Living & Learning Through Tough Times

As the term draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect upon the journey that we have each travelled in recent monthsWe have all faced significant change, great uncertainty and numerous adjustments to our regular and ‘normal’ life and there is likely more to come.  

In Ezekiel 33:10 it says that God’s people cried out whist they were in exile and said, “How should we then live?”  

As we consider this question ourselves following this recent challenge, I would like to suggest that this season has reminded us of the importance of human connection, the importance of family and the importance of community. At Genesis, the sense of connection and community that we seek to foster for our staff, students and families is of critical importance to us. Fundamentally for the education of a child to be effective, it requires a unified partnership between home and school.  Developing a strong and united community allows students to feel secure and safe, which in turn enhances their overall well-being. May we continue to work together to strive with relentless passion to maintain and strengthen this sense of community, care and support that we so appreciate at Genesis. 

Secondly, as we consider this question, ‘how should we then live?’ …. God calls us to live a life of confidence, hope and peace in the knowledge that our creator God remains in control of all things, even in seasons of change and uncertainty. We are reminded to live lives of faith and not fear; lives of hope, not hopelessness. My prayer is that as a community, we enter the ‘next normal’ stronger than we were before. 

As you embark upon the school holidays, I trust that your family will enjoy a refreshing break. We look forward to connecting again at the start of Term 3. 


Paul Sterling


Video Message from Mr Sterling

As we farewell Term 2, please watch this video message from our Principal, Mr Paul Sterling.

Pastoral Care

How to set boundaries with technology

Are you a parent who, like me, wishes that we could raise our kids in an era where iPhones, Play Station and social media didn’t exist? Wouldn’t family life have way less conflict if this was our reality? Unfortunately, this is just a pipe dream!   

So as a parent, what can we do to keep ourselves sane when it comes to our children’s technology use? The way that my husband and I navigate this issue is by developing a contract with our children that outlines when they’re allowed to use technology and what they’re allowed to do on their devices. If they violate the contract, they lose all technology privileges for 24 hours. If they violate the contract again, they lose the privileges for 48 hours and so on. The only way that this contract works is if my husband and I follow through on the consequences. As my kids know the rules and have signed the contract, they rarely break it because it’s just not worth the risk.   

One suggestion that I have when putting together a contract is to include your children in on the process. Ask them what they think is fair regarding how much time they should be allowed to spend on their deviceswhat they should be allowed to do, and what the consequences should be if they violate the contractMaybe you could develop one contract for school term time and another one for the holidays. This seems to work well with my own children. 

If you’ve never developed a contract with your children before or set firm boundaries, it’s highly likely that they will resist at first. I would like to encourage you to persevere, as life is so much easier when the whole family understands and abides by the rules.   

Technology is not going to go away, so we need to work out a way to navigate our daily life without it consuming our children’s lives and becoming a daily battleDeveloping a contract is one way to navigate this issue. 

I hope that you found these suggestions helpful. Feel free to reach out to our Pastoral Care Team at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s wellbeing. Our Pastoral Care email address is 



Julie McGovern

College Counsellor

Curriculum Mattters

Fantastic Face to Face!

As Term 2 comes to a close, we can reflect on what an experience it has been. The transition to Genesis@Home learning and return to face to face lessons highlighted how much we really value having our students in front of us, in the classroom every day. While curriculum content can be delivered effectively online, it is the classroom environment that builds relationships, understanding and confidence, influencing student engagement and consequently positive social and academic outcomes.  

The teaching team has been diligently working with their departments and students to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding that may have occurred due to time off campus. This has been addressed through the revisiting and consolidation of concepts, access to Flourish sessions (before school in L3 Monday to Thursday) and identification of core topics requiring revisiting, prior to the resumption of units in 2021. 

Our students have worked conscientiously through their assessments over the past couple of weeks.  We are incredibly proud of the efforts of all our students and celebrate significant growth experienced in the areas of resilience, independence and digital citizenship.  

Weeks 9 and 10 have provided the opportunity for many Middle School classes to work on collaborative projects with an intentional focus of being hands on and highly engagingThe expressions on our students faces in the images below say it all. 

I encourage all our students and families to take some time to rest, reflect and recharge ready for whatever God has planned for us for the second half of 2020. 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straightProverbs 3:5-6.

Fiona Hogan

Director of Middle School Innovation & Learning

Secondary Highlights

Gaining Full Stride

It seems as we look forward to the second half of the year, and as COVID-19 restrictions ease, we’re starting to get back to full stride. Most of the co-curricular groups are now back to rehearsals and we hope to hear positive news about the resumption of competitions over the coming months. 

 The combined Primary-Secondary Colours Committee met recently to review the impact of reduced opportunities to collect Colour Points (thus far). A further review will occur in Term 4. For this year only, we have made the following accommodations: 

  • There will be no changes to the point value for groups whose rehearsals and competitions have been affected by COVID-19 cancellations. 
  • Students will be awarded points upon their selection for representation to approved pathways. This will revert back to participation as a representative from next year. 
  • Service hours will be calculated on a minimum of 10 hours over two activities for Community Service; and a minimum of five hours College Service. 

 Please refer to the Policy documents (available in Parent Lounge) for more detail of eligible activities and pathways. 

 The Athletics Carnival could not be held as a day event, as planned earlier this Term. Instead, the athletics events have been held on Sport afternoons over the past two weeks and will continue in Weeks 1 and 2 of next Term.  Results will still allow for selection to District/Regionals. 

With the Queensland school closures, we expected a challenging re-entry to school life. The break for most was longer than the Christmas holidays, it was under a ‘confined to quarters’ feel, and had students jump straight back into the busy end of Term 2. Additionally, learning became associated with pyjamas, couches and the social dynamics of a home. Students faced a real challenge in adjusting back to uniform, grooming, desks and the social dynamics of a classroom. 

A very big thank you to our parents who have journeyed with us in the transition back. Attending to haircuts, uniform, jewellery and the like has been appreciated. A HUGE shout out to the vast majority of students who have continued to identify as a Genesis student through their presentation, conduct and attention to learning. This Term has been a journey of adjustments and I look forward to a fully compliant student body after the coming mid-year break. 

 As we continue to navigate the changes occurring around us and what they mean for our College, please keep one and all in your prayers. 

 Stay safe & blessings to you all,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Primary Highlights

Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? The secret skills for success in schools and life!

COVID-19 and our Genesis@Home period certainly presented us with many challenges as parents, staff and students. However, it also presented us with opportunities to look at learning in a different way. In some ways, dramatically different!

Throughout Term 2, I have had the pleasure of creating our Weekly E-Assembly. We adopted a theme for the term of unpacking the Six Secret Skills for Success in School. Each week we presented a different skill and gave practical examples of how our students could develop these.

The Secret Skills aren’t something I just made up during COVID. It is actually a system that was developed a number of years ago by an English headmaster called Dan Buckley. Dan went on to use these skills in his school, directly with the children in practical ways to assist them to be successful at school and life. The school he worked at was particularly hard, with students who struggled greatly. Through the system he developed, it turned the success of these students around incredibly.

The Six Secret Skills are an acronym for the word Secret. Notably, the skills are as follows:

  • Self-manager
  • Effective Participator
  • Creative Thinker
  • Reflective Learner
  • Enquirer
  • Team Worker

The Secret Skills are all doing words, and just like any skill, one needs to regularly and consistently practice them to improve. Targets for improvement need to be set, and need to be achievable, so we can continue to grow.

Another term used regularly in the Education professional world is “Future Skills” – essentially the Secret Skills are one set of Future Skills, which all humans need in order to be successful in the future. You should notice that the skills are not related to products – like “making a sandwich” or “kicking a footy”. Rather they are all related to how we work within ourselves, think, and also how we work with other people.

In a future world in which we don’t know exactly what it will look like, or what jobs will exist, it is the Future Skills which will see our current students succeed in life. Research over the past number of years has identified the Future Skills as being what we really need to be teaching in schools, and I am confident that at Genesis, our children are engaged daily in learning activities which are designed not just around content, but also the skills of the Future.

So, are you smarter than a 5th-Grader? The truth is it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that our 5th Graders, and all grades in Primary school are being well-equipped for a future which we can vaguely see, but not truly predict, but which the onus is on us as parents and teachers to adequately equip them for.

Kind regards,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School (Primary)

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport


Genesis@Home Daily Sport 

 Well done to all students for taking part in the Genesis@Home Daily Sport sessions. This program was designed to allow students regular opportunities, at home, to keep fit, and balance school work and physical activity. It was also an initiative to challenge students physically and support their mental health during the challenging season of COVID-19 restrictions.  

 The response from students was positive and it was great to hear stories from students who developed their fitness and engaged their families in the workouts. A special thank you to the Genesis Sports and Aquatics staff (in particular Logan Maguire and the Cert III Fitness students Joel, Jack and Lachlan for designing the sessions. 

Cross Country@Home Met North 2020 

 This term, where representative sport was suspended, Cross Country Met North designed a virtual cross country competition for schools, where students could complete a course at home and upload their results via an APP. There were set distances for each age group with 95 schools in the region taking part. Well done to Harrison Barr for coming in 1st place in the Met North Region. 

 Genesis students performed very well in the competition and the results are as follows: 

  •  Girls 12 yearsReagaBurke 
  • Girls 13 years: Haley Wolters – 9th Place 
  • Boys 14 years: Harrison Barr – 1st Place
  • Boys 15 years: Mitchell Wolters – 5th Place 
  • Girls 17 YearsAntoya Dan – 7th place (absent from photo)

 Term 3 Sport 

 Next term, with the gradual phasing in of Interschool competition, the focus in the Secondary sport for Years 7-11 will be on skill and team development as well as laying a foundation for our sporting teams to be ready for the 2021 season. A number of focus sports have been identified where there will be high level coaches conducting sessions. We look forward to working with sporting associations, such as the Qld Reds to offer these development sessions. Students have been issued with a sport selection survey and the following sports will be on offer. 

 Year 12 students will take part in the Principal’s cup tournament, competing in an interhouse sporting competition with a different sport each week.   

 BOSL Netball, Soccer (Year 7/8 boys) and Volleyball will be going ahead and students have been notified via the sport survey, if they wish to trial for these teams. 

 Zone/District Representative Sport Reboot 

 A number of representative sports will be rebooted next term in the Pine Rivers District and Met North Region. The websites have been updated with a calendar for parents, and students will be notified via the morning notices next term. Please contact me either by phone on 3882 9014 or email at if you have any enquiries. 

 Yours in Christ,

 Anthony Arro 

Director of Sport – Secondary

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

 It has been a quiet term on the Sporting front, but with the students back to school in Week 5, we were able to start running training in preparation for other sporting events.  

 Sessions are on: 

  • Wednesday mornings at 7:30am – Prep to Year 6 
  • Thursday lunch times at 12:45pm – Year 3 to Year 6 

 Please refer to the College Calendar (in the App and on Parent Lounge) for dates. 

 Met North Virtual Cross Country 

Met North School Sport hosted a virtual cross country with seven Primary students entering. Students were able to download any running app and submit their time via their smart watch or phone to be considered for the ‘All-Met North Honorary Cross Country Team’.  

Congratulations to Sienna Barr who finished 2nd place in the 11 years girls division. The following students were awarded participation certificates:

  • Emma Nieuwoudt
  • Ella Postle
  • Jonty McCreadie,
  • Hayden Warner
  • AJ van Tonder 
  • Peter Johns. 

 As restrictions are eased and more events are placed back on the calendar or rescheduled, we will keep you updated through the Genesis App. All Primary Sport information will be found there. 

Louise McCarthy
Director of Sport- Primary

Introducing Gopher Green!

Gopher Green is an I Love Reading character who solves problems with creativity.  He encourages us to “Think It” and connect problem solving with personal experiences.  During Semester 1, including our Genesis@Home learning, Gopher Green has challenged the students in Prep to Year 2 and as a result Gopher Green has

  • taken children’s thinking deeper into their learning
  • made children think broader about their ideas
  • made learning meaningful and fun!

Design a pirate ship – Year 2

The Gopher Green ‘design a bridge for Mr Sterling’ challenge was a perfect opportunity for our Lower Primary students to engage with the Design and Technologies Curriculum.  They explored and investigated using different materials, components, and tools to create a potential solution for a real issue.

Through Gopher Green challenges, students in Prep to Year 2 also learn to use a range of technologies including graphical representation techniques to communicate.  They draw, model and explain ideas, label drawings, draw objects as two-dimensional images from different views and verbalise design ideas.   When working on group design projects, students are aware of others and the need to work safely and collaboratively.

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Dr Seuss

Kind regards,

Mrs Anne-Maree Kingston

Director of Innovation and Learning (Lower Primary)

Food, Textiles & Hospitality Technologies

From our Kitchen to Yours

Our Food, Textiles and Hospitality students have been busy during Genesis@Home and this continued from Week 5, when they returned to the College. Here is just a snippet of what we have been doing this term. Please have a look at our photo gallery below, showcasing some of the wonderful work from our students. 

  •  Year 7 students have been exploring healthy snack alternatives ohave completed a tie-dying unit where they constructed pillowcases, dying them in a diverse range of patterns and colours. The final results were amazing!
  •  Year 8 students have been learning about cultural diversity and cuisines where students designed and produced three family meals from other cultures.  
  •  Year 10 students performed experiments, exploring the functional properties of proteins. This included the effect of enzymes on a gel, such as comparing fresh and tinned pineapple and the acid denaturing of protein (tofu) The many functions of eggs were explored during our Genesis@Home time, with students seeing the amazing properties of eggs. Students made poached eggs (coagulation), rissoles (binding), cupcakes (emulsification), meringues (aeration), custard or pasta sauce (thickening), and filled pastry (glazing and sealing). 
  • Hospitality students have been progressing through their units of competency toward their qualification and Genesis@Home provided them with the opportunity to focus on the theoretical demands requiredUpon returning, the students have enjoyed balancing this out with plenty of practical work in the Hospitality kitchen. They have been preparing dishes for purchase; including classics like Caesar Salad, Thai Beef Salad, Coleslaws and Potato Salads with very positive feedback.   
  • Fashion students have embraced sustainability in both Year 10 and Year 11 classes. With research and investigations completed during Genesis@Home, returning to school allowed us to tackle hands on projects. WATCH THIS SPACE for the end products as they transfer garments into something trendy and do their part in reducing the number of textiles that end up in landfill.   
  • Year 11 students visited a robotic dairy in the Scenic Rim, in preparation for their IA2 project. They learnt about the processes involved in milk production and are researching how to develop a line extension for the company, such as ice-cream, yoghurt and cheese, keeping in mind the functional properties of proteins.
  • Year 12 students have been exploring the functional properties of Carbohydrates and Fats. They experimented on powderisation of chocolate, spherification of berry juice and reverse spherification of yoghurt – all edible!


Leanne Paulsen

Innovation & Learning Leader: Food, Textiles & Hospitality 7 – 12

Careers Corner

Careers and Student Support Services have been busy changing things up a little!

With social distancing creating a few obstacles, we have had to look at alternatives for some of the events usually held on campusThis has produced some exciting options for our students, with the help of the internet and our ICT Department. 

Careers Expo went online at the end of May, with the opportunity for students to engage with stall holders and organisations, virtually. Some organisations even have an online chat  feature available to source information immediately. If you haven’t as yet had time to have a look at the online Careers Expo, please sit down with your child (and a coffee!) and take a look at the world of possibilities available post school. 

A great deal of work has gone into adding another facet to Subject Selections for Year 11 and 12, scheduled for next month. This will also be available online and incorporates brief one or two minute video summary for each subject on offer. These videos will give some insight into the intended topics and the level of commitment to study that is required. You can also look through the subject selection handbook (hard copy or digital version) to find more comprehensive outlines of the subjects on offer.  The handbook will be available early in Term 3.

Robin Grant

Director of Careers and Student Services

Library News

Library News

During this COVID-19 season our library has issued thousands of printed and digital books. We are encouraged that so many students are reading for leisure. Primary students from Years 3 to 6 have borrowed 1,402 books on the ePlatform App for their iPads since the beginning of the year. Secondary students have borrowed over 135 Wheelers fiction eBooks since March.

 A parent emailed me to ask: “My daughter has been reading the Melanie Dickerson books and loves them so much. Do you think you will ever buy all her other books for the library? My daughter would love to read them, and I thought I will ask you first before I try to buy them for her.”

 As a part of the National Simultaneous Story Time, Mrs Roberts-Weiss and Mr Williamson presented an online story-time session to celebrate the reading of My friend Fred, by Frances Watts, to the Lower Primary students.

 The Accelerated Reader program has been extended to students in Year 3 since the beginning of Term 2. We have already seen some truly impressive reading and would like to acknowledge the following year levels for their achievements so far:

  • Year 3 – one student has read over one million words
  • Year 4 – nine students have read over one million words
  • Year 5 – five students have read over one million words and one has read over four million words

The Library honoured Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week in our displays and library lessons. The library’s Aboriginal flag was also hoisted to acknowledge the week.

We have been working with Year 9 English teacher, Mrs G-O, to promote ‘First chapter Friday’, which is an initiative to get students excited about reading novels. The first chapter is read out loud with the goal to get students intrigued and hopefully wanting to read more. Here are some of the titles featured this term:

  • The goose road by Rowena House
  • Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
  • See you in the cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Dog by Andy Mulligan

Yr 9 student, Bronnie, in front of our First Chapter Friday display in the Library.

Joy Payne

Director of Library Services

Firstly, we wanted to say THANK YOU – we have so much amazing support from our Genesis Music students and families throughout Term 2!

Our Genesis Music staff and Instrumental Specialists have worked incredibly hard to continue to provide a high level of music education to Genesis students during this time and our program, while looking and operating a little differently than usual, is vibrant, strong and a continued blessing to all.   

Our Ensemble rehearsals have resumed during the past few weeks and we have loved making music together again. Ensembles larger than 30 members have been rehearsing in sectionals and have been using the time to refine and hone their instrument-specific skills. We can’t wait to rehearse as full ensembles again soon!   

 As we head into Term 3, please be sure to keep up to date with all Genesis App notifications, as information regarding remaining 2020 events and performances will be shared there, as it comes to hand. 

Marta Preston
Music Coordinator

Parenting Insights – Why validation is the best parenting skill of all

At a time when the mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers is firmly in the spotlight, validation is an essential parenting skill.

When a child or teen comes to you when they are struggling emotionally, they want you to understand their dilemma. They don’t want to be dismissed or told to ‘get over it’. They generally want someone to acknowledge that their concern is real with comments such as:

  • “I see you’re worried about going to camp. I can understand that.”
  • “Thanks for telling about the scary monsters in your bedroom. Let’s see what we can do about them.”
  • “I’d be afraid too if I was left alone on my own for that long.”

Validation of a child’s struggles helps them
Validating a child’s struggles helps in a number of ways. It works to:

Build deep connection
Relationships built at the time of vulnerability go deep and are hard to break.

