Newsletter - Edition 5-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Welcome to the beginning of Term 2! I hope the joy of Easter has resonated in the households of our Gen families over the last two weeks.

One of my favourite quotes about Easter comes from Clement of Alexandria (150-215). Clement was the first well-known theologian of the Church of Alexandria and he wrote:

“The Lord has turned all our sunsets into sunrise.” For me, the images that these words bring to mind, warm my heart and bring a smile to my face. Autumn in Melbourne produces the most beautiful sunrises, and, over the past two weeks I have seen a few stunning ones. The dawning of a new day is central to the message of the resurrected Jesus, and as an Easter people, it prompts us to come alive here and now. It urges us to bring forth the Good News today to everyone we meet and everyone to whom we reach out.

Each year, the College supports the work of Caritas Australia via Project Compassion, and in this very concrete way, we can be Easter people and bring good news to those most in need. In two weeks’ time, the College will celebrate ‘Gen Day’, our College Feast Day. A key focus of this day is to raise funds to support the extraordinary work of the Sisters, FCJ in their outreach work to the poorest places in the world.

Our challenge as Christians is to bring the joy of Easter to the here and now. We recognise that the resurrection has already occurred and that it is our job is to be signs of, and witnesses to, this fact. We are inspired by the life of Jesus Christ who came to earth to make available this message to us. May we be moved today to live from the energy of divine love in this year of mercy, and to reach out to others so that they too see Christ love in this world.

In the last week of Term 1, I had the pleasure of spending time with our Year 12 students on their retreat. The Retreat is a significant event for the Year 12 students as they gather to reflect, discuss, be challenged, pray and live in a community. It is a wonderful opportunity to share this time with the students as they reflect upon their faith journey and take time away from the demands of the final year of secondary school. We challenged each of them to fully embrace the retreat experience by leaving their mobile phones and other technology at home so they could genuinely enter into a richer retreat experience. Our students not only embraced this challenge, but recognised the beauty of it. I was overwhelmed by the spontaneous comments that came from the students as they expressed how much they enjoyed being away from their phone and internet devices. They felt at peace with the present and felt more open to fully engage with each other on a personal and deeper level. As someone who only has a short time to get to know our Year 12 students, it was a most valuable and enjoyable experience for me. They are a deeply spiritual and a closely connected year level, who are comfortable being with each other in silence and prayer. They used the time to strengthen their bonds and reflect upon what they can do as a group to fully embrace the rest of the year. I am sure they will return to their Term 2 studies with enthusiasm and energy, knowing they have the collegial support and strength to achieve their personal goals.

I extend my very best wishes to all students as they begin this second term and I look forward to the many wonderful learning events and experiences that this term will bring.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb​



God of fidelity and joy,
we pray that we may be an Easter people.
People who celebrate life
and the challenges and opportunities it provides.
People who embrace the gift
of the example of Marie Madeleine d’Houet
of taking up the call from the cross of, “I thirst”. 
People who find God in all things
especially where God is least expected.
May you guide us
as we discern your will for us.
And may the blessings of Easter joy
make us humble in your presence.
We offer this, and all our prayer
through your son, Jesus
who is our redeemer and our inspiration.



Faith and Mission News

Every few years, the final day of Term 1 is also Holy Thursday, which is one of the most important days in the Church year. It is the day when the Church remembers the Institution of the Eucharist and prepares itself for the events of Good Friday. Holy Thursday is also a day of significance for the Sisters FCJ, as it is on Thursday in 1860 that the Society had its beginning. The mass on Holy Thursday evening (the Mass of the Lord’s Supper) begins the Easter Triduum, culminating in the great celebrations of Easter Sunday.

All the staff of Genazzano gathered for a liturgy on Holy Thursday morning in our Chapel, which incorporated Scripture, music, and symbolism. Of all Jesus’ actions in the Gospels, the washing of the feet of his disciples (a task usually performed by the least of the household servants at that time) is one of Jesus’ most strikingly powerful actions.

We were also privileged to work with Father Francis J. Moloney SDB, who facilitated our staff spirituality and reflection day. Fr Moloney is a world-renowned expert on the New Testament, especially the Gospel of John. He examined the story of the washing of the feet (John 13) and placed this story within the context of the whole Gospel. He also helped us to better understand the call of the gospel of “I thirst”, which is so important to us as a school inspired by the FCJ charism.

Fr Moloney’s presentation was rich, challenging and insightful, guiding staff through the exploration of the gospel stories in much greater depth. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time learning more about our sacred Scriptures, with a theologian.

Your prayers are invited for Year 10 student, Kim Thien Ton Nu, whose father Mr Phan Vinh passed away at the end of Term 1 after a lengthy illness. We also pray for Ms Tina Natoli after the recent loss of her mother, Rita Nugara.

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


News from the Deputy Principal

Welcome back to all our families for what will be a wonderful term of learning and activity!

From time to time, members of staff take leave from their normal duties. Mr Bill Acklin, Mr Adam Bianco, Mrs Brenda Brett and Mrs Penelope Karasavidis are on Long Service leave for Term 2.

