Newsletter - Edition 17-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Many of you will know that St Francis Church Lonsdale Street is one of the most beloved churches in Melbourne. Each week, its 11.00am Sunday Mass celebrates a beautiful liturgy full of sublime music and thought-provoking homilies. Last Sunday, our College Senior Chamber Choir joined with the Xavier College Choir and the St Francis Church Choir to create the prayerful music that accompanied the Mass. The choirs contributed to the very reflective and contemplative atmosphere of prayer and thanksgiving. The final piece of music invited us to pray for our loved ones and to reflect upon God’s presence in our lives. It was indeed a spiritual delight to attend this Mass with our girls.

This week began with the commemoration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. It was lovely to join our Year 9 students for the All Souls Day Eucharist at All Hallows Church on Wednesday morning. Our students took all the reading and serving roles in the Mass. On this coming Sunday, I extend an invitation to all our families to join us in the College Chapel for the Alumnae Memorial Mass at 10.00am, followed by lunch and then an opportunity to view the Graduate Visual Arts Exhibition.

This final term continues to be a very productive one and with only five weeks until our students finish for 2016 there is still much to be accomplished. The VCAA examinations are progressing smoothly and our students seem to be coping positively with the challenges they present. The VCAA examinations conclude on Friday 18 November, and on that evening, we will celebrate with the Class of 2016 and their families at the Valedictory Ball. During the first examination, English, many of our parents, grandparents and friends attended a Mass in the College Chapel to pray for all students undergoing the VCAA examination period. We all appreciated the words shared by Fr Brendan Reed and the opportunity to take some quiet time to pray for our girls in this important examination period.

Our Year 9, 10 and 11 students will begin their final examinations on Tuesday 15 November and are working diligently to conclude each of their studies to the best of their ability. Many of our Year 11 students have also completed an examination for the Year 12 subject they studied this year. It is pleasing to witness how well our Year 11 students have coped with this academic challenge. They seem very focused and determined to do their best.

The last fortnight has showcased the talents of our youngest students with our Prep to Year 4 Production, ‘A Spring Afternoon of Poetry, Shakespeare and Song’. The production demonstrated the confidence and performance skills that the girls have been developing over the past year. Each girl’s talent shone as she delivered her part with expression and self-assurance. We also gathered on a warm and windy afternoon for the annual Early Years Twilight Athletics Carnival. I extend my thanks to all families who watched and cheered from the side lines as the girls sprinted past the finish line, jumped long and high into the sand pit and threw the vortex with accuracy and distance. It was fantastic to see the girls encourage and congratulate each other. In addition to these two big events, we also had an Early Years Assembly beautifully hosted by Year Prep and Year 1 students.

Our Year 9 students successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Adventurous Journey last week. Navigating the challenging weather conditions, our students demonstrated resilience and determination as they completed a successful and challenging journey.

Year 6 students recently returned from their week in Canberra. It was an exceptional learning experience for the girls and on all accounts they embraced every moment. The Federal Member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg MP, went out of his way to host our students at Parliament House. The Year 6 girls represented the College superbly, asking intelligent questions and displaying exceptional manners at all times. They were also stopped by members of the public praising them on their presentation. One woman commented that they were the best-dressed school she has ever seen!

Our Year 10 students have just completed a week of work experience. This provides the girls with an important opportunity to experience the world of work as they refine their career aspirations and begin consideration of their chosen field. Our Careers Advisor, Mrs Judy O’Donohue, reported that many organizations requested that we send more Genazzano students their way because of the outstanding skills and manner they bring to the workforce.

Over the last few weeks, the College transition team has been visiting the primary schools of girls who will be Genazzano students next year. Personally, it has been a delight to visit five of our local Catholic Primary schools to speak with the girls who are joining us in Year 5 and Year 7 next year. Our future students have impressed me by the manner in which they have welcomed me to their primary school. They are all looking forward to beginning their learning journey as ‘Gen Girls’ next year. In total, our transition team will visit 60 primary schools to meet the students who will join us in 2017.

We recently conducted a series of year level assemblies to present student leadership badges to our next team of leaders for 2017. I was welcomed at the Year 5 and 6, Year 7 and 8, Year 9 and Year 10 and 11 assemblies to present the leadership badges to our students who have taken on the roles of Social Justice Representative, SRC, Sustainability Representative and Co-curricular Captains. Earlier this term, each year level selected students from their peers to take on these leadership roles for the coming year and I look forward to working with them in their respective capacities. Our student leaders have been valuable voices on various College committees and working parties to reinforce our commitment to student voice at the College.

