Galilee Newsletter

16 May 2019
Issue Six
Key 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

Key Dates & Info

Term Dates

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 December 17, 1.40pm

Term 2 Dates


Fri 17 - Year 3-6 Dendy Cross Country

Thur 23 - Parents Battle of the Bands

Fri 24 - Eucharist Reflection Day

            - Meet our Therapists! 8.40-9.20am

            - P-2 Disco 5-6pm & Year 3-6 Disco 6.45-8pm





Sat 1 - OLMC Sacrament of Eucharist 6pm

Mon 3 - Community Conversation with Parents 9am

Tue 4 - SEB Meeting

Mon 10 - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

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

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

May 22 - Prep E

May 29 - Year 3

June 5 - 2C

June 12 - Year 1

June 19 - Physical Education

June 26 - Performing Arts

2019 Camp Calendar

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 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.

Principal's Report

Mother's Day

The Mother’s Day Celebrations on Friday were a resounding success.  The day began with a Morning Tea featuring photos of our Galilee mums, grandmothers and children.  The highlight of the morning was the performance by the Prep children with a song about loving their mums, ably prepared by Miss Evans, Miss Bamford and Miss Smith.  With over 200 mums, grandmothers and special women in our children’s lives in attendance it was a resounding success.  A huge thank you to our Year 6 parents for coordinating and running this event, especially Rachael K, Chelsea and Michelle.  Rachael’s workplace, DRC Architecture, generously donated the morning tea.  Thank you also to our Year 6 students who helped on the morning.


The school community continued the celebrations and thanked God for the gift of our Mothers at a Mass at Sts Peter and Paul.  Thank you to Miss Fahy, Miss Cox and their students for their preparation and leading us during Mass.  It was also the first school Mass attended by our Prep children and we could not be prouder of how reverent and respectful they were. Their teachers are to be commended.


The day concluded with the Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon.  This was the fourth year this event has been held and has grown in popularity every year.  With almost 70 tickets sold this year in just 48 hours it goes to show how loved this event is.  A huge thank you to Jon and Annalise (Jock Year 3 and Pearl Year 1) for again hosting this memorable event at the Railway Club Hotel (  The venue, the food, the service and their hospitality were second to none. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous Galilee families who donated prizes for the Mother’s Day Lunch.  The raffle and silent auction painting together raised almost $1200!


- Nicole (Mia in Prep) who donated a voucher for one of her amazing cakes from Attitude Cakes


- Cristina (Benjamin in Prep and Chloe in Year 2) donated a beautiful bouquet of flowers from her online florist business Flowers for Jane -

- Eleanor (Darcie in Prep) donated a case of wine!

- Cecelia (Charlie in Prep and Jake in Year 4) and Helen (Christopher in Year 4) donated a skincare regimen from Rodan & Fields - ph. 0405766077

- Chelsea (Phoebe Year 3 and Drew Year 6) donated a beautiful painting that was sold in the silent auction - @chelmurrell on instagram

- Anushka and Leon (Mozart Year 3) donated from their hair salon business, Strugnell and Cole, two vouchers and a hair care pack -

- Also thank you to these local businesses for their kind donations: Craven’s Pharmacy, Gumtree and Azalea Florist.


As always, there are many people who make these events the success that they are.  Organising, setting up, serving, sourcing donations, planning and packing up to name a few things.  The Galilee Parents Association (GPA) work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure these events go ahead and we are grateful to all those who volunteer their time.


I spoke at the morning tea about a children’s picture book called Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.  This story reminds us of the unconditional love mothers have for their children and the unconditional love we can in return bestow upon our own mothers.  I trust that all our Galilee Mothers and special women in our children’s lives had a wonderful day on Sunday and you were made to feel every bit as special and loved as each of you deserve.

