Newsletter - Edition 4-2017

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Last Sunday, we marked the second week of Lent. For me, Lent is that wonderful Season of the Church’s year that invites each one of us to reflect upon what really sustains us in our lives. It is sometimes suggested that the word ‘Lent’ comes from the Latin expression of ‘slowing down’, perhaps to inwardly quieten ourselves and to ‘take stock’ of who we are and to examine in what direction we are moving; this is the quality of ‘metanoia’ that the Christian message constantly puts before us — that we are transformed by a change of heart thus becoming Faithful Companions of Jesus. The Lenten journey is a time Christians are called to pause and look inwardly, to reflect upon their relationship with God. As we all lead busy lives and respond to the many demands placed upon us, during this Season of Lent, may we be reminded to open our hearts daily to build upon our relationship with God and others.

This week, we have celebrated Catholic Education week. The theme for Catholic Education 2017 is ‘Moved by the love of Christ’. Ten students and two staff members proudly represented Genazzano FCJ College at the Mass for Schools today, held at St Patrick’s Cathedral. It is always a wonderful celebration of our Catholic education system that promotes the Gospel values such as justice, compassion and kindness. The Catholic Education Visual Arts Exhibition has been open to the public from 14 March and so tomorrow, Saturday 18 March, is the last opportunity to view the exceptional art work created by students in our Catholic schools including a number of works from Genazzano students. The exhibition is held at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne.

One inspirational event held at Genazzano last week was the International Women’s Day Breakfast. It has become an annual tradition at the College where the calibre of guest speakers continues to be outstanding. This year, we welcomed back past students Madeleine Slingo, Caitlin McClusky, Katrina Slingo and Emily Rickard, who had leadership roles in social justice and mission in their time at our College. It was indeed a privilege to listen to these inspirational young women share their stories. It was clear from the very beginning that each had embraced the FCJ charism as Gen students and taken this into the next stage of their lives, by reaching out to others through volunteering and social justice. I was moved by the way they described the values they learned at the College and how these have shaped their lives. On top of their studies, part-time and full-time work, each one of them regularly gives back to the community in a variety of ways. They spoke fondly about the opportunities they had at the College and how these had shaped their concern and passion for others. The heartening message that each speaker gave to the gathered students, parents, staff and guests was one of a self-less giving to others. They encouraged all students to say ‘yes’ to the Christian imperative for social justice and volunteering opportunities because they enrich your life more than you can imagine: as Emily Rickard, quoting Mahatma Ghandi, said, “the only way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

Centenary Hall was filled with students, staff, parents and friends enjoying each other’s company while having some breakfast and listening to our inspirational speakers. Our Social Justice Prefect, Heidi Scheffers, and our Mission Prefect, Grace Ross-Farrell, together with our Social Justice representatives from Years 5 to 11 led prayer and assisted with the set-up and coordination of the event. They did an outstanding job and I congratulate them for their efforts. They were wonderfully supported by Mrs Anne McIlroy and Mrs Marita O’Shea, our Social Justice Coordinators. Another aim of the breakfast is to raise money for the FCJ missions in the Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia. The Sisters FCJ work closely with the women in these communities and support them in making practical, meaningful changes that improve their lives by providing women with an education and the opportunity to earn their own income. I am grateful to everyone who attended the breakfast and specifically those who assisted in anyway.

Over the last couple of weeks, students have been involved in a variety of activities and programs, and I have enjoyed witnessing many of them. Our Year 7 students had three wonderful days at Phillip Island for their camp, our rowers competed in the State Championships with some medal successes and our GSV swimming team qualified second for Division 2 of the Swimming Championships — the best result in a number of years. The Prep to Year 4 students hosted their grandparents and friends at the College for a special morning visit, and our Year 5 students enjoyed a reflection day with the theme ‘To have a friend, you have to be a friend.’ Our Boarders celebrated a Mass and enjoyed a BBQ with the Xavier Boarders. I am sure you will enjoy reading about these and our other news in this newsletter.

