Newsletter - Edition 11-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

The words ‘Courage and Confidence’ were always on Marie Madeleine d’Houet's lips; a motto that was very important in the development of the Society of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. She wrote, “Say to each one courage and confidence.” Courage and confidence also emerged a theme in many of her personal letters. Clearly, it was a prayerful wish she offered for others, and so, today it is an important part of the mantra for us at Genazzano FCJ College. We aspire to instil courage and confidence in all our students. In the words of Marie Madeleine: “Courage and confidence, knowing that we in our turn are called to make a difference in the world.”

I witnessed this courage and confidence last Wednesday, as we gathered for the Year 11 Eucharist, led by one of our College Chaplains, Fr Werner Utri. The focus these students chose for this Eucharist was ‘Listening, Responding, Leading’. At the mid-point of the year, our students in Year 11 recognise that they are soon to be the leaders of the College and so with courage and confidence they wanted to ask for God’s blessings as they listen and respond to the Word of God. I would like to share with you some thoughts and reflections expressed by students during the introduction and the post-communion reflection.

The words of the introduction encouraged us: “Being members of a College like Gen, our academic studies are so important to us and the future it will open to us. But perhaps today’s Gospel (Matt 13:1-9) reminds us of another important aspect of our FCJ identity.

“What gentle words of Jesus have stayed in our hearts and grown in meaning over the last 12 months? Have our words and actions to our peers, teachers and other members of the College community, encouraged growth and life in others? Perhaps today’s Gospel of the parable of the sower might challenge us to reflect upon the behaviours we exhibit that are life-giving.”

Then in the post-communion reflection: “We realise that in communion we share our intimate thoughts on a spiritual level, and in leading we share our thoughts as a team, listening, and then responding to them.

What is leadership? How can we listen and respond effectively? How can we work together as a team? These are the questions we ask ourselves as we cannot be effective leaders if these are not clear to us. We know in our hearts that in becoming the new leaders of the school, we are taking up this role with great hopes and with ambitions to lead the school in a positive manner. Together we strive to listen to and respond to all voices and rise to any challenges that we face, in order to make our school the best it can possibly be.

“We recognise that as growing leaders, we possess both strengths and weaknesses. But, as we embark on the final part of our high school journey, we strive to develop attributes that can inspire others and take us beyond our schooling life into the future.

“We need to embrace the upcoming responsibilities and take on these challenges by acting with integrity and being supportive of each other, so we can make a positive difference to our school community.”

I am mindful too, that our Year 12 students are moving into their final stages of school life and I commend them for the leadership they demonstrate to our school community on a daily basis.

As we will soon begin the process of selecting our 2017 prefects and student leaders, the words expressed by our Year 11s during the Eucharist demonstrate that they have the courage and confidence to listen, respond and lead within the spirit of the FCJ charism. Not only will we have an inspiring and dedicated team of prefects, I am confident that the whole year level will lead and contribute positively to the activities, programs and atmosphere of the College in the year to come.

The daily life of the College continues and last Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the GenAquatic Swimming Club AGM and Awards Night. It was a fabulous night that celebrated the many achievements of the past year. The club has grown significantly and with over 80 members, it is performing well above expectation. The friendly atmosphere of the club was evident the moment I walked in the door. The evening was hosted by our Performance and Development Coach, Mr Matt Welsh, and the Chairman of the GenAquatic Committee, Mr Peter McDonald. Mr McDonald spoke about the many achievements of the GenAquatic Club in the past 12 months.

The captain of the GenAquatic Club, Hannah McDonald (Year 11), is one of our accomplished swimmers. The vice-captain is Allegra Mattioli (Year 10) and another accomplished swimmer. The swimming awards were presented, as proud parents applauded their daughter’s and son’s achievements. I extend my congratulations to all swimmers in the GenAquatic Club and my sincere thanks to our Club President, Mr Peter McDonald, our Head Coach, Mr Amon Soerink, our Performance and Development Coach, Mr Matt Welsh, our Aquatics Manager, Mrs Andi Smith, and all members of the GenAquatic Club Committee. I encourage our budding swimmers to join our GenAquatic Club, as I am sure they will be surprised by the many benefits it will bring to their swimming and wellbeing.