Dealing with Criticism

In previous newsletters, I have written about the importance of empowering children to allow them the opportunities to develop independence, resilience and self-confidence. The way parents interact with their children has a profound impact upon how they manage adversity and develop. A child who is always protected by their parents and not allowed to make mistakes, is likely to struggle when the inevitable mistakes do occur. Parenting is very much about loving and preparing our students with the skills to cope and thrive throughout life. Talking to your child about how they can solve a problem is a critical skill as parents will not always be present to solve the problems for them.

This morning I was talking with Kasey Edwards, an author and mother of Violet. The conversation was about how children (and many adults) struggle to deal with criticism (Kasey has written a book on the topic). There is of a course a distinct difference between constructive feedback and criticism. One is meant to helpful and the other to be destructive. Throughout life, we will at times be subjected to criticism that is meant to be unkind. Those who take on challenges, risks or anything out of the ordinary are more likely to  receive criticism. In Australia, we sometimes refer to this as a 'Tall Poppy Syndrome'. Kasey spoke to me about analysing the following about someone who has been critical: Do they 'show up for life' (take risks themselves)? Do they respect you? Do they have your best interests at heart? Considering these three questions can help you to decide if your are going to take notice of the message.

In my role of principal, I will at times have to deal with criticism (I welcome constructive feedback). It is not always easy to deal with but I always gain a great deal of comfort by considering the above questions and the motivation of the comments. Discussing them with a trusted colleague or friend often leads to a balanced response. Learning to let go of criticism is an important strategy in maintaining a healthy mental wellbeing. Next time your child mentions a time that someone has criticised them, consider asking the questions above and see if it helps them.

International Education Support Staff Day

Today we celebrated our Education Support Staff who work every day in a variety of roles to foster positive learning environments.  We recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contribution of our staff to our students and school. Please view the videos below prepared by the School Captains, ICT Leaders and Mr Coaley.



New Morning Routine

This week we have been trialing students going to their classrooms from 8.45am when the first bell sounds and music plays. So far teachers have agreed it's been a positive change and the students seem more settled to start their school day and lessons are beginning on time. 

At Galilee our expectation is that pupils are in their classrooms by 8.50am. Therefore those students who enter the school grounds after 8.50am are deemed late and must sign in at the office before going to class. 

It is important for all students to arrive on time with those coming late interrupting the learning of others and themselves. We understand that occasionally there are circumstances beyond our control but students should generally be on time for school.

Achievements And Stories Of The Students

Last weekend, Chase G in 6B went to the Victorian Titles Motocross Race. Riding in the 10 - 12 age group, Chase competed in four races. The races were very tough, with at least 30 competitors from all over Victoria in each race. In one of the races, he crashed and ended up coming 18th - which is pretty good considering the circumstances! Chase had an extremely successful day, winning one of his races! We congratulate him on his hard work and we are happy that he didn’t injure himself when he crashed! Well done, Chase!

By Ali C


Jordan Z in 6F competed in the Victorian State Championship for Taekwondo. He was up against 14 other contestants, all representing Victoria. Jordan showed the three professional judges his two patterns and they gave him a score of 14.40/20. He came 3rd overall, a very impressive result! Jordan received a medal for his efforts, congratulations!

By Ali C


Late last term, Year 6 students wrote to Mr Millar about an issue that was impacting our learning. We felt that as we are the leaders of the school, we should be able to walk up the stairs on our own after recess and lunch each day. We wrote a persuasive letter to Mr Millar where we used a number of persuasive techniques, such as, rhetorical questions, like: Mr Millar, you don’t want to deny us critical preparation for High School, do you? And tried to anticipate his rebuttal, which was really fun to do! Mr Millar agreed to a trial, which we have been doing for the last two weeks. So far, we feel as though we are fulfilling our side of the bargain, we are walking up in pairs or threes and we are doing so very safely and responsibly. I asked Miss Biggs how this is impacting her teaching time and she said: “It is so helpful as we are getting our lessons started on time!” I agree with Miss Biggs and think that this was a great decision as we have more learning time, it also gives us an opportunity to show how responsible we can be and set a good example for the younger students! I know I am not only Year 6 student who hopes this trial becomes permanent, or we might have to write another letter!

