Newsletter - Edition 2-2017

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

The school year is now well underway and students have settled into the routines of school life extremely well. Our Commencement Eucharist on Friday 3 February was a wonderful way to conclude the first week of the school year, and to pray for the presence of God in the coming academic year. Students from Prep to Year 12, invited guests and staff gathered in Centenary Hall for Mass, celebrated by our College Chaplain, Fr Brendan Reed.

Our theme for 2017 is ‘In Unity we Serve’. In our unity with others, we can be more effective as witnesses to Jesus, and our faith calls us to be more than we can by our own, by serving others and reaching out to those in need. It is a rich and meaningful theme for 2017. Our Commencement Eucharist drew us together in celebration of who we are as a faith-filled community, united in the call to be faithful companions.

As we are all too well aware, we live in a very complex world. As educators and people working within an educational environment, we are continually called to interpret the times while being both accepting and critical of new trends, the latest social culture and a myriad of changes within this world, both materialistic and social. No matter what these changes are, and no matter where the world is heading, one of the constant messages we need our students to hear and experience, is that in unity we are stronger, and in serving others we become mirrors of Jesus’ presence in the world.

This year’s theme has the breadth and depth to mean something to all members of our community, whether it be how we respect and treat each other, to how new members are welcomed and accepted into our wonderful community at Gen, to lending a helping hand in difficult times, to opening up and learning more about others, to response and action by serving the needy, to contemplation and ultimately to the transformation of self and maybe others.

As members of the Genazzano FCJ College community, I hope you take some time with your daughters to listen to their reflections on the College theme, and perhaps to invite your daughter to listen to your thoughts on the annual theme of the College.

Royal Commission

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the Royal Commission reports have communicated the shocking extent of child sexual abuse by priests and religious in a range of Catholic Church institutions. As a Catholic College, this news affects us with deep disbelief, anger and sadness. While we stumble in trying to make sense of what happened to the young and innocent, our thoughts and prayers are with all those people whose lives have been traumatised and affected by these terrible acts.

The Royal Commission has highlighted the fact that children’s safety is the whole community’s responsibility. As a Catholic school educating young children from the age of three through to the age of 18, the safety of all children and young adults is an absolute priority.

As you are aware, through communication in various formats last year, Genazzano FCJ College has implemented the Child Safe Standards as mandated by Ministerial Order No. 870. The College has implemented new policies, updated existing policies and developed procedures and codes of conduct.

We have put in place an enhanced educational strategy that empowers our students to respond to situations where they feel unsafe. At the beginning of this year, Team Leaders and teachers have delivered presentations and lessons to students that focus on safety and what they should do should they feel unsafe. I encourage you to ask your daughter about the Child Safe presentation, and engage her in a conversation about feeling safe at school and in the community, and what to do if she does not feel safe.

Our College Chaplain and Parish Priest of the Deepdene, Balwyn and Camberwell, Fr Brendan Reed, has written the following in his parish newsletter. He was happy for me to share this with you.

Dear Parishioners,

Over the last few days, a spotlight has shone again on the shameful and shocking acts of child sexual abuse by religious and priests within the Catholic Church. As the extent of the cases of abuse has been summarised by the Royal Commission, many of us within the Church feel ashamed and deeply disturbed by thousands of acts of sexual abuse against children and the many years of denial or refusal to act by our Church leaders. I look forward to the day when the Church has a full and transparent compensation process in place. I look forward to the day when survivors of abuse are believed, accepted and welcomed in our Church. I pray in earnest that our Church communities take the path of repentance and renewal rather than maintaining the status quo.

In the meantime, I am also conscious of the outstanding witness and ministry undertaken by thousands of Catholics who work in the Catholic education, health and welfare sectors, and of those who give of their time and talent in their parish, school and wider communities.

It is a sobering time for the Catholic Church but it is also no time to lessen our commitment to the Gospel call to peace, justice, reconciliation and love. Our world needs these gifts as much as our Church needs them.

Fr Brendan 

We reach out to any of our families who may need support and encourage you to contact the College.

Finally, I extend my thanks to the parents, guardians and special guests who attended our Gen Welcomes Mass and Dinner last Saturday night. It was a great night to celebrate the exceptional parent/guardian community we have at Gen. My sincere thanks to the organising committee and volunteers. Such a significant event could not occur without the help of these wonderful people and so I am grateful to them for their time, effort and expertise.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

The past week has seen two very significant events in the life of Genazzano – the Year 12 Retreat and Year 11 Companionship.

