Newsletter - Edition 4-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Last Friday morning, the College celebrated International Women’s Day with a breakfast gathering at 7.00am in the Genazzano Centenary Hall. The hall was transformed into a reception centre, with round tables, table cloths and breakfast buffets at each end of the venue. Many students from Years 5 to 12 enthusiastically came to school early to share breakfast and listen to an inspiring speaker, Prue Gilbert, Managing Director of Grace Papers. Grace Papers is a coaching agency, set up to enable women to manage the key transition time of pregnancy and work. I was also delighted to see many mothers in attendance and maybe in the future we can encourage dads and other significant males to attend this important event. The issue of gender equality can only be achieved when both males and females tackle the issues together. Our guest speaker challenged the many stereotypes and expectations of our current society, particularly when it comes to inequity in the workforce and on the sporting field. She showed the video called ‘Like a Girl’ that has over 61 million hits on YouTube.

I would hope that all of our young women who graduate from Genazzano FCJ College have the courage and confidence to explore their passions, interests and dreams and not have to face any prejudice or bias in our world. Sadly, for many women (and men) a world without prejudice and bias is not a reality as yet. But unless we name and address these issues, we will never make the changes that should to be made to our society and world. Fortunately, our students have many wonderful role models that have broken the glass ceiling and shown what is possible. Our founder, Marie Madeleine d’Houet, is certainly one of them. With courage and confidence, she founded her own order of religious sisters despite the pressure by the hierarchy to join an existing religious order. She was steadfast in her conviction and belief and she had the courage and confidence to listen to the voice of God to pursue her dream and vocation. We have benefited from her legacy and the many women who continued to live and interpret this vision for the future. The students at Genazzano FCJ College are our future, and I am sure this International Women’s Day Breakfast inspired them with a wonderful message that gender inequality is not acceptable and they have every right to pursue a future that is fair, just and equitable, not just for themselves but for the good of all. My prayer is that each of our students has the courage, confidence and conviction to pursue their dreams and aspirations in any field of their choosing.

I would like to thank and congratulate Erin Donoghue, our Social Justice Prefect, for her outstanding leadership of this event. She arranged the guest speaker, organised the logistics and hosted the morning. In addition, it was also a very successful fundraiser, supporting one of the major social justice projects of the FCJ Sisters.

This newsletter shares many of the fabulous events and news of the past two weeks. I have enjoyed being part of a number of these events including the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta in Geelong, the Year 5 Reflection Day, the Year 10 Eucharist, the Growth Mindset seminar and the Grange Hill Morning Tea, just to name a few. Thanks to all parents for their support and commitment to many of these events, it has been very much appreciated.

With only one week left of Term 1, I wish our students and their families every blessing for Easter and may the term holidays be refreshing and enjoyable.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb



Prayer to welcome Easter

God of fidelity and joy,
You have shared our journey throughout Lent
and have sustained us as we prepared ourselves
for the great events of Easter this year.

Just as your Son embraced the cup you offered him,
may we too look for your guidance with trust and humility
Just as you accompanied him during his time of trial
may you accompany us when we are unsure or lose faith.

This Easter may the penitence of Lent
give way to the joy of the risen Lord
May you awaken in us the passion and love of Christ
and may paschal light shine upon us.

Just as Marie Madeleine d’Houet responded
to the call from the cross, “I thirst”
may we continue to search out and companion those who thirst
for love, respect and the warmth of the human spirit.

In this Year of Mercy, may the true joy
of the great mystery of the risen messiah
be present for us in our school, our families
and the hearts of all those who are called to be your disciples.



Faith and Mission News

Each year our College develops a theme for the coming year. There are many reasons for a Catholic school to have an annual theme, as it allows us to focus on the things that are really important to our faith-filled and faithful Catholic community.

Our theme for 2017 is titled 'In Unity We Serve'. It will inspire our gatherings and our view of the world. There is no doubt that when the students and staff of Genazzano work in unity, we can achieve great things. Our Catholic faith is centred around community.

