Newsletter in Full - Edition 4 2015

From the Principal


Dear Parents,

As our Term draws to an end, and we prepare to enter the final weeks of Lent we reflect upon the significance of the great Easter celebrations in the Church’s calendar. We recall the story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection and reflect upon the powerful spirit of love and sacrifice – and the powerful intervention of the divine in our human history. 

Across the years the FCJ tradition continues and the College of Genazzano today stands as a tribute to the inspiration and insight of Madame Marie Madeleine D’Houet.  Let us take time on Holy Thursday to thank God for the vision of the holy Foundress and all that has been accomplished by the Society in the education of young women since 1820, and pray that the work of the Society continues with many blessings in the future.

Congratulations to all students and coaches who participated in the Head of School Girls Regatta in Geelong last weekend.  The results are outlined elsewhere in the Newsletter and there was certainly great celebration when Genazzano again proved strong competition on the Barwon. The level of camaraderie and companionship that was evident amongst students, staff and families was manifest throughout the weekend.  It was also a great privilege for those present at St Mary’s Basilica in Geelong for Saturday evening Mass to join with all rowers and their coaches and parents.  Senior crews from Years 10-12 now look forward to the National Rowing Championships in Penrith next year.  Good luck to all rowers – and Go Gen!

Our congratulations and sincere thanks are extended to Performance Mentor Jane Robinson, Senior Crews Coordinator, Sue Andrews and junior coordinator, Brigette Carlisle, as well as  Captains of Boats, Gemma Sibilin and Ciara Jackson, and all rowers and coaches who worked so hard in all events this Season. Particular thanks are extended to Vic Sibillin and the Gen Rowing Committee and all rowing parents whose tireless support has made such success possible. This is Vic’s final Season as President of Gen Rowing and his contributions to the College community over the past five years have been extraordinary.  Vic has given so generously of his time and his passion and dedication for Genazzano Rowing have been inspirational to us all.  We will have the opportunity to thank Vic formally at an event later in the year.

I am extremely grateful to staff, students and parents for the vibrant displays that are being prepared today, and for the hospitality that will be extended to our visitors to the College on Open Day at Cotham Rd, All Hallows and Hopetoun Hall.  The warmth of the welcome to our prospective and future families is a wonderful way to demonstrate the Genazzano learning community in action, and I thank the many who will give of their time so readily.

Next week our Year 12 students are participating in their Retreat at Lord Somers, Somers and Lyrebird Park in Yellingbo. This opportunity is for students to take time out with their teachers to reflect upon their lives, their needs and their hopes for the future.

May I take this opportunity to thank each member of the community for your commitment and care for our students throughout this term. This has certainly been an extremely busy term made more so by the large number of co-curricular, sporting and cultural initiatives in which our students have been involved.  As we reflect upon the work of the term it is important to remember that our primary focus as parents and as teachers is to provide opportunities that will enable our students to participate fully to the best of their endeavours while striving always to extend horizons, raise sights and meet the challenges that face us as individuals with courage, confidence and resilience.  

We look forward to the further learning opportunities Term 2 will bring. 

All best wishes to you and your families for the many blessings of the Easter Season.

We pray for the recently deceased:

  • Peter Kerrins passed away Sunday 15 February aged 84. Grandfather of Bridget Connelly (Year 12) and Grace Connelly (Year 9).
  • Yvette Chen (1993), mother of Finnigan aged 2, and wife of Brendan, passed away Wednesday 18 March aged 38.

We also pray for the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus in their various ministries throughout the world; and members of our community who are ill at this time.

Patricia Cowling



A Lenten prayer

God our hope,
You long for us to know just how much You love us.
Help us be open and perceptive to the Spirit in discovering Your will for our lives.
As we continue to journey through Lent together, may our prayer be to seek wisdom, guidance and a deeper understanding of our relationship with You.
We make this prayer through Jesus who leads us home to You.




Latest News

Update from Genazzano FCJ College Council 

The School Council has established a Committee to oversee the selection process for the appointment of our new Principal to replace Mrs Cowling from January 2016.

We have appointed internationally renowned executive search firm Egon Zehnder to work with us in the selection process.

We are seeking your feedback on the opportunities and challenges which face Genazzano and the key traits that you would like to see in the next Principal. Your views are critical and I am inviting you to complete a short survey using the following link.


It is recommended that you open the survey using the Google Chrome browser which is available free for both Mac and Windows platforms see

This survey closes at midnight on Wednesday 25 March, and we would very much welcome your participation. The responses are confidential and will be analysed only by external consultants.

We will keep you updated on our progress and will seek other ways to share the Council’s priorities and considerations with the broader school community.


Lindy Priest
Genazzano FCJ College Council Chairman 



Dress for a Cause Day – Friday 27 March

During Lent, we have directed our whole school fundraising to the work of Project Compassion, an initiative of Caritas Australia. We will hold a ‘Dress for a Cause’ day on Friday 27 March (the last day of Term 1) and all girls are invited to attend school in casual clothes and make a gold coin donation to Caritas.




We are pleased to relaunch the Friends of Genazzano singing group (SingGEN)



Come one, come all…

No need to read music! No previous singing experience required! Come and sing with US!

This is a group set up to have FUN and bring together parents, alumnae, College staff and friends of Genazzano. The is a community singing group open to all adults who would like to join. Please come along, catch up with friends, meet some new people – sing and laugh together! Singing is good for the soul and “there is safety in numbers” as they say.

Led by Shaun Islip, the group will meet weekly to sing a range of music, including some by contemporary artists such as Adele, Coldplay and some “old” favourites by the Beatles, Elton John and Billy Joel. The array of musical options is endless and you can make some requests as we go along.


