Newsletter - Edition 15-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Welcome back to the beginning of Term 4!

Our girls have begun the final term with their customary enthusiasm and seeking to achieve the best they can. We welcomed back our international tour groups, the Creative Arts Tour from Washington and New York, the Science and Technology Tour from Washington and Florida and the European History Tour. From the girls’ stories and reports, one senses that they all had an exceptionally enriching learning experience with memories to last a life-time. I extend my thanks to the College staff who gave up their holiday break and time with their families to lead the tours.

On Sunday 2 October, students and their families of our Hopetoun Hall Boarding community gathered for Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Victories in Camberwell for the Annual Boarders Mass. Celebrated by our College Chaplain, Fr Brendan Reed, the Mass had a very warm and communal atmosphere. It was a celebration of the many wonderful benefits of being a Genazzano boarder. It was particularly significant for our Year 12 boarders who have only a few more weeks before they finish their time at the Boarding House and the College. Our Boarding House Prefect, Cecilia Stewart, and Boarding House Captain, Elizabeth McCarthy, spoke about the many highlights of the year and expressed their gratitude to our Boarding House staff led by Ms Lauren Kennedy.

Yesterday morning, we gathered for our Investiture Assembly, which saw a formal celebration of the skills, talent and passion of our student leadership group. The Investiture Assembly formally recognised and thanked our outgoing prefects and captains of the past year and welcomed our new prefects and captains for the coming year.

There are many attributes and qualities we look for when we try to describe effective leaders: charismatic, confident, passionate, decisive and inspiring, possesses a moral compass; just to name a few. We can read about various models and theories of leadership and there are countless books published about leadership. There has been, and will continue to be, much research into the study of leadership. Theories, models and structures of leadership have changed over time, new and innovative ideas and ways to lead continue to emerge as many strive to be great leaders.

In our context of being members of a Catholic school community, I think it is much easier for us to understand the type of leader we should strive to be because we have Jesus as our central role model. As Christians and following the FCJ charism we believe that God came to us through the person of Jesus so that we had an exemplar and a way to understand God’s love for us — so that we could become Faithful Companions of Jesus. The leadership that Jesus modelled for us is precisely the type of leader we should strive to be. Where other models and theories of leadership come and go, Jesus’ leadership has stood the test of time, over 2000 years.

Jesus models humility as he washes the feet of his disciples.
Jesus shows compassion to the outcast and the poor.
Jesus inspires through words and deeds.
Jesus listens, understands and acts 
through the lens of a loving God.
Jesus welcomes the stranger and cures the downtrodden.
Jesus’ demonstrates enormous courage as he challenges and questions the status 
quo particularly when it doesn't embrace a love for all people.
Jesus calls us to be his faithful companions just as he was faithful and true to his Father in heaven.

Genazzano students readily recognise the leadership ideal they are called to embrace. Our students demonstrate enormous courage, confidence and self-awareness by putting themselves forward to take on a student leadership role, saying that they want to give back to their school community that has given so much to them. They publicly declare that they have something to offer and are willing to serve. Our students embrace the grace of God through their service to others. They see God’s grace in the little and big things of our daily life and respond to this with a loving heart. Our student leaders recognise with gratitude, the gifts they have to offer the College community and want to share them openly.

Our student leaders have learnt from those Gen prefects and captains who have inspired and challenged them when they were younger. When girls speak to me about their reasons for applying for a leadership role, most of them say how the leadership and vision of past prefects and captains was so inspiring and personal that they wanted to make a similar contribution to College life. We have seen many outstanding student role models who have served the community so very well and in doing this, they have left an inspirational legacy for others to serve in their place.

Along with every member of the Genazzano community, I am grateful to our College Captains, Madeleine Meehan and Lorena Stents, for all they have given to this College community this year. They have been enthusiastic and faithful ambassadors for the College. We have appreciated their optimism, their welcoming and open manner, their kindness, constant happy faces and their effective serving of our community. They have worked hard, and much of their work has been behind the scenes, supporting, encouraging and assisting the community. The College is richer from their leadership and we are all very grateful.

I also extend our thanks to the whole student Prefect team. Whether it be as Portfolio or House Prefect, they have displayed commitment, enthusiasm, creativity and passion for our school upon the hill. It was therefore most fitting that we gathered in our Centenary Hall to celebrate our Investiture Assembly where we named and thanked all of our outgoing student prefects and commissioned our new student Prefect team.

A total of 16 students from Year 11 applied for the role of College Captain, and in total, 75 students from Year 11 applied for at least one formal leadership role for the coming year. These numbers demonstrate the strength of the year level in leading the College community into 2017. The process used to appoint students as prefects is a rigorous one and I congratulate all applicants. They have demonstrated their desire to serve their College community. We appointed 22 students to formal prefect roles; however, I am confident that we have a whole year level of leaders, our current Year 11 students will lead us well next year as Year 12 students.

