Newsletter - Edition 12-2017

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Many students, families and friends of the College are well aware of our rich and diverse Co-curricular Program that enhances the educational journey for our students. Complementing our outstanding learning culture, the opportunities that our students embrace are to be celebrated. In many ways, our College is alive and active for more than 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our swimming pool and sports precinct are humming with swimmers and athletes from 6.00am; our Chapel is open for early morning prayer; and our theatre has performers and musicians sharing their craft well before the first timetabled lesson (and often well into the evening). In addition to the weekend sporting schedule, which includes netball, snow sports, swimming, rowing, tennis and athletics, there are many academic competitions, visiting exchange students, Alumnae reunions and Masses, scholarship testing, production rehearsals, social justice activities and local parish events supported by our girls. Genazzano is quite unique due to our broad range of events and opportunities that are on offer to every student. Each one of these offerings directly support the learning and faith culture of the College, and the holistic education of our girls - spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.

I like to imagine that if Marie Madeleine d’Houet was able to walk around our learning spaces today and view even a snippet of our College Co-curricular Program, she would applaud the courage and confidence these different activities engender in our girls.

Last week, our Year 11 students participated in their Leadership Formation Day, in preparation for the cohort to assume the mantel of College Leadership for 2017-2018. What struck me most was the way they pictured the attributes of ‘Gen girls’. One of our College Captains described the term as as young women who can comfortably be herself, possessing a generosity of spirit, display of sincere warmth and an open willingness to respect and accept others. It was a heartwarming experience to listen to our current Year 12 Prefects share with our Year 11 students their understanding of being a ‘Gen girl’ and what it is like to be a Prefect. Our 2016-2017 Prefect team have been inspiring and engaging leaders and role models. They have much wisdom and experience to share and it has been a constant source of joy to work alongside them.

Last Thursday and Friday evening, our Year 7 and 8 production of Mulan Jr. delighted the packed audience in the Montagner Theatre. Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, Mulan, this heartwarming story of culture, honour and fighting spirit was brilliantly performed by our talented girls. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humour and heart, it brought ancient China to life with many contemporary connections. The actors, stage managers, back stage crew, lighting and sound technicians, musicians, and front of house were girls from Years 7 and 8, who demonstrated their capacity to work hard, prepare thoroughly, support and encourage each other through many hours of rehearsal and preparation. The performances were outstanding and at the end of the final performance, I had the pleasure of seeing the girls gather with the Director and Producer, both Genazzano Alumnae, to congratulate and appreciate what each had contributed to the production. Everyone’s contribution was valued and appreciated - I extend my sincere congratulations to all girls and support staff on such a fine performance.

Finally, Last Sunday we welcomed Sr Tanase, Principal of Obayashi Sacred Heart Girls, Japan, together with twelve exchange students who will stay with Genazzano families for the next two weeks. It will be a pleasure having the students and Principal from Japan at our College, and I extend my gratitude to our host families for welcoming them into their homes.

As we all settle into Term 3, I encourage every student to embrace the Co-curricular Program at the College, and I challenge each of them to take a risk, to live a little outside their comfort zone and try something new.

With every blessing.

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

Experiencing the Beauty of Ordinary Time at Genazzano

We continue our journey through the Ordinary Time of the Church year at Genazzano. The Gospel readings for the coming Sundays celebrate the ordinary in all its forms: in the lives of ordinary people; in a God who defies our best attempts to put God in a gilded palace; in a kingdom that is best likened to seeds, yeast and fishing nets; and in everyday decisions, which lived out with God, have extraordinary consequences. The emphasis of this beautiful Season, represented by the liturgical colour of green, is not to strip a sense of awe and wonder out of our lives, but to remind us all that you can find majesty in the every day. Just as much as in the splendour of regal palaces, extraordinariness and special things can be easily observed in ordinary.

As with so many things, we shape the quality of the lives we live not so much by what we do, but by how we do it and how we see it. It is so easy to trudge through life, simply missing the gems and wonder of everyday existence, not because they are absent, but because we don’t notice them. The poet, Saunders Lewis, captures this sentiment in the following lines:

“Yesterday I saw a daisy
Like a shining mirror of the dawn.
The day before I walked over it without thought.
Yesterday I saw.”

The daily school life at Gen is so full of little gems — students discovering something for the first time and their face lights up with joy and wonder. Walking down busy corridors, and what do you hear? Lots of laughter, excitement, the shouting out of names. At recess and lunchtime, you can hear the simple sharing of stories. The girls repeating something said in class, sharing something they learned. The quiet girl might sit alone for a moment, but then joined by a friend or friends. The sharing of a bag of chips or sweets. In the ordinary is the extraordinary.

Last week, the Year 11s participated in a very engaging Year 11 Leadership Formation Day. I think the following three reflections speak about the general impact of the day on the cohort as a whole.

