Newsletter in Full - Edition 9 2015

News from the Principal


Dear Parents,

As Term 2 draws to an end, I congratulate and thank all students for a most productive Semester’s work.  At the same time on your behalf, my gratitude and thanks are extended to all teachers for their dedication and commitment to our students throughout the Semester. If we look back over the year so far, there is much for us to be proud of and to celebrate. I do encourage all students to enjoy the vacation period and to return to Term 3 refreshed and ready for the opportunities and challenges that the Semester Two has to offer. 

Semester reports will be available online to parents of Years 5-12 by 8am on Thursday 25 June and Prep-Year 4 Semester reports will be posted home to reach families by the same time. These reports are valuable documents and I would encourage all parents and students to take the time to read and discuss them together. Academic staff will be pleased to discuss any issues that may arise out of these reports with you at any time when school resumes for students on 13 July.

Sincere congratulations are extended to our Deputy Principal: Student Learning and Wellbeing, Mrs Teresa Lincoln, who will be assuming the role of Co-Principal of Kilbreda College Mentone from the start of 2016, jointly with Ms Nicole Mangelsdorf who is currently Deputy Principal at Siena College.  Teresa is taking Long Service Leave for Term 3 and Mrs Lila McInerney, Deputy Principal: Faith and mission will be assuming Teresa’s responsibility for this period, ably supported by Mr Charles Watt who will assume the role of Director: Faith and Mission. 

I would like to highlight the Subject Selection and Careers Expo that will be held on Wednesday 15 July for Years 8-11 students and their parents. A letter went out to all families on 1 June. The Expo designed by Careers Advisor, Judy O’Donohue and Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and Innovation, Rob Tassoni, provides an opportunity to discuss subject choices, as well as study and course options at tertiary institutions. There are two information sessions in the Wardell Theatre for current Year 9’s at 6.00pm, and for then for current Year 10’s at 7.45pm. Teachers from all curriculum areas will be available in Centenary Hall to answer questions.

Over the holiday period Mrs Marea Lanki will be attending the FCJ Pilgrimage in the footsteps of Marie Madeleine d’Houët. Marea will travel alongside eight others from Australia, including five associated with FCJ College Benalla. Our best wishes go with Marea and her fellow travellers on this wonderful journey. We also look forward to welcoming Mrs Marea Lanki, Ms Heather O’Keefe and Year 9 students when they return from a very successful Kimberley Exchange program on Sunday.

Particular thanks are extended to Dr Susan La Marca, Mrs Michelle Jennings and Mrs Anne McIlroy for the organisation of an exciting two week Literature Festival held in the College over the last two weeks of Term. Journalist and author, Martin Flanagan was an engaging guest speaker at the LitFest Dinner last week. This was the occasion for the announcement of the Year 9 Short Story Writing Prize for students from Genazzano and Xavier College. The winners were: Eleanor Fitzgerald (Year 9) and Aaron Lu from Xavier.

Letters have been sent home to families where there is a change of teacher for Term 3 as several staff will be taking leave.

Please note that the 2015 Information Sheet for Parents and Carers on the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disabilities appears later in the newsletter. 

We pray for the recently deceased:  

  • Barbara Elizabeth Slatterie, mother-in-law of Bernadette Slatterie (Genazzano teacher of English & Humanities).
  • Mrs Winifred Chiminello, aged 93 years. Mother of Mary Kofoed (past mother), grandmother of Elizabeth (2002), Genevieve (2009) and Marty. 

May the coming vacation period bring much joy and may the new Semester bring opportunities and challenges for us all to enjoy.


Patricia A Cowling


A Blessing for the School Holidays


Sustaining God, caretaker of life, you are always present. You live in us.

Watch over our College community during the break, and keep us safe in your watchful gaze.

Bless as we embark on our holidays.

We make this prayer through

Jesus our companion.



Latest News


News from the Business Manager

The Victorian Government has advised the College that eligible families are able to apply for financial assistance for their child (children) to attend camps, sports and excursion. Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year will be paid for eligible primary school students, with $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school students. Payments will go directly to the school and be credited to the fee account.

Applications to the CSEF are now open but close on Friday 26June, 2015 (limited initial window period). If you are eligible, application forms can be downloaded from the following website:

Enquires can be directed to the Business Manager or Finance Office on 8862 1005. 