As the name suggests, a ‘retreat’ means to withdraw and leave things and people behind. This is to enable all the participants to be able to reflect on who they are, and with the help of their fellow students and their teachers, come to a deeper understanding of themselves and God. It also gives the girls an opportunity to experience a time of quiet and peace – a rare phenomenon in our busy and increasingly noisy world. The theme of the 2017 Retreat was, ‘Who am I Called to Become?’ which formed the focus for our large groups activities, small group discussions and a beautiful celebration of the Eucharist with our Chaplain, Fr Brendan Reed.

Year 11 Companionship is, of course, part of the very core business of our College; to companion those who may need help in any way, in the spirt of our foundress, Marie Madeleine d’Houet. Year 11 students chose to visit an organisation to serve, perhaps a primary school or a kindergarten, or a St Vicent de Paul store. Hopefully all the students were taken out of their ‘comfort zone’ in order to understand the importance of Companionship. It’s not mere charity; it’s about relationships and walking with the other person.

We pray for Margaret Rose Barnes who died recently. Margaret was Grandmother to Olivia Barnes 9F, Liz Barnes 2012 and Jackson Barnes, Xavier 2015. May she 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


In his book 'Common Prayers Collection', Michael Leunig beautifully encapsulates the importance of the special time we enjoyed on the 2017 Year 12 Retreat:

Dear God,

We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom, of joy, inspiration and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.

Let us search for these places: in the world, in ourselves and in others. Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them and let us create them.

May we mend this outer world according to the truth of our inner life and may our soul be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom.



Business Manager News

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Victorian Government has an initiative to ensure that all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) assists eligible families cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:

  • $125 for primary school students
  • $225 for secondary school students.

To be eligible, parents must hold a current concession or pension card.

How to apply

To apply, please complete a CSEF application form and return it to the Business Managers’ office by 24 February 2017, for submission to the government.

Further information

Please visit the CSEF website for full details on eligibility, payment and additional resource information.

Mark Glover​
Business Manager


ELC News

It has been a delight to welcome all 48 students and their family members to the Early Learning Centre community this year.

Our ELC4 students were eager to return to the Gigi Room this year with their educators, Mrs Deborah Bennett, Mrs Liz Lockwood and Ms Sara Lanza, and have settled into their familiar routine. The face of a friend in the Piazza area on arrival to ELC has helped establish a calm and ready to engage environment in ELC4. Our three new ELC4 students have been warmly welcomed, and are forming firm friendships and companionship.

An interest in skeletons and how our body works has commenced in ELC4. The children have inquired about ‘why we have a brain’ and ‘how do our bones join together’. These questions will form the basis of much learning in the coming weeks.

Our ELC3 students were supported in their transition to a familiar place of interest in the Eugene Room. Making a ‘cup of tea’ in the home corner for the teachers is a popular and comforting play activity that supports their emotional wellbeing. Mrs Amanda McKenzie is currently visiting most children in their home environment to personalise each child’s relationship with the teacher, and to get to know their favourite home activities.

This week, the ELC3 children made delicious gingerbread and Sam brought an apple grown from his apple tree, and shared his knowledge of its growth to his new friends.

Our parent information evening was well attended by the ELC community. We value sharing the ELC transitions, routines and educational program with the parent community. This evening was also a wonderful opportunity to introduce our new members of staff in the learning environment and for the lead teacher, Mrs Deborah Bennett and Mrs Amanda McKenzie to share how they establish the day to day learning outcomes for the children.

The beginning of the year is a great time to strengthen partnerships with families, sharing information about each child’s current knowledge, interests, abilities and preferences. As children and their families begin their time at our Early Learning Centre, it is vital to build their sense of belonging as part of this partnership and settling process. Thank you to all the parents who joined the Learning Conversations to share your knowledge of your child’s interest and learning style with the lead teachers.

On Thursday, the community joined together at the annual ELC Family Picnic in the beautiful Genazzano grounds near the Grange Hill playground. The children enthusiastically united with new and established friends in a relaxed and familiar setting, whilst parents enjoyed conversation with each other. Thank you to everyone for your attendance.

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Alison Lucas
Director of ELC


Prep News

The 2017 school year has welcomed a new group of girls to the Prep class at Grange Hill. Already, our girls have launched into their learning with a focus on nursery rhymes and positional language.