I also had the privilege of attending my first Genazzano Rowing Committee AGM, chaired by Mrs Nicky Vergano, who has worked tirelessly during the season and has been an outstanding president this year. The Committee were pleased with the achievements of the 2015/2016 Rowing Season and equally thrilled with their fund-raising efforts. They presented a $40,000 cheque to the College as a result of their fund-raising at the rowing regattas and social events. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all members of the Genazzano Rowing Committee and all parents who assisted with the rowing season. Your support is much appreciated and valued.

The Committee is looking forward to the 2016/2017 season under the leadership of our new Rowing Coordinator, Mrs Jane Robinson, new Senior Rowing Coach, Miss Michelle Yann and our ongoing Junior Rowing Coach, Mrs Sue Andrews. We are also delighted to welcome Mrs Ruth Passaris as the incoming President of the Genazzano Parents Rowing Committee. I look forward to working with her and the Committee as we move into the 2016/2017 Rowing Season.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

"God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar."
- St. Maximilian Kolbe

Last week, the Genazzano Year 11 students gathered in the College Chapel to celebrate the Eucharist, led by Fr Werner Utri. The theme of our Eucharist was ‘Listening, Responding, Leading’ and it was a beautiful way for each girl to start thinking about a possible role as a College Prefect in 2017.

Good liturgy is about remembering; in the Jewish Passover celebrations, the events of the original Passover are remembered in such a powerful way that they become real to those who share the meal.

When we come to the Eucharist, we bring all that we are to the altar and lay it before God. All our successes and joys, along with our failures and our disappointments are part of our sacred offering. In short, we bring our whole humanity to the altar for God to hold and celebrate. The God who became human knows our frustrations and our limitations but also knows our beauty and our gifts.

The Year 11 girls have many gifts they can bring to leadership, and we pray that God will guide them as they discern possibilities to use these gifts in 2017.

We invite your prayers for the Genazzano girls who are attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland this week. May they return safely and filled with a rejuvenated and life-giving faith.

We pray for the family of Gabrielle Rico, Year 9, whose grandfather (Alberto Di Fazio) passed away last week.

We pray for the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus in their various ministries throughout the world.

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission

Prayer for the 2016 World Youth Day

God of mercy, transform me,
that my eyes may be merciful,
that I may marvel at the beauty
of my neighbour’s heart.

Transform me, O God,
that my ears may be merciful,
that I may be attentive
to those in need.

Transform me, O God,
that my tongue may be merciful,
that all I proclaim
is in love and peace.

Transform me, O God,
that my hands may be merciful,
that I use them
to serve my neighbor.

Transform me, O God,
that my feet may be merciful,
that my pilgrim journey
leads me to compassion.

Transform me, O God,
that my heart may be merciful,
ever open to the joy
of your presence.

May Your mercy, O God,
rest upon me and transform me
into Yourself, for You are my all.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.



Student Learning and Wellbeing News

Be orderly! Life skills and study skills

Around 2400 years ago, one of the greatest thinkers in our western intellectual tradition, Plato, had a lot to say about education and how to live a truly good, productive and meaningful life. He emphasised the importance of being disciplined in life, having a meaningful goal to aim at and developing an orderly mind. Plato’s hero was Socrates, a person who constantly asked questions to find the truth and sought clear definitions of words to communicate effectively. In 21st century education, such sentiments provide a rich resource for effective learning.

As an educator in schools for well over 20 years, I think Plato’s insights about life skills have a great deal to say about the kind of skills needed in study. Earlier this year, I wrote some thoughts on important study skills to develop. As we are now well over the half-way mark of the academic year (how quickly the joy and excitement of learning passes!), I share with you a couple more insights.  We remind the students of the following:

1. Be orderly! Establish a routine

Setting aside a particular time each day for study and revision and sticking to it contributes to strategic study habits.

2. Be orderly! Revision

Develop effective note taking skills. Notes need to be succinct and reflect the key knowledge learnt in class. Summary notes should be gone over on the day of the class to ensure the content of the lesson is grasped and understood. Revision should not be left too close to an assessment piece or to the end of the year!

