Newsletter - Edition 10-2017

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

The beginning of June not only marks the commencement of Winter, it also marks the beginning of the examination period for our senior students. This is a time for all our students to consolidate their learning and demonstrate what they know and understand in a range of assessment tasks. Today, the place of assessment tasks and examinations are utilised very differently than they were in the past. No longer do they constitute a mere pass or fail; instead, they give a synopsis of the student’s skill development and understanding at this point in time. They are used as a tool that demonstrates where students are on the learning continuum. Learning is no longer about passing or failing; it’s about growth and development. Learning is a continual journey that provides the appropriate challenge for each student to reach her learning potential from each task, experience, challenge and problem encountered. We know that deeper learning comes from tackling more difficult and complex challenges, making mistakes along the way and receiving constructive feedback in how to move forward.

I encourage all parents/guardians to continue to assist your daughter(s) to take charge of her learning, as it can make a significant difference in her academic success. The fundamental but crucial skills, such as keeping her workspace organised, completing tasks on schedule, making a plan for learning, monitoring her learning path, and recognising when it might be useful to seek help, will assist in her learning success and are an important part of her learning journey. One of the most powerful thinking tools is that of metacognition. This is the ability to think about one’s thoughts with the aim of improving learning. A metaphor that resonates with many students is that learning cognitive and metacognitive strategies offers them tools to ‘drive their brains’. The good news is that metacognition can be learned when it is explicitly taught and practised across content and social contexts. A student who is excited about being in the driver's seat and steering toward learning success is more likely to become an independent thinker and have the ability to set challenges along the way. Being metacognitive can be likened to being more conscious, reflective, and aware of one's progress along the learning path. Parents/guardians can encourage their daughter to develop these skills through conversation, constructive feedback, providing encouragement, allowing their daughters to make their own mistakes, to learn to recover on their own.

We have an exceptional learning culture at Genazzano where students genuinely work to achieve their very best and strive to achieve well in all they do. I congratulate them all on their positive approach to learning this semester.

Our Year 9 students met at the College last Saturday morning (Group 1) and Sunday morning (Group 2) at 5.30am to begin the Indigenous Immersion Journey to Central Australia for twelve days. On both mornings, even though the girls were being drawn from the warmth and comfort of their bed, the atmosphere was electric and the sense of anticipation was high. For many of our girls, it will be the first time they have camped, been away from their parents for more than a couple of nights, and experience the vast outback of Australia.

At the age of around 15, and on the cusp of adulthood, this adventure and learning experience will take most of them out of their comfort zone, providing them an opportunity to not only learn about our beautiful country, heritage and people, but more about themselves. This is education at its very best and I am grateful for the support of parents and staff during the lead up to and throughout the coming journey. I was fortunate to have a similar experience at their age in Central Australia, and I know it had a very large impact on me and my life. Since then, I have travelled to the centre of Australia on many occasions with school groups and every time, it is something to behold.

Due to school commitments, I was unable to travel for the entire time with the girls, but I am looking forward to flying into Alice Springs on Saturday to be with them as the two groups come together to celebrate Mass and enjoy the final few days of the Immersion. I will remain with the group for four days, as I will look after Mrs Marea Lanki’s group while she travels north with Mrs Natalie Vander Sluys to begin the Kimberley Exchange program with four of our Year 10 students.

Last week was a special one for our 3 and 4 year old girls and boys as they welcomed their grandparents and special friends to join them in the Early Learning Centre for an afternoon visit. It was wonderful seeing the children confidently take the hand of their visitor and show them around their learning environment; guiding them to play and learning with them. It was a privilege to witness the special relationship these children have with their grandparents. The children were very excited to show them what they have learned, sing them a song or two, and present them with a small gift. It is a joy to see these children grow in confidence and ability within only five months since the start of the year and I congratulate their teachers for the wonderful teaching relationships they have formed.

As we conclude this term, it doesn't seem like seven weeks since we celebrated a wonderful Gen Day; the time has flown! Gen Day is always one of the highlights of our College calendar, not only for the great fun that we have, but it is also a day to raise awareness of important social justice issues within the missions of the Society of Faithful Companions of Jesus. This year, we specifically focused on the FCJ Missions in the Philippines. Gen Day is one of our major fundraising days that highlights the enormous positive impact we can make as a community to help create a better life for those less fortunate. The three fundamental elements of social justice activities at Genazzano FCJ College are awareness raising, prayer and action. I am delighted to announce that through the wonderful generosity of our students, families and staff, we raised a total of $6,100 on Gen Day.  

The social justice efforts at the College so far this year has also seen us raise $6,232 for Project Compassion, $1,205 for Catholic Care and St Vinnies and $2,507 for Timor Leste. This is a true indication of the generosity and culture of selfless giving within this school community. Thank you to all student, families and staff for your generosity. 

In addition to our social justice fundraising efforts, I want to express my gratitude to the families who have made a gift to the College through our Annual Appeal. The generosity of our community has and continues to contribute significantly to the strength of the Genazzano FCJ community. If you wish to join others in donating to our Annual Appeal, then please visit our Donations website.

I wish all families who are travelling during this longer semester break a safe and happy journey and very best wishes to those families who will remain in Melbourne for a relaxing holiday at home. I look forward to seeing you next term.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

Throughout the course of history, human cultures have created gods very much in their own image. The gods represented in ancient mythologies appear with human strengths and weaknesses writ large. The gods of mythology act fairly and justly one moment, maliciously vengefully the next, committed to fidelity then only to be fickle. The gods of the Greek, Roman, Norse and many other pantheons witness to this. Last Sunday, Christians celebrated Trinity Sunday, the celebration of a loving God who is one but three, is one divine nature but three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is one of the two core beliefs of Christianity, the other being the Mystery of the Incarnation where we recognise God’s saving and forgiving love is ‘incarnated’, ‘enfleshed’ in the person of Jesus Christ. Our Christian understanding and experience of God is of a loving communion of persons, not the perfect god of the philosophers. As each person of the Trinity reaches out to the other in love, so this is mirrored in the members of our College community when we constantly reach out to others in love and companionship.

