Unplug this Easter

Unplug this Easter

From the Leadership Team 

Recently the College hosted a Parent Information Evening with guest speaker, Brett Lee, former Queensland Police Officer, and detective in the field of Child Exploitation. Brett now works with schools and community groups to provide education on safe and responsible internet use. Encouraging our young people towards safe and responsible use of digital technology is such an important topic for us to be considering in this current age. You can access a recording of this must-see presentation here. 

We currently live in the technology age where more than 4.3 billion people across the globe use the internet and as a result, we have never been more widely connected. Social media connects families and friends across the world and COVID-19 certainly highlighted the wonderful opportunities that social media platforms offer each of us for connecting socially, educationally, and even professionally as we overcome the barrier of distance and separation. It is not all bad – we received extremely positive feedback from families with loved one’s inter-state or overseas last year on the ability to connect in via livestream to many of our end of year events.

However, despite the opportunities for connection that technology and social media provides, our society more widely has moved from a ‘we’ society – ‘we are all in this together’- to an ‘I’ society – ‘I am free to be myself’. One of the consequences of this ‘I society,’ has been the social isolation that many in our society feel (Sacks, 2020). I guess one of the weaknesses of digital connection is the fact that it does not involve face-to-face contact or the vulnerable intimacy of face-to-face connection. The immediacy of digital forms of communication has made it a default form of communication and a constant distraction for many young people today.

On average, teenagers in America spend between 7 and 9 hours a day watching a screen (Sacks, 2020).  Without doubt, this is having a profound impact on our young people as technology takes the place of face-to-face connection. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook with his wife Priscilla, published an open letter written for their daughter August, explaining why they felt it was important for her to make time to go outside and play, because childhood is magical. This example is simply highlighting that even those who have created these digital platforms, have also identified the associated risks of their use.

Genesis staff are currently adopting a Staff Email Charter which is a set of guidelines that aims to help us actively reduce the number of emails sent and received. Therefore, providing more time for core business; reducing the distraction throughout the day; supporting work/home harmony and in certain instances, finding more effective methods of communication. I also recently read of a family that agreed to have one day per week without digital technology and social media. They called it their Shabbat … the Sabbath, the Hebrew word for cease and rest. They took this time to disconnect digitally but reconnect through face-to-face communication and quality time together.

As Easter approaches, we are reminded of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The purpose of Jesus Christ’s life was to offer himself as a sacrifice for our wrongdoing and in turn give us a fresh start and new beginning. But as we look at how Jesus lived life, it was all about connection and relationship with people and his father God. As we break across the Easter weekend to remember the life and sacrifice of Jesus, could I also encourage Genesis families to consider taking a break from digital technology and social media for a day or two, making an effort to do things that help us reconnect on a face-to-face level with those around us.

I wish our Genesis community a very special and refreshing Easter break and trust that you will find quality time to connect with family and friends, face-to-face.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Pastoral Care

You Matter!

You are God’s workmanship, (masterpiece) created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared you to do.’

Ephesians 2:10

Each one of us has been uniquely fashioned. God put time and effort into expertly crafting you to be who you are. The original Greek word for `workmanship’ is poiema, literally meaning a poem or work of art. It is said that art is an expression of the inner being of the artist, who in our case is God himself.  How wonderful that through His grace, we are that!

Once we understand our true value in the eyes of God, it becomes easy to see those around us through His eyes too, and to marvel at what God has created in and through them.

This idea is at the heart of You Matter Day, which we celebrate at Genesis every year and which has its roots in Anti-Bullying Day. This year, we celebrated You Matter Day on Friday 19 March. This day continues to provide a chance to stop, examine our hearts, and value one another, appreciate one another and celebrate one another as God’s workmanship. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we could not invite our parents on campus, but please know that you matter to us and that we value who you are. We sent a You Matter Day at Home flyer, which gave ideas for families to express their appreciation to people that matter to them in a tangible way.

Any profits made on the day went towards the New Life Orphanage in Myanmar, who we continue to  support, especially now more than ever as the country faces violence and a growing daily death toll due to Civil war. During the holidays, some beautiful children got together and decided to fundraise for Myanmar in an effort to show they care.

You can make a difference in the lives of others…YOU MATTER!

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters

Recently the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) released the scaling report for Senior subjects in 2020. This is the first opportunity we have had to see how subjects have been scaled when calculating the ATAR for 2020 students. However, I need to point out that last year the Year 12 students completed one less assessment item, due to COVID-19, than students will complete this year. QTAC will scale the subjects each year and we can expect some differences year to year as the cohorts vary.

 I would also like to make these comments on the use of this document:

  • We thank QTAC for providing us such a comprehensive report in the spirit of fairness and openness.
  • QTAC, who calculate the ATAR and manage tertiary entrance in Queensland give this advice for students when selecting subjects

“Students should not select subjects based on predicted scaling outcomes, but should choose subjects they enjoy, are good at and which meet any prerequisites for courses they want to apply for”.

  • When choosing subjects at SETP interviews, we discussed and encouraged the subject choices which were the best fit for each individual student.
  • Students who choose subjects based on scaling parameters tend to become disengaged as they have little, if any interest in the subject, and consequently perform worse than if they had chosen subjects they are good at and enjoy.
  • Students who are eligible for an ATAR need to work consistently in all their subjects, as students who try to predict which subject will be used to calculate their ATAR generally get this wrong.

Students and their parents are welcome to meet with the Future Pathways team at any stage to discuss options after Year 12.

Kind regards

Wayne van den Bos

Director of Senior Phase

Secondary Highlights

Excellence in Character – Ambassadors for Genesis

We have now embarked on our sure and steady character journey. ‘Walk in the Light’ is a framework and vocabulary to describe the Genesis student.

As we nurture character with you, the College will be working with students to achieve better than their best (Grow) and use their time and talent for the benefit of others (Give). We will continue to develop a true sense of belonging (Connection). The flavours that we wish to see in all these endeavours are Christian values and faith (Conviction).

It is always a pleasure to meet with student leaders and those involved in the broader co-curricular life of Genesis. Their passion for our College, their sense of belonging, and their strong voice are always an encouragement. These students exemplify ‘Walk in the Light’.

The fruits of ‘Walk in the Light’ that we see in their lives are things like:

  • growing your gifts and talents
  • serving others to make a difference
  • playing their part to build a sense of family and exercising a Christian moral compass.

The fruit is a well-lived life. It is a purposeful and flourishing life.

The root of ‘Walk in the Light’ is found in our Lord, though His Word. The school motto is ‘Your Word is my light’. As we encounter what God reveals in His Word, we are blessed to ‘Walk in the Light’.

Sometimes when we talk about character, we will be only speaking about the fruits. At other times we will be speaking about the root of real character, a relationship with a living God, directed by His Word.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Primary School Highlights

Primary Highlights

One of my favourite parts of being the Head of Primary is interviewing prospective students and families who want to come to Genesis, and we are just about to enter into a season of interviewing our future Prep students for 2022. 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 on the north side 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 too; but at Genesis our core beliefs undergird 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.

Another aspect of our College which radiates excellence is our co-curricular programs. Genesis sets the bar high for students in Music, Dance, Drama, Sports, and Service areas. I had the privilege of attending the Primary Music camp on the weekend and listen to our music ensembles rehearse together. What a joy it was to see such enthusiasm and teamwork with staff and students. This joy in community came through in the beautiful sounds the children made when performing together. An old mentor of mine would often use the phrase “Excellence through Community” when describing how we get the best work out of students and each other.

In essence, we do better individually when we are part of something greater than ourselves. This is something I would encourage all parents to get their children involved in; co-curricular activities which promote teamwork and the common purpose of working together, in music, arts, sports or service areas. The life skills this encourages in our children will influence their schoolwork, and ultimately their purpose, direction, and later success in life.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport

Representative Swimming

Congratulations to the Genesis team in winning both the 10-12 years and 13-19 years Pine Rivers District Swimming carnival! The following students represented Pine Rivers District at the Met North Swimming Trials: Alice B, Amity H, Carel V, Cayden H, Cooper B, David H, Ella P, Emily P, Harrison B, Isabella J, Isabella Y, Jacobus L, Jake F, Jazmin E, Johann M, Lachlan T, Luka L, Luke D, Mackenzie S, Madison C, Marley P, Mia O, Mikaydi B, Sophie D, Tyron K and Xavier C.

The following students competed at the QSS State Swimming Championships representing Met North from 22 – 26 March: Jessica B, Kaelah B, Patrick C, Ellen G, Olivia G, Zeph H, Isaac H, Ben M, Lauren W, Mia T, Ralph N, Lachlan B and Callum F.

CSSAQ Swimming Carnival

Genesis competed at the CSSAQ Swim Carnival at Chandler on 15 March, winning both the Champion School for 9-12 years and 13-19 years.

Age Champions from the 13-19 Years age Divisions were:

  • Jake F –14 years boys
  • Kaelah B – 15 years girls
  • Jessica B – 16 years girls
  • Luke D – 16 years boys

A special thank you to Mrs Louise McCarthy for organising the event, GSA coaches (Brendan Keogh, Rick Pendleton and Tony Keogh) and Team managers (Julie Turner, Amy Griffiths and Rhiannah Boch) for their hard work and dedication to the Swimming Team.

 

Cross Country

The Genesis 10-19 years Cross Country was held at St Paul’s School on Thursday 11 March. A special thank you to all the staff involved and the House Captains for their assistance with setting up the carnival and leading their Houses throughout the day. Congratulations to Shiloh who were the winning house in the 13-19 years overall points. The top three students for each age division were:

 12 Year Boys                           12 Year Girls               13 Year Boys               13 Year Girls

1st – Windsor W                         1st – Sienna Barr          1st – Manie V                1st – Reagan B

2nd – Jonty M                            2nd – Madison R           2nd – Luka L                  2nd – Michaela F

3rd – Noah C                              3rd –  Lucy S                  3rd – Santiago R            3rd – Mackenzie S

 

14 Year Boys                           14 Year Girls               15 Year Boys               15 Year Girls

1st – Ian B                                 1st – Haley W                1st – Henry J                 1st – Kate C

2nd – Ryan F                              2nd – Laura G                2nd – Ben C                   2nd – Grace M

3rd – Lachlan M                        3rd – Caitlin P               3rd – Christopher V      3rd – Holly M

 

 16 Year Boys                           16 Year Girls               Open Boys                  Open Girls

1st – Mitchell W                       1st – Stella B                 1st – William M             1st – Ella S

2nd – Lincoln S                          2nd – Carmen S            2nd – Noah C                2nd – Charlize S

3rd – William P/Ben M             3rd – Sophie D              3rd – Josiah M              3rd – Abbie R

 

Genesis Run Club

We’re excited to introduce the Genesis Run Club which will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:30am-7:30am. Tuesday sessions will be Endurance Running and Thursday morning, track speed work. These sessions will be run by Elliott Shultz from GSA and are available for all students. The focus will be on improving fitness, and there are opportunities for students competing in the upcoming Cross Country District/Regional trials as well as distance track events and triathlons/aquathlons.

