Term 1 January 31 - March 31 (1.30pm Finish)
Term 2 April 19 - June 30
Term 3 July 17 - September 22
Term 4 October 9 - December 19
Term 1 January 31 - March 31 (1.30pm Finish)
Term 2 April 19 - June 30
Term 3 July 17 - September 22
Term 4 October 9 - December 19
Wed-Fri 22-24 Yr. 4 Camp
Mon 27 Year 2 Excursion
Tue 28 Ride to School Day
Fri 31 Funky Hair Day, Easter Raffle, End of Term 1.30pm
Wed 19 Students begin Term 2
Thu 20 school Photos
Mon 24 Year 1 Parent Morning Tea
Tue 25 Anzac Day
Fri 28 Year 5/6 Community Sports begin
Tuesday April 18
Friday June 9
Friday August 25
Monday November 6
Friday December 1
First Eucharist - Ss. Peter and Paul
First Eucharist Dates - Our Lady of Mout Carmel, Middle Park and St. Joseph's Port Melbourne
Sept. 14 Confirmation Faith and Parent Information Night
Nov. 4 Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall 4.45pm
Nov. 8 Sacrament of Confirmation Rehearsal with Bishop Elliot at OLMC
Nov. 11 Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall 4.45pm
Nov. 11 Sacrament of Confirmation OLMC
Nov. 18 Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall 4.45pm
Nov. 25 Preparation Class Ss. Peter & Paul's Hall 4.45pm
Dec. 3 Sacrament of Confirmation Ss. Peter and Pauls 10-11am
14 Apr Good Friday
15 Apr Easter Saturday
16 Apr Easter Sunday
17 Apr Easter Monday
25 Apr Anzac Day
12 Jun Queen's Birthday
29 Sep AFL Grand Final Friday
7 Nov Melbourne Cup Day
March 29 Holy Week
As of Wednesday 15th March, GOSH will be open from 7am in the mornings.
To be ordered Wednesdays and Fridays only.
Thursday April 20
Please find below the information for ordering school photos 2017.
Please be sure all orders, both Family and Individual, are submitted by 19th April. Please remember all orders much be either done online or sent directly to Arthur Reed Photos. We are unable to accept orders or payments at the school office.
Last week Mr Millar departed Melbourne on a four week faith formation program in Ireland. He arrived safely in Dublin and was transported to Mount St Anne's Retreat and Conference Centre.
This four week retreat provides a unique opportunity for learning techniques that will help participants incorporate contemplative practices into their leadership style, workplace and daily life. The program will be complemented by opportunities to visit and engage with local school communities.
From his reports, the weather has been cold and snowy, a huge contrast to what we have been experiencing this past week. We look forward to hearing about Mr Millar's experiences and how he celebrated St Patrick's Day.
On Wednesday the Year Four students and five staff members boarded a bus headed for Angahook Holiday Camp, Aireys Inlet, near Anglesea.
Some of the camp activities that students and daring teachers will participate in are: giant swing, ropes course, archery and canoeing. We hope the students and teachers challenge themselves to take calculated risks and achieve things they may not have experienced before.
Camp provides students with opportunities for personal growth, building the community spirit and being immersed in the natural world. We look forward to hearing all about their experiences when they return on Friday afternoon.
Thank you to Anastasia Romios, Colleen Giles, Amy Burns, Tarren Otte and one of our regular emergency teachers, Kingsley Hill, for taking the Year Four students on camp. We thank our Outdoor Environment leader, Tarren Otte, for organising such exciting and adventurous camps for our students.
On Friday 24th March, the school will participate in an 'Aboriginal for a Day' incursion, hosted by Cultural Infusion. This all day program will have students immersed in Australian Indigenous culture. The incursion will be interactive and engaging, encompassing storytelling, face painting, arts, dance and a didgeridoo music showcase. Students will develop a new understanding of the rich and ancient traditions of Australia’s first inhabitants.
Thank you to Jane Ferris for organising this event for the students.
Alphapharm Pty Ltd, following consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, is recalling the following batches of EpiPen 300 microgram Adrenaline Injection Syringe Auto-Injectors due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the device failing to activate or requiring increased force to activate.
