Newsletter - Edition 7-2017

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

As many of you are aware, last Friday we celebrated Gen Day. It is that special day in our school year when we reflect upon what we are called to do as members of a school community founded by the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus. In the very clear and meaningful expression of our theme this year, ‘In Unity we Serve’, Gen Day was about faith, celebration, fun and a call to service.

In unity, we acknowledge the many economic, social and educational privileges we enjoy within our school community. We are indeed blessed, and so we celebrate this with joy and happiness. Our College and House spirit strengthen the bonds of our unity.

In the introduction to our Gen Day Eucharist, we were reminded of the significant stories of the women who inspired the names of our six Houses. Each one of these women signified a key value central to our FCJ identity: Fidelity, Companionship, Courage, Confidence, Loyalty and Resilience. The focus of our Mass was ‘service’; therefore, we set about a challenge to raise a significant amount of money for the FCJ mission in the Philippines that will contribute to the services and support the FCJ missions offer to the people they serve.

At the end of last year, we received a letter from the FCJ Sisters in Manilla outlining the impact we can have on the lives of the people in the very poor communities where they work. The FCJ Learning and Development Centre continues to offer a program of integrated community development to people living adjacent to one of Manilla’s main dumpsites. The money we raised on Gen Day will be sent to this community, which will then go towards the work undertaken by the Sisters, providing health care, education and better living conditions.

As a Christian school community, we are conscious that every dollar we donate can make a significant difference to the communities that are supported by the Faithful Companions of Jesus; the very same group of extraordinary women who founded our College and who we celebrate on Gen Day.

Genazzano Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences

As a community of faith, inspiring a passion for life, a love of learning, and the courage and confidence to lead and serve others, Genazzano FCJ College encourages our students from the Early Learning Centre to VCE to approach life with optimism, to be creative learners looking for ways to contribute to society, and to be actively engaged with issues of social justice. Like a child’s vivid imagination, we believe that learning should have no bounds. Genazzano has an aspiration towards excellence and works to provide students with the tools to be the best they can be. It was in this spirit last Thursday evening that we launched the Genazzano Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences.

As an educational environment, we aim to constantly improve; where what we do well becomes better, and what we do better than others, becomes the best. One of the most satisfying aspects about being in education, is that the job is never complete, the learning journey is never over - we grow, we change, we move forward and we are challenge to become better than we were yesterday. This is why I am so excited about the launch of our Genazzano Institute of Learning and Brain Science, as it will take us into a stimulating future of the ‘science of learning’ within a faith-filled community, and aligns with Genazzano’s quest to be innovative and transformative.

There have been some very exciting advances in brain research in the last decade. What we have learned has changed the way we teach and the way we learn. Neuroplasticity, meta-cognition, growth mindset, positive psychology, flow, mindfulness, etc. are terms that are now an everyday part of our understanding and planning at school. At Genazzano, we are more purposeful in our approach to teaching. We use data and research to inform our teaching practices, we have a deeper understanding of the learning process and we know that our students learn in different ways and that it is not a one size fits all process. Learning and science should not be seen as separate entities; hence our Institute puts them together in an explicit way. Brain research can inform us about how we learn and how we can create the optimal conditions for learning.

At Gen, the work has already commenced in many areas: through staff professional learning, extension student learning activities, engagement of students and staff in projects, establishing significant partnerships, developing a website and organising community events. We now have Student Leaders in the area of Learning and Brain Sciences. Please visit the Genazzano Institute website to learn more.

