Newsletter - Edition 16-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Our graduating class of 2016 celebrated their Valedictory Eucharist on Wednesday night, 19 October, in our beautifully decorated Centenary Hall. The girls’ chosen focus of their Eucharist was, ‘Celebrating who we are and looking to the future with hope’. We were blessed to have Fr Brendan Reed lead our Valedictory Eucharist Celebration. I extend my sincere thanks to Fr Brendan for his characteristic insights and inspiration he shared with us on the night.

As is a long-standing tradition at Genazzano, the graduating class presents a gift to the College as a way of expressing their gratitude for the education they have received and the College community they have so deeply grown to love. In the spirit of our College theme this year, ‘Fidelity and Joy in the Year of Mercy’, they recognised the importance of reaching out to one another and extending their mercy to those who need it the most in our world. This year’s 2016 graduating girls have chosen to donate their collected funds to the FCJ Mission in Myanmar, helping set up water tanks in underprivileged communities. This clearly shows that the spirit of the FCJ charism lives deeply in our students’ hearts. I consider this to be a remarkably thoughtful and meaningful gift and I am sure the Myanmar community will be grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness.

I was proud of the way our graduating class of 2016 celebrated with spirit, joy and respect their final school day at the College; it was a memorable and exciting occasion for them commencing with breakfast and signing their teddy bears! Their final assembly demonstrated the wonderful spirit they have created and how close they have grown as a year level. No doubt they will forever carry with them the fabulous memories of their final day, together with their Eucharist celebration and Valedictory Ceremony.

Our Year 12 girls, alongside their Year 11 companions also undertaking Unit 3 and 4 VCE subjects, now have a lot of hard work ahead of them, with the final examinations approaching; beginning with English on Wednesday 26 October. These final exams will continue for three weeks before we gather again for the Valedictory Ball with their parents/guardians. We can all say with confidence and delight, that the spirit of Genazzano FCJ College lives strongly in our graduating class of 2016 and we wish them every success in their coming exams.

In addition to events and celebrations marking the final days for all Year 12 students, the annual Boarders’ Valedictory Celebration Night was held at Hopetoun Hall to acknowledge the eleven Year 12 girls who will be leaving the Boarding House at the conclusion of their final examinations. Over a special dinner with all 40 boarders, the Year 12s were farewelled in a heartfelt ceremony that celebrated each girl and the contribution she has made to boarding over her time at Hopetoun Hall. The celebration demonstrated the many benefits of our Boarding House and the close family spirit they share.

Over the past fortnight, we have had some other wonderful major events including the Genazzano Celebration of Sport evening, the Concerto Concert featuring our most talented musicians and the Year 8 City Cite presentations that showcased the exceptional learning experience of our Year 8 City Cite program. There have also been many other activities and events for students in all other year levels and I am sure you will enjoy reading about them in the following reports in this newsletter.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

One of the most impressive things about our Catholic faith is the way in which it marks significant moments in our lives with beautiful rituals. From birth to death, our faith brings the touch of the sacred to the human experience of these moments.

Last week, our Year 12 girls finished their official classes at Genazzano and marked this major turning point in their lives with a variety of activities, both formal and informal, that spoke wonderfully of their love for the College and for each other – the eponymous GEN16.

On Wednesday night, the Year 12 girls celebrated their 2016 Valedictory Eucharist. The Eucharist takes its name from the Greek word for thanksgiving, or praise for the wonderful works of God. It is very appropriate then that we celebrate the wonderful way in which God has worked amongst our Year 12 students this year, and to give thanks to God and to ask for God’s blessings on their future. We have much to celebrate and give thanks to God for, and we pray that this will always be so.

We pray for Salvatore Frazzetto, maternal grandfather of Claudia Gregory (Year 7) who passed away recently. We pray also for Angela Gehrig (Class of 1984), aunt of Olivia Darrer (Year 10) who passed away recently. May they rest in peace.

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission

Prayer for Future

Loving God,
each day as I step further into my future,
give me the courage, knowledge and
patience that I need.
Remind me that you always journey with me
and that you will never lead me into anything
that you won't lead me through.
Thank you for the gift of my life.
May the way I live be my gift back to you -
with your love and guidance
In Jesus' name


Student Learning and Wellbeing News

A Season of Fruition

Haven’t the past few weeks been topsy-turvy ones? Cold one day, warm the next, windy weekends and lots of hay fever! That all said, it is lovely to see flower beds full of blooms and the once bare trees morph into blossom then full leaf. The evidence of the slow growth of spring, and patient winter waiting, is reflected in the academic life of our College. After months of rugging up and our girls applying themselves to determined learning, many of the fruits are becoming evident. Like spring, Gen enters into another season of change and growing activity as the days lengthen and, hopefully, become warmer.