“This day saw us explore student leadership at Gen and made us reflect on how our level will soon be the leaders of our College. We learned about the roles of ‘badged and unbadged’ leaders in our school. Four of our current prefects and captains, Sophie Zebrowski, Marie Iliadis, Vivienne Williams and Julia Revere, spoke to us about their own experiences within their various roles. The enthusiasm that the girls possessed and their zest for life and the College impressed me the most. They engaged us with enormous passion. It made me realise that to be a good leader, a successful leader, you have to love what you are doing. It was clear that this is why each girl who spoke to us was so effective in her leadership role.” - Antonietta DiCosmo

“The Leadership Formation Day proved to me how important it is to be a leader, not by the badge on your blazer, but the values you express to your fellow peers. Marie Iliadis touched on that becoming a leader isn’t a ‘prize’; there is no ‘win’ at the end; however, it’s a journey that has so many blessings along the way to reflect on and appreciate.” - Eliza Rabling

“We experienced something special when given the opportunity for the Youth Engagement Project to talk to us at our Leadership Reflection Day. Genevieve Bryant, YEP’s Coordinator and a renowned singer-songwriter, inspired us with her incredible voice. Everyone connected as we sang ‘Lean on Me’ together as one. Katrina Slingo, a past Genazzano student, shared her evolution of faith. She talked of how we are all leaders, and that young Gen girls look to us as role models, and that we must set a good example whether we are badged or un-badged.” - Sarah White

“The Year 11 Leadership Formation Day was full of sessions that opened all our eyes regarding how to lead, whether you have a formal position or not, and whether you are ‘badged’ or not. As the day went on, we realised that there is not a lot of time left before we become the new leaders of the school, and though this idea may be daunting, every girl seemed excited and ready to take on the challenge. For me, one of the most powerful portions of the day was when Ms Jebb spoke to us about the values held by Genazzano leaders, and how the FCJ values are not just things to talk about, but are essential aspects of being a Genazzano girl. Earlier in the day, the current prefects, including our two College Captains, spoke to us about being a leader. It was clear to see that these girls were actively implementing these values into both their lives and their role, setting a fantastic example for all students within the College, and really encouraging us to follow in their footsteps.” - Alice Whelan

Our girls at Gen have so many opportunities to serve others as leaders and this quality, that many of our girls possess, is quickly recognised by others. Jeff Wild coordinates the CatholicCare Family Week that Genazzano girls support generously each year. Jeff attended one of the Social Justice Committee meetings and was impressed with our girls’ energy, passion and strategic thinking. He asked if one of our girls could be on a working committee planning for next year’s Family Week — the only student on an otherwise adult committee. Mary Henry put up her hand. Read Mary Henry’s reflections below.

We continue to hold in our hearts and seek to support the work and mission of the Sisters FCJ around the globe — may they continue in their ordinary ministries to open up the extraordinary and enable rich meetings with the Christ we so love and closely serve.

Charles Watt
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission

CatholicCare Meeting at Genazzano

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Last month, I received an invitation to be a member of the CatholicCare reference group, which is exploring ways to promote Family Week in 2018. I am the only student on this committee, so I was a little nervous at first! Last week, I attended the meeting here at Genazzano, which included various representatives (all adults) from schools across the Diocese.

Leading this group was Mr Jeff Wild, a member of CatholicCare who coordinates Family Week each year. We began our meeting with prayer and a reflection upon a reading from Luke 10:38-42.

Jeff went on to speak about the primary aims of Family Week, and we discussed the overarching theme for 2018, “Belonging”. Family Week has always been a week in which we strengthen family relationships and celebrate their contribution to stronger communities. At the meeting, we discussed the importance of this in our schools and parishes, and commenced some preliminary planning for Family Week 2018.

Five members attended, and much of the meeting consisted of gaining an understanding of CatholicCare and their role in our communities. We spoke about the work CatholicCare does and about how we might be able to strengthen the relationship between Catholic schools and the organisation further.

It was a very enjoyable and engaging afternoon, and it taught me a great deal not only about CatholicCare, but also of the ongoing work of members of the Catholic community. It was interesting to listen to the perspectives of representatives from others schools, to hear the various ways they have been involved with the organisation, and how Family Week has taken place within their schools. I look forward to being an ongoing member of this committee.

Mary Henry
Year 11


Junior School News

Welcome Amanda

We warmly welcome Ms Amanda Sutera to the Junior School in the role of Literacy Support for the Prep/Year 1 class. Amanda comes to us with rich experience in the effective teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and we are looking forward to working with her. Amanda will be team teaching with Ruan while Jackie is on long service leave.

Year 5 Camp

A real highlight for the Junior School has been the Year 5 Camp to Sovereign Hill last week. We braved the cold and headed to Ballarat for three days of learning and immersion in the life of the Gold Rush times. Here are some of the girl’s impressions:

Sophia Mercadante (Year 5A)

“Sovereign Hill was an experience of a lifetime, full of making memories and lots of fun. The first day we saw Sovereign Hill like any other tourist going gold panning and shopping! We also did some mapping around Sovereign Hill in order to keep up with our humanities topic!

During gold panning, most of us were fortunate to find gold, which was so amazing and lit up the eyes of whoever found it. Amongst all the other activities, we went down into the mines to see a spectacular tour, and at the end, a moving sound and light show about two Chinese boys hoping to strike it rich in the gold fields. During the evening, we saw the wonderful winter wonderland; the buildings light up like a Christmas disco and snow fell across the main street. For the other streets, they exploded with fairy lights.

