Galilee Newsletter

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

Key Dates & Info

Term Dates

Term 1  Jan 31 Years 1-6 Students begin & Feb 1 Prep begin - Friday April 5, 1.40pm

Term 2  Tuesday April 23 - Friday June 28, 1.40pm

Term 3  Monday July  15 - Friday September 20, 1.40pm

Term 4  Monday October 7 - Tuesday 17, 1.40pm

Term One Dates


Fri 15 - Social Justice Leaders to St Patrick's Mass

Mon 18 - Year 3 Reconciliation Reflection Day

                - Community Conversation Feedback 9am

Tues 19-Fri 22 - Year 5 Camp

Wed 20 - Assembly Year 3 presenting

Fri 22 - Ride to School Day

             - Year 3 Excursion

             - Parent Training in Number Intervention 1   

Tue 26 - 29 Principal Conference

Wed 27 - School Photos

                - Assembly 2B presenting

Fri 29 - Harmony Day

Fri 29 - Parent Social Night 7pm @ Middle Park Bowling Club


Tues 2 - Sacrament of Reconciliation at SPP, 6PM

Wed 3 - No assembly

             - Sacrament of Reconciliation at OLMC, 7pm

             - Parent Training in Number Intervention 1

Fri 5 - Holy Week Stations of the Cross 9am

          - Easter Raffle 1pm

          - Dismissal 1.40pm for end of Term 1

Term 2 Dates


Tues 23 - Term 2 begins

Wed 24 - ANZAC Day Assembly-Yr 3

Thurs 25 - ANZAC DAY (no school)

Fri 26 - Year 3-6 OLMC Parish Mass 9am

Mon 29 - Parent Morning Tea 8.40-9.45am


Wed 1 - Eucharist Year 4 Faith Night 6pm

Fri 10 - Mother's Day Morning Tea/Mass/Lunch

Tue 14-Fri 24 -  NAPLAN

Fri 24 - Eucharist Reflection Day

            - P-2 Disco 5-6pm & Year 3-6 Disco 6-7pm

Thur 30 - Community Conversation with Parents 9am



Fri 7 - Year 1 extended school day

Wed 12 - Soirée-drums, vocals, keyboard, violin, guitar 5-8pm

Thur 20 - Sustainability Market 3.25-4.30pm

Sun 23 - Sacrament of Eucharist - SPP 10am

Mon 24 - Student Led Conferences 2-7pm

Wed 26 - Student Led Conferences 2-5pm

Fri 28 - End of Term 2, 1.40pm

School Closure Days

May 31

November 4

November 29

Sacrament Dates

April 2 - Sacrament of Reconciliation SPP, 6PM

April 3 - Sacrament of Reconciliation OLMC, 7pm

June 1 - OLMC Sacrament of Eucharist, 6pm

June 23 - Sacrament of Eucharist - SPP 10am

November 23 - Confirmation OLMC, 6pm

November 24 - Confirmation SPP, 10am

Assembly Presentation

Wednesdays 2.40pm

Term 1

Mar 20  Year 3

Mar 27 2B

2019 Camp Calendar

March 19-22, Year 5 Merricks Camp

November 7-8, Year 3 Zoo Camp

November 14-15, Year 3 Zoo Camp

Lunch Orders

Available to order Mondays and Fridays only


Medical Consent Form

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


School Uniform

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

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

Boys should not be currently 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 8.35-8.50am

Located in Prep Building

Donations of clean/well cared for uniform happily accepted.

Principal's Report

Staff Professional Development

I thank all families for last week to allow the staff two invaluable days of learning. It was the highest quality of professional learning I have attended and all facilitated by our own staff. Topics covered were:

  • Smart Spelling (more information in Learning & Teaching section);
  • I Can Statements in Religious Education and
  • Learning Sprints

All of the above will lead to improved learning from our students. A number of staff led the sessions demonstrating a collaborative and professional culture among our staff.