Last Thursday our Year 12 cohort has their last day of classes, and then on Friday we farewelled them through their Celebration Day. Our graduating class then gathered with their families, subject teachers, Team Leaders, Curriculum Leaders and general staff on Wednesday evening in celebration of their Valedictory Eucharist and Awards evening. This special night celebrated our Faithful God walking with us and also the achievements of each of these beautiful young women.

Our Year 10s are coming to the end of their Work Experience Week having had placements all over Melbourne (and some beyond!) which will conclude this Friday. Our teachers have been visiting the girls, speaking with their supervisors and receiving positive reports. The Year 9s have been on camp this week. Half the year level arrived on Monday morning at Wilsons Prom for the Duke of Edinburgh qualifying Bronze Award camp, and the second half commenced on Wednesday. Even though the weather has not been ideal, this hasn't dampened their spirits! Our Year 6s departed on Monday morning bound for Canberra. They were very excited as they boarded the buses to the airport, and no doubt when they return for class next Monday, there will be many exciting stories to share!!

After a lengthy process of applications and interviews, the College community gathered on 6 October for the Leadership Investiture Assembly, in which our new Prefects for 2017 were formally inducted. This is an important date on our College calendar for all our girls. The newly inducted prefects then attended a two day leadership camp at Yarra Valley Estate, where Ms Jebb and I explored with our new student leaders the fundamental aspects of being a leader in our FCJ College and what skills they need to nurture.

Our Year 8 students had a great time at City Cite last week. In the lead up to this program, students have been working with their teachers on key aspects of the program, and while there, completed a group based individual project which they presented to parents on their return. This program provides our Year 8 students with some wonderful skills leading into Year 9 and their Individual Project.

For all our girls undertaking Unit 3 and 4 subjects, the VCE exams commence on Wednesday 26 October. Needless to say, our girls have been very busy and purposeful in their preparations, They have been revising their study notes, conferring with their subject teachers and completing practice questions and various trial exams. We wish them well,

In preparation for 2017, there are a number of procedural matters that have been amended slightly and to which I would like to draw your attention:

  • Following review of our Orientation/Transition program, the 2017 Year 5 and 7 Orientation Program has changed. Students will now be dropped off by their parents who will return later for the GMA afternoon tea, meaning students will have a longer period at the College.
  • An Information Evening for 2017 students and their families entering Year 5 and 7 will be held in November.
  • All students from ELC-Year 12 will have some form of induction for 2017 before the end of the year.

Continued best wishes,

Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal, Student Learning and Wellbeing


News from ELC

Our ELC students are constantly challenged to investigate their learning environment. Our approach is to empower the child’s knowledge through the Reggio Emilia’s 100 languages available to the child to explore and capture their curiosity. These languages include drawing, sculpture, construction, sharing ideas, documenting the child’s voice, sensory play - the possibilities are endless and are all valued.

Our ELC4 students are investigating the life cycle of silkworms. An interest in life cycles was sparked last term with the chicken and duckling hatching program. The learning cycle commenced with the eggs hatching at just the right time, as silkworms rely on mulberry leaves to grow and survive. The children visited the mulberry tree outside Grange Hill and observed the tree was only in bud. The eggs had commenced hatching and the children were concerned that they would have no food. They hypothesised that the tree required more sunshine for the leaves to grow. Fortunately, the sun did appear and the leaf growth is slowly occurring. The silkworms continue to grow and have now commenced shedding their skin. The children are encouraged to record their own observations from group discussions and observations and to draw the image of the silkworm life cycle.

The child’s voice

Rey: the stripy ones are dads and the plain ones are mums.
Caitlin: they have lots of legs.
Miles M: they're long!
Sarah: it has a spike on his head.
Diego: when they crawl on me they tickle.

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The ELC3 students are investigating the Night Sky. On the children’s return to ELC this term, Xavier mentioned at a morning meeting, “I am a bit tired because Mummy let me stay up later because it’s still light. The sun stays out because the stars are not ready to come out.” A small group of children offered their knowledge and insight into this comment. Evie said, “It’s called day night savings. The sky changes in the night.” And Nicholas said, “Stars don’t come out in the day.” Evie continued, “I know that asteroids crash onto the moon.”

