One of my favourite parts of being the Head of Primary is interviewing prospective students and families who want to come to Genesis.

We are really blessed in our school in that we have a significant number of applications for positions, and choosing students to come can be really hard!

Truthfully, I just love meeting young people, hearing their stories, what they love about school, and what their hopes for the future are. It is so inspiring, that I often come out of interviews, wanting to come back to school myself!

One of the big topics of conversation in interviews is reputation. It is abundantly clear to me that Genesis Christian College has an exceptionally high reputation in our local community, for being THE school of choice. Many would say the pick of schools of the northside of Brisbane.

This makes me delve deeper into “why” Genesis has this reputation; and it all comes back to our culture; and the heritage of who we are as a community.

As a distinctly Christian school, we hold a set of core beliefs. Many schools will say they have “values” or things they aspire to; but at Genesis our core beliefs underpin everything we do. It is from our biblical view of the world, that our values are formed, and from these values our expectations and actions. In other words, we are inspired by, and guided by the word of God in all that we do.

I often say to families when we meet, that Genesis has exceptionally high expectations on behaviour, and we follow through on this. We don’t just value good behaviours, but really believe that certain ways of acting are Godly and wholesome. And so our classrooms and playing fields have a sense of order, and our students carry themselves with a sense of dignity, and pride in our school culture.

In our school, this translates into excellence in teaching and learning and students results. We set the bar high, and students rigorously work hard to achieve their potential. This is part of our culture, and part of what makes Genesis Christian College, such a great school.

Jeremy Williamson 

Head of School (Primary)

Primary News & Highlights

“Learning at Genesis involves students and staff working hard. It is rigorous, and we hold ourselves accountable for the quality of work produced. Instructional time …

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Primary News & Highlights

“Learning at Genesis involves students and staff working hard. It is rigorous, and we hold ourselves accountable for the quality of work produced. Instructional time is explicit with our learning goals well-established. We have a distinct focus on high quality literacy and numeracy skills as the prime indicators of a student’s later academic success in school; whilst concurrently embedding a future-skills curriculum into our learning design. These future-skills include student agency (choice and voice), collaboration and teamwork, creativity, inquiry, flearning (learning through failure), flexibility, and authenticity (real-world products and audience). Future-skills apply to staff and students alike. Staff value the ability to collaboratively plan and create together.”

 As part of unpacking our vision for Primary School Pedagogy, the statement above addresses the fundamentals of excellent teaching and learning in a primary school – that being explicit instruction in Literacy and Numeracy, but also this interesting new concept of “future skills”.

So what are future skills?

These are the things which education researchers are saying are the life skills our children are going to need into the future, to equip them for the workforce of tomorrow; a future which we cannot yet predict will look like. However, if our children have these “future skills” as part of their own competencies, they will handle such a future so much better. Future skills are not the “content curriculum” or all the stuff you and I had to memorise at school. Future skills are more so the soft skills, and character traits that every person needs to get along with people, and collaborate.

The concept of “flearning” is one of these future skills. “Flearning” (or learning through failure), is the ability to bounce back from not being successful, think of alternative ways of solving problems, and in modern well-being terms is the “resilience” children need to persevere through tough times.

When famous basketballer, Michael Jordan says, I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” it makes me think, “what if Michael Jordan had quit after failing once, and never became famous?” The world would have really missed out!

In terms of our children and building resilience, at Genesis we have been focusing on “praising the process of learning and trying” rather than “praising the result”. The former of these two builds more resilient and future ready children.

Jeremy Williamson
Head of School (Primary)

Primary Pastoral Care

Day for Daniel Every year at Genesis, we support the Day for Daniel campaign through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. We use the day to remind …

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Primary Pastoral Care

Day for Daniel

Every year at Genesis, we support the Day for Daniel campaign through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. We use the day to remind our students of how precious life is and how we can help to look after one another.

This year we ran a design competition in Primary that was very well supported and attracted some great artwork!

We would love to congratulate our winners:

  • Prep: Lea Lynch
  • Yr 1: Zara Zvonar
  • Yr 2: Anayah McDonald
  • Yr 3: Beau Vanderhoek
  • Yr 4: Emma Reynolds
  • Yr 5: Olivia Caddy-Welsh
  • Yr 6: Kierra Sellars

Special Mention awards also went to :

  • Yr 1: Iris Spencer
  • Yr 5: Styver Burby
  • Yr 6: Matilda Jenkinson

Pam Nadler
Primary Chaplain 

Primary Innovation & Learning

Year 5 recently completed an intensive in Design and Technologies and Art. Our project week consisted of four solid days of investigating, generating, producing, evaluating …

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Primary Innovation & Learning

Year 5 recently completed an intensive in Design and Technologies and Art.

Our project week consisted of four solid days of investigating, generating, producing, evaluating and collaborating to build a bridge which could span over a 30cm gap, using an agreed list of materials.  The buzz amongst our students was electrifying, as they found failures in their designs and used problem solving skills to adjust their plans before the big unveiling and testing of the structural integrity with their parents during a special “Projects on Display” day at the end of the week.