By Angus M, 6B


Walking Up and Down the Stairs by Ourselves

Two weeks ago we, the Year Sixes, started walking up and down the stairs by ourselves after recess and lunch. So far, as we expected, it has been extremely successful and we’re gaining those precious extra minutes for learning.


It was an extraordinary idea and we were all full of excitement to get our new privilege started. We were given a set time to get back to the classroom which is 11:43 but house captains are allowed until 11:45. The reason we get 3 minutes is because some of our adorable buddies need help getting to their lines and we need to get up the 3 stories of stairs. And for House Captains, they have an additional 5 minutes to either help their Buddies, tie the nets, put away the sport equipment and get up the stairs.

We are really enjoying the extra responsibility and feel that it is great preparation for our transition to High School. We are also enjoying the additional learning time we are gaining each day. Our teachers are loving it too!!!

Year Six hope that this amazing new privilege continues as we feel it has been really beneficial!

By Dylan and Nicholas


Deio (from prep B) is very proud to introduce his new baby sister, Eleri Magdalen Flahavin, who arrived on 4 May 2019.

Deio and Eleri are 50% Welsh, so in honour of their Welsh heritage, the name Deio is a Welsh version of David, and Eleri was a Welsh princess from the 5th century.


Closure Day

On Friday, 31st May, we have our school closure day.

This will allow our whole staff along with Trinity, Richmond to participate in a full day of Professional Learning together. Our focus for the day will be the Berry Street Educational Model.


The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage challenging students. It is unique because it equips schools to promote cognitive and behavioural change, thereby engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievements.

In today’s changing and complex world, many primary and secondary school students face daily adversity including chronic and traumatic stressors, lack of environmental supports, and other barriers to their own learning success. The Berry Street Education Model supports schools to increase engagement with struggling students and successfully address student healing, growth, and achievement.


What will we learn through a Berry Street Education Model course?


Participants learn classroom and whole school strategies to promote an understanding of the five domains of the Berry Street Education Model:      

 • BODY: Building school-wide rhythms and body regulation through a focus on physical and emotional regulation of the stress response, de-escalation in school and classroom contexts, and mindfulness opportunities throughout the school day

• RELATIONSHIP: Increasing relational capacities in staff and students through attachment and attunement principles with specific relationship strategies with difficult to engage young people

• STAMINA: Creating a strong culture of independence for academic tasks by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset

• ENGAGEMENT: Employing engagement strategies that build willingness in struggling students

• CHARACTER: Harnessing a values and character strengths approach to enable successful student self-knowledge which leads to empowered future pathways. Through these healing and growth lenses, participants will learn personal strategies, pedagogical connections to the National Curriculum, and whole-school practices for healing and growth.

School Fees

The second instalment of school fees is due by June 13th. A Late Fee has been introduced in 2019 which will be applied to each late instalment.


Families experiencing financial difficulty are always catered for, if they communicate with myself or Wendy. Some families have not reconciled 2018 school fees without communication and as a school, this leads to a lot of lost revenue and can hamper the future implementation of programs for all students. 


We ask families to please be on time with fee payments, set up a direct debit or meet with myself if experiencing difficulty in paying.

CareMonkey Details

CareMonkey is used by staff as the main source to find contact details of parents and medical information of students. Please ensure these details are updated regularly.

The school must also be notified of any contact or medical changes to be changed on the school system.


Recently we have worked with Romney Nelson from Total School Solutions to reduce costs through external providers. He assisted us in changing the following providers: bins, electricity and phones. The total projected savings will be a minimum of $25000 P.A. and I thank Romney for his professional service. The savings will lead to more resources to be purchased for the students.