Promote a child’s wellbeing
Validation helps kids feel safe, which is what ‘worry warts’ and anxious kids want. Lack of understanding rather than fear itself often impacts negatively on a child’s happiness.

Overcome disappointment and build resilience
Validation encourages kids to give voice to their concern or disappointment and either takes steps to rectify it or move on.

Develop emotional intelligence
Parental validation models emotional intelligence for children and teens. It requires you to identify the emotions that may be behind their language or behaviour.

Encourage empathy
Validation requires you to stop, listen and get on the same wavelength as your child.

Four steps to validating your child’s emotions
Follow these steps when your child comes to you with their worries or concerns to make sure they feel understood.

  1. Attend – Stop what you are doing and give your child full attention.
  2. Observe – Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.
  3. Reflect back their worries – Get down to their eye level if necessary, saying something like, “I see you’re really concerned about this.”
  4. Touch – If appropriate, gently touch their shoulder or give them a hug when you speak to them. This will help them feel safe and comforted.

There’s no better feeling for a child or teen who is struggling than knowing someone they value truly understands them.

By Michael Grose.

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson

Growing through Adversity

It has been with great excitement that our staff team have this week welcomed back all students to the College.  For most students, it has been many weeks since they were last on campus and during this time each of us, including our children, have experienced an extremely challenging and unusual season.  With the restrictions associated with COVID-19 starting to be eased, the focus for many has now turned towards the future, the next step and the ‘next normal’.  But our ‘next normal’ still comes with challenges and further change.

In reflecting upon this, I have been considering how often we learn the most about ourselves and life as a result of adversity and challenging times.  As we face challenges, we are forced to develop an inner strength to cope with what is ahead of us.  COVID-19 has been a reminder that hardship and challenge is a part of life for us all.  As we face challenges, we are forced to muster inner strength and hope to handle the fluctuations both now and ahead of us. In a recent article written by David Brooks, a Columnist for the New York Times, he wrote about a tide of “safetyism” that has crept into society in recent decades largely as a result of us being overprotective of our children.  Perhaps in middle class Australia we can even put on a front which says, all is good in order to ‘protect’ ourselves and our families.  I can certainly relate to trying to reduce the stress and hardship that our children face as they journey through life.  Unfortunately, these overprotective impulses can in fact limit the opportunities that our children will have to develop the resilience necessary to navigate life.

As we seek to learn for this season, perhaps we need to consider embracing hardship and reflect again on how we nurture and raise our children so that they begin to lay the foundations to develop spiritual and emotional muscle that will prepare them to face the difficulties and obstacles of life.  Making our children aware of difficulties can have the added bonus of helping to increase their awareness of provision and privileges, we often take for granted.  I am so thankful that we have a loving God who promises to walk with us through the difficulties and obstacles on our path, individually, professionally and on behalf of our families.

1 Peter 5:7, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.


Paul Sterling




Pastoral Care

Welcome back to school!

I hope your children feel welcomed and are enjoying being back at school.

Author and speaker Michelle Mitchell has some really helpful tips for helping children in this transition back to school.  Michelle unpacks how our children will be experiencing a lot of extra stress and excitement this week which will release larger amounts of adrenaline in our body.  To balance this we can deliberately help them “plug into calm”.  There are so many ways to do this.  Michelle has three great suggestions for us…

Deep Breathing

Anxiety is transferable and so is calm. Things like reading a book together, hair brushing, playing cards, watching a screen or painting nails all allow for two people to be close enough to transfer calm.

Lots of Talking

Talking can be counterproductive if conversations aren’t what I calln=, “high quality”. Amongst other things, high quality conversations are well timed. Daily reflections should be done as early in the evening as possible as it is likely to activate their brain.


Screen time restrains the production of melatonin in the brain, which our kids need in order to sleep. Try and avoid cellphones, bright lights, computers, loud music, and TV right two hours before bedtime.

Consider more of a step down approach to bedtime and allow a few more hours than normal to unwind and de-stress.

You may have other ways to plug into calm.  I would definitely add…

Foster an attitude of gratitude

Developing an attitude of gratitude lightens and calms the emotional atmosphere in our family. Amidst all of the changes and challenges we have faced, there are still things that we can be thankful for.  Thankfulness broadens our horizon beyond ourselves, infuses our perspective with hope, highlights what we value and strengthens our resolve to persevere.  Thankfulness reminds us that God is good and God is active in this world. Start and finish each day thinking of and sharing things you are grateful for.  With practice, this attitude of gratitude you foster in your conversations can become the default atmosphere of your child’s mind.

Tips from Michelle Mitchell on transitioning back to school


Lisa Mason

College Counsellor

Teaching & Learning

Update on Senior Studies

The last eight weeks or so have certainly presented some challenges for senior students!

In response to disruptions to schooling, the QCAA reduced the number of Internal Assessments required for Year 12 students studying General subjects.  At Genesis, students had already completed two of the three required assessments, which means that our Year 12 students can now focus on preparing for external examinations in October. Rest assured, checking for understanding will continue for the remainder of the year through formative assessment, including mock exams that will be used to provide students with valuable feedback prior to their exams.

Confirmation is a quality assurance process delivered by the QCAA to ensure consistency of marking across the state in General subjects. A number of  our Senior teachers were involved in Confirmation events which occurred online this year and the process has proven to be invaluable professional development.  The College has been encouraged by positive Confirmation results for Internal Assessment 1. Senior students have shown much perseverance and dedication to their studies over this season, and we congratulate them for this.

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning (P-12)


Primary Highlights

Welcome Back!

It has been a wonderful week seeing our Primary school full again of happy, smiling children, ready to learn and play together in a real school space now. Our Year 3 students have been fortunate to have their classrooms re-fitted with furniture to promote our agile and collaborative approach to learning, which is proving quite successful in P-2.

Uniform and Hair Reminders 

It is a timely reminder now our children are back physically on campus that Genesis requires and maintains an exemplary uniform standard. A few items that I have noticed and would like to see parents address with their children are as follows:

  • Hair – boys in particular who needed a tidy up should ensure this is completed. Hair needs to be of an acceptable length – meaning not hanging over the ears or collar, and it must be neatly combed or otherwise presented.
  • Sports Jackets – these are only allowed to be worn with the sports uniform please. At all other times the Genesis jumper should be worn if required.
  • Culotte length – as some of our girls are growing taller, the culottes are becoming too short. This is mainly in Years 5 and 6. Please update this uniform item with appropriate length culottes, which sit no more than 5cm above the knee.

Student Wellbeing

During our partial school closure in Primary we had often more than one class join together for learning. This was an opportunity for new friendships to develop between students, as often students regular friends were at home learning. As we have come back to school, students have had to re-negotiate some friendships and this has been hard for some. Our teachers have been working hard this week (as they always), focussing on the wellbeing of our students, and this issue has been a common theme. Michelle Mitchell who is well known to our Genesis Community, has written an excellent article for parents, which I encourage you to read to help support your children’s return to school: you can read it here.

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School (Primary)



Secondary Highlights

Build Back Better

I wish our parents could hear the applause of a stadium as you read this. The staff are so thankful for your expressions of support and gratitude. We are amazed at how you reconfigured your family life to adjust to learning, working and living in one space. We are proud of the learners (your children, our students) who made Genesis@Home work. Their dedication to learning has shone through.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff and teachers who have risen to the challenge of rethinking how education can look in our homes during Queensland’s school closures. Their dedication, wisdom and care towards our students has only become more evident during this time.

Every teacher is so thankful to have the students back amongst us and we look forward to a successful Term 2 for each student’s academics. Likewise, we are upholding all our expectations to the highest standards. This includes important areas like uniform, grooming and manners.

The anticipated relaxations of the Queensland Government’s restrictions will result in a resumption of the aspects of College life that students thrive on. The rich and varied co-curricular life of Genesis is so important to us all. I will be informing you as these events can recommence.

Decisions around Term 3 events will be made over the course of the mid-year break. We are mindful that adult distancing will remain during this time and are re-imagining many of our parent nights. We will partner with you as normal; but perhaps in new ways.

Secondary has been meeting in small groups over the course of this term to review Genesis@Home and what we have learned from the experience. We are intent on building back better. We are committed to using the feedback from parents and students during this time to ensure we remain the best choice in Northern Brisbane.

As we continue to navigate the changes occurring around us and what they mean for our College, we can be confident the Lord will guide our next steps.

Stay safe and blessings to one and all,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary


Good News Files

Joy and silver linings amidst COVID-19 pandemic!

At OSHC, we have shared great joy through what has been a trying and challenging time for all. Back in 2015, the College purchased land with the goal of building a purpose-built OSHC facility.  Over the years, we have held onto plans and designs of what could be. In 2020, our project came to life with our new OSHC Centre now complete and open as a ‘home away from home’ for many students.

Opening our doors to welcome our students back – after having their lives disrupted by change and new routines – our new OSHC Centre provides a sanctuary, place of security and a home away from home. This new space supports the children to reconnect and engage in what was familiar to them. Reconnecting with their peers and the ability to use play to act out their feelings, has supported them to transition back into their classroom.

It was important to ensure our new OSHC Centre was welcoming, authentic, culturally representative of our community, embraced nature, and was filled with purposeful materials. The layout was designed to promote relationships, communication, collaboration and exploration through play.

Our art studio has become a hub of activity, offering practical engagement with an abundance of materials and mediums to create with. Natural light beaming through large windows and instrumental background tunes set a scene of tranquility, enabling children to get lost in their thoughts and allowing their creative flair to flourish.

We have noted improved social skills through imaginative play and this in turn improves creativity and the ability to take up characters that act out real life roles.

For our more senior students, it was important to acknowledge their specific needs and wants for the space. Upstairs was designed to be the ultimate gaming level. It’s equipped to engage our students through team sports, as well as technology-based fun. No doubt the talk of the town is our air hockey, table tennis and foosball tables.  We have gained new insights and through the spaces, we have been able to improve equity for all the children within our care.

While it appears noisy and chaotic, when you take a moment to stop and observe, you see child’s play and witness pure joy and happiness.

“The environment should act as an aquarium which reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes and culture of the people who live in it” – Loris Malaguzzi

This is what we are working towards.


We currently have vacancies for before and after school care. For more information, please contact me 3889 9013 or

Vacation Bookings

Bookings for the June/July school holidays will be released 8 June 2020.

OSHC Gallery


Susan Cooper

OSHC Director

Parenting Insights – Tools for Managing Teenage Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue facing young people today.

It impacts significantly on their happiness, wellbeing and learning. Untreated anxiety in young people is likely to continue to pose a problem in adulthood. It’s normal for a young person to feel anxious from time to time.

Here are some tools to help them manage their anxiousness:


Young people often tell themselves stories about how they appear to others, how they will do in an assignment, test or learning activity and how they will meet with challenging events. Their stories can be helpful – “I know I can do this!” or unhelpful – “I’m hopeless at sticking with projects.” To reduce the impact of unhelpful thinking on their emotional state, teach them to distance themselves from their unhelpful stories and self-talk through the skill of defusion, or thought-distancing. Here are some examples you can use:

  • “I feel awful about this exam.” Ask “Is that helpful thinking?
  • “Everyone will find this test hard.” Ask, “Is that a thought or a fact?”
  • “I’m hopeless at school.” Add “I had a thought that I’m hopeless at school.”

These tactics places them one step away from the thought.

When someone is anxious, they are often worried about a future event. Their restless mind needs to take a rest from future thinking, ruminating and worrying. Settling back into the present gives them a chance to relax and calm down. The practice of mindfulness, even if just for a few seconds, is a wonderful way to let go of their worries. Encourage your young person to practise mindfulness regularly and at different times of the day.

Here’s some mindfulness tools that can help them to bring their focus back to the present. Ask them to count out loud on their fingers:

  • Five things they can see
  • Four things they can hear
  • Three things they can feel (such as their feet in their shoes)
  • Two things are grateful for
  • One person they love

Deep breathing
When someone is stressed, their whole physiology is on edge. When they are anxious their breathing becomes shallow Deep breathing activates their relaxation response to relieve stress. As a result, the heart rate decreases, muscles relax, pupils constrict and the stomach starts to do its job that was put on hold when anxiety struck. Encourage your young person to breathe in this way:

  • Say to them “Come on, let’s take three deep breathes together”
  • Encourage them to breathe into their belly to get control over their body and steady their mind

Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins that increase your young person’s feelings of wellbeing. It also relieves the muscle tension that builds up over a day of working, worrying and ruminating. There are many ways to get more movement into your young person’s life including:

  • Engaging in regular sports
  • Walking to school and to other activities
  • Taking regular movement breaks from homework
  • Joining you in a morning walk

When anxiety comes a problem
Anxiety becomes a problem when it impacts on your young person’s quality of life and prevents them from participating in everyday activities such as school, interests and social events. If this happens your young person may need professional support. Their school, your local general practitioner and our Pastoral Care Team can assist.

Eden Eats – New Menu

We’re so excited to welcome back all students and staff – we hope you’re hungry, as the team at Eden Eats has been working hard on a new menu!

The new menu:

  • reflects the cooler season we’re entering – hello hot soup!
  • has a new dietary code – Gluten Free and Gluten Friendly. Please remember to place dietary requirement orders online via Flexischools.
  • welcomes back Sweet Chilli Wraps and Pies!
  • includes price reductions where possible.

Thanks to everyone who completed our surveys last term, we’ve incorporated lots of your feedback into this new menu.

Keep an eye out for our monthly specials, which include delicious winter warmers.








Feel like a night off cooking? Don’t forget our Chef-prepared frozen dinners! The meal packs are available for collection from 2:30pm today directly from Eden Eats and are frozen for convenience. No pre-orders necessary however there is limited supply.

Option 1 = $22.00
1 x Lamb Rogan Josh
1 x Chicken Cacciatore
1 x Pasta
1 x Rice

Option 2 = $12.50
1 x Lamb Rogan Josh
1 x Rice

Option 3 = $11
1 x Chicken Cacciatore
1 x Pasta

Eden Eats is open before school from 7:30am until after school at 3:45pm.

Ben, Juliette and Hezel

Your Eden Eats Team

Mealtimes … Nourishment for the Family!

Many parents today have strong memories of the evening ritual of eating a family meal around the dinner table together. Whether it is memories of the vegetables we disliked and tried avoiding, or the stories shared by other members of the family that gave us a good laugh, these times stand out as significant and influential. 

Fast-forward to the 21st century I’m sure we can all relate to the challenges associated with trying to bring the family together for a regular mealtime. The pressures of balancing family commitments with school, friendships, sport and other activities can be challenging and even overwhelming at times. Whilst we are in the midst of a time of change in many of our lives as a result of COVID-19, this is the perfect opportunity for families to be intentional about reinforcing the tradition and importance of mealtimes.

As with all things, we need to consider the value and benefits from a shared mealtime in considering its priority in our life. Considerable research in recent years, primarily in America, has been conducted with a specific focus upon the importance of family mealtimes.

Research  conducted by the National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (2011) found that children who eat regular meals with their family are at a lower risk of developing poor eating habits, weight problems and alcohol or substance dependence.

One of the largest federally-funded studies on American teenagers specifically highlighted the benefits associated with student academic success and improved psychological health as a result of regular family mealtimes together.

A growing movement operating out of Harvard University – “The Family Dinner Project” – highlights the value of a family meal together in its research conducted over the past 15 years. Their studies reveal that family mealtimes help to build vocabulary in young children. Conversations around the dinner table can improve children’s language development and assist children to become confident readers. In addition to this, mealtimes are a training ground for social skills and manners, which is something that is slowly being eroded away in today’s world.

If family mealtimes are as valuable as research is suggesting, how do we go about making them a special time where memories are formed? Trying to set aside one night or morning a week to sit at the table together for a special meal might be a good place to start for your family. Research suggests that a minimum of three times per week is most beneficial.

Eliminating distractions and developing some ideas and strategies for making these times together both successful and enjoyable is the key. Perhaps encourage your children to help with the meal preparation or have a special theme for the meal once a week such as a Barbarian dinner – eating the meal with your hands only!  It might be having a special pancake breakfast together on the weekend, which could turn into a weekly ritual. Encourage your children to share with you stories from their day, highlights and lowlights and be willing to share your life stories that may help them on their journey. Using the time to talk about their friends and activities that are coming up can also be valuable. Having pictures or photos at the meal table can be great conversation starters with your children when discussion doesn’t come easily. The key is spending time together and making it both memorable and fun.

Mealtimes together bring stability, closeness and comfort to families and as the research is suggesting, this simple ritual can have a significant impact upon the development and wellbeing of your children. Enjoy sharing in mealtimes together and allow them to contribute to the health of the whole family.

Paul Sterling




Pastoral Care

Hello Parents!

Welcome to Term 2! A very different term for us all I know, but one we will never forget, I am sure!

I wanted to take some time to say hello, to let you know that we are all thinking of you and your families and to encourage you in this really unique season. It’s important to remember that all seasons change or come to an end. Rather than just thinking about it coming to end, let’s think about how we can make it count – make it a time full of great memories. Memories that you can treasure forever and that your children can reminisce on as a great adventure that they share with their children in years to come. I think one of the best ways we can do this is to focus on each day as it comes, not thinking about the failures of yesterday or the anxieties of tomorrow but what treasures are waiting in our day today.  

There is a beautiful reminder of this principle in the bible in Matthew 6:34, where it says,

“Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”

Here are few things you can do to focus on today that will go towards creating great memories for you and your children in the years to come.

  1. Make today your own. It’s so easy to feel the pressure of all of the tasks we must get done today. What our children must learn today, trying to measure up to what we think is expected of us or what challenges or troubles are going on around us. However this can often lead us and our children to feeling emotionally and physically drained, frustrated and overwhelmed. A fun idea to start each day with is to sit down together as a family and plan out the day’s events. Come up with a plan for the day that includes time to get the tasks done, time to learn together, time and activities to have fun, explore and creates memories as a family. Don’t forget to schedule in time to relax and rest. Doing this means that at the end of each day, while there will still be challenges, there will also be fun memories for your children to remember for the rest of their lives.
  2. Don’t compare. When we compare ourselves to others we use a lot of energy that could go into making our day, family and life the best it can be. Rather than looking at what other families are doing or achieving each day, think about putting your own unique stamp as a family on your day and what you are achieving. Focus on your own unique strengths as a family, how you have fun, what you love to do and what makes you happy.
  3. Fill the tank. Our children need the best version of us each day in order to flourish. It’s so important that you make time to manage your own energy levels, to do things to fill your tank, emotionally, mentally and physically so that you have something to give each day to your children. Most children are happiest when they just have your love, time, presence, affection, listening ears etc. So, if you are energised yourself you are more able to be present for them. Rather than focusing on just the tasks ahead, spend time connecting with your child.

Parenting expert Michelle Mitchell and Psychologist Karen Young have some wonderful insights and encouragement on how to manage your energy levels and connect with your children emotionally each day for better learning.

Here are a couple of great resources:

Please remember that if you need any assistance or support during this time or if you are concerned for your child’s well-being, we are here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact the Pastoral Care team if you need a listening ear or some advice. We also have collated many resources for you and your children on different topics that are relevant to every day family life at the Genesis@Home Care Hub. Please access the Care Hub here.

