From the Leadership Team

As Term 1 draws to a close, I imagine for many families there will be a slight sense of relief at the end of what has been yet another unpredictable and change filled season!

As a College, we are so thankful for the caring, compassionate and grace filled community culture that we enjoy at Genesis. Thank you for your contribution in continuing to foster and strengthen these cultural elements. I pray that you and your family are able to take some time across Easter to rest and recharge the batteries before the return to school on Tuesday 19 April.

Easter is a special event on the Christian calendar and it encourages us to reflect upon the sacrifice of Jesus as he was crucified on the cross for the sins of each one of us. When Jesus died on the cross, it looked as bad as it could possibly be. His followers at the time, would have felt hopeless, perhaps overwhelmed with the suffering and injustice associated with the crucifixion of Jesus. I am sure we can all relate to feeling a of lack of hope for the future in the midst of the global pandemic. What we know is that there is hope on the other side of the cross – the hope of the risen Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Even when things are not looking hopeful in our life – the story of Easter shows that we can find a beacon of hope even in uncertain times and we are reminded that God is in control, God has the answers that we need and God is a God of the miraculous.

Please take a moment to watch my end of Term message here.

I wish your family a safe and refreshing Easter break.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Welcome to “The Brave Room”

This year, the Primary School has introduced a new space for students called, The Brave Room.

The Brave Room is located upstairs in Upper Primary. The concept behind this space is to give students who may be feeling overwhelmed a quiet, less stimulating place and the opportunity to regulate their emotions and refocus. This can be done independently or with the support of a member of our Pastoral Care Team.

There are a number of tools available to aid the students with self-regulation, such as sensory tools (e.g. pop-its, playdough, cushions), books, lego and a weighted blanket.

We are so pleased to be able to offer this space to our students. During Term 1, The Brave Room  has proven to be a wonderful new addition to our school.

 

Blessings,

Melanie Keane

Acting Primary Admin Assistant / Primary Sports Admin Assistant

Introducing Study HQ

This term, our Academic Prefects, Robert and Hannah, have done an excellent in launching Study HQ, the site for all your study needs. In addition to launching Study HQ, Robert and Hannah have also created weekly study videos for our Secondary school students.

Study HQ includes a huge range of resources and also a weekly, Study Tip of the Week. The site can be found on the Student Intranet.

Please take a moment and watch two of our most popular videos so far!

Study HQ Launch

 

Study Space Tips & Tricks

 

Blessings,

Fiona Hogan

Director of Innovation & Learning Middle School

You Matter Day

On Friday, 18 March  our College joined the rest of the nation to participate in our National Day of Action Bullying and Violence (NDA), better known here as, You Matter Day.

It was so heart-warming to actually have an opportunity be together as a school community. We were surrounded by a sea of orange colour from delicious cupcakes with orange icing to orange shirts, balloons, hats, and badges. How blessed we were to hear the singing of the choir along with many other activities and to simply feel the joy of experiencing community and fun together after months of COVID restrictions, it made this year’s YMD extra special.

This year’s theme for YMD was Kindness with a major of focus on kindness online. To support kindness online NDA has released a new animation series, Be Kind Online. This series promotes and encourages young people to block content, report it, and support each other. Take a look at the information here.

Kindness in essence is the opposite to being mean which tends to be at the heart of any bullying situation. As simplistic as it sounds if we promote kindness, meanness won’t have a voice. Kindness is also a value held by Christians and modelled by Jesus.

Apart from kindness to each other online the expression of kindness across all aspects of our community goes a long way to build a sense of people feeling they do matter.

To further promote YMD’s kindness theme, here’s a challenge for us all. Let the sight of something orange throughout this year, serve as a reminder to be kind to one another. Let’s act on the value of kindness and remember that every single person really does matter!

Blessings,

Sherrie Brook

Pastoral Care Team

 

Year 4 Incursion

Year 4 are Busy Bees!

This week the Year 4’s rounded out their Science studies with a surprise visit from Year 11 student, Daniel. In class the children have been busy learning about plant lifecycles and the importance of bees and pollination. As a fun finish for the term, Daniel visited the Year 4 classes and taught them about many other cool facts about bees, including the honey making process. As an added bonus, the children all left with a honey sample for them and their family for afternoon tea! Thanks Daniel – we love your work!