When we serve others, we live our faith and ultimately serve God. Our role model for this is Pope Francis, who has been a powerful advocate for the poor and disenfranchised in our world. He is in many ways the embodiment of the call of Jesus, to be servant leaders.

As we conclude the first Term of 2017, we hope all our students and staff embrace our theme in many facets. As a community, our theme calls us to serve one another, serve our College and serve God. Let’s hope that at the end of 2017 we can look back and say that we were inspired and enlivened to be people of unity and service.

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


News from the Deputy Principal

As we move into the last week of first term, it is appropriate for us to reflect on the past weeks. For many of our students, it has been a time of transition, especially for students moving into Prep, Year 5 and 7, and new students to the College. Last week, our Year 5 students participated in a reflection day as part of their Transition program.

Students have been involved in a number of sporting activities over the past weeks and a comprehensive sport report is included later in this newsletter. Congratulations to all our participants! A particular acknowledgement goes to our rowers, for their wonderful commitment to the rowing season, their outstanding success at the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta and to the students who participated in the Rowing Nationals last week.

Catholic Education Week – Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 March

This week, we joined with Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, as we celebrated our Catholic identity during this Catholic Education Week (CEW). The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is ‘Be the face of mercy’ and a number of our students will participate in the activities on offer, including the St Patrick’s Day Mass for Schools, Concert in the Park, the Young Speakers Colloquium and the Visual Arts Exhibition.

Open Day – Sunday 20 March

We look forward to seeing many of our students and their families at Open Day on Sunday. This is an important day for us as we welcome prospective students and their families, as well as show hospitality to many of our current families.

Genazzano Day – Friday 22 April

Each year, we hold a day of celebration, Genazzano Day, which celebrates the College feast day in honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel. The feast day is celebrated as close as possible to the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel and this year, we will celebrate Genazzano Day on Friday 22 April. Normal arrival and dismissal times apply on this day and further information regarding Gen Day will be distributed to the students and parents early in Term 2.

Internet Safety

A reminder to students about being careful in their use of social networking tools over the break. Please communicate carefully!

Holy Week and Easter

We wish the Year 12 students well as they participate in their retreat from Monday to Wednesday next week. On Holy Thursday, we will gather as a staff for a professional learning day, led by Rev Francis Moloney sdb. Holy Thursday is a significant day for the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus because the order began on Holy Thursday 1820. As Marie Madeleine d’Houet prayed before the altar of repose, she came to a new awareness of what God was asking of her – to be a Faithful Companion of Jesus and "in the silence of her heart" the Society was born.

I wish everyone a holy and grace-filled Easter and a restful and renewing term break.

Term 2 commences on Monday 11 April.

Cathy Jenkins
Deputy Principal


Curriculum, Standards & Innovation News

Learning Conversations

On 8 March, parents of students completing a Unit 3 & 4 study were involved in Learning Conversations. The purpose of Learning Conversations is to provide feedback to both parent and student on academic progress, and most importantly, to provide strategies for continued improvement and development.  On 13 and 14 April, Learning Conversations will take place for all students from the Early Learning Centre to Year 11. Written information about the Learning Conversations will be sent home shortly. We would encourage students to accompany parents or guardians to these conversations. These conversations are important because they provide an opportunity for feedback, discussion of strategies for improvement and the opportunity for students and parents/guardians to ask questions. We operate on the premise that successful student learning is the result of a partnership between home and school.  We have facilitated this degree of collaboration through both formal Learning Conversations and the online reporting system. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to make contact with teachers throughout the year if they have any concerns about their daughter’s progress and information about their progress can be regularly checked through the progressive reporting system.   

Subject Selection

Throughout Terms 2 and 3, students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be involved in the process of preparing to make subject choices for 2017. There will be assemblies held at each year level to outline the process to students and provide them with an opportunity to ask questions. It is important that our Year 10 students, in particular, commence their investigation into potential courses they may be interested in pursuing post-secondary school and most importantly to seek advice from their teachers and the Careers Advisor about potential VCE subjects and tertiary courses. I will provide updates about upcoming subject selected related events throughout the next two terms.

Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation


Student Learning and Wellbeing News

This term has been a brief, but busy one of learning. Our girls and their teachers have been building upon their skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the further and exciting learning ahead. While our ELC to Year 9 students will continue their learning at the College in the last week of term, I wish our Year 10s well in their Driver Ed course, our Year 11 girls on their Companionship Experience and our Year 12s on their annual Retreat at Yellingbo and Lord Somers.

Term 1 is often called the ‘Summer Term’ and what a correct description of this term it is, with warm weather throughout! As you would well know, the end of this term signals a change in uniform for Terms 2 and 3. Shortly, I will be sending an email to parents and guardians outlining the College expectations of wearing the correct winter uniform from the first day of Term 2. I look forward to your continued and valuable support in this important endeavour, which celebrates our College identity.

Finally, on behalf of all the learning and wellbeing team, I wish you a happy and blessed Easter where we all experience the fidelity and joy of our Risen Lord in this Year of Mercy.

Lila McInerney​
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing


News from ELC

Over the past term, our educators in the Early Learning Centre have supported the children’s increase in independence. As children grow and develop, they become more able to do things for themselves, to express themselves and to explore their world independently.

Independence contributes to the development of self-esteem, identity and wellbeing. Doing something for yourself produces a powerful sense of achievement and success. When children have opportunities to make choices, to attempt tasks for themselves, and to take on increasing responsibilities, their sense of themselves as competent members of society grows.

In the past two weeks, our ELC4 learners have increased their independence skills by taking on the responsibility of assisting with tasks and jobs within the daily routine. By encouraging the children’s involvement in completing tasks or jobs, we extend their sense of wellbeing. During the morning meeting, the children read a visual photo board that identifies which child’s photo corresponds with the daily task. This list of tasks includes:

  • a prayer monitor
  • sustainable practices, such as compost collection and feeding the worm farm
  • light monitor
  • routine experiences, such as setting the lunch tables
  • ringing the pack away bell
  • interest experiences, such as sharing show and tell for the week.

The children eagerly await their turn and remind each other of the task to complete and celebrate the value placed on the task and responsibility.

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A focus on independence in the ELC and wider community supports children to recognise the value of thinking about themselves as well as others. Then they can begin to understand the responsibilities that go with being an individual and a member of a wider society. As the year continues the possibilities for extending the children’s responsibilities in the Early Learning Centre are endless. We look forward to the children sharing their ideas on increasing tasks and jobs that they can achieve independently.

Alison Lucas
Director, Early Learning Centre


News from Early Years

The students in Prep to Year 4 welcomed their special guests for our Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Wednesday 16 March. It was lovely to see so many grandparents, special friends and parents spend some time in the various classrooms and discuss school work with the students. The girls loved presenting to their captive audience in the Dr Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre, and for the rest of the day, strains of “Thank you Grandma. Thank You Grandpa” were heard throughout the building, as the girls went about their various tasks. The Year 4 girls proved to be excellent hosts, as they wandered around the area with trays of food for their invited guests.


Computer Coding Club continues every Friday lunchtime in the Dr Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre, with the girls enjoying various aspects of coding including giving instructions to our resident NAO robot. Any girl wishing to participate can simply come along to the library at lunchtime.

Chess Club will begin in Term 2 on Tuesdays. More information regarding Chess Club will be sent home shortly.

We look forward to seeing everyone for our Old Fashioned Day on Wednesday 23 March beginning with assembly at 9.00am in the Montagner Auditorium.

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

Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 6 Immigration Museum Excursion

In Humanities, we are learning about Australia’s migration history: who first came to our country and who has continued to come. As part of this unit, we went to the Immigration Museum where we had a lesson and learnt more about our country’s history.

We viewed a very moving film clip about migrants and the many reasons why they have come to Australia. Reasons include war, conflict, disasters, poverty, famine and human rights.

