Galilee Newsletter

28 March 2019
Issue Four
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 1  Jan 31 Years 1-6 Students begin & Feb 1 Prep begin - Friday April 5, 1.40pm

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

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

Term 4  Monday October 7 - Tuesday 17, 1.40pm

Term One Dates


Fri 29 - Harmony Day

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


Tues 2 - Sacrament of Reconciliation at SPP, 6PM

Wed 3 - No assembly

             - Sacrament of Reconciliation at OLMC, 7pm

             - Parent Training in Number Intervention 1

Fri 5 - Holy Week Stations of the Cross 9am

          - Easter Raffle 1pm

          - Dismissal 1.40pm for end of Term 1

Term 2 Dates


Tues 23 - Term 2 begins

Wed 24 - ANZAC Day Assembly-Yr 3

Thurs 25 - ANZAC DAY (no school)

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

Mon 29 - Parent Morning Tea 8.40-9.45am


Wed 1 - Eucharist Year 4 Faith Night 6pm

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

Tue 14-Fri 24 -  NAPLAN

Fri 24 - Eucharist Reflection Day

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

Thur 30 - Community Conversation with Parents 9am



Fri 7 - Year 1 extended school day

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

Thur 20 - Sustainability Market 3.25-4.30pm

Sun 23 - Sacrament of Eucharist - SPP 10am

Mon 24 - Student Led Conferences 2-7pm

Wed 26 - Student Led Conferences 2-5pm

Fri 28 - End of Term 2, 1.40pm

School Closure Days

May 31

November 4

November 29

Sacrament Dates

April 2 - Sacrament of Reconciliation SPP, 7PM

April 3 - Sacrament of Reconciliation OLMC, 7pm

June 1 - OLMC Sacrament of Eucharist, 6pm

June 23 - Sacrament of Eucharist - SPP 10am

November 23 - Confirmation OLMC, 6pm

November 24 - Confirmation SPP, 10am

Assembly Presentation

Wednesdays 2.40pm

Mar 27 - 2B

Apr 24 - ANZAC Day Year 3

May 1 - No class presentation

May 8 - Year 4

May 15 - Year 5

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 not be currently wearing the striped navy blue sock (they are for Winter).

Galilee Uniform Policy:


PSW Uniform: 1/128 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne 9768 0385

Second Hand Uniform @ Galilee

Open: Friday morning 8.50-9.10am

Located in Prep Building

Donations of clean/well cared for uniform happily accepted.

Principal's Report

Dear Families

As we come to the end of our first term it is the perfect opportunity to stop and reflect on what has been a busy and exciting start to the year filled with a wide variety of learning opportunities for our students. 


We began the term with a focus on Mathematics and English assessment over two days.  The assessment completed has given teachers the opportunity to target their teaching and ensure that every student is challenged and supported at their specific area of need.  Reading continued to be a focus through Daily 5 and CAFE, and the introduction of SMART spelling has enabled a consistent approach to the teaching of spelling across P-6. 

We continued to receive some funding from Catholic Education Melbourne to improve our Mathematics Program at Galilee. The teachers  used the data gained from the Maths Number Interview  to inform a targeted approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics. Students are targeted at their specific areas of need through a differentiated approach and through focus teaching groups in the classroom. Our Year 3 and 4 teachers attended Professional Development  that has assisted them in how they can meet the needs of all students in their class. 


It has been an exciting experience moving through the classrooms and seeing students engaged in their learning and experiencing new challenges.  The Term 1 STEM focus 'Belonging', has allowed for various incursions and excursions to take place.  The Year 3 students went to Melbourne Museum last Friday to learn about the animal classification that they belong to. 

Last week, the Year 4 students experienced an incursion by  'Animals of Oz', where they learnt about animal habitats and what animals need to survive.  They thoroughly enjoyed holding and patting the different animals.


Our Year 3 students have been on a very special journey this term as they have been preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Students were invited into dialogue with each other at the Parent and Child Faith Night and the Reflection Day last Monday.  It has been inspiring to watch students grow in their faith understanding as they prepare to receive one of the Sacraments of Healing next week.


