**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 1 Friday Jan 31 - Friday March 27 at 1.30pm
Term 2 Tuesday April 14 - Friday June 26 1.30pm
Term 3 Mon July 13 - Friday Sept 18 1.30pm
Term 4 Mon Oct 5 - Tuesday Dec 15 1.30pm
February 12-14 - Year 4 Angahook Camp
February 12 - No Preps at school
February 14 - Teeth on Wheels Dental Visit
February 18-21 - Year 6 Canberra Camp
February 19 - Preps not at school
-StsPP Reconciliation Catechesis #1 StsPP Hall 3:40pm
February 21 - Teeth on Wheels Dental Visit
February 24 - Dendy Swimming Carnival
February 26 - Preps not at school
- Ash Wednesday Mass 9.15am
February 27 - Athletics Carnival MSAC
February 28 - Whole School St John's First Aid
- Year 5 Camp Parent Information Session 3pm
March 2 - Preps begin full time
March 4 - Open Morning 9am
March 5 & 6 - School Closure Days
March 9 - Labour Day Holiday
March 10-13 - Prep 2021 sibling interviews
March 12 & 19 - Classroom Helper Course
March 16 - Reconciliation Reflection Day Year 3 in the School Hall
March 17-20 - Year 5 Merricks Camp
March 24 - School Photos
March 25 - Stations of the Cross 2.30pm
March 26 - Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation
March 27 - Harmony Day celebration
- End of Term 1:30pm dismissal
March 5 & 6
Wed 4th March: Open Day 9-11am
Thurs 12th March: Classroom Helper & Number Intervention Course 9-11am
Thurs 19th March: Classroom Helper & Number Intervention Course 9-11am
Monday 10th Feb
Monday 17th Feb
Monday 24th Feb
Dendy Swimming Carnival
Thursday 27th Feb
School Athletics Day
Friday March 6th
Year 4 Angahook February 12-14
Year 6 Canberra February 18-21
Year 5 Merricks March 17-20
Year 3L Zoo Snooze October 29-30
Year 3M Zoo Snooze November 5-6
Available Mondays and Fridays. Register and order online via https://www.flexischools.com.au/
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 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).
Boys should NOT 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: Monday morning 8.45-9.10am
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/
Last week we commenced our first full week of the new school year at Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School. A special welcome to all of the new Preps who have begun their formal education. It has been wonderful to hear of the students’ holiday adventures and glad that everyone has returned safely. It has been an exciting start to 2020 with all classes settling into routines and I congratulate the staff for their efforts to build a rapport with the students. Congratulations to our senior students who are taking on more responsibility and already displaying their excellent leadership qualities by being role models to our younger students on the yard.
In 2020, our main school wide improvement focus will be on data, specifically collecting and analysing to improve student learning.
We will continue to have uninterrupted blocks of learning, especially in Literacy and Maths, and staffing for Classroom support in these learning areas will also continue.
Students will continue to be empowered in developing leadership qualities through SRC and Social Justice and our Year 5's will participate in Speak with Power later in the year, to assist in developing public speaking skills.
With the direction of our P & F, Classroom Reps and Community Partnerships Leader, Miss Carnovale, we will continue to focus on increasing the connection with parents and local community through the various school events organised for this year.
On behalf of the staff at Galilee, we hope you all have a happy and healthy 2020 school year.
The teachers have found the process of meeting with parents/guardians very helpful in getting to know your children. While teachers work hard at getting to know their students, meeting with the parents quickens this process, often leading to increased learning and a decrease in wellbeing issues. Please remember to be in regular contact with your child’s teacher and inform them of any concerns or successes as the need arises.
If you were unable to attend Meet the Teacher last week, please contact your child's teacher to organise a meeting time.
Last Wednesday we celebrated the beginning of the new school year at the Welcome Evening. It was fantastic to see so many families attend and enjoy an evening of socialising with other families and staff. Thank you to the new members of the P&F: Anastasia Kritikos (Henry Yr 3), Danielle Gordon (Noah Yr 6, Sierra Yr 2) and Peta Langford (Lachlan Yr 3) and Carmen Carnovale for organising the food trucks, drink stalls and jumping castle.
Thank you to Mrs Helen Rochecouste for planning the Beginning of Year Mass where staff, students and parents were commissioned into the new school year. Well done to all the students for their participation and responding reverently, and to Miss Carnovale and the choir for leading the music.
Last Friday, the Year 3 and 4 students participated in a Surf Life Saving excursion at Sandridge beach. The students learnt about beach water safety and how to help others experiencing difficulty in the water. For more details read the Learning and Teaching page.