Congratulations to the following students:

College Captain

Marie Iliadis

College Captain

Sophie Zebrowski

Sustainability Prefect

Sara Gucciardo

Mission Prefect

Grace Ross-Farrell 

Boarding House Prefect

Tegan Cavallari

Music Prefect

Claudia Kuner

Social Justice

Heidi Scheffers

Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

Vivienne Williams

Drama Prefect

Emma James

Library Prefect

Julia Revere

Prep-8 College Prefect

Eliza Freeman

Sports Captain

Annaliese Bush

Sports Captain

Hannah Macdonald

Liturgy Prefect

Madeleine Anderson-Lucic

Student Voice Prefect

Bianca Poletti

Arts and Communication Prefect

Allegra Jenkins

Corry House Prefect

Emily Passaris

Stock House Prefect

Emily Kneale

Gerda House Prefect

Scarlett Ennis

d'Houet House Prefect

Chloe Psyhogios

Winter House Prefect

Chiara Lo Giudice

Douglas House Prefect

Paola Bombardieri

In addition to our Student Prefects, the College has many other captain and representative roles for students who want to serve in a leadership capacity during the year. A separate Assembly to induct these leaders will occur next month.

In just two weeks, we will farewell our Year 12 students. The two weeks of the September holiday break saw our students studying Units 3 and 4 subjects, complete practice examinations and meet with their teachers to refine their understanding and knowledge in preparation for their final examinations. I wish them well during this important time. It is a beautiful tradition of this College that the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus and their Companions in Mission pray for each Year 12 student at this examination time personally. Each Year 12 has received a personalised prayer card indicating who will be praying for them. We add our prayers for the girls with the Sisters and Companions.

I also extend my very best wishes to all students for the final term of 2016. I encourage all our girls to continue to embrace their studies with enthusiasm and effort and involve themselves in many curricular and co-curricular activities on offer.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

Towards the end of Term 3, the Year 10 students participated in their Companionship Program for 2016. This experience, organised to perfection by the Companionship Coordinator, Ms Alison Heard, invited students to work for four days in the community at a placement, such as Maddie Riewoldt's Vision or the St Vincent de Paul Society.

As we know, companionship is central to the identity and mission of Genazzano FCJ College. The Sisters who founded our College were living out the charism gifted by God to Marie Madeleine d’Houet to companion those who most needed it. To companion someone is much more than being charitable – it is to share their journey, to walk in their shoes and to be Jesus for them. To be a companion of Jesus means also to be a companion of the poor.

There appears to be no shortage of people in our community who need our companionship – the last, the lost and the least. It is these that Jesus calls us to companion. Our vision for the students of Genazzano FCJ College is that they will seek out opportunities to companion the ‘other’ that they will respond when asked and they will know that as Faithful Companions of Jesus, they will always be the face of Jesus to those whom they walk with.

We pray for Madeleine Meehan (Year 12) and her family, whose grandfather passed away during the recent school holidays.

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


A prayer for Spring
Adapted from Michael Leunig

Dear God,
We celebrate spring’s returning and the rejuvenation of the natural world.
Let us be moved by this vast and gentle insistence that goodness shall return,
that warmth and life shall succeed.
Help us to understand our place in this miracle.
Let us see that as a bird now builds its nest, bravely, with bits and pieces,
so we must build human faith.
It is our simple duty; it is the highest art;
it is our natural and vital role within the miracle of spring;
the creation of faith.


News from Early Years

The Year 3 girls returned from an action packed and exciting camp, which was held on 13-14 September. Despite inclement weather, the girls were extremely lucky as the rain coincided with times that they were indoors and thus did not in any way spoil their fun. The Jurassic Park exhibition at Melbourne Museum proved a huge success and the girls were in awe of the huge mechanical creations. Coupled with the amazing IMAX experience of the movie, ‘March of the Butterflies’, the girls returned to school full of excitement as they collected their luggage for Part 2 of their adventure – ‘Zoo Snooze’.


After a delicious dinner, the night tour was amazing, allowing the girls to truly experience the zoo after dark. It was very touching to see one of the female elephants comfort another by hugging her affectionately with her trunk. The girls had the opportunity to get up close and feel a corn snake, under supervision of course. Despite a wet start to the day when the girls woke up, the clouds soon cleared to reveal a great day for exploring the zoo and enjoying the antics of its many animals. Seventeen tired but happy girls returned to school on Wednesday afternoon after a great, action packed camp having learned a lot about the plight of our many endangered species and the need to develop sustainable practices worldwide.

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While the Year 3 girls were on camp, the remaining classes had a special visit from four Year 9 girls who had visited St Mary’s College, Broome and communities in the Kimberly region earlier in the year. Accompanied by their teacher, Ms Marea Lanki, the girls brought along some special artifacts from the region to show and read books about the Broome region. The girls also shared a PowerPoint they had made depicting their experiences. The Year 9 students also taught our Grange Hill girls how to sing the Aboriginal Our Father.


