Newsletter in Full - Edition 1 2015

From the Principal


Dear Parents,

Welcome to our first College Newsletter for 2015 and to a great new year for Genazzano students, families and staff.  Our Theme for 2015 is ‘Service in Companionship’ and provides us with a focus for reflection upon the distinctive gifts of the Spirit that the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, have endowed to us and that we in turn carry forward into the future.

A particular welcome is extended to those of you who are new to our College.  I wish each one of you every happiness at Genazzano. I trust that you will find our College community a place of welcome and companionship.  I also warmly welcome staff returning to the College from leave.

There are some key opportunities for us to come together in the coming weeks:

  • Families “new” and “old” will come together at “Genazzano Welcomes” on Saturday evening 14 February.  The evening commences with Eucharist at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 52 Deepdene Road Deepdene at 5.30pm. This event is widely regarded as a marvellous night, one not to be missed! I really look forward to meeting as many families as possible at this event.  Let’s pray for a clear sky and mild weather!
  • The Commencement Eucharist - a significant occasion for the entire College community - will take place on Thursday 26 February at College. You will receive further details about this event, closer to the date, but please make note of it in your diaries for 9.30am on that day. Centenary Hall will be very crowded with the whole school in attendance so it might be hard to find a seat; however, all are welcome!
  • Once again this year we will be holding a Parent Forum each Term.  These are great opportunities for parents to meet with myself and the Senior Leadership team to talk over any matters of interest or issues of concern.  This Forum this Term will occur on Wednesday evening 11 March from 6.00pm to 7.15pm.  Light refreshments will be provided at this gathering.
  • On Wednesday evening 11 February I look forward to presenting to the Genazzano Fathers’ Association on the 10 year Master Plan and other matters of College interest.

Thank you for meeting with Home Room teachers over the last two days. It is of great assistance to us working in partnership with you to hear your hopes, dreams and aspirations for your daughter, and so very important that you are familiar with your daughter’s pastoral care teacher. While this occasion has been formally structured, please know that you can approach your daughter’s teachers at any time.

Next Wednesday, 11 February, we will recognise and celebrate the academic excellence of the 2014 Year 12 Class.  Those who had achieved ATARs of 99 +, placing them in the top 1% of Victorian students in 2014 will address the assembly of students from Year 5 to Year 12. The students: Bridget Hollitt (Dux 99.9); Zara Fitzgerald (99.5); Chloe Alexander (99.15); Grace Lewis (99.15) Catherine Fitzgerald (99.05) Renee Rostolis (99.05) and Prue Lescai (99) will speak to the students of their time at Genazzano. The dux of each subject will also be celebrated on this occasion.

Five of our 2014 students will be part of the 2015 VCE Season of Excellence where works created by VCE students will be presented in various forums.


Top Arts to be exhibited at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV from 18 March to 28 June are:

  • Emily Zandegu (Art); and
  • Moorina Bonini (Studio Art).

Top Designs to be held at the Melbourne Museum from 20 March to 12 July:

  • Nicole Wong  (Product Design Technology);
  • Tess Healy (Product Design Technology); and
  • Nadia Dimattina (Media).

We are very proud of the achievements of our Year 12 Class of 2014.  News of tertiary placements has been extremely pleasing as our students prepare to take up a wide range of challenging courses.  I wish to acknowledge the expertise and support that our students have enjoyed from Genazzano staff throughout their years of schooling and particularly in their final years of study. 

Year 10 student, Natalie Barbazza is the recipient of a Premier’s Spirit of Anzac study tour award. She will travel with other students to Greece, Turkey, Belgium and France as part of the 100 year anniversary of Gallipoli. I am grateful to 2014 teacher Davina Tredget who encouraged Natalie to apply and assisted her with her application.


In our prayers this week we remember:

  • Jan Bitcon, mother of Sarah (2002) and Alexandra (2005 dec.) - passed away on 3/2/2015
  • Youssef Moussa El-Fahkri, grandfather of Layla (Year 11) and Noor-El-Ain (2005), Daniella (2012), Emma (2012), Jennifer (2009), Nora (2003),and Norah (2006) - passed away on 3/02/2015
  • Patricia (Pat) Leonard alumna, mother of Gabrielle Walsh-Leonard (1964), Michelle Connell (1967), Peter Leonard and Bernard Leonard (dec), grandmother of Julia (1992), Clare (1997), Sarah (1998), Caroline (1997), Belinda (1992), Laura (1994) and Emma (1988)
  • William Scott, father of Andrew Scott, father-in-law of Vicky Scott and grandfather of Miranda Year 8 and Lucinda Year 7, passed away on 26/1/2015. 

We hold in our prayers Sarah Knights (2010) who is suffering from a genetic disease possibly Lyme Disease. Sarah’s friends are helping to raise money for Sarah’s fight for health. You can help too by visiting the website and donating. You can also follow Sarah’s journey at


We also pray for the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus in their ministries across the world.


Patricia Cowling




2015: Service in Companionship

Loving God who calls us to service and companionship.
As this new school year commences,
we hold before you our lives together at Genazzano FCJ College.

Help us to give to it of our best,
and to receive in turn the best it has to give.

Teach us to know the joys of discovery,
the warmth of friendship,
the satisfaction of attempting and achieving,
and the demands of living lives filled with courage and faith

Open for us week by week new windows on our world;
increase our understanding of ourselves and others.

May all members of our College
be true faithful companions of each other and of Jesus our Lord.

We ask this in Christ’s name. Amen 



From the Business Manager

Exciting Start to New School Year!

A warm welcome is extended to all families as we commence the 2015 school year. Whilst students have only just returned in the past week, many staff have been busily preparing the College for the start of school since the new year began.

Whilst no major building works were undertaken, our Property, Grounds and IT Teams had a full holiday brief of improvements to complete. The Finance Staff also were in full gear with end of financial year and auditors present to meet our company and statutory requirements.

In respect of the improvement works, the following key initiatives were undertaken:


Data and Wireless Internet Upgrade

The 125 year old historic Wardell Building had all aged cabling replaced and upgrades to switch, cabinetry and wireless points occur. With full introduction of the BYOD program this year, increased device to aerial ratio will result and improved data cabling was identified as a key part of our IT strategy.


Interactive Digital Classrooms

Twenty-six classrooms across the Wardell and d’Houet Buildings had end-of-life Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) replaced. Following extensive consultation with staff and students last year and the successful introduction of a new approach in the refurbished Year 5/6 precinct, it was agreed to replace the IWB’s with full length whiteboard walls and state of the art Interactive Projection technology. This roll-out will continue over the next 3 years covering all classrooms on both campuses.

