Newsletter in Full - Edition 5 2015

From the Principal


Dear Parents,

Genazzano Day was celebrated today 24 April the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Again it was a wonderful occasion to reflect upon the strong women of courage and faith after whom our Houses are named, the significant men and women who are such an important part of our history and the many blessings that we share as a vibrant College community. As we celebrate the College Feast Day honouring Our Lady of Good Counsel, the students and staff participated in various activities with enthusiasm, raising funds to assist the work of the FCJ sisters in their ministries in Asia. The day commenced with a whole school Eucharist in Centenary Hall celebrated by Father Brendan Reed, and prepared by Mrs Lila McInerney and the Ministry team as well as student representatives from each year level.

I am looking forward to welcoming more than 100 past students at the annual Alumnae Mass and lunch to be held at the College on Sunday.

As we remembered the centenary of Anzac Day on Wednesday 22 April, we were mindful that Erin Donohue (Year 11) would be in Gallipoli at the dawn Service, as part of a group of Victorian students awarded the GovernmentSpirit of Anzac prize. We look forward to hearing of her thoughts and reflections about this significant event. Previous award winner, Kate Mani (2014py), currently studying Arts/Journalism at Monash University was published in The Age (28 March) reflecting on her 2013 experience of Anzac Day at Gallipoli. Another 2015 winner of the Spirit of Anzac award, Natalie Barbazza (Year 10), spoke at the assembly most movingly of her time during the last school break in Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front and the meaning for us today.

An Anzac commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP for Kooyong who spoke about the experience of the soldiers in 1915. With the assistance of Humanities Curriculum Leader, Debra Everitt, Year 9 students have created a time capsule to be opened in another 100 years. The College is grateful for the Anzac Centenary Local Commemoration grant which helped to fund a poet to assist with the creation of our book of poetry for the capsule. On Thursday we commemorated Anzac Day with a whole school liturgy.

Nine Year 10 students have been selected from a very strong field for the 10-day immersion experience in Timor Leste: Mackenzie Barham; Katia Dodds; Hannah Macdonald; Brielle Maule; Brittany Mills; Emily Passaris; Allegra Salinas-Byrne; Kellie Woodhouse; and Sophie Zebrowski. They will be accompanied by Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission, Lila McInerney and College Nurse, Virginia Boyce.

Congratulations to Niamh Gaffney (Year 9) who competed in Montreal in the Irish Dancing World Titles during the term break. Niamh was the recipient of a World Medal and crystal trophy given to the top 22 dancers (out of 170) competing. What a wonderful result.

On Friday 17 April we celebrated the conclusion of another successful rowing season with a dinner for parents, rowing staff and rowers. Success comes through commitment, passion and hard work – and the rowers have shown so much of this over the Season. I am sure that in some part it is assisted by the beautiful new facility for junior rowers that we share with Xavier College on the banks of the Yarra at the Burwood Road Reserve. The redevelopment of this site and facility is a tribute to the hard work and persistence of many rowing parents and school staff.

The Head of Schoolgirls Regatta, the pinnacle of the Schoolgirls Rowing Season in Victoria, saw all Gen girls and their crews competing extremely strongly.  It was also notable that The Sister Maryrose Dennehy FCJ boat was awarded a Gold Medal as Head of Schoolgirls Champions! I would like to pay tribute to the Rowing Committee, headed by Vic Sibillin for the last time, who are dedicated and involved parents who support their daughters and the College with total commitment. Vic Sibillin demonstrated great leadership as he was always one who did not simply direct and supervise but always rolled up his sleeves to help. And we saw this on so many occasions, not just at rowing.

Congratulations to staff members Jane Robinson (Performance Mentor - Rowing), Brigette Carlile (Coordinator Senior Program) and Suzan Andrews (Coordinator Junior Program) and all their coaches. After an extensive review at the end of last season we have followed a different management structure this season and have benefitted enormously from the excellent work of the coaching team and the involvement of Director of Sport Matthew Wesson. 

In our Prayers this week we remember:

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



Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

God of heavenly wisdom,
you have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus,
to be our guide and counselor.
Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life
and so enjoy her belssed presence in the life to come.
Oh Mother of Good Counsel,
patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women,
intercede for us,
that we may be wise, courageous and loving leaders of the Church.
Help us, dear mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your son.
May the Holy Spirit
fill us with reverence for God's creation,
and compassion for all God's children.
May our labors of love on earth
enhance the reign of God
and my God's gifts of faith and living hope
prepare us for the fullness of
the world to come. Help us to become women of the Eucharist.


Latest News

ANZAC Centenary Plaque

Genazzano commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli in 1915, Genazzano FCJ College created a significant Anzac Centenary Plaque. Placed at the foot of the College’s very special Lone Pine tree on the south west corner of  the beautiful Ceremonial Lawn in the foreground of the historic Wardell Building, the plaque was accompanied by a Time Capsule that contained many items of significance. Amongst the treasures to be opened in a century’s time was a memory stick containing this year’s Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Award recipient, Natalie Barbazza’s submission and speech; today’s newspaper (dated April 22, 2015); photograph of the plaque’s unveiling; writing reflections from the Year 9 cohort; and College Principal, Mrs Patricia Cowling’s reflection of school life today and her hope for the future.