Our clay artworks were also unveiled to reveal techniques of pottery developed across the week.  We learned that when clay dries, it contracts and many of our pots needed remaking!  We also learned how to smooth our clay using tools and create interesting textures including both raised and scored.  Much persistence and patience were required as we discovered a true appreciation for how skilled clay artists and potters are!

Students then reflected on the processes they were involved in across the week and the positive outcomes of their artworks and bridge designs.  There was a strong focus on collaboration and team work, which some teams found challenging when there were so many great ideas flowing from the whole team!  The challenge was to be able to successfully work through these moments to develop the best possible outcome in the time frame given.  Compromising and allocating role specific tasks was necessary to achieve the quality designs displayed by our Year 5 students.  Congratulations to each and every team and their guiding teachers and helpers for a week of rich learning!

Primary Sport

An update on what’s been happening in Primary Sport! NISSA: Our NISSA competition has finished for the year with our final Gala Day being held …

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Primary Sport

An update on what’s been happening in Primary Sport!

NISSA:

  • Our NISSA competition has finished for the year with our final Gala Day being held on Friday, 1 November.  We are very much looking forward to our 2020 NISSA competitions.
  • What an amazing competition that showcased countless instances of perseverance, teamwork, kindness and camaraderie of our students that supported our ethos of participation for all.
  • “Winning has a value for ego, but participation has value for life.” ― Debasish Mridha

Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival:

  • Congratulations to all the students who competed in the Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival. It was an amazing day where students displayed excellent house spirit.
  • Our age champions for 2019 are:
    • 9 Years:
      • Lauren Gittins
      • Felix Nielsen
      • Rocco Croucamp
    • 10 Years:
      • Mackenzie Barr
      • Ralph Nielsen
      • Mitchell Enchelmaier
    • 11 years
      • Mia Croucamp
      • Billy Harris
  • Congratulations to our winning house:
    • Bethel

Recent Congratulations:

  • Mackenna Magill – competed in QLD U12 Girls team at the recent National School Futsal Championships in early October. She has now been selected for the Australian Futsal U13 Girls team to tour Barcelona in Spain in April/ May 2020. Mackenna has recently accepted an offer to complete in an U13 NPLW team for football, which is the highest level of female football in QLD.
  • Morgan Lyall – recently took part in the National Interschool Equestrian Championships where she finished 3rd Place Primary Working Hunter and 13th Place Primary Preliminary Dressage.
  • Many of our students recently competed in the All Schools Aquathlon. A huge congratulations to all our participants as Genesis Christian College came away as the Champion School because of all their amazing efforts. Individual honours for the day go to Rocco Croucamp who medalled in 3rd place (Kids Male Aquathlon). Other notable placings were: Matthew Turner – 5th (Kids Male Aquathlon), Mia Croucamp – 17th (Primary Female Aquathlon) and Theo Hardie – 18th (Kids Male Aquathlon)
  • Nell Schoeman – participated in the Queensland Junior State Titles Indoor Cricket tournament as captain of his team who he led to become the U12’s Queensland Indoor Cricket State Title champions for 2019. Nell was subsequently invited to the Qld Indoor Cricket Development camp to be held early next year.
  • David Holmes – was selected to play at the Qld State Indoor Hockey Championships.
  • Lincoln Taylor – recently competed in the “Race of the Stars” which is an invite only, international event in the lead up to the V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600. Lincoln finished 2nd in this event.

Upcoming Events:

    • 22 November: QSS Relays Carnival

Louise McCarthy

Director of Sport – Primary

Primary Care & Conduct

In 2019, our Primary School introduced the new role of Care and Conduct Leader (CCL). A CCL aims to help support students and staff to …

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Primary Care & Conduct

In 2019, our Primary School introduced the new role of Care and Conduct Leader (CCL). A CCL aims to help support students and staff to achieve their best within our school community. The role primarily involves supporting students develop and maintain behaviour and attitude habits that will set them up for success in the future.

In short, the Care and Conduct Leader:

  • Manages day to day student behaviour needs of Primary students
  • Helps develop a positive culture through running various wellbeing programs, regular presentations at school assemblies
  • Has a high visibility both in classrooms and in the playgrounds.

The Care and Conduct Leader role varies from meeting with students on a 1 on 1 or small group basis through to class visits and lessons which help support students develop positive habits and ways of thinking.

It has been an encouraging start to the role and we look forward to seeing how the Care and Conduct Leader role can continue to support staff and students over the next couple of years.

Chris Walters

Care and Conduct Leader

Year 6 Teacher

Learning Extension & Enrichment

Earlier this month, our Primary Robotics Team, RoboGirls (Alyssa Parker, Charlotte Popp, Emma Dawson, Kaylee Swarts and Tiahna Cutts) competed at the First Lego League …

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Learning Extension & Enrichment

Earlier this month, our Primary Robotics Team, RoboGirls (Alyssa Parker, Charlotte Popp, Emma Dawson, Kaylee Swarts and Tiahna Cutts) competed at the First Lego League Wooloowin Regional Robotics Competition. This competition is about so much more than just coding robots. The girls had to complete a series of challenges based on the 6 Core Values of First Lego League:

  1. Discovery
  2. Innovation
  3. Impact
  4. Inclusion
  5. Teamwork
  6. Fun!

This year’s theme was “City Shaper” and the team’s mission was to be a force for change and find solutions to a range of environmental issues by not only completing robot missions, but researching and presenting innovative solutions to a problem. The team’s Innovation Project involved researching, designing and planning for a sustainable lift that could potentially be fitted to the Year 5 & 6 classrooms to allow ease of access upstairs. Inspired by Lego, they designed their own triangular blocks that would be made from recycled plastic and put together to form a lift that is run on solar power – it was very impressive!