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Our Year 10 students gathered in the Chapel to confer a blessing on those participating in the 29th Kimberley Exchange program — Ella Boyhan, Prudence Halse, Shan Kerr, Shenara Thilikaratne, Mrs Marea Lanki and Mrs Natalie Vander Sluys. Following a reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which described the event of Pentecost, the following blessing was conferred by all our Year 10 girls on the participants: “Loving God who sends us forth on new journeys, to explore and celebrate the rich diversity in your creation, we ask you to bless our students and staff as they journey North to the Kimberley. … Open their hearts and minds to all those they meet that they may learn and celebrate different ways of seeing our world. Create in each member of this year’s Kimberley Exchange group a generous spirit to embrace the new and the different.” As a community we gathered and blessed those participating in the Kimberley Exchange to go forth in our name and to witness to the faithful companionship we celebrate at Gen.

On cold mornings of the past term, students and staff have gathered in the College Chapel to spend some quiet, reflective moments in prayer. Each one of our Thursday prayers has been a celebration of the life, contribution and qualities that our individual six House Founders have made to Genazzano. The House Prefects and Leaders from Corry, d’Houet, Douglas, Gerda, Stock and Winter have led us in prayer, which has been reflective and provided a God-focused start to our day. Should you happen to be in the College any Thursday morning from 8.10am to 8.20am, you are most welcome to join us.

Last week, our Year 8 students celebrated their Level Eucharist. The Mission Representatives chose as their focus for the Eucharist, ‘Filled with God’s Spirit: connected to God and others’. Lucienne Elliott (Year 8A) said in her communion reflection that “we are mindful of God’s presence amongst us, filling us with his love and mercy. May we remember to be open to his spirit and embrace his presence in our lives, as the disciples did when the Holy Spirit came upon them.”

Last Thursday evening, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene, over 300 members of the Genazzano community, along with five priests, gathered to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in recognition of Lila McInerney’s 11 and a half year’s service to the life of our College. When news spread that Lila would be departing Genazzano following her appointment to the position of Principal of Mercy College Coburg, Mrs Jacqui Pirone, President of the Genazzano Mothers’ Association and Mr Bruce MacIsaac, President of the Genazzano Fathers’ Association, decided that the appropriate recognition of Lila’s service was to celebrate a Eucharist. Mrs Helen Fox and Dr Rob Bischof worked tirelessly with many members of the GFA and GMA to ensure the Eucharist and following supper would be a suitable celebration! A moving moment in the liturgy occurred after communion, when our Celebrant Father Chris Middleton SJ invited Lila and the Sisters FCJ to the sanctuary while the choir sang John Rutter’s ‘Blessing’ upon her … “The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make his face to shine upon you, To shine upon you and be gracious, And be gracious unto you.”

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The College owes an immense debt of gratitude to Lila for her faithful companionship of families, students and staff and for her faith and religious leadership. We wish her God’s blessing in her Principalship of Mercy College, Coburg. May the spirit of Marie Madeleine d’Houet continue to animate her and may the vision of Catherine McAuley now inspire her.

As always, we hold in our hearts and seek to support the work and mission of the Sisters FCJ around the globe — may they continue to engender ‘courage and confidence’ in every person they serve.

Charles Watt
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


ELC News

It was with great pleasure that the ELC welcomed grandparents and special friends to visit the learning environment last week. In preparation for this special occasion, the ELC4 children made a clay key ring to present as a memento and sang a few favourite songs to the grand-friends. To gain a further insight into the grandparent’s cultural identity, each grand-friend was invited to write a letter to their grandchild about their cultural heritage and journey to Australia. The letters are supporting the children’s interest in different countries around the world and the colours of each country’s flag and assisting the children in understanding our culturally diverse community. The ELC3 children made delicious Anzac biscuits and created a grand-friends book to share with the special visitors. They also sang their favourite song ‘We Travelled Around Australia’, and read the Mem Fox picture book, ‘Possum Magic’.

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The ELC4 children have commenced their specialist art lesson in the learning laboratory with Mrs Wheaton-Penniall. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to explore their artistic and creative flair. Today more than ever, the arts are needed by our young people as a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination, cultural and historical understanding. Our young artist program at Genazzano harnesses each child’s creativity and culminates in the 'Les Jeunes Artistes' showcase in September. The focus this year is ‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’ exhibition. The children have observed Van Gogh’s self portrait and explored the colours of self-expression and emotion. They have transferred the artist’s impression into their own self portrait with such clean lines and mastery.

Our ELC3 students are experimenting with natural colour to create their own paint for their artwork. The children acknowledge the natural colours of the Australian landscape, with Papunya art consisting of various paint colours like yellow (representing the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand) and white (the clouds and the sky). These are traditional Aboriginal colours. Papunya paintings can be painted on anything, though traditionally, they were painted on rocks in caves. The children have grated beetroot, carrot and cumin, and ground curry in a mortar and pestle to mix with water to create natural and sensory smelling paint. They rubbed small rocks together to form ‘dust’ to mix with water to represent ochre paint. This sensory experience has captured the children’s interest and created such wonderful purpose to their artwork.

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Alison Lucas
Director of ELC


Junior School News

Year 5 News

Academic and Music Scholarships

Genazzano is proud to offer Year 7 Academic and Music Scholarships to both current and prospective students entering Year 7 in 2019. Students must be in Year 5 in 2017 to apply for a Year 7 2019 Scholarship.

Registration is via Genazzano’s website. Applications close on Saturday 22 July and the academic testing will be carried out on Saturday 29 July 2017.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Kathy Byrne
College Registrar

Year 6 News


How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century to become more equal?

Year 6 students have embarked on a journey of investigation and inquiry into the significant events and people who have brought about change during the period from Federation until the present day in Australia’s history.

Through their research and preparation of a PowerPoint, the students researched a group affected by change and explained the significance of the event/issue for the changing rights and freedoms of Indigenous people in Australia.

To complement this learning, students created guideline questions to steer their investigations and created an annotated timeline of key events in the development of Indigenous rights and citizenship.  

Students also explored the many ways in which this situation changed since Federation and the degree to which Indigenous people have equal citizenship rights and responsibilities with all other Australians today. 

Year 6 Writers Workshop

“A seed is something that touches your heart and makes you feel; touches your mind and makes you think.”

A typical writing workshop session is busy, yet quiet, productive, yet noiseless. 