The launch last Thursday night was an exciting event for all those who attended. The keynote presentation by Mr Andrew Fuller was informative, entertaining and insightful. I am grateful to Ms Catherine Brandon, Director of Research: Programs and Performance, for her exceptional leadership of this initiative and I look forward to working with her as the Institute evolves.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

It seems to me that the first couple of weeks of Term 2 have been a celebration of memory, a celebration of key values that inform how we seek to live, and a celebration of the normal women and men who have modeled for us how best to be human and how best to live as faithful companions of Jesus. In this Season of Easter, we recall how Jesus rose from the dead and celebrate his presence with us in the here and now. The Gospel story the Church presented us last Sunday was Luke’s powerful resurrection story of the two disciples walking to Emmaus. It saw the risen Jesus ‘remembering’ his two downcast companions and the many stories in the Old Testament that referred to himself. This remembering and the breaking of the bread that followed ‘fired their hearts’ so much that they could not contain their joy; they had to run and tell others of their encounter.

Last Monday, we gathered to commemorate the sacrifice and service of those men and women in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who gave their lives to protect their families and this land. Prep to Year 6 girls and staff gathered in the Furlan Room to commemorate this day, while our Years 7 to 12 students and many staff gathered in front of the Fathers’ Steps. Following the recitation of ‘In Flanders’ Fields’, various prayers, and listening to the ‘Ode of Remembrance’, Samantha Miller (Year 12) played the very moving ‘Last Post’. I asked the girls who lead our commemoration to pen a few thoughts about what ANZAC Day means to them — here are some of their thoughts:

“ANZAC day embodies the understanding that we as a nation will never forget the terrible conditions that our soldiers, and every soldier, endured to protect the place they call home.” Samantha Miller (Year 12)

“On ANZAC Day, I remember my relatives who served in WW1 and WW2. In 2012 and 2014, I put a poppy next to their names at the Canberra memorial. Every ANZAC Day, I imagine what it must have been like, to fight and die for your country.” Emma O’Brien (Year 7)

“ … To me, ANZAC Day is the day that we honour the past and pledge to do things differently in the future.” Elena Murphy (Year 10)

Let we forget.

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Three days later, we gathered as a whole College community again, this time to celebrate Gen Day. At the commencement of our College Eucharist, each of our six House Prefects ‘remembered’ our six House Patrons for us. While Marie Madeleine d’Houet holds pride of place for us, we also celebrated the stories of Corry, Stock, Douglas, Winter, Gerda; all women of their time involved in education in one way or another, all ordinary women but leaving us with their extraordinary legacy of service, excellence and fidelity to what they believed.

One of the most significant poets of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot wrote the prophetic words, “Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future / And time future contained in time past.” There are many interpretations of what these words might mean but in light of what we have commemorated and remembered in the past two weeks at Gen with Easter, ANZAC Day and Gen Day, the best of the past resonates in our present lives in unimaginably powerful ways and hopefully ensures a future where the presence and reign of God will be evident.

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

Charles Watt
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


Business Manager News

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

The Victorian Government has an initiative to ensure that all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) assists eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

The annual CSEF amount per student is:

  • $125 for primary school students
  • $225 for secondary school students.

To be eligible, parents must hold a current concession or pension card.

How to apply

To apply, please complete a CSEF application form and return it to the Business Managers’ office by the end of May, for submission to the government.

Further information

Please read the flyer or visit the CSEF website, for full details on eligibility, payment and additional resource information.

Mark Glover
Business Manager


ELC News

On Monday 24 April, the ELC children remembered the ANZAC soldiers. The ELC4 children were invited to attend a special remembrance service with the Grange Hill students. Mrs Jones read the ANZAC story and each child was presented with a poppy to wear.

The ELC 3 & 4 students discussed traditional ways of remembering the brave ANZAC soldiers, such as wearing poppies, planting rosemary to represent the Gallipoli landscape and cooking ANZAC biscuits. The children planted two rosemary bushes in the ELC garden in remembrance, as a way to reflect on the ANZAC soldier’s bravery. The children participated in cooking delicious ANZAC biscuits, with many children baking more at home, sharing this enjoyable experience at home with their family.

The children reflected on the service on their return to the classroom.

What does ANZAC day mean to you?