Time: 7.00-8.30pm

Dates are to be scheduled in Term 2 – will run approximately 8 weeks

*Cost: $10 – pay at the door

Venue: Wardell Theatre


If you have any questions please contact Leigh Hexter via email


*The fee is to cover the cost for our Singing Group Leader (Shaun Islip); any funds raised in excess of the Group Leader costs will be directed to the work of the FCJ Sisters in Asia/Australia and to the College’s East Timor Project.



Immunisation Dates

In 2015, Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTp) vaccine will be given to all students Years 7 to 10.

A transition process will begin to move the delivery of the vaccine from Year 10 to Year 7, in order to allow for earlier protection. As part of this transition, in 2015 only all students Years 7 to 10 will receive this vaccine. In 2016 onwards this vaccine, in addition to the HPV and Varicella vaccines, will be offered to Year 7 only.

Consent cards will be sent home via homerooms in the next week. Please return the completed forms to your daughter’s Homeroom teacher as soon as possible even if the vaccine is not to be given. All consent forms must be returned to the school by Monday 16 February.

Visit 1 - Monday 23 March 2015 - 9.30am

  • Year 7 HPV
  • Year 8 Boostrix
  • Year 10 Boostrix

Visit 2 - Monday 25 May 2015 - 9.30am - then to All Hollows for Year 9 (approx. 11.45am - 12.00pm)

  • Year 7 HPV & Boostrix
  • Year 9 Boostrix

Visit 3 - Monday 12 October 2015 - 9.30am

  • Year 7 HPV & Chickenpox

Please contact me with any queries regarding the immunisation program on 8862 1180 or by email

Virginia Boyce
College Nurse



Important Dates

Term 1 

Sunday 22 March Open Day: 1:30pm – 4pm
Friday 27 March Dress for a Cause Day


Term 2

Tuesday 14 April Students return
Friday 24 April Gen Day Eucharist




Join us at Open Day

Discover learning in action

Join the Genazzano community for Open Day on Sunday 22 March from 1.30 - 4.00pm.
At 2.30pm the Principal, will give an address and at 3.00pm families are invited to take a College tour with one of our informative student guides.
BBQ, Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served during Open Day by the Genazzano Mothers’ and Fathers’ Associations.
To register your attendance please visit:
We look forward to seeing you there.



GMA Annual Ball - Saturday 29 August

Planning has begun for this year’s GMA Ball which will be bigger and better than ever! The greatest social and fundraising event of the year is being coordinated by Johanna Nesbitt with a very enthusiastic committee including, Zana Bytheway, Helen Condilis, Sonia Cappellazzo, Julie Douglas, Cathy Frawley, Nadia Peters, Belinda Rotella, Bozena Zembrzuski and Debbie O’Halloran.

If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor in return for advertising exposure, or donating a prize for the loud or silent auctions, please contact Johanna Nesbitt on 0418 599 210. Alternatively contact Debbie O’Halloran



From the Deputy Principal

As we come to the last week of first term, it is appropriate for us to reflect on the past weeks. For many of our students it has been a time of transition – especially for students moving into Prep, Year 5 and 7, and new students to the College at other year levels. We would value any feedback from parents about their daughter’s transition experience as we are always trying to refine our processes. 

Students have been involved in a number of sporting activities over the past weeks and a comprehensive sport report is included later in this newsletter. Congratulations to all our participants!  A particular acknowledgement to our rowers for their wonderful commitment to the Rowing Season, culminating in the Head of the School Girls competition on the weekend. This week the Senior 1st Eight, the Senior 2nd Eight and the Year 10 1st and 2nd Quad travel to Sydney to compete in the a number of the rowing students are participating in the Australian National Rowing Championships and we wish them well.

It was wonderful to gather at breakfast with so many of our students and their mothers to recognise International Women’s Day on Friday 6 March. We were privileged to have three FCJ sisters, Sr Sisca,

Grateful thanks to the many students and parents who will assist us with Open Day on Sunday. This is an important day for us as we welcome prospective students and their families as well as show hospitality to many of our current families.

Thank you to the parents who joined us for the Term 1 Parent Forum lst week. We commenced the forum with a presentation about the 2014 VCE results and the destination data. The destination data demonstrated the key areas that our students are pursuing for their Tertiary study. We also provided information from the Y12 Exit survey. Each year we offer the departing Y12s the opportunity to provide feedback about their experience of learning and wellbeing at Genazzano. Other issues raised at the forum included:

  • A discussion about the leadership options for students at the College. This year we have introduced  Middle school captains and this is seen as a good opportunity for leadership development. The possibility of leadership roles for the Y4 students was discussed and a comment was also received about the Year 6 buddy program in this regard;
  • The rationale for the Vertical Homeroom structure for Years 10-12 students was outlined;
  • Some concern was expressed about the amount of homework and how girls can best manage their homework. All were reminded that no student should be spending too long on one set task and that it was important for parents to feedback to their daughter’s Homeroom teacher if they were feeling their daughter was struggling with the homework load;
  • Feedback regarding the first day arrival procedure was received and there was some concern that it was overwhelming for the Y5 and that the staggered start for the different year levels was difficult for some parents;
  • It was noted that the feedback presented about student experience of safety and wellbeing indicates that students feel highly connected and safe at Genazzano.

We look forward to gathering with parents for the next Forum in Term 2.

On Friday 13 March we were pleased to welcome to Genazzano Archbishop Denis Hart and about 350 students from Catholic schools in Melbourne. Archbishop Hart holds an annual conversation with student leaders and this year we were the host school for this event.

As students celebrate their birthdays throughout the year, they are invited to morning tea with Mrs Cowling. This is an event to be remembered and treasured, with girls from Prep to Year 12 meeting and making plans to catch up at the same time next year. 