Jacqueline Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 5 and 6 Ambulance Victoria Visit

I wonder if you would know what to do if someone collapsed and needed CPR? Or how to use a defibrillator, or call triple zero (000) and know what questions you may be asked? Well, the students from Year 5 and 6 learnt how to do all of this at the end of Term 3.

Ambulance Victoria visited our classes to teach us about the ‘Chain of Survival’, a program that promotes awareness in dealing with medical emergencies. Each class had four sessions with the ambulance educators and during the last session we even got to teach some of our family members what to do!

Understanding and being confident in how to manage a medical emergency is very important. We learnt the importance of explaining your location when placing a triple zero call and staying calm and answering the important questions you may be asked. We also learnt how to give CPR using a Pillowpal practice aid and if a person is still not responding, a defibrillator (AED) is the next option.

Defibrillators can be found in lots of places: shopping centres, sports halls and schools. Our school has an AED in the Health Centre and Madeleine Centre. To use one is simple, you just open the box and follow the instructions!

We learnt so much from our sessions with Ambulance Victoria, and although we hope that we would never need to use our skills in the future, we would be super prepared if something did happen.

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Chloe Lamberti
Year 5A 

Gold Medal in the National Goalball Championships

Congratulations to Year 7 student, Thanh Autran, who received a gold medal for Victoria at the National Goalball Championships in Sydney earlier this week. The team placed third last year, so receiving first place this year is an incredible accomplishment.

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Year 6 Poetry

During Term 3, Year 6 students became budding poets. After reading numerous iconic poems, including those from celebrated Australian poets like Andrew ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Dorothea MacKellar, the girls wrote their own poems that were inspired by some aspect of Australia or Australian life. The standard was excellent and worth sharing, as you will see from the girls’ work provided below. Each is in the form of a ballad and provide examples of personification and the use of senses to make their poems stand out.

‘Cold Harsh Wind!’ by Bridget Greer

‘My Exciting Little Country Sojourn’ by Lauren Keller

‘The Place I Call Home’ by Sarah Wheelahan

Adrian Daly
Year 6 Teacher


News from All Hallows

Latin is All Around Us!

On 4 October, the Year 9 Latin class took a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria to expand our knowledge of the Latin legacy and culture. We went on the Classic Ancient Tour. Through doing this, we were able to compare and contrast the ancient Greek and Latin civilisations and how they influenced one another. 

We learned about realism and idealism through classical art by viewing sculptures of Roman Emperors. Some sculptures of the emperors we looked at showed the differences between idealism and realism. For example, one Emperor wanted to look according to how they wanted the public to see him. Other sculptures were designed to convey a more realistic look in order for the Emperor to appear to the public how he really was.

Our class looked at art and pottery from different eras after the Roman Empire had fallen and studied how the Roman civilization influenced other cultures, which showed in the work.

After visiting the Gallery, we went for a walk around the city in search of Latin inscriptions and realized that … LATIN IS ALL AROUND US!

Later, we ate at an Italian restaurant on Lygon Street. In preparation for this meal, we studied some Latin vocabulary and recipes, which related to the food we ate. By doing this, we could see the difference and similarities between the ancient Latin food and dining customs and today’s way of eating.

To finish off our Immersion Day, we reflected on what we had learned and the differences between cultures and the way Latin culture still influences us to this day.

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A statue of the Emperor Vespasian

Jordana Grando, Jemima McGrath and Juliette Noonan
Year 9


News from Later Years

Year 12 Graduation Dinner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students in Victorian Catholic Schools

On Friday 16 September, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students completing Year 12 across Victoria gathered at the Catholic Leadership Centre to celebrate their achievements. Kira Briscoe, Kahealea Coleman-Wilson and Hayley Glass from Genazzano FCJ College were recognised for their diligence and hard work in completing Year 12.

Each student received a special plaque marking the momentous occasion. The highlight of the evening was hearing from family members who were given the opportunity to share their special words of praise and love about their daughters and nieces either in person or in writing. This brought laughter and many tears as each student became awestruck by the significance of this occasion!

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The evening was attended by Kahealea’s aunty, Yhonnie Scarce, Ms Karen Jebb, Mrs Lila McInerney, Mr Bill Fitzsimons, Mrs Lauren Kennedy and myself.

We wish Kira, Kahealea and Hayley all the very best for the future and thank them for their contribution to the College over the years.

Marea Lanki


Creative Arts News

IMG_3422.JPGWe are pleased to announce that Genazzano FCJ College once again won the Janice Gray Memorial trophy for best school in the recent Royal Melbourne Show Schools section. Genazzano entered over 160 pieces of Artwork and we were delighted to receive 11 first places and a number of seconds, thirds and commendations.

Student work exhibited at the Royal Show will be showcased in the Wardell Breezeway from the end of this week until Friday 14 October. Students who received a first place will receive their award at the Graduate Art Show in early November.

Dates to remember

  • Friday 4 November – Graduate Art Show Opening Night, ‘Evolve’
  • Sunday 6, Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November – Graduate Art Show open for viewing

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts


Humanities News

Year 7 Excursion to the Chinese Museum

When Year 7D, 7F and 7B stepped through the door of the Chinese Museum, we were unsure of what they would find.  We were greeted by a tour-guide who led us through the museum. For 7F, the first stop was the basement.

