Newsletter - Edition 17-2015

News from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Our College has been immersed in all aspects of community life this year, and it has been a thread also woven into the 2015 tapestry by all groups associated with the College. I reflect on the enormous and endless effort of so many of our students, staff and parents in raising funds for our various causes, FCJ missions and other groups, to support those who are in great need.

Genuine care and unselfish giving of so many members of our College community enable us to fulfil our mission to support those who are marginalised in our wider world. Our students and staff have commenced preparation of the annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers. I am most grateful for your support in this important time of remembering those who are in need of our assistance.

On Sunday 8 November, the College Chapel was filled with a congregation of more than one hundred for the annual Alumnae Memorial Mass. It was a beautiful way to draw us together as we remembered with much sadness and joy the lives of alumnae and friends of all ages who had passed away during the last twelve months.

The Mothers’ Association AGM and Lunch was held on Monday 9 November. My very sincere thanks go to Deb O’Halloran, GMA President for the last two years and her committee, along with all members of the Parent Associations for an outstanding year of community building, successful social occasions, events, fundraising and dedicated support of our students and college.

Last Friday, we saw the opening of the Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition Reflections, and I continue to be both astonished and proud of the wonderful art that our students produce across a wide range of mediums. My thanks to Jo Saville and the outstanding educators of the Arts faculty who have taught and encouraged the students this year.

I would like to congratulate Lily Rokebrand who, as the 2015 Arts and Communications Prefect, has demonstrated great leadership during 2015. Also congratulations to:

  • Amelia Antonello winner of the Max Emmins photography award; and
  • Kira Briscoe and Laura Brown on their receipt of the College Art Acquisitions Awards.

We are in the middle of a very busy time as we approach the end of the school year. An enormous amount of work and preparation is undertaken by our staff to support the Year 10 – 11 students as they have prepared for exams and to be available to our VCE students for consultation.

In the next few days all parents/guardians will receive a letter from the Chair of College Council, Mrs Lindy Priest, with details relating to the 2016 Budget and Fee Schedule. Following considered work by the Finance & Risk Committee, the College Council has recently received approval of the Budget from the FCJ Province Leader for the new school year. You will also receive details in relation to the revised payment system arrangements via the online payment portal as has been earlier communicated. I am most grateful to Mark Glover and his team for their work in the reorganised system that is designed to more appropriately meet your needs.

As we conclude the 2015 school year we have much for which we are grateful, and I warmly invite all families to attend the Closing Eucharist that will be held on Tuesday 1 December at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Archbishop Denis J Hart DD will be presiding, and all students are expected to attend. I do hope that they will be accompanied by parents and guardians as together we ask God’s Blessing on all that we have achieved and experienced this past year. Everyone needs to be seated by 6.25 pm for a 6.30 pm welcome and procession. Mass will commence at 7.00 pm.

Please pray for:

  • Kate Morkham (py1998) daughter of Julia (py1962) and John; and
  • Brenda Robinson mother of Christine Robinson and grandmother of Eugenie Dessent (Year 10).

Patricia A Cowling



On Wednesday 11 November, our students and staff gathered for Remembrance Day. We would like to share this excerpt with our community:

We come together today to remember in faith all who have served, and continue serving in our armed forces, especially those who have died and those wounded in battle. We also pray for healing and peace; that one day, all peoples will lay down their arms and embrace one another as brothers and sisters in one human family.

Loving God, on this day of remembrance, we entrust all our prayers and needs to your infinite mercy. Help us to become mindful of the bonds that unite us as human family despite our differences. Heal our inner wounds and outward divisions, that one day our world might live in your true and everlasting peace.




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. Year 5 Student Wins Remembrance Day Poster Competition

2. Aboriginal Homestay Opportunities for 2016

3. Genazzano FCJ College 2016 Booklist

4. Genazzano FCJ College and eSmart Community Engagement Program


Year 5 Student Wins Remembrance Day Poster Competition

The Hon Daniel Andrews announced today that Emily Hall, Year 5, is the winner of the Remembrance Day 2015 poster competition. Emily's poster will become the official Remembrance Day poster for 2016 and appear on flyers and posters around the City of Melbourne.