On Wednesday morning from 6:30am-7:15am there will be a bike skills session for triathlons and cycling to improve bike skills.

Please meet at the indoor Tennis courts. These sessions will still go ahead if it is raining. To begin, all sessions will be free of charge.

 

Futsal

Genesis were represented by 6 teams at the Metro Futsal competition in the 14 years girls and boys, 15 years boys, 16 years girls and Open boys and girls teams. Four teams made it through to the Finals round with the Open girls team progressing to the semi-final round. A special thank you to the coaches Chris Reynolds, Will Allan, Luca Braico, Jarrod Benbow and Jade Dethlefs for all their effort and commitment this term with the Futsal teams. We wish all our teams well for the BOSL finals which will be held on the 29 and 31 March

 

Touch

Genesis competed at the CSSAQ Touch championships on the 5 and 12 March. The Junior girls team came in second place, Junior Boys third place and the Intermediate boys fifth place.

Congratulations to Chelsea W, Mitchell P, Mikaela F, Jake S and Kye V for being recognised in the CSSAQ merit team. We wish all our teams the best for the BOSL Semi Finals which will take place on the 29 and 31 March.

We appreciate the valuable contribution of the coaches Daniel Sarmiento, Damon Benbow, Rei San Agustin, Maddison Lanyon and teaching staff Kris Oettinger, Paul Forrester-Brown and Andrew Duncan.

 

Equestrian:

Genesis competed at the Wide Bay Regional Championships, consisting of four riders from the Secondary school:

  • Stella B – Year 9
  • Lara R – Year 9
  • Morgan L – Year 8
  • Carmen R – Year 11 (Carmen had to pull out due to her horse injuring itself. She came along and helped the team out in full Genesis team spirit)

Special congratulations to Morgan L:

  • Reserve Champion Combined Training Secondary 60cm
  • Reserve Champion Overall Intermediate Elementary Dressage (2nd & 3rd)
  • Reserve Champion Intermediate Show horse

 

Rowing

Congratulations to our Year 12 students, Ella and Jaeve, who recently competed at the 2021 Queensland State Championship Regatta held at Lake Wyaralong, representing both Pine Rivers Rowing Club and the College.

The girls received Gold Medals in all three of the following events:

1st – Championship U19 double scull

1st – Championship U21 double scull

1st – Championship U19 quad scull

Ella and Jaeve were also selected to represent Queensland in the First 8 (number 1) crew, to compete against other states in a national regatta in April.

 

Special mention – Ella G – Won Queensland Netball Youth Spirit award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District and Met North Representatives

Congratulations to the following students for their selection in representative teams:

Pine Rivers District Team

  • Shivaani VT – Basketball
  • Madeleine W – Netball
  • Madeline R – Netball
  • Lauren C – Netball
  • Sophie D – Netball
  • Shandri B – Netball
  • Ashley M – Netball
  • Isabella S – Netball
  • Elijah N – AFL
  • Windsor W – AFL
  • Daniel E – Touch
  • Caelan M – Soccer
  • Mackenna M – Soccer
  • Stephanie H – Soccer
  • Ryder C – Touch Football
  • Ben C – Touch Football
  • Henry J – Touch Football

MET North Team

  • Charlize Sivyer – Netball

Swimming

Olivia G in Year 10 competed at the Australian Open Water Championships held at Coolum, Qld. She swam in the 5km event and finished 14th nationally achieving a personal best by 2.5 minutes. Well done on this achievement!

 

Kind regards,

Anthony Arro

Director of Secondary School Sport

 

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

Swimming:

Met North Trials 

Congratulations to our swimmers who attended the Met North Swimming Carnival representing Pine Rivers. A special mention to the following students who were selected in the Met North 10-12 Years Swimming Team to attend the Qld State Championships: Ralph N, Callum F, Lachlan B, Mitchell E, Felix N

 

CSSAQ Swimming 

On Monday 15 March we competed at the CSSAQ Swimming Carnival as ‘Team Genesis’. Congratulations to all students who attended on the day competing fiercely for our College. At the end of the day, we were crowned Champion School overall for the 9-12 years age group.

Team Genesis also won the following age groups:

  • 9 Boys
  • 10 Girls
  • 12 Boys
  • 12 Girls

 The following students were awarded Age Champion placings:

  • Keegan H – 2nd – 9 years boys
  • Indigo K – 2nd – 10 years girls
  • Amelia L – 3rd – 10 years girls
  • Theo H – 1st – 10 years boys
  • Kiara V – 1st – 11 years girls
  • Felix N – 1st – 11 years boys
  • Matthew T – 3rd – 11 years boys

Cross Country:

We held our GCC Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 11 March and what an outstanding effort by all of our 8-12 year old runners. It was so great to see so many students do their best while competing for their house. Congratulations to our Champion House – GILEAD.

 

Age Champions:

8 Years Girls 9 Years Girls 10 Years Girls 11 Years Girls
Emily C Holly M Eliza B Chelsea L
Audrey T Sienna G Ayla J Lucy E
Chloe S Ruby K Grace R Poppy M

 

8 Years Boys 9 Years Boys 10 Years Boys 11 Years Boys
Charlie S Harrison L Thomas M Matthew T
Seth M Bailey S Cameron E Blayze W
Levi J Riley H Mark B Lachlan S

Morning Training:

Morning training with Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner has seen amazing numbers of students each week. Please see the Genesis App or school calendar for training weeks and details.

 

State Aquathlon:

Congratulations to Matthew T who has been selected in the Qld State Aquathlon Team after his outstanding performance at the Qld Championships. What an amazing achievement!

Congratulations also goes to:

  • Our Equestrian Team members who recently competed at the Wide Bay Regional Championships in their various age groups – Lily M (7th), Jonah M (5th) and Taylor L (3rd)
  • Phoenix G who has been selected in the Met North Golf Team
  • Elijah N and Windsor W who were selected in the Pine Rivers AFL Team
  • Noah C, Thomas M and Oliver D who were selected in the Pine Rivers Football (Soccer) Team
  • Isabella Schmidt-Ellwood and Viveca Magill who were selected in the Pine Rivers Netball Team

NISSA Gala Days:

It has been so lovely to see all of our Year 4-6 students having a blast at our Gala Days. What a wonderful opportunity to work as a team and practice those lifelong skills of working with others. It has been great to welcome our new NISSA school, Prince of Peace, into the mix with Genesis, The Lakes College and Grace Lutheran Primary.

 

10-12 Years (Primary and Secondary) Representative Sport Nominations – Term 2 

If you want to nominate your child for any of the Pine Rivers trials below you need to compete the form attached to the Genesis App communication no later than THURSDAY 1 APRIL. No nominations will be accepted after this time.

  • 10-12 Years Rugby Union
  • 10-12 Years Tennis
  • 10-12 Years Touch Football
  • 11-12 Years Girls Rugby League

 

Kind regards,

Louise McCarthy

Director of Primary Sport

Applications for Siblings Commencing 2022

Applications for Siblings Commencing 2022 

A Reminder from the Enrolments Office to Current Genesis Families

As family life can become quite hectic, sibling applications can sometimes be overlooked, and closing dates apply to both Prep and Year 7. Families with students on the Prep or Year 7, 2022 lists, will have recently received by email, notification of the commencement of the 2022 Application & Offer process. If you have not received this email, please contact the Enrolments office or 3882 9000 to confirm your application status. Other Year levels for 2022, will be updated towards the end of Term 3.

 Prep 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.

Applications for 2022

If you have family or friends interested in applying to Genesis Christian College to commence 2022, applications are welcome at this time. Applications for Prep and Year 7, 2022 will be closing on 31 March. 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.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Lynn M Swanson

Enrolments Registrar

 

Year 9 Rite Journey Departure

Year 9 Rite Journey Departure

The Departure event is an opportunity to celebrate the childhood of our Year 9 students with their parents, and encourage the students to boldly step into the next stage of their lives. We hosted this event on Friday 19 March, where we were blessed with a perfect break in the recent weather event, taking our Boys and Girls groups separately to Lake Samsonvale. Here the students reflected on their journey so far and the childish behaviours that would not be useful to them as they step into young adulthood.

Upon returning to school, each Rite Journey group presented to the gathered parents, their group name and its meaning, and the group cheer or chant that they had worked on. These cheers were greeted with rounds of applause, but perhaps the most memorable chant came from one of the group of boys who chose to sing their cheer. Well done gentlemen! After some brief speeches from staff, the students and their parents were encouraged to find a spot around the school to have a meal together where the students presented their parents with letters of appreciation they had written earlier in the week. Many tears of happiness were shed, and hugs exchanged.

It is hoped that this ceremony will signify the students stepping into their young adulthood by taking on more responsibility, and their parents giving their adolescent more opportunities to demonstrate their ability to make appropriate choices in their lives.

A huge thank you must go to Mr Kidd and Mrs Daniel for taking the lead role in organising this event, to the P&F for providing the afternoon tea that was greatly appreciated by the Year 9 students, and to the Senior School volunteers who provided their services throughout the event. Without their diligence and effort, this event would not have been the success that it was.

Kind regards,

Andrew Duncan

Rite Journey Leader

 

 

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp

Noosa North Shore Retreat

Earlier this term in Week 5, the Year 7s headed off to camp! It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to make new friends and share new experiences together! On camp we spent a lot of time at the beach learning how to body board and surf! The students were also challenged in the high ropes activities and had the opportunity to try various difficulties.

The activities that the students could choose from were the flying fox, an obstacle course in their air, the giant swing and the leap of faith. We saw a lot of encouragement and team work amongst the Year 7s. This was demonstrated when so many of them wanted to help serve each other breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as how they demonstrated their gratitude to each other and the staff at Adventure Alternatives.

The students were also put to the test with the mountain biking experience and having to build a raft that could carry up to 7 students with minimal materials. The ultimate activity however, was the laser tag at night time. The Year 7s absolutely loved running through the obstacles at night and using team strategies to try and win. All of the teachers and parent helpers were so encouraged to see how well the Year 7s got a long and took the challenges in their stride.

We were so thankful for the amazing weather and that the students got to enjoy quality time together. I am also so grateful to the parent helpers that came and spent time with the staff on Year 7 Camp. A camp can never run smoothly without the tireless work of the staff that attend camp.

It was truly a camp to remember and the students are still talking about it today!

Kind regards,

Lauren Klingberg

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 7

Department Spotlight – Humanities

Department Spotlight – Year 11 Humanities

Year 11 students enjoyed an excursion to the Abbey Museum in Caboolture where they entered an ancient Archaeological site.

The first thing they found was the Egyptian Coffin! Pretty soon, it was clear that this was not just the site of an Egyptian tomb, but a crime scene as well! Why is there a skeleton with a Victorian era lamp in an Ancient Egyptian tomb site?

Students begin learning about Ancient History in Year 11 by studying Archaeology, and the Abbey Museum offers a chance to get their hands dirty – literally!

