As our Year 12 students begin their External Exams, which is a component of the new Senior Assessment system being introduced this year across Queensland, it signals to us that we are now only a matter of weeks away from saying farewell to our Year 12 cohort.

Our Year 12 students have faced significant challenges this year and we are so proud of the resilience, determination and character shown in pushing, on despite the challenges and the opposition. Please continue to uphold our Year 12 cohort in prayer as they complete numerous end of year exams in the coming weeks.

Recently, we have been blessed with numerous opportunities to celebrate and recognise the diverse activities and learning experiences that our students have participated in. This has included year level camps, various excursions/incursions, sporting events, the Genesis Dance competition Rise Up, Strings in Spring and our Years 7-12 Co-curricular Celebration Service.  End of year celebration events provide us with a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect upon the year that has been, even with its challenges.

Several of our celebration events this year need to be conducted as student-only events due to COVID restrictions. We trust that you will take the opportunity to join us online for these special events. They can be accessed by logging onto Parent Lounge selecting the School Links tab, and General Links.

  • 18 November                          Senior School Presentation Ceremony
  • 20November                           Year 12 Valedictory Service
  • 24 November                          Year 3-4 Celebration Service
  • 25 November                          Middle School Presentation Ceremony
  • 25 November                          Year 1-2 Celebration Service
  • 27 November                          Year 5-6 Celebration Service

This year, access to viewing the Pre-Formal Function is not able to be open to our whole community but instead only available to our Year 12 parents/guests by invitation. These events, although they may look different, still allow us to celebrate the students, and we are so grateful that we have been able to proceed and recognise these special moments in time.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

Term 4 Date Claimers (Prep – Yr 12)

Term 4 Date Claimers 30 October Day for Daniel 2 November Year 9 into Year 10 Work Experience Expo 6 November Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival …

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Term 4 Date Claimers (Prep – Yr 12)

Term 4 Date Claimers

30 October Day for Daniel
2 November Year 9 into Year 10 Work Experience Expo
6 November Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival
11 November Years 7-10 Remembrance Day Service
13 November Years 3-6 Primary Colours Awards Assembly
16 November Year 6 Graduation Dinner
17 November Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Day
18 November Years 10-12 Senior Presentation Ceremony
20 November Year 12 Valedictory Service/Pre-Formal/Red Carpet/Formal
24 November Years 3-4 Celebration Service

P&F Meeting

25 November Years 1-2 Celebration Service

Years 7-9 Middle School Presentation Ceremony

26 November Prep Celebration Service
27 November Year 10-11 Last Day

Years 5-6 Celebration Service

30 November Years 9 Celebration Ceremony/Year 9 Dinner

Years 6 Camp

2 December Prep-Year 9 Last Day of Term 4

Primary School BBQ Prep-Year 5

Please see the College calendar for more the most update to date information on these and other events.

Pastoral Care

Day for Daniel & Online Safety Today is Day for Daniel – a day that raises awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. On …

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Day for Daniel & Online Safety

Today is Day for Daniel – a day that raises awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. On this day we focus on educating our students about online safety. Students in Years 3-6 watched Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson. There were also classroom discussions across the College on how students can keep safe online.

As a parent/carer, you can feel a little out of your depth in knowing how to address specific issues or behaviours that you are noticing in your child’s online habits. The eSafety Commissioner website contains a plethora of resources about the ‘Big Issues’.

These issues being:

Due to how rapidly technology is advancing, you may like to consider signing up to receive regular updates from the eSafety Commissioner website.

Here are a couple of extra helpful documents:

If you like listening to podcasts, Digital Families Podcast is all about helping families to maintain a healthy and safe environment around digital technology. Listen here.

If you are concerned about your child’s use of technology, feel free to contact the Pastoral Care Team at pastoral@genesis.qld.edu.au.

Blessings,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care & Growth/College Counsellor

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters As our Year 12 students begin their External Assessment, it is time to reflect upon the significant changes we have had in Senior …

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Curriculum Matters

As our Year 12 students begin their External Assessment, it is time to reflect upon the significant changes we have had in Senior Schooling over the past few years. Despite the pandemic, this year is the first time since 1972 that Year 12 students in Queensland are sitting external assessment at the end of their courses of study. This follows a review of school-based assessment in 2014.

