From the Leadership Team

Creating Memories

As the holiday season is almost upon us, a common topic of conversation is how we will spend our holiday. It is easy to get caught up with planning our annual summer camping trip or our holiday by the beach or arrangements for Christmas day. These are all important things and extremely exciting; however, I have been reflecting on how easy it is to allow things to keep you busy and therefore forget the real meaning of the Christmas season.

The way that we, as parents approach this holiday season has a significant impact on the images being formed in the minds of our children as they observe us. Taking time to intentionally pause and remember the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ during our Christmas holiday break can help our children write upon their future memories. There are many activities that families can enjoy together which highlight the significance of Christmas to help create lasting memories for our children.

An Advent calendar is one way that families can celebrate the days leading up to Christmas. These calendars are designed with fun and excitement in mind. Some have windows that open and play music or contain scripture verses for the family to read together each day, while others have gifts inside each window that build to the ultimate gift, our Saviour. Sharing in a carols service together as a family or reading the Christmas story from the Bible are other ways to intentionally focus on Jesus and build special memories. My family have enjoyed arranging the nativity scene and discussing where to place each of the figures most appropriately – often, an insightful opportunity to discuss the Christmas story together.

As parents, the years we have with our children pass extremely quickly and the challenge for us is to ensure that we take hold of every opportunity to build memories that count for the future. I wish you all a safe, restful and blessed Christmas season and look forward to partnering with you again in 2022.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Pen – November Hello parents! Well yet again I cannot believe that we are at the end of another year. It has again …

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Pastoral Care Pen – November

Hello parents! Well yet again I cannot believe that we are at the end of another year. It has again been another interesting and at times ‘unexpected year’ however as I look back and reflect, there are so many things to be grateful for and I can really see God’s hand of guidance and protection over our year as a school.

Last week many people celebrated the American holiday of Thanksgiving. This is one of their traditions that I really love and admire. To set aside a day/meal/moment to consider all that there is to be thankful for. Gratitude is a powerful and life changing act, especially when we think about what we are grateful for on a regular basis or when we may be feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.

Gratitude can so beautifully move our state of mind or perspective from a state of despair or distress into clarity and courage, enabling us to take steps to keep moving forward. I believe this is a powerful tool for our young people to learn, one that they can use for life and can keep their life moving forward despite the setbacks they may experience. I encourage you over the next few weeks and into the Christmas holidays to take some time to think about and practise gratitude as a family and make it a daily practise so that it becomes a life habit and way of being, as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in God’s word, encourages us to…

Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live”.

The Genesis Christian College Pastoral Care team is praying that all of our families and students have a safe and joy-filled Christmas break.

God Bless.

See you in 2022!

 

BONUS – Some cyber safety tips for the holidays

5 tips to keep kids safe and well online:

  1. It is illegal for children under age of 13 to have social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and Discord. Try Facebook’s ‘Messenger kids’ for a safe App for children and young teens.
  2. Keep an eye on messaging abilities in platforms like Pinterest, gaming sites and apps such as Discord. The app or activity itself may be harmless but who is talking to your child or what are they talking about.
  3. Keep phones out of bedrooms, bathrooms and limit screen time by providing meaningful activities
  4. Keep an eye out for hidden devices, social media apps and accounts. Just because you can’t see the app or the interactions, does not mean it is not happening.
  5. NO matter the age and stage of your child or the stage your child is at with their technology use it is never too late to establish boundaries and rules – have a technology reset at the beginning of each term or year and write an agreement together to set boundaries and establish a refence point to come back to for when things go wrong.

For more information or to continue to educate yourself in all things technology go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents or https://www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au/keeping-safe-in-cyberspace/

Yours sincerely,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum – Finishing Strong It has certainly been a busy couple of months, as students and College staff prepare for the end of year celebrations, …

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Curriculum – Finishing Strong

It has certainly been a busy couple of months, as students and College staff prepare for the end of year celebrations, assessment, reports, and of course learning. It is important to take a moment to consider how far we have come this past year.

The College community has once again tackled the challenges that COVID brought us, in terms of learning from home.

Students in the Primary school embarked on new ways of learning as Project-Based Learning was implemented and the Secret Skills of getting along and working well were introduced.

Students in the lower Primary shared insights into their school life, through SeeSaw.

Year 4 students learnt to use new devices. To top this off some students moved into a brand-new learning space, where they collaborated in rooms which gave them opportunity to stretch their legs and brains in flexible learning spaces.