Each year we hold a day of celebration, Genazzano Day (Gen Day), which celebrates the College feast day in honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel.  The feast day is celebrated as close as possible to the Feast of Our lady of Good Counsel and this year we will celebrate Genazzano Day on Friday 24 April. Normal arrival and dismissal times apply on this day and further information regarding Gen Day will be distributed to families in the first week of Term 2. We gather as a whole for mass and after celebrating Eucharist, students are engaged in a variety of fundraising and house activities – notably the House Dancing which is always a hotly contested event. Students are dismissed at  the usual time of 3.25 pm. PE uniform may be worn on this day and after Mass, students may change into their house coloured clothing. 

A reminder to students about being careful in their use of social networking tools over the break. Please communicate carefully!

Winter Uniform: Winter uniform is worn by all students in Terms 2 and 3. Please also note the College scarf colour is black.

Please note that the start date for students in Term 2 is Tuesday 14 April. We will gather as a staff for a Professional Learning day on Monday 13 April and the focus of this day is formative assessment.

Throughout the last week of term students and staff in the College have the opportunity to gather in prayer as we prepare to enter into the solemnity that precedes the Easter Season.  I wish everyone a holy and grace-filled Easter and a restful and renewing term break.  


Cathy Jenkins
Deputy Principal


News from our College

Faith and Mission News

Archbishop Conversation with Student Leaders

The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ”. These were the words of the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, an enthusiastic and dedicated young man who lived in the town of Turin, Italy in the 1920’s. He was a strong Catholic identity in their community, who although came from a wealthy family, was an extremely considerate and selfless individual. Pier Giorgio had a stirring within himself - the calling of Christ. He answered this call by sacrificing for the poor of Turin every day; as a 6 year old boy he gave his shoes to a homeless child, and as an adult donated money and cared for the elderly.

His legacy remains today and his words were the theme of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s “Archbishop Conversation with Student Leaders” for 2015. On Friday 13 March, five of students had the privilege to attend this event, which was hosted this year at Genazzano. Student representatives from various Catholic secondary schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne came. Archbishop Denis J Hart addressed us with his very own interesting personal story to begin the day. He drew upon the meaning of the calling and voice of Christ in today’s time. We learnt how this meant the importance of going further out of our comfort zone to do good; just like the Blessed Pier Giorgio expressed in his mission and life.

For the rest of the day we were split into roughly 20 groups and within these groups we shared insightful discussions. Then all students gathered at the end of the day for open question time with Archbishop Hart. It was a great opportunity and a very meaningful day!


Clementine Scheffers
Social Justice Prefect


Year 12 Eucharist

Our first Year 12 Eucharist for 2015 challenged us to look at Lent as a time to focus on loving God with all our hearts. It was a special time to pause for reflection and prayer in perhaps one of the busiest years of our school lives.

The readings explored Jesus’ words that we must love our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our strength. They reminded us of the importance of keeping our lives in perspective; of taking the time to not only focus on ourselves and the way we can grow, but how we can assist others. In the raised hands of the poor, God is inviting us to be Faithful Companions of Jesus.

We reflected on the meaning of our College theme for 2015:  Service in Companionship. After communion we watched a short documentary promoting Project Compassion’s ‘Manage your Income, Manage your life Program’, supported by Caritas Australia in which a First Australian woman living in a remote rural community was helped to acquire the skills she needed to budget and choose healthy diet for herself and her family. We were asked to consider what each of us could do to show our love for God and others.

On behalf of Year 12, I would like to thank Father Middleton SJ, for celebrating our Eucharist with us and for reminding us to live prayerfully and generously this Lent.  


Caitlyn Kennedy
Year 12


International Women’s Day Breakfast at Genazzano 

Each year on International Women’s Day, we have a breakfast for the girls, their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, the staff and every now and then a father!  The breakfast is held to celebrate the work of women throughout the world, who work for the advancement of those who suffer from poverty, and lack the means to get an education. The money raised is donated to the FCJ Sisters who work in the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar.

This year, the Social Justice Representatives had worked hard getting donations of food and drink for the breakfast, and worked together to set up Centenary Hall for the 250 people who attended.

Our speakers this year were the Social Justice Representatives who provided us with an introduction to work the Sisters do in these countries and how our donations help with this work. We were also lucky to have Sister Van who works in the Philippines, Sister Sisca who lives and works in Myanmar, and Sister Inez from Indonesia attend the breakfast, along with the other members of the Moonbria community. In their conversation with Caitlin McClusky, the Sisters told us about how they came to join the FCJ Sisters and the kind of work they are involved in.

Sister Sisca spoke of the development of the FCJ Community in Myanmar, a country that has only recently opened up, and Sister Van spoke of the work in Manila and the lives of the women and families they help. Sister Inez works with women in Jogjakarta.

Clementine Scheffers, our Social Justice Prefect and Emma Delahunt, our Mission Prefect, noted in their introduction that the breakfast is, “An opportunity to celebrate how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity for us to unite and become engaged in programs that support meaningful change for those women who are still being discriminated against.”

They continued to state, “We have the benefit of attending a school founded on the FCJ charism; that is, that we are being educated to become confident and articulate women who have a strong sense of social justice and we are prepared to be active in seeking equality for all. Given our opportunities, we need to ensure that we strive for social justice in our own school community and in the wider world.  We must continue to be informed about the status of women in society so that we can lead and embrace change”.

It is always an early start for this breakfast, but all who attended were able to join with their daughters and students in this acknowledgement of the work of the Sisters.

We raised $2,000.00 for their work.


Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission 


Curriculum, Standards and Innovation

Online Reports

We are pleased to advise that the Online Reporting System is operational for Semester One, 2015. All parents of students in Years 5 to Year 12 are now able to log into GenSpace and access their daughter’s online report. Every fortnight, parents will receive an email alerting them that entries have been added to their daughter’s online report. As the Semester progresses, more and more entries will be made, providing you with up-to date information about your daughter’s academic progress. I have placed the Online Reporting Guide for Parents on GenSpace. This document provides parents with information relating to:

  • The rationale for moving to an online system for student reporting.
  • The grading scale used by teachers to assess tasks.
  • Detailed instruction as to how to access student online reports.
  • End of Semester reports.

