Newsletter - Edition 16-2015

News from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Our students have commenced their VCE examinations and we offer all our graduating Year 12 students our very best wishes and every blessing for the future. We have enjoyed several celebrations during this time of great joy mixed with the sadness of farewell and nostalgia at the passing of time.

The Valedictory Eucharist was held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Deepdene last Friday followed by an Awards Ceremony in Centenary Hall. We were fortunate to have Father Werner Utri Parish Priest from St Bede’s and St Anne’s parishes celebrate our Valedictory Eucharist.

I would also like to acknowledge the donors of the special prizes awarded to students during the Valedictory ceremony. These generous donations enable us to acknowledge the wide range of gifts, talents and hard work of many Year 11 and Year 12 students.

My thanks also to the Year 12 Homeroom Teachers, for their excellent work with the students throughout the year, as well as to all involved in the preparation of the Awards evening. I am mindful of the significant contribution of our Deputy Principals Cathy Jenkins, Lila McInerney, Teresa Lincoln and Rob Tassoni, along with the Valedictory Eucharist Planning committee students and Maura Milanovic and members of the College Advancement Team, as well as the many others who have worked to ensure that the evening was memorable for our graduating students and their parents.

Sincere appreciation is extended to Sue Whelan for all that she has done in her role as VCE Coordinator, ensuring that the complex rules and regulations that is VCE today have been adhered to and that the exam process runs smoothly.

And as our students sat their English examination on Wednesday we continued the beautiful tradition of gathering in the College Chapel as parents and staff. Father Peter Malone MSC led us in celebration of the Eucharist and spoke beautifully to us of the role of trust in our relationship with our daughters and students. We acknowledge all students for the contributions they have made to the College and offer deep appreciation to all parents who are drawing to the end of their association with us.

We all know the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in education, and last Friday it was fitting that we celebrated International Teachers Day. I am grateful to all staff engaged in the privileged role of educator at Genazzano and give thanks for their care of and commitment to our students.

As we draw closer to the end of another school year we hold all our students in our hearts and minds.

Patricia A Cowling



On the feast of All Saints, we are asked to reflect on the lives of saints. Their greatest witness is how they coped with the ordinary difficulties of their life, and how they courageously showed the love of God to others.

We also remember to pray for all those who have died on the feast of All Souls. People whose love, sacrifice and fidelity we have seen for ourselves and who have inspired us.

Loving God, we remember with love all those who have died; especially those connected to the Genazzano FCJ College community.

We ask the support of all your saints who by their persistence and example have shown us how to live and love in Your ways. Give us strength to cope with the daily routines that wear us down. Help us to act as your witnesses when we respond to each other with love, not with impatience, carelessness, rudeness or fear. In your love, may we experience the strength of our faith.




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
12.30pm start
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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
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Latest News

1. Genazzano and Double Robotics

2. Gen Alumnae Part of Winning Rowing Crew

3. What is STEM?

4. Aboriginal Homestay Opportunities for 2016

5. The New Genazzano Gym

6. Reflections: Genazzano's Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition

7. Genazzano FCJ College 2016 Booklist

8. Genazzano FCJ College and eSmart Community Engagement Program

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


Genazzano and Double Robotics

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Our Double™ Robotic telepresence solution was able to help Eliza, a current Year 12 student, with her important early term work, as she was unable to attend her first few days of Specialist Maths Units 3&4 class due to the volcanic eruptions in Bali. Via her hotel Wi-Fi connection and her mobile, she was able to attend classses remotely.

Audrey, a current Year 6 student, has also been unable to attend school, due to illness. The Double™ supported her, by allowing her to remotely access her classroom, so that she could stay in contact with her friends and teachers.

Recently, the team from Double™ visited Genazzano, to find out more from Eliza and Audrey, along with their parents, teachers and other Genazzano staff members, about how Double™ has assisted their learning.

Click to watch our video.


Gen Alumnae Part of Winning Rowing Crew

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Stephanie Radford, Sarah Banting and Olivia Sibillin were a part of University of Melbourne's Women's Eight. The crew claimed their sixth consecutive title, againt the rival Sydney crew, by a solid 10 lengths.

