Newsletter - Edition 3-2017

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

One of the great challenges Ignatian spirituality places before us is the question: "What more does God want of me?" This is the so-called Ignatian ‘magis’. Ignatius’ profound insight into God was that of an active God; God ever present at work in people’s lives, inviting, directing, guiding, proposing, suggesting.

One of the joys for teachers is the opportunity to encourage, affirm, challenge and recognise the hidden skills of each student and assist in bringing them to life. The Academic Assembly last week was one of those wonderful occasions in our College calendar where teachers see the impact of their work as teacher and mentor. The Assembly was a special occasion where the school community acknowledged and recognised the outstanding achievements of our 2016 VCE students.

We were blessed to have a number of special guests at our Assembly. Sr Judith Routier, fcJ Province Leader of Australia and Asia and Sr Patricia Binchy, fcJ General Councillor visiting from Europe, took time out of their busy schedule to be with us for this special occasion. We were also blessed to have Sr Maryrose Dennehy fcJ, Professor Marie Emmitt, fcJ Education Board Chair, Ms Shirley Gauci Executive Officer fcJ Education Board, Mr Kevin Frawley, College Council Chair and Dr Rose-Marie Prosser, member of our College Council, and the parents/guardians of our top VCE achievers.

It was with pride, joy and a sense of awe that the Genazzano FCJ College community celebrated the success of these high achieving girls, and acknowledged the hard work and dedication they have invested in their studies; it has been exceptional. We acknowledged the eight students who achieved an ATAR of 99 or more. The Duces, Jacinta Ryan and Amy Cantanzariti (ATAR 99.85) addressed the students sharing their words of wisdom, and all students who achieved the highest result from each of the VCE subjects were also presented with an acknowledgement at the Assembly. You can read Jacinta's and Amy's speeches online. I hope the achievement of these students inspires all our current students to continue to develop your skills, talents, gifts and abilities to strive to reach their own potential. There are so many success stories in this College. So many of students achieve excellence in many different ways, and so the Academic Assembly is just one way we have to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of these students.

As our graduating students move into the next stage of their life, beyond our school gates, we hope that these young women remain attentive to our active God ever present and working in their lives; a God that brings out the very best in each of us, loving us unconditionally. May they continue to be challenged to ask the question: "What more does God want of me?"

I am delighted to see all students continue to embrace the many opportunities available to them at the College. The co-curricular program has commenced with a record number of girls signing up for activities. Our House Swimming Day last Friday had a wonderful atmosphere of friendly competition and passionate House spirit.

In addition to girls wanting to give every race a go, we saw exceptional swimming talent with much encouragement and outstanding role modelling by our senior students, especially the House Prefects and House Captains. It was lovely to witness senior girls gently guiding our younger girls to and from their races, always warmly encouraging them whether they came first or last. I congratulate all girls for their wonderful participation and acknowledge with appreciation the outstanding support of staff that made this day such a wonderful success.

I thank the families who supported the GMA Year 7 Family Night last Friday and the GFA ELC to Year 6 Mass last Sunday. I am also appreciative of the many parents/guardians who attended our Parent Information evening on Wednesday 22 February. We are grateful for the partnerships we foster on these evenings as we share important information about the future direction of the College, and the ways that parents can support their daughter’s educational journey.

I hope to see many of you at the Genazzano/Xavier Musical Production of ‘Copacabana’ this evening. I saw the performance last night and it was outstanding. The array of talent was exceptional. A show not to be missed!

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb
Principal

 

Faith and Mission News

Wednesday 1 March was Ash Wednesday, which marked the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. During Lent, our Church invites us to bring God into our lives as we await the great events of Holy Week. It begins with Palm Sunday on 9 April and culminates with the Easter Triduum and the momentous Feast of Easter Sunday on 16 April. Thus, Lent is a journey; a journey traditionally characterised by prayer, fasting and works of mercy (such as giving extra to charity).

During Lent, we are asked to ‘go the extra yard’ in our relationship with God. For some, this may be giving up chocolate or some other luxury. For others, it may be doing some extra work at home or doing some extra household chores. Some families even give up watching television for the whole of Lent – a real example of putting ourselves second! Whichever form of suffering we embrace, we don’t do it for the sake of the suffering, but to enter into a special relationship with Jesus and to experience some of the reality of his passion and death. By dying a little to ourselves, we can experience the presence of God in a whole new way.