Staff who led sessions were: Miss Cox, Miss Smith & Mrs Ferguson (Smart Spelling); Miss Smith, Mrs Latto & Miss Biggs (Learning Sprints); Mrs Rochecouste (Religious Education); Mrs Gerecke, Mr Martello, Mrs Orr, Mrs Ferris and myself facilitated other sessions. I'm confident that it will have a significant impact upon our school and was worth the planning and effort. We are strongly considering a similar format in 2020 with a different foci.

Open Morning Success

Our Open Morning yesterday was a huge success thanks to the many helpers who contributed. We had approximately 120 people visit Galilee. 

A very big thanks to Brendan Coburn at The Agency for our marketing boards, Helen Di Natale for the design of the board, Miss Carnovale for her organisation of the morning and morning tea, Miss Biggs and School Captains (Ali & Alex) for facilitating the assembly, Year 5/6 students for outstanding tours and parents who volunteered time to set up/serve/clean up morning tea.

There is an extraordinarily high interest in attending Galilee for 2020 and they were all impressed by our school. Over the last two years we have seen more than a 100% increase in Prep enrolment applications from neighboring families, despite two new schools opening nearby.

Many commented on the 'student-led' assembly, the impressive student tours and learning in classrooms. Sometimes it is difficult to appreciate what we have when we don't have the ability to compare. I have seen a number of other schools and know that our community compares favourably to others. We will always strive to improve but families visiting other schools note the significant differences when visiting Galilee. 



Prep 2019 Interviews

This week we began interviews with siblings of current students for Prep 2020. It has been a joy getting to know our future students and we look forward to meeting more of next year's Preps in Term Two.

Ride to School Day

On March 22nd, families are encouraged to ride to school. Please see the link below from Bicycle Network on safety tips.



Catholic Education Week

In Catholic Education Week and we have two students' work (William Y and Milly Mc) being displayed at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade East Melbourne, over the coming weekend. It is well worth going to view the wonderful works from many Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools.

We also have students attending St Patrick's Day Mass and festivities with Mrs Rochecouste and Tegan this Friday.

Year 5 Camp

Next Tuesday to Friday our Year 5 students will enjoy their week at Merricks Lodge with myself, Ms Rochecouste, Miss Bland, Miss Biggs and Tegan. All medication at the school office will be taken to camp but if students require any night/morning medication that is not stored at the school already, please bring this to Tegan on the morning of camp from 8-8.30am in a plastic bag with named medication, dosage and times to be given. The students will be participating in some unique water-based activities such as: surfing, canoeing, snorkelling and rafting. Each activity will be supervised by qualified camp and Galilee staff. Prior to each camp, all staff attending discuss any risks and make preparations to ensure the safety of the students. 

Community Conversation

Last year we held a 'Community Conversation' where school data was shared with parents who then provided feedback and suggestions. It was an invaluable session that has supported many new initiatives in 2019. A feedback session was planned for Monday March 18, to be facilitated by myself and Miss Carnovale, to report on the initiatives but due to a low response it has been cancelled. Our next 'Community Conversation' will be held on May 30 (on Parent Calendar) and we hope to have a large amount of parents in attendance. Feedback from last year's session is published in a Google Document below. Please note that you will only be able to access if you have a Google account,


Extra-Curricula Activities

In 2019 we have a number of continued and new extra curricula activities being held by staff and they include:

Activity Day Who
Art Thursday Miss Bamford & Miss Burke
Maths Olympiad Tuesday Miss Bland & Sandra
ICT Tuesday Mr Coaley
Choir Wednesday Miss Carnovale & Miss Giles
Kitchen Garden Thursday Miss Fahy & Miss Evans
SRC Monday Miss Coome & Annmaree

Principal Conference

I will be away with other Victorian Catholic Principals on a conference in Lorne from March 26-29. Mrs Gerecke and Mr Martello will be at school in my absence. Some of the topics covered will be:

  • Primary Schools in Changing Times: Understanding and responding to the generational trends now and towards 2030;
  • Purpose, Connection and Performance -
    getting the best from your team;
  • Evolving Technology, Advancing Societies, & Our Upcoming
    Superhuman Generations.