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Highly commended was also awarded to Brodie Ryan.

Congratulations, Emily and Brodie!

A special mention must also go to Natalie Barbazzo in Year 10 (left), who read the poem 'In Flanders Field', to the assembled gathering, at the Shrine.


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.


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.


News from ELC

Block play allows children to plan and design, to imagine and create, to challenge their thinking further. It will also encourage language, social engagement, cooperation and problem-solving, encouraging children to work together towards a common goal.

In the ELC, our children are encouraged to explore their imagination with a variety of block construction materials including natural wooden blocks, loose parts objects and materials that include, tiles, cylinders, fabric, ribbons, stones, ropes and photograph images.

Open-ended play is intrinsic to childhood; children have an impetus to explore and create. When free to experiment with the simplest materials, they find ways to express and develop their thoughts in imaginative play.

The ELC children are busy using their imagination to build complex block structures and elaborate castle and house designs, using loose parts and blocks both indoors and outdoors.

In the ELC3 classroom the children are investigating how to plan and construct buildings using tape measures, rulers, tools, and pencil and paper to plan their design. They have been inspired by their own home renovations, building plans, painting homes, selling homes and moving to a new home. Educators noticed the children planning their design onto paper and cooperatively discussing with friends where to plan a door, bed and seats and how many windows they need for their house design.

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At our morning meeting, we invited family members to join the class to empower the children with a greater understanding of architecture and different structures around the world. Emilia and Clara’s Nono, John, joined us to talk about being an architect. He told us he is “one of the luckiest people alive, because I love my work. Every day it's different and I get to talk and listen to people. All the ideas come from those people and I am able to put the ideas together and show them it in a building form. When the architect has finished talking to the people he draws a picture of how it will look, a pencil sketch. Some can be coloured sketches. Some are done on the computer.” The children observed many photos of house plans and famous architect structures including the Opera House, modern box houses, building incorporating vertical gardens and beach houses. They discussed different wall structures including paper, concrete, wood, brick and mud walls. At the conclusion of the discussion the children sang a new song “build a house” to thank Nono John for visiting. This week, Evanna’s dad will join us to talk about how to build and construct a house and the tools and heavy equipment that is needed.

In the ELC4 classroom, a pendulum was placed in the block area as part of a provocation. Marbles and cardboard rolls and boxes were also added.  Educators had a discussion about the pendulum and how it works. This led onto discussions about forces of pushing and pulling that we can’t see, but we do during times such as swinging on a swing. We looked at a book which showed different ways of pushing and pulling and the children were then inspired to engage in lots of wonderful collaborative play. Here are some of our comments about the pendulum:

Henry: “You let it swing and you aim it”
Roman: “You build the tower and swing the pendulum to knock down the box.”

How do you keep yourself swinging?
Megan: “You push yourself forward with your legs”

What pushes and pulls?
Michael: “Pulling ropes”
Henry: “A slide”
Oliver: “A wrecking ball. To knock down something”
Luca: “A swing”
Eden: “Monkey bars”
Matthew: “The fireman pole. You slide down.”
Henry: “Flying fox”

Alison Lucas
ELC Acting Director


News from Early Years

Grange Hill was a hive of activity this week with Year 2 Gen Camp, a repeat performance of the Shakespeare and Friends Speech and Drama Production, Prep Induction Morning, a Remembrance Day Liturgy, a Mad Hatter’s Tea (Lunch) Party and our very special Grandparents/Special Friends Day.

Friday 6 November proved rather overcast and gloomy weather wise, but that did not deter our Year 2 girls from experiencing the wonders of Gen Camp. Under the expert guidance of Wurundjeri Elder Ian Hunter, the girls discovered native plants found throughout the Genazzano grounds and heard of their healing properties and other uses. Decorating boomerangs proved a particularly exciting activity and it was amazing how quickly the girls mastered the knack of throwing them. Making damper to accompany their lunchtime BBQ and bush tea was a big hit all round.  Mr Hunter was also an amazing storyteller and enthralled the girls with stories of the Dreaming as well as demonstrating the art of didgeridoo playing. Following a delicious afternoon tea, the girls completed a challenging yet exciting treasure hunt organized by Ms Rankin and the Year Four class. A yummy pizza dinner, storytelling with Ms Kalnins and Ms Horgan and a beautiful liturgy attended by many parents completed the day’s events, before 14 very tired girls headed home to tell stories of their Gen Camp events.

