Newsletter in Full - Edition 11 2015

News from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to welcome six students from Xiamen Foreign Language School in Fujian Province, China who are in the College until Saturday 22 August. They are accompanied by teachers, Mr Xiaobang Xu and Ms Yugui Chen (Cecily). We are most grateful to our host families for their generosity and to Yu Cong for her organisation and planning.

The 2015 School Review took place over two days at the end of July. This is a four yearly regulatory requirement conducted by Catholic Education Melbourne on behalf of the Victorian Regulatory and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The days were stimulating and engaging and I would like to thank the more than 50 parents who provided feedback to the reviewers.

One of the great strengths of our FCJ heritage and tradition is our focus on outreach to the wider community. Our senior students have been remarkable in their attentiveness to key Catholic agencies including:

  • The students hosting more than 130 people at the Opening the Doors Foundation Oration on 30 July. Vicki Clark, the outgoing co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, was the guest speaker and it was her final official function in this role. The students raised more than $1,700 for the Foundation.
  • Holding an evening concert to raise funds for Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), and through silent auction items raised over $6,000.

All teachers attended a professional development day on Monday 3 August with staff from Aquinas College Ringwood. Guest speaker, Dr Richard Gaillardetz, is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the director of Graduate Studies. He provided powerful sessions on the theme of ‘Finding God in a Postmodern World - Reconciling Christian Faith and Modern Science’.

We are finalising preparations for the Annual Music Concert to be held at Hamer Hall on Monday 17 August. Tickets are available through the Arts Centre website. This will be a wonderful musical delight.

We were saddened by the death on Thursday 30 July of Isobel Prowse, the College Dux of 2009. A requiem mass for Isobel was held on Thursday 6 August at St Dominic’s Church in Camberwell. Isobel was the daughter of Anne and Anthony Prowse who have been great supporters of the College. Anthony was a member of the Infrastructure and Sustainability Committee for many years. Three of Anne and Anthony’s four daughters Mary (2008), Isobel (2009) and Claire (2012) attended Genazzano.

I was privileged to be the guest of honour at a luncheon that the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong, held last week with colleagues from other Kooyong schools. He has been a great friend of Genazzano since becoming Member for Kooyong, and has a broad interest in education, for which we are most grateful.

The inaugural Director of the Early Learning Centre, Judy Johnston, has tendered her resignation from the end of Term 3 for family reasons. We have commenced the process to find a replacement to commence in Term 4.

The Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 subject selection process has taken place. On 15 July we held the annual Subject Selection and Careers Expo in the College. This provided an opportunity for students and parents to speak to teachers about elective offerings in those years. Teachers were joined by students currently undertaking studies and they answered questions about the nature of the study, the workload and points of particular interest.

Prior to the evening, Deputy Principal; Curriculum, Standards and Innovation, Robert Tassoni addressed all Year levels about the process. During the Expo, students were provided with information from Universities, TAFE colleges and private education providers. Representatives from these institutions advised on tertiary and further education pathways. This was followed by a formal information session in the Wardell Theatre. 2014 Year 12 students returned to talk to the 2015 year 12 students about university life beyond Genazzano.

To coincide with our College’s Career Expo Evening, there was a STEM @ Gen talk in the Science Foyer available to all Years 7-12 students at lunchtime. This featured 2 guest speakers, Dr Daniel Mathews and Dr Julie Clutterbuck and was very well attended.  Particular thanks are extended to Careers Adviser, Judy O’Donohue for her close and caring focus on student choices as well as to Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation, Robert Tassoni, and all staff involved in the process.

I am delighted to announce that we have selected three Year 10’s to go to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016. The decision was made difficult by the very strong field. Congratulations to: Sophie Zebrowski, Rebecca Feneley and Emily Attard.

As an educator, I am passionate about literacy and reading right from an early age. We know that words and language are important for our children, right from birth of course, and here at Genazzano we have the wonderful experience of working with little people from the age of 3.  We are delighted to congratulate our highly valued teacher librarian Julia Louise (Petricevic) on the launch of her picture book, Shadowcat.

We remember those who have died recently, particularly:

  • Isobel Prowse (past student and Dux, 2009), daughter of Anne and Anthony Prowse and sister of Hilary, Mary (2008), Claire (2012), Esmond and James.
  • John Cullen, on 24 July. Loved by Liz, Megan (Year 12) and her siblings Shaun and Danielle, Damien and Justin.
  • Arthur Hammett, on 1 August. Husband of Frances (1948), Father of Christine (1973), Andrea Cridland (1983), Genevieve Stout (1975), grandfather of Dominque (2011) and Lucy (2005) O'Dea, Bianca Stout (2005) and Belinda Kelsey (1998).
  • Mary Hulin, on 25 July. Mother of Genazzano teacher Maryann Hulin.
  • Alan Martin, on 19 July. Colleague of Genazzano staff 1991-1999. Husband of Barbara.

Patricia A Cowling



A Heart of Winter

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



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.


Equestrian Accomplishments 

Throughout the year, both Rachael Collins (Year 12) and I competed extensively in Interschool Equestrian Competitions, representing Genazzano. These competitions are considered the ‘big league’ with people coming from all over the state to compete and qualify for the Interschool Nationals in Sydney in September 2015. Rachael competed in a number of Eventing competitions (dressage, show jumping and cross country) and I competed in Interschool Dressage.

