Newsletter - Edition 3-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members the Genazzano FCJ College community,

We have just entered the season of autumn and have only three weeks left of the term – a very short term for us this year. It is pleasing to know that our students have settled into school life very quickly, with much having already been achieved this year. We look forward to making the most of the next three weeks with upcoming events such as the Year 7 Camp, Catholic Education Week, Head of School Girls rowing regatta in Geelong and Open Day, just to name a few. It is wonderful to see the dedication of our students towards their studies, demonstrated by the way they complete their learning activities and assessment tasks and ensure they put in one-hundred percent effort into all requirements of the subject.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the senior students who attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Adelaide at the end of last year. Over our lunchtime gathering, each of them openly shared with me the profound impact the experience has had on them. It was delightful to listen to the way they expressed how their faith had deepened as a result of the festival, and they enjoyed the opportunity to join a large gathering of young people who were openly proud of their faith. They noted that the atmosphere was electric, vibrant and passionate and they were surprised how much fun they had in this context. The students enjoyed the variety on offer; such as peaceful prayer time, discussion and question time, fun and joyful gatherings, singing and praying together. They said that during Adoration, the crowd of 3000 young people were so quiet you could have heard a pin drop, and hence they found this experience moving and peaceful. The students enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions about their faith and to conduct a dialogue with priests and religious sisters about all aspects of our Catholic faith. They said that they listened to many inspiring speakers and saw Church Leaders in a more relaxed and approachable manner. These young women openly shared with me that their attendance at the ACYF had strengthened their faith and brought them closer to God. The experience had also demonstrated how their contemporary lives can marry with the Church’s teaching and expression of their faith. I extend my sincere thanks to Mrs Marea Lanki and Mrs Catherine Murphy for accompanying the girls to this event.

I hope many of you had the chance to see the Genazzano/Xavier College musical, ‘Anything Goes’, last week. I thought it was an outstanding performance by all students. I had the pleasure of seeing it on Wednesday and Friday nights and could easily have gone back for more. I extend my gratitude to Mrs Janet Dawson for the exceptional work she did as the Voice Coach for the Musical. The talents of our young people never cease to amaze me and I am already getting excited about what next year’s musical will bring.

Finally, I had a wonderful Saturday at the Barwon River in Geelong to see and support our Year 9 and 10 rowing teams competing in the Victorian State Junior Championships. Genazzano FCJ College hosted the event and I am grateful to our staff and parents for doing such an exceptional job. I am sure the students enjoyed the competition and are now looking forward to this weekend’s Head of School Girls’ Regatta in Geelong. I extend my very best wishes to all the rowing teams for the coming weekend.

With many blessings

Karen Jebb
Principal

 

Prayer

prayer 4 march.jpgLoving God,
in this Year of Mercy,
we gather around your table
with fidelity and joy.

We gather as people of faith,
knowing that the gospel faith we proclaim
is a joyful one.

May we be blessed
with ongoing fidelity
as we work, learn and lead
in our community.

May you bless us
as we companion one another
throughout our daily journeys.

May you bless
all our endeavours:
our successes
and especially our failures.

God of all good things,
we offer our prayers
through your Son, Jesus.

 

Faith and Mission News

"God dwells in our midst, in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar."  - St. Maximilian Kolbe

Some years ago a friend (a fellow Catholic) asked me what I ‘get out of’ going to mass. I have wondered often about the motivation behind his query. What post-modern version of reality gives rise to such a question? Finally, it dawned on me that it was prompted by the eighth deadly sin: self-interest. It is the full participation in the Eucharist by the people that is most important, not the selfish or proud fulfilment of the terms of some sort of imagined divine contract.

Good liturgy is about remembering – in Jewish Passover celebrations the events of the original Passover are remembered in such a powerful way that they become real to those who gather to share the meal. We gather for Eucharist regularly and often at Genazzano – to celebrate who we are and to worship the God whom we find in all things.