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It was exciting to welcome our new Preps for 2016 when they visited on Wednesday 11 November for their first orientation. With the majority of the class either transferring from the ELC or having a sibling currently at Gen, they were very familiar with their surroundings and teachers’ faces. It was no wonder that they took orientation all in their stride and in fact expressed disappointment that they were not actually starting in Prep this week. We look forward to welcoming all our new students on Wednesday 18 November for our Prep to Year 4 orientation morning.

Wednesday also saw the Prep-4 students gather in the Grange Hill Hall for a poignant Remembrance Day liturgy. A minute’s silence at 11.00am was broken only by the sound of the military flyover overhead as it headed to the Shrine of Remembrance, recently visited by our Year 3 students.

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Two hours later, saw the girls coming together again, this time to celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s delightful ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Lunch consisted of a Mad Hatter’s Tea (Lunch) Party complete with teapots galore in the Dr Judith Elizabeth Paphazy early Learning Resource Centre. Well done to Mrs Farrell and Mrs Gebus for organising the fantastic fun event and ensuring that all the students had exquisite hats to wear for the occasion.

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Thursday 12 November saw lots of excitement as we welcomed our special guests – our grandparent and special friends. The girls delighted their visitors by showing off their classroom and proudly displaying their work. Following a beautiful liturgy the special guests were entertained further by the girls with songs, poetry and stories before enjoying a delicious morning tea and being presented with the much-coveted Gen Biscuits!

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Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 18 November

P-4 Transition Morning

Thursday 19 November

Twilight Sports

Friday 20 November

Student Free Day

Monday 23 November

Year 3 and 4 Excursion to the Aquarium

Thursday 26 November

Year 5 Genazzano/Xavier Debating

Friday 27 November

P-4 Assembly

Friday 27 November

Swimming Carnival

Tuesday 1 December

Closing Eucharist at St Patrick’s Cathedral

Thursday 3 December

P-4 End of Year Outing to Latitude and Hayes Paddock

Friday 4 December

Term 4 ends for students

Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Our Year 6 Canberra Trip!

On our trip to Canberra we learnt much about our capital city and its government. But just as importantly, we also learnt so much about dealing with many challenging situations. The following statements describe important things that the girls in 6A have learnt about themselves whilst on camp:

“I learnt how strong I could be when I’m not at home. I found some things challenging in my cabin.”

“I co-operated with my friends, went a week without my family and helped my friends who were homesick.”

“I co-operated well with others in activities and found that I got to know others a lot better.”

“After a couple of nights in Canberra, I felt proud of myself because I didn’t get home sick but I could not have survived without the support of my friends and the teachers.”

“On the day we were about to get on the bus I was really worried about the bus trip because I get really bus sick.”

“I thought I got to know myself in a whole different way. I had entered a world of independence.”

“I learnt that I could cope with others and support my friends.”

“I learnt that hard situations always end and that time never slows down for anything or anyone.”

“Something I discovered about myself was that I could help and be there for my friends.”

“I can adapt to situations well. I am good at sharing things and I also noticed how much I care about others feelings and their general well being.”

“I learnt that I am good at using money wisely.”

“I have become more independent, co-operating with others, supporting my peers and being resilient.”

“In Canberra I learnt so much, particularly about myself.”

“I learnt how to co-operate with others. I learnt how I am good at compromising and coming up with solutions for others.”

“On my recent trip to Canberra, I learnt a lot about myself and coping when everyone is tired and emotional.”

“I learnt that I was capable of many things such as staying organised, getting up earlier than usual and eating what I was given.”

“On my recent trip to Canberra, I learnt a lot about myself such as being independent, co-operating with cabin mates and eating different foods.”

“We laughed and we cried for the silliest reasons!”