During the 3 week holiday period, I participated in the Victorian Interschool Equestrian State Championships at Werribee Equestrian Centre. This event hosted more than 500 competitors competing to secure a place in the Victorian team for Nationals in Sydney. I was fortunate enough to place 2nd in my level out of 60 riders and qualified for Nationals, whilst Rachael was also notified that from the qualifying events she rode in throughout the season, she has also secured a spot for Sydney in September.

It is such an honor to be competing against the best horse and rider combinations from across Australia. It's going to be a big trip up to Sydney but we are so happy to have the privilege of marking the Genazzano name in the Interschool Equestrian world in our last year of schooling. 

- Louisa Inge (Year 12)

Louisa Inge on Sugar 'n' Spice

Rachael Collins on Oceanic Star

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.  


Overseas Tours

At the end of Term 3, both the French and Sport Tours will take place. There will be a Parent Information update meeting on Wednesday 12 August at 7pm in the Furlan Room.

In November/December later this year, the Italian Tour will take place. A Parent Information update meeting will take place on Thursday 8 October at 7pm in the Furlan Room.

In 2016, a number of other tours will take place. In March/April there will be a Chinese/Japanese Tour. In June/July there will be a Music Tour and in September there will be an Arts, Science/Technology/Maths Tour and a Humanities Tour. 

Please see below for information evenings on these 2016 Tours:

  • Chinese/Japanese Tour: Wednesday 26 August at 7pm in the Furlan Room
  • Music Tour: Tuesday 1 September at 7pm in the Furlan Room
  • Humanities Tour: Wednesday 2 September at 7pm in the Furlan Room
  • Arts and Science/Technology/Maths Tours: Tuesday 8 September at 7pm in the Montagner Auditorium 

For information regarding all College Overseas Tours please contact Mr Ferruccio Servello on 8862 1036 or


Open Mornings

Thursday 13 August
Tuesday 8 September

For more information, head to: 

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 

Parent Forum

Tuesday 1 September
6.00pm – 7.15pm

GLS Breakfast

Wednesday 2 September
7.00am – 9.00am at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

Outstanding Alumnae Awards Evening

Tuesday 15 September
6.00pm – 8.30pm 

GFA Footy Luncheon

Friday 18 September
12.00pm – 3.00pm

Online Payment Instructions:

(Note: Places required indicates number of people tickets are being purchased for)

Faith and Mission

Social Justice Week

Genazzano FCJ College and Xavier College Unite
2015 Social Justice Week – August 24-28

Years 5-12

Social Justice Week is a time in which Genazzano and Xavier Colleges combine to raise awareness and funds for Caritas, Australia.

This year our focus is on the rights of women in developing countries and our funds will be donated to the Caritas Project supporting these particular women and children.

During this week, there are a number of activities to raise awareness and to have fun at the same time. The Prefects from both Colleges compete in Netball and on Wednesday 26 August we will come together, in the Madeleine Centre, for a Sing Off in which the singers from Xavier and Genazzano compete against one another.

On Tuesday 25 August, both Colleges hold Bread Roll Day. On this day all students in Homerooms will share a bread roll lunch which is a symbolic act is to raise awareness in the College community of those who do not have basic necessities, including daily meals. We ask parents to support this project by encouraging their daughters to forgo their normal lunches and to share a bread roll on the day. The Genazzano Canteen will be closed on this day.

On Friday 28 August, the Annual Social Justice Dinner will be held at Genazzano, in Centenary Hall from 6.30-9.30pm.


Timetable for Social Justice Week






Monday 24

Genazzano and Xavier

Prefect Netball

1:30- 2:15 pm


Xavier Campus

Stevenson Centre

Tuesday 25



Bread Roll day


Respective schools

Wednesday 26

Genazzano and Xavier

Sing Off

1:30- 2:15 pm

Genazzano lunchtime

Genazzano Campus

Montagner Auditorium

Thursday 27

Genazzano and Xavier

Netball Match

1:00- 1:35 pm

Genazzano lunchtime

Genazzano Campus

Centenary Hall


Genazzano and Xavier

Social Justice Dinner

6:30-9:30 pm

Genazzano Campus

Centenary Hall


Curriculum, Standards and Innovation

Mathematics Enrichment Holiday Program

The College held its first Mathematics Enrichment Holiday program during the June holidays. The program was attended by 27 students across Years 9 and 10 and was led by Dr Daniel Mathews from Monash University. Students were exposed to a number of mathematical problem solving techniques based on questions asked in the major national and international Mathematic Competitions our students enter on a yearly basis. Unfortunately, there was more demand for the program than there were places and so we are now investigating conducting more sessions throughout the Term. The feedback received from students who participated was very positive and they felt that it was well worth attending the session, despite it being during their holiday time.


The STEM@Gen team have been meeting regularly to plan and organise opportunities for students to meet and learn from people whose work relies heavily upon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Recently students had the opportunity to attend a lunchtime session conducted by two speakers.

Speaker 1: Dr Daniel Mathews - Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow: Curvature Flows and Spectral Estimate, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University. Dr Mathews is also a part of the Monash University Research Field: Mathematical Physics, Geometry & Topology. Dr Mathews’ mathematical research covers a vast range of topics in geometry and topology and helps to improve understanding of the fundamental physical processes of the universe. Dr Mathews was also the recipient of the 2015 Young Tall Poppy Science Award. These awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. As part of the Young Tall Poppy campaign, award winners spend a year sharing their knowledge with school students, teachers and the broader community through workshops, seminars and public lectures. Young Tall Poppies are nominated by their peers and are early career researchers aged 35 or under, and selection is based on research achievement and leadership potential.


