Newsletter - Edition 9-2016

News from the Principal

Dear members of the Genazzano FCJ College community,

Last Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending a three-hour session with our College Prefects. At the mid-point of the 2016 school year, it was a great opportunity to gather and reflect upon the achievements and challenges of the first half of the year. We began the afternoon by reading from the Gospel of John 13:1-16: Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet. In ancient times, the washing of visitors’ feet when they arrived at a home was a necessity and a job undertaken by a servant. This powerful gesture of foot washing places the context of leadership in a Catholic FCJ school as one of servant leadership which practices humility, gentleness and care for the other. After a meaningful reflection on what it means to be a leader and the challenges that come with the role, our College Prefects then shared their many successes with each other. I am inspired by their exceptional talent, optimism, enthusiasm, and eagerness to take on every opportunity presented to them. They are outstanding student leaders and it was a pleasure to spend an afternoon with them.

The Prefects recognised that they would not have been able to achieve as much as they have without the support of many other students at the College, particularly the representatives at other year levels. Our student leaders meet regularly to consider proposals, formulate ideas and work actively to ensure there are many and varied activities for the students to be involved in. The leaders are reliable and trustworthy role models who take on extra responsibilities with enthusiasm. They lead the way with appropriate behaviour, the correct wearing of the College uniform, caring for others, helping when there is a need, organising fun events, and inspiring involvement.

Many of our students develop their leadership skills in a variety of ways, enabling them to become confident, dedicated and positive people who are prepared to support, guide and inspire others. I am grateful to our College Prefects and all student leaders for their hard work, positive role modelling and willingness to give their time and effort to others. They are true models of the Genazzano school spirit.

We can never underestimate the positive effect young people can have on others, even Pope Francis recognises this! Pope Francis writes about young people in the Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the holy father, Francis, to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithfulon the proclamation of the gospel.

He writes, “Even if it is not always easy to approach young people, progress has been made in two areas: the awareness that the entire community is called to evangelize and educate the young, and the urgent need for the young to exercise greater leadership. We should recognize that despite the present crisis of commitment and communal relationships, many young people are making common cause before the problems of our world and are taking up various forms of activism and volunteer work. Some take part in the life of the Church as members of service groups and various missionary initiatives in their own dioceses and in other places. How beautiful it is to see that young people are “street preachers” (callejeros de la fe), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth! “(EG 106)

College Staff Announcement

Archbishop Denis Hart has announced the appointment of Ms Cathy Jenkins as the next Director of the Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation. The Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation (AOFE) is a mission agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. It is entrusted with inviting, encouraging and supporting the vast array of people involved in Catholic ministry in the various settings where the Good News is lived, proclaimed and celebrated across the Archdiocese. Established in 2004 by Archbishop Denis Hart, its mission is to ‘encourage a new and courageous preaching of the gospel for the new millennium.’ AOFE’s mission is directed to inspiring a creative and imaginative approach to the proclamation of the Good News in the context of this time and place.

The appointment of Cathy to this role is an inspired one, and I am sure she will make a significant contribution to the future of the Catholic Church. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Cathy on this appointment. The Genazzano FCJ College community will be sad to see her go, but equally delighted to see her move into such a significant position. Cathy will conclude her time at the College on Friday 12 August 2016.

With every blessing,

Karen Jebb


Faith and Mission News

For the past few years, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne have participated in the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity (ECSI) project. This project provides valuable data collected from surveys of parents, teachers and students and assists us in understanding how to celebrate and to strengthen our Catholic identity. It also encourages us to keep asking the question ‘what sort of distinctive Catholic school do we want to be’? These questions have been prompted by our contemporary context - even if we wanted to, we can’t go back to the past where a sense of ‘being Catholic’ was clearly understood. The Catholic identity of Genazzano is at the very core of who we are, and how we present that identity is one of the big questions we are considering this year.

The parents of Genazzano trust us to be nurturers and custodians of our Catholic tradition. It is a privilege and a responsibility that we cherish. 

Currently, we have a group of staff and Year 9 students participating in the Kimberley Immersion, and we pray for their safe journey throughout that experience. We also have a group of Year 10 students with staff who have travelled to Timor Leste to spend time with the Timorese people to learn their story and to help in many and varied ways. We pray that God is with them throughout this challenging and extraordinary experience.

