**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 2 Tuesday April 23 - Friday June 28, 1.30pm
Term 3 Monday July 15 - Friday September 20, 1.30pm
Term 4 Monday October 7 - Tuesday December 17, 1.30pm
Fri 28 - End of Term 2, 1.30pm
Mon 15 - Term 3 begins
Mon 22 - Parent Morning Tea 8.40-9.45am
- Prep 2020 Transition Session 1
Tues 23 - SEB Meeting
Wed 24 - Assembly 2B
Sat 27 - Galilee Trivia Night
Tues 30 - Italian Day
Wed 31 - Assembly Italian
Fri 2 - Hoop Time Year 5/6
Wed 7 - Assembly Prep B
Fri 9 - Hoop Time Year 3/4
Wed 14 - Open Morning
- Assembly Year 5
Thurs 15 - Maths Parent Night
Mon 19-Fri 23 - Book Week
Mon 19 - Grandparents Day Mass 9am
Fri 23 - Book Week Parade (Dress up)
Tue 27 - SEB Meeting
Wed 28 - Father's Day Liturgy 2.30pm Prep
Fri 30 - Father's Day Breakfast 7.30am
Wed 4 - Assembly Year 3
Wed 11 - Assembly Year 1
Wed 18 - Assembly Visual Arts
Fri 20 - Jump Rope for Heart
- Term 3 Finishes 1.30pm
November 23 - Confirmation OLMC, 6pm
November 24 - Confirmation SPP, 10am
Mon 22 - Community Catchups 8.35am - 9.30am
Mon 19 - Grandparents morning Tea 11am - 11.40am
Fri 30 - Father’s Day Breakfast 7.30am
Mon 14 - Community Catchups 8.45am - 9.30am
Mon 14 - Prep Transition 2020
Mon 28 - Community Conversations 9am - 10am
Mon 11 - Prep Transition 2020
Wed 13 - Music Soiree 4.30pm - 8.00pm
Wed 4 - Carols Picnic 5-7pm
July 17 - No class presentation
July 24 - 2B
July 31 - Italian
August 7 - Prep B
August 14 - Year 5
August 21 - NO ASSEMBLY
August 28 - Father's Day Liturgy Prep
September 4 - Year 3
September 11 - Year 1
September 18 - Visual Art
November 7-8, Year 3 Zoo Camp
November 14-15, Year 3 Zoo Camp
Available to order Mondays and Fridays only
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.
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.
To register and book for your child to attend before or after school care, please do so via this link: http://theircare.com.au/
I wish all families and staff members a safe and restful holiday break. Term Two has definitely been busy with lots of exciting learning experiences such as: the Sustainability Market; incursions and excursions; English Parent Night: Reports and Student-Led Conferences; soirees; masses and sporting events.
Looking ahead to Term Three, we will continue to be very busy. Our staff will be planning our first Prep Transition session, Grandparent/Special Person's Day, Maths Parent Night, Speak with Power for our Year 5 students, Book Week and the Year 2 Sleepover. We will also have Teeth on Wheels here in August and our students will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart at the end of term. Thank you to the Parents Association who are currently planning the Annual Fundraiser on July 27 and the Father's Day Breakfast later in the term.
The students will be exploring our STEM Big Idea called Discovery. The teachers are already busy planning some fantastic learning opportunities that I am sure the students will enjoy.
End of term will conclude at 1.30pm tomorrow, Friday 28th June. Please ensure you have someone to pick up your child/children on time or book them into GOSH which will be open from 1.30pm.
Term 3 commences on Monday 15th July.
The message below is from Mrs Price after the birth of her grand-daughter, Harriet (we sent flowers).
Thank you so much for thinking of Hannah & Duncan & sending the beautiful flowers on ‘Harriet Grace’s’ safe arrival - they were beautiful & they were so surprised to receive them.
We are currently over here in London getting to know our precious little granddaughter who is now 3 weeks old & is an absolute joy! We are very blessed!
Once again thank you for thinking of us & enjoy your well earned holidays.
Last week, members of the Building Committee interviewed four short-listed architectural firms. The panel was comprised of parents, staff and from Catholic Education Melbourne. All of them had extensive experience building in the education sphere. We are excited to announce that the panel decided to appoint Clarke Hopkins Clarke (CHC) to consult, design and oversee our upcoming building project. They were the same firm who designed our Masterplan back in 2016.
For more information, read their website: https://www.chc.com.au/
The process will involve consultation with all stakeholders of the Galilee community. The previous Masterplan will be used as a starting point but we understand that there are a lot of new families and staff who have joined Galilee since.