From 1972 to 2019 students were taught and assessed on the topics recently covered. Now our students are needing to recall and apply content learned up to 12 months prior. Naturally, regular revision is required to help students (as was the case previously) to be able to prepare for their external assessment tasks. Students should reinforce the content of their lessons by revising the work covered that night, and then setting up a program to continually review their work.

A key to this is the use of learning goals and success criteria. Teachers use these in each lesson to outline the goal of the lesson and then to check for understanding. These learning goals and success criteria should be used to help guide students in the amount of work to be covered on individual topics. When revising, if the student can still meet the success criteria, this topic can be quickly revised and then the next topic can be reviewed. I would encourage students to think about the challenge questions and not to just complete the questions they can answer easily.

Although there is an expectation that students will need to work consistently on their work, a question I often pose is not how hard you are working, but how smart are you working?

Kind regards,

Wayne van den Bos

Director of Senior Phase

Secondary Highlights

I love Term 4… and not just because the Christmas holidays can be heard jingling in the background! I love the way in which we …

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Secondary Highlights

I love Term 4… and not just because the Christmas holidays can be heard jingling in the background!

I love the way in which we get to celebrate the amazing achievements of our students. I love the Presentation events and the farewells to Year 12. I love the way in which the College community can come together and honour the students’ application to all areas of school life.

This year brings some changes to how we celebrate due to the restrictions that keep us all safe. For most of our events we are unable to host parents on-site, but do trust that you find watching the “Livestream” events with your child a great opportunity to connect and celebrate as a family.

There is an enormous investment of planning going into the final day for Year 12 (20 November). This event will have Year 12 parents in attendance with a letter being sent home soon (if it hasn’t already) with more information.

Our Co-Curricular Presentation Ceremony (15 October) was a great success and all of Years 7 to 12 shared in celebrating the achievements of 221 students receiving 309 awards. These achievements are made for the roar of crowds; the applause of audience and the admiration of peers. In Week 2 the Secondary school was the crowd and we became the audience that these great endeavours deserved.

The Co-Curricular Presentation Ceremony recognises the fullest representation of the Genesis student. It is a blessing from God that we enjoy the greatest of co-curricular opportunities here at our school.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

 

Primary School Highlights

Day for Daniel 2020  Today the whole College is coming together in a meaningful way to acknowledge Day for Daniel. Students are wearing a red item …

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Primary School Highlights

Day for Daniel 2020 

Today the whole College is coming together in a meaningful way to acknowledge Day for Daniel. Students are wearing a red item and brought a monetary donation to school towards the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. 

The story of Daniel Morcombe is a difficult and sad one, and as such we share themes of staying safe for our Primary children in age-relevant and appropriate contexts. This year we are focussing on staying safe online. It is often helpful as parents to have some simple rules to share with your kids as they navigate the online world. Please watch this short YouTube clip which summarises these nicely I believe, and I would encourage you to be discussing this with your children.

As a College, we also have a mandate to keep our students safe online. With this in mind, I would like to share with you a message from our Director of IT, Mark Missenden, about how we are further developing this in the Primary School. 

“One of the greatest challenges that we have had to face as a College community this year is finding alternative ways to provide our students with as many opportunities as we can in this post-COVID world. Whether it’s a musical performance or award presentation ceremony where we haven’t been able to invite our wider College community to attend, we’ve been limited to a live stream as our next best option. Or when our students have been unable to attend the campus for some reason, we can deliver the day’s lesson via our online learning platforms. When a challenge in 2020 has been presented, the world has often turned to an online digital alternative. This may be disappointing in many respects as we love having our wider College community here at the campus with us, however it also presents some opportunities to explore new ways to approach old problems.  

As a College, our dependency on digital services to continue to provide quality education has certainly increased as we leverage these platforms. Additionally, our awareness of the increased online risks that are present is also heightened. As such, we use some sophisticated web filtering software to protect our students from inadvertently browsing to sites that are considered unsafe while using their school-issued iPad devices on campus. Recently, we have been trialling a change to iPad devices which offers this same protection policy whether the device is at the College or at home. This trial and testing phase has been successful, and over the next 2 weeks this change will be deployed to iPads that are taken home by students (Grades 4, 5 and 6). This change will mean that students will have the same user experience on their iPads both at the school and home. 