Reporting Late or Absent Students

So all children are accounted for, it is vital for parents to call our office, 96992928, by 9am if your child will be late (any time after 8.50am) or absent from school. Leave your message on the absent line stating your child's name, class, absent or late and reason. Please do not send a Dojo or email to the class teacher as they are not always there to mark the roll. Parents will receive an email if the school is unaware of a child's absence or lateness.

School Photos

School Photos will take place on Wednesday 27th March. Order envelopes from The School Photographer will be sent home once we receive them. These envelopes are to come back to school on photo day not before with your order and payment.



Simon Millar

(Principal of Galilee)

Education in Faith

Year 3 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 are well into the process of preparing to make their First Reconciliation later this term. The dates for preparation and celebrating this Sacrament are as follows:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church:

  • Saturday 16th March - 4.30pm 2nd Preparation Session in the O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms followed by 6.00pm Mass Ritual in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church

  • Monday 18th March - Reconciliation Reflection Day at Galilee School - 8.50am - 3.25pm

  • Saturday 23 March - 4.30pm 3rd Preparation Session in the O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms followed by 6.00pm Mass in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church

  • Saturday 30 March - 4.30pm 4th Preparation Session in the O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms followed by 6.00pm Mass in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church

  • Wednesday 3 April 2019 - 7.00pm Sacrament of Reconciliation - Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park.

Sts Peter and Paul Church:

  • Wednesday 13th March - 3:45pm-4:45pm 2nd Preparation Session in the Parish hall at Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne

  • Monday 18th March - Reconciliation Reflection Day at Galilee School - 8.50 - 3.25pm

  • Wednesday 20th March - 3:45pm-4:45pm 3rd Preparation Session in the Parish hall at Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne

  • Wednesday 27th March - 3:45pm-4:45pm 4th Preparation Session in the Parish hall at Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne

  • Tuesday 2nd April 2019 - 7.00pm Sacrament of Reconciliation Ss Peter and Paul church, South Melbourne

Reconciliation Reflection Day at Galilee

On Monday 18th March students from Galilee, as well as students from within our two parishes who do not attend Galilee, will be participating in a Reconciliation Reflection Day. We will come together as an extended Parish Family to share our knowledge, deepen our understandings and have some fun together. The day has been organised by the staff at Galilee and will take place in the school hall. Students will be involved in rotational activities during the morning where they will work in mixed groups to share their understandings and deepen their knowledge. Students will participate in a liturgy and will also have the opportunity to discuss what it will be like when they celebrate this Sacrament for the first time. In the afternoon students will be working on the four steps to Reconciliation: Admitting wrong, Saying Sorry, Being Forgiven and Making Up (Being Reconciled).

We thank the Year 3 teachers, Leaders in Faith and Fr. Dean for planning what promises to be a fantastic day for our Year 3 students.


A Prayer for our Reconciliation Candidates

Loving God help us to teach our children

that you love us totally and unconditionally.

Help us to encourage our children to grow in love

and to learn how to say sorry, knowing that you always forgive.

Give us the courage to pray with our children

and to share our faith with them as we journey together.

St Patrick's Day

As part of Catholic Education Week, tomorrow the School Captains, Years 3-6 Social Justice Leaders, Tegan and myself will be attending Mass at the Cathedral to celebrate the Feast of St Patrick. Catholic schools across Victoria will be in attendance as part of Catholic Education Week. Mass will be celebrated by the new Arch Bishop, Peter Comensoli. Galilee students have been invited to participate in a special procession to mark the 25th anniversary of our school. Galilee first began as a amalgamated school in 1994. Following Mass, we will join the other schools in Treasury Gardens for celebrations. We look forward to a great day.