The next day, we stepped into the life of a child during the 1850s. We got to see behind the scenes of what it was like to work at Sovereign Hill. Our teacher, also known as ma’am, showed us what it was like during that era. We learned and played like girls from the 1850s, and we received special roles also known as monitors. I was a toy monitor that meant that my responsibility was to bring out the toys and collect them at the start and end of the morning air.

On the last day, the classroom filled with sadness because we all knew that the past three days of fun and memories was ending; still most of us were excited to see our family again. We still had lots of fun learning about school life back in those days. We even had homework from the previous day reciting the alphabet backwards, which was surprisingly hard!

Now it was time to say goodbye to our wonderful three-day experience, which I will never forget.”

Sienna Ven Velzen (Year 5A)

“I never thought, even in my wildest dreams, that school in the 1850s would be this fun. Not just dressing up, but also acting and being a part of Sovereign Hill’s live museum.

The first day we went to school, we were fitted for our costumes. We wore pantalettes, dresses and aprons, as well as coats to keep us warm. Once we were at school, we were all organised into different grades. I was in Year 5, with five other people. Ma’am then allocated most people a classroom job to help her. We all then went outside to take in the fresh morning air. For breaks, we played with skipping ropes and old styled toys, as well as throwing hoops on sticks. For writing, we first practised on blackboards and then with ink pens. We had to use ‘S’ to think about size, shape, slope and spacing.

Overall, camp was a blast and I am so delighted I got to experience life in the 1850s.”

Ava van der Burg (Year 5B)

“Did you ever wonder what it was like living back in the 1800s? On Monday 24 July, the Year 5 students, along with seven teachers, all headed off to Sovereign Hill with our bags in our hands, to learn what life was like in the early 1800s where the Victorian Gold rush took place.

On Tuesday, we started our costume school program, which meant having to start wearing our required clothes. Then we saw how they ran things back in the 1800s.

The education back then was very different to our modern schools today. Not having our usual devices at hand was a bit hard at first, but we found how to do other fun things like writing with an ink pen, sewing and speaking Gaelic, Ireland’s native language. It was definitely different.”

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A Proud Moment

Our warmest congratulations go to Hannah Rusmir (Year 4) who recently competed in the State Championships for Cross Country. Hannah placed 23rd out of 95 runners, a fantastic achievement. Well done to Hannah for reaching State level and competing to the very best of her ability. We are very proud of you!

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Year 6 Religious Education

Our Year 6 students have begun the new term exploring the concept of 'Change' in Religious Education. We started the unit by looking at the perspectives of many different people using music, texts, video clips and questions to stretch and challenge our thinking. Some of the questions the students have come up with have been fantastic and will form the basis of a great unit this term, inquiring into our role in changing the world for the better. Some of the questions include:

  • Does being a Christian change the way I interact in the world?
  • Does love change everything?
  • How can I be the change I want to see?
  • What happens when we don't want to change?
  • Is change always a good thing?
  • Did Jesus change the world?

Stay tuned as we share the learning of the students during the term as it unfolds.

Don’t forget to keep up to date with the latest news, learning and events via our GenConnect parent pages. These pages are updated regularly and give parents a glimpse into our classrooms across a broad range of learning areas.

Mary Jones
Head of Junior School


Senior School News

From the Head of Senior School

As a person coming into Genazzano with fresh eyes, I see a thriving community firmly focused on the development of every facet of the students’ lives. The Senior School curricular and co-curricular programs are developed by passionate and committed teachers who are well equipped to provide the best possible outcomes for their students. I discovered very quickly that it is almost impossible to attend every activity that is scheduled, particularly in the evenings! The thriving music, performing and visual art departments are evidence of a flourishing College and it very pleasing to see the commitment and enthusiasm shown by all involved.

Just a selection of the events in the last fortnight are:

  • The Years 9-11 Career and Subject Expo was a well-attended event last Wednesday evening. Centenary Hall was abuzz with excited students wanting to know about their subject options and to enquire about tertiary entry.
  • The Year 11 Leadership Formation Day was held last Thursday. This is the beginning of the process that will determine the College Captains and Prefects for 2018.
  • The Year 7 and 8 play, Mulan Jr, was a near sell out event, performed by dedicated students.
  • LitFest Week has been an outstanding success, brimming with activities and presentations for girls of all ages, culminating with the LitFest Dinner on Thursday evening.
  • To round off a typically busy fortnight, Year 12 students have arranged a fundraising Movie night for ACRATH tonight.

All of these major events are, of course, a testament to the strength of the College, but is also the small things that make a school a true community. A good example of that is in the short but powerful Morning Prayer sessions on Thursday mornings in the Chapel. Led by Year 12 students, it provides a sanctuary for the people gathered before the busyness of the day begins.