You are all in your thoughts and prayers!!

God Bless,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care & Growth/College Counsellor

Share a Glimpse of Your Genesis@Home

Share a Glimpse of Your Genesis@Home

Now that we’ve all had a little time to adjust to Genesis@Home, we would love to have a glimpse of your day. This would be in the form of a photo or two, showcasing your child/children hard at work.

A few possible ideas could be:

  • ANZAC Day – If you have taken any photos of your family’s commemorations on the day or making wreaths for the celebration
  • Mother’s Day – Making a card, picture or gift for mum, or even preparing breakfast on the morning
  • Online Music Lesson – A photo of your child/children taking a lesson with their teacher
  • Sport and HPE Classes – A photo of your child/children engaged in a prepared activity
  • Genesis@Home – A photo of your child/children completing their school work
  • Virtual Cross Country Challenge – A photo of your child/children competing in their sports gear.

Students could also send in information and or a photo on:

  • A random act of kindness for example:
    • Sent as “Dear Kindness Diary, today I made a cake and gave it to …….”
    • or “I painted a picture and gave it to ……”
  • A “COVID-19 Time Capsule” – What were some of the best things, most challenging things etc.
  • Shared prayers that were prayed by our students and families

Please note: By emailing any items to our Marketing email, you are aware and give permission that these may be used in Genesis printed material

It is always good to be aware when you are taking a photo of what is in the background and foreground, good lighting, students in appropriate clothing etc.

Please send to

Thank you for taking the time to share with us a snapshot of your Genesis@Home – here’s a glimpse of learning at home so far!


ANZAC Day 2020

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. Lest we forget.

Although we couldn’t be together for ANZAC this year, it didn’t stop us commemorating this important national event.

Our Primary students on campus created poppies in class to decorate the courtyard memorial stone. Year 6 students also had the opportunity to make wreaths in class and participated in a wreath laying service at the memorial stone, while maintaining social distancing requirements. We also uploaded a special video to our Primary Instagram page made by Year 6 students.

Secondary students made poppies, and Year 10 student Joseph Arro played the last post. The Library has an ANZAC display which is also decorated with wreaths and poppies.

Along with many Australians across the nation, Genesis students and their families commemorated ANZAC Day from their own homes this year. Through our online ANZAC Day Facebook event, we were able to share the different ways our community participated in ANZAC Day events. Families shared videos of students playing the last post, posted photos of their Driveway Dawn Services as well as sharing creative home-made lanterns, poppies and wreaths.

Uniform Survey

Last term our College community was notified of the request for feedback concerning additional options, specifically for the Secondary girls’ Formal Uniform.

Please check your email for a link to a College survey which opened on Monday 20 April and will close Friday 1 May, 11:59pm to provide feedback on these options. The survey results will allow the College to make an informed decision based on the College communities’ feedback. The survey is only short and we would encourage members of our community to participate.

Please be reminded that samples of the garments are on display in the window of the Robert Schoenmaker Library.

We thank you in advance for assisting us with the feedback.

If you have not received your email, please check your Junk/Spam folder as the survey was sent from 

If you have any questions, please contact us on 3882 9000 or email

Kind regards,

The Uniform Committee
Genesis Christian College

Dear Parents/Carers,

As a valued member of our College community, I would like to update you on our planning for Term 2. Our exceptional teaching staff have been working incredibly hard to prepare for all possible scenarios moving forward. Genesis will begin school operations for Term 2 on Monday 20 April. The Queensland Government will inform schools during the school holidays as to what form school will take at the beginning of Term 2. Should the College be closed at the beginning of Term 2, we are well prepared to deliver education for your child/ren in the home. Genesis@Home is our platform for this scenario, and we are excited about the wonderful learning and opportunities this will provide for students at Genesis.

Genesis@Home seeks to continue to provide the exceptional levels of learning, care and support for families in a package that can be used from home. Our vision for Genesis@Home is to provide so much more than simply learning in an online form. We believe that some of the valuable aspects of a Genesis education include the community connection, networking, high level of support including pastoral care and encouragement as well as the personal touches in life learning such as encouraging a sense of service and growing young people in Christ-likeness. Therefore, Genesis@Home seeks to bring these elements together in a package that your child/ren can engage with from your home.


Please take some time to become familiar with the many wonderful resources available on this site and note the various methods that will be used to deliver learning to your children.

Our Genesis@Home digital learning experiences aim to provide flexible and engaging learning for our Primary children throughout the day from Prep to Year 6. Parents will receive a daily email by 8:15am (Monday to Friday). This email comes from the classroom teacher and will include directions to all work to be completed that day.

Prep to Year 2 – Due to the unique nature of Lower Primary learning, Online learning in the Lower Primary Year levels will be supported by physical resources our staff have designed and collated. Every student in Prep to Year 2 has a Learning Resource Pack made for them, which is designed to support learning for the whole of Term 2.

This Friday, 3 April, the Prep to Year 2 learning resource packs will be available for collection from your child’s classroom between the hours of 8:00am and 1:00pm; or during the holiday period, packs can be collected from the College Reception. If you cannot collect the physical pack, a digital version of the pack, including items you would need to source will be provided in an email to you this Friday. Using the survey link below, please indicate your details, and resource pack collection preference. Please complete a new form for each child in Prep to Year 2.
Prep – Year 2 Resource Pack Collection survey

For Year 3, 4 and 6 students – all of your daily schoolwork can be accessed through Showbie, your online digital learning platform. Your teachers in all subjects will run classes through Showbie.

For Year 5, who have been working this year in Microsoft Teams and OneNote – likewise, all your learning will happen through these programs.

We have provided a daily routine plan on the Genesis@Home website; however, in Primary we are not following the school timetable, so please be flexible and feel free to adapt this schedule to meet your family’s needs.

Above all, we are in Primary school, so remember, learning should be lots of fun, and not be a burden; and if it gets a bit tough, the Primary Leadership Team, Learning Support Staff, Classroom and Specialist teachers will be in regular contact with you, and are here to support you every step of the way.

Our Genesis@Home learning platform is built upon the strengths of Genesis that we hold dear, and shaped by online learning research and experience. We will continue both a highly personal and supportive experience and maintain our high academic standards.

Students will be engaged in a normal timetable, from Form at 8:30am right through to classes finishing at 3:00pm. We will come to you at the start of each lesson via video (using the Teams platform) to explain what needs to be covered and explain the learning being undertaken. We will deliver the best blend of online delivery whilst maintaining the interpersonal connections that bring the best out of our students.

Personal Development and Christian Life have been set as independent study. Students’ teachers won’t be checking in, as we are asking parents to get alongside their children in these lessons. We think this is a great opportunity for parents to engage in some serious discussions about character, integrity, faith and wellbeing as a family. All learning expectations, sequences and video will be stored on each class’ OneNote so students can catch up should circumstances prevent them from following their timetable timeframes. If you do not have access to the internet during a campus closure, could you please contact us to discuss your circumstances?

We understand that these events do have the potential to create significant hardship. Families of our College who have had their employment directly impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Finance Department early in order to discuss your circumstances.

As we enter the Term break, I wish you God’s blessing and protection for the weeks ahead.


Paul Sterling


Secondary Highlights

Dear Parents,

There’s no avoiding that my article this edition will focus on COVID-19 and its implications on our Secondary students.

Can I assure you that in this season the entire staff at Genesis have a laser like focus on each child’s learning and their wellbeing? We are here alongside you. We are here making this year of learning count.

That said, we are in a marathon with COVID-19, not a sprint. It is clear that restrictions will continue through Term 2 and possibly beyond. I am very appreciative of the kindness and support shown by our parents as we close out Term 1. In preparation for the marathon ahead, all staff are planning how to support learning for every student in the College and how to remain connected with every family. It is likely we will have periods of time where learning is delivered via Gensis@Home. This delivery of learning through digital platforms and communication methods will see us ‘weather the storm’ well.

I’d like to encourage you, as you go about daily life at home, to be the steady ship and to help our children find peace in the midst of panic. Investing into the new cycle should be matched with your calm presence and time spent in nourishing activities. As staff, we are keen to turn conversations of fear into opportunities for faith- God has not lost control, God still loves us. The ‘why’ question is the wrong category of question in times such as these. It is like asking ‘How big is red?’ The right question is a ‘who’ question. Who is our God? He is all-loving, He is all-powerful and He is mighty to save.

for this we have Jesus

As Easter draws near, rest in His good favour to us all.


Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Primary Innovation & Learning

Our Prep students are amazing!

Our Prep students are amazing!  What a fabulous start to the year we have had. It is incredible to see just how much we have learnt in our very first 8 weeks of school! Prep have embraced our new I Love Reading program wholeheartedly.  

We are already getting confident with the sounds letters make and using these to read and write words!!! We practice the sounds that each letter makes daily so we can be confident when we stretchy snake words such as r-u-n. 

We are also learning to use critical thinking skills when we are reading stories. Curious Clyde is helping us to ask questions and think past just literal questions. Sometimes the answer isn’t found in the text of the story so we need to think deeper.

Curious Clyde helps Prep Red with their reading comprehension

Prep have also been learning what a sentence is. Now that we know the difference between letters, numbers and words, we are learning to use words to make a sentence. The only problem is…Sneaky Sam sometimes messes the sentence up so it doesn’t make sense! Our job is to read the words and put the sentence in the correct sequence.

Prep Blue ‘fixes’ the sentence that Sneaky Sam jumbled. First, we cut up the words and assemble them so the sentence makes sense. Next, we glue it in the correct order. Then we copy the sentence remembering to begin with a capital letter, put a space between each word and a full stop at the end.

Well done Prep students! We are proud of how you are so excited to continue your journey in reading and writing.

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Care & Conduct – Secondary

Introduction to Andrew Duncan

Hello, thank you all for having me back at Genesis.  I taught in the Primary and Middle school here from 2010 to 2014 and have spent the last few years working at other schools on the North side of Brisbane.  I am very happy to be back and am looking forward to reimmersing myself in the culture and community that is unique to Genesis Christian College. 

I am a proud Kiwi, having grown up on the family farms in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.  Yes, it was a sheep farm and yes, I have played a large amount of rugby, as my now aging shoulders, knees and hips can attest to.  I first started teaching at Taupo Intermediate School in 1998 and since then have taught in schools in New Zealand, the UK and Australia. 

I moved to Brisbane in 2010 as I became engaged to a local lady, who is now my wife, and I was excited by the opportunity to teach at a Christian school having only taught in state schools before.  My proudest moments since starting at Genesis have been seeing two groups of young people graduate after being their Year Level Co-ordinator in both Year 7 and Year 9 and taking them through the Rite Journey program.  It was a long and challenging process at times, but to see those students head out into the big world and learn how they are flourishing is hugely rewarding. 

I am looking forward to getting to know and work with a whole new generation of Genesis students and families, I have been impressed with how the school and community have changed and developed during my time away, and I am confident that the future is bright. 

Andrew Duncan

Year 8 Care and Conduct Leader

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

While it has been disappointing to have so many sporting events cancelled, it is a great opportunity to talk to your children about resilience and dealing with disappointments. We have been having these conversations with students as events have been cancelled or postponed due to the current health climate. 

Genesis Christian College Cross Country Carnival

It was fabulous to see such great persistence and effort at our recent College Cross Country carnival. Congratulations to the following students who were age champions on the day: 

  1st  2nd  3rd 
8 Years Girls  Ruby Kovac  Sienna Gillions  Savannah Unicomb 
8 Years Boys  Deezil Piper  Bailey Santa  Thomas Tripp 
9 Years Girls  Ayla Johnson  Amelia Lee  Eliza Bulger 
9 Years Boys  Thomas Merlin  Cameron Emmerig  Theo Hardie 
10 Year Girls  Chelsea Lewis  Lucy Exton  Poppy Maxwell 
10 Years Boys  Matthew Turner  Blaze Wilson  Felix Nielsen 
11 Years Girls  Sienna Barr  Maddison Rand  Lucy Paterson 
11 Years Boys  Owen Hollyman  Jonty McCreedie  Lyndan Quigley 
12 Years Girls  Regan Burke  Ella Postle  Emma Nieuwoudt 
12 Years Boys  Manie Van Tonder  Luka Lendvay  Santiago Rosario 

Congratulations to Gilead who were our House Champions and to every runner on the day. Every single point is valuable for each house and we congratulate all students on their efforts on the day.  

Trans Tasman Cup Golf

Congratulations to Phoenix Gaulke who recently competed in the Trans Tasman Cup for Golf in NZ. He represented his country and Genesis Christian College with pride shooting a personal best score finishing as runner up at the tournament. 


Congratulations to the following students for their respective selections: 

Pine Rivers Netball Team: Olivia Young, Ella Postle, Caitlin Keane, Isabella Schmidt-Ellwood. 

Pine Rivers AFL Team: Elijah Nicol 

Met North Basketball Team: Lucy Topp 

Upcoming Events

  • GCC Prep-2 Fun Run – Tuesday 28 April 
  • Pine Rivers District Cross Country – Friday 1 May 
  • All School Cross Country – Saturday 9 May 
  • CSSAQ Cross Country – Monday 11 May 
  • NISSA Cross Country – Friday 15 May 
  • NISSA Gala Day – Friday 22 May 

Louise McCarthy
Director of Sport- Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport

Over the past few weeks one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do in my role as Director of Sport is share the news with families that the competition their child has trained all year for has to be postponed or cancelled. However, I have been so encouraged by the responses that whilst expressing disappointment, there was an understanding that the reasons behind these decisions are ultimately to protect the Health and Wellbeing of their children and the wider community. I just wanted to thank these students and families for their amazing attitudes, and this is testament to their character under adversity which is a vital component to the success of any athlete and in life.

Genesis Cross Country 

The Years 3-12 Cross Country carnival was held on Thursday 12 March. It was great to see a high level of participation in the Cross Country races, tug-o-war and house cheers competition. There were only 100 points separating 1st to 4th place and well done to all House Captains for their leadership on the day. Congratulations to Bethel house for winning the overall Cross Country shield and Jericho house for the House Spirit award.

Overall Standings

  • 1st Bethel
  • 2nd Jericho
  • 3rd Gilead
  • 4th Shiloh

House Spirit Trophy: Jericho

Age champions: 

  • 12 Years
    • Boys: 1st – Manie Van Tonder, 2nd – Luke Lendvay, 3rd – Santiago Rosario
    • Girls: 1st – Regan Burke, 2nd – Ella Postle, 3rd – Emma Nieuwoudt
  • 13 Years
    • Boys: 1st – Declan Warnes, 2nd – Ian Ballantyne, 3rd – Kairav Vanmali
    • Girls: 1st – Haley Wolters, 2nd – Kiara Keane, 3rd – Sophie Collins
  • 14 Years
    • Boys: 1st – Harrison Barr, 2nd – Henry Johnson, 3rd – Ben Clark
    • Girls: 1st – Ella Booker, 2nd – Grace McCarthy, 3rd – Alyssa Steyn
  • 15 Years
    • Boys: 1st – Mitchell Wolters, 2nd – Lincoln Smith, 3rd – Hudson Baxter
    • Girls: 1st – Stella Botha, 2nd – Jessica Bell, 3rd – Taya Walker
  • 16 Years
    • Boys: 1st – William MacIntosh, 2nd – Brayden Warnes, 3rd – Sean Fredericks
    • Girls: 1st – Charlize Sivyer, 2nd – Ella Smith, 3rd – Abbie Ruiz
  • Open
    • Boys: 1st – Byron De Villiers, 2nd – Corey Kingston, 3rd – Declan Hannah
    • Girls: 1st – Georgia Fredericks, 2nd – Torryn Squires, 3rd – Antoya Dan


Genesis Christian College Tennis Championships

The first annual Genesis Christian College Tennis Championships was held on 7 and 8 March. We hosted our first ever College Tennis Tournament. All players showed great sportsmanship and terrific tennis skills during the event. We look forward to seeing more players take part in 2021. Congratulations to Secondary school Winner – Jacob Naylor (Year 9) and Runner Up – Manie Van Tonder.


Genesis Christian College were represented at the South East Queensland Futsal Titles in the Under 13 and Under 16 Boys divisions. Our teams performed extremely well and have progressed to the Finals of the tournament which will be held later this year. Congratulations to all the boys involved in the tournament.

Under 13 Team

  • Ian Ballantyne
  • Kairav Vanmali
  • Izac Craze
  • Ryan Aldridge
  • Shayden Wolmarans
  • Isaac Smith
  • Nick Lamprell
  • David Holmes
  • Rohan Vanmali
  • Jordan Vellnagel

Under 16 Team

  • Caelan Magill
  • William Lee
  • Lucas Ballantyne
  • Vrishin Vanmali
  • Tom Pokarier
  • Jack O’Connor
  • Luke Dipplesman
  • Brayden Warnes
  • Jack Maher
  • Zac Coulibaly


Metropolitan North Swimming Trials

Congratulations to the following students for their selection in the Metropolitan North Swimming Team:

  • Kaelah Bourke – 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke
  • Riley Bushell – 50 freestyle
  • Patrick Clarke – 100 butterfly
  • Margot Dawson – 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 freestyle
  • Ellen Gittins – 100 breastroke, 50 breastroke, 200 breastroke
  • Olivia Gittins – 800 freestyle, 400 freestle, 1500 freestyle
  • Isaac Hartland – 100 breastroke, 50 breastroke, 200 breastroke
  • Kirralee Hayes – 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 butterly, 50 butterly, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke
  • Olivia Lee – 100 breastroke, 200 breastoke
  • Benjamin Clarke – 200 backstroke
  • Lauren Whalley – 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle

Brisbane Swimming Championships

The Genesis Aquatics Swim Club competed at the Metropolitan Swimming Championships recently. Our team of 35 swimmers performed extremely well winning 11 medals. Three of the medallists are students at Genesis, they are:

  • Olivia Gittins (13 years) – Gold 1500 freestyle, Silver 800 freestyle
  • Riley Bushell (17 years) – Gold 50 freestyle
  • Lauren Whalley (13 years) – Bronze 50 freestyle

District Sport

Congratulations to the following students for their selection into the Piner Rivers District team:

  • Lachlan Tripp – U12 Rugby League team
  • Lucy Topp – U12 Basketball Girls
  • Cassandra McGinley – U19 Volleyball
  • Keira Holmes – U19 Volleyball
  • Bethan Evans – U19 Volleyball
  • Alyssa Steyn – U15 Basketball
  • Byron de Villiers – U19 Football
  • Claire McIvor – U13-U19 Hockey
  • Caelan Magill – U16 Football
  • Stephanie Hallas – U15 Football
  • Hayley Fulcher – U15 Touch Football

Other Sporting Achievements 

QLD Track & Field Championships

Congratulations to Ella Booker (Year 9) who recently competed at the QLD Track and Field Championships and came in 1st place in the 400m. This is an outstanding achievement to win the State Championships.