The educators acknowledge the children’s thoughts and ideas, and extend the interest into a small group project investigation. To empower the children’s voice, the educators pose a question during morning meetings to document the children’s knowledge and to extend their ideas and interests within the daily learning activities both indoors and outdoors.

What happens at night?

Xavier: crickets are at night.
Madison: the moon and the stars come out.
Ethan: the stars are there
Thomas: the moon is shining.
Grace: the moon is floating with the stars.
Peter: the moon is there and you can see an owl.
Evie: you hear asteroids crash onto the moon.

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Alison Lucas
Director, Early Learning Centre


News from Early Years

Term 4 has started well, with the students embracing their biological themed inquiry topic. As Prep to Year 2s explore living and non-living things, the Year 3s and 4s investigate the ‘web of life’ and the interdependency of all living creatures big and small.

This theme of interdependence was further examined by the Year 4s as they embarked on their camp adventure to Marysville. The importance of sustainability and working together as a team to achieve a common goal was explored in a fun, yet challenging manner. For many of the Year 4 students, it was wonderful to see them step outside their comfort zone and see how proud they were of their achievements.

Measurement has been a common topic in Mathematics in many of the Early Years classrooms. It is wonderful to see the students deep in concentration, as they estimate and then check the weight of various objects, measure the length of a variety of things or compare and contrast the liquid content of a variety of containers. Others are lost in thought as they explore the concept of money or enjoy creative play involving money in our Grange Hill Library Café.

A reminder that our core subjects of English and Mathematics take place in a learning block before recess. As a result, it is important that students are on time for class at the beginning of the day. If your child is running late and class has already started, remember to quietly say your goodbyes outside the classroom before your child enters the room, so as not to disturb the important learning taking place inside. By Term 4 all students are capable of independently entering their classroom and organising their own school bags in their lockers.

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Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 8 City Cite Week

Annually, the Year 8s spend a week in the CBD, immersed in the City Cite program. We were divided into small groups and challenged to discover more about our assigned ‘Big Question’, relative to Melbourne. To do this, we were required to construct a poster and IT element in cooperating interviews, surveys and research components conducted by the group members.

Although the City Cite program incorporated a lot of hard work and effort relating to our ‘Big Question’, we also participated in several alternate activities. We visited the Magistrates Court, Urban Seed, The Big Issue and The Heritage Walk in the Botanic Gardens. As well, we received a presentation from an ex-gambler and a policeman. These activities broadened our knowledge on several aspects of Melbourne that require improvement.

We gained several skills during this short timespan. We developed our navigation skills, confidence, organization, independent travel and teamwork and collaboration. These attributes are valuable and are a major component of everyday life.

In conclusion, we were involved in some fantastic experiences and discovered more about the city we are proud to call home. However, our time at City Cite would not have been possible without the help and support of the City Cite staff, the Genazzano Homeroom teachers and Mrs Murphy.

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Lara Partridge, Lola Crivelli and Cristina Mattioli
Year 8


Creative Arts News

We are busily preparing for our Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition, ‘Evolve’, which will officially open on 4 November in the Madeleine Centre. As the Year 12s finish official classes, we wish them all the very best for their exams and beyond.

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The Royal Melbourne Show display, currently on exhibition in the Wardell Breezeway exhibition space, will finish next week and each student who received a place in the show will be awarded their certificates and awards at year level assemblies later in the year. Students who received first place will have their work on display at the Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition and will also be awarded their prizes at year level assemblies; rather than at the show as previously advertised, due to the high number of students.

Dates to Remember

  • Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition opening night: Friday 4 November, 6.00pm
  • Graduate Art Show viewing times: Friday 4 November, Sunday 6 November (1.00pm - 3.00pm), Monday 8.00am - 4.00pm, and Tuesday 8.00am - 4.00pm
  • VCE Art, Studio Arts, Media, Visual Communication Design and Product Design students to pick up folios from exhibition space: Wednesday 9 November between 8.00am - 2.00pm.

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts


Drama News

Prep to Year 4 Performance

The Prep to Year 4 Grange Hill performers are preparing themselves for a Spring Fling! Under the expert guidance of their Drama teacher, Mrs Tanya Salinas-Byrne, the Prep-4 cohort will present an afternoon of Poetry, Shakespeare, song and some lively dancing. The College community is welcome to attend Thursday 27 October from 3.45pm - 4.30pm in the Montagner Auditorium. No bookings are required. View the promotional flyer.