Tuesday 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day, which has been officially recognised by the United Nations since 2012. On this day, people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down Syndrome, creating a global voice, advocating for the rights, inclusion and wellbeing of people with Down Syndrome. Genazzano is proud to be an educational community that welcomes and celebrates all learners, and so, we are delighted to host the e.motion21 Guinness World Record attempt which aims to enhance lives for people with Down Syndrome and change perceptions of Down Syndrome within society. The benefits of the e.motion21 program are wide-ranging and include health, exercise, social and self-esteem outcomes for participants. These benefits in-turn positively impact our students’ families and the community at large. The Moverthon Guinness World Record attempt will occur on World Down Syndrome Day for the most people drumming on a Swiss ball simultaneously on Tuesday 21 March 2017 1.30pm at Genazzano FCJ College.

Plans for our Twilight Open Day on Tuesday 28 March are progressing well and we are very excited about opening our College to prospective students and their families so we can share the joys and blessings of a Genazzano FCJ College education. It will be a wonderful day for visitors see learning in action. I am grateful to parents/guardians for your support of this day, particularly in regards to the changes in times for the school day. I am sure it will be a day that all our students will enjoy and feel proud to showcase their College to our visitors.

It is with deep regret we announce the unexpected death of Sr Margaret Mary Kennedy fcJ OAM, on Monday 13 March 2017.

Sr Margaret Mary was Principal of Genazzano FCJ College from 1983 – 1992, marking the end of an era as the last fcJ Sister since the first in 1889, with the move to a lay principalship. While small in stature, she left an indelible mark on the College for all the right reasons. Her achievements were many, highlighted by the reopening of the boarding house, Hopetoun Hall, construction of Centenary Hall and the introduction of rowing to Genazzano in 1985. The idea of a Father’s Association was also the inspiration of Sr Margaret Mary following the tragic death of a member of the parent community, as she was concerned that men didn’t have the personal networks needed in times of crisis and Mr David Galbally was elected the first GFA President in 1991.

She was a visionary woman who led the College with courage and confidence and we acknowledge her dedication, inspiration and compassion. She was a much loved member of the Genazzano FCJ College community. May Sr Margaret Mary rest in God’s loving embrace.

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With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

As we continue the Lenten journey at Genazzano, we recognise the many ways in which we can make Lent present and real in our community. We began Lent with liturgies to distribute ashes as a sign of penance and recognition that we are called to place God first in a special way during this season. The ashes are an outward sign of our commitment to the Lenten journey – a sign that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves or our College community.

Regrettably, much of the focus during Lent is what we have given up. The gospel for Ash Wednesday counsels against bragging about our good works – in fact, Jesus labels those who promote themselves as ‘hypocrites’.

Rather than focusing too much on the hardship of Lent, at Gen, we try to focus on the active preparation for the great events of Holy Week and the Easter Season that follows. The spiritual writer Thomas Merton said that we should say a prayer every time we think about what we have given up for Lent. This special focus on God and prayer is the very essence of the Lenten season. It’s not self-denial for the sake of it – it’s a means to place God first in our lives.

We pray for Sr Margaret Mary Kennedy, fcJ, a past Principal of Genazzano who passed away last weekend. May she rest in peace.

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday signifies a time when we spiritually cleanse and discipline ourselves. At Genazzano, we were very fortunate to have an Ash Wednesday morning liturgy in each year level, presented by school leaders and teachers.

In Year 12, our mission reps from each house, led a prayer and reflection, and then distributed the ashes to each member of the Year 12 community, including staff. The meaning of the ashes was emphasized, as in the book of Genesis it explains how we were once ash, and how we now make the journey back to ash.

As the ashes were placed on our foreheads, the words 'repent and believe in the Gospel' were spoken, showing that we will fast or abstain from certain foods, or practise new acts of kindness, which can show God that for the 40 following days, we will walk in his footsteps and start our own spiritual journey to companionship and amity. 

This was followed by a video from Caritas Australia, showing how we can 'listen from the ear of our heart.' This addition was a beautiful, conclusive end to our service, where as a group, we sat in silence, to think about our potential challenges and changes that will be made this Lenten season. 

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Madeleine Anderson-Lucic
2017 Liturgy Prefect


Loving God who calls us to serve,
We ask that you guide our Lenten journey.
As pilgrim people may we be blessed with the light of your guidance and care,
and we ask that the journey be one of hope and courage.

We ask your blessing on the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus
in Australia and around the world.
May we walk in their footsteps with humility and grace.

We pray for the community of Genazzano FCJ College,
that we will find you in all things during Lent,
and that we will companion all those who need us,
now and always.



