Galilee Newsletter

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

Key Dates & Info

Break Times

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 Start/End Dates

Term 3  Monday July  15 - Friday September 20, 1.30pm

Term 4  Monday October 7 - Tuesday December 17, 1.30pm

Term 3


Fri 9 - Hoop Time Year 3/4

Tue 12 - Jeans for Genes Day

Wed 14 - Open Morning 

                - Assembly Year 5

Thurs 15 - Maths Parent Night

Mon 19-Fri 23 - Book Week

Mon 19 - Dendy Athletics

Tue 20 - Grandparents Day Mass 9am

Wed 21 - Book Week Incursion

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

             - Footy Colours Say


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

School Closure Days

November 4

November 29

Sacrament Dates

November 23 - Confirmation OLMC, 6pm

November 24 - Confirmation SPP, 10am

Community Dates


Tues 20 - Grandparents' and Special Friends Day

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 28 - Galilee Day TBC


Wed 4 - Carols Picnic 5-7pm

Assembly Presentation

Wednesdays 2.40pm

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

2019 Camp Calendar


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.

Galilee Out of School Hours (GOSH)

To register and book for your child to attend before or after school care, please do so via this link:

Principal's Report

Grandparents' and Special Friends Day

Due to a change to the Dendy Athletics date (usually a week before), Grandparents' and Special Friend's Day has had to change to Tuesday 20 August.  There will be a Mass at St Peter and Paul's Church at 9:00am, followed by classroom visits and a Morning Tea. All Grandparents and Special Friends are welcome to visit the Book Fair during Morning Tea time.  

Please be ready for a 9am start however this may be conditional on students' arrival time.

If there are any grandparents who have made arrangements to come in on the Monday and are unable to come in on Tuesday 20 August, please contact Helen Rochecouste and we will cater for you.

[email protected]




Consultation meetings with parents of students at Galilee to discuss the school’s revised proposed Master Plan for the future redevelopment of the school, will be conducted by the Architects for the project –CHC on MONDAY 26 AUGUST 2019. Please note that a Masterplan was developed in 2016 and we aim to revise this document. Two consultation meetings will be held in the school hall at the following times:

  • Monday 26 August 2019 at 9.00-10.00am
  • Monday 26 August 2019 at 6.00-7.00pm

We are investigating child minding facilities at school during the consultation meetings.

A consultation meeting with staff will be held on the same day at 3.45pm.

A consultation session with students will be held on 15 August 2019 at 12.00 noon.

Extensive consultation was held in 2016 to discuss the draft Master Plan and the current consultation will consider any changes to the plan to reflect available funding.

A Care Monkey will be sent this Monday and please RSVP  by Friday 23 August 2019 if you intend to attend a consultation meeting for parents.


Trivia Night

The Annual Trivia Gala Night has been a resounding success!  What a fantastic night for our community to come together to celebrate 25 years of Galilee with many sporting an impressive 'touch of silver’.  200 parents and staff attended the evening and after a moving Acknowledgment of Country by Meegan, Carly and Kate we were treated to a filling dinner of delicious sliders!   After rounds of hard fought trivia, bingo and fearless paper plane throwing there were some great displays on the dance floor!   Congratulations to table 2 for their impressive trivia win on the night.

A night like this could not have been possible without a cast of many including planners, people to set up, donations from over 100 local businesses, five amazing live auction items, sponsors and our parents supporting the event by attending, bidding on the silent auction from home or buying raffle tickets.

Thank you to Annalise Woolley who coordinated the entire event.  A huge thank you to Emma Keating for single-handedly running the silent auction site and organising the majority of donations.  Thank you to the team of parents that supported Annalise and Emma with the organisation of the event, donation collections, set up and graphic design; Jackie Scott, Annette Paparone, Steph Stringer, Jess Conway, Ros Norton, Maureen Wetzel, Bec Giorgilli, Brighid Fahy, Lieu Hoang, Gin Norcott, Michelle McCormack, Natalie Calafiore, Angas Smyth, Jon Woolley and Jeremy Scott.

Thank you to the Parent Reps who coordinated the prizes for the raffle which raised over $2500 alone!

Thank you to Brendan Coburn for again running the live auction.  It was impressive to watch him in action, although he nearly had me buying the signed Collingwood Jumper!

