Newsletter - Edition 8-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

We have had a number of student-run events at the College over the past fortnight that has demonstrated how our 2016 College theme, ‘Fidelity and Joy in the Year of Mercy’, is actively at the forefront of student life. Our young women are incredibly passionate about social justice actions and have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and support for those less fortunate than themselves.

Over the last two Friday nights, our students have given their time and shared their remarkable talents in two concerts. The Glee Sing Off held on Friday 13 May, was organised by our Year 12 students and hosted by Genazzano. We were pleased to welcome students and families from some of our neighbouring schools on this occasion to raise funds for disadvantaged youth.

The ACRATH Benefit Concert (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans), held on Friday 20 May, was again organised by our students. With a full house in our Montagner Auditorium and a range of silent auction prizes on offer, our students raised significant funds to support the work of ACRATH. The passion, commitment and dedication of our students is indeed extraordinary and I congratulate them for the selfless work undertaken in preparation for these events and their fundraising to support the most vulnerable in our society.

In addition to these two concerts, our social justice representatives and their classmates conducted mission stalls throughout the year to raise funds for the various works of the Sisters, FCJ and our Catholic community charities. Our students are passionate leaders and it is fabulous to see them creating opportunities that make a difference.

Last weekend, Catholics celebrated Trinity Sunday. The Trinity declares that relationships are at the very centre of our loving God. We believe that the Father, Son and Spirit are in full communion, communication and relationship with each other at all times, in all places. To know Jesus is to know the Father and the Spirit for they are one. This special relationship also indicates to us that nothing should matter more in our lives than our relationships with one another. To be as God is calling us to be, is to commit ourselves to our relationships, in all their varieties. The social justice works of our students are recognising this call to be in a relationship with each other and expressing God’s love through our actions builds relationships and community.

I express my gratitude to all our students and staff who have created these wonderful works of social justice within the school community. Your selfless giving will make a positive difference to the lives of others.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

At Pentecost, we remember the events that occurred at the very beginning of the Church. The previous Sunday we had celebrated the Feast of the Ascension, which are the final moments of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Rather than abandoning us, the Holy Spirit enlivened and energised the Church to begin the task of making Jesus present in the world, by building up the Kingdom of God. This is no small task, of course, and one that it is fair to say we are some distance from achieving.

On Friday 13 May, students and staff celebrated a liturgy to recognise Pentecost and the end of the Easter Season. Through prayers, song and scripture, we were able to reflect on Easter and the gift of the Church. Our students are not the future of the Church – they are very much the present and their voices need to be heard if the Church is to be an authentic witness to the message of the risen Christ.

I invite your prayers for the Year 9 students and the staff who are participating in the Kimberley Immersion from 29 May to 19 June. May God be with them throughout their travels, and may they be blessed and challenged by those they meet.

Our condolences and prayers to Michelle Rangelov and Tess, Ivan and Antonio on the passing of James Theodore Ivan Rengelov on 23 April 2016.

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

Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


We thank you, God,
For those people who are channels of your love in our lives.

For those who gave us birth, and in the weakness of our infancy,
sheltered, nurtured and treasured us.

For those who taught us to walk, to talk and to explore tastes, smells and sounds
and to experience the warmth of belonging and embracing.

For those who overlooked our faults and affirmed our strengths,
and the friends and relatives young and old who shared our tears and our laughter.

God of love, teach us not to judge others but to see the goodness in those we meet.
May we see life, as a half full glass rather than one half empty.
May those we encounter be enriched by our presence and friendship.

Bless everyone in the Genazzano FCJ College community:
may our love be seasoned with sincerity,
may our justice be seasoned with compassion
and may our companionship be made real by our commitment to you.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Student Learning and Wellbeing News

Genazzano - a Child Safe School

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In my time at Genazzano, I have been very aware that it is our responsibility to provide an educational environment to ensure the safety of every child entrusted to our care. Yes, this is evident in the many protocols, procedures and policies that have been developed and refined over the years and I think it is also evident in the many conversations I have had with colleagues, students and parents/guardians.

This term, the conversation continues so that Genazzano remains an optimal environment for our girls’ safety. We have been reminded of legal expectations and legal consequences surrounding supervision, etc. As staff, we have explored the consequences of the new Victorian Law which will see the implementation of seven child staff standards in all Victorian schools.

These seven standards mandate that schools have:

  1. strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, through effective leadership arrangements
  2. a Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
  3. a Code of Conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6. strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

As members of this FCJ education community, it is at the very heart of what we do and who we are that students in our care will always feel valued, cherished, loved and safe.

Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing


News from ELC

On Tuesday 17 May, the ELC children were delighted to experience a ‘hands-on’ incursion with ‘Wild Action’. They deliver a wonderful wildlife experience in Victoria. They own a private Zoo nestled in the Macedon Ranges, and from this Zoo, choose a variety of animals to bring to the classroom. The staff conduct an interactive and educational workshop, which allows for children to get up close and personal with the animals. The specific topic ‘Backyard Biodiversity’ looks at animals in our area, sustainability, food sources, habitat protection, and household pets as predators.

