Newsletter - Edition 15-2015

News from the Principal

Dear Parents,

There is an air of great excitement and anticipation in the College as we welcome the spring blooms and the approaching warmer weather. The gardens are looking magnificent at this time of the year, thanks to the outstanding work of Ross Shearer and his team who work to provide beautiful environments for the enjoyment of all students. On Monday, we warmly welcomed the 2016 incoming principal Karen Jebb to the College. It was a joy to visit several parts of the College with Karen and to introduce her to a good number of students. Later in the afternoon, Karen addressed the staff and we enjoyed an informal afternoon tea. There will be further such visits as the year unfolds.

On Thursday 8 October, the student leaders for 2015/16 were commissioned and they now assume their leadership roles. At the same time we acknowledged with gratitude the outgoing leaders from the 2014/2015 year. A list of the new leadership group was published in last month's newsletter. I am most grateful to Jessica Landy and Annabelle Freeman (outgoing College Captains) and their team of Prefects for their outstanding service to the College community this past year. Our Prefects’ Thank You Dinner, held at the Boulevard Restaurant last Friday evening, provided an opportunity for us to acknowledge all that our Captains and Prefects have contributed to our College community. It was also an opportunity to give thanks to their parents and to the many teachers who have supported the students in this capacity.

Congratulations are extended to the Friends of Sports Committee and to Matthew Wesson and his team for the Celebration of Sports evening on Tuesday in the Madeleine Centre. This was an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of so many girls in a wide range of sporting pursuits. I extend our thanks to Mr John King who has led the Friends of Sport Committee this year. The Committee provides great support to Director of Sport, Mr Matthew Wesson and the College sporting area.

It was also a privilege to attend the annual Boarders’ dinner on Wednesday evening, when Year 12 Boarders were farewelled by the students and staff of Hopetoun Hall. The older girls have been outstanding role models for the younger Boarders and there was lively appreciation of all the gifts and talents of each graduating student. The Boarders’ appreciation of all that Lauren Kennedy, our Director of Boarding, and her dedicated team of Boarding Supervisors provide in caring for the students’ wellbeing and academic progress was also particularly obvious.

This term of course signals the period of exams, farewells, final activities and celebrations – it is a time of great joy and just a little sadness. As our Year 12 students prepare for their final exams and their leave of the College today, the atmosphere of studious revision is palpable. I join the girls in expressing gratitude to the teaching staff who are always ready to go over that extra practice paper, correct that extra essay, or discuss that final point – your tireless commitment to each of the girls is of enormous value and greatly appreciated.

With the beautiful weather we have many year levels on camp:

  • Year 9s are on Duke of Edinburgh camps in groups;
  • Year 8s are completing a week at City Cite, and I am looking forward to their presentations on Friday afternoon.
  • Year 4s are enjoying camping life in Marysville
  • Year 6s will go to Canberra; and
  • Year 3 students are “counting the sleeps” till Thursday of next week when they will board the buses for their Zoo snooze.

My thanks to all staff who assist the students with these exciting programs.

We pray particularly this week for:

  • Domenic Butera and his daughter Jemma (Year 7) following the death over the holidays of their beloved wife and mother Kim and for Kim’s nieces, Amanda Kouskouras (Gerda 12) and Merysa (2009) and the extended family.
  • Recently deceased past student and staff member Penelope Bailey (Kerr, 1972) and her daughters:  Belinda (class of 2000) and  Shannon (class of 2003) and son Stephen; her mother Vivienne;  sisters Judy Mullen (class of 1978), Libby (class of 1979), Louise; brothers Greg, Peter, Mark, Paul and Stephen, nieces and nephews including Genazzano students Samantha  Mullen (2007), Sophie Mullen (2012), Bridget Kerr (2003), Tillie (1996), Philippa (1998), Georgina (1998), Joanna (1991), Olivia (1992), Sally (1995), and current students  Amber (Year 7), Shan (Year 8) and Candice (Year 10) as well as the extended family.
  • Olivia Barnes (Year 7) and her sister Elizabeth (2012) following the death of their grandfather, Tom Barnes

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

Patricia A Cowling



We keep our Year 12 students in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare to complete their final VCE examinations and take their place in the wider community. May they grow to be to be women of strength; inspired by the teachings of Christ and the works of the Sisters FCJ with a passion for life, a love of learning and the courage and confidence to serve others.

A Woman of Strength

A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape.
A woman of strength builds relationships to keep her soul in shape.

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything.
A woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the better of her.
A woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future.
A woman of strength realises life’s mistakes can also be unexpected blessings and capitalises on them.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey.
A woman of strength has faith that it is through the journey that she will become strong!

(Source unknown)


Latest News

1. Celebration of Sports

2. Reflections: Genazzano's Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition

3. Genazzano FCJ College 2016 Booklist

4. Genazzano FCJ College and eSmart Community Engagement Program

5. Annual Scholarships and Book / Music Bursaries for 2015 Year 10 Students


Celebration of Sports

On Tuesday 13 October, students, parents and teachers gathered to celebrate sporting excellence at Genazzano FCJ College, at the Celebration of Sports Evening. The achievements of students in their chosen sport, both at school and in various sporting associations, including GSV (Girls' Sport Victoria), SCSA (Secondary Catholic Sporting Association) and SSV (School Sport Victoria), were celebrated.