St Kevin's College

Over the last few years we have worked hard to lobby Catholic Education Melbourne to enlist us as a feeder school for our girls at Star of Sea. I have also visited PCW, Albert Park College and St Aloysius. This week I visited St Kevin's College in Toorak and received a thorough tour of the school by Mr David Hill (Registrar) and then Mr James Daly (Director of Junior School). They gave generously of their time and I was very impressed by the facilities across two campuses and the high standard of behaviour and learning from the students. I saw a number of our boys, former Galilee students, who were immensely enjoying their time at St Kevin's. Choosing a secondary school for your child can be difficult but we have a great deal of choices available. 


Danielle Gerecke will be on long service for the whole of next week. 


Simon Millar

Principal of Galilee

Education in Faith

Mother's Day Mass


The students and mothers at Galilee celebrated Mother's Day with Mass last Friday the 10th at 9.30am in St. Peter & Paul's Church prepared by the Year 1 teachers and students. We hope all the mothers had a wonderful day last Sunday!

Sacrament of First Eucharist

Many of the Year 4 students attending Galilee are now involved in lessons and activities to prepare to receive their First Eucharist either at school, at home and at church. Please keep these students in your prayers.

A prayer for our First Eucharist candidates

"May your First Communion celebrate your friendship with Jesus.

As you grow in this friendship may your words be gentle and your touch be kind.

May you hear whispers of Love in your heart each day.

May you have fun in discovering God hidden everywhere!

And, may you remember to thank God often for the gift of life." 

First Eucharist preparations

Please note the following details for Eucharist preparation at Sts PP:

Saturday June 1st-Eucharist Preparation Day-11:30-7pm

Sunday June 23rd-10:00am-Sacrament of First Eucharist


Please note the following details for Eucharist preparation at OLMC:

Dates: Saturdays- 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th (includes rehearsal) at 4.30pm Preparation Sessions in O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms followed by 6.00pm Mass in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church.

Saturday June 1st-6:00pm-Sacrament of First Eucharist


Please note the following details for Eucharist preparation at Galilee:

Friday 24 May 2019 (8.50am to 3.25pm in the school hall)-Reflection Day for Eucharist candidates.


Catholic Social Justice Teachings

As part the Term Two studies in STEM and RE, the students are able to connect to the Catholic Social Teachings, especially looking at the teachings of the 'Preferential Option for the Poor' and continuing to study 'Caring for our Common Home' : that our responsibility as good stewards of creation is to care for our world and not ‘steal’ resources from brothers and sisters around the world, future generations, or impact on those living in poverty. 


Why not have a dinner discussion with your family around what you can do to help care for our world and those less fortunate.

 We can aim to choose simpler and more sustainable lifestyle choices.


For example, we can:

• Decrease the amount of waste we produce, and aim to reduce, reuse and recycle

• Switch to renewable energy sources

• Consider taking public transport, carpooling, walking, running, cycling…

• Plant trees

• Turn off lights when not in use


You can also:

.Donate clothes and toys, blankets and coats, food, money...

.Volunteer your time 

.Pray for the less fortunate and for the environment


What are some of your thoughts?



Learning and Teaching

Sports Reports


On Friday, Years three to six went to Murphy's Reserve to run our Cross Country race. We split into our house teams and got prepared for our races.


The 12/13 girls were then called to the starting line to begin our three kilometre race. We were all really nervous but at the same time we were excited and couldn’t wait to start the race. We ran once around the oval, twice around the entire of Murphy’s Reserve and finally once around the oval to finish our race off.


I was at the start line, my race was the 11 year old boys Cross Country race. In a flash, the start gun shot off and we were running. I was leading out of the oval, I wanted to up the ante and I really did. I powered through the race with one goal in mind - to get to the next marshal through the point. While three kilometres might be tiring for some, I didn’t feel any tiredness. I went on to the second lap leading by a fair bit and increased it as I went on. I came on to the final lap with my house team, Carmels Blue, cheering me on as I finished my race. I was relieved when I crossed the line, due to the huge amount of nervousness before the race. Then I cheered on my friends as they completed their race too.


