Galilee Newsletter

28 February 2020
Issue Two
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 2 - Preps begin full time

March 4 - Open Morning 9am

                  - No assembly

March 5 & 6 - School Closure Days

March 9 - Labour Day Holiday

March 10-13 - Prep 2021 sibling interviews

March 12 & 19 - Classroom Helper Course

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

March 17-20 - Year 5 Merricks Camp

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

School Closure Days


March 5 & 6

August 14

November 2

November 27

Community Dates

Wed 4th March: Open Day 9-11am

Thurs 12th March: Classroom Helper & Number Intervention Course 9-11am

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

Term 1 Physical Education





Friday March 6th

Beachside Swimming



Wednesdays at 2.40pm unless stated otherwise in Parent Calendar

- Wednesday March 4 at 9:00am

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,

The beginning of the school year has been rewarding and busy for both teachers and families. While families are returning to the routine of school, work and extracurricular activities, teachers are getting to know their students and how they learn.

As students make their way into new year levels, whether it be their first time in primary school or  another year, parents have a critical role to play as their child's first educator and supporter of their learning.

We know that school is only one environment where a specific type of learning takes place, with most learning actually occurring outside the school setting. Therefore, every experience a child has in each of these places impacts the others.

This is why the parent-teacher partnership is so important, enabling parent engagement in learning to guide and support children as they journey through school.

It's critical that all people in the life of a child or young person are working together to create a stimulating and supportive environment for their learning and development.

It means positively and actively engaging in school information sessions, attending activities your children are involved in (when possible), reading information that comes home and discussing learning with your child.  

It's also about providing enhanced learning opportunities outside school to build life skills, improve wellbeing and support learning happening at school. It is essential for a parent to be engaged in their child's learning, building their confidence and encouraging them to excel according to their abilities.

Some examples of parent engagement at Galilee are:

-reading termly overviews published in the school newsletter and on the website

-helping your child with homework and projects

-attending information evenings, soirees, assemblies, school masses and whole school events, such as Athletics Day, Swimming Carnival

-being a Classroom Helper

-assisting on class excursion and incursions


School Closure Days

Next Thursday and Friday, 5th and 6th March, will be closure days for students at Galilee.


During this time staff will be learning about Big Write and VCOP.  As mentioned in an earlier newsletter edition, our focus is on improving student data and outcomes, especially in the area of Writing (including spelling, grammar and punctuation). For more information about Big Write and VCOP, read the Learning and Teaching page.

Why learn about Grammar & Punctuation in Writing? As you can see from the sample 2019 NAPLAN data below, many of our students are performing in all areas at least one year ahead of the expected standard. In Grammar & Punctuation, our results are high but our growth has not been as strong from Years 3 to 5 so we have decided to target this area for future growth.



It is also designed to create stronger professional and collaborative relationships between the staff.

GOSH will be open both days from 7am - 6pm. Students must be registered and booked in via


Monday 9th is the Labour Day Public Holiday so we will see everyone back at school on Tuesday 10th March.

Athletics Carnival

A big congratulations to all students who competed on the day and contributed points towards their houses. It was fantastic to see the outstanding sportsmanship of all students – there was lots of cheering each other on and encouraging team mates to do their best.


Overall scores for our 2020 House Athletics Carnival:

In 4th place with 501 points is Joeys White.

In 3rd place with 516 points is Saints Green.

In 2nd place with 599 points is Carmel Navy

In first place, and our 2020 champions with 670 points is Hearts Maroon.


Finally, a huge thank you to all the parent helpers and staff who assisted to make the day such a successful one!

Congratulations to Mr Hill for the coordination of such a wonderful carnival.

PE lessons next week

Please note the change to the PE timetable next week:

Tuesday 3 March-Preps, Year 2, Year 4, Year 6

Wednesday 4 March-Year 1, Year 3, Year 5

Classroom Helper Course

There are two scheduled dates for a Classroom Helper Course:  Thursday March 12 at 9-10am and Thursday March 19 at 9-10am.   

The session will focus on basic Classroom Helper information and protocols. 

If you have already completed the Classroom Helper Course in a previous year, and would like to learn about Number Intervention, please email Jane Ferris  at to indicate your preferred day.


If you would like to work with students in the classroom, you must complete only one of the sessions.  Please indicate the preferred date when replying on CareMonkey.  

If you have already completed the Classroom Helper Course in a previous year, you do not need to attend a session.