LitFest Dinner 2015

On Thursday 11 June, a large number of staff, students, parents and special guests gathered on the stage in the Montagner Auditorium to celebrate literature and its importance in our lives at the 2015 LitFest Dinner.

This event celebrates the Year 9 Short Story Competition with the shortlisted writers from both Genazzano and Xavier College gathering for the announcement of the winner.  The judge this year was Clare Renner, Deputy Dean at the School of Media and Communication in the College of Design & Social Context at RMIT University. Clare’s expertise is in the area of creative writing and it was encouraging to hear how impressed she was with the standard of stories produced by students from both schools. We congratulate those shortlisted and the winners: Eleanor Fitzgerald and Anton Lu.

The special guest speaker for the dinner was Martin Flanagan, well known to everyone as a journalist and commentator across a range of topics including, indigenous issues and the sporting arena.  Martin spoke eloquently and from the heart about his journey as a writer, inspiring the audience to reflect on their own journeys and the power of small acts and chance encounters to change lives.

At the dinner we took the opportunity to make a special presentation to our principal, Patricia Cowling. This was an acknowledgement of her unwavering support of literature, ideas and diversity in the English Curriculum, as well as her recognition of the role a well-resourced library plays in fostering reading, learning and debating at the College.

The LitFest dinner was a fantastic night; we all shared lovely food and talked about books and ideas. Thank you to everyone who made this wonderful celebration of words possible.

Dr. Susan La Marca
Head of Library and Information Services












Stem @ Gen

STEM @ Gen

To coincide with our College’s Career Expo Evening, there will be a STEM @ Gen talk in the Science Foyer available to all Years 7-12 students at lunchtime (1.30 – 2.20pm) on Wednesday 15 July.

It will feature 2 guest speakers, Dr Daniel Mathews and Dr Julie Clutterbuck. 

Dr Daniel Mathews is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow: Curvature Flows and Spectral Estimate, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University. He 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.

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.

During their talks, both Dr Mathews and Dr Clutterbuck will let students know what usefulness maths plays in our lives and in the ‘real world’. They will share their maths pathways, what courses they undertook and their research interests.

If you are in Years 7-12 and interested in studying Mathematics and would like an introduction into where a maths career can take you, come and join us for this exciting STEM @ Gen talk. If you’re also thinking about studying Mathematics at Year 11 and beyond and want to consider Specialist Units 1-4 and Methods Units 1-4, this is a great opportunity to find out where it can lead you.


STEM @ Gen talk with guest speakers
Wednesday 15 July
Science Foyer at lunchtime (1.30 – 2.20pm)

Host Families Needed

Call for your help – Host families needed 2015

In order to strengthen our language program and opportunities available to students, Genazzano formed an alliance with Xiamen Foreign Language School in China in 2012. This year in August, we will have 6 exchange girls from China’s Xiamen Foreign Language School and are currently seeking expression of interests to host these girls. Students will be attending Genazzano FCJ College from 01 August to 21 August (about 3 weeks’ stay in Melbourne), and we are seeking host families for part of or all of their stay.

Current plans are for Genazzano students who decide to host to have a reciprocal opportunity to go to China and be hosted by a family for a linguistic exchange in 2016 or 2018.

Thank you for those who have expressed interest after reading the previous newsletter. We are still looking for 2 host families at the moment. If you able to assist in hosting a student during Term 3, 2015 and would like to have an opportunity to be hosted by a family in China in the future, please contact the Chinese teacher, Ms Yu Cong  via email:


Ms Yu Cong 
Year 7 Homeroom Teacher
Teacher of Chinese (Mandarin)


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.  



 Open Mornings 

Friday 17 July
Thursday 13 August
Tuesday 8 September

For more information, head to:


ACRATH Benefit Concert

Friday 24 July



GMA Annual Ball

Saturday 29 August



This year’s Annual Ball will be held at Zinc, Federation Square on Saturday 29 August. Come along to this night of fun, great food, great company and lots of dancing. You can join a Year level table or create your own. Invitations will be mailed out at the beginning of Term 3. Ticketing inquiries to Johanna Nesbitt at

By now you would have received raffle tickets to our major raffle, which is an important fundraising activity of the Ball. The winners of all four prizes will be drawn on the night. The amazing prizes include:

1st Prize:

Airfares to any Destination:

Prize includes two return economy airfares (to the value of $4,800) and complimentary return transfers by private chauffeur from the prize-winner’s home to Melbourne Airport (conditions apply). Donated by Genazzano Mothers’ Association with $1,200 of the value of the prize donated by Surrey Travel with Jacqui Bendall.