As described above and in this newsletter, you can see that the College encourages a rich variety of wonderful learning opportunities for our girls. I know all our students thrive on your encouragement and interest and so I am grateful for your continued support.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

This week we celebrated two of our Church’s important Feast Days: All Saints Day (1 November) and All Souls Day (2 November). Of course, it is also time for Halloween, which seems to have morphed into an excuse for children to eat lollies, and the less said about that the better! Each Homeroom celebrated All Souls Day with a specially prepared morning prayer.

Prayer for the dead has been part of Catholic belief and practice for hundreds of years, as the belief that those who have died are with God is fundamental to our faith. All Souls Day, in particular, provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our own mortality, and perhaps in light of this to bring our relationships and achievements over that past year into sharp relief.

The really powerful thing about both Feast Days is that they remind us how important memory is. Memory is integral to religious experience. In Jewish culture, the memory of the Passover is brought alive in the annual celebrations. In our celebration of the Eucharist we remember Jesus’ sacrifice, and in the memory, Jesus becomes truly present amongst us.

Death is never easy for family and friends, but when it is shared, the burden of grief becomes a little lighter to bear. The Jews often refer to someone who has died as being, “of blessed memory”, which is a beautiful way of summarising how powerful our memories of the dead can and should be.

We pray especially at this difficult time for the family of Mr Frank Paoli, father of Mikaila Paoli (Year 12) at his sudden loss last weekend. May he rest in peace.

Your prayers are also invited for:

  • Carlos Ximenes, father of Fr Manuel Ximenes SDB, a priest in Timor Leste, who has been a generous host of the Genazzano girls and staff when they have travelled in Timor Leste in recent years
  • Elizabeth Owen, grandmother of Olivia Owen (Year 11) and Georgina Owen (Class of 2013)
  • Carmel Rogers, mother-in-law of Paula Russell, Genazzano staff member.

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


Lord, Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life: 
You consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn, and dry the tears of those who weep. 
You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow. 
You raised the dead to life; give eternal life to those who have died. 
You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring to those who have died the joys of heaven. 
Comfort us in our sorrows during times of grief; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care upon you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God, look with pity upon the sorrows of your servants for whom we pray. Remember them, Lord, in mercy; nourish them with patience; comfort them with a sense of your goodness; lift up your countenance upon them; and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


News from ELC

The ELC garden to plate learning program is thriving. Mr McGregor’s garden has an abundance of produce growing, including swede, beetroot, silver beet, carrots, turnips, leeks, strawberries and plenty of mint. Our keen gardeners noticed the swede, turnips and carrots lifting from the soil and were delighted to pull out the produce that was growing and to discover the curly carrots, and large round turnips and swedes. The educators discussed what could we do with the produce and the children decided they wanted to cook the produce and make something tasty. The ELC4 children made silverbeet dip with carrot, swede and turnip sticks and the ELC3 children made silverbeet muffins. Our cooks assisted to chop, stir, and add all the ingredients, and voted on the taste with most evaluating the cooking as delicious and yummy.

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Alison Lucas
Director, Early Learning Centre


News from Early Years

The Early Years students at Grange Hill have had various learning experiences over the past two weeks, ranging from Twilight Sport to Drama Productions to a Mandarin incursion.

Tuesday 25 October saw the annual Twilight Sports event organized by Mr Adrian Daly and the PE Department take place in ideal weather conditions, albeit a little windy. The students enjoyed a range of running and novelty races, such as a hoola hoop relay and a tunnel ball twist, while the older students took part in a long jump and a vortex throwing event.


The following morning it was Prep and Year 1 students who led Assembly, with the focus on poetry. With the timely arrival of the Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates the day before, it was the ideal opportunity to present them to those students who had successfully completed the challenge. Mrs Sarndra Kennerly and netball coaches, Madison Duffy and Lily Matthews presented netball trophies to several Year 4 students. The Prep to Year 4 Assembly will be held on Wednesday 30 November.


The Montagner Auditorium was also the venue on Thursday for the Prep to Year 4 speech and drama performance. Congratulations to Mrs Tanya Salinas Byrne and her team for an outstanding performance by the students. Ranging from Shakespeare to Blake the evening proved both delightful and entertaining.