Speaker 2: Dr Julie Clutterbuck is a mathematician with an interest in the geometry of shapes caused by physical laws, such as the shape of the meniscus on the surface of a liquid. She has a PhD from the Australian National University, followed by postdoctoral work in Berlin, and is now a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne. In 2014, she and her collaborator, Ben Andrews, were awarded the Gavin Brown Prize of the Australian Maths Society for the best paper, for their proof of the Fundamental Gap Conjecture.   

The success of the day was marked by the number of students who not only attended the session but took the opportunity to ask questions and speak to both Dr Mathews and Dr Clutterbuck.

Dr Clutterbuck addresses a group of interested Year 10, 11 and 12 students at the recent STEM talk



Learning and Wellbeing

Genazzano at VicSRC Congress

During the last week of the semester break holidays, as SRC (Student Representative Council) representatives, Molly Jones (Year 11) and myself, Miranda Hojok (Year 9), travelled to Melbourne University, Ormond College to attend a 3 day residential State SRC Conference. This Conference is an annual event run by the Victorian SRC (VicSRC), and is called Congress. The conference is run by students selected by the VicSRC, and these students MC, host, interview and predominately run the whole event. It is at Congress were we interacted and worked with over 170 different year 7-12 students, from 59 different Victorian schools.

At Congress, there were so many amazing opportunities and experiences that Molly and I were a part of. For example, meeting with the Minister of Education, and the Minister of Youth Affairs, participating in 2 different learning workshops of our choice, the Harry Potter themed Gala Dinner, (the Ormond College dining hall looks very similar to the dining hall in the Harry Potter movies!), speaking with highly regarded representatives from Oxfam, Oaktree and One Girl, (which are organisations to help stop poverty and gender inequality), and of course, the Congress itself.

Even though the event is called Congress, the actual Congress is the main event held on one of the 3 days. Congress is a parliamentary styled debate that focuses on the top 10 Victorian school issues. These issues include bullying, school funding, facilities, school culture, student wellbeing and welfare, school clusters, school leadership and governance, teacher-student relationships, environmental issues and curriculum. Every student that attended the conference was elected a group.

During the Congress, each group had to pitch a belief statement and an action pitch, and after the topic had been discussed and debated, the motion was either carried or defeated. Molly was in the teacher-student relationship group, and I was in the environmental group, and both our motions were carried. The topic that won Congress was granted $5000, which the VicSRC will use to support and implement the action pitch created by the group into schools across Victoria. The group that won was the school leadership and governance group, though all motions carried at Congress are still looked at by the VicSRC.

After returning from Congress, there are definitely aspects that we want to implement into our school, especially after we spent time looking so deeply into environment issues and teacher-student relationship issues. We plan to implement the teach-the-teacher program, which will help teachers understand how students work best and what learning styles work best for students. We also want to make the school more environmentally friendly and sustainable, by making sure the water we use is recycled, more bins are put into the grounds to prevent littering, introduce education programs on the environment so people have a better understanding on these issues, and eliminate other small factors such as the purchase caged eggs instead of free range eggs.

Overall, Congress was an incredible and invaluable experience which both Molly and I learnt and took so much away from it.

By Miranda Hojok 9B - SRC

2015 Information for Parents and Carers


The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment they are provided with.

The national data collection will count students who have been identified as receiving an adjustment to address a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA). The DDA can be accessed from the ComLaw website at:


The aim of the national data collection is to collect better information about school students with disability in Australia.

This information will help teachers, principals, education authorities and families to better support students with disability to take part in school on the same basis as students without disability.

The national data collection is an opportunity for schools to review their learning and support systems and processes to continually improve education outcomes for their students with disability.


All schools across Australia collect information about students with disability. But the type of information currently collected varies between each state and territory and across government, Catholic and independent school sectors.

When implementing the national data collection, every school in Australia will use the same method to collect information. Therefore, a government school in suburban Sydney will collect and report data in the same way as a Catholic school in country Victoria and an independent school in the Northern Territory.

The information provided through the national data collection will enable all Australian governments to better target support and resources to benefit students with disability. The data will help schools to better support students with disability so that they have the same opportunities for a high quality education as students without disability.


All students are entitled to a quality learning experience at school.

Schools are required to make reasonable adjustments, where needed, to assist students with disability to access and participate in education free from discrimination and on the same basis as other students.

These responsibilities are outlined in the DDA and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). The Standards require educators, students, parents and others (e.g. allied health professionals) to work together so that students with disability can participate in education. The Standards can be accessed via the ComLaw website at


A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action taken to help a student with disability access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability. Reasonable adjustments can be made across the whole school setting (e.g. ramps into school buildings), in the classroom (such as adapting class lessons) and at an individual student level (e.g. extra tuition for a student with learning difficulties). 


Every year your child’s school will collect the following information for each student with a disability:

  • The student’s level of education (i.e. primary or secondary)
  • The student’s level of adjustment
  • The student’s broad type of disability 

The information collected by schools will be provided to all governments to inform policy and programme improvement for students with disability.


The definition of disability for the national data collection is based on the broad definition under the DDA.