Thank-you all so much for your understanding. We realise the challenges of educating our children to be good digital citizens is becoming harder as the world continues to shift toward online mediums, and so as we partner with you on this journey we are hopeful that changes such as these will help to facilitate this process. 

 Class Allocations for 2021 

Over the course of the next few weeks and into December, we will be allocating students to particular classes for 2021.   

This is a complex process which is taken seriously by all the staff to ensure we have balanced classes in every year level. Our process takes into account numerous factors which include, academic abilities and needssocial and emotional considerationsgender issues including numbers, as well as students and families who have challenges or needs in this area.  

Every year we have new students arriving, as well as Genesis students leaving and so consideration goes into where these new students are placed, especially if students have to be moved between classes to balance numbers.  

Consultation occurs with the Learning Support Staff and the Pastoral Care staff as part of this process as well. Friendship matters are also a consideration; however, they cannot be a determining factor if it will result in a class not being balanced. 

From what has been shared, you can see that the process is taken seriously and is comprehensive, fair and one which results in four equally distributed classes in each year level. It is therefore understandable that the College cannot consider requests for individual teachers as the College needs to consider the whole cohort not the preferences of a select few. Importantly, we ask that you trust the College in placing your child in the right class, with the right teacher and with a comfortable group of friends. 

Thank you for your continuing support as we partner together in the education of your children. 

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Williamson 

Head of School – Primary  

 

 

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport Term 4 is always an exciting time of year when we recognise and acknowledge the many student achievements in sport at Genesis. I …

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Secondary Sport

Term 4 is always an exciting time of year when we recognise and acknowledge the many student achievements in sport at Genesis. I believe it is also an important time for students to reflect on the many people who have had a positive impact on their success whether it be their parents, grandparents or family friends who drive them to their trainings and games; or Genesis staff and club coaches who freely give their time to support, mentor and encourage them. A concept I have been sharing with the students is to be thankful and grateful for the significant adults in their lives and to take the time to thank them personally and to show them their appreciation.

To all families, Genesis staff and club coaches, thank you for all that you do to support our students in their endeavours.

Secondary Schools Carnival Term 3

Track and Field Results

Overall Standings

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

House Spirit Trophy

  • Middle School – Bethel
  • Senior School – Gilead

Age Champions

12 Years Girls

  • 1st Age Champion – Meg
  • 2nd Age Champion – Emma
  • 3rd Age Champion – Ella

12 Years Boys

  • 1st Age Champion – Nick
  • 2nd Age Champion – Xavier
  • 3rd Age Champion – Luka

13 Years Girls

  • 1st Age Champion – Malayah
  • 2nd Age Champion – Ashley
  • 3rd Age Champion – Haley

13 Years Boys

  • 1st Age Champion – Declan
  • 2nd Age Champion – Lachlan
  • 3rd Age Champion – James

14 Years Girls

  • 1st Age Champion – Ella
  • 2nd Age Champion – Grace
  • 3rd Age Champion – Vyeisha

14 Years Boys

  • 1st Age Champion – Malachi
  • 2nd Age Champion – Harry
  • 3rd Age Champion – Alexander

15 Years Girls

  • 1st Age Champion – Sophie
  • 2nd Age Champion – Shandri
  • 3rd Age Champion – Hayley

15 Years Boys

  • 1st Age Champion – Ben
  • 2nd Age Champion – Caelan
  • 3rd Age Champion – Mitchell

16 Years Girls

  • 1st Age Champion – Ella
  • 2nd Age Champion – Charlize
  • 3rd Age Champion – Keira

16 Years Boys

  • 1st Age Champion – William
  • 2nd Age Champion – Travis
  • 3rd Age Champion – Joseph

17 Years Girls

  • 1st Age Champion – Georgia
  • 2nd Age Champion – Alyssa
  • 3rd Age Champion – Torryn

17 Years Boys

  • 1st Age Champion – Riley
  • 2nd Age Champion – Keagan
  • 3rd Age Champion – Luke

Record Breakers:

  • Maddy – 14 Shotput
  • Vyeisha – 14 Discus
  • Shandri – 15 Discus
  • Lucy – 16 Shotput
  • Charlize – 16 Triple jump
  • Keagan – Open Javelin
  • Kylah – Open Javelin

NETBALL

This year, Genesis were fortunate enough to participate in the BOSNL season entering two Year 7 and 8 teams, an Intermediate Year 9/10 team and a Senior team.