Janelle Pais (Year 8) has been invited to QLD Cricket Academy programme for under 15 players, after her recent performance at the QLD State Championships in Bundaberg earlier this year. This is an incredible achievement and we wish Janelle every success in this excellence program.

Track Cycling

Congratulations to Stephanie Leech in qualifying for the National Track Cycling Championships. This is an outstanding achievement and reward for the countless hours of training. Well done Stephanie.

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Careers Corner

March/April 2020

Term 1 is nearly complete, and activities are beginning to increase in the Tertiary sector

Over the next few months there is usually a gradual build up of events targeting enrolments into tertiary institutions for 2021 as well as providing information for those beginning to plan their futures. In the middle of the times we find ourselves in, some of these may well be postponed or cancelled, always check the institution’s website before going.

  • Thursday 9 April – Interested in Nursing or Paramedics? Join in an online forum to talk about what it’s like to be one 5.30 – 7.00pm – visit ACU’s website for more details on the ‘Talk with Nurses and Paramedics, Online’ event.
  • Friday 8 – Saturday 9 May – Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo (Convention & Exhibition Centre)
  • Sunday 17 May – Open day at University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Campus 

There is a new noticeboard up outside S22 that will have various posters of upcoming events. At present one is up for information sessions for various careers in the Australian Defence Force. As we receive offers of work for part-time or Apprenticeships or Traineeships we will place them up there as well as online as we are able.

For Year 12’s, as you begin to think of going to TAFE or university, here’s some advice from a past university student (Jess) from the “Foundation for Young Australians website. She says that “if I could go back in time, I would have a few words of advice for my younger self.”

Here are the points she suggested: 

  • Get involved with clubs and societies  
  • Show up to class   
  • Make time for fun 
  • You don’t have to rush through your degree 
  • In fact, stop rushing so much in general 
  • Don’t be afraid to change your mind 
  • Make the most of every opportunity 

“One thing I have learned is that when you get the chance to do something that excites and challenges you, take the leap and DO IT, even if it scares you.

Robin Grant

Director of Careers and Student Services

Dramatic Arts

Despite the state of the world right now, we in the Dramatic Arts department are choosing to be hopeful and find the silver linings in every situation we find ourselves in. We understand that there must be immense feelings of loss and disappointment from our students and families, as events and rehearsals are suspended until further notice, however, we are trusting in the one who created us, the one who knows us, the one who loves us and the one who has a plan for us.

We are encouraging students to now take ownership over their creative endeavours and take some time to truly rest and connect with our creator God. We hope you will join us in believing this: “I trust the next chapter because I know the author.” In every class, we are asking each student to share a good news story or something they are grateful for. We are also meditating on Psalm 91, which reminds us that God is our refuge and place of safety.

Now is the time for students to refine their performing arts skills at home. Watch YouTube tutorials, do some stretches and home workouts, choreograph a dance, compose a song, draw a picture. Do what it takes to remain creative and engaged in the arts. It is so healthy. We want to remind all families that they belong at Genesis, and continue to hold a very special place in the heart of the Dramatic Arts department.

With you on the journey.   

Emily Briddock

Innovation and Learning Leader – Dramatic Arts (Yrs 7-12)

Director of the Genesis Dance and Drama Academies


Library News

Library Resources

  • Our professional Library staff care about our students and so are providing extra online learning and reading opportunities for our Genesis community. We have increased the numbers of students who may read the Primary and Secondary Wheeler eBooks and audiobooks. We have subscribed to two new databases: Ancient and Medieval History and Modern History. Box of Books is our new eTextbook
  • Our virtual library online resources are available 24/7 on and off campus. Go to our Genesis website and click on the link to the Student Café portal. Please follow the prompts below each icon for login details.

Learning and reading

  • General: Destiny – the library catalogue; Accelerated Reader, Box of Books
  • Databases: A-Z Cultures, Britannica, Gale, Ancient and Modern History, World Book
  • eBooks: Gale and Infobase Learning provide non-fiction eBooks; Storybox, Ziptales and Wheelers provide mainly fiction stories …
  • Tools: Turnitin; Library Handbook for how to do research and APA referencing guidelines.
  • Box of Books: is our new eTextbook platform. For extra textbook technical support, students may contact Box of Books via the in-app support (button at the bottom right of the Box of Books screen). Please note that for Secondary students and Year 6 Cambridge Maths, it is advisable to download the PDFs of their textbooks on the Genesis campus (not at home) via the Box of Books APP found in the Software Center applications section on their school laptops.

Borrowing books for the school holidays: In addition, to the many digital resources, we are allowing students to borrow extra books for the school holidays. Here are two Year 9 students taking full advantage of the new 10 novels per student policy:

Support: If you have any concerns regarding library matters, please email:

Joy Payne

Director of Library Services

A reminder from the enrolments office to Genesis families

As family life can become quite hectic, sibling applications for enrolment can sometimes be overlooked and closing dates apply to both Prep and Year 7 entry.

Sibling Applications

Genesis families are reminded to enrol younger children (siblings) as soon as possible, particularly for Prep. Attendance at Little Genesis ELC, does not automatically transfer to an application for Prep at the College and a separate application for enrolment must be completed and directed to the Enrolments office.

Late Applications for Prep, 2021 are still be accepted.

If you have family or friends interested in applying for Prep 2021, late applications are still being accepted. Applications received after the closing date will be added to supplementary waiting lists and may still be considered for subsequent offer rounds or future years.

Late applications for Year 7, 2021 are still be accepted.

If you have family of friends who have been thinking about applying for Year 7 at Genesis Christian College, now is the time to apply. Late applications are still being accepted. Applications received after the closing date will be accepted and added to supplementary waiting lists and may still be considered for subsequent offer rounds or future years.

Application forms and the Application Process Guide, is available on the College Website 

For further information or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolment office by email or phone 3882 9000.

Lynn Swanson
Enrolments Registrar

Genesis OSHC

Children shaping the way of their future

Here at OSHC we encourage children to control the direction their learning takes through their own innovative approaches. We understand that it is a child’s world, in which we are a part. 

A strong emphasis is setting the environment, both indoor and outdoor, in which benefits the children and enables their rights when it comes to their learning environment. Our spaces are continually adapted, designed and constructed through ongoing reflective discussions with the children, staff and families. 

Our vision is to enable children to have free flowing experiences, supporting self-exploration and independent creative expression. We aspire to carefully set our environments to encourage independent thinking and allow children to drive their program through leisure and play. OSHC provides for active learning whilst still offering relaxed and quiet spaces to unwind from the busy schedule of a primary school student. 

As we enter Term 2, we will move to our purposely built home away from home. With the lead up to this great excitement of new spaces to occupy, our team of mini architects, both Junior and Senior students, set to work. Taking an innovative and expressive approach, they began viewing current architectural drawings and gained a deeper understanding of the scope of areas to design. 

Illustrations of many forms were submitted from our multi-age and diverse thinkers. It soon became evident that the designs from both the younger and older children share commonalities in how they think and behave. From large couches, creative spaces, chill out zones and gaming areas. There was a clear distinctive approach to their thinking, with spaces designated solely for the Seniors, particularly from our Year 5 and 6 levels. These maturing minds expressed their desire for ownership, however, we are unsure of the practicality of having Prep to Year 4 take occupancy downstairs, while the others enjoy the comfort of theatres and technology above! Further negotiations are currently underway to ensure the new OSHC will be inclusive for all. Despite the strong emphasis for the fun items, a common theme outlined by all levels was a designated homework and library space. 

We have taken all the submitted designs into consideration and are set to move to a state of the art building which will not only set the scene ‘home away from home’, but will reflect the fruitful and emerging designs of the children, aiming to meet their individual needs and wants. 

It is a true blessing to open our doors in Term 2 and continue to create memories shared together.

Susan Cooper

Genesis OSHC Director

Ph: 3882 9013

Sister School Exchange

Thank you Genesis Community!

The college would like to express our sincere appreciation to all our host families for their patience and understanding over the last few weeks as difficult decisions were made by our sister school in regards to their long planned exchange visit.

Our students sent them messages of encouragement to all at the sister school. The staff at the Minokamo High School extend their thanks and appreciation for our prayers and stated that everyone is well, enjoying an extended Spring vacation and staying strong and healthy!

Mrs Learna Shimizu

College Project Officer

Parenting Insights – Tools for managing teenage anxiety

Tools for managing teenage anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue facing young people today. It impacts significantly on their happiness, wellbeing and learning. Untreated anxiety in young people is likely to continue to pose a problem in adulthood.

It’s normal for a young person to feel anxious from time to time. Here are some tools to help them manage their anxiousness.


Young people often tell themselves stories about how they appear to others, how they will do in an assignment, test or learning activity and how they will meet with challenging events. Their stories can be helpful – “I know I can do this!” or unhelpful – “I’m hopeless at sticking with projects.”

To reduce the impact of unhelpful thinking on their emotional state, teach them to distance themselves from their unhelpful stories and self-talk through the skill of defusion, or thought-distancing. Here are some examples you can use:

  • “I feel awful about this exam.” Ask “Is that helpful thinking?
  • “Everyone will find this test hard.” Ask, “Is that a thought or a fact?”
  • “I’m hopeless at school.” Add “I had a thought that I’m hopeless at school.” – it places them one step away from the thought


When someone is anxious, they are often worried about a future event. Their restless mind needs to take a rest from future thinking, ruminating and worrying. Settling back into the present gives them a chance to relax and calm down. The practice of mindfulness, even if just for a few seconds, is a wonderful way to let go of their worries. Encourage your young person to practise mindfulness regularly and at different times of the day.

Here’s some mindfulness tools that can help them to bring their focus back to the present. Ask them to count out loud on their fingers:

  • Five things they can see
  • Four things they can hear
  • Three things they can feel (such as their feet in their shoes)
  • Two things they are grateful for
  • One person they love

Deep Breathing 

When someone is stressed, their whole physiology is on edge. When they are anxious their breathing becomes shallow. Deep breathing activates their relaxation response to relieve stress. As a result, the heart rate decreases, muscles relax, pupils constrict and the stomach starts to do its job that was put on hold when anxiety struck. Encourage your young person to breathe in this way:

  • Say to them “Come on, let’s take three deep breaths together”
  • Encourage them to breathe into their belly to get control over their body and steady their mind


Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins that increase your young person’s feelings of wellbeing. It also relieves the muscle tension that builds up over a day of working, worrying and ruminating. There are many ways to get more movement into your young person’s life including:

  • Engaging in regular sports
  • Walking to school and to other activities
  • Taking regular movement breaks from homework
  • Joining you in a morning walk

When anxiety becomes a problem 

Anxiety becomes a problem when it impacts on your young person’s quality of life and prevents them from participating in everyday activities such as school, interests and social events. If this happens your young person may need professional support.

Their school, your local general practitioner and the relevant department at your local council can assist.

The Practise of Practice

There is little doubt that positive work habits and learning practices set a student up for academic success, both at school and beyond.

There has been much published about the neuroscience of learning, with the basic premise being that good practice, practised often leads to mastery and automation. Home study (let’s not call it homework!) provides students, from a very young age, an opportunity to recall and revisit work that has been done at school.  It provides opportunities for children to unpack complex concepts, to ask questions and to cement this to memory when they sleep – and far more likely to be able to recall this information for longer periods of time.  As we enter into a second year of ATAR, with external exams accounting for 50% of year long course work for General subjects such a Mathematics and Science, the mastery of excellent study skills and habits are essential.

The partnership between school and home, in terms of promoting positive learning habits is vital. Providing your child with a space in which to read, revise or study, which is quiet and free from the distractions of unnecessary devices, blaring televisions or music, other family members, favourite toys/pets etc is something parents can implement. Setting aside an agreed time in the day, whether it be after a healthy snack, straight after school or after another commitments, sets up a learning routine which, if practiced daily, prioritises learning at home.

Home study is a skill which can begin from a young age and should be something that is mastered well before the Middle school years. A habit of summarising work and reviewing work on a regular basis, and not just before an assessment, will set a student up for better outcomes because students have had time to process content and are in a better position to not only recall the lower order content questions but also to apply their acquired knowledge to more complex and unseen problems or questions.

Hopefully students have now settled into their new year levels and the expectations of a new year are clear.  Now would be an ideal time to start practising good learning practices!

Nichola Welsh
Head of Teaching & Learning (P-12)

Buildings with Purpose

In recent weeks, the College has been incredibly blessed to have opened for student use, two significant buildings:

  • Eden Eats
  • STEM building

It is with grateful hearts that we thank God for His provision of such wonderful resources across our campus for our students to benefit from.

Both Eden Eats and the STEM building are facilities with a difference and with great purpose.  Eden Eats provides a fabulous space for students and families to enjoy community as they gather socially throughout the day to share wonderfully healthy food options. When we opened Eden Eats recently, I shared our desire for this space to be one of great joy, abundance and community.  It has been lovely to see many students, staff and visitors enjoying this space.  I invite you to come and appreciate these elements of Eden Eats if you have not yet had the opportunity.

The STEM building incorporates many unique design elements that seek to spark opportunity and innovation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) disciplines.  Incorporating large glassed areas, it provides transparency and excitement as a variety of activities occur within the building.  Large writable surfaces throughout the building seek to foster skills of design, creation, critical thinking, innovation and collaboration.  The informal learning areas throughout the building encourage collaboration and serve many purposes such as individual study, group work, large gatherings and social get-togethers. The design provides agility therefore encouraging student ownership and new teaching methods to be embraced as a result of the flexible spaces and a variety of furniture, also allowing for multidisciplinary courses, encouraging the development of new skills necessary for students as they enter a changing workforce.

But finally and most importantly, our prayer is that these new buildings will be places where hearts, minds and souls of our students are shaped and formed.  We seek to not only educate the mind but also the heart and do so in a way that helps to shape a young persons character and their values in order for them to have a positive impact on society as a whole.  Celebrating the opening of these spaces with our students and staff was step one … these buildings will be officially opened later this year which will provide us a formal opportunity to both give thanks to God for his blessings whilst also dedicating these buildings to His service and for His purposes here at Genesis.


Paul Sterling



Curriculum Matters

Curriculum News

Everyday Matters

The College is committed to providing excellent and relevant professional development for their staff. During the week prior to students returning to a new year, all new teachers were privileged to attend a one day in-service through Discoveries, which centred on Relationships @ Work.  There was much discussion between staff members regarding the importance of positive and cohesive relationships in the work environment and Discoveries presented a number of straightforward strategies that could be used should conflict arise in the work place, or indeed in personal life. Additionally all College Leaders and Pastoral Care attended workshops, tailored to the requirements of their roles within the College.

Habits of Mind

Costa and Kallick define Habits of Mind (HOM) as “a set of 16 problem solving, life related skills, necessary to effectively operate in society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship.” Understanding how we think and equipping ourselves with the tools to enable us to work through problems that may arise are essential skills everyone requires.  Putting these habits into practice so that they become routine and a part of our general vocabulary, is probably a little more difficult.  Please assist us in promoting these habits by adopting the HOM language and modelling these essential life skills at home.


Learning Extension and Enrichment

At Genesis, we believe that every child should be provided with the opportunities to develop to their full potential. Our aim is to extend and enrich students in one or more domains through:

  • exposure to special programs and competitions,
  • a differentiated classroom teaching approach, and
  • the provision of a Learning Extension and Enrichment Program (LEEP), either as elective subjects in the Secondary School or special programs in the Primary School.

The identification of student ability and aptitude through a variety of diagnostic testing modes assists in the academic profiling of each student.  Each academic profile is built upon the results of diagnostic tests, including NAPLAN and Edutest, academic reports, psychological assessments (if available), performance in external competitions, and teacher recommendations.

A dedicated Gifted and Talented Team, together with classroom teachers, use these profiles to guide them in providing appropriately targeted and engaging academic support for identified students.

Read Every Day Program Commences

Formally known as Support A Reader this rewarding program is designed to assist Prep to Year 3 develop stronger reading skills in a fun learning environment. The program operates Monday to Thursday 8:30 am – 9:30 am and we are currently calling for volunteers to join us in 2020 to work one-on-one or in small groups with our readers. Flexible times to volunteer within the hour available.  Please join us at the Read Every Day information session to learn more about the program here and how you can be involved.  Register your interest to Gayle Solly or the sign on sheet in classrooms.

Secondary Assessment Calendars

Assessment calendars are published in Parent Lounge and Student Café as both a PDF and editable version.  Parents and students are encouraged to take a careful look at the calendars and plan accordingly.

Assessment for Years 7-10 can take a variety of formats such as research assignments, tests, practical activities, student folios and in-class tasks. In-class tasks will not be published on the assessment calendar as they are intended to provide a point-in-time indication of a students’ progression and feedback on student learning.  All assessment (in-class or other) makes up a student’s final semester grading.

Year 12 Academic Results 2019

An OP is a student’s position in a state-wide rank order based on their overall achievement in Authority subjects and indicates how a student has performed in comparison to all other OP-eligible students in Queensland. Students are placed within broad bands from OP1 (highest) to OP25 (lowest) that are used to determine tertiary entrance. High demand university courses are offered to students with higher OPs.

At the end of last year, the realisation of hard work and commitment has finally paid off for Genesis students as their journey of formal schooling came to an end.

We congratulate our class of 2019 on their results. May they each pursue their individual passions with the purpose and determination that has assisted them throughout their school life at the College. Our goal has been to encourage, challenge and nurture students so that they can pursue and reach their potential beyond school and become active and servant-hearted members of the workforce.

Congratulations go to Sophie Kingsford and Robert Burton for achieving an OP1. However, it is not only these two OP1 students that have reason to celebrate, with a large number of students from Genesis Christian College achieving an OP1-10 and many gaining entry into their preferred tertiary or after school pathway courses

Nichola Welsh, Di Todd, Fiona Hogan, Anne-Maree Kingston & Wayne van den Bos

Curriculum Team

Pastoral Care

5 keys to a good year!

Hello Parents,

I hope the year is off to a good start so far. I have been reflecting on the year so far and I have been thinking a lot about how life is full of starts. Starting a race, starting a new job, starting a new school, a new relationships … the list goes on. While how we start something is important and can sometimes set the tone to how well we go along the way, it is not the most important thing. More importantly is knowing how to keep going when challenges arise – because they will.

I always take great encouragement on this topic from the Bible in Hebrews 12:1

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us’.

The key word here being perseverance or in other translations, endurance. The question is how do we help our children develop endurance? Especially in a culture that tends to move so quickly that there is often no time to perfect things so we just give up, especially when things get too hard or uncomfortable? I want to share with you five keys to help you and your children navigate the challenges that will happen along the way this year.