Approx. value $5,000.



2nd Prize:

Apple MacBook Air:

Light and durable enough to take everywhere you go, the 11 inch Mac Book Air features include a 1.6GHz dual-Core i5, 4GB memory and 128GB drive capacity. Donated by Reflex Technology Group.

Approx. value $1,179.



3rd Prize:

Dinner for 2:

Enjoy dinner for two at the Italian inspired Centonove, Kew.  Awarded a chef’s hat for three consecutive years, you will indulge in the fresh, contemporary dishes of this sophisticated and friendly restaurant. Donated by Centonove.

Approx. value $200.



4th Prize:

Fitbit Flex Wireless Wristband:

Make fitness a lifestyle.  Track your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and sleep. Sync your stats wirelessly. See program on your smartphone or computer. Donated by RH Sports.

Approx. value $129.

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 or Johanna

All proceeds from our Oriental Nights Ball will go towards the building works in accordance with the College’s 2020 Vision and Master Plan.




GMA Annual Ball
Saturday 29 August, 7pm  

GLS Breakfast
Wednesday 2 September, 7.00am

Outstanding Alumna of the Year Awards Evening
Tuesday 15 September, 6.00pm


News from Our College

From the Deputy Principal 

Music Camp

135 students from Years 5-12 attended the Music Camp last weekend as part of the preparation for the Annual Concert. The Concert is scheduled for the evening of Monday 17 August at Hamer Hall.

Internet Safety

A reminder to students about being careful in their use of social networking tools over the break. Please communicate carefully! Parents may be interested in the following website: which explains children’s online activities at each age and also outlines strategies for protecting young people online, offering suggestions for appropriate online behaviour. 



Students from Years 9-12 are to be commended for the considered and calm manner with which they approached the exam period. For VCE students, Semester 2 course-work commenced this week. All students studying a Unit 3/4 subject completed the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Thursday 11 June. The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment procedures and can be seen as a good predictor of achievement on other assessments in student’s VCE studies.



Over the past two weeks we have celebrated all things to do with writing and reading with a wonderful program of activities for LitFest. A particular thanks to Dr Susan la Marca, Head of Library Services, and our Curriculum Leader English, Ms Michelle Jennison for their work in providing a wonderful program for the students.


Work Experience

Year 10 students are undertaking a week of Work Experience this week and we wish them well. This is a valuable time for students as they have the opportunity to gain some insight into the world of work. Thank you to our Careers Advisor, Mrs Judy O’Donohue for her coordination of this program.


Subject Selection

Students from Years 9-11 will be involved over the next few weeks in a careful discernment of subjects for their academic program in 2016. The Careers Expo/ Subject Selection Evening on Wednesday 15 July signals the commencement of this process and it will be further consolidated with the students via Year level assembly briefings and input from teachers early in Term 3.


Looking Ahead

Term 3 promises to be another wonderful Term of living and learning at Gen! A reminder Term 3 commences for students and staff on Monday 13 July.

*Advance notice also that we will have a teaching staff professional learning day on Monday 3 August – this will be a STUDENT FREE DAY.

Finally, I wish all the members of our community a happy holiday! The three week break provides a wonderful opportunity for rest and reflection – may we all return to warmer and brighter days with renewed energy and well-prepared for the work of Term 3.


Cathy Jenkins
Deputy Principal

Faith and Mission


Curriculum, Standards and Innovation 

Subject Selection

The process of Subject Selection for 2016 has already commenced at the College. The first step in this process is for students to be given an outline of what to consider in making their final selections for 2016.

 Students entering Year 9 in 2016 have a number of elective choices from which they can choose. In addressing the Year 8 students, I highlighted the importance of maintaining two language studies if they are undecided about which language to continue with into VCE, or if they are considering studying two languages up to Year 12.

Year 9 students entering Year 10 can select up to four Semester-length elective units in 2016. They can also elect to take on an accelerated study by choosing one of the VCE studies available. In taking on a VCE study in Year 10, students need to be mindful that they are taking on an accelerated study and will need to complete an application form as part of the process. Double language students are encouraged to continue with the study of their chosen languages. This means however, that they are not able to access any of the other electives available.  There are many benefits to studying languages up to Year 12 and studying two languages at Year 10 will in no way limit their choice of studies from Year 11 onwards.