Students work at different rates and stages; conferencing ideas with their teachers or peers, tapping away on keyboards or holding a pen or pencil aloft, ready to make their ideas come to life!

The workshop setting showcased writers at work. A writer’s workshop is intended for all age groups and all levels of ability. This writing setting strives to harness student engagement, skill, ability and creativity and hopefully, the atmosphere fostered a life-long love of the written word!

Geraldine Lucic
Year 6B Homeroom Teacher


Senior School News

Year 8 News

Year 8 Mass

On Wednesday 7 June, the Year 8 students celebrated their annual Mass with the theme, ‘Filled with the Living Spirit: Connected to God and Others’.

Through the readings in this Mass, we reconnected with the story of Pentecost and were reminded of God’s presence in our daily lives.

We express our gratitude to Father John Martis SJ for celebrating the Eucharist with us on the day and for sharing his insight into the power of the Holy Spirit. He provided examples and offered advice on the times we may call on the Holy Spirit to help us when we need a helping hand.

Each class had a special responsibility for the Mass and this was prepared during Religious Education classes. Everyone worked exceptionally well to fulfil their role and participated reverently. The reflections, prayers, readings, music and artwork completed with our Religious Education teachers, inspired us to be more aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives.

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Chiara Guglielmi and Olivia Potts
Year 8

Year 12 News

Literature Workshop

On Monday 29 May, the Year 12 Literature classes attended a workshop presented by the Eagles Nest Theatre, on the Tennessee Williams’ play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’. The workshop was very lively and entertaining, with the actors presenting different interpretations of selected scenes.

The students have to write on the play both creatively, using the play as a basis of their own writing, and also in terms of approaching the play from different perspectives. The actors and the director explained the rehearsal process and the discussion the actors engage in, while developing their interpretation.

It was fascinating to hear how the meaning could be altered with just the use of different accents, and the students were able to engage with the actors about their views of the characters and their motivations. The students need to be able to construct their own interpretations of the text, and the vibrancy of this workshop was a real impetus for this process.

Anne McIlroy
Year 12 Literature Teacher


Creative Arts News

IMG_7568.JPG Students in Year 9 and 10 have completed their elective courses in Creative Arts for the semester, and the results have been amazing. Students in Year 9 Visual Communication Design – Visual Merchandising have finished their shop window displays, reflecting an Indigenous theme based on their Central Australia Immersion. Students in Year 9 Textiles – Art as Fashion have created garments based on the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Sonia Delauney, Andy Warhol and Matisse. The results demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking.


Students in Year 10 have also completed their elective courses. The Studio Arts students completed mythological creatures as sculptural pieces in clay. Students in Year 10 Visual Communication Design have developed some interesting work in communication design including typography and fashion illustration.

We continue to showcase the work of students via exhibition spaces. Current and upcoming events include:

  • Drawing and Illustration Exhibition: student work and College Art Collection pieces – Furlan Room, Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
  • Year 10 Studio Arts Mythological creatures – Wardell Corridor Breezeway
  • Les Jeunes Artistes, ELC to Year 4 Art Show: Opening Night, Tuesday 5 September
  • Digital Art Exhibition: Term 3 (TBA) – Furlan Room, Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts


Drama News

VCE Production: ‘The 39 Steps’

On 23 and 24 May, the VCE Theatre Studies classes performed the Broadway smash hit, ‘The 39 Steps’. As part of their course, students need to research, design and collaborate to bring the text to life, learning the craft of designing for the theatre and collaborating as a production team. Year 11 students, Millicent Spencer and Sarah White write of their experiences:


"We must all do theatre to find out who we are, and to discover who we could become." - Augusto Boal, Brazilian theatre maker, educator and politician.

Over the last few months, the Theatre Studies classes have experienced something truly special whilst bringing to life Patrick Barlow's, ‘The 39 Steps’.

We embarked on a journey as we compiled thoughts, researched theatrical styles, brainstormed ideas and began to understand the context of the play. We then trialled our designs and ideas whilst collaborating with other areas of stagecraft. We worked alongside Mr Tom Willis, a lighting and theatre technologies expert, as he passed on invaluable knowledge. We also worked with accent coach, Mr Michael Dalley, as he helped us master several of the most difficult accents we have ever attempted.

Looking back, we realise how much we grew as actors, designers, inventors and friends. We took on the responsibility of being designers and innovators. Undoubtedly, there were challenging moments throughout the process, and there were times when we truly believed we would never reach the ‘39th step’, but like any good team, we pulled through and are proud of what we have achieved!

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Year 9 Page to Stage: ‘Children of the Black Skirt’

On 17 May, the Year 9 Page to Stage cohort performed the moving Australian play, ‘Children of the Black Skirt’ by Angela Betzein, as part of their outcome for the Drama elective. The play is set in an orphanage in the Australian bush and brings to life the voices of children that had passed through the institution over time.

Students were required to research the historical background of the stories portrayed and were given an area of design to develop for the performance. The result was a beautifully realised and haunting piece of theatre that captured the spirit of the bush, through the refined exploration of soundscape, and aspects of Australian history were brought to life through the portrayal of a wide range of characters.

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Year 7 and 8 Co-curricular Play: ‘Mulan Jr’

Many students from the Year 7 and 8 cohorts have been working hard to rehearse the musical, ‘Mulan Jr’, ready for performances on 27 and 28 July. The students have been working on honing their singing and performance skills with Alumnae directors from Friend of Performing Arts at Gen, Miss Claire Warrillow and Miss Caitlin Petereit, and have been refining their dance moves with our resident fabulous choreographer Miss Meaghan Buckley.

Teams of Gen Productions students have been designing makeup, and creating and constructing sets, as well as learning the ropes of sound and lighting operation ready for production week.

Tickets are $10 for concession and $15 for adults. Book online now and don’t miss out on this family favourite that is set to be another fabulous showcase of Gen talent!

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Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama


Music News

Flute Ensembles Concert

On Friday 22 May, the flute students presented a Flute Ensembles Concert, showcasing the various ensembles that would compete at the Victorian Flute Guild Ensemble Competition. A list of the results of this competition can be found below.

A variety of groups performed, including flute duets, flute quartets and two large flute ensembles.

We would like to thank the girls for their confident and musical performances and Mrs Alison Conrau for her piano accompaniment.