For the purposes of the national data collection, students with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or auditory processing disorder as well as chronic health conditions like epilepsy, diabetes or asthma, that require active monitoring by the school, may be included.


Teachers and school staff will identify the number of students with disability in their school and the level of reasonable adjustment they are provided based on:

  • Consultation with parents and carers in the course of determining and providing reasonable adjustments
  • The school team’s observations and professional judgements
  • Any medical or other professional diagnosis
  • Other relevant information.

School Principals are responsible for ensuring the information identified about each student is accurate.


Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all students and their families is essential. Personal details such as student names or other identifying information will not be provided to local or federal education authorities.

Further information about privacy is available from 


All education ministers agreed to full implementation of the national data collection from 2015. This means that all schools must now collect and report information annually on the number of students with disability in their care and the level of adjustment provided to them.

Information about the arrangements that may apply to your school in relation to this data collection is available from your child’s school principal and the relevant education authority or association of impendent schools.

Even if your child’s information is not included in the national data collection, the school is still required to provide support to your child with education needs.


Contact your child’s school if you have further questions about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability and how it may involve your child.

You can also visit

An e-learning resource about the Disability Standards for Education 2005 is freely available for the use of individuals, families and communities at 

National Parents/Carers Fact Sheet Version No. 3 as at April 2015

Early Years News

News from the Early Years

The Year 3 students treated their audience to an excellent musical rendition of the story of Zacchaeus for their Assembly on July 24. They also shared some of their learnings on Matter and its various states. Our next assembly will be on August 21 when the Prep to Year 2 classes will lead the proceedings.

Throughout Grange Hill the inquiry focus has been on materials and their various compositions. Prep and Year One have been exploring rocks, wood, plastic and other materials in our environment. Year 2 has been investigating what happens when different materials are combined. Year 3 has been examining the states of matter and how some chemical changes are reversible and some are irreversible while in Year 4, the focus has been on materials in our world.

The Year 4 class participated in a moving Reflection Day at the Don Bosco Retreat Centre in Lysterfield on Tuesday 4 August in preparation for their Sacrament of First Eucharist on the Friday 14 August. A sign up sheet for our Year 3 parents to help out with the evening’s celebrations is available outside the Year 3 classroom. 

Many Prep to Year 4 students enjoyed a fantastic evening of dancing and whip cracking entertainment at Gen Outback on Saturday 1 August. A big thank you to the GFA for organising such an excellent night out - it was great to see so many children dancing with their parents to the music of the Blackberry Jam Bush Band, having a go at whip cracking and generally having lots of fun in the process. In the lead up to the event the girls loved having the bales of hay and suitably dressed kangaroos on display in the foyer of Grange Hill.

Chess continues at lunchtime every Friday in the Year 3 classroom for all those who would like to improve on their skills or to try for the first time. We also wish some of our Year 3 and 4 students who are competing in the SSV District Athletics Carnival on Monday 10 August the best of luck.  

Upcoming Dates: 

Monday 10 August SSV District Athletics Carnival
Friday 14 August The Sacrament of First Eucharist
Monday 17 August Annual Music Concert – students dismissed at 12:30pm
Tuesday 18 August Late start at 10.00am due to concert
Friday 21 August Assembly at 9.00am in the Montagner Auditorium led by Prep to Year 2
Friday 21 August Year 3 to attend Town Hall Melbourne for launch of CBCA Book Week awards
Monday 24 August Book Week parade
Thursday 3 Sept Fathers’ Day stall
Friday 4 Sept Fathers’ Day Breakfast
Wednesday 9 Sept Les Jeunes Artistes
Thursday 17 Sept Term 3 Ends - Parent Teacher Interviews
Friday 18 Sept Parent Teacher Interviews

Jackie Horgan 
Director of Early Years

Middle Years News

Sovereign Hill Camp - Year 5 Reflections

Last month I went on camp to Sovereign Hill. This camp really helped my learning because I learnt more about the gold fields and how the Chinese lived and how hard it was for them. I sat on the bus next to Jacquie, and the trip was a two hour drive. When we arrived at Sovereign Hill we all screamed as we were so happy to finally get there.

We first had a look around Sovereign Hill in our groups.  I was with Mr Mudge and I was in group 5. We looked around Main Street and went into all these different shops. We were not allowed to buy food and stuff from shops until the last day. After we had a look around we ate our lunch at the Sovereign Hill Café and then we went down a mine. I really surprised myself when I went down the mine because I was really scared and I did not want to do it. We went into a train and I was at the very back. It was pitch black and it was really scary. When we were down in the mines we saw a show about a man who was Chinese and found gold but then he got crushed by rocks. After that we had to go up the mine so you had to go back on the train and come up backwards. We then went to find out our cabins and who we were with.

We had dinner at the New York Bakery we all had our own tables and I sat with Lucy, Milly, Eliza Chiara, and Starzie. For dinner we had pasta and found it yummy. For desert I had chocolate mousse. After dinner we went to Blood on the Southern Cross. I loved that sound and light show it was very realistic and it was very fun. We then went to bed. The next day we went gold panning and I found five pieces of gold. We also went to the area where the Chinese lived and we went in their tents. 

The next day was the last day and was lots of fun. I bought heaps of things I bought a packet of raspberry drops and a writing set which had a nib, blotting paper and ink. I also bought some soap and a sign that said GIRLS ONLY for my sister. I loved Sovereign Hill I learnt so much and it all was a lot of fun.