Year 10 students are now in the final stages of organising their VCE program. Many Year 10 students will opt to study a Unit 3 & 4 study in Year 11 as part of their program. Students will need to complete an application to do so, and this application will be considered by a team of teachers. Acceleration at Year 11 does have many benefits in terms of allowing a student to complete six VCE studies in total, which will add to their ATAR score. It must be remembered however, that acceleration at Year 11 is not the pathway for all students. Students need to demonstrate strong academic performance at Year 10, as well as have solid work habits. Taking on an accelerated study before a student in ready to do so can cause unnecessary stress and may be of little benefit to the student in the long run.

On July 15, the Subject Selection and Careers Expo will take place in Centenary Hall from 4.30pm until 7.45pm. The evening is designed to provide students and parents with the opportunity to talk to teachers and students about subject choices and representatives from tertiary institutions about the study and course options they offer.

Parents are also invited to attend an Information Session designed to provide information about VCE administration and key subject pathways. We will run two Information Sessions, one for Year 9 students transitioning into Year 10 in 2016 (6.00pm – 6.30pm, Wardell Theatre) and a session for Year 10 students transitioning into Year 11 in 2016 (7.45pm – 8.30pm Wardell Theatre).

Representatives from the tertiary institutions will hold an expo which will be located in the Centenary Hall from 4.30pm – 6.00pm, and again from 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

Genazzano teaching representatives from all curriculum areas will be situated in Centenary Hall.  Each curriculum area will have a summary display of all courses and options available and representatives will be available to answer specific questions. We encourage students who are considering certain elective studies to use this opportunity to ask questions and glean as much information as possible about the different courses and study options available.

Genazzano teaching staff will be available as follows:

4.30 – 6.00pm:  Year 8 into 9, and Year 9 into 10 students and parents (Centenary Hall)

6.00 – 6.30pm:  Year 9 into 10 Information Session (Wardell Theatre)

6.00 – 6.30pm:  Dinner break for staff not involved in Information Session

6.30 – 7.45pm:  Year 10 into 11, and Year 11 into 12 students and parents (Centenary Hall)

7.45 – 8.30pm:  Year 10 into 11, and Year 11 into 12 students and parents (Wardell Theatre).


A further source of information for students is the Online Handbooks available via GenSpace. These handbooks provide information on every subject and elective offering available to students across the different Year levels. The handbooks are currently in the process of being updated for 2016 and will be available by the end of Term 2. To access these handbooks please use the following steps:

-        Access GenSpace

-        Select Learning and Teaching

-        Select Online Handbooks

-        Select Stages of Learning

-        Select Appropriate Stage

-        The handbooks will then appear for your information.

Subject selection can be a very daunting time for students. It is important that before making a final decision about subjects, students have had enough information as possible so that they can make an informed decision about what to study. There are a number of sources available for assistance including our Careers Adviser, Judy O’Donohue, as well as subject teachers and Homeroom teachers.  I look forward to meeting parents at the Career and Subject Selection Expo and would welcome any inquiries via email at:


Robert Tassoni
Deputy Principal: Curriculum, Standards and innovation

Early Years News


News from the Early Years

It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the first Semester. The girls have worked extremely hard and are ready for a well-deserved break. For the past 10 days the girls have been celebrating LitFest with a range of activities including, mystery book borrowing, literary treasure hunts, lunchtime story telling with the Senior Leadership Team, and of course, a fantastic Bedtime Storytelling Night on Tuesday 16 June with Mini Goss who filled in at the last minute when Valanga Khoza had to regretfully cancel due to illness. The girls also participated in workshops led by children’s book illustrator, Anna Walker. I am sure that there are some future authors and illustrators who have indeed been inspired by the events of the past week.

We congratulate our students who received the Sacrament of First Penance; Rite of Reconciliation on Thursday June 4. It was such a special evening and many parents took the opportunity receive the Sacrament of Penance themselves, thus providing excellent role models for their daughters. We also congratulate those students who journeyed with them as they prepared for this special event in their lives.

On Monday many of our budding musicians participated in the Junior Strings Concert held in the Madeleine Centre. It was fantastic to hear so many of them perform so well in front of an audience. What a great experience. Well done girls!


Social Media

I would advise parents of Early Years students that it is not appropriate for their girls to have an Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account, etc. Although there is a lower age limit for signing up to many of these sites, younger students often find ways around this by changing the year of their birth and then creating their own accounts. Any social media used by girls should only be engaged with under direct adult supervision. Young children are not mature enough to navigate social media and are easy targets for cyber bullying, etc.