Over four hours, the girls completed three Robot Games in front of an audience, attended robot design and coding judging, completed a surprise Core Values teamwork challenge and presented their Innovation Project to a panel. We were in awe watching these young women take on such big challenges. To prepare, they committed to lunch time meetings, after school sessions and even a day on the holidays. It was an immense amount of work but they took it in their stride and never wavered under pressure.

At the end of the day, RoboGirls took out the Inspiration Award trophy. Well done RoboGirls!

Take a look at one of their robots in action!

 

 

Secondary News & Highlights

Year 11 News I spent the start of this term commending our Year 11 students and staff for their success in the new QCE/ATAR system. …

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Secondary News & Highlights

Year 11 News

I spent the start of this term commending our Year 11 students and staff for their success in the new QCE/ATAR system. We benchmark our progress against QCAA data and feedback from our networks in other schools. This data shows we are very well placed to continue the high academic standing of the College. Year 11 have already commenced their Year 12 course of study. Results from this term contribute to their ATAR.

We are doing very well and I would like to include the parents in my praise now. Well done mum; great job dad! Year 11 has always been a tough year. It is the year of greater student responsibility for their learning, associated with significant increases in out-of-school study demands. This year we have coupled those challenges to the introduction of entirely new subject syllabi. Thank you parents for the manner in which you have walked alongside your children and developed their resilience through words of reassurance and perseverance. I have no doubt we will see the fruit of your labours in the December 2020 results.


Secondary Events

Thank you to the army of staff who pulled off the amazing Dance Showcase. I am astounded at the talent of our students – WOW! I am sure all our dance mums and dads are super proud of what they enjoyed on these two nights. Thank you Miss Briddock for your investment into our College and the lives of our students.

We moved the Co-Curricular Presentation Ceremony to a day function this year. I am pleased to report we achieved our goals in this decision – nearly every student deserving of recognition and celebration was able to walk across the stage before a full complement of the Secondary School. Parent attendance remained at a similar level and also remained for the entire ceremony. What cannot be understated is the impact of having all our Secondary students experience an event that showcased high quality co-curricular performances and celebrated every co-curricular endeavour Genesis engages in. Together we learnt more about what it means to be ‘the Genesis student’.

Last week was a massive week for our Senior School with Senior School Presentation Night (November 13), Valedictory (November 15) and Year 12 Formal all occurring. Please see our separate post for a wrap up of these events. Next week we have our Middle School Presentation Night (November 28). The Presentation Nights are compulsory for students in those Year levels and are full of entertainment, celebration and acknowledgements.

A quick reminder that all students are to be in Formal uniform with every attention made from feet in shiny shoes and heads properly groomed.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Senior School Events Wrap Up

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks around the College, particularly for our Secondary School. Here is a wrap up of key events! Senior …

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Senior School Events Wrap Up

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks around the College, particularly for our Secondary School. Here is a wrap up of key events!

Senior School Presentation Night:

Congratulations to all students who were presented with an award at our Senior School Presentation Night.

Thompson's Leadership in Sport
Jessica Moy
Susan Hay Memorial
Senior School 'Best and Fairest'
Charlize Sivyer
Mackenzie Clark
Athlete of the Year (Senior School)Georgia Fredricks
Leadership in Performing Arts

Jemimah Fien
Anna Murray
The Arts Academic All-RounderShaelee Craze
Excellence in Performing Arts (Senior School)Arina Dara
Dedication to Performing Arts (Senior School)Christin Kriel
Jubal AwardArina Dara
Anna Murray
Rotary Club of Pine Rivers Year 11 Award for ChemistryMichael Filmalter
Rotary Club of Pine Rivers Year 12 Citizenship AwardKaitlyn Grobbelaar
MBRC Excellence in EngineeringSophie Kingsford
University of the Sunshine Coast Year 10 Rise, and Shine AwardFrances Goodwin
Lucy Winn
QUT Year 11 Engineering PrizeJoanna Collins
QUT Year 12 Engineering Technology PrizeLaura McDowall
Year 10 ADF Long Tan Brooke Criddle
Year 12 ADF Long Tan Mackenzie Clark
UQ Young Scholars AwardSophie Kingsford
Shaelee Craze
QATSIF Young Indigenous Leader AwardGracelyn Phelan
Caltex Best All Rounder AwardKaitlyn Grobbelaar
VET Student of the Year AwardBrandi Roebuck
First in Year - Year 10Jessica Goodwin
First in Year - Year 11Bethany Brandon
DuxSophie Kingsford


2020 College Leaders

Congratulations to our leaders of 2020.