Stations of Cross

Students are in the process of learning about Lent and the events of Holy Week and Easter. On the last day of Term One, Friday April 5th, the whole school will present the Stations of the Cross in the Hall. It will be in a different format this year with classrooms creating a collective movie demonstrating each Station. It will start at 9:15am in the Hall and all families are invited to attend. 

To conclude the last day, from 1:00-1:40pm, we will draw the Easter Egg Raffle on the Basketball Court, weather permitting.


Visiting Teachers from Thailand

On Tuesday 26 March, we will be hosting a small number of teachers who are visiting Catholic Education Melbourne as part of a study tour from the Faculty of St. Paul de Charters in Thailand. They will be visiting 6F, Year 5, 4C and 3L.  They are keen to observe physical classroom settings and operational aspects, pedagogical practices and more broadly how the religious dimension is enacted in our schools.

Lent-Second week

As 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 '100% Hope' and how lives change when we all give 100%. Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Each classroom has Project Compassion Box. We ask that you bring along any coins to donate to the Project Compassion Box. 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. This newsletter we will learn from Tati in Indonesia.


Tati is a Dayak woman, living in a remote forest of West Kalimantan, Indonesia, with her husband and two of her three children.

Her two youngest children go to school nearby while her 19 year old son lives in a rented room close his school 60 kilometres away. The family pays for his living-away-from-home expenses, in addition to providing for school expenses.

Tati’s Dayak culture is deeply linked to the rainforest and her family has relied on it for sustenance for generations.

Over the last few years, communities which depend on the native forests have seen them shrink, along with vital habitats for endangered orangutans, rhinos and tigers.

Caritas Australia, with its partners Caritas Indonesia – KARINA and the Diocesan Caritas are working with local communities to develop alternative sustainable livelihoods, by training them in ecotourism activities.

Before Tati joined the Caritas program, she and her husband mainly earned their income from rubber tapping and raising chickens.

Now, Tati has increased her family income ten times over by cooking for tourists and making souvenirs. Her community is also developing a strong financial base so that it can manage its own land.

Around 600 people have directly benefitted from the program so far – with hopes it can be expanded to other districts

“I hope to continue living with fresh air, clear water, protected forest, and to be able to pay for my children’s education and that my grandchildren can still enjoy the forest.”
You can use the following link for more information:

Learning and Teaching

Year 6 Canberra Fun

Students from our school have recently undertaken, an education tour of the national capital. Students have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.


The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

Performing Arts Report

In Term 1 of Performing Arts, our focus is on music. In their lessons, Prep B has been learning to sing. In their Performing Arts lesson, Miss Carnovale has been teaching them well known songs with actions including ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’ and ‘5 Little Ducks Went Out One Day’.

Prep B has really enjoyed learning these songs and are excited to learn more!


Abby and Aloysia

Performing Arts Captains

Year 3


We have learnt how to reconcile with others using four stages; recognise we have hurt someone, admit what we have done, say sorry and do something to show we are sorry and help the other person feel better. It is important we mend our relationships with others using these four steps. We are learning about relationships as we prepare to build our relationship with God in the sacrament of reconciliation later this Term.


We have explored the different groups we belong to and how belonging to a group impacts how we see ourselves and how we act and feel. We will be off to the Museum next week (Friday the 22nd) to explore all the different groups living things belong to as a part of out STEM learning!


Check our some of our writing outside of our classroom! We have been writing to recount events and we are about to start writing to entertain people!


We have been unpacking our Daily Five routine and comprehension strategies such as 'check for understating', 'tune into interesting words' and ask questions while reading.



We have been super busy learning about data, 3D Shapes and numbers to 10,000! Take a look at our data displays, pyramids and pyramids! 


SRC Leaders

We are proud to introduce our SRC Leaders for this semester. So far we have met to discuss what went well with the SRC last year and what we would like to continue and change this year. We look forward to the start of Nude Food and other initiatives soon. Stay tuned for more from the SRC! 

