Galen, a place of opportunity

Galen Student Leaders Aaron Taylor, Olivia Storer, Rebecca Morris and Blake Nixon recently visited Parliament House in Canberra with Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO.

Term 3 at Galen Catholic College is shaping up to be a busy one with a plethora of opportunities available for students to learn, develop and succeed. Just a snapshot of these activities include: sport trips, outdoor education trips to the snow, an immersion experience at Santa Teresa’s Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, information nights for parents and students, Founders’ Day to celebrate as a whole school community, guest performers to bring English texts to life, a music performance tour to Canberra, Italian and Indonesian cultural days and the Murray River Culinary Challenge. This term Galen is also proud to be hosting the Diocesan Winter Sleepout, which will see up to 150 students from all around the Sandhurst Diocese gather in solidarity for those less fortunate in our communities. Food donations and funds raised from the event will be donated to St Vinnies Winter Appeal.

These events are simply in addition to the daily learning that happens in the classroom, where dedicated teachers work with students to achieve their personal best across a broad and dynamic curriculum. The way staff at Galen nurture students to succeed becomes increasingly important during term 3, particularly for Year 12 VCE and VCAL students as they prepare for exams, further study, the workforce and their lives beyond formal education.

Galen also provides many opportunities for students to lead and proudly represent their school. An example of such an opportunity was at the end of Term 2 where four of Galen’s Senior School leaders were personally invited by Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO to attend Parliament House in Canberra. Through this visit, students became familiar with the routines of parliament and developed a further understanding of what being a good leader entails. During Question Time, Ms McGowan made special mention of the school, “They tell me that Galen is a great school: because of the community, because of the teachers, because of the choices in the curriculum and, most importantly, because of the opportunities it offers, including opportunities to volunteer.” During her delivery, Ms McGowan also noted the recent Talent Quest, which also gives a variety of talented young performers the opportunity to shine; before their peers, parents and the broader community.