The children have been interested in and learning about Nocturnal Animals. To support this interest, we thought this incursion would be a wonderful way to consolidate their learning. During the incursion, the children had the opportunity to touch, hold, smell and listen to a kookaburra, a blue tongue lizard, an echidna, a ringtail possum, a crocodile, a turtle, a wallaby, and a python snake. The children learned about many of the animals’ unusual features, including: that a crocodile has 66 teeth and renew their teeth once they fall out; a blue tongue lizard pokes out its tongue to smell; a kookaburra will laugh if you laugh; and an echidna curls up in a ball to protect itself and feels like a spikey hair brush. It took four very brave ELC children and the presenter to hold the length of the python snake.

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On Wednesday 25 May, Lauren from Wildlife Victoria visited the ELC4 children. She explained the importance of calling Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535, if we see an injured animal and she demonstrated a real life rescue. Lauren was grateful for all the towels and blankets that families generously collected and she explained they would be used to keep the rescued animals warm.

Alison Lucas
Director, Early Learning Centre


News from Early Years

It was great to see so many students arrive early to school on Friday morning to walk around the oval in recognition of 'Walk Safely to School Day'. We practised stopping at kerbs and used three zebra crossing markings on our way to the oval and back. The girls were so enthusiastic and it was such a beautiful morning that it was a great way to start the day. It was so successful that we have decided to walk around the oval every Friday morning, weather permitting, as yet another way to promote fitness and a healthier lifestyle for our future generations. Interested students can meet me at Grange Hill reception at 8.20am. This activity is in addition to the very successful Grange Hill Fun Fit Club, which continues every Monday morning in the Gym at 8.00am and the Singing Club held every Tuesday morning at 8.20am.

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Our Science units this term have seen Years 3 and 4 working together to discover what is ‘Beneath our Feet’, examining all types of rock formations. In Prep to Year 2, the students have been exploring they way in which Indigenous Australians respected the Earth’s resources in such a way that nothing was wasted. They have especially enjoyed some of the Dreamtime stories. Integrating technology into their inquiry, they used Q-codes to access several Dreamtime stories on their iPads, in order to compare and contrast three selected stories. Under the guidance of Dr Judith Paphazy, it was great to see so many students so engaged and definitely in FLOW as they completed a variety of response activities to express their findings. Both groups will embark on respective excursions on Wednesday 1 June to complement their classroom learning.

Jacqueline Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Learning Conversations: NAPLAN

A focus of Middle Years Learning is having learning conversations with students, which assists in building a deep level of understanding. Asking students to reflect on their learning is a powerful strategy for both teachers and parents to gauge their current thinking and comprehension.

Last week, students in Years 5 and 7 undertook NAPLAN testing in the areas of Language Conventions: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Writing, Reading and Numeracy.  Rephrasing the question ‘how did you do in NAPLAN?’ you could ask your child some of the following questions, which promote thinking and reflection:

Language Conventions

  • Which question did you find the least challenging? What makes you say that?
  • Which question did you find the most challenging? What makes you say that?
  • What was one question that shifted your thinking?
  • What questions do you need to ask your teacher?


  • What were two ideas you incorporated into your writing tasks?
  • Can you make a connection between the topic you wrote for NAPLAN and another you had previously studied?
  • What was the title of your writing task? What makes you say that?


  • What were the themes of the texts?
  • Was there a word or sentence you found challenging or confusing?


  • With which topics were you most confident?
  • What puzzled you? What questions do you have?
  • Which questions would you like to explore further?

All of these questions could be rephrased to discuss everyday learning rather than being NAPLAN specific.

As mentioned in previous correspondence, the NAPLAN parent report will be mailed to families late in Term 3.

Wayne Murrill
Director of Middle Years


News from All Hallows

Year 9 Camp to Anglesea

The Year 9 students set off on camp last week. Here are a few of their one-word reflections:

Emilia - Rewarding
Maddison B - Challenging
Maddison M - Fun
Aleida - Interesting
Frances - Tiring
Rebecca - Surprising
Jemima - Educational
Allegra - Humorous
Luca - Unpredictable
Paris - Extreme
Maya - Bonding
Lauren - Grateful
Hannah K - Hard

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Year 9 Visual Merchandising

Year 9 Visual Merchandising students took part in an exciting workshop on 12 April, run by Michelle Kindness, owner of ‘Michelle Kindness Design – Home of Twiggywinkle’. Michelle challenged the students with a design brief to provide a visual story using images provided by the boutique, which would help launch the new season of baby clothes.

The group whose work met the design brief most closely were selected by Michelle and her team, and was then sent out to customers on 12 May. The remaining groups had their work featured on the retail Facebook page.

On Saturday 14 May at 9.00am, Hannah Abrahams, Grace Burnes, Mia Robertson and Portia Swainsbury were invited to install their window display at Michelle’s boutique in Armadale. It was a wonderful success!

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Michelle provided some positive feedback on working with the Year 9 students:

I always look forward to Immersion Day at Genazzano FCJ College; it's a great pleasure to share my journey with these young women. Their creativity and enthusiasm to the brief are always of a high standard, and this year was no exception. – Michelle Kindness

Kate Walsh
Creative Arts Teacher


News from Later Years

Keys Please

What could be more rewarding than supervising your child on their learner permit, so that they can become a safer driver? Many parents might add "and what could be more challenging?"