New Interactive Whiteboard Wall and Furniture for Year 7 Homerooms

New Interactive Whiteboard Wall and Furniture for Year 7 Homerooms

New Interactive Whiteboard Wall for Later Years & VCE Homerooms


Fathers' Steps

The final project of the current Master Plan commenced in the last fortnight, with 2Construct Pty Ltd awarded the contract and having set up the works precinct and excavating the east bank of the oval immediately behind the Madeleine Centre. This project, jointly funded by the Genazzano Fathers’ Association, is based around developing a tiered seating and event space that can be used for outdoor liturgies, dramatic performances and special events, in addition to being an area for passive recreation and viewing sporting games. It is expected the works will be complete by end of March this year. We are grateful to the many dads who have donated monies or time to support this project under the leadership of the last four GFA Presidents in Mike Lescai, Christopher Jones, Nicholas Psyhogis and Neville Drake. Current President, Rob Bischof, has also been a terrific supporter of the initiative.

Fathers' Steps - Commencement Works


Cyclical Works

Our normal summer cyclical maintenance program also occurred over the past 6 weeks with a number of areas having been painted. The Montagner Auditorium Stage floor has also been painted as part of the 6 monthly process. New carpet has been laid on the top floor of Wardell Building and in the front section of the Wardell Theatre.  All areas have been cleaned, including major steam cleaning and window maintenance as part of the summer holiday clean.


Year 7 Homerooms

We have a 7th Homeroom this year due to the extra demand in enrolments at this entry level. This has resulted in two Year 7 Homerooms being established at the eastern end of level 2 of the d’Houet building. It has also allowed us the opportunity to create a multi-purpose space on the 3rd level for the Year 7 cohort. Our Year 7 Team and Middle Years Stage of Learning Leaders have created an innovative design for this space. We are awaiting the delivery of new furniture for the Year 7 area that has been delayed by the manufacturer. When it arrives, it will support the innovative pedagogy and learning strategy for this cohort.



The Cafeteria has had a small refurbishment to recognise the new branding of our external contractor and provide a more efficient walk through experience for the students.

New Look for Cafeteria


Spare a thought for our grounds team over the summer. They have endured some hot and humid conditions at times but still have managed to keep the gardens at an optimum level for this time of year. We are so fortunate to have a school in a garden rather than a garden in a school!


Early Learning Centre

Some great external works have been completed over the break in the ELC playground. New synthetic rubber footpath surfacing has been rolled out and two new shade structures erected.


All Hallows Campus

We have erected a new flagpole so that we can fly the Aboriginal flag each school day as a mark of respect to the Wurundjeri people and all indigenous peoples.

New Indigenous Flag Pole at All Hallows


Centenary Hall

Two new industrial sized fans have been installed in the ceiling of Centenary Hall. This will assist comfort levels during humid days.


Master Plan

Members of the College Leadership Team together with our Heads of Science, Arts and Maths and our Architectural Design Team commenced the process of establishing an educational brief for the first plank of our new Master Plan. This plank relates to the construction of a 3 storey building on the eastern side of the campus abutting Mont Victor Road that will service Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM). This group will be working closely with College Council, staff, students and subject matter experts during the first two terms of this year to finalise this brief. This will allow us to complete the basic schematic plans for the new building and enable the Master Plan Development Approval Application and simultaneous planning permit application to be lodged by years’ end with Boroondara City Council.


Other important issues that we have worked on over the summer has been the new Annual Confirmation of Student/Family Details process (Prep to Year 12). This parent task is being undertaken using electronic forms this year. The online process via GenSpace enables families to check and update their details in a more efficient manner. An Information Sheet can be found on the eForms landing page that provides important advice in regards to completing the form.

Thank you to those families that have completed the task. We are currently reviewing these forms and will email responses shortly. For those yet to complete the process, we require you to complete the task by Friday 6 February, 2015.

To review, update and submit the form for your daughter(s), please click on the GenSpace eForms link below (alternately you can find the eForm site via the quicklink menu in GenSpace). Your normal GenSpace Login and Password credentials apply to this platform. You will need to complete a form for each daughter you have at the College.

The following link can also be used:

This is the first time we have used such an electronic process. We have experienced some minor technical bugs and we have appreciated the constructive feedback from parents. If you have difficulties or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

This is an important process as it ensures the College has the most up-to-date and accurate record of your family's details on our database. This is essential for communications, emergencies, government statutory and funding obligations, as well as medical management requirements.

#A separate process for ELC families will take place in Term 1, 2015.

The Student Bus Transport Survey is an important consultation step to ascertain if demand exists amongst our families in specific geographic areas for the establishment of public/private bus services, or door-to-door bus travel to and from school.

We are aware of the demands of families at drop off and pick up times in addition to the traffic congestion that exists around Genazzano and the surrounding area. We have engaged the services of a specialist Traffic Consultant (RoadFinder) who will work with the College to assess the survey responses and prepare various bus route options for consideration. Such services would be a user pay service.

We encourage every family to complete the online survey by clicking on the link below - it should take less than 2 minutes to complete - please complete by Friday 6 February, 2015.

A reminder that the 2nd Instalment of Tuition Fees is due and payable by Friday 6 February, 2015. Invoices were distributed to all families in early January and included details of the full fee payment discount opportunities. If you wish to take up the 5% discount incentive for a full year’s fee payment, then please contact the Finance Team at, call 8862 1018 or 8862 1012, or in person by visiting Student Services Reception. Late payment will result in penalty fees being applied.

N.B: As this newsletter is issued on 6 February, it is important families respond to these due dates as soon as possible. 

Please contact the Finance Team or myself on 8862 1005 or should you have any queries or concerns.


As I said earlier, we have been excited by the various works and processes undertaken to prepare for the new school year. We are grateful to members of the non-teaching staff who have worked during this time to ensure that the school year can begin successfully.


With every best wish to each and every family for the new school year.


Mark Glover
Business Manager



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



Key Dates for Term 1 

Tuesday 10 February

ELC (Kindergarten) Information Evening, 7.00pm, Grange Hill


Middle Years Information Evening, 7.00pm, Montagner Auditorium

Wednesday 11 February

Academic Awards Assembly Centenary Hall

Thursday 12 February

VCE Information evening, 7.00pm, Montagner Auditorium

Friday 13 February

Centenary Swim Meet

Monday 16 February

Year 10 Information Evening, 7.00pm, Montagner Auditorium

Friday 20 February

Years 5-12 House Swimming Carnival, 9.30am - 3.00pm, Boroondara Sports Complex

Monday 23 February

Year 9 Information evening, 7.00pm, All Hallows

Wednesday 25 - Saturday 28 February

Genazzano/Xavier Musical, ‘Sound of Music’

Thursday 26 February

Commencement Eucharist


Term 1 student free days:

Monday 9 March (Labour Day)

Friday 20 March (Parent Teacher Interviews) 





Only one more week until our annual GenWelcomes event.