Genazzano Outstanding Achievements

  • GSV Division 3 Swimming Junior Premiers
  • GSV Division 3 Swimming Intermediate Premiers
  • GSV Division 3 Swimming Senior Premiers
  • GSV Senior A Netball Premiers
  • GSV Division 1 Senior Cross Country Premiers
  • GSV Division 2 Senior Basketball Premiers
  • GSV Junior Basketball B team Runner Up
  • GSV Junior Basketball D team Runner Up
  • GSV Senior Netball D team Runner Up
  • GSV Junior Basketball D team zone winners
  • GSV Junior Tennis White B team zone winners
  • GSV Intermediate Netball A team zone winners
  • GSV Junior Netball A team zone winners
  • GSV Junior Netball D team zone winners
  • GSV Intermediate B Badminton zone winners
  • GSV Intermediate A Soccer zone winners
  • SCSA Diving Division 1 Senior Premiers
  • Saturday Netball Genazzano Bassett Premiers
  • Saturday Netball Genazzano Steel Premiers
  • Saturday Netball Genazzano Taylor Premiers
  • Saturday Netball Genazzano Hanson Premiers
  • Saturday Netball Genazzano Fuhrmann Premiers
  • Saturday Netball Genazzano Hallinan Premiers
  • Rowing 1 Head of Schoolgirls Title
  • Rowing Junior 1 State Championship Title
  • Rowing Junior 3 Silver State Championship Titles
  • Rowing Junior 4 Bronze State Championship Titles
  • Rowing Senior 1 Gold State Championship Title
  • Rowing Senior 2 Bronze State Championship Titles

GSV Finals Evenings Gold Medallists

  • Lily Hall – Year 7 40m Butterfly Swimming
  • Molly McCarthy –Year 8 800 M Year 8 1500 M Track and Field
  • Emma Gray –Year 9 Triple Jump
  • Ella Laussen –Year 9 High Jump
  • Hannah Utri –Year 12 Shot Put
  • Annaliese Bush – Year 10 100 M, Year 10 Triple Jump, Year 10 90 M Hurdles, Year 10 Long Jump

GSV Representative Teams

  • Netball: Gemma Sibillin and Isobel Anderson
  • Hockey: Marielle Salom and Charlotte Kennedy

Outstanding Achievements

Track & Field

Australian All Schools Championships (December 2014, SA Athletics Stadium Adelaide)

  • Kaitlin Barr - U17 800
  • Emily Bertacco - U15 90H
  • Sam O’Connell - U16 90H & 200H

National Championships (11-15 March 2015, Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre)

  • Kaitlin Barr - U18 2km Steeplechase
  • Molly McCarthy - U14 1500m
  • Emily Bertacco - U16 90m Hurdles
  • Emma Delahunt - U20 100m Hurdles
  • Anna Bush - U16 100m, Long Jump

Cross Country

Victorian State Championships (13 February 2015)

  • Molly McCarthy

Australian Junior Nationals (March 2015)

  • Molly McCarthy

Nationals (28-31 August 2015)

  • Molly McCarthy


Tasmanian State Age Championships (March 2015, Hobart Aquatic Centre)

  • Lily Hall - 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle

Australian Age Championships (13-20 April 2015, Sydney Olympic Park and Aquatic Centre)

  • Lily Hall - 100 Butterfly

Victorian Age Short Course Championships (September 2015, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre)

  • Lily Hall - Bronze 100 Butterfly, Bronze 200 Butterfly

Snow Sports

Australian Interschool Snowsports Championships (9-13 September 2015, Mt Buller)

  • Mary Henry
  • Emma Vergano
  • Erica Hore


Victorian State Interschool Championships (29 June-3 July 2015, Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre)

  • Rachael Collins
  • Louisa Inge

National Interschool Championships (28 September-3 October 2015, Sydney International Equestrian Centre)

  • Rachael Collins
  • Louisa Inge


Li-Ning Under 16 Australasian Championships and June Bevan Tropy Teams Championships (3 - 11 April 2015, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre)

  • Katrina Yang

Road Cycling

National Hill Climb Championships (18-19 April 2015, Bright, Victoria)

  • Jordyn Hassett

Congratulations to all the girls.

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Reflections: Genazzano’s Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition

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The Principal and Head of Creative Arts warmly invite you to the opening of our Genazzano FCJ College 2015 Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition.

The exhibition will be officially opened by guest speaker, Elizabeth Armstrong, an artist and feltmaker. For more information, visit her website.

Event details

Date: Friday 6 November 2015
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: The Madeleine Centre, Genazzano FCJ College
RSVP: Book online by Monday 2 November 2015

The exhibition can also be viewed on Monday 9 November and Tuesday 10 November from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

Genazzano FCJ College 2016 Booklist

The 2016 College Booklist will be available soon!

You will be able access the booklist via the following websites:

The College website, via the Learning and Teaching section


or direct from the Campion Education website, using the passcode 2RPK

If you need assistance, please contact Campion directly on 1300 433 982.

New this year!

Optional ordering of VCE English novels for a pre-Christmas delivery.

VCE English students can choose to order their English novels earlier, to receive delivery prior to Christmas. Order online from 23 October to 6 November 2015. Delivery will be the week of 27 November 2015.

Key dates

Friday 23 October 2015

Optional pre-Christmas delivery orders for VCE English novels open

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Booklist available on College website, GenSpace and Campion Education website (use passcode to access)

Friday 6 November 2015

Optional pre-Christmas delivery orders for VCE English novels close

Friday 11 December 2015

Online booklist orders close

Online orders only (no paper orders)

  • Home delivered - dispatched in January 2016
  • Must be prepaid

Please read payment instructions carefully when placing your order.

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Genazzano FCJ College and eSmart Community Engagement Program

Genazzano FCJ College is committed to ensuring our students are safe and responsible digital citizens. We warmly invite all members of our community to attend a Parenting Evening

Educating – Protecting – Empowering

Date: Monday 23 November
Time: 7.00-8.30pm
Venue: Montagner Auditorium
RSVP: Book online by Friday 13 November

Australian research (2014) shows that 78% of children are most likely to turn to a parent as their main source of information when they have an issue relating to online safety, however 75% of parents feel uninformed to respond appropriately.

This workshop invites parents/carers to come together and be informed about how their child/ren interact and are involved in the digital world.

Tips and strategies will be discussed about how to best educate children to be savvy online users and consumers. Parents/carers will be provided with the latest research and trends towards protecting children, and how to empower children to use safe, smart and responsible behaviours in the digital space.


