**Dates and Times may change.
SCHOOL STARTS: 8.50am
SCHOOL ENDS: 3.25pm
SCHOOL STARTS: 8.50am
SCHOOL ENDS: 3.25pm
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 4 Monday October 7 - Tuesday December 17, 1.30pm
Fri 1 - Confirmation Reflection Day
Fri 1 - Walk to School Day
Mon 4 - School Closure Day
Tues 5 - Public Holiday
Thurs 7 - Zoo Snooze 3M
- Year 1 Extended Day 3.30-5.30pm
Fri 8 - 3M Zoo Snooze ends 3.25pm
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
Fri 29 - SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
Wed 4 - Assembly Year 1 presenting
- Carols picnic 5-7pm
Mon 9 - Yr. 6 Graduation Mass (Yr. 5 Students to attend) 6pm
Wed 11 - Assembly Year 6 presenting
Fri 13 - End of Year Mass 9am
Mon 16 - Transition P-5 at 2.30pm
- Last day for Year 6
- Year 6 Graduation Dinner 6pm
Tues 17 - Students finish 1.30pm
November 23 - Confirmation OLMC, 6pm
November 24 - Confirmation SPP, 10am
Mon 11 - Prep Transition 2020
Wed 13 - Music Soiree 4.30pm - 8.00pm
Thur 28 - Galilee Day
Wed 4 - Carols Picnic 5-7pm
November 6 - Year 4
November 13 - Prep S
November 20 - Year 3
November 27 - Year 5
December 4 - Year 1
December 11 - Year 6
November 7 - Year 1 Extended Day 3:30-5:30pm
November 7- 3M Zoo Snooze
November 14 - 3L Zoo Snooze
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Please use this form if your child needs to take any temporary medication at school (antibiotics/eye drops/ventolin/creams or lotions etc.).
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.
Hats must be worn when outside at all times with a policy of 'No Hat No Play'.
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: Friday morning 8.50-9.10am
Located in Prep Building
Donations of clean/well cared for uniform happily accepted.
To register and book for your child to attend before or after school care, please do so via this link: http://theircare.com.au/
Last Thursday all families were invited to attend our Art Show from 5-7pm. There was an opportunity to vote for the Orrchibald Award from students in Years 5-6 and everyone was eligible for door prizes. Food trucks were present for families to eat dinner. Thank you to Mrs Orr for her outstanding preparation once again, Miss Bamford for assisting in the organisation , to the many parent helpers and the Social and Fundraising Group (Parent Association).
Congratulations to the following winners of the:
Teachers' Choice Orrchibald Award:
1st Tivona D (Year 6) (Princess Diana)
2nd Raijeli P (Year 6) (Tupac)
3rd Kaavya K (Year 6) (Billie Eilish)
Peoples' Choice Award:
1st Tivona D (Year 6) (Princess Diana)
2nd Mietta G (Year 5) (Selena Gomez)
3rd Isabela M (Year 5) (Hugh Jackman)
Congratulations to Mietta G (Year 5) who received an encouragement award for her "Abby" artwork. She received a beautiful art book donated by the parents of Cody R (Year 6).
This week Prep-2 students have been participating in intensive swimming lessons at MSAC. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who assisted either on the bus or at the venue.
Tomorrow morning at 9:00am, we are having a celebration assembly on the Basketball Court to mark the end of Walk to School Month.
The morning will begin with a Walking School Bus. There will be two routes leaving at 8:15 from:
Route 1- Albert Park Library
Route 2: Port Melbourne Library
There will be more stops along the way. Keep an eye on Class Dojo for more information on the routes. Join us for a fun, healthy way to celebrate the end of Walk to School month with Galilee friends!
We would love to see as many of you there as possible. If you would like to volunteer to help out with the event then please email Miss Coome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far! It is going to be a fantastic start to the day.
There will be races, competitions and prizes to be won! We can't wait to see you there.
If parents have concerns, for social reasons, over classroom placements of their child with another peer, they are asked to send the request to Mr Millar in a hand-written letter or email to the Office, by no later than Thursday November 14th (including the reason). These requests will be kept confidential but there is no guarantee that all can be accommodated. Classroom placements are based upon student friendships and the needs of each individual. Teachers are yet to be given placements for 2020 and requests for teachers by parents will not be considered.