Christopher – “God made ANZAC Day. My pappor was in the army but he isn’t any more”
Madison – “We wear poppies”
Giselle – “I have rosemary at my home”
Thomas – “Sometimes we forget stuff but we can’t forget the ANZACs 

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The ELC values our relationships and connecting with our parent community within the learning environment. Parents, guardians and grandparents are encouraged to join the children ‘at play’ in the learning environment to foster these partnerships, and to view the learning in action. Last week, Toby’s Nonna assisted the ELC4 children in cooking homemade pizza. The children rolled the dough to size and added tomato sugo, olives, cheese or potato and ate the pizza for lunch. They all agreed the pizza was “yummy”.

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Alison Lucas
Director of Early Learning Centre


Junior School News

Artists at Work

The Year 4 students have begun working on some drawings that represent the season of Spring for the Royal Melbourne Show. The students have learned about the artist and sculptor, Henry Moore, and in particular, about the book he presented his daughter, full of his many sketches of sheep. The students have used pencil and charcoal to sketch their sheep, enjoying being able to smudge the charcoal and use a variety of different lines to represent the wool of the sheep. We look forward to seeing the finished artworks.


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The ELC to Year 6 students gathered on Monday 24 April to commemorate ANZAC Day. It was wonderful to have the ELC4 students join us. The participated with the rest of the students in commemorating the significance of the day. We were very lucky to have Alison (Year 10) play the ‘Last Post’ for us, which was very moving. Equally moving was the way each student quietly selected a poppy and left the room in silence. It is wonderful to be able to gather together in prayer for occasions such as these, as it always prompts interesting reflections and conversations afterwards.

Year 2 Maths

The girls have been working cooperatively in groups, completing activities reinforcing mental computation strategies.  They played ‘7up’, ‘Domino Trains’ and ‘Is It Right?’ The strategies of doubles, near doubles, bridging to ten, and changing nine to a ten are some we used for mental computation. We are always thinking about whether the strategy we have chosen is the most efficient one.

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Gen Day

Not surprisingly the highlight of Term 2 so far has been Gen Day! The enthusiasm of all students from Prep to Year 6 was fantastic and you couldn't help but get swept up in it. Each of the girls contributed to a dance, either as a Prep-4 group or a House group, and the team spirit was alive and well! The Prep to 4 students did exceptionally well, charming everyone with their singing and dancing. The girls all enjoyed the many activities on offer and made the most of the opportunities for both fun and tasty treats. It was terrific to see the whole school come together on this special day to celebrate, remember and importantly, to raise funds for the missions of the Sisters FCJ.

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Learning Conversations

It has been a busy couple of weeks for staff and families as we have completed our Learning Conversations. Staff have really valued the opportunity to engage in conversation with their students and families to talk about growth in learning and set goals for the future. Our students have had so much to contribute to these conversations and often have deep insight into their own learning needs. We encourage you to continue these conversations at home and share in the learning of your daughter. During May and June, we will be inviting you to attend a 'launch' of GenConnect, which offers further opportunities to engage in your daughter's learning. Details will be available soon.

Mary Jones
Head of Junior School


Drama News

VCE Theatre Studies Performance: ‘The 39 Steps’

‘The 39 Steps’ is a comedic takeoff of the classic 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, with characters changing roles in the blink of an eye. The brilliantly chaotic story follows our handsome hero, Richard Hannay, as he races to solve the mystery of ‘The 39 Steps’, whilst trying to clear his name at the same time! The show’s hilarious fast pace promises to leave you gasping for breath… in a good way!

Presented by Units 1 & 2 and Units 3 & 4 Theatre Studies.

Date: Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre, Genazzano FCJ College

Buy your tickets online now!

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Annabel Sharkey
Year 12, Publicity and Marketing Manager for Theatre Studies


Music News

The Gen Bugler – An ANZAC Day Tradition

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In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to their final rest, as well as at commemorative services such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. As trumpet players, we are called upon to perform the Last Post honouring those who have served. The challenges in playing the Last Post do not lie in the music itself, but the pressure that comes in the moments before performing the sacred tradition. On Monday 24 April, on the Father’s Steps, Samantha Miller (Year 12) accepted the challenge of performing the bugle call to the Years 7-12 staff and student cohort.