With a focus on the letter P, the girls have been searching for ‘P words’; making puppets and practicing singing the rhyme, ‘Polly Put the Kettle On’, before moving on the classic story of ‘Old King Cole’. These short enjoyable stories are great for building an understanding of words and sentences and are perfect for our early readers.


While exploring positional language, the girls have been reading a range of books including the classic ‘Rosie’s Walk’, and have started using the app ‘Scratch Jr’ to create movement paths (or code), to get the scratch cat to move around the classroom and playground.

Our girls are so excited to finally be at school, and each day they are thrilled to climb, smile and laugh their way through the day. We only hope that they enjoy everyday as they grow into big ‘Gen Girls’.

Ruan Bimrose
Prep Teacher


Year 5 News

First Day in Year 5!

A new school for many, new places to explore, a new classroom, new laptops, lots of stairs to climb and new classmates to get to know. Our Year 5A students had an action packed first couple of days and here are some of their thoughts.

“I had a great day! I played on the playground and the oval and I met new friends. I had a great time and I can’t wait for more fun with my friends and teachers. I was also really excited to get the laptops today!” Jessica

“I had so much fun yesterday. I loved how we prepared for the school year by organising our books. I also enjoyed Mandarin as there were so many exciting Chinese words to learn. It was great meeting all the new girls and seeing some of my friends again. I also enjoyed being introduced to the teachers that I hadn’t met before and who would be joining us in Year 5. I really enjoyed my first day and I am so excited to see what the year brings me too!” Maddison

“Yesterday was so much fun! I loved walking into my brand new school, it felt amazing! All of the girls are so nice and I’m sure that I will have a great future at Genazzano!” Greta

“I played on the playground and the oval and I had so much fun. I enjoyed all the activities and had a great first day at Genazzano.” Anabelle

“I had a great first day! I’d give it a 10 out of 10! I can’t wait to learn more Italian! I also can’t wait to spend the whole year with the class. I’ve already made new friends, and played with different people and explored the whole school!”  Hannah

“My first day of school was great! I made lots of new friends and got to explore the school. I’m still learning how to get around and not get lost! I also had a big workout coming up all the stairs to get to the classroom! I can’t wait to start learning new things and having new activities to try out.” Jada

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VCE News

2017 VCAA VCE Examination periods

General Achievement Test (GAT)
Wednesday 14 June 2017, 10.00am - 1.15pm. All students undertaking a Unit 3 & 4 study are required to sit the GAT

Performance and Languages oral examinations
Monday 9 October 2017 to Sunday 5 November 2017.

November written examinations
Wednesday 1 November 2017 to Friday 24 November 2017.

For more information, please visit the VCAA website.

Susan Whelan
VCE Coordinator


Creative Arts News

As the new school year begins, the Creative Arts Department has been busy preparing students for their artistic journeys in a variety of subjects.

We also began the year with some exciting news! Congratulations to Olivia Peters and Sophie Pinnuck, whose 2016 Product Design and Technology folios were selected for the 2017 Top Designs Exhibition. Two other students were also shortlisted for Top Designs: Sasha Neilson for Media and Natalie Baring-Gould for Visual Communication Design.

It is an honour and great achievement to be shortlisted, and actually make it through to Top Designs, so we are very proud of the girls. Top Designs is part of the VCE Season of Excellence and you can view the folios at Melbourne Museum from Saturday 18 March to Sunday 16 July 2017. For more information, please visit the Top Designs website.

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We are also in the midst of preparing exhibitions, which will take place over the next few weeks. These exhibitions will include both student work and work from the College art collection. Please note the following:

  • Photography Exhibition: Furlan Room, Madeleine Centre – exhibiting now
  • Indigenous Art Exhibition: Montagner Auditorium – Late February 2017
  • Textiles Exhibition: Our Ladies Hall – March 2017

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts 


Languages News

Host a Student from Japan

Hosting a student from Japan can be a very rewarding experience for your family and the start of a life-long, international friendship.

Genazzano will be hosting Obayashi Girls HS from Japan from 30 July to 12 August 2017 and we are now recruiting host families to participate in this program. It is not necessary for your family to speak or be studying Japanese. This is about a cultural experience for both your family and the visiting student.

While the students are here, families will be required to provide three meals per day, provide transport for the student to/from school each day, provide a room (may be shared) and have them experience and enjoy your family activities.