In the basement, we learned about the Chinese in the gold rush. The Chinese travelled for approximately two months to reach Port Melbourne, however the Australian government soon decided that there were too many people coming and created a tax of £10 ($2000 today). We learned about aspects of daily life, such as the queue, a hairstyle worn by Chinese men from 1644 to 1912, where they shave the front of the head and braided the back. They braided their hair everyday from when they were born, never cutting it, as a symbol of loyalty to the reining monarch. Not following these rules resulted in execution.

We also learned about Chinese cooking, cuisine and manners. The classes visited an example temple where we received a fortune cookie. At the front of the temple, there was a ledge to trip the zombies and evil spirits who didn’t have knees, making them hit their heads and become dizzy, forcing them to exit.

Upstairs, we saw a vibrant 68m Chinese dragon, the symbol of water and men, and the Phoenix, the symbol of women and air. On the top-floor, we saw exquisite clothing and learned about the Golden Age of China. Each class participated in a paper-cutting workshop, creating the characters, which represented double happiness and spring.

All in all, it was a fascinating excursion and everyone gained a better understanding of Chinese history in Australia.

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Orietta Fitzsimmons and Kate Flanagan
Year 7F

Year 7 Field Trip to Maroondah Reservoir Park

The Geography field trip to Maroondah Reservoir Park was very interesting and helped me to understand where our clean water comes from. We enjoyed completing the field sketch from the spillway as we were able to admire the beautiful natural environment that surrounds the reservoir. This opportunity was a really special experience.   

Chanel Mercadante-Ramunni
Year 7C

Year 8 Excursion to Melbourne Zoo

Our Year 8 Geography excursion to the Melbourne Zoo has helped us and inspired us to change the way we look at products we use and consume. Every time I go the supermarket now I look at the labels to see if palm oil from unsustainable resources is present. Whilst the laws are still being changed to ensure that animal habitats are not destroyed, we signed petitions at the zoo to speed up the process and hopefully save some animals from extinction.

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Caroline Houlihan
Year 8A

Languages News

VCE Oral and Written Exam Preparation Workshops

The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) is organising exam preparation workshops for VCE language students. The workshop facilitators have a wealth of experience helping students to get the best possible results:

  • Constructive feedback and personalised advice
  • Lots of opportunities to practice with expert facilitators (native speakers)
  • Top tips to help you excel
  • Friendly and supportive environment

 For more information, view the flyer or visit the CAE website.

Adam Bianco
Curriculum Leader: Languages


Music News

2016 Evening of Jazz and Contemporary Music

Thursday 8 September saw the return of Genazzano’s ‘Evening of Jazz and Contemporary Music’. The Montagner Auditorium was once again converted into our very own jazz club where over 60 members of the Jazz and Contemporary Department performed to a full house.

Complete with round tables and chairs, dim lighting, smoke machine and finger food, audience members were treated to fantastic performances from the Big Band, Guitar and Bass Ensemble, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Vocal Trio, Junior and Senior Saxophone Ensembles, instrumental soloists and duos, Soul Band and Stage Band. Performances ranged from swing to funk and The Beatles to Prince!

As well as providing an entertaining evening for all attendees, this year’s concert saw an unprecedented level of student-led content. We are all very proud of Eleanor Fitzgerald’s original composition, ‘My Little Box’ performed with Dominique Garcia, Sam Miller’s fantastic trumpet extravaganza ‘Funk’, 'Sleep Walk' perfomed by Anna Martinez and Liana D’Eramo, Courtney Garcia’s and Georgie Nolan’s high octane guitar duet ‘Stumblin’’, and Alessia Paino’s stunning bass/vocal performance of ‘Everything Stays’.

Many thanks to Mr Jan Blazejczak, Ms Janet Dawson, Mr Chris Paraha, Mr Sam Lemann, Mr Ryan McCluskey, Ms Amy Sellars, Mr Chris Day and Mr Sam McKenzie for their invaluable assistance in presenting this evening. A special thank you to our Music Captain Jacinta Ryan for being our MC for the night!

Congratulations to all performers for their wonderful performances and we look forward to doing it all again next year.

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Emily Tarrant
Head of Jazz and Contemporary Music

‘Stringout!’ 2016

On Tuesday 13 September, the ‘Stringout! Concert’ was held in the Montagner Auditorium. Over 150 students participate in the various string programs at Genazzano FCJ College, and the concert is a non-compulsory event that many students look forward to participating in every year.

The concert is designed to be informal, and the format is based on Suzuki group teaching philosophy, where the senior students influence and inspire the younger girls, and the more advanced players nurture and encourage those in their group by playing along with them.

Students from all backgrounds, either studying privately or involved in the instrumental programs in Grange Hill and the Middle Years, worked enthusiastically towards this concert for the majority of Term 3. Students performed advanced repertoire by Handel, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, Bach and Mozart, as well as Boogie Woogie and Twinkle Twinkle.