Designs and permits will take at least one year before building can commence.
Below is a simplified picture of our Masterplan developed in 2016 with many details omitted:
The first introductory meeting occurred today with CHC.
In Term Three, Prep - Year Two will be taking part in a Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) on Fridays. It is a strategy to assist the development of children's gross motor skills and therefore assist with the development of fine motor skills, essential in the learning of reading and writing.
The key areas of development through PMP are:
Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, balance, crossing the midline of the body (laterality), body and space awareness, visual and spatial aids, rhythm sequence, memory, listening and cooperation.
We will aim to run the programme every Friday after recess and will organise the students in mixed Prep to Year Two groupings. We would love many of our parents to be involved in the running of the programme as possible. If you are able to spare approximately an hour of your time on Friday to run an activity and either have your WWCC or are willing to get one, we would love to have you on board. Please email Holly Burke (Prep - 2 Sports Leader) [email protected] to let her know your availability. A CareMonkey with further details will follow.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Teachers
Congratulations to the students listed below who have been appointed SRC Leaders for Semester Two. They will be presented with their badges at assembly Wednesday 17th July.
We would like to thank Semester One SRC Leaders, your promotion of nude food and your many ideas to improve Galilee has been greatly appreciated.
1C - Molly
4C - Jonathan
1F - Mason
4G - Sienna
2B - Annabelle
5B - Chelsea
2C - Lucinda
5R - Patrick
3L - Liam
6B - Lilian
3M - Sebastian
6F - Aleeya
Last Wednesday we held a highly successful Family English Night with over 100 people in attendance.
Families learnt about and demonstrated: Reading comprehension, Smart Spelling, Book Orientation, Decoding Strategies, Daily 5 & CAFE Reading.
Thank you to the English Team for their outstanding planning and facilitation of sessions: Laura Cox, Sammy Bamford, Laura Mason, Linda Florenca-Grillo, Cassie Smith & Julie Ferguson.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the night. It was wonderful to hear your positive feedback. Some of the parents who attended said the following:
It is always helpful to get new and creative ideas and insights to improve my child’s reading. I enjoyed the live demonstrations.
Thank you for the information and opportunity.
Very helpful to learn strategies the school uses in class so can be used at home.
Strategies were very helpful for early readers.
Really engaging evening, thank you to all for giving their time.
Teachers were informative and kept the night interesting.
Maybe we could start earlier 5-6pm.
Laura Cox (English Leader)
What a wonderful afternoon we had last Thursday. The buzz around the school over the last few weeks has been amazing to witness. We sold plants, coffee scrubs, beeswax wraps, tea tree oil sprays, food, bath salts, heat packs and so much more! We are proud to announce that over $2300 was raised. The money raised will be helping to fund Galilee's ever growing garden. We also raised $79.65 for Sacred Heart Mission.
Congratulations to James from 4G for selling out of his metal straws. This was James' own initiative and he sold his products alongside the ice cream cone plants from Year 4. Well done James, a fantastic effort!
We would like to thank the staff, students and parents for all their efforts in making this year's market another success. We had so many parent volunteers from all year levels and we are so appreciative of the time they were willing to spend in classrooms and at the market. Thank you also to Fr. Dean from Sts. Peter and Paul's and Fr. Hugh and Anne from OLMC and St. Joseph's for coming to the market to support our students.
Our herb garden is coming along well in learning Street, be sure to check it out!
Brighid Fahy and Holly Evans
Please note the following staff will be on approved leave: Laura Cox first for two weeks and
Sammy Bamford for first week of Term Three.
You will be informed of other staff on Leave later in the term, in the first newsletter.
By the School Captains
Bamlak in 3M won a trophy in soccer recently. When his team was playing in the finals at Albert Park he was awarded a medal for being the most valuable person on his team. Bamlak scored more than half his team's goals and his team won by an astounding 8 goals. He was very proud of himself and enjoyed playing. This was Bamlak's 2nd year playing for his team in the Grand Final so he did an amazing job.
Give For A Goal
Bridget S in Year 6 was in the Week 6 newsletter
and there was a piece about Give For A Goal. What happened was every goal I scored people could donate to my profile on Give For A Goal. This money would go to help vulnerable girls. Thank you to all of the families that donated to my Give For A Goal fundraising campaign. The money I have raised from your donations will provide a clinic for 10 vulnerable girls in the community which is fantastic. I have raised more money than what I set for my goal, which is great. Thank you. If you would like to visit the website just click on the link: https://www.giveforagoal.com/search/
Bridget S, 6B
Hi Parents, Teachers and Students of Galilee,
Recently we conducted a survey counting the number of straws used at Galilee in one year.