We have added more tables, so don’t miss out!  GenWelcomes is a great way to meet other Parents.

Please note: The GFA will be selling wine until 9.00pm on the night.

Book at:






Commencement Eucharist

The Commencement Eucharist is a significant occasion for the entire College community and will take place on Thursday 26 February at the College. You will receive further details about this event closer to the date, but please make note of it in your diaries for 9.30am on that day. Centenary Hall will be very crowded with the whole school in attendance so it might be hard to find a seat; however, all are welcome!



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.



Parent Forum 

Once again this year we will be holding a Parent Forum each Term. These are great opportunities for parents to meet with myself and the Senior Leadership team to talk over any matters of interest or issues of concern. This Forum this term will occur on Wednesday evening 11 March from 6.00pm to 7.15pm. Light refreshments will be provided at this gathering.




The Sound of Music


Wednesday 25 February to Saturday 28 February

7.30pm - 10.00pm






News from the Deputy Principal

Welcome to the 2015 School Year

Welcome to all our families for 2015 – the beginning of the year is an exciting time but it can also be a challenging time as we face new opportunities and change. The beginning of the year also provides us with a wonderful opportunity to think about how we would like to make the most of our educational journey at Genazzano. Perhaps this year it is a time to make new friends, to discover a new subject, try a different co-curricular activity or to focus on a different gift or talent. That is one of the wonderful things about education – each year brings the possibility of starting afresh.

A particular welcome to our incoming students – we have a number of new students commencing at each year level and many procedures have been put in place to ensure a smooth transition to the College. We are mindful of our boarding students as well – boarders new to Genazzano have a particularly exciting time as they adjust to a new ‘home away from home’ in addition to meeting their new friends and undertaking a different learning program. 


Student Attendance

Records of student attendance are managed electronically at the College; teachers mark attendance each period and if a student is absent without a reason parents are notified. In the event of illness, we would be grateful if parents could notify the College prior to 8.20am by telephone (Student Services Office on 8862 1013) or via text to 0428 458 626.   

For Years 5-8, 10-12 students, the Student Office is located on the Ground Floor of the Wardell Building, adjacent to the Health Centre with Mrs Beryl Miller working in the Office and Mrs Virginia Boyce, our College Nurse in the Health Centre. Students in Years 5-8, 10-12 who are late for any reason must receive a late slip from the Student Office and if leaving throughout the day will also need to sign out from the Student Office.

Students in Year 9 are asked to sign in and out at All Hallows Reception, managed by Mrs Marie-France Louis and students from Prep-4 sign in and out at Grange Hill Reception, managed by Mrs Mary Rizza.



It is very important that students arrive at school on time so that classes can commence promptly. For students from Years 5-12 the first bell rings at 8.20am and students are expected to be in class by 8.30am.  In the event of lateness, students should receive their late slip and are then asked to knock at the door of their classroom and wait outside the classroom until the teacher invites them in. The late student may then take a seat quickly and quietly. 

Classes for students in Years P-4 commence in their homerooms at 8.40am.


Before and After School Supervision

Years 5-8, 10-12:  Prior to 8.20am, students are asked to wait in the cafeteria which is supervised from 8.10am. 

Year 9: Prior to 8.20am, students are asked to gather in the grounds of All Hallows.

Prep-4:  Students in Years P-4 can gather in their classrooms at 8.40am and the corridor is supervised from 8.20am. Prep-4 students who arrive prior to 8.20am can attend GOSH Club, where they will be supervised until the first bell.

Supervision of the Grange Hill corridors commences at 8.20am and teachers will direct Prep-4 students to GOSH if they are in corridors prior to this time.  

At the conclusion of the school day students are supervised as they depart the College both in the grounds and at the tram stop at All Hallows and Cotham Road. The Genazzano's Out of School Hours (GOSH) Club is available for P-4 students who cannot be picked up prior to 3.55pm. Further information about GOSH can be found on the Camp Australia website.


Access to the College Grounds

Please note that for security reasons the Moonbria Avenue gate is locked at 9.30am and access to the College is via the student entry on Mont Victor Road after this time.


Playground Equipment

The P-4 students and the Year 5 and 6 students have dedicated play spaces. Both of these play spaces are supervised by teaching staff throughout the day but parental supervision is required for children who are playing in these areas out of school hours.



We commence the College year with Summer Uniform and remind students that when travelling to and from school on cooler mornings or evenings the blazer should always be the outer garment. From time-to-time students need clarification about the expectations with regard to uniform and these are listed in the Student Planner. Any further queries should be directed to the relevant Team Leader.


Traffic Management

Traffic management is always a challenge in an urban environment such as Kew. A reminder to parents to please be mindful of neighbours during drop off and pick up times. These can be difficult times of the day for the surrounding residents so a reminder that City of Boroondara Council discourages drop-off and pick-up inGlendene Avenue. Be aware of the relevant ‘No Stopping, 8-9am, 3-4pm’ signs and please be considerate of residents by not parking across driveways – even for what may seem to be the briefest period. 

It would also be helpful if parents could discuss with their daughters the importance of crossing at the designated crossings on Cotham Road and Moonbria Avenue. Year 9 students are reminded to use the pedestrian crossing on Whitehorse Road and the designated student crossing on Brenbeal Avenue. The safety of the students must always be of the utmost priority even if it means walking a little further to cross at the designated crossing.


Medical Issues

Virginia Boyce (8862 1180), our College Nurse, is available to discuss any particular health needs of the students and is currently updating health plans for students who have been diagnosed with a particular allergy or condition.  


Protocol for Going Home During the Day

From time-to-time students may feel unwell during the day; in the event of illness students should notify their teacher and if necessary go to student reception (Prep-4 and Year 9) or the Health Centre (Years 5-8, 10-12). The Health Centre policy is that unwell students can rest for half an hour. If after half an hour a student is unable to return to class parents will be notified. Please note that unwell students must be picked up by a parent or guardian – we do not allow unwell students to travel home alone.


Swimming Carnival

The Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 21 February at the Boroondara Sports Complex. Transport arrangements for students will be advised via letter. Parents are warmly invited to attend.

Key Dates for Term 1 

Tuesday 10 February

ELC (Kindergarten) Information Evening, 7pm, Grange Hill


Middle Years Information Evening, 7pm, Montagner Auditorium

Wednesday 11 February

Academic Awards Assembly Centenary Hall

Thursday 12 February

VCE Information evening, 7pm, Montagner Auditorium

Friday 13 February

Centenary Swim Meet

Monday 16 February

Year 10 Information Evening, 7pm, Montagner Auditorium

Friday 20 February

Years 5-12 House Swimming Carnival, 9.30am-3.00pm, Boroondara Sports Complex

Monday 23 February

Year 9 Information evening, 7pm, All Hallows

Wed 25 - Sat 28 February

Genazzano/Xavier Musical, ‘Sound of Music’

Thursday 26 February

Commencement Eucharist


Term 1 student free days:

Monday 9 March (Labour Day)

Friday 20 March (Parent Teacher Interviews) 


Finally, I wish all our students a happy and productive year of learning and friendship.