For some, this concert was a chance to perform in public for the very first time. For others, it was the forum to consolidate pieces in preparation for VCE. The girls handled themselves on stage with aplomb and with the self-assurance of seasoned professionals.

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Chris Kopke
Head of Strings

Annual Music Concert DVD

The Annual Music Concert DVDs have arrived! If you haven’t ordered one already, this is your chance to relive your daughter’s performance. To ensure you don't miss out on a DVD, please complete the order form and return to Student Services with correct payment.

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music


Careers News

Year 12 VTAC Applications Update

All Year 12 students have now submitted their applications to VTAC. The Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS) closed on 4 October, however if anything major happens that disrupts your daughter’s studies between now and 9 November, students can submit a personal statement through their VTAC account. Please contact me if you need further information about this on 8862 1081. Some institutions offer other programs apart from SEAS and you can learn more about this on the VTAC website. VTAC scholarship applications close on 14 October at 5pm. The $32 fee is now due and payable through the VTAC account. If this fee is not paid, there will be no offer.

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students are now prepared for their work experience placement commencing on 17 October. I know they are looking forward to this exciting opportunity to learn about the world of work! Students are required to ring their employer next week to remind them that they are coming and to confirm their working hours, as well as to whom they should report to. Students should have a plan on how to get to their destination on time each day and ensure they are dressed appropriately. Students must have their employer's contact details in their phone, as well as mine (0425 735 181) in case they are running late or sick. All students will be visited by a teacher during the placement and have been given a journal to complete. This needs to be returned to the Career Development Office by Friday 28 October. Please encourage your daughter to complete the journal each day so it is not a daunting task at the end of the week. This is a great opportunity for you to discuss what has been done during the day and to be a part of her journey.

Year 9 Career Development Week

During the week of 17-21 October, all Year 9 students will be participating in a Career Development Program in conjunction with their Duke of Edinburgh Camp. The sessions will include a range of topics, including an introduction to work experience, research and planning for their ‘dream job’, looking for part-time work, making phone calls, approaching potential employers and Occupational Health and Safety training. A range of presentations will be made from past and current students, and parents and friends of the College, to encourage students to aim high, work hard and follow their hearts to get them to where they want to go.

Information Session – Study in the USA

If your daughter is thinking about studying in the USA after completing Year 12, and in particular would like to study at Stanford, please take note of the following event: Carey Grammar will be hosting a presentation by Stanford University on Thursday 13 October from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Michelle Lepore from Stanford will be talking about applying to the USA and Stanford in particular. Bookings can be made online.

Year 7 GenSTAR on 12 October

Year 7 students will be participating in a Career Development session during GenSTAR on Wednesday 12 October. Having interviewed a significant female person in their lives, they will be looking at traditional and non-traditional jobs, stereotypes and discrimination and the possibilities open to them in the future. They will also do some research using websites such as My Future. A career action plan will be completed by the girls so they can explore and list their skills, strengths and achievements to date and to help them set short and long term goals.

Women in STEM for Year 8-11 Students

To find out about STEM jobs and what women in STEM are doing, you might like to take your daughter along to this event and hear some amazing stories on Wednesday 12 October at 6.00pm.

The MC will be Alanta Colley, Comedian and Engineer Without Borders representative.

Guest presenters will include:

  • Leonie Walsh, Former Lead Scientist of Victoria and Entrepreneur
  • Sophia Frentz, President of Women in Science and Engineering at University of Melbourne
  • Foundation for Young Australians, presenting on growth industries and the rise of STEM Careers
  • Sid Verma, From BrainSTEM – Science Mentor Program

Engineers Without Boarders, Swinburne, Robo Gals - Monash and IEEE WIE - Latrobe will be running a number of STEM activities.

Register online

Judy O'Donohue
Careers Advisor


Social Justice News

Aussie Trivia Night

On Friday 9 September, the FIRE Carriers organised and led a special Aussie Trivia Night to raise much needed funds for the Opening the Doors Foundation (ODF). This Foundation supplies books and uniforms to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students in Victoria. Without the support of the ODF these students would not be able to attend school and access to educational services would be very restricted.  The night was attended by students and staff from Genazzano FCJ College, Xavier College, Avila College, Aquinas College and St. Kevin’s College. The evening was well supported and a great success, with the guests testing their knowledge about Australian history, literature, music, sports, film and  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Helen Christensen, the Chair of the Opening the Doors Foundation, was thrilled to be able to receive the proceeds from the night of $3,876.75.

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Marea Lanki and Angela Doi
on behalf of the FIRE Carrier Program


Sports News

Celebration of Sport Evening

Date: Tuesday 11 October
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Art
Guest Speaker: Bridget Barker (2015 AFL Woman of the Year from the North Melbourne Football Club)

Students are to wear full summer uniform. Please ensure long white socks and dresses of knee length.