When we come to the Eucharist we bring all that we are to the altar and place it before God. All our failures, our disappointments, as well as our successes and joys, are part of our sacred offering. In short, we bring our whole humanity to the altar for God to hold and celebrate. The God who became human knows our frustrations and our limitations but also knows our beauty and our gifts.

We pray for our beauty and our gifts. We pray that we will remember that God is the source and the summit of our lives. We pray that what we do with our lives, which came from God, will be our gift back to God.

I invite you to remember the family of Louise Brody in your prayers after her recent passing. Louise (Class of 1981) was one of five sisters who attended Genazzano: Mary-Anne Johnstone 1978, Jenny Crawford 1979, Gabrielle Brodie 1984, Paula Brodie 1986. She was the aunt of Jasmine O’Keefe 1999, Annalise Johnstone 2006 and Leah Johnstone 2015. Louise was also a member of the Alumnae choir.

We also pray for Amelia Johnston (8A) who lost both her grandmother Bev Byron, and her grandfather, John Byron recently. Amelia’s mother has asked the Genazzano community for their prayers, and so we pray that the love of Christ will companion her and all her family during this difficult time.

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission

 

Curriculum, Standards & Innovation News

Online Reports

We are pleased to advise that the online reporting system is operational for Semester 1, 2016. All parents of students in Years 5 to Year 12 are now able to log into Gen Space and access their daughter’s online report.

Every fortnight, parents will receive an email alerting them that entries may have been added to their daughter’s online report. As the semester progresses, more and more entries will be made providing you with up-to-date information about your daughter’s academic progress.

I have placed the Online Reporting Guide for Parents on GenSpace. This document provides parents with information relating to:

  • the rationale for moving to an online system for student reporting,
  • the grading scale used  by teachers to assess tasks
  • details instruction as to how to access student online reports
  • end of semester reports.

This document can be easily accessed by Online Reporting via the Quick Links button on GenSpace.

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Once you have selected the Online Reporting you will see the following:

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Accessing your daughter's reports

  1. Open your web browser and go to the Genazzano website.
  2. In the left-hand sidebar, enter your login name and password details for the GenSpace Intranet portal. These details were provided to you upon enrolling your daughter in the College. The screenshot below illustrates the log on area. Typically your login name should consist of your first name followed by a full stop and then your last name.
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  3. After logging in, the Genazzano intranet portal homepage is displayed. Select the ‘My Profile’ tab at the top left of the site as highlighted in the screenshot below.
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  4. A list of daughters will appear. Select the ‘Reports’ link to the right-hand side of the name of the daughter for whom you wish to view reports as in the screenshot below. In this case, the names have been obscured to protect privacy.
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  5. Once you have selected Reports, your daughter’s reports will appear.

Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation

 

Student Learning and Wellbeing News

How quickly this first term is flying by! A lot of exciting learning has taken place and our girls have come to know their 2016 teachers, relate better to them and vice versa. These relationships are crucial to a meaningful and exciting learning culture within a school like Gen. We hope your daughter is experiencing this and her value as an individual learner and person.

Next Tuesday’s VCE Learning Conversations, Units 3 and 4, will provide a timely opportunity for parents/guardians, students and teachers to meet and celebrate the learning that has already taken place to date and help prepare for the academic and pastoral challenges to be faced and embraced in the future. These Learning Conversations are a key element of our individual Pastoral Care for each and every student at Gen. Feedback, communication and evaluations shared in these Conversations will help contribute to our girls’ sense of learning and wellbeing. These Conversations encourage our students to reflect and grow an understanding of how they learn and manage their intellectual and emotional growth. Goal setting is an important element of Conversations.

Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing

 

News from the Business Manager

School Bus Services

Transdev Melbourne runs dedicated school bus services to and from Genazzano FCJ College.

The following specific bus routes stop adjacent or near the College:

  • Route No. 150 - Doncaster East, Doncaster, Bulleen, Kew
  • Route No. 152 - Eltham, Templestowe, Doncaster
  • Route No. 153 - Templestowe, Bulleen, Doncaster
  • Route No. 155 - Warrandyte, Doncaster, Balwyn
  • Route No. 157 - Donvale, Doncaster
  • Route No. 158 - North Fitzroy, Clifton Hill, Alphington
  • Route No. 159 - Warrandyte, Doncaster, Balwyn
  • Route No. 160 - Park Orchards, Donvale, Doncaster

The latest school bus timetables can be downloaded from the Transdev website.