The final placings were:

  • Junior 1 team: 1st
  • Junior 2 team: 5th
  • Intermediate team: 3rd
  • Senior team: 7th

Congratulations to the following girls who were nominated in the BOSNL All Star team. This team in formed by the top 7 girls on MVP points for the season.

  • Audrey (Intermediates All Star)
  • Maddy (Juniors All Star)
  • Ashley (Juniors All Star)
  • Riley (Juniors All Star)

A special thank you to Miss Lauren Klingberg (Netball Coordinator), Caitlin Hird, Isabella Russell, Jessica Moy and Jessica Vorster for their dedication and commitment to the students.

Congratulations to all the Netball girls for their achievements!

FUTSAL

Genesis competed in the BOSL Futsal competition in the Junior Boys, Senior Boys and Senior Girls divisions. Both our Senior Boys and Senior Girls teams made it to the final, where the Senior Girls (coached by Mr Chris Reynolds) won by a convincing 6-1 score line with Amy Vorster being selected into the All BOSL team. The Senior Boys team (coached by Mr Jayden Lee-Smith and comprising of Year 10s) came up against a strong opposition of Year 12s in the final and were runners up in the competition. Well done to all the students for a great year.

JUNIOR STATE SCHOOLS CUP VOLLEYBALL

Over the weekend of the 16-18 October, the Girls Junior Volleyball Team competed at the Gold Coast for the Volleyball Queensland Junior Schools Cup.  With 313 teams, it was a huge weekend of competition. The girls played their absolute best and were able to secure a game win and several set victories against some experienced teams while having lots of fun and exuded the Genesis Spirit. A special thank you to Tom Connolly (Volleyball Coordinator), Jade Walters and Kristy Clarkson (Team Managers) and Albert Diloi and Penny Williams (Coaches)

SPORT REPRESENTATION

Congratulations to Janelle (Year 8) for her selection into the Met North 13-15 Years Girls Cricket team.

 

OUTSIDE COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENTS

Netball:

  • Charlize (Year 11) recently competed in the State Titles for Club Netball and was selected into the U17 Queensland squad. This is an outstanding achievement and we wish her the best of success at the Nationals.

Cross Country / Track & Field:

Harrison (Year 8) has achieved some outstanding results this year placing 6th in the State Championships for Cross Country and 3rd place in the 3000 metres at the State Track and Field Championships. Harrison qualified for the Qld team in both sports: however, with COVID restrictions there will be no National Championships this year. Well done to Harrison on these achievements in 2020.

Football:

  • Ian (Year 8) has been selected for the Football Qld development program and represents the Brisbane region in the State league. Teams involved in this tournament include the Brisbane Roar Academy squad. This is a great achievement and we wish Ian all the best of success.
  • Declan (Year 7) is part of the Brisbane Roar Development squad and his team has qualified for the Champions league. Declan has a very bright future in Football and we wish him all the best in this upcoming championship.

Basketball:

  • Lucy (Year 7) recently competed in the State Championships with the Northside Wizards and her team won a Silver medal. We also wish Lucy all the best in the upcoming Basketball School State Championships.

Softball:

  • Congratulations to Chris (Year 8) in representing the Redcliffe region both as a player and umpire at the recent Softball State Championships.

Karate / Taekwondo:

  • James (Year 8) achieved his black belt in the Australian Goju Kai Karate and was of only three students commended for stand-out excellence on the day. Well done James.
  • James (Year 8) achieved his black belt in Taekwondo at a recent grading event at the Pine Rivers Showground. He has been involved in the sport for six years and is to be commended for his hard work and perseverance.

Blessings,

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Primary Sport

Primary Sports It has been fabulous to watch our sporting calendar start to fill up and see our students have the opportunity to participate in …

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Primary Sports

It has been fabulous to watch our sporting calendar start to fill up and see our students have the opportunity to participate in the various events that have been happening.

BOSL Football

Our BOSL football team had a great season under the guidance of Mr Paul Johnson. They fought hard each game and ultimately finished the competition in 3rd place.  Congratulations to Jonty McCreadie who was selected into the All-BOSL Football team.

