Galilee Newsletter

19 September 2019
Issue Fourteen
Key Dates & Info
Principal's Report
Education in Faith
Learning and Teaching
     Wellbeing & Diversity 
School News & Information
Local Connections
Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School
(03) 9699 2928
301 - 319 Bank Street
South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205

Key Dates & Info

Break Times

First Break - 11.00-11.40am

Second Break 1.50-2.30pm

It is preferred students leaving early are collected at the beginning or end of these breaks to minimise disruptions to classes.

Term Start/End Dates

Term 3  Monday July  15 - Friday September 20, 1.30pm

Term 4  Monday October 7 - Tuesday December 17, 1.30pm

Term 3


Thurs 19 - Year 2 Sleepover

Fri 20 - Jump Rope for Heart

            - Term 3 Finishes 1.30pm

Term 4


Monday 7 - Term 4 starts

Wed 9 - Assembly (no class presentation)

Mon 14 - Parent morning tea

Mon 14 & Tues 15 - Year 3-6 swimming lessons

Tues 15 - SEB meeting

Wed 16 - World Teachers Day

Thurs 17 & Friday 18 - Year 3-6 swimming lessons

Mon 21 -  Year 3-6 swimming lessons

Wed 23 - No assembly

Thurs 24 - Art Show 5pm

Mon 28-Fri 1st Nov - P-2 Swimming lessons

Mon 28 - Community Conversation 9am

Wed 30 - Assembly 2C presenting



Tues 5 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wed 6 - Assembly Year 4 presenting

Thurs 7 & Fri 8 - 3M Zoo Snooze

Thurs 7 - Year 1 extended day 3.30-5.30

Mon 11 - Prep 2020 transition 

Wed 13 - Assembly Prep S

                - Music Soirees 5-8pm

Thurs 14 & 15 - 3L Zoo Snooze

Sat 16 & Sun 17 - Father/Child Camp 

Wed 20 - Prep 2020 Information Night 7pm

                - Assembly Year 3 presenting

Fri 22 - Swimming Sports

             - Sacrament of Confirmation OLMC 7pm

Sun 24 - Sacrament of Confirmation Sts Peter & Paul 10am

Mon 25 - Parent helper thank you morning tea

Tues 26 - SEB Meeting

Wed 27 - Assembly Year 5 presenting

Thurs 28 - Galilee Day

                   - Parent/ staff function 7pm



Wed 4 - Assembly Year 1 presenting

              - Carols picnic 5-7pm

Mon 9 - Yr. 6 Graduation Mass (Yr. 5 Students to attend) 

Wed 11 - Assembly Year 6 presenting

Fri 13 - End of Year Mass 9am

Mon 16 - Transition Day P-5 at 2.30pm

                - Last day for Year 6

                - Year 6 Graduation Dinner 7pm

Tues 17 - Students finish 1.30pm

School Closure Days

November 4

November 29

Sacrament Dates

November 23 - Confirmation OLMC, 6pm

November 24 - Confirmation SPP, 10am

Community Dates


Mon 14 - Community Catchups 8.45am - 9.30am

Mon 14 - Prep Transition 2020

Mon 28 - Community Conversations 9am - 10am


Mon 11 - Prep Transition 2020

Wed 13 - Music Soiree 4.30pm - 8.00pm

Wed 28 - Galilee Day TBC


Wed 4 - Carols Picnic 5-7pm

Assembly Presentation

Wednesdays 2.40pm

October  9 - No class presentation

October 30 - 2C

November 6 - Year 4

November 13 - Prep S

November 20 - Year 3

November 27 - Year 5

December 4 - Year 1

December 11 - Year 6

2019 Camp Calendar

September 19 - Year 2 Sleepover

November 7 - Year 1 Extended Day 3:30-5:30pm

November 7- 3M Zoo Snooze

November 14 - 3L Zoo Snooze

Lunch Orders

Available to order Mondays and Fridays only


Medical Consent Form

Please use this form if your child needs to take any temporary medication at school (antibiotics/eye drops/ventolin/creams or lotions etc.).