Clare Gullone
Head of Senior School

A Reflection: The 2017 Kimberley Exchange Program

‘…what can now be done to remedy the deeds of yesterday must not be put off until tomorrow.’ Pope John Paul 11 1986 in his address to the people of Australia in Alice Springs

Our trip to the Kimberley from 18 June to 9 July was one we will remember for the rest of our lives. We learned to think about things we had not necessarily paid close attention to or devoted our thoughts to before. When we were working in the school in Warmun for example, we were disheartened when we realised the large gap in educational standards between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. This prompted us to ask why this was the case, and to wonder what could be done about it.

We visited Broome, and immediately formed close connections with our host sisters from St Mary’s College and their friends and families. Our experiences in Broome showed us that, the lifestyle we have come to know in Melbourne and the beautiful scenery in the Kimberley are certainly very different. We visited the Yaruwu Office where we learned about the traditional culture of the original owners of the land around Broome, the Yaruwu people. We immersed ourselves in their artwork and stories, learning how all their lives, lifestyle and culture was affected when the white settlers came, and how it continues to have an impact today. It was uplifting for us to see the work preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture; this is reinforced in Broome and the surrounding remote communities. When we visited places such as the Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Centre, the Dialysis Centre and the Stolen Generation Centre, we were surprised to learn that the impact of white settlement is still felt today, with many harmful repercussions.

We were privileged to have met so many people who inspired us to think about the history and story of our country. Whilst at times, we were angry at the injustice of some people’s personal stories and living situations, we were also influenced with drive and passion to take these messages with us into the future, and make a change. As the next generation, we learned throughout this journey that there are problems within our country and that we must learn from our past mistakes to build a better and fairer future for all Australians.

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Prudence Halse, Ella Boyhan, Shan Kerr and Shenara Thilakaratne
Kimberley Exchange Students


Year 7 & 8

During LitFest 2017, the Year 7and 8 students were audience members for a poetry performance by The Complete Works Theatre Company. Their focus was our ‘Great Southern Land’, which combined a delightful mixture of both new and old Australian ballad, song and poetry culture. The manner in which the actors delivered the poems and songs was very engaging and helped us to gain further understanding of the poems and feelings of the characters.

The performances ranged from works by Banjo Patterson, to Dorothea Mackellar, to rap written by the Hilltop Hoods. The change in eras and situations kept the whole performance interesting for the audience.

All students were entertained by the comedic elements of the show as a whole and the use of props was amusing, especially the clever use of bicycle wheels in Banjo Patterson’s poem, ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’

Overall, the recital was an intriguing and delightful experience for all the students and gave us more insight into the power of poetic form and the feelings evoked.

Tulipa Rodriguez-Quin and Stephanie Greco
Year 8

Year 10

Earlier this year, throughout the duration of Semester 1, all Year 10s took part in studying Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Spending the semester unpacking the characters and plot of the play was very enjoyable and rewarding. At the end of Term 1, as an assessment task, we wrote a comparative essay on a range of chosen topics given to us by our teachers. By analysing the text in class as a group, it enhanced and deepened our understanding due to the class discussions where you could hear the opinions of your classmates. During the Literature Festival (LitFest), three actors came in to act out the play ‘Macbeth’ to all Year 10s. While we had already completed our study of play, it was still beneficial to watch and was a good reminder of the language and plot. The actors were very smart in choosing the right lines in which to perform and which to leave out due to time restraints. We remembered Macbeth’s soliloquy and Lady Macbeth expressing her guilt.

They did a very creative job having to perform multiple characters, including costume and set changes. We thank the Complete Works Theatre Company for taking the time to display their artistry at Genazzano.

Grace Kentish
Year 10

Year 9 Media Guest Speaker

The Year 9 Media class were extremely lucky to have the Kids Content Producer and Content Producer for the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian Football League Womens (AFLW), Tye Cattanach, to share her experiences with media and marketing.

Initially, she had no interest in AFL and didn't even know how the game worked, but this is why she was employed by Gill McLachlan. Her role was to get people like herself, interested in the upcoming season of AFLW, as well as the traditional footy fans and non-believers of girls footy. She had this goal to complete in five months, with four other people and no budget.

So where did she start? Her team broke their goal into three different steps: Approach, Objects and Audience and The Solution. To build a positive outlook on the female athletes for the launch campaign, they transformed the iconic 1990’s campaign ‘I’d like to see that’, to portray the remarkable female athletes and how they are now some of the greatest inspirations to little girls and boys around Australia.

As well as this successful campaign, she also created many short videos to capture the stories and struggles of women footballers, so viewers could unintentionally learn something about the lives of these women who don’t have the same privileges as male AFL players. They still work jobs and have to look after their families, as well as juggling all the demands of footy.

The media and marketing campaigns that Tye was involved in were outstanding. As of March 2017, there has been over 776,702 views of the organic videos on social media and 4,190,839 people were reached on Channel Seven and Foxtel through the womens series. The attendees between Round One and Round Four, 22% of non-AFL fans were interested in AFLW and 67% of attendees were women.

Some of these amazing results were thanks to Tye Cattanach and her team for promoting some of the most astonishing female athletes in Australia. The Year 9 Media class was inspired by Tye’s story of how the AFLW became so successful through media and marketing.