A small payment of $400 will be provided to your family.

Due to requirements, families will need to be determined as soon as possible, so we ask applications be made by 10 March 2017.

Please contact me via email:, or phone 8862 1107.

Language Tours

If your daughter is in Years 9, 10 or 11 this year and you’d like to attend the 2017 tours, please contact me (details above) if you have not already expressed interest.

The French, Italian and Chinese Tours are open for Years 10 and 11 students studying those languages, and the Japanese Tour is open for Years 9 to 11 students studying Japanese.

2017 Dante Alighieri Competitions

Thousands of secondary school students participate each year, thus improving their confidence and spoken Italian.

The Poetry Recitation Competition presents secondary school students in Years 9 to 12 with the opportunity to learn and recite an Italian poem; ranging from excerpts of Dante’s Comedy to those of contemporary Italian poets.

Additional to the Recitation Competition, students in Years 7 to 12 are invited to create their own poetic work to be submitted and judged by a panel of academic and teaching experts. The Original Poetry Competition showcases students' creative abilities and awards the originality, poetic finesse and authenticity of students' work.

Offered exclusively to students in Years 11 and 12, the Discorsi Competition allows students to write an extended work, focusing on an issue or area of interest. Discorsi are first judged anonymously by a panel and finalists are required to present their essay to the panel on the day of the Recitation Competition finals.

All students who successfully participate in the Society's competitions receive a certificate acknowledging their achievements. At our awards ceremony, held during Term 3, students who received a first, second or third prize are presented with a trophy and book prize from the Society.

If your daughter would like to participate in one of these competitions, please contact me via the details above.

The Centre of Italian Studies

The Centre of Italian Studies Melbourne is offering VCE support classes for Italian students. For more information, please contact their office on 9347 9144.

VCE Standard Classes

Weekly VCE support programs designed to complement and extend the students' VCE curriculum.


  • Term 1: 2 February to 30 March
  • Term 2: 27 April to 29 June
  • Term 3: 20 July to 21 September
  • Term 4: 12 October to 16 November

Adam Bianco
Curriculum Leader: Languages


Careers News

Year 10 Work Experience Update

The Victorian Government has amended the work experience form as of 1 January 2017. The new form has been emailed to Year 10 students, or they can collect one from outside the Career Development Office in DG08. All students need to have organised their work experience and the form returned to the Career Development Office by Tuesday 18 April. Late forms will result in students receiving a demerit point for each day it is late.

The employer does not need to sign the form at this stage, but we need to have the contact details of the employer on the form (along with your and your daughter’s details and signatures), in order to email or post the form to the employer. It is vital that students start calling or emailing organisations now, to ensure they obtain a place. You can help by making suggestions about which organisations to call and if you have a family contact, to suggest your daughter talk to them. Please do not call an organisation on behalf of your daughter, as employers prefer to hear from the students directly. The Career Development Office is happy to assist any student who requires direction. Please email Please note, the work experience dates for 2017 are 16 to 20 October.

Year 12 Undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Admission Test (UMAT)

Students in Year 12 who are considering studying Medicine at Monash University, or some Medicine and Health courses interstate, will be required to sit the UMAT. Registration and information details are now available on the UMAT website. The test will be conducted on 26 July 2017 and registrations close on 2 June 2017. Please put these dates in your diary. Students need to email the Career Development Office (email above) once they have registered, so permission letters can be organised regarding absence from school on the date of the exam.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Website

All students in Years 10, 11 and 12 and their parents should start familiarising themselves with the VTAC website to ensure they know about courses, tertiary providers and pre-requisite subjects. There is a wealth of information under publications, (e.g. pre-requisites for 2018 and 2019 entry to tertiary education), reports and statistics (e.g. scaling report, aggregate to ATAR table) and the general search for courses.

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor


Co-curricular News

Co-curricular Program

The co-curricular program is up and running with over 120 supervised activities operating throughout the school including sport, music, social justice, student interest, languages, debating and leadership strands.

Please find below a list of some of the activities the College will offer in Term 1, either before, during, or after school or on weekends. These activities may involve weekly meetings or an intensive session(s).