This document can be easily accessed by Online Reporting via the Quick Links button on GenSpace:



Once you have selected the Online Reporting you will see the following:


Accessing Your Daughter’s Reports: 

1.  Open your web browser and visit
2.  In the left hand side‐bar, enter your login name and password details for the GenSpace intranet portal. These details were provided to you upon enrolling your daughter in the College. The screenshot below illustrates the logon area. Typically your login name should consist of your first name followed by a full stop and then your last name.



3.   After logging in, the Genazzano intranet portal homepage is displayed. Select the ‘My Profile’ tab at the top left of the site as highlighted in the screenshot below.



4.   A list of daughters will appear. Select the ‘Reports’ link to the right hand side of the name of the daughter for whom you wish to view reports as in the screenshot below. In this case the names have been obscured to protect privacy.




5. Once you have selected Reports, your daughter’s reports will appear.


Home Learning

In the media recently there has been much said about the issue of Home Learning, especially amongst students in both the Early and Middle Years stage of learning. The issue surrounding the debate seems to centre on the amount of Home Learning given to students and the value of completing Home Learning when measured against specific learning outcomes.  As a College we believe that Home Learning should:

  • Consolidate classroom learning
  • Foster and sustain lifelong learning skills
  • Encourage students’ responsibility for their own learning
  • Enhance students’ capacity to manage their personal learning (VELs Personal Learning Domain).

We have also designed out curriculum and learning programs so that Home Learning should be:

  • Age and stage appropriate
  • Interesting, challenging and where appropriate, open ended
  • Balanced with a range of activities
  • Purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum
  • Assessed by teachers with feedback and support provided.

Home Learning is, indeed, an important aspect of our learning and teaching programs, however we stress the importance of the time allocated to Home Learning tasks at each year level. Parents are encouraged to help their daughter adhere to the time allocated for completing Home Learning tasks as a way of ensuring that their daughter does not spend an unreasonable amount of time on Home Learning. Teachers support this process by using GENLMS to monitor how many assessment tasks a student is required to complete and when assignment work is due. I have outlined below the recommended Home Learning time for students in each stage of learning.

The Early Years P–4

Home Learning is allocated on most week days. It is expected that students will spend the following maximum amounts of time on home learning per evening, from Monday to Thursday:

Prep                      10 minutes

Year 1                    15 minutes

Year 2                    20 minutes

Year 3                    25 minutes

Year 4                    30 minutes



Given that many students are actively involved in activities on the weekends, it is preferable that home learning not be set over the weekend. However, it is expected that home learning not completed during the week should be finalised on the weekend.


The Middle Years 5–8

Home learning is allocated on most week days. It is expected that students will spend the following as a maximum amount of time on homework per evening, from Monday to Thursday:

Year 5    45 minutes

Year 6    50 minutes

Year 7    60–90 minutes

Year 8    60–90 minutes



Given that many students are actively involved in activities on the weekends, it is preferable that home learning not be set over the weekend. However, it is expected that home learning not completed during the week should be finalised on the weekend.


The Later Years

Years 9-12 Home Learning

  • Includes daily independent reading
  • Includes revision and preparation for tests and assessment tasks
  • Includes projects and assignments as discrete tasks
  • Reinforces key learning and develops skills further
  • Is an extension of class work. 

Time Allocation

Year 9       90–120 minutes

Year 10    120–180 minutes

Year 11    120–180 minutes

Year 12    180 minutes onwards


I have attached a link to a recent article in The Age which discusses some of the issues surrounding the Home Learning debate. I would welcome any feedback either by phone on 8862 1170 or via email at  about our approach to Home Learning at the College.


Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation 


Student Learning and Wellbeing

News from the Sustainability Representatives – Our new Worm Farm

Approximately 50% of household waste and 30% of all the waste we throw away is organic.

Last month the Sustainability Representatives, consisting of students from Years 5 to 12, purchased a Worm Farm with funds raised from a College bake stall. We have filled it with worms that will grow into a large worm colony over time, breaking down the organic waste from the scrap bin which has been set up in the Food Technology room.

We will be collecting a rich fertiliser from the worm farm that will be used to nourish our school veggie patch. The herbs grown here will be used back in the Food Technology room! We are very excited to be able to recycle waste this way instead of using valuable Council resources to collect the waste and drop it into landfill – where it becomes harmful to the environment.



Ciara Ward
Sustainability Prefect


Maths Assist and Alumnae Maths Tutoring

Many girls are taking the opportunity of getting further assistance with their Mathematics at the Maths Assist classes that are being held.

At the Kew campus, the Maths Assist classes are held every lunchtime in W239, and at selected lunchtimes at All Hallows.

Extra assistance is also available at the After School Mathematics Tutoring Sessions that are held at the Kew campus in the library straight after school for 1.75 hours. Some of the VCE Mathematics students from the class of 2014 are available to help with any Mathematics problems.

For further information please contact Carol Patterson on 8862 1098 or your daughter’s Mathematics teacher.


Teresa Lincoln
Student Learning and Wellbeing


ELC News

ELC 3 - Reflecting on Sunflowers

In November 2014, when our young new friends came along to Orientation for Three Year-Old 2015 Kindergarten, they planted a sunflower seed in a paper cup. This was an activity that was most popular with the children, as you can see by their intense concentration!

Together with families, we encouraged the children to care for their seed during the summer holidays, in anticipation of revisiting the sunflowers early in their Kindergarten year.

Some children brought their sunflowers in, to share their excitement at successfully growing them, so we decided to extend the interest in the sunflowers with a drawing provocation table.

Children could observe real sunflowers, and then draw their own sunflower followed by painting with water colours, which they thoroughly enjoyed.