College CaptainsTina Serafino
Cal Dippelsmann
College Vice CaptainsMadison Gallaway Brice McKeown
Bethel House CaptainsJade Dethlefs
Samuel Pokarier
Gilead House Captains

Amy Vorster and Keagan Witulski
Jericho House CaptainsJohanna Clegg
Blake Wojtowicz
Shiloh House CaptainsKylah Hughes
James Elphick


Co-Curricular Presentation Ceremony:

Inter-House Sporting CompetitionBethel
Australian Olympic Change-MakerKianna Dunn
Sporting Cum LaudeGeorgia Beaumont
Michael Rixon
Excellence in Instrumental Music (Senior School)Arina Dara
Excellence in Instrumental Music (Middle School)Joseph Arro
Excellence in BandsHayley McDonnell
Excellence in ChoirsAnna Murray
Excellence in StringsAbigail Peet
Excellence in DramaArina Dara
Excellence in DanceAlix Lampre
Arts All RounderArina Dara


Valedictory

Congratulations to the Valedictorian of 2019 – Albert Diloi.


Year 12 Formal

Last Friday, our Year 12 students celebrated the end of the schooling in style at their Formal. The night began at the College with a Pre-Formal Function held in MP1, which was dressed up to look almost as amazing as our students.  From the College, the students made their way to the Rydges at Southbank for the official function.

Curriculum Matters

Transitions, Challenges and Growth There are many pivotal points of transition throughout life’s journey.  The transition from Primary to Secondary Schools can have a significant affect on the psychological, …

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Curriculum Matters

Transitions, Challenges and Growth

There are many pivotal points of transition throughout life’s journeyThe transition from Primary to Secondary Schools can have a significant affect on the psychological, social and intellectual well being of some students.  As the College headrapidly towards the end of the year there are many preparations and activities taking place across the campus to support student transitions into 2020. 

One of these events is Transition Day, providing the opportunity for Year 6 students from Genesis Christian College and new enrolments to experience a day in the life of a Year 7 Secondary School student. 

The format of the day allows students to meet Secondary teachers, participate in a variety of elective lessons, navigate their way around the Secondary School and encourage interaction with current Middle School students during break times.  

Assisting students to develop positive attitudes and perceptions related to the classroom are critical to enhanced learning.  Our curriculum planning is underpinned by this through the Dimensions of Learning approach.  When students experience a safe classroom environment, where they think it’s okay to make mistakes, they will continue to take on challenges.  Although difficult, allowing students to experience challenges will shape and grow their character.  In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” 

We ask a few students what they had to say about transitioning into Secondary School: 

  • “Challenges will include lots of new teachers, organising to get assessment and homework in on time and finding classrooms.” Ella and Lily 
  • “Excited about starting electives such as LEEP COGs and Drama.” Dominic
  • “Looking forward to new experiences next year, very glad to have the transition day to meet new friends and teachers.”  Tia 

Fiona Hogan
Director of Middle School Innovation and Learning

 

Secondary Pastoral Care

Backyard Blitz! Once again, we had an opportunity to go and bless a member of our community with a MAD (Make a Difference) project.  This …

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Secondary Pastoral Care

Backyard Blitz!

Once again, we had an opportunity to go and bless a member of our community with a MAD (Make a Difference) project.  This time we took a group of our Year 10 students to Strathpine for a  backyard blitz style makeover!

The students were eager to get in and get the job done.  Within 30 minutes they had filled a skip bin while others were busy carting dirt into the freshly made herb gardens.  All the students chipped in planting over 20 different varieties of herbs and vegetables.  On this project we were able to achieve the following:

  • Brand new drive way
  • Two new herb and vegetable gardens
  • New front garden with citrus trees and more vegetables
  • Trees trimmed and lots of rubbish removal (two skip bins worth!)

We couldn’t have achieved this without the help of the students and staff who all did a fantastic job and they all represented the school amazingly!

And best of all, the homeowner was so happy:

“The change you and the kids have made is amazing.  You have done what I just couldn’t.  I don’t know how to say thanks enough.  The kids were so respectful and happy.  It was wonderful meeting them.  Thank you so very much”.

This concludes our MAD projects for 2019. Please make sure you keep an eye out to see what is happening in 2020 and make sure you’re quick to sign up as spots are always limited.

Anthony Lyons
Secondary Chaplain 

 

Secondary Care & Conduct

Year 9 The Year 9 Camp at Adventure Alternatives Kenilworth was both a challenging and enriching experience for students and staff alike. The students were …

Year 9
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Secondary Care & Conduct

Year 9

The Year 9 Camp at Adventure Alternatives Kenilworth was both a challenging and enriching experience for students and staff alike. The students were engaged in a  variety of activities; including multiple high ropes activities (such as “Big Ben” and the “Dangle Duo”), sustainability and bush skills, and a substantial amount of hiking; in some cases, with full packs!

In conjunction with The Rite Journey Program, all students underwent the challenge of the 24 hour duos. It should be noted that a number of students also opted to do this as a solo venture which is a fantastic achievement and one that has set the bar high for Year 9 students in 2020! The weather was mostly kind to us up until the final night – some boys out on the duo found this out firsthand with their tents and the wind!