 BOSL Netball

Genesis entered two Netball teams into the BOSL competition this year. Our Genesis 1 team were very strong competitors who trained and played hard throughout the season. The girls played a very competitive final and should be extremely proud of their efforts with 2nd place. A huge thank you to Mrs Kate Johnson for leading the girls this season.

Our Genesis 2 team developed great experience and skills throughout their season. The girls played with heart and sportsmanship each game finishing in 4th place. Thanks you to Miss Kloe Phelan for coaching the team this year.

Congratulations to Olivia who was selected into the All-BOSL Netball team.

QSS Aquathlon

Unfortunately, the QSS Aquathlon at Kawana Waters did not go ahead due to the weather.

QSS Netball

Last weekend Olivia had the honour of representing Met North at the QSS State Championships. She finished 6th overall, being named” Player of the game” for 2 of her games.

NISSA Gala Days

We took part in our first NISSA Gala Day at the end of August. It was so great for the students in Years 4-6 to finally get the opportunity to represent their teams and our College on the day. They have been working hard towards developing their skills and teamwork during Friday Sport.

Our final Gala Day is today, Friday 30 October.

Swimming Carnival

Our annual Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday 6 November. Please refer to the Genesis App for detailed information. The students are very much looking forward to representing their houses on the day. We look forward to finding out who will bring home the House Championship this year?

A reminder that all Olympic nominations are finalized. Any student can participate in the Commonwealth (25m events) and National (16m novelty – learn to swim pool) events on the day with no prior nominations needed.

Swimming Lessons

Our Years 3-6 swimming lessons have been going well in preparation for the swimming carnival. A reminder these lessons finish at the end of Week 4, with the exception of Year 5, who have their final lesson on Monday of Week 5.

Our Prep-2 students start their swimming lesson block in Week 5 with 2 lessons a week. Detailed information can be found on the Genesis App.

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Blessings,

Louise McCarthy

Director of Sport – Primary

Year 10 Camp – PCYC Bornhoffen

Year 10 Camp – PCYC Bornhoffen PCYC Bornhoffen in the Gold Coast hinterland, was a spectacular and inspiring mountain setting for our Year 10 camp. …

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Year 10 Camp – PCYC Bornhoffen

Year 10 Camp – PCYC Bornhoffen

PCYC Bornhoffen in the Gold Coast hinterland, was a spectacular and inspiring mountain setting for our Year 10 camp.

The focus of the program was to facilitate connections, build friendships and develop student confidence. The students participated in a facilitated experiential and adventure based learning program that was designed to allow them to become independent while learning new skills.

Activities included advanced creeking, abseiling, high ropes, raft building and canoeing. While it was amazing to see just how many students had a great time with their camp experience, it was the benefits and outcomes of the positive stories, and the impact this had on students that really stood out.

The many outdoor activities undertaken by the students focused on developing qualities essential for adult life including leadership, developing resilience, and teamwork. Students learned the importance of listening to each other, volunteering, trusting in their abilities, and encouraging others.

On return from camp, students reflected on their three days during their Journey Continues classes. Many students mentioned that they overcame fears, made new connections with their peers, achieved things they didn’t think were possible and felt more confident within themselves, which is a fantastic outcome.

Kind regards,

Sally-Ann Arro

Care & Conduct Leader – Year 10

Year 9 Camp – Kenilworth

Year 9 Camp – Kenilworth In early September, 130 Year 9 students headed into the wilderness (Kenilworth!) for their survival camp. This camp is an …

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Year 9 Camp – Kenilworth

Year 9 Camp – Kenilworth

In early September, 130 Year 9 students headed into the wilderness (Kenilworth!) for their survival camp. This camp is an integral part of the Rite Journey where students are pushed out of their comfort zones, and made to rely on those who could support them.

Throughout the 4-day camp, the students were challenged through high rope activities, mountain biking, hiking through a mountain range, cooking their own breakfasts/lunches and dinners, as well as be at peace for a duo/ solo camp out. They were also given the opportunity to solidify their friendships in their Rite Journey groups as well as enjoy a camp fire at the end of their day.

The Rite Journey team and I were extremely proud of how the Year 9s were able to be resilient through the challenges of camp as well as how they supported one another. If you get the chance, have a chat to a Year 9 student, as there are so many stories of pride from accomplishing the challenge of Year 9 camp!