3. Questions! Ask others for help

When notes have been taken and when revision commenced what questions still need to be addressed? The great English poet, John Donne, wrote ‘No Man is an Island’; we don't exist just on our own. The same can be said about learning. We learn better with others; with classmates and teachers.

My experience as a teacher and that of many other teachers are that when students set up simple and achievable goals and stick to them it helps avoid the anxiety of leaving things to the last moment.

Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing


News from ELC

IMG_1597.JPGOur ELC students returned from the holidays full of enthusiasm and noticed that Mr McGregor’s garden needed some new winter vegetable planting. The educators read the picture story book Stone Soup by Tony Bonning which highlights the perfect recipe for a scrumptious soup. The children discussed the vegetables they like to add to soup during winter.

What would you like in our stone soup?

Zoe: zucchini
Mia: strawberry
Diego: carrots
Caitlin: broccoli
Gabby: corn
Miles M: tomato
Sofia: broccoli
Ava: peas
Miles D: salad
Angus: cucumber
Jacqui: garlic
Sarah: pumpkin
Sophie: carrots & pumpkin
Seraphina: turnips
Charlie: mint
Connor: eggplant
Joaquín: I've got homegrown garlic


Over the past week, the children have planted beetroot, white turnips, swedes, peas, leeks, carrots, brussel sprouts, capsicum seeds, pumpkin seeds and heirloom carrots into Mr McGregor’s garden and continue to nurture the seedlings daily. They noticed lots of worms in the soil and discussed how the worms like to live underground in the dark and help to make the seedlings grow well in the soil. We look forward to harvesting the produce to keep us warm with our own stone soup recipe.


Our ELC4 children have embarked on an investigation into space and are sharing their knowledge on space facts. When asked what they know about the universe, they shared that the earth is a planet, people float in space, you go in a rocket and fly to the moon, that there are lots of planets, the hot planets are red, you need oxygen tanks in space, and that there is no gravity in space.

Our ELC3 children explored winter weather elements and discussed how they can stay healthy in winter by drinking water, wearing a jumper, putting on a jacket, washing their hands with warm, soapy water, and coughing and sneezing into our elbow. This discussion has inspired the children to talk about their bodies and to become artists, painting their bodies at the art easel.

On Wednesday 27 July, Dr Judith Paphazy joined the ELC parents to discuss ‘How resilience can help your child’. Resilience is the human capacity to face, overcome, be strengthened by and even transformed by adversity. Dr Paphazy linked it to the GenSTAR program that is offered at Genazzano: I have external supports; I am with internal strengths and I can be social; interpersonal, and apply problem solving skills. We thank Dr Paphazy for sharing her research and expertise in this necessary life skill.

Alison Lucas
Director of Early Learning Centre


News from Early Years

The 2016 Olympics have not yet started but preparations are well under way at Grange Hill even if we are not quite going to Rio. The Prep to Year 2 students have been very busy designing and creating their own Olympic torches. How fantastic it was to be able to admire a real Olympic torch, courtesy of Mr Matt Welsh, father of Eva in Year 1.  All Early Years students are examining the concept of the Olympic Games - their history and purpose, the countries involved, as well as exploring whether the Olympic Games are just about winning or much more.


Last week saw four Indigenous visitors from St Mary’s College, Broome visit the Early Years and ELC students. The girls read stories about the Dreamtime as well as answering a range of questions from our students. Having recently studied the way the First Peoples of Australia lived sustainably, the Prep to Year 2s asked some very interesting and relevant questions.


Thursday 21 July saw our Year 4 parents and their daughters gather for their First Eucharist Information Night. A workshop run by Pia Pagotto, from the Presentation Family Project, ensured that the girls and their parents were able to participate in some very deep and meaningful conversations about the Eucharist. The students also had a chance to practise receiving the host, unblessed of course. We will keep all the Year 4 girls in our prayers as they prepare to either receive their First Eucharist or journey with their peers at this special time.

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A reminder that the GenOutback will take place on Saturday 6 August 6.30pm - 9.30pm Please go to the GFA Events website for further information and bookings. The Early Years and ELC students are busily colouring in their entries for the GenOutback poster competition with all entries due to the Grange Hill reception by 4 August.