We would like to thank all of the students who participated in the survey. We estimate that Galilee uses 4,200 plastic straws per year. This is a large number. Many of the plastic straws we use end up in the ocean and hurt the animals and can kill them, because of this, nearly all sea turtles are endangered. We can change the number of sea turtles getting killed each year by using fewer plastic straws. Next term will begin to be a straw-free school so you can do your bit to help the turtles and other sea creatures by not using plastic straws.
Thanks from Violet, Sive and Grace.
We have a shortage of car spaces outside of Galilee, making it sometimes stressful for families to drop off/pick up students. We encourage everyone to:
In the meantime, myself and Michelle (SEB) are attempting to meet with the local council. If anyone in our community is a Traffic Engineer and prepared to help, please contact me.
Carmen Carnovale is also working with the local council on a project called 'Healthy Tracks' that may also lead to a solution about parking.
We look forward to finding a resolution.
Over the past few years we have included many advertisements for staff or parents asking for optional donations for relevant charities. This September (Father's Day) I will be participating in a 24 hour bike ride to raise funds for the Sandringham Hospital where all three of my children were born. If you would like to make a donation, go to the following link:
This week students have been required to be collected twice at 1:30pm (Monday for Student Led Conferences and Friday for end of term). Parents are encouraged to read the Newsletter and other forms of communication so they are aware of changes in routines. Our Parent Handbook, published on the website in 2016/17 informs parents that students not collected (exceptions made if we can contact parents) more than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school, will be sent to GOSH.
(Principal of Galilee)
We congratulate the students who received their First Eucharist at Sts Peter and Paul’s last Sunday June 23rd. It was a reverent and very special occasion for the students who were beautifully prepared, nervous and full of joy. There were many proud family members present too. Father Dean celebrated the Sacrament explaining the significance of this event in a way that was thoughtful and well explained. We thank their teachers Colleen Gilles and Joss Coaley for their dedication and contributions in preparing the students. The attendance of many of the staff at Galilee at both celebrations of the sacrament of First Eucharist at Sts P and P and OLMC, is much appreciated. Many thanks to all involved for your support of the sacramental program at Galilee.
30 June - Whole School family Mass to celebrate the Feast day of Sts. PP @ 10:00am.
We would like to invite the whole Galilee school community to celebrate this Mass. We'd love to see you there. Afterwards from 11:00-1:00pm, there will be a Talent Show, delicious food in the church hall and an Animal Farm in the church car park.
If your child is interested in participating in the Talent Show as a musician, singer, choir member, or other, please let me know and I'll schedule them in. Please let me know if your child would like to participate in the singing of an African Blessing song by Andrew Chinn (Australian Catholic singer/songwriter).
The Year 6 SJ school leaders, Cody and Drew are continuing to work with the other SJ leaders in the school. They have created posters strategically placed around the school to create awareness of a 'Pet Drive.' The Pet drive was inspired by Cody and his father who works for The Sacred Heart Mission. The intention is to collect food, old blankets, pet toys and other items to distribute to the homeless on our streets so they can look after their pets. These pets often provide the people who are homeless protection as well as good company. Please discuss this and any possible contributions with your family.
The pet goods can be brought to school before the end of this term and will be distributed by the The Sacred Heart Mission.
In Term Three we will be starting a Prayer Group before school on a Friday morning at 8:15 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, as well as the well-being of the students, staff and families. It will be nurturing and loving. You don't need any qualifications or experience to attend. If you have a confidential prayer request, forms will be distributed at the beginning of the term for you to fill in. Then please drop these into the box which will be on the prayer table in the Administration foyer. We look forward to The Galilee Friday Morning Prayer Group growing and flourishing.
We thank you Lord, for this term.
We thank you for the challenges, successes and the mistakes from which we have learnt.
Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.
Give us strength and courage to do what is right and to be witnesses of our faith.
Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others and to be peacemakers in our family.
Keep us safe in our activities. Give us good rest and good fun.
Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term.
We thank you for our classmates, teachers, school staff, parents and a community who care for us.
May we always be conscious of your love and presence in our lives.
We give you all the praise and all the glory.
As we complete Term Two, we wish everyone at Galilee a happy, restful and safe holiday. God’s very best to you all!
In STEM this term, we have been exploring the precious resource of water. Did you know:
- There is the same amount of water on Earth now as there was when the Earth was formed
- Water is made up of two components, hydrogen and oxygen
- 75% of the human brain is made of water
- 75% of a living tree is water
- A person can live a month without food but only a week without water.
To conclude our unit, we created 3D models demonstrating the different parts of the water cycle. If you would like to see our projects, then pop up to the Grade 4 Classrooms on Friday's Open Morning.