The Abbey Museum is a wonderful resource, right on our doorstep, that allows students to explore aspects of Ancient History, with artefacts from pre-historic Europe through to Shogunate Japan. In addition, the Museum has an amazing educational program that our students get to experience in Year 8 with our Medieval Europe Incursion and again in Year 11 with the Archaeological Dig.

After a tour of the Museum, the students are challenged to solve the mystery of the dig site. They are taught the methods that Archaeologists use on a dig, how to uncover artefacts, and how to record their finds. They find amulets, mummified cats, canopic jars and, of course, our mysterious skeleton. It’s delicate work, and as they work, the students collaborate to piece together the clues, interpreting their evidence and predicting what might have happened at the site.

The Year 11 students make excellent archaeologists and they successfully solved the mystery of the Egyptian Tomb Robber, who, after digging through the walls of the tomb, was crushed by falling masonry.

 

Leading the OSHC Program

One of the greatest highlights of my role has been the ability to see the fruitful beginnings that our Loose Parts program has had here at Genesis Outside School Hours Care.

Beginning my journey in 2018, and upon taking leadership of OSHC, I was able to share my vision and set out to create and form foundations for early learning within our program. Our vision here at OSHC is to provide opportunities for our students to acquire life skills, such as planning, design and construction. A vast amount of the most up to date research and knowledge were embedded into the professional development of our team leading up to the introduction of our Loose Parts program. This allowed our team to investigate and understand the practical considerations when creating play opportunities with children.

Toward the end of 2018, I began to explore the potential of Loose Parts collections for play resources at our centre. My aim was to increase the engagement in and the enjoyment of learning through play. From our observations of children interacting in these spaces offered, we were able to witness a more focused approach to the program, particularly suited to our integrated multi-age play at OSHC. Children were seen to be enjoying the outdoors and began to look forward to these play experiences.

Understanding and advocating for all children having the right to play, our outdoor play and Loose Parts play became an integral part of our overall approach to learning through play. With the introduction of Loose Parts, it became necessary to relate risk with play and develop our risk-benefit assessment. From our observations of children within these environments, it became apparent that children were generally very responsible, careful, and competent. We noted how children became aware of the responsibilities they had been given and how the children began to learn about risk, within a managed environment. Children were seen to build physical and social skills and produce a piece of work which is inhabitable, autonomous and of their own making.

In 2020, we saw our Loose Parts program partner with the Primary faculty and Curriculum-based lessons, with outdoor Loose Parts being implemented with weekly sessions for our Prep and Year 1 students. Our OSHC team facilitated this with our Prep and Year 1 teachers. Having play session within class time allows children and teachers to reflect on the learning that has occurred and document it accordingly. Children are able to make connections between numeracy concepts and the Loose Parts as well as increase their interest to formal learning when embedding Loose Parts within a formal curriculum context.

It has been evident through my time here at OSHC that Loose Parts create a richer environment for children, allowing them to do what they need to do, to follow their interests and go where their curiosity takes them.

In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.” (Nicholson, S. 1971:30-34)

Kind regards,

Susan Cooper

Director – OSHC

Term 2 Date Claimers

Date Claimer Term 2, 2021

These dates are intended as a guide and are subject to change. Please consult the College Calendar on the App for the most recent, up to date details.

Thursday 22 April Prep- Year 2 ANZAC Day Service
  Year 3-12 ANZAC Day Service
Sunday 25 April

Monday 26 April

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 27 April Year 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews
  Prep-Year 2 Fun Run
Wednesday 28 April Year 7-12 Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 6 May Primary Mother’s Day Morning Tea & Art Show
Tuesday 11 May Year 3,5,7,9 NAPLAN
  P&F Meeting
Wednesday 12 May Year 3,5,7,9 NAPLAN
Thursday 13 May Year 3,5,7,9 NAPLAN
Friday 14 May Year 3,7,9 NAPLAN
Tuesday 25 May Secondary Careers Expo
Friday 28 May Secondary Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 2 June Year 9-12 Music Through The Years
Friday 4 June Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival
Thursday 10 June Year 7-12 Colours Assembly
Wednesday 16 June Year 10 SETP Interviews
Monday 21 June Year 12 QTAC Information Evening
Tuesday 22 June P&F Meeting
Wednesday 23 June Year 8 Camp
Thursday 24 June Primary Mid-Winter Melodies
Friday 25 June Last Day of Term 2

Parenting Insights – Being an askable parent

In a recent conversation, a 16 year old told me how he’s enjoyed some great conversations with his father since the COVID-19 pandemic. What I heard from this young man was that his father is not just an affable person but also a very ‘askable’ parent.

The young man told me that he could talk to his dad about anything, which I suspect would be music to his father’s ears. I imagine that many parents would love to hear their kids say that about
them. The notion of being a parent that young people can discuss personal problems with and seek answers to some of life’s bigger issues such as politics, religion and sexuality has been a source
of personal reflection and study over many years.

While young people can be notoriously secretive about what’s on their mind, parent attitude and behaviour certainly impacts on their willingness to communicate. The following strategies will
maximise your chances of being seen as an askable parent in your young person’s eyes:

Be there
Proximity aids communication and relationship-building. The more time you spend in close proximity to a young person the more likely you are to have meaningful conversations.

Be attentive
Pay close attention when a young person starts a conversation or asks a question, as they are easily put o

Listen without judging or advising
Giving unsolicited advice is a sure-fire way to prevent young people confiding in you. Young people are more likely to discuss personal matters and difficult subjects if they know their thoughts and feelings won’t be judged adversely or that they’ll be deluged by advice. The use of Ahh statements (“Ahh, so that’s what’s bothering you?”) is great way to show young people that you are listening without judgement or advice.

Be prepared to challenge
There are times when you need to challenge the validity of a young person’s views, their behaviour or the values they express. Misinformation, disrespectful attitudes and revelations about unsafe behaviour need to be discussed rather than ignored or criticised. It’s wise to pick a time and a place that’s likely to promote rational discussion rather than responding when emotions are high.

Engage in banter
Respected Australian educator Dr. Tim Hawkes writes in his book Ten Conversations you must have with your son that lighthearted banter is a prelude to more serious discussions. Not only does banter build relationships but it gives parents’ permission to discuss thorny or personal issues with kids. At a time when a parent’s voice is easily drowned out by increased media and digital noise, it’s more important than ever to connect with a child or teenager on a personal level. Being an askable parent will help you build deeper connections with the young person in your life.

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

From the Leadership Team

Welcome to 2021!

This year our College theme is PurposeFULL.

As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, our desire is to purposefully reconnect with our founding mission as a College.

Our mission statement is to provide high quality education that develops a passion for lifelong learning, Christian character and a desire to serve God in the wider community.

As we grow and develop, our desire is to remain true to this mission both today and in the days ahead. Continuing to develop within young people a passion for lifelong learning, a desire to grow in Christian character and a heart for serving God and others. What a wonderful mission to have!

This year’s theme of PurposeFULL, also relates to the journey that we are undertaking towards the development of our next Strategic Plan. Staff, students and parents will have an opportunity to contribute to the future direction of the College.

In preparing the Strategic Plan, we will undertake a process to identify the College’s strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities, challenges and competitive pressures we face, along with those elements of our College that will enable ongoing growth and success.

Our desire as a College, is that together we would seek to develop one shared vision, bringing glory to God by actively believing in and contributing to that shared vision.

We greatly value the opportunity to partner with you in this undertaking.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

The Pastoral Care Pen 

 We’re excited to introduce our new Middle School Chaplain, Laura Tepe. Here’s a quick hello from Laura: 

Hi Genesis community! Thank you for welcoming me into your College – I am so enjoying meeting you and getting to know you all! I grew up in Melbourne but am loving life here in Brisbane. I am enjoying the warmer weather and exploring the beautiful beaches, rainforests and mountains here in Queensland. I love netball and AFL, and am a third-generation Lions fan. On the days I’m not working at Genesis, I run a wedding stationery business. I’m particularly passionate about seeing young people come to know Jesus for themselves and learning what it looks like to follow Him. I’m looking forward to having great conversations, asking big questions, and journeying with students to discover the amazing young men and women they have been created to be.”

Helping our kids to weather the storms 

As we know, life is full of storms that can be unpredictable and at time, relentless. It can be so hard to watch our children go through difficult times and it is very easy to worry about how they will cope. Over the years in my role I have watched and walked with so many children and young people who have gone through really difficult times, and I have had the privilege of being witness to their incredible capacity for resilience and strength. I have learnt that there are definitely a few factors that contribute to this resilience.  

Research shows that when young people go through challenging times, rather than it being a given that they will have Post Traumatic Stress, it is also possible that they can have Post Trauma Growth. This means that despite the traumatic event, over time there can be growth that comes. According to the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman, this all starts with the belief that storms will happen to me but the question is, am I prepared for them? Consider these 4 tools needed for growth. 

  1. Foundations – strong foundation can help to ensure that when the storms come they can draw strength and fortitude to stand strong. A foundation built on security, safe people and places, healthy distractions, helpful habits, unconditional and consistent love and acceptance. When young people have people who believe in them, encourage them, be consistently there for them and advocating for them when they can’t. This helps them to keep make necessary steps forward.

 

2. Love languages – Loving your child their way.  We are all wired differently to give and receive love, including our children. According to researchers there are 5 main different ways to give/receive love – 

    • Healthy touch
    • Gifts
    • Words of Affirmation
    • Quality time
    • Acts of Service.

 Author of  Love Languages, Gary Chapman explains, “Relationships grow better when we understand each other. Everyone gives and receives love differently, but with a little insight into these differences, we can be confidently equipped to communicate love well”. Sometimes we can be giving our best efforts to be communicating love to our child but it can be lost in translation if it is not loving them uniquely to who they are.  Do you know your child’s love language? Take the test here.  

When we give time to ‘fill our child’s love tank through their way of receiving love’ this can increase their feeling of being seen, known, understood and therefore secure and thus creating resilienceTake a look as some of the great resources available  

3. Soft heart and a strong mind  Our children need their primary care givers to be a soft place to land in what can be a harsh world, especially when they make a mistakethey need love, wisdom and guidance. They also need to see the mental fortitude it takes to stand strong and walk through tough times. When we model these two attributes hand in hand, we are giving our young people a road map to having what Brene Brown calls ‘a Strong Back and Soft Heart’. Instilling both kindness for self and others and a mindset that does not give up in tough times but learns how to problems solve, creates an inner strength that lasts the distance.  

4. Boundaries – Our children need to hear the word no when it is for their own protection, health and benefit in order to feel loved, safe and secure. They will react, but this will fade over time, especially when they realise your motive for saying no is out of deep love and care for them. Being consistent in our no and in keeping safeguards in place is the key to them respecting and listening to you in the tough times.  

We need to also allow ‘yes’ when appropriate, even to the things that may involve age-appropriate risk. When a child never gets a yes’, they can grow bitter, resentful and rebellious. But when we allow them to do things that bring growth, fun and enjoyment in their life within your boundaries, the relationship of trust between you grows. Follow the link for more helpful advice on healthy boundaries  

 It is our hope as educators in a school, to not only build a strong academic foundation, but that we support the whole child as much as we can to give them the best chance of a strong future. It is our joy to partner with you to help our young people Grow and Flourish! 