By Maddie Taylor

Recently the Year 5’s went on camp at Sovereign Hill. For some people it was the very first time going on camp but for others they had already been on a few camps or at least one so it was very exciting.

I learnt how raspberry drops are made, which was so good because they looked so good and smelled amazing, and we actually got to try them at the end. It was incredible how they knew the recipe and how to make them off by heart.

I actually got to write like they did back in the olden days in cursive writing with a nib pen and an ink pot. It was very surprising that I could do most of the letters and actually write my whole name seeing that it is very long. It was amazing because I had never written by dipping in ink before and that was really cool!

The highlight of Sovereign Hill would definitely have to be going underground to the mines. It was astounding to be actually underground. I was so surprised that the walls and the roof actually stayed like that with all the dirt. I don’t know how they do it. It was very interesting to see all the pieces of gold and rock in the walls and some that were on display. We even saw a video clip about a Chinese miner digging in the secret chamber and finding some gold and it was exciting for him and his family, but sad because he died after finding his fortune. Luckily his brother survived and was able to become wealthy and settle in Australia.

I learnt heaps and heaps of interesting facts and things. All the things that we did helped me with my learning because I was really listening to every word anyone said because it was just astonishing to find out more stuff from back in the 1800s.

By Ruby Vanden Boom

From June the 1st to June the 3rd, the Year fives went on camp.

This was the first time I had been on a gen camp to Sovereign Hill, It was also the first time I had been in a room with five bunk beds, as well as going to many attractions at Sovereign Hill.

The thing that surprised me about myself was how much gold I had found by gold panning, and how I didn’t get scared when I went in the gold mine tour for the Secret Chamber. The last time I had come I got so scared that I closed my eyes and clenched on tightly to my mum.

The highlight of Sovereign Hill was going to blood on the Southern Cross. It was a very interesting and sometimes startling. I liked the part when Peter Lalor was projected next to the flag of the Southern Cross on bakery hill and made his speech in front of all the burnt licenses. Blood on the Southern Cross is about the conflicts that had happened between the police and the miners during the time of the eureka stockade

Camp helped me make more friends and have a better understanding of the Eureka Stockade and what the gold mines looked like, how unfair it was on the gold fields particularly for the Chinese, what school was like and what the women, children and men acted like at the Ballarat Goldfields.      

I might’ve known most of the year fives already, but it was great to learn much more about them and that’s why I like the teachers mixing around the groups and cabins so that we could all meet each other and become really good friends.

By Grace Kobayashi-Walsh

Sport News

Free Community Presentation - "Injury Prevention and the Young Sportsperson"

Includes a Q & A session for parents and young athletes alike, this presentation will cover:

  • The concept of load management
  • Unique issues regarding adolescents in sport
  • Practical tips on how to monitor the young sportsperson
  • Sport specific injuries and warning signs 

When: Sunday 16 August at 4.00pm
Where: Camberwell High School, Prospect Hill Road, Canterbury
Cost: Free
Presenters: Andrew Wynd and Karyn Solomon are both accredited Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Physiotherapists and practise at Balwyn Sports & Physiotherapy Centre.

Bookings are essential. Please register at 
Please do not hesitate to contact John Unkles at the Camberwell Hockey Club on 0417 258 396 for further information.


Congratulations and Good Luck

2015 Victorian Cross Country Championships

Molly McCarthy (Year 8B) was again successful at the State Championships and will now progress to the Cross Country Nationals from Friday 28 until Monday 31 August here in Melbourne. Molly has medalled at each of the past 4 State and National Championships, which is undoubtedly an outstanding achievement.

GSV Senior Basketball

Gen girls are the GSV B Division Premiers following a day long tournament at MSAC in late Term 2. 

In addition, good luck to this team of Senior basketballers who will compete on Monday 10 August at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.

2015 GSV Representative Hockey Team

Marielle Salom (Year 12 Corry) and Charlotte Kennedy (Year 10 Stock) have recently been selected in the GSV Rep team. We wish them both well in the Interstate Tournament to be held in Melbourne in the September holidays.                                                                                                   

Rachael Collins (Year 12 Gerda) and Louisa Inge (Year 12 d’Houet) have competed in a number of eventing competitions including dressage, show jumping and cross country. Louisa placed 2nd in the Victorian Interschool Equestrian State Championships at Werribee Equestrian Centre and qualified for Interschool National Championships in Sydney in September. Rachael also qualified via her performances in events throughout the season, and will also attend the Nationals.

Tennis - 2015 WTA GSV Future Stars Event

Genazzano were represented in this tournament by Allegra Mattioli (Year 9 Winter), Hannah Stiles (Year 10 Stock), Camille Ablaza (Year 8B) and Melissa Comito (Year 9 Gerda).  The girls played a round-robin Fast 4 format in pools of 4. Whilst none of the Gen girls progressed to the National Finals in Sydney, it was a terrific experience to play at such a high standard and on the premier tennis venue in Australia.

Track & Field

Good luck to our GSV and SSV squads that are competing in the GSV Preliminary Carnival this week (Wednesday 5/8) at Lakeside Stadium and the SSV Carnival next week (Monday 10/8) at Duncan McKinnon track. 

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, at 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

Saturday Netball

Saturday Netball Finals

We are now over half way through the Saturday Netball season with finals starting in 2 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 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 or


New Zealand Netball Tour – 2016 

The College is excited to announce that planning is underway for the 2016 New Zealand Netball Tour.