5FA665 (expiry Apr 17)
5FA6651 (expiry Apr 17)
5FA6652 (expiry Apr 17)
5FA6653 (expiry Apr 17)
If your child's EpiPen has the above batch numbers with the expiry of Apr 17, you need to replace it with a new one as soon as possible by returning it to your pharmacist. Your pharmacist will replace the EpiPen FREE OF CHARGE. You must keep the current EpiPen until you get a replacement and use it if required.
We know parking around Galilee is minimal and at drop off and collection times is very hectic but for the safety of children and all families, the school driveway must not be parked in or used as a drop off/pick up area.
The school photos will now occur on Thursday 20th April. All students will be required to be in full summer uniform. If your child has sport on this day, they can bring their runners and change into them. Information on how to order and purchase the photos can be found in this newsletter, in 'Upcoming Dates'.
Friday 31st March is the last day of Term One. On this day there will be a morning assembly on the basketball court to parade Funky Hair Day hairstyles and draw the Easter Raffle. Families are invited to attend the assembly. A reminder that school will finish at 1:30pm that day.
Term Two will commence on Wednesday 19th April.
Thank you for your support this term. It has been a busy one with lots of events taking place. The staff at Galilee wish you all a safe and happy Easter. Enjoy this time with your family and friends.
Congratulations to the Year 3 students who made their First Reconciliation on Tuesday 21st March at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park and Wednesday 22nd March at Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne. Reconciliation is an opportunity for students in Year 3 to continue to build their own faith development and understanding of forgiveness as Catholics and global citizens.
On Wednesday 29th of March at 2.40pm students from Prep to Year 6 will re-enact the events of Holy Week in a Liturgy at Galilee. More information about the liturgy will be sent home soon. If you are able to join us for this special event, we would love to see you.
As we journey through Lent let us keep Christ at the heart of all our words and actions. Let us focus our lives more clearly on walking in the way of Christ and living the Christian life.
During the Lenten period Galilee is focusing on Project Compassion, the Social Justice Program supported by Caritas Australia. During Lent we encourage students do something extra that helps them to become closer to God. Some of our senior students have been invited to ‘give up’ something for Lent. We also ask that those who can, make a donation to Project Compassion which raises much needed funds for those in need. Each classroom has a Project Compassion box on the prayer table where donated money can be placed. Students have the opportunity to hear the stories of children and adults less fortunate than themselves through videos and websites provided by Caritas. These opportunities allow us to make the connection with our donated money, to a much wider, global cause.
We wish you every blessing for the coming week.
Amy Burns and Brittany Ford
Leaders in Religious Education and Faith
Many of our Year Four students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time this year. Formal preparation will begin next term.
If you are wanting to your child to participate in the Sacramental Program at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, South Melbourne or the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park and St. Joseph's, Port Melbourne this year, please complete an enrolment form and hand it into the Parish Office at your earliest convenience.
Ss. Peter and Paul, South Melbourne
Sacrament of First Eucharist 2017 Dates
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park and St. Joseph's, Port Melbourne
Sacrament of First Eucharist 2017 Dates
The closure day on Tuesday March 14th allowed staff to deepen our understanding of 'Horizons of Hope' and the Renewed Religious Education Framework.
'Horizons of Hope' is the new educational framework for Teaching and Learning in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The framework will support schools to engage in dialogue about the distinctive nature of learning and teaching, leading learning and enhancing Catholic Identity in our schools. The framework has embraced the advice and feedback of school and system leaders, while harnessing the findings of appreciative inquiries into best practice within Catholic schools. The initial publication of the framework consists of: Vision, Context and Strategy, which includes three foundation statements; Assessment in a Catholic school; Curriculum in a Catholic school and Pedagogy in a Catholic school - and supporting resources.
With the guidance of Ingrid Green (Catholic Education Melbourne Religious Education Learning Consultant) the staff unpacked the Renewed Religious Education Framework to deepen our knowledge of how it can be applied to support and enhance the teaching and learning of Religious Education at Galilee.
Registered teachers are required by VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) to engage in at least 20 hours of professional development each year. Ongoing professional development is important and keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more. Teachers may engage in a range of activities that updates their professional knowledge and practice. Professional development may be undertaken individually or with colleagues, either at school or externally.
The following diagram provides an understanding of the range and variety of methods teachers can use to update their professional knowledge and practice.