Congratulations, girls. You've made Genazzano proud.

For more information on the race and the crew, visit The Australian Boat Race website.

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Credit: The Herald Sun, Monday 26 October 2015


What is STEM?

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Defining that STEM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Mr Hutchings explains that the term is used is to "draw attention to the exciting possibilities of combining these learning areas in the classroom."

His blog details why STEM is important and how he has integrated it into curriculum and co-curricular programs at Genazzano.

Take a read of the full blog here.


Aboriginal Homestay Opportunities for 2016

Genazzano FCJ College will be welcoming two Year 10 new students from Yarrabah Queensland in 2016. These students are now seeking a homestay placement, as they embark on their educational journey at Genazzano. We are looking for a family to provide a homestay for both students commencing at the start of the school year in January 2016. A homestay offers accommodation, meals and support for students, who come from remote communities and an allowance per week to cover expenses is provided by the College.

Homestay is a wonderful opportunity for a cultural exchange and making new friends. Families with daughters attending Genazzano FCJ College are invited to welcome our new students into their home. The nominated family does not have to have daughters in Year 10.

All members of the prospective family who are eighteen years and over will need to have a current Working With Children’s Check.

The College will work in partnership with the Homestay family in providing any support and assistance that may be required, including support in developing cultural understandings.

If you would like further information or receive an application form, please contact Marea Lanki, Liaison Officer: Indigenous Programs and Students on 8862 1221.

The New Genazzano Gym

The College gym has recently received an upgrade, with new and almost-new gym equipment, thanks to the wonderful and generous donation by Mr Tom Hanley, proprietor of Fernwood Fitness, Camberwell. We are very grateful to one of our Early Years parents, Mrs Assunta Martino, for arranging the donation to aid Genazzano.

Our d'Houet building circuit and fitness room has more than 50 new pieces of training equipment, allowing for full use by the PE and Health classes. The equipment includes treadmills, cross traininers, mountain climbers, upright bikes, recumbent bikes and spin bikes.

The new equipment will allow our various sports teams to have access to a complete array of cardio equipment, providing great training and fitness program outcomes to be achieved through the course of the shcool year.

Make sure you come in and have a look.

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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

Due to significant interest, the exhibition will also be open for viewing on Sunday 8 November from 2.00-4.00pm, and again on Monday 9 November and Tuesday 10 November from 8.00am to 4.00pm.


Genazzano FCJ College 2016 Booklist

The 2016 College Booklist is now available!

You can 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 27 October 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


News from ELC

Learning about lifecycles

In ELC 4

Over the last couple of months we have been studying various lifecycles, including getting up close and personal with ducklings, chicks and silkworms! We have learnt lots about nature and science particularly when our first lot of silkworms were hatching but not surviving.

We asked the question - Why?

“Our eggs haven't hatched.” Henry
“We had to feed them leaves.” Charlotte
“We had to break them up because the little ones like small bits.” Eden
“I think they are dead.” Gabby
“Maybe we should give them more mulberry leaves.” Clara
“I think we just throw them away.” Gabby
“Larissa gave us some silk worms.” Eden
“There were some in a little lid.” Arabella
“Ours were dying.” Oliver

Then Larissa brought in a new batch of hatchlings and silkworms and the children were so excited to see them munching on their leaves!