Music: Choir, Percussion, Clarinet, Flute ensembles, Big Band, Strings and more

Gen Tech

Saturday Netball

Sport: GSV Tennis, Softball, Indoor Cricket, Swimming, Diving. SSV Swimming

Geometric Drawing

Sew Happy

Book Club Junior & Senior

How to Make a Short Film

Wardell Writers

3D Box Printing

Language Clubs

Walking group

Library Assistants Junior & Senior

Liturgy, Altar Service

5/6 Sport

Chess Club Junior and Senior


Japanese Movie Club

DAV Debating Years 8 to 12

Mini Vinnies Year 5 & 6

FIRE Carriers Year 5 to 12

Debating Year 6 & 7


Friday Night School

Duke of Edinburgh Award Year 9 to 12




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Student Leadership Opportunities

Class Representative

Mission Representative

St Vincent de Paul Representative

Co-curricular Captain

Social Justice Captain


Gen Allies Leaders

Student Representative Council


House Captain

Sustainability Representative


Students are now invited to choose and commit to activities on a term, semester or yearly basis, depending on the activity. We have a new co-curricular database that can be found on GenConnect. Students are in the process of completing the co-curricular survey that will register them for their chosen activities.

There is no limit on the number of co-curricular activities in which students may participate. However, it is important they consider what is involved in the program prior to committing to that activity.

Colour Points are awarded to students who attend 80% of their scheduled meetings or sessions over the duration of their chosen activity/activities: once a cycle for a yearly activity, once a week for a semester long activity and a minimum of twice a week for activities run over a term. Special consideration is given when another College event takes place; however, if your daughter is sick or unable to attend due to outside College commitments, this will be marked as an absence. Colour Points are cumulative over a student’s years at Genazzano and contribute to the acquisition of a Red, Stripe or Gold Laurel Award.

Colour Points are awarded at the completion of each semester and a formal co-curricular transcript is issued at the end of each students schooling. This transcript formally acknowledges each student’s co-curricular involvement at Genazzano FCJ College.

A complete calendar and list of activities is published each term on co-curricular section of GenConnect. Details of venues and times are published on this calendar and in the Daily Bulletin.

Catherine Murphy
Director of Co-Curricular Program


Health Centre News

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Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences News

A Mind for High Performance

Research tells us that persistence and resilience are essential elements for optimal performances. Keep trying, practise in a purposeful way, and anticipate errors as part of the process and improvement will follow. This ‘growth mindset’ approach fosters optimism and confidence in learning. It will encourage greater effort and lead to better performances.

Genazzano has been a front-runner in promoting the knowledge, skills and environment for high performance thinking through the introduction of programs in performance psychology, resilience, thinking routines, growth mindset and flow.

The new Genazzano Institute, with the emphasis on educational neuroscience, will serve to support and further extend this work in promoting optimal brain and cognitive activity for enhanced learning. We look forward to promoting activities and information on areas crucial to learning such as: memory, creativity, innovation, flexible thinking, problem-solving, feedback, organisation and focus.

2017 BrainSTEM Challenge

Congratulations to Year 10 students Meimi Liu, Grace Burnes, Anna Frazer, Madeleine Ryan and Grace Tsao, who have been selected as Genazzano’s team to compete in in the 2017 BrainSTEM Challenge. The students will work with a university mentor over 12 weeks, to produce an innovation to solve a real world problem. The program aims to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), provide a university experience and foster the development of skills in research, creativity, teamwork and design.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research: Programs and Performance


Performance Psychology News

The team in Performance Psychology is always on the lookout for opportunities to enrich our girls’ lives and support our families. I’d like to draw your attention to a series of valuable seminars that Xavier College is hosting, which are aimed at supporting young people to help build the strength and resilience to meet the challenges of their future.

The goal of this series of events is for parents and mentors to come together to discover the path to health and wellbeing – physical, emotional and financial. The first of the series presents key speakers: AFL star, Jonathan Brown; leading psychiatrist, Dr David Horgan; mental health ambassador, Jane Fitzgibbon; wellness expert, Meg James; and CEO, Shane Young. With a focus on personal and professional growth, this is a night where young and old alike can begin to shape the future they want.

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Xavier College EHPAC Centre, Barkers Road, Kew
Cost: gold coin donation for Let’s Talk, and Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation

Register online

Further information, please contact Mike Beardsley via: or 0476 777 004

Judith Crigan
Senior Psychologist


Sports News

Welcome back to Sport at Gen in 2017!

GSV Sport Term 1

GSV Sport is now well underway for Term 1. Try outs for tennis, softball and indoor cricket have taken place for Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories.