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Woodwind Concert

On Friday 26 May, the woodwind students performed solos in preparation for their AMEB and school exams at the Woodwind Concert.

The concert was very well attended, with students performing a lovely variety of clarinet, oboe, flute and bassoon pieces, as well as items from the Chamber Wind Quartet and the Clarinet Ensemble.

Thank you to the students for their confident performances, Ms Zen Zeng for accompanying and their teachers Mr Edward Ferris, Ms Sylvie Leprohon and Mr Andrew Angus.

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Victorian Flute Guild Ensemble Competition

On Sunday 28 May, the flute students competed at the 24th Annual Flute Ensemble Competition held at MLC in Kew. A total of eight flute ensembles competed against thirteen other schools, comprising duets with piano, quartets, and two large flute ensembles.

We are thrilled to announce our outstanding results:

14 and Under Section

Duet Plus One 1st place
Anushi Fernandopulle and Georgia Kanellis (Year 8)

Small Ensemble – 1st place
Genazzano FCJ College Junior Flute Quartet - Anushi Fernandopulle, Scarlett Swainsbury, Georgia Kanellis, Lucy McColl Jones (Year 8)

16 and Under Section

Duet Plus One – 1st place
Emily Condon (Year 9) and Anushi Fernandopulle (Year 8)

Small Ensemble – 1st place
Genazzano FCJ College Intermediate Flute Quartet – Emily Condon, Anushi Fernandopulle, Ella McEvoy, Anna Lewis - First Place

Large Ensemble – 1st place
Genazzano FCJ College Intermediate Flute Ensemble

18 and Under Section

Duet Plus One – 2nd place
Judith Park and Stella Shi (Year 11)

Small Ensemble – 1st place
Genazzano FCJ College Senior Flute Quartet – Stella Shi (Year 11), Judith Park (Year 11), Anna Frazer (Year 10), Jessica Bates (Year 10)

Large Ensemble – 2nd place
Genazzano FCJ College Chamber Flute Ensemble

Congratulations to all of the flute students for their dedication, confidence and commitment.

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Mandy Lyle
Head of Woodwind


Careers News

Careers Expo and Subject Selection Evening

Students from Years 8 to 12 are invited to attend the Careers Expo and Subject Selection Evening on 26 July 2017. There will be representatives from a range of different tertiary and TAFE providers. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and seek out information on courses and institutes. Students in Years 9 to 11 will also have an information session about subject selection options for 2018.

Tertiary Open Days

Open Days run on weekends throughout Term 3. Open Days are the best way to get information about specific courses. You will be able to speak to current students and course leaders who can answer all your questions about prerequisites, entry information, course outlines, specific course information and general day to day uni life. You will be able to get a feel for the university and see if it is somewhere you would like to study.

We encourage students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to attend Open Days as it is important to research courses and gain as much information as you can about possible career pathways.

An Open Day timetable can be found on GenConnect Careers page in Careers Newsletter.

Year 12

VTAC Applications

Applications for TAFE and university courses open on the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website on Monday 7 August 2017. We will be running a registration session on 9 August in GenSTAR.

Following the registration session, all Year 12s will meet with me to discuss their ideas and options, course preferences, SEAS and scholarships. CourseSearch is the primary source of finding this course information. You will also find very useful VTAC videos about applying for courses, SEAS, scholarships, offers and changing preferences on the VTAC Youtube page.

You can apply for up to eight courses, placing them in the order you most want them. You will be offered a place in the highest course in your list, for which you meet the requirements.  

Don’t forget to check out the selection requirements for each course for which you apply. Many use only the ATAR for selection, however, a lot have other requirements such as an audition, folio presentation, interview or extra forms/documents that must completed as well. You will not be offered a place in any of these courses if you do not meet the selection requirements, regardless of your ATAR.

You have until 30 September for a ‘timely’ application.

Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

This Scheme allows selection officers at universities and TAFEs to grant special consideration for course entry to applicants, but doesn’t exempt you from meeting course requirements. The SEAS doesn’t change your educational results or qualifications, rather it enables course selection officers to consider circumstances that may have affected your results or educational progress.

Year 10

All Year 10 students will have a one on one careers appointment to discuss their Career Wise testing results, and how it can assist them in making career choices and VCE subject selection.

Amanda Barnetby
Careers Advisor 


Co-curricular News

Government House Visit

Year 11 students, Mary Henry and Alice Whelan, spent a day at Government House as guests of The Honorable Linda Dessau, AC, Governor of Victoria. The purpose of the day was to engage in a Model United Nations Conference, discussing the topic of ‘Achieving Gender Equality: Empowering Women and Girls’.

What an experience it was to drive up to Government House, through the mists of a June morning, then enter the Ballroom, where the conference was to take place. The students, representing the Kingdom of Sweden, proposed amendments to the resolution and answered numerous questions from students acting as delegates from other nations.

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Eileen Bendall
Debating & Public Speaking Coordinator

Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences News

Unlocking Your Grandchild’s Genius!

On Wednesday, the College hosted a special presentation to promote the wonderful and important role that grandparents play in our children’s lives. The guest speaker was clinical psychologist and Genazzano Institute Associate, Mr Andrew Fuller, who was insightful and entertaining as he explored:

  • ways in which grandparents and parents can assist children to discover their strengths
  • the importance of making mistakes in order learn and innovate
  • building learning confidence
  • helping children to plan and make decisions.

Download a copy of Andrew’s ‘Ten ways to promote the natural genius in your grandchild’. More information promoting learning and brain health can be found on the Genazzano Institute website.

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Catherine Brandon
Director of Research: Programs and Performance


Learning Enhancement News

At the end of this term, we farewell and thank Mrs Mary Bourke for her professional support in the LE Department, as she commences her Long Service Leave during Semester 2. In the last few weeks, we warmly welcomed Mrs Bernadette Slatterie who has commenced her transition into the LE Department working with the Year 11 and 12 students.

Mrs Geraldine Lennon will also be joining our Department, working with students across Years 7 to 10 in conjunction with myself. Miss Mary O'Shaughnessy will continue supporting students from Prep to Year 6, whilst Mrs Eileen Bendall will continue working with students in Years 7 and 8.

We look forward to a wonderful second semester in the LE Department. If you ever have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 8862 1221.