With thanks,  

Louise Klar 

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth 

Curriculum Matters – Authentic and Relevant 

The new year brings with it a number of exciting innovations in curriculum and pedagogy across the College. In Primary school, teachers and students will be embarking on project-based learning (PBL), which will provide students with opportunities to engage in authentic, cross-curricular units of work, encouraging autonomy, collaboration, problem solving and the application of critical thinking skills.  

The introduction of the Secret Skills framework will facilitate and model to Primary students positive intra– and inter-personal work habits and encourage them to be monitoring and developing upon these habits. 

The introduction of VR goggles as a tool to facilitate real-life learning experiences is gaining traction in the Secondary school with a variety of subjects engaging with the technology. Across the Secondary campus, students are using technologies to create and problem-solve, and the use of a new Learning Teams platform is assisting students to remain connected and organised.   

Developing mastery in knowledge and skills continues to be a focus in the Secondary school, with the use of cognitive verbs, positive and effective study and work habits, and exposure to authentic learning experiences being a continued focus.   

 

Kind regards,

 Nichola Welsh Remove featured image

Head of Teaching and Learning 

Secondary Highlights

Secondary School Highlights

 How could we start the first News & Events for 2021 without celebrating Matilda? We are blessed to have such depth of talent amongst our creatives. The outstanding performances are the cumulative work of many over eighteen months. My thanks go to staff for their above and beyond efforts; for students for their QPAC-standard performance and support work; and to parents for partnering with the College in such an important community event. 

 At Genesis, our Mission Statement includes ‘develops a passion for lifelong learning’, with the intent of service. I cannot think of a better example of this than Matilda. We grow in knowledge and skills for a purpose. We don’t just learn about acting or singing or logistics or lighting or props to just sit an exam. We do so for a purpose: to use the knowledge and skills to make a useful difference and to enhance life for others. All of those who contributed to the amazing success of Matilda gave of their time and talents to entertain us. At Genesis we Grow to Give. Indeed, from this year we are describing our purpose as Secondary students as, to Grow, Give and Connect with Purpose. 

 The year has already seen a number of very successful events – the Dedication Service acknowledged our thankfulness to God for His provision; the Leadership Commissioning Service focussed our attention on our collective vision; and the Swimming Carnivals celebrated a tremendous sense of House spirit. I am very much looking forward to the Cross Country on Thursday 11 March and expect to see all in attendance. 

 What a great start to 2021! 

 Blessings, 

 Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

Primary School Highlights

Primary Highlights – its been great start to the year in Primary! 

Five weeks have now passed since the start of the 2021 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. 

Digital Innovation hits Year 4! 

In the planning for the last 18 months has been the migration from iPads to Windows-based tablet devices in the Upper Primary school. The decision was ultimately made to transition in Year 4 this year and for these devices to roll into Years 5 and 6 in the coming years. This aligns our students operating system from Year 4-12 and will allow for a smoother technological transition to Secondary school. Our current Year 4s received their Microsoft Surface Go 2 devices in the first week of school this year and the results so far have been outstanding with very engaged students. The Surface Go 2 device is a touchscreen tablet device that also has a keyboard. The game changer with these devices is the digital stylus that comes with it, which enables students to handwrite directly onto the computer! This enables students to think more creatively, and artistically whilst saving work digitally. Alongside the device, Year 4s and all Prep-3 students have moved to the Digital Learning platform called SeeSawOne of the big things we learnt from the online learning experience of 2020 is that our students need an age-appropriate and effective tool for accessing their learning online, as well as for building a digital portfolio of work, which in time parents will be able to view and appreciate at any moment. Leading the way in the Primary school in implementing these initiatives is our new Digital Innovation Coach – Mrs Grace Denny, who also teaches in Year 4. Mrs Denny spends time each week developing our programs and coaching our Primary staff and students to be effective users of technology in the classrooms.  

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 superb yet again, with many individuals achieving podium and personal best results. Much thanks are to go to our Aquatics Centre staff, and coaches, and Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner for all their hard work with our swimmers so far this year. 

This Friday sees our first NISSA Gala day for 2021, with our Year 4 to 6 Genesis students lining up in fixtures with The Lakes College, Prince of Peace Lutheran 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 but must ensure they follow they COVID-safe guidelines in place at each venue. 

Blessings,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary 

College Swimming Carnival 

Congratulations to all students involved in the College Swimming Carnival. I would like to thank the House Captains, staff and the Genesis Sports and Aquatics Centre for their efforts and support to ensure the Carnival ran smoothly. Well done to Kirralee H and Isaac H who were named as the Genesis Swimming Captains for 2021. This year the Swimming Carnivals were run separately with a Middle and Senior School overall House Champion.  

2021 Swimming Carnival Results and Age Champions 

Middle School Carnival 

Overall Standings 

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

 

House Spirit Trophy

Bethel 

 

Age Champions   

  • 12 Years Boys – 1st Callum F, 2nd Ralph N, 3rd Mitchell E 
  • 12 Years Girls – 1st Madison R, 2nd Mackenzie B, 3rd Piper H and Taylor B 
  • 13 Years Boys – 1st Zavier CB, 2nd Cooper B, 3rd Luka L 
  • 13 Years Girls –  1st Mackenzie S, 2nd Emily P, 3rd Ella P 
  • 14 Years Boys – 1st Jake F, 2nd Kairav V, 3rd Cayden H 
  • 14 Years Girls – 1st Mia OS2nd Mia T3rd Isabella J 

 

Senior School Carnival 

Overall Standings 

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

 

House Spirit Trophy

Jericho

 

Age Champions 

  • 15 Years Boys – 1st Zeph H, 2nd Harrison B, 3rd Jacobus L 
  • 15 Years Girls – 1st Kaelah B, 2nd Lauren W, 3rd Isabella Y 
  • 16 Years Boys – 1st Luke D, 2nd Benjamin M, 3rd David H 
  • 16 Years Girls –  1st Jessica B, 2nd Amity H, 3rd Madison C 
  • Open Boys – 1st Johann M, Isaac H and Patrick C 
  • Open Girls – 1st Kirralee H, 2nd Ellen G, 3rd Lucy W 

 

Swimming Records

  • Open Boys 50 Breaststroke – Isaac H – 34.17
  • Open Boys 50 Butterfly – Patrick C – 28.435

 

Pine Rivers District Swimming Team 

 Congratulations to the following students for their selection in the Pine Rivers District team: 

Callum FRalph NLachlan BPiper HXavier CBIsabella JCooper BLauren WLuka LKaelah BLachlan TIsabella YAdam HMikaydi BMackenzie SOlivia GEmily PZeph HMarley PHarrison BElla PJacobus LAlice BTyron KJake FHenry JCayden HAmity HMia TJessica BMia OS, Madison CJazmin ESophie DLuke DBen MDavid HKirralee HOlivia LEllen GIsaac HJohann MCarel VPatrick C              

 

Pine Rivers District Team Selections 

 Netball 

  • 13-15 years – Maddy W, Maddy R 
  • 16-19 years – Sophie D, Shandri BCharlize S, Lauren C 

 Volleyball 

  • 16-19 years – Jenna C 

 Basketball 

  • 10-12 years – Shivaani VT  

  

Met North Team Achievements 

 Triathlon 

  •  Meg A, Sienna B, Reagen B, Mackenzie B, Malayah D, Madison R, Haley W, Matthew T, Luka L, Mitchell W, William M 

 

Softball 

  • 13-19 Years – Christopher C 

 

Volleyball 

  • 16-19 years – Jenna C 

 Congratulations to all students on these achievements!

 

Other Sporting Achievements 

 Triathlon 

Luka L and Reagan B were invited to race at the super sprint Race Weekend at the Gold Coast in December. This event was organised by Triathlon Australia. Over five different races Luka came in 1st overall in the Boys division and Reagan came 9th. 

Please notify the Sports Department via secondarysportsdept@genesis.qld.edu.au if you know of any achievements for your children so we can acknowledge these in the Newsletter   

 

Blessings,

Anthony Arro

Director of Secondary School Sport 

  

 

Primary Sport 

 Welcome back to the new school year – there is lots of sport underway already!

 

Swimming

Swimming Captains

Congratulations to our Swimming Captains for 2021 – Kiara V and Mitchell E. 

 

NISSA Twilight Swimming Carnival

On Friday 12 February we hosted the NISSA Twilight Swimming Carnival here at Genesis where we competed against The Lakes, Grace Primary and our new NISSA school, Prince of Peace.  Congratulations goes to all our swimmers who performed wonderfully on the day, coming away as Champion School. 

 

Pine Rivers District Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday 17 February we attended the Pine Rivers District Swimming Carnival. There were many amazing performances on the day with 21 Genesis 10-12 year olds selected for the Pine Rivers Swimming team. Those students were Theo H, Mark B, Thomas M, Amelia L, Indigo K, Charlie B, Felix N, Matthew T, Jared H, Kiara V, Abby H, Lauren G, Callum F, Ralph N, Mitchel E, Logan T, Lachlan B, Piper H, Taylor B, Madison R, Mackenzie B. 

 

Morning Training 

Morning training with Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner has kicked off on Wednesdays at 7:30am on the main ovalPlease check the school calendar for confirmation of the training schedule. 

Cross Country is in Week 7, so now is the perfect time to get your preparations started!

 

State Aquathlon

Congratulations to Mackenzie B, Sienna B, Madison R and Matthew T who represented Met North at the State Aquathlon Championships on Saturday, 13 February. 

 

Congratulations

  • Madison R, Chloe B and Carle S who were selected in the Pine Rivers Basketball team last week
  •  Lucille I, who competed at the Little Athletics Regional Championships and came 1st place in the 1100m race walk and 3rd place in the 800m. Lucille has now qualified for the State Championships. 

 Kind regards,  

 Louise McCarthy 

 

Matilda The Musical  

 What an amazing journey! The preparation of Matilda spanned three calendar years with COVID-19 causing a little uncertainty as to when it would finally be performed.

Matilda’s heartfelt theme found a simple relevance of life being unpredictable as we met insurmountable challenges and finally overcame these with the first performance a resounding success on 10 February. Matilda was performed five times over four days, with the audience captivated as they travelled with Matilda through her fractured life. They laughed and cried at the antics of Matilda’s family, class, and teachers, and were highly entertained with high quality singing and dancing, as the stage was transformed time and again by the crew with brilliant sets that featured a magnificent backdrop and even secret swings that came from the ceiling! The band was as always, an integral part as they provided such a polished performance. 

 The scale and quality of this performance was vastly different from the humble beginnings of the College as we remembered our 30th anniversary with a wonderful video, re-visiting all the past College musicals before the opening curtain. What a fitting celebration of how the Genesis family has flourished through the years! 