School Uniform

Please read the policy below if you are unsure of the correct wearing of the Uniform. Students who are in incorrect shoes, with a note, must only be for a maximum of one week. Correct shoes are to be worn till the end of the school year (it is not acceptable to be in incorrect shoes to save purchasing of new shoes towards the end of the school year).

The wind breaker should ONLY be worn with the Sport Uniform OR over the jumper if extra warmth is required.

Boys should be wearing the striped navy blue sock (they are for Winter).

Galilee Uniform Policy:


PSW Uniform: 1/128 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne 9768 0385

Second Hand Uniform @ Galilee

Open: Friday morning 8.50-9.10am

Located in Prep Building

Donations of clean/well cared for uniform happily accepted.

Galilee Out of School Hours (GOSH)

To register and book for your child to attend before or after school care, please do so via this link:

Principal's Report

Dear Families

Life is always busy at Galilee and this term has been no exception with many highlights such as: the popular Grandparents Day and Mass, Italian Day, Book Week, Father’s Day Breakfast and Footy Colours Day, Excursions, Incursions and this week Jump Rope for Heart.  Congratulations to the students for collectively raising over $23000 for the Heart Foundation. Thank you to all staff and parents who have contributed to events like these that make Galilee a great school.


We're excited for Term Four events including the following:

  • Year 1 Extended Day & Year 3 Camps
  • Thank you morning tea for parent helpers
  • P-6 Swimming Lessons & Swimming Carnival
  • Galilee Day 25 year anniversary celebrations
  • Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Art Show
  • DOGS Camp
  • Carols
  • Year 6 end of year events

A reminder that in Term Four our Sun Smart Policy is in place. All students are required to wear a Galilee School Hat. If the weather is still cool at the beginning of Term Four, students may wear their winter uniform until Monday 28th October when all students are expected to be in full summer uniform.


We hope everyone enjoys a well-earned holiday break. Hopefully we get some spring sunshine over the two weeks.


A reminder that Term 4 begins Monday October 7.

Achievements And Stories Of The Students

Mila C in 3M has just recently started singing at Dance World. She was already doing ballet there so it was convenient. She does singing with her younger sister. They were working on this song, Anything You Can Do. She was having a tough time learning one of the notes but, after 5 days of practising and practising and persisting, she was able to reach the note. She really enjoys singing at Dance World and wants to be a singer when she is older. She finds that singing there really helps her and make her better.


Anything You Can Do:


Ella in Prep E was chosen because of her outstanding pieces in writing. She likes writing stories because she loves getting ideas and just writing all the stories that pop into her head. She has already written stories on the Ugly Duckling and The Magic Fish. Her favourite story was the ugly duckling. She liked it because it was about a duck that was ugly and didn't fit in but then later in the story it fit in with all the other ducks. One day she hopes to be an author for books. Well done Ella!


By Ali and Alex

Deepest Condolences

Sadly one of our past parents, Kate Nolan, passed away on Saturday morning surrounded by her loving husband Bernie, and children Alisdair, Matthew and Jacqui.

Kate was a very strong and supportive member of our community for the nine years that her children attended Galilee. She had a wonderful natural ability to give everyone her time and her friendship. Everyone of us who knew Kate will remember her smile, her laughter and her happy presence. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Open Morning

There will be no Open Morning tomorrow morning.


The CEMSIS Parent Survey closes tomorrow for those families who still need to complete it.


Cassandra Smith will be on leave until Monday 28 October. Miss Romios will be replacing her.  

Tomorrow we farewell Isabella Kottek (LSO) who has accepted a teaching position at De La Salle.  We thank Isabella for all her support at Galilee over the past three terms.  

Next term we welcome Dorothy Hall who will be replacing Isabella.