Student Learning and Wellbeing News


As most of you would be aware, the main goal of GenSTAR is to promote optimal wellbeing and achievement for all of our students. It is a wellbeing program run each fortnight for all our students from the ELC to Year 12. The program combines a variety of approaches including sessions with Homeroom classes, guest speakers and presentations and year level gatherings.

Below are reflections from Mia Jenkins (Year 8), Ruby Burnes (Year 10), and Millie Spencer and Lara Tallarida (Year 11) on their last GenSTAR session.

Year 8 Session: Study Skills


The Year 8s were visited by a representative from Elevate Education who had experience in studying, teaching and learning development. We were taught how to boost our study skills and given interesting insight on how quick and simple studying can be. We were surprised how easy it was to break down information we needed from any article, and how we could turn a whole page of dizzying information into just a few words. It helped us to see that it’s also important to balance our time and it’s not hard to reach our academic achievements.

Year 10 Session: Overcoming Challenges

Ruby.jpgOn Wednesday, during our Year 10 GenSTAR session, we were introduced to overcoming challenges. We watched an inspiring episode from Australian Story about a man named Tim McCallum and his life as a quadriplegic. He became a quadriplegic when he was just 18 years old after he had just commenced studying at WAPA, the Western Australian Performing Arts school. Tim was an incredibly talented singer and performer, and many people believed he was destined for success.

We learned that Tim had all the odds stacked against him to ever sing again, as many people with this condition have trouble breathing, let alone singing. However, Tim found a way to overcome this obstacle and do what he loved.

Tim’s inspiring story, how he persevered and managed to do everything he ever wished for, made us see challenges in a new light. Tim thought he’d never do anything he loved again and was so thankful he was alive, which made him work harder and reach further.

Tim is an inspiration to never give up no matter how big the challenge and that if you want something badly enough, it can be yours with dedication and perseverance.

Year 11 Session: Positive Body Esteem

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Last September, we attended a conference held by the Butterfly Foundation in conjunction with MacRobertson's Girls High School. The sessions helped us develop an understanding of the concepts of body esteem, which included learning about social media, physical activity and nurturing ourselves. At the end of the day, the baton was handed over to us to become ‘Champions for Change!’ We decided that a great way to apply our knowledge was to run a GenSTAR session.

Since then, we have worked to create a session that would raise awareness and promote positive body esteem amongst the Year 11 cohort. We had great success and have received really positive responses from our peers. We are very excited for the future projects currently being planned - we are introducing a Champions For Change Committee, a Fitness Club, which will be available to all students in Term 2, and potentially hosting the Champions For Change GenSTAR session for younger year levels.

We are appreciative for the help and support from Dr Pallozzi, Mrs Love, Mr Coolledge from Multimedia, the Performance Psychology Department, and our friends Antonietta Di Cosmo, Isabella Murphy, Isabella Polazzon, Miranda Hojok and Mary Henry.

Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing


ELC News

Listening to children’s theories enhances the possibility of discovering how children think and how they both question and develop a relationship with reality. This possibility is magnified when it occurs within a group context that allows for the experience of others to be shared and debated. A pedagogy of listening underpins the philosophy of the ELC.

When an ELC3 child voiced “why don’t big stones sink”, the question was opened to the whole group of learners and a learning inquiry was documented. The group of learners gathered to explore a variety of stones, pebbles and rocks to observe if they would float or sink in water. The children exchanged their ideas and debated ideas prior to testing their theory:

Max: “Little rocks sink”
Sam: “Big ones stay on top”
Xavier: “Big rocks float”
Sienna: “When its deeper big rocks sink, little rocks sink because they are tiny”
Sam: “That rock will sink, it’s too big”
Kitty: “This one will sink because it feels heavy”
Augustin: “It went down to the bottom, it sank”

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The Pedagogy of Listening underpins the Pedagogy of Relationships. To form a positive relationship with others, first we need to be successful at listening to them. Last week, our ELC4 students extended their understanding of the human body and the medical profession by listening to a parent Sonya, who shared her experience as a nurse and how she assist’s children who are unwell at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The children explored medical equipment, including a thermometer and Toby shared his knowledge with his peers, “it’s for checking if you're hot or cold.”

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Last week, we extended an invitation to our ten Alumnae mothers to join their ELC child for a photo opportunity in our beautiful outdoor environment. We are very proud to celebrate the strong family connection to Genazzano in the ELC and to continue the valued friendships and community environment.