Jacqueline Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

My Secret Garden: Samples of Student Work

Students in Year 7 have recently written about what would be in their 'secret gardens' if they had one. Here are a few samples of their work:

  1. My Secret Garden by Emily Air (Year 7A)
  2. My Secret Garden by Isabel Finch (Year 7A)
  3. My Secret Garden by Lucy Kennedy (Year 7A)

Wayne Murrill
Director of Middle Years


News from All Hallows

Drama Victoria Theatre Festival

The Year 9 Drama Elective ‘Creators and Performers’ was so much fun to be a part of! The Drama Victoria Theatre Festival was a program run in conjunction with Monash University’s Drama Department. We were given a stimulus image and created a play from that image alone. We had a few weeks to complete the play before we were invited to perform it, along with other schools who had the same stimulus image.

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On the stimulus day, we were mixed into groups with other schools doing drama. After several creative activities, the stimulus image was revealed. We worked together brainstorming and writing whatever came to our minds. We then returned to All Hallows and began planning.

We first performed our play, ‘Filter’, at Genazzano and received positive feedback of the message we were trying to deliver about social media. Reservoir High School hosted the evening, where six schools, including Genazzano, performed.

The experience of performing something we created from an image was exhilarating. It was very enlightening to observe other schools’ ideas and creations and how different they were to ours. This experience broadened our knowledge of theatrical styles, encouraged us to work as a team and be proud of something we are all passionate about.

Prudence Halse
Year 9


News from Later Years

The University of Melbourne Biology Excursion

The Unit 4 Biology students had the exciting opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding of the course through an invaluable workshop run by the Department of Genetics, University of Melbourne, on 21 July. The day entailed two sets of practical activities, which were completed under the guidance of current students of the university.

One involved analysing the process of making a recombinant plasmid for cloning, which we had previously studied in class. We had the opportunity to use DNA analysis technology such as gel electrophoresis. This process involves separating DNA fragments based on their size to analyse the genetic information contained in an organism. This was used to verify our success in creating a recombinant plasmid.

The second prac involved analysing a genetic cross using ‘Drosophila melanogaster’, a particularly vivacious fly often used in genetic experiments.

This required observing flies and their offspring, of various phenotypes, to produce a specific ratio, thereby finding the parents’ genotypes. This allowed us to examine meiosis, another topic we are studying.

Throughout the day, we obtained a greater understanding and appreciation of DNA analysis technology and the processes our cells undergo to reproduce.

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Isabelle Zupan and Emily Harman
Year 11


Creative Arts News

Portrait Exhibition

The Genazzano FCJ College community is warmly invited to view the portrait exhibition that is on display in the Furlan Room of the Madeleine Centre until 16 September. This exhibition showcases the work of students from various year levels, as well as portraits that are a part of the College art collection. Our students have developed works using a variety of mediums including paint, pastels, pencil and watercolour.

Royal Melbourne Show

We are pleased to announce that a number of our students' artworks have been selected to represent the College at the Royal Melbourne Show from 17-27 September.

The Royal Melbourne Show awards schools and students prizes in a variety of sections including craft, textiles, photography, drawing, ceramics and painting. Judging for these awards will take place in the last week of Term 3.

The schools section for art and craft is located in the Art and Craft Cookery Pavilion at the show and members of the school community are invited to visit and view the many artworks on display.

Students whose work has been selected for the show will be notified by their visual arts teacher and parents via email.

Art for a Cause

Preparations are underway at the Year 9 All Hallows campus for our ‘Art for a Cause’ Art Show. Details of the show have been sent via email to Year 9 parents. The show will present student work from Semester 1 Creative Arts and also showcase photography work that can be purchased to support the work of Caritas Australia for the refugees.

Exhibition and Event Dates

22 July - 16 September, Furlan Room

Portrait Exhibition: student work and College art collection

7 September, Grange Hill

Les Jeunes Artistes: ELC to Year 4 Art Show

17-27 September

Royal Melbourne Show

17 August

Creative Arts Tour: Final Information Night

17 September (departure)

Creative Arts Tour

4 November

Graduate Art Show Opening

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Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts and College Art Curator


Drama News

Annie Jr a Great Success!