Thank you to our five Galilee families and their businesses that sponsored our major fundraiser.  Thank you Brendan Coburn from The Agency, Simon Flahavin from Keystone Building Surveyors, Jamie Bourbon from Rack World Systems, Bernard Mandile from Renatta Catering and Michael Collins from Aussie Home Loans South Melbourne.

I met earlier this week with the Galilee Parents Association and received the exciting news that the evening raised over $34 000!  For a school of our size and for just one evening this is an outstanding result.  As always the money raised will go directly to benefit our children at Galilee.  When the money is allocated to a purchase for our students it will be announced to the community.


Uniform Survey

In the last newsletter (July 25), I published an update on the reviewing of our school uniform. As a draft is almost complete, The Uniform Committee are seeking your feedback on potential changes. It has been sent home tonight on Care Monkey and will close on Tuesday August 13 at 12pm. 

Maths Night

Our Galilee Maths Evening is on the 15th August from 6-7pm.

Please join us for information about teaching and learning in Mathematics, as well as ideas for home learning and ways in which you can support your child. 


We will be introducing and playing a number of Maths games on the night. If you want to find out more about Maths Olympiad, Learning Framework in Number, Essential Assessment and other areas of Maths, please respond to the CareMonkey form if you can come along. Everyone is welcome!

Open Morning

There will be an Open Morning next Wednesday 14 August from 9-10am for new families wanting a school tour and information about Galilee.  Prospective families are invited to Morning Tea at 9am in the Staffroom (unless numbers dictate a larger venue) with the Principal and School Captains, followed by student-led tours.

Teeth on Wheels

On Monday we had Teeth on Wheels at Galilee.  They will return next Tuesday 13 August to continue teeth examinations.

Staff Leave

Linda Florenca-Grillo will be on Long Service Leave next week and will return Monday 16 September.  Maria Panagiatopoulos will work in Prep S on a Monday afternoon.

We welcome Julianne Price who is returning next week from Long Service Leave in Year 1C each Wednesday.  We thank Maria for her wonderful service throughout 2019.

Book Week

Galilee is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on 19-23rd August to increase literacy and to encourage our students to read. Our Book Fair encourages children to be excited about reading and learning. The Book Fair will be located beside the hall (Park St Entrance) and will be open before and after school during Book Week. The Park Street Entrance will be closed during Book Week. 


The theme of Book Week this year is Reading is my Secret Power. Grandparents Day Mass will be on Tuesday the 20th August at 9.00 am in St. Peter & Paul’s church. There will be a morning tea held in the hall for Grandparents after mass.

On Friday 23rd August, the children can come to school dressed up as a book character and there will be a parade for children to showcase their costumes from 9-10am on the day. You are more than welcome to come along and watch the parade.

Our Book Week incursion performance,  will take place on Wednesday the 21st of August.


Achievements And Stories Of The Students


On the 4th of July Bridget in 3L took part in a Dynamics Gymnastics competition with one of her friends. Bridget has been doing gymnastics for 5 years and thoroughly enjoys it. At the competition, there were 12 teams and, in each team there was 12 people. She was given 1 term to practise 4 routines for all of the 4 types of gymnastics she competed in. She had routines on the beam, floor, vault and, her favourite, bars. Her favourite part was the bars because that was what she did best on. After Bridget had competed and everyone else had also finished she was awarded with a ribbon, for coming 6th in beam and bars. Bridget did an amazing job, she took delight in doing it so will continue to participate, next time.


Last Friday Harper in 3M competed in a basketball tournament at MSAC. Harper has been playing basketball for 4 years and is very good at it. He played 3 tough matches and succeed in moving on to the grand finale. It was tough, but Harper and his team managed to pull through and won! Him and his team were ecstatic, they all played their hearts out and had a great time. He was lucky enough to receive a medal for being a great player, and knowing what to do, which is really impressive. He had a really fun time and showed good sportsmanship.


By Bridget and Ali

4C Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again where everyone is collecting Coles Minis and Woolworths Ooshies. This year, 4C are running the Coles Mini / Woolworths Ooshie Fundraiser. This fundraiser, while helping the Galilee Community complete their collections, will also raise funds for people in need. Last year, the Coles Mini Fundraiser raised $300 for Queensland Farmers suffering from the drought.