In light of that, we warmly welcome Mr Adrian Alexander (replacing Mr Acklin), Mrs Margherita Ferraro (replacing Mr Bianco), Ms Sarah Rossow (replacing Ms Karasavidis) and Mrs Bernadette Slatterie (replacing Ms Brett), as they join our teaching team.

In addition, we are grateful to Mrs Sonia Boyer for acting in the capacity of Curriculum Leader: Languages for this period and Mrs Cath Murphy who will fulfil the duties of Acting Team Leader: Gerda for the term.

Before and After School Supervision

Years 5-8, 10-12: Prior to 8.20am, students are asked to wait in the cafeteria, which is supervised from 8.10am.

Year 9: Prior to 8.20am, students may gather in the grounds of All Hallows or, during Terms 2 and 3, in the Atrium.

Prep-4: Students in Years P-4 can gather in their classrooms at 8.40am. Prep-4 students who arrive prior to 8.20am can attend the Genazzano Out of School Hours Club (GOSH), where they will be supervised until the first bell. Supervision of the Grange Hill corridors commences at 8.20am and teachers will direct Prep-4 students to GOSH if they are in corridors prior to this time.

Please note, once the students arrive at school, they are asked to remain on campus.

At the conclusion of the school day, students are supervised as they depart the College both in the grounds and at the tram stop at All Hallows and Cotham Road. GOSH Club is available for P-4 students who cannot be picked up prior to 3.55pm. Further information about GOSH can be found on our website.

Medical Issues

This time of year can bring a number of health concerns. Colds and the flu spread quickly, so students who are unwell in the morning should, of course, remain at home to rest and return when they are recovered.

Please also note that students who are not well enough to continue with their learning program, and need to go home, must be collected by a parent or guardian. Virginia Boyce (8862 1180), our College Nurse, is available to discuss any particular health needs of the students at any time.

Participation in Whole School Activities

Throughout the year, we have a number of opportunities for the students to gather as a student body. These are important times for the College and are always seen as compulsory College events.

On Friday 22 April, we gather as a community to celebrate our College Feast Day, ‘Gen Day’.

On Wednesday 4 May, all students from Years 5-12 will participate in the Athletics Carnival.

Days such as the Athletics Carnival provide a wonderful opportunity for the students to gather in a different setting and to relate in a different way.

Traffic Management

A plea regarding school drop off and pick up. Traffic management is always a challenge in urban Kew! A reminder to parents, to please be mindful of our neighbours during the morning and afternoon times of drop off and pick up. These can be difficult times of the day for the surrounding residents.

The City of Boroondara Council discourages drop-off and pick-up in Glendene Avenue. Be aware of the relevant “No Stopping, 8-9am, 3-4pm” signs and please be considerate of residents, by not parking across driveways – even for what may seem to be the briefest period. Parking across drive-ways causes great distress for neighbours because it means they are unable to leave their own homes quickly.

It would also be helpful if parents could discuss with their daughters, the importance of crossing at the designated crossings on Cotham Road and Moonbria Avenue. The safety of the students must always be of the utmost priority, even if it means walking a little further to cross at the designated crossing prior to entering via the student entrance in Mont Victor Road.

Learning Conversations

Thank you to parents for attending the learning conversations this week. Feedback regarding any aspect of the interviews would be gratefully received: timing, numbers of interviews, booking process and venue.

Please email with any comments at all.

Year 3 Reconciliation

We keep our Years 3 students in our prayers, as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Penance for the first time on Wednesday 28 April.

With every blessing as we move into the fourth week of the Easter Season.

Cathy Jenkins
Deputy Principal


Curriculum, Standards & Innovation News

“Reckon You Were Born Without a Brain for Maths? Highly Unlikely”

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading an article written by Professor Marcus du Sautoy who is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

The article titled ‘Reckon you were born without a brain for maths? Highly unlikely’ makes a number of very interesting points. Sautoy makes the point that we are all mathematicians, even if we don’t realise it, because mathematics is so much more than arithmetic.

According to Sautoy, maths is all about understanding patterns. He rightly makes the claim that mathematics is everywhere.

“A Sudoku puzzle is about mathematical logic, not arithmetic. Music is full of mathematics. Rhythm is about exploring the way different numbers interact. Theme and variation explore ideas of symmetry. Architecture and visual arts are built out of the possibilities that geometry has to offer. Even a poem might have a pattern that can spark mathematical thought.”

He also states that mathematics is a bit like playing sport or learning a musical instrument. These are activities which require practice for mastery. Sautoy correlates this to having a mathematical muscle in your mind, it gradually gets stronger with practice. We believe very strongly that a growth orientated mindset is the key to growth in learning regardless of the subject and quite often staying focused on a goal and working hard until it is achieved.

Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation


Student Learning & Wellbeing News

Term 2: Harnessing the Challenges and Opportunities

Over the past two evenings, we have experienced animated learning conversations between parents, teachers, and students from ELC to Year 11. No doubt you have talked with your child about the feedback received from their teachers, and how they can maintain their enthusiasm about their learning to improve their learning outcomes. I spoke with parents and staff as to how our students can better prepare for success, and the following ‘themes’ were raised:

  1. Be healthy and remain calm! Have your daughter drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and eat healthy foods. Ensure she gets enough sleep each night. Regular physical exercise contributes to her wellbeing, boosts her energy and helps her relax. She should keep up regular sporting activities or at least fit in some regular exercise as often as she can. She should arrive at school on time so she is not rushed at the beginning of her day’s learning.
  2. Establish a routine: Setting aside a particular time each day for study and revision and sticking to it contributes to effective study habits.
  3. Adopting a Positive mindset: Research has proven Henry Ford correct when he said, “whether you think you can or that you can’t, you are usually right”. Help your daughter develop a positive growth oriented mindset where she can improve over time and overcome setbacks. This shifts them from a “can’t do” to “can do” attitude in life.
  4. Create a study environment: This should be away from interruptions and household noise, such as the television and social media. Ensure there is adequate lighting and ventilation, a comfortable chair and appropriate desk.
  5. Variety in her study program: Study different subjects each day and do different types of work and revision in each study session. She shouldn’t spend her quality study time on the subjects she finds easy or likes more.
  6. Ask teachers for guidance: Especially if she is having trouble - whether it's grasping a new concept or understanding something learnt earlier in the year. Our teachers will be happy to help.

Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing


News from Early Years

My, how grown up the girls look in their correct winter uniforms! Please remember that for Terms 2 and 3, blazers must to be worn as the outer garment to and from school each day. The only jewellery allowed is a wrist watch and a small single matching pair of silver or gold studs, or sleepers. Students may wear a chain with a medallion of religious significance but it should not be visible (i.e. should be worn under the College shirt). Hair should be tied only with a white ribbon or headband.

Term 1 ended on a very high note, with our celebration of 'Old Fashioned Day' bringing our History Inquiry focus to a conclusion. Congratulations to the girls for the huge effort they made to enter into the spirit of the day. When asked at the completion of the rotations which activity was the best, it was interesting to note an even split across all the activities: dancing, craft making and old fashioned games. The morning began with a poignant Easter Liturgy, reminding us all of the events of Holy Week. The girls read beautifully and really helped instil a sense of reverence and prayer. 'Old Fashioned Day' concluded with our GMA Easter Raffle.

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Congratulations to the following students who won Easter baskets and thank you to the GMA for organising the raffle in support of the FCJ Missions.

  • Prep: Cartia Kotzapangiotis
  • Year 1: Zoe Ball
  • Year 2: Lara De Maria and Ava Mercadante
  • Year 3: Carla Gunn and Clare Carpenter
  • Year 4: Mikaela Zylinski, Madeleine Bautista, Eloise Dunstan and Chloe Amalfi

Four new students started at Grange Hill this week. In Year 1, we welcome Marielle Cain, Isla Carpenter and Chloe Morrison, while in Year 3, we welcome Isabelle Morrison. I know that their classmates have ensured that these new students already feel very much at home at Grange Hill.

We also welcome Ms Jolia Tombek as our new Camp Australia GOSH Coordinator. A reminder that registration for GOSH is free and is highly recommended as it ensures that should you need to avail of this great service at short notice, Camp Australia have all relevant details.

Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp was an experience like no other; a journey we wished would never end. So as if living the experience again, here is a reflection of what made our Year 7 camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort truly special. It was filled with endless giggles and chatter, and new friendships were made. We also participated in canoeing, high ropes, a writing workshop and an art workshop where we made colourful drawings based on the College theme for 2016 Fidelity and Joy in the Year of Mercy.

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Read my full reflection.

Miette Salinas-Byrne
Year 7A


News from All Hallows

Immersion Day

Every Tuesday in the Week 1 cycle, Year  9 students embark on wonderful learning journey through their Immersion Days. These are full days, facilitated through the various curriculum areas. This week, we had students participate in a number of exciting and engaging experiences both on campus and off for their elective subjects: French, Italian, Japanese, Drama, Health (Making of an Athlete), Multimedia and Visual Communication – Merchandise.

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Below is a reflection of Immersion Day, by Shan Kerr and Isabelle Passaris:

On our Immersion Day for 'Making of an Athlete', we had the pleasure of visiting the Essendon Football Club's training facility, as well as running around Princess Park. We were taken on a guided tour around the whole building. We were shown the gym, where the athletes train, as well as the swimming pool, ovals, spas and locker rooms. Our class learned a lot about how intensely the athletes train and how the use of GPSs influences a player's training. Overall, we had a fantastic day and learned so much about the sports science behind football.

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Below is a reflection of the Japanese Immersion experience, by Maddison Bijelic, Karen Li, Melissa Ciantar, Charlotte Window, Grace Tsao, Alison Attard, Grace Kentish and Aleida Ryan

How many memories can we fit into these three words? What was our best memory? Was it crafting an obento box or singing at the top of our lungs in the karaoke room? We started the day making the different elements of our obento boxes: vegetables, egg, Japanese savoury pancakes, rice balls and dumplings. The second part of the day was comprised of loudly and passionately singing songs such as the Japanese version of “Let it Go” and “Barbie Girl”. We look forward to our many future Japanese experiences. For now, sayounara.