Drama Solos

The VCE Drama students presented their solo performance to the College community in preparation for their examinations on 11 October. There was a wonderful array of characters from the Statue of Liberty to Arachne the spider! We wish the students all the best with their final written examination and acknowledge their wonderful performance work assisted by Ms Alison Heard their Drama teacher.

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Suitcase Series

The Year 9 Drama students and the VCE Theatre Studies 1 and 2 students will be performing their version of the new Australian script “Turbine’’ written by Dan Giovannoni, together with a number of other schools, as part of the Malthouse theatre’s ‘Suitcase Series’. The students are to prepare a performance based on this commissioned play which deals with climate change and our response to this challenge on our world. The students will spend a day sharing their performances with professional performers, directors and other schools. This is the first time Genazzano has been involved in the 'Suitcase Series', which promises to offer many exciting new experiences for the Genazzano Drama students!

Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama


Science News

Year 8 Science Talent Search 2016

The girls have continued to excel in this competition, with four entrants from each homeroom selected to enter. With topics ranging from the effect of pH on the rate of corrosion of iron nails, to the effect of temperature on the sound produced by woodwind instruments, the girls demonstrated their skills in data collection and analysis. This year, Genazzano students were awarded one major bursary, 12 minor bursaries and 15 merit certificates. The major and minor bursary winners will have the opportunity to attend Latrobe University to be presented with their awards. The names of the students awarded bursaries are below.

Major Bursary

Anna Lewis - “What material absorbs sound the best”

Minor Bursary                          

  • Sofia Bilic                                                                 
  • Olivia Nania
  • Courtney Garcia
  • Marietta Stents
  • Emily Croagh
  • Madeleine Ryan
  • Elissa Grossi
  • Alice Frawley
  • Ruby Curtis
  • Alex Schache
  • Ella McEvoy
  • Jessica Zuccala

Tracy Clark
Science Teacher


Careers News

Year 10 Work Experience (17-21 October 2016)

What an excellent and successful week for all Year 10s on Work Experience! A few small hurdles with some placements on the first day, but after a few phone calls and emails things were sorted. Congratulations to all Year 10 students for doing so well – the teachers and employer reports were glowing! Thank you to all the employers who participated in this very worthwhile activity, to help our students get a brief insight into the world of work. Thank you to all parents and guardians who made sure students got to the appropriate place at the appropriate time and in the appropriate attire! Thanks also to all our teachers who visited students and made sure they were safe and enjoying the program.  A reminder that all journals are due back to the Career Development Office by Friday 28 October.

Year 9 Career Development Week (17-21 October 2016)


The Year 9s had an excellent week combining the Duke of Edinburgh camp with Career Development Week. At All Hallows, students participated in Occupational Health and Safety training and a career meditation. They listened to guest presenters including  past students, Alice McGennis-Destro (Fashion Blogger/Journalist) and Emma McLaughlin (Speech Pathologist), as well as current parents, Helen Condilis (Business/Human Resources/Fashion) and Jo Nesbitt (Audiologist). They learned how best to secure a work experience placement, and they heard from Year 12 students Eliza Straford, Maddy Meehan and Emma Borin on the best research methods to achieve your goal. Thanks to all our presenters for donating their precious time to assist our Year 9 students! Your daughters will have completed a booklet during the week so you can see what they covered and learned. Some students may need to complete this at home.

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor


Co-curricular News

State Chess Finals

On Tuesday 18 October, eleven Chess Club students attended the State Chess Finals held at Our Lady of Sion College in Box Hill. It was attended by 140 students from 14 other schools with each student playing eight games. The senior girls did an incredibly good job with second place, bringing home a trophy for their efforts. The students involved were Chelsea Kwan (Year 8), Georgia Kanellis (Year 7), Sarah Vilo (Year 7), Marian Hoang (Year 7) and myself.

Alex Scalzo
Year 11

Library News

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2017 College Booklist Available Soon!

Orders for the 2017 College booklist will be open from Wednesday 2 November 2016.

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

Optional Ordering of VCE English Novels for Pre-Christmas Delivery

VCE English students can choose to order their English novels earlier, to receive delivery prior to Christmas. Order online from 24 October to 4 November 2016.