In Year 1, the students have been learning to count to and from 100 and locate these numbers on a number line. They have also been working on partitioning numbers using place value to assist them in carrying out simple additions and subtractions, using counting strategies.
In order to help students visualize numbers and partition numbers they have been working with hands on materials such as icy-pole sticks, unifix blocks and stickers to create models of numbers.
A Maths Game that they have been playing the Year 1 is 'Please Get Out of My House'. This game has given students the opportunity to improve their speed and accuracy when answering simple addition and subtraction problems. The instructions and a game board have been included below, if you would like to try it at home.
Please Get out of my house
By Michael Ymer
Focus – addition and subtraction facts to 20.
Suitable for Prep-Year 6
You will need:
Each student has 7 counters of the same colour. Their partner has a different colour but also needs seven.
Students take turns in rolling the two dice. They may add or subtract the numbers to make an answer (depending on what they can do). One of their seven counters is placed on the number. The objective is to get all 7 counters on the game board before the other player. If a student lands on top of a number that has their partner’s counter on it they take their place and send their counter back to their partner, saying "Please get out of my house". Students can have more than 1 counter of their own on the same number but if their opponent lands on that number all counters are sent back.
Making the game easier or harder:
1. Add or subtract numbers to make an answer with the two dice.
2. Use ten sided dice.
3. Use three dice.
4. Allow any operations – division, multiplication, addition or subtraction.
5. Simplify the game by using a 0-12 game board and only two six sided dice.
Here are some tips for helping your child with numeracy:
Thinking about time
As a parent, you can develop understanding about time by:
Measuring and calculating
Here are some ideas about measurement at home:
Creating with pattern
To encourage your child to understand the meaning of pattern:
You can develop your child’s understanding about shape by:
As you are aware, our school Learning Support Officers – Sophia, Pauline, Rosa and Tegan – are working with Year 3 and 4 students to consolidate skills and knowledge in Number. A very big thank you to all of them for working tirelessly throughout our school closure day and in any spare minute they can find, to create resources and prepare for the lessons they are implementing. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and dedication – you are really making a difference!
Below are some ideas, extended from those in the last newsletter, that you can use with your children at home to develop a strong basis for Number. In each newsletter, I will include a progression of activities – with daily practice, counting and patterns should become automatic. Here’s to helping our kids love Maths!
Practise until the combinations are automatic!
We need your help!!
We are looking for donations of recycled materials that can be used to create STEAM boxes for each year level to use. These boxes will contain items that may be useful when completing various learning tasks such as, science experiments.
Items we are looking for:
Items can be dropped to the School Office.
Thank-you all so much.
Our technology is now being used throughout Galilee in such a variety of different ways. In the past few weeks, I have seen classes using their televisions to share projects and presentations; using their new Chromebooks to research questions for STEAM and using iPads to create movies to share at assembly. Although, I think the Year Six students might be using a bit too much technology, as seen in these photos:
We are so lucky to have access to all of these fantastic learning tools and I'm looking forward to working with each class through the year.
Over the past few months, Galilee have purchased new charging trolleys. These trolleys charge our devices (iPads and Chromebooks) while keeping them safely stored when not in use.
A charging trolley has been placed on the middle level outside the Year Three classrooms. This is for devices used by Grades One, Two and Three. Trolleys have also been placed outside the Year Four, Five and Six classrooms on the top level.
I was very excited to work with 4G and 4R and go through our Google Applications. We setup our Google Drives and started researching the First Fleet. We finished up the day by sharing our work with Miss Giles and Miss Romios. We also setup bookmarks to our most used websites such as Stile, Google Drive and Mathletics. A very big thank you to the Year Four students for inviting me into their classrooms and making me feel so welcome!
A friendly reminder that students cannot use technology at Galilee until their ICT policy has been returned to either Mr Coaley or Mr Martello. Students who have not returned their policy will be sent home a second copy early next week.
Congratulations to 5O who won the "Prompt Policy Providers" award, being the first class to return their policies to Miss Otte. I hoped they enjoyed their reward!
ICT eLearning Leader
On Friday 31st March, we will be raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation to help support families facing blood cancer. A gold coin donation will be collected on the day.
This day is called 'Funky Hair Day'. The Wellbeing Leaders, Tadgh and Gwyneth, have put up posters around the school, promoting the event.
Ideas for funky hair:
Keep your eyes out for the Funky Hair Day Posters, created by our Year Three students.
