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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to our first newsletter for the new school year at Galen!
I trust that you have enjoyed and made the most of the more frequent company of your children over the Christmas and summer break.
On Friday, we welcomed back the students in Years 11 and 12, and also welcomed the arrival of our new Year 7s. As I said to the students of all three year levels, an education at Galen is an education rich in opportunities for involvement, personal development and making lifelong friendships. For the Year 7s, this means a new and dazzling array of experiences as they commence their secondary school years. There was much excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation as the Year 7s gathered on Friday morning for their first year-level assembly and then progressed to their classrooms with their homeroom teachers.
For the VCE and VCAL students in Years 11 &12, there was also a great deal of excitement as they assembled. With the benefit of the Headstart program under their belts, these students slotted into a smooth continuation of the work they started last November. For the Year 12s, the routine for the start of the year includes their three-day retreat on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week at either Hume Weir or Howman’s Gap campsites. For many Year 11s, the start of the year routine will include dancing practice for the Presentation Balls in May.
At the time of writing this article , the Years 8, 9 & 10 students have not yet returned – we are eagerly awaiting their arrival on Monday.
I hope that 2012 is a rewarding and joy-filled year for you and your children!

Great news for Galen!
At the very end of last year, just prior to Christmas, we received news that Galen’s application had been successful for a $1 million grant from the federal government to build a Trade Training Centre as part of a larger consortium of schools. This money will be used to boost two areas of our vocational education and training curriculum: firstly, to virtually double the existing Food Technology centre and establish a state of the art Hospitality facility; secondly, to provide new equipment for our Engineering students.
Galen is the lead school in this consortium which also includes FCJ College Benalla, Sacred Heart College Yarrawonga, and Borinya Community Partnership Wangaratta. Almost $4 million will be shared by the four schools, with Galen’s share being $995,000. Building will begin in the middle of this year and the complex will be ready for the start of the 2013 school year. Students from each school will have the opportunity to access each other’s facilities and therefore broaden their study options.
There will be more progress reports as we work our way through the various stages of the project. This promises to be a great advantage for our senior students from 2013 onwards!

Vale, Paul Lewis
The Galen community was deeply saddened by the death of long-serving staff member, Paul Lewis, who passed away during the holiday break after a two year battle with cancer. “Lewie” was one of the longest – serving members of Champagnat / Galen having been at the school for well over 30 years. He had been on sick leave since near the end of 2009 when his cancer was first diagnosed. Although I only knew Paul for the past two years, it was clear from the eulogies at his funeral that he was a much-loved member of the Galen family, a loving and devoted father and an excellent educator. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Paul “Lewie” Lewis.

New staff for 2012
We welcome the following new staff to Galen Catholic College and wish them well in guiding and supporting the learning of your children:
Irene Apostolopoulos (Maths/Science)
Beth Code (Music)
Tegan McKeown (Outdoor Education/Discovery)
Michael McKenzie (Junior School Officer)
Eliza McMonigle (Junior School Officer)
Greg Matulich (Maths/Science)
Jacqui Pengelly (Physical Education)
Gerard Sullivan (Deputy Principal – Catholic Identity)
Carly Van  Den Heuvel (Office trainee)
Lucy Walch (Junior School Officer)

Bernard Neal