Cathy Jenkins
Deputy Principal



Faith and Mission News

An Important Lesson 

During the first week of Term this year, I received a text message from a family friend. There’s nothing too strange about that – we all probably receive text messages from our friends all the time! However, this one was different. It arrived at 4.50am in the morning.

My friend was asking for prayers. Two days prior, one of her daughters had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and she was to be operated on that day.

Here was a family whose life had suddenly been turned upside down. They, like so many others, would have been looking forward to all that a new year has to offer. And yet in the space of 48 hours, so much had changed.

There’s so much for us all in this – so much for us to reflect on and learn as we begin our new school year.

It teaches us to value and appreciate life.

It teaches us to appreciate our family and friends.

It teaches us how precious life can be.

Perhaps it also teaches us that sometimes the things we think are such big issues are not really that big (or issues) at all.

One of the key insights into our Christian faith is provided by our Sisters FCJ, namely that quality of ‘companioning’ Jesus and ‘companioning each other’.  One of the ways we act as companions to each other is to always be there for them in their journey to find meaning and purpose in life. At times, this means that we are there for others in their time of need.

I pray that all members of the Genazzano FCJ community live this theme to the full.

And I will continue to pray for my friend, her daughter and family and friends and ask God to be with them in their time of need.


Lila McInerney
Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission



ACRATH Liturgy 

Australia's bishops and religious leaders have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark 8 February, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as a world day of reflection against human trafficking.

Bishop Eugene Hurley once said, “Human trafficking exists in Australia and on this planet because we allow it to exist.”

We invite all students, staff and parents to join us on Monday 9 February 8.15am-8.25am in our College Chapel to come together to pray, and take action against the trafficking of humans.


Anushni Fernandopulle, Liturgy Prefect

Caitlin McClusky, Year 12 ACRATH Coordinator


Curriculum, Standards and Innovation

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all students and parents to the College for the start of another academic school year.

The commencement of any school year is always approached with a mixture of excitement and enthusiasm, but for some with a bit of trepidation. The start of any school year provides all of us with a wonderful opportunity to revisit our goals and hopes for the forthcoming year. The start of the year also provides an excellent opportunity for parents and their daughters to share aspirations and discuss strategies for achieving goals. Recently, the entire teaching staff of the College participated in a professional learning session conducted by Dr Judith Paphazy on the importance of building resilience within students.

Dr Paphazy provided staff with an overview of what the best researchers in the field have found about the importance of resilience as a life-long quality. Teachers were exposed to a number of strategies used in promoting resilience in students and our wonderful GenStar program is further evidence of our commitment to, and value we hold in, the quality of resilience. Parents play a pivotal role in promoting resilience within their children, by not only providing them with love and support, but by using language and actions that promote resilience. The following are just some suggestions for parents to assist their daughters adopt a resilient response to issues which arise throughout any school year.

  • When confronted with a problem encourage your child to think of new ways of doing things.
  • Encourage your daughter to stay on a task until it is completed.
  • Reduce tension through the use of humour.
  • Encourage your daughter to independently solve problems when possible.
  • Encourage within your daughter a growth mind-set; persist with something even though it is difficult - mistakes and failures are simply opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Praise effort as well as success.
  • Encourage your daughter to reach out for help when needed.

(Grotberg 1999)

We all look forward to working in partnership with parents on building this very important quality within our students.


An information session related to the tour will take place on Tuesday 17 February, 2015 at 7.00pm in the Cafeteria. At this session details about the full itinerary and general information relating to the tour will be discussed. In 2015, the tour will only be available to Year 10 students who have expressed an interest in participating in the tour.


Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation



Student Learning and Wellbeing

Welcome to a new year of learning and growth! We cannot underestimate the power of staff and parents working in partnership to support the girls in their learning and social and emotional development. To this end we hope that the Pastoral Interviews held this week were useful and that they provided an opportunity for supportive student focused discussion. We encourage you to use your daughter’s Homeroom Teacher as an important contact throughout the year. We welcome emails or phone calls informing us of the extra activities or achievements of your daughter outside the Genazzano community; we are pleased to know your daughter helps build connections and positive relationships.

The beginning of the year starts with renewed enthusiasm, new hopes and new challenges. Preparing our students for the unknown is a challenge but if we can provide them with the opportunity to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, resilient learners and independent we will have guided them on their way to success.

To build relationships and develop resilience within our students and your daughters, we need to:

  • Identify their struggles and help them to work them out
  • Use mistakes as an opportunity for growth
  • Challenge them to become a more persistent learner
  • Encourage them to try to learn new things, challenge  and extend themselves 

In recent years there has been a greater emphasis on building resilience through awareness of mindsets and language to promote a growth mindset. Our students need to realise that the greater the effort, the greater opportunity for success. I ask you to consider this table below (from the Centre for Confidence and Wellbeing) and think about the language you use with your daughter to promote a growth mindset.


We invite you all to attend the Parent Information Evenings where this will be discussed further:

Middle Years:

Tuesday 10 February

(all students completing Unit 1-4 studies):

Thursday 12 February

Year 10:

Monday 16 February

Year 9:

Monday 23 February

We look forward to working in partnership with our families!


PTV Student Concession Passes

Please check for all up to date information.


Teresa Lincoln
Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing


ELC News

Returning to Kinder for ELC 4

The ELC program has commenced for 2015 and we have welcomed back 23 children who were our three year olds last year and have now returned as senior children in the Early Learning Centre. They have been joined by three new ELC 4 families.

At their first morning meetings this week, where we gather to share our news and set the routine for the day, we asked the children:


What are the differences between ELC 3s and 4s?”

Matthew“The green beds. We had blue beds for resting in the 3's.”

Oliver“PLAYDOUGH – it seems really different.”

Roman“Self-serve morning tea. If you want to eat, you get a container and when you finish you put your container in the basket.”

Jocey“You need to remember to wash your hands and get your drink bottle before you eat morning tea.”

Charlee“I love the home corner in the ELC 4 room - it’s better!”


“What new rules are there for ELC 4?”

Mariana“You need to be more grown up.”

Cartia: “You need to be a role model. Being a good role model is about being good.”

Matthew“Being a good role model...  Mummy says I am a good role model when I help clean up.”

Eden“In ELC 4 a good role model puts their hands in their lap.”

