A reminder that Galilee will be closed tomorrow as we host three other schools in learning about Student Wellbeing.
In recent newsletters, I have written about a number of wellbeing strategies such as: the importance of being positive, teaching our children independence and resilience and being grateful for the wonderful people in our lives. I was at a coffee shop recently (corner of Park & Ferrars Sts.) when a simple message was placed upon my table: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. I read it several times and shared and discussed it with Mrs Burns and Mrs Gerecke. We discussed the importance of celebrating our achievements at work and focussing on the positives rather than dwelling on the challenges. Each day of our lives, we encounter both positive and negative experiences. Why do people focus mostly upon what is negative? Learning from our mistakes rather than allowing them to inhibit our future actions is a critical part of developing resilience. Mistakes are a great opportunity for learning. Teaching your children strategies to deal with challenges can help them to move on more positively. Encourage the thinking that, you can choose how you react to a situation. Have you ever been upset and realised afterwards that the original action was not as serious as you thought? Read the Student Wellbeing section a Growth Mindset for more information.
It's wonderful to see so many fathers/male guardians registering for our inaugural Father's Day Breakfast from 7:30am on September 1st. You will have until this Monday to register with Paul Mapley. It will be an exciting event for you and your child/ren and we hope to see you there. Please be aware the Father's day Liturgy in the school hall will take place at 2.40pm on Friday 1st September.
All school fees are to be finalised by September 8th, unless you have an agreement with Mr. Millar or an ongoing payment plan . All other amounts not paid in full by this date will incur a $200 late fee.
Trivia Night Profit
The final figures are in from our Annual Fundraiser - The Galilee Trivia Night 2017 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. A profit of just under $18,700 was raised on the evening.
An important part of our evening was to highlight the importance of the work Kidney Health Australia does and to raise money for this not for profit organisation in recognition of one of our current school families who have a son who was born with kidney disease and attended Galilee. On the evening we heard their story and we raised an amazing $557 from the generous families in attendance. We will be making a final donation to to Kidney Health Australia of $1000.
As with all schools, there are always wonderful ways to spend money. Many families have asked what the monies raised this year will be going towards. The money from the Trivia Night and the Bunnings BBQ will be combined and we are very excited to announce that after consultation with staff, the SRC and all the school students we will be installing a three metre high retractable netting around the grassed area that will create two defined play spaces. This will support the children who enjoy the playing of rigorous ball sports during break times, prevent the cross over of sporting games being played and allow children to play safely in the sandpit area and on the playground with less risk of being knocked by a stray ball. It will create new spaces for teachers to conduct lessons. The netting will be installed over the September holiday break.
Due to the success of the evening the rest of the monies raised on the Trivia Night have contributed towards an upgrade of the school security camera system. This upgraded system will ensure the safety of all our children, staff and families of our school community.
It is with the hard work of the volunteers that make these events possible, of the families who attend and of those who so generously donate their money at these events that we are able to continue to upgrade the facilities of our school to benefit all of our children.
Park Street Closed
Park Street entrance will be closed for Book Week, Monday 28th August to Friday 1st September. Please use Bank Street for these five days. Park Street will re-open on Monday 4th September.
Mathematics in Year 3R
This week I visited Year 3R and they were learning about decimal fractions. The students were able to compare fractions, decimals and percentages (VCMNA190) - Level 5. They were also able to calculate fractions of whole numbers (VCMNA213) from Level 6 in the Victorian Curriculum. Congratulations to 3R and Mrs Rochecouste. Watch the video below to hear their clever responses.