Key Dates

Monday 24 October 2016
Optional pre-Christmas delivery orders for VCE English novels open.

Wednesday 2 November 2016
Booklist available on College website, GenSpace and Campion Education website (use passcode to access).

Friday 4 November 2016
Optional pre-Christmas delivery orders for VCE English novels close.

Friday 9 December 2016
Online booklist orders close.


Performance Psychology News

Genazzano and Deakin University Partnership – Developing Researchers at Year 9

Deakin University has partnered with Genazzano to assist our Year 9 students in developing the critical skills necessary for learning and research. Deakin University staff members and students presented to our students on the purpose of research, choosing a topic and ethics in research.

The Year 9 students’ work was then showcased at a presentation evening. Mr Luke Ridgwell represented Deakin University at this event, to view the presentations and select winners for the Deakin Research Awards, which were announced at an assembly last week. The presentation evening and assembly were fabulous celebrations of innovation, hard work, deep learning and creativity.

Our appreciation is extended to Deakin University for generously giving their time and expertise to collaborate with Genazzano and support student learning. Congratulations to all students for their outstanding work, interesting displays, presentations and performances. Prizes were awarded to the following students:

Deakin Award for Creativity
Ella Jenkins – Music in Silent Movies

Honourable Mentions
Chelsea Doan – Sign Language
Bronte Crettenden – Suits of Armour

Deakin Award for Presentation and Product
Anna Frazer – The Victorian Architecture House Model

Honourable Mentions
Francesca Morabito – Autism Project utilising sheep brains
Grace Tsao – Live K-Pop Singing Project
Madeleine Ryan – Wind Powered Esky

Deakin Award for Research
Andriyani Millie – Women in Military

Honourable Mentions
Ruby Burnes – Organ Donation
Grace Burnes – Twins in Medical Research


Catherine Brandon
Director of Research, Programs and Performance


Social Justice News

Appeal for CatholicCare Refugee Support 

In Term 4, the Social Justice Prefect, Heidi Scheffers, and the Mission Prefect, Grace Ross-Farrell, are organising a drive for the students at All Hallows and  Prep to Year 6 to support CatholicCare in their Refugee Support service.

We are hoping to collect items for laundry, bathrooms and baby care.

We hope that each student will bring one or more of the following as part of our collection:

  • Bathroom supplies - toilet paper, soap, shampoo & conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.
  • Cleaning supplies - dishwashing liquid, sponges, Windex, shower cleaner, bathroom cleaner, Pineoclean etc.
  • Laundry supplies - washing powder, Sard spray, Napisan etc.
  • Baby items - baby wipes, nappies, bottles, bottle brushes, simple baby clothing - e.g. Bonds Grosuits (up to 12 months).

Collecting these items will help carers who are experiencing difficulties provide for their families and we look forward to your support.

Marita O’Shea and Anne McIlroy
Social Justice Coordinators


Sports News

International Sporting Tour 2017 - Parent Information Evening

Date: Monday 24 October
Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Wardell Theatre

Students currently in Years 9 & 10 are invited to apply.

For any enquiries, please contact me on 8862 1016 or

Celebration of Sport Evening

Our highly successful Celebration of Sport Evening was held on Tuesday 11 October. Our special guest, Bridget Barker, assisted College Principal Ms Karen Jebb in presenting a wide range of sports awards and coach’s awards to more than 140 students.

Major award winners included:

  • Service to Sport Award - Early Middle Years (Years 5-6): Sophie Farlecas
  • Service to Sport Award - Upper Middle Years (Years 7-8): Emily Condon
  • Service to Sport Award - Later Years (Years 9-11): Emily Kneale
  • Pierre De Coubertin Award: Madeleine Meehan
  • SSV Sport and Academic Achievement: Lia Siniakov

For a complete list of all Award Winners on the night, please visit our website.

Student Leadership

The new College Co-Captains of Sport for 2017 were recently announced at a Leadership Assembly. We congratulate both Hannah MacDonald and Annaliese Bush on their respective appointments to the Prefect body and look forward to their contributions to the sporting life of the College.

We also congratulate Elizabeth Hill and Clare Vearing on their appointments as Co-Captains of Netball for the College for 2017; along with Alexandra Somerville and Caroline Straford on their recent appointments as Co-Captains of Boats (Rowing) for the upcoming season.

