Galilee News: July 28 2022

- Issue 11 -


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From the Principal

Dear Families,

What an exciting past two weeks it has been with many activities occurring at Galilee. Over the past two weeks our Year 4, 5 and 6 students have visited Melbourne Museum to attend an excursion based on climate change. This has been a wonderful experience for the students as they embark on their Term 3 STEM Based Inquiry that is all around ‘Saving the World’.

Our Year 6 students have started their unit of work on Confirmation. Students and their families gathered in the Ss. Peter and Paul Church last week to learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation and start the conversation together, as they prepare to receive the Sacrament later this term. 

Our Year 4 students participated in a Hoop Time Competition today at MSAC. Year 4 students competed against Catholic schools from the Southern Region. They all returned to school today happy and exhausted. We are very proud of their efforts and would like to thank the staff and parents who attended, coached, scored and supported the students today.

Earlier this week Amy Burns and Dave McLeish attended a STEM Conference in Sydney. The focus of the Conference was STEM education and how it allows us to foster collaboration, strengthen critical-thinking skills, problem solve, create real-world scenarios, and prepare our students for the future. Educators from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level from around Australia attend the Conference. Amy and Dave learned about the importance of incorporating STEM skills across all subject areas and the importance of developing creativity, inquiry skills, design thinking, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Amy and Dave heard about ideas and projects from teachers and students in all subject areas from around Australia and they also heard from a few industry leaders who spoke about the importance of STEM education in the growing need of STEM based employees in a range of industries. As you would be aware, STEM Based Inquiry has been a focus at Galilee this year. We feel excited about the direction Galilee is taking in STEM education and in preparing our students for the future. 

Next week, two groups of Year 5 students will represent Galilee at the STEM MAD Student Showcase. The STEM MAD Student Showcase is a celebration of student learning designed to acknowledge and promote STEM learning initiatives that address real-world problems and demonstrate the particularity of Catholic Schools; encouraging students to make a difference (MAD) in the world by acting for justice and the common good. This aligns with the papal call for action in Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home.

STEM MAD has been taking place in Melbourne since 2018 with select Catholic Schools from around Melbourne participating.

Students in Year 5 completed a STEM Based Inquiry based around designing something to improve their lives or the lives of those around them. The two groups who have been selected to participate in STEM MAD have each designed a product that will improve the life of someone with a disability. One group will be presenting their Ves' that is equipped with an electrical pressure circuit that alerts a person with a vision impairment of an upcoming object. The second group have designed a pair of glasses and a pen that will improve the life of someone with Dyslexia. We wish the students every success at the STEM MAD Showcase and we hope to share their projects with you in our next Newsletter. 

Next week we welcome back Linda Grillo who has been on approved leave to visit her family in Portugal. We would like to thank Maria Panagiatopoulos who has been taking Visual Art lessons for the past three weeks.

Building Update

We are now entering an exciting phase of the building project with the finishing touches being completed to the interior and exterior of the building. We are expecting the building to be completed within the next four weeks. It has been a long process with an unusual number of obstacles, but we believe that we are delivering a challenging project with precision and quality.

Concert Preview

It has been wonderful to see many of our students starting to prepare for the upcoming concert. The enthusiasm of the students has been outstanding as they learn new dance routines with the amazing teachers from Danceworld. We hope you enjoy this short preview. 

We would like to thank everyone within our community for the past two weeks and we would like to wish you every blessing for the week ahead.

Amy Burns and Carlo Martello
Acting Principals

School Photos August 9

School Photos have been rescheduled to Tuesday 9th August 2022.

Please wear full winter school uniform. If you have PE on this day, please wear your full winter school uniform and bring your runners in your bag.

Please refer to flyer on how to order school photos.

School News July 28

Year 5 Excursion - Melbourne Museum

Last week, the Year 5s visited the Melbourne Museum for a Climate Change Workshop to launch our Inquiry unit. During the workshop we learnt about some big concepts including weather, climate and what causes climate change. The students were each given a topic and created a poster to promote some positive changes that can help the environment. We had a whole lot of fun exploring many different exhibitions around the Museum.

Arte Update

Arte was delighted to return to school this week. She is on light duties and we are monitoring her closely to ensure she is not getting tired.  She has settled back into her routine and is loving interacting with the kids again. The kids have been very empathetic and are taking great care of her.

Thank you to those people who dropped off towels, Advanced Vetcare in Kensington were very grateful for the donation.



Year 6 Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated this term. The dates are as follows:

  • Monday August 1st, 9-10am, Sue Kidd Confirmation Preparation #1
  • Monday August 8th, 9-10am, Sue Kidd Confirmation Preparation #2
  • Monday August 15th, 9-10am, Sue Kidd Confirmation Preparation #3
  • Friday August 19th, 9: 00am - 3:20pm, Year 6 excursion to the Mackillop Centre, East Melbourne
  • Tuesday August 23rd, Confirmation Practice in the church, 9 – 10:30am, 2:15 – 3:15pm-Bishop Tony Ireland to meet Year 6's for Confirmation at Galilee
  • Thursday August 25th, 7 – 8pm, Confirmation Galilee Students StsPP


Prayer for our Confirmation Candidates

Come Holy spirit, be with our Confirmation candidates always.
Show them how to use Your seven gifts: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude, Counsel, Piety and Fear of The Lord in ways to help their community, family and friends.
Allow them to faithfully follow Jesus every day of their lives.
Help them to make wise and good decisions.
Comfort them in times of trouble.
Celebrate with them in times of joy.
Reveal your everlasting love to them, so they may grow as your precious child, becoming everything you destined them to be.
We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus,


Bowling, bowling, bowling! Rawhide!