Students playing Netball for the College in 2016 at Years 11 and 12 are eligible to apply.

The tour offers students the opportunity to represent the College and experience all that New Zealand has to offer on and off the Netball court.

The group will travel to New Zealand for 9/10 days in the first week of the 2016 June/July school holidays.

Netball will be the focus of the tour with students able to test their skills against some of the best schools and regional teams in the country.

While visiting Auckland and the Waikato Region the students will enjoy opportunities to understand and experience Maori culture, as well as New Zealand’s stunning and diverse natural beauty.

A Lunchtime Information Session for students will be held on Wednesday 19 August in the Wardell Theatre. 

Sarndra Kennerley
Netball Co-ordinator


Music News

Annual Music Concert 2015

We warmly invite you to join the College community at Hamer Hall for an evening of musical entertainment showcasing the talents of our students on Monday 17 August, 2015 at 7.30pm.

An email invitation will be sent out to all parents shortly with further information on how to book.

Drama News

Speech and Drama 

Speech and Drama classes have commenced and the students from Grange Hill through to the Later Years are excited to be developing their skills in performance and presentation. The Public Speaking students are working with speeches from Malala and Martin Luther King and are learning about the power of storytelling to engage an audience. The Acting students are working on well-loved characters including, Lucy from ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, Amy from ‘Little Women’ and Anne from ‘Anne of Green Gables’.

If you are interested in Public Speaking or Acting classes please contact Tanya Salinas-Byrne or Gabrielle Quin at

Careers News

News from Careers

Year 12 – Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) Information Evening

All Year 12 students and parents are invited to the VTAC Information Evening to be held at 7pm on Thursday 13 August. It will be held in the Madeleine Centre and will cover applications to VTAC, Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS), scholarships, change of preference, fees, the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and offers.  

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:

An information session will be run for all Year 12’s during GenStar on August 19.

Years 10-12 Open Day Dates 

All Universities have Open Days during August and September. Your daughter(s) in Years 10 -12 have been sent an email via the careers newsletter with these dates. A full list is also available on the VTAC website:

Year 11

On Wednesday 5August, all Year 11 students participated in part of their Careers Education during a GenStar session, which involved research around their subjects in Year 12 and courses available after leaving school. This was done by looking at pre-requisites via VICTER 2017 and Coursearch on VTAC.

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor

Co-curricular News

News from Co-Curricular Programs

Yearbook Photographs

On Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August, all remaining formal photographs for the 2015 College Yearbook will be taken. Throughout these two days, close to 100 photos will be taken on the College grounds and will include photos of sporting teams, music ensembles, leadership positions and various Co-curricular groups.

The photo schedule will be on GenSpace the week prior. All students will receive a detailed schedule of the photo days via email, outlining the times of each photo and the clothing requirements. Staff are aware that students will be excusing themselves from classes throughout these two days. 

For photos where the sport rugby jumper is required, could you please ensure that the white collar is ironed as they tend to look messy otherwise. All students in photos requiring the winter uniform must be wearing the College tie. Hair must be tied back neatly and off the face.

Please also note that students who have a PE uniform photo and do not have a Physical Education class on the same day will be required to travel to and from school in full winter uniform and then change into PE uniform for their scheduled photo either before school, at recess or at lunchtime.

Catherine Murphy
Director of Co-curricular Programs
8862 1025

Information and eLearning

Double™ Robotic Telepresence at Genazzano

Recently our Double™ Robotic telepresence solution has provided remote access for students unable to attend College due to unforeseen circumstances. Currently, one of our Middle Years students has been unable to attend due to illness. However, the Double™ has allowed her remote access to her classroom so that she can stay in contact with her friends and support her learning. Just after the Term holidays, a VCE student was unable to attend her first few days of class due to the volcanic eruptions in Bali. However, via her hotel Wi-Fi connection and her mobile she was able to attend remotely and not miss out on important early Term work. The Double™, in combination with the College learning management solution SchoolBox, is reaching out and supporting our learners - wherever they may be.

If you have any questions regarding the College Telepresence solution, please contact the Director of Information and eLearning Technologies, Nathan Hutchings, on 03 8862 1261 or via

Research and Performance Excellence

University of Melbourne – Network of Schools

Genazzano is pleased to be a member of the University of Melbourne’s Network of Schools.  The Network is a collaborative partnership for Victorian schools to work together with world class educational theorists and researchers on strategies to make a collective impact to advance all students’ learning. Genazzano is committed to best practice in teaching and learning, and is working with the Network to identify target areas for strategic improvement.

A number of Genazzano teachers recently attended a seminar by influential researcher, Professor John Hattie, offered through the Network of Schools.  Hattie’s presentation on understanding teacher impact and student growth complements the College’s recent professional learning program based on Hattie’s work and a focus on contemporary practice in formative assessment.

As part of the work through the Network of Schools, Genazzano is undertaking a pilot study in a Year 11 Mathematics class. The project will examine effects in attitude and performance with education and mentoring designed to promote ‘growth mindset thinking.’  This is an exciting area of work which is consistent with Hattie’s research findings that student self- expectation has an enormous impact on learning growth. 

What is a ‘Growth Mindset’?

