Newsletter in Full - Edition 10 2015

News from the Principal


Welcome back to Semester 2 at Genazzano. The new Term has commenced with great enthusiasm and energy and we look forward to some wonderful activities this Semester.

Over the 3 week break there has been a buzz of activity across the campus in terms of cabling, building, maintenance and landscaping works. Sincere thanks are extended to Ian Curnow and the maintenance team, Ross Shearer and grounds staff, and Business Manager, Mark Glover for a number of changes and refurbishments seen to over the holidays.

 We are currently enjoying a visit by students from St Mary’s School in Broome. For the first three weeks of this Term, four students are experiencing life at All Hallows and at the Kew campus. The girls are accompanied by teacher Michelle Hamaguchi. This follows the Kimberley Exchange when, just prior to the mid-term break, eight students accompanied by two teachers experienced school life at St Mary’s Broome. I am most grateful to the Genazzano families who are kindly hosting the St Mary’s students and teacher.

Next Monday 27 July, the school will be visited by two external Reviewers appointed by Catholic Education Melbourne representing the government. On Monday there will be a number of Focus Groups for feedback representing the many stakeholders who have an interest in the College. Groups of parents, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and students have been invited to provide feedback. On Thursday 30 July the reviewers will work with the College Council Chair and the Senior Leadership Team in looking at strategic directions for the next four years.

The Annual Oration for the Opening the Doors Foundation will be held next week on Thursday 30 July in the Madeleine Centre. We are privileged to work with the Foundation and with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry to raise funds to assist young Aboriginal students to receive a quality education of their choice. Vicki Clarke, a Mutthi Mutthi/ Wemba Wemba women will be the guest orator. Vicki has been instrumental in establishing and running Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) in Victoria for 25 years. This evening will recognise Vicki’s last official function for the ACM. On the evening we will recognise her leadership and service and her many contributions over the years. Please refer to the flyer under the Faith & Missions section of the newsletter for further information.

Monday 3 August is a student-free day as all teaching staff will be involved in a Professional Learning Activity at Aquinas College Ringwood. The day will involve a combined College Seminar with Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the Director of Graduate Studies. Dr Gaillardetz will focus on ‘Finding God in a Post-modern World: Reconciling Christian Faith and Modern Science’.

Final preparations are well in place for the Annual Music Concert at Hamer Hall in the Victorian Arts Centre, which is to be held on Monday 17 August at 7.30 pm. This is a significant event on our College calendar and the girls have worked extremely hard along with our gifted music staff to prepare a wonderful evening’s entertainment for us all. I encourage all parents and family members to accompany their daughters to this important night. 

Congratulations to:

  • Louise Inge and Rachael Collins of Year 12 who were most successful competitors in the Victorian Interschool Equestrian Competition over the recent vacation period. Both girls have been selected to participate in the Victorian Team for the Nationals in Sydney in September.  There will be a special feature of the girls’ achievements in the next edition of the newsletter.  Throughout many years at Genazzano, Rachael and Louisa have consistently represented Genazzano with honour in Equestrian Events and have achieved outstanding results.
  • Product Design and Visual Arts Teacher, Katrina Wheaton-Penniall and Year 9 students for winning first prize at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo last weekend for their outstanding design – see attached photos within the newsletter. Well done girls! 
  • Year 6 student, Prue Spencer who wowed the judges at the Australian Junior Magic Competitions in Melbourne recently. See the article within this newsletter for Prue’s fantastic achievements.
  • Jan Blazejczak and members of the senior choir for their beautiful music at a very special national Catholic Education Commission Mass for Bishop Houlihan and Bishop Foley on 15 July.


In our thoughts and prayers this week we remember, Dr. Chris Hayes, Principal of Xavier College, as he prepares to undergo further medical treatment. We pray also for his family and for members of the Xavier Community at this time.

We remember Sr Maryrose Dennehy FCJ who, along with Sr Frances Kennedy and Sr Margaret O’Donohue, are enjoying a visit to the Sisters’ House in Jogyakarta. Sr Maryrose spent many years in Indonesia and it will be lovely for her to reconnect with many old friends. We pray for all Sisters FCJ who continue to work for the needs of others throughout the world. 

We remember those who have died recently, particularly:

-        Mr Theodore Francis "Robbie" Robinson, father of Elizabeth Robinson and grandfather of Kate Cooper in Year 9C.

-        Mr Domenic Bifano, husband of Vera Bifano (former Genazzano staff member – Language teacher).

-        Mr Thomas Patrick Delaney, grandfather to Samantha (2010), Megan (2013), Kate (current Year 11) and Lily, and father to Thomas and father-in-law to Stephanie.

-        Trazel Gill (past student 1956).

As we move into the second part of the school year for 2015, let us pray for guidance for our students, our families, our staff and ourselves. May God’s Grace be with each of you.

Patricia A Cowling


 Message from the College Chair



I am pleased to update you all on the progress of finding a new Principal for Genazzano. 