Annual Scholarships and Book / Music Bursaries for 2015 Year 10 Students

Current Year 10 students are invited to apply for internal scholarships and bursaries for the 2016 and 2017 school years.

The following scholarships and bursaries are available to Year 10 (2015) students currently attending Genazzano FCJ College. The scholarships are means tested and tenable for the last two years of schooling at the College (Years 11 and 12).

  • The Gavin Smith Scholarship for Boarders
    Academic Scholarship (50% remission of tuition fees) for students currently in Year 10.
  • Sr Margaret Mary Kennedy FCJ Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    (75% remission of tuition fees)
  • Dr Vin McKenna Scholarship for Science
    (50% remission of tuition fees)
  • Two Music Bursaries
    Each Music Bursary is valued at the equivalent of one year of Music Lessons at the College each year for Year 11 and 12. (One Music scholarship is sponsored by the Genazzano Alumnae Inc.)
  • General Excellence – Ten Book Bursaries
    Each Book Bursary is valued at $300 per annum. (Three Book Bursaries are sponsored by the Genazzano Alumnae Inc.)

Application forms, including selection criteria, are available on GenSpace under My College or on the College website.

The closing date for all scholarships and bursaries is Monday 9 November 2015.

The announcement of scholarship and bursary recipients will be made at the final College Assembly on Friday 4 December 2015.

For further information please contact Ms Kerry Hogan, Director of Admissions on 8862 1207 or

Kerry Hogan
Director of Admissions



Class of 1990 – 25 Year Reunion

Friday 16 October 2015
7.00pm-9.00 pm
Call Alex Bellizia on 0417 156 826, for any late enquiries
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A Celebration of Australian Picture Books

Tuesday 20 October
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Valedictory Eucharist and Awards

Friday 23 October
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Year 12 Parent Mass and Luncheon

Wednesday 28 October
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Graduate Art Show Exhibition Opening Night

Friday 6 November
6.00pm start
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Memorial Mass and Luncheon

Sunday 8 November
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Class of 1955 – 60 Year Reunion

Sunday 8 November 2015
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GFA Thank You BBQ

Friday 13 November
6.00pm start
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Class of 2005 – 10 Year Reunion

Friday 13 November 2015
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Class of 1975 – 40 Year Reunion

Sunday 15 November 2015
Time TBC
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Valedictory Ball

Friday 20 November
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Educating – Protecting – Empowering

Monday 23 November
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Year 9 ‘Page to Stage’ production of The Silver Sword

Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 November
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GMA Second Hand Booksale

Saturday 28 November
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Class of 1995 – 20 Year Reunion

Saturday 28 November 2015
7.00pm-9.00 pm
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2015 Closing College Eucharist

Tuesday 1 December
7.00pm start
It is an expectation that all students will be in attendance
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Year 5/6 Performance of Charlotte’s Web

Thursday 3 December
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Class of 2014 – One Year Reunion

Friday 4 December 2015
Time TBC
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Faith and Missions News

St Vincent de Paul soup van visit

On Sunday 13 September, nine students and three staff assisted on the St Vincent de Paul Fitzroy Soup Van. We arrived at the Jean McKendry Centre in North Melbourne at 4.00pm and helped with the preparation of rolls, sandwiches and soup. At 7.00pm, we travelled with the soup van as it made six stops around Melbourne.

Below is a student reflection, from Gabriella Morgan (Year 11), on this experience:

There’s a thought-provoking quote that reads: How can you worship a homeless man on Sunday only to ignore a homeless man on Monday?

Having only read this the morning before half the Vinnies’ group girls, including myself, set out to volunteer at the St Vincent de Paul’s Soup Van, the timing of the quote was particularly pertinent. As we set about preparing the sandwiches and bread for the homeless of Melbourne, we were reminded that the people we would be serving that night could often go through an entire day of sitting on a street without anyone looking them in the eyes. For me, the most important aspect of the night was going to be making sure I engage in conversation and ensuring that I had enough knowledge of the past week’s AFL news up my sleeve should there be a lull in the dialogue! One of the most poignant moments of the night was handing out food in the shadows of a bridge next to the Yarra, with one of the only sources of light being from the brightness of Crown Casino just over the block. The contrast in that moment really brought home the overwhelming wealth-disparities which exist between the privileged and the marginalised of Melbourne. Overall, the experience I had volunteering with the Soup Van was incredibly eye-opening and worthwhile and I would encourage any Gen girl who is considering volunteering to definitely give it a go.

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Jennice Borin
Learning Enhancement Teacher


Co-curricular News

Yearbook Photos

In August this year, many Co-curricular photos were taken for the College Yearbook.  If you would like to purchase any of these photos this can be done online through the National Photography website.  Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the National Photography website and click on the green button that says School Photos then click on School Event Photos.
  2. Click on the Genazzano FCJ College logo and enter the following password = GFCJC

Catherine Murphy
Director of Co-Curricular Programs

Debating and Public Speaking

Congratulations are due to two Genazzano students who have received awards in past few weeks. Antonietta Di Cosmo, Year 9, received a Swannie Award for the best D Grade speaker in the Toorak region of the 2015 DAV Debating Competition. The Swannie Award, named after Alan Swanwick, one of Victoria’s great debaters and adjudicators, recognizes the student in each region and grade who has the highest average speaker score after competing in at least three DAV debates.

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In addition to this award, Antonietta, was nominated for a D Grade State-Wide Competition Swannie Award, which is an amazing achievement.

A Year 7 student, Marietta Stents, progressed through two rounds of the Legacy Public Speaking Award, winning her heat in July and then her semifinal in September. Marietta will now speak in the State Final of this competition on Friday 16 October. Congratulations are due to Marietta for this achievement.

Mrs Eileen Bendall
Debating & Public Speaking Coordinator


News from ELC

What’s Growing in Mr. McGregor’s Garden?