1. Looking ahead – lessons learnt from surfing and driving

When I was learning to drive I failed four times. Yes, four times! Before my fifth and final attempt a friend of mine (who was married to a police officer), suggested he go for a drive with me to see where I was going wrong, as police officers are often taught specific defensive driving skills. One of the main things he noticed was that I was only looking as far as the bonnet or just in front of me and that day he taught me to look way ahead in the distance to extend my vision to what was ahead or what was coming. As I practised this skill, my driving improved dramatically and I ended up getting my licence the next test I went for. I was reminded again of this tip a few years later during a surfing lesson. Again, this simple little tip of looking beyond just what was in front of me meant I stood up on the board and gracefully rode the wave in, which is amazing for the very accident prone me! The message here is that we can so easily get distracted or discouraged by what is happening around us in the moment but the truth is it doesn’t give the big picture. We can easily trip ourselves up when we forget to look and focus on what is ahead and keep moving forward. Remember that things do not last forever and tomorrow is a new day.

2. Failure is the key to success

When we don’t fail we don’t learn what we need to do differently. Failing in friendships and relationships, at behaviour, in our school work etc. are all good lessons – as long we learn from them and commit to always improving. When we instead spend time beating ourselves up or allowing these mistakes to define us, we waste time and energy. However learning to accept that making mistakes and learning from them quickly is how we grow and mature each day. Having this mindset can lead us to some of the most wonderful successes in life.

3. Try, try and try again – don’t give up!

I might be showing my age here but as a child my mum used to read a poem to me called The Triantiwontigongolope. This poem was about an insect with a name that was very hard to say and each stanza of the poem would end with,

So try: Tri, Tri-anti, Tri-anti-wonti, Triantiwontigongolope.

The concept of this poem was an encouragement that when you keep trying, you will eventually get it but if you give up you will never learn anything! Teaching our children to have an attitude to keep trying, learning and persevering until we get “it” shows them life only gets better when we don’t give up – no matter how hard, painful, tedious, boring, costly, frustrating or uncomfortable something is.

4. Have a soft place to fall

Have you been to an indoor trampoline centre? What I love about these places is that anyone can have a go at falling or failing because there is always big tubs of foam surrounding each trampoline. In fact, it almost feels soft and comforting when you fall. This is such an important part of our job as parents – being a safe and comfortable place for our children to fall when things do go wrong. In fact, having a few people like this in your child’s life is really important. When they are accepted, encouraged and guided when they fall and fail, it will help them to get back up and keeping bouncing!

5. Secondary Assessment Calendars

One of the great lessons we learn from team sport is that we only achieve a score or goal when we are all working together. In life when we have people to help us achieve our goal or learn new things, we always go so much further than when we are just on our own. Who are these people in your child’s life? Having this conversation to help them identify who they can reach out to when they need help for whatever reason is key to seeing them persevere through whatever challenge comes there way.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher or the Pastoral Care Team if you need any further encouragement for your children as they learn and grow this year.

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth

Primary Highlights

It’s been a great start to the year in Primary!

Five weeks have now passed since the start of the 2020 school year, and I am very happy to say that on the whole, our Primary school students have settled in well into the new year, with teachers, support staff and students all working and playing hard.

One of the features of the new year for Year 2 classes has been the complete re-furnishing of these rooms. It was wonderful to see the faces of the children return back to school and see the transformation of their classrooms into really beautiful, inviting and engaging new spaces. The furniture items chosen for these rooms was very intentionally in line with what the teachers are trying to achieve with student learning. You will notice in the photos the new “cloud” tables, which students work at together, in a collaborative way during lessons. Many of the tables also have whiteboard surfaces for writing on during these times. In the classrooms there is a selection of different seating options for students, depending on their preference, and different spaces, both collaborative, and quiet for students depending on the learning taking place. We call this kind of classroom setup a “flexible” classroom, as it allows all students to access curriculum according to how they learn best. Our teachers have been planning accordingly, establishing processes and procedures for how children adapt and work within their classrooms, to set them up for success. From what I have seen in my classroom visits and from all reports from staff, our students are really thriving in their new classrooms this year, with lots of great learning taking place.


I would also like to acknowledge the swimming teams on their recent success at both the NISSA swim meet and the Pine Rivers District swimming carnivals. At both meets, our Genesis primary swimmers were triumphant, with many individuals achieving podium and personal best results. Much thanks is to go to our aquatics centre staff, and coaches, and also Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner for all of their hard work with our swimmers so far this year.

This Friday sees our first NISSA Gala day for 2020, with our Year 4 to 6 Genesis students lining up in fixtures with The Lakes College and Grace Primary in basketball, t-ball and touch football. Parents are most welcome to attend NISSA Gala days to support our students at any of the events this year.

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary Highlights

How could we start this edition without featuring the $3.9 million STEM building? We are blessed to have such a world-class facility.

In this building you will find mathematicians who understand the patterns that surround us and use these to solve complex problems. You will find designers, who because of their empathy, create beautiful solutions. Our engineers will be applying their physics and maths abilities to implement solutions. You will find real products created for real audiences.

Our tools in the new building include drones, robotics, laser cutters, 3D printers and virtual reality.

We are forging ahead with partnerships with universities and peak industry associations to drive the innovation and relevance for our students in STEM.

The new building also houses our amazing Learning Support team and has expanded our undercover seating areas.

We invest heavily into the lives of our students so they face our ever-changing world with confidence. Our intention is that they care for, nurture and delight in this life and are always agents for the common good.

The year has already seen a number of very successful events:

  • Dedication Service where we acknowledged our thankfulness to God for His provision
  • Leadership Commissioning Service which focussed our attention on our corporate vision
  • Swimming Carnival that celebrated a tremendous sense of house spirit.

I am very much looking forward to the upcoming Cross Country on Thursday, 12 March and expect to see all in attendance.

Last year, our school was chosen as one of the PISA tested schools in Australia. This is an international test of 15 year old students across the world. We have now received the results and they show Genesis is comfortably above like schools (the literacies they test are reading, mathematics and science). We are also on the upper end of student perceptions for school belonging, classroom climate and adaption of instruction to student need.

What a great start to 2020 we have!


Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Care & Conduct – Primary

Care & Conduct – Primary

Welcome from our new Primary Care & Conduct Leader, Mr Paul Cobb

I started my teaching career back in the dark ages, teaching at a Primary school on the south coast of England, in a beautiful county called Dorset. My desire to become a teacher came from my involvement with church youth groups, camps and helping to run a children’s church.

Personally, I enjoy reading about history, a passion fuelled by growing up in the shadow of hillforts, castles, spitfire bases and even dinosaurs. No not real dinosaurs – I’m not that old! Just their fossilised remains. I also enjoy running and was a decent athlete in my youth. I like to relax by playing football (soccer) or watching rugby or the occasional T20 cricket game.

In my thirties, now with a young family and having taught in the UK for 14 years we felt ‘called’ as a family to move to Australia, to work in a new Baptist College just south of Perth in Western Australia. Working there for the past ten years, I have come to consider myself Australian and have grown to love this beautiful country and its people. One of my favourite parts of working in WA was developing and leading students on a truly life changing missions trip to the Philippines – it was incredible to see the impact the trip had on both the people we came to serve, and in the lives of my students.

My wife and I visited Brisbane for the first time some two years ago, we loved it so much that we encouraged our daughter to attend Bible College here; a year later, she is now enrolled into UQ and the whole family has moved across. Securing my new role as Care and Conduct leader in the Primary school was truly wonderful and I am so excited to come and be part of the Genesis family. I am excited about my role as Care and Conduct leader and count it a real privilege to be able to work with pupils across the whole primary age range. I have already learnt that Genesis has not only amazing facilities, but also has a staff that go ‘above and beyond’. I am looking forward to getting to know more about life in Brisbane, to discover more of beautiful Queensland and to help make a difference at Genesis.

Paul Cobb

Care and Conduct Leader


Care & Conduct – Secondary

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp 2020 was a time of building resilience, motivation and taking steps towards a cohesive cohort identity. The adverse weather at Luther Heights Youth Camp did not manage to dampen the students’ spirits as they participated in a number of activities including the flying fox (by far the most popular), a scavenger hunt, beach games, boogie boarding and a combination of individual and team challenges.

Both staff and students were very well fed, courtesy of a caring and professional catering team. The facilities were amazing including the new Dining Hall as well as the “Ocean Outlook” dormitories and they certainly made camp that much more comfortable.

I would like to give a special shout out to all teaching and pastoral care staff involved in leading our groups as well as our dedicated parent volunteers who made the coordination of the camp both organised and enjoyable.

A special thank you also goes out to the instructors at Luther Heights who managed to make activities work – even in the rain!

Ryan Craig

Year 7 Care and Conduct Leader



Year 12 Camp

As the final year at school can be full of stress and pressure, Year 12 Camp in early February was a chance for students to get away and relax at the beach, while also having some high quality information sessions to prepare for the year ahead. Guest speakers Graham Hyman and Peter Janetzki gave the students great advice on how to get the most out of their final year of school.

A drum session on the first night brought the cohort together and the now traditional garbage bag formal was a nice dress rehearsal for the real thing later in the year! Although the rain got in the way of quite a few beach activities, it was wonderful to see the Class of 2020 maintain a positive attitude and get the most out of this experience!

Rohan Mills

Year 12 Care and Conduct Leader

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

We are off to a flying start in Primary Sport for 2020.

Swimming and Cross Country Captains

  • We have had the pleasure of announcing 2 of our Sporting Team Captains for 2020
  • Swimming – Ralph Nielsen and Alice Bell
  • Cross Country – Manie Van Tonder and Ella Postle


  • We hosted the 2020 NISSA Twilight Swim Meet on Friday, 14 February.  Our students competed well and Genesis came away as the Aggregate Champions on the day.

Secondary Swimming Carnival Success

Our 12 year old swimmers took part in the Secondary Swimming Carnival with Xavier Clarke-Bates being awarded Boys Age Champion and Ella Postle and Emily Petherbridge placing 2nd and 3rd in the Girls.

Pine Rivers District Swimming Carnival

Recently, we took 29 ten to twelve year old swimmers to the Pine Rivers District Carnival. After many excellent performances, 20 of these students were selected in the Pine Rivers District Swimming team.

Met North Regional Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to Kiara Vanstyn, Ralph Nielsen and Felix Nielsen who were selected in the Met North Swimming Team.

Recent Congratulations

  • Ella Postle and Sienna Barr competed as a part of the Met North Regional Team at the Qld State Aquathlon Championships.
  • Madison Rand has been selected in the Pine Rivers District Basketball Team.
  • Phoenix Gaulke has been selected in the Australian team to compete in the upcoming Trans Tasman Cup for Golf which will be held in New Zealand in March.
  • Lucille Ivosevac has been selected to attend the QLD state Little Athletics Championships in March.

Upcoming Events

  • Thurs, 12 March: Year 3-12 Genesis Cross Country Carnival
  • Mon, 16 March: CSSAQ Swimming Carnival
  • Fri, 27 March: NISSA Gala Day 2

Louise McCarthy
Director of Sport- Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport

Welcome to the first edition of Sport news for the year. There are many exciting things happening at Genesis in the world of sport. The Middle School Students were blessed to hear from Mr Brendan Keogh, Director of Genesis Sport, at the Leadership Induction Service. Mr Keogh shared his journey as the Australian Paralympics Head Swimming Coach and in his presentation he challenged the students with the concept that there is no “I” in team but instead they have teammates.

As we journey through 2020 in sport as a College and celebrate the many achievements of our talented students, I am encouraged by the concept that as a team – where there is encouragement, support and kindness towards one another – there is unity.

College Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all the students involved with the College carnival and in particular, I would like to pay tribute to the House Captains for their leadership, passion and encouragement displayed towards the students in their Houses.

Well done to Lucy Winn and Riley Bushell who were named as the 2020 Genesis Swimming Captains.

Congratulation to Gilead who had their first win at a Swimming Carnival since 2013!

  • 1st Gilead
  • 2nd Shiloh
  • 3rd Bethel
  • 4th Jericho

Age champions: 

  • 12 Years
    • Emma Dawson, Xavier Clarke-Bates
    • Ella Postle, Luka Lendvay (runners up)
  • 13 Years
    • Isabella Jones, Jake Flint
    • Haley Wolters, Riley Thomas (runners up)
  • 14 Years
    • Kaelah Bourke, Zeph Hardie
    • Lauren Whalley, Henry Johnson (runners up)
  • 15 Years
    • Margot Dawson, Luke Dippelsmann
    • Jessica Bell, Benjamin McGrath (runners up)
  • 16 Years
    • Lucy Winn, Patrick Clarke
    • Kirralee Hayes, Isaac Hartland (runners up)
  • 17 Years
    • Hayley Seltenrych, Riley Bushell (Swimming Captains)
    • Alyssa Postle, Carel Van der Merwe (runners up)

District / Regional / State Sport

  • Congratulations to the following students who competed for the Pine Rivers District team at the Met North Swimming Championships on 26-27 February:
    Cooper BallEmma DawsonLuke LendvayMarley Pinkstone
    Lachlan TrippIsaac HartlandJessica BellKaelah Bourke
    Harrison BushellPatrick ClarkeMadison CothillMargot Dawson
    Olivia GittinsZeph HardieKirralee HayesDavid Herman
    Amity HoganCayden HoganDanielle JamisonHenry Johnson
    Riley ThomasCarel Van der MerweKairav VanmaliLauren Whalley
    Isabella JonesTyron KingOlivia LeeWilliam MacIntosh
    Lucy WinnHaley WoltersIsabella YoungEllen Gittins
    Luke DippelsmannSophie DitchburnJake Flint


The following students represented Met North Regional School Sport at the Qld State Champs recently:

  • Haley Wolters
  • Malayah Dean
  • Harrison Barr
  • Abbie Ruiz
  • William MacIntosh
  • Mitchell Wolters
  • Georgia Fredricks
  • Torryn Squires
  • Reagan Burke
  • Luka Lendvay

Congratulations to Georgia Fredricks and Kate Collins who made the State Triathlon Team to compete at the SSA National Triathlon Championships on 22-25 March 2020 in Hervey Bay.

District Team Achievements

Congratulations to the following students who made District Netball Teams:

  • Sophie Ditchburn
  • Shandri Barnard
  • Charlize Sivyer
  • Taya Mathieson

Congratulations to Charlize Sivyer and Sophie Ditchburn for their selection into the Metropolitan North Netball Team to compete at the State Championships.

Well done to Jenna Clarkson and Alyssa Steyn who made the District U15 Girls Volleyball Team!

Other Sporting Achievements


One of Genesis Christian College’s past students Elliot Schultz (2017) recently competed in his first tour world race (Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race). Elliott led the race in a breakaway group and showed great promise in the cycling world. We wish Elliott every success with his professional career in cycling.

Tae KwonDo

Congratulations to James Tailby (Yr 8) for achieving his black belt in Tae Kwondo. This is a remarkable achievement.


Over the summer break, Josh Wood (Yr 12) competed in his second power-lifting competition (Powerlifting Australia) placing 2nd in his weight class. He has qualified for the Australia National Championships, to be held in Melbourne in May.


Jack Golfin (Yr 11) 11 has been selected in the Moreton Bay United NPL U/16 Football Team, who will be participating in the Saitama International Football Tournament in Japan, to be held from 9-16 March 2020.


Janelle Pais (Yr 8) and Mia Croucamp (Yr 6) represented City Fever who won the Under 13 QLD state championships held at the end of January in Bundaberg. Janelle got 7 wickets in the tournament – one wicket short of the bowling award for the state. Congratulations to Janelle and Mia on this great achievement.

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Instrumental Music


Term 1 in the Music Department is flying and off to a great start. We would like to welcome all new families to the department as well as welcome back all of our existing Music students and their families.

Rehearsals are well underway and students are working very hard for upcoming performances. Senior Primary Choir, in particular, who had their first performance at the Primary Dedication Service after having only two rehearsals!  What an achievement.

New Ensembles

The Music Department started four new ensembles this term to accommodate growth in this area. The Secondary Concert Band has been divided in two to create the new ensemble, Middle School Concert Band, conducted by Mrs Marta Preston. Senior Concert Band continues to be conducted by Mr Steven Hannah.  Similarly, what was once known as the Secondary Jazz Band is now two ensembles; Middle School Jazz Band, conducted by Mr Matthew Hobbs, and Senior Jazz Band, conducted by Mr Steven Hannah. The growth in the Brass Band area has resulted in the creation of a Primary Brass Band in addition to our Secondary Brass Band, both conducted by Brass Teacher Mr Rowan Yates. Our Percussion department has also grown to accommodate two Percussion Ensembles this year, both conducted by our new Percussion Teacher, Mr Jow Chow. This is an exciting time in the life of our department and we can’t wait to hear these ensembles perform.

Secondary Band Camp

The first Genesis Secondary Band Camp is currently on now at QCCC Brookfield. Students departed the College on Thursday, 27 February and will return on Saturday, 29 February at QCCC. Four ensembles will rehearse – Senior and Middle School Concert Bands as well as Senior and Middle School Jazz Bands. The two days of camp are sure to be filled with new music, rehearsals, sectionals, tutorials, performance preparation and lots and lots of playing; approximately eight weeks of work in one weekend!  Thank you to Genesis Music Staff for sharing their expertise with our students and thank you to all students for their incredible hard work that we know you’ll put in.

We look forward to performing for the Genesis community very soon.

Marta Preston
Performance Music Coordinator

Dramatic Arts

The year has started strong, as curriculum and co-curricular Dramatic Arts students have immersed themselves in classes and rehearsals.

Our Dance Companies have been working hard in their weekly rehearsals, and the Juniors and Seniors are looking forward to their first competition at Everybody Sing and Dance Now in five weeks time!

Show Choir, Junior Dance Company and Senior Dance Company recently returned from a wonderful weekend away at Dance Camp. The students sweated it out in full day workshops and rehearsals with guest choreographers and enjoyed some fun games and activities in our night time sessions. The whole experience was a truly rewarding one for our students.

All of our students are putting in some serious hard work now, in the knowledge that they will reap the rewards of their labours in due course. We encourage all students to continue pursuing their passion with grit and determination and look forward to what comes next.

Emily Briddock

Innovation and Learning Leader – Dramatic Arts (Yrs 7-12)

Director of the Genesis Dance and Drama Academies


What’s in your hands?

A book? A bible? Read for your life!

The Australian Children’s Laureate (2020-2021) is Ursula Dubosarsky and her theme is Read For Your Life. This author encourages children to develop reading as a lifelong habit. Some of her books in our library, include:

  • The Word Spy
  • Brindabella
  • The Terrible Plop
  • The Perplexing Pineapple

The Library Strategic Plan states that one of our goals is to make reading a core value in our College. Our professional teacher librarians promote reading to learn through applying the Library Research Process when doing assignments. Our virtual library provides 24/7 access to the Library Page on the School Intranet. Digital databases, eBooks and videos. Under the Tools tab, the Library Handbook can be found. It outlines how to do research and how to do APA referencing.

At Genesis we promote reading for leisure as a wonderful way to relax and to grow our students’ imaginations and empathy for others. The Accelerated Reader programme motivates our Year 4 and 5 students to read good fit books. We already have three Year 5 students who have read over one million words this year!

The Student Library Council consists of Senior Secondary students who took the initiative to create the ‘Suggestion Box’ in the library. Any student is welcome to post a request for a title of a book to purchase for our library.