The following website offers a range of advice for parents and students on the types of social media available and how to ensure that they are being used appropriately.

The site can also be accessed through the LMS button on GenSpace, where there is a link located on the top right hand corner.

We wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday break.


Dates for your diary

Monday 13 July - Term 3 begins

Thursday 16 July - Sacrament of First Eucharist Parents’ Information Night at 7.00pm

Friday 24 July - Assembly in the Montagner Auditorium at 9.00am

Monday 3 August - Staff Professional Development – STUDENT FREE DAY

Tuesday 4 August - Year 4 Sacrament of First Eucharist Reflection Day

Friday 14 August - Sacrament of First Eucharist at 6.00pm

Monday 17 August - Annual Music Concert


Jackie Horgan 
Director of Early Years

Middle Years News

Year 7 History Excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria

On Wednesday 17June, the Year 7 History students travelled to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Ancient China exhibition exclusively from Beijing.

The exhibition consisted of a presentation and a gallery walk-through, based on the Qin and Ming dynasties. The Emperor’s gowns were on display, as well as giant silk scrolls decorated with ink, intricate porcelain and jade carvings, and one of the first pairs of platform shoes!

The Emperor, Qianlong, was also an avid art collector, amassing a massive array of artwork throughout his reign, from 1736 – 1795. Qianlong was a passionate poet and scholar who wrote poems based on his favourite works of art, signing them with his Emperor’s stamp; some of the ones he especially liked were nearly completely covered in his stamps.

It was a great and interesting excursion and we were amazed at the beautiful colors and carvings of the amazing artwork and jewelry. 

Many Mercer and Audrey Hogg (on behalf of the Year 7 History students)


Later Years News

VCE Units 1 & 2 Australian and Global Politics State Parliament Excursion

On Tuesday 5 May, the Year 10 and 11 students from the Units 1/2 Politics class ventured to State Parliament to witness the announcement of the State Budget. We were given a tour of the Legislative Assembly and Council by the MP for Bass and Genazzano father, Mr Brian Paynter. He stressed the importance of female representation in politics, encouraging us to become more involved in the democratic opportunities available to us. He detailed the necessity of defending political beliefs of personal importance through taking advantage of our democratic processes - our current topic of study. He gave us insight into his daily activities and responsibilities as a politician, highlighting his desire to accurately represent his electorate. We were also fortunate to meet Christine Fyffe, the MP for Evelyn, who emphasised how being a pluralist society means that it is crucial to have a variety of different sorts of people participating in politics to ensure that a wider proportion of citizens are being represented.

We concluded our excursion with a vigorous discussion and lunch with Tim Smith, the MP for Kew, who answered our queries about the Australian Parliamentary processes. A highlight of the tour included viewing both Question Time and the Opposition Party meeting room.

By Rachael Kay (11H1)


 Careers News

News from Careers Development

Work Experience

Congratulations to all Year 10 students on successfully completing Work Experience. We have had excellent feedback from employers as well as the teachers who visited students. Unfortunately some students missed some days due to illness, but managed to gain some vital experience in the end. Thank you to all parents for ensuring your daughter made it on time each day and for listening to their stories and experiences of work. They now need to complete their journals and return them to me at the beginning of Term 3. Thanks also to the employers for taking on our students. It is a great opportunity for our girls to learn about the world of work and generally inspires them to come back to school refreshed and ready to take the next steps into VCE and beyond. 

Subject Selection Years 8-11

Subject Selection is coming up at the beginning of Term 3. The Subject Selection and Careers Expo will be held on the evening of Wednesday 15 July and there will be a great deal of support and information on offer for students from Year 8-11 and their families. To assist you over the holidays, it is recommended you read the online handbook on GenSpace to see what subjects are available for your daughter in 2016. It is also a good idea if your daughter is in Year 11 to check VICTER 2017 at; and if she is in Year 10 to check VICTER 2018 at The Herald Sun will publish this information for Year 10 students on July 21 so make sure you put the date in your diary and remember to get a copy. The information in these publications really makes sure that your daughter has the subjects she needs (pre-requisites) for courses she wishes to study after Year 12. For all other subjects, it is important your daughter chooses what she enjoys and what she is good at. All Year 10 students will have a compulsory, one-on-one interview at the beginning of Term 3. (NB: Studying a Year 12 subject in Year 11 is not compulsory and is meant to be an extra challenge for high achieving students.) Year 11 students can make appointments during lunch times, before or after school if they need further assistance. For all parents with students in Year 8 and 9, it is important to listen to your daughters and encourage them to explore, choose what they are good at, and follow their passions at this stage.