On behalf of Grade 4, have a lovely safe holiday and we will see you next term.
On Friday the 21st of June, four teams competed in the primary school debate championships which was organised by Mrs Ferguson. Sadly, no other schools signed up to debate with us so we competed against each other.
Two adjudicators from The Debating Association Victoria scored us on our debates. There were three topics; All kids should ride bikes to school, we should ban animal testing for medical reasons and our secret topic, school should end two hours later.
For the first debate, Team One competed against Team Two and Team Four against Team Three. Teams One and Four came out victorious.
The second debate was Team One vs Team Three and Team Two vs Team Four. In this debate, Teams Two and Three won.
Finally, our secret topic. Team One debated against Team Four and Team Two Against Team Three. This was the tie-breaker round as each team had won and lost a debate. We all worked hard but there could only be two winners. The champions were… Teams One and Three!
We as the presenters would like to thank all participants for taking part in this semester's debate! We all did very well and we are extremely proud of ourselves. I hope that you will feel inspired to take up the debate with your parents about how much pocket money you get..
Football Lightning Premiership
Last Friday the Football Lightning Premiership team went to Basil Reserve, East Malvern to play Football for the whole day. We arrived at school at 8:20am and left at 8:30am. We arrived at Basil Reserve and set up our marquee. Our first game was a friendly match against St Patrick’s, Murrumbeena. Unfortunately, we lost by 4 points. Our pool was St Patrick’s Murrumbeena, St Mary’s Hampton and Sacred Heart Brighton. We only won one game against the eventual runners up, St Mary’s, Hampton. It was a friendly match. All the other teams were very strong. In the end, St Joan of Arc won for the 4th year in a row. Overall, we enjoyed the day and thanks to Sandra for taking us and scoring the games and Mr Tobin for coaching us and umpiring half a game.
By Angus, Alex. C, Nicholas and Marco
Netball Lightning Premiership
On Wednesday the 19th of June, Year 5 and 6’s participated in Netball Lightning Premiership for 2019. As soon as everyone arrived at school at 8:15 am sharp, the teachers checked off everyone on the roll and we headed onto the bus at 8:30 am. On the bus, everyone was very excited to play a good game of netball. Once we arrived at the Frankston District Netball Courts we all started to warm up and split into our teams. I was in the A girls team and Aleeya was in the A mixed team. Once all our teams warmed up, our coaches guided us to the courts where we would be playing and the captains handed out the bibs. Aleeya played C, GA, GS and WA and I played C, GD, GK. The sirens went off and it was the start of the game. The excitement filled the air! The A teams each had two byes and all together we played 7/9 games. The B team won all their games and made it through to the finals and won! Sadly the A teams didn’t win every game so they weren’t able to go to the finals but we all tried our hardest and gave it our best! We had such a fun time and can't wait for the younger year levels to experience this opportunity.
Thank you to Mrs Ferguson, Miss Burke, Miss Bland and Georgia McNamara for coaching and making this day more successful!
By Siena and Aleeya 6F
Soccer Lightning Premiership
Congratulations to our boy's soccer team on their win for the 3rd year in a row! The game went into extra time and finished with a penalty shootout. Our girl's team also did extremely well finishing 3rd.
As you are aware, we are putting many new processes into place at Galilee this year, based on the principles of best practice and influenced by the new funding system implemented by the Federal Government, the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).
In the past, children who have been diagnosed with additional learning needs were funded individually and supported accordingly. Within the new funding system, funding is allocated to the school for all of our children with additional needs. The school is responsible for allocating support based on the perceived or diagnosed needs of each child listed in the data. Children without official diagnoses are able to be funded through this new system.
Through the NCCD, some children are classified as requiring quality differentiated teaching practice (QDTP), whereby the teacher provides support within the classroom through specific modifications to programmes and adjustments to normal classroom practice. No funding is allocated to children for whom such adjustments are made.
There are three levels of adjustment in the new system for which funding is provided through NCCD at varying levels to provide additional staffing support for children in need – Supplementary, Substantial and Extensive. Supplementary funding is provided for children requiring additional support in one or several areas of curriculum and daily school life for some of the time. Substantial funding is provided for children requiring support in several areas of curriculum and daily school life for much of the time. Extensive funding is provided for children requiring support in all areas of curriculum and daily school life all of the time.
All children receiving funded support (Supplementary, Substantial or Extensive) require a Personal Learning Plan outlining individual goals for each term, which will be sent home for parent perusal and input. The document must be signed by the parent and involved staff. Regular communication with the classroom teacher and/or Learning Diversity Leader regarding the PLP is recommended. Communication can be via email, phone or face-to-face and is always welcome. Goals are evaluated at the end of each term.