Genesis Christian College has a Christian ethos. As our children learn to read and develop a lifelong love of enjoying reading, we hope that they will also learn to read the Bible and to grow in their love of God and their love of others. Daily reading of the Bible is a wonderful habit to develop to nurture our children’s souls. It is in your hands to encourage your son or daughter to, as Ursula Dubosarsky says,  Read for your life!


Joy Payne

Director of Library Services

Careers Corner

Welcome to the first article of 2020 discussing areas of interest in Careers.

This year will be known for years to come as the first year that Queensland students will receive an ATAR instead of an OP. Its introduction into Queensland will mean that we now have a system that makes it easier for Queensland students to understand the entry requirements if applying for entry into tertiary institutions interstate and vice-versa. Many questions are asked about what subjects will provide the best ATAR. As with the OP system and others over the years, it’s best to study those subjects that hold an interest for you, and you perform best in.

Another area of change is in the character of the workforce with new career titles being added each year while other titles disappear. The World Bank in its World Development Report 2019 states, “Technology is also changing the skills that employers seek. Workers need to be better at complex problem-solving, teamwork and adaptability.” It’s important that all students endeavour to develop their problem-solving skills, learn to adapt to different situations and fully engage in team-oriented activities that lead to them possessing skills required in the 21st century workforce.


  • Year 12, 2021 students: Interested to study a university subject while at school?
    • 17 March, 4.30pm – 6.00pm @ USC Moreton Campus in Petrie

Robin Grant

Director of Careers and Student Services

Myanmar Trip – 2020 Parent Information Evening

Myanmar Parent / Carer Information Evening 

 7pm, Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Are you interested in learning more about our annual trip to Myanmar? Parents of Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to attend an information session with our dedicated Myanmar team at 7pm on Wednesday, 4 March.

This 11-night trip is described as a life changing experience from many and is a meaningful and rewarding alternative to Schoolies for Year 12 students.

Students are provided a true cultural experience immersing themselves in life as a local in Myanmar, as well as some sightseeing and a few days in Thailand to finish the trip.

If you are interested in learning more about the itinerary, costs and payment plan options for the 2020 trip, or even thinking about sending students in the coming years, this is a great forum to learn more and ask questions.

Save the date through the Facebook Event here and register your interest to attend by emailing

Anthony Lyons

Student Life Coach

Applications for Prep 2021 and Year 7 2021 close 31 March!

Apply now!

Application forms and the Application Process Guide, is available on the College website

Applications received after the closing date will be added to supplementary waiting lists and may still be considered for subsequent offer rounds for 2021 or future years.

Sibling Applications

Genesis families are reminded to enrol younger children/siblings as soon as possible, especially for Prep. As family life can become quite hectic, sibling enrolment can sometimes be overlooked and closing dates apply.

Attendance at Little Genesis Early Learning Centre does not automatically transfer to enrolment at Prep and a separate application to the College must be completed and directed to the Enrolments office.

Application forms are again available on the College website

Please contact our Enrolments office via email  or 3882 9000 for more information.

Lynn Swanson
Enrolments Registrar

March Special – 15% off second hand items

For the entire month of March, we will be selling all of the great quality second hand uniforms on our racks at 15% off!

Make sure you stop by and grab yourself a bargain!

Did you know our Uniform Shop is now open longer?

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8.00am to 10.30am and 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Cathy van Vuuren

Finance Officer / Uniform Shop Coordinator

Eden Eats

Eden Eats had a wonderful opening week and has now been available to our school community for three weeks.

Volunteers Required!

If you can spare some time and would like to assist us at our POS (point of sale) terminals, we would love your help – as would the students! The terminals are very easy to use – we promise!  Times where we need assistance are 10:50-11:15am and 12:40-1:30pm on weekdays.  If you can help at all – or would like to come along and see how easy it is before you commit, please email us at

Did you know?

  • In our opening week we processed over 2,000 transactions!
  • Our top sellers have been:
    1. Hot Chips
    2. Chicken Nuggets
    3. Sushi
    4. Breaka milk
    5. Wraps
  • Students can access a free piece of fruit any time (no obligation to be buying at Eden Eats)
  • Eden Eats is open before school from 8am, First and Second break, and after school until 3:30pm
  • We have some wonderful breakfast and afternoon tea options for students and families – as well as the morning tea and lunch time offerings.

We make most of our delicious food onsite! Here’s Chef Ben whipping up his famous banana bread!

We look forward to continuing to serve our students and school community!


School fees were emailed to parents on Friday 31 January and your action is required by 28 February to ensure you have nominated your preferred payment frequency and method.

This year, all families must log into Parent Lounge and click on the heading ‘Accounts & Payments’ and select ‘School Fees Account’ to nominate your payment option.

  • You can choose to pay your full account for the year upfront by clicking on ‘Make a Payment’.
  • Alternatively, you can add a payment method (Credit card or bank account) and then set up a payment schedule to have your School Fee payment direct debited weekly/fortnightly/monthly/quarterly.

Please note that there are no credit card or transactions fees charged to parents on direct debits (these are absorbed by the College). However, if your payment fails, a dishonour fee of $15 will be charged.

If at any time you need to delay your payment by up to 3 days, or you need to change your bank account or credit card details, you can do this in the same area on Parent Lounge.

Should you require any assistance with this new process, please feel free to call our office on 3882 9018 or email

Facilities Update

The Christmas holidays feel like a distant memory already!

This year, we had several projects in progress at once and all of them went right through the holiday period. This meant weekends and even some holidays were spent keeping these projects moving forward.  In addition to the key project, we still carried out our usual holiday projects including the annual top dressing of the oval and grounds, pressure washing of all the concrete around the campus and countless other maintenance activities which help keep the campus looking and running smart!

Eden Eats Tuckshop 

There has been a lot of attention given to the new Eden Eats this year and those of us involved in the renovations and extension couldn’t be happier! The crowds, the positive feedback and the great looking facilities make all the long days and hard work worth while! 

STEM Building

The new STEM building is home to not just the new STEM lab but is also a new home for our fabulous secondary Learning Enrichment team. It also features plenty of state of the art classrooms and collaboration areas for our Senior students. We have been able to gain access over the past couple of weeks and now there’s just some landscaping to be done and it’s done! The building certainly makes a statement from the outside but the learning areas inside are really quite something! The large covered areas will also add great spaces for students to gather in fun and in learning.

OSHC Centre

Our new two story OSH Centre is getting very close to completion and will have the doors open on the first day of Term 2. This new centre has really taken shape over the Christmas break and we are excited to see it in full swing very soon! 

New Automatic Gates

Have you seen the new gates? They have turned out even better than we had hoped! They have created a safe, secure environment for our campus and our students!


Kevin Dekker

Director of Facilities

Children at play!

Welcome to our new families and welcome back to our existing families!

It has been an incredible start to the year here at OSHC. This year we have been blessed with the ability to increase our occupancy and extend our care to Prep siblings. As we foresee continued growth, we look forward to relocating to our new premises and plans are well and truly underway with construction.

One of the greatest joys about attending OSHC is that it offers a place to gather and to connect with others. A combination of multi-age play, loose parts and “playwork” are examples of children holistically learning and developing ideas as nature and evolution intended. By trial and error, in play and with peer guidance, rather than adult.

A great outcome for loose parts and free play fall within the “Zone of Proximal Development” of their slightly older peers through observing, learning and then mimicking. In some cases, students then refine their usage. This is a perfect example of how play and its environment combine to provide subtle permission that the children innately and holistically pick up on.

Our environments operate as a village or tribe in a cycle. Children will come in, bring ideas, rise to challenges and develop by being pulled forward by those older or more skilled than them and in turn, pulling forward those younger or less skilled.

We need to remember that play is a language, one of the hundred ways in which children work through their ideas and understandings of the world.

Our Vacation Care Program includes nature play, adventure day camps, hiking, fishing, canoeing and for the more adventurous rock climbing and abseiling!

While we all about adventure, our program is inclusive to cater for all interests and each child is able to participate within each activity. Our wonderful team of Educators are all highly skilled and attend professional development throughout the year.

We currently have vacancies for:

  • Before School Care
  • After School Care
  • Vacation Care

Did you know we also accept casual bookings and provide care for students in Prep to Year 7?

To enrol, please email our Director.

Susan Cooper

Genesis OSHC Director

Ph: 3882 9013

Brisbane Bus Line – Code of Conduct

Brisbane Bus Lines takes its responsibilities under the Code of Conduct for School Bus Travel, issued by Transport for Main Roads, seriously.

This is a reminder to all students travelling on Brisbane Bus Lines, or any bus service, to follow the rules.  The full list of All of these behaviours are covered in the Code of Conduct for School Bus Travel (Information for Students), copies of which are sent to all parents and students. Links to the Code of Conduct are at the end of this newsletter.

Students and School Bags:

  • School bags are to be stowed safely either on the floor under your seat, or in luggage racks if available.
  • They are not to be placed on seats, preventing other students from sitting.
  • If standing on the bus, your bag can be placed between your feet in order to avoid them becoming a tripping hazard.
  • Be conscious of other students who need to get off the bus and ensure your bag is not in their way.
  • Primary students have priority seating. When travelling on our “bendy” buses, high school students should give up their seat for a primary student.

Food and Drink:

  • Students are not allowed to consume food or drink on the bus, without specific permission from the driver.
  • Some schools have shops close to them where students purchase food and drink in the afternoon, eg hot chips, slurpees – these are not be consumed on the bus.
  • Drivers are entitled to enforce the Code of Conduct and insist that students dispose of their purchases before boarding the bus. Unfortunately, students have been caught attempting to smuggle their purchases on board for consumption.

Safe Travel – Rear Doors

  • We operate a fleet of “bendy” buses that have a rear door, with a stairwell.
  • Students have been observed sitting within this stairwell, which puts them at risk of injury when the door opens.
  • Students are not allowed to sit or stand in the stairwell and must either sit in a seat or stand up, using a hand-hold for safety.

Safe Travel – Crossing the Road

  • When students have hopped off from the bus, they are to wait until the bus has moved away AND they have a clear view of traffic in both directions, before attempting to cross the road.
  • Never cross the road in front of a bus.

Safe Travel – Seat Belts

  • Students must seat belts, if available, and stay fastened in their seat for the duration of the journey.

Letting the driver know when you want the bus to stop

  • Some of our buses are fitted with “STOP” buttons, which can normally be pressed to alert the driver to stop at the next bus stop. Unfortunately, these buttons are disabled due to regular misuse.
  • DO advise the driver verbally, in a loud clear voice, eg “next stop please” or “corner of the next street please”.
  • DO give sufficient notice to the driver – it can take a fair distance for the driver to stop the bus safely.
  • DO NOT shout “stop here!” as the bus is passing your stop.

Bus Passes and Fare Evasion

  • All students who have been issued a Brisbane Bus Lines bus pass must present it to the driver on EVERY trip.
  • It is:
    • their legal ticket to travel on our bus services
    • has information about the student’s travel that the driver needs to read.
    • indicates whether they need to pay an add-on fare and the amount.
  • Fare evasion on public transport and school buses is a major issue, which is being targeted by both QLD Transport and school bus operators.
  • Students who are required to pay a cash fare need to pay their fare on EVERY trip.
  • Under the Code of Conduct, repeated instances of failure to show a valid bus pass, or pay the relevant cash fare, can result in suspension from travel on the school bus.

TransportMe Bus Passes

  • Last year, we began introducing a new electronic bus pass system called TransportMe.
  • Students with these passes are required to tap on and tap off the bus – just like using a Go-Card on Translink services.
  • Whilst nearly all students now tap on when boarding the bus, only about half try to tap off.
  • All students with these cards are reminded to tap-off for the following reasons:
    • Tapping off will record that the student is no longer on the bus, as well as the location and time.
    • This data is used for reporting and for safety matters in an emergency.
    • We plan on introducing electronic fare payments with these cards later in the year. The fare will be deducted when the student taps OFF only.
    • Failure to tap off will result in a penalty fare being applied to their account.
    • Therefore we want all students to get into the habit of tapping on AND off the bus.

Code of Conduct Links

Brisbane Bus Lines

Ph: 3354 3633


Parenting Insights – Parenting in the age of disruption

We live in the age of disruption.

The future your children will inherit will be very different than the world we live in now. A university degree, once a guarantee of a well-paid job, no longer ensures your child a career, let alone a steady income.

So how can we prepare children to thrive in a world where it’s estimated that over 20 per cent of today’s jobs won’t exist in just five year’s time? How do we prepare them for a work-life of multiple careers and job changes?

South African educator and author Nikki Bush believes that the future will belong to those who develop a broad range of personal capabilities rather than a narrow number of academic abilities. Bush has outlined five key personal factors that will help kids succeed in the future world of work.

These are:

1. Creativity and Innovation

With information being only a digital search away, knowledge is relatively easy to obtain in the digital age. The ability to think outside the square and find new solutions to old problems will be one of the most highly valued skills in the new world of work.

2. Love of learning

In a world where people working into their seventies and beyond will become common place, a degree of qualification obtained in the early twenties won’t guarantee continued success. The future will require people to be in charge of their own learning and be willing to continually upskill. Continuous learners rather than those who close themselves off to new ideas and concepts will thrive in the future.

3. Resilience

Life doesn’t unfold in a straight line. It never has, but the future of work will have more twists and curves than ever before. Kids will need to be resilient and flexible enough to cope with rapid workplace change and lack of security, as well as be able to manage risk to earning a living.

4. Self knowledge

Personal knowledge of strengths, capabilities and talents has long been a skill, that we’ve neglected to develop in kids. When the future is fluid and work continually changing, self-knowledge will become a passport to happiness and success.

Reassuringly, there is a great deal you can do as a parent to prepare your child to capitalise on the changing career and jobs landscape. Use Bush’s five personal factors for future success as a starting point as you ponder how to prepare your child to prosper in the age of disruptive change.

Related Webinar

Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas. As part of this membership, you can attend the below webinar ‘Futureproofing your child’ at no cost. In this webinar Nikki Bush teaches parents what to expect and how to support their kids to thrive in a future world of work.

Click here for more information on the upcoming webinar.

As the Academic year for 2020 begins, can I take this opportunity to welcome all Genesis families back to the College.  A very warm welcome to the new families, I look forward to you joining the Genesis community.

As the new Principal of Genesis Christian College, I am excited to join this wonderful community and am passionate about the opportunities that lie ahead for us as a College.    I have already been blessed to receive a very warm welcome from many of the staff, students and families.  It is a privilege to follow Mr Barker and to continue the good work that has been established by him.

As I began the year with staff, I launched a theme for the year, “What’s in your hands?”  It is based on the story of Moses in the book of Exodus.  In chapter 4:2, God asks Moses, after listening to his doubts, “what is in your hand?”  Following this, God uses Moses with the staff he held in his hand to lead the people out of Egypt.  There are numerous examples in the Bible of God using what is in people’s hands to do amazing things even though they may seem menial or insignificant.  The challenge that I presented to staff was, how can we create space for God to use what he has given us and equipped us with for the year ahead.

Perhaps this is a theme that you may like to discuss with your children as they prepare for a new school year.  What opportunities do your children have ahead of them? What gifts, talents, interests and passions has God given them that they could use more fully this year. This theme and passage also remind us of the important message of trust and faith.  Moses had many doubts and felt inadequate to complete the task that the Lord had for him but God simply asked Moses to trust in him and rely on him for all that he required.  Sometimes our children need some extra encouragement to have a go, challenge themselves and rely on God for the confidence and courage they need to step into new things that may feel a little daunting.

As you return, you will notice that much has been happening on the building front.  Eden Eats, our new Tuckshop, is incredibly exciting and will be open for business from Monday, 10 February (please note there will be no tuckshop facilities available in Weeks 1 and 2).  Our STEM building is also looking fabulous and will become a very valuable learning space for our students as they journey through the Secondary School.  This building will be open for students to use and experience very early in Term 1.  We are blessed as a College to have the opportunity to improve and develop our facilities, to provide the very best learning environment for all students.

God bless you and your family as you embark upon this new year.  I look forward to connecting with you in the coming weeks.

Paul Sterling  


Primary News & Highlights

Dear Parents,


We warmly welcome families back to the 2020 school year. I look forward to seeing all of our new and returning families and journeying with you, as together we work towards the development and growth of your children academically, socially and spiritually. The new year and new decade brings an invigorated and fresh beginning to life at Genesis, with a new Principal in Mr Paul Sterling and some new staff in the Primary. As normal, you will see me and the rest of our Primary leadership team out and about the school grounds, and regularly in classrooms at the start of the year as we settle our students into the new school year. Our teacher/parent/student relationships are vital and I encourage parents to connect with our Primary leadership when possible; even just for a quick hello and a chat! I also pray that the start of the school year is a blessed one for your families, as you send your older children back to school, and some of your children to school for the first time. May the peace of God be with you all these coming weeks.

First Day of School

Tuesday, 28 January is the first day of school for 2020. All classroom teachers will be available in their rooms before school on this day to meet and greet parents and students. Year 1 teachers will be available before school during Weeks 1 and 2 to allow a comfortable transition for our younger students.

Families of new students

Relationships with families are key for us at Genesis and all teachers of new students to the College will make contact with parents within the first two weeks to school to ensure students have settled well into their new school.

Class information sessions – Week 3

These have been planned for the following days and times:

  • Year 1 – Wednesday 12 February, 2.20-2.50pm
  • Year 2 – Tuesday 11 February, 2.20-2.50pm
  • Year 3 – Thursday 13 February, 2.20-2.50pm
  • Year 4 – Tuesday 11 February, 3.10-3.40pm
  • Year 5 – Wednesday 12 February, 3.10-3.40pm
  • Year 6 – Thursday 13 February, 3.10-3.40pm

The purpose of these sessions is to give parents an overview of the year ahead, provide an introduction to the classroom teacher and explain their expectations for the class. Discussions on individual students and their progress will occur during the official parent/teacher interviews in Week 10 of term.

 Staffing Matters

We have had some changes to the Primary teaching staff which I will outline below, including the appointment of some new staff members as follows.

  • Mrs Carol Testa – moving from Prep Innovation and Learning Leader to teaching in Year 5
  • Mrs Rebecca Scott has been appointed to the Innovation and Learning Leader role in Prep
  • Mrs Wendy Clark moves from teaching in Year 1 to teaching in Year 3
  • Mr Chris Kotterer moves from teaching in Year 6 to teaching in Year 5
  • Mrs Wendy Wearne moves from teaching in Year 3 to teaching in Year 6
  • Mrs Laura Bierton moves from Primary Learning Extension to teaching in Year 6 and will share the class with Mr Paul Cobb
  • Mrs Liz Rustichelli will be providing administrative assistance to Mr Simon Bedville in his role as Assistant Head of School – Primary.

Click here to view the full list of Primary staff teachers including class allocations.