The ashes we receive on Ash Wednesday are a sign of suffering and repentance. At Genazzano, all students and staff were able to receive ashes during Homeroom as a sign of their preparedness to put God and others before themselves for the next forty days.

During Lent, Caritas Australia holds its annual Project Compassion appeal. Almost everyone is familiar with the small boxes used to collect donations during Lent, but there is much more to the work of Caritas than this. In Project Compassion 2016, over $11 million was raised to help the world's poorest communities. The theme for Project Compassion 2017 is ‘Love your neighbour’. As always, Pope Francis expressed this theme best:

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si

Anyone who would like a special prayer offered by the Genazzano College Community during Lent can email me at bill.fitzsimons@genazzano.vic.edu.au. These prayers will be offered throughout Lent by staff and students during Thursday morning prayers.

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission

Prayer for Lent

God of all peoples and nations,
You accompany us on our Lenten journey.
Through the life and mission of Your son,

You give us the gift of mercy.
May we learn to walk Your way of mercy and compassion with all Your people.

In a special way, we keep in mind our neighbours,
the men, women and children around the world
who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

Bless our prayers, our fasting
and our Lenten gifts to Project Compassion.
Through these actions,
may our hearts be open
to receive Your grace to love our neighbours as ourselves.

We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

 

ELC News

There was great excitement amongst our ELC3 students when a carrot was discovered growing in Mr McGregor’s garden last week. The children discussed what they could do with the big and curly carrots, and decided they would cook carrot cakes to share with their friends. A group of children joined together to cook at the table. They measured and stirred the ingredients and spooned the batter into muffin tins, counting how many muffins they had made. The children all agreed that the carrot cakes were delicious.

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The discovery of the carrots in the garden sparked much discussion about "what are our favorite vegetables to grow in the garden?" The ELC4 students decided that they could make signs for the new plants. We asked the children “what is a sign?” and they all agreed “they help you to find things”. The ELC4 students observed the plants and discussed the colours they needed to draw and represent the broccoli, beetroot, celery, lettuce, kale, strawberry, and new carrots. The children collaborated together to share their knowledge of representing each image and to copy the names of the plants.

The ELC students are taking great care of the plants this week whilst it is hot. They have noticed how the plants have ‘wilted’ in the heat and the need to water the roots to survive. Watering the garden conservatively and thinking about what time of day is best to water the plants is under discussion.

Our ELC students created a drawing of their father to share at the GFA Eucharist on Sunday. Each child was proud to reflect on an activity they enjoy sharing with their dad. The drawings are a wonderful keepsake that will also be presented in the child’s portfolio as a memory of this event.

Congratulations to the Visedo family in ELC3 on the safe arrival of baby Sophie. Big brother Xavier was very excited to share his news with his teachers and friends and to show pictures of him cuddling his new sister.  

Alison Lucas
Director of ELC

 

Junior School News

Over the past two weeks, our Year 1 students have been exploring families, with a particular focus on how we can show we love our families. They came to the conclusion that love can be shown in many different ways, but especially by helping their mums and dads. Here are the thoughts of the Year 1 girls:

Chiara: I help mummy by having special time with Eleanor when mummy is cooking dinner.
Gemma: I helped daddy last night by bathing and drying myself.
Alysha: When mum isn’t feeling well, I get things to help her feel better.
Imogen: I help my family after dinner by cleaning up the plates.
Miya: I play with Xavier and open the DVD for him. I listen to mum and dad when they ask me to do something.
Katia: I spend time with mummy cooking and baking gingerbread.
Yianna: I bake muffins with my mum with lots of icing and lots and lots of hundreds and thousands.

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Our Year 2 students have been exploring our College theme ‘In Unity we Serve’ and unpacking what this means for them. They had some rich discussions revealing a depth of understanding and insight into what our College theme looks like in action.

To live out our College theme ‘In Unity we Serve’, we can;

Offer help – people in need, those who are hurt, acts of kindness, doing things for others
Show love – make someone happy, care for others, be a good friend, give a big squeezy hug
Show empathy and understanding – see what is wrong and act, understand feelings, ask "are you ok?"
Work collaboratively – celebrate great ideas, listen to your team, share ideas
Communicate with others – talk kindly, listen, show how you feel, share ideas of how to help others
Demonstrate companionship – friendship, helping others, include others, say "yes"
Be generous – share with other people, give time and attention to others

We look forward to our Year 2s leading the way with living out our College theme during 2017.