“These ones are biting the leaves.” Arabella
“They'll become mummy and daddies.” Jordan
“They become silk moths.” Levi
“They're making cocoons.” Oliver
“One is white.” Gabby
“One is stripey.” Harvey
“I can see white tangly stuff that's the silk.” Henry
“I can see one spinning a cocoon.” Eden
“They turn into a moth.” Arabella
“Then it starts all over again.” Joaquín
“And that's the life cycle of silk worms.” Eden
“Some are still eggs.” Clara
“Some eggs die.” Henry
“We don't want the ones that hatch out of the cocoon to fly in our room.” Joaquín
“They have wings.” Jordan
“Just for decoration.” Eden
“Does it make it from its slobber and stuff?” Quinn
“Sometimes it gets tired and stops.” Charlotte
“That's pretty special.” Jordan
“Why do they have wings then, if they can't fly?” Gabby
“Then they'll lay eggs.” Megan
“After they lay their eggs, they die.” Gemma
“It does that every time.” Quinn
“They eat leaves.” Roman
“They can jump a bit and lay their eggs then die.” Jordan
“Then it starts again.” Gabby
“They flutter up and down.” Roman
“The mum is bigger.” Eden
“The mum lays eggs.” Charlotte
“They smell food and follow that smell and they smell each other and find each other.” Roman
“Then the new eggs will hatch. And we will be in prep.” Gabby
“The silk worms will get hurt in the water.” Roman
“We watched that at the library.” Ollie
“We can see it in real life now and that is a bit better than on TV.” Quinn
“Who gave you the silk eggs?” Arabella
“The yellow ones have a silk moth inside them.” Joaquín
“Each one has a husband and a wife for each family and we can count them.” Quinn

The children are becoming confident and involved learners as they use feedback from themselves and others to revise and build on an idea. They have used reflective thinking to consider why things happen and what can be learnt from these experiences.

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Alison Lucas
Acting Director, ELC


News from Early Years

What an exciting two weeks it has been for the girls at Grange Hill! Term 4 sees a focus on Biological Sciences across all levels and our Year 3 and 4 camps echo a focus on sustainability and eco systems.

On 14 October, the Year 4 students embarked on a three day adventure to Camp Marysville. Blessed with fantastic weather, the girls enjoyed a variety of activities including a bush walk, ropes and obstacle course, a bouldering wall and many other activities that encouraged collaborative problem solving within small group settings. The girls also explored the camp’s vegetable and herb garden, collecting some produce along the way to use in preparation for the evening meal. They were also introduced to the camp’s hens and the sustainable design of their henhouse and enclosure. The girls enjoyed preparing the evening meal in readiness for cooking over the campfire and relished the taste of freshly cooked damper, reminiscent of their Gen Camp experience in Year 2. The girls readily took on the message of sustainability explored through the camp’s Waste Watchers program and ensured that in taking the amount of food they needed, they ate what they took, thus ensuring that wastage was minimized

A major highlight was the Gen’s Got Talent night when the girls entertained the staff with a variety of talents. It was delightful to see them step out of their comfort zones and fully immerse themselves in the camp experience. I am sure twenty one very tired but happy Year 4 campers returned to school after their exciting experience. The Marysville camp staff were very complimentary of our students and praised them for their manners, politeness and environmental knowledge on several occasions.

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On Wednesday 21 October, it was the Prep to Year 2s turn to embark on a day trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo. Despite a rainy day here at Genazzano FCJ College, their safari encounter was rain free one, ensuring the girls had a fantastic experience. The students were especially in awe of a family of giraffes who decided to hold up the traffic by strolling along the road in front of the safari bus. The girls enjoyed a really close up encounter with these very graceful creatures and the hippos also proved a big hit. They also proved to be excellent habitat detectives as they investigated which animal belonged in which environment.

On 22 October, continuing the zoo theme, the Year 3s headed off on their ZooSnooze Camp. Stopping off at the Shrine of Remembrance, Botanical Gardens and Bounce prior to making their way to the zoo at 6.30pm, the girls were treated to a magical carousel ride before being assigned their tents and having a delicious evening meal in the old elephant enclosure. As darkness descended it was time for the nocturnal walk where the girls encountered some very vocal lions. Feeding elephants and feeling the skin of a snake were some of the other treats that the girls experienced on their night walk before settling down in their tents for the night. An early breakfast and a chance to see koalas and feed birds before the zoo opened to the public for the day also proved a big hit. With the rest of the day spent exploring the zoo, mingling with lemurs and having butterflies land on their school hats, twenty one very exhilarated but tired girls arrived back at Genazzano.