In the Secondary school, students continued to master the use of OneNote and Teams, improving opportunities to collaborate as classes and cohorts.

Blended technologies improved engagement in many learning areas and different ways of learning explored.

Year 7 students (and parents) followed their academic journey through Progressive reporting and intentional opportunities for students to participate in a number of co-curricular programs and competitions offered.

And of course, our Year 12s completed their final journey in formal education, blessed and prepared for their next steps.

Of course, there is so much more that goes on in a school year, but these are perhaps some of the highlights.

We acknowledge the importance of the partnership between school and home, and the symbiotic relationship that exists in supporting our young people to be the very best they can be; and thank our parents for their continued support of their children’s education.

Finally, we ask for your continued prayers for our Year 12s at this time, as they leave Genesis to embark on their future pathways.  May the blessings of the Lord light your path and keep you safe.

Kind regards,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning

Secondary Highlights

Secondary Highlights  Dear Parents, As more communication comes about Launch 22 (7:30am – 6:00pm – Thurs, 20 Jan 2022) please make time to have your …

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Secondary Highlights

Secondary Highlights 

Dear Parents,

As more communication comes about Launch 22 (7:30am – 6:00pm – Thurs, 20 Jan 2022) please make time to have your children collect everything they will need for classes on Day 1 and to sign-up for the many co-curricular endeavours that enrich their schooling experience.

A new school year is also a time for new school clothes to fit those rapidly growing teenage bodies. I am looking forward to seeing boys with size 10 feet wearing size 10 socks (it might be time to throw out those smaller ones) and tall torsos wearing shirts that stayed tucked in! Please review the shoe policies as well, I’d hate for you to buy shoes needlessly. A particular reminder would be Sport shoes are white.

In the new year we will be reviewing Formal Hats and ensuring they are in ‘good repair’. Please plan to purchase a new hat if necessary. Likewise, a reminder that Year 10 will be wearing their Senior blazer on the Thursday of week 1.

My Christmas encouragement to one and all, is to declare to each other at the end of your Christmas our thankfulness for God’s love toward us. He so loved the world, that He gave us Jesus.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

 

Primary Highlights

Celebration Services Last week saw three wonderful End of Year Celebration services for our Primary school. From the entertaining Christmas Celebration service for Prep – …

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Celebration Services

Last week saw three wonderful End of Year Celebration services for our Primary school. From the entertaining Christmas Celebration service for Prep – Yr 2 student, the Yrs 3-4 Service with class awards and performances, through to the formal Yrs 5-6 Service and Graduation, each service was exceptional!

Each year at the Yrs 5-6 Celebration Service,  I share some thoughts and reflections of the year that has been. 2021 has been another monumental year for us – and so today I share the speech I gave at this service.

“So for some reflections of 2021 – or perhaps the last season of developments at Genesis Christian College and particularly the Primary school. For a long time, myself, and my colleagues here at Genesis – and indeed forward-thinking educators across the World, have been asking some critical questions of schooling. Questions like:

Is schooling really relevant to the real world anymore?

What are the most important things to learn, considering a 10 yr old can pretty much Google anything they want to know and find the answer?

What skills do employers really want in employees?

How do we develop young people of quality character, who are “others” centered, who can work in teams, who can collaborate, who have empathy?

How do we help young people navigate life in a world which is increasingly more digitised, with the treacherous landscape of the online world, and yet remain true to themselves, the truth and a healthy life in the real world?

You see, schools who are thinking about these matters, and concurrently attending to them through policy, practice, and teaching and learning, like Genesis are actually preparing our young people to be successful in their future world which potentially is quite uncertain. This is a scary statement, or is it?

I have this cycle of thinking which goes something like this. We believe in something (Bible, God, Jesus), this means we have a set of values, this means we choose a set of behaviours which support these values, which establishes a set of benchmarks which we strive towards in life – this is called the development of character. If we have a character of God-honouring, truth seeking integrity, and values – these matters will ultimately transcend the knowledges of a modern or bygone era, or anything Google might tell you. If we can educate and build young people of great character – anything the world or society might throw at them can be managed – because they live their lives by long-term principals, not facts or in the moment, or by likes on social media.

So in turn – let’s consider some of the initiatives we have intentionally instituted in the Genesis primary school to develop character, and these future skills. Things like…

 

PBL – Project Based learning, which brings learning to life in the real world. Providing students with an experience of creating real things for a real audience, often solving a complex problem, and often having to rely on others in a team to get the job done. PBL gives students a taste of the real world like – designing donuts for an actual shop, writing books for students in prep, or designing and making bath toys that float (like the preps did). Experiences like this are full to the brim of the curriculum – the knowledges and skills prescribed by ACARA. Things like reading writing and “rithmatic” are critical, they are fundamental to success. But as an employer I don’t just want to employ the guy who knows his times tables – that’s a given – I want to employ the person who can work with others – who has people skills – or who can solve complex problems which require creative thinking.