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Follow the College Twitter feed on these days, to see the many opportunities for experiential learning in the Year 9 Program.

Josephine Quinlan
Director of Year 9 Programs


News from Later Years

Hands on Engineering at the University of Melbourne 

During the school holidays, I was given the opportunity to spend the day at a workshop at the University of Melbourne, which focused on science and engineering. Students came from schools all over Melbourne, so this was a great opportunity to meet other students my age. The workshop focused on the different aspects of engineering that the University of Melbourne has to offer. Throughout the day we had different speakers talk to us about their field of engineering and the pathways that lead to it. They also ran various activities with us that linked to their field such as a bridge building activity, building microscopes and using online software that would be used to design models such as buildings.

Overall it was great experience, which helped me to engage and understand further how engineering is used in our society today and how it will be used in the future. Undertaking the activities at the University of Melbourne gave me the opportunity to experience the campus and engineering courses offered by the university.

Mia Schlicht
Year 10

VCE Legal Study students visit Melbourne Courts

Year 11 Legal Study students visited the Melbourne Magistrates and County Courts to enhance their understanding of the operation of the court hierarchy in resolving criminal and civil disputes. Students viewed the processes used to resolve summary and indictable offences noting the role court personnel and the jury played in contributing to promote just outcomes. The variety of cases viewed reinforced to students the broad jurisdiction of the courts, the role of the police, witnesses and the range of sanctions available. The Magistrates and Justices acknowledged the students presence, highlighting and clarifying certain aspects of the proceedings and reinforcing key messages in relation to the processes the students were witnessing. The visit provided the opportunity for VCE Legal Studies students to consider aspects of the court system and processes which assist to achieve just outcomes in the resolution of disputes.

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Carol Rowland
Legal Studies Teacher


Drama News

Congratulations to our Top Class Performers!

On Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 March 2016, three 2015 Genazzano Theatre Studies students represented the College at the Playhouse at the Victorian Arts Centre, performing their Stagecraft examination as part of the VCAA Season of Excellence. Freya Halse presented her visually arresting costume and make-up design for the character of the witch, from James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods. Amelia Costigan performed the character of Ruth, from the Australian play, Minefields and Miniskirts, and Phoebe Richardson presented her contemporary adaptation of Mark Antony from Shakespeare’s, Julius Caesar. We congratulate these high achievers and salute their hard work and talent.

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VCE Drama Ensembles

The VCE Drama class will present their ensemble performance exploring the theme of space on Monday 9 May 2016 at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend to see what ground control and Major Tom were really talking about!

Scenes from Metamorphoses

The VCE Theatre Studies Units 1 & 2 class are excited about pre-production of their forthcoming performance of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, a contemporary adaptation of Ovid’s myths. The production promises to be a beautiful and thought provoking one. Performances are on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May 2016, in the Wardell theatre. Book your tickets online.

Inaugural Year 7 and 8 Co-curricular Musical: Annie Jr

The Drama Department is excited to announce that rehearsals for the first Year 7 and 8 co-curricular musical, Annie Jr, have commenced! Lucy-Rose Leonard (py 2011) is our invited Director and Caitlin Petereit (py 2014) the Vocal Coach. Both are Alumnae of Genazzano and members of the Friends of the Performing Arts at Gen (FOPA). They are thrilled to be a part of this inaugural event. 

Those interested in securing a ticket to this family-friendly night out can book a ticket online for 12, 13 or 14 July.

Speech and Drama Students Prepare to Showcase!

The introduction of Speech and Drama classes at Genazzano has been welcomed by the student body and Gen parents alike. The program is very busy with students embracing the opportunity to develop and hone their confidence in presentational and performing skills, with our Speech and Drama specialist coach Tanya Salinas-Byrne. The students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they are learning at the upcoming Speech and Drama showcase at the term’s closure. Come along to see what all the excitement is about.

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Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama


Maths News

Alumnae Maths Tutoring and Maths Assist

The Alumnae Maths Tutors have returned for Term 2. If your daughter is in Years 5 to 12 and would like some help with her mathematics homework, then she is encouraged to ask a Maths Tutor. They can be found in the d'Houet Library, straight after school, for one hour on Mondays to Thursdays.

Your daughter can also get help with any maths homework at any lunchtime in W239 at the Kew campus and at selected lunchtimes at the All Hallows campus.

Further information can be obtained by contacting me on 8862 1098 or your daughter’s Mathematics teacher.

Carol Patterson​
Curriculum Leader: Mathematics


Music News

Christopher Norton – Piano Workshop

Last Monday was a wonderful day for our Music Department, as we welcomed Christopher Norton. He is an internationally recognised composer, arranger, educationalist and producer. He is the composer of the world-famous ‘Microjazz Series’, and more recently, the very popular American ‘Popular Piano Series’, which is a step by step guide to piano improvisation. He also composes micro musicals, which are a new series of exciting and accessible musicals based on popular classroom teaching topics.

Christopher worked with a range of our piano students during the day, along with students from Xavier College. We look forward to spending more time with him when he returns to Australia later in the year.

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Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music


Science News

Science Talent Search

Student article published in LabTalk: The Secondary Science Journal of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria (STAV) Inc.

