Galilee Newsletter

12 March 2020
Issue Three
Important 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

Important 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 Dates

Term 1  Friday Jan 31 - Friday March 27 at 1.30pm

Term 2 Tuesday April 14 - Friday June 26 1.30pm

Term 3 Mon July 13 - Friday Sept 18 1.30pm

Term 4 Mon Oct 5 - Tuesday Dec 15 1.30pm

Term 1

March 16 - Reconciliation Reflection Day Year 3 in                           the School Hall

March 17 - St Patrick's Day

March 17-20 - Year 5 Merricks Camp

March 19 - Classroom Helper Course

March 24 - School Photos

March 25 - Stations of the Cross 2.30pm

March 26 - Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation

March 27 - Harmony Day celebration 

                    - End of Term 1:30pm dismissal

Term 2

April 14 - Term 2 begins

April 14 - 24 - Prep 2021 Interviews

April 17 - Yr. 5/6 Interschool Sport beins

April 20 - Parent morning cuppa 8.45-9.30am

April 28 - Confirmation Reflection Day Year 6

May 8 - Mother's Day Morning Tea & Lunch

May 10 - Sacrament of Confirmation StsPP

May 12-15 - NAPLAN Testing

May 14 - Parents Battle of the Bands

May 15 - Dendy Cross Country Carnival 

                - School Disco (after school)

June 8 - Queen's Birthday public holiday

June 10 - Music Soiree 5pm

June 19 - Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass OLMC Years 3-6

June 22 - Student Led Conferences 1.30pm finish

June 24 - Student Led Conferences

June 26 - End of Term 2, 1.30pm finish

School Closure Days


August 14

November 2

November 27

Community Dates

Thurs 19th March: Classroom Helper & Number Intervention Course 9-11am


Wednesdays at 2.40pm unless stated otherwise in Parent Calendar

Camp Calendar

Year 5 Merricks March 17-20

Year 3L Zoo Snooze October 29-30

Year 3M Zoo Snooze November 5-6

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 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).

Boys should NOT 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: Monday morning 8.45-9.10am

Located in Prep Building

Donations of clean/well cared for uniform happily accepted.

Galilee Out of School Hours (GOSH) by TheirCare

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,

Teaching is a profession that provides infinite opportunities for ongoing personal and professional development. As teachers plan for their classes, deliver their lesson, monitor student engagement, measure the impact of their teaching, and adjust their practice to optimise student learning, they become learners of their own teaching. To promote and support teachers to develop their expertise and professional practice, the appropriate cultures, processes and structures must be in place. It is these supports that intentionally, collaboratively and with accountability make teacher learning and development visible and effective. 


When teachers collaborate in the analysis of student outcomes, in the diagnosis of learning needs and in the planning of intervention strategies, professional learning choices naturally align with whole school improvement goals and address both individual and collective development needs. These are the key principles of effective professional learning. It should originate from student learning needs, build on teacher competencies, respond to teachers’ individual learning needs, and contribute to the achievement of collective improvement goals.  


Last Thursday and Friday, the Staff participated in professional development focussing on improving student outcomes in the area of grammar and punctuation within Writing.  Annie from Andrell Education introduced the staff to VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation) and Big Write. Classroom teachers will begin to use these strategies in Writing sessions next term.

Coronavirus Update

We are receiving regular advice and updates on the Coronavirus from Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and Australian Government Health Department.

The Australian Government also updated travel restrictions. The extension to existing travel restrictions now applies to visitors from South Korea, Iran and mainland China. Visitors who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, or their dependants, will not be allowed entry into Australia. If a family member has been to any of the following countries please monitor for symptoms and keep your child from school for 14 days.

The Australian Government considers the following countries to be at moderate risk for COVID-19:

  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

If you have recently travelled to these countries, monitor your health for 14 days after leaving that country and we recommend your child not attending school (for 14 days). If you develop a fever or cough, seek medical advice urgently and isolate yourself.

Catholic Education Melbourne has advised that those with symptoms such as a fever (temperature above 38°C), cough, sore throat or congestion, should not come to school, and stay home until symptoms have subsided for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing or cough-suppressing medication).  Please ensure you seek medical advice and please do not send your child to school if they have any of these symptoms. Any child sent to school with the above symptoms may be sent home in accordance with the above advice.