Sporting Uniform

All students are reminded of the requirement to wear the correct uniform when representing the College in our sporting program. This also applies to travel to and from venues and competitions. Requirements will continue to be clearly specified in Permission Letter and outlined by coaches.

It is a privilege to represent Genazzano, but with this comes responsibility. When all students do the right thing and present themselves as one team or squad, feelings of team unity are enhanced; not to mention making a strong and powerful statement to other competitors.

Student Achievements

The Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships were held at Perisher, NSW from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September. Congratulations to all students who qualified for this National event and represented the College: Mary Henry (Year 10), Emma Wesson (Year 10), Bridget Henry (Year 9), Bridgette Fox (Year 9) and Elisa Grollo (Year 6B). The Division 2 team of Mary, Emma, Bridgette and Bridget finished 10th in Moguls, 7th in SkierX and 5th in Alpine Giant Slalom.

Special congratulations to Bridget Henry who finished in 2nd place and was the silver medallist in the Girls Alpine Giant Slalom in her age group. This is an outstanding achievement to perform so strongly on a national stage.

Soccer Development Squad Opportunity

Students in Years 6, 7 & 8 will shortly have the opportunity to apply to be part of a Soccer Junior Development program. The program will be conducted by international coaches, Kristina Hall and Maren Heller. Kristina and Maren worked with the GSV Junior teams last term. It is envisaged that the program will consist of weekly training throughout the year with the aims of further developing technical skills, game sense and strategies.

Interested students should contact the Sport Office.

AFL 2017

Old Xaverians FC is excited to announce plans to field a women’s team for the first time in 2017. They are seeking expressions of interests from players, coaches, officials, volunteers, members and sponsors.

Please contact Club General Manager, Peter Simpson on: or 0418 382025. Read the promotional flyer for more information.

Gen Aquatic News

Club Night on Friday 16 September was a huge success with 36 swimmers attending from Squad and Learn to Swim. Times and aggregate points for this event can be viewed online.


Mrs Sarndra Kennerley (Coach) & Clare Vearing (Year 11) were recently involved in the interstate Tri-Series representing Girls’ Sport Victoria (GSV) against associations from NSW and Queensland. The GSV Netball girls were the winning association and we congratulate both Mrs Kennerley and Clare on their efforts and involvement.

Box Hill Little Athletics

The Little Athletics program is held Sunday afternoons from 1.45pm, from now until March 2017, and is designed to engage young people aged 5-15 years in athletic development.

“Throw longer, jump higher, run faster”

Please contact Steve Taylor, Box Hill LAC – President on 0405 292 474. For further details or enquiries, visit the Box Hill Little Athletics website.

Genazzano International Sporting Tour - September 2017

Students currently in Years 9 and 10 are invited to apply for this tour and all applicants will attend an interview.

Application forms will be available shortly from the Sport Office or online at GenConnect.

Our FCJ sister schools in France, Belgium, England and Ireland that they are once again looking forward to our visit.

Please contact me with any enquiries.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Sunday 9 October

2016/2017 Rowing Season Launch

Monday 10 – Friday 14 October

Year 8 City Cite

Tuesday 11 October

Open Morning

Tuesday 11 October

Celebration of Sport Evening

Wednesday 12 October

Vocal Concert

Wednesday 12 – Thursday 13 October

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Journey 2

Thursday 13 October

Concerto Concert

Friday 14 October

Year 12s Last Day

Monday 17 – Friday 21 October

Year 6 Canberra Trip

Monday 17 – Friday 21 October

Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 October

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 October

Year 9 Camp, Group 1

Wednesday 19 October

Valedictory Eucharist and Awards Evening

Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 October

Year 4 Camp

Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 October

Year 9 Camp, Group 2

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


News from the GMA

The GMA had a very busy end to Term 3, particularly in Grange Hill where the Year 4 students made their First Eucharist and the Fathers’ Day gift stall was held.

Year 4 First Eucharist Supper

The Year 3 mums put on an absolutely beautiful supper celebration for the Year 4 girls in honour of their First Eucharist. The Furlan Room was so beautifully decorated thanks to their efforts and 25 girls and their 200 family guests were treated to a magnificent spread of food. Many thanks go to Sam Redman, Loretta Gunn and their team of helpers who set up and served on the night.

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Father’s Day Stall

As usual, the looks on our children’s faces (ELC to Year 4) was priceless as they approached the Fathers’ Day stall to choose gifts for their dads and granddads. Thanks to Marisa De Maria for buying the gifts and coordinating the whole stall, along with her team of lovely helpers. 

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Year Level Events Held

Year 4 Morning Tea

A group of Year 4 mums had a lovely morning catch up at Town & Country. All the talk was about the fabulous night they had at the Ball. 

GMA AGM: Monday 7 November at 12.00pm in College Boardroom

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 7 November at 12.00pm in the Boardroom. We will be electing the GMA Executive Committee for 2017 and also confirming the Non-Executive Coordinator positions that are essential to the smooth operations of the GMA. I will summarise the year’s activities and present Ms Karen Jebb with a cheque representing the GMA’s fundraising efforts this year. A light lunch will follow. This is always an informative and pleasant get together and I invite all mothers and friends of Genazzano to come along.

