Galileo is an after school program involving feeder primary schools who nominate gifted year four students, to participate in multi-disciplinary studies within a secondary school setting. Ms Angela Johnson, the Learning Area Coordinator for Learning Support oversees Galileo on a Thursday afternoon.
It was initiated in 2014 to provide an opportunity for highly capable students to gain access to facilities and specialist teachers on a weekly basis. These students participate in a wide array of activities based around a central theme, which gives them access to different areas of the school. The theme for this year is Biodiversity and visiting students can access computer labs, art rooms and science laboratories at the College.
After participating in the Year 4 program students are then invited back to participate in the Year 5 program which runs for a semester. The program provides opportunities for students to attend a couple of lessons before they complete the extension activity related to that learning area. Some examples of these activities include learning percussion instruments in Music, use of microscopes, exploring electrical currents in Science and learning an Indigenous language.
Galileo concludes for the Year 5 participants at the end of Semester I with a farewell afternoon tea to thank students and parents for their time and effort. It has been an enriching program for these students. Those in Year 4 will continue the program until the end of the year.