On Wednesday, the ELC parent community was invited to our first Parent Seminar for the year with Dr Judith Paphazy. Dr Paphazy presented ‘Maximising your child’s potential’. The seminar was a wonderful opportunity for parents to raise questions on building their child’s resilience and separating positively from their child when transitioning into their new ELC environment. Dr Paphazy shared her research into maximizing a child’s learning potential through play based learning and positive engagement and promoting Flow Theory.

Alison Lucas
Director of ELC


Junior School News

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday was marked by the Prep to Year 6 students as we joined together for a prayer service. The students participated wholeheartedly and created a prayerful and reflective atmosphere, gathered around the prayer space in the Furlan Room. Upon returning to their classroom, the Year 3 students considered how they might have a ‘change of heart’ during Lent. Here are some of their responses:

Ella: "I am going to try and say a few nice comments to one of my friends or my parents each day in the season of Lent. I will also put some money in the donation box for Caritas Australia."
Katlynn: "I will pray for the poor and the sick. I will donate to the charity Caritas Australia. I will help anyone in need."
Lara: "I will walk around and if there is anyone on the friendship chair, I will see if they want to play."

Year 6C Religious Education

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The Year 6C students are investigating one of the countries being assisted by Caritas Australia in Religious Education. They are working in collaborative teams to explore the goals and work of Caritas and to find out what impact it is having on the people being supported. The students have had to grapple with some deep questions such as ‘How can I contribute to a more just and fair world?’ and ‘How do respectful relationships contribute to just and peaceful societies?’ The students are learning about key principles of Catholic Social Teaching and applying this knowledge and understanding to the work of Caritas. Currently, the students are in the research phase but they will soon move on to creating an iMovie that communicates all they have learned and reflected on throughout the past few weeks. We look forward to seeing what they create and being able to share this with the College community.

Grandparent and Special Friend Day

There was a buzz in the air on Friday 10 March as the Grange Hill students eagerly awaited the arrival of their grandparents and special friends. Our guests were welcomed with hugs and kisses and escorted to the classrooms to do a range of activities such as interviews, creating books and picture collages. We all gathered for Assembly where the Year 4s led us in prayer, reminding us of the Gospel story of Jesus welcoming the children. There were many laughs and a few tears as we watched a video of the students sharing their ideas and experiences of being grand-daughters. Morning tea was then enjoyed by all before fond farewells. Our departing guests were presented with photo memories of a wonderful morning spent together.

Mary Jones
Head of Junior School

Year 6 Poetry

Last week, we read a fun piece of poetry called ‘Monday Blues’ by Robin Klein. It had four lines per verse with rhyming in the second and fourth lines. We annotated on the text and worked on keeping the same rhyming pattern and beat. It was interesting to see all the different poems we came up with.

‘Miserable Monday’ by Francesca Farmer

Porridge far too hot
Hole in my sock
Shoes do not fit
Tripped on a rock

Finger in car door
Mum dropped me off
At the wrong school
Had to run off

Late by an hour
Teachers so mad
Got in big trouble
I felt so sad

Mushy bruised apple
Bugs at the core              
Made me feel sick
I can’t take much more!

‘School Days’ by Daisy Oxland

Toast freezing cold
No butter in sight
Went in the car
To see the school light

Forgot books again
Left them at home
Using my laptop
On Google Chrome

Got so much homework
Do it tonight
Or else Ms Mac
Will have a fright!

‘Bad Monday’ by Lily Liu

I woke up late
Crawled out of bed
I found my laptop
But it was dead

I got to school
Was very hungry
Had no money
It made me angry

It was period one
I forgot my book
Tum started hurting
I was feeling crook.

‘Unlucky Fridays’ by Chiara Chiarelli

Froot Loops were yuck
Dog ate my cake
Stepped in muck
Got to school late

Twisted my ankle
Walked home in pain
Got jumped by people
Slipped in the rain

My ankle got better
Walked back to school
Got some new shoes
I felt really cool

Year 6A


Creative Arts News

We are thrilled to be participating in the Catholic Education Visual Arts Exhibition to celebrate Catholic Education Week. Congratulations to the following 2016 students whose work will be on display at Catholic Leadership Centre (576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne) from 14 to 18 March.