At the beginning of this process, Council engaged an executive search firm, Egon Zehnder, to assist us with this important appointment. Council also established a Selection Panel, comprising five Council and four external members, including Prof Marie Emmitt, (Chair FCJ Education Board), Father Brendan Reed, (Parish Priest, Our Lady of Good Counsel, and also representing Catholic Education Office Melbourne), Dr Chris Hayes, (Principal Xavier), and Mrs Margaret McKenna, (Principal CLC Eltham). We are blessed to have such wonderful experience and insight helping to inform our selection.

The appointment of our next Principal will be the single most important decision affecting the school for the next decade and beyond. With this in mind, while we have received many excellent male and female applicants for the position, we recently decided to re-advertise. This has been possible thanks to the generous notice period we received from Patricia Cowling, which gives us time to attract the strongest possible field of candidates.

I would like to assure the entire Genazzano community that the Selection Panel and indeed the whole Council, is aware of the importance of this task, and we look forward to an exciting new journey ahead once we have selected an outstanding new leader for the school.

Lindy Priest



A prayer For Our Earth, by Pope Francis


All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.


O God of the poor, help us to rescue

the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense

of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognise that we are profoundly united

with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.




From ‘On the Care of our Common Home’, the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis.

 Latest News

GLS Breakfast

13th Annual GLS Breakfast

Three Women. Three Journeys.

Rise and shine to hear three equally talented alumnae reflect on their lives and their careers and learn about how each school has shaped and influenced their choices. This is an opportunity to not only hear from our diverse guest speakers but to engage and network with like-minded alumnae. Get together your fellow alumnae and friends and book a Genazzano table!

Wednesday 2 September 2015

7am - 9am

Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong

$65 Adults, $45 Concession (Full time students)

For further information please click here.

To book your tickets please click here.



Celebration of Australian Books


Kate Walsh Artwork Exhibition

Kate Walsh Artwork Exhibition – Furlan Exhibition Hall

Kate Walsh is an art teacher at Genazzano FCJ College and a practising artist. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to currently exhibit her artwork in the Furlan Exhibition Hall in the Madeleine Centre. Kate has a Masters of Fine Art (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Education (University of Melbourne).  She has been exhibiting in galleries around Melbourne since 2001. Kate is fascinated with human nature; her emotionally driven and sensitive paintings resonate with pathos. They are psychological studies rendered in bleeding washes of ink, watercolour and oil which convey subtleties of body language, facial expression and of human fragility.  

The Slipping Away and Distant series are a study of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease; they explore the outward expressions of an internal struggle with declining mental and physical health.  The wash and pool-like effects open up a contemplative space, an opportunity for reminiscence or reflection and an associated feeling of melancholy. 

The Marketplace series is based on Kate’s experiences of everyday life in a town called Dongguan in Guangdong Province in China.  These works reference the rituals and relationships, as well as the everyday observations that depict the diversity and commonalities of our human condition, heightened by the immersion into a culture different to our own. 

Heritage and Undercurrent explore the merging of figures in a landscape.  These works are based on experiences of a wild beach on the west coast of Ireland, in the depths of winter. The ravages of the weather and the crashing sea threw a thick mist into the atmosphere which blurred the distinction between the figures and their surroundings.  Coming is similar, as it responds to the figures in an atmospheric landscape. The disintegration of form expresses a partial memory distorted with time.   Kate’s intention is to reveal a more ephemeral sense of time, a fleeting experience, an imperfect memory or just an opportunity for contemplation.

Dude and Piano Man are explorations of figurative and abstract mark making. Motion and musical rhythms ‘dance’ around and through these figures in energetic applications of colour to increase the intensity of the image. 

Please take the opportunity to visit this engaging exhibition which will be on display until Thursday 17 September, 2015.  


 Magic Championships

Prue Spencer (Year 6) – Magic Championships

On July 11, Prue Spencer (Year 6) was honoured with second place at The Australian Junior Magic Championships, Close of Hand Competition at the Melbourne Magic Festival. First place was awarded to a 17 year-old boy who works semi-professionally and Prue was the only female performer, performing to a sold out house at Northcote Town Hall.

After the show, Prue was asked to remain behind so that one of the Judges (a professional performer based in Los Angeles, California) could provide some feedback and meet her.

His response was extremely positive, displaying his delight at having witnessed, "A 12 year-old FEMALE magician, with such personality, confidence and humour!" This particular Judge has since offered to mentor Prue.

We congratulate Prue on her wonderful achievement and for the confidence and empowerment she displayed, not only throughout this competition, but through her commitment to her chosen craft. We are certain great things are in store for Prue.

 Well done!