Staff are currently in the process of writing the Semester Two Reports.
A reminder that there is a School Closure Day next Monday 4th November for Report Writing, GOSH will be running on the day but please book www.theircare.com.au.
The Semester Two Report will have the following features and content:
-Victorian Curriculum Progress Page
-Learning Area pages for Religious Education, English, Mathematics, STEAM, Italian, Digital Technology, Visual Art, Performing Arts, Physical Education
Learning Area Assessment Tables
In accordance with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) Guidelines for Victorian Catholic Schools, the following score values apply when assessing learning area skills on the assessment table.
A tick in the highlighted columns below indicate student progression in the following ways:
Well Above Standard - 18 months above
Above Standard - 6 months and 12 months above
At Standard - current and 6 months below
Below Standard - 12 months below and 18 months below
Well Below Standard - 2 years below
Please note that the interpretations above are a new direction meaning that marks may vary from previous reports.
Next Thursday 7 November, the Year 1 students will be participating in their Extended Day Camp Program from 3:30-5:30pm. Students will participate in two incursions, Travelling Kitchen (cooking activities) and Gecko Kids (ball games and fitness activities). Students will be making their own healthy snack to eat in the afternoon. Thank you to Miss Fahy, Miss Cox and Miss Smith for organising the Year 1 Extended Day.
3M students are getting excited for their camp next Thursday. Students are asked to come to school as normal in casual clothes, with their camp items and they will complete a regular school day. After school, students will remain in their classrooms until 4:30pm when they will make their way, via bus, to Melbourne Zoo. Students will then stay onsite overnight and return to school ready for 3:25pm pick up on the 8th November.
If you currently coach/manage a team training on the Galilee court before or after school, please email Tegan (email@example.com) the following:
Please email Tegan by Friday 8th November as there are a number of groups interested in using the courts for 2020. After this date, bookings can not be guaranteed.
Tegan & Wendy
The article below is about to appear in Jump Rope For Heart's Newsletter.
Meet Daniele, a superstar skipper who took part in Jump Rope for Heart in Term 3 at Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School.
“This year I want to raise money for something very special to me and my family. This is especially important to me because this year my Dad died from heart disease and since that happened, I want to raise money to make others aware of this disease and save other peoples lives. I miss my Dad!”
During this time not only did Daniele raise an incredible $11,809 he also logged a total of 6 hours and 5 minutes of skipping!
Galilee Primary School raised a total of $24,100 for the Heart Foundation and we cannot thank them enough. Holly Burke, who did a fantastic job running the program at the school says “the students loved participating in the program, from skipping to making posters and promoting the fundraising at assembly! It has really inspired us as a school community.”
A huge thank you to Daniele and all the students at Galilee Primary School for getting their skipping ropes out and putting their all into such an important cause.
On the 28th of October the preps had their first swimming lesson. They all took the bus and quickly arrived at MSAC. As they walked out of the bus and opened the doors to MSAC the smell of chlorine wafted in the air. The preps followed the trusted adults who lead them to the change rooms. The preps got changed into their bathers then, from there went into a huge room filled with a few lane pools. The preps from there got into swimming groups and then followed their swimming instructor to their part of the pool. Jack in Prep S felt very excited as he got into the pool, although the pool was cold he got used to it. His group were floating on their backs, learning how to kick and learning torpedo. His group were in the shallow end while learning these things. Jack's favourite part was learning new things like kicking and he can't wait to do more, he believes that if he learns new swimming strokes he will be a great swimmer. He really enjoyed his experience and can't wait to go again for another swimming lesson!
Eliza and Scarlett in 4G have tried out for a rep team. The trials went over a couple weeks and it was for a spot in the Melbourne Tigers team. The Melbourne Tigers is a rep team for basketball out of school. They have both been playing since an early age and they started at Galilee. Eliza had started in prep and Scarlett had started in Year 2. They have both got into a team and are waiting to play in a tournament. This is an amazing achievement. Good luck for the weekend!
Millie and Violet have both made their first marathon in running group. A marathon in running group is equal to 330 laps around Galilee or 42kms. Running group is on every Thursday morning before school and is a good time to have fun, do activities and do some exercise. They made this achievement last Thursday. Well done and keep running!