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On Tuesday 27 October, the Prep to Year Four girls proved themselves to be excellent performers, as they took to the stage in Shakespeare and Friends. Under the guidance of Mrs Tanya Salinas Byrne, the performance included extracts from Shakespere, William Wordsworth, A A Milne and Roald Dahl. It was great to see such a fantastic display of talent!

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New Sail at Grange Hill

A new sail has been put up at Grange Hill, ensuring that all of our Grange Hill students are sun safe, when they're playing outside at lunchtime.

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Upcoming Dates

Friday 30 October P-4 Assembly
Montagner Auditorium
Monday 2 November Student Free Day
Tuesday 3 November Melbourne Cup Holiday
Friday 6 November Swimming
Friday 6 November Year 2 Camp Gen
Wednesday 11 November Prep 2016 First Orientation Morning
Thursday 12 November Grandparents/Special Friends' Day
Wednesday 18 November P-4 2016 Orientation Morning
Thursday 19 November Twilight Sports
Friday 20 November Student Free Day
Monday 23 November Year 3 and 4 Aquarium Excursion
Tuesday 24 November Year 5 2016 Transition Morning
Friday 27 November Assembly
Friday 27 November Swimming Carnival
Tuesday 1 December Closing Eucharist
Thursday 3 December Prep to Year 4 End of Year Outing

Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

A Capital Week

Last week, the Year 6 students went to Canberra. It is a place that is believed to mean ‘meeting place’ in the Indigenous language of the Nungawal people, whom we acknowledged throughout our visit.

The purpose of this camp was to help with our Humanities and Civics and Citizenship units throughout the year that have included civil rights, migration, Federation and how governments work. It also helped with our independence as learners and people.

It all began with an 11-hour trip, on two buses, which was mainly about sleeping, eating and the occasional toilet break. We remained in those two groups for the week, as we travelled to each attraction. With many laughs and lollies had, we arrived at Sundowner Motel where it was revealed who we would be sharing our cabins with each night for the week. Somehow we slept and slept after hours of talking until the teachers rudely interrupted our sleep by persistently knocking on our doors until we unlocked them and turned the lights on.

From Tuesday morning, the excitement began as we explored many places such as Old Parliament House and the new Parliament House. We had many interesting people talking to us, including the Federal members for Kooyong and Wannon, Messrs Josh Frydenberg and Dan Tehan. We learnt about the history of these landmarks and their national importance. We also saw a memorable Question Time session that included some ‘jibberish’ and an MP storming out after being upset at the answer to his question.

On Wednesday, Group 1 went to the National Archives and explored the history of Australia’s making through critical documents like the Constitution. We also went to the National Gallery and looked at some amazing paintings from places, such as Papua Guinea and by indigenous Australians. We made our way over to the Royal Australian Mint followed by the Australian Institute of Sport. We enjoyed Sportex with many interactive games to test different forms of fitness, especially the rowing and chin-up challenges.

On our final day of touring Canberra, we visited four more places with Questacon the definite favourite. It is similar to Scienceworks, but with even more to experience and learn from. Group 2 enjoyed the Archives most as some of them found information about their family’s immigration history.

Altogether, the Year Six students had an amazing time spent with friends and teachers. Just before we end, we would like to acknowledge the teachers; the teachers did an amazing job of putting up with us 62 girls, which is a big responsibility and they did a great job. It was an amazing camp and I bet the Grade Fives are really excited for next year.

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Olivia Gangi and Lucy Kennedy
Year 6C

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. The Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

Year 7 Geography Field Trip to Maroondah Reservoir Park

These are some of the Year 7 Geography Students collecting field data at Maroondah Reservoir Park. It was a great day. The Year 7 students had a lot of fun learning about Melbourne’s water supply. We discovered and learned a lot about where our water comes from.

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Mia La Rosa and Gemma Crivelli
Year 7A

Challenging Year 8 Minds.