Winter is definitely upon us and here are some fun activities we have engaged in during PE when it has been too wet and rainy outside. 



Working with Children Check

Parents, Volunteers and Visitors are required to maintain a current Working with Children Check if they would like to assist with a school activity. Upon review we have noticed a number of expired WWCC cards on file.

If yours has recently expired or you have not already submitted one, please bring a copy of your WWCC in person to the school office or email directly to 

In addition to this we strongly encourage parents to upload a picture of their WWC card to their Operoo profile so that teachers are able to access this information when organising school activities and excursions.

If the school does not have a copy of your current WWCC, you may be unable to assist with school events.

What's coming up....

School Photos - August 9

A reminder that school photos will take place Tuesday August 9th 2022.
Please wear full winter school uniform. If you have PE on this day, please wear your full winter school uniform and bring your runners in your bag.

Year 4 Angahook Camp  - August 3 -5

The Year 4's will depart Galilee for Angahook Camp at 9am on Wednesday 3rd August and return to Galilee at approximately 3:00pm on Friday 5th August. 


Personal Growth. Positive Self-Talk

Initiative - I can and I will


Try new approaches when my usual ones don’t work; think creatively.

Apply what I have learned to new situations.

Organise my time by designing a Personal Timetable to make it difficult for me to do the things that distract me.

Aim to do several acts of kindness for others every week.

Write down three good things that happened every night.

Look for what is right in what I look at.

Use confident language when when in difficult situations.

Create ten different ways to ask for help at school, at home and in the community.


Good afternoon dear families,

Hope you are well and happy!

We have been very busy having so much fun at GOSH. This week we have been playing:

Capture the FlagBasketball 
SoccerFruit Salad
Zombie TagMusical Chairs
Farmer SamHula Hoop Race
Hide and Seek (Favourite!) 

During art and crafts we have made play dough sculptures, animal origami, rock paintings with glitter and melted beads. 

Please don't forget to book your children into GOSH at

Have a great weekend!

Kateryna & Ryger




Community News

Give a helping hand this season

At Red Cross in Victoria, volunteers are the heart and soul of your local Red Cross Shop. They are there to give to the community, build up their skills to support their career pathways or for their passion for fashion.
Everyone is invited to give the gift of being a Red Cross Shop volunteer and your local Red Cross Shop in South Melbourne invites you to be a part of their volunteering team.
To apply please click or call VIC HUB on 0467 778 125 to get more information.


Jeans for Genes Day - Friday 16th September

                 1 in 20 kids face a birth defect or genetic disease


Kids just want to be kids, but instead of playing sports with their friends or catching butterflies on a sunny day, kids with genetic diseases are getting liver transplants, taking dozens of medications, or getting their next dose of chemotherapy. It shouldn’t be this way. By donating through Jeans for Genes, you can help the scientists at Children’s Medical research Institute find cures, so these kids can go back to being kids.
Galilee will be holding a fundraiser event on the very last day of term, Friday 16th September to help this amazing cause. We have set up a website where you will be able to directly donate money to or you will be able to give $2 on the day and wear your favourite jeans to help support this amazing cause.

Battle of the Bands - Thursday 11th August



Parents Battle of the Bands returns this year on the 11 August 2022 at The Prince Bandroom (29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182).

Last year Galilee raised $900.00 and we are aiming to do better that this year.
It is a great social night for the school and the wider local school community. We are up against the following schools:

  • Elwood Primary
  • Middle Park Primary
  • St Kilda Primary
  • Port Melbourne Primary
  • Ripponlea Primary
  • St Kilda Park Primary

Tickets can be purchased at:

Remember to select P.O.G.S. (Galilee PS) when ordering tickets, so that the money goes to the school.
Last year the event sold out, so get it quick.

Important Dates & Information

Parent Calendar

Parent Calendar

Term Dates

Term 1 - Mon 31 Jan - Fri 8 April
Term 2 - Wed 27 April - Fri 24 June
Term 3 - Mon 11 July - Fri 16 Sept
Term 4 - Mon 3 Oct - Fri 16 Dec


School Closure Days

April 26
June 10
September 5
October 31
December 2

Camp Dates 2022

Year 6 Canberra - 11-14 July
Year 4 Angahook - 3 - 5 August
Year 3 Zoo Snooze - 5 (3L), 6 (3G) and 7 (3B) December 


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.). All medication MUST be bought to the office.

Medical Consent Form

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 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).Microfibre jacket can only be worn with the Sport Uniform or over the jumper for extra warmth.

Uniform Policy

The Galilee School Uniform is available for purchase from PSW.

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

Prices can be found on the PSW Website.

Second Hand Uniform @ Galilee: Located at 228 Bank Street South Melbourne. Open on selected Wednesday mornings which will be published in the newsletter and/or via app.

Lunch Orders 

Attached is the lunch order list and ordering information for Renatta Catering. Order online at

Lunch Orders 2022

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.


To book your child into Danceworld lessons during recess/lunch or for more information, visit or feel free to visit the studio next door to Galilee.