Open Mornings

Friday 17 July
Thursday 13 August
Tuesday 8 September

For more information, head to:


A Celebration of Australian Picture Books Tuesday 28 July

7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

Panel – 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Book browsing and signing – 8.30pm to 9.30pm


Student Free Day

Monday 3 August



Annual Music Concert

Monday 17 August

7.30pm at Hamer Hall


GMA Annual Ball 2015 – Oriental Nights

Saturday 29 August

7.00pm at ZINC Federation Square


GLS Breakfast

Wednesday 2 September

7.00am – 9.00am at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club


 News from Our College

Faith and Mission


Boroondara NAIDOC Week Celebration

On the evening of Friday 17 July, Antonietta Di Cosmo, Millicent Spencer, Emma Chan, Johanna Godfrey and Zoë Fisher had the privilege of presenting two Aboriginal songs to members of the Boroondara community. This was part of a project run by the Boroondara Council to celebrate NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week, which is held early in July to honour the rich history, culture and achievements of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We were lucky enough to work with an amazing singer, Sarah Mandie, who came to All Hallows and taught us two Indigenous songs - Wandeat and Inanay. An Elder also came and taught us about Aboriginal culture. The project opened our eyes to the meaning, stories and history of Aboriginal songs. 

At the commencement of this evening we watched a DVD which outlined the project and featured some of Genazzano’s FIRE Carriers. Members of the audience told us that our songs sounded wonderful and brought back great memories. We felt very honoured to be taking part in this celebration of Aboriginal story and culture. Singing in the presence Archie Roach and Marcia Langton was nerve-racking, but together we sang confidently and had an amazing night.

A big thank you to Monica Weightman for accompanying us during our presentation and also to Mrs Lanki and Mrs Quinlan who supported us on the night. We are very grateful to the Boroondara Council and, in particular, Judy Casey for inviting us to be a part of this wonderful project. We will never forget this experience, which gave us a deeper insight into the importance of preserving this beautiful language.  

Antionetta Di Cosmo, Zoe Fisher, Millicent Spencer, Emma Chan and Johanna Godfrey.

Learning and Wellbeing

Celebrating the Identity of Genazzano — Our College Uniform 

There are many ways a College like ours celebrates its rich tradition, identity and history. There are several occasions in the school year when we reflect on our FCJ charism and Catholic Identity. We sing the College Song with pride, we identify with the values of ‘Fidelis’(being ‘Faithful’ Companions of Jesus) and we strive to emulate the model and witness provided by our Six House Founders. Another simple but profound way our girls celebrate their Gen identity is the way and the manner in which they wear their College Uniform.

The College Uniform provides a symbolic statement of who we are and what we stand for. When in public, people recognise our girls and rightly or wrongly judge who we are as a community and what we stand for by the way our girls wear their uniform and the way they behave in that uniform. When at school, the way in which our girls wear the uniform demonstrates they have a deep respect not only for themselves but for their peers and for the wider Gen community.

A College like Genazzano helps prepare our girls for life beyond the school on the hill. We hope our girls experience a learning community which is characterised by a great deal of giving. The College undertakes to the family and the student that it will provide the most formative, stimulating and life enhancing education it can. Likewise, the College reasonably expects in return from the student that she will respect the College expectations and our way of proceeding. Our expectations, which include how our students wear their uniform, helps prepare our young women of tomorrow for how to embrace the expectations of their future professions, communities and work situations that they may find themselves in.

As in any community, and indeed family, at Gen we try to proceed in encouraging the student to wear her uniform proudly and we do this in a positive and inviting manner. This is who we are and we would like you to be a part of us.

Below you will find the thought of two students on what they feel the uniform means for them:

“Last year every morning when I woke up I used to see my sister in the Gen school uniform. I had always loved the look of it and I couldn’t wait until I started at Gen. When I started at Gen and wore the uniform for the first time I felt special because not everyone gets the same opportunities that we have here at Genazzano.

Wearing the uniform neatly and with pride is important because it means that we are respecting the uniform and the school. It also shows that we are part of Genazzano.”

Sophie Farlecas (Year 5)

“I feel as though the Genazzano school uniform is a defining factor in the sense of identity within the College for all students. The definition of a uniform is, in simple terms, the distinctive clothing worn by members of the same organisation; however I think that the Genazzano uniform holds much more significance than this. Within the College, it instils a sense of pride and works to unify all of the students so that a certain awareness of, and loyalty to, the school is developed. Furthermore, the uniform is a point of recognition for those external to the College, meaning that students are able to carry this pride and loyalty with them around the community each time they wear the uniform in public. Above all, the uniform creates a sense of belonging for every Genazzano girl, whether in the past, present or future, which is why I am very proud to wear it.”

Lorena Stents (Year 11)


Lila McInerney

Deputy Principal: Learning and Wellbeing (Term 3)

Early Years News

News from the Early Years

It is amazing to see how much taller the girls seem to be after just three weeks away from school. It is hard to believe we have started our second Semester already and I must commend the girls on how well they have settled back in to the daily routines after their beak.

With our Inquiry Focus on all things chemical this Term, don’t be surprised to see your daughter closely examining various kinds of materials or trying to observe changes as things are heated or cooled down - you may even be closely monitored as you cook dinner…  

Matter also proved a central theme in today’s assembly presented by the Year 3’s, along with their excellent musical rendition of the story of Zaccaheus.