I am also aware that there has been exposure to the virus at Albert Park Hotel on Saturday 7 March between 6:00-10:00pm. I strongly encourage anyone who was present at the venue on Saturday evening and is experiencing any of the above symptoms to:

-seek medical assistance 

-keep your child/ren home from school for the next 14 days and,

-contact the School Office immediately.


Please notify the school if you are currently keeping your child/ren home due to the above symptoms, and if you or anyone known to you has been diagnosed with Coronavirus by a GP.


Click on the link to view more information from the Australian Government Department of Health:


Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus: (

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional!

Thank you for following our advice and please contact the school if you have any concerns or questions.


Education at Galilee will continue and we will continue to take advice from relevant authorities.

Open Morning

There will be no Open Morning tomorrow.

Preps 2021

It has been an exciting week meeting with Prep 2021 siblings of some of our current students. They enjoyed telling us about themselves and all the activities they like to do.

We received a large amount of new enrolments following our Open Morning last week which was great to see. Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to set up Morning Tea with Miss Carnovale.

Interviews for non-siblings will be held early next term.

Classroom Helper Course

The first Classroom Helper Course session was held this morning in the Hall. A reminder that there is another session next Thursday 19th March at 9am in the Hall.  If you have any questions about the course, please contact Danielle Gerecke

Year 3 Reconciliation Reflection Day

Our Year 3 students will be participating in a Reconciliation Reflection Day on Monday 16 March. 

Year 5 Camp

Year 5 students are preparing themselves for their camp at Merricks next week, 17-20 March.  They will be involved in many outdoor activities including surfing.  Mrs Helen Rochecouste, Miss Dorothy Hall,  Mr Carlo Martello and Mr Jack Sandow will be attending the three night camp.

Working with Children Check

If you intend to assist in the classroom, attend excursions or sporting events at Galilee, it is essential that all volunteers have a current Working with Children Check.  

The Working with Children Check is a screening process for assessing or re-assessing people who work with or care for children in Victoria. 

You can apply for a Working with Children Check by obtaining an application form from any Australian Post centre or online at

Once you receive your card, please give a copy of your details to the Office for our records.

Education in Faith

Lent-Project Compassion

This year, we are participating in Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, Project Compassion. We will be raising much needed funds and awareness for the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year the theme of Project Compassion is 'Go Further Together' and how lives change when we all work together. Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

This week's story is about Barry and how Caritas assists him, his family and his community.


The Friar’s Kitchen 

During Lent we will be collecting food for the Friar’s kitchen located behind the Sts Peter and Paul Friary. The kitchen feeds many people in our South Melbourne community with warm home cooked dinners and morning teas. The Friar's Van feeds the less privileged in Fitzroy Street, just to name a few. Please note we will be doing this as a school community twice yearly (Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas).




"The Capuchin friars live upstairs where they have their chapel, bedrooms, living room, kitchenette, and downstairs they share the back section of the house with the poor and marginalised. From Monday through to Thursday the Open House section welcomes people to share food, hot drinks and more importantly, table fellowship – place to sit and converse with others. The friars are assisted by volunteers. Below is the weekly schedule:

Monday -‘Open House’ (tea and coffee etc), 11am – 3pm
Monday – Dinner, 5pm
Tuesday – ‘Open House’ (tea and coffee etc), 11am – 3pm
Tuesday – Dinner, 5pm
Wednesday – Breakfast, 10am (preparation from 9am)
Thursday – ‘Open House’ (tea and coffee etc), 11am – 3pm



Setting out from the friary at South Melbourne on Monday and Saturday evenings, the friars and volunteers serve food to the poor and marginalised on the streets around the Port Melbourne area. Working together they create a place of welcome, conversation and human comfort for the people who participate.

Most of the food is generously donated by a variety of benefactors. The volunteers meet beforehand at the Open House, South Melbourne to prepare the food for distribution.

The friars of South Melbourne are also assisted by friars from the fraternity of St Anthony’s, Hawthorn.

The friars and volunteers experience first hand the gospel truth that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (cf. Acts 20:35)."