Next week, Year 10 students will be involved in a VicRoads Keys Please program, as part of GenSTAR. Whether or not they already have their learner's permit, this session will tell them everything they need to know about making the most of the learner driver period.

Parents and carers have an important role in helping their young people develop the skills and attitudes they need to become safer drivers.

The VicRoads Learner Kit given to all successful learner permit applicants contains the booklet ‘Guide for Supervising Drivers’, which is essential reading. The second is the online ‘Lessons from the Road’ resource.

‘Lessons from the Road’ features eight videos. The videos showcase the emotions and real life issues in learning to drive. They help you work through the four stages required to help learners achieve their goals. ‘Lessons from the Road’ is easy to use and can be accessed on the VicRoads website.

The Year 10 students will be encouraged to discuss the information they have received and will be advised to watch ‘Lessons from the Road’ videos at home with you.

Please ask them about the Keys Please session and watch the videos together. It won’t take long and it will help you through the process of learning to drive, as well as information for keeping new solo drivers safe.

Caroline Hendy
Vertical Team Leader, Winter


Humanities News

History of Aesthetics - NGV Excursion

On Monday 16 May, both of the Year 10 History of Aesthetics classes, along with Mr Brunsdon and Mrs Everitt, were fortunate enough to visit the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘200 Years of Australian Fashion’ exhibition.

The exhibition included 120 works from more than 90 designers, dating from the early 1800s to the current fashion we see today. Staged across four large galleries, ‘200 Years of Australian Fashion’ celebrates Australia’s unique voice and impact on the fashion industry internationally. The exhibition showcased the work of contemporary designers such as Dion Lee, Ellery, Romance Was Born and Toni Maticevski alongside key designs from the past 200 years, including gorgeous examples of historic design. We were able to learn about what themes during the past 200 years influenced the various fashion choices and how each period was able to build on from the previous.

Before visiting the NGV, we looked at a selection of architecture in the Federation Square precinct. We broke up into small groups and looked at six buildings, taking notes on the architectural features and stylistic influences of each. The buildings were St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, BMW Edge, Young & Jacksons and The Forum Theatre. We answered questions in a workbook supplied by our teachers regarding historical and stylistic aspects. Each building we looked at was unique and taught us something different because they were built at different periods and designed by different people. Overall the experience was beneficial, everything we looked at or heard from the guide at the NGV was relevant to our Aesthetics topic and what we had previously learned in class.

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Hannah Salter and Madeleine Lentini
Year 10

20th Century History Visit to the Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick

Before visiting the Holocaust Museum, six million was just a number to us. It didn’t evoke any strong emotions and it didn’t provoke a call to justice. After listening to the raw and deeply saddening story of a survivor, and seeing the hundreds of photos and artefacts that line the walls of the Holocaust Museum, it was evident to us all that the number six million meant very little, as numbers literally make people numb to the realities of the world. What really mattered was that humans suffered terrible injustice, experienced terrible mental and physical pain and were tortured by the atrocities that occurred as a result of WWII. What mattered was that an individual’s dignity was trampled on by the Nazi regime and that men, women, and children were murdered for being an ‘alien race’.

The Holocaust Museum taught us something very important; blond, short, tall, disabled, woman, man, Jewish, Catholic, there are a variety of people on this earth, but we still are all one race, human. We all feel pain, we all have dreams, hopes, and wishes, we all have the capacity to make a positive impact in the world, and we simply just have to stand tall and fight for justice and not succumb to evil and fear.

The learnings from the Holocaust Museum excursion will assist all the students in their studies of 20th century history, but it will also inspire us to make sure that the future is not prejudicial and unjust, and will not result in the unfair and unjustifiable death of fellow humans.

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Grace Ross-Farrell
Year 11

Business Management - Small Business Stalls

During lunchtime on Monday 23 May, the Unit 1 Business Management class ran the small businesses they had been preparing this term. There was a variety of food and drink on offer, including tacos, smoothies, healthy baked goods, toasted sandwiches and ice cream. The Atrium buzzed with excited customers and by the end of lunch, most stalls had sold out.

The businesses are the culmination of a great deal of hard work and preparation. Students have spent weeks investigating and applying business principles, researching the market, managing a budget and calculating expected profit. As part of their assessment, students submit a business plan beforehand and finish with a report evaluating of their business’ success at the conclusion of the activity.

A great deal was learned about the importance of detailed planning, and students have a much greater appreciation of the many aspects involved in running a small business. Throughout the course, ethical principles in business have also been a key concept and therefore profits from the day were donated to Timor Leste.

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Carmen Love
Business Management Teacher


Maths News

Year 8 Engineering Challenge at Monash University

Monash University has organised a series of engineering workshops suitable for Year 8 students.

The workshops on offer are based on the following:

  • Chemical and environmental engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical and computer systems engineering
  • Materials
  • Science and engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace engineering
  • Resources engineering.

The workshops will be held on 27-29 June 2016, from 9.00am-3.45pm daily, at Monash University Clayton campus.

Further information can be accessed on the Monash Engineering Challenge website.