Soccer Development Squad Opportunity

Students in Years 6, 7 and 8 will shortly have the opportunity to apply to be part of a Soccer Junior Development program. It is planned that 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.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

Gen Aquatic News

New GenAquatic Timetable

Gold squad will train at Hawthorn Pool on

  • Tuesday 5.45pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 5.45am - 7.30am

Silver squad will train at Hawthorn Pool on

  • Thursday 5.45am - 7.30am
Date Swim Meet Location Link to Enter

Sunday 16 October

Doncaster / Templestowe Swim Club Encouragement LC Meet Manningham Aquarena DTSC website
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October 2016 Long Course Distance Competition MSAC Outdoor Pool Swimming Victoria website
Sunday 23 October 7 - 10 North vs East MSAC Teams selected through Metro East 7 - 10 Trials on Saturday 8 October
Monday 31 October & Tuesday 1 November Public Holiday   No swimming

Amon Soerink
Head Coach

Rowing Season Launch

On Sunday 9 October, the Genazzano Rowing community met at the Genazzano/Xavier Sheds to officially launch the 2016/17 rowing season. Planned rowing events had to be cancelled due to fast flowing water and dangerous winds. Despite this, the event was enjoyed by all and the upcoming season is eagerly anticipated. The first competition Genazzano rowers will attend is the Head of the Goulburn Regatta for senior rowers on 22 October.

Jane Robinson
Coordinator - Rowing

SSV Update

Congratulations to Sarah Calvisi (Year 6B) who represented Genazzano at the SSV Southern Metropolitan Region Track & Field Carnival held at Casey Fields, Cranbourne, on Thursday 13 October. Receiving 3rd place for discus and 4th place for 100m is a wonderful achievement.

After try-out sessions near the end of Term 3, a squad of 16 Year 6 girls are training each Tuesday morning in preparation for a Year 5/6 Water Polo Competition. This event will be held at MSAC, Albert Park, on Wednesday 16 November. Miss Kimberley Adkins (coach) is looking forward to the next few weeks of training to get the squad more familiar with the skills and strategies required to get the most from this experience.

SSV Swim Squad recommences this term. Students from Year 3 to 5 will have the opportunity to be trained by Mr Amon Soerink and Mr Matt Welsh on Tuesdays at lunchtime. It is a great chance for the girls to get a sense of what it might take to be part of the SSV squad to compete for Genazzano early in 2017.

Finally, more than 20 Year 5 and 6 students were recognised for their participation in SSV squads and the 5/6 Sport Education program at last week’s Celebration of Sport Evening. All deserving winners are listed on the SSV & 5/6 Sport GenConnect page.

Adrian Daly
SSV Coordinator


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Tuesday 25 October, 3.30pm

Twilight Sports

Tuesday 25 October, 7.00pm

Ensembles Concert

Wednesday 26 October, 9.00am

Prep to Year 4 Assembly

Wednesday 26 October, 9.00am

Year 12 Parents Eucharist

Wednesday 26 October – Friday 11 November

VCE Exams

Thursday 27 October, 3.45pm

Prep to Year 4 Drama Performance

Monday 31 October

Student Free Day (College closed)

Tuesday 1 November

Melbourne Cup Holiday

Friday 4 November

Year 2 Gen Camp Sleepover

Friday 4 November, 6.00pm

Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition, Evolve – Opening Night

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


News from the GMA

Year 5 Parents Social Night at The Beehive Hotel (Friday 14 October)


Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along. It was a relaxing Friday night and everyone appeared to have a good time. There was much laughter and conversations. A special thanks to the new Gen family (the Ferrignos), who came along and met some of the parents.

GMA AGM – Monday 7 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 2017. In the elected positions, we have had significant interest, but we need more people. Please think seriously about taking on a role as there are several positions to fill. It is very rewarding and a wonderful opportunity to meet, get to know and work with other mums across all years of the College.

If you require any information or would like to nominate for an elected position or class representative position for your year level in 2017, please contact the GMA Secretary, Carmel Carrazzo on  or 0409 331 645, or myself.