A team of Year 8 students travelled to MLC to participate in an academic decathlon, called the da Vinci Decathlon. The students worked as a team to answer questions and solve problems in the disciplines of Mathematics, Science, English, Engineering, General Knowledge, Forensics and Code Breaking. They also participated in Art and Poetry, Drama and Games of Strategy, setting themselves against students from surrounding schools. While this was a challenging day for the students it was also a day of enjoyable learning.

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Mrs Eileen Bendall
Learning Enhancement Teacher


News from Later Years

Year 11 Media Excursion to ACTF

On 13 October, the Year 11 media classes were given the opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the public media world.  A bus full of Gen girls waited eagerly outside the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) keen to develop their understanding of what is entailed to work in Australian film and television. We were fortunate enough to listen and interact with four of the employees of the ACTF from a range of areas including the CEO. Bernadette O'Mahony, the Head of Development and Production, was one of the presentations the really stood out to all of us. She has a huge influence on Australian children’s television and she discussed her role in the organisation. She works creatively with producers, as well being involved in the overseas distribution that occurs with the conclusion of a production. Hearing her story and how she ended up in the role, was very interesting, and one we could all take a lot away from.

Following our time at the ACFT, we then travelled to the city where we had time to look around and enjoy the food of Melbourne CBD. It was here where we also visited ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Arts) that had two exhibitions that we were lucky enough to walk through. The permanent exhibition, Screen Worlds, tells the remarkable story of the moving image from the past, to the present and into the future. With modern technology presenting this story it became an exhibition that intrigued us all and provided the opportunity to build upon our Australian film and television knowledge.

The second was the exceptional exhibition of David Bowie is. With Mr Jackson and Ms Chitty surprising us with this addition to the excursion, every one of us was very eager to get inside and see as much of the exhibition as possible which ranged from media clips to costumes to art.

Overall, it was an informative and exciting day that all the media girls gained a lot from and will take various aspects back into class with us.

Eliza Straford 
Year 11

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


Careers News

Year 11 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 to 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. All Year 9 students have attended an introduction to work experience, and Occupational Health and Safety session and all have received their Work Experience Booklet to assist them in preparing and applying for a work experience placement

Year 12 Change of Preference - Date Change

Year 12s will receive their ATARs on Monday 14 December. To ensure they are prepared, we will run a change of preference session on Monday 7 December, (not Thursday 10 December as per our last newsletter). All Year 12 students are invited to the Wardell Theatre at 10.30am on Monday 7 December, to discuss any issues including how to correctly order preferences, how to add a back-up course, what to do if the ATAR is different to expectations, and any other issues related to the ATAR, VTAC, preferences and course information sessions at universities.

Year 10 and 11 students – Humanities Forum at Uni Melb, 20 to 21 January

Applications are now open for the Australian Youth Humanities Forum to be held in January 2016. Hosted by the University of Melbourne, the forum is part festival of ideas, part careers fair and aims to re-imagine the role of the humanities in the future. Visit their website for more information.

Judy O'Donohue
Careers Advisor


Co-curricular News

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Journey – The Great Ocean Walk

Fourteen Year 10 girls have just returned from the second stage of their walk along the 80km Great Ocean Walk. They began their journey this time at the Apollo Bay Lighthouse and hiked towards Ryan’s Den along a challenging and very picturesque trail. Below is an article written by some of the group, Lucy Pearse, Sophie Zebrowski, Bianca Poletti and Julia Revere:

Over the three days that we spent hiking and camping during the Duke of Ed Qualifying Silver journey, some highlights included the beautiful scenery, sleeping in tents and telling stories over meals. Amongst all the thrills of being in the bush, some people did find adapting to circumstances such as using drop toilets and carrying heavy packs quite challenging. We also learnt that not everything always goes to plan. For instance, the heat on our second day required us to alter the course of our journey slightly. It was through examples such as these that showed our independence and unity. Although this camp was demanding, our wonderful group made everything easier. Our bond grew stronger with every kind word and the strength that radiated off each other. We were taken out of our comfort zones, yet persevered through the challenges, making each girl so proud of her own achievements.  We learnt through Duke of Ed how tough we can be, and to be persistent, encouraging, and more appreciative of the little things in life. Now it’s time to relate these values back into our lives and to grit our teeth and take challenges one step at a time, because everything is achievable.