We invite your prayers for Bill Kneale, past grandparent, passed away on 30 September 2015, aged 90. Husband for 62 years of Norma (deceased), Bill was proudly the grandfather of Emily (Year 11) and Grace (Year 10).

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

Bill Fitzsimons
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


A Prayer for Winter

We give thanks for the blessing of winter:
Season to cherish the heart.
To make warmth and quiet for the heart.
To make soups and broths for the heart.
To cook for the heart and read for the heart.
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart.
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart.
To dream with the heart.
To spend time with the heart.
A long, long time of peace with the heart.
We give thanks for the blessing of winter:
Season to cherish the heart.

Michael Leunig, The Prayer Tree, Collins Dove, 1991.


Curriculum, Standards and Innovation News

Language Review Survey

As part of our ongoing commitment to review and renew our learning and teaching programs, we invite feedback from parents/guardians about our current language program. At present, the College provides Japanese, Italian, French, Latin and Mandarin as language study options for students and we are very keen to get feedback from a parent/guardian perspective about how well having such a large range of language offerings works. If you would like to provide some feedback, please go to the survey website. The survey will close on Friday 24 June.

End of Semester 1 Reports

End of Semester 1 reports will be available for parents on Thursday 23 June. Parents with daughters in Years 5 to 12 will be able to access the reports online. Parents of students in Prep to Year 4 will have a hard copy of the report sent home in the first week of the June holidays. 

Subject Selection

Ms Judy O’Donohue and I have been meeting with students who in 2017 will be transitioning from Year 8 to Year 9, Year 9 to Year 10, and Year 11 to Year 12, as part of the process of assisting them with their subject selections. We have advised students of the importance of taking the time to read through the online handbooks, which provides them with the most up to date and relevant information about which subjects are on offer in the year ahead. The handbooks will be completely updated by the end term on Friday 17 June and it is important that students access this information prior to participating in the Subject Selection and Career Expo and prior to making their final selections for next year.

Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation


News from the Business Manager

Main Boom Gate

Parents are advised that the main boom gate adjacent to the Cotham Road car park will now remain closed until 6.15pm each school day. This is to ensure we minimise the number of cars entering the Circular Drive, to respond to student and pedestrian safety needs during this time. ELC and Grange Hill parents who are accessing students from GOSH are entitled to use their entry code to access the driveway but must observe all safety requirements. Students undertaking music or performances after school are to be collected from the Cotham Road car park or from the Mont Victor Student Services area.

Mark Glover
Business Manager


News from ELC

This week was very special, with grandparents visiting our ELC learning environment and engaging in play with their grandchild. Many grandparents travelled from regional Victoria to enjoy this annual event.

The day commenced exploring indoor and outdoor activities. It was a delight to watch grandmothers digging in the sandpit, and grandfathers building Lego and pretend play ‘eating’ homemade mud cupcakes and mud cappuccinos in the Mud Kitchen. The playdough was another popular activity, with one nonna comparing this to making her famous ravioli at home with her grandson.

In ELC3, the grandparents were provided with an opportunity to create a collage tree, symbolising their grandchild’s hand silhouette. Pamela Allen’s picture story book, ‘Waddle Giggle Gargle’ was read to the group, and the day concluded with the children singing a song about grandparents being special. They presented their grandparents with a keepsake bookmark, featuring a photograph of themselves in their ELC uniform and a special Grandparents prayer.

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In ELC4, the grandparents were invited to bring a photograph and write a letter to their grandchild about their childhood interests, family, friends, and favourite toy at five years of age. The letters were read in class, with the children making comparisons between now and then, with grandparents sharing their stories about riding a horse and gig to school and collecting eggs or catching rabbits for meals. It was interesting to learn that hide and seek and playing cricket are still enjoyed today. There was no mention of television shows or multimedia devices. The children created an artistic image of each grandparent, using a mixed palette of paint and exhibited them on the wall. Decorated melting moments with icing were a lovely take home gift for the grandparents.

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Thank you to the grandparents for taking the time to join our ELC learners in their beautiful play setting and for sharing so many special stories with the educators about their childhood, and for many grandparents, their strong connection to the Genazzano community.