Year 6A


Careers News

Year 10 Work Experience 2016

In 2016, work experience will be held from 17 to 21 October 2016. All current Year 9 students are encouraged to start organising their placement for next year and approaching potential employers. Work experience arrangement forms will be due to the Careers Office on the last day of Term 1, Wednesday 23 March 2016, 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 9 Career Development Immersion Week

All Year 9 students will participate in the Career Development Immersion Week from 23 to 27 November, where they will prepare for the world of work. Some of the sessions will cover: interview preparation and mock interviews, financial information, research and preparation for work experience, what employers want, your online profile (how social media can be seen by employers), bullying and discrimination in the workplace and how to get your dream job. There will also be guest presenters outlining their own career journey and how important it is to embrace change, follow your heart, access your allies and enjoy the journey on the way!

Year 12 Change of Preference

Year 12’s will receive their ATARs on Monday 14 December. To ensure they are prepared, we will run a change of preference session. All Year 12 students are invited to the Wardell Theatre at 10.30 am 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 12 Preferences and Offers

All Year 12 students will be able to change their preferences once the ATAR has been released on Monday 14 December. They can add, remove or change the order as required. (Please note: they cannot add a course that needed an audition, folio, UMAT result or other additional pre-selection requirement.) If students need help with changing preferences they are welcome to email or call me during Change of Preference week from Monday 14 to Friday 18 December at 12.00pm. Offers come out on 18 January. Students need to follow the instructions received with their offer on enrolling or deferring. If your daughter does not plan to defer, she must enrol in whatever course she has received and hope that a course higher on her preference list comes up in the second round. Very few get a second round offer and it cannot be relied upon. Students can change their preferences once their offer has been received – but again make sure the offer is accepted and enrolment takes place ASAP.

Federal Government Labour Market Information Portal

The Labour Market Information Portal provides up-to-date information about the labour market. It provides information at the national, state and regional level on: unemployment and participation rates; employment by industry and occupation; Centrelink and Job Services Australia customer populations. All data are presented with maps and can be viewed as charts or tables.  If you are interested in this information about our labour market, go to the Labour Market website.

Great Website for Career Exploration

Wirl Careers is a great website for students to explore their interests with a range of helpful information including a quiz, videos and course information. Go to and login using:

User name: genazzanoc
Password: test01

Judy O'Donohue
Careers Advisor


Creative Arts News

'Reflections' 2015 Graduate Art Show

The Creative Arts Department was pleased to showcase the talents of our VCE girls in our Graduate Art Show, 'Reflections'. The opening night was a huge success and saw many guests having the opportunity to view folios and final pieces from Units 3 and 4 in Art, Studio Arts, Product Design Technology, Media and Visual Communication Design.

We also had the opportunity to thank in an official capacity the College Principal Mrs Patricia Cowling for her 15 years of amazing support she has given to the faculty and creative arts students. She was presented with a book that captured student work from her 15 years at the helm; and also a beautiful portrait of Mrs Cowling, painted by Shirley Silverstein. 

The 2015 student work was highly regarded by the many visitors who saw the exhibition and many were overwhelmed by the diversity of skills, techniques and themes of the work. The very high standard of work was curated effectively by the art technicians who spent many hours mounting, displaying and preparing the space.

We wish our graduates well as they journey beyond the gates of Genazzano in whatever field they choose to pursue.

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader Creative Arts


Drama News

The Drama Department has had a very busy term. We farewelled the VCE Theatre studies class, who performed their stagecraft examination after many weeks of careful preparation. This year there were various students who chose the option of presenting a stagecraft pitch over a dramatic performance and we saw some amazing costume, prop and set designs. The performances were of an excellent standard with characters ranging from colonial Australian women to Shakespearean heroines and heroes! We wish the students well for their future pursuits in the Performing Arts.

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The Silver Sword

The Year 9 Page to stage students are in final rehearsals for their performance of The Silver Sword. The students participated in a specialist lighting workshop with Tom Willis, professional lighting designer, and they are busy finalising sound design, rehearsing songs and dances and refining their performances. Come along to see this children's classic, by Iain Serallier, be bought to life by the students, who have brought their particular vision to this production.