This term our students engaged in sport through their participation in the Athletics Carnival.  It was great to see all our students compete in the various events of discus, shot put, long jump, triple jump, high jump, hurdles, 100m, 200m, 800m and the Prep-2 Tabloid Sports.  We were proud of all of our students for not only giving everything a go but for also showing wonderful sportsmanship, encouraging others, working on their strategic approach and enjoying themselves. 

Our Yr 3-6 Swimming squad competed at the Dendy Swimming Carnival earlier in the term with some students achieving personal best results.  It was wonderful to see some of our students advance through to Beachside Division.  Congratulations to Luca B in 4G for progressing to Regionals and coming 1st in the 50m freestyle.


Our camping program has given students the opportunity to engage in a range of new activities, develop new skills, step outside their comfort zone and take responsible risks. It was wonderful to watch our students flourish as they challenged themselves on giant swings, in canoes and on surfboards last week. Our camping program gives our students the chance to experience learning opportunities in a range of different settings. The Year 4's spent three days at Angahook Camp in Aireys Inlet where they  participated in team based activities. 

Our Year 6 students had a wonderful experience in Canberra learning about our democratic system in our national parliamentary buildings, and our  Year 5 students travelled to Merrick's last week, where they were given the opportunity to learn to surf among many other activities.


Thank you to everyone for your contribution to our school community and ensuring that we have been able to educate the whole child during Term One.  Thank you to those who helped at our Welcome Picnic, Open Day and Athletics Day. Thank you to the staff who attended camps this term, leaving their families behind to ensure that our students had a wonderful time at camp.  Thank you to those who assisted in preparing the Year 3 students for Reconciliation this term.


We wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday and every blessing during the Easter period.


An Easter Blessing

May the Resurrection of our Saviour be a constant reminder of His love and promise of eternal life.


Simon Millar, Danielle Gerecke, Carlo Martello


The National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life.  Students in Years 3 & 5 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.  The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests.  NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school's assessment and reporting process.  NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.  


All Year 3 & 5 students sat a NAPLAN Coordinated Practice Test (CPT) this morning. 

Students were able to familiarise themselves with the NAPLAN Online tests by completing a short (45 minute) practice test. The practice test included questions from reading, conventions of language and numeracy, but not writing.

In addition to supporting student familiarisation, the NAPLAN Online practice test provided an opportunity for us to administer a trial run of NAPLAN Online ahead of the tests in May.


NAPLAN will be held from 14-24 May.  


If you would like to familiarise yourself with NAPLAN Online at home, the following website can be accessed:

Harmony Day

We will be celebrating Harmony Day tomorrow with a special assembly and parade on the Basketball Court at 9am.  Students can come dressed in a traditional costume that represents their cultural background OR wear something orange.  

Harmony Day is a day to celebrate our cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. 

Any child who is unable to be photographed will not be able to participate in the parade. 

Ride 2 School

Thank you to the 119 students that participated in Ride 2 School last Friday.  Congratulations to Prep B who had the highest number of participants.

Staggered Breaks

On Monday we will be trialling staggered breaks as per the suggestions made by parents at the Community Conversation held last year.  The day will split Prep-2 and 3-6 students during recess and lunch.  Lunch orders will continue as normal.  The times will be as follows:


Open Morning

There will be no Open Morning tomorrow and next Friday due to Harmony Day and Holy Week Assembly.

End of Term Events

The following will take place on the last day of term, next Friday 5th April at Galilee:

  • Holy Week Stations of the Cross, 9am 
  • Easter Raffle 1pm 
  • End of Term 1.40pm

Please ensure you have organised for your child to be collected at 1.40pm or book into TheirCare OSH service

Education in Faith


St. Patrick's Day

On Friday the 15th of March, the Social Justice leaders of Galilee and School Captains went to the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral followed by the Catholic Education Week celebrations in the Treasury Gardens. It was a wonderful to see the students engaged in the Mass especially as Galilee was acknowledged for celebrating 25 years. The students were fortunate enough to have a photo taken with Archbishop Comensoli.