Mr. McGregor’s produce garden in the ELC playground is a popular area for the children to nurture during their outdoor play. This week our keen gardeners noticed broad beans growing on the long stalks that were planted from seeds in May this year. The children harvested the beans and during our morning meeting, the children discussed the growth of the beans from seed, shoot, stalk, leaves, to pod growth. The broad bean’s were passed around the group circle for the children to feel the texture. Miles told us “It has a smooth skin on the outside” and Sophie told us “it’s a pod”. We opened the pod to count how many broad beans were inside and noticed that most pods have 4 beans inside. We asked the children what could we cook with the broad beans, and Griffin suggested “Broad bean cake”. We offered the beans at our morning tea for the children to taste and some children suggested they tasted “yuk -just like beans”.

We asked the children to suggest ideas for new seasonal plants to grow in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Zoe told us she likes strawberries and Madison told us that she has strawberries growing in her garden. Tomatoes, cucumber, carrots and beetroot were also popular choices. This week our gardeners were busy preparing the garden bed for the new produce. The children pulled out old produce that had turned to seed and pulled out weeds and filled a big gardeners bag for Brad the gardener to take away to the big compost bin. Throughout the year the children have collected their morning tea fruit scraps for our worm farm. There was great excitement from the children when we observed that the 2 bottom trays of our worm farm had decomposed and the compost was ready to add to Mr. McGregor’s garden. Zoe told us “it helps the soil”. We asked the children “where did all the fruit scraps go?” and the children told us “the worms ate them”.

Now that the soil and garden are all prepared for the new seasonal produce, the children are busy planting the new strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, carrots, beetroot and peas. The children care for the new produce daily. They water the garden with watering cans and recycled water from our tank each day and eagerly look for fresh growth and look forward to harvesting the strawberries.

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Alison Lucas
Lead Teacher, ELC 3


News from Early Years

It's a jungle in there! It definitely is as the Grange Hill hallways have been transformed into a jungle scenario coinciding with our Biological Science Inquiry units and what a great units they are! Animals of the Savannah, habitats, life cycles, classification of creatures, sustainability and eco systems are all topics explored this term at Grange Hill. Such topics are further enhanced with camps and excursions such as sustainability in Marysville, plant works at the Botanical Gardens or animal encounters at Melbourne Zoo, Werribbee Open Range Zoo or indeed the Melbourne Aquarium. Feel free to pop in and check our fantastic learning environment. You may even encounter a few 'cheeky' monkeys as you do so.

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New students

We welcome two new students to Grange Hill in recent weeks. Siena Zhu joined the Year 4 class at the end of last term and Eva Welsh joined Prep in Week One of this Term. We welcome them and their families to our Grange Hill community and I know that the students have been fantastic in ensuring that both girls feel quite at home at Genazzano FCJ College.

Grandparents/Special Friends' Day

Invitations will be sent home shortly for our Grandparents/Special Friend’s Day on the morning of 12 November. We appreciate that this can be a difficult day for some students as some grandparents may live very far away or in some cases, overseas. We also acknowledge that many of our students may have lost a grandparent and could find this day challenging. Being able to bring a special friend or another relative helps in a small way to reduce the sense of loss on such an occasion.

Dates to note

Wednesday 14 October – Friday 16 October

Year 4 Camp

Wednesday 21 October

P-2 Excursion to Weribee Zoo

Thursday 22 October - Friday 23 October

Year 3 ZooSnooze Camp

Friday 23 October


Tuesday 27 October

P-4 Speech and Drama Production
Montagner Auditorium

Friday 30 October

P-4 Assembly, led by Year 4
Montagner Auditorium

Monday 2 November

Student Free Day

Tuesday 3 November

Melbourne Cup Holiday

Friday 8 November


Friday 8 November

Year 2 Gen Camp

Thursday 12 November

Grandparents/Special Friends’ Day

Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 7 Poetry

Year 7s have recently been studying poetry and looking at various language devices such as simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia etc., as well as looking at the marvels of descriptive language. They are each reciting and analysing a poem of their choice as part of this poetry exploration. Some of the girls have even been brave enough to compose their own poems and share them with a friendly audience of classmates. Take a read below:

Beautiful breaking beach

Wistful waves, weeping,
they seize the sand ashore.
The howling wind is whistling
just like an old man’s snore.
There I know clouded water,
and a waving line of land.
Pine trees grow in a windswept row
shading the stirring sand.

The sky blissfully changes
from grey to black to blue.
The sun gives up hiding
it is a shining star coming through.
As you look below the horizon
the sea is a vast delight.
Colourful reefs shimmer below
as the waves break from teal to white.

Coconut palms, arching
over the white sandy beach,
Crystal clear waters,
calm, with running feet
As you hear the gulls’ shrieks
The sun slowly sets.

With crimson and coral streaks
tucking the sun to bed.

by Monica Zwar (7A)

Shards of Ice

The sun is yet to be seen,
Cold ice slithers into the scene,
The trees burnished with ice,
Frozen drops stuck like boiled rice.

Through this cold frozen sky,
Are white owls who can fly,
The wind sounds like the screams of ghosts,
You can see the sea frozen along the coasts.

The sky is icy blue,
It makes the scenery nice and new.
The moon has a tip of pink,
It makes you want to catch a wink.

As the wind blows, everything shakes,
Which makes the snow disappear.
Little creatures huddle near,
And smoke covers the icy floor,
Making it impossible to see much more!

by Amy Paolini (7D)


Running, panting, shedding hair
Muddy paw prints everywhere
Man’s best friend from all around,
No cats, not birds, but loyal hounds.

Long floppy ears, cute button nose,
Left to right, its tail goes
Long shaggy hair or short as can be
Their cute playful eyes, staring at me.

From Coco, to Max, to Buster to Kelly
From Bella, to Shaggy, to Fluffy to Nellie,
For names they don’t care, as long as you’re there,
To be part of this everlasting pair.

by Ruby Curtis and Georgia Farlecas (7D)


Family is the light and soul
They’re like the sauce to my sausage roll.
They are always there for me
Caring, cuddling and letting my feelings go free.