The ceremony began with a flute ensemble, conducted by Ms Mandy Lyle, playing beautiful music to greet guests, staff and students, and create a wonderful atmosphere despite the overcast Autumn morning. The College’s Head of Humanities, Mrs Debra Everitt opened the proceedings with a welcome to those in attendance, which included Deputy Principal Cathy Jenkins, Sister Maryrose Dennehy, Kooyong Electorate Office Maria Benedetti and executive staff. Mrs Everitt also reflected on the Spirit of Anzac and the importance of history not just being about remembering dates but about being able to relate to, be a part of, and understand what those before us experienced – remembering to keep their memory alive.

Following on, our College Principal, Patricia Cowling, delivered a very poignant and moving tribute to  the meaning of ANZAC and the importance of remembering Mrs Cowling reflected on the personal costs of war. Mrs Cowling spoke of Anzac Day being a time to remember those who fought in all wars, and those men and women who are still engaged in our defence forces today. It is also a time not to glorify war, but to always seek to honour the memory and sacrifice of those who served. Here is an excerpt from Mrs Cowling’s stirring speech:

“Today we are not here to glorify war - and I want to make that clear.  We ARE honouring the memory of these brave Australians and the sacrifices that they made - but always at the same time we are reminding ourselves that we must not forget how terrible war is and how we must avoid it at all costs.  That is what Lest We Forget means, girls - such a significant message often added to the last line of the Ode of Remembrance on Anzac Day. It is right and proper that we remember those who have died in defence of our country. We dare not forget.  We must learn from the past and we must remember what is important - life, liberty and the freedom to enjoy our right to have beliefs, creeds, faiths and opinions that may differ from others. The great danger that we live with today is the danger of extremism. People who believe that those who don’t share their ideology have no right to exist, no right to a different view, have brought war into the everyday. So you are urged to learn as much as you can, to think deeply about these issues and develop the ability to be able to stand up for liberty and for justice, for you will be the politicians and the leaders in our society into the future.”

Mrs Cowling finished with a quote from former Governor-General of Australia, Sir William Deane, where he reminded us that, “Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

Prayer was led by the College’s Deputy Principal: Faith & Mission, Mrs Lila McInerney, accompanied by Year 11 students, Gabriella Morgan and Samantha Weston.

We were then introduced to the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, MP for Kooyong who recounted a detailed description of what the Anzacs back in 1915 would have experienced at the Gallipoli landing and how important it is for the community, and indeed the nation, to continue to preserve the memory of those who perished for our country. Mr Frydenberg and his Kooyong electorate have worked to support local centenary grants for schools, museums, churches and other organisations. Genazzano FCJ College was the recipient of an Anzac Centenary Local Commemoration program in March of this year, which helped to then fund the creation of our book of poetry and reflection for inclusion in the time capsule beneath the commemorative plaque.

Next to take to the lectern was Year 10 student and Spirit of Anzac award recipient, Natalie Barbazza. Natalie spoke with conviction and sentiment of her time in Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front as part of her award, and displayed a true understanding of the meaning of Anzac in our everyday lives and the importance that these places still hold today.

The time capsule was then buried and the plaque unveiled – a moving moment in the history of our College, which will be reflected upon in the next century to come. And as with the Anzacs and the commemoration of the First World War, we will always reflect and hold in our hearts and minds the sacrifices of all the men and women who served, for which we will be forever grateful.


ANZAC Reflection

By Samantha Pereira and Lorena Stents
Year 11


On 19 April we saw the memorable congregation of the City of Kew in commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary. Members of the Kew RSL led the proud march down Cotham Road with a procession of former servicemen, families and students in their wake. To the steady bass drum and patriotic trumpeting of Waltzing Matilda, we marched our Gen banner to each of the memorial sites around Kew. At Kew junction, we ‘stood to attention’ before the impressive Great War Monument. This was perhaps the most affecting part of the entire parade. All were moved by ‘The Ode’ as it was recited and hearts were full at the poignant sound of the Last Post.

After the march, students from the various attending schools were given the opportunity to attend a service dedicated to the ANZAC centenary at the Anglican Church of Australia Diocese of Melbourne. This was an important aspect of the event, giving all attendees an opportunity to ponder and reflect upon the significance of this monumental occasion. The feature of this service was an address given by Commodore Jim Dickson. AM; MBE; RAN (Retd.). The congregation was provided with a valuable insight into the significance and relevance of the ANZAC spirit and legacy within the context of battle, but the latter half of the address was more focused on the meaning of ANZAC in the present day. Particularly relevant to the high school students in attendance, Dickson drove home the concept that what the diggers experienced is unimaginable to young people today, who, he contended, take affluence for granted and have perhaps grown complacent. The service also featured a tribute to ANZAC Day read by Mr Noel Murray, and a recitation of the poem For the Fallen by Mr Peter Cameron. Being involved in this march for the centenary enabled us to feel more connected with the soldiers who fought valiantly for the prosperity of the nation, and to understand the importance of the ANZAC spirit, which will forever transcend generations.


Lily Ubaldis' Brave Awareness for a Cause



World's Greatest Shave

Interview with Lily Ubaldi (Year 8E)

Why are you contributing to this cause?

My next door neighbor, Francine, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December 2013. Her sudden and serious illness caused me to reflect on my own health and how I am very fortunate in respect to so many other people, and especially children, who are struck down with an illness like this that is indiscriminate and often incurable. This has inspired me to act - to do something even in the smallest way - to raise awareness of this disease. I have raised funds for research into the causes and possible cure for this disease, and I hope to in some way make a positive difference to the self-esteem and quality of life for those affected.


What are you doing to raise awareness?