Book online or go to

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Charlotte’s Web The Musical

The Year 5 and 6 production of Charlotte’s Web is also in its final rehearsal stages and there is a buzz of activity around the designing and coordinating of the production. The Gen Production students have been busy trialling make-up and practising their stewarding cues, while the Year 11 Product Design students have been adding the finishing touches to their amazing costumes. Thank you to all staff and students involved in this wonderful collaboration. Get your tickets soon as the production is selling out!

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FOPA @ Gen

The Friends of The Performing Arts Group @ Gen has had a fabulous commencement with the wonderful assistance of Year 5 and 6 parents, who have donated their time and expertise to assist the costuming for Charlotte’s Web. The Green Room of the Wardell became a hive of activity at our working bees as the wonderful Arlene Hickey and Michelle Wheeler our Drama Production Assistant, coordinated a talented group of mums to produce some truly beautiful costumes. The Drama Department sincerely thanks Arlene, together with Bernadine Fernandopulle, Daniela Dona, Nic MacIsaac, Danielle Corelli, Fiona Tossolini, Bronwen Dennis, Sonia Cappellazzo and Mary-Anne Spencer along with all parents who have sourced costume elements for the performance.

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The Drama Department is also counting on the valuable assistance of Caitlin Petereit who is FOPA’s first Alumni Assistant Director. Caitlin is studying a production course this year and will be able to include the experience of following a production process through from start to finish into her portfolio. Other Alumni interested in upcoming opportunities are encouraged to enquire with our Production Assistant Michelle Wheeler at

Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama


Faith and Mission News

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Christmas Hampers for St Vincent de Paul

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. Below is a photo of the Christmas Hamper completed by homeroom Douglas 1.

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Classes from Prep to Year 8 have now begun collecting goods for hampers.

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.

The St Vincent de Paul Co-Curricular Group

FIRE Carrier Meeting with Sr. Veronica OSB.

The Year 9 FIRE Carriers met with Sr Veronica Willaway at all Hallows. Sister Veronica shared her story and spoke about her life at St. Joseph’s orphanage. Being very young and living next door to the orphanage she could hear the children playing and laughing and so, with her mother’s permission, joined the orphanage with her little sister in tow and commenced her journey under the care of the Spanish Benedictine Missionary Sisters at the age of six.

In 1958, Sr Veronica joined the Benedictine Missionary Sisters of New Norcia. Most of Sr Veronica’s early religious life was spent at New Norcia, working in St Joseph’s Orphanage, which later became a school. The Benedictine Sisters of New Norcia had decided to return to Spain and had invited her to join them. “It was a moment of confusion for me, yet somehow, in the midst of this period of uncertainty, I felt a call to follow my vocation and go to Spain”, said Sister Veronica. The challenge was teaching young children who did not understand English and she did not speak Spanish! Her trip was only overshadowed by a growing sense of homesickness and realisation at how far away her family would now be. Sister Veronica returned to Kalumburu Mission in the north of Western Australia until 1982 and then, after spending some time in Nebraska with her order, she returned home to Kalumburu again in October 2014.

For Sister Veronica this latest trip home has reinforced her deep need to be connected to her land and home. The meaning of country, identity, family, culture and spirituality have become more important to her as she has gotten older. Each time she visits her home it reinforces her strong sense of identity with her country and family and enriches her deep sense of spirituality.

Sister Veronica was keen to learn about the FIRE Carrier Program as this program does not exist in Western Australia. She encouraged and praised the FIRE carriers for their enthusiasm and initiative in being part of such a vibrant program.

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AIME Program

On Thursday afternoons, students from Monash University come to Genazzano to offer one to one tutoring to our Aboriginal students. This tutoring program is a component of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), which operates Australia wide.  This excellent program allows our students to receive support and develop sound study skills in a happy learning environment.

We are grateful to the staff at AIME and Monash University for their ongoing support for our students.


Marea Lanki
Liaison Officer: Aboriginal Programs and Students


Information and eLearning News

The following are the device specifications for 2016 for Year 7 students and above. If purchasing a device for your daughter at a retailer take along these specifications to assist with your purchase.

