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Upcoming: Galen Parent Evening with Melinda Tankard Reist

Focus on girls with author and media identity Melinda Tankard Reist

A FREE event sponsored by the Galen Parents Association

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.

Melinda is author/editor of five books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), now in its 9th printing, Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray) and her new release Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade. (Spinifex Press, 2016, co-edited with Dr Caroline Norma)

An opinion writer, Melinda is also a regular on morning television and has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. An ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia and the Raise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.

Melinda will be at Galen on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th November as part of the Headstart program. The Galen Parent Association has sponsored this visit and there will be a presentation for parents and interested persons on the evening of 29/11/17 commencing at 6.30 for 7pm. The presentation will take place in the Max Fletcher Auditorium. This event is free but we would appreciate an RSVP to Julie.oste@galen.vic.edu.au Melinda will work with the year 9 girls the following morning.

Remembrance Day

Congratulations to Lauren Sykes and her Year 9 History class and Laurie Burt and the Middle School Student Leaders for their very respectful and moving ceremony to mark Remembrance Day. The students who led the ceremony performed their respective roles most impressively, including the laying of two wreaths in front of the flagpoles.

Juniors light up the stage

Galen’s Junior students did a great job in their performance of ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ last night and during the day on Tuesday for local primary school students. The cast and crew are all set for their final performance tonight at the Performing Arts Centre. Once again the staff who guide the students have been delighted seeing the skills they have each developed come to fruition on stage.

Galen Junior students ready to go down the rabbit hole

Galen’s Junior students from Years 7-9 are almost ready to go ‘down the rabbit hole’ in their annual production. Capably led by Year 10 students, the Junior Production is a great learning experience for the students involved and is set to be a crowd pleasing show. 

“There is great excitement during our after school rehearsals as we approach Production Week”, noted Director, Julie Nolan. “As the Year 10s take on leadership roles as directors and choreographers, I am always very impressed by enthusiasm and skill level they display”.

Down the Rabbit Hole will feature many curious adventures, weird and wacky characters including the White Rabbit, the Mock Turtle, Tweetle Dee and Dum. To find out if Alice will ever escape from the ferocious Queen of Hearts or if she’ll be forever late, late, late, book your tickets online now!

Mon 13 & Tues 14 November at 7pm


There are TWO CASTS for this production, CLICK HERE to download.

Adult $22.50
Conc/Sen $18.00
Child & Student $16.50

2018 Booklists for Year 11 & 12

Dear Parents & Guardians

The 2018 booklists for Year 11 & 12 will be available on the Edgars Books & News Website from Monday 6th November. Students have received their subject lists confirming which courses they are enrolled in for 2018. Please ensure that you download the appropriate booklist for your son/daughter and complete the order online or alternatively you may print out the lists and drop them into Edgars Books & News (55 Murphy Street, Wangaratta) and pay when picking up.

The Head Start program will commence in Week 8 of this term, (week beginning November 27th). However, please note that there is no expectation that students will have texts for the 2018 school year in Week 8 of this term. We do expect all students to come with paper and pens and their computers; any other required resources will be provided by the teachers.

Please note the cut off dates below:

Booklists to be completed for years 11 & 12 by Friday, 17th November.


Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

Marie Salinger
Deputy Principal – Learning & Teaching

Colourful Morning for Year 12 Farewell

Galen Year 12 students arrived with excitement on Tuesday 23rd October, ready to celebrate the end of their school days and say farewell to other students and teachers who’ve supported them along the way. The fun kicked off with a breakfast at 7.30am before getting ready for their final Farewell Assembly. Students were presented to the college community to the tune of a number of upbeat songs. Galen’s music students showed off their talent with a few rock hits and a number of students received awards for their efforts during the year.

For many students, their first exam will take place next Wednesday for VCE English. The exam period will continue through to the 22nd of November. Students will once again celebrate the end of their secondary education at the Galen Graduation Evening on the 23rd of November.

Click through the photo gallery below!

Galen Arts & Technology talent on-show

Galen’s annual Arts & Technology exhibition was officially opened on Tuesday night 17th October at the Max Fletcher Auditorium. Officially opened by local photographer Marc Bongers, the show highlighted the work of Galen’s Year 12 students: a culmination of many months hard work and dedication by many young adults in the areas of Media, Visual Communication Design, Studio Art, Materials & Technology and Theatre Studies.

Marc noted how impressed he was with quality of the student work congratulated both the students and the teachers who’ve guided them throughout the year.

A Notable Night for Year 9 Discovery

Year 9 Discovery students presented to visiting parents and family members under the guise of their chosen famous Australian at the Night of the Notables on Tuesday evening (17th October). Attending guests were suitably impressed with the students and their well-rehearsed and researched personas.

Well done to the following students who received awards for their efforts: 

• Best overall notable – Talia McLaurin 9.8
• Best dressed – Alanah Moloney – 9.8
• Best Visual Display – Chloe Hourigan – 9.8
• Best Performance – Zac Sewell-Dolpin – 9.9

Congratulations are extended to all Year 9s who participated on the night, you all did a brilliant job!

Galen Bands Showcase

Galen Catholic College Senior Band and Junior Band entertained a full house of over 200 people at the Pinsent Hotel on Monday evening 16th October. Playing crowd pleasers such as hits from Coldplay, ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy to name a few.

Year 12 students Olivia Curran and Lucy Lee both received awards for there efforts with the Senior Band; Year 8 students Brooke Watson and Erin Chadban and Year 7 students Matilda Paxford, Eva Gephart and Paris McLaurin were all awarded for achieving excellence in the band program.

Guests dining on the night were very impressed with the student’s collective level skill and musical ability.

Star Gazing Night at Galen

Join us at Galen for a Night of Star Gazing… Plus more! A great way to celebrate World Space Week!


Thursday Oct 12th 7pm – 9pm

Galen Catholic College Stadium

FREE Community Event


Charles Sturt Uni, Wangaratta & Galen Catholic College, are excited to present Starr’s Planetarium. The planetarium program will engage, amaze and inspire as we take you on a Space adventure.

Discover the Solar System, Planets, Stars, Lunar Cycles, Seasons, Constellations and much more, including Indigenous Astronomy.

Be immersed in a stunning 360° movie. Take a trip through the Solar System and onwards to the very edge of our Galaxy and then come back down to Earth to find out what’s in the sky tonight.

We will also have three 8” Dobsonian Telescopes about for everyone to have a look at our stunning night sky, see the moon up close and if you have never seen Saturn through a telescopes, well Thursday night will be your chance. It certainly is stunning. What a great way to Celebrate World Space Week!

Book your spots now: https://tinyurl.com/CSU-StarGazing


For more information please contact:

Maree Timms:   Maree.Timms@galen.vic.edu.au


Anne Geddis:  ageddis@csu.edu.au