Galilee News: August 25 2022

- Issue 13 -

From the Principal

Dear Families,

The past two weeks have been action-packed. It has been wonderful to see a number of events on our calendar return for the first time since COVID restrictions were introduced.  We have had Grandparents and Special Friends on site, whole school Masses, the Sacrament of Confirmation, Book Week, School Review and Musical Rehearsals all taking place within a two week period. It has also been wonderful to watch our new building take shape with the expected completion date fast approaching. 


Tonight we will gather in the St. Peter and Paul Church with some of our Year 6 students to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.  In preparation, the students have been exploring the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and a Saint that has the qualities that they would like to emulate as they enter the world as a Confirmed Catholic.  In exploring the gifts of the Holy Spirit, students have been able to reflect on how they use the gifts in different aspects of their lives.  We thank our Year 6 families, together with Dave McLeish, Helen Rochecouste and Sue Kidd for preparing the students.


Year 6 students at the Mary MacKillop Center on their Confirmation Reflection Day.

Building Update

Last week we were visited by Josh Burns, the Federal Member for Macnamara, who provided outstanding support to Galilee for our building project. 

The new facility is getting close to completion and we are hopeful that students will gain access late in this term. A Certificate of Occupancy is being sought over the next two weeks at completion. Outside work will be completed over the upcoming school holidays to: resurface the whole outside area in new astro-turf and line markings; new protective surface for the playground; new shade sail over the sandpit. This will create greater space for students linking more closely with the new building.

Please open the link to view a virtual tour of the new building facility: 

Virtual Tour

School Review

Last week we welcomed back Gavin Healy, an external reviewer to Galilee. Gavin spent time in classrooms, meeting with groups of staff, meeting with groups of students and meeting with a group of parents. He spoke highly of our school community and commented on the successful transition our students have made from two years of remote learning back to on-site learning. He was impressed by what we offer in the way of Student Wellbeing and was equally impressed by the academic outcomes of our students. He analysed student data and spoke about the exceptionally high growth many of our students are making between their Year 3 NAPLAN scores and Year 5 NAPLAN scores, particularly in English. 

Gavin will return to Galilee in the last week of this term to share his report with the Leadership Team.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We would like to thank all the Grandparents and Special friends who attended Galilee on Monday. It was wonderful to see the Ss. Peter and Paul Church packed with the special people in our student’s lives. Our Year 2 students led us in a beautiful Mass and we would like to thank Holly Burke, Helen Walker and Helen Rochecouste for preparing and supporting the students. After Mass, Grandparents and Special Friends joined us in the school hall for morning Tea and were guided around the school and into classrooms by our Year 6 students. The students had a wonderful time showing their Grandparents around the school and into their classrooms. 

We would like to thank our Parent Committee for organising a lovely morning tea for our Grandparents and Special Friends to enjoy.

Maths Peer Observation Lessons

Last week teachers participated in observation lessons in mathematics. Teachers from Galilee observed each other teach mathematics. Peer observations help to create a shared vision about what good teaching looks like, create a common language, improve teacher pedagogy and creates a culture of learning and continual improvement.

The learning and teaching of mathematics has been a focus at Galilee this year with teachers engaging in professional development opportunities, facilitated planning sessions, demonstration lessons and peer observation lessons. 

Book Week

This week at Galilee we have been celebrating Book Week.The theme of Book Week in 2022 is ‘Dream With Your Eyes Open’. It has been wonderful to see students engaged in a range of book week activities; reading all the short-listed Picture Story Books, attending the Book Fair, attending a Book Week Performance and entering into a Book Review Competition. 

It will be wonderful to see all our students dressed as their favourite book character tomorrow. We are holding a Book Week Parade on the grass area at 9am (weather permitting). Parents and friends are welcome to attend. 

Father’s Day Breakfast, Father’s Day Mass and Footy Colours Day

Next Friday we are celebrating Father’s Day and Footy Colours Day at Galilee. All students and Dad’s are encouraged to wear their footy colours to school next Friday. We will start the day with a Father’s Day Breakfast at 7.30am in the school hall. At 9.30am we have a Father’s Day Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. After recess students will participate in Footy Colours Day activities culminating in an Assembly at 2.50pm. 


Galilee Bunnings BBQ

This Saturday, Galilee will be hosting the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle at the Port Melbourne Store.Help support our school and get your sausage from 9 am - 4pm. Only question is, what goes first, the onions or the sausage? 

Wellbeing/Cybersafety Incursion Monday 12th September

                                                                Saving Lil & Archie

This exciting live performance shows students how to regulate their emotions and connect with people in a positive way. It explores strategies for the safe use of technology, dealing with bullying and getting the right balance between screen time, sleep, exercise and face-to-face communication.

There is pandemonium on Planet Arkon when two robots, Lil and Zig, are zapped to earth and into the lives of two siblings, Bella and Archie. Bella is being bullied by the girls in her friendship group. With no sleep and too much screen time, Archie finds it hard to connect with other children. He is lonely and confused.

Bella learns to be assertive, and to ‘report’, ‘log off’ and talk to her parents when her online interactions become negative and nasty. To restore the balance, Archie must control his impulses, listen and use empathy so Lil and Zig can return to Arkon.