Last Friday, Years Three to Six went to Murphy's Reserve for our Cross Country race. I was in the 9/10 boys race. My race was two kilometres long but it felt much, much longer. I started the race well and I led my group to the finish line. I came first and had a lot of fun. Overall I thought the morning went well and it was organised nicely.

It was a fantastic day and we all had a lot of fun. Thank you to all of the teachers for looking after us throughout the entire day and to all of the parents that came to cheer us on. Thank you to Mr Tobin for organising the day.  A very special congratulations to all of the students that participated.


By Bridget, Angus and Oliver O.

Edited by Ioanna 



After the cross country on Friday, Galilee, the best school ever with the great Mr Tobin, played against the also decent St.Mary's in AFL. The incredible Galilee was there two hours before the match which was very boring. We were practicing for so long that we were tired. When the decent St.Mary's arrived they looked very threatening (they are now threatening St. Mary's) and tall.


As soon as the game started, they kicked a goal. We were very depressed. All of Galilee stared in amazement at how decent and threatening St. Mary's were. In that quarter they scored 5 goals.


In the next quarter we got it into our half a bit more but they still scored heaps of goals.


In the next quarter we got it into our half so much that we scored a point (this is where you should be clapping)! Again they scored a lot of goals (don't clap).


In the last quarter, Joe managed to score a goal (clap your head off). In the end, the now super team beat us.


Thank you Mr. Tobin and thank you parents for cheering us.


By Patrick F

Performing Arts Report

Last week in Performing Arts, 1F had to perform tap. They obviously had a great time but what did they do? 1F started off their lesson by taking off their shoes. The class began by stretching so they wouldn’t get hurt. They did dynamic stretches (dynamic strength is the ability to apply a force repeatedly over a period of time) and static stretches (static stretching is your ability to hold a pose without movement).

After doing these stretches, 1F eyeballed Miss Carnovale and followed along with her moves. Thus, the tap dancing begun! A few tap dance movements that 1F did were: the shuffle (this is where you just shuffle your feet and it makes a noise) and the shuffle hop (this is where you shuffle your feet and then hop. Of course, this makes a noise as well).


Thank you for reading! If you or your child have any suggestions for Performing Arts, please feel free to come to us (the PA leaders). We would love to hear any idea!


By Aloysia and Abby, Performing Arts Leaders of 2019

Mother’s Day By Prep 

Last week In Prep we celebrated our Mother’s by singing them a song called Lions Roar, we designed and decorated bags and created beautiful cards to remind them how much we love them. We conducted a quick questionnaire with some children from each class asking them all about their amazing Mums. On behalf of the Preps we hope all Mum’s at Galilee had a wonderful Mother’s Day!


All About Mum Questionnaire:

My mum's name is....

I love my mum because...

My mum is the best at…

My mum and I like to…

Prep B Prep S Prep E


My mum’s name is Jolene.


I love my mum because she’s funny.


My mum is the best at cleaning and playing.


My mum and I like to go out for breakfast together.


My mum's name is Lauren.


I love my mum because she is always happy.


My mum is the best at colouring in.


My mum and I like to play together.


My mum’s name is Heather.


I love my mum because she spoils me.


My mum is the best at her work.


My mum and I like to going to the park and reading my reader.


My mum’s name is Cecelia.


I love my mum because she’s nice and she plays games with me.


My mum is the best at making cookies.


My mum and I like to play uno.


My mum's name is Suzy.


I love my mum because she cuddles me.


My mum is the best at reading.


My mum and I like to play together.


My mum’s name is Tiffany


I love my mum because she hugs me.


My mum is best at drawing.


My mum and I like to go shopping.


My mum’s name is Olivia.


I love my mum because she gives me ice-cream.


My mum is the best at cooking cakes.


My mum and I like to go out and eat pizza.

Benji T

My mum's name is Cristina.


I love my mum because she cooks for me.