Yianna“When it’s pack up time you all have to pack up!”



Judy Johnston
ELC Director



Early Years News 

A New Year Begins

Welcome back to all our students in the Early Years and a special welcome to all our new students at Grange Hill. I congratulate all the girls on settling in to their classroom routines so easily, especially our beautiful Preps. With most of the Prep class transitioning from the ELC, it is amazing how confident they are as they negotiate a now familiar building and interact with very familiar faces. For them, moving to Prep has proven to be a breeze and it is lovely to see how they have taken any new Grange Hill students under their collective wings and made them feel equally at home.

All the girls look so grown up in their uniform and many of them have certainly grown in height over the summer break. It was beautiful to see their gorgeous smiles as they had their school photographs taken on Monday.

We welcome Ms Ellen Rankin as our Year 4 teacher and Mrs Tanya Salinas Byrne as our speech and drama coach for our Prep to Year 4 classes on Thursdays.

Another new face in Grange Hill this year is our Early Years Mandarin teacher, Ms Celina Lee.

It was lovely to meet so many parents on Thursday during our Pastoral Interviews. We look forward to a great Term, full of exciting new experiences and learning.

Starting times at Grange Hill are unchanged with teacher supervision in the Grange Hill corridor from 8.20am. Classrooms are open to students from 8:40am and classes formally begin at 8:50am. Students arriving at Grange Hill prior to teacher supervision must attend GOSH located on the first floor of the Grange Hill building, unless they are accompanied by an adult.

Preps and Year 1 exploring our new Numicon mathematics equipment



Important Dates at Grange Hill

Wednesday 11 February:

No Prep Classes


Scheduled Prep testing

Friday 13 February:

Assembly led by Year 3

Montagner Auditorium 9.00am

Wednesday 18 February:

No Prep Classes


Scheduled Prep testing


Ash Wednesday

Friday 20 February:

Swimming classes Prep - Year 4

Wednesday 25 February:

No Prep Classes


Scheduled Prep testing

Thursday 26 February:

Commencement Eucharist

Sunday 1 March:

ELC and Early Years Father/Daughter/Son Mass

Tuesday 3 March:

Prep to Year 4 Information Evening 7.00pm

Friday 6 March:

Swimming classes Prep - Year 4

Friday 13 March:

Assembly led by Year 4

Grange Hill Library 9.00am


Jackie Horgan
Director of Early Years



Later Years and VCE News

VCE Results 2014

Our congratulations to Bridget Hollitt who is the College Dux for 2014. Bridget, who has been at the College since Prep, has been an outstanding and generous student and an exceptional role model. Bridget combined commitment to her academic studies with her leadership role as the Music Prefect, as well as involvement in a range of sporting endeavours, debating, music and drama.  

We are most grateful to the Year 12 teachers and wider College community for guiding and supporting the students of the Class of 2014. It has once again been a team effort and an important partnership of students, parents and teachers working together.

Our best wishes go to each one of the class of 2014 - may you continue to demonstrate a passion for life, a love of learning and the courage and the confidence to lead and to serve others. 


Patricia A Cowling


Click here for a downloadable PDF of the 2014 VCE results



Bridget Hollitt - 99.9

It is with great pleasure that the College announces Bridget Hollitt as its Dux for 2014. We congratulate Bridget on achieving an outstanding Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.9 and for her exceptional results in all subjects undertaken as part of her VCE program. In 2014 Bridget completed Biology Units 3 and 4, Chemistry Units 3 and 4, English Units 3 and 4 and Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4. In 2013, Bridget also completed Theatre Studies and was awarded the prestigious Joy Thwaite Award for Theatre Studies. Bridget commenced at Genazzano in 2003 and it was clear early on that she is a committed and hardworking student with a genuine love of learning and a passion for excellence.  Bridget’s academic excellence was acknowledged in her being awarded The Joan Connellan Award for English and the Barbara M Nogaki Award for Biology at the 2014 Valedictory Award Ceremony. In addition, Bridget was the recipient of The Principal’s Award for Excellence.  As Music Prefect Bridget demonstrated great leadership and carried out her responsibilities with remarkable maturity. She was always willing to accept a challenge and achieved a strong rapport with the student body. During her time at the College, Bridget made a significant contribution to the musical life of the school through her enthusiastic participation in a number of choirs and was a committed member of string ensembles and the Symphony Orchestra.  We congratulate Bridget on her excellent achievement.




Zara Fitzgerald - 99.5

Zara joined Genazzano as a Year 7 student in 2009 and embraced all of her academic challenges with enthusiasm. As the 2014 College Co-Captain, Zara achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.5 with excellent results in Chemistry Units 3 and 4, Extension Chemistry (Monash University), English Units 3 and 4, Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4, and Physics Units 3 and 4. In Year 11, Zara was awarded The Genazzano Mothers’ Association Award for Mathematical Methods for her outstanding achievement in this subject. During her time at the College, Zara has taken on many leadership roles which she accomplished with outstanding organisation and grace. She also embraced a myriad of co-curricular opportunities afforded to her by the College, participating in varied sporting activities and academic clubs. In 2012, Zara’s participation in the co-curricular life of the College was recognised through the award of the Gold Laurel. Zara has been an outstanding role model to all students in the College.


Chloe Alexander - 99.15

We congratulate Chloe Alexander on achieving an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.15. Chloe achieved outstanding results across all of her Year 12 studies including Chemistry Units 3 and 4, English Units 3 and 4, French Units 3 and 4, Latin Units 3 and 4, Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4, and as a Year 11 student was awarded The Sister Mary Bell fcJ and Bell Family Award for Mathematical Methods. Chloe was also the recipient of the University of Sydney Prize for Academic Excellence and The Centorame Award for Academic Excellence. Chloe actively participated in the Genazzano Rowing program.  Chloe has a highly evolved sense of social awareness and justice. During her time at Genazzano FCJ College, she supported all Social Justice events but more importantly, raised awareness of activities and situations by discussing and promoting them with others.


Grace Lewis - 99.15

Grace Lewis joined the Genazzano community as a Year 7 student in 2009. During her time at the College, Grace has proven herself to be a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hard-working student who embraced academic challenges. We congratulate Grace on her outstanding Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.15, achieved through excellent results in Economics Units 3 and 4, English Units 3 and 4, French Units 3 and 4, Legal Studies Units 3 and 4, and Further Mathematics Units 3. As a Year 11 student Grace was awarded Dux of Subject for her excellent results in Physical Education Units 3 and 4. Grace embraced many of the co-curricular opportunities afforded by the College and has been a long serving member of the Genazzano St Vincent De Paul Society, where she worked towards raising awareness of social justice issues and assisted in organising a number of fund raising events.