Wednesday 2 November saw Grange Hill transform into a sea of red and yellow paper fans and parasols as the students enjoyed a Mandarin incursion. With dim sims and spring rolls on offer, the girls had to first use their Mandarin skills to place an order. A documentary about China and the Chinese culture rounded off the afternoon.

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Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 6 Canberra Trip

The Year 6 students have returned from their educational tour of the national capital. The students participated in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. 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. As such, the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program.

Bridget Greer and Elle Gleeson (Year 6C) have written a detailed account of the week:

On 17 October 2016, the Year 6s flew to Canberra. Our Humanities work culminated in a hands-on experience of our national capital and the work of Parliament. Once we arrived, we drove to our fabulous accommodation, the Ibis Styles Resort. We grabbed a quick sandwich and left for Old Parliament House where we learned about our democratic right to vote and the preferential voting system

The next morning, we woke at 7.00am, ate our breakfast and split into two groups, the first heading to the National Archives and the other to the Royal Australian Mint. Both groups then swapped over and regrouped to go to Parliament House where we met the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, the member for Kooyong.

On Wednesday, we went to the AIS where we saw athletes train and tried sports on our own. We then went to the National Gallery, National Museum and Questacon where many of us bravely tried the free-fall.

On Thursday, we travelled to the Australian War Memorial where we spoke with a Vietnam veteran and took part in a special wreath laying ceremony on the tomb of the unknown soldier. We were told of many strange but true stories of war and spent some time looking for names of relatives on the Roll of Honour.

We then moved on to Old Parliament House where we took part in an interactive activity in the museum and sat in the seats of the Senate and House of Representatives. The High Court of Australia was our next place to visit, where we learned about the purpose of the court and the types of cases heard there. To finish our great week, we travelled to Mount Ainslie Lookout where we took in an amazing view of Canberra and the places we had been.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, so on Friday morning we packed our bags and headed to the airport to return back home to Melbourne. An unforgettable experience!

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Mark Mudge
Year 5/6 Team Leader


Languages News

The Franco Schiavoni Memorial Foundation Scholarship Trust 2017

If your daughter was a student who studied VCE Units 3&4 Italian this year and you would like to apply for the ‘The Franco Schiavoni Memorial Foundation Scholarship’ (FSMF), please contact me:

There will be three awards to the value of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 awarded in the second half of 2017, whilst the student is studying at a tertiary institution. The closing date is 30 November 2016.

For further information, contact either myself or Mr Ferdinando Butera at the FSMF via:

Adam Bianco
Curriculum Leader: Languages


Music News

Ensembles Concert

Congratulations to all the ensembles who participated in the Ensembles Concert last Wednesday 26 October. It was lovely to see how well the students performed and the array of music that was well presented. Thank you to all the ensemble leaders for their guidance throughout the year.

The following ensembles participated:

  • Junior Saxophone Ensemble
  • Guitar and Bass Ensemble                           
  • Contemporary Guitar Ensemble                    
  • Contemporary Guitar Ensemble with Contemporary Voice Ensemble     
  • Intermediate Flute Ensemble                    
  • Chamber Flute Ensemble                          
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Middle School Brass Ensemble
  • Senior Flute Quartet                                  
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Chamber Wind Quartet
  • Gen Band                                                           
  • Concert Band                                                    
  • Symphonic Band
  • Big Band                                                              

St Francis Mass

Members of the Senior Chamber Choir participated in the Requiem Mass by Gabriel Fauré last Sunday 30 October at St Francis Church in Lonsdale Street. Together with members of the St Francis Church Orchestra and a selection of the Xavier College choir, they performed beautifully. The following students sang at Mass:

  • Emma Chan (Year 10)
  • Samantha Cook (Year 10)
  • Annalise Donohue (Year 10)
  • Eden Glover (Year 11)
  • Julia Revere (Year 11)
  • Allegra Salinas-Byrne (Year 11)
  • Mia Schlicht (Year 10)
  • Petra Suric (Year 10)
  • Christina Wilson (Year 10)
  • Alice Whelan (Year 10)

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music

Concerto Concert

On Thursday 13 October, an enthusiastic audience of parents, family members and students were presented with a feast of wonderful music by some of the College’s senior music students.