SRC: Peter and Anabelle (Year 1), Christian and Samuel (Year 2),  Laura and Emma (Year 3), Orlando and Paloma (Year 4), Daniel and Anabel (Year 5) and Isabel and Abby (Year 6). 


This year, we are using a new program to teach spelling from Prep to Year 6. SMART Spelling is an approach that supports primary school teachers to teach spelling well. Teachers start by teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary and then break words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs) following a simple routine that is in the SMART Spelling course.


In a SMART Spelling classroom, students are explicitly taught spelling patterns, one at a time. Teachers choose a range of words (from simple to complex) from a suggested list in the manual. Students are then guided to choose from that list, to meet different needs. Personal words are also a focus in SMART Spelling. Teachers use their strong professional knowledge to give meaningful feedback to students about their spelling in writing, teaching at the point of need.  


There is a simple routine, so students can have different amounts of words and words of different complexity, but they all still have the same spelling pattern. So one student might be learning the word ‘rain’ and another the word ‘container’ but they’re both still been taught the digraph /ai/. It is both inclusive and differentiated.


But we need more than just 'what' to teach, we also needed 'how' to teach spelling.  We use the acronym of SMART, which actually shows us HOW to teach spelling!







In short, we incorporate the meaning of words, syllables, sounds and letters and the most useful spelling rules. SMART Spelling uses the 4 areas of spelling knowledge phonology, orthography, etymology and morphology.  It does however prioritise the meaning (vocabulary), phonology (sounds) and orthography (letters and letter patterns).


We have plenty happening in Mathematics at Galilee this year:

Our Maths Olympiad is underway, with 30 students from Years 4-6 participating in problem-solving activities with Lauren Bland and Sandra Carlei. 

The Maths Olympiad is an ideal complement to the school curriculum. The main aims of the competition are to:

  • Introduce students to important mathematical concepts
  • Teach major strategies and develop flexibility for problem solving
  • Foster creativity and ingenuity and strengthen intuition
  • Stimulate enthusiasm and enjoyment of mathematics
  • Provide for the satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges.

The teachers are preparing the students for their competition dates, which begin in May.  We wish them every success in the Olympiad!


Number Intervention Training Session 1 for Parents will take place on Friday, March 22, at 9.00am-10.15am.  At this session, I will introduce the domains of Number within which we will be working in Years Prep to 2.  We will work through the programme checklist, explore the glossary of terms and practise using the settings (materials) useful in each domain.

In the words of our Parent Intervention Coordinator,  Anastasia Kritikos:

The term ’ Number Intervention’ may sound like you need to be a Math whizz but the truth is that you simply take the child through some fundamental practice with numbers and this in turn builds confidence and enables the child to grasp concepts for their year level. We would like to avoid children developing 'MATHS ANXIETY.' Maths anxiety disrupts students’ learning, deters them from choosing maths electives and can influence their career choices. 

Hope to see you at the session on Friday, March 22 at 9.00am!


The Learning Framework in Number Collective has its focus in Years 3 and 4 this year. The Collective is a group of three local schools who gather each term to professionally develop our teachers in current teachings in the Mathematical area of Number.  Years 3 and 4 teachers, along with our Learning Support Officers working with teachers in Maths in Years 3 and 4, will join me on Friday this week to begin our in-depth study of the Learning Framework in Number.  We will develop an understanding of the framework overall, and then investigate closely the domains of Structuring Numbers 1-20 (mental computation of addition and subtraction facts to 20) and Conceptual Place Value, manipulating ones, tens, hundreds and larger place values to mentally add and subtract numbers beyond 100.  Between each of our Collective days, we will implement our new learning in the classroom, with the collective focus being on growing our children in their understanding of Number.


Learning about numbers is a big focus in Prep!  These Prep E children are enjoying learning about the numbers 1 to 10, in a variety of ways: magnetic numbers, play dough, puzzles, counting frames and ordering numbers.