Catherine Fitzgerald - 99.05

We congratulate Catherine Fitzgerald on her outstanding Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.05, achieved through her excellent results in Chemistry Units 3 and 4, English Units 3 and 4, French Units 3 and 4, and Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4. Catherine joined the Genazzano community as a Year 7 student in 2009 and very early on embraced all the academic challenges presented to her with enthusiasm.  At the 2014 Valedictory Awards Ceremony, Catherine was awarded an impressive four Valedictory Awards for Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, French and English. During her time at the College Catherine embraced many of the co-curricular opportunities available to her, culminating in her achievement of a Red Band Award. Catherine also held a number of leadership positions whilst at the College and has always enjoyed the respect and support of her peers.


Renee Rostolis - 99.05

Renee Rostolis joined the Genazzano community as a Year 7 student in 2009 and has always aspired for excellence in all of her academic pursuits. Renee achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99.05, obtaining outstanding results in Chemistry Units 3 and 4, English Units 3 and 4, French, Units 3 and 4, Italian Units 3 and 4, and Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4. Renee’s academic excellence was acknowledged in her being awarded Dux of Subject: Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4 and the Selak Family Award for Further Mathematics in 2013. Also, in 2014 she was awarded The Mackay Family Award for French. Renee also participated in numerous co-curricular opportunities, embracing both sporting and musical activities. As a Class Representative in Year 11 and Year 12, she performed her duties in an exemplary fashion. Renee has a great capacity to inspire others to work with her in the service of others; her leadership in this area saw her being elected as a Social Justice Representative and a Peer Support Leader in 2012 and as a Fire Carrier Representative and St Vincent de Paul President in 2013.


Prue Lescai - 99.00

Prue Lescai joined the Genazzano community in 2006 as a student at Grange Hill. We congratulate Prue on her outstanding achievement of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank of 99 with excellent results in her Year 12 studies of Chemistry Units 3 and 4, English Language Units 3 and 4, Health and Human Development Units 3 and 4, Mathematical Methods (CAS) Units 3 and 4, and Physical Education Units 3 and 4. Prue achieved a perfect study score of 50 in Health and Human Development Units 3 and 4. During her time at the College, Prue embraced academic challenges and worked hard to achieve her goals. Her academic excellence was recognised through the Genazzano Mothers' Association Award for Health and Human Development in 2014, the Monash University Prize for Most Outstanding Year 11 Student and the award for General Academic Excellence in 2013. Prue also received the Dux of Subject: Biology Units 3 and 4 in 2013 and the Dr Vin McKenna Scholarship for Science in 2012. Prue has always shown wonderful leadership qualities and as House Prefect she was able to lead Corry House to victory on a number of occasions during 2014. Congratulations Prue!



Co-curricular News 

Co-curriculum Program 2015

The Co-curriculum Program at Genazzano FCJ College offers rich, diverse and stimulating activities aimed at enhancing and extending your daughter’s interests beyond the classroom. The College provides an extensive activity base including Sport, Music, Service, Student Interest, Languages, Debating and Leadership strands with over 140 supervised activities running throughout the school. 

Please find below a list of some of the activities the College will offer in Term 1 either before, during, after school or on weekends. These activities may involve weekly meetings or operate as an intensive session(s).

  • Music: Choir, Percussion, Clarinet, Flute Ensembles, Big Band, Strings and more
  • Sport: GSV Tennis, Softball, Indoor Cricket, Swimming, Diving, SSV swimming
  • Book Club -Junior & Senior
  • Library Assistants Junior & Senior
  • Chess Club Junior and Senior
  • DAV Debating Years 8 to 12
  • Debating Year 6 & 7
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Gavel Club (Toastmasters)
  • Genazzano/Xavier Musical
  • GenProductions
  • Language Clubs: Italian, French, Greek and English
  • Latin Group
  • Liturgy, Altar Service
  • Make Poverty History
  • Mosaics
  • Rowing
  • Saturday Netball
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Wardell Writers
  • All Things Horses
  • Your Generation
  • 5/6 drawing
  • 5/6 Sport
  • Walking group
  • Japanese Movie Club & Calligraphy
  • FIRE Carriers
  • Inventors Club
  • Asylum Seeker & Support Group
  • Wool4Schools
  • Friday Night School
  • Global Politics Think Tank

Student Leadership Opportunities:

  • Class Representative
  • Co-curricular Captain
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader
  • House Captain
  • Mission Representative
  • Social Justice Captain
  • Student Representative Council
  • Year 6 Grange Hill Games
  • Sustainability Representative
  • St Vincent de Paul Representative
  • Prefect

Term 1 Co-curricular activities will begin on February 9. Students are invited to choose and commit to activities on a term, semester or yearly basis, depending on the activity.

Colour Points are awarded to students who attend 80% of their scheduled meetings or sessions over the duration of their chosen activity/activities: once a cycle for a yearly activity, once a week for a semester long activity and a minimum of twice a week for activities run over a term. Special consideration is given when another College event takes place; however, if your daughter is sick or is unable to attend due to outside College commitments, this will be marked as an absence. Colour Points are cumulative over a student’s years at Genazzano and contribute to the acquisition of a Red, Stripe or Gold Laurel Band Award.

There is no limit on the number of Co-curricular activities students may participate in. However, it is important they consider what is involved in the program prior to committing to that activity.

Colour Points are awarded at the completion of each term and students may access their Transcript online via the Co-curricular link on GenSpace. A formal Co-curriculum Transcript is issued at the end of each year. This Transcript formally acknowledges each student’s Co-curricular involvement at Genazzano FCJ College.

A complete calendar and list of activities is published each term. Details of venues and times are published on this calendar and in the Daily Bulletin. Students are invited to choose and commit to their areas of preference.



For further information about the co-curriculum program or a specific activity please contact either:


Mrs Vanessa Frazer or Mrs Catherine Murphy
Directors of Co-curriculum Programs

Phone: 8862 1025



Duke of Edinburgh - GOLD 

On 16 December 2014, five Year 12 students embarked on a 5-day hiking journey within the Wilson’s Promontory National Park. The journey was the first of several that the students will take as they commence working towards the Gold Award of the Duke of Edinburgh, the highest accolade of the International Award.

The students planned a route which saw them hike some of the Prom’s most challenging walks. Hiking up to 18km a day across the hilly terrain, students explored many of the Prom’s iconic locations such as Waterloo Bay and the 150 year old Lighthouse at the South East point.

Students carried their own packs which contained all required supplies including water and food, and were responsible for navigating, creating destination points and camp bases each day. The successful journey emulated the spirit of the Duke of Edinburgh award in that is was challenging yet fun and relied heavily on the students working as a team and showing much perseverance.

The students (Bridget Connelly, Yvette Mascarenhans, Alice Kelly, Emma Lawrence, and Emma Hentschel) were supported along the hike by parent Georgina Hentschel and AusCamp staff.