For now, we are asking everyone to donate any Coles Minis or Woolworths Ooshies that they either have doubles of OR would not like to collect. We will be collecting them throughout the current supermarket promotions and the class that donates the highest number of collectables will win a prize!


More information about the Coles Mini and Ooshie Stalls will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we would love as many donations of Coles Minis or Woolworths Ooshies as possible. 


Jeans for Genes Day

You may think you don't know anyone with a genetic disease or birth defect, when in fact - there is one in every classroom across Australia!


This year, Galilee is supporting Jeans  for Genes Day on Tuesday 13th August. For a gold coin donation, you can wear jeans as part of your uniform to school. Every dollar raised will be donated to the organisation that can help these kids get the chance to have a normal life. 

Simon Millar

(Principal of Galilee)

Education in Faith

Galilee Prayer Group

The Galilee Prayer Group meets every Friday morning at 8:15am until 8:35am. All members of the Galilee school community are welcome. The objective of this Prayer Group is to pray for any needs of the school, the well-being of the students, staff and families and the parishes of Sts Peter and Paul and OLMC. 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  Week Five for you to fill in. Then please drop these into the box which will be in the Administration foyer. We look forward to The Galilee Friday Morning Prayer Group growing and flourishing.


Prayer Requests

Please find attached a prayer request that your family is welcome to fill in, print and put in the box in the Administration area.

We wish to keep your prayers confidential and request that they remain unidentifiable. Then each week the Galilee Prayer Team will pray for you and the needs of your family. You might like to discuss with your family what you might like others to pray for you and your family.


Upcoming Masses and Liturgies

Term 3

15 August- Assumption -Whole School Mass-(Grade 4 preparing) - Sts P and P  Church - 2:30pm 

20 August - Grandparent’s and Special Friend's Day Whole School Mass-(Grade 2 preparing) - Sts PP Church - 9:00am 

28 August- Father’s Day Liturgy - (Preps preparing)- Assembly time

Galilee Day - (Grade 3 preparing) - 9:00am changed to November 28th (TBC)

Feast of the Assumption

The Church celebrates The Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary on the 15th of  August. According to the Catholic faith, Mary, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.

Defined as an article of faith by Pope Pius XII just over half a century ago, the Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.

For this reason we use different words to describe each event. One is the Ascension of Christ and the other, the Assumption of Mary.

Taken from:


Grandparents and Special Friend's Day Mass

Due to a change to the Dendy Athletics date (usually a week before), Grandparents' and Special Friend's Day has had to change to Tuesday 20 August.  There will be a Mass at St Peter and Paul's Church at 9:00am (once all students have arrived at the church), followed by classroom visits and a Morning Tea. All Grandparents and Special Friends are welcome to visit the Book Fair during Morning Tea time.  

If there are any grandparents who have made arrangements to come in on the Monday and are unable to come in on Tuesday 20 August, please contact Helen Rochecouste and we will cater for you: [email protected]

We welcome all Grandparents and Special Friend's  of the students of Galilee on August the 20th and look forward to a wonderful time together.



Andrew Chinn Visit

Andrew Chinn will be visiting Galilee on October 16th as part of Galilee's 25th year celebrations. Andrew worked as a classroom teacher in Catholic Primary Schools in Sydney, Australia for nearly twenty years before moving into his full time music ministry. Andrew has visited more than 1000 Catholic primary schools, performing in 2000 concerts across Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada sharing his music and his faith with children, teachers and parents. He has released 10 CDs, 5 DVDs and 5 picture books, which are used widely by teachers and catechists in the faith development of children. We look forward to Andrew's visit. 



Proverbs 17:6 

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.

Learning and Teaching

Speak With Power

This term, our Year 5 students will begin "Speak With Power".  The course is facilitated by highly trained public speaker, Ron Thomas (Director of Speak With Power).

The course aims to prepare our students in the area of public speaking in preparation for leadership opportunities next year and in the future.  The program consists of 6x100 minute lessons that will take place on the following dates:

23 August

27 August

30 August

3 September

6 September

10 September


Students will be taught how to structure a speech for maximum impact, how to generate ideas, introductions, conclusions and sign posting. They will have practice at delivering impromptu speeches, giving feedback and suggesting improvement in others and be given strategies to use when dealing with stress linked to public speaking.