My mum is the best at making flowers.


My mum and I like to sleep.


My mum’s name is Effie.

I love my mum because she’s the best.


My mum is best at cooking.


My mum and I like to go shopping for chocolates


My mum’s name is Hala.


I love my mum because she buys me toys and takes me out to the movies.


My mum is the best at cleaning and cooking.


My mum and I like to go on holiday together.


My mum's name is Alyson.


I love my mum because she hugs me.


My mum is the best at cooking.


My mum and I like to run.


My mum’s name is Melanie.


I love my mum because she cuddles and kisses me.


My mum is best at running.


My mum and I like to go to the movies.


Garden Club

Garden club has been meeting once a week on a Thursday. We have had children from all age groups and we welcome any new members to join us in the coming weeks.

Today we added to our herb garden!



     Wellbeing &

Seasons for Growth

Learning to live with change and loss.


Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Galilee we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth.


Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based change, loss and grief education program that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. Children and young people can experience grief following significant changes and losses:

- Someone they love dies

- Family changes

- Separation and divorce

- Illness impacts their life

- Relocation

- Moving school or house

- Natural disasters


Seasons for Growth aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who have experienced major loss and changes by:

-  Exploring the impact of change and loss on every-day life

- Learning new ways to respond to these changes

The program provides a safe space for children and young people where they can give voice to their experiences, understand their feelings, learn problem solving skills and decision making skills, develop friendships, and recognise they are not alone. 

Program Structure

The Seasons for Growth program is a small group program that offers four age appropriate levels with tailored, developmentally appropriate activities and discussions. 


Level 1: 6 - 8 years

Level 2: 9 - 10 years

Level 3: 11 - 12 years

Level 4: 13 - 18 years


Each level includes eight weekly sessions. Each sessions explores a theme using the seasons imagery:

- Life is like the Seasons

- Change is Part of Life

- Valuing my Story

- Caring for my Feelings

- Make Good Choices

Program Outcomes 

Seasons for Growth provides a safe space for children and young people to:

- Learn about how different people respond to change, loss and grief

- Understand that it is normal to experience a range of grief reactions

- Explore new approaches to dealing with change and loss in their lives 

- Build communication, decision making and problem solving skills

- Participate in a supportive network of peers and adults

- Integrate their new learning into relationships with family, friends and others.

Seasons at Galilee 

Galilee offers this important program and we are confident that it  is a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved. If you would like your child to be part of the program please contact Carlo Martello or Jane Ferris. 


We would like to invite you to meet our new therapists, Occupational Therapist, Tanya Borg and Speech Therapist, Jessica Matov. Tanya and Jessica will present to parents a brief description of their roles in the school - how they can work with children, teachers, Learning Support Officers and parents to support us all in growing our children at school and at home.

WHEN:  Friday, May 24 at 8.40am-9.20am.

WHERE: In the staffroom at school. 

Come in at 8.35am if you'd like a tea or coffee!  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Speech Therapy at Galilee

Our Speech Therapist, Jessica Matov, is off to a wonderful start at Galilee!  Jessica has met with all teachers and will begin to work with children this week. Thank you to the many parents who have responded so positively to our new programmes! Please return consent forms as soon as possible, or contact me at [email protected] if you would like your child to be considered for therapy.


Jessica is a part of Speech Pathology for Schools (SPS). Below is a 'Speech Box' about vocabulary extension, provided by SPS for families to work on together at home. Enjoy!


School News & Information

Galilee Has a Defib!

Our defibrillator has finally arrived and been set up!


We thank Hocking Stuart (Albert Park) and Chemist Warehouse (South Melbourne) for their generous donations of $500 each. This has contributed to the purchase of our defibrillator.  We thank Athena Romic for her efforts in securing these donations. The remainder of the defibrillator has been possible due to the fundraising efforts of the 2016 and 2017 year sixes.


The defibrillator is located on the wall outside the office entry.