If you have any questions regarding the BYOD program at Genazzano please call Nathan Hutchings, Director of Information and eLearning Technologies on 8862 1261 or email 

College Device Specifications

  • Windows 7 and above or Mac OS10.8 onward
  • Local Admin access to the device required
  • Office 2010 or later for either Mac or Windows
  • Current Anti-Virus
  • Google Chrome Web browser
  • CPU - 64 Bit processor (Multicore Processor), atom processors are not recommended
  • 4 Gig RAM
  • 200 Gig Hard Drive
  • 802.11 N Wireless
  • Physical Keyboard (no iPads)

It is recommended that a student device needs to have adequate battery life for all day use. In addition anti-virus protection is required to be installed on both Mac and Windows devices. Please note that devices are required to have the capacity to run Microsoft Office. Students who wish to pursue studies in visual arts and media may need additional hard drive space and faster CPUs to run digital imaging and 3D rendering programs. A carry case or protective sleeve is also recommended.

Nathan Hutchings
Director of Information and eLearning Technologies


Library News

Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

The Genazzano Library celebrated this impressive milestone for this classic of English literature on the 11 November with two wonderful tea parties.

In the d’Houet Library, around 50 girls attended this event and each either wore a hat or provided a riddle for the party. Our special guest Mrs Patricia Cowling ably entertained the audience with a reading of The Jabberwocky and special tea party food was served.  Eight girls were chosen to read their riddles to the group and they received book prizes as a reward.

At Grange Hill, all students from Prep to Year 4 participated in a wonderful tea party at which they wore extra special hats they had made in library classes. Jelly was served and riddles were shared. 

Everyone had a wonderful time!

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Susan La Marca
Head of Library and Information Services


Science News

The Science Faculty has excess stick insects

Science Faculty has a collection of stick insects and these have very successfully reproduced over the year, and now we have an excess of ‘Strong’ stick insects (Anchiale briareus). We would be happy to give some of these away to students or staff. Written set of care instructions will be provided with each container of about 12 baby insects.

At the moment they are very small (1cm) but will grow to about 15 – 20 cm long. This species of stick insects are very hardy. Juveniles are a bright green and adults brown. Females are larger than the males and both sexes when adult can fly short distances. They feed readily on eucalypts (gum) and acacia (wattle) leaves and require an enclosure of minimum size 40cm tall x 30cm x 35cm and room temperature of 16 to 28 deg C.

If you would like to collect some baby stick insects, please contact Ms Karen McCoy (Laboratory Manager) by calling 8862 1270, or email to arrange a time.  The Science Staff Office is located on the second floor of the d’Houet Building Room 220.

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Karen McCoy
Labratory Manager


Sports News

Water Polo

On Wednesday 11 November, students from Years 5 and 6 competed in a Water Polo Invitational Tournament held at Lauriston. It was the second year Genazzano girls at their year level have been able to compete in such a tournament, and gave them a glimpse at a game they may play at GSV level next year.

The interest to participate in this new event was overwhelming as over 50 girls across Year 5 and 6 nominated to take part. From two try-out sessions near the end of Term 3, 26 girls were selected for the squad to make up two teams of 13 players. Catching one-handed and not jumping up at the shallow end were some of the many skills and rules the girls needed to master.

The two teams learnt much during their five round robin games, beginning with a clash against each other! Hopefully, Genazzano’s Junior GSV Water Polo team for 2016 will include many of these girls who have now tasted the fun, intensity and physical nature of this Olympic sport. Many thanks go to coaches Benjamin Zanin, Stephanie Gleeson and Mr Daly for supporting the girls during their preparation and on the day.

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The Hawthorn Hockey Club is running a Spring HookIn2Hockey @ Hawthorn program for Under 8’s.

Who: Anyone interested in playing hockey. New friends are welcome – you don’t need to have played at Hawthorn this year.
Aims: Have FUN & Improve your hockey skills
When: Saturday mornings, 9.00am-10.00am, 14, 21 and 28 November
Where: Hawthorn Hockey Club, 482 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East
Cost: $40 per child.
Head Coach: Corey Blake will be the head coach for this program.

Mouthguards are compulsory!!

Email the HookIn2Hockey@Hawthorn Co-ordinator or visit the Hawthorn Hockey Club website for more information.