Secret Skills,  a Cambridge University developed set of skills which prepare students for the real world. This includes how to get along with each other, how to develop resilience and self management skills, and how to empathise with others.

Longreach, bussing 130 odd people to a far flung country town in the middle of a pandemic to experience things that city kids just don’t really get to do. And a hint for the 5s – we are going again next year, and its going to be even more country! Experiences like this are challenging students to grow up an awful lot in just a few days!

Building Programs, building learning spaces like the STEM building or the new Learning Village in Primary – specifically designed for the modern learner – with a range of innovative elements to support our pedagogical advancements.

Digital Learning Platforms – COVID induced

Things like SeeSaw, Teams and Onenote allow our students to operate in real time in the Digital world – collaborating with teachers and peers on projects, and all types of learning. Our ethic as educators has to be “how can we navigate the digital world through a Christian Worldview – ensuring our children are protected, yet provided with the very best of excellent technologies” Might I suggest partnering effectively with parents on this matter is critical – but also remembering that the real world and the natural environment are equally important for a child’s development. Kids need to play in the mud, climb trees and dance in the rain!

So our Primary school has been evolving over the last season. We are proud of where we have come from and how we are developing – our desire is to prepare our students for the future; to be the future entrepreneurs, champion athletes, elegant dancers or passionate musicians, builders, sparkies, plumbers, financial experts, medical professionals, dreamers and thinkers, – whatever they have the potential to become –  but ultimately positive contributors to a society of the future.

We want to be building young people of Godly Character – empathic people. People who know God, know themselves, and how they can contribute to society. Let me leave you with a verse from the bible about how to gain Godly character –

Proverbs 4:6-7 “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

Character is that deep understanding – that transcends knowledge – that comes from experience and seeking after a knowledge of God our creator. That is what I pray for all of our students at Genesis.”

Kind Regards,

Jeremy Williamson

 Head of School – Primary

Launch 22

LAUNCH 22 – DATE CLAIMER The College would like to advise our community that LAUNCH 22 will be held Thursday 20 January from 7:30am-6:00pm. This …

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LAUNCH 22 – DATE CLAIMER
The College would like to advise our community that LAUNCH 22 will be held Thursday 20 January from 7:30am-6:00pm.
This important event helps families prepare for the school year ahead.
New Students (Year 1-12)
Students new to Genesis in 2022 (Primary and Secondary) will attend an orientation program during LAUNCH 22. (More information will be sent to families with new students starting Genesis in 2022).
Existing Secondary Students (Year 7-12)
Existing Secondary students can collect textbooks and devices (if applicable) during LAUNCH 22. Please refer to table below.
Existing Primary Students
Existing Primary students can make an appointment to meet their teacher and visit their new classroom briefly. A reminder that stationery packs and devices (if applicable) will be distributed on the first day of school – Monday, 24 January. Please refer to table below.
Please mark these dates in your calendar to ensure you can be part of LAUNCH 22.
Thursday20 Jan
7:30am-6:00pm1.
  • New Student Sessions (for students new to Genesis in 2022) – in the Performance Theatre
  • 8:30am – New student Orientation –Secondary (not including Year 7 students moving up from Primary at Genesis)
  • 10:00am – New Student Orientation –Primary (except Prep)
  • Primary Students can meet their teachers in the classroom (by appointment)(More information to be provided)
  • Secondary students to collect textbooks and laptops from the Library (Year 7 and 10)
Please also refer to our LAUNCH 22 website where, from the comfort of your own home and in your own time, you can:
  • Update Parent Lounge
  • Download/Update the Genesis App
  • Sign up for classes at Genesis Sport & Aquatics, Genesis Dance & Drama Academy, Instrumental Music and other various clubs/activities
  • Find out more about the school procedures and other important things to remember as students in Primary and Secondary begin the new year.

Current COVID restrictions allow parents to accompany their children on campus. However, we would ask that parents wait outside the Library while students collect books and devices to reduce congestion inside. Parents of new Primary students may escort their child inside for any photos that are required. The College will send further detailed information including making appointments in due course.

Farewell Class of 2021!