New Staff

  • We are pleased to have appointed Mr Paul Cobb as the Primary Care and Conduct Leader. Paul comes to us from a Christian School in Perth. He has significant pastoral care experience and qualifications, and has performed the role of Deputy Head of a Primary school before. Paul will share a Year 6 class with Mrs Laura Bierton.
  • Mrs Grace Denny joins us teaching in Year 3.  Grace has completed her Masters in Education and has been the Years 4-6 Coordinator at Trinity College, Gladstone. We were significantly blessed with very high quality applicants for our two teaching roles and believe we have secured exceptional employees.

Returning from Maternity Leave

  • We also welcome Mrs Felicity Hall back from Maternity Leave.  Felicity returns to her role in Primary Learning Extension.

Grounds and Facilities

Our Property and Maintenance team have spent considerable time over the holidays in various works across the College to prepare us for the 2020 school year. In Primary, there has been lots of painting and renovations to classrooms, as well as some beautiful work restoring lawns and gardens.

In classrooms, we have updated all of the furniture in Year 2, as well as provided upgrades to some items in other year levels.

Our OSHC house has been progressing nicely over the holidays, with this incredible facility planned to open from the commencement of Term 2 this year.

Assemblies and Chapels

There has been a change to the time and location of Primary Assemblies and Chapels for 2020. These will commence from Week 2 of the year.

  • Upper Primary (Year 3-6) will occur each Monday in Period 1 – 8.45am-9.25am
  • Lower Primary (Yr1-2) will occur each Tuesday in Period 1 – 8.45am-9.25am

As per usual, Assemblies will occur every even week and will awards assemblies. The venue for our Chapels and Assemblies will be MP1 for 2020, unless otherwise notified.

Music Ensembles and Choirs

Parents, please note there will be no choir or ensemble rehearsals during Week 1.   Primary Choirs and Bands will commence in Week 2; except for Year 4 band which will commence in Week 7.


Term 1 Swimming Lessons

Swimming sessions for Years 3 to 6 students will be conducted at the Genesis Aquatic Centre. These session will commence in Week 5 and go for six weeks; a further block of four weeks of swimming will occur in Term 4 leading up to our annual Swimming Carnival. For Term 1, lessons will occur after lunch on the following days

Mon Tues Wed Thurs
Period 6 6B & 6G 5B & 5G 4B & 4G 3B & 3G
Period 7 6R & 6W 5R & 5W 4R & 4W 3R & 3W

 Dedication Service – Monday 10 February 2020

Our annual Dedication Service will be conducted on Monday, 10 February at 9.00am in the Bray Park Community Church.  All students from Years 3 to 6 are involved in this special service.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend.


Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary News & Highlights

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We trust that you and your children are looking forward to a wonderfully productive and engaging 2020.

2019 Year 12 OP results 

Congratulations are extended to the 2019 Year 12 cohort on completing their schooling and our best wishes go with them. Forty-five students excelled by scoring in the OP 1 to 10 range with our College Dux, Sophie Kingsford achieving an OP1, along with Robert Burton.

Mobile Phone Policy and Smart Watches

This is a courteous reminder that students may not use devices like smart watches and mobile phones to access the internet while on campus. Students may only access the internet on their laptops and through the College intranet. Should students choose to wear a watch, a simple digital, analogue or GPS only watch is more appropriate. Mobile phones must be switched off during the school day and kept secure in student lockers.

Class Changes

Class lists are determined based on teacher observations and experience and students are allocated according to what will best suit them. Generally, Form class groupings will not change significantly. Applications for subject changes may occur up until the tenth day of the semester. Subject changes will generally be approved, provided there is still space in the class.


Each year brings with it new staff and we welcome the following to our College. We pray God’s richest blessing upon their time with us.

A very enthusiastic and warm welcome from the Secondary department to Mr Paul Sterling. Along with the new Principal we have a number of other new staff for 2020. With maternity leave, promotional positions elsewhere, retirements and the usual change in circumstances our list of new staff is longer than usual. The skills, abilities and character of our new staff has created such a positive sense of expectation for 2020.

Our new teaching staff:

Mr Robin Grant (Director of Careers and Student Services); Mr Wayne van den Bos (Director of Senior Phase); Mrs Leanne Paulsen (Innovation & Learning Leader: Food and Textiles Technologies 7-12); Mr Andrew Marshall (Innovation & Learning Leader: Science 7-9); Miss Rhiannah Boch (Dance & Drama); Mrs Ellen Bryant (Science); Ms Nina Johnson (Legal Studies); Mrs Kristina Chapman (Film, Media & Maths); Mrs Sarah Roberts-Thomson (Science); and Mrs Paula Willis (Hospitality); Mrs Meghan Deam (English/Humanities).

Non-teaching new positions are:

Mr Mark Missenden (IT Director); Leah Bleijie (Curriculum Administrator); Mrs Lauryn Railton (Community Engagement Officer); “Chef” Ben Albrecht (Canteen Manager); Ms Rose Martin (Dramatic Arts Admin Assistant)

 Dedication Service

The Secondary Dedication Service will be held on Thursday, 30 January at 8:30am in the Church for Years 10 to 12 and the Auditorium for Years 7 to 9. Students from Years 10, 11 and 12 are to wear their College blazer. All boys are expected to wear ties.

The Dedication Service is an event to dedicate the coming year to the Glory of God. Parents are welcome to attend. Due to seating limitations, we are requesting Parents RSVP to Secondary Administration by 9:00am on Wednesday 29 January if intending to attend.

New Student Orientation – Years 7 to 12

A new student orientation session will be held on Launch Day, Thursday 23 January at 8:00am in the Performance Theatre for Secondary students who are new to the College this year. The majority of new students will be coming into Year 7. Friday 24 January 7:30am-9:30am is for current families who were unable to attend on Thursday to Collect iPads, laptops and textbooks only. No classroom visits.

First Day Procedure for Secondary Students

Students from Years 7 to 12 will commence school on Tuesday 28 January. Secondary students are to move directly to their respective Form class at 8:30am. Assistance will be available in the Middle School undercover area for students needing further explanation or guidance. As the majority of administrative tasks have been completed at Launch Day, teaching and learning will commence immediately. Students who were unable to attend the Launch Day will be able to collect textbooks and forms during the first few days of term. Form teachers will direct these students to Student Reception for assistance.

Laptops for 1:1 Program

Students from Years 7 and 10 will receive laptops on Launch Day and will need to attend the appropriate information session. At this session, staff will ensure the laptop syncs to the network to acquire the necessary profile, following the student successfully logging on. Parents are requested to discuss the contents of the ICT User Agreement and Laptop Policy, available on Parent Lounge, with their children. Each student also needs to develop the routine of charging their laptop overnight so that they arrive at school each day with their laptops fully charged.

College House Sport Carnivals

The College sporting carnivals are an important part of College life and attendance by all students is compulsory. If unable to actively participate, it is still expected that students attend and participate by assisting and supporting. We appreciate and value parental support on this matter.

The swimming carnival is the first carnival for 2019 and will be held at the Genesis Aquatic Centre on Friday 7 February. Details of the carnival will be distributed closer to the event. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend and support their children, also to offer their services as a volunteer. If you are able to assist, please make contact Secondary Reception.


Secondary School photographs will be taken on Tuesday 4 (Years 9 to 12) and Wednesday 5 February (Years 7 & 8). Students are reminded to ensure their hair is in line with the uniform policy. In the past, some students have returned to school with haircuts that are barely compliant and two weeks later they have had to have another haircut. Further information on school photographs will be distributed closer to the event.

Students returning to school are to ensure that their uniform and grooming are compliant. Students who are unable to meet the set standards will receive disciplinary consequences. I would like to especially alert parents with secondary age girls that highlights, foils and other hair styles that result in two colours contravene the uniform policy and will involve unnecessary expense for parents in rectifying the problem. Boys are not permitted to colour their hair, have any shaved lines or hair shorter than a #3.

Girls with significant skin conditions are permitted to wear concealing products on the provision of a medical practitioner’s letter. It should be noted that these exemptions are valid for six months and the College requires written confirmation from the doctor should this need to continue. These letters are to be given to the relevant Care and Conduct Leader.

Uniform – Sport Shoes

Please note that sports shoes worn with the sport uniform must be predominately white, recognised running cross training, netball, tennis or low-cut basketball shoes which provide good foot support. Fashion sports shoes that do not provide ankle and arch support i.e. skate shoes, Volleys, canvas slip-on or Converse shoes are not permitted. Only white shoelaces are acceptable in sports shoes. Shoes must be kept clean and in good condition. Should a specific shoe be prescribed by a medical practitioner (GP, Podiatrist or Physiotherapist) and it is not available in white, written notification is required by the College. This documentation is to be provided to Student Reception so that the appropriate staff can be notified. If you have submitted this in the past you are reminded that this evidence is required annually; however, there is always an expectation that every effort is still made to choose a predominantly white shoe, when possible.

Student Absence for an Extended Period

Parents are requested to provide reasonable notice should their secondary aged child be absent for an extended period of time. While the Care and Conduct Leaders will happily coordinate compiling catch-up work, this may take some time to gather. This is of even greater importance if a student is going to be absent for assessments. In Years 11 and 12, missing assessment has implications, in terms of obligations and levels of accountability to the QCAA (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority), and the College strongly discourages families from planning vacations that cause students to miss classes. If being away during an assessment period is unavoidable, a letter of request, addressed to the Head of School – Secondary, should be provided well in advance so that appropriate advice can be given, and effective strategies put in place. Family holidays are not a reasonable reason for school absence and is not acceptable to comply with the QCAA.

Japanese Sister School Visit 

The College values parental support in hosting students from our sister school, Minokamo Junior High in Japan. Thank you for all our families who are taking part in the home stay. The Japanese students will be in class from Monday 2 March – Friday 6 March.

Library Opening Hours and Supervised Study Sessions

The library, including computer facilities, will be open from 7:50am for students. The library will close at 4:00pm each day. The library is available for students to study, read and do research. The library is not available as a place for students to bide their time while waiting for parents to collect them. In place of the previous afternoon academic support sessions, we now provide (Flourish) which will be held in L3, 8:00am to 8:20am as follows, Mondays – Senior School Maths and Science; Tuesdays – Senior School English and Humanities; Wednesdays – Middle School English and Humanities; Thursdays – Middle School Maths and Science. All welcome, no prior registration is required.

The entire Secondary department are eagerly awaiting the return of the students on Tuesday.


Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

REMINDER – Launch Day 2020

Launch Day 2020

Just a reminder that the College is holding our annual Launch Day tomorrow (Thursday, 23 January).  There is also an opportunity for those who can’t make it on Thursday to come and collect school requirements on Friday morning.

Please refer to the attached letter for further details.

Eden Eats – Grand Opening Monday, 10 Feb!

The evolution of our new look canteen, Eden Eats, is well underway.

Opening Date:

Eden Eats will officially open on Monday 10 February. (This means there will be no tuckshop available during the first two weeks of term.)


We’re excited to release our menu highlights – please take a look here!

Please note this is just a highlight of our available menu items. For years 1-4, the full menu will be available in week 3 on Flexischools for ordering.

For years 5-12, students can choose from the cabinets themselves on the day (to clarify, there is no pre-ordering so a set menu is not required. However, if your student has dietary requirements you can pre-order food from the allergies menu on Fexischools.

Below are some key points for Years 1 – 4 students:

  • Parents can place online orders via Flexischools. Order cut off time is 8am.
  • Years 3-4 students are able to make ‘incidental’ purchases from the Primary window at Eden Eats during break times.
  • Students can also make purchases (with parental supervision) after school until 3:30pm.

Below are some key points for Years 5 – 12 students:

  • Online ordering is no longer available due to the ‘self-serve’ nature of Eden Eats. The only exception for online ordering via Flexischools will be for students with dietary requirements (e.g. gluten free / dairy free). Order cut off time is 8am.
  • Students can access Eden Eats every day at break times as well as after school until 3:30pm.
  • Payment methods include: cash, EFTPOS and Flexischools (using their student ID card).
  • If your preferred method of payment will be via Flexischools, please ensure you link your child’s student ID to their profile in Flexischools. We also recommend setting up an ‘auto top-up’ for your account and also setting a daily spend limit for each of your children. We have attached step by step instructions to help with this process.

We look forward to welcoming you to Eden Eats as we strive to make it a community hub where we can all enjoy good food, connect with each other and grow together.

Update your App Subscriptions!

With the new school year fast approaching, this is a friendly reminder to update your App subscriptions to reflect your child/children’s year level/s in 2020.

Please also review and update “Sports” and “Performing Arts” interests, as required.

Take a look at our short 50 second video that shows you how to set up your subscription tags. 

We will also have an App help desk available at Launch Day to provide hands on assistance or answer any questions.

If you’re a new parent, we ask you to please download the App. We send the majority of corresndponece via the App. It’s also a great central hub to access Parent Lounge, take a look at the College calendar and find contact details.

There’s a range of video resources available here to help you get the most out of our App.

For more information, please contact the App Helpdesk.

Parking & Updated College Map

Car Park Procedure and Updated College Map

Please view the updated College map here.

In order to minimise car park congestion and queues out onto Youngs Crossing Road at the end of the school day, we would like to remind you of the following crucial car parking procedures:

  • The Set Down/Pick Up Bay is not to be used as a parking area at any time
  • The speed limit is dead slow in the entire car park at all times
  • Students are to use pathways and to take care around the moving traffic in the car park
  • There is to be no running through the car park
  • Please cross at the designated pedestrian crossing areas
  • Extra parking is available at 7 Youngs Crossing Rd and at our new car parking facility, just down from the Sport Centre
  • We ask our College community to be mindful of the difficulties that our neighbours in Dundee Street experience when parents use this area as a set down/pick up zone. Be aware that our neighbours do call on the Police to monitor the problem of parking across driveways or on the No Standing yellow lines
  • Students are supervised in the pick up area until 3.30pm. If you are running late please advise the relevant Student Reception. Students will be asked to wait in Student Reception until you arrive

Collection of students and departure from the campus:

  • Should you have an emergency where you will be late please advise the appropriate Student Reception as soon as practical
  • Any students not collected by 3.30pm will be instructed to wait outside the Admin office


  • All students are required to be picked up directly from their classroom by the parent
  • If another adult is to collect your child on a particular day please notify the relevant teacher


  • Years 1-2 students are escorted by teachers to the car park Pick Up Zone where they will be supervised until collected
  • Years 3-6 will make their own way to the waiting area where they will also be supervised
  • All students are to be collected before 3.30pm
  • Parents may wait in the portico waiting area to collect students


  • Years 7-12 students are to walk independently to the car park waiting area
  • Students are to wait quietly until collected


Uniform Shop

Uniform News

We have new extended opening hours for Term 1:

Opening Hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8.00am to 10.30am and 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Flexischools Online

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


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.

Shoes Requirement Extract for 2020


  • 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

Finance Office

Finance Office News

NEW in 2020

We are pleased to advise that in 2020, parents will have the freedom to schedule and manage their own payment schedules via Parent Lounge, using a new PCI Compliant Direct Debit Self Service program. Parents will be able to configure account payment plans from bank accounts or credit/debit cards, within parameters that are defined by the College.

Early in Term 1 2020, you will receive communication from the Finance Office advising you that your school fee statement has been published to Parent Lounge and your action is required.

You will need to log in to Parent Lounge, view your Fee Statement and then nominate how you would like to pay your school fees from the available options (Annual, Term, Monthly or Fortnightly). Based on this selection, you are then able to set up and manage your own bank account and credit card details – including any changes throughout the year. You will also have some flexibility to manage the dates of payments.

Further information will be provided when your statement is issued.

Finance Office

Ph 3882 9018


Dramatic Arts

The Dramatic Arts department is excited and expectant for a year filled with growth, success and personal development.

Some 2020 highlights include:

  • the College musical Matilda
  • two new Dance Companies
  • the addition of Dance and Drama in the Years 5 and 6 curriculum
  • USA Arts Tour

There really is something for everyone in Dramatic Arts!

We can’t wait to see the talent at this week’s Dance Company auditions! At reminder that these will be this Friday (24th Jan).

For further info, please see the notice on the App under “Communication”.

  • Mini Dance Co auditions (Years 5-6), 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Junior Dance Co auditions (Years 7-9), 12.30-2.30pm
  • Senior Dance Co auditions (Years 10-12), 2.30-4.30pm
Musical rehearsals have already begun and it is bound to be a spectacular production.
Show Choir and Movers and Shakers auditions are coming up soon and we are also busily preparing for our annual Dance Camp.

If you would like any further information regarding the curriculum and co-curricular opportunities within the arts at Genesis, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Emily Briddock at

We look forward with anticipation to cheering on your children in their dramatic arts endeavours.

Emily Briddock

Innovation & Learning Leader – Dramatic Arts

Instrumental Music & Choirs

At Genesis Music, we provide a quality instrumental and vocal program to enhance the overall development and education of our students.

If you are new to the College and already learn an instrument we would love you to join one of our ensembles.

Experienced Instrumental and Vocal Teachers provide lessons in:

  • Piano and Harp
  • Orchestral Percussion and Drum Kit
  • Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba)
  • Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone and Bassoon)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)
  • Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass)
  • Voice (all voice types and styles)
  • Music Theory

Please follow the link below for more information, or to enrol in lessons here at the College.

Please note: this application form is not intended for students already learning at the College who wish to continue their current tuition. To re-enrol for lessons in 2020, please accept your child’s lesson continuation in Parent Lounge as soon as possible. If students learn multiple instruments, there will be multiple re-enrolments to accept.

Please contact Mrs Marta Preston for further information.

Sister School Exchange | Host Families

There’s just a few more opportunities left to have some fun by hosting a student from Japan!

Sign up now for Dance and Drama lessons!

Enrolments are now open for Genesis Dance Academy and Genesis Drama Academy.

Genesis Dance Academy offers are range of dance classes fro students aged 3 – 18 including:

  • Tiny Stars
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop
  • Acro

Genesis Drama Academy offers speech and drama lessons for students in Prep to Year 12. 

Both Academies offer a free trial lesson too!

For more information phone 0418 443 220 or email or

Please note our new Dance and Drama website is currently under construction.


Welcome… & Farewell

Interestingly, many people did my final activity countdown for me over the past month. From shout outs on the crossing to students in Year 12 commenting, “this is your last assembly”.  Even if I was trying to avoid the reality, I had others reminding me of my pending retirement.

In this, my last short article, I do want to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt and sincere thank you to our wonderful Genesis Community. I have always counted it a privilege to be able to serve as a Principal, however, leaving the Sunshine Coast in 2007 and coming to Genesis was very daunting.

What I did not know though, was just how fulfilling the next thirteen years was going to be and the school community spirit we would encounter. From day one, Janet and I were welcomed and embraced, and as a result, the College thrived. Our students have been the beneficiaries of that planned and systematic growth. This has been possible because of planned strategic growth which has always been done with our students’ best interest as the motivating reason.

That sense of community has been extended beyond this campus. In amongst all the end of year events and celebrations, Janet and I went on a fly in fly out mission trip to Myanmar. The purpose of which was to be part of the ceremony to hand over a brand new tractor to an orphanage so that they can produce enough food to feed the 147 orphans it currently looks after. However, what was so pleasing for me, and a reminder that Genesis is not just a fine school producing excellent graduates, but a school that has seen the needs of others and responded.