Reconciliation Reflection Day

On Monday the 18th of March the Year Three students and several candidates from our local community met at Galilee to partake in their Reconciliation Reflection Day. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the sacraments of healing and restoration. It celebrates the endlessly forgiving mercy of God and the change of heart of all those who turn back to God after sin.

The students had a lovely day and enjoyed sharing the morning with Fr. Dean. They visited StsPP church where Fr. Dean explained the Stations of the Cross. The students studied each station saying a communal prayer after each station. Back at school Fr. Dean answered all questions the students had, then role played what the actual Sacrament would look like. The students then took part in three rotations with their teachers. They studied the parable of the Prodigal Son, made Reconciliation craft and wrote a sorry prayer after discussing what it feels like to forgive and be forgiven. The day concluded with a blessing from Fr. Dean.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

We would like to congratulate our Year 3 students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the end of this term. We will witness many of the cohort participate in the Sacrament on Tuesday evening April 2nd at Sts Peter and Paul at 7pm and we are excited to be able to witness the remaining students receive the Sacrament on Wednesday night April 3rd at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 7pm. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, teachers, Religious Education Leader, Parish educators and Parish Priests for preparing the students to receive this special sacrament of healing.


Project Compassion

The Project Compassion Lenten story from Caritas Australia this week is:


Twenty-one year-old Michaela is helping to build a social enterprise for people with chronic illnesses at The Purple House in Alice Springs. Featured in Project Compassion 2014, the First Australian-run Wellbeing Program, uses its profits to connect and care for dialysis patients who are far from home.

As a Purple House trainee, Michaela completed a Certificate IV in business management. She was also recently promoted from administration trainee to permanent employee, working on The Wellbeing Program.

The young Alywarr woman cares for patients as they receive dialysis and helps them to feel at home and remain hopeful during treatment. Patients in turn pass on traditional knowledge to Michaela.

The program is run by the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation, with support from Caritas Australia.

First Australians are twice as likely to experience chronic kidney disease, and four times more likely to die from it than other Australians*.

With the help of staff like Michaela, the Aboriginal-controlled service gives patients the opportunity to stay connected with their culture. They do this through traditional healing practices and income-generating activities, such as making bush balms and soaps.

Profits are invested back into supporting patients receiving remote care and help to get people on dialysis back on country.

In addition to completing her studies, Michaela has obtained a driver’s licence, is building her leadership skills running workshops solo.

“Hope means having something to look forward to. I enjoy building relationships with the patients and learning from them. If we keep our culture alive we can feel strong.”

Next week will be the last week for collections for Caritas Project Compassion. Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, Project Compassion brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

To see the difference Caritas is making for Michaela and her community please see the video below:

Happy Holy Week and Easter

In the school holidays we will be celebrating Holy Week and Easter. This is the most important week in the life of all Christians. It commences with Palm Sunday (April 14) when Jesus rode on a donkey triumphantly into Jerusalem with the people praising, saying: ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!’ We remember The Last Supper on Holy Thursday where Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with his twelve apostles. It is a sombre commemoration when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday when He who was sinless took all the sin and suffering of humanity on himself so that we could come into a new and personal covenant with God our loving Father. We celebrate with great joy the Resurrection of our saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, on Easter Sunday, filled with the hope of eternal life, love, peace and freedom. May you and your family be especially blessed this Easter with all the goodness that comes from God.



Learning and Teaching

Learning Sprints

This year, staff have had professional development in Learning Sprints.

Learning Sprints is a powerful and simple process to help teachers continually improve their practice. There's only really two parts of a Learning Sprint. The first is about team learning. During team learning, year level teachers meet to engage with research and have effective discussions  about how to improve student learning. 

The second part is running a sprint in the classroom. There's not much use as educators trying to get better by just talking about practice. We've also got try to do something, and that leads us into the Sprint. The Sprint is where we take some of the discussions and the things we've decided together during our team learning time, and then define something that's very specific to go and take back into the classrooms and to try out to see whether we can cause learning for our students in a particular area. Learning Sprints are about team learning followed by deliberate action in the Sprint. As we move through cycles of team learning and taking action, bit by bit individually and as a team, we continually improve our professional practice.

The focus of Learning Sprints this year will be in the area of Spelling.


