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Year 7 parents invited for engagement workshop with leading education expert

Year 7 parents and guardians are warmly invited to join us for a shared lunch and conversation with Dr George Otero, Founder of The Center for Relational Learning. George recently led the Sandhurst Parent Leadership and Family Engagement Strategy Study Tour to Santa Fe (New Mexico, USA). 

Tuesday 27th February 2018

• 1.00pm-2.00pm – Lunch
• 2.00pm-3.30pm – Year 7 Parent/Guardian Engagement Conversation

“Unearthing the capacity within school communities to build every child’s achievement, wellbeing, life changes and spirit of service”

Following lunch we will have an opportunity to examine how we at Galen can improve understanding and connectedness for our school community, and to improve learning outcomes for our  students. Our conversations will focus on the importance of engaging families in learning, building social capital, and strengthening relationships between all members of the school community.


Please call Julie Oste to confirm your attendance and any dietary requirements on 03 5721 6322 or email by Wednesday 21st February.

VCAL fundraise on Shrove Tuesday

Galen’s senior VCAL students were in the spirit of Shrove Tuesday on the 13th of February, serving up piping hot pancakes for the college community. The long lineup of students at the senior and junior schools were a clear indication that they were a hit! Congratulations to the VCAL students who organised the cook-up and sale of their tasty treats for a good cause, with all funds raised going to Caritas Australia.

High Achievers applauded

Galen’s 2017 high achievers who received the highest study scores were officially presented at the Year 12 2018 Jumper Presentation evening last Wednesday 7th February. A special award was also presented to the 2017 DUX, Brooke Callahan. Brooke will be commencing at the University of Melbourne next year, where she will begin her Science degree.

The high achievers included:

  • DUX: Brooke Callahan (ATAR 98.05) Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Legal Studies, Chemistry
  • Alexander Rainey – Geography
  • Amelia Walton – Media
  • Bianca  Mulqueen – Australian History
  • Bronte Morrow – Studio Arts
  • Christopher Canny – Biology
  • Claire Knox – Health and Human Development
  • Claudia Mihalejevic – VET Hospitality
  • Emma Gamble – Product & Design
  • Frances Watter – Australian History, Literature
  • Georgia Mogford – Physical Education
  • Hannah  Collier – Business Management
  • India Dal Zotto – Italian, Music, Psychology
  • Jack Jenkin – Accounting
  • Jack O’Connor – Visual Communication Design
  • Jacob Motha – Engineering
  • Jaymz Bright – Physics, Mathematical Methods
  • Jordan Storer – Physics
  • Josh Bevacqua – Accounting, Computing Infomatics
  • Josh O’Donohue – VET Sport & Recreation
  • Kate Reiter – Outdoor & Enviromental Studies
  • Matthew King – Ancient History
  • Monique Szeliegwicz – Food Studies
  • Patrick Knowles – Further Maths
  • Patrick Milner – Physics
  • Paul Sanderson – English
  • Sam Paterson – Physics
  • Sarah Maher – Biology
  • Siobhan McMahon – Food Studies
  • Thomas Whitechurch – Drama

New Year 7 students impressed

New Year 7s at Galen were truly wowed by the new facilities waiting for them upon arrival for their first day of school. “The new buildings are super cool!” mentioned new Year 7 Lindsey Harder. Angus Aggenbach added that not only are they modern, and that they’re the first students to use them, but the really great thing about the new spaces are the opportunities they bring. “They’re much different to primary school and its great being able to join with other classes to learn together and meet new people”. While Lindsey willingly admitted to having some first day nerves, these have gradually settled during the first week at school. “Everyone has been really helpful, this is a really good school and the wellbeing program is great.” Angus also noted that the older students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have also been happy to guide and give directions on where to find things if they’re lost. As expected, starting secondary school comes with many adjustments and changes. “I came from Rutherglen Primary School and lived close to school. There have been lots of new things to learn, like catching the bus, it feels like I’m going on a school excursion every day”. Both students only had words of praise for their new teachers and are looking forward to the year ahead, meeting new people, exploring the broad subject offerings at Galen and the many extra-curricular opportunities.

Galen’s Juniors wowed by new facilities

Galen’s new Year 7 students and returning Year 8s were wowed by the college’s new facilities as they walked into school this morning. With the $5.5 million building works now ready for their use, staff were extremely excited to begin teaching in the new contemporary learning spaces.

Galen’s 413 year 7 and 8 students will be the first to utilise the recently completed junior school, developed in the former senior area on Phillipson Street, while a new resource centre, wellbeing area and chapel will benefit the school’s entire population.

“It’s not just the new rooms, but the reconfiguration of landscaping, and we are expecting lots of ‘wows’ from staff and students when they return, with so many new facilities,” Galen principal Bernard Neal said.

Head of junior school Wendy Chuck said the new junior area followed the model of flexible learning, with breakout spaces, tiered seating, and rooms that could be rearranged to suit class needs.

“Once upon a time, classrooms were a box, and every box looked the same; now classrooms are made to fit the work you are going to do,” she said.

$30,000 needed in less than 3 months to see VEX Robotics Team off to USA

Wangaratta’s VEX Robotics students punched well above their weight at the recent Australian National VEX Robotics Championships. The regional team were underdogs, however managed to beat top Melbourne and NSW teams to win the Excellence Award and a spot at the VEX Worlds in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA.