We wish Kateryna from TheirCare all the best as she awaits the birth of her first child.  Kateryna will begin maternity leave after tomorrow.

Year 2 Sleepover

Our Year 2 students will be sleeping at school tonight as part of their camp program.  They are very excited to spend the night and will be participating in various activities this evening and tomorrow morning.  Thank you to the staff who will be supervising and staying overnight: Holly Burke, Annabel Coome, Carlo Martello, Sharon Cameron, Sammy Bamford and Laura Mason.

Jump Rope for Heart

Tomorrow is the jump off for Jump Rope for Heart and fundraising will close for the school. All funds will be counted by the closing of the fundraising.

Students will jump from 11:40am and will conclude by 1pm.  A big thank you to Holly Burke for coordinating and encouraging all students to participate.

Bank St & Park St Parking

A reminder that the driveway in front of the school entrance on Bank St is to be kept clear as it is an emergency access.  Please adhere to the signage on Bank St, especially the 5 minute parking area.  

Also, double parking to drop children off at both school entrances is dangerous for the children getting out of the car. Please consider an alternative and safer way to drop your child/ren off in the morning.

Photo Orders

If any family is interested in purchasing a whole school photo to commemorate 25 years of Galilee, there are order forms in the Office or you can order online at using the Online Order Code: 19S3002PC38G.

A Year 6 'fun' photo is also available for purchase using the same procedures as above.  


Orders are due by 18 October.

Open Morning

There will NO Open Morning tomorrow.

End of Term

Term 3 ends at 1:30pm tomorrow. Any students not picked up by 1:40pm will be sent to TheirCare.


Lord, You walk beside me, You are always there.

Come in my waking, Go with me everywhere.

Lord, Your hand will lead me, Your light will show the way.

Come be in my thinking, Be my guide today.


Danielle Gerecke & Carlo Martello

(Acting Principals)

Education in Faith

Galilee Friday Morning Prayer Group

The Galilee Prayer Group meets every Friday morning at 8:15am until 8:35am. All members of the Galilee school community are welcome. The objective of this Prayer Group is to pray for any needs of the school, the well-being of the students, staff and families and the parishes of Sts Peter and Paul, St. Joseph’s and OLMC. You don't need any qualifications or experience to attend. If you have a confidential prayer request, forms have been distributed for you to fill in. Then please drop these into the box which is in the Administration foyer. There are spare prayer forms in the Office area. We look forward to The Galilee Friday Morning Prayer Group growing and flourishing.

Prayer Requests

Further to the above, please find attached a prayer request form that your family is welcome to fill in, print and put in the box in the Administration area.

We wish to keep your prayers confidential and request that they remain unidentifiable. Then each week the Galilee Prayer Team will pray for you and the needs of your family. You might like to discuss with your family what you might like others to pray for you and your family.

End of term Prayer

Loving Father, 

as we come to the end

of another term

we turn to you in confidence 

and place all our successes and challenges

into the hands of Jesus, your Son. 


Enable us to leave behind 

any pain of the past

and any regrets or bitterness, 

entrusting the past to your mercy, 

the present to your love, 

and the future to your providence. 

Help us appreciate more.


May the holiday be for us 

a time of rest and recreation

to help restore us 

and re-create us 

in your image and likeness, 

as we enjoy

more of the love and presence 

of our families and friends, 

on whom we ask your blessing.


Adapted from

Term Four dates

Term 4

16 October-Andrew Chinn Whole school Concert

9 December-Graduation Mass-Grade 6 -OLMC-6:00pm

13 December- End of Year/Christmas Mass-SJ and School Captains-Sts PP-2:30pm


The Sacrament of Confirmation

Please note the following dates for Term Four

Confirmation Faith Night for parents and students at Galilee School hall

Wednesday  October 23rd-6pm

CONFIRMATION REFLECTION DAY - St. Patrick's Cathedral and Mary Mackillop Centre, East Melbourne

Friday, November 1st8:00am – 3:25pm

Fr. Brendan Hayes to visit Confirmation candidates

Thursday, November 212:00 – 3:00pm

Sacrament of Confirmation at OLMC

Friday, November 227:00 – 8:00pm

Confirmation StsPP

Sunday, November 2410:00 – 11:00am

OLMC-Sacrament of Confirmation 2019

OLMC has uploaded a copy of their 2019 Enrolment form for the Sacrament of Confirmation onto their Parish website. It can be accessed here at in the Mass & Sacraments link.