Marea Lanki
Curriculum Leader: Learning Enhancement

World Scholar's Cup

On 1 June, Genazzano hosted the very first Melbourne round of the World Scholar’s Cup. Principal, Ms Karen Jebb, welcomed 170 students from 15 different schools across Victoria. The day commenced with registration at 7.30am and concluded at 8.45pm in a flurry of celebration, medals and trophies.

Throughout the day, students engaged in collaborative writing, debates and general knowledge tasks with questions taken from material the students had access to prior to the day. But the day was not all serious study, as many students were seen to be visibly enjoying themselves. Overall, this was a most successful day for all students and for Genazzano FCJ College.


Eileen Bendall
Curriculum Leader: Gifted and Talented 


Social Justice News

FIRE Carriers: Who We Are

The FIRE Carrier Project is an initiative of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria aimed at promoting Reconciliation through education. This year marks the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, which modified Australia’s Constitution regarding Indigenous Australians. Furthermore, it has been 25 years since the historic Mabo decision and 20 years since the landmark, ‘Bringing Them Home Report’. In order to recognise these milestones and raise awareness about National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), the FIRE Carriers, highlighted the 2017 theme of, 'Let’s Take the Next Steps’, and made coloured paper feet on which we displayed stories and facts about the Stolen Generation.

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We also created a model of Bunjil and his nest. Bunjil is depicted as a wedge tale eagle and is an important part of Indigenous culture, representing creation, culture and ancestral being. He is now proudly perched on his nest in the library. To highlight this important aspect of Victorian Aboriginality with our own Catholic identity, we created a cross which now sits with this display.

On 23 May, a group of Year 9 and 10 FIRE Carriers travelled to Aquinas College to participate in the Long Walk hosted by Michael Long. Approximately 3000 students and teachers from nearby schools participated in the walk to acknowledge and thank the traditional owners of the land. Many of us also participated in the Long Walk to the MCG on Saturday 27 May.

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On 30 May, the Year 9 students participated in a range of activities for their Indigenous Immersion Day. Many different activities were on offer: to see ‘Satellite Boy’ at the ACMI Theatre, participate in the Heritage/Scar Tree Walk with the Korrie Heritage Trust, walk along the Wurundjeri Trail at Healesville Sanctuary and learn about the story of William Barak and listen to Uncle John Baxter speak at Genazzano College and painting personal messages about Reconciliation and the Bringing Them Home Report on large bollards.

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There was no better way to end National Reconciliation Week than with a football game between the staff and students!

Marea Lanki
FIRE Carriers Coordinator

Sports News

GSV Track and Field

Training for 2017 has commenced. Any interested student/s, plus all previous squad members now in Years 8-12, are warmly invited to come along and meet the new coaching team; lead by our new Head of Athletics, Mr Nick Wall. Nick brings a wealth of experience across a range of Athletics programs. We warmly welcome Nick to Athletics at Genazzano, and wish him the best.

Training schedules and permission letters are available on GenConnect.

GSV Cross Country - Championship Carnival

The GSV Championship Carnival, held on Friday 26 May at Bundoora Park, saw a determined team of 45 runners striving to perform their best among race fields of more than 250 runners. A highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Intermediate team finishing 1st in the Division 3 Age Group. Overall, the Genazzano team finished a very close 2nd in the Division 3 Competition.

Congratulations to all athletes who competed and special thanks to coaches Mr Ben Ashkettle, Miss Grace Kalac & Miss Kaitlin Barr.

GSV Water Polo

Congratulations to our Senior A team who competed in the GSV Finals this week. The team were defeated by MLC 11-0 in the semi-final; however we are extremely proud of their achievements, as this was Genazzano’s first final competition in A Grade in a number of years.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

GSV Netball Finals

It is Finals time for GSV Netball with 12 of the 20 teams representing the College over the next week. These include Senior A, B and D; Intermediate A, B, C, D and F; Junior A, B, F and G.

Junior Finals Results

A Team – winners Consolation Final
B Team – runners up Grand Final
F Team – runners up Grand Final
G Team – Premiers

Intermediate Finals Results

A Team – runners up Semi-final
C Team – runners up Grand Final
D Team – runners up Grand Final
F Team – runners up Grand Final

Senior Finals Results

A Team – runners up Grand Final
D Team – runners up Grand Final

Sarndra Kennerley
Netball Coordinator

SSV News

Congratulations to Hannah Rusmir (Year 4) and Izabella Morrison (Year 6) for progressing to the Southern Metropolitan Region Cross Country Carnival on Monday 19 June. Needing to make the top ten at the Beachside Division Carnival, Hannah placed 6th in the Under 10’s race and Izabella placed 7th in the Under 12/13 race. The girls both pushed themselves to their previous personal best times. The top 12 placed runners in each race will progress to the SSV State Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 20 July.

Congratulations also go to the ten Year 5 and 6 girls who represented Genazzano at the invitational event of the GSV Championships. All girls ran well, particularly Siobhan Petersen (Year 5) who placed 6th overall.

On Tuesday 20 June, Genazzano will host the SSV Armadale District’s Netball and Soccer Round Robin Carnival. Five schools will compete in soccer and two divisions of netball in the hope of becoming District Champions in the two sports. Last year, Genazzano won the soccer and was a close runner-up in netball, so hopes are high for all teams for next week.

Despite some chilly mornings in recent weeks, it has been very encouraging to see the great numbers at the first few SSV Track & Field sessions. The girls have also met Mr Nick Wall, Genazzano's new Head of Athletics. We will continue training on Thursday mornings for the rest of this term, including some trials next week and the rest in the first week of Term 3.

Adrian Daly
SSV Coordinator

Swimming – GenAquatic

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Congratulations to Xavier and Vicky Tan for making Team Vic swimming team who will be competing at the Pacific School Games to be held in Adelaide from 2-9 December. They have also been selected to represent our district in Canberra on 17-18 June.

Annual Club Championships

Our Annual Club Championships will be on Friday 23 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. This is a fun event for all GenAquatic members. Membership includes all Bronze, Silver, Gold squad and swimmers who are registered with Swimming Victoria. Each event costs $2 with ribbons given out to the first three places.