Mary Jones
Head of Junior School

The Parable of the Talents

At the recent Academic Awards Assembly, the 5B class proclaimed a reading from the Gospel of Matthew – ‘The Parable of the Talents’.

To learn this parable in as little as four days was very exciting, however not without its challenges. So, as we had limited time, we got to work immediately.

We volunteered for roles and started to read from a script. Then we did some blocking, which is a term meaning where to stand and move while on the stage. We easily picked up how the characters were feeling because of a previous RE lesson, where we watched a documentary about what it was like living in that time period (the time of Jesus). Because we knew what the characters were thinking and feeling, we could act out the reading with correct expressions. Of course, we knew we had to learn our lines; that was our homework for the week.

We all practiced our lines a lot, and as a class, we did many rehearsals throughout the week.

Then when we proclaimed the Gospel as a class in front of the Year to 12 students, we were confident and it went fantastically! Having knowledge about what things mean in the Scriptures has really helped our understanding.

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Ines Brear
Year 5
(Mrs Natalie Vander Sluys class)

 

Year 9 News

Immersion Days

Visual Communication Design - Visual Merchandising Immersion Day

The Year 9 Visual Merchandising class spent the day broadening our knowledge about design and visual advertising. Astrid Mauler, from the Whitehouse Institute of Design, came to the College to help us learn more about visual communications. Astrid shared her extensive knowledge and experience with visual merchandising. The Whitehouse Institute of Design is a private design institute with over 28 years of experience in visual design. The Whitehouse Institute offers courses in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Creative Styling.

We started the day with a presentation about the Whitehouse Institute, visual merchandising and elements of design. After the introduction, we started the first activity of the day. We each chose a 2018 fashion trend and created a styling concept board collage. We chose to use one of the four trends: Candy Crush, New Tropical, Ice Queen or Colour Kitsch.

Our next activity was to design and draw clothes onto a paper mannequin. We then used Copic markers to draw the clothes onto the mannequins. We then cut out our mannequin design and created a window display, focusing on the theme we created for the mannequin.

As an extra incentive, Astrid and the Whitehouse Institute offered a scholarship to a week-long Whitehouse holiday design program. This wonderful opportunity was offered to Lily Gilmore for her focus and design skills, with special mentions given to Sophie Jenkins and Isabella Senyard. We feel we have learned a lot from an industry professional and we have furthered our design knowledge and skills.

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Olivia Stoney
Year 9

Italian Immersion Day

Our Italian Immersion Day experience was a fantastic opportunity to enhance our knowledge of Italian culture, food, customs and practical phrases. We were enriched by participating in a fierce round of ‘Masterchef Genazzano.’ In this competition, each girl was required to create a dish from the list provided, which would then be judged by the harsh critics: Prof Dodds and Mr Piccolo. Each girl carefully composed their dishes, and most importantly, used perfect Italian! 

Luckily, our two food experts were salivating over the abundance of food: cannoli con ricotta, bignè con crema, insalata di pane, bruschetta, insalata di ceci, zuppa inglese and tartine al salmone. I think it’s fair to say that we’re talented cooks! Some girls even received a perfect score of ‘dieci punti’.

Afterwards, Prof Dodds rewarded us all for our hard work with pizza, ‘che deliziosa!’ We were also informed of the three assessment tasks that would come out of this Immersion Day. Luckily, we were all paying close attention to what we were learning!

In conclusion, it was a successful and enjoyable day filled with learning and discovery. Grazie molto to Prof Dodds for organising the day with Prof Nuzzolese, and to Mr Piccolo for judging the food alongside Prof Dodds. 

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Lara Partridge and Lola Crivelli
Anno 9

Latin Immersion Day

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Japanese Immersion Day

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Languages News

Host Families Still Required!

We’re still looking for families to host students coming from Obayashi Girls HS from Japan from 30 July to 12 August 2017. Hosting a student from Japan can be a very rewarding experience for your family and the start of a life-long, international friendship.

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

Due to requirements, families will need to be decided as soon as possible so we ask that you apply by 10 March 2017.

Please contact me via email: adam.bianco@genazzano.vic.edu.au, or by calling 8862 1107.