Apps for home: Cool Monster Maths Kids Games

Go on a wonderful maths-filled adventure and learn common core math standards with Maxx, the mighty monster in Monster Math! Have your child practise addition, subtraction, multiplication or division with this fun free maths game. Help Maxx save his friend Dextra, explore new worlds, battle enemies and find allies.  Enjoy! 


Contact me for further information about anything Maths at Galilee!  [email protected]


Wellbeing & Learning

Momo Challenge is Fake News

We have recently seen a lot of talk and speculation about the Momo Challenge. Recently, on the ABC's Media Watch program, they investigated this and found that it was a scare campaign and not real. To support this I have an article sourced from the team at Family Zone for Education.  


By now you’ve probably heard a lot about the Momo Challenge, a deadly online game that’s been scaring the daylights out of students - and parents - around the world. The object? To  drive players to self-harm or suicide with the threat of making their private information public

Is Momo a hoax? Is it real? Only one thing is clear:  the Momo phenomenon has left many educators and parents confused about what it all means, and how to respond to keep children safe.


At the centre of the hysteria that has gripped the world is the character Momo - a creepy bird-woman with bulging eyes, stringy black hair, and a boomerang-shaped mouth.

Momo is purported  to hack into users’ mobiles, once they engage with her by sharing their phone number, then send disturbing and graphic photos. Users are then challenged to perform ‘dares’, including  acts of self-harm, or face the consequences of having their secrets and private information shared online.


When it first surfaced in 2018, the Momo challenge was linked to a number of teen suicides around the world. But digging deeper into the scandal - as many reputable news organisations have now done - none of these incidents have been substantiated.


Is there a ‘real’ Momo involved? Was there ever? Experts say: very likely not.

Nevertheless, in recent days, reports of Momo images and animations cropping up on YouTube and YouTube Kids have rekindled the panic.

This time around, say experts, the Momo invasion simply the result of kids scaring other kids (and themselves) by copying and sharing creepy images and videos - and parental anxiety and social-media-sharing fanning flames - and all of it in response to widespread, unverified reporting by the media. 

The take-home message? Momo is well and truly ‘fake news’ - a digital bogeyman of global proportions.


But that doesn’t mean that the fear isn’t real. Or that Momo hasn’t been a useful disguise for a handful of cyberbullies of all ages. As the New York Times reported this week, “Momo is as real as we’ve made her.”

So what lessons, if any, can we take away from the Momo phenomenon? And what can educators and parents do to protect their children from this and similar incidents? We asked acclaimed cyber expert and child psychologist Jordan Foster, managing director of educational consultancy ySafe, to share her insights.


Q : What are your thoughts about the Momo challenge?

A: The Momo Challenge presents two key learning opportunities for us as members of a digital community. The first is that fact-checking is essential before investing our worry and concern into something we’ve read.  Much of what is posted online is done so by unreliable sources who are seeking attention or notoriety. People’s trust can be easily exploited when information shared implies a threat to our children’s safety.

Secondly, the relief about the ‘fake news’ nature of Momo should not deter parents from being vigilant about what their child is looking at online. There is an abundance of inappropriate and harmful content posted on platforms like YouTube and YouTube for Kids. Pornographic content and violent videos continue to seep into these video platforms that are beloved by our kids.  This dark Momo challenge therefore serves as a timely reminder that we need to be active in our child’s digital lives, and safeguarding them every time they enter into the online world.


Q : What advice would you give to parents?

A: Fact check, always. What’s more, make sure you fact check to credible sources of information. Blog posts, social media comments and YouTube videos uploaded by unverified authors are not valid sources of information.

Use parental control tools to block access to inappropriate or unsafe websites and apps. One of the most important features of a parental control tool is the report that parents receive about what has been blocked, and WHY. Make sure you regularly read the reports about why an app or website has been blocked. This helps improve your knowledge and keeps you up-to-date on current cyber safety threats.