Rows of red poppies lined the steps, the Australian Flag gently blew in the breeze, the bugler stood at attention, whilst all gathered in front of the Father’s Steps. Welcoming remarks, prayers and scripture were read in tradition with services gone by. She waited in anticipation for her moment. The bugler took the mouthpiece from her pocket, shielding it from the elements, and inserted it into the trumpet. The cue for the bugler was the reciting of The Ode:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them."

A lone breath was taken and the first interval, a haunting Perfect 5th was then sounded. The bugler navigated her way through the intervals of the call the best she could under the conditions. Her final note sounded out across the oval. A minute silence followed.

For many Genazzano families, ANZAC Day is a special time to remember the past and current serving family members of the Australian Defence Forces. For Samantha and her family, this tradition of military service can be traced to the First World War.

Alfred Fraser Miller, Samantha and Chloe’s (Year 9) Great Grandfather was born on 13 August 1895 in the Buchan Hotel, Buchan. His father, Henry, was the licensee of the hotel at the time. Alf enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force on 19 May in the 21st Howitzer Brigade, 7th Reinforcement with the rank of Gunner (28423). On 25 October 1916, after five months of training in Melbourne, he departed on troopship ‘Ulysses’. He transferred into the 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, serving with his brother William in France. The Brigade saw action on the Western Front that included fighting on the Ypres Salient. On 28 November 1917, Alf was gassed in battle. He recovered in England and returned to Australia on 7 June 1918. Many of these soldiers would then live out their lives with the disabilities sustained in the War. Alf met Ina Jenkins and later married in 1923. He would later work for 40 years as a store detective for fellow veteran gunner, Norman Myer of the Myer Emporium.

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Alfred Miller 1916, Gunner No. 28423, AIF

There are many untold stories from the Genazzano FCJ community. It is these stories that give the Last Post and ANZAC Day special meaning to the Gen Bugler.

“When I play the Last Post, I often think about the other men and women who have played this exact tune before me, and the circumstances that led to it being played at the end of each day’s activities. As time has gone on, it has also come to be a symbol of farewell, that the duty of the dead is over and they can rest in peace. It’s a very solemn tune, one that, no matter how I play it, carries a certain note of important and gravitas about it” Samantha Miller (Year 12), Gen Bugler

Christopher Day
Head of Brass


Careers News

Year 12 Careers

All Year 12 students are encouraged to be using the VTAC website to search for university and VET courses for 2018. It is advised for students to become familiar with the website and start researching now, preparing for when applications open in August in order to make informed choices about their pathway. Any Year 12 wanting a careers meeting can do so by emailing me at  

Inside Monash Series

Get the inside story of what it’s really like to study at Monash. You’ll hear from a current student, a past student and an academic. It’s the best 90 minutes you could spend researching your course. Register here.

Date Topic
9 May 2017 Education
11 May 2017 Psychology
16 May 2017 Education
17 May 2017 Law
17 May 2017 Advanced Science
18 May 2017 Health Sciences
18 May 2017 Information Technology
23 May 2017 Biomedical Sciences, Radiography and Nutrition
25 May 2017 Engineering
5 June 2017 Medicine and Biomedical Science
14 June 2017 Business

Work Experience – 16 to 20 October 2017

Work experience needs to be finalised as soon as possible. The work experience form must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian, and all contact information for the employer and family must be included. Please encourage your daughter to make the calls to get the placement confirmed.