Kind regards,

Mrs Kate Johnson

Primary & Innovation Learning Leader – Year 4

 

Year 11 Hospitality Excursion

xThis month our Year 11 Hospitality students embarked on an excursion into the City for the day. Class member, Chloe K, has written a review of the day!

On the 11th March, the Year 11 Hospitality students attended an excursion to further develop front and back of house knowledge. The first destination was Wolff Coffee Roasters. They students viewed the process of roasting coffee beans and tasted a variety of single origin roasts and were challenged to consider the flavour wheel. There was time for a relaxing morning tea at the café section of the warehouse before getting back on the bus.

The next place that the students attended was the Emporium Hotel. The students were absolutely dazed by the hotel’s facilities. They started off by meeting two beautiful ladies who took them on a tour, Anita and Celeste. Anita gave the students an in-depth backstory of her jobs and her career progression to show where she is today. They then took the students on a tour where they viewed many different places within the hotel.

The first place they visited was the roof top bar and pool. The view was gorgeous, and the students were so amazed that they had to take many photos. After that they made their way to the penthouse and words can not describe the look on their faces. They were overwhelmed by the quality of the room and astonished by the price ($9,000 per night!). They then looked at the regular rooms to compare the difference before making their way to the back of house. The students found the back of house sketchy and were shocked by the difference between what guests see compared to those who work there. After that they enjoyed a lovely lunch that was provided by the Emporium Hotels kitchen staff and went to Southbank until the buses arrived.

Overall, it was a lovely experience and well enjoyed.

Written by Chloe K (Yr 11) 

 

Campus Round Up

We’re excited to introduce a new segment to our newsletter, Campus Round Up, showing a quick glimpse of life at our wonderful College!

Year 8 Science Revision

  • Mrs Hogan asks, “Would you wear this?”. This biologgically accurate shirt was a handy study tool that our Year 8 Science students used to revise for their Biology exam!

Genesis Aquatics – Promoted to the Brisbane Premiership League!

  • Congratulations to Genesis Aquatics, who recently topped the 1st division of the Brisbane Premiership Swimming league.
  • Next year the Club will be reinstated in the premiere division

Genesis Alumni – Artwork on Display at GOMA!

Congratulations to Genesis Alumni, Jaeve, whose artwork will be on display at GOMA between 28 May and 21 August for the Creative Generation Excellence in Visual Art exhibition.

Each year, the ‘Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art’ recognises and celebrates the artistic achievements and creative talents of senior high school students from across Queensland.

This exhibition showcases the work of the 37 excellence award recipients selected in 2021 from over 500 entries submitted by students from metropolitan and regional schools throughout the state.

Make sure you celebrate the success of our 2021 Genesis alumni by visiting the exhibition!

From the Leadership Team

Welcome Back!

A warm welcome back to all Genesis families in this, the first newsletter for the 2022 academic year.  A particular welcome to families new to the College.  Although we have been required to limit the number of parents on site, it has been great to have new families join the College and we do trust that you will feel more connected as COVID-19 restrictions ease across our State.  Thank you to all parents for your patience and understanding through this most unusual start to the school year.  It has been wonderful to watch students engage quickly into the school routine and the learning for the year ahead.

During the holidays, many in our graduating class of 2021 received their ATAR results along with Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offers and we are so proud of their outstanding results.  Please take some time to review these results in the Secondary School update.

The College has many events and activities planned for the year ahead and we are incredibly excited to be joining together with you as a community for these.  I encourage you to keep an eye on the College calendar available in both the College App and on Parent Lounge.

In the coming weeks, the College will be sharing the new Strategic Plan with parents.  Unfortunately, this was delayed with the disrupted start to the school year.  Please keep an eye out for details of this launch as we would love to share with you our future vision for the College.  I look forward to connecting with throughout the course of the year.

