We would like to take this opportunity to wish all Mothers, Grandmothers, and Mother-figures a very happy day for this coming Sunday. May those little rays of sunshine – your children – bring you great joy on Mother’s Day! We are very much looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day tomorrow at Galilee with a Morning Tea, that all the Mothers, Grandmothers and Mother-figures within our community are invited to attend if they have responded to the Operoo form. Mother's Day Morning Tea will take place in our school hall from 8.20am - 9.15am. At 9.30am we are gathering in the Ss. Peter and Paul Church for a Liturgy that our Year 2 students will lead. We would like to extend a warm invitation to our community to attend our liturgy. At 12noon many of the Mothers within our community have signed up to attend a special Mother's Day Lunch. Thank you to everyone who has gone out of their way to ensure that the Mother’s Day celebrations at Galilee are spectacular. We thank Carmen Carnovale and the Year 6 Representatives/Parents who have helped to coordinate the Morning Tea, The Year 2 teachers and students who have prepared and will lead our Liturgy and Anastasia, Peta and Danielle from our Parents Committee who have organised our Mother’s Day lunch as well as Michelle Loader, a parent within our community, who will be a key-note speaker at the lunch.
Year 6 Camp to Canberra
This week our Year 6 students have been in Canberra on Camp. They have been busy exploring and learning and having fun. Our Year 6 Camp to Canberra gives our students first hand experience with our Parliamentary System. While in Canberra our students have the opportunity to experience the world class facilities at Australian Institute of Sport, our National Museum, the Mint, our National Science Museum - Questacon, Old Parament House, the National War Memorial and the list could go on.
The experience students have in Canberra offers them the opportunity to bond with their classmates and further develop their skills in being more independent and responsible.
We would like to thank the staff who have given up their own free time away from their families, friends and weekday commitments to take our students on camp; Julie Ferguson, Dave McLeish, Annabel Coome, Charlie Griffith and Simon Millar.
We have included some photos from our Year 6 students and staff in Canberra this week. They will all arrive home this afternoon around 5.30pm.
We look forward to seeing their happy faces and hearing about their time away.
By looking forward to, enjoying, and remembering special times, you will feel warm positive, emotions. Doing this is called "savouring". Looking forward is being hopeful for the future, enjoying the present is being mindful, and reliving the past is being grateful for special times. To enjoy the exciting journey of building your best possible self, savouring will help you to achieve this by keeping positive feelings and enthusiastic attitudes circulating in you.
Italian Day is coming up in Week 6, Wednesday 26th May.
Titled, ‘That’s Amore’. A day filled with everything we love about Italy.
The children will be able to dress up in the Italian colours or anything they love that represents Italy. Get your costumes ready for a day of fun. Divertiamoci!
Community Sports - Golf
This term our Year 5 and 6 students have a range of local community sports that they can access on a Friday afternoon. One of the community sports that we are offering our students this year is Golf. Mr. Martello walks a group of students to Albert Park Golfing Range to learn the techniques and skills required to successfully hit a ball. They are loving the experience and they have shown great improvement after only three weeks.
Our Winter Tunic is now available at PSW. We know that many of our families have been patiently waiting for the latest shipment to arrive at PSW. Thank you for your patience.
Due to the delay we have allowed students who do not have the winter tunic to wear their summer dress or their sports uniform if they are cold, until Friday 14th May. If you need to purchase the new tunic we would encourage you to go to PSW so that all of our students are in full winter uniform from Monday 17th May.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN is a nationwide measure through which parents, teachers, schools, education authorities, governments and the broader community can determine whether or not young Australians are developing the literacy and numeracy skills that provide the critical foundation for other learning and for their productive and rewarding participation in the community.
NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows parents to see how their child is progressing against national standards in literacy and numeracy and over time.
The tests provide an important contribution to monitoring and evaluating the performance of schools and school systems in these fundamental capabilities. They also provide schools, states and territories with information about how education approaches are working, the areas to be prioritised for improvement, and those schools requiring support in the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.
The results can assist teachers by providing additional information to support their professional judgement about students’ levels of literacy and numeracy attainment and progress.
