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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are now well and truly approaching the “pointy” end of the year for our students. VCE exams are past the halfway mark and we have the final week of Year 10 & 11 classes this week leading into their exams next week, followed by the HeadStart program in which they will start their 2012 subjects.
Our Year 9 students, meanwhile, are enjoying their outdoor adventure camps, while the Year 7 & 8 classes move into the final few topics and units for this year.
A great deal of work has already taken place in preparing for our 2012 school year, with the processing of subject selections leading to the final creation of next year’s timetable. Work has also started on compiling the 2012 school calendar. This is typical of all schools, that future-planning takes up such focus. I am excited as the possibilities for 2012 begin taking real shape.
As a reminder of the great things that have been accomplished at Galen over the past twelve months, our annual School Magazine has gone to the printer and will be available in the coming weeks. I have seen a mock-up of this year’s magazine and I am confident that you and your children will be delighted with it as a vibrant record of life at Galen in 2011.
Remembrance Day
I had the privilege of accompanying 18 Year 10 students to the Wangaratta Remembrance Day service on Friday. Students Bridgette Byrne and Jonathon Panozzo laid a wreath on Galen’s behalf as part of the service at the Cenotaph which was attended by several hundred community members. Many thanks to the Year 10 students for their mature and responsible approach to this most important event on the Australian calendar.
The CREW Board met last Monday evening for the final meeting for 2011. As part of the meeting, the Board reviewed its many achievements over the past year and planned its goals and actions for next year. There is no doubt that CREW has undergone significant development this year on several levels: the energized work of the four working parties, the development of a new logo, brochure and posters, the Catholic Education Week liturgy featuring the five member schools, the teacher exchange program, the increased frequency and output of the Board meetings, the integrated planning and work of the five Principals and the community forum night have been some of the features of this year’s CREW experience.
We are looking forward to further development of CREW over the coming years.
 Bernard Neal