Carol Patterson
Curriculum Leader: Mathematics


Music News

Ensembles Concert

Congratulations to all the students who participated in our Ensembles Concert last Tuesday evening. The standard of playing was of an excellent level and with over 120 students involved, it was a thriving evening. Sincere thank you to our Music Prefect, Jacinta Ryan, for introducing the ensembles and ensuring the audience was well informed about each ensemble and also what they played. We would also like to thank all the ensemble leaders and staff who worked behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the evening.

The following ensembles participated at the ensembles concert: Intermediate Flute Ensemble, d’Houet Strings, Brass Ensemble (All Hallows), Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, Contemporary Voice Ensemble, Contemporary Guitar Ensemble with Cont Voice Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble (Junior), Senior Flute Quartet, Saxophone Ensemble (Senior), Chamber Flute Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings and Symphony Orchestra.

Europe Music Tour 2016

Our final information evening was held last Monday, in the lead up to final preparations for the Europe Music Tour. The tour, consisting of 29 students and four staff will depart on Thursday 16 June and travel to Bruges (Belgium), Munich (Germany), Salzburg and Vienna (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic) to perform in concerts and explore the wonderful traditions of European music.

Some of the highlights of this tour will be the Sound of Music Tour, Mozart Concert in Salzburg, a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir, a performance of La Traviata at the National Theatre in Prague and visit the beautiful sites of each glorious city.

A sincere thank you to all the students and their parents for this incredible journey so far.

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music

Excellent results at the Flute Ensemble Competition

On Sunday 22 May, Genazzano was represented by 24 flute students who competed in the Victorian Flute Guild's 23rd Annual Flute Ensemble Competition held at MLC in Kew. We had ten flute ensembles competing in eight sections, comprising of duets with piano, quartets, and two large flute ensembles.

All the students performed wonderfully, as evident by the excellent results Genazzano received:

14 and Under Category

Duet plus piano
Emily Condon (Year 8) and Anushi Fernandopulle (Year 7) - FIRST PLACE

Small Ensemble with piano
Genazzano FCJ College Intermediate Flue Quartet - Emily Condon (Year 8), Anushi Fernandopulle (Year 7), Anna Lewis (Year 8) and Ella McEvoy (Year 8) - FIRST PLACE

Genazzano FCJ Junior Flute Quartet - Anushi Fernandopulle (Year 7), Scarlett Swainsbury (Year 7), Georgia Kanellis (Year 7) and Lucy McColl Jones (Year 7) - SECOND PLACE

16 and Under Category

Duet plus piano
Stella Shi (Year 10) and Judith Park (Year 10) - SECOND PLACE

Small Ensemble
Genazzano FCJ College Europe Flute Quartet - Stella Shi (Year 10), Judith Park (Year 10), Jessica Bates (Year 9) and Anna Frazer (Year 9) - FIRST PLACE

Genazzano FCJ College Europe Wind Quintet - Stella Shi (Year 10), Judith Park (Year 10), Jessica Bates (Year 9), Anna Frazer (Year 9) and Grace Zheng, Oboe (Year 9) - SECOND PLACE

Large Ensemble
Genazzano FCJ College Intermediate Flute Ensemble - Madeleine Anderson-Lucic, Emily Condon, Jessica Bates, Anna Frazer, Anushi Fernandopulle, Ella McEvoy, Anna Lewis, Georgia Kanellis, Gia Harris, Ella Laussen, Erica Hore, Isabelle Brugliera, Scarlett Swainsbury, Lucy McColl Jones, Chelsea Kwan, Emma Weinstein, Cathy Pham, Rochael Perera - FIRST PLACE

18 and Under Category

Duet plus piano
Jessica Ting (Year 12) and Samantha Pereira (Year 12) - SECOND PLACE

Small Ensemble
Genazzano FCJ College Senior Flute Quartet - Jessica Ting (Year 12), Samantha Pereira (Year 12),  Stella Shi (Year 10) and Judith Park (Year 10) - FIRST PLACE

Large Ensemble
Genazzano FCJ College Chamber Flute Ensemble - Jessica Ting,  Samantha Pereira, Judith Park, Stella Shi, Julia Yoannidis, Madeleine Anderson-Lucic, Jessica Bates, Anna Frazer, Emily Condon, Ella McEvoy, Anushi Fernandopulle - FIRST PLACE

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The schools that we competed against throughout the day were Scotch College, Donvale Christian College, St. Kevin's, St. Catherine's School, Blackburn High School, University High School, Strathmore High School, Firbank, Strathmore Secondary College, Ruyton Girls School, Ringwood Secondary School, Loreto Mandeville Hall and Balwyn High School.

Thank you to all of our flute students for their dedication and commitment. They performed confidently and were organised, punctual and looked immaculate. Thanks must also go to Ms Alison Conrau for her piano accompaniment and for her work with the students in the lead up to the competition, and to Mrs Sylvie Leprohon and Mrs Geraldine Lucic for their help with supervision throughout the day.

Mandy Lyle
Head of Woodwind


Latest News

  1. ACRATH Benefit Concert

  2. 2016 Timor Leste Immersion

  3. Second Place in Public Speaking Competition

  4. Litfest Dinner at Genazzano FCJ College


ACRATH Benefit Concert

On Friday 20 May, a group of Year 12 students took on the role of organising a concert for ACRATH. Students from Year 7-12 showcased their talents which ranged from musical talent, drama displays, magical acts, and technical support.