Before this unit, I didn’t realise the pain and suffering so many people have endured, or the conditions in some countries; or how important freedom is. I wasn’t aware of the boat people coming into our country and the struggles they have faced.  

It made me think how lucky we all are to live in Australia.

I know now that Australia’s migration policy is that you can only enter the country if you are a skilled worker, a refugee or for family reunions.

I think our highest priority as a humanitarian country should be to let people into our country if they have fled theirs because of war. I’d like to think that another country would do something like that for me, if I was ever in that situation.

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Chiara Grigg
Year 6A

Year 6 Interschool Debating

Last week, the Year 6s competed in the Interschool Debating Competition at Sacré Cœur. Our debate topic was “That mobile phones should be banned from school”.

During lunchtimes, since the start of term, we met with Ms McNamara. First, we brainstormed the topic and thought of all the arguments for and against. Then we got into teams and tried to find evidence, research and articles to back up our arguments.

For each point, we tried to think of a good rebuttal. Ms McNamara helped us to have the best arguments and rebuttals possible.

On the day, both our affirmative and negative teams won. Lucy O’Connor was awarded best speaker for the negative team and Sophie Farlecas was awarded the best speaker for the affirmative team.

I enjoyed debating because it taught me more about expanding my points with good evidence and looking at two sides of an issue. It also made me realise the importance of being well organised both at our lunch meetings and on the day.

I felt confident speaking in front of people but I still think I could work further on my rebutting skills. I would like to continue with debating.

Olivia Benston
Year 6A

Reflection from a Wardell Writer on International Women’s Day

I am a woman of the future, I learn, I dream, I discover. I am a woman of the future I never give up, but persevere and maintain focus. I am a woman of the future, I am curious and leave no stone unturned. I am a woman of the future I grow and benefit from what I learn and use it to the best of my abilities. I am a woman of the future, I will be polite and well mannered. I am the woman of the future.

Jacqueline Crock
Year 6B 


News from Later Years

Years 10 and 11 students with an interest in the sciences as a career

Making connections – Neuroscience illuminating the pathways affecting our behaviour and health – Special event

Brain.jpgGTAC and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health are proud to present this unique program for students in Years 10 and 11. This program celebrates the contribution of behavioural and clinical research in advancing our understanding and treatment of diseases affecting the nervous system.

Students will hear from neuroscientists speaking about their research and will tour the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. They will also participate in two GTAC workshops to explore alcohol addiction and Motor Neuron Disease and research into possible treatments for these diseases.

Date: Tuesday 19 April or Wednesday 20 April
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm
Location: Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne (Parkville Campus)

Michael Kuspira
Curriculum Leader: Science

Monash University International Women’s Day Breakfast

On 9 March 2016, six Year 12 students, Olivia Thomas, Saacha Neilson, Freya Halse, Lucy Scott, Liana D’Eramo and Mikayla Dohnt, were privileged enough to be invited to the inaugural International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Monash University Law Building, in the city.


Below is a reflection from Olivia Thomas, Year 12:

"During our time there, we were honoured to witness several presentations from empowering, motivational women who shared with us their successes and challenges they have had to overcome in their professional and personal lives.

After being randomly assigned with a different colour each, we had the chance to interact and build relationships with Year 12 girls from different schools as we workshopped our values and what are important to us in the future.

As a group we left feeling bold, powerful and motivated to strive for the lives we want and with the belief that we can overcome any gender barriers that we may encounter."


Drama News

Year 9 Drama: Page to Stage Immersion Day

The Year 9 Page to Stage Drama class had the wonderful opportunity to be immersed in all things creative. We took part in a dance class at Chunky Move and a backstage tour of the Malthouse Theatre. Both experiences helped give us a greater insight into our chosen stage craft areas for our own production of Masquerade.

Our first stop was at Chunky Move, where we had the absolute pleasure of taking a class with the wonderful international choreographer, Rebecca Jensen. We were taught two diverse dances. Both had a style of movement of their own, which we will later be able to interpret into our play Masquerade. The choreographer gave us many helpful tips on different dance styles and ideas for our play.

