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$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
Email: maree.timms@galen.vic.edu.au

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.


Uniform Shop Jan/Feb 2018 Opening Hours

Please note that the Uniform Shop will be open on the following dates and times during January and February in the new year.

2018 Jan/Feb Opening Hours

• Saturday 20th Jan: 10am – 4pm

• Monday 22nd Jan: 10am – 4pm

• Tuesday 23rd Jan: 10am – 6pm

• Wednesday 24th Jan: 10am – 4pm

• Thursday 25th Jan: 10am – 4pm

• Tuesday 30th Jan: 10am – 6pm

• Thursday 1st Feb: 1pm – 5pm


After the adjusted dates and times above, the Uniform Shop will resume their regular opening hours:

Tuesday: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Thursday: 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Direct Line: 03 5723 8320

Email: uniform.shop@galen.vic.edu.au

Galen VEX Team bound for USA!

Galen has now truly established itself as the home for VEX Robotics in the North East with a team qualifying for the World Championships after the Australian National VEX Robotics Championships held on Saturday 2nd December. Galen’s VEX Event organisers, Maree Timms, Bernadette Albertson and Brett Webber are beyond excited with all Galen teams winning awards.

ROBOTS ON THEIR MINDS: Wangaratta was well represented at the championships with Lachlan Carboon’s team, including Danny Wicks, winning the Excellence Award. PHOTO: Emma Hillier (Wangaratta Chronicle)

“Our Middle Team won an excellence award and excelled in all areas of the competition, including their interview with the Judges, Engineering Log Book, driving skills both autonomous and driver skills plus points won in matches,” explained Maree Timms. “This means that the group, led by Lachlan Carboon have qualified to compete in Louisville, Kentucky (USA) next year during April 25 to 28!”

The Junior Team of Ryan Falconer and Mitchell Hobbs were Tournament Champions, winning the overall competition with their alliance partners from Hillcrest College and the Robotics Boomerangs (a robotics club in Melbourne).

Galen’s Senior Team, captained by Madalynn Baumanis, won the Design Award, for the best overall Engineering Log Book.

“This is such a student led competition. I hadn’t even seen the students log books, I simply gave them the rubric and it was their hard work and determination that saw them achieve.” Maree Timms explained. “Having a team make it to the World Championships is massive – it’s like the Olympics for STEM, robotics and coding. The team will be proudly representing Galen and ultimately Australia (along with two other Aussie qualifying teams).

Photo: David Williams

“The addition of Brett Webber to the Galen staff has meant the Galen teams have had that extra few coding tips to help them get to the next level.”

In addition to Galen students receiving awards, teacher Maree Timms wasn’t forgotten about, proudly receiving a “Volunteer of the Year Award” for all of her work leading Galen students, giving them the opportunity to achieve and establishing VEX as a serious competition in North East Victoria.

A massive congratulations to all of Galen’s VEX students. Your weeks of preparation (since the start of the year), lunchtimes, weekends, holidays spent building, planning, strategizing and coding have clearly paid off. We’ll no doubt be hearing more about VEX as the group prepares for the World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, USA!

Year 12 Graduation Evening 2017

After the challenges of Year 12 and the recent exams, it was an exciting night for the Year 12 Class of 2017 on Thursday 23rd of November, as they said goodbye to Galen for their final time at the 2017 Graduation Evening. While the final VCAA exam for Italian had only been completed the day before, it all appeared to be a distant memory as the class of 2017 were ‘dressed to the 9s’ for their final ‘hoorah!’, ready to celebrate together for their final time as Galen students. The staff who have guided you along the way wish each and every one of you all the best for the future. Congratulations to you all!

2018 booklists now available

Dear Parents & Guardians

The 2018 booklists for Year 7-10 will be available on the Edgars Books & News Website from Friday 17th 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 Headstart 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: Booklists to be completed for Years 7-10 by Friday 8th December.

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.