I decided to participate in The World’s Greatest Shave (WGS) as a fun and impactful way of getting attention for this cause. I have cut at least thirty-five centimeters off the length of my hair and donated it to the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program. My hair will be made into a wig to be worn by someone who has lost their hair due to illness. I’m raising awareness by sharing Francine’s story and my participation in the WGS, across my social network, as well as with family, friends, relatives and my school community in whichever form and media I can.


What are you hoping to achieve by contributing to this cause?

When I registered for the World’s Greatest Shave, my aim was to raise as much money as possible for research into this disease and to ensure that the hair I cut off would be put to the best possible use. Whilst I quickly reached my initial target to raise $1000.00 with the help of many people’s amazing generosity, I have since revised my goal several times and am now aiming to surpass $5,000.00.


If you could offer advice to your peers in relation to this, what would it be?

I would tell my peers that it is not possible to achieve a breakthrough in finding cures or improving the quality of life for those affected by illness, without the combined effort and contribution of many individuals.

Small gestures can make significant differences to people’s lives.

We as Genazzano students are encouraged to, “find God in all things” and to be ambassadors for social justice. God has given me the strength to step out of my comfort zone and put myself forward to raise awareness and to do something to help those in need.

Some self-sacrifice and charity - be it by donating money, giving up a little of our own time and energy, or even giving up our hair - can be an incredibly humbling and fulfilling experience.


Scholarship Congratulations!

Monash Engineering Scholarships 2015

By Mrs Carol Patterson
Curriculum Leader-Mathematics


Zara Fitzgerald and Chloe Alexander from the VCE class of 2014 have both been awarded Engineering scholarships at Monash University. Both girls are studying Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees. These scholarships are based on academic achievement and are awarded to the highest achieving female students going into an Engineering single or double degree at Monash.

Chloe was awarded the Women in Engineering Scholarship valued at $5,000, while Zoe was awarded an Engineering Excellence Award valued at $24,000.

Both girls are to be congratulated on this excellent achievement.


Morning Liturgies at Genazzano

As a College we are inviting all involved in our College community to join us in prayer for two significant occasions:

For Pentecost there will be a liturgy in the College Chapel on Friday 22 May from 8.15-8.25am.

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week there will be a liturgy in the College Chapel on Wednesday 27 May from 8.15-8.25am.

All members of the Genazzano FCJ College community are welcome to join us for these special liturgies.


VINNIES Fundraiser

Assist a Student

The St Vincent de Paul School Co-curricular group meets once a week to promote awareness of the society within the College and to undertake projects to help people in need in our community.

Our first project for the year was to fundraise for the Assist a Student Program, which provides the cost of education  ($70) for a student in a neighboring country for one year. We sponsored six students from Thailand in 2014 and aimed to extend this in 2015.

Students sought donations of bread and sausages from local businesses and personally donated cans of soft drink and sauce. The barbeque was a great success with $650 raised – this year we will be able to sponsor nine students!

Our thanks to students and staff for supporting our fundraiser.


St Vincent de Paul Student Group


Socks wanted for Soup Van

The next focus for the St Vincent de Paul group is to support the St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal and this begins next week with eight students and two staff assisting on a soup van. Students are seeking donations of socks to distribute while helping out on the soup van and any donations would be appreciated – new or used in good condition. Any donations can be dropped into student reception.


St Vincent de Paul Student Group


Message from the Health Centre

By Virginia Boyce
College Nurse



Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the ‘cold and flu season’. Although there is a vast difference in the symptoms of the common cold and influenza, both are easily spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, small virus containing droplets into the air. The virus can also last up to 8 hours on hard surfaces. For this reason we must be vigilant with good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Tissues and hand sanitiser are provided in and around the classroom to assist with this practice and hand washing is essential after using tissues.

If your child is unwell with cold, coughing or influenza it is important that she remains at home in order to recover. Influenza does not discriminate and even fit and healthy adults can be affected   but the good news is that it is not too late to be immunised. The vaccine costs under $20 and is free for some members of our community.  More information regarding flu vaccines can be found at:



Another common problem that does not discriminate is head lice. Every now and then we have a report of head lice in our community so it is vital that parents regularly check their child’s hair for lice. Practical and helpful information on how to look for and treat head lice is available


2016 Term Dates

Term 1 (8 weeks)


Monday 25 January

All staff return

Tuesday 26 January

Australia Day Holiday

Friday 29 January

New students commence

Monday 1 February

All students commence

Wednesday 10 February

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 23 March

Students finish

Thursday 24 March

Holy Thursday - Staff PL day



Term 2 (10 weeks)


Monday 11 April

Staff and students return

Friday 17 June

Last day of term



Term 3 (10 weeks)


Monday 11 July

Staff return

Tuesday 12 July

Students return

Friday 16 September

Last day of term



Term 4 (9 weeks)


Monday 3 October

Staff and students return

Friday 9 December

Students conclude



Gen Day Alumnae Mass

Please join us for a Mass, Luncheon and College Tour to celebrate Genazzano Day!

Sunday 26 April 2015

Mass will commence at 10.00am in the College Chapel

Luncheon and a performance by OXAGEN: 11.30am - 1.00pm

Optional College Tours: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

RSVP: Monday 20 April 2015


View invitation HERE



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

Commencing Wednesday 29 April and will run approximately 8 weeks

*Cost: $10 – pay at the door

Venue: Wardell Theatre


If you have any questions please contact Amanda


*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.