Hannah Hill
Year 9

Unit 4 Biology excursion to Melbourne University Genetics Department

On Thursday 20 July, the Unit 4 Biology students put their knowledge and skills to good use in the Mendel Genetics Laboratory of Melbourne University. They were able to closely examine evidence for evolutionary change using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. The session also allowed students to explore the use of DNA tools and techniques as they examined how antibiotic resistance can be transferred to bacteria using plasmid vectors. They collected first-hand data for use in future tasks and worked cooperatively with their peers. Having completed an introductory gel electrophoresis in their classes at school gave them confidence in this new setting.  

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Sue Whelan
VCE Biology Teacher

Careers News

Year 12 VTAC Applications

VTAC opens for Year 12 applications on 7 August. On 9 August, during GenSTAR, Year 12 students will have a Careers focused session where they will learn about the application process, scholarships, Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS) application and key dates and deadlines. Students will be able to register to VTAC during the session. Following the GenSTAR session, all Year 12s will have a one-on-one careers meeting to discuss their applications and post school options.

Year 10 2018 Work Experience

All students in Year 10 2018 will be required to find a work experience placement. Please encourage your daughter to have a look at websites of interest, to think about what she might like to do and consider talking to relatives or friends about what opportunities are available within their organisations. Some employers, such as hospitals, have very early closing dates and some, such as Victoria Police and Zoos Victoria, only allow one application per school.

University Open Days

We encourage all students in Year 10, 11 and 12 attend Tertiary Open Days during August 2017.

Key Dates

Date Institution
Saturday 5 August Monash Peninsular Campus
SAE Creative Media Institute
Sunday 6 August La Trobe Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Monash Clayton and Caulfield Campus
Deakin Warrnambool
Academy of Design
Saturday 12 August La Trobe Albury-Wodonga
JMC Academy
Sunday 13 August RMIT (all campuses)
Academy of Interactive Entertainment
ACU Melbourne Campus
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Navitas College of Public Safety
Photography Studies College
William Angliss Institute of TAFE

A full list of Open Days can found on GenConect on the Careers page, in newsletters and resources.

Amanda Barnetby
Careers Advisor


Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences News

The annual ‘BrainBee’ competition is a very challenging national and international neuroscience quiz. All Year 10 students were invited to take part. Congratulations to Bridget Henry and Anna Frazer who made it through Round 1 to compete in the State Finals at The Brain Centre at Melbourne University, and to tour the DAX gallery, research labs and the restricted Anatomy museum last week. Anna’s reflections are below.

“After many hours spent reading over our handbooks, trying to memorise them, and hoping our hippocampi wouldn’t fail us, Bridget and I found ourselves at the ‘Brain Bee’ State Final. The day was full of one exciting event after the other, though my favourite part had to be the tours. Post-introduction and listening to some inspiring neuroscience-involved speakers, we certainly used our brains for the phase one of the individual competition. The questions were challenging to say the least, and though neither of us made it through to the following rounds, I think it is safe to say we had already exceeded our expectations by making it to the state finals, and were just grateful for the experience. 

In between rounds, we had the opportunity to explore the DAX Centre Gallery, full of art made by people who have experienced mental health issues or psychological trauma. As bit of an artist myself, I found this incredibly interesting. Following this, we saw some of the neuroscientists’ labs and learned about what their day-to-day jobs consist of. On top of all this, we were also able to have a look at the Henry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. Though some sights could be slightly confronting, Bridget and I both thoroughly enjoyed the chance to look at real human anatomy and found the whole experience extremely interesting.” - Anna Frazer

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Catherine Brandon
Director of Research,
Programs and Performance


Learning Enhancement News

Gerladine Lennon.jpgThis term, we warmly welcome Mrs Geraldine Lennon to the Learning Enhancement team. Geraldine has extensive experience working in Learning Enhancement at Marcellin College, and she is now thoroughly enjoying working with our girls here at Genazzano. She is replacing Mrs Mary Bourke, who is currently on long service leave this semester. We are extremely fortunate to have Geraldine’s expertise and skills.

Students in the senior years are currently in the process of selecting their subjects for 2018. Some students have asked if they can continue to access Learning Enhancement support again next year and in the years up to Year 12. As an inclusive school, the Learning Enhancement staff will continue to collaborate with the teaching staff across all year levels in the College to plan and adjust programs to suit students’ learning needs. This important role will continue to allow us to target student learning within the context of the classroom environment and together, with the classroom teacher, provide a cohesive and targeted learning environment.

Marea Lanki
Curriculum Leader: Learning Enhancement


Social Justice News

Social Justice Week - 21 to 25 August 2017



Sports News

Fitness Room

Regular fitness sessions are now available as part of a structured program in the Fitness Room, under the guidance of Head of Athletics, Mr Nick Wall. Session times are Tuesday 7.00am, Wednesday lunch, Thursday 7.00am and Friday 7.00am. Sessions will include boxing, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), cardio workouts, and general strength and stability circuits. Please contact Nick on 8862 1132 or

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

GSV Track and Field 2017

Our Track and Field program is now in full swing with three weekly training sessions and a busy upcoming competition calendar. Last Friday evening, we announced 2017 Track & Field Captains, Olivia Owen and Sylvie Bischof to the whole squad at our first GSV PB Meet at Box Hill. Congratulations to Sylvie and Olivia!