Students must have a valid myki to travel on these services. Student ticketing information, prices and discounts can be found on the PTV website.

Discounted Public Transport Tickets for Students

The ‘Victorian Student Pass’ offers the greatest savings for students who regularly travel on public transport. There’s no need to worry about having to top up their myki, because the Student Pass is a pre-paid ticket that covers travel across all of Victoria on any metropolitan or regional train, tram or bus.

The pass is loaded onto a myki, which must be touched on and off when travelling.

First half-yearly

(valid from purchase date to 31 July 2016)

$285

Second half-yearly

(valid from 1 July 2016 to 28 February 2017)

$285

Yearly

(valid from purchase date to 28 February 2017)

$546

Visit the PTV website for more information.

Safety on Buses

When travelling on the school buses, please ensure your child knows to be seated or to hold onto the hand railing. Buses may be required to brake suddenly and a number of students are injured each year, because they do not adhere to these simple safety guidelines.

Their feet are not to be placed on seats and their school bags must be kept clear of the walkway or door, allowing people to easily move on and off the bus. With your cooperation, we can ensure all students have a safe and positive journey.

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 teachers, 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.

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 their attendance.

 Alison Lucas
Director of ELC

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News from Early Years

It was great to see so many parents at our Learning and Wellbeing Conversations on Monday 22 February and again at the Prep to Year 4 Assembly on Wednesday 24 February led so beautifully by the Year 4 students. New girls who received their house badges were delighted that Ms Jebb was on hand to distribute them. Our Prep students will receive theirs at a future date. The GFA Father/Daughter/Son Eucharist was also well attended on Sunday 28 February and the students involved in the various roles did an exceptional job. It was great to get a chance to meet and chat with the dads at the breakfast following the event.

I was very proud of the Grange Hill students as they took part in our emergency evacuation drill on Tuesday 1 March. They followed instructions carefully, walking calmly and quietly to the evacuation point. Such drills are important in ensuring that all staff and students know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Wednesday 2 March saw all the Prep to Year 4 students involved in a Coding workshop with Mr Nathan Hutchings, Director of Information and eLearning Technologies, and Mr Simon Annett. Exploring such programs as Scratch, Scratch Junior and using cubelets, the girls had a great time exploring the concept of decoding which is an important literacy in our ever increasing technological world.

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The girls look very proud as they arrive in the mornings, wearing their neat uniforms. From Term 2 it is expected that only plain stud or sleeper earrings be worn. A sample of these earrings are available for viewing at the Grange Hill Reception. Dress lengths should be knee length or longer.

Please visit College Dates for the Next Fortnight for upcoming dates in the Early Years.

Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years

 

News from Middle Years

Caritas Guest Speaker, Kerry Stone 

On Wednesday 24 February, Kerry Stone, a former boarder and student at Genazzano FCJ College and now the coordinator for Caritas Australia in northern Victoria, came to discuss Caritas Australia’s work in marginalised communities around the world.

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She taught us many things, such as that we own more than 80% of the world's wealth and that 1.25 billion people in the world live on less than $1.25 a day. We found that we are very lucky to have the chance to go to school, because more than 58 million children don’t get the chance to have a proper education.

This means we have a responsibility to help these people, and one way to do that is to donate generously to Project Compassion.

Caritas works with over 160 different organisations across the world. They give emergency aid to countries that have experienced a natural disaster, such as cyclones or earthquakes. They help poor communities improve their lives, by providing them with education, clean water, hygiene and food, and in turn, teach them how to provide for themselves.

“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; if you teach a man how to fish you feed him forever.”

The message Kerry gave us is the same message of our College theme.  We are asked to show mercy and compassion to everyone. Pope Francis has asked us to reach out to the needy in our world.