Alison Lucas
Director, Early Learning Centre 


News from Early Years

The Prep to Year 2 excursion to the Botanical Gardens, and the Years 3 and 4 excursions to CERES on Wednesday 1 June, both proved extremely successful, complementing the excellent learning taking place in the Early Years classrooms. Blessed by perhaps the best day we have had weather-wise over the last few weeks, all the girls returned to Genazzano sharing their new knowledge. During both excursions, the girls learned the local Aboriginal word for welcome, Wominjeka.

The Prep to Year 2 children got a great insight into the strong connection the original inhabitants of Australia had with their environment when they met Ben who welcomed them to country and held a traditional smoking ceremony. He explained the meaning of each stage of the ceremony, as well as the components used. The girls were able to crush rocks to make yellow ochre, in preparation for creating their own dot paintings. Under the guidance of Ella, our guide, the girls learned about which plants were important to the Aboriginal culture and handled Aboriginal hunting tools, including a woven trap for catching eels.

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The Year 3s and Year 4s investigated fossils, various rock and soil types and the impact of erosion. They examined the impact of PH on soil and explored the importance of earthworms in aerating the soil. Walking along the Merri Creek, they also discovered first-hand how pollution is impacting the local environment.

Litfest has seen a flurry of activity at Grange Hill, with the annual storytelling night on Tuesday 7 June being very well attended. Award winning author, Sofie Laguna, demonstrated her acting skills while telling her stories and quickly captured the imagination of her young listeners. The boys and girls looked so cute in their pyjamas. The Prep to Year 4 students also experienced first-hand the joy of writing under the careful guidance of celebrated author, Jane Godwin, during one of our Litfest workshops.

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Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years


News from Middle Years

Year 5/6 Eucharist

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On 1 June 2016, the Year 5/6s gathered together in the school Chapel to celebrate the work of Jesus through a Eucharist. As we entered the sacred space, voices of singers like angels filled the atmosphere.

In the Eucharist’s homily, our celebrant Fr Brendan Reed discussed with us how we are the salt and light of the earth. In Jesus’ time, salt was valuable and used to preserve food. The only source of light was through candles which guided the people. Fr Brendan explained how we are all the salt and light of the earth because we can help preserve the world, live a fulfilled life and guide those in need.

There were prayers of praise, sorrow, forgiveness and hope written by Year 6A. We received Communion respectfully and joined in singing the Communion hymns. There was then a reflection, showing how all Year 5/6s spend time with God everyday. We all left in reverence, as songs played reflecting on the Mass.

Sophie Farlecas & Jacqueline Crock
Year 6B


News from All Hallows

Using Primary Sources from World War I

This term in Year 9 History, we have been studying World War I. This week in class, we had the opportunity to work with genuine, 100-year old magazines produced during the war period. This was an exciting chance to work with authentic primary sources as we investigate conditions during the war for our upcoming research essays. The magazines are fascinating relics with articles and images on topics like the 1914 Christmas truce (when the German and British soldiers stopped fighting on Christmas Day to exchange gifts and play football), the invention of the tank (which the article calls a ‘mobile land fortress’), and the role of women as nurses in the war.

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Zoe Bent
Year 9 History Teacher


News from Later Years

Judge Jones Visit

On Friday 20 May, my grandfather, former County Court Judge David Jones, paid his second visit to the school to address the students in Years 10-12 during a lunchtime session. In addition to explaining the Victorian Court Hierarchy, Judge Jones shared with us his personal experiences as a County Court Judge, including the necessity of remaining impartial when applying the law, how he dealt with the challenging and, at times, confronting situations he was faced with. He also gave an account of the strangest case he ever worked on! We were very appreciative to have been exposed to the insight of someone who has had years of experience working in the law. It was a very interesting and enjoyable session for staff and students.

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Vivienne Williams
Year 11


Creative Arts News

Year 12 Visual Communication Design-Model Making Workshop

The Year 12 students completing Visual Communication Design were fortunate enough to have practicing architect, Rebecca Naughton, conduct a workshop on model making, on Friday 20 May. The workshop introduced students to model making of buildings and residential housing. Rebecca also spoke of her own industry practice and explained to the students why she uses models to assist her in the design process and also communications with her clients.

