Inspiring Young Women:
Genazzano FCJ College is a Catholic day and boarding school for girls, currently celebrating 127 years of Catholic education. We are a College proud of its history, its past and present students, and importantly, its community.
Together as educators, parents and friends, we work to create a learning environment permeated by the richness and traditions of our faith and the Ignatian heritage of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.
Ours is a College where intellectual pursuits flourish in a climate of excellence and enquiry. Our core values include a passion for life, a love of learning, and the courage and confidence to lead and serve others.
These values encourage our students from ELC to VCE to approach life with optimism, to be creative learners looking for ways to contribute to society and to be actively engaged with issues of social justice.
Like your child’s imagination, learning should have no bounds. Our co-educational Early Learning Centre instils in its young students the joy of learning and discovery.
Our girls-only Boarding and Day environment, from Prep to Year 12, enables each student to take intellectual risks and focus on achieving personal bests across a wide range of subjects and pursuits, including quality religious education, diverse co-curricular activities and social justice programs.
Further, our College’s exceptional facilities are surrounded by beautiful park-like gardens, which collectively work to immerse students in a unique and inspiring learning environment.
The College is renowned for providing a wide variety of opportunities. Academically, musically and recreationally, Genazzano offers students a rounded education that prepares them to become resilient, adaptable and confident women.
Stages of Learning:
Employing a “personal best” model, Genazzano aims to identify the capacity of each girl and encourage her to set her sights ever higher. At every level of a girl’s learning, she will be challenged, stimulated and supported by a highly qualified teaching body.
The curriculum offered by the College is up to date, well researched and designed to suit the learning needs of all students.
A unique feature is the Stages of Learning structure, rather than the traditional primary and secondary model. At each level of learning, students participate in programs that are stage and age-appropriate beginning with the Early Learning Centre (3 & 4 year olds in a co-educational kindergarten program), Early Years (Laying the Foundation – Prep to Year 4), Middle Years (Building Breadth and Depth – Years 5 to 8) and Later Years (Developing Pathways – Years 9 to 12).
The curriculum offered by the College is up to date, well researched and designed to suit the learning needs of all students. Individual differences are provided for in the classroom by teachers, and supported by a dedicated Learning Enhancement team and highly qualified psychologists.
The College community is vibrant and energetic, and seeks to positively influence all aspects of a student’s development. At Genazzano, learning and wellbeing go hand in hand.
Ms Karen Jebb
Karen commenced as Principal of Genazzano FCJ College in January 2016. She is a faith filled, modern educational leader, nurturing girls and young women for 21st century career opportunities, balanced by an innate sense of social responsibility and personal purpose.
Karen comes to Genazzano with an exemplary career as a Principal, with a long history promoting science and mathematics. She has demonstrated significant talent in strategic planning, leadership, team building and improved academic results during her 27 year career in Catholic education.
Highly regarded within the Catholic education sector as a progressive and innovative leader, Karen was Principal at Our Lady of Sion College in Box Hill prior to joining Genazzano.
“A Genazzano education encourages students to view the world critically, to be discerning in their decision making and, most importantly, to understand that learning is a life long journey”, Karen said.
Her academic qualifications include a Masters in Education, Graduate Diploma in Theology, Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Science.
With expansive green lawns, mature gardens and beautifully landscaped grounds, our College is often referred to as, 'the school in a park'. Genazzano places significant emphasis on the learning environment - glass panelled walls bring the outside world in; open spaces create collegial learning experiences. There are areas for quiet times and listening, and integrated spaces that facilitate social relationships and collaboration.
The historic Wardell Building is the heart of Genazzano and houses class rooms, main reception, administration, staff offices and the College Chapel. Designed by celebrated 19th century architect William Wardell, the building is a spectacular example of Gothic Revivalism and a Melbourne landmark.
The d’Houet Building features a library and technology facilities, state-of-the-art science laboratories, a careers centre, classrooms and the Performance Psychology Centre.
The light-filled and charming Grange Hill Building supports the rich and varied curriculum for the ELC and Early Years. A stunning central library interfaces with communal piazzas and outdoor areas where students have the opportunity to build, research and reflect.
The All Hallows campus provides a unique and immersive experience for Year 9 students, featuring its own hall, science labs, library, sports facilities and landscaped grounds.
The Madeleine Centre for Music and the Performing Arts is a superb 450–seat venue complete with orchestra pit, classrooms, tuition rooms, exhibition spaces, catering facilities and much more.
The sporting facilities at Genazzano are of the highest quality and include state-of-the-art tennis courts, Centenary Hall which features a full gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool, sports oval and extensive grounds, the College’s sporting facilities enable students to develop their skills in inspiring surroundings.
Genazzano is home to an outstanding Co-curricular Program, comprising well over 100 activities and offering students unique opportunities across many expert fields - music, sport and interest-based activities which include public speaking, debating, writing, liturgy, social justice and academic clubs. The College has a rich musical and choral tradition and with more than 30 music ensembles, students can discover the joy of music by learning an instrument of their choice.
Genazzano also has a rich history of sport, with many students becoming proficient athletes in swimming, athletics, tennis and netball. The College is also proud to be celebrating more than 30 years of Rowing.
Hopetoun Hall is a happy and nurturing home that encourages the growth of faith, independence and social responsibility for students from various social and geographic backgrounds.
Located only three kilometres from the College via a quick tram ride, Hopetoun Hall is a modern 40-bed facility providing a secure, comfortable, caring and supportive Catholic environment for students from Years 9-12. The off-campus location provides boarders with a sense of ‘going home’ at the end of each school day.
It’s managed by a resident Director of Boarding, who is assisted by a team of dedicated and experienced staff. Boarding staff appreciate and encourage open and regular communication between boarders’ parents and are aware that it is vital in ensuring quality care for all boarders.
Genazzano remains Victoria’s only Catholic girls’ boarding school. Year 12 students are accommodated in individual purpose-built rooms serviced by a communal kitchen. Students in Years 9 to 11 enjoy spacious, centrally heated shared facilities. All rooms have internet access.
Boarders are well represented within the College community as prefects, house captains, performers, members of sporting teams and as recipients of academic honours.
When girls leave Hopetoun Hall they take with them skills and friendships which will assist them in taking on life’s challenges.
Genazzano’s Companionship Program provides a vehicle for students to connect with members of the wider community, to offer them assistance and gain a deeper appreciation of their needs.
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 “find God in all things”.
Social justice is more than a series of programs designed to create awareness and understanding of broader community issues. It is a reflection of the students’ desire to contribute, share the values of their faith and make a difference to the world in which they live.
Genazzano’s innovative Performance Psychology Centre employs world’s best practice to promote wellness, resilience, development and optimal functioning.
The College’s GenStar Program, supports the Genazzano vision and mission to promote the ‘whole person’. Focused on building resilience, thinking for peak performance and promoting a safe and healthy approach to life, the program is underpinned by extensive theory and research.
Regular national and overseas tours offer students a broad range of immersive opportunities through language and cultural experiences, as well as creative arts, music and international sporting tours.
Academic Scholarships are offered to all students entering Year 7 and prospective students entering Years 9 and 11.
Music Scholarships are offered to all students entering Year 7 and prospective students entering Years 9 and 11. Two Music Scholarships are available to current Genazzano students entering Year 9.
Boarding Scholarships are offered to prospective students entering Year 9, 10 or 11.
For information contact:
Director of Admissions, Tel: +61 3 8862 1000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org