Over $8,300 was raised as a result of the generosity of the Genazzano community and friends. We are grateful to the many sponsors.

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ACRATH – Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans, is endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia; the peak body for 190 religious orders in Australia, representing 8000 religious sisters, brother and priests.

ACRATH has four objectives:

  1. Raise awareness of human trafficking, its causes and the scope for action.
  2. Work to ensure that the rights and complex needs of people trafficked into Australia are met.
  3. Collaborate with like-minded organisations in Australia, in the Asia Pacific region and globally, to advocate for measures to address human trafficking.
  4. Build a sustainable future for ACRATH.

ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and globally.


2016 Timor Leste Immersion

On 6 June, 14 girls from Year 10, along with Mrs McInerney, Mrs Dodds, and Mrs Boyce, will be waking up very early in the morning to head off to the airport. We will be on our way to Darwin and then onto Timor Leste (East Timor).

Timor Leste is less than an hour’s flight from Darwin, yet seems a world away. As a country that is only 14 years of age, it is still getting back on its feet from a long era of Indonesian military pacification, resulting in a violent demolition of much of Timor Leste’s infrastructure. Their devastating story and our opportunity to learn and grow and do something real about it enticed our group to apply for the 10 day trip.

We have since been doing our best to collect donations of toys, sports equipment and stationery to bring over to hand out to the children at various schools and orphanages along the way. We are so excited to take up the torch of the past girls, and cannot wait to immerse ourselves in the culture and spirit of the people of Timor Leste.

Our commissioning on 24 May with our entire year level, some of our families and past students who have been on the immersion, started  with a quote from Mary Mackillop, "never see a need without doing something about it".

With the amazing opportunity and overwhelming support from the Genazzano community, hopefully we can do something for the people of Timor Leste, as we know they will do lots for us.

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Brianna Mercer, Erika Choong, Annabelle Dawson, Niamh Gaffney, Megan Grimshaw and Kate Cooper
2016 Timor Leste Immersion Participants


Second Place in Public Speaking Competition

Mary Henry

Congratulations to Year 10 student and boarder, Mary Henry, for receiving second place at the Rotary Club of Balwyn Public Speaking Competition on Tuesday evening.

Mary was one of four students who progressed to the final after preliminary rounds on Monday 9 May. In this competition, students could speak on any subject that they felt was current, interesting or important. Their speech was based on the application of Rotary's Four Way Test, with these guiding principles running either expressly or impliedly through their entire speech. Mary delivered an excellent speech about the use of words and the impact of negative comments.

She was awarded a $200 book voucher and Genazzano FCJ College will receive $2000 from the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

Both of Mary's parents were able to come down from Mansfield to attend the event, and she was also acknowledged by her peers and Boarding House staff when she returned home.

Congratulations again, Mary, on your wonderful achievement.


Litfest Dinner at Genazzano FCJ College

Hear a Story. See a Story. Feel a Story


The Annual Literature Festival (Litfest) Dinner will be held on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at the Madeleine Centre for Performing Arts, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew.

This dinner is a highlight of the College’s Litfest, celebrating literature and its importance in our lives, and our community. Throughout the two weeks of the festival, the College will play host to a range of talented writers, poets, illustrators and performers who work alongside students to foster a love of words and ideas.

The dinner this year celebrates women writers with a focus on the Stella Prize, and will include panel members Hannah Kent and Emily Bitto, coordinated by Bec Kavanagh.

The purpose of this year’s dinner is to introduce both our students and the wider community to outstanding writers, who are also role models for women in the field of literary fiction. The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing, and is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. Emily Bitto was awarded the 2015 prize with her novel, 'The Strays', and Hannah Kent has been lauded for her debut novel 'Burial Rites', attracting numerous literary awards as well as being shortlisted for the Stella Prize in 2014. Bec Kavanagh is a freelance writer, judge and coordinator of the Schools Program for the Stella Prize.

Students and adult members of the Genazzano community are warmly invited to hear from a panel of outstanding Melbourne Women Writers. Reserve your place, by purchasing a ticket online.

This year, the theme is 'Hear a Story. See a Story. Feel a Story.' This comes from a calendar created by the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017, Leigh Hobbs. Leigh will also be a guest at Litfest on 8 June,  for a special evening devoted to children’s picture books. RSVP to this event online.