Our Year 4 students were very excited to be going on Camp Angahook in Anglesea yesterday Wednesday 12 Feb - Friday 14 Feb. They will be participating in fun, challenging activities that will encourage teamwork and develop problem solving skills, such as a low ropes course, archery, hut building and canoeing. Thank you to the staff who are in attendance, Brighid Fahy, Dave McLeish, Bianca Latto, Simon Millar, Bianca Trewhella and Jack Sandow.
Next Tuesday 18 February, the Year 6 students and their teachers, along with Danielle Gerecke, Kingsley Hill and Tegan Stuart will be flying to Canberra for a three night camp.
The Year 5 students will be headed to Merricks on March 17-March 20.
Year Three students will attend the Zoo Snooze:
3L - October 29/30
3M - November 5/6
Over the past week we have been tracking the air quality in Canberra and the state of the fires in NSW. After recent consultation with Catholic Education Melbourne and other relevant bodies, we have decided that it is safe for our staff and students to proceed as planned on their camp to Canberra next week. We will continue to closely monitor the conditions.
Mr Millar has been in contact with other school principals who are also sending their staff and students to Canberra in the upcoming weeks and they have collectively decided to proceed as planned.
This is also a reminder to, if you have not done so already, please provide the office with an updated Vaccination Record by no later than Thursday this week, as per communication sent from the school office.
We look forward to all students attending this unique and educational experience. The camp directly links to our STEM unit that is based on the Australian Government, and it is extremely beneficial to the academic and social learning of the students throughout 2020.
Please note that this message was sent yesterday to Year 6 parents on DOJO.
Musical auditions for Mary Poppins Jr continued this week and students in Years 4-6 will be contacted soon for call back auditions.
The first edition of the Scholastic Book Club is due in tomorrow. Orders need to be done online and the website can be found on the order form.
The mobile dentist, Teeth on Wheels will be visiting our school tomorrow and next Friday February 21. Consent forms were sent home last week.
There are no PE lessons next week. Students can still wear their Sport Uniform on Friday.
Mrs Linda Florenca-Grillo will be on leave until the end of February and will resume/commence Reading Recovery sessions in March.
Leadership is a quality that all students at Galilee are encouraged and supported to develop. Students from Prep to Year 6 are all encouraged to see themselves as leaders by taking on the role of leaders of their own learning. Through the curriculum and extra curricula activities that we offer at school, all students are given opportunities to develop the skills necessary to be a leader. This ensures that students perceive themselves as leaders and have confidence to take on leadership roles.
The Student Representative Council will focus on giving our students an authentic voice within the school.
SRC Leader will represent their class by:
There will be two different SRC leaders for each class this year, one per Semester.
Our Social Justice Leaders will work together to help those in need within the school, local or international community.
Social Justice Leader will represent their class by:
Our newly elected SRC and Social Justice Leaders were introduced to the school community at assembly on Wednesday.
Congratulations to the following students:
Social Justice Leaders
Principal of Galilee
Last Friday February 7 Galilee students from Years 1-6, staff, parents and caregivers came together as a school community to pray as we started a new school year. We were reminded about the new friends that we will make, the new things that we will learn and the exciting opportunities that will happen this year. We were reminded to always do the best we can, and to use the special talents and gifts that God has given us. The mass included a Commissioning of the school staff, student leaders and parents/caregivers as they pledged their service in 2020. It was a wonderful start to the year.
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. Many of our Year 3 students will be in the process of enrolling to make their First Reconciliation later this term. The dates for preparation and the celebrations for Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC), Middle Park and StsPP, South Melbourne are as follows:
The Family Faith Night for Reconciliation was a wonderful event with a massive turn out of our Galilee families learning about the Sacrament. It was wonderful seeing parents and children deepening their knowledge and faith.
Loving God help us to teach our children that you love totally and unconditionally. Help us to encourage our children to grow in love and to learn how to take responsibility for their words and actions, knowing that you always forgive. Assist us to pray with our children and to share our faith with them as we journey together. Guide us as we model your love in the world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
17 March: St Patrick’s Day at the Cathedral (School Captains with SJ leaders) - all day
25 March: Stations of the Cross - Galilee: 2:30pm (Assembly) - (All grades)
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
What are you and your family hoping for this year? Commit it to the Lord and allow Him to work miracles in your lives. May you and your family soar this year stepping into everything God has for you all!