We wish these students all the best for the year as they continue to pursue the Gold award.



Drama News 

Year 5/6 Performance 2014: Australia Bound!

In the last week of term for 2014, the Year 5 and 6 levels collaborated to present a performance on the theme of immigration to Australia. Year 5 focused on the settler’s era, whilst Year 6 focused on Post War migration. The students generated the text for the performance and devised many of the scenes that were then directed by members of the Drama Department, working in collaboration with the Music Department, Homeroom Teachers and choreographer, Meghan Buckley.

The students performed with great enthusiasm and the final rendition of ‘We are Australian’ was a moving acknowledgement of the first nations of Australia and of the important contribution immigration has made to our nation.

Congratulations to all involved!


Gabrielle Quin
Curriculum Leader: Drama



Sport News 

Welcome back to Sport at Gen in 2015!

GSV Sport Term 1

GSV Sport is now underway for Term 1. Try outs for Tennis, Softball and Indoor Cricket are taking place for Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories. Matches commence very soon. Please check your daughter’s permission letter for specific dates/times/venues. This can be downloaded from GenSpace via the Sport page (My College/ Sport) or students can call into the Sport Office.

Students are advised to check the student bulletin each day for information in regards to their chosen sport.  Students can also access permission forms on GenSpace via the Sport page.


Student Sporting Profile & Sport Prefects Report

Stay tuned for these regular student-written contributions that will appear in future editions.


Inter House Swim/Dive Carnival- Boroondara Aquatic Centre

Please pencil Friday 20 February into your diaries for the Inter House Swim/Dive Carnival. All students will receive a letter to take home outlining all the details on this event.


Swimming - GSV/SSV

A reminder to all students interested in GSV Swimming that training will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings commencing at 7.00am until 8.00am. Numbers at training have been pleasing but there are always vacancies for interested swimmers, especially in the Year 11 and 12 age groups. The GSV Swim squad are participating in a number of after-school warm-up meets in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the annual Centenary Swim Meet is to be held on Friday 13 February here at the College.

SSV swimming training (Years 3-6) is being held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7.00am – 8.00am.  


Swimming – GenAquatic

During the summer holidays, GenAquatic had a very successful State Victorian Championships. GenAquatic placed 23rd Victorian Swim Club according to the point scores. Last year we placed 30th. Club swimmer, Taiga Yoshida was awarded best 12 year-old swimmer in Victoria which is a fantastic achievement. Taiga is also our first GenAquatic swimmer to qualify for the National Age Championship which will be held in Sydney between 13 and 20 April. 


GSV Diving

Diving squads are planned to commence training for the season on Saturday 7 February. If you are interested, please see the Sport Office. We are still looking for divers in the Intermediate and Senior age groups.  The GSV Dive Squad is participating in a number of after-school warm-up meets in the coming weeks.



The Genazzano Rowing team has not been idle over the holidays! Camps in Johnstonville, Paynesville, Hawthorn and Footscray have taken place. The intensive training has also been put to the test with all squads competing in regattas held on the Barwon River. The Barwon River is the site for the 2015 Head of the School Girls Regatta on 14 and 15 March.  

At the Morongo Regatta, the following four crews medalled:

  • Year 9 crew 7 of Eleanor Kirkland, Lily Bradford, Georgina Short, Ruby Kuner, Meg Gleeson and Coaches, Beth Storey and Chloe Becerra.  
  • Year 9 crew 6 of Annalise Donohue, Isabella Dodds, Sarah White, Alice Whelan, Katia Cassar and Coach, Will Dobel (pictured Charlie Crew).
  • Year 9 crew 3 of Antonia di Cosmo, Madison Daffy, Hannah Salter, Yong Ya Yang, Anna Frawley and Coach, Max Arundel.
  • Year 10 crew 3 of Allegra Jenkins, Ella McIsaac, Bella Bueno, Grace Ross Farrell, Marie Iliadis and Coach, Charlie Lockwood (pictured Wills Crew).

Charlie Crew

Wills Crew


A highlight of the upcoming regatta schedule will be the Junior State Championships to be hosted by Genazzano and taking place in Geelong on the Barwon River on 28 February.


History of Rowing at Genazzano - 30 years

As we celebrate 30 years of Rowing at Genazzano, a history of Rowing at the College is in the process of being compiled. As you can imagine, this is quite a complex task and we are extremely grateful to Mr Anthony Jackson (father of Ciara, Rowing Co-Captain 2014/15) for his sterling work. Should you be aware of any snippet of historical information or have access to old photos, programs etc., please contact the Sport Office.


GSV Saturday Sport Skills program - Term 1

Opportunities for involvement in Saturday Interschool Sport programs for Term 1 include Surf League, Golf and Triathlon. These sessions focus on skill development and training. Please see Melonie Fulton in the Sport Office or GenSpace via the Sport page for more information.  Closing date for Term 1 offerings is Friday 20 February.


Tennis Lessons

Opportunities exist for anyone interested in private tennis lessons at the College. Lessons for 2015 commence next week. Students are guaranteed a minimum of 32 lessons at 40 minutes each. Classes will be conducted all year round. Please download a copy of the application form for further information from GenSpace via the Sport page.


GSV Track and Field – Genazzano Records

At the end of 2014, a complete list of Track and Field records for Genazzano since the inception of Girls Sport Victoria in 2001 was produced. This provides those keen on Track and Field with a wonderful way to see increases in standards over the years and can inspire current students to greater heights. It also acknowledges those who have performed with great distinction in the past. This document may be viewed on GenSpace by following the My College/ Sport pathway.


Running Group

A running group will begin at 7am here at the College in the near future. The meeting point is in Centenary Hall. Sessions will be held each Thursday morning.  This activity is open to students in Years 7-12.  Students are asked to check noticeboards and listen to Bulletin messages for details.


Genazzano Snowsports 2015 - Advance Notice

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


Saturday Netball - Enrolment Forms

All those students in Years 4 to 12 who wish to play Saturday Netball in 2015 should already have returned a form to Mrs Sarndra Kennerley or to the Sport Office.


Saturday Netball - Tryouts

The Genazzano FCJ College Saturday Netball Program aims to provide a positive environment where students can develop their netball skills, personal and team values, a love for physical fitness and an active and healthy lifestyle.

In Term 1, 2015, all students who are interested in the Genazzano Saturday Netball Program are invited to attend the below try out sessions.