For more information, please contact Michelle Jennison, Head of English or Dr Susan La Marca, Head of Library Services Ph. 8862 1000


Sports News

From the Director of Sport

Genazzano Rowing

Summary of award winners from our recent Rowing Presentation Evening:



Senior Rower of the Year: The Rachael Kininmonth Perpetual Trophy

Alex Somerville

Senior Cox of the Year: The Sarah Banting Perpetual Trophy

Eliza Straford

Most Improved Senior Rower

Clare Robertson

Most Improved Senior Cox

Caroline Straford

Junior Rower of the Year: The Mieke Boynton Perpetual Trophy

Hannah Salter

Junior Cox of the Year

Paris Haussegger

Junior Ergo Champion

Gabrielle Clarke

Most improved Junior Rower

Mia Lewis

Most Improved Junior Cox

Georgia Randles

Senior Ergo Champion

Gabriella Morgan

Senior Sculling Champion

Emma Vergano

First Year Rower of the Year

Melissa Comito

Most Dedicated Year 9 Rower

Grace Burnes

Most Dedicated Year 10 Rower

Antonietta di Cosmo

Most Dedicated Senior Rower

Ruby Binios

Coach of the Year

Sarah Henderson

Club Person of the Year: The Lloyd Cosgrove Perpetual Trophy

Giulia Scopece

Additionally, the following students were awarded the Morongo Medal, in recognition of competing at the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta for three or more years, including Year 12:

  • Adita Singh
  • Lily Barr
  • Emma Vergano
  • Ruby Randles
  • Helen Crews
  • Gabriella Morgan
  • Eliza Straford
  • Emma Borin
  • Grace Dowell
  • Chloe Hunt
  • Carla Matthews
  • Tess Giliberto
  • Stephanie Zago

Congratulations to all students on their efforts and achievements in a terrific season of rowing for the College.

Gen Aquatic

We congratulate Genazzano’s Head Coach Aquatics, Mr Amon Soerink, for achieving the ‘Victorian Age Group Special Coaching Achievement at Australian Age & MC Championships Award’ from Swimming Victoria and ASCTA Vic (Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association).

Amon received his award at the ASCTAVic 2016 Awards night on 21 May. We congratulate Amon who, as Head Coach, has done a great job of building our club to one where we now boast both state and national swimmers; yet remain committed to being inclusive to all-comers.

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 to squad, state and national levels.

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

SSV News

Congratulations to the girls who have been representing Genazzano at recent SSV Team VIC selection trials for basketball and netball: Sarah Calvisi, Ruby Vanden Boom, Lia Siniakov and Kristen Smith. They have attended competitive division trials that cover a large number of schools and have all done themselves proud. In particular, well done to Sarah, who has progressed to the regional level for both netball and basketball, and Kristen who has progressed to the division trials in basketball.

On Tuesday 17 May, Year 5 girls were treated to a visit by AFL players from the Richmond Football Club. It was a great opportunity for the girls to be involved in skill development activities related to Australian Football and highlighted the benefits associated with playing a team sport such as teamwork, leadership, and resilience.

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On Monday 23 May, a squad of girls from Years 3 to 6 travelled to Kooyong Park to compete in the SSV Armadale District Cross Country Carnival. It was cool and windy, but the rain thankfully stayed away for the entire event. All girls did themselves and the College proud by trying their best. Congratulations in particular to the following girls who made the Top 20:

Under 9 (2km)
6th - Hannah Rusmir (Year 3), with a time of 9min 35sec
13th - Adele Nucara (Year 3), with a time of 9min 59sec
17th - Carla Pertile (Year 3), with a time of 10min 9sec
18th - Imogen Pettiona (Year 3), with a time of 10min 10sec
20th - Madeleine Bautista (Year 4), with a time of 10min 17sec

Under 10 (2km)
20th Amy Jones (Year 5), with a time of 9min 15sec

Under 11 (3km)
4th Izabella Morrison (Year 5), with a time of 12min 48sec
18th Zara Hughes (Year 5) with a time of 13min 50sec

Under 12/13 (3km)
11th Lia Siniakov (Year 6), with a time of 13min 23sec

Hopefully, the girls’ great overall result motivates many of them to train and try out for the Athletics Carnival in Term 3.

Finally, last week provided an opportunity for Year 6 girls to try out for places in netball and soccer squads for the inaugural SSV Armadale District Soccer and Netball Round Robin Carnival; there were terrific skills and effort on display. Those selected are now training weekly in preparation for their competition, hosted by Genazzano on Thursday 16 June.

GSV Cross Country

The GSV Preliminary Cross Country Carnival was held on Tuesday 17 May at Yarra Bend Park. The Genazzano team finished in 5th place overall. Special congratulations to Alissa Ramsdale (Year 8) who placed 3rd in the Junior event (more than 150 runners), Isabelle Brugliera (Year 9) who finished 1st in Intermediate event, and Kaitlin Barr (Year 12) who finished 3rd in the Senior event.

The entire squad now moves on to the GSV Championship Carnival on Friday 27 May at Bundoora Park.

Students from the Cross Country team competed for Genazzano in a number of teams at the Athletics Victoria All Schools Cross Country Relay Championships held on Saturday 30 April at Jells Park. The event was run over 4 x 3km legs. Special congratulations to the bronze medallists in U16 Girls, Alissa Ramsdale (Year 8), Isabelle Brugliera (Year 9), Molly McCarthy (Year 9) and Anna Frazer (Year 9) in an overall time of 47.08. The U18 team, Hannah Macdonald (Year 11), Sylvie Bischof (Year 11), Emma Barham (Year 11) and Sophia Tedesco (Year 11) bravely ran up an age group, to assist the team completing 4km legs. Special mention must also go to Maddy Grave (Year 7) who ran 3km in the U14 race, even though there were no other members of the U14 team available.

On Saturday 14 May, members of the squad travelled to Albert Park to compete in the Victorian Schools Road Relays Competition.