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: Victorian Universities will be present at the July 15 Subject Selection and Careers Expo for you to ask questions and students should be attending their Open Days in August.

Year 10 Careers Day

There was quite a buzz at the end of Year 10 Careers Day as students heard from inspiring speakers such as Bridgid Cowling, a native title and pro bono lawyer with commercial law firm, Arnold Block Leibler; and Julian O’Shea, director of Engineers Without Borders. With our theme this year, Service in Companionship, these two were more than qualified to talk about the work they do, the volunteering they have done and how they work towards social justice on a day to day basis. Our girls were encouraged to follow their passions and understand that many fields allow you to help others daily. Students also had an overview of the University of Melbourne and Monash University courses on offer and then chose 4 sessions from a range of options from ACU, Box Hill Institute, Deakin University, La Trobe University, RMIT and Swinburne University. The day ended with a work experience/subject selection session.

Helpful Websites

Here are some great websites if you haven’t explored them previously:


- has a great deal of information about choosing subjects, jobs and careers, how much you can earn, courses on offer and much more.

- has information about where the jobs are predicted to be in the future.

LMS on GenSpace

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

Judy O’Donohue
Careers Advisor

Sustainability News


News from the Sustainability Representatives 

World Environment Day  

On Friday 5June, Genazzano students in Years Prep - 9 and Year 12 dressed up in green to celebrate World Environment Day; a day that is recognised around the world, with the aim to encourage awareness of the need for environmental sustainability and promote action towards this goal. This year the theme was, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.’  A total of $919.00 was raised and is going towards building new water tanks for communities living in the dry zone of Myanmar via the Living Water Project.

To further celebrate World Environment Day, various activities were organised by the Sustainability Representatives from all year levels. Such activities included the Genvironmental Race, Upcycling Challenge, Colouring-In Competition and a Photo Competition. The Genvironmental Race was a definite highlight, where each team was required to follow a set of clues and answer questions relating to the sustainability of the College. It was a very effective way of highlighting some of the initiatives the Sustainability Representatives have led; such as the worm farm, veggie patch and recycling bins.

All those involved had a lot of fun and the Sustainability Representatives were delighted to help achieve their goal of increasing awareness of the need to look after our environment!

If you wish to read more about the Living Water Project, please follow the following link:

Ciara Ward
Sustainability Prefect 


 Other News

Co-curricular News

Book Club @ Gen

When you think ‘Book Club’, you often just think ‘reading books’. But at Genazzano’s Book Club, it is much more. Book Club @ Gen sees students involved in weekly gatherings from Years 5 to 12. Students meet to share their love of reading and revel in the enjoyment that reading brings. This Term, students had the privilege of selecting books for the College’s Resource Centre on behalf of their peers from ‘The Kids Bookstore’. These books will be circulated through the centre and available for all to read, recommended by their peers. Additionally, students have also enjoyed playing board games inspired by the books, Bookopoly and The Hunger Games.

Some books that students have read this Term include newly released books such as, ‘Ghosts of Heaven’ by Marcus Sedgwick, whilst the senior students have enjoyed classics such as, ‘The Great Gatsby’ by Scott Fitzgerald.  Students have also enjoyed ‘Virals’ by American forensic and crime writer Kathy Reich, and ‘The Year It All Ended’ by Melbourne born, Kirsty Murray.

With LitFest beginning June 10, students involved in Book Club have much to look forward to.  Author Kirsty Murray will be visiting the College to help us celebrate, and a combined afternoon tea with the Xavier Book Club will also be enjoyed by all. The LitFest Dinner, with special guest author Martin Flanagan, will take place on the evening of Thursday 11 June.

To book, please head to:

There’s no better time than during LitFest to come along and join in Book Club @ Gen! 

Catherine Murphy
Director of Co-curricular Programs

Sport News

Saturday Netball

The Saturday Netball competition on the May 30 witnessed two Year 5 and 6 teams (named Gen Hanson and Gen Molik) play each other at Macleay Park. It was a tough and exciting game which was a great example of Gen sprit and sportswomanship. Shot after shot, pass after pass the girls were seen speeding down the court with smiles and laughter; everyone had a great time, including the coaches.