Term 3 is action packed with the Annual Music concert, Book Week, the Father’s Day Breakfast and Stall and the Year 4’s Sacrament of First Eucharist on August 14.

For those in Years 3 and 4, Term 3 is also a chance to try spending a night or two away from home on a sleepover at a friend’s house or with grandparents in preparation for their respective camps early in Term 4. Each year, there are some girls who have never been away from their parents overnight and for them the prospect of camp can be quite daunting. A few practice runs in a familiar setting can do wonders to help with separation and it is never too early to start.


Upcoming events

Monday 3 August             Student Free day due to Staff Spirituality Day

Tuesday 4 August            Sacrament of Eucharist Reflection Day - Year 4 

Friday 14 August             Sacrament of First Eucharist at 6pm - Year 4

Monday 10 August           SSV Athletics (Year 3 and Year 4 Squad)

Monday 17 August          Students Dismissed at 12.30pm and the

                                     Annual Music Concert

Tuesday 18 August          10.00am start due to Annual Music Concert

                                      Supervision from 9.30am

Friday 21 August              9.00am Early Years Assembly

                                      Announcement of CBCA Book Week Winners -

                                      Year 3 at Melbourne Town Hall

Monday 24 August           Book Week Storybook Parade

Thursday 3 September     Father’s Day Stall

Friday 4 September         Father’s Day Breakfast


Jackie Horgan

Director of Early Years

Flow Theory

Snapshots of ‘Flow’ in Prep and Year 1

“‘Flow’ is the pure enjoyment of creating”. (Csikszsntmihalyi, 2008)

All teachers wish for their students to really engage in, absorb and enjoy their lessons. Csikszsntmihalyi’s (1990) ‘Flow Theory’ enables this and more to happen. When students (and teachers) are in ‘Flow’ they, according to Csikszsntmihalyi, “are so involved (in the task or activity) that nothing else seems to matter, the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it… for the sheer sake of doing it.”

In our Prep and Year 1 rooms, ‘Flow’ is a daily event. Since 2014, the Prep and Year 1 teachers have collaborated to provide environments in which learning tasks challenge the girls to become engaged and immersed in whatever they are doing. This deepens their learning, gives them satisfaction and encourages their long term interest in that subject.

These photos are ‘snapshots’ of ‘Flow’ during ‘Enquiry’ – the girls are studying weather – specifically the Four Seasons. Look at their faces; concentration on the task at hand, absorbed and engrossed, oblivious to others (except when working together), exhibiting self-motivation and persistence. Wonderfully demonstrating the “pure enjoyment of creating” in action.

It has been, and continues to be, my great pleasure to facilitate the understanding and application of ‘Flow Theory’ in the classroom with the teachers at Grange Hill. I am full of admiration for the enthusiasm with which the teachers have embraced ‘Flow’. And, to the best of my knowledge Genazzano FCJ College may well be the only school using ‘Flow Theory’ in the Early Years, anywhere in the world.

N.B. Go the Genazzano website and read: ‘Flow Theory’ Introduced in the Early Years.

(J.E. Paphazy, Ph.D., FACE.)

Judith E Paphazy

Mentoring the application of ‘Flow’ in Prep & Year 1. 


Essential Feedback


Sharing Joy


Concentration and Persistence


Oblivious of the Other

Middle Years News

Thinking Deeply @ Gen: Thinking Routines

In the Middle Years, we use Thinking Routines to assist students to build deep levels of understanding. These sequences of questions assist with analysis and comprehension of topics. Using these learning tools helps teaches to understand current student thinking and identify misconceptions which might be forming. These strategies can also be used to have learning conversations at home.

Thinking Routine: True for Whom?

We make many claims in education. Students are bombarded with emphatic statements from the media, such as: “Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world and Australia is ‘the lucky country’”. In order to think deeply, we need to move beyond ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses and consider various perspectives within a claim.

Using this routine, we would encourage the girls to follow this process:

1. Note: What are your initial thoughts?

2. Brainstorm: Make a list of all the different stakeholders of the claim.

3. Consider: Choose a viewpoint to embody and imagine the stance a person from this viewpoint would be likely to take. Go around in a circle and say:

• My viewpoint is…

• I think this claim is true/false/uncertain because…

• What would convince me to change my mind is…

4. Reflect and Conclude: Step outside of the circle of viewpoints and take everything into account: What is your conclusion or stance? What new ideas or questions do you have?

This type of thinking is important when students are researching, participating in debates, oral presentations or forming persuasive pieces.

Thinking Routine: See/Think/Wonder

Researching in contemporary society is evolving rapidly. Sources are moving from text based information to more visual evidence. This could be in the form of maps, graphs, photography and artworks. Maps, for example, tell us so much more than where mountains and rivers are located. They infer cultural schema. They can suggest the many languages which we are likely to speak and the type of cuisine we prepare. In order to interpret information from the range of visual sources presented, students could organise their thoughts and notes under the questions:

  • What do you see?
  • What do you think about that?
  • What does it make you wonder?