We would like to thank Kerry for her time and for sharing her knowledge and experience with us.

Bridget Greer, Grace Boyd and Lauren Keller
Year 6C

 

Careers News

Year 12 Careers Expo for Students and Parents

The Australian Association of Graduate Employers is running this free, inaugural Year 12 Careers Event on Friday 11 March, from 4.00-6.00pm, to help students understand the variety of career paths available to them after they graduate from University. Employers will present information, answer questions and outline the qualifications and attributes they are looking for. The organisations represented at the expo include:

  • Accenture
  • Cisco Systems
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Human Services
  • Immigration and Border Protection Portfolio
  • Linfox
  • PageUp
  • Telstra
  • VicRoads
  • Wood Group.

For more information visit the AAGE Careers Expo website.

Year 12 Interviews

A reminder all Year 12 students are currently organising a careers appointment, which prepares them for the year ahead. Topics covered include: how to calculate the ATAR and achieve a high mark, pre-requisite scores and subjects, upcoming events, VTAC course search, what to do if you are not sure where to go next year, and the UMAT for Medicine at Monash University.

Year 9 Career Development

Last week, all Year 9 students had an engaging session with Betsy Tolmer from Driven Outcomes/Tripod, who outlined the importance of a great resume and cover letter when applying for jobs. She also covered how to research an organisation before presenting the resume, how to deliver a resume to a local business and how to be aware of the important transferable skills they have. These include what they have done in companionship/volunteering, group work at school, sport and co-curricular activities, which can be listed and explained briefly on a good resume. Personal presentation skills were also covered.

On 8 March, all Year 9 students will put together a resume based on the two sessions they have had to date about preparing for work in the 21st Century and resume writing.

Year 10 Work Experience 2016

A reminder that work experience forms are due on 23 March, the last day of Term 1. Please remind your daughters to make phone calls to obtain a placement and bring their forms to DG08. It should be noted that the Career Development office is happy to help any student who is not sure what she might like to do or whom she might approach. Please contact judy.o’donohue@genazzano.vic.edu.au or denise.casey@genazzano.vic.edu.au

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor

 

Creative Arts News

Students in the Later Years have been busily developing a range of outcomes in their folios. Students in Year 10 Visual Communication Design have been developing package designs using programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Our Art students are focusing on drawing techniques using a range of media.

Students in Product Design Technology are working on their Emirates Stakes Day outfits. They have worked extensively through the design process and are now developing patterns for their designs.

Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts

 

Music News

Musical – ‘Anything Goes’

A sincere thank you to the students and staff who produced a magnificent show last week. Months of hard work, dedication and training ensured this show is already a highlight of the year.

A special thank you must also go to Ms Janet Dawson for her tireless work throughout this musical, noting that the quality of the show was amazing. We truly value the importance of our partnership with Xavier College and look forward to the next musical. 

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Please see below the cast and crew list of our students who have committed so much of their time and talent.

Cast

Maya Bennett

Chorus

Samantha Cook

Chorus

Kate Cooper

Chorus

Olivia Darrer

Chorus

Breanna Dioguardi

Chorus

Erin Donoghue

Chorus

Stephanie Edgley

Chorus

Freya Halse

Mrs. Harcourt

Ciara Hannan

Chorus

Claudia Harris

Erma

Natalie Hayashi

Specialty Dancer

Mary Henry

Chorus

Cate Hentschel

Chorus

Emma James

Chorus

Allegra Mattioli

Chorus

Adriana Nelson

Chorus

Lexi Nolan

Virtue (Angel)

Nicola Pavan

Chorus

Samantha Pereira

Chorus

Julia Revere

Chorus

Jacinta Ryan

Hope Harcourt

Allegra Salinas-Byrne

Chorus

Jessica Sammartino

Chorus

Eliza Saville

Chorus

Mia Schlicht

Chorus

Annabel Sharkey

Purity (Angel)

Lorena Stents

Reno Sweeney

Petra Suric

Chastity (Angel)