In the first week of Term 3, the inaugural Year 7 and 8 co-curricular musical, Annie Jr, was performed in the Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts. Audiences were treated to an excellent production, which was a testament to the talent and preparation of all students involved; both on stage as performers and backstage as part of the Gen Productions team. Thanks and congratulations to all involved, in what was a marvellous evening’s entertainment.

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Year 5/6 Production: Celebrating Australian Women

The Year 5 and 6 students have been exploring the legacy of many Australian women throughout history who worked hard and forged the way for the current generations. The students have drawn on their studies in Humanities and Religion around the Federation, the Suffragette movement, the Gold Rush and St Mary MacKillop, to devise scenes from improvisations around this exploration. Come and see these inspirational women from our history come to life!

The College community is invited to attend the production on Wednesday 24 August from 4.00pm - 5.00pm (matinee performance) and Thursday 25 August from 7.00pm - 8.00pm.

Tickets can be booked online.

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Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama

VCE Drama Unit 4 Solo Performance Workshop

On Wednesday 13 July, the Year 12 Drama class participated in a VCE Drama Solo Performance Workshop coordinated by Drama Victoria. The workshop was held at the Abbotsford Convent, with over 80 students from various schools participating.

The workshop was designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore the VCAA Drama Solo Performance structures. The Genazzano students participated in performance tasks that were developed from their discussion and analysis of the Solo Performance structures in conjunction with students from other schools. 

The College community is invited to attend a preview of the Year 12’s Drama Solo Performances on Monday 12 September at 6.30pm in the Wardell Theatre. No tickets required.

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Alison Heard
VCE Drama Teacher


Languages News

Italian Speech Contest

Congratulations to Italian students Julia Revere (Year 11), Isabella Bombardieri (Year 12), Amy Catanzariti (Year 12), Lorena Stents (Year 12), Mikaila Paoli (Year 12) and Amelia Scopece (Year 12) who made it to the finals of the Individual Section of the Italian Speech Contest held at The University of Melbourne’s The Spot: Learning Space, on Friday 22 July.

Amy, Amelia and Mikaila received first prize, and Lorena placed second in the Dante Alighieri Italian Speech Contest. Lorena also won first prize in the Original Italian Poetry Competition.

The presentation evening will be held on 2 September.

Their commitment to the study of Italian is inspiring. Brave e felicitazioni!

Adam Bianco
Curriculum Leader: Languages


Careers News

Year 8 GenSTAR

On 3 August, all Year 8 students will participate in the GenSTAR session ‘The Value of Me’ where they will explore their abilities, interests, and values to assist them with getting to know themselves. Having a strong self-knowledge and self-awareness can help students make better decisions about their subjects, pathways, career options and life. They will then be shown the MyFuture website, and will take part in some activities to help them explore occupations based on their skills, interests, and values. It is a great opportunity for you to talk about what they learned and what they found helpful and interesting

Subject Selection Year 10 into VCE

All Year 10 students are now receiving individual careers interviews to assist with subject selection into the VCE. Online applications close 12 August. For information about requirements for courses, read the Prerequisites 2019 publication on the VTAC website.

University Applications for Current Year 12 students

Year 12 students will be supported in their university applications from 15 August until 16 September. Students needing to apply for SEAS (Special Entry Access Schemes) will be asked to make an appointment to see us first, before inviting all other students. Your daughter will receive assistance in navigating the process of applying to her courses of choice, how to best preference her options and any other queries she may have. For further information, visit the VTAC website.

Judy O'Donohue
Careers Advisor


Performance Psychology News

Expression of Interest in Research Participation

The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Graduate School of Education) is seeking participants (aged 11-15 years) for a research project: ‘Predicting Collaborative Problem Solving Performance in Adolescents.’

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is defined as an activity where people work with a partner to reach a goal. Despite being recently named one of the 21st century skills, little is known about influences on student performance of this new subject. In particular, information about emotions and moods that students may experience when working on CPS tasks and, most importantly, the role of these emotions on CPS performance also remains unknown to date. By learning more about how a person’s emotions impact on their learning experiences and performance, it is hoped that in the future we can teach students the way to regulate their emotions in order to get better scores and promote their well-being.

This study seeks to address these issues by:

  1. Studying the influence of students’ emotions, learning strategies, and prior knowledge on CPS performance; and
  2. Exploring emotions students experience while completing computer-based CPS tasks.