We have had significant interest in the elected positions but we are always looking for more people who would like to get involved. There are many non-executive roles that require only a small involvement and are a great introduction to the GMA. Non-executive positions can also be combined so there are opportunities to suit everyone.

I have highlighted the positions in the table below that do not have a nomination to date. Please think seriously about taking on a role. It’s very rewarding and a wonderful opportunity to meet, get to know and work with other mums across all years of the College.

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 2017, please contact the GMA Secretary, Carmel Carrazzo: or on 0409 331 645, or myself.

Executive Committee

(Under the GMA Constitution these positions come up for election at the end of each year)

Key Responsibility 2017


Provide leadership and be responsible for the activities of the GMA

Vice President Early Years

Distribute Year Level Invitations

Vice President Middle Years

Co-Chair GMA Ball

Vice President Later Years

Co-Chair GMA Ball


Take minutes at GMA meetings, organise the meetings and co-ordinate list of Year Level Representatives

Assistant Secretary

Assist the Secretary and take meeting minutes when required


Keep a record of all financial transactions on MYOB, monitor the budget for the GMA Ball and prepare a report for each meeting

Non-Executive Positions

(Not covered by the GMA Constitution)

Key Responsibility 2017

Class Representative Coordinator Early Years

Manage Year Level Event Approvals for ELC – Yr4

Class Representative Coordinator Middle Years

Manage Year Level Event Approvals for Yr 5-8

Class Representative Coordinator Later Years

Manage Year Level Event Approvals for Yr 9-12

Trybooking Coordinator ELC – Yr 4

Set up Try Booking site for ELC – Yr 4 Year Level Events

Trybooking Coordinator Yr 5-8

Set up Try Booking site for Yr 5 - 8 Year Level Events

Trybooking Coordinator Yr 9 -12

Set up Try Booking site for Yr 9 – 12 Year Level Events

Care Group Coordinator

Coordinate Care Group activities such as meal donations and deliveries for families in need

Victorian Parents Council Liaison

Helen Fox is seeking a volunteer to work with her on the VPC

2nd Hand Book Sale

Coordinate and manage the GMA 2nd Hand Book Sale

2017 Welcome Morning Tea

Coordinate the morning tea held for parents on the first day of student attendance

Ladies Luncheon Chair

Coordinate and manage the GMA Ladies Luncheon

Yr 7 Orientation Coordinator

Coordinate the lunchtime BBQ for Yr 7 students and afternoon tea for parents / carers at Orientation in November

Yr 5 Orientation Coordinator

Coordinate the lunchtime BBQ for Yr 5 students and afternoon tea for parents / carers at Orientation in November

Mothers’ Day Supper Coordinator

Coordinate volunteers to provide baked goods and serve at the Mothers’ Day Supper

Open Day GMA Afternoon Tea Coordinator

Coordinate volunteers to provide baked goods and serve afternoon tea at the College Open Day

Year Level Representatives

Organise a social event for your year level each term

Save the Dates for Term 4

Monday 10 October, 8.40am

GMA Committee Meeting, College Boardroom

Monday 17 October, 7.30pm

Final Year Level Reps Meeting for 2016, Wardell Theatre

Monday 7 November, 12.00pm

GMA AGM, College Boardroom

Monday 21 November, 12.00pm

GMA New Committee Meeting for 2017

Saturday 26 November

Second Hand Book Sale

Wednesday 7 December

Grange Hill End of Year Sausage Sizzle

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association

News from the GFA

Welcome back to Term 4!

Last term finished with our sensational GFA Footy Finals Luncheon, including football celebrities Dermott Brereton, Bill Brownless and Danny Frawley, and our MC Tony Jones. With more than 300 attendees, including our Principal, Ms Karen Jebb and other representatives of the College, the event was an outstanding success in fulfilling our creed ‘to laugh’, as well as the monies raised (in excess of $35,000) that the GFA will certainly put to good use to ‘make a difference’ to Genazzano. A big thanks to all who attended, as well as the Committee behind this great success – Nicholas Psyhogios, Tim Straford, Jordan Papadopoulos, Lu Italiano, Julian Di Battista and Neville Drake.


The Footy Tipping season is over. Congratulations to the end of season GFA footy tipping champions: 1st prize Brent Gibson; 2nd prize Jane James; 3rd prize, and top Gen student prize, Ella McKeown. Thanks to John Sharkey for driving the competition and to the 90+ participants for helping the GFA and getting involved over the season.