Our Adventure Alternatives instructors did an amazing job in guiding our students and supporting our staff – all of us can testify that Chef Chris kept us well fed and ready to take on every day.

A special thank you goes out to Miss White, Mrs G-O, Ms Ruse, Mrs Walters, Mr Bunt, Mr Head, Mr Ruthenberg and Mr Kidd for making my job as Care and Conduct Leader incredibly easy for me during this time.

Ryan Craig

Year 9 Care and Conduct Leader

Secondary Innovation & Learning

Spotlight: Food & Textiles Technologies The Spring Racing Carnival is said to be an accumulation of the most iconic with the latest and greatest fashions …

Food & Textile Technologies
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Secondary Innovation & Learning

Spotlight: Food & Textiles Technologies

The Spring Racing Carnival is said to be an accumulation of the most iconic with the latest and greatest fashions through colours, patterns and millinery.

During Term 3, the Year 10 Fashion students completed a millinery unit.  Drawing inspiration from established fashion designers, students designed an outfit and created and manufactured a stunning fascinator to match.  Students completed a millinery workshop with Sharyn Merrin where they learnt the necessary skills to make truly unique fascinators.  We also did a mini workshop with our own Mr Lusty who taught us how to utilise the 3D printers from Industrial Skills.  Students created some amazing fascinators constructed with 3D printed recycled plastic, netting, braid, ostrich feathers, ribbons, buttons and metallic beads.

Upon completion, students agreed to auction off the fascinators in time for Spring fashion events and to donate all of the funds to a charity that works with women suffering from cancer at the Redcliffe Hospital.

Raising over $280, students are using all proceeds from the auction to buy supplies for Starkles.  Starkles specialise in quality medical wigs, scarves, hats and fringes designed especially for hair loss and cancer patients. Their professional and discreet team have been helping women dealing with hair loss as a result of cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania and other medical conditions for over a decade.  Genesis is working with Starkles to provide cancer patients receiving treatment at the Redcliffe Hospital with wigs or head scarfs.  These Fashion students are truly amazing and they should be extremely proud of themselves and the impact they are capable of making to their community.

 

Jade Walters

Secondary Teacher

Secondary Sport

The award season is upon us and it is a time for reminiscing and rejoicing about our successes of 2019. “You don’t measure life by …

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Secondary Sport

The award season is upon us and it is a time for reminiscing and rejoicing about our successes of 2019.

You don’t measure life by receiving awards.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Awards are great but you can’t judge your success or failure upon whether you receive one or not.  Awards are that little bonus for a small few that are given to people who are really enjoying what they’re doing.  It is the icing on the cake that was never expected. So, congratulations to our recipients and congratulations to all those who participated and gave 100% for the love of the game.

 Genesis Individual Achievements:

  • Ella Smith for being selected in the Brisbane Lions U16 Academy team and the Brisbane North U17 team for AFL
  • Michael Rixon has again been selected for the Open Mens Clay target shooting team to compete against NZ in the Glenn Trophy in 2020
  • Ian Ballantyne, Kairav Vanmali, Nathan McConville, Izac Craze and Matthew Gregory for being selected in the U13 Pine Rivers District Futsal team
  • Freya Kenny was elected as the vice-captain of the Qld Show Horse Team.  Her efforts at the recent Nationals saw the Qld team win the Team Spirit Trophy for the first time ever
  • Harry Gulliver for making the Brisbane North U13 Cricket team to play in Ballina in January

 Team Sporting Achievements:

 Netball Awards

Year 7:

  • Player of the Season – Maddy Reynolds
  • Most improved – Emma Atkins
  • Spirit of Netball – Ashley Mberi

Year 8:

  • Player of the Season – Jessica Bell
  • Most Improved Player – Charney Swarts
  • Spirit of Netball – Farrah Grecian

Year 9:

  • Player of the Season – Maddy Lamb
  • Most Improved – Millie Taylor
  • Spirit of Netball – Sophie Ditchburn

Year 10:

  • Player of the Season – Tara Walker
  • Most Improved – Chelsea Clegg
  • Spirit of Netball – Taya Mathiesen

Year 11/12:

  • Player of the Season – Lauren Clarke
  • Most improved – Alyssa Postle
  • Spirit of Netball – Candice Collinge

Congratulations to the following students that made the BOSL All Stars team:

  • Emma Atkins
  • Jessica Bell
  • Lauren Clarke
  • Chelsea Clegg
  • Kate Lupton
  • Ashley Mberi

The final placings in BOSL:

  • Year 7 – Second Place
  • Year 8 – Third Place
  • Year 9 – Third Place
  • Year 10 – Seventh Place against all Year 11/12 teams
  • Opens – First Place

 Thank you to Ms Klingberg, Ms Russell and Ms Hird for coaching the teams this year.