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We were also very privileged to have a backstage tour of the Malthouse Theatre. Toby Sullivan, one of the Producers at the Malthouse, showed us where the actors rehearse and what their rehearsal might include. He showed us where the directors plan the different plays and the different theatres that are used to perform to the general public.

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We saw the workshop and the offices and this helped us learn about our different stagecraft areas. We learnt about lighting, set design, sound, publicity, makeup and costumes and overall acting.

We were also very fortunate to see the ‘bump in’ for the play Picnic at Hanging Rock, learning about the process of making a play; from the first idea of the play to the auditions, then to the rehearsals. Night vision goggles and moving walls were just the beginning!

The Year 9 play Masquerade by Kate Mulvany will be performed at the Wardell Theatre on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May at 7.00pm.

Maya Courtney and Aimee Forrest
Year 9


Information and eLearning Technologies News

The Robots are coming! - NAO at Genazzano

As part of the GenTech co-curricular program for 2016, our NAO robot is being programmed by our Year 5 and 6 students. Later in the year, the GenTech team will enter a robot dance competition to be held at Swinburne University. The name for the robot has already been chosen by the girls and they are currently busily programming dance moves, which we test on Thursday lunchtimes. Girls in Year 5 and 6 have installed the Choreographe software on their laptops, which enables them to program a virtual robot and test their ideas. The NAO also attends Friday lunchtime Tech Club at Grange Hill.

The NAO has 25 degrees of freedom, four directional microphones, and two cameras for image and object recognition, touch sensors on the arms, legs and head and can respond to speech commands and is able to balance itself by detecting if it is standing or sitting. NAO can be programmed with the drag and drop based software, Choregraphe, as well as being fully programmable using the Python programming language.


Students who choose Software Development as a Unit 3 & 4 subject in 2016 will use the NAO as their programming platform and implement their solutions using the Python programming language. 

Keep an eye on the College newsletter for further updates about NAO at Genazzano.

Nathan Hutchings
Director of Information and eLearning Technologies


Maths News

Alumnae Tutoring and Maths Assist

Alumnae Mathematics Tutors have returned to Genazzano FCJ College in 2016.

Past Genazzano VCE Mathematics students are available to help your daughter with her mathematics homework. The Mathematics tutor is available to assist in the library, after school for one hour from Monday to Thursday.

Your daughter can also get help at lunchtime at Maths Assist. At Kew campus, Maths Assist operates in W239, every lunchtime and at All Hallows, Maths Assist operates for selected lunchtimes.

Please contact Carol Patterson on 8862 1098 for further information.

Carol Patterson
Curriculum Leader: Mathematics


Music News

Congratulations to our young performers!

Piano Concert

We held our first piano concert on Tuesday 15 March. Thank you to all our wonderful pianists who presented us with their repertoire. The following students played at the concert:

Year 2:

  • Elodie Beaudry
  • Allegra Patti

Year 3:

  • Jocelyn Nichol-Jordan
  • Lauren Murphy
  • Criselle Cayetano
  • Nikita Balic
  • Carla Pertile

Year 4:

  • Millicent Luckman
  • Madeleine Bautista
  • Leah Losinno
  • Jessica Balic
  • Scarlett Norton-Illesca

Year 5:

  • Asha Kennedy

 Year 6:

  • Isabelle Ballek
  • Elena Russo
  • Chiara Grigg
  • Olivia Pertile
  • Bridget Greer
  • Lauren Keller
  • Jessica Murphy

Year 7:

  • Tulipa Rodriguez-Quin
  • Julia Condon

Year 8:

  • Marietta Stents

Early to Middle Years Soloist Concert

On Thursday 17 March, our young performers were in action during our soloist concert. With an array of instruments, it was lovely to see so many talents perform. A special thank you to Ms Clare Riordan, for accompanying the students. The following students played in the concert:

Year 3:

  • Phoebe Houlihan
  • Isabella Schwarze

Year 5:

