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Gen girls embrace the ‘next gen’


 

The learning and teaching programs at Genazzano FCJ College are designed to give students the opportunity to grow, develop, and excel.

The college believes that learning should be engaging, challenging, interesting and, above all, fun. 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. One such learning opportunity is a unique entrepreneurial program called Girls Invent for Year 9 students. Students decide on either a business or social enterprise and utilise 21st century skills to bring their idea to life.

Erin, a Year 9 boarding student from Moyhu, near Wangaratta, has embraced the program with enthusiasm and a desire to create something of benefit to her community. Erin invented the ‘Bebida Bowl’ to alert owners when their pet’s water bowl is empty. By connecting the bowl to an app, owners can avoid the risk of dehydration or even death for their animal. Erin has spent many weeks researching animal health issues and possible solutions, before coming up with the idea of the ‘Bebida Bowl’.

Georgia, also a Year 9 boarding student, from Cobden, decided to participate in the Personal Project program in partnership with Deakin University. The personal project involves selecting and researching an area of study that both interests and challenges the girls. They explore their chosen interest in depth, while collaborating with Deakin University and college library staff.

Georgia researched the Great Ocean Road region and its local businesses to create the ‘Great Ocean Road Cookbook’ showcasing local businesses and recipes that involve local produce from these businesses. Georgia has also delved into the history of the region and discovered many local produce owners who she knows would benefit from further promotion.

Both students have learnt a great deal from the program, particularly time management and research skills. “I didn’t realise how much work was involved when inventing a product,” says Erin. “There’s the legal aspects, including patents, as well as understanding your market and will this invention be something people want to use.”

Being a boarder at Genazzano has also provided Erin and Georgia with the opportunity to educate their peers about their home towns. Both girls arrived at the college this year, unsure of what to expect and both have been overwhelmed with how friendly and supportive the Boarding House staff and other students have been. “Everyone is like a sister to me”, says Georgia. “I just love the opportunities that are available to me to explore at school and then the wonderful environment back at the Boarding House at the end of the day. I just love it 110 per cent!’

To find out more visit www.genazzano.vic.edu.au or contact the registrar at 03 8862 1207.

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Religion Catholic
Type Independent
Day/boarding Day and Boarding
Boys/Girls
Years Year 1 - Year 12
Enrolment 1004 students, including 34 boarders
Fees: Over 16k
from $16,441 for Prep students to $27,314 for students in year 12.
Phone
03 8862******* 03 8862 1000
Address 301 Cotham Road, Kew 3101
Email
registr*******
registrar@genazzano.vic.edu.au
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