By Alex and Ali
Congratulations to Kateryna (TheirCare) who gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Nicholas Luke Godfrey, last Saturday 26 October. He is 47cms long and weighs 3760gms.
SAVE THE DATE - celebrate Galilee Day with us on Thursday 28th November.
Students are invited to dress in 90's theme for a parade at the beginning of the day. They'll then take part in some activities and a sausage sizzle lunch provided by TheirCare, our before and after care provider. The day will conclude with an assembly and a presentation from Rosemary Williamson, a former principal of OLMC and co-principal of Galilee (this will also be shown at the parents' function). At the parent only evening from 7pm, we will have guest speakers, cheese and wine and the DOGS band playing some tunes. Parents are also welcome to dress up in 90's style.
(Principal of Galilee)
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. We look forward to The Galilee Friday Morning Prayer Group growing and flourishing.
Galilee is very pleased to be liaising with The Brotherhood of St Laurence in their 2020 Toy Appeal.
What is the Toy Appeal?
The Brotherhood of St Laurence Toy Shop Appeal is an initiative seeking to provide toys for families experiencing social or financial disadvantage.
What is the Toy Shop?
The Toy Shop is set up much like a regular toy shop might be. We set up a stall and parents are invited to pick out a donated gift that they can then give to their child. Providing the toys unwrapped, means the parents can choose a gift they know their child will love. The Toy Shop aims to help parents feel empowered and capable of providing something special for their children in what otherwise might be a stressful time.
How can you participate?
Donate new, unused toys suitable for ages 0–18 years.
Make sure to leave the toys unwrapped so that parents can choose the perfect gift for their children.
Please see the link below for guidelines about age appropriate toys:
We will set up the Toy Collection on Monday the 18th of November. Thanks in advance if you're able to donate.
9 December-Graduation Mass-Grade 6 -OLMC-6:00pm
13 December- End of Year/Christmas Mass- SJ and School Captains-Sts PP-9:00am
The Confirmation Family Faith Night was a wonderful event for all those in attendance. The students with their parents learnt about the Sacrament of Confirmation. These are some of the students' reflections of the evening.
Abby: On Wednesday the 30th of October, Year six students and parents attended the Confirmation Family Faith Night. We started off the night with a prayer, welcoming everyone and inviting the Holy Spirit. We then talked about the sacraments and why they are important, especially Confirmation and Baptism. Next, we moved onto the Holy Spirit. We talked about who the Holy Spirit is and why He’s so important in all of our lives when we are making decisions. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk about this in preparation for my Confirmation.
Angus: On Wednesday the 30th of October about 15 students from Year Six turned up to the Confirmation Family Faith Night run by Mrs Rochecouste and Mrs Ferguson. We started with a discussion about what happens on the night and then about what the Holy Spirit means to us and how it showed itself to Jesus’ disciples in the action of a howling wind and tongues of fire at Pentecost.
With our parents, we then walked around the room with various activities to complete. Each of them was about the faith and about Jesus and what Confirmation meant to us. To me it means to be Confirmed into the Catholic Church and extend your relationship with God and Jesus to a higher peak in your life. We have to thank the Year Six teachers Miss Biggs and Mrs Ferguson for organising it and to Mrs Rochecouste for running and helping us understand more about our Catholic faith with Jesus and the sacrament of Confirmation for the Year Six candidates participating at either Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Park (OLMC) or Sts Peter and Pauls in South Melbourne.
Emily: My top 3 favourite things I participated in at the Confirmation Family Faith Night were visiting the different stations. I enjoyed this because they were all different and interesting; although they all had a message behind for us to learn from so we can come closer to God as we are making our Confirmation. Another one was the learning. I found out what Confirmation meant to me and why it was so important. I also learnt more about the Trinity and it was very well explained to the parents and students. The Trinity is the same person but in all different figures. The other thing I enjoyed was the song at the end. Abby and I came up the front and copied Mrs. Rochecouste’s actions. I recommend it next year.
Please note the following dates:
Fr. Brendan Hayes to visit Confirmation candidates at Galilee-Thursday, November 21st 2:00 – 3:00pm
Sacrament of Confirmation at OLMC-Friday, November 22nd: 7:00 – 8:00pm
Sacrament of Confirmation at StsPP-Sunday, November 24th: 10:00 – 11:00am.