Having these framing questions will support the students to move from description to analysis. Not only would they need to describe the visual, but also build an explanation and interpretation of the information presented.

Thinking Routine: Claim, Support, Question

While constructing an argument, students often need to synthesise all the information gathered to capture the heart of the studied topic and form a conclusion. This routine assists them to provide reason for their stance:

  1. Make a claim about the topic

Claim: An explanation or interpretation of some aspect of the topic.

       2. Identify support for your claim

Support: Things you see, feel and know that support your claim.

        3. Ask a question related to your claim

Question: What’s left hanging? What isn’t explained? What new reasons does you claim raise?

Wayne Murrill

Middle Years Coordinator

Careers News

News from Careers Development

Subject Selection: Years 8 into 9 and Years 9 into 10

It is important that students going into Years 9 and 10 are choosing subjects that they enjoy or are good at. There is still plenty of time for exploration before the VCE begins. English and Maths are very important subjects that students should be working hard at to do well. If your daughter loves languages keep them going, if she loves creative subjects choose them and if history or food tech excites her then she should choose them. It is important that your daughter keeps choosing subjects that allow her to explore and enjoy her studies. Subject selection closes on August 7.

Subject Selection: Year 10 into 11

All Year 10 students are currently receiving one-on-one career interviews to help them with subject selection into the VCE. VICTER 2018( has all the courses listed for 2018 and the subjects required to get into those courses. Courses with folios do not list subjects required but will expect students to present at interviews in Year 12. Applications for studying a Year 12 subject in Year 11 close on Friday 24July. Subject selection closes on August 7.

Subject Selection: Year 11 into 12

It is important that current Year 11 students do their research before making final decisions around subject selection for Year 12. Course search will have the courses that last year’s Year 12’s used to select their courses and can be used as a guide. Their pre-requisite subjects will be on the same website under publications and is called VICTER 2017(

A GenStar Session will be run on August 5 so that your daughter can ask questions and do the research required to help her with both subject selection and course selection in 2017.

Year 12 – Tertiary Study Applications

VTAC applications open in August and all Year 12 students will have support from the Career Development office to put in their preferences during study periods. Extra support will also be provided for those needing a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application and for those wanting to study interstate or overseas. For further information go to

NB: The VTAC information evening for parents of Year 12 students will be held on August 13. This will cover scholarships, applications, SEAS, Change of Preference, the ATAR and the offers.

What is VET in the VCE?

VET stands for Vocational Education and Training, and vocation refers to work or employment. VET in the VCE programs are designed to give students an exposure to practical skills and an understanding of what it is like to ‘learn through doing’. So, students can opt to do a VET subject while completing their VCE and, in most cases, the VET qualification contributes towards the VCE and the ATAR. It is not possible to do a VET 3&4 subject without doing a VET 1&2 subject first.

For further information please go to VET in the VCE. Forms for VET applications are available from the Career Development office.

Open Day Dates

All Universities have open days during August and September. Your Year 10 -12 daughter has been sent an email via the careers newsletter with these dates. They are also available on University websites.

Helpful Websites

Here are some great websites if you haven’t explored them before. has a great deal of information about choosing subjects, jobs and careers, how much you can earn, courses on offer and so much more. has a great deal of information about where the jobs are and are predicted to be in the future.

LMS on Genspace

There is a wealth of information also on LMS under Careers. Resources, links and other documents to assist you and your daughter with your research and understanding of the VCE; Career Development and the future of learning and work.

Other News 


Co-curricular News

Co-curricular at All Hallows

Our Year 9 Campus at All Hallows has many Co-curricular activities on offer including, Library Assistants, Language Assist, French Club, Walking Club, Wool for Schools, Garden Club, Chess Club and Art Club. Music activities include Choir, Saxophone ensemble and Clarinet ensemble.  

“The All Hallows Garden Club operates every Tuesday at lunchtime. The purpose of the Garden Club is to engage students in the growing of vegetables which will be distributed to people in need. The girls cultivate the garden beds established at All Hallows. They learn about growing conditions and conduct experiments related to vegetable growth rates using different mediums. So far, the girls have cleared the garden beds and planted a number of vegetables including a wide variety of lettuce, kale, spinach and broad beans. The girls have been monitoring the growth of their garden beds each week and have also ensured the vegetables have the best opportunity to thrive. It has been wonderful to watch the girls engage with this new program and they are currently in the process of determining how they are going to distribute and use their crop.” - Mr Tassoni.

“This Term in Art Club we’ll be making our own books from scratch. The girls will select a variety of paper and magazine clippings and learn to bind them together using the Coptic stitch binding method. Their covers will be repurposed from old books. The completed books can be used as journals, scrapbooks, or photo albums. Once they have learned the binding process, the girls will also be able to convert their own written work into book format.” -Miss Bent.

Additionally this Term, look out for Zumba classes starting on a Wednesday at lunchtime. Our Year 9 students enthusiastically embrace our Co-curricular Program. We encourage all students to be involved by continuing their participation and extending their involvement to trying a new activity. 