This time, we had teams in the U16 and U20 category. The U16 team consisting of Molly McCarthy, Alissa Ramsdale, Anna Frazer and Isabelle Brugliera only had to tackle 2km this time, and against some very tough competition, came 5th out of 47 teams; an amazing effort from the girls. Both the U18 and the U20 team tackled 3km legs, with the U18 team of Hannah Macdonald, Stephanie Gorman (Year 11) and Maddie Buttifant (Year 11) finishing well, although short one runner and the U20 team of Stephanie Zago (Year 12), Melanie James (Year 12), Eliza Straford (Year 12) and Kaitlin Barr (Year 12) finishing 14th out of 25 teams.

More details can be found on the 2016 Victorian All Schools Cross Country Relays website.

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2016 House Athletics Carnival

On a sunny Wednesday 4 May, students from Year 5-12 participated in the 2016 House Athletics Carnival at Doncaster Athletics Track. It was a fun and exciting day, with students challenging themselves in various track and field events. The day began with an Opening Ceremony, where all Houses were welcomed to the event and House Prefects made the ‘Athletes Pledge’. It didn’t take long to see some terrific athleticism from the competitors and vociferous support from spectators. All students participated with great enthusiasm and House spirit. Congratulations to all House Prefects and Captains involved in the running of a successful day. Read some of the top results. View the highlight video below.

GSV Track and Field 2016

Training for 2016 commenced after school on Tuesday 23 May at the Box Hill Athletics Track. All interested students, plus all previous squad members in Years 8-12, are warmly invited to come along and meet the 2016 coaching team, led by Head Coaches, Miss Jaime Wallace and Miss Kylie Williams.

We especially look forward to seeing lots of new Year 7 athletes. Training will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. Please see GenSpace for a training schedule and permission letter.

General Sporting Achievements

Have you, or do you know of someone who has achieved sporting recognition recently, outside of their current 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 Sports Prefects: Kaitlin and Eliza

Active April Results

We are excited to announce that due to our participation in Active April, Genazzano has won $750 to spend on sporting equipment!


We acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Adele Fornarino (Year 11Gerda) who will be competing in the World Jiu Jitsu Championships in Los Angeles in the near future. Well done Adele!

Eliza Straford and Kaitlin Barr
Sports Prefects


Co-curricular News

Fundraising for the Assist a Student Program

Each term, the St Vincent de Paul group commits itself to either a fundraising or awareness-raising endeavour. In Term 1, we decided to promote good works in the community, by encouraging students to donate spare change to Project Compassion, and running a colouring competition for students at Grange Hill.

In Term 2, the 'Vinnies' group resolved to have two big fundraising activities to sponsor the ‘Assist a Student’ program, where less fortunate students in neighbouring countries can receive a year’s tuition for $70. Having sponsored six students the previous year, we aspired to raise enough money to sponsor ten students to go to school. The barbecue, held in the first week of this term, required much preparation and promotion. We sincerely thank Boccaccio’s Cellars in Kew for their generous donation of bread and sausages. We raised $700 and achieved our goal of sponsoring seven students at the end of only our first initiative.

Our second initiative was a Year 12 vs Staff dodgeball game, which was held on Friday 6 May at lunchtime. Despite Year 12s losing, the game was an entertaining activity that enabled us to interact with and get to know our teachers outside of the classroom. We raised nearly $200, which will also go towards the ‘Assist a Student’ program.

Overall, we will be able to send 13 underprivileged children to school for a year.

Amy Catanzariti and Carla Riccio
Vinnies Captains


Careers News

Tripod Event – Empowering Australian Youth

TRIPOD, the two-day career event empowering Australian youth, will be taking place next month. The dates for both the Youth and Adult Programs have now moved to 18-19 June 2016. There will be a combination of master classes, one-on-one mentoring, industry showcases, team projects, and innovative and dynamic activities, designed to create a careers educational experience outside the classroom. Find out more and register at Tripod – Empowering Australian Youth.

Year 12 UMAT – Register by Friday 3 June

A reminder that if your daughter is in Year 12 and is interested in studying, for example, Medicine at Monash or interstate, or studying Optometry at the University of NSW or Dental Surgery at Adelaide University, UQ and UWA, she will need to sit the UMAT test. To see all courses requiring the UMAT as part of selection and to find out more, go to the UMAT website. Your daughter can go there to register and also to purchase practice tests. All testing will take place on Wednesday 27 July.

‘Meet Sydney’ Information Evening on Thursday 9 June

The University of Sydney is hosting an information evening for students, to find out about the wide range of bachelors, masters and PhD degrees on offer, scholarships and how to apply, and life on the university campus. University representatives, a current student and alumni will be available to answer any questions about studying at the University of Sydney.

Event details

Date: Thursday 9 June 2016
Time: 6.15pm-8.15pm
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne, 123 Collins Street in Melbourne.

To register, visit University of Sydney Information Evening.

The ACU Experience Day on Tuesday 5 July

ACU will hold an Experience Day for Years 10-12 students, where they can choose workshops from a range of study areas including nursing, midwifery, business, paramedicine, education, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, exercise science, theology and more. This is a free event where your daughter can meet staff and current students, mingle with other prospective students and get a feel for the campus. Register online at University Experience Day.