If your daughter is selected to represent the College in a competitive team, please check her permission letter for specific dates, times and venues. This can be downloaded from Sports section on GenConnect or students can call into the Sport Office.

Students are advised to check the student bulletin each day for information in regards to their chosen sport.

Saturday Netball

The Genazzano Saturday Netball Program is available to any students in the College, regardless of their netball experience or ability. The program aims to provide a positive environment where students can develop their netball skills, personal and team values, a love for physical fitness and an active and healthy lifestyle.

In Term 1, all students who are interested in the Genazzano Saturday Netball Program are invited to attend the following try out sessions. Please note, every student wanting to play netball will be selected in a team. Team selection is based on netball ability, team balance, and where possible, friendship groups.

Year 4 Try Outs

Friday 17 February: 3.45pm – 4.45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Year 5 Try Outs

Friday 17 February: 3.45pm – 4.45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)
Wednesday 22 February: Lunchtime (Genazzano Netball Courts)
Friday 3 March: 3.45pm – 4.45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Year 6 Try Outs

Friday 17 February: 3.45pm – 4.45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)
Wednesday 22 February: Lunchtime (Genazzano Netball Courts)
Friday 3 March: 3.45pm – 4.45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Year 7 Try Outs

Wednesday 22 February: 7.00am – 8.00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)
Wednesday 1 March: 7.00am – 8.00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Year 8 Try Outs

Thursday 23 February: 7.00am – 8.00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)
Thursday 2 March: 7.00am – 8.00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Year 9 Try Outs

Monday 20 February: 7.00am – 8.00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Years 10, 11 & 12

No tryouts (teams selected on netball ability, team balance and where possible friendship groups). Custom teams are acceptable, but you will need a minimum of ten fully committed players.

All sessions will be held on the outdoor courts at Genazzano. Students are to wear their Genazzano sports uniform to the try outs and must bring a water bottle and any strapping or support braces required.

If you have any questions, regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Sarndra Kennerley at: or 8862 1007.

Inter-house Swim/Dive Carnival - Boroondara Aquatic Centre

This is a reminder that the Inter-house Swim/Dive Carnival will be held on Friday 25 February. All students should have received a letter outlining the details on this event.

Swimming – GSV / SSV

Save the dates for the following swimming meets:

2017 Centenary Swim Meet

Friday 17 February at Genazzano Pool from 4.00pm - 5.30pm

2017 SSV District Carnival

Thursday 24 February at Oakleigh Rec Centre

Swimming – GenAquatic

Annual Kew Encouragement Meet on Sunday 26 February 2017

All swimmers who have not made a state final can enter this competition. This is a great introduction to competition and is always a fun day. Competitive and non-competitive swimmers can enter this meet. This is one of the most popular swim meets for GenAquatic. Entries can be made online.

Could those who have entered the competition please email Mr Amon Soerink at

Club Night on Friday 24 February

The next GenAquatic Club night is scheduled for Friday 24 February. This will be our first club night for the year and will me a great event for our swimmers.


The rowing camps in the school holidays gave the coaches a great opportunity to work on the technique and fitness of the rowers. With such huge improvements across the squad, the girls are ready to race in upcoming regattas.

We wish our rowing staff and all of the coaches and rowers the best as they continue to race in various regattas in upcoming weeks.

Each crew will continue to train and race in the lead up to the Head of School Girl’s Regatta, which is only weeks away!

Tennis Lessons

Opportunities exist for anyone interested in private tennis lessons at the College. Lessons for 2017 commence next week. Students are guaranteed a minimum of 32 lessons at 45 minutes each. Classes will be conducted all year round. Please contact the Sport Office or go to GenConnect for further information.

Running Group

Running group for 2017 began at 7.00am on Thursday 16 February. The meeting point is in Centenary Hall. Sessions will be held every Thursday morning. This activity is open to students in Years 7 to 12. Students are asked to check noticeboards and listen to bulletin messages for details.

Genazzano Snowsports 2017- Advance Notice

Please register your interest at the Sport Office to receive further information.

GSV Sport

It is each student’s responsibility to:

  • Communicate effectively with the coach if ill, injured or otherwise unavailable, either directly at training, through the Sport Administrator, Miss Melonie Fulton, in the Sport Office or by email. This must be done prior to recess on the day before match day.
  • Play only for the team in which you are named/selected. Students are not permitted to swap teams without prior approval.
  • Attend all training sessions and all matches when selected; regardless of the venue.
  • Advise the coach and Sport Office if not continuing with the sport for that term.

