A Brief History of Boarding at Genazzano
Boarding has always been an important part of Genazzano FCJ College. Since the College began, boarding was managed by the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus until the 1970s.
In the 1980s, a group of country parents formed Hopetoun Hall Inc. They obtained the Hopetoun Hall premises, organised staff and setup a boarding facility for their daughters and others so they could attend Genazzano FCJ College.
The original Hopetoun Hall premises has since been extended to incorporate the 40 bed residence that is in operation today.
Now managed and supported by the College, the Hopetoun Hall Boarding House is a thriving community with boarders from across Australia and overseas, with most from country Victoria and New South Wales.
We are very proud of our Boarding House and have certainly seen many young women pass through our doors. As we are the only Catholic all-girls’ boarding school in Victoria we hold a very privileged and responsible position within the boarding school industry.
Life in the Boarding House
Moving away for school is a significant milestone in your daughter’s life and your daughter may be feeling a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Most students adjust to boarding over time and will really enjoy their experiences and form lasting friendships with their housemates. There is also a resident Director of Boarding and experienced, dedicated staff who care for and support the girls in the house. This team work closely with College staff including the Deputy Principals, Director of International Students and Performance Psychology staff. The Director of Boarding also maintains regular communication with all boarding parents, in Australia and overseas.
In addition to providing emotional support, Hopetoun Hall offers a welcoming home physically for its students. The Boarding House is comprised of two buildings – a character-filled original home which is connected to a modern purpose-built residence. The house offers a range of facilities for boarders including a dining room, recreation room, TV room, separate sitting area for senior boarders, sick bay, piano room, computer room and small gym. There are also outdoor areas with tables and chairs where boarders can enjoy a weekend lunch in the shade. There is also a laundry with four washing machines and two commercial dryers for boarders to use.
Meal times, especially the evening meal, is a special time for boarders where they can share their news while enjoying dinner together. Meals are prepared by a chef, with afternoon tea, supper and lunch on weekends managed by house staff. Lunch and recess snacks are obtained from the College cafeteria, with a variety of options on offer for lunch.
Boarders in Years 7 to 11 are accommodated in twin share bedrooms with a single bedroom provided for Year 12 boarders. All bedrooms contain a bed, desk and wardrobe. Boarders may bring a bedside table or small chest of drawers if they choose.
Room changes occur periodically and are an important part of the boarding experience, encouraging the development of friendships, respect and tolerance for one another.
Study time is an important part of boarders’ daily schedule and is supervised to ensure the best conditions are available for everyone. English and Mathematics tutors attend the house two evenings a week and boarders can reserve a time with them. Parents who would like their daughter to have a session with a privately arranged tutor may do so through the Director of Boarding. All tutors must be verified and have current Working with Children Check cards.
All boarders are required to participate in the duty roster. Boarders will be allocated to a team for the year and will be rostered on dishes or clear up duty in teams for seven days.
7.00am Woken by staff, dress in school uniform, breakfast by 7.30am
7.30am Tidy room, make bed and prepare for school
7.40am Leave for school
4.00pm Return from school, afternoon tea, participate in outings/sport/music activities
5.30pm Report back into house
6.00pm Dinner in casual clothes, duties, walk, leisure activities
7.00pm Study time (Years 7 to 9 until 8.30pm) and (Years 10 to 12 until 9.00pm)
8.30pm Year 7 to 9 shower
9.00pm Supper available
9.30pm Years 7 to 9 bedtime / showers completed for Year 10
10.00pm Year 10 bedtime / all showers to be completed. All boarders in their own rooms
10.30pm Year 11 bedtime
11.00pm Lights out for Year 12
Performance Psychology for Boarders
The Genazzano Performance Psychology team includes a team of psychologists who support all Genazzano students in their learning and wellbeing, including boarders.
This team is available to share practical advice for boarding parents/guardians to assist your family with preparation and transition.