  1. 10/U Years Male & Female 50 Freestyle
  2. 11 + 12 Years Male 100 Freestyle
  3. 11 + 12 Years Female 100 Freestyle
  4. 13 + 14 Years Male 100 Freestyle
  5. 13 + 14 Years Female 100 Freestyle
  6. 15 / 16 Years Male 100 Freestyle
  7. 15 / 16 Female 100 Freestyle
  8. Open Male 100 Freestyle
  9. Open Female 100 Freestyle
  10. 10/U Years Male & Female 50 Backstroke
  11. 11 + 12 Years Male 50 Backstroke
  12. 11 + 12 Years Female 50 Backstroke
  13. 13 + 14 Years Male 100 Backstroke
  14. 13 + 14 Years Female 100 Backstroke
  15. 15 / 16 Males 100 Backstroke
  16. 15 / 16 Female 100 Backstroke
  17. Open Male 100 Backstroke
  18. Open Male 100 Backstroke
  19. 10/U Years Male & Female 50 Breaststroke
  20. 11 + 12 Years Male 50 Breaststroke
  21. 11 + 12 Years Female 50 Breaststroke
  22. 13 + 14 Years Male 100 Breaststroke
  23. 13 + 14 Years Female 100 Breaststroke
  24. 15 / 16 Male 100 Breaststroke
  25. 15 / 16 Female 100 Breaststroke
  26. Open Male 100 Breaststroke
  27. Open Female 100 Breaststroke
  28. 10/U Years Male & Female 25 Butterfly
  29. 11 + 12 Years Male 50 Butterfly
  30. 11 + 12 Years Female 50 Butterfly
  31. 13 + 14 Years Male 50 Butterfly
  32. 13 + 14 Years Female 50 Butterfly
  33. 15 / 16 Male 50 Butterfly
  34. 15 / 16 Female 50 Butterfly
  35. Open Male 50 Butterfly
  36. Open Female 50 Butterfly

Surrey Park Short Course Meet

The next swim meet that GenAquatic will be attending is the Surrey Park Short Course Meet on Sunday 23 July. All swimmers who are registered as a competitive member should enter this event. Swimmers should see their coach for meet entry advice. Enter online.

GenAquatic Annual AGM and Presentation Night

On Friday 21 July, we will be hosting the GenAquatic AGM and Presentation night. This event will be held in the Genazzano FCJ College Cafeteria. It will be a great night celebrating the year’s achievements thus far. Invitations will be sent out prior to the event.

Future events

Friday 23 June Club Championships, Genazzano FCJ Pool
Friday 21 July GenAquatic AGM, Genazzano FCJ College
Sunday 23 July Surrey Park Short Course Meet, MSAC
Sunday 20 August DVE 'Last Chance' SC Proposed Qualifying Meet, WaterMarc, Greensborough

Amon Soerink
Head Coach, Aquatics


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Saturday 17 June Year 9 Central Australia Immersion
GFA Year 5 & 6 Camp (Mt Eliza)
Sunday 18 June Year 9 Central Australia Immersion
Kimberley Immersion
GFA Year 5 & 6 Camp (Mt Eliza)
Monday 19 June Correction Day - Student Free Day
Year 9 Central Australia Immersion
Kimberley Immersion
Tuesday 20 June Year 9 Central Australia Immersion
Year 10 Careers Day
Kimberley Immersion
Wednesday 21 June Year 9 Central Australia Immersion Group 1 returns
Year 10 Drivers Ed
Year 11 Food Studies Excursion
VCE Theatre Studies Excursion
Kimberley Immersion
GFA Committee Meeting
Thursday 22 June No classes for Year 9 Group 1
Year 9 Central Australia Immersion Group 2 returns
Year 10 Drivers Ed
Concert Band Soiree at 4.00pm
Kimberley Immersion
Friday 23 June End of Term 2 at 3.25pm
No classes for Year 9
Year 10 Drivers Ed

Please visit our website for a full list of 2017 Term Dates or our College calendar.


GMA News

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the Year Level Reps and their Coordinators for all their work in organising events during this term. I would also like to thank the Care Group Coordinator and team for their fabulous work in helping our parent community.

As we head into winter, I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday, keep warm and I look forward to next term.

Events Held

The Year 2 mums had an enjoyable morning coffee catch up at Adeney Cafe. All the talk was about the GMA Ball! Excitement is already building for this event.

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The Year 8 Parents Social Night was a fun night. Twenty-five parents gathered at The Skinny Dog, Kew for a night of good food, drinks & great company.

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Thanksgiving Mass and Supper for Lila McInerney

On Thursday 8 June, the GMA and GFA held a Eucharist of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Good Counsel to honour and thank Mrs Lila McInerney, Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing, for her wonderful contribution to Genazzano over the last 11 years. Lila has accepted a position at Mercy College as Principal.

There were over 300 people, with current and past students, families, staff, GMA and GFA Presidents attending. A superb supper followed the Eucharist organised by the GFA. An amount of $1,540 was received from guests, which was presented to Lila as a travel voucher gift.

I would specifically like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Helen Fox who coordinated this event on behalf of the GMA. She was incredibly generous with her time and did a wonderful job in liaising with the College, parents, guests and the staff at Our Lady of Good Counsel to bring this special event together.

I would like to thank the GFA President, Mr Bruce MacIsaac and Dr Rob Bischof for their support and collaboration in hosting this event.

I would also like to acknowledge Mr Charles Watt and his team, Ms Marea Lanki, Mrs Janet Dawson, Mr Jan Blazenjak, Ms Olivia Hallam and Mr Mark Hueston.

On behalf of the GMA, I wish Lila every success and blessing at Mercy College, where she will be highly valued and appreciated at the same time as she will be greatly missed from Genazzano.

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2017 GMA Annual Ball – Hollywood at the Park Hyatt

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Invitations have been mailed out, so start thinking about your table of 10 or join a year level table! Please direct any ticket enquiries to Mrs Johanna Nesbitt at

Donate Auction Items

The Ball is the Genazzano Mothers’ Association’s main fundraiser for the School, with all profits being used to build quality facilities from which our children will benefit. In order to do this, we are asking for your support.

In addition to attending the Ball and purchasing raffle tickets, we would be delighted if you would consider providing a donation, which could be used for the Main or Silent Auction, which will be run on the evening. Items could include restaurant vouchers, bottles of wine, tickets to special events, jewellery, original artwork, professional services such as plumbing, dental, gardening, cleaning, and any other interesting items! Perhaps your workplace would consider making a donation, or you may know a business owner who may like to support the school.