Adam Bianco
Curriculum Leader: Languages

 

Careers News

Career Information on GenConnect

A great deal of information is available to students and parents on the Careers page on GenConnect. Here you will find information from VTAC, Myfuture and links to university websites. The large icon at the top of the Careers page will take you to a special Genazzano Careers site, where you can research many courses and occupations. I suggest you have a look and talk to your daughter about it.

Monash University Information Evenings: March to September

Monash University runs a series of information evenings starting on Tuesday 7 March 2017. These events outline everything students need to know about the courses they are interested in studying. Register now and attend so that your daughter is prepared and has done as much research as possible. For more information and to register, visit their website.

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor

 

Social Justice News

International Women's Day Breakfast

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Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Anne McIllroy
Social Justice Coordinator

 

Sports News

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/venues. This can be downloaded from the Sports GenConnect page 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.

Girls & Women in Sport

A recent broadcast on the ABC featuring Kim Crow (rowing), Sharni Layton (netball) and Emma Kearney (Cricket & AFLW) is well worth a listen. Visit ABC iView for the broadcast.

We have also shared this link through our College social media pages.

Student Achievements

Emily Bertacco (Year 11) will be in Sydney competing at the Australian Track & Field Championships in the 100m hurdles. Best wishes, Emily!

Alex Cameron (Year 7) was nominated for her Basketball performance recently as the best team player from Victoria with two other players. Congratulations, Alex!

2017 House Swim & Dive Carnival

Another very successful carnival was held on Friday 24 February at Boroondara Pool.  Students from Year 5 to 12 competed in a range of events in the main pool, diving pool and beginner pool for novelties. House spirit was evident through loud cheering and enthusiastic support.

Results

Grand Aggregate

Place House Points
1st Winter 516
2nd Gerda 485
3rd d'Houet 466

Junior

Place House
1st Gerda
2nd Douglas
3rd Corry

Intermediate

Place House
1st Gerda
2nd Stock
3rd d'Houet

Senior

Place House
1st Stock
2nd Winter
3rd d'Houet

Diving

Diving Aggregate d'Houet
Individual Winners
Junior A Matisse Verrocchi (Year 7)
Junior B Phoebe Hill (Year 7)
Intermediate A Bianca DiMattina (Year 10)
Intermediate B Isobel Dobbyn (Year 9)
Senior A Kellie Woodhouse (Year 12)
Senior B Grace Ross-Farrell (Year 12)

House Cheer

House Cheer Tropy Gerda

Fastest 50m

Fastest 50m Lily Hall (Year 9)
28.68s
Winner 4 years in a row

Records

Event Name Time
Year 5 25m Backstroke  Annabelle Gangi  23.83s
 Year 5 50m Breaststroke  Jessica Balic  54.64s
 Year 7 50m Backstroke  Emily Hall  40.78s
 Year 8 50m Backstroke  Anja Rozanic  40.17s
 Year 9 50m Breaststroke  Lily Hall  39.80s
 Year 9 50m Freestyle  Lily Hall  28.57s
 Year 11 50m Freestyle  Megan Grimshaw  30.89s
 Year 12 50m Backstroke  Ruby Binios  37.98s
 Year 12 50m Breaststroke  Caitlin Law  40.27s
 Open 50m Butterfly  Lily Hall  30.67s

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2017 Centenary Swim Meet

This annual event was held on Friday 17 February at the Genazzano Pool, featuring the Gen Swim Squad plus four visiting schools. After a competitive afternoon of racing, Genazzano finished in first place overall. This was cause for great excitement, as it is the first time we have won the trophy since 2005!

The Gen Fastest 50m Championship race was won (for the second year in succession)by Megan Grimshaw (Year 11) in a time of 30.32s, narrowly holding out Hannah Macdonald, Grace Greenwood, Brianna Mercer, Caitlin Law and Olivia Branagan. Well done girls.

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Next Meet for GSV squad: 2017 GSV Preliminary Carnival at MSAC Monday 6 March, 8.00am – 12.00pm.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

SSV

Genazzano was represented by 31 Year 3-6 students at the recent SSV Armadale District Swimming Carnival. All coaches and parents who attended were impressed by the improvement in the squad and their efforts in each event, with personal bests achieved in more than half of the events. Regularly, the Gen girls could be heard cheering each other and other schools also noted the cheerful disposition our girls consistently demonstrated during the carnival. 