If you have any questions about the Classroom Helper Course please contact Laura Cox at

School Photos

On Tuesday 24th March, The School Photographer will be here to photograph individual students, class groups and siblings. Your child will bring home an envelope in the next few weeks with details for ordering and payment.  Parents are encouraged to pay online before the school photo day. Students are still required to bring their envelope to school on the day.

As per last year, we will commence sibling photos at 8:15am, therefore allowing siblings only to enter the Hall for their photo.

All students must wear full Summer Uniform. If your child has PE that day, they can pack their runners and change into them prior to their lesson.

Assembly next week

Please note that Assembly will be at 9:00am next Wednesday 4 March due to our Open Morning.

School Fees

The first instalment of school fees is due by March 20 unless you have set up a direct debit using the form provided.

A reminder to be able to receive the $200 discount off fees, the total amount must be paid by March 20, 2020. If paying by direct deposit, please subtract $200 from your total. 

Chess Club

Chess Club will take place on Wednesdays at lunchtime.

ECSI Surveys

All families have received an email invitation to complete a survey about our Catholic ethos. Surveys will also be completed by Students in Years 5/6 and all Staff. Although the survey can take up to one hour, participation from parents is required to validate the data which will be used by the school in future planning.

Please see below for more information and thankyou in anticipation of your time.

Parent Reps have also been asked to email reminders.


New Governance Arrangements

By January 2021, new governance arrangements are planned to be in place for parish primary schools and diocesan colleges in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.


Why now?
A number of factors have led to the need for a change in governance arrangements. These include recommendations that have been made from a royal commission and a parliamentary inquiry. More importantly, the new governance arrangements will need to preserve and strengthen the Catholicity of our schools in the future.

With legislative and compliance requirements rapidly becoming more complex for our schools, a governance model based on one person in which the school is unincorporated, as currently found in our parish schools and regional colleges, is no longer viable. The new governance model seeks both to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, and to allow the parish priest more time to focus on the mission of education in the parish.

We currently have two wonderful priests who are Canonical Administrators for Galilee; this will change but they will still have strong links with our school.

While the governance model will change one aspect of the relationship between parish and school, it is essential that parishes and schools continue to be partners in the faith development of students. The connection between parish and school enables our young people to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist and the sacraments: the ‘source and summit’ of our Christian lives. It is the essence of an educational experience that is truly Catholic.

What difference will it make?
The governance reforms will enable schools to continue delivering an outstanding faith and valuesbased education, without being burdened by the increasingly complex legislative and regulatory requirements.

Proposed governance reforms will also preserve the critical pastoral role of the parish priest in the school community.
There will be a seamless transition to the new governance arrangements for teachers and other employees within parish, regional and archdiocese owned schools.

As schools transition to new arrangements, employees will receive new offers of employment on the same terms and conditions, with their prior service being recognised.

There has been consultation with the union and the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) to ensure this transition will be smooth.

The parish and the school
The central role of parish priests and the value of their leadership to the mission of Catholic education within the wider context of the parish community will continue. A charter will be developed with input from priests, principals and other stakeholders to ensure that the roles, rights and responsibilities of all are properly understood and safeguarded.


Funding Success

In the last two weeks, CEM has guaranteed the long term funding for Catholic schools. In the next two years we are likely to see a funding increase for Galilee thanks to the diligent work done by CEM. Previously Catholic schools have been funded based upon the Socio Economic Status (SES) of a suburb (120 in South Melbourne) but this does not reflect the income of families attending the school. Instead data has been collated from the ATO and our new score is 109, significantly lower than 120. It is termed, Direct Measurement Index (DMI) and means greater funding for our school and increased resources to support our students in their learning.


Simon Millar

Principal of Galilee

Education in Faith

Ash Wednesday and Lent



On Wednesday February 26th, we gathered as a school for the Ash Wednesday Mass at Sts Peter and Paul’s. It was prepared by our Year 5 students and teachers. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and the mass was a wonderful occasion to stop and reflect. We would like to thank everyone in our school community who joined us. During the mass, everyone was invited to receive the ashes, a sign to remind us to live the way Jesus wants.

Lent is the season for preparing for Easter, (where we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, his passion, crucifixion and look towards his resurrection.) Lent is a special time when we stop and think about how we can play our part in God’s hope for a world that is fair, just and peaceful. We think about our relationship with God, and how through serving others, we can grow closer to him. We also think about the changes we can make in our lives, to be God’s love and mercy in our world, ensuring all people have a just future. During Lent we are asked to think about how we follow Jesus’ teachings in our everyday lives and where we need to change our ways, and ask for forgiveness.