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The meet saw many encouraging results, with a most enthusiastic group of Year 7 girls leading the way. Grace Paraha (Year 7), Pia Kerr (Year 8), Anna Frazer (Year 10), Joanna O’Connell (Year 10) and Samantha O’Connell (Year 12) produced standout individual performances. Full results are available on the GenConnect Athletics page.

Nick Wall
Head of Athletics


Netball Victoria Schools Championship

The Senior, Intermediate and Junior netball teams travelled into the State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville on Friday 21 July to play in the Netball Victoria Schools Championships. This tournament is always a highlight in the netball calendar and an opportunity for the teams to test their netball skills against other schools from around Victoria.

Congratulations to the Intermediate and Senior teams who were undefeated on the day and will now play in the Victorian State Finals on Saturday 12 August and Monday 14 August.

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Sarndra Kennerley
Netball Coordinator

Swimming and GenAquatic

DVE ‘Last Chance’ SC Swim Meet

All swimmers who are competitive members will be receiving a personalised DVE program from their coach. This program will be highlighted with expected races. This swim meet will be a club event with maximum attendance from GenAquatic Swimmers.

All swimmers will need to make sure they renew their Swimming Victoria membership before entering. Sign up for the DVE swim meet through online.

Swimmers should enter as soon as possible to ensure they are they do not miss out. Swimming competitions often close early due to maximum numbers being reached.

GenAquatic Annual AGM and Presentation Night

Last Friday was the GenAquatic AGM presentation night. It was great to see everyone out of the pool and enjoying the fantastic food and company. Thanks to our MC, Mr Matt Welsh, and the committee, who helped facilitate the night. I would also like to thank College Principal, Ms Karen Jebb, for her continued to support the club. I would like to congratulate the following swimmers for their awards:

Club Champions 2016/17

  • Male/Female 10/u: Lilka Seidel
  • Male 11/12: Huga Yoshida
  • Female 11/12: Klara Seidel
  • Male 13/14: Thomas Heerding
  • Female 13/14:  Vicky Tan
  • Female 15/16: Wakana Yoshida
  • Male Open: Chris Khoung
  • Female Open: Allegra Mattioli

Club Aggregate
Points are awarded for attendance and achieving personal best times.


  • Winner: Lennin McMahon - 42
  • Runner up: Huga Yoshida - 41


  • Winner: Daniel Deane – 41
  • Runner up: Xara Anderson - 35 


  • Winner: Luca Boggi – 30
  • Runner up: Grace Deane and Taiyo Siew-Adachi - 24

Swimmer of the Year

  • Gold: Wakana Yoshida
  • Silver: Klara Seidel
  • Bronze: Ashleigh Heppell

Most Improved

  • Gold: Allan Liang & Huga Yoshida
  • Silver: Lachlan Smit
  • Bronze: Francesca Chimenti

Coaches Award

  • Gold: Chris Khuong
  • Silver: Xara Anderson
  • Bronze: Jack Noblet

Outstanding Achievement
This acknowledges swimmers who have achieved State or National medals:

  • Darren Tan
  • Vicky Tan
  • Huga Yoshida

Sr Maryrose Dennehy FCJ Perpetual Trophy

An extremely prestigious overall trophy that recognises hard training and contributions to the GenAquatic was won by: Katrina Appleton

5 year ‘Dedicated to Craft' award this year:

  • Darren Tan (joined Term 1, 2012)
  • Ivan Chan (joined Term 4, 2011)

Surrey Park Short Course Meet

Congratulations to everyone who swam at the Surrey Park Short Course meet on the weekend. The swimmers had some fantastic results in the pool with most swimmers resulting in a personal best time.

Amon Soerink
Head Coach Aquatics

Sustainability News

Sustainability Week

Next week, we will be celebrating Sustainability Week at Genazzano. The Sustainability team will be running fun activities for all year levels to encourage sustainable behaviour throughout the school, and teach students about the importance of caring for our environment. These activities include the Sustainability Olympics, a scavenger hunt and fun quizzes during homeroom. To finish the week, we have organised a ‘Sustainability Breakfast’ on Friday morning at 7.00am in the Madeleine Centre. Guest speakers from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition will be speaking to students about how we can make little changes around school and home to help create a more environmentally friendly community. Tickets are $5 each and sold at school during Homeroom.

We ask parents who prepare school lunches to avoid plastic wrapping every day, particularly on Wednesday when we will be promoting ‘nude food’. Instead of plastic bags or cling-wrap, why not take advantage of re-usable containers and lunchboxes? Please avoid using plastic bags at the supermarket, most of which end up in landfill. Why not try recycling soft plastics at your local Coles supermarket where REDcycle bins are located?

We must care for our environment both at home and at school and the Sustainability team appreciates the support of all parents.