Saturday November 9th - 4:30pm O'Connor Pilkington Rooms, followed by Mass 6:00pm
Saturday November 16th - 4:30pm O'Connor Pilkington Rooms, followed by Mass 6:00pm
Fr. Brendan Hayes to visit Confirmation candidates at OLMC-Thursday, November 21st,
4:00 – 5:00pm, O'Connor Pilkington Rooms.
Here is the link for registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation at Sts Peter and Paul's.
Fr. Brendan Hayes to visit Confirmation candidates at Galilee-Thursday, November 21st⋅2:00 – 3:00pm
Preparation morning/half day on Saturday 16th November.
Come Holy spirit,
be with our Confirmation candidates always.
Show them how to use Your seven gifts: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude, Counsel, Piety and Fear of The Lord in ways to help their community, family and friends.
Allow them to faithfully follow you Jesus every day of their lives.
Help them to make wise and good decisions.
Comfort them in times of trouble.
Celebrate with them in times of joy.
Reveal your everlasting love to them,
so they may grow as your precious child,
becoming everything you destined them to be.
We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus,
In this newsletter let’s look at the fifth area - What do I think now and why? How am I called into commitment and action?
What do I think now and why?
How have I grown?
What influences my thinking? Why?
What further questions does this raise for me now?
What will I do differently now?
You might like to run through this Pedagogy of Encounter with your family pertaining to a family/community or world event in your lives
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 fifth area - What do I think now and why? How am I called into commitment and action?
What do I think now and why? How have I grown? What influences my thinking? Why?
What further questions does this raise for me now? What will I do differently now?
You might like to run through this Pedagogy of Encounter with your family pertaining to a family/community or world event in your lives.
New Living Translation
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
As our Confirmation candidates prepare to receive this sacrament, let us ask the Holy spirit to come upon us all at Galilee and renew us with his love, strength and power to go out into our families, school and wider community spreading the Good news of Jesus' love for us all through our words and actions. Be filled to overflow with the power of the Holy Spirit in your lives!
This term, the Year Four students have been investigating about Ancient Egypt. What started as an amazing excursion to IMAX at Melbourne Museum has evolved across all subject areas. Below are some pictures of Acrostic Poems written in 4G
4C, using Hieroglyphic, created their names and some of their favourite words in class. Can you guess what they are?
Our STEM walls are full of amazing work and information created by the students. Enjoy!
In the coming weeks, all students will be creating a Christmas placemat to be donated for a community Christmas Day lunch at Malvern Town Hall. Thank you to Mrs Orr and Nikki Saville (Running Group Teacher) for organising the placemats and lunch.
We are just over the halfway point of our Seeds and Sprouts Program. We have 28 three year old attending our Seeds program over two sessions and 32 four year olds attending our Sprouts program over two sessions.
The children have settled into the school like environment well, making friends and beginning to learn basic routines.
The program was designed to prepare and support children in our local community to positively and confidently transition into a school environment. The holistic program aims to develop the communication, independence and social skills children need prior to starting school, helping to build a solid foundation for later learning. It also offers early numeracy and literacy experiences to engage the children and spark a passion for learning.
I am really proud of the progress each one of our Seeds and Sprouts is making and I look forward to working with them for the remainder of the program.
A child’s early years before they start school (0-4 years) are fundamental to shaping their life chances. Research clearly shows that what parents do at home matters; it is crucial for brain development, readiness for school and for learning throughout life. Children do better at school if they start well - successful transition to school leads to better attendance, adjustment, engagement and achievement. Parents play the most important role as a child’s first teacher in these foundation years and throughout life.
Many things which families do so that children thrive help their learning as well – healthy eating, being active and showing affection. Parents have the biggest impact on children’s learning when they help children to believe in themselves and to enjoy learning new things. Children learn by doing, through touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing and through sharing their understanding of these things with others – playing and talking!