The workshop allowed students to work from scaled plans and elevations and various materials to create their designs. The images attached to this article are some of the results of student work. The models are also on display in the Wardell Building breezeway exhibition space for viewing.

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Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader Creative Arts / VCE Visual Communication Design Teacher


Drama News

We have had a busy and exciting time in the Drama Department over the last few weeks with much to celebrate. Three very special productions were performed that were very well attended and supported by the community.

VCE Theatre Studies 1 & 2 Play: Scenes from ‘Metamorphoses’ by Mary Zimmerman

The VCE Theatre Studies class had the privilege of producing Mary Zimmerman's ‘Metamorphoses’. We researched about the playwright, Mary Zimmerman, and the original play, ‘Metamorphosis’ by Ovid. We drew on our Greek theatre knowledge and pitched our ideas to the group. The pitches were the highlight of the planning stage because we got to see everyone's ideas from the group. We aimed to apply our stagecraft ingeniously and ensure that the audience were transformed.

It was an experience like no other working as a team and putting the pages of this play script onto the stage. The final outcome of this show received lots of positive comments from the audience. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us. We as a cast had an amazing time putting on this production and we bonded so much.

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Millie Spencer
Year 10

Year 9 Drama Electives: 'Creators and Performers' and 'Page to Stage' Productions

The two Year 9 Drama electives had the chance to showcase their skills to an audience, and what a magnificent response both groups received.

The first performance was that of the elective Creators and Performers who are taking part in the Drama Victoria Schools Theatre Festival. The students received an image as a stimulus to base their class devised dramatic piece on. The play is titled 'Filter' and explores how the digital world has changed the way society lives and socialises. Students present these using non-naturalistic elements of theatre. All students contributed creatively and worked superbly as a team. The festival performance will take place on Wednesday 15 June and we wish them the best!

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The second performance presented by the ‘Page to Stage elective group was a play 'Masquerade' by Kate Mulvany. Students were applauded for their emotional and intellectual depth in the portrayal of their characters, through movement and voice. Students also had the opportunity to develop their skills in a stagecraft area which also helped bring the play script to life. Students are to be commended on the thought provoking journey the audience was taken on.

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Basia Quill
Year 9 Drama Teacher

Upcoming Drama Events

Speech and Drama Winter Showcase

Come along on Tuesday 14 June and see the Speech and Drama students perform a showcase of the work they have been preparing this semester, under the guidance of Mrs Tanya Salinas-Byrne, including poetry, monologues and duologues. The College community is invited to attend their first Winter Showcase in the Wardell Theatre on Tuesday 14 June from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. All are welcome and no tickets required.

Annie Jr. (Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July)

We are in final preparations for our inaugural Year 7 and 8 Musical Annie Jr. Ensure you organise tickets before the holidays begin as the performances are first week back in Term 3, on Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July at 7.00pm in the Madeleine Centre. Tickets are only $15 for full price and $10 for concession. Bookings can be made online via Trybooking.

Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama


Sports News

Pierre de Coubertin Award 2016

Congratulations to Madeleine Meehan (Year 12 Stock) who has been nominated for the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award. This award is only presented to one student from each school throughout Victoria. The Pierre de Coubertin Award is named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games and is awarded on an annual basis to recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate attributes consistent with Olympic ideals through participation and commendable behaviour in sporting activities.

In order to be eligible for the Award, the student nominee must:

  • have participated actively in the school sport & physical education program with a consistently positive attitude
  • have demonstrated the attributes consistent with the fundamental aims of the Olympic movement.

Madeleine will be presented with her award at the MCG on Thursday 23 June at a Victorian Olympic Academy function.

GSV Water Polo Final

Congratulations to our Open Water Polo team who recently became GSV B Grade Premiers. The team, coached by Mr Jim Unkles, fought out a thrilling double overtime win finally prevailing 5-4. Congratulations to team members: Mara Lunn, Ruby Binios, Allegra Mattioli, Grace Ross-Farrell, Ella Laussen, Hannah MacDonald, Jessica Incani and Ashlin Holdsworth.

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GSV Netball Finals

It is finals time for GSV Netball and we have a number of teams qualify. These include Senior A, B and D; Intermediate A and C; Junior A and D (Genazzano Team 7).