 To the core staff team who persevered for over 18 months to bring this show to fruition, we extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks. Parents, we deeply appreciate the support and encouragement you provided your children throughout their “Matilda” experience. Finally, to the student cast and crew, we have been so blessed by your hard work and positive attitudes. Congratulations and thank you for your energy and endurance to bring this fantastic story to life for the Genesis Christian College family! 

 

Year 12 Leadership Camp

Year 12 Leadership Camp 

 On Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 February, Year 12 headed off to CYC Burleigh for their final ever school camp. Being the final camp, there was an air of excitement amongst the cohort.  

 The camp consisted of predominantly water based activities with some of the highlights being surfing, surf rafting, tubing and stand up paddle boarding. In addition to this, the highly regarded Graham Hyman spent 2 sessions speaking to the Year 12 students, with the aim to equip them with the skills and mindset they will need to tackle the challenges of Year 12 and beyond. 

 Night 1 of the camp consisted of an engaging drumming session while night 2 brought a change in pace with the Op Shop Formal. There were some memorable outfits with Caleb and Jaimee being up there with the best.  

 A special mention goes to the Year 12 students who were involved in the musical. They willingly sacrificed their final day of camp to make sure that they were prepared for their musical roles. 

 

 Kind regards,

 Shayne Kriel 

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 12 

 

OSHC – Quality and Commitment in Outside School Hours Care 

Children are at the forefront of all that we do and there is undeniable evidence of this in the relationships that children and educators form. Educators and children will come and go, cross paths and share momentous journeys along the way. 

As you enter our centre, you will walk into a wild, interesting, crazy and loving centre full of children who are encouraged to be free to be themselves. Our community of parents, educators and kids create a unique experience for all. We push on the unconventional and are learning each day: we fail, we try again, we fall, we get back up. We value and embed play, and learn a new way to play each day. Valuing diversity, our team of educators will bring a diverse background, and not all are education based. Our centre sees this as a positive, as it in turn brings with it a variety of ideas, knowledge and practices. Our centre is proud of how it values diversity in educators and  acknowledges strengths that each person has. 

At Genesis OSHC, we continue to advocate for play and strive to be the driving force for our children’s wellbeing. We aspire that play will always be our priority and that the future is one that is unstructured and full of joy. It is a creation of a messy masterpiece where we welcome new ideas, explore new things and jump at the chance to extend the minds of our children. 

Our doors opened to our Preps this year and we are now home to Prep through to Year 6 and at times beyond. The preps have brought with them a sense of enquiry and energetic play with enthusiasm 

It has brought about reflective practice, as we have had to adapt our program to accommodate for the needs of young and fast growing pre-teens! We now offer a Junior and Senior program, valuing the benefit of integration and coming together throughout the afternoon, when we share our home.  

We have noticed the effect this has had on the Seniors as they role model, and through this observation, we have introduced ‘Kids today, Leaders tomorrow’ program, where our Year 7 students who have entered their Middle School years and beyond, are able to return as young leaders, volunteering their time to work with our youngest Oshiens. 

True Belonging never asks us to change who we are.

True Belonging requires us to be who we are.

Brene Brown

Kind regards,

Susan Cooper

OSHC Director

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 REMINDER 

As per the Queensland Government recommendations: 

Any child who is showing signs of illness such as COVID-19 symptoms, or feeling unwell, must stay at home and get tested. If the child is showing signs of illness at school, the school will contact the parent or carer to collect the child. 

Navigating your child’s online world

A Cyber Safety Event hosted by expert Brett Lee

Do you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle with the use of technology in your household? Worried about what your children are actually doing online but not sure how to to find out? Not sure how to set age-appropriate boundaries?
You’re not alone! These are common questions that parents today face.
This cyber safety event is not to be missed. Hosted by Brett Lee, a former police officer and online child exploitation detective, this parent information night will provide real insight and actionable steps for parents.
Topics covered include:
  • How to help your child maintain their sense of self in a pressurised online world
  • How to help your child create a healthy balance between real life and online connections
  • The best parental control apps
  • How to set healthy boundaries and digital contracts.

For more information click here. 

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

 So, let us be thankful. My hope is that in the midst of our 2020 memories, we can rejoice in the good things as well as the challenges.

We can be thankful for the growth we have seen in our children and ourselves; thankful for the hurdles jumped; thankful for the obstacles we have navigated; thankful for further developed talents and milestones reached and thankful for the school community that our children enjoy here at Genesis.

2020 has probably brought us more growth than we realise, and I am thankful for our strong, supportive community that has sought to encourage one another through the highs and challenges of the year. I am personally thankful for the welcome that the Genesis community have offered me and my family this year. So often we tell our children the difference that attitude and positive words can make, not only to themselves but to those around them, so I encourage you to leave 2020 with thankfulness and a positive spirit.

Genesis Celebrates 30 Years in 2021

 2021 is set to be an exciting year at Genesis. 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary for the College and we look forward to celebrating this significant milestone.

Lower Primary Redevelopment

 2021 will also see exciting College redevelopment plans begin. The Stage 21 Building Project will focus on the redevelopment of our Lower Primary School and includes the renovation of eight general learning areas, one LOTE specialist room, two large flexible learning areas, two offices and one large staffroom/staff training centre. Click here for further information and a virtual fly through of the project.

Thank you to our families for partnering with us again this year. We would have loved to see you around the campus more throughout 2020, and we look forward to a time when COVID restrictions ease and will allow this freedom to occur.

I extend my warmest wishes for a happy and holy Christmas season and trust that your family can enjoy a refreshing Christmas holiday. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Luke 2:11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Well what a year! I am not quite sure how we got to the end of 2020, but here we are.  

Recently I heard someone talking about a practise that they like to do at the end of every year and that is to reflect on the year that’s been in an effort to not miss the meaningful moments, the lessons and the blessings through the good times and through the hardships. As I reflect on this practise I can see the power of this activity for 2020. We can reflect on what we are taking with us into 2021 and what we might want to leave behind, so that no matter the season, we are still learning and growing in life. This activity can help us and our family to feel grounded amongst the turmoil, give us a renewed sense of direction, helps us to recognise what we are grateful for, recognise what is still in our control and what we value.

As I reflect, what stands out the most this year for me, it is a deeper understanding that life is short and the question I have found myself asking is, “am I making the most of it”? Am I pursuing that which is meaningful or what I value the most? This is a challenging thought, but one worth pursuing each day so that life doesn’t just slip by us.

One of the activities I often do with students is an activity to help identify their values and understand how to use them to make choices that add value to their life, helping them to become the person they want to be rather than choices that take them away from this.

Living from our values can help us to create purpose in our lives despite the challenges, because this is always something we can control. Most of the time students identify that family relationships are what they value the most as well as attributes such as love, kindness and connection. Despite how your child displays this, deep down this is something they desire because this is what God has created and hard-wired us for. The family is where God designed for us to experience this connection the most. What are you doing or can you be doing to foster this connection on a deeper level in your family relationships, despite the busyness and fast paced, technologically driven world we live in.

Sometimes, depending on what age or temperament your child is, this can be challenging, but find what works for you both and do more of this (TIP – read this article!).

These holidays, I want to encourage you to go back to basics. Think about the words of the famous Christmas song, “all I want for Christmas is you” and perhaps this is all our kids really need and want – time together with us. Remembering that physical, mental, emotional and relational connection are all protective factors against mental illness, low self-esteem, poor decision making and being easily influenced by others. Strong and secure young people are as a result of a strong, secure and safe base.

What family or faith rituals this Christmas/holiday time can you return to or start as a way to connect with your children, providing a secure and safe base for them. I am always encouraged by the bible verse:

‘Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it’. Proverbs 22:6

It is amazing how these rituals of faith and fun can become the very practise that bonds us with our children or brings great comfort to their lives when they are older because it was a consistent practise in their younger years.

For a quick 4 min video on the importance of family rituals by Maggie Dent, and some other great articles on building connection with your children over the holidays see below:

On behalf of the Pastoral Care team at Genesis, we want to wish you all a big Merry Christmas and let you know that we are praying for you and your family, for a safe and blessed holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021 and please 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.

Blessings,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth & College Counsellor

Curriculum Matters – What is in your Hands?

At the beginning of the year, our Principal, Mr Sterling, asked Genesis staff the question, “What is in your Hands?”  This turned out to be a very pertinent question, considering the year that we have had. 2020 has certainly brought its challenges, but what it has also highlighted is the strong foundation on which we, as a learning community, find ourselves.

The Genesis community banded together to support learning from home, and the rapid development of learning platforms, online learning and remote care for students and staff alike. What was very clearly in our hands was innovation, creativity and problem solving – skills that we endeavour to teach and learn throughout.

The Year 12 cohort recently completed their External Assessments, and despite a number of difficult circumstances this year, arrived prepared and confident to embark in their final assessments. No doubt the Year 12 teachers played a pivotal role in preparing our students for these final weeks of their formal schooling journey, but the collective contribution of the learning community assisted in building these strong foundations long before Year 12.

We wish our Genesis community a blessed Christmas.

Kind regards,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning

Secondary Highlights

As tempting as it is to fill my final newsletter with words like ‘unprecedented’, ‘COVID’, and ‘Christmas’; my ambition is to avoid this.

There is a very real sense that staff and students are looking towards 2021 as an optimistic horizon. It is surprising how simple things can give bright hope, how new beginnings fill us with possibility.

As more communication comes about Launch 2021 (the week prior to school resuming), please make time to have your children collect everything they will need for classes on Day 1 and 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 stay tucked in! Please review the shoe policies as well, as I’d hate for you to buy shoes needlessly. A particular reminder would be that Sport shoes are to be predominantly white.

The new school year will also see us enjoying the College’s performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. The cast and crew have shown enormous determination and resilience to ensure an amazing start to 2021. Performances are in Week 3 of Term 1, and tickets go on sale in early 2021.

My Christmas encouragement to one and all, is to declare to each other at the end of your Christmas lunch how you have become stronger throughout 2020. The unprecedented COVID challenges have been met and overcome. We are more resilient, more connected and more purposeful.

Then give thanks to our Lord for His steadfast love; for He so loved the world, that He gave us Jesus.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

Farewell Class of 2020

Farewell Class of 2020!

Year 12 is a challenging journey in a “normal” year, but for the Class of 2020 it was especially difficult. Navigating a new Senior system and subjects added to the challenge, before COVID and online schooling hit, throwing things into disarray. Further challenging the Genesis Year 12s were the tragic events of Term 3.

After all these ups and downs, it was an emotional and heart-warming final week for the Class of 2020! Different from previous years, external exams filled much of Term 4, before a whirlwind final three days packed with the Senior School Presentation and Awards ceremony, muck-up day, Valedictory service, and to top it all off, the Formal functions!

Highlights of the last week included an engaging and humorous address from Valedictorian, Rowan O’Hara, the traditional Genesis guard of honour, and a glamorous Formal function that included dancing – something which had not looked possible for much of the year! After such a tough year it was fitting to finish on a note of celebration.

On behalf of the Genesis community, we wish all students from the Class of 2020 every success and blessing for the future!