What will students be asked to do?

The activity will be conducted at the Science of Learning Research Classroom located in the University of Melbourne (Faculty of Education) during school days in Term 3 2016.

On that day, students would be asked to work with a partner in order to complete a bundle of five computer-based CPS tasks while their emotional responses are monitored by means of commercial webcams. Students would also be asked to complete some questionnaires about their emotional responses, and learning strategies. The activity should take approximately two hours to complete.  If a number of students are interested in participating, the College will coordinate the attendance/ supervision.

Where can I get further information?

Watch this video on emotions and CPS that explains the study further.

Please contact me on 8862 1205 or via email to be sent more information on the study including confidentiality, ethics, risks, participation and use of data and/or to register your interest in your daughter participating.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research Programs and Performance and 
Senior Psychologist


Sports News

Student Achievements

Eliza Vale (Year 10) has been selected for the Victorian U15 SSV Girls Football team, competing in Queensland for the national tournament from 23-30 July. We extend our best wishes to Eliza.



On Friday 22 July, three strong Genazzano teams (Junior, Inter & Senior) competed in qualifying rounds of the Netball Victoria Schools Championships at the State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC). We congratulate the Intermediate (Year 9/10) team, coached by Emma Kennedy, who finished the day undefeated and will now play in the State Finals on Tuesday 6 September at SNHC.

The College was also represented by ‘C’ badged umpires, Chloe Landy (Year 11) and Millicent Spencer (Year 10) who officiated throughout the day. We extend congratulations to Chloe, who has been selected as the travelling umpire for the SSV U12 Victorian team, which will compete at the National Championships.

2016 De Castella 'Run 2 Mend Minds' Event

This annual fun run is being held on the 28 August on the Boulevard in Kew. Information is available on the De Castella Run website.

There is also a Run Ready program for children aged 3½ to 10 years old. Junior students can still enjoy the day and parents of young children can participate in the run while children are entertained. 

If you have any questions or are interested in registering a team, please contact Caitlyn Rogers via or 9076 9864.


Careers in Sport at La Trobe

La Trobe University is the leading university in Australia for sport related teaching and research in areas including sports journalism and nutrition, physiology and exercise science. With many industry partners, future students will be able to network with sporting organisations like Carlton Football Club, Melbourne City FC, Melbourne Cricket Club and plenty more.

To support young athletes at university, La Trobe offers a number of opportunities through our La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP), including the Michael Malthouse Elite Sports Bursary, a $10,000 scholarship to support students during their first year of university.

Visit their website or attend a La Trobe Open Day for more information.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

SSV News


As SSV Armadale District Champion, Genazzano’s soccer team travelled to East Bentleigh on Wednesday 20 July to contest the Beachside Division play-offs. The six schools competing were all District winners in the Division to which 63 schools belong.

After a nil-all draw in their first game, the girls responded with a very strong 3-0 win to advance to the semi-finals. Their skill and competitive spirit were again on display in an enthralling game that finished 1-1 at full time, resulting in golden goal extra-time. The teams still couldn’t be separated and so penalty shoot-out decided the finalist. Unfortunately, the Gen girls went down in the shootout, but their achievements are noteworthy and set a high standard for next year’s team to emulate.

After more than two weeks of Track & Field try-outs, made difficult by cold and wet weather, the SSV squad has been finalised. As well as preparing for their individual events, many in the squad are also teaming together in training to develop their skills with relays. A trip after school to the Box Hill Athletics Track on Tuesday 2 August will provide invaluable on-track experience ahead of the District Carnival and Lakeside Stadium on Monday 8 August.

Adrian Daly
SSV Coordinator

GenAquatic News

Lilydale Encouragement Meet

This year, the Lilydale Encouragement Meet will be on Sunday 31 July. This is a great swim meet for all of our swimmers who don’t yet have a state qualifying time. Each event is 50m and if there are enough people we will also be able to enter relays.

Each swimmer must send their own entries to the Lilydale Swim Club. Entries are accepted by email or post. Please see the Aquatics Office with any queries.

I hope to see as many swimmers as possible.