 


Rugby Union 7’s

U13 Boys:

  • Player of the Season – Corey Barker
  • Most Improved Player – Tyron King
  • Spirit of Rugby – Kye Vera

U15 Boys:

  • Player of the Season – Nicholas Wilson
  • Most Improved Player – Ben McGrath
  • Spirit of Rugby – Zachary Coulibaly

Open Boys

  • Player of the Season – Bailey Weatherall
  • Most Improved – Carel Van der Merwe
  • Spirit of Rugby – Schalk Botha

Open Girls

Player of the Season – Jacy Carter

Most Improved –  Jordan Johnson

Spirit of Rugby  – Tamika Smith

Well done to the Open Rugby 7’s Girls who won the Bowl Championships at the recent All Schools Tournament.  A special mention to the below Open Girls that earned their sponsored Jersey by participating in over 80% of the tournaments and practices.

1 Emily McGrath
2 Kylah Hughes
3 Tamika Smith
4 Jade Dethlefs
5 Amy Vorster
6 Maddison Lanyon
7 Jacy Carter
8 Emily Baigrie
9 Charli Jarvis
10 Jordan Johnson
11 Kezia Price
12 Lelani Holden
13 Kathleen Clarke

A special thank you to Mr Walker and Mr Benbow for coaching the teams this year and to Mr Chris Jones from QR Concreting for sponsoring the Open Girls Rugby jerseys.


 

  Year 12 v Staff – Golden Boot Trophy:

Congratulations to the Staff this year winning 5-1 against the Year 12 students to earn the Golden Boot back in such emphatic fashion with wins in Swimming, Athletics, Basketball, Futsal and Netball.  The staff look forward to winning it again next year hahaha!

Neil Holmes

Director of Sport – Secondary

Dramatic Arts

The past month has been a time to celebrate for the Dramatic Arts Department. Our biggest event of the year, Dance Showcase, wowed audiences over …

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Dramatic Arts

The past month has been a time to celebrate for the Dramatic Arts Department. Our biggest event of the year, Dance Showcase, wowed audiences over two big nights. The energy was electric and each one of the talented students ranging from ages 7-18, shone bright on the stage. We hope you loved the show as much as we enjoyed putting it on for you.

Following the highs of Dance Showcase, our co-curricular groups have been celebrating the year that was and all of their successes. Dance Company enjoyed a well-deserved, special dinner and Show Choir celebrated with an afternoon pizza party at the park. 2019 has been a year to remember, with too many highlights to name.

A huge congratulations to each one of the wonderful students involved in making this year a success.

Emily Briddock

Innovation & Learning Leader – Dramatic Arts

Dance Company – Farewell Seniors 2019!

Grab a box of tissues, a cup of tea and take a moment to watch and enjoy these heartfelt messages from our Seniors in Dance …

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Dance Company – Farewell Seniors 2019!

Grab a box of tissues, a cup of tea and take a moment to watch and enjoy these heartfelt messages from our Seniors in Dance Company 2019!

 

Careers & Student Support Services

It’s all about Year 12! Our wonderful 2019 Year 12 cohort are about to finish school and start on their next great adventure. However, before …

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Careers & Student Support Services

It’s all about Year 12!

Our wonderful 2019 Year 12 cohort are about to finish school and start on their next great adventure.

However, before they leave there are some things they should do to help make their transition from school easier. These are listed below.


 

Learning Account

Please note that it’s important to activate your Learning Account as this will enable you to easily check your QCS, QCE and OP results on 15 December. Go to Student Connect (https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/) and log in using your LUI number. Your Password is initially set to the first 4 digits of your date of birth.

 Tax File Number

If you don’t already have a Tax File Number I would strongly encourage you to apply for one as soon as possible as you will need one not only for employment but for deferring university fees or applying for Centrelink benefits. To apply go to https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/apply-for-a-tfn/australian-residents—tfn-application/.

 QTAC Applications

If you feel you need further help with your QTAC application or if your preferencing could do with some help please email me to make a time to meet prior to the end of the school year.

Scholarships

Please check out scholarships on the websites of the universities that you have nominated on your QTAC application and determine if you are eligible to apply for scholarships – apply, apply, apply is my advice.

Apprenticeships/Traineeships

Please contact Mrs Cross if you need help applying for Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

Resumes

Need help with your resume? MyFuture has collated some resources that may help you to find a job. View the job search resources here: https://myfuture.edu.au/footer/assist-others/job-search-resources


USC Early Offer Guarantee

Congratulations to the following students who successfully obtained an early offer from USC!

  • Noah Abarca
  • Chloe Collins
  • Kaitlyn Grobbelaar
  • Edward Hay
  • Hayley McDonnell

These students have successfully been offered a place as they demonstrated the level of academic performance and potential in line with the OP/rank minimum selection threshold for their preferred program. In addition, they had obtain the permission of Mr Barker, who was required to consider the students’ academic performance, motivation to succeed and personal qualities to support each application.

USC’s Early Offer Guarantee is a program for eligible Year 12 students to gain an early and guaranteed offer to a USC program before they receive their Year 12 results.  Students still have to meet all of the entry criteria and getting an early offer is no free ride as all normal course prerequisites still apply.


God bless and finish the year strong. It’s been my privilege to have walked this senior school journey with you and I wish you God’s richest blessings for the future.

Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” and speaks to when we need to make decisions about the next step. My prayer for you is that God’s word will make things clear for you and guide your future.