The Pedagogy of Encounter

We have been looking at The Pedagogy of Encounter. This tool invites dialogue, deep thinking and engagement with the Catholic story. There are key questions in five areas that engage the voice of the learner in deep dialogue with the Catholic Tradition: ● What do I think and sense? ● What do others think and why? ● What does the Church teach and why? ● How am I called into deeper relationship with others and God? ● What do I think now and why?

In this newsletter let’s look at the third area-What does the church teach and why?

Taken from:

Through dialogue and discussion, we seek the view of the church. What is at the heart of this topic for the Catholic church? What might different members of the church bring to this? What visions for life do these perspectives reveal? Why does the church hold this view? How is this different from other religious perspectives? How might this challenge secular positions? What connects with my experience or thinking? What challenges me? What questions do I have now? 

You might like to ask your child these or similar questions about a topic or issue that interests or affects your family. You might like to use the scripture below as inspiration.  Matthew 11: 28-30


Matthew 11: 28-30


 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


May we be encouraged by this scripture as we go on holidays. We pray for and support members of our Galilee community who may be experiencing sadness and grief. at this time. May we all find rest in the loving arms of our heavenly Father. Have a safe, happy and restful term holiday.

Helen Rochecouste

Learning and Teaching

Year 6 News

On Monday the 16th of September, the Year Six students had a whole day incursion with NET Ministries, who were teaching us about the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is a time where we become closer to God by receiving the Holy Spirit. When you make the Sacrament of Confirmation, you are able to choose a saint name as your Confirmation name.


The first thing we did was discuss our theme, which was ‘Road Trip.’ Then we got into small groups and talked about prayer. We did lots of different activities like a Life Maze and rock-paper-scissors evolution. If you won you moved up the levels. The levels were: egg, chicken, monkey, supermodel, old person and immortality. We talked a lot about special things in our lives. We also spoke about saints and thought about what saint name we would like to have as our Confirmation name. Whoever you choose is someone very special and someone you look up to and aspire to be like. They are the one you will ask if you need help and will help guide you. We finished the day with a guided meditation and then we sat in prayer for about 10 minutes. 


We learnt lots of interesting things about saints, did you know there are over 8,000 saints? You can also pray to different saints for different things, for example, St Anthony is who you would pray to if you lose something or you can pray to St Christopher for safe travels. 


It was a really fun and awesome day and it made us feel closer to God. We would love to do it again and would definitely recommend it for next year’s Year Sixes who are making their Confirmation.


Thank you Mrs Rochecouste who organised the day for us and to Mrs Petrarca, Mrs Ferguson and Mr Martello who were there on the day! 

Speak With Power

For a few weeks Year 5 were learning about how to speak properly and proudly with Ron Thomas. By the end of each session we all learnt something new.  On the last round, all of the speeches were amazing but there could only be one winner. Some speeches were funny others were about their life. It was a close call, but the winner was Henry Wells(5B) and Ruby Web (5R). I  want to thank Ron Thomas for his time and dedication to us. We will all miss having you at Galilee and Year 4’s get ready for the time of your lives.


By Willow 


Speak with Power was an amazing opportunity for the Year Fives to improve their speaking skills and gain confidence for public speaking. Everyone had a chance to get up in front of the class and do a speech. Firstly, we had to do a one minute speech, then a two minute one and then it led to the big three minute speech at the end. On the final day, everyone presented a speech on a topic of their choice. Everyone tried so hard, but only one could win the trophy. Overall, we all gained lot’s more confidence in public speaking and all really enjoyed the program. 