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor


Performance Psychology News

Reachout Parents!

For many years, the Reachout website has been an excellent resource for young people, giving no-nonsense and practical information on a wide range of subjects, but in a nutshell, it is “a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health for young people aged 12-25 years-old”. I have consulted this site and referred students to this site countless times.

Reachout Parents has recently been launched and is funded by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (Aust). I recommend that parents take a look at this link and even subscribe to the newsletter for sound information, tips, and resources. The website is divided into five main sections based on what parents indicated they wanted to know: wellbeing, health problems, technology, services available, and tips for parents on promoting their own mental health.

Find out more! Go to the website to read about subjects such as mental health, sex and sexuality, independence, youth finances, anxiety, stress, depression, bullying, addiction, eating issues, loneliness, psychiatric disorders, technology, services, communication etc.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research: Programs and Performance


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Wednesday 1 June

Year 3 & 4 Excursion to CERES Community Environment Park

Wednesday 1 June

Prep to Year 2 Excursion to the Botanical Gardens

Tuesday 7 June

GAT Exam

Tuesday 7 June, 6.00pm

Grange Hill Bedtime Storytelling Evening with Sofie Laguna, Grange Hill Library

Wednesday 8 June

Prep to Year 4 class workshops with author Jane Godwin ,Grange Hill Library

Wednesday 8 June

An Evening with Leigh Hobbs, Grange Hill Library

Friday 10 June

Student Free Day

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


News from the GMA

Year Level Social Events

Thank you to the Year Level Representatives who organised these recent social events:

Year 7 mother and daughter walkers were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, to walk through Studley Park to a picnic ground overlooking the Yarra River. It was lovely to see mums and daughters spending time together and meeting new families.

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There were 40 Year 6 parents who enjoyed a fun night at the Spread Eagle Hotel in Richmond. The feasting and festivity throughout the night made it a great success.

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There were 42 Year 11 mums and daughters who attended breakfast at QPO in Kew last Sunday, enjoying delicious food and great company.

2016 GMA Annual Ball – African Rhythms

The GMA Ball Committee members are hard at work making this year's Ball another fabulous one. Mark your calendars on August 20 and join us for a night of African Rhythms at Melbourne's RACV Club. Keep an eye out next week for your raffle tickets that will be coming in the post for a chance to win these fantastic prizes:

1st Prize: 'Up, Up & Away'; a travel voucher for 2 return economy airfares to Johannesburg (or any worldwide destination of your choice). Donated by Genazzano Mothers' Association with $1250 of the value donated by Surrey Travel with Jacqui Bendall. (Value $5000)
2nd Prize: Apple MacBook Air; light and durable enough to take everywhere you go, this 13 inch features a 1.6GHz dual-core i5, 4GB memory, 128GB flash storage, intel HD graphics 6000 and backlit keyboard. Donated by Reflex Technology Group. (Approx. value $1399)
3rd Prize: Lunch at 'Centonove'; enjoy a delightful lunch with friends at this iconic Italian-inspired restaurant in Kew. Awarded a Chef’s Hat for the fourth consecutive year in 2016 this is a dining experience worth winning. Donated by Centonove. (Value $200) 
4th Prize: Fitbit Flex wireless wristband; make fitness a lifestyle, track your steps, distance, calories burned & sleep. Sync your stats wirelessly. Donated by Inverleigh Media (Approx. value $ 129)

The raffle and Ball are the major fundraising activities of the GMA and proceeds will be presented to the College in support of providing the exceptional educational facilities enjoyed by our daughters. If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor in return for advertising exposure, or would like to donate a prize for the loud or silent auctions, please contact Johanna Nesbitt via or contact me via

2016 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 Cathy Frawley (0421 010 347 or to reserve your copy.

GMA Care Group

The services of the GMA Care Group are available to any family within the Genazzano community who need short term assistance, for example, when a family member is ill or incapacitated. We are seeking an Assistant Coordinator to work with Angeline Donoghue in coordinating this group.

Please contact me at if you need assistance or wish to volunteer to assist Angeline.

Save the date!

Sunday 29 May

Year 1 Family Day Out, Latitude

Monday 30 May, 8.40am

GMA Committee Meeting, College Boardroom

Thursday 2 June

Year 4 Coffee Morning, Town & Country

Friday 3 June

Year 8 Morning Tea, Camberwell

Friday 3 June

Year 10 Winter Warmer Evening, Lower Plenty

Saturday 4 June

Year 3 Mothers Dinner, Royal South Yarra Tennis Club

Thursday 9 June

Year 7 Mother’s Lunch, Centonove

Thursday 14 July

Year 12 Parents Evening, the Beehive Hotel

Monday 25 July, 7.30pm

GMA Committee & Year Level Rep Meeting, Wardell Theatre

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers’ Association



Litfest Grange Hill Bedtime Storytelling Night


Tuesday 7 June 2016
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Litfest: The Kids' Bookshop Event - An Evening with Leigh Hobbs


Wednesday 8 June 2016
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Litfest Dinner


Wednesday 15 June 2016
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Year 7/8 Co-curricular Performance: Annie Jr

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Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July 2016
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Open Morning

Friday 15 July 2016
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