Catherine Murphy
Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator


Faith and Mission News

Christmas Hampers for St Vincent De Paul 

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Each year as part of the College Christmas giving, all homerooms organise a Christmas hamper, comprising non-perishable food items, Christmas treats and toiletries. Students across all year levels are invited to donate an item to their class hamper. The hampers are then delivered to local St Vincent de Paul Centres and distributed to families in need during December.

The St Vincent de Paul Groups within the College are coordinating this initiative along with Class Mission Representatives and are grateful for all of the donated goods that have so far been received. Classes from Prep- Year 8 will begin organising their hampers after Cup Weekend.

All donations are appreciated – if you would like to donate please drop off goods at Student Services, where a hamper has been placed.

Thanks for your generosity and support of our Christmas giving.

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Jennice Borin
The St Vincent de Paul co-curricular group


Maths News

2015 Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)

This four-hour examination is an open event for talented students, up to Year 10 level. The competition is of a demanding standard and the girls gain valuable experience in applying their mathematical knowledge, to problems that differ from those typically encountered in the classroom. Congratulations go to Eleanor Kirkland (Year 9) and Isabelle Zupan (Year 10) who were each awarded a Credit certificate, indicating that they ranked in the top 50% of 1438 students.

2015 Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO)

The Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) programs are unique in that they focus on the students' ability to solve mathematical problems in a creative manner - as opposed to simply reaching a solution using a prescribed method. 

The main aims of the competitions are to:

  • Introduce students to important mathematical concepts
  • Teach major strategies and develop flexibility for problem solving
  • Foster creativity and ingenuity and strengthen intuition
  • Stimulate enthusiasm and enjoyment of mathematics
  • Provide for the satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges

Congratulations go to Ruby Curtis and Chelsea Kwan (Year 7), Julie Fitt, Jordana Grando, Meimi Liu and Katrina Yang (Year 8) who were in the top 10% of their respective year levels.

The Year 8 team were also awarded the Certificate of High Team Achievement for achieving a score in the top 25% of teams in their division.

Carol Patterson
Curriculum Leader: Mathematics


Sports News

Celebration of Sport 2015

Another edition of our highly successful event was held on Tuesday 13 October. Major award winners included:


Early Middle Years  (Years 5-6)

Abigail Schlicht

Upper Middle Years  (Years 7-8)

Alannah Dahlsen

Later Years  (Years 9-11)

Eliza Straford

Pierre De Coubertin Award

Han Nguyen

SSV Sport and Academic Achievement

Henrietta Donoghue

A complete list of all Award Winners on the night is available on GenSpace.

Student Leadership

As you may read elsewhere, the new Co-Captains of Sport for the 2016 College year were recently announced at a Leadership assembly. We congratulate both Kaitlin Barr and Eliza Straford on their respective appointments to the Prefect body of Genazzano FCJ College and look forward to their contributions to the sporting life of the College.

We also congratulate Ashleigh Pope and Emma O’Shaughnessy on their appointments as Co-Captains of Netball for the College for 2016; along with Lily Barr and Adita Singh on their recent appointments as Co-Captains of Boats (Rowing) for the upcoming season.

International Athlete

Eliza Freeman (10 Winter) – Gymnastics - will be representing Australia as a Senior International at a competition called Elite Gym Massilia 2015 to be held in Marseille, France in November. Countries including Russia, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and Romania all have teams in the competition.

This is an outstanding achievement and we wish Eliza every success.

Rowing Season Launch

The 2015/16 rowing season was successfully launched on Sunday 18 October at the Genazzano Boatshed on the Yarra.  New Rowing students and families were warmly welcomed and had a ‘crash-course’ in what rowing at Gen is all about. Returning parents and families then joined for further brief welcoming speeches, introduction of the coaching team and finished with refreshments.