They make me happy when I’m blue
From the minute I saw them then I knew,
That they would love me forever,
When will you doubt me, that’s always never.

Their love is the cure,
They are so pure.
They are my gold,
We will grow together
Until forever old.

by Laura Arnold, Amy Paolini and Eleanor Mauri (7D)

No Longer Fear

The word fear brings to mind terror and uncertainty,
The idea of overcoming it seems insurmountable.
There are many fears in this world,
Whether it’s a small fear or an extravagant one,
It impacts you and your self-esteem greatly.

The key to overcoming it,
Is to find the silver lining.
For this is how you shall diminish your fear and all traces of it,
Our troubles resolve when all fear has elapsed.
A life without fear seems desirable.

Fear is not defined as abnormal,
It is common throughout each living soul.
We wouldn’t be individuals without fear,
So search with ambition for your silver lining.

Face Everything And Rise.

by Lola Crivelli, Lara Partridge, Cristina Mattioli (7D)

The wondrous fairy garden

The garden that shimmers
Colours as bright as stars
Painted with beauty
That can be seen from Mars

The garden that glitters
Fairies dance all around
They fly up to the treetops
Without the slightest of sound.

The garden that sparkles
Filled with laughter and joy
What a wondrous place
For every girl and boy.

by Kylie Chen and Letitia Mancini (7D)

Our Guiding Light

Blanketing the earth with rays of warmth,
Spreading light and joy.
Perched atop a sea of blue,
The sun shines for me and you.

Such warmth can be found,
When one simply looks up.
A burning ball of light,
Shades of amber yellow ever so bright.

Children of the sun,
We appreciate its glow.
That transforms gloom,
And brings light to any room.

The sun is the centre of our world,
Which life revolves around.
Bringing light to each new day,
Creating a world so merry and gay.

The sun is our guiding light,
Shedding light on the world.
It welcomes us when life is born,
And greets us newly every morn.

Darkness comes when the sun sets,
The moon ready to take its shift,
But we think of the sun when darkness falls,
Which comes again when morning calls.

The sun,
Perched atop a sea of blue.

by Marietta Stents and Ruby Atkin (7D)


Sydney’s gleam is pretty and bright
The stars glimmer all through the night

The steel grey mountain reaching over the bay
Connects the cars in a perfect array

Several white hills made out of metal
Shine across the water as the sun settles

Crowds of people swamp onto ferries vastly
Making the city move ever so fast-ly.

I love Sydney, it’s so happy and gay
I wish I could be there at all times of the day.

by Juliet Minahan and Grace Joyney (7D)

Ann Rennie
Year 7A Homeroom Teacher


News from Later Years

2015 Leadership Forum

Some historians have dubbed Sir. John Monash the greatest Australian leader in history. The numerous leadership qualities he possessed affected the lives of countless Australians, through his involvement with education, engineering and the army. He served as a prime role model to Australians from all walks of life, in particular those who aspire to replicate his ability to succeed. It is for these reasons that nine Year 10 students from Genazzano were invited to attend a leadership forum at Scotch College. Many of these desirable leadership qualities were highlighted and related back to this inspirational Australian.

We were seated at tables with Year 10 students from other schools around Melbourne, and discussed ways we could extend upon our current qualities and behaviours at school and in the community in order to become future leaders. Our ideas came from three speakers who explored themes of leadership, integrity and service. This forum has alerted us to the qualities that great leaders posses, and highlighted skills that we can develop in our endeavours to lead others, and provided us with valuable knowledge that we will share with our peers.

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Sophie Zebrowski
Year 10


Annual Scholarships and Book /Music Bursaries for 2015 Year 10 Students 

Current Year 10 students are invited to apply for internal scholarships and bursaries for the 2016 and 2017 school years.

The following scholarships and bursaries are available to Year 10 (2015) students currently attending Genazzano FCJ College. The scholarships are means tested and tenable for the last two years of schooling at the College (Years 11 and 12).

  • The Gavin Smith Scholarship for Boarders
    Academic Scholarship (50% remission of tuition fees) for students currently in Year 10.
  • Sr Margaret Mary Kennedy FCJ Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    (75% remission of tuition fees)
  • Dr Vin McKenna Scholarship for Science
    (50% remission of tuition fees)
  • Two Music Bursaries
    Each Music Bursary is valued at the equivalent of one year of Music Lessons at the College each year for Year 11 and 12. (One Music scholarship is sponsored by the Genazzano Alumnae Inc.)
  • General Excellence – Ten Book Bursaries
    Each Book Bursary is valued at $300 per annum. (Three Book Bursaries are sponsored by the Genazzano Alumnae Inc.)

Application forms, including selection criteria, are available on GenSpace under My College or on the College website.

The closing date for all scholarships and bursaries is Monday 9 November 2015.

The announcement of scholarship and bursary recipients will be made at the final College Assembly on Friday 4 December 2015.

For further information please contact Ms Kerry Hogan, Director of Admissions on 8862 1207 or

Kerry Hogan
Director of Admissions


Creative Arts News

Les Jeunes Artistes

We have had a very busy few months and can happily report on some great success stories. The ELC to Year 4 Art show, Les Jeunes Artistes, was a highlight in the second last week of last term. Congratulations to all our young artists for the wonderful, highly creative and imaginative work on display. Congratulations to Simona Crivelli of Year 4, who was presented with the Sister Maryrose Dennehy, fcJ Art Encouragement Award. Simona demonstrated a passion for visual arts beyond the classroom and displayed some of the art work she has completed at home. We were pleased to present Mrs Cowling with a collaborative portrait as a gift to celebrate her time as Principal of the College. The Chuck Close inspired work will be proudly displayed in the Grange Hill corridor for some time to come.

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Genazzano FCJ College is awarded the Janice Gray Memorial Trophy 2015

This year Genazzano FCJ College entered over 250 student entries from the Creative Arts department into the 2015 Royal Melbourne Show. 