All donations will be acknowledged and advertised prior to and on the night of the Ball. With approximately 900 families at the School, this is a wonderful way to promote your business and support for Genazzano FCJ College.

If you are interested in donating to the 2017 Genazzano Ball or require further information, please contact Mrs Johanna Nesbitt via or myself on 0427 968 472.

Buy a Ball Raffle Ticket – Just $5 Per Ticket!

This year, we are making it easier for you to buy your GMA Ball raffle tickets online. Purchase online now. If you would prefer, you can also collect hardcopy raffle tickets from Student Services, Wardell Building and Grange Hill Receptions.

If you have any questions about the raffle please contact Mrs Cathy Frawley on 0421 010 347 or

There are fabulous raffle prizes:

1st Prize: ‘Up, Up & Away’
A travel voucher for two return economy airfares to Los Angeles (or any worldwide destination of your choice). Donated by Genazzano Mothers’ Association with $1250 of the value donated by Surrey Travel with Jacqui Bendall. Together with several nights accommodation courtesy of Hyatt Hotels (Value: $5000+)

2nd Prize: Apple MacBook Air
Light and durable enough to take everywhere you go, this 13 inch features a 1.6GHz dual-core i5, 4GB memory, 128GB flash storage, intel HD graphics 6000 and backlit keyboard. Donated by Reflex Technology Group (Value: $1600)

3rd Prize: Jan Logan Freshwater Pearls
Feel luxurious in this beautiful pair of Freshwater, 9ct Yellow gold, Pearl Earrings. (Value: $325)

4th Prize: UE Boom 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Enjoy listening to your favourite music with excellent sound quality through this Bluetooth speaker that you can take anywhere with you. Donated by Inverleigh Media. (Value: $230)

All proceeds from our Hollywood Ball will go towards the building works in accordance with the College’s 2020 Vision and Master Plan.

Committee Meeting

The next Combined Committee and Year Level Reps meeting is on Monday 31 July at 7.00pm in the Cafeteria. Everyone is welcome, especially new mums!

Save the Date

Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June GFA Year 5 and 6 Father/Daughter Camp 
Saturday 17 June Year 12 Parents Drinks Evening
Thursday 22 June Year 10 Parents Dinner
Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July Year 12 Mums & Daughters Weekend Away
GFA Year 7 Father/Daughter Camp
Monday 31 July  Combined Committee & Year Level Reps Meeting 
Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August GFA Year 8 Father /Daughter Camp 
Saturday 19 August GMA Annual Ball
Friday 1 September Victorian Parents Council Annual Seminar
Saturday 2 September Year 7 Parents Gathering

Jacqui Pirone
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


GFA News

Thanksgiving Mass and Supper for Lila McInerney – Thursday 8 June

Since we didn’t have any scheduled events this fortnight, we decided to put on a new one, joint with the GMA, to thank Lila for her contribution to the College over the past 11 years.

A Thanksgiving Mass was held on Thursday 8 June at Our Lady of Good Council to celebrate Lila’s contribution to the College, and to provide her with an appropriate send off. The Mass was celebrated by five priests, indicating the respect Lila is held in across the Catholic community. The GFA were represented in the Prayers of the Faithful, where Mr Mike Lescai, Mr Neville Drake and Dr Rob Bischof made a contribution. I would also like to thank Ms Trish Norman from OLGC Parish who did such amazing job in organising the church and the clean up the following day.

Mass was followed by a number of speeches from myself, the GMA President, Mrs Jacqui Pirone and the Principal, Ms Karen Jebb. Karen outlined her pride that one of her own Deputy Principals was able to secure a Principal’s role with another Catholic College, and wished her well.

Mass was then followed by a fantastic meal prepared by the GFA, which was able to feed the 300 or so guests. Jacqui spoke in more detail about Lila’s achievements and presented a gift on behalf of both organisations, allowing Lila and her family to have a break together on a holiday. Following this, Mr Chris Jones, one of our former presidents, spoke of the enduring support Lila has provided to our organisation over the years and how we have worked together to help those families in need. In parting, Mr Nicholas Psyhogios, another former president, provided Lila with a trophy, marking our relationship and making her an honorary member of our association.

I would like to thank the GMA for their contribution on this event, especially to Mrs Jacqui Pirone and Mrs Helen Fox. On our part, Dr Rob Bischof, another former president, did a brilliant job organising everything. It was one of the largest events we have put on, supported only by the efforts of our volunteers, and is a credit to Mr Nick Psyhogios, our maestro of the Greek BBQ.

I would also like to thank our volunteers: Mr Vince Giamo, Mr Peter Mennilli, Mr Barry Dawson, Mr Michael Gaffney, Mr Michael Phan, Mr Mark Gao, Mr Peter Grounds, Mr Nick Shea, Mr Darren Davis, Mr Jordan Papadopoulos and Mr Julian Di Battista. If I have forgotten anyone, please remind me! A special thanks should also go to Mr Peter Christophidis, who isn’t even a parent at the College but who generously works as Nick’s lieutenant at every one of our BBQs.

If the GFA is that much fun that other dads want to join, then why don’t you get involved too?

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Year 5 & 6 Father Daughter Camp – This Saturday 17/18 June

Each year, we hold a camp for the Years 5 & 6 girls so that they can bond with their fathers and each other during group activities, dinner and an overnight stay. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend some quality time and create shared experiences together!

The camp is held this weekend, Saturday 17 June 2017 to Sunday 18 June, at the YMCA Manyung Recreation Camp in Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza. The cost of the camp is $145 per person, which covers all expenses including accommodation, activities and food.

There are lots of fun activities for daughters to do with their dads including a giant swing, flying fox, archery and tree top challenges. These will be followed by a murder mystery, photo booth, trivia completion and more. All the ‘challenge activities’ are designed to be safe and supervised by train YMCA staff.

If you have missed booking, please contact Mr Lu Italiano to see if we can still fit you in. We want you and your daughters to all get involved, so we will do our best. Contact Lu via or 0438 699 889.

GFA Footy Finals Luncheon – Friday 15 September

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The Genazzano Fathers Association has booked Etihad Stadium for another Footy Final Luncheon. With up to 400 attending, this is an event not be missed. Take the whole day off, as it is the highlight of the GFA year!