Jessica Ting

Chorus

Emily Trappett

Chorus

Alice Whelan

Chorus

Sarah White

Charity (Angel)

Vivienne Williams

Chorus

Christina Wilson

Chorus

Kristina Yang

Chorus

Emily Zdilar

Chorus

Crew and Makeup

Kate Delaney

Crew

Clara Ho

Crew

Queenie Lai

Crew

Emma Mammolito

Crew

Amelia Miklavec

Crew

Rachel Nguyen

Make-up

Isabella Polazzon

Make-up

Anya De Rozario

Make-up

Millie Spencer

Crew

Julia Yoannidis

Crew

Music Camp 2016

Music Camp will be held on Friday 6 May and Saturday 7 May. Details will follow shortly but please ensure you pencil in this date.

Piano Concert and Junior/Middle Years Concert

We welcome you to attend many of our wonderful concerts as these provide our students with the opportunity to gain performance experience. Please visit College Dates for the Next Fortnight for details.

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music

 

Performance Psychology News

Bullying. No Way!

Genazzano has joined schools across the country in a nationwide movement to say, “Bullying. No Way!”

A group of Year 11 and 12 students (Gen Allies) led by our College Captains, Sophie Zebrowski and Marie Iliadis, have been working on lesson plans for sessions at each year level from Prep to Year 8. It’s very powerful to have the senior girls managing and delivering such an initiative because change from within has greater impact than that imposed.

Year 8 students have also worked with Performance Psychology in GenSTAR on relational aggression in their session, ‘How to Make Yr8 Gr8!’

Years 9 to 12 are working in Homerooms, and as whole year levels, to promote inclusion and awareness of bullying. The College takes the issue of student relationships seriously and is continually working to build on the positive culture of inclusion and support amongst our girls.

Gen girls say no to bullying, and know how to stand up to others should they see unfair treatment.

Judith Crigan
Senior Psychologist

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Sports News

Tennis

The 2016 Dr Rowan’s Tennis Cup will be held on Sunday 20 March at the College Open Day. Registration forms will be available from the Sports Office from Monday 7 March. All current GSV Tennis players will receive an invitation by email; however, all interested and enthusiastic tennis players are warmly invited to register.

Swimming

Hannah Macdonald - Year 11 D’Houet

Last weekend, Hannah swam the Rottnest Island Channel Swim; a distance of just under 20km. Hannah completed the Open Water Swim in 6 hours 26 minutes, placing 28th in the women’s division & 100th overall. What an outstanding effort!

Furthermore, Hannah raised $3,200 for the College’s support of the Timor Leste program.

Results may be found online.

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GSV Swimming & GSV Diving

Both our GSV and the younger SSV swim/dive squads have competed in carnivals recently. The SSV swim squad competed in the Armadale District carnival and the GSV squad competed in the GSV Preliminary Carnival.

As a result of the preliminary carnivals, the Genazzano GSV Diving squad have qualified for the Division 2 GSV Championship carnival on Tuesday 15 March, in the afternoon. The swimmers have qualified for Division 3 on the morning of Tuesday 15 March. Both carnivals are to be held at MSAC.

From the Sport Prefects- Kaitlin and Eliza

From 12-14 February, several Gen girls represented their own athletics club at the Victorian Junior Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium. We had some fantastic results, and many personal bests were achieved.

We congratulate our three newest state champions, from Year 9, Molly McCarthy (gold) and Isabelle Brugliera (gold), and from Year 11, Anna Bush (gold), We also congratulate our medalists, Anna Bush (silver), Charlotte Kennedy (bronze) and Kaitlin Barr (bronze). All of these girls have qualified for the Nationals in Perth in March and we look forward to tracking their progress.