Junior finals commence on Thursday 9 June. We wish our two teams the very best.

In Intermediate, both teams made it as far as semi-finals before bowing out, after giving very good account of themselves.

Congratulations to our Senior B Netball team who became GSV Senior B Grade Premiers on Monday night at the Waverley Netball Centre. The team, coached by Miss Ali Davies and Miss Emma Kennedy, was made up of Ruby Randles, Stephanie Peric, Georgia Bradford, Emily Kneale, Emily Passaris, Candice Kerr, Michaela Weinstein, Anna Baring and Ashleigh Pope. Congratulations to all!

The Senior A were matched against the top-seeded team in the quarter-final and, in a hard-fought match, only lost by four goals.

Senior D team played strongly in their straight Grand Final but eventually went down.

GSV Cross Country

The GSV Championship Carnival on Friday 27 May at Bundoora Park saw a determined team of almost 40 runners striving to perform their best among more than 240 runners.The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the first place overall of Molly McCarthy (Year 9 Corry) in the Intermediate age-group event (in a fast time of 14:04:01 for the 4km). The Intermediate team finished second in the Division 2 Age Group Trophy, and overall, the Genazzano team finished a very close second, in the Division 2 competition.

Special mention should go to our ten Year 5 & 6 runners who competed in the Invitational Event, as a taster for their future participation in GSV carnivals. In particular, Izabella Morrison (Year 5B) ran a time of 7:46.48 for 2km and finished 7th in the top ten.

Congratulations to all athletes who competed and special thanks to coaches Mr Ben Ashkettle and Miss Grace Kalac.


SSV News

Preparations for next week’s inaugural SSV Armadale District Soccer and Netball Round Robin Carnival are in full swing. Hosted by Genazzano on Thursday 16 June, we will see approximately 130 girls from four schools competing. Training has taken place each Tuesday, including a couple of frosty mornings, but the Year 6 girls have enjoyed the chance to develop their teamwork and skills. Best wishes to all the girls for next week!

Training is also underway for the SSV Track & Field season. It has been encouraging to see so many girls attending the first few sessions. Training sessions are on:

  • Monday lunchtimes – long jump, triple jump, and track events training
  • Tuesday mornings (7.45am-8.15am) – shot put and discus training
  • Thursday mornings (7.20am-8.00am) – track events training

Tryout sessions will take place during Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 3, to allow three weeks of squad preparation for the District Carnival on Monday 8 August.

Finally, congratulations to three girls who have been outstanding in school sport. Izabella Morrison (Year 5B) represented Genazzano at the Beachside Division Cross Country Carnival on Tuesday, whilst Kristen Smith (Year 6A) and Sarah Calvisi (Year 6B) have attended regional trials for netball this week with the aim of making the SSV State team. All girls should be very proud of their achievements to date.

GSV Track and Field 2016

Training for GSV Track and Field commenced recently. All interested students, plus all previous squad members in Years 8-12, are warmly invited to come along and meet the 2016 coaching team; highlighted by head coaches Miss Jaime Wallace and Miss Kylie Williams.

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

2016 Year 8 Beginner Ski Weekend

There are still a few spaces left for this Year 8 weekend experience to be held on from 5-7 August at Falls Creek. If you are interested, but your daughter missed the initial information, please see GenSpace for an expression of interest form. This should be returned no later than Wednesday 15 June as places are limited.


Supporters of the Women’s AFL program are invited to an upcoming 'Women in Football' supporters’ luncheon, hosted by the University Blues on 18 June. Guest speakers will discuss issues surrounding Women in AFL. The event is from 12.00pm-2.00pm at the University Oval Pavilion and costs $50 per person (includes lunch & afternoon tea at half time). Tickets can be purchased online.

Elite Sporting Scholarships at Victorian Universities

Victorian universities including ACU, Monash, Victoria, Latrobe and University of Melbourne welcome applications from Year 12 students, for sporting scholarships to support their further studies. Students are encouraged to contact Ms Judy O’Donohue in the Careers Office if they are interested in finding out more about the requirements and benefits.

Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport


Careers News

Employment Data – Australian Jobs 2016

This link will take you to a PDF document that has comprehensive information on all things related to employment, jobs and future growth. By reading the introduction alone in this Australian Government publication, you will gain a lot of information, to help you support your daughter in understanding the world of work, what employers are looking for and where the growth areas in occupations will be over the next five years. It is an excellent document and well worth your time in reading page by page or browsing areas of interest. Again – I do recommend you at least read the introduction.

Year 9 Career Development: Jobwatch and Subject Selection Session

On Thursday 9 June, all Year 9 students heard from Ms Zana Bytheway at Jobwatch, who talked to the girls about bullying, stereotyping, harassment and staying safe at work. I also explained subject selection to them, and how best to plan for Year 10 and beyond, including reading the online handbook and choosing subjects that they are good at and enjoy studying. The details around studying Year 11 subjects in Year 10 were covered by Mr Robert Tassoni, Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation.

Year 10 Career Exploration Day Incursion on 16 June

All Year 10 students will attend Career Exploration Day to hear from some interesting guest presenters, from the worlds of business, science and technology and creative arts. They will also choose to attend three sessions with university representatives, who will tell them about courses such as Arts, Law, Science, Fashion, Property/Project Management, Commerce, Design, Health Sciences and Creative arts. They will then hear from representatives from the ANZ Banking Group, who will talk to them about graduate programs and what skills employers are looking for. It will be a great day for them to engage, discuss and find out all they need to know to help with subject selection, university course research, completing their career action plan and what developing a career is all about.

Holiday Events at Victorian Universities

Experience La Trobe

La Trobe University is once again running sessions in July, for Years 10-12 students and their families, to see what it is like to be a uni student for a day. Information and registrations are now open on the Experience La Trobe website.

Monash University School Holiday IT Boot Camp

During the school holidays, Monash University (Clayton Campus) will be running the Computer Games Boot Camp, from 5-7 July. It is a free event with hands-on workshops, IT competitions, tournaments, movie screening and presentations.

Students do not need any computer games or programming skills to attend. Register online. For more information, visit their website.

University of Melbourne School Holiday Event: A Day at Melbourne

Students and their families are welcome to attend the University of Melbourne on 8 July, to find out about going to university and all that University of Melbourne has on offer. For more information and to register, go to their website.

Judy O'Donohue
Careers Advisor


Performance Psychology News

Friendships in the Early Years

Many Year 3 parents attended a presentation on the upcoming ‘Friendship Saver’ program and supporting positive relationships in the Early Years. This program, created by Melbourne Psychologist Connie Buckingham, is a fabulous tool to help young girls navigate social relationships in a constructive and thoughtful way. The presentation was led by Jackie Horgan (Director of Early Years) and supported by Lila McInerney (Deputy Principal Learning and Wellbeing), Anita Wilson (Year 3 Homeroom Teacher) and members of the Performance Psychology team.

The ‘Friendship Saver’ program will be delivered by Judith Crigan of the Performance Psychology department, with the support of the Homeroom teachers, and is a regular part of the GenSTAR program. The program will teach students about friendships and provide a language to discuss feelings and interactions. It will promote critical life skills including negotiation, compromise, conflict resolution, assertiveness, independence, communication, tolerance, teamwork, kindness, empathy, and resilience. Parents can support this work by inviting conversations with their daughters about positive relationship strategies and supporting girls to generate their own ideas and solutions. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to discuss promoting positive peer relationships with parents. We look forward to working with the girls next term.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research, Programs and Performance / Senior Psychologist


College Dates for the Next Fortnight

Monday 13 June

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 14 June, 4.00pm

Speech and Drama Winter Showcase

Wednesday 15 June, 9.00am

Early Years Assembly

Wednesday 15 June, 6.00pm

Litfest Dinner

Thursday 16 June

Year 10 Career Exploration Day

Thursday 16 June, 3.45pm

Concert Band Extravaganza

Friday 17 June, 8.45am

Middle Years Celebration of Learning Assembly

Friday 17 June

End of Term 2

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


News from the GMA

I’d like to invite you to attend our combined Committee and Year Level Representative meeting to be held in the Wardell Theatre on Monday 25 July at 7.30pm. This is a great opportunity to find out what we do, especially if you’re thinking of becoming more involved with the GMA in the future. You don’t have to be on the Committee or a Year Level Representative to attend our meetings; everyone is most welcome!