Judy Johnston
Director of Early Learning Centre



Early Years News 

News from the Early Years

The launch of the new storytelling chair by Mrs Patricia Cowling proved a major delight at last week’s Prep to Year 4 Assembly. With its mix of vibrant colours and patches the chair has certainly captured the imagination of the girls and they sat attentively as Mrs Cowling read from the Eric Carl classic ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Mrs Cowling also donated several new exciting books to the Dr Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre.

Well done to our Grange Hill girls who as members of the Genazzano FCJ College SSV Swim Squad, recently participated at the SSV Armadale District Swimming at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre. The girls will be presented with their SSV certificates at assembly at a future date.

Year 3    
Leah Lossino Aniela Blazejczak Jessica Balic
Chloe Amalfi    
Year 4  


Zara Hughes  Alexandra Wrobel Alice Casey
Sarah Egan Phoebe Berry Mackenzie Crawford
Alannah De Maria    

The Genazzano FCJ Project Compassion Caritas- Australia Lenten campaign is further supported by the GMA Easter Egg raffle which will be drawn on the last day of term 1. Donations for the raffle are to be left at the Grange Hill Reception desk and we thank you for all your generous support in this fundraising drive for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Term 1 has seen a major focus on history as our Inquiry topic and with our special 100 year anniversary of ANZAC Day we are celebrating the event with an ‘Olden Days’ dress up day where the girls can come to school dressed as boys or girls of the a hundred years ago. During that day we will focus not only on the story of Gallipoli but on a variety of games and activities associated with that era. More details will be sent home at the beginning of Term 2. We also invite you to come and see our historical silhouette displays throughout Grange Hill.



Important Dates

24 March Holy Week Liturgy - Prep/Year1/Year4
26 March Holy Week Liturgy - Year 2/Year 3
27 March

Dress for a Cause Day

27 March Term 1 ends at 3.25pm


Assembly Dates in Term 2

8 May Mother's Day Assembly
22 May Led by Year 2
5 June Led by Prep/Year 1


Jacqueline Horgan
Director of Early Years


Middle Years News 

Year 7 Camp 2015 

On 4 March, all the Year 7 classes had the opportunity to visit Phillip Island Adventure Resort. Once we packed all of our bags on to the bus we were ready to head to camp. After an hour and a half of singing and taking selfies we had finally arrived at San Remo for a stop. At San Remo we saw the huge pelicans gliding across the water and landing right in front of us, they were interested in us and our food.

When we arrived at Phillip Island Adventure Resort, we quickly went to find our cabin doors with our groups name on it. Once we had all settled into our cabins, we were then off to our first activity. Throughout the week some of the activities we participated in included, Canoeing, Giant Swing, High Ropes, Raft Making, Art and Craft Workshop, Writing Workshop, Initiative Course, Minute to Win it and Crate Climb. During the week we had some bad weather which held us back from doing some activities, so we did some wet weather activities inside instead. Even though some people missed out on some of the outdoor activities we still enjoyed spending time inside making new friends and having a great time.

After dinner, some groups went to the Penguin Parade where they saw the little penguins come out of the ocean to their homes in the sand dunes, while other groups stayed at the camp where they got changed into their pyjamas and watched the movie, Camp Rock. On the second night we swapped so everyone got to see the movie and the little penguins.

On the last day, a ranger from Churchill Island came to talk to us about native Australian animals and animals that had been imported to Australia. After a long day we all hopped back onto our buses and headed back to Melbourne. This was a great experience, not just because of the amazing activities or the warm cabins, but because we could make new friends.


Wayne Murrill
Director of Middle Years



Later Years and VCE News

Careers Department News

Year 10 Career Development Session: Wednesday 25 March - ‘The Job Guide’

During GENSTAR on Wednesday 25March, all Year 10 students will participate in a Career Development Session. This session will give your daughter the opportunity to revisit her Career Wise report and to commence individual research on the pathways and occupations that are of interest to her. She will use the online version of The Job Guide as the basis of her research. The Job Guide and the session is available on School Box under Careers should you wish to have a look and discuss the session with your daughter.


Experience La Trobe University

Experience La Trobe is a free event designed especially for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents to get a taste of what it is like to be a University student for a day. Students may participate in workshops of their choice, find out about student life and also check out the Melbourne campus at Bundoora, including student accommodation.  University students and staff will be there to help participants out and answer any questions that might arise. 

Date: Friday 9 April, 2015

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm. To register, visit Experience La Trobe Melbourne or email for more information.


Meet Melbourne

This is a great opportunity for students and parents to take a closer look at the study options available at the University of Melbourne. Find out about courses and career information including all of the Melbourne degrees and graduate pathways; unique opportunities to enrich degrees such as studying a concurrent diploma; going on exchange and participating in community involvement activities; Access Melbourne; entry requirements and how to apply; and housing options.

Date: Saturday 10 April, 2015

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm. For more information and to register go to


GFA Talking Careers: Wednesday 11 May

Put this date in your calendar! On the evening of Wednesday 11 May, all Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents are invited to come along to the top floor of the d’Houet Building and hear from past students and current parents about their occupations. Further details are coming. Don’t miss this opportunity for your daughter to hear from real people in real jobs!


Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor 



Other News 

Co-Curricular Program

Co-curricular News

Co-curricular activities are well and truly up and running, and as per usual, the students are embracing the activities on offer. Popular activities this Term have seen high numbers of students participating in Dance Fit, Mosaics, Debating, Chess, Alter Servers  and Gen Tech, to name a few. In Dance Fit students have been learning new dance moves whilst experiencing the joy that comes with the physical challenge of keeping up with the music. In Debating, teams have been formed and students have begun competing in DAV (Debating Association of Victoria) rounds. For Chess, Year 6 students attended the Secondary Girls Chess Victoria Zonal Tournament held at Our Lady of Sion College. For these students this was their first time playing chess in a competition setting.