  • Mackenzie Crawford
  • Grace Kopke
  • Ariyana Wanigasekera Farik
  • Chloe Crellin

Year 7:

  • Effie Zhou
  • Sarah Vilo
  • Sarah Servello
  • Georgia Kanellis
  • Caitlin Abrahams
  • Sofia Licciardello
  • Lucy McColl Jones
  • Anushi Fernandopulle

Year 8:

  • Georgia Farlecas
  • Courtney Garcia
  • Anna Lewis
  • Starla Solias
  • Chelsea Kwan
  • Taylor Hee

Christopher Norton – Piano Workshop

We are privileged to welcome Mr Christopher Norton to our College. Christopher is very well known with many pianists and will work with our students and teachers on improvisation on the piano. He will be conducting this workshop on Monday 11 April, 10.00am-3.00pm in the Montagner Auditorium.

Please refer to our flyer for more information.

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music


Performance Psychology News

Developing a Growth Mindset

Over 250 members of the Genazzano and wider community gathered last week to hear James Anderson deliver a thought provoking and entertaining presentation on supporting young people to develop a growth mindset. Put simply, a ‘growth mindset’ is the thinking or belief that people have the ability to learn and develop skills. Although this may seem like a simple premise, so much thinking of the past and the language in our culture promotes an opposite belief. James describes this ‘fixed mindset’ thinking as ‘the greatness gap’ as it suggests that some people just ‘are’ more talented in certain areas. If we think like this, we can make excuses for ourselves and our children and limit achievement. James contends that people who are successful in any field have worked hard – very, very hard. We should not overlook their efforts and should note their example. As parents and educators, we must begin by examining our own beliefs and thinking carefully about the messages and modelling we provide for children. James offered a number of key strategies:

  • Refrain from praising children for ‘being’ smart, clever or talented.  Rather, focus encouragement of purposeful practice and persistence to build skills.
  • Support children to believe they can continue to grow and learn with deliberate effort.
  • Help children to focus on the process of learning and to see mistakes and ‘failure’ as a part of learning: “I can’t play this piece... yet.”
  • Encourage a desire for challenge and knowledge with thinking that wonders: “What will I learn next?

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research, Programs and Performance


Sports News

From the Director of Sport

SSV District Swimming

On Friday 26 February, 33 girls from Years 3 to 6 represented Genazzano FCJ College at the SSV Armadale District Swimming Carnival.

Training has been each Tuesday and Thursday morning, under the guidance of Coach, Mr Max Thorn. These sessions have helped to build speed, stroke technique and race-diving skills. As a result, 15 girls represented the College in swimming for the first time.

Congratulations to all girls for their participation in the carnival and for their wonderful team spirit. They encouraged each other’s efforts with many innovative songs, led by the Year 6 girls. We had swimmers record personal best times in 32 of the 56 events and seven College records were broken at SSV level! Well done particularly to Alice Evans (Year 3), who placed 1st for the U9 Heat A 50m Freestyle and 3rd for the U9 50m Backstroke.

With the end of the SSV Swim season, training will revert to weekly sessions in Terms 2 & 3 and will be available for Year5-6 students only.

SSV Cross Country

Students in Years 3-6 have the opportunity to represent the College in Cross Country, in the District Carnival (Friday 22 May). Training will begin on Thursdays before school from 10 March, under the guidance of Mr Adrian Daly and casual coach/es. 

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 in to the Sport Office (WG103) or email

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

From the Sport Prefects

Head of the Schoolgirls (HOSG) Regatta

Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta, from 4-6 March, on the Barwon in Geelong. All girls performed well and should be very proud of their efforts. A total of seven crews qualified for A Finals; a wonderful effort at an increasingly tough and competitive regatta.

Best wishes to the Senior Eights, Div.1 Quad, Div.2 Quad and the Year 10 1st Quad who are travelling to Sydney to participate in the Rowing National Championships.

Australian Junior Athletics Championships

From 8-13 March, three Gen girls travelled to Perth to participate in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships. There were some fantastic results and making it to Nationals is an achievement in itself. Special mention to Molly McCarthy for achieving a bronze medal; an extraordinary feat at National level.