Year 5 Camp – Somerset

Year 5 Camp – Somerset Year 5 camp was a wonderful experience for one and all! The children displayed their best manners, the teachers had …

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Year 5 Camp – Somerset

Year 5 Camp – Somerset

Year 5 camp was a wonderful experience for one and all! The children displayed their best manners, the teachers had a ball and also showed their best manners (!). The instructors were impressed with the adventurous spirits among our Year 5 students and the cook blessed us with delicious food!

The list could go on and on about all the positive aspects of Camp Somerset and our time there. The most popular activities were raft building (causing much serious discussion and laughter) and canoeing in the lake.

The activities that caused the most ‘fear’ and challenge were the Giant Swing (huge screams from lots of people, especially Miss Hilford) and the Koala Climb. The Koala Climb was challenging and went to a great height. Students clambered up the tree with agility and courage and it was fun to watch.

What a blessing to be able to go to the Year 5 Camp after the year we have had. Camp Somerset sits in a beautiful part of Queensland and we appreciated the nature and glory of God all around us.

Blessings,

Sandra Greenwood

Year 5 Teacher

 

Year 4 Camp – Mudjimba Apex Park

Year 4 Camp – Mudjimba Apex Park We left school on Wednesday morning, 9 September with 132 happy and excited campers. We arrived to glorious …

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Year 4 Camp – Mudjimba Apex Park

Year 4 Camp – Mudjimba Apex Park

We left school on Wednesday morning, 9 September with 132 happy and excited campers. We arrived to glorious sunshine and then started our adventure at Mudjimba Apex Park at Twin Waters.

Our theme for camp was all about ‘Facing our Giants’. Many students had new experiences and challenged themselves to participate in activities which at first may have seemed a little daunting but much celebration was had once we were able to overcome our fears.

In our camp devotions, we heard the stories of David and Peter and how they faced their giants or fears and were able to do great things with God’s help.

Students had a mud pit experience, learnt bush skills, climbed a large wall, swung on medium to high ropes, participated in archery and completed orienteering with a twist, swimming, and so much more.

Pancakes, hamburgers, roast beef and vegies and egg and bacon were just some of the yummy food dished up for hungry campers. The camp staff mentioned several times how our students were respectful and displayed good manners so they were being fabulous ambassadors for our school community.

We left camp during heavy rain, but that didn’t not dampen our spirits. We came home with many stories, a bag full of clothes needing a wash and ready for a big sleep.

Blessings,

The Year 4 Team

Year 3 Camp – QCCC Brookfield

Year 3 Camp – QCCC Brookfield Our Year 3 students really enjoyed their trip to QCCC Brookfield for their first ever Genesis school Camp. The …

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Year 3 Camp – QCCC Brookfield

Year 3 Camp – QCCC Brookfield

Our Year 3 students really enjoyed their trip to QCCC Brookfield for their first ever Genesis school Camp. The facilities at Brookfield were just beautiful and it was so lovely to be surrounded by nature. We participated in many physical activities such as abseiling, a nature hike, a flora and fauna workshop, archery, and team challenges such as competing to see who can put their tent up fastest!

We quickly discovered the power of teamwork to overcome our challenges big and small, and encouraged each other to be confident, positive and courageous. At night time we enjoyed games and a great devotion story led by Mr Cobb. Students really enjoyed the delicious food and the kind and caring nature of the staff and outdoor education providers. They were amazing at weaving a story or theme of Christian worldview into every activity.

It was a time of great relationship building, and we want to thank all of the amazing parent helpers for the inspiring way they cared for each and every student; supporting the teachers so that everyone could have a safe and successful first school camp.

Kind regards,

Catriona Bennett

Innovation and Learning Leader

 

 

Dramatic Arts

Dramatic Arts It has been a great opportunity and joy-filled season in the Dramatic Arts department! Our Mini, Junior and Senior Dance Companies had a …

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Dramatic Arts

It has been a great opportunity and joy-filled season in the Dramatic Arts department!

Our Mini, Junior and Senior Dance Companies had a fabulous, shortened competition season at ‘Everybody Sing and Dance Now’, ‘Phoenix Online Dance Competition’ and ‘The Australian Pinnacle Dance Challenge’. The teams rose to the challenge, performing beautifully and representing Genesis very well. Their placings are evidence of their grit, passion and talent:

  • 6 x 1st
  • 9 x 2nd
  • 2 x 3rd
  • 2 x HC

Our dedicated performing arts students took up the challenge of creating incredible online entries in the categories of music, short film, costume design, dance and monologue in the Shakefest competition. Out of our 11 entries, Liza, Cate and Caitlyn created submissions in costume design, monologue and dance, which earned them a place at the State Finals.