Amanda Barnetby
Careers Advisor


Co-curricular News

Last year, Marietta Stents (Year 9) won the Victorian Final of the Legacy Junior Public speaking Competition and then competed in the National Final held in Adelaide.  As a result of her involvement in this competition, Legacy asked Marietta to deliver her winning speech at the 86th Commemoration Ceremony for students at the Shrine of Remembrance on Friday 21 April 2017. Her report follows:

The ceremony commenced with an address by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau, followed by presentations from Air Vice Marshall, Mr Chris Spence, Chairman and Shrine of Remembrance Trustees and Melbourne Legacy President, Mr Graham Plumridge. It was both a privilege and an honour for me to deliver my speech at the Shrine of Remembrance to more than five thousand attendees. The title of my speech was ‘The Never Ending Battle’, in which I discussed the psychological issues facing returned soldiers. Specifically, I recounted the battles faced by Major General “Pompey” Elliott, a married soldier with two children who fought in the First World War and took his own life thirteen years after returning home from the War. It was the first time a student has been asked to speak at the Commemoration Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance, which is a great honour for me to pay my respects to those who have sacrificed so much in times of conflict.

Read Marietta’s speech here.

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Catherine Murphy
Director of Co-curricular Programs


Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences News

Launch Event with Andrew Fuller

On Thursday 27 April, Genazzano celebrated the launch of the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences with an event held in the Madeleine Centre. The evening entailed a very interesting, informative and engaging presentation by renowned clinical psychologist and author, Mr Andrew Fuller, who focused on the importance and versatility of our brains as young children and adults. He certainly informed the audience of the various intricacies and complexities of brain function, and how interconnected all the functions of life, which we engage in on a regular basis, are to one another. One particular standout was the importance of learning as an experience, and engaging young people to become experience-rich throughout their lives, not just knowledge-rich.

Andrew stressed the importance of creativity and allowing young people to create their own ‘messy problems’ to problem solve through. Additionally, he gave insight into how intertwined maths and music are, due to the close positioning of the sections of the brain involved with counting and numeracy skills, and those with rhythm and melody. Another curious fact he presented was the importance of the aroma of a learning environment, as smell and memory are curiously interweaved. To learn more, see Andrew's website. He has some fantastic handouts and resources available free for parents and educators.

Visit the Genazzano Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences website to find out more.

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Isabelle Zupan and Emily Harman
Learning and Brain Sciences Co-Captains

Brain Bee Neuroscience Challenge

Congratulations to Anna Frazer and Bridget Henry (Year 10). Following their excellent performance in Round 1 of the competition, they have both been invited to compete in the State Final at the Melbourne Brain Centre. The full day event will also offer the students the opportunity to hear from prominent speakers in the area of neuroscience and to tour the Anatomy Museum and Dax Gallery.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research: Programs and Performance


Learning Enhancement News

Year 9 Academic Challenge

On Wednesday 3 May, eight Year 9 students travelled to Kingswood College in Box Hill, for an Academic Challenge Day, consisting of three challenge sessions. The Genazzano students were split into teams with students from other schools, where they investigated Mathematics, English, Science, Code Breaking, Engineering, Art/Poetry and Public Speaking. It was an excellent learning experience whereby our students had the opportunity to develop their teamwork skills.

Congratulations to Marietta Stents, Emily Croagh, Ella McEvoy, Chelsea Kwan, Ruby Atkin, Georgia Farlecas, Amelia Grounds and Amelia Johnston, who together placed first, second and third overall in various disciplines.

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Eileen Bendall
Curriculum Leader: Gifted & Talented


Performance Psychology News

‘13 Reasons Why’: Concerns About Harmful Content


Headspace, the leading mental health organisation for young people in Australia, has issued a warning following growing concerns raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia about content featured in US Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why’.

The series, which is currently streaming on Netflix, depicts a young woman who commits suicide. It presents the viewer with confronting and graphic messaging and imagery.

Kristen Douglas, National Manager of Headspace, states that “The show exposes viewers to risky content and may lead to a distressing reaction by children and young people.” 

National and international research clearly indicates the very real impact and risk to harmful suicide exposure leading to increased risk and distress amongst young people.

Parents need to be aware of the dangers and potential risks for children and young people who have been exposed to this series. If you are aware that your daughter has watched the series, we urge you to have a conversation with her about the program, including discussing her thoughts about and emotional response to the content.