As part of the Year 8 Science curriculum, all students design a project. The best are then entered in the STAV Science Talent Search. Emily Ghantous, now in Year 9 d'Houet, last year wrote the following article, which has recently been published in LabTalk (Volume 60 No.1 2016):

Science has the ability to inspire and challenge you. And that is exactly what the Science Talent Search did for me. Every Year 8 student was asked to complete a science experiment, and then to write about the experiment in a particular format. The best four reports in each class were then submitted into the statewide competition for judging by the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc’s, Science Talent Search.

The subjects people chose to conduct their experiments on were extremely interesting and varied. The topic I chose to conduct my experimental research on was to “Investigate the Yarra River’s Turbidity, Temperature, and pH levels, at three different sites”. Some other topics by other students from our school included: “The Battle of the Detergents”, “Testing Different Brands of Tennis Balls” and “Comparing Plant Growth in Various Fertilizer Mixtures” – to name a few.

For our entries in the Experimental Research section, Genazzano students were awarded six major bursary prizes and five minor bursary awards. We were most fortunate to have our awards presented to us by Dr Peter Czabotar, an eminent and world class research scientist, who has recently discovered a new protein in the blood.

This was an extremely worthwhile experience, and on behalf of Year 8, I would like to thank the Science Department for their support, throughout this competition.

Karen McCoy
Laboratory Manager

STEM @ Gen

STEM @ Gen presents a lunchtime seminar on engineering.

Is your daughter an up-and-coming engineer, or just interested to learn more about this growing field? All students are invited to come to hear about what it is like to go into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related university course. We are very excited to have a 2015 Genazzano graduate, Marielle Salom, come to speak about her experiences and to answer questions.  

Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016
When: Lunchtime
Where: Science foyer in the d’Houet building
Who: Any student who has wondered what it means when someone says "That is what engineers actually do". 

Michael Kuspira
Curriculum Leader: Science


Sports News

From the Director of Sport

Gen Aquatic

The Genazzano pool is the home of the GenAquatic Swimming Club. The club is committed to the complete development of swimmers. Members consist of swimmers, both female and male, from Genazzano and the local community.

GenAquatic provides training opportunities throughout the swimming season, including school holidays. Our enthusiastic accredited coaches implement structured training programs targeting the major annual swimming carnivals specific to each squad level - from new into squad, at state and national levels.

For more information, contact our Head Coach via Reception on 8862 1000 or


The 2016 Dr Rowan’s Tennis Cup was held on the College courts on Sunday 20 March on Genazzano Open Day.


Sub Junior
Winner - Anna Stone (Year 5B)
Runner up - Isabella Farmer (Year 6C) 

Winner - Sadie Gray (9 Stock)
Runner up - Imogen Thomas (Year 7B)   

Winner - Alesha Kendall (12 Gerda)
Runner up - Leeann Bushnaq (11 d’Houet)          

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 is on Thursdays before school commencing at 7.30am, under the guidance of Adrian Daly and Gen Sport casual coaches. 

Genazzano Snowsports 2016

Would you like your daughter to ski or snowboard for Genazzano?

Information Evening

Date: Tuesday 19 April
Time: 7.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: Wardell Theatre, Genazzano FCJ College

All current Snowsports Team members plus all interested and prospective students and parents are invited to come along and hear about our Snowsports program.

For more information please contact the Sport Office or Genazzano Snowsports Parent Support Group at

General Sporting Achievements

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

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

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

From the Sport Prefects: Katlin and Eliza

The Premier’s Active April

We encourage all girls to go to the Active April website and sign up (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.

Vic Metro AFL U/18

Congratulations to Eliza Vale (10 Winter), for her selection as an emergency for the AFL Victorian Metro Team. We wish her good luck with her training in the upcoming weeks.

Sports Profile: Annaliese Bush (11 Stock)


Name: Annaliese Bush (Anna)
Sport: Track & Field
When did you start track and field? When I was 7 years old
Favourite event: Triple jump or heptathlon
Normal training week:

  • Monday: Rest/recovery day
  • Tuesday: Speed then high jump technique sessions
  • Wednesday: Horizontal jumps session
  • Thursday: Hurdles and throws
  • Friday: Gym session
  • Saturday: Local comp
  • Sunday: Speed endurance and plyometrics

Greatest achievement: 2nd in the U18 Heptathlon at the Australian Championships/Oceania Championships
Sporting role models: Ashton Eaton, Jessica Ennis, Sally Pearson

Eliza Straford & Kaitlin Barr
Sport Prefects


Careers News

Year 11 Career Development

All Year 11 students are currently being encouraged to make an appointment this term, during lunchtime, or before or after school. This is to discuss courses, options and subjects, before subject selection takes place in Term 3. It is vital that Year 11 students continue to research their options and take advantage of events such as the GFA ‘Talking Careers’ night at the College on 9 May 2016 and the Subject Selection and Careers Expo on 20 July 2016.

Externally, they should attend the VCE Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse on the weekend of 7-8 May 2016 and university events such as Focus on Melbourne and Inside Monash.