It can often happen that students do not feel motivated or engaged in a particular study area, due to a belief that they are ‘bad’ at that study.  This attitude presumes an inability to learn and is indicative of a ‘fixed mindset.’ The student is likely to give up or avoid this area in order to pursue areas in which they feel more confident. Professor Carol Dweck, a prominent researcher in motivation and achievement, suggests that a fixed mindset closes people off from learning as they have a belief that they are not able to progress due to inherent fixed intellectual characteristics. Conversely, people with a ‘growth mindset’ believe that they can improve - with effort. They have a love of learning and persist when they are faced with challenging problems, mistakes and failure. Dweck contends that educators and parents should notfocus on intelligence or ‘being smart,’ as this is likely to foster a fixed mindset.  Rather, we should emphasise effort and process, as this engenders a growth mindset and higher achievement in school and life.

Tips for Promoting a ‘Growth Mindset’ In Your Child

Dweck  (2007) says that parents and teachers can help develop a growth mindset by promoting a love of learning,; teaching children about the value of hard work and effort; and by speaking about the brain as a muscle or ‘learning machine’ that can grow and develop.  Praise should be directed toward the child’s effort, persistence or strategies to find solutions.

The following excerpt is taken from Carol Dweck’s article in Scientific American Mind:

‘The Secret to Raising Smart Kids'. HINT: Don't tell your kids that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life. ‘

You can read the full article here: 

A for Effort

According to a survey we conducted in the mid-1990’s, 85% of parents believed that praising children's ability or intelligence when they perform well is important for making them feel smart. But our work shows that praising a child's intelligence makes a child fragile and defensive. So, too, does generic praise that suggests a stable trait, such as, “You are a good artist.” Praise can be very valuable, however, if it is carefully worded. Praise for the specific process a child used to accomplish something fosters motivation and confidence by focusing children on the actions that lead to success. Such process praise may involve commending effort, strategies, focus, persistence in the face of difficulty, and willingness to take on challenges. The following are examples of such communications:

You did a good job drawing. I like the detail you added to the people's faces.

You really studied for your Social Studies test. You read the material over several times, outlined it and tested yourself on it. It really worked!

I like the way you tried a lot of different strategies on that Math problem until you finally got it.

That was a hard English assignment, but you stuck with it until you got it done. You stayed at your desk and kept your concentration. That's great!

I like that you took on that challenging project for your Science class. It will take a lot of work—doing the research, designing the apparatus, making the parts and building it. You are going to learn a lot of great things.

Parents and teachers can also teach children to enjoy the process of learning by expressing positive views of challenges, effort and mistakes. Here are some examples:

Boy, this is hard—this is fun.

Oh, sorry, that was too easy—no fun. Let's do something more challenging that you can learn from.

Let's all talk about what we struggled with today and learned from. I'll go first.

Mistakes are so interesting. Here's a wonderful mistake.

Let's see what we can learn from it.


 Dweck, C.S.  (2007) The Secret to Raising Smart Kids.  Scientific American.  Mind & Brain Special Edition Vol 23, (5) p 40. 

Raising Resilient Teenagers – Free Online Program

Monash University is inviting parents and teens to participate in a study of a new and free Online Parenting Program.  It is designed to empower parents, increase confidence and provide strategies to manage adolescence and protect teenagers’ mental health. To find out more, or to register to participate, please go to

For further details, you can contact the researchers via: or on (03) 9905 1250.

Catherine Brandon
Director of Research, Programs and Performance

Other News

2015 Term Dates

Term 3 


Thursday 17 September

Last day of Term


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 


Monday 4 January

Category B staff return

Wednesday 20 January

Executive Return

Thursday 21-Friday 22 January

All POL meeting

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


Monday 11 April

Staff and students return

Friday 17 June

Last day of term



Term 3 


Monday 11 July

Staff return

Tuesday 12 July

Students return

Friday 16 September

Last day of term



Term 4


Monday 3 October

Staff and students return

Wednesday 7 December

Students conclude

Friday 9 December

Students conclude

Thursday 13 December

Teaching staff and Category B staff conclude

Tuesday 20 December

All staff conclude

GFA News

News from the GFA

The GFA has been busy in the first few weeks of Term 3:

The Year 5/6 GFA Father/Daughter Camp was held on the weekend of July 24-25 at the Mt Eliza YMCA camp. 110 girls and Dads launched into a sensational weekend of physical and mental challenges while braving the cold weather conditions. There were outdoor activities galore, trivia entertainment and tasty pizzas on Saturday evening to bring huge smiles to the girls and sooth the aches and pains of the day’s activities. Waking up to the smell of fresh coffee and hot chocolates on Sunday morning was well received by all! A special thank you to the camp crew, Anthony Galgano, Jordan Grigg, Jerome Joseph, David MacIsaac and Julian DiBattista, who helped plan and make the weekend such a success!


Gen Outback was held on Saturday 1 August, with entertainment by the Blackberry Jam Bush Band, as well as whip cracking, loads of dancing, hay bales, kangaroos, sausage sizzle and prizes galore. A fantastic night was certainly had by all of the 22 families attending from ELC to Year 8. Big thank you to our Hopetoun Hall Boarders for the judging of the many entries received for the Gen Outback Photography, Drawing and Colouring-in competitions. Special thanks also to all of our local sponsors who provided more than $1,200 in prizes for our ‘Great Aussie Raffle’:  Reflex Technology Group, Wine Whisperer, Columbos, Snuggles, Toscanos, Cannings butcher, Lido Cinema Hawthorn, Baker’s Delight Kew, Palace Cinema Balwyn andTim’s Bookshop.