Please contact the Performance Psychology Department if you have any concerns or need support for your daughter.

Rebecca McNamara
College Psychologist


Social Justice News

Family Week 2017

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Over a hundred thousand people will celebrate the role that families play in Australian society during the week of 15 - 21 May for National Families Week.

At Genazzano, we will celebrate Family Week in the week of 8 - 12 May. For Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, it's an opportunity to work with CatholicCare to encourage the next generation of 'Champions for Change'. CatholicCare notes the strong link between the wellbeing of families and the wellbeing of the whole community, and it's this same idea that 'we're all in this together' that underpins the social justice programs conducted in Catholic schools.

In Family Week, the Social Justice and Mission Prefects have organised a number of fundraising activities to raise money for CatholicCare.

We are also holding a Bathroom and Laundry Drive for CatholicCare, in their Refugee outreach. These are items that are expensive and difficult for refugee and asylum seeker families to buy. The Social Justice and Mission representatives will join with the St Vincent de Paul group and the Minnie Vinnies in collecting these items. We are asking students from Prep to Year 12 to bring the following items for collection:

Years 9-12: Bathroom Products Prep to Year 8: Laundry Products




Hair products

Toilet Paper

Sanitary Products

Make Up wipes


Vitamin E cream

Babies bottles

Baby bottle cleaners

Babies drink cups


Baby wipes

Bonds Gro-Suits

Laundry Soap

Soap Powder

Fabric Softener

Stain remover (E.g. Preen)


Pine O’Clean





Anne McIlroy
Social Justice Coordinator

Movie Night Fundraiser

The 2016 Genazzano Timor Leste Immersion group is holding a fundraising movie night. On Friday 12 May, we will be showing ‘Ferris Buellers Day Off’, our own short movie about our time in East Timor, and more! Starting from 6.00pm, we will be holding a sausage sizzle outside the Madeleine Centre, with the movie running from 6.45pm - 9.30pm. All proceeds will go to our sponsor schools, Larifarnu and Buigiera, in the region of Bacau in East Timor. Everyone is welcome, bring along your friends! Tickets can be bought online for $15 each. 

Brianna Mercer
Year 11


Sports News

Term 2 GSV Sport

AFL, Netball, Hockey and Cross Country are the GSV sports offered this term. Please contact the Sport Office with any enquiries.


Saturday Netball commenced last week with 47 Genazzano teams, more than 480 students from Years 4-12 representing the College. Saturday at the Boroondara Netball Centre (MacLeay Park) is a sea of white, navy and maroon netball dresses, as the Gen teams, led by 60 student coaches, take to the courts. The Winter season runs for two terms, concluding with Finals in September.


Genazzano students, Gabrielle Clarke (Year 11) and Brigid McKeagney-Douglas (Year 12), have both been selected into the Victorian Pathways Eight. The Pathways Eight is made up of the best eight school girls rowers in Victoria. The girls spent time training with the Victorian Eight, racing in late April against other state crews in a bid to be selected for the Junior World Championship team.

We are delighted to advise that both Gabrielle and Brigid have been selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships in Lithuania later this year.

Congratulations to Gabrielle and Brigid on this great achievement!


Would your daughter like to ski or snowboard for Genazzano? The 2017 Information Evening was held recently. If you missed out, and want to hear about our Snowsports program, please contact the Sport Office or Genazzano Snowsports Parent Support Group (Mr Paul Abrahams) at

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport

Swimming – GenAquatic

Wyndham City Swim Club Short Course (MSAC) – Saturday 20 May 2017

The next swim meet for GenAquatic is the Wyndham City Swim Meet at MSAC. The competition is open to registered competitive swimmers who want to gain an official time. Gold Squad and Silver Squad swimmers should enter this competition to qualify for the State Championships. Entries close on 14 May 2017. Enter this event online.

2017 Interclub Relay at Aqualink Nunawading

GenAquatic is looking for swimmers who want to compete in the Interclub Relay Competition. The competition will take place over three Fridays: 2 June, 16 June and 30 June.