Year 10 Career Development

All Year 10 students will participate in a GenSTAR Career Development session on Wednesday 20 April 2016, which will teach them some career research skills and help them with subject selection later in the year. They will be looking at occupations of interest using the results from their Career-Wise assessments and finding out about:

  • job prospects
  • working conditions
  • personal qualities needed
  • training and courses required
  • subject pre-requisites for courses
  • potential earnings

They will be completing a booklet to record their research and will be utilising a number of websites including:

You might like to have a chat with your daughter about their day and what they uncovered about their chosen occupations..

Judy O’Donohue​
Careers Advisor


Performance Psychology News

Optimise Achievement with Purposeful Practice

When it comes to practice, quality is more important than quantity. The Growth Mindset theory tells us that consistent intense effort will improve skills. For students to optimise time spent training, studying or practicing their efforts should be ‘deliberate'. Deliberate practice is about engaging in an activity in a structured and focused way, with the aim and motivation to increase performance. Merely repeating an activity at a level already attained is not an effective way to increase skill. Purposeful practice strengthens and builds neural pathways. It improves learning, memory and consolidates skills. It develops speed, accuracy and technique.

The following tips are provided to help students practice, learn or rehearse in a purposeful way:

  1. Develop your growth mindset and understand that your deliberate intense effort will result in improvement. Experts are not ‘born', their skill and knowledge is the result of many hours of focus and work.
  2. Practice with the intention to really improve. Don’t mindlessly repeat what you already know. Challenge yourself and strive to reach beyond your current skill level. Identify your weaknesses and focus on strategies to improve.
  3. Measure your progress and find ways to seek feedback on your work or performances. This information will assist your practice strategies. Repetition will consolidate your skills and develop neural pathways.
  4. It will take time and perseverance in order to grow and really become proficient in any skill. Practice should be regular and structured, but also paced well to avoid burn-out or fatigue.
  5. Know your motivation. Purposeful practice is the key to developing expertise, but it can be challenging to keep it going over a long period. What is driving you and how can you keep your passion burning?

Further reading

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research: Programs and Performance


Social Justice News

International Women's Day Breakfast Report

Each year, Social Justice Representatives are chosen from year levels and Houses, together with the Social Justice Prefect, to form a Social Justice Committee. The Committee works on a project each term, to support the work of the Sisters, FCJ, Catholic Care and Caritas.

In Term 1 this year, the Social Justice Committee worked hard for the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast, which raises money for the work of the Sisters, FCJ in their work in The Philippines, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The Social Justice Reps sought donations of food from local businesses and also items for the raffle, which was held during the breakfast. This year, donations from Toscano’s Fruit Supplies, Woolworths in Kew, Cru Café, Baker’s Delight in Kew and The Deli, Coburg, provided the food and drink for the breakfast.

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We received raffle donations from Vision Personal Training, Elly M, Endota Spa, Mint Gifts, Cuts Both Ways, Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Via Verona and Hahndorf Chocolates. We are very grateful for the support of these businesses in our fundraising endeavours.

Under the able leadership of our Prefect, Erin Donoghue, the Social Justice Reps worked hard to prepare Centenary Hall for the breakfast, making centerpieces for the tables and setting up the tables and chairs amongst the many other tasks that are required to put on a breakfast for a large number of guests.

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Our speaker was Prue Gilbert, whose work in gender equity in the workplace has led to her establishing her own business, Grace Papers. She was an inspiring speaker, and the audience listened intently to her account of her work with women.

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It was wonderful that seven members of the FCJ community were able to join us at the breakfast.

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More than 300 students, staff, mothers, aunts, grandmothers and Sisters, FCJ attended the breakfast this year. We raised approximately $1800 for the Sisters, FCJ.

Anne McIlroy
Social Justice Coordinator


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Tuesday 18 April

GMA Combined Committee and Class Reps Meeting

Friday 22 April

Gen Day

Friday 22 April, 6.30pm

Genazzano Rowing Presentation Evening

Monday 25 April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 27 April, 7.00pm

Vocal Concert

Thursday 28 April, 9.30am

Open Morning

Thursday 28 April

Year 3 Sacrament of Penance

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


News from the GMA

The GMA Year Level Reps ran a total of 20 events in Term 1, including seven morning teas, nine dinners, one picnic, one cocktail party, one holiday activity and one Easter egg hunt. I have received some wonderful feedback from mums about how much they’ve enjoyed the various events, and want to sincerely thank the Year Level Reps for their hard work in organising so much in such a short time.

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Ladies Luncheon

The long anticipated Ladies Luncheon was held on the last Friday of Term 1, with 200 mums enjoying lunch at Kooyong Tennis Club. The stilt walkers were spectacular and the entertainment perfect. Of course, the lolly dessert bar looked beautiful and was very popular! The event allowed us to focus on the friendships and social connections the GMA offers. Thanks to Vanessa Crivelli and her committee for arranging such a wonderful day.

The raffle that was held raising funds for the Sisters, FCJ was a sell-out, making $2500 to assist with the work that the Faithful Companions of Jesus do in the community.