Hayley Symonds
Sustainability Coordinator

Genazzano ‘Cup 2 Go’

Genazzano Cup 2 Go.jpgIn effort to encourage more sustainable practices, the College is proud to introduce our new ‘Cups 2 Go’. Using a Genazzano Cup 2 Go will help minimise our landfill contributions, in effect, helping to reduce the 1 billion coffee cups Australia waste each year.

The Genazzano ‘Cups 2 Go’ are lightweight, easy to carry and BPA free.

Purchase yours for only $5. Then, receive a 20c discount at the Cafeteria on your large coffee … everytime! Available from the Uniform Shop or the Cafeteria from Monday 7 August.

Special deal: if you purchase yours from the Cafeteria, get your first large coffee for only $3!

College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Saturday 5 August Snowsports Training & Year 8 Beginner Ski Weekend (Falls Creek)
Sunday 6 August Snowsports Training & Year 8 Beginner Ski Weekend (Falls Creek)
Monday 7 August Junior School Parent Forum - Reports, 9.00am
Wednesday 9 August Year 11 Eucharist
VCE Unit 4 Learning Conversations, 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Friday 11 August Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist, 6.00pm
Saturday 12 August GFA Year 8 Father Daughter Camp  (Mt Evelyn)
Sunday 13 August GFA Year 8 Father Daughter Camp  (Mt Evelyn)
Tuesday 15 August Year 9 Immersion Day
GSV Preminary A Track & Field Carnival (Lakeside Stadium)
Wednesday 16 August Annual Music Concert (Hamer Hall)
Thursday 17 August GFA Committee Meeting
Friday 18 August Junior School Science Day

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


GMA News

Events Held

During the holidays, a group of Year 2s, their siblings and parents had a movie morning at the cinemas, to see Despicable Me 3. Both girls and mums thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

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It’s a great time of the year to organise coffee catch ups and morning teas. The Year 6 mums enjoyed a morning cuppa at Town & Country.

A group of Year 5 mums also had a lovely coffee catch up at Town & Country. There was much discussion and excitement around the GMA Ball.


Town & Country was definitely a popular venue, as the Year 7 mums and one dad enjoyed catching up with old and new parents.

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2017 GMA Annual Fundraising Ball - Hollywood at the Park Hyatt

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Only 15 sleeps to go!
Excitement is building
It’s what everyone’s talking about
Hurry buy your tickets
Before they sell out!

We have invited the irrepressible Lawrence Mooney to be our MC for the evening.

With our new venue, the amazing internationally renowned chefs at the Park Hyatt, we have a treat in store for us. The wine has been ordered, the food has been tested, the music chosen. We’re aiming for a sell out!

Book your tickets online. For ticket enquiries, please contact Mrs Debbie Rossi 0422 011 180.

Keep an eye out for our Hollywood Highlights email. It’s a bit of fun, and gives the committee an opportunity to share what’s going on leading up to the big night.

I hope to see you all at the Ball!

Buy a Raffle Ticket – Just $5 Per Ticket!

This year, we've made it easier for you to buy raffle tickets online. If you would prefer, you can also collect hardcopy raffle tickets from all Student Services, Wardell Building reception and Grange Hill receptions. Alternatively please contact Cathy Frawley on 0421 010 347

Our wonderful raffle prizes include:

1st Prize: ‘Up, Up and 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 night’s accommodation courtesy of Hyatt Hotels. (Value: $5000+)

2nd Prize: Apple MacBook Air
ight 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: $200)

All proceeds from our Hollywood Ball support the building works in accordance with the Genazzano FCJ College’s 10 Year Master Plan.

Donate Auction Items

The Ball is the Genazzano Mothers’ Association 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 me on 0427 968 472.

GMA Fathers’ Day Stall - Save the Date - Thursday 31 August

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

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are still available and with some great offers! They are the same price as last year ($65) and include many new restaurants. Contact Mrs Cathy Frawley (0421 010 347 or to reserve your copy. This year there will be a hard copy or a digital copy.

Save the Date – Term 3 Events

Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August GFA Year 8 Father Daughter Camp 
Saturday 19 August GMA Annual Ball
Thursday 31 August GMA Father’s Day Stall
Friday 1 September Victorian Parents Council Annual Seminar
Saturday 2 September Year 7 Parents Gathering
Friday 15 September GFA Footy Finals Lunch

Jacqui Pirone
Genazzano Mothers’ Association

GFA News

Year 7 Father Daughter Camp – Saturday 29 July to Sunday 30 July

The first event for Term 3 was the Year 7 Father Daughter Camp, which just under 40 attendees enjoyed. Although our attendance was lower this year, it gave each of the girls the opportunity to complete more activities with their dads and everyone had a great time.

The camp was held at the YMCA Manyung Recreation Camp in Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza and the girls and their fathers enjoyed daytime activities, followed by photos with friends in the photo booth and a trivia completion with prizes later that night.

The camp was a great opportunity for dads to spend some special time with their daughters. I would like to thank the organising committee including: Mr John Blackney, Mr Andrew Verrocchi, Mr Matthew Wheelahan, Mr Michael Durkin, Mr Chris Mortensen, Mr Nicholas Psyhogios, Mr Jordan Papadopoulos and Mr Jordan Grigg, led by the event coordinator Mr Patrick Hickey.