Sport News

Saturday Netball


Congratulations to Chloe Landy (Year 10 S2) and Millie Spencer (Year 9 SE) who were recently awarded their ‘C Badges’ by Netball Victoria. Both girls started their umpiring journey in Year 7 with the Boroondara Umpire Training Program on a Saturday.

Chloe and Millie are now looking forward to representing the College at the Netball Victoria Schools Tournament on Thursday 6 August at the State Netball Hockey Centre.

If you are interested in learning to umpire please contact Mrs Sarndra Kennerley (WG 104) on 8862 1007

Saturday Netball Finals

We are now over half way through the Saturday Netball season with finals starting in 6 weeks on the 29 August and 5 September. All Year 5 and 6 teams will play in finals regardless of where they finish on the ladder. Year 7 to 12 teams will need to finish in the top 4 to play on the 29 August.

Saturday Netball Prize Giving

The Saturday Netball Prize Giving will take place at the courts on the 22 August. Once teams have finished their games, the players, families and supporters are asked to come to the multi-function room at Macleay Park where team presentation will be made. For teams not playing in finals this will be their last game. 

Spring Fling

The Spring Fling is a short, 7 week program in Term 4. There are 6 rounds followed by the Christmas Finale on the 5 December. It will not be possible to play if you are in Year 12 or you are intending to row.

New players are welcome and you do not need any Netball experience.

If you are interested in playing, coaching or umpiring please contact Mrs Sarndra Kennerley (WG 104) on 8862 1007


Pierre de Coubertin Award 2015

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

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

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

Well done Han!

GSV Track and Field 2015

Training for 2015 commenced recently with an introductory session held afterschool.

All interested students from Years 7-12, plus all previous squad members from 2014 and prior, were warmly invited to come along and meet the 2015 coaching team - highlighted by new Head Coaches, Miss Jaime Wallace and Miss Kylie Williams.

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


2015 Vic School Cycling Championships

Students interested in accessing information regarding this opportunity (October 9-11) should go to

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.


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


Genazzano Sport Office

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


Matthew Wesson

Director of Sport

 Music News

Annual Music Concert

The Annual Music Concert will be held on Monday 17 August at Hamer Hall. This promises to be a highlight of our musical year with many of our students performing in this magnificent setting.

Tickets will be on sale soon.


Senior Chamber Choir

On Wednesday 15 July, members of the Senior Chamber Choir sang at a special Mass in recognition of Bishop Gerard Holohan (Bunbury) and Bishop James Foley (Cairns) who have completed their terms on the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education and as members of the NCEC. 

The Mass was held on the same day as the feast of St Bonaventure, a bishop and one of the Church’s greatest teachers.

It was a very special Eucharist and our sincere thanks must go to the students who were part of this celebration. 



Drama News
Year 9 Play - Bionic Heart

In the last week of last Semester, the Year 9 Page to Stage Drama Elective students were busy rehearsing and performing their original play, Bionic Heart. The play was devised by the students working from diverse stimulus materials around the theme of ‘the new body’; including Mary Shelley’s classic text Frankenstein, articles and videos on advances in robotics, visits to Swinburne University Department of Biomechanical Engineering and an evocative image received from the Drama Victoria Students Festival.

After two evenings of performances in the Wardell Theatre at Genazzano, the students then presented an edited version at the Drama Victoria Festival at Melbourne Girls’ Grammar. Along with 6 other schools from the region, they shared their diverse performances all of which were created from the same point of departure. It was a very exciting and stimulating experience for all involved.

The Year 9 creators and performers class had an amazing time creating our show ‘Bionic Heart’. We did a lot of brainstorming and research into the idea of the new body. We had a fabulous immersion day at Chunky Move, the Malthouse Theatre and Swinburne University. From these experiences of  seeing ‘Black Diggers’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ we developed ideas about different ways we could go about creating a show. When it came time to writing the script, we all underestimated how challenging it was to write a show, but had lots of fun putting the script together. We wrote songs, choreographed dances and designed costumes. A lot of us had never experienced a production - the nerves and learning lines seemed to be the biggest challenge for us all but as an ensemble we pulled together and performed great shows. We all made so many memories and friendships that we will all treasure.

We would like to say a big thanks to the amazing Gen Productions girls and the past and present VCE drama girls who helped us with hair, make up and some great feedback notes on our performances. 

-        Millicent Spencer



Year 5/6 Musical – Charlotte’s Web

The Year 5 and 6 cohorts will be performing a musical version of the well-loved story about true friendship between a spider and a pig: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. It will be presented in the Montagner Auditorium on December 3at 2.30pm and promises to be a heart-warming experience! We hope to see you there.

VCE Stagecraft Examinations

The VCE Theatre Studies students will present their stagecraft examination(formerly known as VCE Monologue evening) on Wednesday 16 September in the Wardell Theatre. This year will be the first performance of the new VCE Theatre Studies study design in which the students have the choice to present as designers of their monologues instead of performing the monologue. Prepare to see some stunning designs and performances from our talented students, embracing a broad range of texts including Shakespeare, the musical ‘Into The Woods’ and new Australian and Canadian plays.