NAPLAN tests are one aspect of each school’s assessment and reporting process, they do not replace the extensive, ongoing assessments made by teachers about each student’s performance. Your child’s teacher will have the best insight into your child’s educational progress.
NAPLAN results do not measure overall school quality.
The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:
- language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
From tomorrow, Open Mornings will take place on each Friday morning between 8.35am and 8.45am. It is a fantastic opportunity to visit classrooms and see the amazing work that students have been doing.
During Open Mornings your child/ren can show you around their classroom and show you the work that they have been doing. Classroom teachers will be in the room but will be busy preparing for the day ahead. Please know that you are able to say hello to the teachers but that you will need to make an appointment to speak to the Classroom Teacher to talk about a student's progress, how they are going in class or anything else that would require a more in depth conversation. Appointments can be made by contacting teachers on DOJO.
We hope to see lots of you in the classrooms on Friday's in Term 2.
In Prep S, we have been learning to count backwards from 20. To practice this, we have been playing the game ‘One Less’. This is where we roll a dice and identify what number comes before. The first person to get 4 in a row on their game board wins.
Kitchen Garden, set to broaden our children's minds and discover their passion.
As they say in the classics, "if you build it they will come". That's exactly what we are doing in the Park St entrance. Charlie and Paul have been busy working, to prepare the garden beds to create Galilee's Kitchen Garden.
With an overwhelming expression of over 80 children to be involved in the commencement of the Galilee Kitchen Garden, we are very excited to have so many green thumbs in the making.
At this point, the Garden Club is targeted for Year 4-6, with the plan to expand through the buddy system and entire school, to offer all grades an ability to have input and gain their gardening licence. Next Monday will see the first official meeting of the club, at a time to be announced. We intend to host the club for 2 days a week, for 30 minutes at lunchtime which still allows them a chance for play, after immersing themselves in the garden.
The garden will provide a much-needed tactile experience within the school grounds and one that will provide many avenues of enjoyment from maths and propagation to monthly club days, cooking, tastings, and great respect of the planet and how we can grow great food. It will give our kids a sense of commitment, achievement, unity, and ownership. Of course, we can't tell you everything and we are very much in the early stages but that will happen, as it is very much up to children to explore, investigate and participate. As they do this the children will gain knowledge of what we plant when we plant, how we care, and when we pick. We will guide them to be proud of their ability to give back and make a serious contribution.
In the photo below we see 2 boys, Daniele and Georgio, from Year 4, who are showing a keen interest in the club and are pumped to see what we can grow. They have reached out to their respective Nonnas and Nonnos and sought their knowledge and advice. They have made a very special contribution to kick off the project, with semi-mature plants such as a new lemon tree sapling, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and parsley. Even Mr Hill came on board with some mint and parsley and we have heard a few staff members are potential fonts of gardening knowledge, which could be a game changer.
Now, this is where you come in, we would ask that you encourage your kids to be involved, because as a community we have a lot of knowledge and know how to share. It is really quite amazing the energy and excitement that this is brewing and it already has been a great way to connect with students and in-turn, them with their families. We also are very keen to draw from the multiculturalism and diversity that surrounds our school community and the unique opportunity we have to come together, through gardening and food.
As you can only imagine this is quite a task and gaining some semi mature varieties to start up, prior to winter will be well received. We welcome any parents, grandparents, staff and friends of Galilee who would like to donate plants, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, and any advice, to help us "GET GROWING".
See you in the garden.
Paul and Charlie
D.O.G.S Catch-up Tonight
Parents Battle of the Bands – SOLD OUT!!
Thank you to all the parents who purchased tickets.
Looking forward to a big night with the wider local school community.
Scripture of the Week
Sacramental Dates 2021
StsPP - Sunday, 6 June 2:00pm
OLMC - Wednesday, 2 June 7:00pm
A Prayer for our Eucharist Candidates
"As you prepare for your First Eucharist we pray for you. May your First Communion celebrate your friendship with Jesus.
As you grow in this friendship may your words be gentle and your touch be kind.
May you hear whispers of Love in your heart each day.
May you have fun in discovering God hidden everywhere!
And, may you remember to thank God often for the gift of life."
StsPP- Thursday 19 August 7.00pm
OLMC - Wednesday 18 August 7.00pm