Genazzano FCJ College
|Genazzano FCJ College|
|Kew, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Girls Day and Boarding|
|Denomination||Catholic, FCJ Sisters|
|Colour(s)||Burgundy and Royal Blue|
|Slogan||Creating the future|
Established in 1889 by the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ Sisters), the college has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,100 students from Early Learning Centre to Year 12, including 50 boarders from Years 8 to 12.
Genazzano is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. and a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).
Genazzano FCJ College was founded in 1889 as a boarding school for country girls by the order, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ Sisters), specifically Marie Madeleine D'Houet, in honour of whom one of the schools houses is named, on its current site at Kew.
As with most Australian schools, Genazzano utilises a house system. There are currently six houses named after people significant in the school's history:
- D'Houet (Royal Blue): Named after Marie Madeleine D'Houet, Foundress of FCJ Sisters.
- Stock (Gold): Named after Mother Stanislaus Stock, first Principal of Genazzano, 1889–1914.
- Gerda (Green): Named after Mother Gerda Prytz, first Genazzano pupil to enter FCJ Society.
- Douglas (Magenta): Named after Mother Philomena Douglas, Principal of Genazzano, 1932–1958.
- Corry (Red): Named after Mrs Ellen Corry, first pupil, first President of OGA (Past Pupils).
- Winter (White): Named after Miss Mary Winter, honoured past pupil. The College Prize for Loyalty is still given in her honour.
The current facilities of Genazzano FCJ College include: The original Wardell Building housing all Year 9 to 12 classrooms, specialist areas, the Chapel and the Madeleine Performing Arts Centre; The Physical Education Complex incorporating the Centenary Hall, which houses a 25-metre swimming pool and gymnasium; The D'Houet Building housing library and technology facilities, science laboratories and preparation areas, a Careers Centre, and a centre for VCE education with classrooms, tutorial rooms and conference facilities. This building incorporates the former library building which has been refurbished to include Food Technology facilities, cafeteria amenities and Year 11 classrooms; 'Grange Hill' is the location for Prep to Year 6 education housing a library complex, a Year 6 retreat/classroom and specialist areas and administrative facilities.
Genazzano offers a rowing program for girls in years 8-12, competing in regattas all over Victoria and at Head of the School Girls. At the 2010 Head of the School Girls Regatta, Genazzano took out 13 titles. The college seniors annually produce a musical with their counterparts at Xavier College
Genazzano's brother school is Xavier College in Kew. Xavier College and Genazzano have an active collaboration sharing musical productions and instrumental programs. Genazzano also runs a yearly exchange with St Mary's School in Broome. Four Year Ten students are selected to go and immerse themselves in the Aboriginal culture.
In collaboration with brother school Xavier College, Genazzano FCJ College participates in a community outreach program in conjunction with the combined parishes of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene, Sacred Heart, Kew and Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn. For the duration of one week, 12 students from the partnered schools participate in a community building program in Bourke, an Outback town of New South Wales.
- Jane Kennedy - Actress, comedienne and producer with Working Dog Productions
- Robyn Nevin AM - Actress; Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Theatre Company (also attended The Fahan School)
- Dr Brenda Niall AO - Biographer, Literary critic and Journalist
- Julia Zaetta - Editor of Better Homes and Gardens, Pacific Magazines Pty Limited; Former Editorial Director of the Australian Women's Weekly
- The Nervo Twins - Miriam and Olivia Nervo, fashion models, singer-songwriters and celebrity DJs.
- Her Hon. Judge Felicity Pia Hampel S.C - Judge of the County Court of Victoria
- Cate Molloy - Member of the Legislative Assembly (Independent) for Noosa 2006; MLA (ALP) for Noosa 2001-06
- Her Honour Judge Maree Evelyn Kennedy SC Judge of the County Court of Victoria.
- Nicola Gobbo , prominent criminal lawyer and corruption whistleblower.
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