Please take some time to read over the Term 1 Overviews. The Overviews contain information regarding the learning that will occur in each year level and Specialist classes this term. We have published the Overviews on our School Website so that you can refer to them throughout the term. The Term Overviews will be published on the website and in the newsletter at the beginning of each term.
Maths in Year 3
We have been learning about data in Maths. We recorded data about ourselves on a bioglyph using special symbols. Then we used this data to make statements about the class.
We found out:
No one in 3L has green eyes (Christian)
Sixteen people in 3M have brown eyes (Oliver)
There are even amount of boys and girls in 3L if you count Mrs Latto (Immi)
Twenty people in 3M are on a sports team (Luke)
Three people in 3L have hazel eyes (Willow)
Fifteen people in 3M love science (Clodagh)
Eleven people in 3L have brown eyes (Camilla)
Twelve people in 3L like colours that are not red, blue, green, and purple (Ethan C)
Fourteen people in 3L are in a sports club in 3L (Zach G)
We then graphed our data on bar charts and focused on labeling the x and y axes and making sure our scales were even.
Surf Life Saving Excursion
Last Friday Years 3 and 4 travelled to Sandridge Beach to participate in a Surf Life Saving excursion. The students were very excited and began the day learning about CPR, specifically DRSABCD, and beach dangers. They then participated in three water-based activities in which they learnt what to do and what not to do in order to assist people in the water.
These activities were; board rescue in which students used a board to save a buddy in the water and paddle back to shore with them, life jackets in which students learnt what to do if a boat sank and they were required to use life jackets in the water as well as saving people with beach objects. In this activity students learnt how to use everyday objects we would take to the beach to save a person in the water.
Harry: It was a really good day because we got to go to the beach to do surf lifesaving.
Immi: It was very fun because we got to swim in the water and learn what to do to help others and ourselves in the water.
Well, a new year has begun, which means we have new school leaders! Let us introduce ourselves!
Hi, I am Lucas and I am Claire, and we are your School Captains for 2020! Our job this year is to make sure each and every one of you have an amazing year at Galilee. This year we will be running assemblies, representing the school at events and checking in on everyone to make sure they are having a great time at school. We want to thank the 2019 School Captains; Ali and Alex, who encouraged us to take a chance and apply for this role. We look forward to seeing you around and remember, ‘The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.’
Social Justice Leaders
Hi Galilee! I am Ruby, I am John-Paul and I am Max, and we are your 2020 Social Justice Leaders. We will be working alongside Mrs Rochecouste this year. We will be helping with masses, food and toy drives and all the things that make Galilee great! We are all looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!
Hi everyone, I am Claudia, I am Tina and I am Isabela and we are your 2020 Wellbeing Leaders. We are so excited to make sure that everyone at Galilee feels safe, appreciated and included. We will be in the yard to help you with any problems. We will also be helping and reminding teachers to keep their first aid bags topped up so playtime is as safe as possible! See you in the yard!
Performing Arts Leaders
Hi, I’m Kiera, I am Max and I’m Matilda and we are your 2020 Performing Arts Leaders. Well Galilee, this year is a big one. It is our musical!!! We are so excited to be a part of this amazing event! We will be working closely with Ms Carnovale helping out in any way we can. We will also be promoting the choir and other performing arts related things. We hope you are all ready for a fun year!
Visual Art Leaders
Hi, I am Mietta and I am Lachlan. We are the 2020 Visual Arts leaders. We will be helping Mrs Orr this year to make sure the Art room is kept tidy and ready for class and also helping out for our amazing annual Art Show. We are looking forward to another wonderful year filled with colour!
Hello everyone, we are your 2020 STEM leaders. I am Abigail and I am Thomas. We will be helping to organise a Galilee market day, keep an eye on our recycling and turning off lights when they are not in use. We are very passionate about STEM and would love if anyone has any additional ideas to please come see us!
Hi, I am Willow and I am Eleni. We are the 2020 Assembly Leaders. This is a new role in the school this year, but one we badly needed. We make sure all year levels are seated in the correct spot, we organise the chairs for the teachers, parents, carers and guests. We also act as a runner during assembly if any messages are needed to be told to our School Captains. We are really excited for the year to come and look forward to seeing you each Wednesday.
Hello Galilee, My name is Max, my name is Anabel, my name is Remy and my name is Jacob. We are your 2020 Library Leaders. We are really excited to help keep the library neat and tidy this year. We will also be helping out with Book Club and Book Week. If you have any additional ideas for us, please come see us!
Digital Technology Leaders
Hi, we are Callum, Rory, Henry and Spencer and we are your 2020 Digital Technology Leaders. As you all know, we run the assemblies and masses. We also help out with any digital technology issues around the school, so remember if you need some help with your chromebooks, we are your guys!