“Due to the expense of getting our teams and their robots to Melbourne, our teams only had ONE trip to Melbourne early in 2017 for a VEX Competition against the top teams. For the rest of the year, they had spent their time searching YouTube to see what other teams from around the world had been up to and gathered ideas,” explained Galen Science Teacher Maree Timms.

“They knew they had a competitive robot but with no big competitions to test their skills, they didn’t know how well they would go. That didn’t deter them – they practiced, at lunchtimes, after school, on weekends and even during holidays.”

At the Australian Nationals, the Galen team held the lead for most of the day, with their excitement growing, they impressed the judges during the interview stages of the competition through their knowledge of their robot, engineering logbook, and enthusiasm. They also gained bonus points with their autonomous programming skills and driver skills. Thus winning the coveted Excellence Award.

“Whilst the school was confident it would be competitive, the result was unexpected and has caught us somewhat off guard in relation to securing the financial support to prepare, equip, attend and compete at the championships within three months.”

“Their winning of the Excellence award and a spot at the World VEX Competition means a massive fundraising effort is required: $30,000 in three months.”

The Vex Worlds is considered the ‘Olympics of Robotics’ and holds the Guinness Book of Records as the largest robotics event in the world. Our Team will be one of 1,400 teams from all over the world competing. The competition starts on the 24th April 2017.

The dedicated student team have been working during their current summer holidays in a farm shed, in 40 degree heat to create an even better robot to compete at the VEX Worlds.

Some support has already been secured from VEX Australia, the school community and a number of businesses in both Wangaratta and Melbourne. Fundraising events are being arranged locally including community BBQ’s and a Goods and Services Auction, as well as promotion through Wangaratta Chronicle and local radio stations 3NE and Edge FM.

“Whilst we are extremely grateful for the support provided so far, we are currently well short of the estimated $30 000 needed to send the team over, including two staff members from the school. The support we’ve received so far will give them a head start, but major sponsors would be a great asset to their journey.”

If you’d like to support Galen’s VEX Team to compete in the USA, please contact: 

Maree Timms
Science Teacher

VEX team focussed on world championships

TOP TEAM: Students from Galen Catholic College including (from left) Madalynn Baumanis, Damien French, Jye Spinks, Ryan Falconer, Mitchell Currie-Fraser, Lachlan Carboon and Erin Chadban, with (absent) Ratvik Chaudhary, are busy preparing for the World VEX Robotic Championships in April. PHOTO: Anita McPherson

WHILE many high school students would rather be swimming or kicking back on the couch over the summer holidays, a team of dedicated young science buffs have already regrouped to prepare for a serious international challenge.

The enthusiastic students from Galen Catholic College have returned from their Christmas break to work on a new robot which they plan to enter in the World VEX Robotic Championships when they head to the USA for the event this year.

They’ll be one of 1400 teams from around the world competing in the championships which Guinness World Records officially declared to be the largest robot competition in the world.

Three of the college’s teams won awards in the Australian National VEX Championships held in December, with the middle school team led by Lachlan Carboon winning the Excellence award and a spot in the world championships taking place in Louisville, Kentucky from April 25 to 28.

It seems these regional kids are certainly punching above their weight, having only attended one competition last year where they beat the fourth-time reigning champions.

They’ve been putting their collective heads together, bringing a variety of skills to the table and researching the latest designs in the hope of creating an even better model this time around.

Article courtesy of Wangaratta Chronicle


2017 Year 12 Results – Congratulations Class of 2017!

Galen Catholic College would like to congratulate all Year 12 students across the 2017 VCE and VCAL courses on their results. We are very pleased with our outstanding success rate at VCE and that a further 22 Galen students have achieved their Senior VCAL.

We are very pleased to announce that the Dux for 2017 is Brooke Callahan with an ATAR of 98.05 placing her in the top 1.5 % students in the state. We are equally pleased to report that so many students have achieved to the best of their ability and have given themselves the best possible opportunity to move onto their preferred next steps in life whether that be employment, further study or a GAP year.

Galen Principal, Bernard Neal, said that the staff and Galen community are immensely proud of the efforts of the 2017 cohort. “It is really important to note that we are equally proud of all students who put in their best effort regardless of their subject scores and ATARs and regardless of whether they completed their VCE or VCAL. We are proud to have played such a pivotal role in preparing these young people over their final six years of school education.”

Mr Neal also said, “The breadth of opportunities available to our students through VCE, VCAL and VET has ensured that the senior students at Galen have been able to tailor courses to suit their particular needs and interests. Today’s results will enable them now to step forward with confidence and a sense of achievement that opens new doors into their futures. We wish all the students well on the next stage of their journey – Galen will always be here to help and advise them as needed, and to celebrate their future successes with them. We hope that they will continue to be as proud of their Galen heritage as we are of them.”

Galen’s overall Study Score median was 30, on par with the Victorian state average of 30. We are particularly proud that in 19 VCE subjects undertaken by Galen students.

Galen had 8 students achieve ATARS of 90 or above. Galen had 26 students achieve Study Scores above 40 in individual subjects, placing all those students in the top 8% across Victoria in those subjects.