The graduates who have visited the orphanage over the past five years are testimony to the importance of living out our mission statement and in this instance specifically having a desire to serve God in the wider community. It was wonderful to witness first hand our 2019 graduates doing just that. Importantly, they were doing it wholeheartedly and joyfully.

Finally, Janet and I thank you all for your investment in our lives over the past thirteen years. As I commented to the staff last Friday, we have done life together. In our time here at Genesis, our two daughters have married, produced five grandchildren, the fifth arriving just two days ago and both Janet and I have had parents pass on. However, through it all we have felt and been the recipients of much love and support.

Thank you one and all for enriching our lives. Our time at Genesis has been the most rewarding of our educational journey. Our prayer is that Genesis continues to go from strength to strength under God’s guidance and grace. Mr Paul Sterling is a fine leader and a man of integrity. With your support there is no limit to what Genesis Christian College can achieve.

We thank God for His favour over our lives and trust He blesses all our families this Christmas season.

Brian Barker


A Year at a Glance

There have been a number of systemic and historic changes to the Senior system this year – changes which will inevitably impact how curriculum is designed and delivered in both the Primary and Secondary School.

In the Senior setting, teachers all across the State have participated in professional development to build capacity around changed assessment practices and the introduction of cognitive verbs, for example. Formal processes have been put in place to have assessment pieces “Endorsed” and then “Confirmed” by the QCAA.

The College’s recent restructure in the Middle and Senior schools in particular was designed to assist with the anticipated changes placing us in an ideal position to be intentional around distinctive curriculum needs. This year also saw the introduction of the “I Love Reading” program, which will be in full implementation in Lower Primary in 2020 and a focus on literacy and inquiry learning in the Upper Primary will continue into next year.

As awards evening and celebrations come to an end, we acknowledge the contribution that all students make to the College and congratulate them for their participation and involvement in all aspects of school life. The new year brings exciting opportunities for the College and we thank you for your continued support as we work together to provide your children with a holistic, Christian education.

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching & Learning (P-12)


Primary News & Highlights

Dear Parents,

As the year draws to a close it is time to look back on the wonderful year we have had at Genesis, especially in our Primary school. Our students and staff continuously amaze me not just with their exceptional results across sporting, artistic and academic endeavours, but also (and perhaps more importantly!) with the dedication to training and studying, humility, and selflessness with which they do this. Our Genesis students consistently perform at the highest levels in all of these areas, within our culture of high expectations, and now is the time to rest and unwind as we head into the holiday season.

2019 has been a year of change with a number of new leaders settling into roles at the College, including myself; new academic programs, and ways of working, and as we head into 2020 our intention is to consolidate the changes and refinements, and really focus on our priorities of academics, and co-curricular activities. However, within this, and covering all of this of course, is our Christian culture; through which we observe and design everything, and ultimately understand learning and our world. With the help of God, and seeking His will in all things, 2020 will be another great year in the Genesis community.

 Staff Farewells

Each year some staff move on from Genesis, and we are beholden to thank them for their work at the College.

Chris Walters, our Care & Conduct leader, and Year 6 teacher, will be moving on from Genesis after 10 years of service. Chris and his family are moving back to their home town of Gympie, where Chris will be working for Education Queensland. Chris has had an enormous impact on our school community over his years of passionate and dedicated service not just in his Pastoral Care role, but also attending numerous camps, coaching sporting teams, and being a dynamic classroom teacher. Mr Walters, we pray every blessing on your move and will dearly miss you.

Jamie-Lee Le Roux, has completed her contract in Year 5 for Term 4, where she has shown a very high level of dedication to her class, and taught them with much skill and care. We will hopefully be seeing more of Mrs Le Roux in the future at Genesis.

Abby Gilchrist has been working in Primary administration for many years and has decided it is time for change. Abby has supported Simon Bedville superbly over this time and will be missed.

Kate Norman, who has been at Genesis for many years, will be taking maternity leave for the first part of 2020. We pray for Kate and her family as they welcome their second child into the world very shortly.

 2020 staff appointments

We have been blessed with the very high quality of staff who desire to work at Genesis and we are excited to announce the following appointments for next year.

The newly appointed Care & Conduct Leader for Primary is Paul Cobb. Paul and his family are moving to Brisbane from Perth, where he was a Year Level Coordinator in a Christian School. Paul has previously been a Deputy Head of Primary in the UK and has completed Masters level qualifications in school leadership. Paul brings a wealth of experience to the role and is a genuinely pastoral person. We really think he will be a wonderful cultural fit for the pastoral team in our College.

Grace Denny will be teaching in Primary for 2020. Grace comes to us from Trinity College, Gladstone where she has been the Year 4-6 Coordinator and also wrote the College student welfare and behaviour policy. Grace took time off in 2019 to complete her Masters in Education through QUT in Leadership & Management, but has also held the role of Chaplain at Grace Primary School in Clontarf.

Rebecca Scott, who has taught in Prep for a number of years, has been appointed Innovation and Learning Leader for Prep from 2020. We look forward to Mrs Scott’s leadership of this team into the future.

 Primary Colours Assembly

Recently we conducted our Primary Sports and Colours Co-curricular Awards which combine Sport, Cultural and Service awards.  We have had a considerable number of students achieving these awards and this is a very healthy sign of a growing program and also an expanding commitment to activities that the College offers beyond the classroom.

Through the Colours system, we not only recognise the efforts of many students but also demonstrate to all the many and varied ways of contributing to our College life.  By doing so, students gain so much more fulfilment, a sense of worth and a sense of service and well-being, and these attributes are so necessary for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The Colours Scheme provides students with a small incentive to be involved in activities beyond the classroom. Students accumulate colour points varying on the commitment required for training or involvement.  All activities are College-based and the Colours system operates across the whole College with a small roll-over of points from Primary into Secondary.  Both systems are similar in nature with the end goal for Primary, a Gold award and in Secondary School, full colours worn on the College Blazer.

Primary Celebration Services

The last two weeks of school saw our annual Primary Celebration services for:

  • Prep
  • Years 1 and 2
  • Years 3 and 4
  • Years 5 and 6

These services were a fine demonstration of student achievements throughout the year. One particular aspect of the Prep to Year 4 services, special to Genesis, is the individual citations. At Genesis, we believe that every student is special in God’s eyes and brings their own unique skills and talents to make our school a better place. Therefore we don’t just celebrate academic, sporting and cultural achievements, but other aspects of life such as citizenship and character, in every student.

I will however give special mention below to our mjor award winners from Year 6, as they represent the pinnacle of Primary school achievement.

  • Most Valuable Contribution, Senior Primary Choir – Jacynta Baxter
  • Most Valuable Contribution String Ensemble – Jessica Black
  • Most Valuable Contribution, Primary Concert Band – Sarah Secker
  • Most Valuable Contribution Percussion Ensemble – Heath Maloney
  • Most Valuable Contribution, Flute Ensemble – Zoe Burton
  • Most Valuable Contribution, Brass Band – Owen Ross
  • Susan Hay Memorial 2nd Runner Up to Best and Fairest – Girl – Megan Allen
  • Susan Hay Memorial 2nd Runner Up to Best and Fairest – Boy – Anaru Wetere
  • Susan Hay Memorial Runner Up to Best and Fairest – Girl – Morgan Lyall
  • Susan Hay Memorial Runner Up to Best and Fairest – Boy – Luka Lendvay
  • Susan Hay Memorial Best and Fairest – Girl – Mia Croucamp
  • Susan Hay Memorial Best and Fairest – Boy – Declan Warnes
  • 2019 Female Christian Citizenship Award – Courtney O’Brien
  • 2019 Male Christian Citizenship Award – Isaac Smith
  • 2019 runner-up to Dux – Owen Ross
  • 2019 Year 6 Dux Award – Jacinta Power


 Launch Day

  • First Day of Classes 2020 – Tuesday, 28 January
    • Please note that the first day of school for our students is Tuesday, 28 January 2020.

Allocation to classes in 2020

Class allocations will be uploaded to Parent Lounge and once this has occurred, families will receive an App notification directing them to Parent Lounge to check their child/ren’s allocations.

We specifically hold class allocations to January for no other reason than we do have changes to enrolments over the Christmas period and releasing class allocations early on makes these changes very difficult to enact.

From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary News & Highlights

Dear Parents,

I’d like to give a very heartfelt thank you to one and all for their support and encouragement throughout the year. I feel embraced, encouraged and enabled by students, teachers, support staff and parents.

Genesis is an amazing school: a great place to learn, to belong, to grow. It is a champion school of both wide and high opportunity. Because of the opportunities, support and nurturing we provide our Genesis students – your children – are doing things like:

  • representing Australia in a range of sports
  • being recognised as one of the Top 30 achievers in the Queensland Year 12 academic results
  • rowing like champions and stunning the “Grammars”
  • displaying award-winning art in the New South Wales Art Gallery
  • winning swimming gold at Nationals and are on pathways to the Olympics
  • creating films that land in the top 30 for BUFTA
  • winning national dance competitions
  • and space does not allow this list to go on…..!

But all of this happens because we work together; enjoy ourselves; and, in the process develop character. All of this, under the gracious hand of our loving God.

As I look back on 2019 my encouragement to all our Genesis students is to take hold of the opportunities that Genesis Christian College provides you.

As this year’s Year 12 Valedictorian said:

Contribute as much as you can, try as hard as you can. Go to every carnival, performance and sports event with all your friends.

Because next year, it won’t be about what you achieved in 2019, it will be who you achieved it with.

I leave you with a quote that I always hold on to by none other than Drake himself, “sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you the importance of the destination.”


2020 begins with the Launch Day activities and letters have been sent in regard to this. Please check the Genesis App for details.

I wish one and all a blessed Christmas when we are reminded of the great news of “God is with us”. I pray that all might come to understand that more fully this Christmas. A safe, and well deserved holiday to all.


Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Merry Christmas from Pastoral Care

As we usually do when we come to this time of year, we have taken the time in our Chapel services over the last two weeks to remind students of the true meaning of Christmas. We recognise this as the time that our amazing Saviour was born and we see this so beautifully declared in the bible in Isaiah 9:6-1,

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!”

I personally love the words used here to describe who Jesus is. There are countless times for me personally where I have needed each of these attributes in my life….I have needed a Prince of Peace, an Everlasting Father, a wonderful Counsellor and a Mighty God. I am sure we can all relate to this.

It blows my mind that God knew and continues to know what we need, especially in our greatest time of need. This is the Promise and Gift of Christmas and God is always extravagantly generous in his giving to His children.

This is who He is. Christmas time is an amazing reminder of this generosity and how we can also bless others, just as God has given to us. When we are generous to others, we are truly showing people the love of God, but in turn we also benefit as the Bible says in Acts 20:35,

“I’ve left you an example of how you should serve and take care of those who are weak. For we must always cherish the words of our Lord Jesus, who taught, ‘Giving brings a far greater blessing than receiving’.”

As a school we highly value generosity. This was evident last week when we were able to give a tractor to the New Life Trust Orphanage in Myanmar. This amazing gift was purchased from funds  raised over the past few years by staff and students at Genesis Christian College. This tractor will replace a very primitive version that meant there was only a certain amount of planting and harvesting that could be undertaken. However, this new tractor will be used to plant and harvest a great deal more and continue to feed the many staff and children at the Orphanage and surrounding areas. The amazing thing about this kind of generosity is that it never ends and keeps on blessing the givers and recipients.

This Christmas, how can you and your family reflect God’s nature through generous acts of kindness? Are there people in need in your life that will be blessed by your loving and generous words, time, practical gifts or a place to belong? As we give this Christmas, let’s remember the amazing difference God’s ultimate act of generosity in giving us His son has made in our lives and how we can show this love to others.

On behalf of the Pastoral Care team at Genesis Christian College, we want to wish you and your family a happy, blessed and safe Christmas. We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year in 2020.

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care & Growth / College Counsellor





















College Office Holiday Hours

College Office Holiday Hours

Holiday Office Hours
Thursday, 5 December - Wednesday, 18 December
8:30am - 4:00pm
Office Closed

Office Reopens
4:00pm Wednesday, 18 December 2019

8:30am Monday, 13 January 2020
Holiday Office Hours
Monday, 13 January - Friday, 24 January 2020
8:30am - 4:00pm
Usual Office Hours Resume Tuesday, 28 January8:00am - 4:15pm


Update your App subscriptions!

Remember to update your App subscriptions, ready for 2020!

When the new school year starts, you will be required to update your App subscriptions to match the year level of your child/ren. For example, if your child was in Year 4, please unselect Year 4 and select Year 5.

It’s also a good time to review your Performing Arts and Sport subscriptions to ensure they reflect what your child is planning to participate in.

We’ve recently added a few new subscriptions to assist in accurate targeting of our App communications:

  • Mini Dance Company
  • Junior Dance Company
  • Senior Dance Company
  • Tennis
  • Updated the School Musical tag to include “Matilda”

Keep an eye out in the next newsletter for exciting tips, hints and updates on the App!

Don’t forget to check that you have push notifications set up for the App. That way, you’ll be alerted to every communication we send out!

Here’s a quick refresher on how to update your subscriptions:

For a complete instructional videos on how to get the most out of the Genesis App, visit our website.

Dates for 2020

The 2020 holidays and pupil-free days are listed below.

Term 1
Tuesday 28 January – Thursday 2 April

Pupil Free Day: Friday 3 April
Term 2
Monday 20 April – Friday 26 June
Term 3
Monday 20 July – Friday 18 September

Pupil Free Week: Monday 13 July – Friday 17 July

Pupil Free Day: Wednesday 12 August

Pupil Free Day: Friday 4 September
Term 4
Tuesday 6 October – Friday 20 November (Year 12)
Tuesday 6 October – Friday 27 November (Year 10 & 11)
Tuesday 6 October – Wednesday 2 December (Prep – Year 9)

Pupil Free Days: Thursday 3 & Friday 4 December

You can also access these dates via Parent Lounge via School Links > General Links > 2020 Term Dates with PD Days

Work is continuing on the 2020 calendar and it will be available early in the New Year.


Uniform News

Did you know if you have purchased new uniforms for 2020 and your children have a growth spurt over the holidays you can exchange the items on Wednesday 22 January 2020, IF the tags are left on?

Opening Hours:

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

Flexischools Online

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


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.

Shoes Requirement Extract for 2020


  • 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

Launch Day 2020

Launch Day 2020

In January 2020, the College will be holding its annual Launch Day. This is an opportunity for students and parents to collect books/iPads/laptops, greet the teachers or sign up to any of our Genesis Clubs prior to the commencement of our school year. Please save these dates below. Reminders will also be sent out in the new year.


Thursday 23 January 

7:30am to 1:30pm

  • Year 5 to collect iPads from the Main Auditorium (MP1)
  • Year 7 and Year 10 to collect laptops from the Main Auditorium (MP1)
  • All Secondary textbooks can be collected from the Library
  • Uniform Shop will be open from 8:30am to 2:30pm (closed for lunch 12:00-12:30pm) for incidental purchases only. For more information on the Uniform Shop hours, please refer to our website
  • Genesis Sports Precinct, Genesis Dance and Drama Academy, and Instrumental Music tables will be set up in the Main Auditorium (MP1) for those families who wish to enrol their children into some of the extra-curricular activities offered by the College, or clubs associated with the College.

11:00am to 1:30pm

  • Primary students’ book packs can be collected from their classroom and taken home for covering. These are to be returned by the end of the first week back

Friday 24 January

7:30am to 9:30am

  • This day is for current families who were unable to attend on Thursday to collect iPads, laptops and textbooks only.
  • No classroom visits.

10:30am to 4:30pm

  • Auditions for the College’s 2020 Dance Companies will take place in MP1. In 2020, the College will be launching three Dance Companies:
    • Mini Dance Company (Years 5-6)
    • Junior Dance Company (Years 7-9)
    • Senior Dance Company (Years 10-12)

NEW FAMILIES (and current families with a new student starting)

Thursday 23 January

7:30pm - 1:30pmAvailable throughout the morning
• Student ID photos & ID cards
• iPad/laptop collection
• Extra-curricular sign-on
• Secondary school textbook collection
Main Auditorium (MP1)
Library (textbook collection only)
• Prep orientation Group 1
• Prep orientation Group 2
Prep classrooms
8:00-8:45am• Secondary General Information session for new Secondary students and familiesPerformance Theatre (SC25)
8:45-9:30am• Secondary campus tour for new students and families with ‘buddy student’ - including meet the Form Class teacherSecondary School precinct & Form
9:30-11:30amBest time for:
• New Secondary Student ID photos
• Laptop collection
• Secondary school textbook collection
Main Auditorium (MP1)
Library (textbook collection only)
9:30-10:00am• Primary General Information session for new Primary students and familiesPerformance Theatre (SC25)
10:00-11:00am• New Primary students visit to classrooms and meet the teacherPrimary precinct and Classrooms
10:45-1:30pm• New Student Academic Assessment
(selected Secondary students only)
Science Centre meeting room
(next to Performance Theatre)
11:00-1:30pm• Existing Primary students visit to classroom and meet the teacherStudent’s Classroom
10:30-11:30amBest time for:
• New Primary Student ID photos
• iPad collection (Years 4-6)
Main Auditorium (MP1)

Eden Eats – Tuckshop Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the tuckshop is in full swing with construction works commencing in the past week.  We’ve also got a new logo!

Meet Chef Ben

Menu Sneak Peak

Here’s a quick look at some exciting new menu items that will be available at Eden Eats!

  • Bliss balls
  • Mediterranean Salad
  • Hot Chips
  • Sushi
  • Banana Berry Bread
  • The Eden Wrap
  • Genesis Parmy Burger

New Tuckshop Procedures

In line with the redevelopment of the tuckshop, there will be some new procedures to follow for students in Year 1 – 12.  We will issue further correspondence regarding these changes in due course. However – here’s a quick summary:

Years 1 – 4 Students:

  • Only online orders accepted via Flexischools
  • Online orders cut off time is 8am on the day
  • Years 3 and 4 students only can make incidental purchases from the primary window at Eden Eats (max $5 spend per day please. Cash only.)

Years 5-12 Students:

  • Online ordering is no longer available due to the self-serve style format of the Eden Eats tuckshop.
    • Exception – online ordering will be available via Flexischools for students with allergy requirements eg gluten free or dairy free
  • Students can access Eden Eats everyday in break one or two
  • Payment methods include cash, EFTPOS and Flexischools (using their student ID card)
  • Please ensure you link your child’s student ID to their profile in Flexischools

Sister School Exchange | Host Families

Have some fun! Host a student from Japan in 2020!

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 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 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 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!


  • 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 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 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. 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.


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 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


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ( 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—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.


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.


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


Need help with your resume? MyFuture has collated some resources that may help you to find a job. View the job search resources here:

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 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

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


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?


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


  • 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

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