Year 8 Father Daughter Camp – Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August

Each year, we hold a camp for the Years 8 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 next weekend, on Saturday 12 August to Sunday 13 August 2017, at the YMCA Mt Evelyn Recreation Camp in Tramway Road, Mt Evelyn. The cost of the camp is $145 per person, which covers all expenses including accommodation, activities and food.

There are many 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 photo booth, trivia competition and more. All the ‘challenge activities’ are designed to be safe and supervised by trained YMCA staff.

Mr Nicholas Psyhogios and Mr Jordan Papadopoulos are preparing a Greek feast, which includes a delicious meal of lamb and chicken cooked on the spit, with BBQ vegetables and salad.

Be prepared and book early. If you have any questions, please contact me via or 0419 885 701. We want you and your daughters to all be involved and have some fun. Book your places online.

GMA Hollywood Ball – Saturday 19 August

The Genazzano Fathers’ Association would like to encourage all fathers to attend the GMA Ball this year with their partners. This event is a major fundraiser for the College and your contribution will go towards making a better school experience for your daughters. It is also a lot a fun and an opportunity to share a meal and dance with your partner and friends. Book online today, before it sells out!

Year 9 Father Daughter Bowling – Get Bowled Over - Sunday 26 August

It's time to slip on your bowling shoes for some fun with your daughter! This is a great opportunity for Year 9 dads and daughters to spend a fun time together. The program includes ten-pin bowling, laser skirmish, party food, refreshments and door prizes, for only $32.50 per person.

We will meet on Sunday 26 August at 7.00pm on Level 3, Forest Hill Chase Centre, 270 Canterbury Road, Forest. Don’t miss out.

We look forward to seeing you and your daughter there. Please book in early to assist us in reserving enough spaces. If you have any queries please contact Dr Rob Bischof via or 0497 395 698.

GFA Footy Finals Luncheon – Friday 15 September

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The GFA has booked Etihad Stadium for another Footy Final Luncheon. With over 400 attending this event in the past, this is not be missed. Take the whole day off to enjoy the after party at the Emerald Hotel in South Melbourne. It is the highlight of the GFA year and funds all our other father daughter events.

A panel has already been organised, with three former champions who will entertain you and your guests over an excellent meal and refreshments. With Tony Jones as MC, Mick Malthouse, Tony Shaw and David King 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 are able to, please sponsor us. For sponsorship enquiries or to purchase a whole table please contact our Vice President - Corporate Events, Mr Nicholas Psyhogios via or 0412 938 450.

Tickets are available online for $140 a head or $1300 a table of 10. We look forward to seeing you there, but as seats are limited, we encourage you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment!

GFA Executive

Every month, a friendly bunch of dads meets 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 any questions. Refreshments and an opportunity to catch up with other dads always follow the meeting. Come join us, everyone is welcome! Our next meetings are:

  • Wednesday 17 August, Wardell Boardroom, 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 20 September, Wardell Boardroom, 7.00pm

Save the Date – Term 3 Events

Saturday 12 August Year 8 Father Daughter Camp
Sunday 26 August Year 9 Bowling & Laser Skirmish
Friday 15 September GFA Footy Finals Luncheon

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

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association



Annual Music Concert

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Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Book online

GMA Hollywood Ball

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

Open Morning

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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
Booking details available soon!

Les Jeunes Artistes - ELC to Year 4 Art Show

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Date: Tuesday 5 September 2017
Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Grange Hill
Book online

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

Opening the Doors Trivia Night

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Date: Friday 15 September 2017
Time: 7.00pm - 9.15pm
Venue: Cafeteria, Genazzano FCJ College
Tickets: $15 per person | $100 table of 10
Book online


Community News

Youth Engagement Project (YEP) Events

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St John's Primary School Heidelberg Reunion

A great chance to catch up and connect with old school friends.

Date: Friday 15 September 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Where: Heidelberg Football Club, Beverley Road, Heidelberg
Tickets: $20 online or $25 at the door (cash only)

For more information, please download the event flyer.

2017 de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds - Sunday 27 August 2017

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It’s on again!  Shake off winter and get to Burke Hall on Sunday 27 August for the 2017 de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds.

The de Castella Run, now in its 37th year, is organised by the Old Xaverians’ Athletic Club in partnership with the Monash and Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). As well as being a ‘fun run’, the de Castella Run also raises money to help find new treatments for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ageing and dementia.

Three distances are offered: 5km run/walk, 10km run or 15km run, which all start and finish at Burke Hall. After the run/walk, the Mind and Body Expo adds another element of activity, along with lots of prizes to win, free yoga, free physiotherapist massage, a jumping castle, petting zoo, and bake stall. Fun for all!

Head to the de Castella Run website to learn more about the run, check last year’s results, make a donation. Make sure you follow the Instagram hashtag #run2mendminds or email to join the mailing list for our weekly updates and training tips.

Dr Christopher Worsnop
President, Old Xaverian’s Athletic Club