GFA Winemaker's Dinner


Mothers' Day Mass and Supper


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 or 0418 599 210. Alternatively contact Debbie O’Halloran on



Outstanding Alumna of the Year Awards Evening
Thursday 20 August, 6.00pm

GLS Breakfast
Wednesday 2 September, 7.00am

News from our College

Faith and Mission

Timor Leste Immersion

By Year 10 2015 Timor Leste Immersion Students

In only a short amount of time, nine Year 10 students; Mackenzie Barham; Katia Dodds; Hannah Macdonald; Brielle Maule; Brittany Mills; Emily Passaris; Allegra Salinas-Byrne; Kellie Woodhouse; and Sophie Zebrowski, accompanied by Mrs McInerney and Mrs Boyce, will depart for Timor Leste, a country and lifestyle incredibly different from what we are accustomed to.

As part of our preparation we were shocked by facts that claimed approximately 50% of the Timor Leste people are unable to read or write, while we are provided with a large variety of educational facilities.  We find it hard to believe that children do not have access to pens, pencils and toys that are just a part of our daily life.

Everyone agrees that this trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity; a chance to experience something so unique, a chance to learn fascinating life lessons and bring this back to our peers and families on our return.

We are looking forward to visiting children in schools and orphanages, learning from the great wisdom of the individuals that we meet and having the chance to realise just how lucky we are for what we have.


2015 Project Compassion: Food For Life

By Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission


This year, Project Compassion focused on the ways in which Caritas empower communities to establish sustainable food sources and develop income streams for life.

As a College, we raised over $4,700.

Congratulations to the following Homerooms for their amazing contributions:

10-12 d'Houet 1

Mary Fahey

$  322.45

9 d'Houet

Carla Juric/Basia Quill

$  286.60


Mark Mudge/Natalie Vander Sluys

$  276.85


Marea Lanki

$  250.05


Kate Northam/Janet Considine

$  236.65

9 Corry

Zoe Bent

$  224.55


Angela Doi

$  160.50


Tina Natoli/Adrian Daly

$  153.25

10-12 d'Houet 4

Lisa O'Halloran

$  102.55

Year 12 Retreat

By Meaghan A’Hearn and Jessica Landy
Year 12


The experiences we had on retreat were full of reflection, rest and relaxation. After a busy start to Year 12, we were able to take ourselves away from the demanding life that was happening at home and use the time to reflect and reconnect.

Our group spent two nights at Lord Somers Camp surrounded by beautiful beach and nature.

We enjoyed many of the activities, particularly the meditation, as it gave us a chance to practice a skill that we don’t often have the time to do.

Some girls took the opportunity to learn to stand-up paddle board. Despite the unfortunate weather, they were able to work together to catch some waves! Venturing on the night walk was an opportunity to learn about the location we were in and was a lot of fun!

We loved the liturgy on the second night run by our peers and enjoyed all singing together.

Even the small things like sitting at a table with different people at meal times gave us the chance to reconnect with other girls in our Year level.

Writing some kind and thoughtful affirmations for each other was a lovely thing that we can take away from retreat and keep forever.

Overall, retreat was a wonderful experience and the memories will remain with us for a long time to come.


Curriculum, Standards and Innovation

Home Learning

By Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation 


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 our 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: Prep - 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:


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.
  • Revision and preparation for tests and assessment tasks.
  • Projects and assignments as discrete tasks.
  • Reinforcing key learning and developing skills further.
  • 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  about our approach to Home Learning at the College.


ELC News

Embedding Sustainable Practices into the ELC Daily Routine

By Judy Johnston
Director of Early Learning Centre

Sustainable Learning

Early childhood is a great time to involve children in education for sustainability and to develop lifelong practices to ensure the respect and protection of each other and our planet. As educators, we are committed to helping children realise the significance of caring for, and protecting, their environment. This responsibility is reflected in the National Quality Standard, which asks that each service take, “an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future”, (NQS Standard 3.3). More specifically, settings are asked to embed sustainable practices into their operations (Element 3.3.1) and to support children to, “become environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment”,(Element 3.3.2).

This year, one goal of the Early Learning Centre is to incorporate sustainability into our programs in a meaningful way. Sustainability doesn’t work as an ‘add-on’ or occasional experience - to be successful it needs to be embedded into what we do on a day-to-day basis. 

An ongoing process:

  • Recycling cardboard boxes from home, using recycled milk bottles for a project.
  • Reusing “beautiful stuff” for craft.
  • Installing a water tank into the playground and using recycled tank water for water play.
  • Turning taps off while soaping hands in the bathroom, making signs to remind each other.
  • Purchasing child friendly Recycling Bins – with different colour coded lids to guide children’s disposal of items.
  • Setting up a worm farm for all our fruit & vegetable scraps to compost for our edible garden.
  • Turning lights off when we play outside, closing doors to keep warmth in.
  • Acknowledging Earth Day and what we can do to care for our planet.



Early Years News

By Jacqueline Horgan
Director of Early Years


The final days of Term 1 saw two very poignant Holy Week liturgies held in the Genazzano FCJ College chapel. On Tuesday 24 March, Prep/Year1 dramatised the events of Palm Sunday while Year 4 demonstrated how Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. On Thursday 26 March, it was Year 2 who recounted the event of the Last Supper along with Year 3 who depicted the Stations of the Cross.

The Term ended with a fabulous Easter raffle organized by the GMA. Thanks to your generosity, $286.00 was raised for Project Compassion 2015.

