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Genazzano FCJ College Kew Vic

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301 Cotham Road
Melbourne East
03 8862 1000
Genazzano FCJ College is a Catholic Day and Boarding School in Kew offering a co-educational Early Learning Centre and all-girls’ environment from Prep to Year 12.
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Genazzano FCJ College Kew Vic

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Mrs Loretta Wholley
  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Early Learning Centre
  • P-12 Campus
  • Catholic
Co-educational ELC and all-Girls Prep to Year 12.
Annual tuition fees range from $17,870 for Prep students to $29,685 for students in Year 12. Full Boarder fees $29,210.
Co-educational ELC
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From Year 7
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  • Co-curricular Activities
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  • Culture / Tradition
  • Educational Support
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  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values
  • Resources / Facilites
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  • Science/Technology
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Sport
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French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin (Chinese)
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  • Diving
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  • Rowing
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Genazzano FCJ College is proud to be celebrating 132 years of history within Catholic education. We highly value our past and present students, our inspiring educators and our College community. Together as educators and parents, we work to create a learning environment enriched by the traditions of the Catholic faith and the Ignatian heritage of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.

We are an inclusive community that celebrates diversity and delivers a balanced approach to learning and growth, from ELC right through to Year 12. Our tailored pedagogy recognises and embraces different thinking and learning; and equips students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the global world we live in.

We confidently innovate and adapt to a changing world by allowing students to grow academically and personally. This holistic approach enables students to develop into resilient, adaptable and agile thinkers, who have a global mindset and caring, inquiry based approach to learning that contributes to society.

We engage with others with a positive and loving attitude, serving a higher purpose through our Catholic faith and social justice programs that take action to benefit society and people in need.

We apply distinctive learning approaches based on cross disciplinary, student centred thinking and a commitment to excellence. Our transformational learning experiences focus on soft skill acquisition not just content; and our high performance culture promotes independence, self-belief and professional practice across the entire school.

An award winning school, Genazzano has been recognised as an Innovative School by The Educator in 2019 and 2020, for the work of the Genazzano Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences. The Institute has established a position at the forefront of utilising neuroscientific research in school education to improve learning and teaching. The aim is to provide exceptional student and staff learning experiences by working with key partners to leverage advancements in the fields of neuroscience, education, psychology, environmental design, health and information technology.

The learning and teaching programs at Genazzano are designed to offer students opportunities to grow, develop and excel.

Our College believes that learning should be engaging, challenging, interesting and enjoyable. Students are encouraged to dream large, be confident in all that they do and, most importantly, allow their passion for learning to grow and develop at every opportunity.
Genazzano FCJ College is located at 301 Cotham Road, Kew. In the heart of the leafy Eastern suburbs, the College is only 10 kilometres from the city.
With its expansive green lawns, mature gardens and beautifully landscaped grounds, Genazzano FCJ College is situated on a sweeping seven hectare site. Glass panelled walls bring the outside 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 College places significant emphasis on its physical environment in a belief that it stimulates a student's imagination, learning and creativity, while also providing them with a place to which they will long to return and be a part of.
The historic Wardell Building is the heart of Genazzano and houses the main reception, administration and staff offices, classrooms 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 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 150 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 7-12.  The off-campus location provides boarders with a sense of ‘going home’ at the end of each school day.

Hopetoun Hall is 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 7 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.

We value:

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
Tducation as lifelong, liberating and transformative.

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:

College Enrolments Team  
Tel: +61 3 8862 1000 
E: registrar@genazzano.vic.edu.au

Ours is a College where intellectual pursuits flourish in a climate of excellence and enquiry. Our academic results are a testament to the professionalism, expertise and care of our teachers and the dedication and motivation of our students.

Our VCE Class of 2020 received outstanding results. The median study score was 34 and the percentage of study scores greater than 40 was 20%. Notably, a total of 13 students received an ATAR of 99 or above and 72 achieved an ATAR greater than 90, which equates to 45%. Our median ATAR was 88.3. What is perhaps most significant about these statistics, is the depth of achievement under the most challenging of circumstances. Our Year 12 students spent a total of 14 weeks of school time learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

The College has a multitude of transport options available and is well serviced by all types of public transport, including buses, trams and trains.

Mrs Loretta Wholley

Loretta commenced as Principal of Genazzano FCJ College in January 2021. She is a faith-filled leader focused on creating a strong community where companionship with Jesus and others, and courage and confidence is reimagined.

Loretta comes to Genazzano with a highly regarded career in Catholic education, as a Principal, Deputy Principal and Educator. She is known for leading innovation in schools and supporting them to take bold risks and forge through society with great initiative and pride. She is passionate about all-girls education, their mental health and wellbeing, healthy eating programs and staff leadership.

Prior to Genazzano FCJ College, Loretta was Principal at Merici College in Canberra for 8 years; and before this, Deputy Principal at Mercedes College and at Santa Maria College, both in Perth. Earlier in her career she taught at Prendiville College, Mater Dei College and John XXIII College.

Loretta has held a variety of committee positions, most recently as the national President for the Catholic Secondary Principals Association (CaSPA); and four years as a member of the Catholic Education Commission, Canberra Goulburn.

Loretta has been recognised for her talents and commitment to education through a number of awards including the ACEL (Australian Council for Educational Leadership) Fellowship Award for services and leadership in Catholic Education in 2017; and Telstra Business Woman of the Year Public Sector ACT finalist; and the ACT Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Award in 2020.

“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”.

Loretta teaches in the areas of Religious Education, Business and Technology; and her qualifications include a Master of Educational Leadership, Master of Religious Education, Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She is highly regarded within Catholic education as a progressive and innovative leader.

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