Physical Activity and Learning

In response to a number of follow-up enquiries following my message to students at the Celebration of Sport Evening I have summarised the key points below:

  • Research continues to show clear links between physical activity and learning.
  • Motion makes the brain function at its best.
  • A culture of ‘sitness’ has developed in our communities (as opposed to ‘fitness’).
  • Australian schoolchildren spend more than 70% of their waking hours sitting down.
  • Australian schoolchildren spend less than 2 hours outside daily.
  • Less than 19% of school aged kids in Australia meet Australia’s Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
  • Many kids are taking 2000 less steps a day than minimum suggested.
  • Numbers show more kids playing sport; but less kids being regularly active.
  • Many young people continue to see physical activity mostly as organised sports.

International Sporting Tour 2015

We would like to welcome back the 26 students and 4 staff who arrived back on Saturday 3 October from just over three weeks visiting and playing matches against other FCJ schools in Ireland, England, Belgium and France. We celebrate the safe return of these students and staff members and trust that they had a fantastic time overseas furthering developing the already strong relationships between FCJ schools.

Genazzano Social Rowing - Learn to Row

Mums and Dads, would you like to try rowing? No prior experience necessary as Genazzano Rowing Club is offering a 4 week Learn to Row program

Gather three friends to form a crew of four, or we can set you up in a crew.

Dates: Sunday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November 2015
Time: Week 1: 10.15am-11.45am (90 minutes)
         Weeks 2, 3 and 4: 10.15am-11.15am (60 minutes)
Cost: $100 per person

Experienced coach and all equipment provided.

Contact: Madi Huysing (Coordinator Genazzano Social Rowing)
0428 862 102 or

Notre Dame de France FCJ, Paris

In Term 1 2015, a number of students from our sister school Notre Dame de France FCJ, Paris will again be visiting us at Genazzano.  Students from the Sporting Tour and the French Exchange Tour, together with students in Year 10, 11 and 12 will be offered the opportunity to host a French student for approximately 10 nights during their time in Melbourne.  Please contact Mr Wesson for further information.

The International Sporting Tour has always had an extremely warm welcome from all at NDF, Paris, since first visiting in 1995, up until our most recent visit just last month.

Congrats and good luck to

  • Sarndra Kennerley (staff) on her appointment as a 2016 high-performance coach for Netball Victoria.
  • Brigette Carlile (staff) was recently awarded a Rowing Australia Scholarships to attend the 2015 Rowing Australia Coaches Conference held on the Gold Coast from 16 to 18 October.
  • Sue Andrews (staff) was recently announced by Rowing Victoria as the Female Masters Rower of the Year.

Genazzano Sport Office

Please note the Sport Office is located on the ground floor of the Wardell building (WG101). The office is staffed by Miss Melonie Fulton (Sports Administrator) and the phone number is 8862 1008. Alternatively, email

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport


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


2016 Term Dates

Term 1

Monday 4 January

Category A staff return

Monday 18 January

Category C staff return

Wednesday 20 January

Executive return

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 January               

All POL meeting

Monday 25 January

All staff return (including Category B)

Tuesday 26 January

Australia Day

Monday 1 February

All students return

Wednesday 10 February

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 23 March   

Students finish

(Holy) Thursday 24 March

Staff PL day


Term 2

Monday 11 April

Staff and students return

Friday 17 June

Last day of term


Term 3 

Monday 11 July

Staff and students return

Friday 16 September

Last day of term


Term 4

Monday 3 October

Staff and students return

Friday 9 December

Students conclude

Wednesday 7 December

Year 5-12 student conclude

Tuesday 13 December

Teaching staff and Category B staff conclude

Tuesday 20 December

Category C staff conclude


News from the GFA

The final term for 2015 at Genazzano is well underway, and with longer days, sunshine ahead, and our plans for the GFA BBQ plans progressing well, there is certainly plenty to look forward to over the coming months…

Recently, we held the inaugural GFA Year 10 Father/Daughter Weekend Away on 16-18 October, where a bunch of excited Year 10 students and their dads headed down to Sorrento to enjoy a weekend of bonding, group activities and relaxation. A great time was had exploring the Pt Nepean National Park, which included quality reflection time between dads and daughters, as well as plenty of great food (GFA BBQ extravaganza yet again!), fun around the pool table, and a visit to Peninsula Hot Springs for a little R&R. Loving and laughing in spades – I don’t know how we fit it all into the weekend! Special thanks to Nicholas Psyhogios and Jordan Papadopoulos for making this all possible, and to all who attended for a memorable weekend away.