The winners of the Easter egg baskets were:

Prep - Annabel Tran

Year 1 - Lara De Maria

Year 2 - Jessica Bianco

Year 3 - Phoebe Bennet

Year 4 - Alessandra Pop

Big Basket of Eggs - Jessica and Nikita Balic


Returning to school after a relaxing break, all Prep to Year 4 students are busy preparing their Gen Day dance routine under the guidance of Prep to Year 8 Prefect, Giulia Mirabile. The girls are excited about participating in the Gen Day event. 

The Year 3 girls also began their preparations to receive the Sacrament of Penance with a Parent/Daughter Information Evening held on Thursday 17 April. Sr. Helen Carbone of the Presentation Family Project conducted an excellent workshop on the concept of saying sorry.


Important Dates

Monday 27 April

‘We Remember Day ‘

Wednesday 30 April

House Cross Country

Thursday 7 May

Mother’s Day Stall

Friday 8 May

Mother’s Day Assembly 9.00am in the Montagner Auditorium followed by morning tea in the foyer

12, 13 and 14 May

Year 3 - NAPLAN

Tuesday 19 May

Parent Seminar on Reliance, Independence and Self Esteem – An early years focus with Jo Lange at 7.00pm in the Dr Judith Elizabeth Paphazy Early Learning Resource Centre


Dance Fitness Program at Genazzano


Middle Years News


By Georgia Kanellis
Year 6A

Last term in Humanities we learnt about migrants and migration. I had never thought much about migration before this. I never realised how hard it would be to be a refugee or an asylum seeker. I also never realised how hard it would be to leave your home with nothing except the clothes that you were wearing.

At the Immigration Museum we learnt about the Dictation test that was given to the migrants who were entering Australia. It was so unfair; they gave it to people who didn't even speak English. When I had a go at it I had to listen to it over eight times before I could write the first five words.

We also learnt about the White Australia Policy and how unfair it was too and how difficult it was for some people to get into Australia back then. I thought it was very racist.

I think it is sad that some people are against immigration into Australia. They believe that it takes away opportunities that Australians should receive. It’s also sad that that many people are restricted from migrating because they don't have family in Australia, aren't refugees or aren't skilled workers.

Before we learnt about migration I had never thought about my own family history. I interviewed my grandfather about his coming to Australia as I wondered why he had come. He explained to me that he came because he was creating opportunities for his children. He had a difficult time though because he couldn’t speak English and he didn’t know anyone except for my Yaya. I am grateful to him for coming to Australia.



Thinking Deeply @ Gen Parent Evenings

During the Middle Year’s Parent Evenings held this week, we explored Middle Years learning at Genazzano and how parents and teachers can have learning conversations with their daughters to build deep levels of understanding.

In Years 5-8, understanding is defined by the Thinking Moves - 8 ways in which we ask the girls to demonstrate their understanding. By naming these types of thinking, we help students become aware of their thinking processes, to structure answers and identify what type of thinking is needed for different questions and situations.



Using Thinking Routines to have Learning Conversations

Below are some strategies used in Middle Years classes to support student learning.

The 4C’s

A routine for researching and note taking

  • What connections do you draw between the text and your own life and learning?
  • What ideas, positions or assumptions do you want to challenge?
  • What key concepts are important to hold on to?
  • What changes in attitude, thinking or action are suggested?

In our multimedia rich world, we are now surrounded by published opinion. We need to teach our students the skills in interpret the reliability of information found. This routine encourages students to evaluate a text. It asks them to identify their own beliefs about a topic, then compare their values to the one presented in a text. Students can use this routine when reading a source, listening to a podcast or watching a video online.


A routine for exploring works of art and other interesting things

  • What do you see? 

  • What do you think about that? 

  • What does it make you wonder? 

This routine encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity. Students can use this routine when interpreting a visual source, for example: a painting in art, a photograph in history or a map in geography.


A routine for engaging with a text

Select 1:

Sentence that was meaningful to you, that captures the heart of the text

Phrase that moved, engaged or provoked you

Word that captures your attention

This routine encourages students to interpret a text in any form: a poem, narrative, interview, reading, etc. It supports the girls to summarise; identifying the key message being presented in the text. Students can use this routine when writing a review, constructing a debate speech or finding quotes to include their own writing.


Year 5 Camp Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 29 April at 7.00pm

Level 3, d'Houet Building


Later Years News

Year 10 Economy & Society

Excursion to the Queen Victoria Market

By Lia Carrazzo and Chloe Psyhogios
Year 10A

Our day at the Queen Victoria Market was one that allowed us to work, walk, and of course, eat. What sort of trip to the Queen Victoria Market would be complete without a visit to the hot jam doughnut van? All doughnuts aside, this Economy and Society excursion gave us an insight into the world of economics with the most raw form of trade; a traditional marketplace. Known for its wide variety of fresh and organic food, clothes, souvenirs and other goods at reasonable prices, we had more than enough opportunity to explore and discover the inner workings of the marketplace, investigating the consumer behavior, prices and deals, and even getting acquainted with the stall owners themselves. Some stalls we found were generations old, and others, new on the scene of the Queen Victoria Market. Our quest to answer the set questions took us on a journey through the whole market, leaving no stone or stall unturned. We ventured through the fresh fruit and veg, paid a visit to the deli and worked our way through the meat and fish section to gain the answers we needed - and hopeful of enough time at the end to fulfill our personal desires; be it chocolate, treats or a second trip to the donut van. As our time at the market drew to a close, we had learnt more than enough interesting tidbits and facts about the way the Queen Victoria Market works and how that reflects on the bigger picture of the economy in our world today. We think it’s safe to say, that this trip was not regarded as just another “excursion”, but a valuable insight into a world in which we know we will definitely encounter in our adult lives.