As another school term comes to a close I thank the Year Level Representatives and Coordinators for planning so many successful social events this term.

I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday and hope you all manage to keep warm.

Recent Year Level Events

Year 1 Family Day

On Sunday 29 May, the Year 1 families had a fun filled morning at Latitude in Heidelberg.

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Year 10 Parents Winter Warmer

The Year 10 parents held a Winter Warmer on Friday 3 June. Read Anne-Marie Tenni’s (Year 10 mum) report.

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Year 3 Mother’s Dinner

On Saturday 4 June, a group of Year 3 mums enjoyed a beautiful dinner at The Royal South Yarra Tennis Club.

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Year 4 Coffee Catch Up

On Thursday 2 June, the Year 4 parents enjoyed a morning catch up at Town and Country Café. Read Jean Losinno’s (Year 4 Year Level Rep) poem.

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Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are still available 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. This year there will be a hard copy or a digital copy.

Save the Date!

Thursday14 July

Year 12 Parents Evening @ The Beehive

Sunday 17 July

Year 1 Parents Lunch, venue to be advised

Monday 25 July

GMA Combined Committee & Year Level Reps Meeting

Sunday 31 July

Year 10 Mother Daughter Breakfast, venue to be advised

Saturday 20 August

GMA Annual Ball

2016 GMA Annual Ball – African Rhythms

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Come to the Ball!

Invitations will be mailed out at the beginning of next term, so start thinking about your table of 10 or join a year level table! Ticketing enquiries can be directed to Johanna Nesbitt at

Buy a raffle ticket!

Be in the running to win a prize in the GMA Ball Raffle. Tickets were sent to families last week so make sure you buy one or two, or better still, the whole book! Please return ticket butts, cash (or cheque made payable to Genazzano Mothers’ Association) and any unsold tickets to the Wardell Reception, Grange Hill Reception or All Hallows Reception as soon as possible.

Raffle enquiries to Cathy Frawley at

Read about the prizes.

If you would like to contribute in any way, we would love to hear from you, please contact Johanna Nesbitt

All proceeds from our African Rhythms Ball will go towards the building works in accordance with the College’s 2020 Vision and Master Plan.

Carmel Greer
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association


News from the GFA

The last few weeks have been busy for the GFA, as we approach the end of Term 2. We also have plenty to look forward to in Term 3.

GFA Father-Daughter Camps

Recent weeks have included the Year 8 (16-17 May) and Year 7 (28-29 May) camps. There was a great turn out for both camps and, with the blessing of fine (albeit cold) weather, great fun was had with activities, night trivia entertainment, and the opportunity for the girls to spend some very special time with their dads. Big thanks to all who attended, as well as our superheroes who helped make each camp a huge success:  Pat Hickey, Julian Di Battista, David Condon, Hamish Fitzsimmons, Anthony Galgano, and Peter Somerville.

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ACRATH Benefit Concert

The Genazzano ACRATH Benefit Concert was held on 20 May. A great night was had by all, helping to raise funds for ACRATH. The GFA provided a dozen GFA wines for the silent auction and a cash donation of $200.

Save the dates for Term 3!

Get on to the GFA Events website to book in for the following great GFA events for Term 3:          

  • GFA Year 5 & 6 Father-Daughter Camp, 23-24 July: a great opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their daughter and other Gen dads.
  • GFA GenOutback on Saturday 6 August: a fun-filled evening of entertainment for ELC to Year 8 and family, including bush dancing, raffle and other prizes, and a delicious sausage sizzle.
  • GFA Year 9 Father-Daughter Bowling on Sunday 14 August: what a fantastic opportunity for dads to enjoy a fun night of bowling (and refreshments) with their daughters!

The next GFA meeting will be held in the first week of Term 3, on 13 July, at 7.00pm in the College Boardroom (Wardell Building). Our monthly meetings are open to all Gen dads, and this is your opportunity to hear what is happening, have your say and participate in the GFA.

Wishing all Gen families a safe and enjoyable school holiday break. I look forward to the sensational events the GFA has planned in Term 3 and hope you can be a big part of it!