Kind regards,

Rohan Mills

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 12

Primary School Highlights

Primary Highlights                                         

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.

2020 has been a year like no other with, having to not only negotiate the impositions of a global pandemic, but also re-designing how we learn and make adjustments to almost everything in College life. The learning however has been enormous, and as teachers we have never had to learn so much so fast! The great thing about this is that Genesis staff have adapted quickly and we are purposefully using the things we have learnt, to make education only better into the future.

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, 2021 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

  • Deb Hey – has been an integral staff member of the College for 29 years. Mrs Hey was one of the first few teachers to ever work at Genesis, and commenced her first classes out of the back of Bray Park Community Church hall, well before any of the Genesis you see today was built. Mrs Hey also wrote our College Anthem, as well as numerous other things which have contributed to the Genesis we see today. We will formally farewell Deb at our staff luncheon this year, however we want to publicly thank and acknowledge Deb, upon her retirement, and wish her God’s richest blessings for the next season of her life.
  • Amelia Wooderson – has been teaching in Prep this year, and will be moving to the southside of Brisbane for 2021.
  • Deanna Hatcher – will be moving to another private school on the Sunshine Coast which is much closer to home for her.

 2021 Staff Appointments

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

  • Grace Lin – will be joining the Prep team. Grace comes to us with significant experience in Christian Schools in Melbourne and Brisbane. Grace describes herself as a passionate educator with a desire to provide a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment for any students in her classroom.  We’re so glad to be welcoming Grace to our Genesis family.
  • Zac Stirling – will be joining the Year 1 team. Zac comes to us with previous experience in both state and Christian schools.  Zac aims to create fun and engaging units of work, making all of his lessons interactive and informative. He encourages his students to reflect God’s love to others, utilise their unique strengths and to try their best to serve others. Prior to his teaching career, Zac was a mechanical draftsman and industrial designer, therefore his particular skills benefit his teaching, particularly in the areas of STEAM. Visual art, numeracy and digital technologies. We are so happy as well, to be welcoming one of the rarest species, a male role model to the Lower Primary School.

We’re looking forward to a great 2021.

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, Year 1&2, Year 3&4, and Year 5&6. These services were a fine demonstration of student achievements throughout the year. One particular aspect of the P-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 Major award winners from Year 6, as they represent the pinnacle of Primary school achievement.

  • Most Valuable Contribution – Upper Primary Choir – 2-way tie – Samantha C/Rachael N
  • Most Valuable Contribution – Primary Concert Band – Sianna W
  • Most Valuable Contribution – Primary Strings Ensemble – Maya L
  • Most Valuable Contribution – Guitar Ensemble – Olivia Y
  • Most Valuable Contribution – Brass Band – Joseph A
  • Most Valuable Contribution – Flute Choir – Tessa J
  • Susan Hay Memorial 2nd Runner Up to Best and Fairest Girl – 2-way tie – Isabella J/Emily P
  • Susan Hay Memorial 2nd Runner Up to Best and Fairest Boy – 3-way tie – Nicolas A/Owen H/Manie VT
  • Susan Hay Memorial Runner Up to Best and Fairest Boy – Xavier CB
  • Susan Hay Memorial Runner Up to Best and Fairest Girl – Olivia Y
  • Susan Hay Memorial Best and Fairest Boy – Ralph N
  • Susan Hay Memorial Best and Fairest Girl – Ella P
  • Christian Citizenship Award – Male – Prosper M
  • Christian Citizenship Award – Female – Jemimah D
  • Year 6 Runner Up to Dux – Alice B
  • Year 6 Dux – Elijah N

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Year 6 Graduation Dinner

Farewell Year 6!

As Primary School draws to a close for our Year 6 students, one of the most exciting events on the calendar is the Year 6 Graduation Dinner.

This dinner is a celebration of the journey through Primary, and it is amazing to see how far the students have come. The evening also provides the rare opportunity to dress up a little! Our students had the chance to show their maturity and manners as they talked with friends and teachers alike about their favourite (and perhaps not so favourite) moments of the year.

We were fortunate to have some thoughtful and challenging words from the 2021 Year 7 Care and Conduct Leader, Miss Lauren Klingberg, as well as a vote of thanks from Mr Jeremy Williamson. Mr Paul Cobb made a surprise video appearance despite being many miles away to wish the Year 6 cohort well. The teachers provided great entertainment through the ‘How Well Do You Know Your Teacher?’ quiz, as many weird and wacky facts came to light. We were also fortunate to have Andino, the illusionist come along and share some truly mind bending tricks that had everyone reluctant to believe their eyes.

Just as unbelievable is how much these wonderful Year 6 students have grown in the past seven years! Many photos of their journey were shared, and it is wonderful to see how much they have matured.

We congratulate our Year 6 Class of 2020 for their achievements in Primary School and wish them all of God’s blessings as they begin their next chapter in Middle School.

With thanks,

Paul Johnson

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 6

Secondary Sport

Thank You

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the Genesis families for your support this year with the College Secondary Sport program. This has been a challenging and unprecedented year and your patience and understanding with the changing landscape of sport in 2020 is valued and appreciated. Whilst this has been a disappointing year with a number of sports not being able to take place, the resilience and character of our Genesis students has shone through. A special thank you to all the coordinators of sport, teaching staff, outside coaches, parent and student volunteers and House Captains for all your efforts. I hope and pray that you have a restful break with your families and looking forward to 2021 as we launch our new sport program in the College.

Equestrian – Qld State Interschool Championship Results 2020

Congratulations to Freya K and Morgan L for their achievements in being selected for the Queensland Equestrian Team. This is a tremendous achievement and we hope that next year there will be the opportunity to take part in the National Championships which were unfortunately cancelled this year due to COVID.

  • Freya K:
    • 3rd Qld State Senior Working Hunter (National Qualifier)
  • Morgan L:
    • 2nd Qld State Combined Training (National Qualifier)
    • 4th Qld State Intermediate Working Hunter (National Qualifier)

Triathlon

Genesis students competed at the All Schools Qld Triathlon Championships which were held at Kawana on Sunday 25 October. The placings of students are as follows.

  • William M – 24th place
  • Kate C – 31st place
  • Mitchell W – 18th place
  • Haley W – 11th place
  • Malayah D – 35th place
  • Reagan B – 37th place
  • Meg A – 47th place
  • Luka L – 25th place

These students have all been selected to take part in the State Triathlon Championships in Hervey Bay from the 11-13 February as part of the Met North Team. Hayley W will also be taking part in an upcoming event at Runaway Bay as part of the Triathlon Queensland development program.

 

Kate C has been selected to be a member of the Queensland School Sport 13-19 Years merit team for Triathlon in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Queensland teams will not be competing at any higher competition in 2020. Congratulations to Kate with this achievement in Triathlon this year.

Queensland Reds Rugby Sevens Tournament

After around 6 weeks of training, Genesis competed in the Queensland Reds Rugby Sevens tournament and played against 5 other schools. The boys played games against Matthew Flinders, West Moreton Anglican College, North Lakes State College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School and St. James College. The boys won one game which was an excellent effort coming off limited training. Every student in the team showed a committed to training and gave 110% in each and every game. A special thank you to Queensland Reds development coach, Andrew Chapman from the Albany Creek Brumbies, Tim Walker (Rugby Coordinator), Johnny Caldeira-Santos and Bruce McDougall (coaches) for all their efforts with preparing the students for the tournament. Without these dedicated people, it would have been impossible to develop the Rugby program this year. Well done to all the players:

 Ben M (Captain), Jake S (Vice Captain), Zac C, Tyler L, Lachlan H, Daniel T, William P, Alex C, Coach (Bruce McDougall)

Rowing

Jaeve P and Ella S (Year 11) were recently presented with their Queensland representative suits from Rowing Queensland for their outstanding achievement of being selected in the Queensland team. Well done to Jaeve and Ella for their selection.

The “come and try” days for Rowing were successful with several students attending the sessions to experience the sport for the first time. We look forward to next year with the rowing program in the College and thank you to Ashley Smith (Rowing Coordinator) and the Pine Rivers Rowing Club for their support of the Genesis Rowing program.

Kind regards,

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Primary Sport – What a great finish to our Sporting Program for 2020!

Schools Tennis Tournament:

Three teams took part in the Schools Tennis Tournament. Our Orange ball team consisted of Deezil P, Jack S, Thomas N, Asher T and Oscar P who put in a great effort on the day, giving every match 100% effort and conducting themselves with a positive and encouraging attitude.

Our Green ball 1st team consisted of Elijah N, Manie VT, Hayden D and Jackson S and our 2nd team included William S, Jackson G, Jackson M and Nicholas A. Our 1st team prevailed top of their pool and made it to the final playoffs, eventually finishing 3rd for the day, and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the state finals.

Swimming Carnival:

Congratulations to all our Years 3-6 students for their participation at our Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival. It was a brilliant day! Special congratulations go to our Age Champions:

8 Years Boys

1st Keegan H

2nd Deezil P

3rd Bailey S

8 Years Girls

1st Holly M

2nd Ruby K

3rd Zoey P

9 Years Boys  

1st Theo H

2nd Mark B

3rd Thomas M

9 Years Girls

1st Amelia L

2nd Indigo K

3rd Charlie B

10 Years Boys

1st Felix N

2nd Matthew T

3rd Jared H

10 Years Girls

1st Kiara V

2nd Abby H

3rd Alexandra B

11 Years Boys

1st Ralph N

2nd Mitchell E

3rd Logan T

11 Years Girls

1st Madison R

2nd Mackenzie B

3rd Taylor B

 Congratulations to Amelia L who broke the 10 Years Girls 50m Backstroke record with a time of 43.36!

And of course, congratulations to our champion swimming house – GILEAD.

Congratulations Mackenna

Over the past 3 months Mackenna M has completed a trial process and has been accepted into the Queensland Academy of Sport U13, 2021 Female Football program. This is such a phenomenal achievement, and we are so proud of you Mackenna!

Congratulations Santiago!

Congratulations to Santiago R who has been selected for the South East Queensland Futsal 2020/2021 and NPL Queensland Fútbol 2021. What an amazing achievement!

Kind regards.

Louise McCarthy

Director of Sport – Primary

 

 

 

Instrumental Music

Performance Music at Genesis in 2020 has been unique and creative. We have enjoyed new ways of performing, including recording videos to share and playing in ‘pop up’ concerts around the College. We have been so thankful to also perform in some memorable concerts.

Strings in Spring

On Thursday 22 October the College was proud to finally present our first formal performances for the year, Strings in Spring. The evening included performances by all College String Ensembles as well as chamber ensembles and a special performance from Genesis alumni, Amy Hosking. This was also the very first performance from our newest Genesis musicians, Beginner Strings, who started learning their instruments at the beginning of Term 3.

Concert on the Green

Genesis Music was excited to present Concert on the Green, an outdoor event featuring all College concert, brass and jazz bands. Music families brought along lawn chairs and picnic blankets, purchased a delicious dinner from the food trucks and enjoyed a relaxing and fun evening’s entertainment.