We look forward to welcoming Ron back to Galilee and we are very excited to be providing this opportunity and experience to our Year 5 students once again.

Year 2 News

Jump Rope for Heart


We have been busy learning how to skip for Jump Rope for Heart. A lot of us had never skipped before, so this week has been our first time. It was quite tricky to begin with, but with a bit of practise we are starting to get the hang of it!

A few tips from Year 2: 

  • Make sure you jump when the rope hits the ground.

  • Skip each day for exercise!

  • For criss cross, cross over at your elbows.

  • Make sure you drink lots of water!

  • Hold your foot in the middle of the rope and stretch it out to straighten it.

We wrote persuasive texts about why it is important to fundraise for The Heart Foundation. We all agreed that it was an important cause. Some reasons were; it helps for research, doctors will know what to do if we get sick, they can learn how to help our hearts, staying healthy is important, skipping is fun, it makes you feel good knowing your money is going to help people and that people will be able to live a longer life.


     Wellbeing & Diversity 

Jeans for Genes Day

You may think you don't know anyone with a genetic disease or birth defect, when in fact - there is one in every classroom across Australia!


This year, Galilee is supporting Jeans  for Genes Day on Tuesday 13th August. For a gold coin donation, you can wear jeans as part of your uniform to school. Every dollar raised will be donated to the organisation that can help these kids get the chance to have a normal life. 


Cyber Bullying Incursion


John Marsden

Recently I read an article in Mamamia about John Marsden who I have admired for many many years. John Marsden is an Australian writer and school principal. Marsden's books have been translated into eleven languages. While working as a teacher, Marsden began writing for children, and had his first book, So Much to Tell You, published in 1987.


With two schools of his own in Victoria and many years as a teacher and principal, John has had plenty of first-hand experience dealing with children and parents. I found the article very interesting and thought I would share some of his insights. 


Mamamia spoke to John about his new book, The Art of Growing Up, and for his thoughts on 21st century ‘toxic parenting’ to find what he thinks we should do.

While John recognises that the past was far from perfect, he believes contemporary ‘toxic parenting’ is the major cause of bad behaviour, depression and anxiety in children.

Yet he believes that as a society we are uncomfortable acknowledging and discussing our mistakes.

“In the old days physical abuse was more common and widespread, yet today we have serious emotional and social issues to deal with,” John says.

“Kids used to grow up in bigger families with one parent at home. They likely had more freedom and contact with extended family and the wider community.

“Today what we see a lot of are suburban nuclear family homes where both parents work and the children don’t always know their neighbours’ names.”

While the modern generation are safer than ever before in terms of coming to physical harm, John says that middle class parents, in particular, are fearful of their children being snatched or harmed.

“On the rare occasions these horrific things happen, we hear or read about it because of global media coverage, which makes it seem more likely to happen to us.”

John believes that this feeds into parents’ fears, creating an intense regulation and idealisation of a ‘perfect’ childhood that causes severe difficulties for both children and adolescents.

So, what can we do?

Throughout his book The Art of Growing Up, John includes plenty of ideas about how we can approach parenting more thoughtfully and with less fear.

Here are just seven ways he says we can help our children to grow up happier and healthier.

1. Let your kids be bored.

“Many well-meaning parents jump to their child’s aid as soon as they say ‘I’m bored’. I suggest instead saying, ‘well that’s your problem’ and let them be bored.

“A little bit of benign neglect is good for them! Let your children go and find their own fun by using their imagination and initiative. It’s amazing what kids can do when left to it.”

2. Get them back to nature.

“Playgrounds and parks are so sterile, dull and unimaginative. To me they look like arid wastelands! Children need to explore the wild places – get out into the bush, let them feel the rain on their faces or the sand at their feet. They need to get dirty, throw mud at each other and be creative.

“Learning about insects, reptiles and our natural world is also a great way for them to understand more about their place in the world that is simultaneously significant and insignificant.”

“So many kids and teens are anxious about the future of our planet and they have every right to be.”

3. Encourage first hand experiences over second hand ones.

“Seeing Bear Grylls have adventures on screen is nowhere near as exciting as having an adventure yourself.

“When kids are on screens playing games, there is no depth or complexity playing a character in an artificial two-dimensional world.