Talk to your kids about how information is posted on the internet. Teach them the difference between credible news websites and people sharing opinions or experiences. During the talk, discuss with them what they can do if they ever feel scared or worried about something they have seen online. Kids feel empowered and less distressed by online content when they are equipped with information about how to protect themselves.


Q : What advice would you give to students?

A: There are some great people on the internet posting some amazing stuff, but sometimes there are nasty people who post things that try and scare and upset us. We’re all lucky in that we are in control of what we look at and what we don’t. So if you ever see something that seems strange, upsets you or asks you to do something you think is worrisome, turn it off and talk to a trusted adult about it.


Carlo Martello

Deputy Principal 

School News & Information

GPA News (Galilee Parents Association)

First Official GPA meeting of 2019:

Thank you to all the new faces, James from the DOGS, and staff members, Danielle Gerecke and Carmen Carnovale, for coming along to our first official meeting for the year.  We covered a lot of ground, from details for events, beginning the Trivia Night Fundraiser, possibly hosting a Fun Run Fundraiser and the events the DOGS are organising.  It definitely takes a team of dedicated volunteers to make Galilee such a wonderful place. 


Friday March 29th:

All Galilee Parents and Carers are invited to our parents only bare foot bowls evening!

We would love to see you all there!  See flyer for details.

Easter Raffle:

Early next week the Easter Raffle tickets will be sent home with each child.  This is a very exciting raffle for our children as they love the chance to win a prize of chocolates!  Last year there were over 30 prizes up for grabs!


Like in previous years, we are asking for donations of eggs and hampers/baskets for the raffle prizes.  These can be left at the school office.


Annual Fundraiser Trivia Night:

Save the Date for Saturday 27 July!  We have secured the Port Melbourne Town Hall and plans are already underway.  We are looking for people to be involved in the organising.  Please email the committee for a full list of role descriptions or to offer your support and expertise!


Stay in Touch

Follow the Committee Events on Facebook at

You can email ideas and questions to the committee at  [email protected]

GOSH - TheirCare

Last week was very successful in GOSH: we've made rocket balloons, big mouth monsters, on pupil free day we had treasure hunt and Olympic games.

Rosa, Elana, Max, Oliver, Jacob, Isabella, Youshan, Joel, Mia, Peter, Kalinda, Eleni, Ned, Cody and many others have shown their incredible skills, ability to work in a team, creativity and exceptional manners!

Next week we have "Animal week", it's all about our pets and environment.

Holiday club bookings are now open.

Book now at



Lost Property

Spread the word... We have an ABUNDANCE of UNIFORM with and without names in lost property!

Anything left at the end of term without a current student's name on it will taken to the second hand uniform shop to be sold.


Local Connections

Secondary Schools


Gymnastics Open Day




ARTea Art School

Join ARTea Art School and create a master piece. Learn essential art techniques including drawing, painting (inspired by famous artists) & sculpture as well as exploring exciting mediums including textiles, clay, design, animation, terrariums, skateboard art & much more!!  Students are guided by an expert teacher, who has tutored many aspiring artists! Unleash your inner artist with Artea’s Art School this school holidays!

Sessions 9-11am, 11.30-1.30pm & 2-4pm

Book in for a single session $35 or two or all day 9-4pm reduced rate $90 (no booking fees)

BYO or lunch we can provide ARTea pack lunch (sandwich, popcorn, fruit & biscuit)

Breaks and lunch time period fully supervised

All workshops are drop off classes so parents are not required to stay.

Book directly via email (confirm date/time and students name, age and any allergies). Payment confirms attendance, include name in description.


BSB 033-100

Acc no. 361840 

Miss Otte's Fitness Classes


FREE Classes including a KIDS ONLY session!

Come along, have some fun and get a good workout in! Membership specials, prizes and giveaways!

Bookings ESSENTIAL! 

Call 0411402861 or message via Facebook for more details.


Galilee Newsletter
2019 Lunch Order List.pdf
Medical Consent Form.pdf