Future Events

Sunday 31 July

Lilydale Annual Encouragement Meet at Centenary Pool, Kilsyth

Sunday 7 August

Nunawading SC Meet at MSAC

Thursday 11 August

No training (6.00pm - 7.30pm)

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 September

2016 Victorian Age SC Championships at MSAC

Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 September

2016 Victorian SC Competition at MSAC

Amon Soerink
Head Coach, Aquatics 


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Wednesday 3 August, 7.30pm

Annual Music Concert

Thursday 4 August, 9.35am

Students commence Homeroom

Saturday 6 August, 6.30pm


Monday 8 August, 7.00pm

CityCite Parent Information Evening

Tuesday 9 August, 9.30am

Open Morning

Wednesday 10 August, 6.00pm

Outstanding Alumna Award Evening

Thursday 11 August, 8.30am

Outstanding Alumna Award Assembly

Thursday 11 August, 5.00pm

Art for a Cause Exhibition

Please visit our website for a full list of 2016 Term Dates or our College calendar.


News from the GMA

Recent Events

The Year 12 parents had a lovely get together at the Beehive Hotel recently. Lots of conversation and fabulous food led to a very successful night.

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The Year 3 mums met for a lovely coffee catch up and relaxing morning at Fat Penguin Café in Kew.

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GMA Annual Ball - African Rhythms 

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Join in the fun!

Join us at the GMA’s biggest social event of the year! Dance the night away to live music, indulge in beautiful food, take in the glamorous surrounds and make the most of the great company.

Invitations have been mailed out, and already we’ve been overwhelmed with bookings and enquiries. Book online now on and set up your own table of 10, or join a year level table. It’s that simple! 

All ticketing enquiries to Rebekah Wraith on 0407 003 605 or

Join in the fundraising!

Fundraising on the night will include:

Lucky Bead

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Throw a bead in the basket and you could be the lucky person to win a brilliant diamond pendant valued at $3,690 and graciously donated by Arman Jewelers in conjunction with the GMA. 

Loud Auction

We have a great line-up of prizes from cocktail party packages to a holiday and of course no auction would be the same without a football jumper! 

Silent Auction

Thanks to the generous parent donors and retailers in our area we have a great range of prizes just waiting for your bids!

Raffle Draw

We’ll draw the winner of each of the four raffle prizes including the airfares to any destination valued at $5,000. Buy a raffle ticket or two, or better still, buy the whole book! Please return ticket butts, cash (or cheque, made payable to Genazzano Mothers’ Association) and any unsold tickets to Student Services or Receptions at Grange Hill and All Hallows as soon as possible. All raffle inquiries to Cathy Frawley at

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

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GMA Fathers’ Day Stall: Thursday 1 September

Marisa De Maria has been busy purchasing many beautiful gifts that the girls will be able to purchase for their fathers, grandfathers, carers, etc. The stall will once again be held at Grange Hill for all Prep to Year 4 girls.

City-Country Mothers’ Mass and Lunch

Please put Friday 2 September in your diaries for the annual City-Country Mothers’ Mass and Luncheon, held in the Macedon Ranges. Catch the bus departing from Xavier College at 8.30am and enjoy morning tea in Kyneton before Mass at Our Lady of The Rosary Church and lunch at Macedon Spa and Hotel. The bus will then drop you back in Melbourne at 5.30pm. The luncheon has been a highlight of Genazzano and Xavier for many years and is an excellent opportunity to meet other mums, whilst enjoying fine food, wine and beautiful scenery. 

Invitations have now been sent out and bookings can be made online.

Save the Date

Sunday 31 July

Year 10 Mother and Daughter Breakfast at Now & Then Cafe

Thursday 11 August

Year 8 Parents Dinner at the Beehive Hotel

Saturday 20 August

GMA Ball – African Rhythms

Thursday 1 September

GMA Father’s Day Stall

Friday 2 September

City-Country Mothers’ Mass and Luncheon

Monday 5 September

GMA Committee Meeting, 8.40am in the Boardroom

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association


News from the GFA

It has certainly been a busy start to Term 3 for the GFA.