Entries were submitted from students in Prep through to Year 12. A large variety of student work was exhibited including painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, collage, textiles and garment construction. Students from Genazzano FCJ College received many awards and prizes for their work. This resulted in the College being awarded with the Janice Gray Memorial Trophy for the most successful school on Show for a consecutive year.

Genazzano FCJ College also received a number of special awards including best exhibit in textile design, best exhibit in ceramics and best exhibit in applique.

Summary of awards from Genazzano FCJ College

14 Firsts
10 Seconds
13 Thirds
4 Very Highly Commended
7 Highly Commended
11 Commended
Special Award: Best Exhibit in Textile Design
Special Award: Best Exhibit in Ceramics
Special Award: Best Exhibit in Applique
Special Award: Best Exhibit in the Junior/Schools competition

With a record number of entries into the Art & Craft competition at this year’s Melbourne Show, this was a great result. This would not be possible without the dedication and support of the following creative art teachers who submitted student work to make this event so successful: Joanne Saville, Shirley Silverstein, Kate Walsh, Kate Donovan, Wendy Ampt and Katrina Wheaton-Penniall.

A special thank you to the art technicians who helped prepare the student work and present it so beautifully: Ruta Skeivys, Elizabeth Chitty and Angela Panagacos.

The following awards were won by students from Genazzano FCJ College:

1st Prize

Samantha Bianco (Yr 4) – Mystery Mouth
Laura Brown (Yr 12) – Printmaking
Yvette Mascarenhas (Yr 12) – Sculpture
Lily Ubaldi (Yr 8) – Ceramics
Emma Barham (Yr 10) – Ceramics Unglazed
Bronte Senn (Yr 9) – Embroidery
Isabella Polazzon (Yr 9) – Felting
Rhiannon Walsh (Yr 9) – Applique
Vivian Tran (Yr 10) – Apron Challenge
Bridget Wilson (Yr 10) – Casualwear
Simone Todaro (Yr 12) – Formalwear
Sophie Pinnuck (Yr 11) – Fashion accessory
Student 2 – Collage
Tess Healy (Yr 12) – Formalwear/Costume

2nd Prize

Mietta Wilson (Yr 3) – Art
Elodie Beaudry (Yr 2) – Mixed Media
Breanna Dioguardi (Yr 11) – Collage
Allegra Jenkins (Yr 10) – Sculpture
Remy Treppo (Yr 8) – Ceramics (Glazed)
Elizabeth Te Lintelo (Yr 10) – Ceramics
Sophia Mercadante (Yr 3) – Wool Challenge
Emma Chan (Yr 9) – Embroidery
Olivia La Rocca (Yr 9) – Felting
Lisa Biasotto (Yr 9) - Applique

3rd Prize

Alessandra Di Mattina (Yr 12) – Textiles
Alannah De Maria (Yr 4) – Mixed Media
Breanna Dioguardi (Yr 11) – Painting
Simone Da Silva (Yr 10) – Print making
Emma Barham (Yr 10) – Collage
Alexandra Somerville (Yr 10) – Sculpture
Ella MacIsaac (Yr 10) – Ceramics unglazed
Giula Scopece (Yr 9) – Casualwear
Candice Kerr (Yr 10) – Casualwear
Sara Gucciardo (Yr 10) – Formalwear
Sarina Davidson (Yr 6) – Soft Toy
Cameo Porreca (Yr 4) – Paper sculpture
Emily Kneale (Yr 10) – Fashion Accessory

Very Highly Commended

Jordana Egan (Yr 11) – Painting
Breanna Dioguardi (Yr 11) – Drawing
Acacia Cheng (Yr 9) – Felting
Brielle Maule (Yr 10) – Fashion Accessory

Highly Commended

Annabel Tran (Prep) – Mixed media
Jessica Balic (Yr 3) – Mixed Media
Bronte Sayers (Yr 5) – Mixed Media
Student 1 (Yr 11) - Drawing
Ellie Waters (Yr 9) – Photography
Olivia Peters (Yr 10) – Formalwear
Ella Nixon (Yr 6) – Soft Toy


Carla Pertile (Yr 2) – Mystery Mouth Artwork
Alessia Massarotti (Yr 6) – Mixed Media
Cecilia Stewart (Yr 12) – Painting
Amelia Johnston (Yr 7) – Print making
Bella Pisasale (Yr 10) – Print making
Lily Rokebrand (Yr 12) – Print making
Mietta Simpson (Yr 10) – Apron challenge
Elissa Grollo (Yr 6) – Soft Toy
Doris Liu (Yr 10) – Fashion Accessory
Bridget Wilson (Yr 10) – Fashion Accessory
Adita Singh (Yr 10) – Fashion Accessory

Special Awards

Janice Gray Memorial Trophy for most successful School on Show: Genazzano FCJ College
Best exhibit Junior Ceramics – Lily Ubaldi (Yr 10)
Best Exhibit Junior Applique – Rhiannon Walsh (Yr 9)
Best Exhibit Junior Textile Design – Simone Todaro (Yr 12)

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Graduate Art Show

Planning is underway for the Graduate Art Show, which will open on 6 November in the Madeleine Centre. Folios and final works in VCE Media, Studio Arts, Art, Visual Communication Design and Product Design and Technology will be on display. Please see the flyer for the event details.

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts


Drama News

Charlotte’s Web – Get your tickets now!

Year 5 and 6 are busy learning their choreography and songs for the production of Charlotte’s Web on Thursday 3rd December at 5:00pm. The production promises to be a heart-warming and joyous celebration of friendship – don’t miss out on this end of year event!

Members of the College community who wish to purchase tickets, can do so online.

Year 9 Page to Stage Drama

The Year 9 Page to stage Drama group have been lucky to work with Johh Thorn who has written the original music for their upcoming production of The Silver Sword. They have commenced learning their choreography and are busy designing their stagecraft to evoke the upheaval of World War 2. Come along to see this well-loved classic of children’s literature come to life on November 25 and 26 in the Wardell Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online.

