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Parenting and Leadership. What is the difference? Welcome to my first article in our new format and under the heading Leadership Voice. Recently, I was talking to a group of parents about the challenges of leading a team the size we have here at Genesis. By the end of the conversation, we realised that many […]

Curriculum Matters

Engagement in Literacy I am sure that many of you grew up with books, with storytelling and reading a bedtime ritual.  Bookcases may have been bursting with Enid Blyton (that’s showing my age!), The Hardy Boys and the like. Books were easy to access and often reread over and over. Studies clearly show that reading […]

Pastoral Care

Hello Genesis Community! Can you believe we are almost three quarters of the way through the year?! It has been an eventful year so far and full of opportunities for our students to grow, learn and flourish. In our Secondary School this term, one of our Pastoral themes has been “Social Justice” derived from the […]

Primary News & Highlights

It has been a wonderful and rewarding first eight months at Genesis for me. We have exemplary children, beautiful grounds and classrooms, and an exceptional and professional staff. All of this is designed to support very high-quality student learning. As our Primary team focused on 2019, and what we needed to do to deliver an […]

Primary Innovation & Learning

We Love Reading! A Consistent Approach to Fostering a Love of Reading from Prep to Year 2 Reading is an essential skill that children must learn to be successful during schooling and later life. The better children can read, the easier it will be for them to learn.  Did you know that: 50% of written […]

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