After meeting with Simon Millar and the Year 6 SJ Leaders, the students came up with a great idea for the donations of items to the Friar's kitchen. This Lent we are asking the students to bring the following:
Preps - Unopened and non refrigerated juice
Ones - Packets of tea
Twos - Jars of instant coffee
Threes - Long life Milk
Fours - Packets of dry pasta
Fives - Packets of rice
Sixes - Any tinned food
Please note this is not a compulsory contribution to our community. The idea of spreading the donations across the school will allow for a variety of provisions for the Friar's kitchen. If your family would like to participate,  please place any donations in the containers inside the corridor just outside the school hall. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated:) 



The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the Sacraments of healing and restoration. It celebrates the endlessly forgiving mercy of God and the change of heart of all those who turn back to God after sin. Many of our Year 3 students will be in the process of enrolling to make their First Reconciliation later this term. The dates for preparation and the celebrations for Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC), Middle Park and StsPP, South Melbourne are as follows:

  • Thursday 12 March – 3:40-4:15pm - StsPP Preparation Session #4 in the Year 3 classrooms
  • Monday 16th March - Reflection Day at Galilee School - 8.50 - 3.25pm
  • Wednesday 18 March - 7.00pm - Sacrament of Reconciliation OLMC
  • Thursday 26 March - 6:00pm-Sacrament of Reconciliation-SPP

A Prayer for our Reconciliation Candidates


Loving God help us to teach our children that you love totally and unconditionally. Help us to encourage our children to grow in love and to learn how to take responsibility for their words and actions, knowing that you always forgive. Assist us to pray with our children and to share our faith with them as we journey together. Guide us as we model your love in the world.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Confirmation dates and OLMC Enrolment form

Please be advised that the Sacrament of Confirmation is now in Term Two instead of Term Four.

Please find the enrolment forms for OLMC for Confirmation and Eucharist (Term Three).

The dates so far for the Sacrament of confirmation are as follows:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

6 – 7pm

Confirmation Family Faith Night (Faith Team and Year 6 teachers) Galilee School Hall

7 – 7:20pm

StsPP Confirmation Parent session - Galilee School staffroom

7:30 – 8:30pm

OLMC Confirmation Parent Information Night


18 APR 2020, SAT  4 – 7pm

OLMC Confirmation Preparation Session 1 – Sat 18 April (relics of St Therese will be in the church)


20 APR 2020, MON 8:30am – 3:25pm

NET Team - Confirmation incursion-school hall all day


Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4 – 7pm

OLMC Confirmation Preparation Session 2 (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)


28 APR 2020, TUE, 8:30am – 3:25pm

Confirmation Reflection Day (Year 6) St. Patrick's Cathedral and Mary Mackillop Centre


2 MAY 2020, SAT, 4 – 7pm

OLMC Confirmation Preparation Session 3


Friday, May 8, 2020, 7 – 8pm

OLMC Sacrament of Confirmation


Sunday, May 10, 2020, 10 – 11am

Sacrament of Confirmation StsPP


First Eucharist

OLMC have asked that their enrolment for Eucharist be advertised. Please find below.


Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey.

All families are invited through Care monkey to participate in the ECSI survey which will assist us in better understanding how our Catholic Identity is expressed in our work and practice here at Galilee.

The Catholic University in Leuven, was commissioned by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) to design a process and tools, based on sound research, to accomplish the goal of understanding our current Catholic identity and where the school community might like to see itself in the future.

The ECSI survey is a key element in this process.  The online survey gathers responses from students in Years 5 and 6, all Galilee school staff, and a representative sample of parents.

You will be asked to complete the survey online; it may take you up to an hour to do so and can be completed in more than one seating.

Many thanks in advance for your support of Religious Education at Galilee.

A big THANK YOU to all families who have completed the survey. We really appreciate your support!

Upcoming dates

17 March: St Patrick’s Day at the Cathedral (School Captains with SJ leaders) - all day

25 March: Stations of the Cross - Galilee: 2:30pm (Assembly) - (All grades)


John 21 (Taken from

Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened.  Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”

“No,” they replied.

Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.


Jesus taught his disciples a different way of looking at their situation.

Here at Galilee we teach children who learn in different ways.

You might like to encourage your family members to try a new method, look at things differently, change their attitude about an issue...

'Be not afraid,' it could be successful!