Hi, my name is Joe and my name is Chelsea and we are your Italian Leaders for 2020. We are both really excited to get you all excited about Italian. We are hoping to start an Italian club this year at lunchtime, so if you love the language come see us! Arriverderci!
Hi Galilee! We are Daniel, John, Loukas, Patrick, Sadie, Bonnie, Sophia and Zoe! Yes, there are 8 of us!!! We are your 2020 Sports Captains! We are super excited about this year. We are going to be helping you in the yard by putting out the nets to keep you safe, supplying sports equipment and of course raising house spirit! We cannot wait for all the amazing events we have coming up this year! See you at recess and lunch!
Social Justice Year Six Representatives
Hi, we are Atem and William and we are the Year Six Social Justice Representatives. We were so excited to be elected for this year by our class! We will be working closely with the Social Justice Leaders and Mrs Rochecouste to make sure Galilee is doing amazing things for its community. We look forward to working with you all this year.
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:
This information assists schools to:
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
This year at Galilee, we have several new additions to our Education Support Team. We are very happy to welcome Shelley Blignaut, Occupational Therapist, and Brooke Perrin, Speech Therapist. Shelley and Brooke are employed for two days each week. In consultation with teachers, learning support officers and parents, Shelley and Brooke will assess children and implement interventions to support their access to the curriculum.
We also welcome two new learning support officers (LSOs), Bianca Trewhella and Jack Sandow. Both Bianca and Jack have been employed full-time and will provide support to children and teachers across the school, along with our current LSO team, Sharon Cameron, Annmaree Pinner, Rosa Seratore and Pauline Semmens.
In 2020, we are offering a variety of intervention and support programmes across the school. Here I will provide information about our social-emotional programmes. In our next newsletter, I will outline some of our academic intervention programmes.
Seasons for Growth
The Seasons for Growth program will continue to be available to students this year.
The program supports children to understand and respond well to the issues they experience due to death, separation, divorce or other significant change and loss in their lives.
Supports children to understand and respond well to the issues they experience as a result of death, separation, divorce or other significant change and loss in their lives
Assists children to understand that their feelings and other reactions are normal
Develop skills for coping, problem solving and decision making
Build a peer support network
Help restore self-confidence and self-esteem
Educates children about the grief process
Children can be nominated by their parent/carer or teacher and consent is required from their parent/carer.
The Peaceful Kids program will continue to be facilitated in the school
The aims of the program is to:
build emotional resilience
empower children to self-manage their emotions
teach children Mindfulness exercises they can use for life
teach children to use a range of effective coping strategies
teach children to self calm
develop emotional intelligence skills.
Peaceful Kids is a 5-8 week program for groups of 4 children, with sessions running for approximately one hour each week. Children can be nominated by their parent/carer or teacher/staff members. All Prep students will complete the Peaceful kids as part of the curriculum.
School Counselling Services
Last year, Sharon Cameron took on the role of Galilee school chaplain, supporting and monitoring the mental health of various children in the school. She has assisted children suffering from anxiety, depression and social issues in a supportive, calm and engaging manner, building trust and rapport with troubled children, providing ongoing support and understanding for them. She is well-known by the children in the school as someone they can rely on and approach at any time.
Sharon is now a qualified counsellor and will be working in the school in that capacity. As a counsellor, Sharon will work with children one-on-one. Our counselling service seeks to support and enhance social, emotional and developmental wellbeing. Children can be nominated for counselling with Sharon by parents, staff or by the children themselves.
If you have any questions about the NCCD or any of our intervention programmes, or if you would like a referral form for any of our interventions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jane Ferris Learning Diversity Leader. Keep an eye out for our next newsletter for further details about our intervention programmes.
A request for any donations especially sizes 4 – 10 netball skirts and any sports shorts. If you have any of these items, please hand them to the school Office.
STAR OF THE SEA ENROLMENT INFORMATION
The online application portal for Year 7 2022 will open on Thursday 13 February, as will the opportunity to book into one of the eight tours we will conduct over a range of dates from March to August 2020.
Families can access the portal via: www.starmelb.catholic.edu.au
Families are encouraged to read the enrolment pages of the website carefully, in particular:
The application to enrol web portal will close on Friday 21 August 2020 - it will have been open for 6 months. All applications will be reviewed after the close of the portal according to the Year 7 enrolment criteria on our website.
If there are any questions or concerns, please direct your families to email@example.com or to call the College on 9595 9595 and ask for the Registrar.