Notre Dame de France FCJ, Paris

In Term 1 2016, 34 students from our sister school Notre Dame de France FCJ, Paris will again be visiting us at Genazzano. Students from the 2015 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 10-12 nights during their time in Melbourne. Please contact Mr Wesson for further information.

The International Sporting Tour, in particular, 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.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

All Schools Track and Field Championships

Over the 6-8 November, eight Gen students participated in the 2015 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships. The weekend ended with several girls medalling and qualifying for Nationals in both December and March. All girls who competed are to be warmly congratulated and encouraged to continue to pursue their love of Track and Field.

Overall it was an extremely successful few days and one that reflected all the hard work that each of these girls had put in prior to the event.  We would also like to thank all the coaches and teachers who assisted in the preparation and performance of all the girls for their ongoing support.

We congratulate the following students:

Molly McCathy, Year 8B

  • 2nd in 1500m, U14
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Joanna O'Connell, Year 8B

  • 5th in triple jump and 100m, U15
  • 7th in long jump

Charlotte Kennedy, Year 10 Stock

  • 3rd in shotput, U16
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Eliza O'Donnell, Year 9 Gerda

  • Qualified for 100m U16 final (unfortunately false started)
  • 12th in 200m

Sylvie Bischof, Year 10 Corry

  • 12th in 100m, U16
  • 8th in triple jump
  • 11th in long jump
  • 13th in 200m

Anna Bush, Year 10 Stock

  • 1st in triple jump, U17
  • 2nd in long jump and 100m hurdles
  • 4th in 100m
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Sam O'Connell, Year 10 Corry

  • 7th in 100m, U17
  • 5th in 100m hurdles

Kaitlin Barr, Year 11 Douglas

  • 2nd in 2000m steeplechase, U18
  • 6th in 800m
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Lize Straford and Kaitlin Barr
Sport Prefects

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

Tuesday 26 January

Australia Day

Wednesday 27 January

All teachers and Category B School Officers return

Friday 29 January

All students return for induction

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 exams and assessments are now upon our senior Gen girls, and we wish you all the very best at this time. For the entire College we are fast approaching the final weeks of Term 4, and for all families the sight of the Christmas festive season and, hopefully, looking forward to a bit of a break for us all over summer!

Recent activity in the GFA has included:

  • GFA Wine Appreciation evening, held on Friday 30 October – 60+ dads, mums and friends turned up for a fantastic evening of food and wine. There was dancing, singing and a whole lot of laughter from all, including the talented College representatives on he night. BIG thanks to Stan Gawel, to Mike Lescai for his MC efforts, and the dedicated wine committee (Julian Di Battista, Peter Grounds, Bernie Hunt, Christopher Jones, David Jones, Jordan Papadopoulos and Nicholas Psyhogios) for making this a great success!
  • GFA Year 5 & 6 Ten-pin bowling and laser skirmish on 8 November – 40 dads and daughters got fired up for an action-packed afternoon of bowling and laser skirmish at Forest Hill AMF – a great afternoon of fun was had by all dads, spending quality time with their Yr 5-6 girls and other Gen dads.
  • Our final GFA Meeting for 2015 and GFA Feature presentation was held on 11 November  – This week we held our final GFA Meeting for 2015, rounding off the year that was and setting our sights for 2016. This was followed by a special presentation by Judy Crigan from the College Performance Psychology Centre, who spoke on ‘Cultivating a growth mindset- what Fathers can do’. 45 dads representing students from ELC right through to Year 12 attended the presentation, and without a doubt came away with a better understanding of the important role and influence fathers have in, and what we can do to nurture, the growth and development of our girls.
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Did you know that the GFA has a magnificent selection of wines available to order? Our premium bubbly, reds and whites have been vineyard-selected by our resident wine professional Stan Gawel, and would easily fetch twice the price at your local wine shop! Even better news, is that $50 from every dozen sold goes straight into the GFA to be used for the next GFA project! So don’t get caught out during the Spring Carnival and the Festive Season ahead, get in there and support the GFA. See our wines and place an order online.

Finally, don't miss the GFA Thank You BBQ will be held this evening, 13 November from 6.00pm. Drop in anytime and stay for as long as you like. This is 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.