Careers News

By Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor

Years 10-12 GFA Talking Careers Event: Monday May 11 at 7.30pm

A reminder that the GFA Talking Careers Event will take place on the top floor of the d’Houet Building from 7.30pm to 9pm on Monday 11 May. Parents and students are invited to come along and on the night and choose three sessions from a range of occupational interests. Alumnae, parents and friends of the college will talk about what it is really like to be an Actor, Nurse, Lawyer, Dietician, Architect, Psychologist, Events Manager, Doctor, etc – and how they got to be where they are now. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers in each session – so encourage your daughter to bring along those burning questions or ask some of your own. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from real people in real jobs! (NB: The final list of presenters and their bio will be emailed to your daughter a few days prior to May 11).


Year 10 Work Experience Update

Most Year 10 students now have their work experience placements sorted. Thank you for your help and support in encouraging them to make phone calls and find a suitable placement, we understand it is not easy. Students have now completed their Occupational Health and Safety Modules and are almost ready to head off to work experience on the June 15. During Careers Day on the week before that, we will ensure they have final information given to them around safety at work, harassment, what to wear and who to contact should anything not go according to plan. It is important you assist them with appropriate clothing to wear to work and to remind them to contact their employer the week before they go to ensure they know where to go, who to report to and what to take for lunch – all of those vital logistical aspects of going to work. You will receive a letter before they go with final details and a copy of the work experience form. Please contact the Career Development Office on 8862 1081 orjudy.o’ if you have any questions about work experience.


Year 9 – Career Development Program

The Year 9 Career Development Program incorporates a range of skills and knowledge that students of this age need to best understand and prepare them for the VCE and further study - the world of work including, work experience, resume writing, what employers want, interview techniques, and their own personal development including financial information. The first session of the Year 9 Career Development Program will be run in May. Further sessions will be run during the year and will include sessions around subject selection into Year 10, with a great bulk of sessions held in Term 4 to ensure they are prepared for applying for work experience, completing Occupational Health and Safety modules and  ‘Career-wise assessments’. It is a great opportunity for them to learn so much about their own Career Development and what is required of them by employers – be it in part time work for now, at work experience in Year 10 or in their future full time occupations.


Expressions of Interest from Parents/Alumnae

The Career Development Office would like to invite interested Parents/Alumnae to assist in any of the following areas:

  • If you are someone who employs people to participate in a panel to assist our student employability skills and qualities.
  • If you are someone with a recruitment background; to assist with Mock Interviews.
  • If you feel you would like to share your career journey with students.
  • If you are able to offer Work Experience placements for Year 10 students in June 2016.

If you would like to assist in any of these areas please contact me by email on: judy.o’

Other News

Co-curricular News


By Aleida Ryan
Year 8F


I am genuinely very happy with the Mosaics Co-Curricular I have been attending every Thursday at lunchtime. My friend asked me to do it with her once I started my Mosaic in the first session I was surprised that I really liked doing it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in an Art activity, because I ended up loving it.


Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

By Catherine Murphy
Director of Co-curricular Programs


There are currently six Genazzano students completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award: Emma Lawrence, Bridget Connelly, Alice Kelly, Yvonne Pearse, Yvette Mascaranhas and Emma Hentschel.  It is an extraordinary achievement to be able to complete this Award whilst also completing Year 12.  The girls have just accomplished their final Journey that they very competently planned on their own.  Following is a brief article from the group.

Completing the Great Ocean Walk

At the beginning of the Easter holidays, the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award girls embarked upon a journey to complete the Great Ocean Walk – we had completed two sections of the walk for our Silver Award. The journey consisted of four days walking along the Great Ocean Road coast and staying at campsites along the way.  It was a very enjoyable journey with picturesque views.  Despite the challenges along the way we all felt very accomplished to finish this iconic Australian walk. Our group grew even closer together and we would definitely recommend others to do their Gold Duke of Ed for this amazing experience. One of the most enjoyable moments of our trip was going to the beach in Princetown to relax and enjoy the view. On the fourth day we arrived at the Twelve Apostles, and the views were spectacular; postcard worthy for sure!


Drama News

By Gabrielle Quin
Drama Coordinator

Drama Co-curricular

There is an exciting new Speech and Drama Co-curricular starting on Tuesday lunchtimes in the Year 5/6 area on the third floor of the d’Houet building. Any Year level is welcome to attend and Mrs Salinas-Byrne will be leading the group in fun Speech and Drama activities.


Gen Productions Co-curricular

Gen Productions Co-curricular has changed this year to Friday lunchtime. Students have been introduced to the art of stage make-up by the VCE Theatre Studies students as they prepare for their performance of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time. If you are keen to learn about backstage, it’s not too late to join! Some of our group made quite an impression as ‘ghosts of students past’, haunting the corridors of the College on Open Day!


Speech and Drama Classes

A reminder that the College is now offering students the opportunity to develop their public speaking and Drama skills through individual or group tuition in Speech and Drama. Under the guidance of Mrs Tanya Salinas-Byrne, students can learn the techniques to use when presenting and public speaking, which is an essential skill for any workplace! The classes also offer students the opportunity to complete Trinity Guild Hall examinations.

Please contact the Head of Drama, Mrs Gabrielle Quin for a brochure.


