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

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

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

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

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

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

Uniform Survey

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

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

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

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

If you have not received your email, please check your Junk/Spam folder as the survey was sent from ict@genesis.qld.edu.au 

If you have any questions, please contact us on 3882 9000 or email admin@genesis.qld.edu.au

Kind regards,

The Uniform Committee
Genesis Christian College

Dear Parents/Carers,

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

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

YOU CAN FIND GENESIS@HOME AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATION
https://www.genesis.qld.edu.au/genesis-at-home/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT WILL GENESIS@HOME LOOK LIKE FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS?
Our Genesis@Home learning platform is built upon the strengths of Genesis that we hold dear, and shaped by online learning research and experience. We will continue both a highly personal and supportive experience and maintain our high academic standards.

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

Secondary Highlights

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

for this we have Jesus

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

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Primary Innovation & Learning

Our Prep students are amazing!

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

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

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

Curious Clyde helps Prep Red with their reading comprehension

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

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

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

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Care & Conduct – Secondary

Introduction to Andrew Duncan

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

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

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

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

Andrew Duncan

Year 8 Care and Conduct Leader

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

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

Genesis Christian College Cross Country Carnival

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

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

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

Trans Tasman Cup Golf

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

Representatives

Congratulations to the following students for their respective selections: 

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

Pine Rivers AFL Team: Elijah Nicol 

Met North Basketball Team: Lucy Topp 

Upcoming Events

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

Louise McCarthy
Director of Sport- Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport

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

Genesis Cross Country 

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

Overall Standings

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

House Spirit Trophy: Jericho

Age champions: 

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

Tennis

Genesis Christian College Tennis Championships

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

Futsal 

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

Under 13 Team

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

Under 16 Team

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

Swimming

Metropolitan North Swimming Trials

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

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

Brisbane Swimming Championships

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

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

District Sport

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

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

Other Sporting Achievements 

QLD Track & Field Championships

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

Cricket

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

Track Cycling

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

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Careers Corner

March/April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the points she suggested: 

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

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

Robin Grant

Director of Careers and Student Services

Dramatic Arts

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

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

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

With you on the journey.   

Emily Briddock

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

Director of the Genesis Dance and Drama Academies

 

Library News

Library Resources

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

Learning and reading

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

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

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

Joy Payne

Director of Library Services

A reminder from the enrolments office to Genesis families

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

Sibling Applications

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

Late Applications for Prep, 2021 are still be accepted.

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

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

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

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

For further information or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolment office by email enrolments@genesis.qld.edu.au or phone 3882 9000.

Lynn Swanson
Enrolments Registrar

Genesis OSHC

Children shaping the way of their future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Susan Cooper

Genesis OSHC Director

Ph: 3882 9013

Sister School Exchange

Thank you Genesis Community!

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

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

Mrs Learna Shimizu

College Project Officer

Parenting Insights – Tools for managing teenage anxiety

Tools for managing teenage anxiety

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

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

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.” – it 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 they are grateful for
  • One person they love

Deep Breathing 

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

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

Exercise 

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

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

When anxiety becomes a problem 

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

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

The Practise of Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buildings with Purpose

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

  • Eden Eats
  • STEM building

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum News

Everyday Matters

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

Habits of Mind

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

wordle

Learning Extension and Enrichment

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

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

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

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

Read Every Day Program Commences

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

Secondary Assessment Calendars

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

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

Year 12 Academic Results 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Curriculum Team

Pastoral Care

5 keys to a good year!

Hello Parents,

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

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

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

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

1. Looking ahead – lessons learnt from surfing and driving

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

2. Failure is the key to success

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

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

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

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

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

4. Have a soft place to fall

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

5. Secondary Assessment Calendars

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

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

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth

Primary Highlights

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

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

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

 

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

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

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a great start to 2020 we have!

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Care & Conduct – Primary

Care & Conduct – Primary

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Cobb

Care and Conduct Leader

 

Care & Conduct – Secondary

Year 7 Camp

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

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

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

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

Ryan Craig

Year 7 Care and Conduct Leader

 

 


Year 12 Camp

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

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

Rohan Mills

Year 12 Care and Conduct Leader

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

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

Swimming and Cross Country Captains

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

NISSA 

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

Secondary Swimming Carnival Success

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

Pine Rivers District Swimming Carnival

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

Met North Regional Swimming Carnival

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

Recent Congratulations

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

Upcoming Events

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

Louise McCarthy
Director of Sport- Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport

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

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

College Swimming Carnival

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

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

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

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

Age champions: 

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

District / Regional / State Sport

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

Triathlon

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

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

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

District Team Achievements

Congratulations to the following students who made District Netball Teams:

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

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

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

Other Sporting Achievements

Cycling

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

Tae KwonDo

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

Weightlifting

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

Football

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

Cricket

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

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Instrumental Music

Welcome!

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

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

New Ensembles

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

Secondary Band Camp

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

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

Marta Preston
Performance Music Coordinator

Dramatic Arts

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

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

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

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

Emily Briddock

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

Director of the Genesis Dance and Drama Academies

 

What’s in your hands?

A book? A bible? Read for your life!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Joy Payne

Director of Library Services