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Round 2 of camp was much more successful with wonderful weather. The Year 8 classes on this camp got to enjoy the full experience and represented Galen well throughout all activities.
    Students participated in a liturgy which involved nearly every student in one way or another. The highlight of this liturgy was the setting of the prayer focus with students bringing up items to represent things such as hands to represent team work and candles to represent the light of God. As our sign of peace students presented each other with a sheet of affirmations which also lifted spirits.
    Red faces was quite short this year with only 4 acts. In the end it was the talents of Bec and Tarni from 8.7 who prepared a poem about their homeroom that stole the show. Miss Cudini is still challenging this decision though as she believes her joke about the mushroom walking into a bar was hilarious…Just ask her! The disco was also fairly quiet. Those who did attend were blown away by the talents of Waylon Bortignon who led the dance moves and got everyone involved.
    Students joined in the opening school mass/assembly on Tuesday. At the assembly, SRC and House captains were formerly announced (see page 8 for SRC list). Students who received distinction awards for outstanding achievements in their subjects in semester 2 of 2011 were also acknowledged (turn to page 4 for list of award-winning students).
    On Wednesday, students were reminded about the importance of locking their laptops in their lockers when they are not in their classroom. It was very disappointing for the Junior School Executive to then collect a large number of laptops that had been left out at lunchtime that very same day. A letter was sent home to appropriate students and students were told that next time their computer is left out their admin rights will be revoked.
    Interim reports are due to come home next week. Please take the opportunity to discuss these reports with your student especially if they have received a not yet satisfactory in any of their subjects.
    With the end of the term approaching quickly we encourage students to keep working hard and to finish the term well.

Lauren Lee, Junior School Director