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, morning teas and the Friar's Van feeds the less privileged in Fitzroy Street, just to name a few. Please send your donations to school and place them in the tubs outside the school hall. We thank you in advance for your generous donations of non-perishable foods.


Lent-Project Compassion

This year, we will once again be 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 Shirley and how Caritas assists her, her family and her community.

Each classroom has a Caritas Project Compassion Box. We ask that your child brings along any coins/notes to donate to Project Compassion. We will be collecting money throughout Lent. On the last day of Term One we will send all donated money to Caritas Australia. Thank you for your support.

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 27 February – 3:40-4:15pm - StsPP Preparation Session #2 in the parish hall
  • Saturday 29 February - 4.30pm Preparation Session #3 in the O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms followed by 6.00pm Mass Ritual at OLMC
  • Saturday 7 March - 4.30pm Preparation Session #4 in the O’Connor/Pilkington rooms followed by 6.00pm Mass Ritual at OLMC
  • Thursday 12 March – 3:40-4:15pm - StsPP Preparation Session #4 in the parish hall
  • 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.


Enrolment Forms OLMC-Confirmation and Eucharist

Above are the OLMC enrolment forms For Confirmation (Term Two) and Eucharist (Term Three) 

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)

ECSI Survey

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey.


All families will be 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.


Matthew 3:13-17  (NIV)

The Baptism of Jesus

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptised by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness.” Then John consented.

As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

After His baptism of water and fire, Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and nights. (Lent)

Baptism represents dying to the old and coming out of the water anew. You might like to discuss as a family how you can follow in Jesus' footsteps this Lent dying to old ways and walking in new ones.


Helen Rochecouste

Learning and Teaching

Big Write and VCOP

Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.


What is Big Write?

Big Write is just one, of the many, writing sessions in the week- ideally at the end of the week. It’s a special start/stop piece of writing, where the students ‘show off’ and celebrate all the skills they have been learning from the English and STEM Curriculum that week. It has a special atmosphere to promote calm and creative writers and encourages students to reflect on their learning and how they can improve.


What is VCOP?

VCOP stands for vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation. These four elements quickly and easily enhance writing by creating the writer’s voice. Together with GHaSP (grammar, handwriting, spelling and punctuation)- the building blocks to correct and clear writing, VCOP adds the icing on the cake- excitement, pizzazz and flow to keep the audience engaged throughout the piece.


Athletics Day 2020

On Thursday, Grades Prep to Six had the annual Galilee athletics day.  When the school arrived by bus at Lakeside Stadium, Mr Hill gave a rundown of the day and a few housekeeping rules. Then we were told what event we were starting at. The events were shot put, dicus, triple jump, long jump, high jump, 100 metre sprint, 200 metre run, hurdles and the 800 metre run which was not compulsory, unlike the other events.


This year was a bit different from last year because we did overall winners for each event. There was 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place for every event. Every age group participated and competed in all the events.


The Preps to Two's events were, the chicken throw, mini hurdles, a running race, hula hoops, tunnel ball, egg and spoon race and foam rocket javelin which I am sure were all very fun.


We received regular score updates from Mr Hill on the main microphone.  Everybody had a lot of fun running, jumping and throwing all day long and a really good job for the people who managed to do the 800m race at the end of the day.


After the day I know for a fact that everyone was exhausted and sore. Then we all left on our buses and headed back to school. We arrived back at school around 3:30 ready for pickup. Everyone who participated was in desperate need of some sleep. We would like to thank all the parents, teachers and students who helped out on the day to make athletics possible for everybody.


By Patrick (House Captain Joeys) and Bonnie 6B (House Captain Hearts)

     Wellbeing & Diversity 

Classroom & Playground Rules

Last year,  students in years 3 - 6 took part in the  Resilient Youth Survey organised by the City of Port Phillip. Galilee students faired very well in the results and on average, finished above the state in all areas. One question did stand out as area for improvement for our school. The survey results found that students were unclear about what the school rules were. After meeting with City of Port Phillip, we decided that we needed to improve this area. The staff meet to decide what they thought were important whole school rules. The Wellbeing Team then refined these rules and consequences. The Student Wellbeing leaders also had a chance to revise and give their final approval of the rules. These new rules started this week.