Year 2 News


In Writing we have been learning about Information Reports. We have worked together to research on iPads and in books to gather information about animals. We sorted the information into different topics; diet, appearance, habitat and behaviour. We are very excited about publishing our information reports!



We were very excited to receive a letter from a local wildlife protection service asking for our help! We have been brainstorming ideas about how to help local wildlife and are enthusiastically planning and designing our own animal shelter! Keep posted to track our progress and check out our designs when they come to life!


Harmony Day:

Through Harmony Day, we have been exploring where we come from. With both Miss Burke and Miss Coome coming from different countries we have had many fun filled activities! 2B have made a class Korowai (Maori Cloak) that displays our strengths and the different personalities that make up our class. 2C have been reading stories from England, such as The Enchanted Wood and will be celebrating Harmony Day on Friday with some different craft activities.

Number Intervention

Our first session of training for parents in Number Intervention took place last week, with a repeat session scheduled for this Wednesday, April 3 from 9am to approximately 10.30am.  All parents are welcome to attend! 

Our Number Intervention Coordinator, Anastasia Kritikos, along with several of our Learning Support Officers, will accompany parents at their initial intervention sessions with children to provide support and instruction.  We look forward to more success as we implement this programme in Term 2, building children's confidence while increasing their skills and knowledge in the area of Number.

Maths apps to use at home!

rED Writing

rED Writing has been designed to make it super fun, easy and motivational for Aussie children aged 3-8 to learn to hand write Australian education approved fonts and numerals. Featuring Aussie accents, a complete set of Australian school fonts; numerals and shapes, along with correct pronunciations and sounds for each letter and an exciting reward system, rED Writing has consistently been featured in the top 10 Aussie Education Apps on the App Store for the last 2 years.

Library Books Due

As we enter the last week of Term 1, please ensure all Galilee Library books are returned by Friday next week.

Garden Club

Garden Club have met for the last few weeks on a Thursday at Recess break with Miss Evans and Miss Fahy. The children have helped plant some herbs in Learning Street and clear out the garden beds at the side of the Prep Building. Check out our photos below. 


Parents, if you have an interest in gardening, we'd love to hear from you! We will be developing the Park Street Entrance over this year and we may need some help. Please email Miss Fahy at [email protected]


Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Galilee is excited to be participating.
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.
Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.
All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the
Victorian Premier and former Premiers.
To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about
the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

Information about the challenge was sent home asking parents to sign permission for your child/ren to enter the challenge.  Once registered, your child will receive login and password details to enter the books they've read.  If you have any questions, please email Laura Cox [email protected]

     Wellbeing &

Scoliosis in Schoolgirls

Each year, the Spine Society of Australia recommends that all girls in Years 5 to 7 participate in the National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis. Scoliosis (spinal curvature) is an important health problem for adolescent girls. Twenty-five girls per thousand are at risk of developing a significant curve and three girls per thousand require active treatment (spinal brace or surgery).  In the early stages the condition is most often asymptomatic, so screening in the age range of 10 to 12 years is a sound preventative measure. When school screening for scoliosis was abandoned some years ago, the Spine Society of Australia introduced the National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis as a practical alternative.

Information about the self-detection program can be found at, along with a fact sheet providing information on how to self-assess for scoliosis. The Scoliosis Australia website contains comprehensive credible information about the symptoms and treatment of scoliosis.  Additionally, their forum is a useful resource and offers a strong support base for adolescent patients with scoliosis and their parents.  We recommend that you access the website and complete a self-assessment with your 10 to 12-year-old girls.

Sound Scouts

Hearing issues are a common cause of speech, learning and behavioural problems so it is important for all children to have their hearing tested. If a child struggles to hear, they’ll also struggle to learn. The World Health Organisation recommends children have their hearing tested when they start school.

This article is to inform you about the new Sound Scouts children's hearing test.  Thanks to support from the Federal Government, Sound Scouts test sessions are now free for all school aged children (4-17yrs). The test is evidence-based and recommended by Australian Hearing.  For more information please copy and paste this Sound Scouts attachment in your browser: 

or visit the Sound Scout website:

I have also attached the Federal Government media release for your reference and a recent Channel 7 News report link below.