A panel has already been organised with four former champions, who will entertain you and your guests over an excellent meal and refreshments. With Shane Healy as MC, Mick Malthouse, Tony Shaw and a mystery guest as panellists, the sparks should by flying for an entertaining afternoon.

This is our premier event and is one of the biggest football finals luncheons in town. It’s not just about great food, footy or insights from our panel of champions – it’s an opportunity to make your mark at the College and promote your business. This event funds nearly all the GFA’s activities, so if you only do one thing this year, and you can afford to, then sponsor us. For sponsorship enquiries or to purchase a whole table please contact our Vice President - Corporate Events, Mr Nicholas Psyhogios at or 0412 938 450.

Tickets are available online for $140 per person or $1300 for a table of 10. We look forward to seeing you there, but as there are only 400 seats available, we suggest you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment. There are already 150 corporate seats that have been reserved. If you have any enquiries regarding individual bookings, or want help organising a table, please contact Dr Rob Bischof via or 0497 395 698.

GFA Executive

Every month, a friendly bunch of guys meet to plan our events and discuss other items of interest. Our liaison from the College provides an outline of upcoming College activities, listens to our feedback and answers questions. The meeting is always followed by refreshments and an opportunity to catch up with other dads, so it’s worthwhile having a look in. We will always make sure you feel welcome.

Next week, we have a special presentation. Organisational psychologist, Suzanne Loubris, is presenting her ideas. She is very entertaining and you might even learn something about your partner, work colleagues or even yourself. Throw away your rulebooks; this might even change your perspective. Don’t miss it, it will be a lot of fun, you might even want more.

Join us on Wednesday 21 June in the Wardell Theatre at 7.30pm, following the Committee meeting at 7.00pm in the Boardroom.

Save the Date

Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July Year 7 Father Daughter Camp
Saturday 5 August GenOutback Dinner and Dance
Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August Year 8 Father Daughter Camp
Saturday 26 August Year 9 Bowling & Laser Tag
Friday 15 September GFA Footy Finals Lunch

Our motto is to ‘Love, Laugh and Make a Difference’. Why don’t you ‘Get Involved’ this year?

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association

FCJ News

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Please click here to read the latest volume of the FCJ News, featuring a remembrance on recent Sisters FCJ that have passed.



Open Morning

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017
Time: 9.30am - 11.00am
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Register online

Mulan Jr - Year 7 & 8 Drama Performance


Date: Thursday 27 July and Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Tickets: $20 adults | $10 concession
Book online

LitFest Dinner

LitFest Dinner

Date: Thursday 3 August 2017
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Tickets: $30 per person
Book online

Annual Music Concert

Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets on sale soon!

GMA Hollywood Ball

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Date: Saturday 19 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Book online

Open Morning

Date: Wednesday 23 August 2017
Time: 9.30am - 11.00am
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Register online

Wizard of Oz - Year 5 & 6 Drama Performance

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Date: Thursday 24 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Tickets: $15 adults | $10 concession
Book online

Outstanding Alumnae Awards Evening

Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Tickets on sale soon!

Les Jeunes Artistes - ELC to Year 4 Art Show

Date: Tuesday 5 September 2017
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: Grange Hill
Tickets on sale soon!

GFA Footy Finals Luncheon

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Date: Friday 15 September 2017
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Tickets: $140 per person | $1300 table of 10
Book online

Community News

International Guest Speaker – Margie Warrell

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Our Lady of Sion College Parents Association presents international guest speaker, Margie Warrell.

Our Lady of Sion College is committed to helping girls flourish and make the most of the opportunities that life has to offer.

As the founder of Global Courage in 2010, she continues to work to empower women to be braver leaders across all sectors of society, therefore we are delighted to be hosting Margie Warrell, as our 2017 Guest Speaker on 20 June 2017.

This event is not to be missed and we encourage, parents to come along with their daughter/s and find out more about:

  • What holds young women back from success
  • What can be achieved when good risks are taken
  • What students can do now – ‘take home changes’
  • How parents can help support their daughters to flourish.

We think Margie’s message is so useful for young women that you are welcome to share booking details with family and friends.

If you would like to know more about Margie and what she has to offer further inspiration can be found at

For booking queries please contact Margaret via, for other queries please contact Christine Kralj – Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing via or 9890 9097.

Date: 20 June 2017
Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm (supper afterwards)
Cost: $20 per family (parents / guardians are encourage to bring their daughter/s)
Book online

Sacraments at Deepdene, Balwyn & Camberwell Parishes

Young parishioners of Deepdene, Balwyn and Camberwell Parishes are reminded to enrol in the Parish Sacramental Program for Confirmation. Once the preparation stage has been completed, these young people are presented for the sacrament. The sacrament will be celebrated this year as follows:

Sunday, 10 September

Closing date for registrations: 30 June 2017
(Catechist Preparation Program commences Friday, 28 July)

Please visit the parish website and complete the relevant online enrolment form. Alternatively, contact Sharon Freeman on 9816 9291 or for more details. Please note that the Sacramental Program is open to those families who reside within either parish boundary.

Camp Australia Holiday Club

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Your kids are invited to Spok's Party! It’s going to be one big party these school holidays with a celebration that has been planned for your kids by our friend Spok, all inspired by his most favourite things to do and see. Some of the feature party days coming up include:

Build and take home your own Planetarium. Get ready for Planetarium FUN as we get out-of-this-world creative! Build, design and decorate what your solar system will look like. And of course, every solar system needs a story - create your own to share.

Introduction to Coding. Pop on your code creation caps, it's programming time in a highly interactive and fun workshop. In groups, we'll learn about the fundamentals of coding with four separate stations including: algorithms, programming, functions & variables and an experience with Ozobots (advanced robotics packed in a cubic inch)!

Build and take home a Terrarium. You'll give two (green) thumbs up today because we are building our own indoor garden to take home and watch bloom in our own room! We'll learn about plant life-cycles and the environment and then create our own piece of green.

At the Movies. We’re off to the movies to see the latest kid’s films. Check out the program to see what movie we are going to see!

To find out what other awesome activities are coming up at a school near you these holidays, and to register and book, visit the Camp Australia Holiday Clubs website