Students are encouraged that it is never too late to join in any of the Colleges Co-curricular activities.  In the final week of Term, try a new physical activity such as Sports Conditioning or Fun Running, or attend something different such as Book Club, Drawing or St Vincent de Paul. Students and parents are reminded to refer to GenSpace for further details regarding Co-curricular.


Vanessa Frazer
Director of Co-Curricular Programs


Creative Arts

Moorina Bonnini – Outstanding Studio Arts & Media Past Student

Moorini Bonnini completed Year 12 at Genazzano last year, studying Studio Arts and Media in the Area of Creative Arts. She completed an outstanding folio of work focusing on her Indigenous background and her passion for photography for her Studio Arts folio.  Her folio was awarded the Max Emmins Photography Award at the end of year Graduate Art Show and was also selected for Top Arts, which showcases outstanding work by students who have completed Art or Studio Arts studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). It provides insight into young people’s ideas, thinking and creative practices. Moorina’s work will be on display at the NGV Studio at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square and features folios, developmental material and preparatory work as part of the installation.

Moorina’s images have also been chosen to represent Genazzano FCJ College at the Catholic Education Office Visual Arts Exhibition, which showcases work from Catholic Schools all over Victoria.

Her photographs portray a poignant interpretation of her culture focusing on her theme of Exploration of Individualism. In her own words,Individuality has many meanings, but I am particularly interested in exploring and capturing qualities a person has that makes them unique. I have a deep fascination with the human figure in general and wanted to capture a person’s identity in both quirky and conventional ways.”

Moorina was a passionate student of the Creative Arts throughout her time at Genazzano. She also participated in the 2012 Creative Arts Tour to New York and Washington DC where her love of photography was harnessed.

Moorina’s artistic future will continue with her entry into Fine Arts Degree at RMIT Photography in 2015.



Joanne Saville
Curriculum Leader: Creative Arts



Drama News

Introducing: Speech and Drama Classes at Genazzano

Learning to speak clearly and confidently in front of an audience is an essential life skill.

Genazzano is providing your daughter with the opportunity to learn and develop skills in Speech and Drama, empowering them to become confident women and future leaders.

For information please contact the Head of Drama, Gabrielle Quinn via:




Gabrielle Quin
Drama Coordinator



Sport News 

Rowing - Head of Schoolgirls Regatta: 13-15 March

Held on the Barwon River in Geelong, this Regatta is the pinnacle of the Schoolgirls Rowing Season in Victoria. All Gen girls and their crews competed extremely strongly over the 3 days of the regatta and we were delighted to have 12 (out of 18) crews qualify for A Finals.  From these, we were celebrated 4 bronze, 6 silver and 1 gold medal. 

The Senior 4th Four of Stephanie Zago, Josie Dimmick, Lauren Kendall, Yvette Mascarenhas and Sophia Di Mattina (rowing in the Sister Maryrose Dennehy) were a most deserving gold medal crew and Head of Schoolgirls Champions!


Summary of crews:

Senior 1st Eight

1st in B Final

Year 10.1

Bronze medallists

Year 9.1


Senior 2nd Eight

2nd in B Final

Year 10.2

4th in A Final

Year 9.2

Silver medallists

Senior 3rd Eight

2nd in B Final

Year 10.3

Silver medallists

Year 9.3


Senior 4th Four

Gold medallists

Year 10.4

Bronze medallists

Year 9.4

Silver medallists



Year 10.5

Silver medallists

Year 9.5

Silver medallists



Year 10.6

Bronze medallists

Year 9.5 sweep






Year 9.6

Bronze medallists





Year 9.7

Silver medallists

Congratulations to staff members Jane Robinson (Performance Mentor - Rowing), Brigette Carlile (Co-ordinator Senior Program) and Suzan Andrews (Co-ordinator Junior Program) and all their relevant coaches. Many thanks also to the significant number of student spectators and staff who attended the weekend to support the Rowing students.


Saturday Netball

Genazzano have 43 teams competing in the Boroondara Netball Saturday program this season. With the season commencing this Saturday (21 March) please be advised that Co-ordinator of Netball, Mrs Sarndra Kennerlye will be assisted on Saturdays by Ali Davies (AM session) and Emma Kennedy (afternoon session).


Genazzano Snowsports 2015 - Advance Notice

Please register your interest in the Sport Office to receive further information.


SSV News

On 27 February, 41 students from Years 3 to 6 represented Genazzano at the SSV Armadale District Swimming Carnival at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre. 


Australian Sports Camps-Autumn Holiday Programs

Please collect a brochure if interested from the Sport Office or go to



Basketball School Holiday Camp opportunity at Boroondara Sports Complex.  Please go to   for further information.


Congratulations and Good Luck

National Track & Field Championships - Sydney (11-15 March)

Kaitlin Barr (Year 11 Douglas) U18 2km Steeplechase

Molly McCarthy (Year 8B) U14 1500m

Emily Bertacco (Year 9 Gerda) U16 90m Hurdles

Emma Delahunt (Year 12 Corry) U20 100m Hurdles

Anna Bush (Year 10 Stock) U16 100m, Long Jump


2015 Tasmanian Age Swimming Championships

Lily Hall (Year 7) competed in 4 events; 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle. Lily achieved a National time in the 100 fly. She will now attend Nationals in Sydney during the first week of Term 2.  


Rowing Ergo score

Congratulations to Gaby Clarke (Year 9) for her latest 1000 metre rowing ergometer score of 3'28.6".  This appears to be an unofficial Australian record for 13-18 year old females. Wow!


Swimming & Diving

Good luck to our GSV squads who are competing in the GSV Championship Carnivals this week at MSAC.

Genazzano Friends of Sport

The Friends of Sport is an informal group, committed to supporting the overall health and wellbeing of students through physical activity. The Friends of Sport group meet regularly throughout the year and extend an open invitation to interested parents to attend.