Tip 1: Use play and fun ways of getting children involved everyday • Use lots of different fun language - play name games, sing, recite names, play nonsense rhymes • Use things in the home to build experiences for touch, taste, and smell and talk about colour, smell, and shape. For example, how an orange is round, how an orange smells, how it feels outside and inside its peel, how it can be cut into pieces, how it tastes etc • You can try stringing beads, playing with clay or play dough, cutting with scissors and drawing with crayons to help children develop the skills they need for holding pencils and writing • Play ball games, run, jump, skip, and hop. Go out where children have lots of room to run, can explore and climb safely, and can play with different things like water, sand, sticks and stones • Use creative games like making up stories, pretending to be different people or characters, dress ups and puppet shows for fun, make believe play.
Tip 2: Talk! Talk! Talk! • Talk about everyday things as you do them at home – sorting the washing, setting the dinner table, writing the shopping list. Point out things you see when out in the car, shopping or walking in the park. Talk about street signs, patterns, numbers on houses or cars, plants and animals. Play ‘I Spy’ together • It doesn’t matter if children don’t talk back at first, eventually they will! You can also start to ask questions like ‘which sock goes with this one?’ and ‘how many plates do we need on the table?’ Older children can then get involved in activities like sorting the washing, or writing and reading the shopping list.
Tip 3: Help your child develop social skills Children learn social skills by mixing with different people and trying new things with encouragement and praise. • Talk to children about things they need to learn, ways they should act in different circumstances and what is expected of them when they are at home or outside of home (e.g. at the shops, at school) • Help build independence, responsibility and skills for teamwork by involving them in shared family activities like preparing meals, setting the table, unpacking the shopping • Play team games helping them in taking turns in a game, understanding rules for a game, and resolving arguments without fighting • Provide encouragement and praise. Tell them what they are good at. Tell them when you are proud of them. Thank them for their helpfulness.
Tip 4: Help your child develop thinking and problem solving skills • Talk about everyday things at home and their colour, shape and size. Match and label items e.g. a breakfast cereal in a bowl - the bowl is round, is red, is heavy, is light etc • Particular toys and games help develop these skills such as constructing a block tower, following directions in a game, doing a puzzle, matching shapes and pictures, and stringing beads in a repetitive pattern • Discuss ideas and opinions. For example, talk to children about and encourage children to make decisions themselves about what to wear in different weather and for different types of outings • Allow children to make mistakes and to learn. Help children solve problems themselves – when something happens or goes wrong, ask them ‘what should we do?’
(from ACT Government fact sheet: Progressing Parental Engagement).
Currently at Galilee, we run various intervention programmes for our children, including programmes in Number, Spelling, Reading and Social Skills, as well as Speech and Occupational Therapy. Through these programmes, we have achieved some wonderful growth in our children. In Number, we have seen growth in some of our Prep to Year 5 children from 6 months to over 2 years! This means that the children involved in the programme are demonstrating learning at an increased pace due to the intervention. In Spelling and Reading, too, significant progress is being made which boosts the children's confidence and enables them to participate more actively in their classrooms.
Our Peaceful Kids programme, introduced earlier this year to take the place of 'Social Skills', is a Mindfulness and Positive Psychology-based programme to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in our children. The programme gives children the skills, practice and support to utilise coping strategies that lessen the symptoms of anxiety and stress. It helps children to build their emotional resilience so they are better equipped to deal with the day to day stresses that life brings them.
Thank you to the many parents who have provided feedback regarding all our programmes. We welcome it always, as we strive to provide effective interventions for each and every child in our school. Thank you also to our amazing support staff - our Learning Support Officers, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist - who work diligently to support the children in their learning in so many ways.
A small handbag was found from the Art show last week. If you left one behind, please see Wendy or Tegan at the office.
This week Gosh's theme of the week was National Children's Week, the children learnt about what is National Children's Week and learnt that it celebrates the rights of the child/ children, talents and education.
The children participated in various activities which included:
Here are some photos of what we got up to in Gosh.
A reminder the students must be wearing a hat at GOSH for Term 4. If you prefer your child to leave their hat in the classroom, please put a different hat in their bag to wear at GOSH.
Join the Dads Of Galilee School Movember Team
We're raising awareness this November for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives.
If you would like to get involved please join the team, at the following link: https://moteam.co/dogsgalilee?mc=1
Considering growing a mo? Do it! More information at the following link: https://au.movember.com/get-involved/moustaches
Can't grow a mo? How about signing up to run or walk 60 kilometres over the month. More information at: https://au.movember.com/get-involved/move
Get involved it can only strengthen the school community and camaraderie.