  • Breanna Dioguardi – 1 art piece
  • Amelia Miklavec – 1 piece (series of 7 photographs)
  • Adrianna Nelson – 1 piece (series of 2 photographs)

I will be attending the Top Designs Exhibition opening at Melbourne Museum, along with Product Design Technology teacher, Mrs Katrina Wheaton-Penniall tonight to celebrate the selection of two folios from 2016 class VCE Product Design Technology. Congratulations to Sophie Pinnuck and Olivia Peters.

All students in Creative Arts across all year levels have been busily preparing folios of work. Some of the work completed by students will be on display over the next few weeks. These include:

  • Max Emmins Gallery (Senior Library ) – Retro Robot and Collectables Fair poster designs by Year 11 Visual Communication Design students
  • Textiles Exhibition – Our Lady’s Hall
  • Illustration and Drawing Exhibition – Furlan Room
  • Indigenous Art collection – Mary Donoghue Foyer

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Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader Creative Arts 

Centenarian Portrait Project

Two of Genazzano’s young artists, Hannah Macdonald (Year 12) and Anna Frazer (Year 10) recently participated in the Centenarian Portrait Project in which several of Kew’s residents over 100 years of age were portrayed by young artists from Xavier College, Kew High School and Genazzano FCJ College. This project formed part of the Kew Festival and culminated in an exhibition at Birds Gallery, opened by the Honourable Doctor Kay Patterson.

The project was a unique inter-generational experience for all of the student participants. It was the first time the students had ever met and interacted with a centenarian. Hannah and Anna met their subjects during the January holiday break when they visited the nursing homes where they lived. These visits provided Hannah and Anna with an opportunity to meet the two women they were to portray and take photographs, make sketches and listen to their subject’s vastly different perspectives on life. Hannah’s portrait was of Ena Hore, a remarkable, active, well informed and independent 100 year old who seemed decades younger than her chronological age. Anna’s subject was Constance Crowther who was 105 years old. Hannah and Anna found the experience memorable and the portraits they produced were exceptional likenesses. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the portraits were gifted to Ena and Constance and their families.

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Shirley Silverstein
Senior Art Teacher


Maths News

Leap Engineering Link Project - Two Day Workshop in April

These hands-on engineering workshops will give your daughter the opportunity to work with professional engineers, where she can solve real-world problems. Projects will be in disciplines such as Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Aeronautical, Environmental and Robotics Engineering. The two day workshops are for Maths and Science students in Years 10, 11 and 12, and will be relevant to the maths and science being studied at school.

Workshop details

Date: 5 & 6 April 2017
Venue: La Trobe University, Melbourne

Further details can be accessed at the Engineering Link Group website. For registration details, please visit their 2017 Calendar webpage.

Carol Patterson
Curriculum Leader: Mathematics


Music News


Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’ was this year’s musical, presented by Genazzano FCJ College and Xavier College. With a beautiful blend of Latin-American rhythms and ballads, exquisite dancing and colourful costumes, it was a truly spectacular show that met the eyes and the ears.

Congratulations to all the wonderful students for all their hard work over the past six months and to Ms Janet Dawson for her endless coaching and support.

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Music Camp 2017

Music Camp will be held from the afternoon of Friday 12 May to midday, Sunday 14 May. Letters and permission slips will be sent to all the students who are invited to attend.

Please ensure you keep this weekend available, as it is important that your daughter attends the camp.

Sydney International Piano Competition Laureate Ming Xie Performs at Genazzano


The Sydney International Piano Competition would like to invite Genazzano students and parents to attend the upcoming Ming Xie concert at Genazzano on Sunday 26 March at 3.00pm.

This is the first time the competition has programmed recitals of this nature in Melbourne marking its 40th anniversary this year.

To book your free tickets, please visit the trybooking page and at the checkout, enter the code ‘studio’ and the tickets will be reduced to zero.

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music


Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences News

BrainSTEM Swinburne Kick-Start Day

Five Year 10 students were selected to attend the BrainSTEM challenge at Swinburne University for the Kick-Start Day, held on 6 March.

The aim of the program is to think of an innovative idea that can help the society. Then, with the technical assistance of our university mentor and the Swinburne Laboratory, we make a dream come true!

The speakers in the morning truly inspired me about how technology will change our world entirely. How can we prepare for future jobs that don’t currently exist? We need to embrace technology and create our world with it.

After the speeches, the individual teams had a meeting with their mentor, coming up with various excellent ideas, such as a sugar filtering straw, liquid lens, etc. I enjoyed the productive and creative discussion. Over the next 12 weeks, we will work with our mentor to create our inventions.