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And rolling on with Term 4 we are so looking forward to…

  • GFA Wine Appreciation evening, this Friday 30 October – never too late to get involved and support the GFA! – this will be 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 Salesdon’t be caught out now during the Spring Carnival and the Festive Season ahead - 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 the flyer or go straight to website to order.
  • Attention all Year 5 and 6 Fathers and Daughters – just over a week away (Sunday 8 November) till the bowling and laser skirmish fun afternoon – don’t miss out! Get fired-up for action-packed bowling and laser skirmish (from 1.00-3.00pm), 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 on their website.
  • Come along to the final GFA meeting for the year, which will include a special presentation just for us Dads - ‘Cultivating a growth mindset- what Fathers can do’ - on Wednesday 11 November at 8.00pm in the Wardell Theatre – we are thrilled to have Clare Panetta from the College Performance Psychology Centre, whose presentation will follow our last GFA meeting for 2015 (commencing at 7.00pm). We look forward to seeing many dads on the night.
  • Don't miss this huge GFA event to finish up the year!! – the GFA Thank-you BBQ will be held on the evening of 13 November, from 6.00pm an opportunity for us to thank all the dads for their tireless generosity in assisting with our many GFA-run events and the continued support the GFA has provided the College throughout 2015. Please email RSVP for catering purposes, and I look forward to seeing you there!

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

Since our last newsletter, the Year 7 reps organised a dinner at 115 Grill and Brewhouse, and the Year 4 mums met at Mister Bianco, where they had a fabulous turn out, enjoying themselves so much they were the last to leave. The Year 1 mums also met last week, for a dinner at Centonove, and as you can see from the picture below, they had a fun time.

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The Year 6 parents gathered at the Guiney’s house last Saturday. It was a wonderful success with beautiful food, wine and great company. A huge thank you to the Guiney family for opening up their beautiful home to bring everyone together.

Please be sure to check your year level dates below as there are many functions organised for the end of year.

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, including me 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.

I have highlighted the positions below that do not have a nomination.

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

Sunday 8 November

Year 5

Mother Daughter Breakfast

Monday 9 November



Tuesday 10 November

Year 11

Parents Drinks

Friday 13 November

Year 10

Supper Night

Sunday 15 November

Year 4

Mother/Daughter Bowling

Thursday 19 November


Xmas Party – please note change of date

Friday 20 November

Year 5

Twilight Picnic

Friday 20 November


End of Year Pizza Night for Parents

Monday 23 November

GMA New Committee Meeting for 2016, at 12pm

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

Friday 27 November

Year 12

Lunch for Parents

Saturday 28 November

Second Hand Book Sale

Saturday 28 November


Prep Xmas event

Debbie O'Halloran
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


Community News

30 Years of Rowing at Genazzano FCJ College book

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Take a look back at our College history on the water, with the new '30 Years of Rowing at Genazzano FCJ College' book. Order your copy online today!


Genazzano Social Rowing Club - Learn to Row Program

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Timor Leste Fundraising Initiative

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Timor Trivia Night

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Fernwood Fitness, Camberwell

Fernwood Fitness Camberwell has undergone a complete transformation of their facility and as a result of the amazing generosity of the proprietor Mr Tom Hanley, we are pleased to be able to return the favour in some small part by promoting the re-opening of the Camberwell franchise. Below are details of the launch. Tom and Assunta have put together a special Genazzano foundation membership deal for family and friends of the College:

  • $0 Joining Fee
  • 15% off your annual membership
  • 3 X Intro Personal Training Sessions
  • Complimentary Blow wave
  • Complimentary Manicure and Pedicure


Bilia Volvo, South Yarra

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