Swimmers will need to be registered competitive swimmers with Victoria and will require times that can be verified by the district.

Pool entry is at 6.45pm, with warm-up from 7.00pm. Racing starts at 7.30pm.

The following events are available:

Senior – Aged 13 & Over

Can swim maximum of four events and minimum of two from 4 x 50m Backstroke / Breaststroke / Butterfly / Freestyle / Medley

Juniors – Aged 12 & Under

Can swim maximum of four events and minimum of two from 4 x 50m Backstroke / Breaststroke / Freestyle / Medley

If your child is interested in swimming in the Interclub Relays, please contact us as soon as possible.

Future events

Friday 12 May Club Night at Genazzano FCJ College
Saturday 20 May Wyndham City Swim Club Short Course at MSAC
Friday 16 June Club Championships at Genazzano FCJ College

Amon Soerink
Head Coach Aquatics


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Saturday 6 May Generations in Jazz (Mt Gambier)
Sunday 7 May Generations in Jazz (Mt Gambier)
Monday 8 May Family Week
Tuesday 9 May Family Week
NAPLAN Testing
Wednesday 10 May Family Week
NAPLAN Testing
GMA Mother's Day Eucharist at 7.00pm
Thursday 11 May Family Week
NAPLAN Testing
Friday 12 May Family Week
Grange Hill Mother's Day Morning Tea
Music Camp
Saturday 13 May Music Camp
Sunday 14 May Mother's Day
Music Camp
Tuesday 16 May GFA Talking Careers Evening
Wednesday 17 May House Athletics (Doncaster)
Year 9 Drama Page to Stage Performance at 7.00pm
Thursday 18 May Year 9 Drama Page to Stage Performance at 5.00pm
Sacrament of Penance at 7.00pm
Friday 19 May Life is Excellent Day
Flute Ensembles Concert at 4.00pm

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


GMA News

There has been a lot of activity in the GMA space recently, with year level reps and coordinators arranging events and finalising save the date flyers.

I would encourage you all to try and attend an event to meet up socially with parents from your daughter’s school year level.

Events Held

A group of Year 11 mums got together for a lovely dinner at The Auburn Hotel.

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The Year 5 mums coffee catch up at Adeney Cafe was another success. Much laughter & chit chat was exchanged over delicious food.

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The mother/daughter self-defense afternoon was attended by 15 pairs of Year 8 mothers and daughters, (and an older sister). The main point of interests was learning how to avoid getting into uncomfortable or dangerous situations.

Mr Barry Akhurst, from Boorondara Martial Arts Centre Kew, shared scenarios and personal stories. He also gave the group important insights on how to overpower an attacker. The group was encouraged to practice defense moves on each other. The afternoon ended with a delicious and lively afternoon tea

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Mother’s Day Mass and Supper

Mothers, daughters, grandmothers and special friends are warmly invited to our Mother’s Day Mass on Wednesday 10 May at 7.00pm in the College Chapel, followed by supper in the Furlan Room. For catering purposes, please RSVP online by this evening.

Girls are to wear their full winter uniform with tie.

If you can contribute by baking or helping serve on the evening, please contact Mrs Anne Dunstan at

Mother’s Day Stall

The Mother’s Day Stall will be on Wednesday 10 May for the ELC students only and on Thursday 11 May for Prep to Year 4 students. It provides an opportunity for the girls to buy their mums and grandmothers a lovely gift.

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

This year’s GMA Ball will have a Hollywood theme. Our greatest social and fundraising event of the year is being coordinated by Mrs Johanna Nesbitt and I, with a very enthusiastic committee. If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor, in return for advertising exposure, or donating a prize for the loud or silent auctions, please contact Mrs Johanna Nesbitt via or me via

Victoria Parents Council

Genazzano is a member of Victoria Parents Council (VPC). The VPC provides a voice for non-government schools parents in the decisions that affect our children’s education. It informs, encourages, supports and responds to the needs of parents. Helen Fox (a Gen mum) is the Vice President of the VPC. Meetings are held once a term at VPC member schools and you are all welcome and encouraged to attend. More information about the VPC can be found on Gen Connect under the Mothers’ Association tile.