Congratulations to these girls who finished top 3 in their respective races:

  • Willow O'Callaghan (Year 4) - 1st (Under 10 50m Breaststroke)
  • Sophie Redman (Year 4) - 3rd (Under 10 50m Butterfly)
  • Izabella Morrison (Year 6) - 1st (Under 12/13 50m Backstroke) & 3rd (Under 12/13 50m Freestyle) - Izabella's time for the backstroke qualified her for the SSV Beachside Division Swimming Carnival to be held on Friday 10 March.

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Weekly training will continue for the squad on Wednesdays at lunchtime for the rest of Term 1.

Focus now turns to training for Cross Country, which begins next Thursday 9 March in the morning before school.

Congratulations to the following Year 6 students who will represent the College at the SSV trials listed below:

  • Basketball – Chiara Chiarelli, Izabella Morrison and Isabelle Whelan
  • Netball – Francesca Farmer, Pascal Salinas-Byrne and Meg Somerville
  • Soccer – Samantha Bianco

The dates for trials will be announced shortly after the registration date.

Adrian Daly
SSV Coordinator

Swimming – GenAquatic

National Age Championships

Swimmers wishing to qualify for Age National Championships only have a few more events for qualifying.

The last events before qualifying are:

  • MVC Summer Long Course on Saturday 4 March
  • Firbank Aquastar on Saturday 11 March

These will be the last events to qualify, so please make sure entries are in if your child wants to make qualifying times.

Club Night

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

Amon Soerink
Head Coach, Aquatics

College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Saturday 4 March Senior Rowing Championships
Junior State Rowing Championships hosted by Genazzano FCJ College
Gen/Xavier Musical
Tuesday 7 March Year 9 Immersion Day
Wednesday 8 March​ Year 7 Camp
Thursday 9 March Year 7 Camp
Friday 10 March International Women’s Day Breakfast
Year 7 Camp
Year 5 Reflection Day
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
Sunday 12 March Senior, Year 10 and Year 9 Rowing Training
Monday 13 March Labour Day Public Holiday
Rowing Interclub Regatta and BBQ
Wednesday 15 March Vocal Concert, 7.00pm
Thursday 16 March Parent Seminar: ‘How to Foster Passions and Interests in your Daughter’, 7.00pm
Friday 17 March St Patrick’s Day
Head of School Girls Regatta
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

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

 

GMA News

Year Level Reps are doing a great job putting together dates for functions throughout the year, so look out for your respective year level email and make sure you put these dates in your diary. I would like to thank all of those who have volunteered. Without your help, the GMA would not be able to provide a wide range of engaging and entertaining functions across the College.

GMA Events Held

A total of 21 mothers from Year 8 gathered at the Di Guiney's residence for a lovely morning tea.

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The Year 7 Family Night was a great success. Almost 200 girls, parents and teachers gathered on Circular Drive, where they were treated to a delicious meal. Thank you to all the Year 7 class representatives who did a wonderful job in pulling this evening together.

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Twilight Open Day

Genazzano's Open Day is a significant College event, which will be held on Tuesday 28 March from 2.30pm - 6.30pm. The GMA provides refreshments and afternoon tea during this time for our visitors. 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 / 0433 540 777 or Cathy Woodhouse at woodys01@bigpond.et.au

We need lots of helpers!

Ladies Luncheon – Friday 24 March 2017

The Committee have been working together to make this event very special. It will be an elegant affair with a delicious three course meal at the Kooyong Tennis Club. There will be stalls for those who wish to do some shopping, and of course, lots of socialising. This event is nearly sold out so I would encourage you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

GMA Annual Ball – Saturday 19 August 2017 – ‘Hollywood at the Park Hyatt’

Planning has begun for this year’s GMA Ball, which will be bigger and better than ever! The greatest social and fundraising event of the year is being coordinated by Mrs Johanna Nesbitt and I, together with a very enthusiastic committee. If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor or donating a prize for the Loud or Silent Auctions, we will provide your business with advertising opportunities. Please contact me for more information at gma.president@genazzano.vic.edu.au.

Second Hand Book Donations

If you have any second hand school books that you would like to clear out of your study, please consider donating them to the Les Twentyman organisation, who support students, including disadvantaged youths and young people who come to Australia as refugees without their parents.

If you have books you would like to donate, please contact Maddy Galgano on galgfam@gmail.com or Marisa De Maria on mde05988@bigpond.net.au

GMA Care Group

The Care Group provides support for families in need. The type of assistance includes meals, transport, uniforms and text books. If you require assistance or know of a family who may need some help, please contact the GMA Care Group Coordinator Lisa Laird on lisamlaird@yahoo / 0400 628 331.