In the afternoon, we had a tour around the Swinburne’s Factory of the Future. The facility holds the latest technology, including Virtual Reality Simulation, Robotic Arms, and the 3D printer, which can also print with metal.

I am really excited to see how our invention is going to turn out and help our society, with our team’s dedication and great resources from BrainSTEM and Swinburne University.

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Meimi Liu
Year 10


Learning Enhancement News

Gifted Awareness Week


Sunday 12 March to Saturday 18 March 2017 has been designated at Gifted Awareness Week throughout Australia.

The Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC) is hoping you will join in the celebrations for Gifted Awareness Week by attending one or more of the twilight events that will be presented over a month as an extension and celebration.

Seminars will focus on the theme ‘Diversity: Recognise, Realise, Respond’. The VAGTC has created a package aimed at servicing all groups of the gifted community - students, parents and schools. Awareness is the first stage of recognition, leading to change and progress. 

Seminar titles and dates are:

21 March: Creating a Cluster of Schools for Gifted and Talented Students.
22 March: Differentiating
28 March: Creating a Cluster of Schools for Gifted and Talented Students (repeated)
29 March: Intrapreneurship
19 April: Advocacy for Gifted

All events are free, so bookings are essential. RSVP online.

For further details, please contact me on 8862 1209 or visit the VAGTC website.

In addition to these seminars, lunchtime activities will be conducted for the students throughout the week.

Online Linguistics for Year 10

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On Wednesday 8 March, four Year 10 students competed in OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad. Without leaving the College, Madeleine Ryan, Maddy Craig, Grace Tsao and Fleur Williams completed a challenging two hour online task with hundreds of other students throughout Australia. They were required to work as a team and develop strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages, such as Choctaw, a native American language, Maori and Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit people of northern Canada. All work was submitted online and feedback is expected within seven days. OzCLO is supported by the Australian Linguistics Society and ten universities across Australia. The students are to be congratulated for their expertise and skill.

Eileen Bendall
Curriculum Leader: Gifted and Talented


Performance Psychology News

Today, Friday 17 March, is the seventh National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. 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 every 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.

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Year 8 are also working with Performance Psychology in GenSTAR this week 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


Sports News

GSV Swimming

At the recent GSV Preliminary Carnival, the Gen squad competed strongly to finish 4th place overall. This was enough to secure our qualification into Division 2 Championship Carnival; where we are ranked #2 team. This is our highest ranking since 2008, so congratulations must go to all the swim team members (under captain, Hannah Macdonald) plus the new-look coaching team of Mr Amon Soerink, Mr Caradoc Markey and Mr Matt Welsh. We wish the squad the best next week in the Division 2 Carnival.

GSV Diving

Our Diving team competed the same morning as the Swimming Carnival, finishing 8th overall, which saw the team progress into the Division 3 Championship Carnival. Despite a difficult morning with illness and injuries, all divers who competed, plus coach, Ms Stephanie Brown, remained upbeat and positive. Best wishes to the team!

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MLC Swim Meet

Congratulations to Vicky Tan who swam at MSAC in the MLC swim meet on Sunday 26 February. Vicky smashed her previous best time in the 100m Freestyle by over 2 seconds. Vicky also did a personal best time in the 100m Breaststroke and qualified for the Australian Age Championships in Brisbane.

Club Night: Bring a Friend on Friday 24 March

The next GenAquatic Club night is scheduled for Friday 24 March. This will be our first club night for the year and will be a great event for our swimmers. This club night is ‘Bring a Friend’, so please ensure that your friend can swim at least 50m. The cost of the club night is $5, which includes a light supper.

Running Group

The running group meets at 7.00am every Thursday in Centenary Hall. This activity is open to students in Years 7-12 and is a perfect lead-up to Cross Country season in Term 2. The group is overseen by coaches, Ben Ashkettle and Grace Kalac.

AFL Girls

South Yarra FNC is based in the Camberwell/ Hawthorn East area. This season, the club is endeavouring to form a Ladies Football team in the Southern Football Netball League. This team will be in a Development Section of the Southern FNL.

Training is at the home ground, Fritsch Holzer, 120 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.00pm.

Enquiries may be directed to Club President, Mr Bruce Hill at

GSV Sport

It is the responsibility of each student to:

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

Student Achievements

Have you, or do you know of someone who has, any sporting achievements to celebrate outside of the Genazzano Sports program?