Helen Rochecouste


Learning and Teaching

Year 6 Canberra Recount

High Court of Australia

When we finally arrived in Canberra we didn’t go straight to the resort, instead we went to the High Court of Australia. The High Court of Australia is the place that holds many debates and where new laws are decided. When we had our incredible visit we got told about a few cases like the Woolworths story. They said that a woman named Mrs Strong slipped over a chip at Big W and got badly injured, so bad in fact she got told by the doctors she could never walk or work again. This upset Mrs Strong so she wanted to take it to court and get millions of dollars to pay for the surgery. It turns out that Woolworths owned Big W and had to try to convince the court that it was an accident and the chip probably fell minutes after they cleaned. The judges agreed with Mrs Strong so Woolworths took it to the next highest position of government, the Supreme Court. Here, they agreed with Woolworths so finally, Mrs Strong went to the High Court of Australia as her last option. Finally the decision was made, Mrs Strong won the argument and a new law was established, the law was, every hour Woolworths and all shops must clean their shops and log it on a rota. Today you can see these cleaning logs in all shops and toilets in Australia.


The CSIRO discovery centre

The CSIRO discovery centre was full with great learning experiences and we all enjoyed it so much. At the centre we had Holly, our guide, she was super nice! With Holly we learnt a bunch with Q.R codes! We were all given an ipad to scan the codes, then we would pick a code off the board and would scan it with the ipad. Next, we would look at the information shown on the ipad. We would see a question and we would look for the information we needed in the discovery centre. At the end of the tour we got about twenty minutes to look around the discovery centre, it was a great start to our day! 


Canberra Park Resort

Canberra Park Resort is located 6 kilometers from Canberra city. The cabins at this resort are spacious with 4 beds, a desk, shower and toilet as well as a sink.The food was good except the BAD LUNCHES like soggy bread, carrot, ham and tomato. The beds were comfortable but squeaky and the aircon was GREAT. You could feel the ground move every time someone stepped. Overall it was a great experience! 



On Wednesday, we woke up and we went to eat breakfast, then went straight to the AIS. We were all so excited to go. When we arrived we had a tour that showed us around the building, the first place we went to was the game center with all cool games like wheelchair basketball, rugby, footy, skiing and so much more.


After the game center the tour showed us around the sports facilities. The first place we went to was the kung fu lessons. It was really interesting how they showed us the type of training and moves they were doing. It was made for the 2000 olympics. After the kung fu the tour guide told us outside that the wires were holding the roof so if anything fell down the roof would still stay up. How cool is that?


Then we went to the gymnastics center. It was really cool because the women have different equipment and the boys also have different equipment.  After that we went straight to the volleyball court. Apparently someone can jump over the volleyball net that's crazy and the captain is 6ft 11, that's really tall. Apparently it's good if you are tall for volleyball. The Gym was our next activity, there were lots of athletes training for the 2020 Tokyo olympics, there was lots of different equipment for stretching and training.


At the swimming pool we saw some woman practicing synchronised swimming the tour guide told us the coach has a special room to watch the swimmers practice, they also have special cameras in the area.


After we went to the gift shop we bought some cool toys and opel flack necklaces. It was definitely a highlight of the whole trip!


The Canberra Cycle 

On Wednesday, the 2nd day of camp, we all went on a bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin. Almost everyone took part and almost everyone finished the cycle complaining of sore backs. It was a long bike ride but time flies when you're having fun!


Embassy Drive Tour

On Wednesday the 19th of February, Galilee's Year Sixes took a bus tour around Embassy Drive, with our amazing bus driver Brenton. Embassy Drive is a bunch of buildings that represent over 80 countries around the world such as Greece, China, South Africa & the Nigerian Embassy. We started off with some countries we have never heard of like Papua New Guinea, Kuwait and even Montenegro. After we took photos & shared thoughts on the amazing experience we just had, we moved on with our great day.


NatIOnAl exHIbitIOn CenTrE 

On the second day of camp, after our bike ride, we hopped onto the bus to go to the National Exhibition Centre!  When we arrived we met our guides and went straight on the tour. We first saw a 3D replica of Canberra city, there were so many details on each and every piece we saw, it was amazing! We then found out that Canberra was a planned city and that people from all around the world were able to submit drafts on what the new city would look like and how it would be built. One of the criteria they had to meet was:


Having the town be built in and around the landscape and not destroying any of the surrounding mountains. 


The winners of the competition were Walter and Mary Burley Griffin. Who designed the most Eco- friendly design for Canberra.


People were also allowed to think of names for the new capital, some being….