  • Molly McCarthy (Year 9) – Bronze U15 3km & 7th U15 1500m
  • Isabelle Brugliera (Year 9)– 20th U15 1500m
  • Charlotte Kennedy (Year 11) – 15th U17 Shotput

Term 1 GSV Finals

We congratulate the following GSV Weekly Sport teams for qualifying for finals:

  • Junior A indoor cricket
  • Inter A indoor cricket
  • Senior A indoor cricket
  • Junior B softball

Best wishes in your matches and we hope to bring home a pennant!

The Premier’s Active April

We encourage all students to sign up on the Active April website. Enter your House and 2016 for your ‘team’ (e.g. Corry16), then try to be as active as possible throughout April. Thanks to members of the PE staff for their support and assistance with this initiative.

Eliza Straford & Kaitlin Barr
Sport Prefects


Careers News

Year 10-12 University Holiday Events

A number of universities are holding excellent events in the holidays to help your daughter explore her options after Year 12. It is best to attend these events sooner rather than later to gain as much information as possible.

Here are the links to these events for exploration and registration. Many invite parents and students to attend together.

Year 9 Career Development

All Year 9 students should now have a resume and cover letter uploaded on to their e-portfolio. Please remind your daughter to put them up so you can see her progress.

Year 10 Work Experience 2016

A final reminder that work experience forms are due on 23 March, the last day of Term 1. Please remind your daughter to make the final phone call to obtain a placement and bring her forms to DG08. Forms can be scanned and emailed if necessary. 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’ or

Judy O'Donohue
Careers Advisor


News from the GMA

Year Level Social Events

Thank you to the Class Representatives who have organised a wide variety of social events for Term 1, from ELC to Year 12.

This past fortnight has been extremely busy with 12 separate events, each for a different year level. Mothers have enjoyed morning teas, picnics, lunches and dinners at a range of venues; some in the company of their daughters and some with the whole family.

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It has been wonderful to have Ms Karen Jebb, Mrs Lila McInerney and Sr. Mary-Rose fcJ join with families for some of these events, in particular the Grange Hill Morning Tea that was organised by the Director of Early Years, Mrs Jackie Horgan.

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Year 7 Family Souvlaki Night

With over 180 people in attendance, our Year 7 Family Souvlaki Night was a HUGE success! This evening was a wonderful opportunity for existing and new families to come together. The weather was perfect, the food delicious, the coffee great and the company exceptional.

A big thank you to all who attended. We look forward to seeing you at our next function.

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GMA Grange Hill Easter Raffle

Jean Losinno and Susan Houlihan are running the GMA Easter Raffle for the Prep to Year 4 girls. All funds raised will be added to the school’s donation to the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Details have been sent home with students and boxes will be provided in each classroom to collect donations.

2016 GMA Annual Ball ‘African Rhythms’ – Saturday 20 August

A reminder that planning has begun for this year’s GMA Ball. 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 Johanna Nesbitt on or 0418 599 210

GMA Committee Meeting

The next GMA Committee meeting will be held on Monday 21 March at 8.40am. Please note the change of venue to the College Boardroom. 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 in the school.

Upcoming Dates

Saturday 19 March Grange Hill Parents’ Social Night
Monday 21 March GMA Committee Meeting
Tuesday 22 March Year 6 Morning Tea
Tuesday 22 March Year 1 Easter Egg Hunt
Wednesday 6 April Prep Doncaster Playhouse

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association


News from the GFA

With Term 1 drawing to a close, we can all look back at the fabulous GFA events so far in 2016, providing the opportunity for GFA Fathers to be involved in the journey of our children within the College.

The GFA Masses held for the Early Years (ELC-Year 4) and Senior Years (Years 9-12) have truly created special moments for the fathers to spend quality time with their children in the unique surrounds of the College. We had great attendance at these masses and it was a great pleasure to see the happy faces and meet many of the dads with their children. Thanks to the grand efforts of students, staff and parents involved in making these masses a tremendous success.Our next GFA Father-Daughter mass and breakfast will be held in Term 2 for the Middle Years (Years 5-8) on 17 April.