Year 9 Page to Stage play - The Silver Sword

The Year 9 Page to Stage Drama Elective will be presenting an adaptation of Ian Seraillier’s famous novel for young readers: The Silver Sword. It tells the tale of a family of Polish children who undertake to find their mother and father separated from them as a result of Nazi persecution in World War II. With an original score written for the production by John Thorn and scenes of adventurous rooftop escapes, it is another must see on your Gen Drama calendar! Performing in the Wardell Theatre on November 25 and 26.


Friends of Drama

The Drama Department is keen to hear from parents who are interested in becoming involved with College productions as a ‘Friends of Drama’ group participant. Assistance is needed in the area of costume manufacture, set and prop construction, supervision backstage and hair and make-up application.

In particular, the Drama Department would be grateful to hear from any parents who might be able to assist with costume preparation for our Term 4 production of Charlotte’s Web. If you are interested in joining, please email our Drama Production Assistant, Michelle Wheeler  

Creative Arts News

Australian Sheep and Wool Show

As part of the Year 9 ‘Art as Fashion’ Textiles class, the students collaboratively created a felted poppy dress that was entered into the Australian Sheep and Wool Show that was held in Bendigo (17-19 July). It was fantastic news when we learned that the students had won first prize in their category and their dress had been selected to be showcased in the fashion parade.

Inspired by the remembrance of the 100 year anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the First World War, the Year 9 textile students set about creating a wearable art garment that reflected this event. It was during the Textile Immersion day, that the students participated in an all day felt making workshop whereby they created the hand felted poppies and large sheets of green felt. The olive green felt as the basis of the dress represented the soldier’s uniforms and the red poppies were chosen for their special significance to Australians.

It was hoped that the students would create about 40 poppies, however the girls were so motivated and inspired during the day that they made 180! Not only did the girls make the felted poppies, they also hand beaded each one of them. The following students are to be congratulated on their wonderful work: 

  • Emilia Alamidis
  • Charlotte Boggi
  • Annalisa Di Iorio
  • Megan Grimshaw
  • Emma Gurney
  • Grace Johnson
  • Caitlin Johnston
  • Melanie Pontikis
  • Sabrina Renda
  • Hannah Salter
  • Ella Schofield
  • Giulia Scopece
  • Bronte Senn
  • Claudia Siebel
  • Sarrannie Tong
  • Emily Trappett
  • Li Xie
  • Yong Ya Yang

I would also like to thank Mrs. Katrina Wheaton-Penniall for all the work she put into assisting the girls with this project and for this wonderful achievement.








Art For Syria

We are delighted to announce that the Year 9 students who have completed work in electives in Art as Fashion – Textiles, Visual Communication Design – Visual Merchandising, Design and Marketing in the Digital Age and Photography as an Art Form will showcase their work in an exhibition called, ‘Art for Syria’ on August 13 at the All Hallows Atrium from 5-6pm. Students’ framed photography work will be available to purchase as a fundraiser for the refugees of Syria. This exhibition evolved as part of a student initiative supported by the College through Caritas Australia. All monies raised will be donated to the Syrian crisis

We ask members of the community to support the students by coming along to view the work, as well as the charity.


Mrs. Joanne Saville

Curriculum Leader - Creative Arts

2015 Term Dates

Term 3


Monday 13 July

Staff and students return

Monday 3 August

Student Free Day (changed from 27 July)

Thursday 17 September

Last day of Term

Friday 18 September

Parent/Teacher Interviews



Term 4


Monday 5 October

Staff and students return

Friday 4 December

Last day of Term

Friday 11 December

Teaching staff and Category B staff conclude

Friday 18 December

Category C staff conclude

Wednesday 23 December

Category A staff conclude

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

Tuesday 20 December

All staff conclude

GFA News

End of Term and the half way mark for 2015 is in sight - let us look forward to the school break, to recharging the batteries and launching into Term 3 with the following GFA events.

  • Year 5/6 GFA Father/Daughter Camp on the weekend of July 24-25 – BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! The camp will be held at Mt Eliza, and for GFA Dads and Gen daughters this is your first opportunity to experience the thrill of a GFA camp! Not to me missed, go to the following link to book:
  • The ELC – Year 6 Gen Outback event is on Saturday 1 August – BOOK NOW AT: - it’s the event of the year, so bring the whole family along for a night of Aussie Outback entertainment, competitions, raffles and, of course, our famous GFA Sausage Sizzle! $40 per family and BYO picnic hampers and drinks.
  • GFA Prep – Year 1 Kew Traffic School, Sunday 9 August – a fun-filled morning (9.15am – 11.15am), and sausage sizzle not to be missed at a great location. Bookings now open at – $25 per Father/Daughter pair.
  • GFA Year 9 Ten-pin Bowling on Sunday 16 August – spend some one-on-one time with your daughter and other Gen Dads with a quick bowl, nibbles and drinks!
  • GFA Footy Finals Luncheon on Friday 18 September – lunch with one of the best football panels ever to entertain you whilst you eat, bid on rare memorabilia at the auction and have a great time with other Dads, partners and friends. The Footy Finals Lunch is held at Etihad Stadium and has built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best corporate lunches. Every year it just keeps getting bigger – look out for bookings opening soon!

