers to their own learning success. The Berry Street Education Model supports schools to increase engagement with struggling students and successfully address student healing, growth, and achievement.

 

How has the Berry Street Education Model been developed?

The Berry Street Education Model has been developed and applied at the three campuses of the Berry Street School. The model combines Berry Street’s approaches to welfare, wellbeing, and academic learning for individuals whose trauma or experiences of chronic stress has impacted their neurodevelopment. The model has made possible significant academic growth in some of Victoria’s most vulnerable students. The success of their model is measured by the Berry Street School students averaging 1.8 years learning in one academic year.

 

What will we learn through a Berry Street Education Model course?

Participants learn classroom and whole school strategies to promote an understanding of the five domains of the Berry Street Education Model:      

 • BODY: Building school-wide rhythms and body regulation through a focus on physical and emotional regulation of the stress response, de-escalation in school and classroom contexts, and mindfulness opportunities throughout the school day

RELATIONSHIP: Increasing relational capacities in staff and students through attachment and attunement principles with specific relationship strategies with difficult to engage young people

STAMINA: Creating a strong culture of independence for academic tasks by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset

ENGAGEMENT: Employing engagement strategies that build willingness in struggling students

CHARACTER: Harnessing a values and character strengths approach to enable successful student self-knowledge which leads to empowered future pathways Through these healing and growth lenses, participants will learn personal strategies, pedagogical connections to the National Curriculum, and whole-school practices for healing and growth.

Last Friday, we concentrated on the first domain: BODY and are now beginning to use the language recommended, having Brain Breaks throughout the day to keep the students alert and focussed and using Mindfulness techniques e.g. belly breathing to prepare them for learning.

 

For more information:

E: [email protected]

T: (03) 9429 9266

W: childhoodinstitute.org.au/educationmodel

 

Please contact me if you would like any further discussion on this program.

 

Julianne Price

Student Wellbeing /Student Services Leader

email: [email protected]

School Community

Woolworths Earn and Learn

The Earn and Learn Program will run until Tuesday 19th September 2017. Remember, anyone can collect the stickers in our school community - staff, parents, grandparents, neighbours and friends! Let’s reach out to our school community and earn as many points as we can to earn resources from Modern Teaching Aids.

All you need to do is collect the stickers after shopping at any Woolworths. Once you have completed the sticker page, return to our collection box in the doorway of the school office.

Camp Australia News

 

DOGS BREAKFAST

A pancake and a Pie and the vibe was SKY HIGH! 

 

Last Friday saw a first at Galilee, The Father's Day, Kids and Dads Breakfast. It was a true testament of the comradery and spirit we have in our school and a true example of  fabric (high vis, suits, casual and tracksuits) that makes up our diverse community. The ability for our Dads to support this event, saw over 280 present on the morning and the sea of colour provided by Footy Colours day, raised the vibe to an incredible scene. The menu of the day, enabled us to keep an even keel on serving the hungry little vegemite’s and dads, led by a spirited group of Mums  in the kitchen who seamlessly influenced the morning with their amazing contribution and culinary skills.

 

With spirits high and the all embracing energy and atmosphere fuelled by Dad themed music, roaring renditions of footy songs and “Up there Cazaly”, there is no doubt we can build on this to further galvanise our school. It is very refreshing and rewarding to see all the dads in the room, socialising, catching up, talking footy and just hanging out with the kids, as sometimes we don’t realise how precious these moments are and they are gone in the blink of an eye. As it was a small snapshot of what can be achieved in our school, it was also an amazing opportunity, albeit unknown to many, for the Minister Martin Foley to witness the vibrance and importance of our school in the area as to what underpins it and how it comes together to celebrate and embrace one another as “Team Galilee”.

 

A big shout out once again, to all the Mums who were involved on the morning and also to all other Mums who influenced their husbands to go to work late and be part of this special day. To all those who didn’t make it, your spirit and support was felt in other ways and we look forward to many more great times in the future. Thanks to everyone for supporting the raffle, and to those dads and kids  who gave their time on the day to man the Gate No 1. The teachers who came along, who took some great photos of the dads, just being in the moment. A special thanks to Wendy and Tegan who were amazing for their  backstop checks, promotion and support, to ensure it wasn’t a DOGS Breakfast! Lastly but not least to all the parents who provided donations, fruit, frypans, lemons, raffle prizes, and photos of your children so as Mr Coaley could create a visual metaphor for you all on the day. Cheers Joss.  A big thanks to Mr Millar, who is supportive and instrumental in events such as these, going ahead, and his vision as to how it further activates, engages and builds a strong parent community. 

 

Just a quick note, if anyone would like to come to the Monthly DOGS catch up for a Lemon Squash, Pie or a pot, we are watching the Footy, GWS v Adelaide at Palace Hotel South Melbourne, from 6:30pm, Thursday (tonight).