The inaugural ‘Rise Up 2020’ event was a raging success, involving our Primary and Secondary students creating their own dance works and competing for some exciting prizes. The entrants, Mini, Junior and Senior Dance Companies, Show Choir and Senior Dance class performed to both a live and virtual audience, and shone on stage in what was a memorable two evenings of dance.

As the year begins to draw to a close, the celebrations have begun. Our Junior and Senior Dance Companies enjoyed a special breakup dinner and our Show Choir enjoyed a celebratory afternoon at Bullocky’s Rest, bringing closure to the year that was.

We consider ourselves so blessed to have enjoyed a ‘normal-ish’ few months and I wish to applaud each student on their commitment to their performing arts endeavours.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” Psalm 30:11

Kind regards,

Emily Briddock

Innovation and Learning Leader – Dramatic Arts – 7-12

Library News

Book Week Competition Winners  The winners of the ‘Create a Curious Creature’ competition are: Prep: Katie Year 1: Reuben Year 2: Heike Year 3: Caitlin …

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Book Week

Competition Winners

 The winners of the ‘Create a Curious Creature’ competition are:

  • Prep: Katie
  • Year 1: Reuben
  • Year 2: Heike
  • Year 3: Caitlin
  • Year 4: Lilly
  • Year 5: Ewan
  • Year 6: Levi
  • Year 7: Jane
  • Year 9: Aaron
  • Year 12: Brooke

This is an example of a ‘Curious creatures, creative minds’ competition winning entry, from Caitlin: “Ben the brainy bookworm has ten pairs of arms and eyes so he can read lots of books at once because he loves going on adventures in his mind”.

Congratulations to the Singh and May families who each won one of the two $100 book vouchers when they purchased books online from The Book Curator.

Well done to the 216 students (mainly in Primary) who participated in the 2020 Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge. Over 905 schools and 318 centres took part, combining more than 161,000 Queensland children reading over 2.23 million books!

Thank you so much to our outgoing Year 12 Student Library Council Captain, Cassie, and Vice-Captain, Tharina. We appreciated your dedication and love of reading.

 

Joy Payne

Director of Library Services

Eden Eats – New Menu

Welcome to Term 4! We hope you’re hungry, as the team at Eden Eats has been working hard on a new menu! Take a look …

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Eden Eats – New Menu

Welcome to Term 4! We hope you’re hungry, as the team at Eden Eats has been working hard on a new menu!

Take a look at the new Spring / Summer menu!

The new menu:

  • reflects the warmer months ahead – hello fresh salads (new option every week!)
  • introduces some yummy lunch options like rice paper rolls (available Tuesday and Wednesday only)
  • includes some sneaky treats like a choc fudge cake bar.

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

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

Ben, Juliette and Hezel

Your Eden Eats Team

Uniform Shop

Beat the rush – purchase uniforms now for 2021! If you purchase uniforms now and are concerned they may not fit in 2021, just leave …

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Beat the rush – purchase uniforms now for 2021!

If you purchase uniforms now and are concerned they may not fit in 2021, just leave the tags on and we can exchange the items on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

2nd Hand Uniforms
We can only accept the following second hand uniform items. Cut off for accepting uniforms will be Friday, 4 December at 12pm.

  • School bags
  • Library bags
  • Hats
  • Blazers
  • House Shirts
  • Sports shirts (Primary & Secondary)
  • Sports Shorts
  • Secondary Girls Blouses
  • Secondary Boys Shirts.

We have sufficient of all other stock.

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 our opening hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

  • 8:15am to 9:45am
  • 2:30pm to 3:30pm

All items must be bagged with name and address. Uniforms are paid via direct deposit. Thank you for your cooperation.

Flexischools Online
You can purchase online anytime during this period and orders will be processed when we return from holidays and pick up will be Wednesday 20 January 2021 using a numbering system.