Saving Lil & Archie is designed to complement our school’s existing wellbeing programs and facilitate further learning in the classroom. Brainstorm Productions is endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety Provider.

Simon Millar
Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School

School News August 25

The Grandparents/Special Friends Day Mass was well attended!  It was so wonderful to see so many in attendance participating in and enjoying the ceremony, which was so beautifully presented by the Year Two students and their teachers.

We thank God for you, our grandparents and special friends!

For more photos click here

Speak with Power

This term the Year 5 students have completed a number of Speak With Power sessions run by Ron Thomas, a debating trainer and Gold Level Toastmaster.  Each week the students wrote and presented a speech about a different topic.  Students were given feedback in areas including speech development, effectiveness, speech value, voice and manner.  Using all the feedback they received from Ron, they confidently presented their final speeches this week to the class and parents.  Congratulations to all of the Year 5s for putting in a fantastic effort to make their final speech memorable.  A special congratulations to Ben and Tristan who took out the trophies! 

The Sacrament of Confirmation

The Year 6 Galilee students as well as many members of our wider parish community attending other schools, received the sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday, August 25th at Saints Peter and Paul church.
It was a beautiful ceremony celebrated with Bishop Tony Ireland and concelebrated with Father Gary Devere.
The students were beautifully prepared by their families, teacher (Dave McLeish) and parish catechist (Sue Kidd).  A massive thank you to all who assisted in the preparation of the students to make this big step in their Catholic faith journeys.

Please continue to keep them in your prayers.

Book Week Winners
We had some wonderful book review submissions this week. Here are the winners and their fantastic submissions!

Galilee Parents Association (GPA)

Don’t forget to head over to our Social Media pages and follow us to see what is happening
across the school! 




Personal Growth. Positive Self-Talk

Self Regulation

I Can and I will: 

  • Manage my impulsivity.
  • Be in charge of my feelings and my nerves.
  • Listen to others with my eyes, my ears and my heart.
  • Say ‘hello’ to the world every morning, with a smiling face.
  • Be aware to send positive messages through my body language.
  • Keep my cool when I realise I am becoming angry.
  • Only say positive things about others, and not spread rumours.
  • Use my strengths to stay safe.

Community News

The Powerhouse Junior Rugby Squad


Rocco D (2B), Edward H (2W) James M (2B), Harry N (2W), Luca D (1B) and RJ B(1T) will be attending the Bledisloe Cup on Thursday, September 15 as Guard of Honour for the Australian Wallabies test match against the New Zealand All Blacks.

The Bledisloe is an international rugby sporting event, held at Marvel Stadium with an expected sell out crowd of over 50, 000 and hundreds of thousands viewers.

The Galilee students will join their team mates from the Under 8 Powerhouse Rugby Club where they will escort the Wallabies onto the playing pitch and possibly stand with the players to sing the Australian National Anthem. At half time, the players will take to field in an exhibition match. 

Proud father and co-coach Rob says “it’s such a great experience for the young players. Rugby has allowed them to form strong friendships, work together, learn new skills and challenge themselves in a fun, supportive environment”.

The players themselves are the stars of the show. They will be representing themselves, their team, club, school, community, family and friends.

The game will be on September 15 at 8pm if you want to cheer on our aspiring players!       

Pictures L-R: Luca with a lightning run along the touch line / Edward fearlessly defending a menacing attack /
James charging with his super ball carrying skills and powerful runs / Rocco breaking through the defensive line / 
RJ outnumbered and still out-foxed the competition / Harry offloading the ball after another zippy run

When we asked the players themselves what this means they had this to say 

“I hope you enjoy the game and If you watch the game you will see me" Rocco 
“It makes me happy and excited and I can’t wait to be a Wallaby player when I grow up and I will be so proud of myself” Luca 
“I am really excited to be in the guard of honour for the Wallabies and All Blacks. I can’t wait to see the amazing players” ” James 
Harry said ‘I am so happy to be running out with the Australian team, maybe I can sing the national anthem with them’”
“I’m really excited and it will be an amazing experience” RJ
“Wow, it is going to be so cool and if I can walk on with Reece Hodge, I will be soooooo happy” Edward

If you are interested in knowing more about playing rugby get in touch with Rob or Jake

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.


Good afternoon dear families!

We hope you are well.

The last 2 weeks have been dedicated to crafts, desserts and sport.

Our children were trained by Kateryna to serve volleyball and they tried  bootcamp style morning gymnastics. As part of Dessert Week we have made cupcakes, donuts, ice cream and candies.

During sport week we have made frisbees, cheerleader pom-poms and played catch the ball in the cup and balloon tennis. While playing musical chairs we spent alot of time dancing! 

Please don’t forget to book your gorgeous children to the holiday Program, which will start on Monday, September 19 2022.

Please book at

We want to also remind you, that Monday, September 5 is a Pupil Free day, please, book your children separately for this day. We will operate from 07.00- 18.00.

Have a great weekend!

Kateryna and Ryger

Check out more photos here!

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.