Woof, Woof!

**Please note: bookings for camp have NOT BEEN RELEASED YET.

Social and Fundraising Group - 2018 planning and input

Our next meeting is at the Emerald Hotel on Tuesday 19th September from 6:30pm.

It would be great to get some new parents involved and also get some input and feedback into planning for 2018.  We have had such a successful year with the first ever welcome picnic and Fathers Day breakfast and it would be great to capture any event expertise and services and ideas to build on for next year. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Student Reports

Prep News

In Prep, we have been learning about Jesus and his friends the disciples. In the Bible, we learnt that Jesus taught his friends the Our Father prayer. We have created a Prep prayer that we would like to share with you.

Lord,

Thank you for your love.

Thank you for all the things you created for us.

Bless all the children and teachers at Galilee.

Help us to love and respect each other and learn together everyday.

Thank you for always being with us.

Lord hear us.

Lord hear our prayer.

 

The Drama Toolbox Incursion 

On Tuesday, we had the Drama Toolbox Incursion. During the incursion we learned about some fairytales, however they were all backwards! We dressed up into costumes. There was dragons, witches and wizards, cats, mice, a pig, dwarves and wolves. Everything got turned upside down, so the wolves oinked like pigs and the dragons could not fly or breathe fire! The dwarfs were angry instead of happy and marched backwards and the mice chased the cats. The witches flew on vacuum cleaners! The Preps had to solve the problem of the backward fairytales. We had to add bits from every fairytale character and put it in the cauldron. We needed the whiskers from the cats and mice, funny giggles from the witches, tail scales from the dragons, tail fur from the wolves and beard hair from the dwarves. Then we had to say a spell to make all the fairytales back to normal.

We felt happy, really excited and good about our incursion. We gave it 5 out of 5 stars for our Drama incursion.

Prep E and Prep F

 

Hoop time 2017

My heart was pounding and my nerves were shaking, as we slowly walked into MSAC knowing that the Year Fives and Sixes were about represent Galilee in Hoop time Basketball 2017.
First we all sat down and had an introduction by Mr Tobin about the day and how it was scheduled. We broke into our teams straight away, feeling nervous for our games but still excited.


Once we were at the stadium, we had some time to practise. We all checked the timetable to find out when we were playing. Some of us watched The All Stars Boys game. They were playing really well! It helped motivate most of us while we were
playing basketball. The All Stars Girls were ready for their first game. It was looking awful when it was 8 nil but fortunately they brought it back and scored many goals and used their defensive skills to help stop the goals from the opposition. In the end they ended up losing but they were still happy with their score, they were just getting started.

The Rookie Team, Gators unfortunately lost their first game, but still had smiles on their faces. They had great passes and were really good at shooting. The Rookie Team, Glory had so much fun! They lost their first game but were happy with their end results. They were in the
next game to win.


The All-Stars Boys had unfortunately just lost their last 2 games, but were full of determination to win the next few games. The next was against St Finbar's. Ollie was dangerous in defense with Michael and Ethan W trying their best to score as many points as possible. Unfortunately they lost by about 9 points.
They had 45 minutes to rest and rethink their game plan. In the next game against St Mary's they finally found their winning groove. Everyone started switching on. Passes were sharp and on point, shots draining the net and everyone helping out in defense. They smashed them by a couple of points, then they went on a winning streak beating St Joan of Arc, Sholem and De La Salle. After those ripping wins they unfortunately didn't make it to the finals but finished in a solid 3rd.

While the All-Stars played, the future stars had just won their 3rd game against St. Mary's. We had the majority of possessions and had some sharp passes in the paint. Dante and Jake were the ball handlers, Chrisoula, Luc and Callum were offence and everyone helped out with the defense. They all did a great job and they deserved to win. They had half an hour to think of a game plan for their next game. If they won this game they would most likely make it to the finals. In their next game they were versing St Finbar's. Unfortunately they had really good offensive players and they were scoring many goals. Even though we tried our best, they managed to beat us. Unfortunately they didn't make it to the finals but kept their hopes up and won their final game against Sholem. They too didn't make it to the finals but got to be third out of 6 teams.

All in all, the day was awesome and everyone had lots of fun even though we did not win anything. Everyone played extraordinary games and we came 3rd in almost all of our tournaments. We all had lots of fun and we hope we can do something like this again.. And last but not least, we would love to thank the teachers and Mr Tobin for organising this awesome event. We thank Charlotte's mum Kate for helping walk down, the scorers Deb, Callum's mother, John’s mother Julie, Christian’s mother Joanna and Noah's grandmother Margery for scoring for 2 teams and all the coaches, Ethan’s father Darren and Joel’s mother Jackie for their amazing cooperation.
By 6C

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