We thank outgoing Chair, Mr Steve Kennedy, and Secretary, Mr Chris Anderson, for their contributions and leadership.  We are delighted to announce that the new Chair is Mr John King and the new secretary will be Mr Brett Barr.

For further details please contact the new Chair, Mr John King: or 0418 383 664.


Genazzano Sport Office

Please note the Sport Office is located on the ground floor of the Wardell building (WG101).  The office is staffed by Miss Melonie Fulton (Sports Administrator) and the phone number is 8862 1008. Alternatively, email


Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport



Genazzano Fathers' Association News

With Term 1 drawing to a close we can all look back at the great GFA events so far in 2015, providing the opportunity for GFA Fathers to be involved in the journey of our children within the College…

The GFA masses held in the College Chapel for the ELC and Early Years (ELC, Prep - 4) and Senior Years (9-12), have truly created special moments for the Fathers to spend quality time with their children in the unique surrounds of the College. We had fabulous attendance at these masses and it was a great pleasure to see the happy faces and to meet many of the Dads and their children. Thanks to the grand efforts of all students, staff and parents involved in making these masses, once again, a tremendous success in 2015.

For myself and the GFA executive, it has been a real thrill in Term 1 to welcome all new and returning GFA Dads into 2015, with the GFA Greetings and our first 2 GFA meetings for the year. The GFA’s army of volunteer Fathers were also involved in providing support for the College at Gen Welcomes, and will assist at the College Open Day on Sunday 22 March.

Here is a taste of what we can look forward to and coming up for the GFA in Term 2:

GFA Footy Tipping Competition – for details, go to to sign up for yourself, daughter, family or friends and get ready to kick start the season!

GFA Middle Years (5 - 8) Father/Daughter Mass will be celebrated on 19 April – a special event for students of the Middle Years to share mass and a enjoy complimentary morning tea with their Fathers in the College surrounds – more information in the coming weeks, and all family members are most welcome to attend!

GFA Winemaker’s Dinner will be held on Friday 1 May – bring your partner, your friends and organise a table! This will be a BIG Greek Extravaganza Wine Night that will feature a guest speaker, great food and wine, and a traditional Greek band to get us all dancing. For details see your exclusive email invite, with bookings OPEN via:

GFA Talking Careers will be held on the evening of Monday 11 May – targeting all students from Years 9-12 and their parents, this is a great night to learn from a range of speakers representing different career paths in a friendly, informative and interactive forum. Look out for your email invitation coming soon.

The GFA Father/Daughter Camps are back again for 2015! The Year 8 camp will be held at Mt Evelyn (May 16-17), and the Year 5&6 camp at Anglesea (May 30-31). These camps are popular, dynamic and guaranteed to bring you closer to your daughter – pre-booking is OPEN at, so best to sign up early to avoid disappointment!

The Fathers’ Steps Project – the building continues at a rapid pace and is well on track for completion…. ready for our enjoyment early in Term 2.

Our next GFA meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 April at 8.00pm in the College Boardroom, and all Gen Fathers are welcome to attend.

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
Genazzano Fathers’ Association



Genazzano Mothers' Association News

Class Representatives are doing a great job of organising all sorts of social events across ELC to Year 12!  This past fortnight has been busy, starting with the Year 2 morning tea after drop off, the ELC afternoon tea at Grange Hill Playground and the Year 11 coffee catch-up for the Mums. Thank you to all our Class Reps and Mums who make sure everyone feels welcome.

Many Grange Hill Mums enjoyed morning tea in the library atrium last Wednesday. It was wonderful to have Lila McInerney, Cathy Jenkins, Teresa Lincoln and Sister Maryrose fcJ join the Mums for a cuppa. A big thank you to Jackie Horgan for organising the delicious morning tea.


Last Friday evening the Year 7 Family Welcome was held on the College’s circular drive and a Greek street food van arrived with yummy souvlaki, chips and salads.  With over 250 Mums, Dads, daughters and siblings, it was a great success. I would like to thank the Year 7 Class Reps who organised a fabulous event for our existing and new families.


GMA Grange Hill Easter Raffle

Clare Hughes will once again be organising an Easter Raffle for the Prep – Year 4 girls.  Funds raised will be added to the school’s donation to the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal.  Please see flyer below for more details.

An Easter Raffle will be held for the Prep - Year 4 girls.

Funds raised will be added to the school’s donation to the Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. 

Families are asked to donate one chocolate Easter egg/one bag small eggs (one egg/bag per Grange Hill family) and leave in the box located at Grange Hill reception by Tuesday 24 March, 2015.

Raffle tickets are to be returned to the Grange Hill office by Tuesday 24 March 2015 in the attached envelope with the correct money and placed in the box at Grange Hill reception. 
A book of ten tickets is $2. 

Please remember to write your daughter’s name and Year level on each raffle ticket purchased.

The Easter egg hampers will be drawn on Friday 27 March by Mrs Horgan.

Please contact Clare Hughes (GMA Year 4 Mum) for additional information on: 0419 571 141.


2015 GMA Annual Ball – Saturday 29 August

Remember that planning has begun for this year’s GMA Ball. If your business is interested in being a cash sponsor in return for advertising exposure or donating a prize for the loud or silent auctions, please contact Johanna Nesbitt via or 0418 599 210. Alternatively, contact Debbie O’Halloran.


Next GMA Meeting 

The next GMA meeting is a combined Committee and Class Reps meeting on Monday 27 April at 7.30pm in the Cafeteria and as usual all Mothers and friends of Genazzano are welcome to attend. We cover lots of interesting topics and it’s a great way to meet people and keep in touch with what is going on around the College.