At Wednesday’s assembly, I spoke to all the students about the importance of this piece of equipment and also the importance of not touching the cabinet unless instructed by an adult. An alarm will sound if the cabinet is opened and will continue to sound until it has been checked. 


We thank you in advance for reiterating the importance of this equipment and also not touching the cabinet unless instructed by an adult to your children.


Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the leading causes of death in Australia; having a defibrillator at hand can make the difference between life and death.  St John’s Ambulance advocate strongly for defibrillators, claiming that they are easy to use, maintain, and can save a life prior to the ambulance arriving.


The defibrillator  will be registered with Ambulance Victoria and will therefore be available for emergency use in the event of cardiac arrest by any student, parent, staff, visitor or member of the wider community or public.  In addition to the Ambulance Victoria registration process, we intend to increase awareness of the defibrillator through signage at our school, and to notify local community groups, nearby businesses and schools.


DOGS Battle of the Bands

The local schools PARENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS is just one week away.


7:30PM THURSDAY 23RD MAY at the PRINCE BANDROOM (29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda)



All proceeds from this event will be redistributed pro-rata of number of tickets sold by each school, back to that school.


We are up against the following local Primary Schools:

  • Ripponlea Primary School;
  • Elwood Primary School;
  • St Kilda Primary School;
  • Port Melbourne Primary School;
  • Gardenvale Primary School;
  • St Kilda Park Primary School;

This is the first year Galilee has participated and last year’s event attracted 550+ people on the night, don’t miss out.  


There are not many social events with other local primary schools, so get a crew together of either Galilee parents or friends from other participating schools and come have some fun.


Galilee Parents Association (GPA) News

Annual Fundraiser - Galilee Trivia Night - Saturday 27th July

Sponsors for the event are needed.  You will have your business advertised on the Advertisement Boards outside Galilee and your business will be promoted heavily within the school community and on the Trivia Night.  Please read the attached letter for all the details. 

Contact Rebecca Giorgilli on 0439 331 164 or at [email protected] or Annalise Woolley on 0411 166 473 or at [email protected] to express your interest.


Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day celebrations on Friday were a great success.  A huge thank you to the Year 6 parents led by Rachael K, Chelsea M and Michelle who organised the morning tea, served and cleaned up afterwards.  Thank you to the year 6 students who helped on the morning.  The morning tea was generously donated by Rachael’s business, DRC Architecture.  Thank you to our wonderful Prep teachers for organising the Preps to sing a special Mother’s Day song.  The gold coin lucky door prize made $160!


Celebrations continued at the luncheon at the Railway Club Hotel hosted by Annalise.  It was a wonderful afternoon with a beautiful meal, wonderful friends and lots of laughter and catching up.  Thank you to Chelsea who was our MC for the day.  There was a raffle and silent auction for a beautiful artwork held at the lunch and an amazing $1200 was raised for the school.

Thank you to the following school families who made a donation:

- Nicole England donated a voucher from Attitude Cakes -

- Cristina Calabro donated a beautiful bunch of flowers from Flowers for Jane -

- Eleanor Magrath donated a case of wine! 

- Cecelia Todd and Helen Di Natale donated a skincare regimen from Rodan + Fields - Cecelia on 0405766077

- Chelsea Murrell donated an original artwork - @chelmurrell on instagram

- Anushka and Leon Smith donated vouchers and hair care from Strugnell and Cole -



Thank you to our Year 2 and Year 4 class reps and parents who are busily preparing and organising this fun evening for our students!


Events for 2019

Thank you to the year levels that have already helped organise and run an event for the year.  

Year 3 - Welcome Picnic

Year 6 - Mother’s Day Morning Tea

Year 2 - Junior Disco

Year 4 - Senior Disco


And still to come:

Year 5 - Father’s Day Breakfast  

Prep - Art Show

Year 1 - Carols Picnic

Local Connections

PCW June Open Morning


Westgate Sports Party


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2019 Lunch Order List.pdf
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