One in ten children are held back at school by hearing loss. Download the app, or contact me at school, to ensure your child isn’t one of them!

[email protected]


This year we will be implementing the Buddy Program across the whole school. This will replace Friendship Groups, which has run for the last  4 years.  Here are the core features of the Buddy Program:

- Assist with transition into primary school

- Contributes to a friendly and caring school culture

- Provides positive role models

- Develops empathy

- Develops positive cross-age relationships

- Promotes inclusion

- Builds self confidence

- Provides opportunities to practise organisation

- Develops responsibility 

- Teaches pro-social values

- Provides opportunities for peer tutoring

- Develops social skills

- Discourages bullying.


Buddy classes are:

Year 6B & Prep S

Year 6F & Prep E

Year 5B & R & Prep B

Year 4C & 2B

Year 4G & 2C

Year 3L & 1C

Year 3M & 1F


Learning Spaces

At Galilee, students have the opportunity to play in a variety of spaces. One of the spaces which is very well attended each day is the school hall. Here students can come to spend some time-out, playing, building, reading or drawing. Many students come in small groups to play games or create together. Older students welcome Galilee’s younger students to join in their groups and support them in activities.

Working together, students learn behaviours such as sharing, taking turns and patience.

Here are some of the amazing creations from last week.


School News & Information

Galilee Parents Association News

Term 1 is fast coming to an end.  We are looking forward to seeing many parents at the Parent Catch Up this Friday Night, 29th March at the Middle Park Bowls Club (see flyer below).  

The Easter Raffle is in full swing and tickets and donations are to be returned Friday 29th to the office.  

The Trivia Night preparations are well under way and early Term 2 you will start to receive information about how you can help make this night a huge success!  So save the date now for Saturday 27th July!

Term 2 will be busy with our Mother’s Day morning tea, the Annual Mother’s Day Lunch, the Disco Night for the students and of course preparations for the Trivia Night.


TheirCare - GOSH

We had an amazing week in GOSH: Millie, Mia, Imogen, Anabella and Lily have impressed us with Panda Bear creations; Jensen, Oliver and Max were unbeatable in solving mazes. Our Grade 5 and 6 children (Chase, Cody, Kaavya and Lara) were incredibly helpful with our small Preps: playing with them, interacting  and helping with art and craft.

Next week is the last week of Term 1 and we'll start GOSH on Friday at 1.40 pm.

Holiday Club is about to start, so book your children now at 


Second Hand Uniform @ Galilee

Open: Friday mornings 8.50-9.10am


- Tuesday 2nd April 8.50-9.10am

- Friday 5th April 12.30-1.30pm

- Tuesday 23rd April 8.50-9.10am

- Friday 26th April 8.50-9.10

- Tuesday 30th April 8.50-9.10

- Friday 3rd May 8.50-9.10am

Located in Prep Building

Donations of clean/well cared for uniform happily accepted.

Local Connections

Star Women Speak

 Star of the Sea College Past Students Association presents Star Women Speak - Starring Jenny Cooney (1980).  Tickets are selling fast and the event is in just over 2 weeks on Tuesday April 9 at 7.30pm (first week of the school holidays) at Star of the Sea College. 


Jenny Cooney is a professional speaker, reporter to the Stars and part of the Golden Globe seating committee.

Book your tickets now for only $10 before they close or sell out.  Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to find out more.


Miss Carnovale is Performing

Come and see Miss Carnovale play the lead role of Patience in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience with Savoy Opera Company. Tickets available on


F.I.T for Kids Holiday Program @ EQL Fitness!

Looking for something fun for your kids to do these holidays? EQL Fitness is running a fun and interactive fitness program for kids.

This program improves:

▪︎Health & Fitness levels


▪︎Social Skills




The program is run in a safe and inclusive environment by qualified fitness instructor and school teacher - Tarren Otte.



Book before 3rd April and pay ONLY $50 for ALL 5 days of the program - normally $60.

Single session $15.



For more information or to book your child's place contact Tarren at [email protected] or 0411402861 or alternatively send a message via our Facebook page.


Sports Holiday Programs


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