GFA Year 5 & 6 Father-Daughter Camp

The camp was held last weekend on 23-24 July, at the Mt Eliza YMCA. More than 80 girls and dads launched into a sensational weekend of physical and mental challenges while braving the cold weather conditions. There were outdoor activities galore, trivia entertainment and a spectacular BBQ on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, everyone woke up to the smell of fresh coffee and hot chocolate, before launching into the second exciting day at camp! Special thanks to the GFA MasterChef’s Nicholas Psyhogios and Jordan Papadopoulos for their culinary skills, and to the camp crew of Jordan Grigg, Patrick Hickey, James Lye, Michael Niccolaci and Neville Drake, who helped plan and make the weekend such a success!

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GenOutback: Saturday 6 August

This event is a not to be missed highlight for ELC to Year 8 and is only a week away on Saturday 6 August! This fun filled evening for all students in ELC to Year 8 and their families never disappoints, with entertainment including bush dancing, a raffle, prizes and a delicious sausage sizzle. Don’t miss this great night out for the whole family. Book now on the GFA Events website.

GFA Year 8 and 9 Father-Daughter Bowling: Sunday 14 August

A great combined event for girls in Years 8 and 9 provides a fantastic opportunity for dads to enjoy a fun night of bowling (and refreshments) with their daughters! For bookings, go to the GFA Events website.

GFA 2016 Footy Finals Luncheon: Friday 16 September

As the AFL finals draw near, this classic GFA event is a great chance for you, your friends and colleagues to enjoy a sensational afternoon while helping the GFA ‘make a difference’. Just like you, we love to laugh and support a good cause, so come along and be part of this great event. See the flyer for more information or book online now.

GFA Monthly Meeting

Mark it in your diary! The August GFA meeting will be held on Wednesday 17 August commencing at 7.00pm in the College Boardroom (Wardell Building). Our monthly meetings are open to all Gen dads and this is your opportunity to hear what is happening, have your say and participate in the GFA.

Remember that to be a father is a gift, to be a Gen Dad is a rare privilege that we celebrate by Loving, Laughing and Making a Difference.

Rob Bischof
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association


Latest News

  1. Genazzano's Road to Rio

  2. Kimberley Exchange Program

  3. Timor Leste Immersion


Genazzano's Road to Rio

sarah bantingCongratulations to Genazzano Alumna, Sarah Banting (2011), who has been given the last minute call up for the Rio Olympics, as coxswain for the Australian Women's Eight. Both Genazzano FCJ College and Australia are cheering you on.

Read more about Sarah's journey as a rower at Genazzano in the latest news on our website.

Purchase your copy of 30 Years of Rowing at Genazzano FCJ College online.


Kimberley Exchange

Kimberley Exchange.jpegGenazzano FCJ College is currently hosting students from St Mary's in Broome at the moment, as part of the Kimberley Exchange. The Year 9 students participating in the exchange from Genazzano, Isobel Taylor, Isabelle Passaris, Madalene Craig and Lourdes Leschen, have written a reflection about their time in Broome. Read more here.



Timor Leste Immersion

At the end of Term 2, 14 students and three staff members embarked on a journey to Timor Leste on the 2016 Immersion Program. Eleanor Fitzgerald (Year 10) wrote a reflection about her experience. Read more here.

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Annual Music Concert

annual music concert
Wednesday 3 August 2016
7.30pm start
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Saturday 6 August 2016
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Open Morning

Tuesday 9 August 2016
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2016 Outstanding Alumna Award


Wednesday 10 August 2016
7.00pm start (refreshments available from 6.00pm)
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Art for a Cause

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Thursday 11 August 2016
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GMA Annual Ball - African Rhythms

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Saturday 20 August 2016
7.00pm for pre-dinner drinks
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Genazzano and Xavier City to Country Mothers' Lunch

Xav-Gen Mothers Lunch

Friday 2 September 2016
8.30am bus leaves Xavier College. View the event flyer for a full timetable of the day.
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Community News

Youth Engagement Project (YEP) Events

TGI Fridays

The next TGI Friday for the year. Monthly youth nights with different themes and heaps of fun! Team members will be at All Hallows from 5.30pm, so students in Years 9-12 are welcome to drop by anytime after that for some table tennis fun.

Date: Friday 19 August
Time: 7.30pm - 10.00pm
Venue: All Hallows Parish, 17 Brenbeal St, Balwyn