Genazzano FCJ College

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Genazzano FCJ College
Coordinates37°48′30″S 145°3′21″E / 37.80833°S 145.05583°E / -37.80833; 145.05583Coordinates: 37°48′30″S 145°3′21″E / 37.80833°S 145.05583°E / -37.80833; 145.05583
TypeIndependent, Day and Boarding
MottoLatin: Fidelis
DenominationCatholic (FCJ Sisters)
PrincipalKaren Jebb
Enrolment~800 (P–12)[1]
Colour(s)Burgundy and Royal Blue             
SloganFidelity Courage and Confidence

Genazzano FCJ College is a Roman Catholic, day and boarding school for girls, located in Kew, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Established in 1889 by the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ Sisters), the college has a non-selective enrollment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,100 students from Early Learning Centre to Year 12, including 40 boarders from Years 8 to 12.[2]

Genazzano is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV),[4] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia.[5] and a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).[6]


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.[7] The name is derived from the town Genazzano in Italy. [8]

The Wardell Building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[9]

House system[edit]

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 houses compete in Swimming, Athletics (track and field), Cross Country, and the 'Genazzano Day' House Dance Competition.


The current facilities of Genazzano FCJ College include: The original Wardell Building housing all Year 10 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 5-7 classrooms; 'Grange Hill' is the location for Prep to Year 4 education housing a library complex, specialist areas and administrative facilities. The Early Learning Centre is also housed at Grange Hill and provides exceptional early childhood education for 3 and 4 year old girls and boys.


Genazzano offers a rowing program for girls in years 8-12, competing in regattas across Victoria and at Head of the School Girls. At the 2010 Head of the School Girls Regatta, Genazzano took out 13 titles.

Senior students in Years 10 to 12 annually produce a musical with their counterparts at Xavier College.

Genazzano is an active member of GSV offering a variety of sports across the year and each term.

Participates in the Debating Association of Victoria's (DAV) Debating Competition.

Music lessons are offered as well as multiple opportunities to participate in bands, ensembles and orchestras.

Associated schools[edit]

Genazzano’s sister school FCJ College Benalla was founded in 1900 originally as an all girls boarding school. 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 Nine 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 and lastly MLC, Kew. 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.

Notable alumnae[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Genazzano FCJ College: Our School (accessed:15-08-2007)
  2. ^ School Choice Victoria: GENAZZANO FCJ COLLEGE (accessed:15-08-2007)
  3. ^ "Victoria". AHISA Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  4. ^ "Genazzano FCJ College". Find a School. Association of Independent Schools of Victoria. 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  5. ^ "AGSA Membership – VICTORIA". Members (Regions). The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  6. ^ Mawkes, Leonie (2005). "Member Schools". Profile. Girls Sport Victoria. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  7. ^ Genazzano FCJ College- History (accessed:15-06-2007)
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  9. ^ "Genazzano FCJ College, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H1902, Heritage Overlay HO252". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria.
  10. ^ Brasch (ed.), Nicolas (1996). Contemporary Australian Women 1996-97. Port Melbourne, Vic.: Reed Reference Australia. p. 148. ISBN 1-875589-92-9.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "NEVIN Robyn". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  12. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (2006-11-17). "NIALL Brenda Mary". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  13. ^ Wirth, Hugh J. (2002). "Reid, Isabelle Bruce (1883–1945)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. 16. Canberra: Australian National University.
  14. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "ZAETTA, Julia". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  15. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "HAMPEL, Felicity Pia". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  16. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "MOLLOY, Cate". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Vic.: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
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