By Henry 

Beachside Athletics

Two weeks ago on Friday a few kids went to beachside athletics at Lakeside Stadium. I was in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. 


The 1500 m was the first, they put the girls and boys together.  I had an alright start, then during the race I caught up and ended up fifth, there was only about 10 metres between fifth and second. After the race I went home to have a rest and came back to Lakeside a few hours later. 

The 800 m was the last race of the day I had a great start and maintained it through the race and ended up third. Overall I had a great day and would love to go again.


By Oliver O


     Wellbeing & Diversity 

Cyber Safety - Snapchat

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is an application which is free to download on iOS and Android devices that allows users to send images and videos (‘snaps’) to each other. Snaps can be viewed for up to 10 seconds before they ‘dissolve’.

Operating the app requires use of the device’s data plan or a wireless internet connection. Images can be drawn on using a whiteboard-style tool and can be given a caption. Snapchat also gives users the ability to put special effect filters and emojis over images or videos to create different looks or themes.

What is the age restriction for Snapchat?

The age classification for Snapchat is 13 years and over, although much of the content may be inappropriate for that age group. If children under the age of 13 sign up for an account they are given access to ‘SnapKidz’ which is a limited version of the app where users are not able to send images to other users. It is important to note that these classifications are set by the app’s creator and are not overseen by an independent body.


How are kids using Snapchat?

Snapchat is used by many young people to connect with their friends and to send photos to each other. However, Snapchat can be used for inappropriate purposes and it is important to sit down with your child and explain to them that it is not okay to share images that are rude, offensive or sexualised.


Should I be worried if my child is

using Snapchat?

Any application when used incorrectly has the potential to cause harm. It is important that you communicate openly with your child about how they may be using an application and the legal and ethical ramifications of inappropriate use. Children and young people also need to be aware of the risks of communicating with people they don’t know via any mobile application.


Does an image really delete on Snapchat?

There are many ways an image can be saved, even on Snapchat. iOS and Android devices have a feature which allows the device to take a photo of what is on the screen (screencapture). Snapchat notifies the sender if an image they have sent has been captured, however there are also other ways images can be saved without the sender being notified, so it is important to encourage children to think before they send a snap.


What are the privacy settings

on Snapchat?

Snapchat has limited privacy settings so it is important to monitor your child’s usage of the application. One privacy setting that is available is the ability to restrict who can send your child photos or videos, ‘snaps’. This can be enabled by going into the Settings menu, select ‘Who can send me snaps’, then select ‘My friends’. This will ensure that only users in your child’s contact list can send images.

It is important to read the Snapchat
privacy policy as it provides
information about how the images and
videos are stored and used. Users need to be aware that Snapchat has the right to reproduce, modify and republish photos and videos, and save them to the Snapchat servers, particularly in relation to the ‘Live Story’ feature.


What are the potential problems

with Snapchat?

Sharing images that are rude, offensive or sexualised can see young charged under State and Commonwealth legislation which carries serious legal consequences. Ethically, young people need to be aware of the impact that their online behaviour has on their reputation and others.


How do I delete my child’s

Snapchat account?

After talking with your child about the ethical use of Snapchat and your family’s rules around technology, you may feel it’s appropriate to delete the Snapchat account.

Open discussions are vital in ensuring your child understands their responsibilities when using technology. Removing technology from your child when they have used it inappropriately is not the best response as it may lead the child to access technology through other means making
it more difficult to monitor, supervise or support them if something goes wrong.

However, in some cases it is necessary for a parent to delete an account. To do this, you need to go to and enter your child’s account username and password. If you do not have your child’s password you can submit a deletion request to Snapchat.


School News & Information

Bunnings BBQ

Thank you to all the parents who helped in the lead up to or volunteered to assist at the Bunnings BBQ last Saturday. We raised over $2000 for the school.  Thank you for coming down and supporting the DOGs.


