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The particular emphasis on faith and mission at Genazzano flows from a strong sense of Catholic identity and the FCJ Charism (spiritual gift). Faith education at Genazzano is informed by three core values: a passion for life, a love of learning, and the courage and confidence to lead and serve others.
A passion for life, a love of learning, and the courage and confidence to lead and serve others.
The inspirational foundress of the Sisters FCJ, the Blessed Marie Madeleine d'Houet, was a woman for our time. Marie Madeleine was a daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother whose life was defined by a restless commitment and willingness to assist those in need, despite her own hardships. Her great faith gifted her with the courage and confidence that was the basis of her life's work, and the work of all the Sisters - past, present and future - who continue to respond as women to the call of those in need.
Today, the Sisters FCJ continue the work of Jesus, demonstrating the message of God’s great love for all people. They strive to work with humility, poverty, obedience and gentleness. They work for God and with God. They are women in the world, ready to stand together to help others, to go where needed, and to go with courage and confidence.
In the spirit of Marie Madeleine, the College seeks to create a caring atmosphere where all can find a place and feel at home. Ever mindful of our Ignatian intellectual and spiritual heritage, Genazzano encourages students to view the world with kindness and curiosity. With a real and meaningful commitment to sharing the importance of social justice, Genazzano prepares students for the world beyond the College gates where they can be valuable members of the community; both local and global.
The College is committed to supporting the important work of the FCJ Sisters in Australia and Asia, as well as Catholic organisations including CatholicCare and St Vincent de Paul. Religious Education is taught from ELC to Year 12. Prayer and liturgy are integral components of Genazzano life, providing all students with the chance to reflect upon and develop their spirituality.
Companionship is central to the FCJ philosophy of education, being expressed through faithfulness, gentleness and respect. In the Ignatian tradition, the College encourages students to look to find God in all things - teaching an active attentiveness joined with a prompt responsiveness to God, who is constantly active in our lives.
Genazzano seeks to be a nurturer of life and a joyful messenger of hope and love, preparing our students for a life of leadership in the wider community where our graduates will be seen as women of contemplation, competence, compassion and commitment.
We are a Catholic learning community challenging our students to live and act with discernment through:
An excellent academic program
Quality religious education
An intensive co-curriculum
Active engagement with issues of social justice.
Life as a gift of God to be shared
Companionship with God, creation and one another
The intrinsic dignity of each individual
The distinctive contribution of women to church and society
Education as lifelong, liberating and transformative.
The VRQA Minimum Standards for registration of schools require that the programs and teaching at Genazzano FCJ College must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy.
These include a commitment to:
the rule of law;
equal rights for all before the law;
freedom of religion;
freedom of speech and association; and
the values of openness and tolerance.
As stated in the Standards, the requirements of the commitment above are not intended to affect the rights accorded to, or the compliance with any obligation imposed on, the School under a law of the State or of the Commonwealth.
Genazzano FCJ College is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy.
We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government
We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law
We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes
We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding others’ beliefs
We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom
We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.
This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the school community.