Mr Hannah sincerely thanked our outgoing Year 12 musicians and presented them with a farewell gift. Audience members commented on the fun, relaxing atmosphere and warm community feel.

Thank you to all of our musicians and of course our biggest supporters, our music parents.

 

The Value of OSHC (Outside School Hour Care)

Children gain real world experiences here at OSHC that enable them to grow and develop holistically. Students enjoy celebrations from around the world and diverse cultures coming together as an extension of their home and classroom settings.

Working within the early primary years, we as educators, have the unique opportunity to greatly influence the growth and development of our OSHC children in various capacities. This includes self-regulation, the ability to respectfully interact with their peers, and develop their vocabulary as well as providing physical opportunities to extend their gross and fine motor skills.

At OSCH, we are able to support this, particularly through the time spent with other children and while ‘play’ takes place. Play is a much underrated but incredibly vital part of a child’s development. Our philosophy stems from a child’s right to play and leisure. We are passionate advocates for children’s rights and feel that children are capable to take on risks in a safe and supportive environment. We feel that children are competent, and if provided the opportunity, will learn by trial and error and provide allowance for making mistakes.

Our program is based on our natural environment and extends beyond the classroom setting. Through this setting, we can promote respect and understanding of a sustainable future. Our service is unique as it offers integration of all primary year levels. It is through this, that we have found children have formed trusting relationships with one another.

For the first time over the past six months, we have opened our doors to our youngest entry level, the Preppies. OSHC has provided the opportunity for these students to form relationships with the older peers and with this, they feel more supported with the transition into their primary years.

Our program and environment allows us to be inclusive of all interests and needs. We base our program on taking a flexible approach, allowing children to solely drive the program. Children are involved in decision making through sharing their interests and desires. We welcome all feedback, encouraging children to voice their opinions, which forms our reflective practice.

It is truly a collaborative partnership where relationships are our key outcome, both with our families and the children that we care for.

If you’d like to join our OSHC Family, please email Susan Cooper  or visit our website.

With thanks,

Susan Cooper

Genesis OSHC Director

 

 

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
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.

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

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

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 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

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 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.

Photo Gallery

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.

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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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

Back to School Uniform Shop News

Shop Hours

New and Second Hand Uniforms

  • 11 – 15 January 2021
  • 18 – 19 January 2021
  • One family per appointment only – appointments only on these days
  • Please email uniformshop@genesis.qld.edu.au to make an appointment.

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

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

 

Cathy van Vuuren
Uniform Shop Coordinator

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 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

Education for the common good

Exploring exemplary education and the positive impacts of Christian education in society.

Recently, Associated Christian Schools and McCrindle Research undertook research in the Australian Christian Schooling sector, of which Genesis is a member. The research looked at the impact of Christian education on society. We’re proud to be a College that provides an education for the common good while intentionally living out our values.

Below is a summary of the key findings:

For more information,  please read the full report here.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

Returning to Basics

Over the past couple weeks, our school community has had to come to terms with the loss of one of our much-loved students, Alyssa. Although it has been remarkable to see students, teachers and families coming together to support one another through this time, it is inevitable that grief and all that comes with losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult to bear. Often we can be left feeling very disoriented; as our sense of normality or ‘stability’ is shaken, we must now not only process what has happened, but also adapt to what may be a significant amount of sudden change.

From a Pastoral Care perspective, we would like to use this opportunity to gently remind our students and families of the power of some simple healthy practices that can help us stay ‘buoyant’ and resilient when we’re in the aftermath of loss or another significant event that may result in feelings of grief.

Below are a few practical tips and resources that we have put together for you.

Our Top Tips

1. Prioritise routine

Following loss or a significant event, we may feel we have lost our sense of control. Cultivating predictability in our routine as an individual or as a family (i.e. keeping the same ‘weekly rhythm’ and avoiding spontaneous outings or events) can be reassuring as we work through grief. Additionally, consistent routine can support regular sleep patterns. Well-rested people can often better regulate their mood and are less likely to make impulsive, unhealthy decisions. Although falling asleep when there’s a lot on our mind can be easier said than done, if we focus on keeping a consistent daily and weekly rhythm – especially keeping the same bedtime and wake-time seven days a week – eventually our body-clock should follow suit. Things such as keeping your home environment decluttered and orderly (as much as possible), dimming lights at night, journaling to offload thoughts, playing peaceful or uplifting music, using an essential oil diffuser or drinking tea that promotes relaxation can also help with sleep patterns. Sleep is critical in keeping our minds healthy and functioning, which is particularly important as one processes grief and/or a lot of change.

2. Do your best to exercise and eat well

Exercise and nutrition will forever be two of the most fundamental aspects of a healthy mind and body. Both of these lifestyle factors are important because they are highly influential on the balance of chemicals in our brain. Our brains consist of a concoction of chemicals such as dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, cortisol, adrenaline plus more! Each of these chemicals help tell our body how to respond to what is happening in our lives and are released under different circumstances. When experiencing grief, often we can feel unmotivated, sluggish and understandably, have a very low mood. Incorporating bouts of exercise where possible can release endorphins (the ‘feel good’ hormone) and effectively, help to regulate our mood so we can better process what has happened in our lives. Likewise, reducing our intake of foods that will create a spike in our blood sugar levels (i.e. sweets, caffeinated foods or drink and pretty much any highly processed foods) will also help us regulate our mood, while eating more fresh foods high in nutrients and vitamins (i.e. lots of fruits and veggies that are vibrantly-coloured) will help our bodies and minds function at their best.

3. Show compassion towards yourself and give yourself space when needed

It’s important that during this time that we are not putting extra, unnecessary pressure on ourselves at school or work. Busyness is great at distracting us from the heavy emotions that may be underneath the surface, but in the long run, it is likely to prolong or delay the grieving process. Finding ways to take the pressure off (as much as possible) regarding commitments and stressful responsibilities can make a world of difference and communicating what you feel you need to those supporting you is key. It is not easy, but it is important that we reserve our emotional energy and give ourselves the time and space to process and acknowledge what has happened before eventually moving towards finding closure, rather than spending it on other things that can probably wait.

4. Allowing those around you to support you

When we are stressed or fearful, our body’s natural survival response is to ‘fight, flight or freeze’. Everyone reacts differently. We may feel angry, frustrated, irritable, confused and anxious and/or we may feel the need to completely withdraw or shutdown to those around us. These are all normal responses, but eventually, it’s important that we allow ourselves to be supported and cared for by those around us. Community is a precious gift that can be a source of great comfort when going through difficult seasons of our lives. Spending time with close family and friends and doing fun activities that will boost our mood can help us stay resilient and get us through.

5. Our ultimate hope and refuge

Lastly, we wanted to remind you of the hope and refuge we can find in Jesus. The book of Lamentations is about just that – lamenting (grieving). It says in Lamentations 3:21-26,

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.”

When we are going through difficult seasons, we can have confidence in the faithfulness of our God and His love that He lavishes upon us (1 John 3) so we will not be consumed by what happens in our lives. Our hope is ultimately found in Jesus and the price He paid for us to have eternal life! This is the Good News that we can hold firmly to during any season. We hope this encourages you today.

Some quick resources

We wanted to end by clarifying that the practical habits we have spoken about will not ‘cure’ grief, but they may significantly help our ability to cope more healthily. To further help you, we have also compiled a stack of resources in our Student Wellbeing page in the Care Hub. This page also features a range of links to organisations that exist to help and support, such as Youth Beyond Blue, Kids Helpline and Lifeline.

Of course, seeking support from a counsellor and psychologist can be incredibly helpful as you work through grief, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the Care Hub, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at pastoral@genesis.qld.edu.au and we will support you in whatever way we can. Grief is not simple and everyone will have different preferences and needs; identifying what you need during these times and then doing what you can to have these needs met is so important.

Blessings,

Louise and Ruby

Curriculum Matters

A Season of Change 

As we move out of the Genesis@Home season and back into the classroom, there are certainly many lessons which we can take away from learning at home. For some students, the flexibility which Genesis@Home offered suited their learning, whilst for others the lack of structure and physical contact with peers and teachers made the experience rather challenging. Most students, when surveyed, commented on the effectiveness of using technology such as Teams or OneNote to facilitate their learning but were thankful to be back with their friends and the physical classroom environment.  

As educators, we have used the Genesis@Home experience to brainstorm and redesign how we do things and collaborate with colleagues and students. Semester 2 is well underway, with students across Year 6 and the Secondary school making subject choices for next year. The Year 12 students are preparing for their mock exams. The mock exams are intended to provide feedback opportunities prior to the commencement of external examinations which start on Monday 26 October, with the second Confirmation event commencing soon.  

Kind Regards,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning (P-12) 

Farewell Alyssa

Farewell Alyssa Postle 

As I write this article, it is only days after the passing of a much-loved Year 12 student, Alyssa Postle. 

Alyssa, Lyss or known to some as ‘Bubbles’, was a pure joy to know. She could light up a room with her smile, her laugh or her jokes. She had a zest for life and self-confidence that radiated through her. She was a friend to so many and made a huge impact on their lives. Alyssa always sought time for her friends as well as her teachers. She would always come up for a chat and have a story to share with us.  

Everyone had time for Alyssa and she always had time for you, asking questions and checking in on how your life was going. She was the life of the Senior Netball team, she always tried her best and made sure everyone enjoyed playing. We will never forget how she made us feel, how much she made us laugh and the warm memories that we each shared with her. Alyssa was a true blessing to the Genesis community and we thank God that we got to share those memories with her. 

We live in a world with ragged edges. At its heart, this world is beautiful beyond compare. We find in it, purpose and love and joy. The Bible tells us our world declares God’s presence and gives us a sneak peek of His glory. Yet the ragged edges break our hearts at times like this. We cry out to God in pain and seek comfort from the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). 

In times like this, we do not know why this tragedy has occurred. Our God is all-loving and He will hold uas we press into His presence. Our God is all-powerful and He will bring everything to a day when the ragged edges will disappear (Revelation 21:4). 

In times like this, our Christian worldview calls us to respond with grace. In the face of tragedy, we bring healing through goodness. We are called to persevere, with lives that honour God, that declare Him as Lord. The Bible tells us to live holy lives worthy of our calling. To endure and to shine His love. 

As a College, our laser-like focus has been on every student’s emotional wellbeing during this season. Please continue to uphold the Postle family, staff and students in your prayers. 

My wife has a saying that resonates so true for times like this – for this, we have Jesus.  

Blessings to one and all,

Stuart Taylor

 Head of School – Secondary 

 

Primary School Highlights

Grandparent’s Day 2020 – A little different, but still so valued! 

Each year in our Primary school we celebrate Grandparents’ Day. It is a huge event where 900 or more Grandparents come to the College campus to enjoy concerts, morning tea together and time with their Grandchildren in the classrooms. We just love Grandparents’ Day so much… and then alas COVID-19 struck, and the normal 2020 day just wasn’t meant to be. Loving and looking after the health of our Grandparents had to become our priority and with this in mind, we couldn’t invite our Grandparents onto campus last week. 