Classroom Rules

  1.  Follow directions

  2.  Speak respectfully 

  3.  Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself 

  4.  No bullying or teasing

  5.  Keep our school environment clean and safe 

  6.  Move safely around the school


  1.  1st warning - (Restorative Practices)  

  2.  2nd warning - Time away - Think Time -  Calming Time

  3.  ‘Think Sheet’ completed and sent to Deputies/Principal office

Severe or repeated behaviour - ‘Think Sheet’ completed and sent to Deputies/Principal 


Live, Love, Learn


Playground Rules

  1.  Keep hands and feet to yourself  

  2.  No hat, no outdoor play 

  3.  Play in timetabled areas 

  4.  Play safely:  no tackling or playing on planter boxes, no playing in the toilets or stairwells, no playing with the nets

  5. No littering 

  6. No blue card, no office


  1. 1st warning - (Restorative Practices)

  2.  2nd warning - Time away - Think Time - Calming Time

  3.  ‘Think Sheet’ completed and sent to Deputies/Principal office

Severe or repeated behaviour - ‘Think Sheet’ completed and sent to Deputies/Principal 


Live, Love, Learn

Mobile Phone Policy

This year, the State Government introduced new legislation banning mobile phones and smart watches from Australian Schools. Galilee will introduced this new policy today. All devices, this includes mobile phones and smart watches (with message and call abilities), must be handed to the classroom teacher. They will be returned at the end of the day. Phones can not be left in school bags. 


School News & Information

Dendy Swimming Carnival 

On Monday 24th February, 26 students from Years 3 to 6 competed in the Dendy Swimming Carnival at Oakleigh Recreation Centre Pool. We competed in a variety of strokes, including the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly with some students also competing in a relay. 

In the lead up students completed training on Monday mornings at MSAC to prepare them for their events. A huge thank you to Miss Mason, Ms Fahy and Ms Carnovale for giving up their morning to assist with training. 

Congratulations to all students who competed, particularly Callum Stringer and Harper Brown who have now progressed to the Beachside Swimming Competition to be held on Friday 6th March.

A big thank you to the parents who all came along to help and support us as well as Miss Mason, Miss Hall and Jack for their help on the day!  

Mr Hill

Physical Education Teacher & Sports Coordinator

House Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 27 February all the students from Galilee competed in the school Athletics Carnival held at Lakeside Athletics Track.


The Athletics Carnival involved track and field events that every student participated in over the day. The events for Years 3-6 students included 100m sprint, 80m hurdles, shot put, discus, high jump, long jump, triple jump, 200m and 800m. The events for Years Prep – 2 included mini hurdles, egg and spoon race, vortex throw, chicken throw, beanbag toss and many other fun novelty events.


Results from the carnival will now go towards choosing a Galilee Athletics team to compete against other schools at the Dendy Athletics Carnival.


A big congratulations to all students who competed on the day and contributed points towards their houses. It was fantastic to see the outstanding sportsmanship of all students – there was lots of cheering each other on and encouraging team mates to do their best.


Overall scores for our 2020 House Athletics Carnival:

In 4th place with 501 points is Joeys White.

In 3rd place with 516 points is Saints Green.

In 2nd place with 599 points is Carmel Navy

In first place, and our 2020 champions with 670 points is Hearts Maroon.


Finally, a huge thank you to all the parent helpers and staff who assisted to make the day such a successful one!



Mr Kingsley Hill

Physical Education Teacher and Sports Leader

Easter Raffle and Donations



This week the theme of the week at Gosh was Anime Week, this time i tried something completely different were for example Isabella and Michala came up with the theme and then ran the main activities to give them some responsibility and independene which i found really worked really well and i will be implementing into the services curriculum from now on. 


Our theme of the week is Anime Week Isabella and Michala took on a leadership role in running the main activities for example - Anime face craft.


Mila and Henry really like trying something new  which was tasting the  Chocolate Coconut Snowballs and couldn't believe how tasty it was.


Kalinda, Ella, Michala, Maya and many more children participated in making smoothies, they choice the flavors which were Banana and Mixed Berry.

The but not least Alexander and Henry got really involved in the activity making their own comic books, whilst Henry made a straw man that moves it's arms and legs which was unexpected but so constructive. 


Local Connections



Galilee Newsletter
Direct Debit Authorisation Form.pdf
ECSI Letter to Parents 2020.pdf
ECSI Survey Instructions for Parents (Victoria 2020).PDF
Student Mobile Phone Usage Policy 2020.docx
Confirmation enrolment form 2020.docx
Enrolment Form 2020.docx
Medical Consent Form.pdf