A summary of results:

Name

Class

Result

Molly McCarthy

Year 9 Corry

1st - u15 3km

Isabelle Brugliera

Year 9 Douglas

1st -  u15 1500m

7th -  u15 800m 

Eliza O'Donnell

Year 10 Gerda   

10th - 200m

12th - 100m

Charlotte Kennedy

Year 11 Stock

3rd - u17 shot put

Olivia Owen

Year 11 Douglas

7th - 100m

7th - 200m

Anna Bush

Year 11 Stock

1st - u18 heptathlon

2nd - u18 triple jump

4th - u18 100m hurdles

Kaitlin Barr

Year 12 Corry

3rd - u20 3km steeplechase

11th - u20 1500m

General Sporting Achievements

Have you, or do you know of someone who has any sporting achievements to celebrate outside of Genazzano school sport?

We would be happy to hear about all sporting achievements or representation for Victoria or Australia and/or travelling overseas to participate in tournaments. Please drop into the Sport Office (WG103) or email sports.administrator@genazzano.vic.edu.au

#girlsmakeyourmove

A new $10million campaign called #girlsmakeyourmove has just been launched by the Federal Government.

New research shows that teenage girls are walking AWAY from exercise. 60% of girls aged 15-17 surveyed reported doing little or no exercise.  These girls could face a future of obesity, depression and osteoporosis.

The campaign seeks to warn girls and their parents that the decision to opt out of regular exercise can have life-long impacts.

Watch this video for more information.

SSV State Team Selections

In past years, team trials have been provided within our Armadale District for SSV State Team Trials in soccer, basketball and netball. The process has now changed so that any parents of Year 6 students who wish for their daughter to be included in SSV State Team Trials need to register via the SSV website at a cost of $25 per sport.

Please note that for the registration of any student to be considered, it must have the endorsement of the College and must be submitted by the 16 March deadline. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Adrian Daly on 8862 1055 or adrian.daly@genazzano.vic.edu.au. There is also a helpful video at that outlines the process.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

 

News from the GFA

Half way into Term 1, the GFA has been active on a number of fronts and we look forward to some great times in the coming months:

GFA Greetings

On 19 February, more than 80 dads gathered in the grounds of the Madeleine Centre to welcome in 2016 for the GFA. We all enjoyed the sumptuous food and refreshments provided, in the company of new and old GFA friends, our new Principal, Ms Karen Jebb and other representatives of the College.

The raffle on the night was kindly supported by the College, Gippsland Natural Meats (Paul Crock), Wine Whisperer (Stan Gawel) and Harp of Erin Hotel (Julian Di Battista). Special thanks to Nicholas Psyhogios, Julian Di Battista, Jordan Papadopoulos and all the dads who contributed to the success of the night.

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The ELC to Year 4 Father-Child Mass

On 28 February, it was fabulous to see more than 60 attend this special morning, represented by all year levels, from ELC to Year 4.

Big thanks to Fr John Martis for celebrating mass with us and all the girls who helped with altar serving, music and the readings. Thanks also to the GFA dads who assisted with the sumptuous breakfast that followed – Dino D’Andrea, Moses El-Fahkri, David Jones, Peter Grounds, Jordan Papadopoulos and Julian Di Battista. We raised $200 for the FCJ missions on the day.

The next GFA Father-Daughter mass will be held in Term 2 for the Middle School (Years 5-8) on 17 April.

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GFA Meeting: March 2016

The March GFA meeting has been rescheduled. The new date and time will be communicated shortly. All Gen dads are automatically members of the GFA and our monthly meetings are 'open door', giving you an opportunity to hear what is happening, have your say and get involved in your GFA.

Remember that to be a father is a gift, to be a Gen Dad is a rare privilege that we celebrate by Loving, Laughing and Making a Difference.

Rob Bischof
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association

 

News from the GMA

Year Level Social Events

The Class Reps are doing a great job putting together dates for year level social functions to be held during the year, so look out for your events email and make sure you put the dates in your diary.

GMA Inaugural Ladies Luncheon

Seats are limited for this, our first ever Ladies Luncheon, so make sure that you don’t miss out! Get a group of friends together and book a table to attend a 2 course luncheon with drinks and entertainment included on Friday 18 March at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club from 12.00pm-3.00pm. Bookings can be made online.

GMA Meeting

The next GMA meeting is Monday 21 March at 8.40am in the College Cafeteria and all mothers are welcome to attend. It’s a great way to meet people and keep in touch with what’s going on around the College.