Luckily for our College we have some very creative minds, and I would like to thank Learna Shimizu, Pam Nadler, Deb Hosking, Carey Lang and Dave Oettinger for thinking of some special ways to still honour and bless our Grandparents. 

On Friday morning, our students completed work on their personally designed Genesis cards for Grandparents. They either wrote them a note, a little poem, or drew a picture for them. These were then sent home to find their way to Grandparents all over Australia, and even the world. 

The last two weeks have seen the Junior and Senior Primary choirs rehearsing hard to prepare for their live video recording of two songs for our Grandparents. A link to this video is included for anyone who hasn’t seen it. 

We think Grandparents are just amazing people. They play with us and treat us, they babysit us, they remind us of how good we have it now as opposed to the “good old days”, they tell us stories about a time past when the world looked very different. There is so much to be thankful to our Grandparents for, but one of the best and most important ones is how they share their steadfast faith in God with us. Psalm 145:4 says, One generation shall commend your works to another and shall declare your mighty acts. 

We love you, Grandparents – and pray that we can have our regular Grandparents Day again in 2021!

Kind regards,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary 

Year 11 Camp – Emu Gulley

Year 11 Camp – Emu Gully

In week 1 of this term, our Year 11 cohort headed to Emu Gully for a 4-day camp. The motto of Emu Gully is Shaping Great Australians and they certainly do a great job of this.

On the first day of camp, the students quickly learnt, after arriving late to their first scheduled meeting on the air strip, that push-ups would become a regular task if they didn’t pick up their act and be self-lead rather than relying on staff for instructions.

On the second night of camp was the semi-formal event. The gentleman did a fantastic job of looking after the ladies, after an inspiring ‘boys only’ talk with Mr Sterling.

Throughout the week students engaged in several team-based activities which are designed to challenge them and provide opportunities for teamwork and leadership. Some of the highlights included the Kokoda mud run, skirmish, buggies and a night walk.

Both Emu Gully and Genesis staff were blown away by the student engagement throughout the camp and the level of growth they saw in only 4 days.

One of the key themes the cohort took home from the camp was that they are all about to become the leaders of the College. The only question is, are they going to lead from the front, the middle or the back?

We look forward to seeing how they lead the College next year.

Kind Regards,

Shayne Kriel

Care & Conduct Leader – Year 11

Visual and Media Arts

Our Visual and Media Art students have been busy with a range of excitintasks throughout the year. Some of the topics that our students have investigated include stop-motion animation, street art, advertising, portraiture, re-cut trailers, teen film and public sculpture.  

Some of our recent highlights include:

  • Year 11 Visual Art students engaged with sound art during an incursion with Dr Naomi Blacklock, artist and QUT academic. 
  • Year 8 Media students spent time learning from local industry professional, Dan Brumm, Sound Designer behind Bluey and Dan the Man. 
  • Year 10 Visual Art student, Jessica Rodda, was shortlisted in the Young Archie competition, meaning that she was in the top 10% (of over 1,800 entries). Well done Jess! 
  • Year 11 Visual Art student, Jaeve Proberts, received highly commended in the Queensland and Torres Strait Islander Foundation Visual Art Competition. Well done Jaeve! 

We look forward to showcasing our talented students in our upcoming and reformatted The Pictures next term. 

Blessings,

Kind regards,

Natasha Maciejewski

Innovation and Learning Leader – Visual and Media Arts (Years 7-12) 

Since celebrating their way back into school, our Dance and Drama students have enjoyed some special opportunities. The Dramatic Arts department has embraced the gradual ‘opening up’ of Queensland, enjoying the exceptional Dance and Drama opportunities on offer 

Workshops have been running hot in our Dramatic Arts department over the past few weeks. Our Year 8 Dance students shone in an African dance workshop with Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Our Year 9 Dance students smashed it in a Hip Hop workshop with Elements Collective and our Year 10s were treated to a personalised workshop experience with dancers from the Queensland Ballet! The Year 8 Drama classes also enjoyed a theatrical experience as they watched a live-streamed performance by Poetry in Action 

In other news, our Mini, Junior and Senior Dance Companies had a fabulous time performing at the Evolution Dance Competition” at the start of August. It was their debut performance for 2020 and they made Genesis dance history by being the first time three Genesis Dance Companies, including our Years 5 and 6 students, performed on a competition stage. Their placings are evidence of the hard work and determination the students have demonstrated this year, despite experiencing numerous hurdles:  

  •  2 x 1st place 
  • 2 x 2nd place 
  • 3 x 3rd place 
  • 1 x Highly commended

Congratulations to all 50 performers on their outstanding work!  

 Rise Up Challenge

We are also very excited to launch the ‘Rise Up Challenge’, Dance Competition, coming to Genesis in October! Please see our social media platforms and the Genesis App for more information and watch the promotional video. Get excited and get entering!   

We have entered the second half of 2020 with excitement and motivation and a devotion to do what we love 

Blessings,

Emily Briddock

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

New Leaf Day – Celebrated by students from Prep-Year 12 

Friday of Week 4 was our second annual “New Leaf Day” at Genesis Christian College 

This is an event which celebrates our beautiful natural world and encourages our community to “turn over a new leaf” for our environment. In the lead up to the day, students from Prep-Year 12 were invited to pledge to make a behavioural change that will positively impact the environment. These pledges were written on paper leaves and placed onto our New Leaf Tree 

Students from Years 5-12 had the opportunity to enter an “EnviroSelfie” competition, showcasing their best environmental practice at home.  

After school, 36 dedicated secondary students joined forces to plant over 70 native trees, shrubs and grasses in the area behind our Ag Farm. Thanks to Chef Ben and the Eden Eats staff who devised some special menu items in celebration of the day, including a delicious green pesto and spinach wrap.  

Thanks also to all who wore a green accessory on the day and contributed to our fundraiser for three amazing environmental charities: Bush Heritage Australia, Australian Marine Conservation Society and WWF Australia Bushfire Appeal.  

We hope that New Leaf Day will have an ongoing impact as our students continue to make environmentally sustainable choices in their everyday life. 

Kind Regards,

Christina van Leent

New Leaf Day Coordinator

Uniform Shop News

Uniform Shop News

New Secondary Girl’s Formal Item Orders

We would like to remind families who wish to order the Girl’s Secondary formal shorts, trousers or culottes to please see Uniform Shop staff to collect an order form. These items are non-compulsory so are a pre-order item only.  

Pre-order closing dates

  • Culottes Friday,  18 September 2020
  • Shorts and Trousers:  Mid Term 4, 2020.  

Prices

This to plan for the items to be available for the commencement of Term 1, 2021. 

Thank you,

Cathy van Vuuren

Uniform Shop Coordinator 

 

Fuel for School

Fuel for School Program 

Last month we were proud to launch our new free breakfast program aimed at easing the morning rush for families.  The program, ‘Fuel for School’, provides free cereal and fruit to all students at Genesis from Prep through to Year 12. 

Fuel for School is proudly an initiative funded by the Genesis P&F Association. P&F President, Gabby Holden commented, “With the number of extra-curricular activities running before school at Genesis, this free breakfast program is designed to ensure our kids are getting a nutritious start to the day amongst the busy morning rush. It’s also a great opportunity for students and families to come together and connect in the large outdoor eating area of the College’s canteen, Eden Eats.”  

Breakfast giant, Kellogg’s donated boxes of free cereal to kick-start the program. Free fruit is always available for students at Eden Eats every day. Fuel for School is also sustainably focused, using washable and reusable bowls and spoons. 

Fuel for School runs from 7:45am-8:15am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Kind Regards,

Genesis P&F Association Inc.

Play as Therapy

OSHC News

Throughout this year we have witnessed how worldwide events can have a significant impact on our children. It is important to recognise the need to use play to express and process these complex life events. The constant presence of COVID-19 has led to survival camps in the park where we see emotions played out through drama and role play. Children are seen to process and organise their thoughts through their play.

We often recognise stages of deep play by providing unstructured time that allow for children to become engaged.  Deep play allows children to encounter more risk and develop survival skills to conquer their fears. In this type of play, children can find strength (both physical and mental) they never knew they had, to overcome obstacles that they will face through their life time. Through these observations, we are able to identify changes in behaviour and also acknowledge the benefits occurring within.

The value we place in imaginative play and the impact it has on regulating emotions is observed through free play in the unstructured program we offer. This free flowing movement provides opportunities for children to manage and negotiate their socio-emotional interactions. This sets an inclusive environment which in turn shapes their negotiation tactics and self-regulation.  While overseeing children’s play, we often come across situations in which we consider stopping, due to the potential risk involved. However, we need to question whether limiting these activities or movements would be detrimental to the child’s learning, growth and development.

“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” -Erik H. Erikson

We currently have vacancies for before school care and after school care. To enrol your child, please email email me.

Blessings,

Susan Cooper

Director of OSHC

Employment Opportunity

Group Educator

Part Time, 25.5 hours per week

We are seeking to employ a Diploma qualified Group Educator to join our team of experienced and passionate staff in our Early Learning Centre, conveniently located on the grounds of Genesis Christian College at Bray Park. 

Working within a well-respected and supportive Christian environment, this position is Part Time, 3 days per week  

The ideal candidate would possess the following:   

  • Be supportive of, and sympathetic to the philosophy and aims of a Christian Independent School and Christian ethos 
  • Early Childhood Diploma  
  • HLTAID004 – First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis, Asthma Management certificates 
  • Certificate of Suitability to work with Children and Young People (Blue Card) 
  • Child Protection Certificate 
  • Experience working within a childcare environment 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build relationships with stakeholders 
  • Be able to respond to needs and concerns of children to ensure quality of service meets agreed standards 
  • Effective time management skills  

 In addition, we are looking for a team member with a high degree of enthusiasm and energy and the ability to build strong professional relationships with children, families and colleagues. 

The successful applicant will be rewarded with excellent working conditions including supportive management, professional development and a rewarding working environment.  

How to make an application: 

Please email your application to littlegenesis@genesis.qld.edu.au.   

Your application must include: 

  • A written Pastor’s reference 
  • A Cover Letter addressing how you meet the requirements, including your Christian cultural fit within Genesis Christian College 
  • Your current Resume 
  • The names and contact details of two professional referees  

For further information or questions, please contact littlegenesis@genesis.qld.edu.au or phone 3882 9000. 

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. 

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

Video Message from Mr Sterling

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

https://youtu.be/QFvUWB8y1tk

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 secondarysportsdept@genesis.qld.edu.au 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!

Blessings,

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.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

 

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.

Technology

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

Blessings,

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

OSHC News

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.

Enrolments

We currently have vacancies for before and after school care. For more information, please contact me 3889 9013 or s.cooper@genesis.qld.edu.au

Vacation Bookings

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

OSHC Gallery

Blessings,

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:

Defusion

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.

Mindfulness
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
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

Principal

 

 

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  marketing@genesis.qld.edu.au

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