It all started with a parent.
That parent was Lisa Anderson, mother of our Chief Enabling Officer Chris Varney, who refused to accept the doctor's negative attitude towards Autism.
Instead, she surrounded Chris with the first 'I CAN Network' to ensure he knew he could succeed at whatever he turned his mind to.
Now, this model is being replicated by Chris and the I CAN Network team. But you can enable your child at home too - and we're going to show you how in this exclusive I CAN Network event.
Join us at our upcoming Parent Information Night
Parents, as your child's biggest advocate, you are a key part of their I CAN Network. Let us show you how to create a positive Network for them at home and help them to say 'I Can!" to life's challenges!
Join us at our Parent Information Night on Thursday 30 March to learn about:
Limited places - register your attendance now!
Thursday 30 March
6pm arrival for 6:30pm start - 7.45pm
Cunningham Centre, St Bernadette's Catholic School
53 Stanley Street, Ivanhoe, Victoria (parking available on Bond Street)
Since 2013 Resilient Youth Australia has worked with 800 schools and communities around Australia to survey 140,000 young people in Grade 3 - Grade 12 to measure young peoples' resilience. At a national level the results point to clear priority areas at various stages of schooling. At a school-level resilience profiles provide a strong evidence-base for strategic planning, targeted intervention and the capacity to track trends over time.
In Term 2, the Year 4 - 6 students will complete an online survey during class time. The purpose of the survey is to assist the school in finding out what our students are thinking and feeling and to work towards ensuring all young people lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. Student responses are anonymous and non-identified so that they can answer honestly and openly. Schools do not have access to the data of other schools. The survey results will be collated and interpreted to determine the next steps in intentionally building resilient school culture. Better understanding of resilience levels can also inform teacher practice.
On Wednesday 15th March, Galilee held its Open Day for 2017. We welcomed new families into our school to experience the learning and interactions that occurs in the Galilee community. We also had some current parents who have Preps attending in 2018.
The Year Fives and Sixes took parents and children on a tour of the school. We had great feedback from those on the tour and we thank the Year Fives and Sixes for helping us on the day. We would also like to thank the Year Five and Six teachers, Miss Hart and Mr Coaley, for helping prepare the students, we know how busy the last few weeks have been!
The Class Representatives also put on a morning tea for those attending the Open Day. We greatly appreciate your help and for being there to chat and answer questions.
This week a note was sent home with a parent helper roster. If you have a current Children Check, have completed the classroom helper course and would like to volunteer some time at the school, please fill the form out and return to your classroom teacher no later than Monday 27th March. Parent Helpers will start Week 2, Term 2.
Tuesday the 28th of March is Ride2School Day. Students will be able to ride/scoot/skate to school and be put into a draw for a class prize. There will be a prize for the best decorated bike/scooter/skateboard.
Be safe and make sure to wear a helmet and walk while crossing roads.
Fresh fruit will be provided in the morning.
We hope to see very few cars on the day. You are also allowed to walk or take public transport.
We hope that everyone has a healthy and safe Ride2School Day.
From Fabrizio and Liam Year 5
Thank you for your donations of eggs, bunnies, baskets etc. for this year's Easter raffle.
Please remember to return your named raffle tickets in an envelope with correct change to the office by tomorrow, Friday 24th March.
The raffle will be drawn from 8.50am on Friday 31st March.
The last two weeks have been action packed filled with lots of fun activities! Some of the activities include: Camp (all Year Five to Sixes were lucky enough to enjoy), Open Day and Galilee Athletics Carnival, which will determine who will be competing in the next Dendy carnival.
We would to take a moment to thank all the helpers and teachers who made our sports day successful, without your help days like these would not be successful. A special thanks to Mr Tobin for all his hard work and support throughout the day! We loved it.
On Wednesday 15th March we both participated in the Galilee Open Day. We each gave a speech about our experiences at Galilee so far and our first day at school.
This term has been super busy, but we have been flexible, enjoyed all of our experiences and are looking forward to what Term 2 has in store for us.
Ethan and Charlotte
Galilee School Captains 2017
On the 9th February 2017, Gaby and Lucas from Hookin' 2 Hockey visited Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School.
We were taught various hockey drills, these skills included how to hold a hockey stick correctly and how to run with a hockey ball.