Under our new model, Programme Support Group meetings (PSGs) will be conducted for students requiring Substantial/Extensive support. We are planning to hold formal PSG meetings twice yearly only, at the end of First and Third Terms. Updated goals/Personal Learning Plans for students will be sent home each term and parent involvement expected and welcomed in the co-construction of these. Ongoing communication will be maintained via email, phone and/or face-to-face conversations as required.
Children requiring Supplementary support will be provided with a Personal Learning Plan as outlined above, but individual PSG meetings will not be timetabled. Information sessions will be scheduled each term to discuss intervention goals and processes (Parents will be advised of dates/times of relevant meetings). Parents are welcome to request a PSG meeting at any time.
I would appreciate any parental feedback about our new system, as we refine and improve it. Please feel free to email me with your thoughts and/or concerns at [email protected]
This article talks about how we can build our children's language and communication skills through a daily recount of the school day. Enjoy!
At Galilee, we have seven LSOs across the school, as well as a volunteer LSO who works on Fridays. Five of our LSOs are full time and two work for two days each.
Every class is supported by LSOs throughout the week, with time being allocated according to the number and level of need in each class. Junior classes generally are allocated a higher number of hours of support than senior classes. The following allocation has applied in Term 2 this year:
Prep B 14.5 hours
Prep E 25 hours
Prep S 10 hours
1C 9.5 hours
1F 17.5 hours
Yr 2 12 hours
Yr 3 13 hours
Yr 4 12.5 hours
Yr 5 11.5 hours
Yr 6 10.5 hours
Allocation will be altered in Term 3 to reflect changing needs in classes. For example, more hours will be allocated to Year 1 in Term 3 to support students in Number and Writing; the progress shown by children in Years 2, 3 and 4 in Spelling and Number Intervention means we can decrease the time allocated in those year levels for Term 3.
At Galilee, we run a number of specific intervention programmes, such as Number Intervention, Social Skills and Spelling Intervention. Various LSOs are allocated to each intervention, based on their skills, training, experience and interests. For example, Sharon Cameron is in charge of Social Skills. Sharon is a qualified counsellor and has many years of experience with the emotional needs of children. Others have trained in Number and/or Spelling Intervention.
LSOs are allocated for a portion of each day to interventions, at which time, children are generally withdrawn from the classroom for 20-30 minute intervals, several times each week. The LSOs assess the children before and after each intervention programme (often a term), in consultation with me as Learning Diversity Leader. A programme for each intervention is developed based on the assessment data.
For the remainder of each week, LSOs are timetabled to assist in classrooms. Within each classroom, LSOs work with classroom teachers based on the needs within the class. Often, LSOs work with children requiring support to work at the expected level. Other times, the LSO might work with high-achieving children, or children working at the expected level of the grade. The classroom teacher and LSO work together to meet the needs of every child in the class and this will vary from classroom to classroom.
We are very proud of, and grateful to, our wonderful team of Learning Support Officers, who provide flexible, targeted support across the school. We thank our wonderful team for the difference you make at our school!
Contact me at [email protected] for more information about our learning support and/or intervention programmes.
Last week of term is surprising us with amazing weather! That's why we have a lot of activities outside: soccer, footy (5 balls are on the roof!), basketball and of course favourite tiggy with a ball on the playground!
Isabella, Rosa, Kaavya, Cody, Millie and Grace showed us and children what means to be a great friend, good supporter and elder "sibling"- these guys were amazingly taking care of our small bunnies, helping them to overcome upsetting moments and during art& craft activities!!!
We keep on reminding you about the importance of booking for Holiday Program which starts next week.
Don't forget to dress up into the Superhero costumes, especially when we go to the movies!
Book ASAP at www.theircare.com.au
It's all about the Trivia Gala Night this week!
Galilee Trivia Gala Night - Saturday 27th July
$5 donation to by raffle vouchers
In lieu of purchasing and bringing in an item for year level hampers families have been asked by their year level reps to send along $5 to go towards a voucher for the raffle. If you haven't done so already and would like to, please do so by this Friday!
Tickets will be going home first week back in Term 3 and will be just $2 each!
Tickets for the evening are almost gone!
There has been an unprecedented demand for tickets and just a handful are left!
Book at: trybooking.com/BCUVX
All donations can be left at the school office or any details/online vouchers can be emailed to [email protected]
If you need an official donation letter to approach businesses, please use the letter below.
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Email ideas and questions to the committee at [email protected]