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 the Sport Office or email

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport


Student Leadership News

AGSA International Women’s Day Breakfast Reflection

On Monday 6 March, nine students, including myself, were accompanied by  Ms Karasavidis to attend a wonderful opportunity, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) International Women’s Day Breakfast at Parliament House. AGSA is a not for profit organisation, which advocates for and supports the distinctive work of girls’ schools as they provide unparalleled opportunities for girls.

The breakfast involved groups of students from Years 10-12 from a diverse range of girls’ schools around Melbourne, coming together to celebrate the importance and empowerment of women, both in Australia and also on an international scale. We were welcomed into the beautiful Queen’s Hall in Parliament House; a privilege as for many girls, it was their first time inside of Parliament House.

We were enlightened by the inspiring guest speaker, Ms Maya Narayan, Associate in the Federal Court of Australia. She discussed breaking gender stereotypes in the workplace and how we, as women of the future should be empowered to make a change. She discussed the many firsts for Australian women such as Nancy Bird who was the first female to obtain a pilot’s licence in 1933. We then engaged in a discussion on our table when it came to question time, talking about her story and what she’s accomplished in her life. Questions raised included ‘where does Ms Narayan see herself in five years’ time’, as well as ‘who was her female role model in her life’. We also reflected the amazing unparalleled opportunities we have at Genazzano and how blessed we are to attend such a school. The experience as a whole really inspired me to work for a change, to break gender stereotypes in my future workplace and never let anything hold me back.

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Annalise Donohue
Year 11


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Saturday 18 March Head of School Girls Rowing Regatta, Geelong
Sunday 19 March Head of School Girls Rowing Regatta, Geelon
Tuesday 21 March Year 9 Immersion Day
Sacrament of Penance Information Evening at 7.00pm
Thursday 23 March Rowing Presentation Evening from 6.45pm
Friday 24 March GMA Ladies’ Luncheon from 11.30am – 3.00pm
Monday 27 March Year 7 Immunisations from 9.30am
Tuesday 28 Marc h Twilight Open Day from 2.30pm to 6.30pm
Friday 31 March Whole school Lenten Liturgy
End of Term 1 at 3.25pm
GFA ELC to Year 4 Pizza Party from 4.00pm

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


GMA News

Events Held

Year Level Reps are doing a great job organising all sorts of social events across all year levels from ELC to Year 12. Thank you to all our Year Level Reps who make sure everyone feels welcome. There is still time to arrange a year level event for this term, so please contact your Year Level Reps if an event hasn’t been set up.

A group of Year 3 families enjoyed each other's company at The Doncaster Hotel, and the girls certainly enjoyed getting their faces painted.

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It was a stunning autumn day last Friday, when around 25 Year 9 mums enjoyed a lovely morning tea, hosted by Mrs Cathy Frawley. It was great to catch up with old and new friends. A big thank you to Cathy for her wonderful hospitality. 

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Twilight Open Day

This whole College event will be held on Tuesday 28 March from 2.30pm - 6.30pm.The GMA provides refreshments 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:

We need lots of helpers!

GMA Grange Hill Easter Raffle

Mrs Jean Losinno & Mrs Susan Houlihan will once again be organising an Easter Raffle for the Prep to Year 4 girls. Money raised will contribute to the school’s donation to the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Please see the flyer for more details.

GMA Annual Ball - Saturday 19 August - 'Hollywood at the Park Hyatt'

Remember, planning has begun for this year’s GMA Ball. If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor in return for advertising opportunities, or donating a prize for the loud or silent auctions, please contact me.

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

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

On Thursday, I attended the Vocal Recital in the Madeleine Centre and heard girls from the senior school sing their hearts out, enjoying themselves while they entertained us. It was an eclectic program ranging from James Brown to Vivaldi and from individual performances to an ensemble. Upon leaving, I heard of the death of Sr Margaret Mary Kennedy, fcJ which follows the recent death of Sr Peter Wilson, fcJ. Both women gave their lives so that many generations of girls could sing their songs to the best of their abilities.