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John Thorn rehearses his original score with the year 9 Page to stage group for the upcoming production of The Silver Sword.

Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama


Maths News

Mathematics Assist @ Gen

The Alumnae Mathematics tutoring sessions that have been held in the library after school throughout the year will conclude Thursday 15 October 2015.

Please note that Maths Assist classes will still be operating at both All Hallows and at Kew in W239 every lunchtime till the end the year.

If you would like further information then please contact Mrs Carol Patterson on 8862 1098.

Carol Patterson
Curriculum Leader: Mathematics


Music News

2015 Evening of Jazz and Contemporary Music

Wednesday 16 September saw some wonderful performances from over 60 members of the Jazz and Contemporary Department, in the 2015 'Evening of Jazz and Contemporary Music'. The evening’s events were held in the Montagner Auditorium which was converted into our very own Jazz Club for the night. Complete with round tables and chairs, dim lighting, smoke machine and finger food, audience members were treated to fantastic performances from the Big Band, Jazz Quartet, Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Vocal Trio, All Hallows Saxophone Ensemble, Vocal and Instrumental soloists, Soul Band and Stage Band.

This year we were most fortunate to be joined by one of Melbourne’s leading young jazz vocalists, Ms Olivia Chindamo, as our special guest performer. As well as dazzling the audience with a couple of her own songs, Olivia joined both the Soul and Stage Bands for a song or two and even led the audience in an impromptu sing along at the end of the evening! It was a wonderful experience for our students to work with Olivia in the weeks leading up to the concert and we thank her very much for her participation.

Many thanks to Ms Janet Dawson, Mr Brett Rosenberg, Mr Chris Paraha, Mr Sam Lemann, Mr Ryan McCluskey, Ms Amy Sellars and Mr Sam McKenzie for their invaluable assistance in presenting this evening and a special thank you to our Music Captain Olivia Camilleri for being our MC for the night!

Congratulations to all of our wonderful performers and we look forward to doing it all again next year.

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Ms Emily Tarrant
Head of Jazz and Contemporary Music


2015 Annual Music Concert DVD

A DVD of the Annual Music Concert will be available for purchase at $20.00. To secure a copy of this professionally recorded DVD, please download, complete and return the payment slip to Student Services. 


Careers News

Year 12 Change of Preference

All Year 12 students will be invited to a Change of Preference Information session on Thursday 10 December at 10.30am. Before the ATAR comes out, on Monday 14 December, final information is available on how to preference courses, the sessions that universities will be running during 'change of preference' week, advice for students, and any queries or concerns they may have. You might like to ask your daughter to put it in her calendar at this stage. I will also be available for any appointments students may need from Monday 14 - Friday 18 December at 12 noon.

Year Eleven Extension Studies

Current Year 11 students are invited to apply to study a university subject whilst completing Year 12 in 2016, which will contribute to their ATAR. If your daughter has completed a Unit 3 & 4 subject in Year 11 and wishes to study a university extension study in that area, or is interested in studying a university extension subject in a different area and will be studying that subject in Year 12, then she may be eligible to apply. All Year 11 students have been emailed a document outlining which universities are participating, closing dates and links to appropriate websites. This document is also on LMS. All applications will go through Mr Robert Tassoni.

Year 9 Work Experience

In 2016, Work Experience will be held from 17 - 21 October. All students are encouraged to start thinking about their placement for next year and approaching potential employers. Forms will be due to the Careers Office on the last day of Term 1, Wednesday 23 March so that employer and Principal signatures can be obtained and paperwork processed in a timely manner. The Careers Office is happy to help any students who are not sure what they might like to do or who they might approach. Year 9 students will be given an introductory session during Duke of Edinburgh camp week on Work Experience and Occupational Health and Safety and will receive their Work Experience Booklets.

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor


Performance Psychology News

White Ribbon Day

Genazzano promotes respectful, supportive and safe relationships. White Ribbon Day is on 25 November 2015 and is a campaign to stop violence against women. You can find out more about this campaign and how to get involved on the White Ribbon website.


A special event to raise awareness about this important issue and featuring keynote speaker, Rosie Batty, is to be held in Boroondara on 30 October 2015. Please see the flyer for more information.

Online Parenting Program to Enhance Teen Resilience

Monash University is conducting research to evaluate a new online program. You are invited to trial this program for free as part of the study.

Want to know what you can do to raise a resilient teenager?

Free online parenting program empowering parents to make sense of adolescence and parent their teenager with confidence.

Parents can play an important role in protecting their teenagers from mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne are looking for parents of 12 to 15 year olds to take part in a free trial of a personalised online parenting program. The program offers practical strategies parents can use to support their teenager’s mental health. If you are a parent or guardian of a child aged 12 to 15, you may be eligible to participate. Please note, as the program is designed to prevent depression and anxiety problems, it is not suited for parents who think their teenager may be in need of professional treatment for mental health concerns. If your teenager is currently having difficulties with depression or anxiety, we recommend that you see a trained mental health professional rather than participating in this research. To find out more, or to register, please visit the Partners in Parenting website.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research: Programs and Performance / Senior Psychologist


2015 Term Dates

Term 4

Friday 4 December

Last day of Term

Friday 11 December

Teaching staff and Category B staff conclude

Friday 18 December

Category C staff conclude

Wednesday 23 December

Category A staff conclude



News from the GFA

Welcome back to Term 4!

Last term finished with our sensational GFA Footy Finals Luncheon, including football celebrities Bill Brownless, Luke Darcy, Cameron Ling and Shane Healy (our MC) and more than 350 attendees, the event was an outstanding success in fulfilling our creed ‘to laugh’, not to mention the record proceeds of more than $40,000 raised, that the GFA will certainly put to good use to make a difference to Genazzano. BIG THANKS to all who attended, as well as the Committee behind this great success – Rob Furlan, Andrew Scott, Andrew Haussegger, David Guthrie, Bernie Hunt, Neville Drake, Tim Straford, Julian Di Battista, Mike Ingham, Chris Nolan and Laurie Bertelle.