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

  • President
  • Vice President Early Years – there are no nominations currently for this role
  • Vice President Middle Years      
  • Vice President Later Years
  • Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Treasurer

Other positions which are not subject to election but which we are seeking volunteers for include:

  • Trybooking Coordinators
  • Care Group Coordinator
  • Ladies Luncheon Chair
  • Ladies Luncheon Committee Members
  • Year Level Representatives

Save the Date

Monday 7 November, 12.00pm

GMA Annual General Meeting in the Boardroom

Monday 21 November, 12.00pm

GMA New Committee Meeting at the President’s house

Saturday 26 November, 7.30am

Second Hand Book Sale

Wednesday 7 December, 1.00pm

Grange Hill End of Year BBQ

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


News from the GFA

Last week, the GFA held its 25th Annual General Meeting, which was well attended by more than 40 fathers. On the night, it was a great pleasure to also have our Principal, Ms Karen Jebb, speaking on “How Fathers and Guardians can support their daughter’s learning”. The new committee was elected and we welcome Mr Bruce MacIsaac as our new President, who I have no doubt will continue, through his leadership of the GFA, the rewarding journey of ‘loving, laughing and making a difference’ to the lives of our wonderful daughters and sons. A big congratulations and welcome to Bruce and the new GFA Executive for 2017: Mr Lu Italiano (VP Father Daughter Activities), Mr Peter Grounds (VP College Support Activities), Mr Nicholas Psyhogios (VP Corporate Events), Mr Paul White (Secretary) and Mr Rob Bischof (Immediate Past President). We are still looking for a willing candidate to take on the role of Treasurer, so if you would like to step up and join the team please let us know.

In 2016, the GFA have enjoyed a tremendous year, and amongst the almost 30 events, we have continued to ‘love, laugh and make a difference’ for our daughters and for the College. I am proud to announce that we have finalised our proposal for a mobile GFA BBQ, to be considered by College Council in the next few weeks. I really want to acknowledge the many passionate fathers who have worked hard over the past year developing and supporting this project to bring it to fruition.

Still to look forward to in 2016:

  • Wine Appreciation Night, on tonight (21 October) at Columbo’s restaurant in Balwyn. It’s not too late to join us from 7.00pm if you can.
  • Year 5-6 Father-Daughter bowling on 6 November. Bookings open on the GFA Events website)
  • GFA Golf Day on 11 November. Book online now.
  • Year 10 Father-Daughter weekend away over 25-27 November. Bookings now open on GFA Events website
  • The not to be missed GFA Thank-you BBQ on 2 December.

I sincerely thank the GFA Executive Committee for the outstanding level of leadership, passion, commitment and support they have given to make a real difference to the GFA. Thank you David Jones, Julian Di Battista, Peter Grounds, Nicholas Psyhogios, our brilliant Treasurer, Jordan Papadopoulos, and our Immediate Past President, Neville Drake, for your priceless contributions at so many levels.

My term as the GFA President has been truly rewarding, richly fulfilling and indeed a privileged part of my journey with the GFA. Thank you for your support, love and encouragement, and for the memories that will last forever.  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
Immediate Past President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association



'Evolve' - Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition Opening Night

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Community News

‘Bullying. No Way!’ Website Launch

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) is committed to ensuring the ongoing safety of children and young people, and supporting Catholic school principals, staff and parents in providing a safe and nurturing school environment.

As part of this commitment, the CECV is pleased to advise the launch of the updated anti-bulling website, Bullying. No Way!, managed by the Australian Government in partnership with the state, Catholic and independent education sectors.

Reflecting the nine key elements of the National Safe Schools Framework, Bullying. No Way! has a range of classroom resources, interactive storytelling, animations, latest research, fact sheets and information sections for teachers, parents and students.

The new website provides activities associated with the annual National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA), held on Friday 17 March 2017, and the opportunity to share each school’s anti-bulling policies, strategies and programs.

New Online Parent Handbooks

Handbooks for parents of children entering Catholic primary or secondary schools in Victoria provide parents with general information about what Catholic schools can offer children and their families, including the many aspects of the student’s school experiences, some handy tips for managing the transition to primary or secondary school, homework and how parents can assist their child’s learning.

To help meet sustainability targets, Catholic Education Melbourne will no longer be printing the handbooks for distribution to schools. Instead, the previously printed handbooks have been replaced by a new online version.

Being online, the parent handbooks are available via desktop, smartphones and tablets, allowing quick and easy access to up-to-date information.

The online handbooks are available on the CECV website or directly via the links below:

Youth Engagement Project (YEP) Events

Youth Led Mass and Social Sunday

The next monthly youth mass for all the Parishes involved in YEP. It is followed by social time, for us to come together as a community for pizza, or sausages, or ice blocks.

Date: Sunday 6 November
Time: 5.00pm - 7.15pm
Venue: All Hallows Parish, 17 Brenbeal St, Balwyn