Thank you to everyone who generously donated items:

  • Alexiami
  • Annalisa Crellin
  • Basile Imports
  • Blissful Cakes
  • Bruno Distributors
  • Chalara Chiarelli
  • Chemist Warehouse
  • Coffee Max
  • Di Palma’s Restaurant
  • Flavour Beauty Therapists
  • House Homewares
  • JB HiFi
  • Kathy Comport
  • Nancy Arena
  • Second Avenue Hair & Beauty Salon
  • Skin Pure
  • Stephanie Brown
  • Team Iron Body
  • Tina Arena
  • Tupperware
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College Open Day

The College Open Day afternoon tea was well attended and appreciated by parents and children looking for refreshments. Thank you to the many mums who volunteered to help set up, serve and clean up during the afternoon. Thanks also to Kerri Stiles and Cathy Woodhouse for coordinating the volunteers and Gerald Douglas and Inferno Cakes for supplying the beautiful cupcakes.

Grange Hill Easter Raffle

At the end of last term, Grange Hill held their Easter raffle again. There were many Easter egg hampers raffled and $269.40 was raised for Project Compassion. Thank you to Jean Losinno & Susan Houlihan for coordinating this fun event.

Mothers’ Day Mass & Supper

Mothers’ Day is one of the highlights of this term and the GMA is supporting the College to hold the Mothers’ Day Mass and Supper on Wednesday 4 May. The evening will be coordinated by Anne Dunstan, for the GMA. Year 11 mothers and daughters will provide refreshments for supper. Invitations will be distributed soon, so please save the date.

The Mothers’ Day Stall will be held on Thursday 5 May at Grange Hill. Prep to Year 4 will be able to buy beautiful gifts for their mothers and grandmothers, ranging in price from $1 to $10. Marisa De Maria is coordinating a beautiful stall. Grange Hill mums, be surprised when those carefully chosen presents come home!

Entertainment Books – Great Mothers' Day Gift

For those who are looking for the gift that keeps on giving – Entertainment Books are available to order now. They are the same price as last year ($65) and include many new restaurants. Contact Cathy Frawley (0421 010 347 or to reserve your copy. This year, there will be a hard copy or a digital copy. Great Mothers' Day gift idea!

Save the dates for Term 2!

Monday 18 April, 7.30pm, Wardell Theatre

GMA Combined Committee and Class Reps Meeting

Saturday 23 April

Year 2 Family Bowling Night

Thursday 28 April

Year 9 Mums Lunch

Saturday 30 April

Year 12 Parents Social Evening

Sunday 1 May

Year 5 Mum & Daughters Breakfast

Wednesday 4 May

Mother’s Day Mass and Supper

Thursday 5 May

Mother’s Day Stall Prep to Year 4

Sunday 15 May

Year 7 Mum & Daughter Dinner

Sunday 22 May

Year 8 Mum & Daughter Breakfast

Monday 30 May

GMA Committee Meeting

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


News from the GFA

I would like to extend a big welcome back to all families following the Easter break. We finished Term 1 on a high, pitching in with a sausage sizzle at the College Open Day on 20 March - with special thanks to the dads who helped cook the 400 snags on the day.

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The GFA held its April meeting this week and we discussed some of the exciting events coming up on our calendar:

GFA ELC-Year 4 Family BBQ: New Date!

New for 2016 and an event the GFA are very excited about, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, the event has been rescheduled to Friday 6 May 2016.

GFA Father-Daughter Mass for the Middle Years (Years 5-8)

On Sunday 17 April 2016, we have the last of our GFA masses for the year - a special Mass just for Gen dads and their daughters, held in the College Chapel and followed by a sumptuous breakfast. It is not too late to RSVP, for what truly is a great chance to share a special moment together in a sacred place and be part of College life with your daughter. Email your RSVP to

The 5th GFA Winemakers’ Dinner

An event that will bring our community together on 29 April 2016, in a fun-filled environment, whilst supporting sales of our GFA Wine Range that support GFA funding efforts. Bring your partner and friends to this great evening. Enjoy some great food, taste our excellent wine selection, and learn a lot about wine and food matching whilst having lots of fun.

Cost is $90 per head. With only 2 weeks to go, this is certainly one of those GFA events not to be missed! Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven’t yet booked, purchase them online.

GFA Father-Daughter Camps

The GFA Father-Daughter camps will be held this term, for Year 8 (14-15 May) and Year 7 (28-29 May). Our girls love these camps, so look out for further details and bookings to open soon!

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. If these are not reaching you, please let me know via and you will be added to the distribution list.

Save the dates for Term 2!

Sunday 17 April

Father-Daughter Middle Years Mass

Friday 29 April

Winemakers’ Dinner

Friday 6 May

ELC to Year 4 BBQ

Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 May

Year 8 Father-Daughter Camp

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 May

Year 7 Father-Daughter Camp

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. Friday Night School on ABC Lateline

  2. Great School Library

  3. Open Day 2016

  4. Women Changing the Face of Football


Friday Night School on ABC Lateline

For the past 20 years, for two hours each Friday night, inner-city Richmond comes alive in a frenzy of studious activity, with Friday Night School. It is a program that brings together migrant children and students from some of Melbourne's most elite schools for a weekly tutoring session.