  1. Olympus, 

  2. Paradise,

  3. Captain Cook, 

  4. Shakespeare, 

  5. Kangaremu,

  6.  Sydmeladperho, 

  7. Eucalypta 

  8.  Myola


The War Memorial 

On Wednesday the 19th of February we went to the War Memorial. When we went inside we saw a submarine and a helicopter that was in World War 1. Afterwards, we went to see some planes, bombs, canons and photos. After that we went to the World War 2 section and there were pictures, statues, flags and information about Nazis and information about World War 2. It was really amazing learning about how our countrymen gave their lives to protect our country.


National Museum

It was suddenly day three in a flash. We were already on the bus with a stomach full of delicious food and ready to go to the national museum to have fun. When we arrived we split into groups and went and did some activities my group fist went and built our own robot character on interactive screens. We got to use our creativity  with different patterns, colours, body parts and so many other cool things. After that we went into a room and we each had our own controller that was grouped with others. We had to work with a team to complete a challenge. In the end we got to see who won, my group came second and we all had a fantastic time. We then went outside to run around, we all let lots of our energy out and then went back inside to our favourite place out of them all, THE GIFT SHOP! We spent quite a lot of time in there buying gifts for us, our families and friends. We then left the Museum and shared our gifts with all our friends.


Electoral centre

On Thursday, the 3rd day of camp, we went to the Electoral Centre located at Old Parliament House. We were very excited to learn about voting. This is very important in Australia. We held a fake election about our favourite fruits, the categories were: peach, apple, orange and banana. In the end, peach had the most votes. Here are some fun facts; when elections are held, it doesn’t come down to the most votes, it always comes down to who has 51% of the majority!

New Parliament House

 Parliament House was one of the highlights of our Canberra camp as we were so excited to be in the legendary Parliament House where many politicians had walked before us. When we were out the front of Parliament House many of us were taking photos. We walked inside, where we were told to empty our pockets and put our devices in a tub to be scanned before we could carry on. When we walked up the million dollar marble stairs we were greeted by a humongous lego model of parliament house with every single detail included.


At Parliament House, we met our Danish tour guide. He was absolutely hilarious! He made loads of jokes to keep us entertained. Now, I couldn’t speak about our tour guide without doing this. He would always say “so can everyone say ‘wow’. Good job, now back to the tour.” 


As you would expect Parliament House was worth a lot of money, but did you expect it to be worth 1.1 billion Australian dollars! I know right! But I guess it makes sense since everything was made of marble! Like the stairs, marble! Or the floors, marble! Even the roof, oh wait that wasn’t marble, but you get the point. But my favorite part was when we did the roleplay of what happens at the House of Representatives. We all had parts, each one equally important. We debated about public transport being free. In the end, we agreed that public transport should be free for some people. Like people with disabilities or that don’t earn enough money to pay.  Overall, it was a wonderful experience!


Dinosaur Museum

After a long day full of excitement waiting for the night time tour of the dinosaur museum, we were overjoyed to have finally arrived! While, Miss Biggs had already told us about it a thousand times we were so excited to finally see it. Even though Miss Biggs and Mrs Ferguson had seen it before, they were very interested with what Keiran, our tour guide was talking about.


Our tour guide Keiran seemed very passionate about what he was talking about, so that made our experience even more amazing. Some of the dinosaurs actually moved and made noises. I nearly jumped out of my skin because it was dark in the rooms. We saw many dinosaurs including some with feathers, skeletons of dinosaurs and a lot more such as mammoths.


At the end of the tour we went to the gift shop and there were so many great things like bucket loads of gems, stones and crystals, there were also toy snakes, baby dinosaurs in eggs, toy mammoths, star sign necklaces, bracelets, huge crystals that if you touch you’ll slice your fingers off and so many more amazing products. After we paid we got to go into this play area and there were two cracked eggs and people could go into them. When we got onto the bus we were all so exhausted so we went straight to bed, well some of us…. I'm sure all the Year Sixes next year will love this amazing experience.



Questacon was the last experience of Canberra and arguably the best experience of the entire Canberra camp. With all the different exhibits in questacon like the contained lightning chamber and tornado.


There was also a game where two people use their minds to move a ball to the other person’s side, the person that won the majority of the games was Mr. Hill. Mrs Ferguson was epic at it and could do it straight away! Maybe she has secret super powers!!