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

Shoes Requirement Extract for 2021:

  • Prep: Joggers with College sport socks (Velcro straps are recommended for independence).
  • Years 1 and 2: Buckle up or Velcro strap regulation black leather/vinyl shoes are acceptable.
  • Years 1‐12: Regulation black leather/vinyl lace up shoes (not boots, joggers or slip‐ons). Ballet style slip‐on shoes or heels higher than 2.5cm, for girls are not permitted for safety reasons.
    • Sport shoes must be recognised running cross training, netball, tennis or low‐cut basketball shoes predominately white, which provide foot support, and are to be worn with the sports uniform. Fashion sports shoes that do not provide ankle and arch support i.e. skate shoes, Volleys, canvas slip‐ons or Converse shoes are not permitted. Cleat shoes are not to be worn away from the fields. Grass is to be cleaned from shoes before entering the toilet/change block and classrooms. Only white shoe laces are acceptable in sports shoes. Coloured shoe laces
      Including black laces are unacceptable. Shoes must be kept clean and in good condition

Back to School Shop Hours

New and Second Hand Uniforms

  • Monday 11 ‐ Friday 15 January 2021
  • Monday 18, Tuesday 19 January 2021
  • One family per appointment only – appointments only on these days
  • Please email anytime uniformshop@genesis.qld.edu.au or ring Uniform Shop 3882 9031 until Wed, 2 Dec 2020 to make an appointment.
  • If an appointment is still required after this date, please email ONLY

Collection of lay‐bys, online orders & exchange items ONLY

  • Wednesday 20 January 2021 ‐ utilising a numbering system

General Days
Thursday 21 January ‐Friday 22 January 2021
8.30am to 3.00pm
Closed 12.00pm‐12.30pm

Shop hours all days except Thursday 21 ‐Friday 22 January 2020
8.30am to 3.30pm
Closed 12.00‐12.30pm

Cathy van Vuuren
Uniform Shop Coordinator

Parenting Insights – Wellbeing strategies for parents

The coronavirus pandemic and its associated disruptions are beginning to take a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. You don’t need to look far …

By Michael Grose
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Parenting Insights – Wellbeing strategies for parents

The coronavirus pandemic and its associated disruptions are beginning to take a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. You don’t need to look far in your community or social networks to identify a worrying trend of people experiencing a range of challenging emotions including mood swings, despair, anger, sullenness and lack of motivation.

People who usually pride themselves on being able to manage most difficulties that come their way now find themselves suddenly unable to cope, leading to a profound sense of disappointment. A number of people have spoken about feeling guilty for being a less than perfect parent, partner, teacher, work colleague or friend during these times.

This inability to cope is understandable. Our capacity to adapt to acutely stressful situations such as natural disasters has been severely depleted by the long-term nature of the pandemic. It’s common in situations of great uncertainty to feel exhausted and experience periods of burnout. Coupled with this is a sense of loss that many people feel – loss of connection to friends and family, loss of freedom and a loss of a way of life.

There is no handbook for functioning in a pandemic however it’s apparent that we need to accept that our lives will be different for some time. It also helps to expect less of yourself, which is the opposite to how high-achievers and perfectionists ordinarily operate. Feeling comfortable with uncertainty takes some getting used to as most of us have an innate wish to feel in control.

Daily wellbeing treats

Self-care is a proven remedy to most wellbeing ailments, but it’s ironic that for many of us our self-care activities have been restricted by the coronavirus. Coffee with friends, a massage or a visit to the gym and other such activities are out for many people. However, this doesn’t mean that we should neglect our mental health and wellbeing. Instead we need to look closer to home for our regular wellbeing treats. Things that help include regular deep breathing to start the body’s relaxation response, practising moments of mindfulness to shut down mental chatter, finding hidden exercise opportunities to promote mood-enhancing endorphins and spending time each day in calm-inducing green space.

Resilience bank account

During my conversations one person described living in this era as “always feeling a little off balance, like standing in a dinghy in a rough sea and not knowing when the storm will pass.”

Our mental reserves are constantly been called upon, so it’s necessary to build regular practices into our lives that build our resilience. Hopefully, most of us had bulging resilience bank accounts before the pandemic hit but it’s never too late start. Attending to areas such as sleep, good nutrition, regular exercise, relationship-building and self-care help keep our resilience buckets filled up.

Humans are adaptive and can get better at anything with practice, including living through a once in a century pandemic and all the changes it brings to our lives.

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