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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The events in Norway this week provide a sobering reminder of just how frail our grasp is on the securities of modern life. That so much hatred and disregard for the innocence of human life could emanate from a person describing himself as a Christian beggars belief.

Let us keep the victims, their families and the nation of Norway in our thoughts and prayers as they grapple with the awful aftermath of the massacre of their compatriots.

May we also keep in mind the suffering of those in our own community who are also suffering from the death of loved ones. May they find solace in the love of our living God.

A busy start

The pace of life at Galen has resumed with the commencement of third term. Our students have already experienced the Year 10 Tertiary Trip and the Year 9 Arts trip to Melbourne. By the time you receive this newsletter the VCE Information Night will be over and the subject selection process under way for next year’s VCE, VET and VCAL subject offerings.

Break a leg

Given that is considered serious bad luck to say “good luck” before a theatrical performance, I would like to say “Break a leg!” to Julie Nolan, David Ashfield and the rest of the cast and crew of Joseph and His Technicolor Dream Coat. This year’s major production features the participation of not only Galen students, but also students from St Bernard’s, Our Lady’s, St Patrick’s (all from Wangaratta), St Mary’s (Rutherglen) and St Joseph’s (Chiltern). In all, there are over 160 primary and secondary students engaged in this production – a massive undertaking by the organisers and a massive experience for the participants!

Opening Night is Thursday, 4 August and the final performance is on the evening of Saturday, 6 August. The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre may never be the same again!

Parents Association – a new era

At the Parents Association AGM on Tuesday evening, we ushered in a new era with our new Association President,  Allison King, who has taken over the position from the previous President of the past three years, Meg Paino. Other executive positions on the Association were filled by Graeme Spence as Treasurer and Trish Impink as Minutes Secretary.

I offer heartfelt thanks to Meg and the other outgoing executive members, Ailsa Box and Di Crockett, for their outstanding contribution to the quality of life at Galen Catholic College.


We welcome the following replacement staff to Galen:

  • Mrs Fiona Neal who is taking most of  Ms Marisa Cudini’s classes this term.
  • Ms Ilaria Della Casa who is replacing the former Miss Claudia Bellani (now Mrs Arcuri) until her return from leave.
  • Ms Jacqui Pengally who is replacing Mr Pat Arcuri until his return from leave.
  • Mrs Danielle Bell who will be sharing Mr Matt Rispin’s load while Matt is on long service leave for the rest of his term.

We also welcome Mrs Tess Keane to Galen in the new role of Personal Assistant to the Principal. Tess starts with us on Wednesday 3 August after several years with the Catholic Education Office in the role of Assistant to the Deputy Director and Senior Secondary Consultant.


Bernard Neal