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. Genazzano Opens Doors to the World

  2. Code Breaking Champions


Genazzano Opens Doors to the World

Current boarder and Year 11 student, Clare, was featured in her hometown's local paper, The Daily Advertiser, Wagga. Below is an excerpt from the article. You can read the full article on The Daily Advertiser website.

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Since moving to Melbourne as a boarder at Genazzano FCJ College, Wagga local Clare has managed to maintain one constant in her life, netball.

Clare, in Year 11, has been selected to represent Genazzano on a tour of New Zealand, together with seven other boarders, where they will test their skills against some of the top schools in the land.

“Having played netball all my life at local and representative level, the sport has always been important to me, and thankfully my move to Genazzano has presented even more amazing opportunities such as this trip to New Zealand. It’s the best of both worlds, I get to play netball and travel with my friends,” Clare said.


Code Breaking Champions

A team of eight Year 10 students travelled to MLC on 25 May, to compete in the inaugural Victorian da Vinci Decathlon for Years 9 & 10 students. The students competed against 20 other schools and solved problems in ten disciplines: English, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy, Art and Poetry, Engineering, General Knowledge, Creative Producers, Cartography and Code Breaking.

The Genazzano students were awarded first place in the discipline of Code Breaking and received sixth place overall.

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Congratulations to Stella Shi, Genevieve Samuel, Harriette Singh, Mary Henry, Mia Schlicht, Yong Ya Yang, Stephanie Tang and Alice Whelan.



Litfest Dinner


Wednesday 15 June 2016
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Save the Date for Term 3

Preparing your Child for the Transition to Primary School Information Session

Tuesday 12 July
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Year 7/8 Co-curricular Performance: Annie Jr

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Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 July 2016
7.00pm start
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Open Morning

Friday 15 July 2016
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Annual Music Concert

Wednesday 3 August 2016
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Saturday 6 August 2016
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GMA Annual Ball - African Rhythms

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Saturday 20 August 2016
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Community News

2015 Annual Report to School Community

Annual Report 2015

The 2015 Annual Report to the School Community is now available on the College website. Read the report here.

Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Young parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel and All Hallows Parish as well as Our Lady of Victories Parish Camberwell, are reminded to enrol in the Parishes’ Confirmation Program before 1 July 2016. School-aged children are provided with preparation for their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation (Year 6). Once the preparation stage has been completed, these young people are presented for the sacrament at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday 11 September.

The closing date for registering for Confirmation is Friday 1 July 2016.


Sunday 11 September 2016
(Catechist Preparation Program commences Friday 29 July)

Parishioners from both parishes will need to visit the Deepdene & Balwyn parish website and complete the relevant online enrolment form, or contact Sharon Freeman on 9816 9291 or for more details. Please note that the Sacramental Program is open to those families who reside within the parish boundaries.

Beyond Borders Benefit

The Parishes of St Dominic’s and St Bridget’s warmly invite you to Beyond Border Benefit. With an international theme, the night will have trivia, music, games, raffles and auction items. Funds raised will support asylum seekers while they await the outcome of their application for refugee status in Australia. At present, many asylum seekers live among us with little support and no work rights. This night aims to raise funds to assist with the on-going support of existing families with the intention to further assist as many as possible.

Event details

Date: Saturday 23 July
Time: 7.00pm-11.00pm
Venue: The Great Hall, Xavier College, Kew
Cost: $25 per person
Tea and coffee provided, BYO drinks and nibbles.

Purchase your tickets online or via the Parish offices. Tables of up to 12 (or contact us for seating arrangements)

Youth Engagement Project (YEP) Events

TGI Fridays

Fortnightly Youth Nights with different themes and heaps of fun! Team members will be at All Hallows from 5.30pm, so young people are welcome to drop by anytime after that for some table tennis fun. For Years 9 to 12.

Date: Friday 17 June & Friday 15 July
Time: 7.30pm-10.00pm
Venue: All Hallows Parish, 17 Brenbeal St, Balwyn

Youth Led Mass and Social Sunday

The next monthly youth masses for all the Parishes involved in YEP. It is followed by YEP’s Social Sundays! A time for us to come together as a community for pizza, sausages or ice blocks, and lots of games. All ages welcome!

Date: Sunday 3 July
Time: 5.00pm-7.15pm
Venue: All Hallows Parish, 17 Brenbeal St, Balwyn