D.O.G.S Catch Up (Tonight Thursday - 19th September)

The Railway Hotel

(280 Ferrars St, South Melbourne VIC 3205)

6:30pm on wards.

End of Term 3 Catch Up.

Lost DOGS... If you haven't come along all year or have been meaning to in the past, this is your chance... the year will be over before you know it.

Come along for a few laughs, a drink and / or counter meal.  Everyone welcome.

The school community as a whole befits from the connections made at these events.




Healthy Tracks

Conversation Caravan visited us on Wednesday 18th September.

We had lots of parents and students chat to the crew from Conversation Caravan about how our families get to school, what would make it easier for us to walk, ride or scoot to school, and how we would like to travel to school!

The City of Port Phillip is working with Galilee to develop an action plan to make it safer and easier to walk, scoot and ride a bike to school. The Healthy Tracks to School project is integral in encouraging young people and their families to:

-        Participate on active travel methods such as walking, riding and scooting;

-        Engage in community through shared travel experience;

-        Develop independence and responsibility through independent travel; and

-        Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

We had a smoothie bike with free smoothies and a coffee van with free coffees!

Just a reminder that the healthy tracks survey closes on Friday 20th September 2019. 

Click here to go to the survey:

The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and your answers are completely anonymous. For further information please see the research collection statement and City of Port Phillip's privacy statement.

Galilee Parents Association (GPA) News

Galilee Parents Association AGM - Tuesday 19 November 2019 - 7:30pm

Put the date in your diaries for the AGM where we will recap the successes and learnings from 2019 and make plans for moving forward in 2020.

At the AGM this year the elected positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer will all be up for nomination and election.  These positions are renewed every 2-3 years to ensure we have a dynamic and inclusive committee.

Annalise, Jess, Emma and Maureen have thoroughly enjoyed these positions for the last 2-3 years but will not be renominating for them.  They will ensure people taking on these roles are well supported as they transition into these roles in 2020 and will remain on as general members into the future.

These main roles are a 2-3 year position. If anyone is interested in these positions or know of someone who might be please let us or Simon Millar know. 

Please read the role descriptions attached. Any questions please email the address below or see a committee member.


Art Show - a favourite on the school calendar - 24 October from 5-7pm

In term 4 there will be the Annual Art Show held in the school hall showcasing the work from all our students.  Put this date in your diaries now!


Stay in Touch 

Follow the Committee Events on Facebook at

Email ideas and questions to the committee at

Plants for Sale

Hello everyone,

My name is Harry M and I am in 2B. On Friday, I will have some plants and pots for sale fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart.

The only plants I have left are Monstera. They are $20.00.

Please let Miss Burke know if you would like to buy one.

Thank you,

Harry M


GOSH - TheirCare

Dear school, parents and of course beloved children!


I want to thank you for the wonderful time we've had together and big credit of trust you gave me, which, hopefully, I paid back with my dedicated work, love and care for our amazing children! I dearly love all of you together and individually, you became a big part of my life and I'm waiting impatiently to come back next year with more enthusiasm, care and creativity.


Friendly reminder about early finish on Friday, GOSH will start at 1.30 PM, please book now.


Holiday Program is just around the corner and some empty spots are waiting for our children!

Have a wonderful holidays and see you in November on Galilee's birthday!


Sincerely yours,


Dance Class Presentation

On Tuesday all the beautiful young dancers who attend class on Tuesday afternoons,  presented what they have learnt this term to their parents. 

They did an amazing job with both their Ballet and Jazz moves! 

They danced everything with confidence and enjoyment and it was wonderful to see their proud parents watching.

Congratulations to the students and a big thank you to Jackie their teacher. 


Local Connections



Galilee Newsletter
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Committe member role descriptions 2019.pdf
Let's pray.pdf
2019 Lunch Order List.pdf
Medical Consent Form.pdf