VCE Theatre Studies Student's Annual Production

The Genazzano VCE Theatre Studies students are proud to present what we hope will be yet another thought provoking, and meaningful production.  This year, we will be performing scenes from the play adaptation of a much loved and best-selling book, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. The play follows a fifteen-year-old autistic boy, Christopher Boone, on his journey to solving the murder of his neighbour’s dog, Wellington. After setting out to get to the bottom of the mystery, Christopher uncovers a secret about his family that will push him out of his boundaries and change his world forever.

Produced by our wonderful Head of Drama, Gabrielle Quin and directed by students, Claire Warrillow and Samantha Pereira, the show will take you on an explorative journey through the intricacies of the mind of a high-functioning autistic teenager. We aim to raise questions about people’s preconceptions and how individuals can transform through experience, all within a highly symbolic and non-naturalistic performance.

Performances are on 13 and 14 May in the Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $5 for concession and $10 for adults.

To book tickets go to: (there will be NO tickets available at the door).


The production is suitable for all ages; however we advise that there are some themes in the production that may be confronting for younger viewers.

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the production and Theatre Studies at Gen, follow us on Instagram: @gen_theatre



Speech and Drama Classes

By Gabrielle Quin
Drama Coordinator

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:




ICT and eLearning News

By Nathan Hutchings
Director of Information and eLearning Technologies


The College is currently reviewing GenSpace and other school Information Systems. In addition to staff, teachers and students it is vital that we also receive feedback from parents and guardians about their experience of, and expectations for, communication systems. The aim of this survey is to gain a better understanding of the type of IT devices and online services that are used by parents and guardians. This information will assist us in improving IT services at the College. Please complete the following short survey and provide additional comments if you wish. This survey is anonymous and best completed on a desktop or notebook device. If possible both parents are encouraged to complete the survey. Cut and paste the link below into your web browser in order to commence the survey.


Sport News

By Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport


Rowing - Nationals 2015: Sydney

During the last week of Term 1 and over the initial weekend of the holidays a determined group of Genazzano rowers competed in the Australian National Rowing Championships in Sydney. Senior crews, accompanied by their coaches, (and an extremely enthusiastic group of parent supporters) pushed themselves to their best performances in order to achieve at this elite level of competition. Whilst no Gen crews were able to progress all the way through to A Finals, the performance of the First 8 in winning the B Final was indeed a significant achievement. We warmly congratulate all competitors and thank their coaches and the parents who made the journey to encourage and support this venture.


Genazzano Snowsports 2015

An Information Evening was held on Wednesday 22 April. If you were unable to attend and still wish to find out more about Snowsports, please contact Mr Matthew Wesson on 8862 1016.


GSV Cross-Country

Training has commenced. All interested runners are invited to download a Permission Form from GenSpace and start coming to training. There are a number of warm-up/practice carnivals happening over the next 3-4 weeks prior to the major events.


SSV News

Congratulations to SSV divers Sarina Davidson (5B), Lucy Kennedy (6C), Stefania Rossi (6C) and Taiya Whelan (6C) who were each required to perform three distinct dives, which is an excellent achievement. A small squad also represented Genazzano at the SSV Armadale District Diving Carnival at St Catherine’s Girls’ School on Friday 17 April. Good luck to these girls also.

Cross Country season has already begun for Year 3 to 6 students. 25 girls took part in the first training session with many more set to join in the coming weeks. We look forward to Mr Daly and alumna Monica Clarke helping the girls in their training to form a strong group of distance runners. The SSV Armadale District Cross-Country Carnival is on Friday 22 May.


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

Charlotte Kennedy (Year 10 Stock ) U16 Shot Put


Swimming & Diving

Congratulations to our GSV Swim Squad (captained by Yvonne Pearse - Year 12 Corry) who won the Division 3 Championship carnival. This was Gen’s first GSV Swim Carnival triumph for 7 years. Well done to all girls who swam and many thanks to staff members, Max Thorn and Ms Gillian Forrester for their expertise and support.

The GSV Dive Squad competed in Division 1 and finished in an extremely credible 6th position overall. 


Tennis - Dr Rowans Cup

Sub Junior: Olivia Benston (Year 5A) and Chloe Bonnett (Year 5A) 6-5
Junior: Camille Ablaza (Year 8B) and Sadie Gray (Year 8A) 6-5
Senior: Laura Brown (Year 12 Winter) and Sarah Aprile (Year 11 Stock) 6-2

Prize Pack Winners:

Sub Junior: Chloe Bonnett (Year 5A)
Junior: Clare Leong (Year 8C)
Senior: Emily Kneale (Year 10 Stock)


Tennis - GSV Tennis Finals

Congratulations to our Junior B Tennis Team who qualified for finals late in Term 1. The finals were held at Melbourne Park and this was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to play at such a world-class venue.


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


GFA News

By Rob Bischof
President, Genazzano Fathers’ Association


Back into Term 2 and this will indeed be an exciting one for the GFA and College community, with a number of exciting events to bring together our Fathers and their daughters, as well as opportunities for Dads to come together and enjoy the spirit that is the core of the Genazzano Fathers’ Association.

Open Day

The College Open Day was held on 22 March – a tremendous success by all accounts, and again the GFA’s army of volunteer Fathers were there in force, with an output of 500+ sausages and the task of directing (with our trademark fluoro tops) a steady movement of vehicles rallying for the available parking spots – big thanks to the dedicated team of helpers on the day: Neville Drake, Anton Leschen, Bernie Hunt, Alfred Ablaza, Jerome Joseph, Noel Jenkins, John Fetherstonhaugh, Damian Walsh, Colin Li, Julian Di Battista, Lindsay Egan, Kuohsiang Liu, Colin Li, Sanjay Bangalore, Adam Kuner, Mark Lewis and Andrew Fraatz.

