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Dear Parents and Guardians,
Farewell Year 12s of 2011
The Galen Catholic College family celebrated in great fashion on Tuesday of last week to mark the final day of classes for this year’s Year 12 students. In a ceremony of high energy, poignant reflection and excited looking-forward, the entire student body and a good number of parents and invited guests gathered in our transformed stadium to congratulate this group of young people on completing thirteen years of primary and secondary schooling.
School Co-Captains, Candace O’Keefe and Henry Dayman, led a reflection on memorable events that this cohort faced in their six years at Galen. Misdemeanours and gaffs from years past were re-visited and re-lived to the great enjoyment of the Year 12 students. There was a commendable atmosphere of celebration, humour,
respect and joie-de-vivre as the ceremony progressed. The Year 12s entered the stadium to an individual welcome and introduction and then departed at the end of the ceremony in dual conga lines that extended throughout both sides and the middle aisle of the audience.
The MCs for this final assembly were the newly appointed Galen Co-Captains for 2012, Mary Paino and Nathan Whinray. Congratulations to Mary and Nathan on their appointments and on how well they accomplished their first public duties in their new roles.
Santa Teresa Mission Experience
Our group of committed students have returned from their Santa Teresa mission experience. Led by Mr Paul Walker and Ms Kate Howard, the group spent just over a week in the desert country of central Australia working and living with the local indigenous community.
Experiences of this kind provide outstanding opportunities for our young people to see the work of the Church in action in their own country. They also have the chance to see that how things are in their own backyards is not the same as it is for all Australians.
No doubt, over the coming weeks and months we will hear more details from this enthusiastic group as they share their experiences with us. Already, at least one of the participants has already declared that Santa Teresa is where she wants to spend her Gap year!
Headstart and Year 10/11 exams
As parents are already aware, Galen will be implementing a two week Headstart program for all 2012 Senior School students for the last week in November and first week in December. This program is compulsory for all 2012 VCE, VET and VCAL students.
Prior to the Headstart program, of course, there will be exams for the current Year 10 and Year 11 students starting on Monday 21 November. This means that these students have only two and a half weeks more of classes at this year level, so the pressure will be on them to complete their assignments and prepare for their exams before launching into their 2012 studies in the Headstart program.

Bernard Neal