A varied and interesting program gave the audience a glimpse of some of history’s most notable composers, with the students tackling the technical and musical challenges of each work with aplomb. The weaving of a wonderfully rich and colourful musical tapestry was assured from the onset.

The students were also privileged to be accompanied by a small professional chamber orchestra, formed especially for this concert.

The evening commenced with Judith Park (Year 10) and Stella Shi (Year 10) performing a two flute version of Sarasate’s Navarra (Spanish Dance). The impressive facility and execution from the performers were evident, as was their beautiful interpretation of the Hispanic idiom.

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Emma Chan (Year 10) then presented a spirited and musically sincere performance of Accolay’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor.

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Jessica Ting (Year 12) presented a gorgeous Concerto for Flute in D major by Carl Reinecke, with an exceptional display of artistry and technical assurance.

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Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, a rich and noble work, was performed by Claudia Kuner (Year 11) and she presented a very satisfying performance that brought out the broad and lyrical lines of the composition.

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The College’s 2016 Music Prefect, Jacinta Ryan (Year 12), was the final performer of the evening with a rendition of Saint-Saens Concerto for Violin No. 3. Writer George Bernard Shaw once praised this work for its “poetic atmosphere, compelling melodiousness and technical brilliance" and Jacinta certainly captivated the audience with her technical skill and musical prowess.

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The scores of hours that the students have personally committed to learn these challenging works is significant. These students have had a profound musical experience that will remain with them for years to come and it has been a rare opportunity for them to learn, interact and perform with professional musicians through live performance.

The last item of the concert was the Genazzano Symphony Orchestra, performing two movements from Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

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Chris Kopke
Head of Strings


Careers News

Year 12 Change of Preferences Dates and Information Sessions

VTAC will close Change of Preferences from 4.00pm on 8 November until 10.00am on 21 November. It will then remain open until 12.00pm on 20 December. Students in Year 12 will have an opportunity to change their preferences once they have received their ATAR on Monday 12 December. As long as there were no extra requirements prior to that, and students have the correct pre-requisites subjects and study scores, courses can be added, removed or the order changed.

All universities host special sessions during the Change of Preference week (12-16 December) for students to visit, call or email. For example, there is an online session at the University of Melbourne on 15 December for regional students. Travel bursaries are available for regional students who wish to travel to the Information Day on 14 December. For more information, visit their website. Details of all Change of Preference sessions have been emailed to students. The Career Development office will be open from 8.30am on Monday 12 December until 4.30pm on Friday 16 December. Please note the office will be closed on Tuesday 13 December.

Year 9 Career Session Financially Independent Teenagers (FIT)

On Thursday 25 October, all Year 9 students learned about the world of finance and what they need to do to become financially literate. Topics covered savings, superannuation, taxation, stocks and shares, spending, credit and debit cards and they were given some great advice about where to get more from websites such as the ATO and ASIC (MoneySmart). Students completed a booklet and wrote down the best way to work towards their financial goals, whilst being reminded about the importance of giving to others. The feedback from students was very positive.

Monash University Engineering Exhibition: Thursday 24 November and/or Thursday 1 December

Monash University is running a ‘Future Finders’ exhibition, in celebration of their engineering students’ 'Ten Solutions to Problems' that school students put forward earlier in the year. Opening Night, on Thursday 24 November from 6.00pm - 8.00pm, features a 'Design and Innovation Panel', and a 'Women in Engineering Panel' will take place on Thursday 1 December, from 6.00pm - 8.00pm. You might like to take your daughter along to be inspired by engineering students and see how these solutions will shape the future. For more information and to register, visit the Future Finders website.

Industry Outlook

Which industries will have the newest jobs over the next five years?

Employment is projected to rise in 16 of the 19 industries over the five years to November 2020.

The strong growth in Health Care and Social Assistance, which has been apparent over recent years, is expected to add significantly more jobs than any other (up by 250,200). Large contributions to employment are also projected for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (151,200), Education and Training (121,700), and Retail Trade (106,000). Together, these four industries are expected to provide more than half of all new jobs.

Projected employment change, by industry ('000)

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Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor


Performance Psychology News

Safety in the Online Community: Games, Apps & Social Networking

If you think that ‘Animal Jam’, ‘Kik’ and ‘Yellow’ are bands from the 80s, you might need to update your knowledge and find out more about the ever-evolving cyber world that is the play space for some children.