Sr Peter was the last FCJ Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel managed by the sisters since the early 1920s. Similarly, Sr Margaret Mary was the last FCJ Principal at Genazzano Convent School (1983-1992). She managed the transition of the school into a College by developing a new model for a future with a lay principal and staff. You may not be aware that 25 years ago, Margaret Mary responded to one father in need and realised there was an opportunity for fathers to support each other and their girls to do something together to support the College. She asked some dads if they would form a fathers’ association at the school, and so the Genazzano Fathers’ Association was found. Who would have thought the founder of the Genazzano Fathers’ Association was actually a foundress.

From little things big things grow, and for 25 years the fathers of Genazzano have been able to channel their efforts together to provide events for their daughters, support for each other and provide many donations including the Fathers’ Steps. Today, the GFA are involved in 30 events organised by our subcommittees and supported by over 70 volunteers. Each year our events are attended by two thirds of the 900 fathers at Genazzano and 500 of their daughters. Each event provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships and create shared memories from special moments together. All these years later we are still providing services to the girls and the wider school community - so long live Sister Margaret Mary, we will remember you in our efforts.

GFA Executive

We will be holding our next GFA Meeting on Wednesday 22 March at 7.00pm in the College Boardroom followed by food and refreshments. Here we will discuss how and when activities will be held. If you are interested in coming along, just turn up or contact me at:

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

Twilight Open Day

This year, Gen’s Twilight Open Day will be held on Tuesday 28 March. The GFA will provide a BBQ and assist with parking 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.

Pizza Party – ELC to Year 4

On Friday 31 March, school concludes for Term 1 break and Easter, and you are invited to celebrate with your children at our Pizza Party. Starting at 4.00pm, children from the ELC to Year 4 are welcome to attend. This event is fun for the whole family with activities to include a jumping castle, face painting, balloon art, prizes and more! Don't forget to wear your favourite hat for the Easter Hat Parade.

Enjoy pizza, party snacks and a coffee cart in the beautiful surrounds of Grange Hill. Families can join anytime throughout the afternoon - straight from school or after work.

RSVP online. Please note this is an alcohol free event. 

Save the Date

Wednesday 22 March GFA Committee Meeting, 7.00pm in the Boardroom
Friday 31 March GFA ELC to Year 4 Pizza Party, 4.00pm in St Raphael's Courtyard

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers' Association


Latest News

Engineering Career the Way Forward for Genazzano Alumna

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Genazzano Alumna, Marielle Salom, is engineering a career in a traditionally male-dominated industry. She has spent the past few months working with the Level Crossing Removal Authority, and has just finished a stint on the Blackburn crossing removal project with CPB Constructions.

Marielle has said that ever since her school days, she knew she wanted to become an engineer, and that being a woman in a field dominated by men could have its advantages.

“Women have a different outlook and fresh perspective on concepts and ideas,” she said.

“They are able to provide a diverse way of looking at something."

“Engineering is male-dominated and encouraging more women to choose engineering will allow them to not only build their own careers, but also to change the face of the industry.”

Marielle’s work on construction projects, such as the level crossing removal, provided opportunities to network with other women.

“Positive programs such as the 2017 Women in Construction program provide encouragement for women not only to work in the construction industry but to progress themselves in their careers,” she said.

Article originally published in the Progress Leader, 8 March 2017



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

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
Book online


Community News

Youth Engagement Project (YEP) Events

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World Down Syndrome Awareness Day 2017

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Women’s Life Stories

The Hawthorn Parish Women’s Life Stories Night is on Wednesday 22 March at 7.30pm in the Immaculate Conception Church. Phoebe Knowles, Barrister/Farmer, Jacinta Bright, Spiritual Director/Pastoral Associate and Margaret de Vries, Lifelong Parishioner, will be speaking about how their faith has influenced their lives, with our usual musical interludes between speakers.

Phoebe Knowles is a mother of three, barrister, part-time farmer and equestrian in waiting. She went to St Joseph’s Primary School, and for years, sat in the second front row of Immaculate Conception for Sunday 9.30am Mass, before farming activities took the family north-east.

Jacinta Bright is a Spiritual Director and a giver of the Spiritual Exercises. She is a Pastoral Associate at St Mary’s Parish, Greensborough and coordinates Campion’s work at Corpus Christi Community, Greenvale. Jacinta is married with four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Margaret de Vries was a pupil at Manresa Kindergarten in the 1930s and St Joseph’s Primary School during the war years. Her son also attended Manresa and St Joseph’s. She was the leader of Manresa Cubs and Scouts for 24 years or so. She is both an ICC reader & special minister and much more. She has been a parishioner for 80+ years.