Performance Psychology

Performance Psychology Centre

The aim of Genazzano’s Performance Psychology Centre is to promote wellness, resilience, development and optimal functioning. Performance psychology focuses on thinking skills that assist people to achieve their potential in any area of life. The centre is staffed by registered psychologists with specialist training/ endorsement in areas such as Educational and Developmental psychology and Clinical psychology.

Students may attend the centre for supportive counselling, education and/or skill development. Professional assistance is available to assist with personal issues and wellbeing, as well as strategies for performance enhancement in areas such as sports, exam technique, public speaking and music performance. All services are confidential and free to all Genazzano


GenSTAR: Optimal Wellbeing and Achievement

Promoting optimal achievement alongside wellbeing has been an important feature of Genazzano FCJ College’s wellbeing education program since 2008. The College’s program aims to foster personal growth and development by providing a structured whole school model that is sequenced for each age and stage. It has been developed utilising the current research in wellbeing and psychology and in consultation with students and staff. The program incorporates sessions to promote aspects of:

  • positive psychology
  • health and safety
  • philanthropy
  • empowerment
  • resilience
  • growth mindset
  • performance psychology education.

The program is regularly reviewed and evolving so that it continues to be relevant and progressive.

Through the implementation of innovative programs and world’s best practice, the Performance Psychology Centre and the GenSTAR program actively support the Genazzano vision and mission, promoting development of the whole person and encouraging students to have a passion for life and a love of learning.

Ignatian – FCJ Values

The values of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus underpin GenSTAR and all that we do at Genazzano. We aim to foster:

  • A love of learning
  • The courage and confidence to lead and to serve others
  • Respect and care for self, others and the environment
  • The pursuit of excellence in all its forms
  • Relationships with God, creation, church, others, ourselves
  • A reflective process for deeper awareness and personal development
  • A careful discernment of life’s choices and deliberate action
  • An openness to personal growth
  • A positive and grounded self- understanding and acceptance
  • An emphasis on community spirit and social justice.

Performance Psychology

Performance psychology aims to promote thinking strategies to enhance effectiveness and wellbeing. These strategies include:

  • a positive and growth mindset
  • a holistic and systematic approach to optimizing accomplishment featuring purposeful effort, planning and reflection
  • performance technique
  • enhanced motivation and confidence.

Strategies to overcome disappointment, set new challenges and embrace learning and feedback are essential to the process of accomplishment and growth.

Such skills in improving achievement are fundamental to all aspects of education including:

  • examinations
  • learning
  • public speaking
  • sports, music
  • drama
  • team challenges.

Examples of performance psychology skills are:

  • optimistic thinking
  • flow
  • mental rehearsal
  • goal setting and motivation
  • overcoming setbacks
  • relaxation and reflection.


“Resilience is the human capacity to face, overcome and be strengthened by or even transformed by the adversities of life.” (Grotberg, 1995) 

Setbacks, adversity and difficulties are a part of life that everyone will face. It is important for young people to build resilience by learning how to draw on inner strengths and by knowing who to turn to for help and what they can do to assist themselves. Examples of resilience are:

  • knowing you are a person who is loving and lovable
  • asking a teacher or parent for help
  • using your skills to solve problems and communicate effectively with others.

Grotberg, E. H (2003). Resilience for Today: Gaining Strength from Adversity. Westport, CT ; London : Praeger.

Positive Education

This area of psychology applied in Education aims to help students and school communities to flourish. It is about increasing positive experiences and positive emotions to enable people to experience more meaning and happiness in life. The focus is on:

  • enhancing positive feelings
  • relationships
  • involvement in school and activities
  • meaning in life and achievement.

Examples are:

  • cultivating practices of gratitude
  • optimism
  • mindfulness
  • kindness
  • assisting others
  • experiencing flow
  • embracing personal character strengths.

Seligman, Martin, E. P. (2008) Positive Education and the new prosperity: Australia’s Edge. Education Today, Vol 08 (3) 20-21.

Leadership & Service

This is a key feature of the Genazzano spirit. We aim to nurture students who are courageous and independent thinkers. We support young women to be caring, competent and community minded individuals. By being strong, thoughtful leaders and having a commitment to issues of social justice and equality, Genazzano students can make a real difference in the community and the world.


A love of learning is at the heart of growth and the development of the whole person at Genazzano. A ‘Growth Mindset’ relishes challenge, enjoys finding solutions and persists in the face of hard work. The growth mindset does not shy away from making mistakes and is not worried about failure – these things are signs of progress and learning. Growth mindset is about effort, persistence and embracing learning as a lifelong pursuit.

Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Random House


Genazzano FCJ College is proudly a member of the Positive Education Schools Association.


Visit the PESA website or Postive Education at Genazzano page for more information.

Performance Psychology

Performance psychology focuses on thinking skills that assist people to achieve their potential in any area of life.