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a representative for Gen, please contact Helen on

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Books are back due to popular demand, and with some great offers!

They are the same price as last year ($65) and include many new restaurants. Contact Mrs Cathy Frawley via 0421 010 347 or to reserve your copy. This year, there will be a hard copy or a digital copy.

Save the Date

Thursday 18 May Year 7 Mother & Daughter Pizza Night
Wednesday 10 May GMA Mother's Day Stall - ELC
GMA Mother's Day Mass & Supper
Thursday 11 May GMA Mother's Day Stall - Prep to Year 4
Monday 29 May GMA Committee Meeting 
Wednesday 31 May Victoria Parents Council Meeting

Jacqui Pirone
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association

GFA News

Winemaker’s Dinner – Tonight, Friday 5 May

You and your partner are warmly invited to the sixth annual GFA Winemaker's Dinner – the Mediterranean at its best. Come along to Yiannis Tavern tonight to enjoy great Greek food, organic Spanish wines, and most of all, wonderful company.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Maria de Una, a specialist Spanish winemaker. The night will also feature a full Greek banquet including dessert, coffee and tea, and wines to complement the banquet. Beer and the new range of the Genazzano Fathers' Association Premium Wines will also be available for purchase.

Sounds interesting? Why don’t you come and meet some other parents and learn about Spain, its history and wines. You can book last minute online, or if you want to know more please contact:

Talking Careers – Tuesday 16 May

You are warmly invited to attend the GFA ‘Talking Careers’ evening which will be held on Tuesday 16 May, from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. This evening is open to all students and their parents/guardians in Years 9 to 11. Presenters will be located in classrooms on the third floor of the d’Houet Building.

Students and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, many of them Alumnae, who will be discussing their own career pathway and will answer questions you may have. The aim is to make the sessions as informal and as interactive as possible.

Each student can choose to attend up to three half-hour sessions presented by industry professionals from a range of fields including Accounting, Architecture, Nursing, Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Forensic Science/IT, Law, Marketing, Medical Research, Physiotherapy, Project Management, Psychology and Speech Pathology.

Students attending the evening will need to wear correct winter uniform, including maroon tie and white hair ribbon. If you want to know more please contact:

GFA Special Projects

Would you like to contribute to the GFA but prefer to assist in your own time, on your own computer? We would love you to help us by coordinating our events on Trybooking. If you want to know more please contact me on or 0419 885 701.

GFA Executive

Every month, a friendly bunch of guys meet to plan our events and discuss other items of interest. Our liaison from the College provides an outline of upcoming College activities, listens to our feedback and answers our questions. Sometimes the discussion is followed by a guest presentation, but always by refreshments and an opportunity to catch up with other dads. I hope you will consider attending our next meeting to be held on Wednesday 17 May at 7.00pm in the Wardell Boardroom.

Save the Date – Term 2 Events

Tuesday 16 May GFA Talking Careers Evening
Sunday 21 May Years 7 & 8 Father Daughter Bowling
Sunday 28 May Years 7-12 Eucharist & Breakfast
Saturday 17 June Year 5 & 6 Father Daughter Camp

Our motto is to Love, Laugh and Make a Difference. Why don’t you ‘Get Involved’ this year?

Bruce MacIsaac
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association



VCE Theatre Studies Production 'The 39 Steps'

Date: Tuesday 23 May and Wednesday 24 May
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts, Genazzano FCJ College​
Book online

Open Morning

Open Morning

Date: Wednesday 24 May
Time: 9.30am - 11.00am
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts, Genazzano FCJ College​
Register online

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Parent Seminar Series

Date: Monday 29 May
Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts, Genazzano FCJ College​
Book online


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