After we learnt the basics we played Knockout. Knockout is a game where you protect your ball and knock your opponents balls out.
We also played a game called Octopus. Octopus involves three players with a hockey stick trying to get the balls off the other players.
Once a player loses their ball they are out of the game.
Everyone in 4G had a great time. The games were so much fun. If you want to join Hookin' 2 Hockey you can find more information at the following website address phskhockey.org.au.
We did a Marble hunting activity for the children to explore the school area by finding the marbles which had been hidden around the school grounds. We drew a map of the school area and marked the spots where the marbles are located then the children went outside to find the marbles. This activity was a very successful and the children had fun with their friends!
As you all may know Athletics day was last Friday, the whole school participated and it was lots of fun. We were very excited as it was our very first House Competition!
The day started by the Years Three to Six jumping on a bus and going to Newport Athletics Track. Everyone helped set up and we were able to go straight into our events.
Our first event (Year 5 & 6) was hurdles. It was a great start to the day and everyone did really well. The day went really quickly and by the time we stopped and looked around the day was nearly over.
The parent/student/teacher relay started.
Everyone was running like they have never run before. In the end the parents team came first and then the teachers came second, then it was Navy Blue and finally Galilee Green. Ice White and Majestic Maroon were no where to be seen!
Overall, it was a great day and everyone had a fantastic time!
Congratulations to Majestic Maroon for coming First, Ice White came Second, Navy Blue Third and in Fourth place was Galilee Green.
By Lila and Lily
Majestic Maroon and Ice White House Captains
Why We Should Go Back To Valley Homestead
By Luc B (6C)
Valley Homestead is a wonderful camp that had all sorts of fun things consisting of high ropes courses, vertical challenges, flying foxes and seven metre drop slide. It also helped with team building and the way we surpass obstacles in our way through teamwork. We also encouraged everybody in our groups and conquered our fears. It was one of the most enjoyable camps that Galilee has visited.
At Valley Homestead, we learnt a lot about teamwork and team building. We had to think strategically as a team how we would surpass obstacles in our way. I was given the opportunity to make some new friends in the Year Six community and learnt some of their strengths and weaknesses that we all shared. Teamwork was very important in all of the activities to keep each other safe. One of the examples of this is on the low ropes course, where one person would be on the ground helping their friend to complete the course, because without them it would be almost impossible.
At the beginning of the camp a lot of students were scared of heights. We were all given a chance at every activity but if we didn’t want to do it we didn’t have to. It is important to conquer our fears because in the future it could help us out and we would have more fun. One of the examples of this was the seven meter drop slide, I had never done a drop slide because I was afraid I was going to hurt myself. This year I did it and it was so much fun, so I did it again and again and again!
Some of the courses were quite hard without teamwork and encouragement. Encouragement was really important to me because it was reassuring for people to be telling you you’re safe and to keep going. One of the examples was on the electricity poll activity because without all of the encouragement I wouldn’t have done it. Without out them I would be scared out of my mind to try it.
Overall I think the Year Five students of 2018 should go back to Valley Homestead. The camp was based a lot on team building and working as a team to keep everyone safe. A lot of the Year Five and Six students conquered their fears throughout the camp. We also encouraged each other a lot.
By Agnes and Lucy from Year 5
On Tuesday the 7th of March, the Year 5 and 6’s left for Valley Homestead in the countryside of Ovens. We were all so excited that when we arrived we were all jumping with joy! After settling into our cabins, Rhonda gave us a briefing of her rules (we were in there for a very long time!).
One of the activities that excited everyone was the Dual Flying Fox. After we got our harness and helmet on, we walked up a very long and hilly path but the walk was definitely worth it. We zipped down the zipline with our partner so fast, that we screamed our heads off.
Power Pole was one of the most nerve-racking activities in the whole camp. You had to climb up a pole with staples and jump off it! You could either jump off a 10 or 7 metre pole, depending if you were a daredevil or not. Loads of people fell off (including Miss Otte)!
For Bush Dancing, we had a man nicknamed Lazy Harry come in. We danced to the Hokey Pokey, Waltzing Matilda, Give Me A Home Among The Gum Tree’s, Heel And Toe Poker and Riverboat, a song written by Lazy Harry himself.
Overall, it was a camp that definitely tested our limits, but we still loved it.