Our 2015 GFA Sponsorship Opportunities will close at the end of June – now is the time to act! The GFA is still seeking Corporate Sponsors through opportunities for broad promotion across the College Community – for further information on how to assist the GFA in achieving our aim of "making a difference", please click here:

If you would like to be on the GFA emailing list, then please let me know There is no better way for the GFA to keep Dads up to date with what is happening… 

On behalf of the GFA, I wish you and your family a safe and restful Term break. I look forward to seeing you in Term 3, maybe even at the next GFA meeting on Wednesday 14 July at 8.00pm in the College Boardroom. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other Dads, provide some input and get involved in the great work of the GFA!

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

Welcome back! I hope all families have enjoyed a relaxing time over the holidays. Term 3 is going to be busy with the Annual GMA Ball ‘Oriental Nights’. The Ball is our major fundraiser for the College and I encourage all families to support the evening. Raffle tickets have been sent home and your efforts in selling them would be greatly appreciated. You will have received your invitation, so please think about putting a table together with friends or join your Year level table. Please see below for further details.

Events Held

Year 12 mums and daughters braved the cold snap as they headed to Daylesford for their weekend away. As well as getting in some pampering at the local spas they enjoyed a great dinner together with loads of laughs between this lovely bunch of mums and gorgeous Year 12 girls! Thanks to Anne Jackson for coordinating this getaway.

Last Sunday morning the Year 6 mums delegated their soccer and football commitments to others so that they could enjoy a delicious brunch at The Boulevard. Sipping on cappuccinos followed by sparkling wine over a beautiful spread of muesli and yoghurt, fresh fruit and salmon frittata, we enjoyed a wonderful catch up - very civilized mid-year get together indeed!

Years 3, 4 and 5 all had a Coffee Morning the first week back, catching up with friends and exchanging holiday stories.

There are many Year level events during Term 3, organised by your Class Reps. Look out for your email invitation!

A note to Class Reps - PLEASE take photos, as I would love to share your activities in the College newsletter.

GMA Fathers’ Day Stall - Save the Date – Thursday 3 September

Marisa De Marisa has been busy purchasing many beautiful gifts that the girls will be able to purchase for their fathers/grandfathers/carers. The Stall will once again be held at Grange Hill for all Prep to Year 4 girls.

Entertainment Books are still available and include some great offers!

They are the same price as last year ($65) and include many new restaurants. Contact Cathy Frawley (0421 010 347 to reserve your copy.  This year there will be a hard or a digital copy available. 

City-Country Mothers’ Mass and Lunch - Save the Date

Please put Friday the 28 August in your diaries and mark with high importance! Invitations have now been sent out.  Please see below for further information.

Save the Dates for the following events:

Next Combined Committee and Class Reps Meeting  Monday 27 July at 7.30pm 
Year 9 Mother/Daughter Breakfast ‘n’ Walk Sunday 2 August
Year 1 Family Yum Cha                     Sunday 9 August
GMA Ball – Oriental Nights

Saturday 29 August

GMA Father’s Day Stall  Thursday 3 September
ELC Bundoora Park Sunday 13 September
Year 12 Parents and Daughter Breakfast Sunday 13 September
GMA Committee Meeting Monday 12 October
Last Class Reps Meeting Monday 20 October at 7.30pm in the Cafeteria



2015 GMA Annual Ball – Oriental Nights


Invitations were mailed last week and already we’ve been overwhelmed with bookings and inquiries. Get onto and set up your own table of 10 or join a Year level table! All ticketing inquiries to Johanna Nesbitt at


Be in the running to win airfares to any destination valued at $5000, an Apple MacBook Air valued at $1179, dinner for 2 at Italian inspired Centonove, and a Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband! Buy a raffle ticket or two, or better still, the whole book! Please return ticket butts, cash or cheque (made payable to Genazzano Mothers’ Association) and any unsold tickets to the Student Services office, Grange Hill or All Hallows Receptions as soon as possible.

Raffle inquiries to Cathy Frawley at

If you would like to contribute in any way we would love to hear from you. Please contact Debbie O’Halloran at or Johanna Nesbitt at

All proceeds from our Oriental Nights Ball will go towards the Building Works in accordance with the College’s 2023 Vision and Master Plan.

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) 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:

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.


OLGC Parish Craft Group

The OLGC Parish Craft Group continues to assist those in the community. If you would like to join or are able to assist with straight sewing, please contact Stella Robinson on 9880 7815. The group also welcomes donations of wool for the Winter season. Please leave your donations at the Parish House.