 

Mandy Bullock

Director of Careers & Student Support Services

Robert Schoenmaker Library

From our Primary Teacher Librarian, Mrs Roberts-Weiss Reading is like sport, to get better you need to practise! It is recommended that families schedule regular …

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Robert Schoenmaker Library

From our Primary Teacher Librarian, Mrs Roberts-Weiss

Reading is like sport, to get better you need to practise! It is recommended that families schedule regular time in their daily routine for home reading similar to other scheduled activities.   Some parents think their job is done once children stop bringing home readers and begin borrowing from the school library.  This is not so.  Children still need to share their library books with parents to create discussion and stimulate deep and critical thinking.

What is the difference between “class readers” and library books? Readers are teaching tools with predictable storylines and simple sentences.  They contain high frequency words and pictures to help decode the text.  Library books, on the other hand, are for recreational reading and are self-selected.  There may be complex interplay between text and images which extend the text. Library books usually contain more sophisticated language.  Have you shared a story with your child lately?

 


From our Director of Library Services, Mrs Joy Payne

“Why read?”

Reading for leisure is a way to relax and practice mindfulness, which is a way to improve our wellbeing and concentration in a present moment. When I was a young girl I loved to escape into a book and this helped me to remain calm in a busy household with three other siblings. As an avid reader I find that less distracting screen time and more pleasurable reading time is good for my soul. Holidays provide time for us to read. Check out your local council library and see what’s on in the upcoming school holidays at https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/libraries/Home.

(References: Megan Daley, award-winning teacher librarian and author of Raising readers: how to nurture a child’s love of books and her blog https://childrensbooksdaily.com/blog/).

 

Building & Grounds

The end of the year is fast approaching and for the Property Department, that means the “busy season” begins. Already, several projects have either started …

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Building & Grounds

The end of the year is fast approaching and for the Property Department, that means the “busy season” begins.

Already, several projects have either started or have been completed. Last week, we began the earth works that will be our new senior OSHC Centre behind the lower primary school. This work will continue into 2020 and be ready for occupancy by Easter of next year. This will be a large two storey building capable of holding nearly 150 students.

Along the eastern side of the oval, the Property team designed, engineered, and installed a fantastic 70-metre-long covered walkway in front of all the green sheds. This allows escape from the rain and also relief from the sun. It looks great and is a wonderful addition for the sports department.

Work has begun on our new tuckshop renovation which includes a significant increase in shaded seating for students. This work will go right through the Christmas holidays in order to be ready for the 2020 school year.

Stage 20, our STEM building is quickly taking shape with walls, roof, plasterboard and lots more coming into shape. There are many hands working side by side to get the project completed on time. It certainly is going to be a striking building when complete!

So, along with carpets and vinyl being cleaned, various rooms getting painted, annual works to the ovals and a long list of other jobs to be done, you know where you’ll find the Property Department these holidays….right here!

We look forward to unveiling most of these projects for you in January 2020. Happy holidays to you all!

Kevin Dekker

Director of  Facilities

 

Tuckshop News

“Name the Tuckshop” Competition Winners Drumroll please…. we have a winner! Our new Tuckshop will be called, “Eden Eats”. Congratulations to Eliza Bulger (Yr 2) …

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Tuckshop News

“Name the Tuckshop” Competition Winners

Drumroll please…. we have a winner! Our new Tuckshop will be called, “Eden Eats”.

Congratulations to Eliza Bulger (Yr 2) and Molly Essam (Yr 5) who had the winning entries:

  • Eliza suggested “Eden Garden Eats”
  • Molly suggested “The Eden”

Eliza and Molly have both won a $25 Eden Eats voucher!

 


Sneak Peak

We’re excited to provide a sneak peak into the new look tuckshop, Eden Eats.

The concept plans below give a great indication of the self serve style format of the new tuckshop.


School Canteen Manager

We’re currently recruiting for a Full Time / Term Time School Canteen Manager to run our state of the art canteen. If you’d like to know more about this exciting new position, please read the job advertisement.

 

Uniform Shop

Beat the rush – purchase uniforms now for 2020! If you purchase uniforms now and are concerned they may not fit in 2020, leave the …

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Uniform Shop

Beat the rush – purchase uniforms now for 2020!

If you purchase uniforms now and are concerned they may not fit in 2020, leave the tags on and we can exchange the items on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • 8:15am – 9:45am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Second Hand Uniform Buy Back

  • We will be accepting second hand uniforms until 12pm Friday 6 December 2019
  • Uniform items should be clean and in good condition. At the discretion of the College, we will not accept any items that have not been laundered or are in poor condition.
  • Please bring uniforms to the Uniform Shop during business hours: 8:15 – 9:45am and 2:30 – 3:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • All items must be bagged with name and address.
  • Payment for second hand uniforms will be processed via Direct Deposit. Forms are available from the Uniform Shop to complete. Please note we are unable to pay cash.

Flexischools Online

Did you know you can know purchase uniforms online via Flexischools?


Lay-bys

The uniform shop has a lay-by system that is offered to all our families in the College. When using this system we require a 20% deposit and regular payments, with the lay-by being finalised within 3 months. We encourage our families to utilise this system in order to alleviate the January rush.