It has been a busy start to the Term with the following GFA events
  • GFA Golf day was played out on Friday 9 October – a fantastic day was had by the 60+ dads, mums and business associates/friends who played the beautiful greens of The Kew Golf Club, or joined us for the elegant dinner served to all at the club that evening. Special thanks to Tim Straford, Mark Lewis, Mike Ingham and Rob Furlan for scoring yet another ‘hole-in-one’ for this event.  
  • GFA AGM was held on Wednesday 14 October  – what a great night, we celebrated the achievements for the year, presented the exciting plans for the new GFA BBQ, and once again had an opportunity to enjoy the culinary delights of our resident Greek Master Chefs - Jordan Papadopoulos and Nicholas Psyhogios. Congratulations to Peter Grounds, David Jones and Nicholas Psyhogios who join the GFA Executive Committee for 2016. Of course the GFA is looking for volunteers to support and lead our events in 2016, so please contact me ( and get involved in 2016!
  • GFA Year 10 Father/Daughter Weekend Away will be held this weekend, 16-18 October – new for 2015, a fun-filled weekend that will strengthen the bond between you and your daughter.
  • GFA Wine Appreciation evening will be held on Friday 30 October – a fun and informative evening with the GFA’s very own Stan Gawel, who will share his insights into how we can better understand and appreciate the wines we drink, coupled with great food to match. All this for $40 per person – sensational! Bookings now open online.
  • GFA Wine Sales – with the Spring Carnival and Festive Season on our doorstep, now is the time to stock up with premium GFA bubbly and wines to suit the occasion – even better news is that $50 from every dozen sold goes straight into the GFA to be used for the next GFA project! - see attached Flyer or go straight to the website to order.
  • Year 5/6 Father-Daughter bowling and laser skirmish on Sunday 8 November (note the date change!) – don’t miss this great event with your daughters! – get fired-up for an action-packed afternoon of bowling and laser skirmish, with nibbles and drinks provided. This is a great event to spend some one on one time with your girl and other Gen Dads. Bookings now open online.
  • Feature presentation ‘Cultivating a growth mindset- what Fathers can do’ will be held on 11 November at 8.00pm in the Wardell Theatre – this event will feature a special event will be presented by Clare Panetta from the College Performance Psychology Centre and will follow our final GFA meeting for 2015 (commencing at 7.00pm). Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • GFA Thank-you BBQ on the evening of 13 November an opportunity for us to thank all the dads for their tireless generosity in assisting with our many GFA-run events and our continued support of the College throughout 2015. We look forward to seeing many dads on the night.

For you and your family I wish you all the best for this final Term of 2015. Remember that to be a father is a gift, and 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


News from the GMA

Events Held

Year 2 Parents Night Out last Saturday night at the Bridge Hotel in Richmond was a hugh success. Thank you to Susan, Pauline and Caterina for organising this event.

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GMA AGM – Monday 9 November at 12.00pm in College Boardroom

One of the main focuses of the GMA this term is the AGM and the election of the new committee for 2016. In the elected positions we have had significant interest but we need more people. Please think seriously about taking on a role as all executive committee will be stepping down, myself included, as I have completed my two years as President. It is very rewarding and a wonderful opportunity to meet, get to know and work with other mums across all years of the College.

Below, I have indicated the positions that do not have a nomination, in bold.

If you would like to nominate for any of these positions, or would like information about any of them, or if you would like to be a class representative for your year level in 2016, please contact the GMA Secretary, Jenny Moscatelli on or on 0411 098 820 or myself.

The GMA executive committee positions open for nomination, to be elected at the AGM, are:


Please see me for further details

Vice President Early Years

Write newsletter articles every fortnight

Vice President Middle Years

Send out all invitations

Vice President Later Years

Ball chair


Take minutes at meetings, organise the meetings and co-ordinate list of class reps

Assistant Secretary

Assist the Secretary and take minutes when Secretary cannot attend a meeting


Keep a record of all money on MYOB and do a report for each meeting

Other positions which are not subject to election but which require nominations or volunteers each year are:

Class Representative Coordinator Early Years

Liaise with class reps and get approval for functions

Class Representative Coordinator Middle Years

As above

Class Representative Coordinator Later Years

As above

Trybooking Coordinator

Josephine Lee and one more person

Care Group Coordinator

Angeline Donoghue & Carmel Nee

Victorian Parents Council Liaison

Helen Fox plus one more person

Ball Chair

Johanna Nesbitt

GenSpace GMA Coordinator

Update GMA information regularly

Class Representatives

Organise one function per term for your year level

Save the Dates for Term 4

Friday 16 October

Year 1

Mum’s Dinner

Friday 16 October

Year 3

Coffee Catch up

Friday 16 October

Year 7

Parents’ Dinner

Friday 16 October

Year 9

Cocktail Evening – Postponed until later in the term

Wednesday 20 October

Year 12

Mass & Morning Tea – first day of exams – College event

Monday 20 October

Final Class Reps Meeting for 2015

Friday 30 October

Year 4

Mother’s Dinner

Sunday 15 November

Year 4

Mother/Daughter Bowling

Thursday 19 November


Xmas Party – please note change of date

Saturday 21 November

Year 5

Twilight BBQ

Tuesday 24 November

Year 5

Orientation – College event – helpers required

Wednesday 25 November

Year 4

Coffee after drop off

Wednesday 25 November

Year 6

End of Year Celebration Dinner

Thursday 26 November

Year 7

Orientation – College event – helpers required

Debbie O'Halloran
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


Community News

Making sense of what is happening to Asylum Seekers today

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Kate Walsh Art Exhibit

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Canterbury Primary School Fair

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Travel Design International


Timor Trivia Night

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