For me, and the GFA executive, it has been a real thrill in Term 1 to welcome all new and returning GFA dads into 2016, with our GFA Greetings and the first 2 GFA meetings for the year. The GFA’s army of volunteer fathers were also involved in providing support for the College at GenWelcomes, and will assist this weekend at the College Open Day on 20 March.

GFA Footy Tipping Competition

With only a week to go before the start of the 2016 football season, this is a sensational competition to be a part of, and a fun way to support the GFA, with great weekly and end of season prizes! We need your support to make this a success. Please see the flyer or go to the GFA Events website to sign up yourself, your daughter, family, friends and business associates, and get ready to kick start the season!

Early Years (ELC-Year 4) BBQ

Early in Term 2, the GFA will hold a Family BBQ for the Early Years (ELC-Year 4) on 15 April. This is a new event for 2016, just for ELC to Year 4 students and the whole family! Please join us with your family from 5.00pm, in the grounds of the Madeleine Centre overlooking the Fathers’ Steps, for a BBQ to satisfy everyone’s taste buds, and fun entertainment for the kids!

GFA Meeting

Look out for further news on upcoming GFA events in Term 2. The next GFA meeting will be held on 13 April at 7.00pm. All Gen dads are welcome to attend, and this is your opportunity to hear what is happening, have your say and get involved in your GFA.

GFA Emails

Keep up to date with the GFA. Emails are the best way for the GFA to keep dads up to date with what is happening so if these are not reaching you please let me know ( and you will be added to the distribution list.

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


Latest News

  1. Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta


Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta

As the 2015/16 Rowing season drew to a close, our crews were well supported by family and friends at the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta in Geelong last weekend, the final event on the rowing calendar.

The HOSG Regatta becomes more competitive each year, and many of our girls reached finals in this hotly contested event.   

Medal results on the day included: 

  • SILVER – Year 9 Div.7:  Coxed Quad of Paris Mercadante-Ramunni, Eliza McIntosh, Ruby Paul, Victoria Solias and Cox Nyla Bunsee. (Coaches: Emma Rickards and Tahlia Furlan)
  • BRONZE – Open Eight Div.3: Grace Dowell, Ruby Randles, Sophie Pinnuck, Clare Robertson, Rebecca Feneley, Emma Borin, Helen Crews, Lauren Kendall and Cox Caroline Straford. (Coaches: Grace Knox and Bec Craggs)

The crews have been committed to the task at hand, enduring long training sessions and many hours on the river in preparation for their races. 

If medals were awarded for team spirit, Genazzano FCJ College would have received GOLD, with loud and spirited cheering from parents and supporters urging the girls across the finish line.

Again, a special thanks to the Parents Association for their generosity and commitment every weekend, ensuring the girls and coaches were also well fed and looked after.




Open Day


Sunday 20 March 2016
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A Day with Christopher Norton

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Monday 11 April 2016

Open Morning

Thursday 28 April 2016
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Genazzano Fathers' Association Winemakers Dinner

Friday 29 April 2016
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College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Sunday 20 March, 1.30pm

Open Day

Monday 21 March, 8.40am

GMA Committee Meeting

Wednesday 23 March

Prep-Year 4 Old Fashioned Day

Wednesday 23 March

Early Years Assembly

Wednesday 23 March

End of Term 1

Thursday 24 March

Holy Thursday

Friday 25 March

Good Friday

Saturday 26 March

Easter Saturday

Sunday 27 March

Easter Sunday

Monday 28 March

Easter Monday

Monday 11 April

Start of Term 2

Tuesday 12 April

Year 3 Reconciliation Reflection Day

Tuesday 12-Wednesday 13 April

ELC to Year 11 Learning and Wellbeing Conversations

Wednesday 13 April, 7.00pm

GFA Committee Meeting

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