“In contrast visiting a graveyard or even just taking the dog for a walk to visit a friend up the street is a full mind and body experience that also involves them in their community.”

4. Don’t get involved in every detail.

“Sometimes parents simply need to ‘back off’ from their kids’ lives and allow other positive influences in. Whether that means their school, their friends or extended family, I don’t believe parents should poke their noses into every corner of their children’s lives.

“Encourage them to have sleepovers with their cousins and friends and have experiences without you.”

5. Don’t shelter them from real life.

“Acquiring experiences in early life that help them to understand the adult world is very useful. They will suffer difficult times and nasty people as adults, so helping them to navigate this as children will prevent them from crashing and burning when they grow up.

“If they come across bullies at school, engage with your child and help them to work out multiple solutions to the problem.

“Don’t just give them dogmatic advice. Look at ways to help them strengthen themselves and always work with the school on the issue.”

“They should learn that extreme statements or views must always be viewed with suspicion.

“Help them to read widely and learn from literature. To watch a broad range of movies, not just Hollywood blockbusters. If you can, enable them to travel and engage in their destination. Guide them to understand and speak their own language with confidence and fluency.”

7. Understand when it is your issue, not your child’s.

“Parents need to attend to their own mental health issues and make sure that he or she is responding rationally and giving balanced, positive and helpful advice.

“So many parents are afraid and anxious of life and this leads to them becoming fearful and overprotective of their children. There can be so many reasons for this, but parents need to recognise when this is happening and seek help if needed so that they do not project their fears onto their kids.”


NAIDOC Competitions!

NAIDOC Week provides us with an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet. Congratulations to all our competition participants.  Here are some of the winning pieces from our NAIDOC Writing Competition:


                   NAIDOC  Week Poem

At last it is NAIDOC week far and wide, 

When we can say sorry to the Aboriginals who have cried.

This is a poem that comes from the heart, 

Although it was our ancestors we will take part.


We’re sorry for taking your children, giving you no right and leaving you in the darkness full of fright.

We’re sorry for the fear that ate you up inside,

And made your friends and family want to hide.


The land and sea cried with terror,

Because we made a very big error.

The eyes of parents were great big pools,

Because the English acted like big fools.


We really should be like two peas in a pod, 

But the person we have to thank is Kevin Rudd.


We are so sorry we truly are,

For what has happened in our past.

But let’s put this behind us, have some fun, 

And stand together under the sun.

                  By  Chelsea and Ruby .  Year 5


                    Reconciliation Poem

The people of Australia Just want to say,

that we all respect the Aboriginal way. 

We want to say sorry for all the things we did

and for that we apologize for taking away your kids.


We remember the times when we mistreated you

and that we had a different point of view.

So now we will fix the way of the past

And make sure the relationship lasts.


Now we celebrate the relationship we need,

As we share this land with you.

And so we are together as the trees sing with glee,

We all love the Aboriginal culture and we apologise to you.

               By Kiera S  Year 5


           NAIDOC Poem

As children left their homes

Their hearts cried no!

Parents were left with worry

And we weren’t even sorry!


We thought you were wrong

But the weight is long gone 

Now lights shine upon us all

As we all stand together bright and tall


We want a wonderful bond

That is beautiful and strong

We all stand together

As God’s greatest treasure!

                 By Tina & Lara .  Year 5


And snaps of some of our winners!


School News & Information

Galilee Parents Association


Trivia Night 

The Trivia Gala Night continues to grow each year and exceed all expectations.  It was not only a fun event attended by 200 staff, parents and friends but we are thrilled to announce over $34 000 was raised!


The support from the sponsors, families, local businesses and parent reps cannot be underestimated.  And we extend a huge thank you to everyone.


The Fundraising Team worked tirelessly for months to pull this event together.  Any ideas or interest in helping organise this event in 2020 - please contact us!


Father’s Day Breakfast


Save the Date - Friday 30 August


This is a much loved event on the calendar and all dads and special men in our children’s lives are invited along with their children to come and enjoy breakfast together.  Please respond to the CareMonkey when it comes out for catering purposes.  A huge thank you to our Year 5 Parent Reps, Jo Siles & Janine Seear hosting this event  with the Year 5 parents.


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