Many apps and Social Networking sites such as Facebook, and Instagram are restricted for use and only people over 13 should be able to create accounts. Other sites, such as Club Penguin are designed for children 6-14, but some adults and older teens use this account and can interact with children. 

Technology advances provide us with fabulous educational, entertainment and social opportunities. However, the hard reality is that most parents are not as up-to-date as young people and may have a limited knowledge of what children are accessing on phones and computers. They may be ill-equipped to set boundaries and provide guidance.  

Teens and younger students using technology are often naive and unaware of issues related to the law, safety, privacy, bullying, trolls, predators etc. putting them - and possibly their young friends - at risk of harm. 

Genazzano is committed to continuing to work in partnership with parents to educate and protect our students, as well as highlighting positive use of technology. 

The following link is an excellent resource which provides parents with easy to access information on many apps and networking sites.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research, Programs and Performance


Sports News

International Sporting Tour 2017

Expressions of interest and applications are now available. Students currently in Years 9 and 10 are invited to apply. For more information, please contact me on 8862 1016 or

Sporting Uniform

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

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

Sports Conditioning

Are you looking to improve or maintain physical conditioning for your sport? If you are, then Sports Conditioning could be for you. Sessions are open to students from Years 7-12 and are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 7.00am - 8.00am. Meet outside the Fitness Room (d’Houet Building, Ground Floor).

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

GenAquatic News

Metro East 7 – 10 West vs East

Congratulations to Alice E Evans (Year 3) who swam in the Metro East 7 – 10 West vs East competition at the Ringwood Aquanation on Sunday 23 October. Alice also swam at MSAC in the 2016 Victorian 7 – 10 Competition on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November.

GenAquatic Club Night

The next GenAquatic Club Night will be on Friday 18 November. This will be the second last Club nNight for the year. The last 2016 Club Night will be on Friday 2 December. Please remember that this night is the Christmas break up.

Ballarat GCO Long Course Meet: Sunday 27 November, 6.15am - 7.00pm

GenAquatic is organising a bus trip to the Ballarat GCO Long Course Meet in Ballarat. Swimmers wishing to compete at this swim meet will need to return the permission form to either myself or the Pool Office by Monday 14 November. A bus will be organised to transport the swimmers to the event so it is essential to get your entries in early to ensure a seat on the bus. Swimmers wishing to participate at this meet can enter online.

EDA Last Chance Long Course Meet: Sunday 13 November

The Essendon District Association Swim Meet is on Sunday 13 November. This Swim Meet will be one of the best to obtain an official time. This event requires participants to be a competitive member of Swimming Victoria. If you want to enter, please visit their website.

This event will probably close early, so please get your entries in as soon as possible. 

Amon Soerink
Head Coach

SSV Update

In a year where our primary-aged students have participated in a great variety of sport, the trend continues with tennis and water polo now taking centre stage.

We are currently in the midst of school trials for the SSV Armadale District Tennis Trials to be held early in February 2017. More than 20 Year 5 students are taking part in sessions that will eventually lead to two players being selected to represent Genazzano at next year’s trials. The level of enthusiasm and talent is very encouraging and we hope to be able to announce our representatives in the next newsletter.

A squad of Year 6 students are now in the last fortnight of preparation for the Year 6 Water Polo Tournament being held at MSAC on Wednesday 16 November. These 16 students attended try-outs back in September and, under coach Kimberley Adkins’ guidance, have been developing both their skills and match strategy. We hope they find the experience both challenging and rewarding.

A range of current information may be found on the SSV & 5/6 Sport GenConnect page.

Adrian Daly
SSV Coordinator


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Monday 7 November

Piano Concert

Wednesday 9 November – Thursday 10 November

Year 9 Drama Page to Stage Performance

Friday 11 November

Remembrance Day

Friday 11 November

Prep 2017 First Orientation

Tuesday 15 November

Year 9, 10 & 11 Exams

Tuesday 15 November

Year 5 2017 Orientation

Wednesday 16 November

Year 9, 10 & 11 Exams

Thursday 17 November

Year 9, 10 & 11 Exams

Thursday 17 November

Year 7 2017 Orientation

Friday 18 November

Year 10 & 11 Exams

Friday 18 November

Prep to Year 4 2017 Orientation

Friday 18 November

Valedictory Ball

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


News from the GMA

Recent Events

Year 3 Morning Tea

A group of Year 3 mums caught up recently to share a chat and coffee at The Fat Penguin.