Of course, this night would not have been such a success without support on the day from our Dads: Peter Board, Joe Lossino, Fabio Ramunni, Matthew Wheelahan, Sanjay Bangalore and Julian Di Battista, and all Gen Dads, Mums and children assisting with the smooth running and pack up on the night.

Coming up on the GFA calendar we have…..

  • GFA Kew Traffic School will be held THIS WEEKEND on Sunday 9 August. This will be a fantastic morning for all Dads and their daughters in Prep to Year 1, held from 9.15 – 11.15am and includes a BBQ breakfast at a great location. Bookings still open, $25 per father-daughter pair, at:
  • GFA Year 9 Ten-pin Bowling will be held on Sunday 16 August – Year 9 girls and Dads, don’t miss this one! This is your chance to spend some one on one time together with your daughter on a lazy Sunday evening for a quick bowl, food and drinks. Bookings open NOW at:
  • GFA Footy Finals Luncheon is on Friday 18 September 18. Enjoy lunch with one of the best Football panels ever to entertain (Shane Healy, Billy Brownless, Luke Darcy and Cameron Ling) while 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! $125pp and tickets are selling fast. Book NOW at:

The next GFA meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 August at 8.00pm in the College Boardroom, and is a great opportunity for you to meet other Dads in a relaxed setting, 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

Genazzano Mothers’ Association

The Year 9 Mother/Daughter Breakfast at The Boulevard was a great success. This was well attended with everyone enjoying a chat over a lovely breakfast.

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

Marisa De Maria 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 or to reserve your copy. This year there will be a hard copy or a digital copy available.

-Country Mothers’ Mass and Lunch: Save the Date

Please put Friday 28 August in your diaries and mark with high importance! Invitations have now been sent out. 

Save the Dates for the Following Events:

Year 1 Family Yum Cha Sunday 9 August
Year 7 Mother/Daughter Brunch Sunday 16 August
GMA Ball – Oriental Nights Saturday 29 August
GMA Fathers’ Day Stall Thursday 3 September
Year 11 Mums’ Happy Hour  Thursday 10 September
ELC Bundoora Park Sunday 13 September
Year 6 Family Day at the Zoo 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 - Cafeteria

GMA Annual Ball – Oriental Nights – Saturday 29 August, 2015

Join us for the GMA’s biggest social event of the year! Dance the night away to live music, indulge in beautiful food, take in the glamorous surrounds and make the most of the great company.

Fundraising on the night will include:

Throw a coin in the ‘Wok’ and you could be the lucky person to win a stunning Hermes enamel bracelet in black, silver and palladium plate with H clasp, 2cm wide, valued at $960.00. 

We have a great line up of prizes from cocktail party packages to an overseas holiday, and of course, no auction would be the same without a couple of football jumpers! Three of our amazing auction prizes include:

 19th Century Grand Art Chateau in Burgundy, France
A magnificent stay awaits those willing to explore the Côte-d'Or, home to some of the world’s best wine regions, dining and exquisite countryside.

• 7 nights, sleeping up to 10 adults or 8 adults & 4 children
• French Personal Chef, Chateau welcome dinner 
• Housekeeping included

Situated on 2.5 acres, this 700m2 grand provincial estate exudes charm and character in the quiet countryside of a Bourgogne town; a gateway to the home of some of the world’s premium vineyards and culinary fare. Valued at over $15,000.

"Chanel No 5" by ANDY WARHOL
This is an original 1997 advertising print on linen measuring 47 x 63 inches.  This is a Paris Bus Stop original!  Chanel commissioned Andy Warhol to do Serigraphs for them, but due to his untimely death in 1987, these images were not used until 1997. This item is in incredible condition "A" on linen and framed to archival standards. Valued at $5,000.

Bruce Springsteen Hand Signed Guitar
Hand signed guitar by "The Boss". Bruce Springsteen is a superstar singer and songwriter - one of the greats of rock'n'roll. For over 40 years, Springsteen has carved his working-class roots into his music and has penned some of modern culture's most memorable anthems. This incredible item of music history is yours for the taking!

Thanks to generous parent donors and retailers in our area we have a great range of prizes just waiting for your bids!

We’ll draw the winner of each of the four raffle prizes including the Airfares to any destination valued at $5000.  Buy a raffle ticket or two, or better still, buy the whole book!  Please return ticket butts, cash (or cheque made payable to Genazzano Mothers’ Association) and any unsold tickets to Student Services or Receptions at Grange Hill and All Hallows as soon as possible.  All raffle inquiries to Cathy Frawley 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. 

YEP Connect

YEP Connect is a jam-packed event for young people in Years 5 to 8, featuring games, activities and music. It is a fantastic environment for young people to meet and build friendships with like-minded peers.

Location: OLGC
Time: 3.30pm-6.00pm
Cost: Free
Dates: Sunday 16 August / Sunday 11 October / Sunday 15 November 

For enquiries, please contact:
Laura Healey on 0417 483 961
Alex McMullen on 0409 117 779

Families are encouraged to join us for the Youth Mass at 5pm.

YEP is a youth initiative open to all young people. It is a joint venture sponsored by the Parishes of Kew, Hawthorn, Deepdene and Balwyn, as well as Xavier College and Genazzano FCJ College.