Some details of upcoming GFA events:

  • The Year 10 Father-Daughter weekend away scheduled for 8-9 October has been postponed. Stay tuned for further details regarding a new date in November.
  • Our AGM will be held next week on the evening of Wednesday 12 October. This will be a sensational night, commencing at 7.00pm with a special presentation by College Principal, Ms Karen Jebb, who will speak on “How Fathers and Guardians can support their daughter’s learning…”. We will then hold the AGM and finish with a customary GFA culinary celebration. A great opportunity to meet the Principal of the College and be a special part of the GFA in 2017 and beyond. Of course the GFA is looking for volunteers to support and lead our events, with a host of opportunities open just for you in 2017, so please contact me if you are interested or would like more information (
  • GFA Wine Appreciation evening will be held on Friday 21 October – just 2 weeks away. It is a fun and informative evening with the GFA wine guru 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. Bring your spouse, friends and colleagues. All this for $55 per person – sensational! Bookings now open!
  • GFA Wine Sales with the 2016 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! Visit the website to order.

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

Rob Bischof
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association


Latest News

  1. Creative Arts Tour 2016

  2. Humanities Tour 2016


Creative Arts Tour 2016

NY 1.jpgThirty-six students and five staff began their journey at 4.00am on Saturday 17 September at Genazzano. We made our way to the airport to board Qantas Flight 093 and were excited by what we were about to experience.

We arrived in Washington DC after a domestic flight from Los Angeles and began this wonderful tour. Highlights in Washington DC included the Smithsonian Museum, the Capitol Building especially the Library of Congress, The Arlington Cemetery and The Lincoln Memorial. Washington was so clean and majestic with its oversized buildings and monuments.

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After three days of business in Washington, we boarded a bus for New York. We arrived in this huge city after lunch and met our wonderful guide Adrienne who took us on a brief tour of some of the iconic parts of the city including 5th Avenue, Central Park and Times Square.

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The next ten days were filled with a vast array of immersion activities and sights including the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, The Met, Whitney, The Frick and MOMA art galleries, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and so much more. One of my highlights was going to the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and walking through the streets in this part of New York.

I will never forget this experience and will be using it to enhance my studies in the Arts.

Allegra Jenkins
Year 11, Art and Communications Prefect 2016/2017

Read more about tour on their GenConnect blog.


Humanities Tour 2016

On 9 September, Melbourne Airport was greeted with 15 excited Genazzano girls. At 5.30pm, the Humanities Tour was off to explore England, France, Germany and Russia.


First arriving at Heathrow Airport, London, we were ready for five jam-packed days filled with museums and famous landmarks. One of our favourite days was spent at the Hampton Court Palace, where we spent time at Henry VIII’s grand palace and extravagant gardens. Soon after, a river cruise took us to the London Eye followed by a delicious meal at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant.

Paris welcomed us with bustling streets and an enticing culture. Our first stop was a visit to the FCJ Sisters at the Notre Dame de France School which also enabled us to spend time at Marie Madeleine d’Houet’s House and visit her relics in St Dominic’s. Next day our tour guide led us around the streets of Paris so rich in history, taking us to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Saint Chappelle the Carnavalet Museum and Sacre Coeur.

Next stop was Nuremburg in Germany, where, despite its chequered past, we all fell in love with this historical German town. We enjoyed the large portions of delicious food and even joined the dance floor at an outdoor school concert.

We explored Berlin on an amazing bike ride, where the gorgeous city left an impact on us. The East Side Gallery section of the Berlin Wall was a monumental sight, and the stories of the Berlin civilians left many girls moved.


Russia surprised us with its unique and vibrant lifestyle. St Petersburg and Moscow presented us with a glimpse into the lives of past Russian Imperial and wealthy families with tours of extravagant palaces, the stories of power behind art in the Hermitage and the beauty of diverse architecture, including the impressive St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square and the Hermitage.

Although we left exhausted, we wouldn’t have changed a single day and we know that our experiences and knowledge, will stay with us forever.

Erika Choong & Mia Schlicht
Humanities Tour students

Read more about the tour on their GenConnect blog.



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Youth Engagement Project (YEP) Events

TGI Fridays

The next TGI Friday for the year. Monthly youth nights with different themes and heaps of fun! Students in Years 9-12 are welcome to drop by anytime.

Date: Friday 14 October
Time: 4.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: All Hallows Parish, 17 Brenbeal St, Balwyn

Making a Difference: 5-6 November 2016

The two-day program will give girls who want to make a difference in their own lives, their communities and the world, the confidence, skills and ideas to step up and lead. Developed specifically for Years 9, 10 and 11 girls, 'Making a Difference' will empower girls to bring their social conscience and inner leader to life. Filled with workshops, fun activities, inspiring mentors and powerful speakers 'Making a Difference' will give girls the opportunity to develop core leadership skills.

For more information, view the flyer or visit the AGSA Events website.

Herald Sun Aria

The Genazzano community are invited to attend the Herald Sun Aria, held at Hamer Hall on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 7.30pm. This will be an opportunity to see and hear the classical singing stars of tomorrow, at a night of wonderful entertainment. Tickets are only $10 each, for groups of 10 or more.

If you are interested you might like to contact Ms Maria Papalia by Friday 14 October on 8862 1212, or in D220 with your details, the number of tickets required, money and information of your daughter’s Homeroom.

Alternately, tickets may be purchased online.