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Year 4 Morning Tea

The Year 4 mums caught up for morning tea at Town & Country. It's great that we have these regular catch ups throughout the year. It's so important that we can share our ups and downs over a cuppa and know we all support each other.

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

If you require any information or would like to nominate for an elected position or Year Level 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

Non-elected coordinator roles will also be confirmed at the AGM. We have had a wonderful level of interest in taking on these positions and thank everyone who has volunteered to date.

We are still seeking volunteers for the following 2017 event coordination:

  • Ladies Luncheon Chair and Committee members – thanks to those who have volunteered to work on this event already, but we need more mums who are interested in organising an elegant luncheon to be held in March 2017. In particular, we are seeking someone who is able to take charge of the overall coordination of the event. If this is a position that interests you and you would like more information please contact Carmel Carrazzo, or 0409 331 645, or myself on 0401 152 140.

Orientation Days

The College is running orientation mornings for incoming Year 5 and Year 7 students and the GMA will assist by providing a BBQ lunch for the students and an afternoon tea for parents.

Orientation will be held on Tuesday 15 November (Year 5) and Thursday 17 November (Year 7).

We are looking for volunteers to assist with:

  1. Cooking and serving a BBQ lunch for 125 girls for Year 7 and 52 girls for Year 5
  2. Providing afternoon tea for parents (cakes, slices etc.)
  3. Serving afternoon tea

If you can volunteer your help during either of those days please contact our coordinators:

Year 5: Karen King (0409 836 280 or

Year 7: Libby Meaden (0412 112 549 or

Save the Dates

Monday 7 November, 12.00pm

GMA Annual General Meeting, Boardroom

Friday 11 November, 7.30pm

Year 9 Parents Evening, Scarvelli Café

Friday 11 November, 7.30pm

Year 10 Parents Evening, Beehive Hotel

Saturday 19 November, 7.00pm

Year 7 Parents Evening, Craft & Co.

Monday 21 November, 12.00pm

GMA New Committee Meeting, venue TBC

Saturday 26 November, 7.30am

Second Hand Book Sale

Thursday 1 December, 4.15pm

Prep Christmas Break Up, Little Kitchen on Lilian

Wednesday 7 December, after school

Grange Hill End of Year BBQ

Tuesday 13 December, 10.00am

Year 1 Gingerbread Workshop

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


News from the GFA

Before I start, I would like to thank Rob Bischof, the GFA Executive and volunteers for all the work they have done to organise this year’s GFA events. These events don’t happen by themselves, and without these guys, our daughters would have missed out on spending quality time with us.

We now have a new Executive Committee in place so that these events can continue next year, but we still need volunteers. Can you just help out with one event with your daughter next year? You’ll be her hero and I promise you won’t be asked to do anything else.

We are still looking for a new Treasurer to be on the Executive. It’s not difficult - you just need to be committed, trustworthy and able to count. Does that sound like you? If so we would love it if you would step up and join the team. Feel welcome to call me and I can run through it with you before you commit.

Before the year is out we just have a few more events for both fathers and daughters:

Year 5/6 Father-Daughter Bowling & Laser Skirmish

Not too late to book! The Year 5/6 Father-Daughter bowling and laser skirmish is this Sunday - don’t miss this great event with your daughter! Get fired-up for an action-packed afternoon of bowling and laser skirmish, with nibbles and drinks provided. This is a great event to spend some one on one time with your girl and other Gen dads.

Date: Sunday 6 November 2016
Location: AMF Bowling L3 Forest Hill Chase Centre, 270 Canterbury Rd, Forest Hill
Time: 12.45pm - 3.30pm
Enquiries: Lu Italiano, 0438 699 889

GFA Golf Day

The GFA Golf Day will be held next Friday and is a fantastic opportunity to play at a premier golf course with other dads, friends and business associates.

A great day out for both men and women and you don’t even have to be a regular golfer to have a great day! A light lunch will be provided, with drinks and finger food at the 19th hole and BBQ dinner to follow. If you're too busy but don’t want to miss out, you can always come just for the dinner.