Middle Years Father-Daughter Mass

The GFA Middle Years (Years 5-8) Father-Daughter Mass was celebrated on 19 April – we enjoyed a huge turnout, with 90 attendees for our final 2015 GFA mass and a special morning at the College for Fathers (as well as some Mums and Grandparents who attended) and their daughters. A huge thankyou to Fr Dave Ryan for sharing mass with us, to all students and parents who attended and contributed on the day, and to the dedicated Gen staff and Julian di Battista for their efforts to ensure the success of the mass. Special thanks also goes out for assistance with the yummy morning tea: Moses El-Fahkri, Bernie Hunt, Amelia and Peter Grounds, Sylvie Bischof and Neville Drake.


The Fathers’ Steps Project

Following many months of earth moving, heavy lifting and careful alignment of those ‘huge’ building blocks, and finally a little cosmetic landscaping, this sensational journey is complete – we will celebrate with a special“Celebrating our Fathers’ Steps” evening, hosted by the GFA and the College on Monday 5 May, 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

GFA 2015 Sponsorship Opportunities

The GFA is URGENTLY seeking Corporate Sponsors through opportunities to broadly promote themselves across the College Community – clickHERE for further information and assist the GFA in achieving our aim of "making a difference".

Also coming up…..

GFA Winemaker’s Dinner will be held on Friday 1 May

Bring your partner, bring your friends, organise a table – not to be missed, this will be a BIG Greek Extravaganza Wine Night featuring a guest speaker, great food and wine, and a traditional Greek band to get us all dancing… and perhaps some plate smashing (Greek style) – view the flyerHERE – bookings will remain OPEN until Wednesday 29 April through trybooking

GFA’s “Talking Careers” will be held on the evening of Monday 11 May, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm

This evening aims to provide girls in Years 10-12 with a greater awareness of their career choices from a range of speakers representing different career paths in a friendly, informative and interactive forum that will also provide an opportunity for questions. The event will be held in the classrooms on the third floor of the d’Houet building, and parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their daughters. View the flyer HERE.

GFA Father-daughter Camps

The fast-approaching Year 8 camp will be held at Mt Evelyn (16-17 May), followed by the Year 7* camp at Anglesea (30-31 May) – these camps are popular, dynamic and guaranteed to bring you closer to your daughter (and wear you out!) – NOW is the time to book at, so get in early to avoid disappointment! *Please note that due to a clash with the College calendar, the Year 5/6 GFA Camp will now be held on 25-26 July.

Are you receiving GFA emails?

Emails are the best way for the GFA to keep Dads up to date with what is happening so if these are not reaching you please let me know ( and you will be added to the distribution list.

Our next GFA meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 May

This will feature a special presentation on IT issues by representatives of the College – more information to follow – a must see for all Genazzano Fathers!


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….

GMA News

By Debbie O'Halloran
President, Genazzano Mother's Association


At the end of last Term, Grange Hill (Prep to Year 4) held an Easter Raffle for the second time. There were six hampers raffled and more than $280.00 was raised, going to Project Compassion. Thank you to Clare Hughes for coordinating this fun event.


Year 2 ended the Term with a get-together after school. Due to a change in weather, their picnic in the park became an afternoon of Easter games in the Grange Hill hall. As you can see from the photo below it was a fun afternoon!


Year 12 had a great turn-out for their end of Term dinner at DiPalmas and the Mums from Year 5 enjoyed a night out at the Beehive Hotel in Hawthorn. Thank you to the Class Reps for organising these functions on the last week of Term.


Year 10 started the Term with a family pizza night at the Madeleine Centre where 60 Year 10 parents and their girls were treated to a selection of  gourmet and tradition wood fired pizzas cooked in front of families, which included a Nutella pizza for dessert.


Mothers' Day Mass and Supper

Mothers’ Day is one of the highlights of this Term. The GMA together with the College has had a long standing tradition of hosting the Mothers’ Day Mass and Supper. It is a truly beautiful evening celebrating motherhood and is shared by Mothers, daughters, Grandmothers, other significant people in our girls’ lives, members of staff and friends of Genazzano. The evening will be co-ordinated for the GMA by Lisa Scully. The invitation has been sent out and is also in this edition of the Newsletter. Each year the supper after the Mass is hosted by Year 11 Mothers and daughters and others willing to help out. If you would like to contribute to the supper by baking or helping to serve, please contact Lisa Scully


Mothers' Day Stall

The Mothers’ Day Stall will be held on Thursday 7 May at Grange Hill. Prep to Year 4 will be able to buy beautiful gifts ranging up to $5.00. Marisa De Maria, a Year 1 and 4 Mum will be coordinating the beautiful stall. A note to Grange Hill Mums - act really surprised when the presents come home!


Entertainment Books – Great Mother’s Day Gift

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


Save the dates for the following events:

Monday 27 April

GMA Combined Committee and Class Reps Meeting

Saturday 2 May

Year 3 Parent’s Dinner

Saturday 2 May

Year 12 Parent’s Cocktail Party

Wednesday 7 May

Mother’s Day Mass and Supper

Thursday 8 May

Mothers’ Day Stall Prep to Year 4

Saturday 16 May

Year 1 Parent’s Dinner

Saturday 16 May

Year 4 Parent’s Dinner

Tuesday 19 May

Year 9 Cinema Night

Saturday 23 May

Year 5 Parent’s Soiree

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.