Students at Galen Catholic College are anticipating their annual college Founders’ Day, which will take place on Tuesday next week. Founders’ Day at Galen gives the school community an opportunity to come together and celebrate their Brigidine and Marist heritage. “This year we’ll be devoting a day of activities to celebrate the wonderful, inclusive Catholic community that continues to serve the needs of many local families,” said Deputy Principal (Catholic Identity) Gerard Sullivan. “The day will begin with a liturgy that gives thanks for the hard work and dedication of the Brigidine sisters, the Marist brothers and all the teachers and families of our community.”
“During the day, students will be involved a wide range of activities, including fundraising via food stalls, workshops making gifts for the Wangaratta communities and other workshops where students have the opportunity to learn a new skill, such as mindfulness meditation and dancing.”
Former student, Bart Walsh, will be guest speaker throughout the day, at a series of liturgies for each of the mini schools at Galen.
“Additionally, we will hold our Inaugural Founders Cup. There will be two competitions, a staff versus Year 12 Netball competition and ongoing sports team competitions throughout the day. Trophies presented at the end of the day will begin this yearly tradition for our college community.”
“The final act of unity will take place later in the day as we take an aerial photo of the whole school community, in the form of the Brigidine cross.”
“Founders’ Day aims to recognise and live out the core values of both the Brigidine and Marist traditions. In summary, these values are to be faithful and present for each other, be welcoming and embrace a family spirit, to celebrate and serve justly, and finally to have a love of learning and work. These are all qualities that epitomize why Galen Catholic College is a thriving school community.”