Over the years, Genazzano FCJ College has been a part of Friday Night School, with our girls and other Melbourne school students, helping hundreds of families.

On most Fridays, up to 200 student tutors attend to teach up to 200 younger children. Many tutors have regulars they teach each week and schools have a waiting list of students who want to help out.

The Friday Night School program was recently featured on ABC’s Lateline, on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

One of the Genazzano student tutors, Isabelle Zupan, was featured in the program, as she has been helping Reyana Geberesadike with her maths each week.

"I've been coming here for a year and a half and I initially worked on my maths because I'm not really good at that," Reyana said.

Isabelle says their hard work together is starting to pay off.

"I come because I like doing community service. I find it's really, really rewarding and also because Reyana is my regular I come because I can't let her down," she said.

"She's improved so much with doing times tables. Last year we were doing addition and subtraction.

"It's so rewarding to see Reyana grow up and become such a great young woman."

Watch the full Lateline segment here.


Great School Library

Genazzano FCJ College library named a Great School Library

Last year, ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) ran a campaign to identify great school libraries across Australia.

They were looking for libraries that help children and young people find reliable information; use the information effectively; think critically; make informed decisions; work productively with others; build knowledge and understanding of the world; safely navigate the internet; communicate and share their ideas; and find great reads to meet personal interests and abilities.

We are pleased to announce the Genazzano FCJ College library service has been listed in the recently released honours list.​


Nearly 600 students, teachers, parents, principals, library staff and other members of the community nominated their school libraries and told us why they deserved the accolade of being named a Great School Library. Supporting materials included drawings, stories, quotes and photographs detailing how much these libraries were valued.

We are obviously proud of this achievement – as a number of our students and staff wrote recommendations that enabled us to make the list.

For more information visit the Australia's Great School Libraries - Honours List website.


Open Day 2016

On Sunday 20 March, Genazzano FCJ College opened its doors and welcomed the community to Experience Learning in Action. The day provided a unique opportunity to see first-hand our exceptional learning environment, hear from students and staff, and meet members of the College community.

Families toured the College with our informative student guides, took part in classroom activities, such as science experiments and cooking demonstrations, and observed our extensive music group performances and sporting events.

The BBQ, tea, coffee and refreshments were made available throughout the day, courtesy of our Genazzano Mothers' and Fathers' Associations.

Thank you to all who joined us for Open Day, along with the staff and students who made the day a success.

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Women Changing the Face of Football

Genazzano FCJ College has established the first female umpire academy for students, with over 30 girls signing up to learn how to umpire Melbourne's favourite sport.


Our girls were featured on the 6.00pm Channel 9 News, on 19 March 2016, reported by Jo Hall.

View the story here



Rowing Presentation Evening

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Friday 22 April 2016
6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
RSVP online by Friday 15 April
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Open Morning


Thursday 28 April 2016
Register now
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Genazzano Fathers' Association Winemakers Dinner

Friday 29 April 2016
RSVP online
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Genazzano Alumnae Gen Day Mass

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Sunday 1 May 2016
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Community News

Part Time Finance Position Available

A part time Finance Officer position (average 4 hours per week) is available for a person with basic accounting skills preferably with MYOB experience to manage and monitor the financial activities of YEP.

YEP is a youth engagement project jointly funded by Genazzano FCJ College, Xavier College and the Parishes of Sacred Heart – Kew, Immaculate Conception – Hawthorn, Our Lady of Good Counsel and All Hallows – Deepdene and Balwyn.

If you are interested in finding out more about this flexible and part time opportunity, please call John Lee on 0411021481 or email ( for more information.

Time to Shine 2016

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Time to Shine returns in 2016, with an exhilarating day of performances, bringing together singers, dancers and musicians from over 60 Catholic secondary schools. Time to Shine provides the perfect opportunity for almost 400 students from Catholic secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, to showcase their extraordinary talents in a two-hour theatrical extravaganza.

Event details

Date: Saturday 30 April 2016
Time: 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Location: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for $35 (full) and $25 (student/concession).

Visit the Time to Shine website for further details.

Women for the World Lunch

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Following the success of last year’s luncheon, Caritas Australia delightfully invites you to the second annual Women for the World Lunch.

Come together with the women in your lives, to learn about life for women around the world, and show your support for Caritas Australia's transformative programs.

Event details

Date: Friday 13 May 2016
Time: 11.30am-3.00pm
Location: Carousel, Albert Park Lake

Tickets are available from the Caritas website for $150 (individual tickets) or $1350 (table of ten).

Dance Fitness at Genazzano in 2016

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Dance Fitness conducts exciting and fun jazz classes at Genazzano after school! No extra picking up and dropping off required!

Students will experience everything dance has to offer in a familiar, fun and friendly environment.

  • ELC & Prep Jazz Class: Monday after School 3.15-4.00pm
  • Grade 1 – Grade 3 Jazz Class: Wednesday after School 3.45 – 4.30pm
  • Grade 4 – Grade 6 Jazz Class: Wednesday after School 3.45 – 4.30pm

Enrol online now!

Please contact Ash on 0403 135 850 if you have any questions. Ensure to download the information pack.

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