Farewell to Year 12 Well, what a year it has been.  It is hard to believe that our cohort of 2021 has graduated already – …

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Farewell Class of 2021!

Farewell to Year 12

Well, what a year it has been.  It is hard to believe that our cohort of 2021 has graduated already – our 20th cohort to graduate in the 30th anniversary year of the College. It feels like only yesterday that they entered the high school as eager-eyed Year 7 students.

The cohort under the guidance of Micah Richardson, Brooke Criddle, Sam George and Frances Goodwin set their theme for the year as unity. From cross-year level games of handball to connecting with individual students on a daily basis, the cohort have worked hard on their shared purpose of driving unity across the College.

As their Care and Conduct Leader for the past 3 years I am excited for what lies ahead in the future for these students but it certainly is bittersweet as I will miss them dearly.

I wish them all the best as they enter this new chapter in their lives.

Kind regards,

Shayne Kriel

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 12

Primary Sport

Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival What an amazing day we had for our Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival recently! The cheering started before the first race and …

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Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival

What an amazing day we had for our Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival recently! The cheering started before the first race and continued non-stop until after the final presentation. It was so great to see our Year 6 Students have such an amazing time in our new ‘Year 6 Challenge’.

Congratulations to our Champion House on the day, Gilead!

A huge congratulations to Indigo K and Ruby K who were our Record Breakers on the day.

Age Champions

  • 8 Years Boys 
  • 1st Seth M
  • 2nd Charlie S

 

8 Years Girls 

  • 1st Zoe B
  • 2nd Mia D
  • 3rd Avianna O W

 

9 Years Boys

  • 1st Keegan H
  • 2nd Deezil P
  • 3rd  Cael B

 

9 Years Girls

  • 1st Ruby K
  • 2nd Holly MC
  • 3rd Zoe P

 

10 Years Boys

  • 1st Theo H
  • 2nd Flynn S
  • 3rd Mark B

 

10 Years Girls

  • 1st Indigo K
  • 2nd Charlie B and Amelia L

 

11 Years Boys

  • 1st Felix N
  • 2nd Matthew T
  • 3rd Jared H

 

11 Years Girls

  • 1st Kiara V
  • 2nd Abby H
  • 3rd Giselle B

 

Champion House 2021:

Congratulations to Gilead House on being crowned our Champion House for 2021.

 

All Schools Aquathlon:

A team of our primary students took part in the QLD All Schools Triathlon at Kawana Waters in October. Congratulations to the following students who gained Metropolitan North Regional Team selection:

  • Junior Triathlon: Madison R – 9th
  • Primary Aquathlon: Matthew T – 2nd and Matilda T – 17th

 

Queensland School Sport Tennis

Elijah N was invited to fill-in as part of the Capricornia region at the 10-12years Queensland State Tennis Championships held at the Brisbane Tennis Centre on 17-20 October this year. Elijah ranked 19th overall and helped the Capricornia Regional team place 6th out of the 12 regions.

 

Brisbane Swimming – Patrons Shield:

Congratulations to Mitchell E who was selected into the Brisbane Patrons Shield team. He placed 2nd in his race.

 

Kind regards,

Louse McCarthy

Director of Sport – Primary

Uniform Shop News

Some important notes from our Uniform Shop: Please call or email the Uniform Shop if you wish to make an appointment for a full fitting …

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Some important notes from our Uniform Shop:

  • Please call or email the Uniform Shop if you wish to make an appointment for a full fitting for new uniforms (with your child)
  • Appointments can be made for the following days:
    • Monday 10 to Friday 14 January
    • Monday 17 to Tuesday 18 January
  • General day for picking up laybys, collecting online orders or making an exchange – Wednesday 19 January – 8:30-3:30pm (closed between 12:00 and 12:30pm).
  • General day for small item purchases – Thursday 20 and Friday 21 January – 8:30-3:30pm (closed between 12:00 and 12:30pm each day).
  • Refer to the updated attached flyer for further information and times.
  • For any queries please contact the Uniform Shop
    • Ph 3882 9031
    • Email UniformShop@genesis.qld.edu.au

Bus Timetable Changes

Bus Changes -2022 Please note that Term 1 2022 will bring some changes to Translink School Routes that service our College. 6800PM will now be …

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Bus Timetable Changes

Bus Changes -2022

Please note that Term 1 2022 will bring some changes to Translink School Routes that service our College.

6800PM will now be starting from Kurwongbah State School, which will have an ETA at Genesis 3:20pm. This service will continue as it has during 2021.

You can view the new timetable here