Date: Friday 11 November 2016
Location: Kew Golf Club, East Kew
Registration: 11.00am
Lunch: 12.00pm
Shotgun Start: 1.00pm
Dinner 6.30pm
Enquiries: Tim Strafford, 0412 337 317

GFA Year 10 Father-Daughter Weekend Away

The GFA Year 10 Father-Daughter weekend is on again this year. It will be a guaranteed fun-filled weekend that will strengthen the bond between you and your daughter.

Date: 26-27 November 2016
Location: Sorrento
Enquiries: Rowan Hore, 0428 709 708

Final GFA Meeting

The final GFA meeting for 2016 is on next week. Most of the year’s work has been completed so it might be a good opportunity to catch up with some fathers, enjoy some food and refreshments and see what happens at our monthly meeting. If you’re interested come along:

Date: 11 November 2016
Time: 7.00pm
Location: Boardroom (entry directly off the circular driveway)

GFA Thank You BBQ

The GFA Thank you BBQ is the last event we hold each year. It is an opportunity to thank those dads who participated in events during the year. If you attended and would like to thank those dads who organised the event for you please come along and enjoy some food and refreshments. We look forward to seeing many dads on the night.

The GFA motto is to 'laugh, love and make a difference’. That’s why we provide opportunities for you to get to know other dads and for you to spend special times with your daughter. Even if it’s only once a year perhaps that’s how you can make a difference?

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association


Latest News

  1. Speaking of Success

  2. Professional Development Day at Genazzano FCJ College


Speaking of Success

IMG_0613.jpgMarietta Stents, Year 8, has aspirations to be a court judge and she has already showed she has what it takes when she won the 2016 Victorian Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.

The audience was captivated by her five minute speech titled ‘The Never Ending Battle’ which was inspired by an image of Pompey Elliott, a WWI veteran who sadly committed suicide after the war, which is on the RSL building in Camberwell.

“I decided to research Pompey’s life story and I thought it really connected with Legacy’s values,” Marietta said. “Writing and delivering the speech about Pompey who had given so much was an honour.”

Marietta also presented a two-minute impromptu speech on standing in a queue with a focus on taking time to reflect and think about the future and others. She won a perpetual trophy and $300, and will represent Victoria at the national Legacy Junior Public Speaking final in Adelaide on 14 November.

Twelve finalists were selected from 478 Victorian students aged from, 12 to 14 years, to compete in the state final which was held at the Telstra auditorium on 21 October.

The three judges were: Barb Dunlop, Royal South Street Society; Gordon Archer from Melbourne Legacy; and retired school Principal, Bill Schrank. They judged the students on their use of word choice, elocution, pace, solid arguments and their ability to engage the audience.

“Each finalist showed maturity beyond their years and they had the audience of more than eighty people in awe,” Barb said. “All the judges were impressed by the high standard and while selecting the winner wasn’t easy, Marietta’s presentation was outstanding. She spoke with poise and eloquence.”

Legacy cares for veteran families of Australia Defence Force personnel who have given their health or life for their country. The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award began in 1988 to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy which includes voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance and to encourage students to develop confidence by using language to convey their point of view.


Professional Development Day at Genazzano FCJ College

Representatives from the Victorian Indigenous Education Network gathered at Genazzano FCJ College to attend a Professional Development program being led by Aunty Stephanie Armstrong. The topic, “On the table: How other ways of seeing and knowing impacts on the English Curriculum”focused on developing an English curriculum for non-Indigenous students. Aunty Stephanie unpacked and related the story and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a collection of English texts. Participants shared resources and reflected on the values, methodology and strategies that are currently used in learning and teaching across the different private schools in Victoria.

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Community News

St Ignatius Remembrance Vigil

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please write the names of your lost loved ones on the paper crosses placed at the back of the Church and they will be honoured during the Ritual of Remembrance as part of the service.

Date: Thursday 10 November 2016
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Ignatius Church, 326 Church Street, Richmond

Mission Expo

A night for young people inspired by their faith to explore their call to mission in their everyday lives. Meet with agencies and communities which run mission and volunteering programs across Melbourne.

Date: Thursday 24 November
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert St, East Melbourne

Free entry. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Join the Six30 Holy Hour at St Patrick's Cathedral (1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne) from 6.30pm.

For more information, view the promotional flyer or visit the Archdiocesan Office for Youth website.

Sacramental Program 2017 at St Joseph's Malvern

Enrolments for Confirmation on 7 November are now open at St Joseph's Malvern. Registration can be made via the parish website.