Sports Leaders Breakfast

The 2017 GSV Sport Leaders Breakfast was held recently. Four student sport leaders, Elizabeth Hill, Hannah Macdonald, Annaliese Bush and Clare Vearing (Year 12), represented the College and were accompanied by myself & Mrs Sarndra Kennerley. World renowned Australian softball player, Natalie Titcombe, presented a leadership workshop to the student group. The students sat in mixed table groups, so were able to make new friends from across the 24-school GSV affiliation.

Australian Open 2018 Ball Kids Program

To be considered as an Australian Open Ball Kid Volunteer, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 12-15 years in January 2018
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the game of tennis
  • Be reliable & willing to work hard
  • Demonstrate excellent team work
  • Have full availability for selection trials conducted at specified venues
  • Have full availability to attend compulsory training sessions between August and November
  • Have unrestricted availability in January/February 2018

For more information, visit the Tennis Australia website.

Genazzano Sport Office

The Sport Office is located on the ground floor of the d’Houet building. The office is staffed by Miss Melonie Fulton (Sports Administrator) and the phone number is 8862 1008. Alternatively, email:

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Saturday 18 February

Senior Rowing Regatta (Nagambie)

RV Schools RG Regatta (Barwon River, Geelong)

Tuesday 21 February

Year 9 Immersion Day

Wednesday 22 February

No Prep classes

Open Morning at 9.30am

Parent Information Evening at 7.00pm

Thursday 23 February

VCE Academic Awards Assembly at 9.00am

Friday 24 February

House Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 1 March

Ash Wednesday

Genazzano and Xavier Musical at 7.30pm

Thursday 2 March

Genazzano and Xavier Musical at 7.30pm

Friday 3 March

Year 5 Reflection Day

Genazzano and Xavier Musical at 7.30pm

Please visit our website for a full list of 2017 Term Dates or our College calendar.


GMA News


There was never any doubt that GenWelcomes was a going to be a great night. The GMA and GFA set up our Circular Drive for more than 520 parents/guardians and guests. We started with a lovely Mass at OLGC celebrated by Fr Brendan Reed, followed by a dinner celebration. We experienced gourmet food and great music. The atmosphere was magical, with everyone having a great time. Events like this take months of planning and the GMA would like to extend its appreciation to our College, as well as the GFA who worked so well with the GMA in the set up. I’d like to acknowledge all the parents who helped out, coordinated by Cathy Frawley and Nikola Shearer. Thank you to everyone.

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Year Representatives Meeting

We will be having our first year representative meeting on Monday 27 February at 7.00pm in the Cafeteria, at which time we will discuss roles and how to organise year level events. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact me.

Year Level Reps are now planning social events for each year level so keep an eye out for invitation emails. Please find below the contact details of our year rep coordinators for this year:

Junior Years, ELC to Year 4:

Susan Houlihan

Junior Years 5 & 6:

Michelle Board

Senior Years 7 to 12:

Betty Chetcuti

Below are the contact details for the TryBooking Coordinators:

Junior Years, ELC to Year 6:

Michelle Somerville

Senior Years 7 to 12:

Kerri Stiles

GMA Ball:

Debbie Rossi

Year 4 Coffee Catch Up

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The Year 4 mums had a fantastic turn out at their first coffee catch up for the year at The Fat Penguin, Kew. It was great to see so many mums there!

International Women’s Day Breakfast – Centenary Hall, Friday 10 March

A reminder to come and support this great College event. It’s a wonderful opportunity for mothers and daughters to get together to celebrate the work and achievements of women and support the efforts of the Sisters FCJ in Asia.

Open Day

This year, Open Day will be held on Tuesday 28 March. The GMA will provide refreshments and afternoon tea for both visitors and our girls who are helping. If you can assist in the set up from 1.00pm, or serve for an hour or so on the day, please contact Kerri Stiles at 0433 540 777 or Cathy Woodhouse at 0412 170 951.

We need lots of helpers!