Shoes Requirement Extract for 2020

Prep:

  • Joggers with College sport socks (velcro straps are recommended for independence).

Years 1 and 2

  • Buckle up or velcro strap regulation black leather/vinyl shoes are acceptable.

Years 1-12:

  • Regulation black leather/vinyl lace up shoes (not boots, joggers or slip-ons).
  • Ballet style slip-on shoes or heels higher than 2.5cm, for girls are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • Sport shoes must be recognised running cross training, netball, tennis or low-cut basketball shoes predominately white, which provide foot support, and are to be worn with the sports uniform. Fashion sports shoes that do not provide ankle and arch support i.e. skate shoes, Volleys, canvas slip-ons or Converse shoes are not permitted.
  • Cleat shoes are not to be worn away from the fields. Grass is to be cleaned from shoes before entering the toilet/change block and classrooms.
  • Only white shoe laces are acceptable in sports shoes. Coloured shoelaces including black laces are unacceptable. Shoes must be kept clean and in good condition.

Cathy van Vuuren
Uniform Shop Coordinator

Genesis OSHC

Community Partnerships We’re always looking for ways to reach out to our community.  Recently, we’ve connected to farmers and families affected by the severe drought …

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Genesis OSHC

Community Partnerships

We’re always looking for ways to reach out to our community.  Recently, we’ve connected to farmers and families affected by the severe drought conditions in Stanthorpe and its surrounding districts.

Through our partnerships with OSHC services in the region, our children have undertaken a range of community outreach and fundraising activities including:

  • Writing letters to express their compassion
  • Setting up a bake sale
  • Coordinating a “Farmer’s Day”.

As a result of these initiatives, we were able to purchase pallets of 10L water drums, which we donated to an Early Years Learning Centre.  Additionally, we purchased food hampers and these were handed out to local farmers at a community gathering.  We believe these activities were true lessons imitating God’s word to show empathy toward one another.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.” (Col. 3:12, John 13:34-35)

Continuing our commitment to community involvement, a Senior Leadership Team has been introduced among our OSHC students. The Senior Leadership Team holds ongoing meetings to collaborate and brainstorm ideas. The meetings give children the chance to voice their suggestions on how we can become further involved within our community.  These meetings also focus on enhancing significant parts of our service including:

  • forming positive relationships between children
  • acknowledging acts of helpfulness, caring and kindness.

Power of Play

We continue to foster the “power of play” by providing numerous opportunities which influence the types of play through environments and activities we offer. Here at OSHC, we place great value on outdoor play and connecting with nature.  Through play, students are able to form attachments, negotiate, take risks and overcome obstacles thereby equipping them for life’s challenges and barriers.


Vacation Care Program

Our Vacation Care Program offers an extensive range of opportunities to support children through their play.  Booking forms will be released in November.  Notification will be placed on our Facebook Page – Genesis OSHC Families – 2019.

Enrolment Forms have been released for 2020 and were due to be returned by Friday, 15 November to secure placement.

We look forward to sharing more adventures as we move toward the end of term and thank our families for the wonderful support throughout 2019.

 Susan Cooper and the OSHC Team

Parenting Ideas

How do we develop and nurture our child’s self-esteem in a world where the likes, comments and followers are often seen as the social currency …

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Parenting Ideas

How do we develop and nurture our child’s self-esteem in a world where the likes, comments and followers are often seen as the social currency for popularity, confidence and self-worth?

While young people live out much of their social lives online, there are certain elements of this world that can have a negative impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of young people, particularly if that person’s self-esteem is already fragile.

The very connected, very visible and public nature of social media ensures that many of the challenges faced by young people previously are now magnified and felt more deeply when played out online. We need to give young people the confidence, skills and perspective to ensure that they can reduce the negative impacts, and instead learn to thrive both online and in real life.

What are some of the things we can do to help nurture that self-esteem and prepare them for the challenges of a very public social media?

Continue reading more about how you can strengthen your child’s self-esteem in a digital world.


FREE Parenting Webinar – “Brave Parenting in a culture riddled with worry”

Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia’s most trusted sources of parenting education and support.  Great news – through this membership, you can attend all of their webinars for parents at no cost! Here is the information about the next upcoming webinar:

Brave Parenting in a culture riddled with worry
Join Lenore Skenazy, President of Let Grow, in this webinar  that explores;

  • Why treating our kids as physically and emotionally fragile is bad for their future
  • That your kids are not in constant danger
  • How independence impacts children
  • How to raise nimble problem solvers
  • Ideas to know how safe, smart and capable your kids can be

When
Wednesday 27 November 2019 8:00pm AEDT. If you are unable to make the scheduled time you can simply register and access the recording later.

How you can register

  1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-brave-parenting-in-a-culture-riddled-with-worry
  2. Click ‘Add to cart’
  3. Click ‘View cart’
  4. Enter the voucher code BRAVE and click ‘Apply’. Your discount of $37 will be applied to the order. This voucher is valid until 27 December 2019.
  5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
  6. Fill in your account details. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your parenting material
  7. Click ‘Place Order’

This voucher code is valid until 27 December 2019, so we encourage you to redeem it right away to secure your free webinar