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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is something of a truism to say that modern schools are always busy places, but even in that context, we at Galen have come to the end of an extremely busy term. The end of each semester is certainly busier for the students as they complete assignments, sit exams and finish off their work for the previous five months. For teachers, this is the busiest time of the year as we navigate the students through their assessments, correct assignments and exams, prepare write and proofread reports.

This term, however, had the added challenge of two separate but significant matters. Firstly, completing the necessary preparations for the new Trade Training Centre (Hospitality Centre) which will be going to tender within days, with construction due to begin in little over a month. Secondly, our attendance as a whole staff at the Sandhurst Schools Conference in Bendigo.

CREW Liturgy and Monsignor White
At the end of the first week of next term, Monsignor John White, the Parish Priest of Wangaratta, and Canonical Administrator (and therefore actual employer) of Galen Catholic College will celebrate his 50th year of ordination as a priest.

The annual CREW liturgy for 2012 will be part of the celebrations for Mgr. White. The liturgy will be at Galen on Friday July 20th and will include students from CREW schools, including all Galen students in Years 7 – 10. Students from Grades 5 & 6 in the Wangaratta Catholic primary schools will also attend.

On Saturday July 21st, the Wangaratta parish will celebrate with Galen students forming the choir for the celebratory mass, and our Hospitality students helping with the catering for the celebration afterwards.

Staffing News
Teaching staff members, Mrs Fiona Harmer and Mrs Olga Byrne have commenced periods of long service leave of four weeks and two weeks respectively.

School counsellor Ms Therese Rodway has also commenced a period of personal and study leave and will be away until week 4 of next term. Whilst away, Therese will be studying in the USA at the Prescott College for the Liberal Arts.

Laboratory Assistant, Mrs Carla Murphy, will commence maternity leave from the end of this term. Ms Carolyn Trethowan will join the staff to replace Carla at the start of next term.

Teacher, Ms Erika Surdy, returns from maternity leave at the start of next term, and Mr Keith Willett will return from long service leave.

We farewell and thank Ms Tara Ambrosio who has been with us during third term and will be relocating to Melbourne.

Mrs Meika Staley recently gave birth to her second child, Remy. Both are doing well.

Vale, Arthur Welch.
We were saddened to mark the death of Arthur Welch last week. Arthur was the father of long-serving Deputy Principal, Mr Geoff Welch, and died peacefully in care at the age of 92. On behalf of the whole Galen community, we offer our deepest condolences to Geoff and Carmel Welch and their extended family on the loss of their deeply loved one. Geoff’s tribute to his father at the funeral service was in turn moving and drily witty, overlaid with deep respect and a sense of great loss. May he rest in peace.

Third term starting date
Please note that third term starts on Monday July 16th with normal classes for all students.

I wish all staff, students and parents a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Bernard Neal – Principal