Year 4

Friday 13th Feb - 3:45pm to 4:45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)


Year 5

Friday 13th Feb - 3:45pm to 4:45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Wednesday 18th Feb - Lunchtime (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Friday 27th Feb - 3:45pm to 4:45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)


Year 6

Friday 13th Feb - 3:45pm to 4:45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Wednesday 18th Feb - Lunchtime (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Friday 27th Feb - 3:45pm to 4:45pm (Genazzano Netball Courts)


Year 7

Friday 13th Feb - 7:00am to 8:00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Thursday 19th Feb - Lunchtime (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Friday 27th Feb - 7:00am to 8:00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)


Year 8

Thursday 12th Feb - 7:00am to 8:00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Thursday 19th Feb - 7:00am to 8:00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)

Thursday 26th Feb - 7:00am to 8:00am (Genazzano Netball Courts)


Year 9

Monday 9th Feb - 3:15pm to 4:15pm (All Hallows)

Monday 16th Feb - 3:15pm to 4:15pm (All Hallows)


Years 10/11/12

No tryouts (teams selected on netball ability, team balance and where possible friendship groups)


The try out sessions for Years 4 to 8 will be held on the outdoor courts at Genazzano. The try out sessions for Year 9 will be held on the outdoor court at All Hallows.

Students are to wear their Genazzano sports uniform to the try outs and must also bring a water bottle and any strapping or support braces that they need to play in.

The Netball Booklet outlines the structure of the program. For an online copy of the booklet and enrolment form, please visit the sports website via GenSpace.

To register your daughter’s interest in the program, please complete the enrolment forms and return, including payment, by Friday 6 February 2015 to Mrs Sarndra Kennerley in WG104 or via post Attn: Mrs Sarndra Kennerley.

If you have any questions, regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Kennerley on or 8862 1007.

Saturday Netball Tryouts

All students in Years 4 to 12 who wish to play Saturday Netball in 2015 are invited to attend the try out sessions.

In the situation where a student is unable to attend the sessions, it is important that she notify Mrs Kennerley prior to the try outs.

Students are to wear their Genazzano Sport uniform and must bring a water bottle and any strapping or support braces they need to play in. Please ensure that students have appropriate netball shoes rather than Dunlop Volleys or other street shoes.

Mrs Sarndra Kennerley
Netball Coordinator 

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 +61 8862 1008. Alternatively, email


Matthew Wesson
Director of Sport



GFA News 

Genazzano Fathers’ Association (GFA)

Welcome back for 2015 and another sensational year in store for all GFA Dads, filled with love, laughter and making a difference.


The GFA theme for 2015 is ‘on a journey together…’

We look forward to the many opportunities ahead for us all to share some really special times as we travel on a journey together with our daughters through their formative years, and along with other Gen Dads and the College, make a real difference.


Highlights on the GFA Calendar:

All Fathers should have received several communications in recent days – yes, we’ve hit the ground running and have our first exciting GFA events rolling out over the next week.


Years 9-12 Father/Daughter mass on Sunday 8 February, 9.00am

A special Mass just for Gen Dads and their daughters, held in the College Chapel and followed by morning tea. There is no charge for this event and it is a golden opportunity to share a special moment together in a sacred place and be part of College life with your daughter.


GFA meeting on Wednesday 11 February, 8.00pm

Mrs Cowling will present to the GFA an update on the College Master Plan, Fathers’ Steps Project and other College Achievements. The meeting will be followed by refreshments, and will follow on from our monthly meeting at 7pm – all welcome!


GFA Greetings on Friday 13 February, from 6.00pm

This a great event to meet other Gen Dads, both old and new at all levels of the College, so join us on the night in the Madeleine Centre for a Presidential Gourmet BBQ and refreshments provided by the GFA.


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 via email: and you will be added to the distribution list.


What a great year 2015 will be! 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



GMA News 

Genazzano Mothers’ Association (GMA)

The summer holidays are always a great time to unwind and relax with family and friends, so I’m sure everyone is feeling refreshed and looking forward to what should be another busy, yet fun year ahead.  If you’re a new Mum to Genazzano you may not realise that you are now part of the GMA!  We’d love your involvement; become a class representative or just come along to our events and meet other Mums of your daughter’s year level.  We’d welcome you to become a part of our sharing and supportive network.



We have already had a great start to 2015 with the Year 12 Parent/Daughter Paella Night held on the eve of the first day back. This has become a new school year tradition, with around 200 parents, girls and members of staff enjoying the beautiful weather and fabulous food provided by Paul Le Noury of Yum Catering.

A big thank you to all the Year 12 Class Reps (and their husbands/partners) that set up, greeted, served, cleaned, packed up and generally had a great time. They all worked together to make the first event for Year 12 a huge success.  

A big thank you to Jeff Magrath who took some fabulous photos on the night.

Many parents joined us for morning tea after drop off on the first two days of school, at both the main campus and All Hallows. A big thank you to Cathy Frawley, Marie-Anne Fitt, Jenny Moscatelli, Marina Ting, Sonya Morrissey, Karen King, Lisa Scully who co-ordinated the morning tea at the main campus on Friday and Monday and  Helen Darrer, Lynne Gardner, Zana Bytheway and Catherine Whelan who coordinated at All Hallows. Thank you also to the Mums who baked or helped serve on the day.


Year 12 Paella Night


GMA Welcome Morning Tea


GMA All Hallows Morning Tea


Class Representative Roles

We would love a few more Mums, especially new ones, to become a Class Representative, particularly the ELC, Year 7, 8 and 11 levels.  If you would like to help co-ordinate one Year Level event per term and encourage class participation in the GMA and College events, then this role is for you!  Please contact your Class Rep Co-ordinator below for more information:

Early Years: Adriana Bianco

Middle Years: Libby Meaden

Later Years: Sonya Morrissey

Our first GMA Class Rep meeting is on Tuesday 17 February at 7.30pm in the cafeteria and everyone is welcome to attend, not just Class Reps.  Come along and participate, or just be in attendance.


Second Hand Book Sale

We congratulate and thank Gilda Riccio for running for us a very successful Second Hand Book Sale at the end of last year.  We raised just over $8,000.00. Gilda has asked me to pass on per personal thanks:

“A BIG THANK YOU goes to all the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time so generously to assist with the Second Hand Book sale last year. In particular, Library Staff, Print Room Staff, Student Services, Ground Staff and of course, Accounts Staff for whom nothing was too much.

Finally, to those who used the second hand book sale to sell and buy books, thank you for your support!”


Save the Dates for the following events:

GMA Meeting

Monday 9 February at 1.30pm in Boardroom

Gen Welcomes

Saturday 14 February

GMA Class Reps Meeting

Tuesday 17 February at 7.30pm in College Cafeteria

GMA Year 5 Welcome Family Event

Friday 6 March

GMA Year 7 Welcome Family Event

Friday 13 March

GMA Year 12 Mum’s Dinner

Wednesday 25 March at DiPalma’s


Debbie O'Halloran
Genazzano Mothers' Assocation


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