With all the unique rooms ,we all know that the best room was the room called ‘excite’, it had everything from a drop slide to a robot that could play air hockey.  Everyone has a wonderful time and will never forget it!


A massive thank you from all the Year Sixes to the teachers who came on our Year Six camp to Canberra. Thank you Mrs Ferguson, Miss Biggs, Tegan, Mrs Gerecke and Mr Hill. We are sorry for keeping you all awake at night!!!!! Year Fives, get ready for the best camp ever!!

Year 4

We have had a super busy start to 2020, with a Surf Life Saving excursion to Sandridge Beach, Year 4 Camp to Angahook, St John's First Aid course and Athletics Day...just to name a few!


We loved Angahook, especially the fun outdoor activities such as the Giant Swing, Mountain Bike Riding, Low Ropes Course, Archery and Canoeing. We may not have fallen in, but we did get wet (thanks to some teachers who weren't so great at keeping their paddles in the water!) We were also lucky enough to have a Bush Dance on our first night, no wonder we slept well! We learnt some awesome games from our camp leaders and we have continued to use these in Year 4 and we might even try and teach our buddies! Check out some of our photos from camp!


Our buddy groups this year are: 4F & 2E and 4M & 2C. We were excited to meet our buddies and last week we wrote them some letters to introduce ourselves. We are looking forward to catching up with them again soon. 


4F & 4M


     Wellbeing & Diversity 

National Day Against Bullying at Galilee 
Friday 13th March

Bullying occurs when words or actions are repeatedly used to harm someone’s wellbeing. While there are times when we can all accidentally say or do things that are hurtful to others, it’s important to understand that bullying is a deliberate behaviour. It’s done on purpose to make a person feel intimidated, threatened or powerless, and is often ongoing. Bullying is a critical issue for schools as it can lead to negative impacts for the person being bullied, bystanders, the person doing the bullying, and the school as a whole. Almost all young people are affected by bullying behaviour, either through experiencing it or engaging in it themselves, or through witnessing someone being bullied. Positive family relationships and support from friends and others can reduce the negative consequences of being bullied.


On Friday and Monday, students will have the unique experience of seeing what it actually feels like to engage in bullying or experience it themselves through virtual reality headsets.



School News & Information

Galilee Easter Raffle

Easter Hamper Donations              

Easter Hamper prizes will be given out on the last day of Term 1 to the lucky winners of our Easter Raffle!


We are hoping to give out at least 1 hamper prize per class so we are asking for donations of Easter bunnies and Easter eggs

(We recognise some children have food allergies, we will try to accommodate this where possible)


Please drop donations to the office by Friday 20th March.                         


Raffle will be drawn during school hours on the final day of Term 1.


               Easter Raffle Tickets          

You will be receiving raffle tickets in an envelope in your child’s school bag next week. This is an Easter Fundraising event to raise money for our school.


*Tickets - $2 each or 3 for $5


Please clearly label each purchased ticket with your child’s name and class.

These envelopes can be returned to class teacher or the school office by

Tuesday 24th March.


*Additional raffle tickets will be available at the school office if you wish to purchase more.


There is no obligation to purchase tickets.

Ride to School Day Tomorrow



Last week in Gosh it was " Animal Nature Week". We have done lots of craft activities, group games and most of all enjoying our new board games were every child can join in and feel included. 

  • To start off the week Isabella, Lucy , Maya and other children got to decorate and design Animal key- rings for their school bags.
  • Flower craft- Maya was super excited to participate in the activity, so was Sofia and Annabelle we're they joined in the activity by investigating ideas that represented their thinking, imagination and skills.  
  • Today our planned activity was a drawing game called Animal Jumble were Maya and Lola worked together by each drawing a body part of an animal and then coming up with names that are funny and creative. For example Unitige, C.bee, heart,  fly and the last one was horsemonk. Lola said to me that it was a fun activity.
  • Thursday and Friday were our Pupil Free Days which are very long and fun at the same time, we also have to be ready for weather changes so we make the most out of our day by doing some of our favourite activities. Which were Leaf Painting and decorating to connect with the Autumn season. Cricket has become one of our top sports the children love to play and have loads of fun.


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Confirmation enrolment form 2020.docx
~$aft First Eucharist dates 2020.docx
~$aft First Eucharist dates 2020.docx
Medical Consent Form.pdf