GMA Committee Meeting

The next GMA Committee meeting is on Monday 27 March at 8.40am in the Boardroom, and as usual, all mothers and friends of Genazzano are welcome to attend. We cover lots of interesting topics, and it’s a great way to meet people and keep in touch with what’s going on around the College.

Save the Date

Sunday 5 March Year 4 Family Picnic
Friday 24 March GMA Ladies' Luncheon, 11.30am - 3.00pm
Monday 27 March GMA Committee Meeting, 8.40am in the Boardroom
Tuesday 28 March Twilight Open Day, 2.30pm - 6.30pm

Jacqui Pirone
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association

 

GFA News

ELC Year 6 Eucharist & Breakfast

Last Sunday, the GFA hosted a breakfast for fathers and daughters at the ELC to Year 6 Eucharist. Fr John Martis celebrated Mass and shared some sage advice about not worrying too much, and this was followed by a presentation of the girls’ artwork expressing different aspects of their relationships with their dads.

After Mass, the girls and their fathers enjoyed a cooked breakfast in the College cafeteria and shared a few laughs with their friends while their dads caught up with new and old friends. The event was attended by over 120 people including the College Principal, Ms Karen Jebb, who enjoyed the opportunity to chat with the dads.

I would like to thank Mr Lu Italiano for organising the team and all the other volunteers who made this event possible. Special thanks to David, Patrick and Anton who formed the sub-committee, planned the event and made it all happen on the day, as well as Mr Dave Reynolds, Mr Darren Davis, Mr Nic Shea, Mr Mike McTigue, Mr Rob Bischof and Mr Nic Psyhogios for their tireless efforts throughout the morning. A special thanks to Anushni for her amazing waffles!

We would also like to extend our thanks to Fr John Martis, the readers and staff who organised every aspect of what was a beautiful Mass including Mrs Natalie Vander Sluys, Mr Bill Fitzsimons, Mrs Mary Jones, Ms Deon Ning and Mr Jan Blazejczak. It was a real collaboration between the fathers and the College.

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GFA Executive

We will be having our second GFA Committee meeting on Wednesday 22 March at 7.00pm in the College Boardroom, followed by food and refreshments. This is where we discuss what events and activities we will run and how we will run them. If you are interested in coming along just turn up or contact me at GFA.President@genazzano.vic.edu.au

We also have presentations and receive an update from the College Representative, Mr Ferruccio Servello and other staff. This month’s meeting will include a short presentation from Mrs Maria de Una, who will explain the magic of Spain, its food and history and present her range of organic Spanish wines for tasting.

GFA Events

All our events are organised by volunteers, who are coordinated by our Vice Presidents. We have four different types of events aimed at deepening our relationships: father daughter events; fathers’ events, College events and corporate events. If you would like to get involved, there are many ways you can participate, from organising the event, to helping out on the BBQ, to simply coming along. You just need to take the first step by contacting us:

Father Daughter Events Lu Italiano
0438 699 889
lu@itsetc.com
Fathers' Events Bruce MacIsaac
0419 885 701
gfa.president@genazzano.vic.edu.au
College Events Peter Grounds
0413 953 088
PGrounds@cloverconsulting.com.au
Corporate Events Nicholas Psyhogios
nicholas@psyhogios.com.au

Twilight Open Day

This year, a Twilight Open Day will be held on Tuesday 28 March. The GFA will provide refreshments and a BBQ for our visitors. If you can assist in the set up from 1.00pm, or serve for an hour or so on the day, please contact:

It’s on Tuesday afternoon to allow our visitors to see Genazzano in action, so for those dads who are available, we would really appreciate your help.

Save the Date

Wednesday 22 March GFA Committee Meeting, 7.00pm, College Boardroom
Friday 31 March GFA ELC to Year 4 Family Pizza Party, 4.00pm

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association

Events

Parent Seminar Series: 'How to Foster Passions and Interests in your Daughter'

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Event details

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Time: 7.15pm - 8.00pm (please arrive at 7.00pm for a prompt 7.15pm start)
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts
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

Genazzano Father's Association ELC to Year 4 Pizza Party

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Date: Friday 31 March 2017
Time: 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: St Raphael's Courtyard, Genazzano FCJ College
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World Down Syndrome Awareness Day 2017

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Casserole Club

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