Open Day

Gen Open Day is a huge College event, which will be held on Sunday 20 March from 1.30pm-4.00pm. The GMA provides refreshments and afternoon tea during this time for both visitors and our girls who help out. If you can help to set up from 1.00pm, or serve for an hour or so on the day, please contact Kerri Stiles at kerristiles@iprimus.com.au  or 0433 540 777.

2016 GMA Annual Ball

Planning has begun for this year’s GMA Ball, held on Saturday 20 August, which will be bigger and better than ever! This is the greatest social and fundraising event of the year! If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor in return for advertising exposure, or donating a prize for the loud or silent auctions, please contact Bozena Zembruski via bozenacarlo@msn.com or Johanna Nesbitt via johanna@nesbitt.net.au

Upcoming Dates

Please visit College Dates for the Next Fortnight for upcoming dates.

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association

 

Latest News

  1. Lending a helping hand for 'Schoolies'

 

Lending a helping hand for ‘Schoolies’

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After graduating from Genazzano FCJ College in 2015, Marielle Salom chose to celebrate finishing school by volunteering, rather than going to a Schoolies week event.

She chose to volunteer at a school in an Indigenous community, in Beagle Bay, near Broome in Western Australia. Marielle has said that volunteering has given her a great experience.

“I want to encourage Australians, particularly school leavers, to choose volunteering in Indigenous communities over the annual Schoolies,” she said. “I saw it as an opportunity to give something back. I helped out with the school’s Christmas concert, worked as a teacher’s aid and spent a lot of time with students during recess and lunch.”

Marielle is passionate about spreading this message of giving back to the community; particularly to older students making a decision on 'Schoolies'.

Article adapted from Progress Leader, 23 February 2016

 

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College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Friday 4 March, 7.30pm GMA: Year 11 Tropicana Night
Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 March Head of School Girls Regatta
Sunday 6 March GMA: Year 4 Family Picnic, Beckett Park
Sunday 6 March GMA: Year 2 Family Lunch
Tuesday 8 March VCE Unit 3 & 4 Learning and Wellbeing Conversations
Wednesday 9 March GMA: Year 8 Morning Tea, Scarvelli Cafe
Wednesday 9 March GMA: Year 9 Mothers’ Dinner, Augello’s Ristorante
Wednesday 9 March Developing Growth Mindsets for Optimal Learning Seminar
Thursday 10 March Prep to Year 4 Morning Tea
Thursday 10 March GMA: Year 10 Mothers’ Dinner, di Palma’s
Friday 11 March, 7.00am International Women's Day Breakfast, Centenary Hall
Friday 11 March GMA: Year 7 Souvlaki Night, Circular Drive
Monday 14 March Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 15 March, 3.45pm Piano Concert
Tuesday 15 March GMA: Year 5 Mothers’ Dinner, Café Platia
Wednesday 16 March GMA: Year 12 Mothers’ Dinner, Postino
Wednesday 16 March Prep to Year 4 Grandparents / Special Friends Day
Thursday 17 March, 3.45pm Early to Middle Years Soloist Concert
Friday 18 March, 12.00pm Genazzano Mothers' Association Ladies Lunch
Saturday 19 March GMA: Grange Hill Parents’ Cocktail Night
Sunday 20 March Open Day
Wednesday 23 March Old Fashioned Day
Wednesday 23 March Early Years Assembly
Wednesday 23 March, 3.25pm Term 1 Ends

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Community News

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The College operates a Second Hand Uniform Shop. The shop is located at the Mont Victor Road Student Services entrance. 

Opening hours

Hours of operation are each Tuesday from 8.00am-11.30am and 2.30pm-4.00pm.

Selling items

If you have items to sell at the Second Hand Uniform Shop, please fill out the selling form and return with items to be sold.

Contact us

For more information visit the Uniform Shop webpage or contact our Shop Coordinator (Gayle Molloy) via uniformshop@genazzano.vic.edu.au or 8862 1034.

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