There is no doubt the GFA has enjoyed another sensational year – and this could not have been possible without the involvement and support of our strong and vibrant community of GFA Dads, who again, we need to get on board and help run our GFA events for 2016...

Remember, it’s all about our girls! Drop me an email or give me a call – I look forward in 2016 to the many opportunities for us to create special moments to be shared with our daughters as they continue their journey, and along with other Gen dads and the College, make a real difference for our girls.

Rob Bischof
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association


News from the GMA

Our GMA Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 9 November in the boardroom. I am very pleased to announce the GMA executive committee members elected for 2016:

President: Carmel Greer
Vice President Early Years: Jean Losinno
Vice President Middle Years: Jacqui Pirone
Vice President Later Years: Johanna Nesbitt
Secretary: Carmel Carrazzo
Assistant Secretary: Libby Meaden
Treasurer: Volunteer Required          

I also congratulate and thank the mothers who have volunteered for the various coordinator roles for 2016:

Class Rep Coordinator Early Years: Volunteer Required
Class Rep Coordinator Middle Years: Lisa Laird
Class Rep Coordinator Later Years: Sonya Morrissey
Trybooking: Josephine Lee and another Volunteer Required
Care Group: Angeline Donoghue
Second Hand Book Sale: Gilda Riccio with Maddy Galgano & Marisa De Maria
Victorian Parents Council: Helen Fox and Jacqui Pirone
Dinner Dance Co Chairs: Johanna Nesbitt and Bozena Zembrzuski
GenSpace: Volunteer Required

At the AGM, I summarised the year’s activities, thanked the current committee and, after our Treasurer Lisa Scully’s report, presented a cheque for $80,000 to the College, representing our fundraising efforts for the year. We then enjoyed a lovely lunch in the boardroom. Thanks to those who joined us particularly Patricia Cowling, Sister Maryrose Dennehy FcJ, Lila McInerney,and Linda Sprott.

I warmly and sincerely thank our 2015 committee for their individual contributions to the GMA and their personal support of me in my role as president: VP Early Years, Clare Hughes; VP Middle Years, Karen King; VP Later Years, Cathy Frawley; Secretary, Jenny Moscatelli; Assistant Secretary, Marie-Anne Fitt; and Treasurer, Lisa Scully.

Many thanks also to the major coordinators who have worked so hard this year: Class Rep Coordinator Early Years, Adriana Bianco; Class Rep Coordinator Middle Years, Libby Meaden; Class Rep Coordinator Later Years, Sonya Morrissey; Trybooking, Susan Koay and Josephine Lee; Care Group, Angeline Donoghue and Carmel Greer; Second Hand Book Sale, Gilda Riccio; Victorian Parents Council, Helen Fox; Ball Chair, Johanna Nesbitt.

Finally and importantly, over 70 class representatives organised year level social events from ELC to Year 12. We enjoyed a range of social activities from morning teas to dinners. I thank each of them for their fabulous and invaluable contribution. If you would like to be a class rep next year, please contact Jenny Moscatelli at

Save the Dates for Term 4

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
8 Moonbria Ave, Kew

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 – helpers required

Saturday 28 November


Prep Xmas event

Second Hand Book Sale

Information on the second hand book sale is available via this flyer.

Debbie O'Halloran
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


Community News

Timor Trivia Night

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Come along to our Timor Trivia Night, to raise funds for our sister school, Buighiera.

You are invited to the Timor Trivia Night on Friday 27 November. We are raising funds, in the hope to rebuild and improve the learning environment in our sister school, Buighiera.

There will be trivia, silent auctions, a raffle and entertainment!

Details are below. There are 10 people to a table and tickets are only $15. BYO food and drink. Some sweets will be provided.

If you are unable to attend, donations are gratefully accepted via the booking link below.

Date: Friday 27 November
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: Centenary Hall, Genazzano FCJ College, 301 Cotham Rd, Kew
Cost: $15
RSVP: Click here to book, or go to

OLGC Tennis Movie Night

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Supporting Neale Daniher and The Cure MND Foundation

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Venue: Palace Balwyn Cinemas
Date: Sunday 22 November, 4pm
Price: $30 per head (all profits to MND)

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!