Save the dates for the following events: 

Open Day   Sunday 22 March 
GMA Prep Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic Monday 23 March
GMA Year 8 Coffee Morning Tuesday 24 March
GMA Year 9 Mother's Dinner Tuesday 24 March
GMA Year 12 Mother’s Dinner Wednesday 25 March
GMA Year 2 Family Easter Egg Hunt Thursday 26 March
GMA Year 5 Mums’ Function Thursday 26 March

Debbie O'Halloran
Genazzano Mother's Association


Timor Leste Baby Box Donation Appeal

In Timor-Leste, 1 in 10 babies will die before their 1st birthday. But there is something we can do to help. The Global Health Class at Genazzano FCJ College are collecting donations to create ‘Baby Boxes’ which will be delivered to mothers in Timor-Leste – giving babies and their mothers a better start together.

Students may donate via the marked collection boxes throughout the College, whilst parents and alumnae can drop off their donations at either the College Reception or Student Reception, located on Mount Victor Road.

For further information, please contact the Curriculum Leader for Health Sciences, Lisa O’Halloran: lisa.o'




Community News


Sacramental Program for 2015

Our Lady of Good Counsel and All Hallows Parish
Deepdene and Balwyn
Sacramental Program for 2015

Young parishioners of Our Lady of Good Counsel and All Hallows Parish are invited to enrol in the Parish’s Sacramental Program. School aged children are provided with preparation for their reception for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Year 3), First Eucharist (Year 4) and Confirmation (Year 6). Once the preparation stage has been completed, these young people are presented for the sacrament. These sacraments will be celebrated in the parish this year as follows:

Weekends of 9/10 May, 16/17 May and 23/24 May
(Catechist Preparation Program commences Friday 20 March) 

Sunday 13 September
(Catechist Preparation Program commences Friday, 31 July)

Tuesday 10 November and Thursday 12 November (Catechist Preparation Program commences Friday 9 October)

Please visit the parish website at and complete the relevant online enrolment form or contact Tricia Norman on 9816 9291 or for more details.  Please note that the Sacramental Program is open to those families who reside within the parish boundaries.



Active April


The Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.

As a participant, you can log your daily activity with the Active April website and chart your progress throughout the month. You can also join your House team (earning your House a point), track the progress of team members and discover events that are taking place in your local area.

Register now - Sign up before the end of Term 1, Friday 27 March 2015.


In 2015, every Premier’s Active April participant will receive:

  • 10 free YMCA passes.
  • 15% off at Sportsmart in store and online.
  • One hour free tennis court hire at Melbourne Park or Albert Reserve.
  • A 2 for 1 ticket offer to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
  • A chance to win some great prizes including our major registration prizes of four tickets to the 2015 Toyota AFL Grand Final (GFAFL15/12), a $1,500 bike voucher or a GoPro camera.
  • A chance for your school to win sporting equipment and visits from high-profile sporting personalities.
  • Weekly email tips on being active and healthy eating.

How to register: (NB. If you are under 12 years of age ask your parents before registering)

  1. Go to .
  2. Select ‘Register’.
  3. Select ‘I am a Student’ and complete the registration form.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email, click on the verification link to activate your account.
  5. Login to the website.
  6. Click the Teams page.
  7. Click on ‘Request to join a team’.
  8. Enter the Team ID and click ‘Send Request’.

House team IDs:

  • Corry – corry29
  • d’Houet – dhouet30
  • Winter – winter11
  • Douglas – douglas18
  • Stock – stock23
  • Gerda – gerda32
  1. A notification will be emailed to the Active April Coordinator who created the team. Once the request is accepted, you will see the team details when you next login.
  2. GET ACTIVE! 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

Active April Coordinators: Miss Symonds and Mrs Frazer




2015 Committee Announcement

To kick off our sixth year, OXAGEN Productions is proud to announce its newly elected committee:


President: Lucas Calvi                                        

Vice President: Catherine Worsnop                               

Secretary: Tristan Lawrence

Treasurer: John Etty-Leal

Communications: Keshia Contini      

Events: Louisa Judd

IT Manager: Gemma Digiglio                                             

Publicity Officer: Xavier Goring

Marketing Manager: Elly Patience

General Members: Ary Sudarmana & William Balme


The Lyrebird Awards 2015

OXAGEN took home an astonishing seven trophies at the annual Lyrebird Awards! It was a fantastic night at the Karralyka Theatre and a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments with O2, OXAGEN’s Fifth Anniversary Gala and Little Women.


OXAGEN won the following awards:

  • Best Production - Variety for O2
  • Best Male Performer in a Variety: Raphael Wong in O2
  • Best Female Performer in a Variety: Rebecca Cullinan in O2
  • Best Ensemble in a Variety: Flying Home in O2
  • Best Director of a Variety: Penn Valk for O2
  • Best Music Director of a Variety: Jackson Harnwell for O2
  • Highly Commended Performance in a Variety: Samuel Fung in O2

OXAGENS Around Town

  • Michael Edwards (Tony - West Side Story) is currently touring Europe as one of the Ten Tenors!
  • Bottlesnail’s production of Parade just concluded and featured President, Lucas Calvi and longtime member, Sam Fung on the auspicious Malthouse Theatre stage.
  • Sam Fung has also just starred in Footlight’s production of Miss Saigon at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.
  • Raphael Wong is starring in Babirra’s The King and I.
  • Communication Officer, Keshia Contini has joined the production team as choreographer for UMMTA’s Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  • David Vien, Hayley Piterman and Andrew Steen are currently getting ‘whipped into shape’ with the cast of SLAMS Legally Blonde.
  • In his first leading role, Xavier Goring is playing Benny Southstreet in Windmill’s production of Guys & Dolls!
  • Catch those representing OXAGEN in Waterdale’s Ragtime. With Amy Bryans (Director), DJ Pearce (Assistant Director), Matthew Sheahan and Tim Haughton.

Congratulations Cat & John

Vice President, Catherine Worsnop is currently honeymooning around Europe after marrying OXAGEN Treasurer, John Etty-Leal on February 28 at the Xavier College Chapel! Check out some of their wedding photos.


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