Save the Date

Thursday 23 February

Year 8 Morning Tea

Friday 24 February

Year 7 Welcome Family Night, Circular Drive

Monday 27 February

GMA Year Level Reps Meeting, 7.00pm, Cafeteria

Sunday 5 March

Year 4 Family Picnic

Friday 24 March

GMA Ladies Luncheon

Monday 27 March

GMA Committee Meeting     

Jacqui Pirone
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association


GFA News

The first term is a time when we welcome everyone back. The break seems like a long time ago now and we have already participated in two events and are planning another two.

The first GFA event was the Welcome BBQ, where we welcomed the dads back to the College and provided new fathers with a place to meet and enjoy each other’s company. We had more than 67 people in attendance, it was a very successful start to the year. As usual, Mr Nick Psyhogios and his band cooked up a feast of tasty treats, and the GFA provided refreshments for all. The College Executive attended, as did the Chair of the College Council, Mr Kevin Frawley and the Principal, Ms Karen Jebb. Karen spoke to many fathers and in speaking to the group, explained how beneficial it was for us all to be involved in our daughters’ lives and how valuable our contribution is to the College.

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The following weekend, in a joint effort with the GMA, we assisted the Development Office in preparing for GenWelcomes. Led by Mrs Cathy Frawley and Mr Lu Italiano, more than 20 of our volunteers set out dozens of tables and more than 520 plates for one of the school’s keynote events. As always, it was a very enjoyable event in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere. I’m not sure if its success is associated with its casual nature, its outdoor setting, the weather or perhaps the fact the kids are finally back at school, but everyone seemed to have a great time. I would like to thank all those who volunteered, because the school benefits when we assist in events.

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The final welcoming events for the term are associated with the Junior School including:

  • The ELC to Year 6 Eucharist to be held on 26 February at 9.00am in the College Chapel and catered afterwards by the senior school fathers.
  • The ELC to Year 4 Family BBQ to be held on the last day of term, Friday 31 March. This event will be party for the children, with a bouncing castle and other activities. It will be fully catered for by the GFA and we would love all the families in the Early Learning Centre and Grange Hill to attend.

Don’t forget our footy tipping competition which will be starting soon, to test your wits against the other parents at the school. I would like to thank Mr John Sharkey who has been organising this for many years now.

Finally, you might have noticed that all our events are now included in the College calendar, to enable you to plan your year better. Remember our theme for 2017 is ‘GFA 25 Years – Get Involved!’

So get involved! No excuses; no ‘should’ve, could’ve, would’ve or gonna’. We can only succeed by having an army of dads prepared to offer their time and skills to actively participate in the College as members of the GFA. If you are interested in becoming involved or just see what we do, come along to a monthly meeting and say hello.

Save the Date

Sunday 26 February

GFA ELC to Year 6 Eucharist, 9.00am, College Chapel

Wednesday 22 March

GFA Committee Meeting, 7.00pm, College Boardroom

Friday 31 March

GFA ELC to Year 4 Family BBQ, 6.00pm

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Associatio



Open Morning

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Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time: 9.30am - 11.00am
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
Register online

Copacabana: Genazzano FCJ College & Xavier College Musical

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Event details

Dates: Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 March
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Barkers Road, Melbourne
Book online

GMA Ladies Luncheon

Ladies Lunch

Event details

Date: Friday 24 March 2017
Time: 11.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong
Book online

Twilight Open Day

Event details

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 2.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Genazzano FCJ College
Register online

Community News

Preparing for the Sacraments

Young parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel and All Hallows Parish, as well as Our Lady of Victories Parish Camberwell, are reminded to enrol in the Parishes’ sacramental preparation programs via the Our Lady of Good Counsel website. School-aged children are provided with preparation for their reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Year 3), Eucharist (Year 4) and Confirmation (Year 6). Classes for First Eucharist begin on 24 March 2017 at OLGC Primary School.

Parishioners from both parishes will need to visit the Deepdene & Balwyn Parish website and complete the relevant online enrolment form. Alternatively, please contact Sharon Freeman on 9816 9291 or for more details. Please note that the Sacramental Program is only open to those families who reside within the parish boundaries.

2017 Sacramental Enrolments – Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe

Brochures and enrolment forms are available for Parish Sacramental programs which include Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist. Please note that enrolments are only accepted from families who live within the parish which includes Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Ivanhoe West and Eaglemont. Proof of address is required.

Enrolment forms are available from the Parish Office. Please call 9499 1515 or visit our website. For more information, contact us via 9499 1515 or

Please note, the closing date is Friday 17 March 2017. Late enrolments are not always possible.