By Sophie Corridon, Hannah King, Sophie O’Halloran, Mia Lewis

 Music News

Jan Blazejczak
Director of Music



  2015 Term Dates

Term 2


Monday 8 June

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Student & Staff Free Day (ELC – Year 12)

Tuesday 9 June

Student Free Day (ELC – Year 12)

Friday 19 June

Last day of Term



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

Debbie O'Halloran
President, Genazzano Mothers' Association

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Class Representatives and their coordinators for their work in planning Year level events this past Semester, and in particular this past Term, which has been very busy with social events.

As we head into the coldest part of the year, I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday - keep warm and I look forward to many fun events next Term.

Events Held

The Year 2 Mums met at a local favourite, Centonove, on Friday evening where they enjoyed great food and great company.

A wonderful Sunday afternoon was had by the group of 10 Mother/daughter pairs from Year 6.  Everyone had a ball and enjoyed a lovely afternoon of bonding.  They are all looking forward to their next event, which will be the Year 6 Mothers only brunch at The Boulevard.

The Year 6 Mothers and daughters gathered for an afternoon of Ten Pin Bowling in Mont Albert. 

And finally, many of the ELC families enjoyed a fabulous day at the Diamond Valley Railway.  The morning was a huge success with everyone riding on the trains and enjoying the playground.


Year 3 Coffee Morning at Snow Pony:     

 Twas Friday June 12

 My day got a lift!

 I realised good company

 Is a blessing & a gift!


 Some Year 3 Parents

 At Snow Pony Cafe

 Only a small group

 But we commenced our day.


 We chatted 'bout everything!

 Cold weather, an ache or pain

 Hair Removal, house chores

 We had much to gain!


 Catch ups are so important!

 They help us stay afloat

 We're all there for each other

 And all in the same boat.


 Twas Friday June 12

 Our day got a lift!

 We realised good company

 Is a blessing & a gift!

By Jean Losinno – Year 3 Class Rep


Year 1 Dinner at Longrain

On Saturday 13 June, the Year 1 parents gathered at Longrain in Chinatown for a Thai banquet feast.  We sat around the table with the white stone lazy susan centrepiece, the conversation and laughter flowing. As each course hit the table it was apparent that the evening was enhanced by the amazing food and fantastic flavour combinations. This became a great talking point as the parents were taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with each dish.

As we looked back on our girls’ journey in Term 2 and the various highlights, each Mum shared their own experience of what it was like to have Arthur the Year 1 bear stay over at each of their homes for a week… the topic was the source of some very hearty laughter and fun!

A truly terrific evening shared with great company, scrumptious food and not a bear in sight!!

By Lorena Stipani - Year 1 Class Rep


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. 


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

Please put Friday 28 August in your diaries and mark it with high importance! The Annual City-Country Mother's Luncheon is to be held on this date at Fowles Wines in the Strathbogie Ranges. The luncheon has been a highlight of Genazzano and Xavier for many years and is an excellent opportunity to meet other Mums of the boarders or day students, as well as enjoy fine food, wine and beautiful scenery. More details to follow shortly.

The next Combined Committee & Class Reps Meeting is to be held on Monday 27 July at 7.30pm

Save the dates for the following events:

Prep Movie Morning         

Sunday 21 June

Year 12 Mother Daughter Weekend   18 – 19 July

Year 2 Mums Coffee Morning               

Monday 20 July

Year 3 Coffee Catch Up                                                                      Thursday 23 July
Year 4 Coffee Morning                                                                      Thursday 23 July
Year 5 Morning Tea                                                                                   Thursday 23 July
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


2015 GMA Annual Ball – Oriental Nights


Invitations will be mailed out at the beginning of next Term, so start thinking about your table of 10 or join a Year level table! Ticketing inquiries to Johanna Nesbitt via:


Be in the running to win airfares to any destination valued at $5,000; an Apple MacBook Air valued at $1179; dinner for 2 at Italian restaurant 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 Student Services or the Receptions at Grange Hill and All Hallows as soon as possible.

Raffle inquiries to Cathy Frawley via:

If you would like to contribute in any way we would love to hear from you, please contact Debbie O’Halloran via: or Johanna Nesbitt via:

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

Parent Information Forum -

Managing Anxiety and Worries (8-13 Years)


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.