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum 

Recently we acknowledged the DUX of the College 2021, Julius Hart for his remarkable approach to his studies and co-curricular involvement and the humble way he approached his years of schooling.  In his address to the Secondary students Julius emphasised the necessity to have a balanced approach to one’s studies, emphasising the messaging we provide to our students, to take a measured approach to part-time work, socialising, academics, and co-curricular/extracurricular activities.  

The start of the school year has once again been disrupted as school staff, students and parents alike negate different ways of working – drawing on the lessons that have been learnt in the past to create teaching and learning programs which are flexible in their approach.   We welcome a new cohort of Preps and Year 7s, who have by all accounts settled into the College well, largely due to the excellent processes which have been set up to support their transitions.  The College community is commended for its resilience, patience and support this term and we look forward to another year of learning.

Kind regards,

Nichole Welsh

Head of Teaching & Learning (P-12)

Primary Highlights

Dear Parents,

Welcome!

We warmly welcome families back to the 2022 school year, and I look forward to getting to know those who are new to our school community, and journeying with families, as together we work towards the development and growth of your children academically, socially, and spiritually.  It’s been an interesting start to the school year (yet again!) but we will begin to move into more normal school life soon.

The next stage of our new building plan has opened and we welcomed Year 3 into The Learning Village.  The children and the staff are enjoying the new spaces and I’m so excited to see all the planning come to fruition.

We trust you enjoyed the videos that were provided by teachers, in place of the usual Class Information Sessions.  The purpose of these sessions is to give parents an overview of the year ahead, and an introduction to your classroom teacher, and their expectations for the class. Discussions on individual students and their progress will occur during the official Parent teacher interviews in Week 10 of term.

Although I work as a school leader and manager, I am firstly a teacher, who loves just being around children, and working with staff in a child’s development. As such, you will see me out and about the school grounds, and regularly in classrooms. Our teacher-parent-student relationships are vital, and I encourage parents to connect with me when possible; even just for a quick hello and a chat. I also pray that the start of the school year has been a blessed one for your families, as you send your older children back to school, and some of your children to school for the first time. May the peace of God be with you all these coming weeks.

Can I take this opportunity to remind families to subscribe to the College App (including any activities your child is involved in)  – this is the point of contact for most College correspondence.

I’m looking forward to what the coming year has in store for us all.

Blessings,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary Highlights

Welcome back!

I would like to extend a vote of appreciation to our families for the smooth start to the academic year. Despite facing delays to the start of Term and increased COVID restrictions we have enjoyed a very positive first half of Term. Mum; dad; your parenting is paying dividends!

Likewise at College 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- the Dedication Service acknowledged our thankfulness to God for His provision; the Leadership Commissioning Service focussed our attention on our corporate vision; and, the Championship and House Swimming Carnivals celebrated a tremendous sense of excellence and House spirit. I am very much looking forward to the Cross Country on 10 March and expect to see all in attendance.

Our ATAR results from December 2021 were outstanding:

Also, keep an eye on the App tomorrow for an exciting update on our plans for House spirit this year… here’s a sneak peak below!

Kind regards,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the following secondary students who competed in the Secondary Swimming Carnival recently.
Age Champions:
  • 12 Years Boys
    • 1st – Felix N
    • 2nd – Matthew T
    • 3rd – Jared H
  • 12 Years Girls
    • 1st – Kiara V
    • 2nd – Abby H
    • 3rd – Alexandra C
  • 13 Years Boys
    • 1st – Ralph N
    • 2nd – Callum F
    • 3rd – Mitchell E
  • 13 Years Girls
    • 1st – Amy S
    • 2nd – Piper H
    • 3rd – Taylor B
  • 14 Years Boys
    • 1st – Xavier CB
    • 2nd – Cooper B
    • 3rd – Lachlan T
  • 14 Years Girls
    • 1st – Makenzie S
    • 2nd – Emily P
    • 3rd – Ella P
  • 15 Years Boys
    • 1st – Jake F
    • 2nd – Cayden H
    • 3rd – Kairav V
  • 15 Years Girls
    • 1st – Mia OS
    • 2nd – Mia T
    • 3rd – Isabella J
  • 16 Years Boys
    • 1st – Zeph H
    • 2nd – Jacob L
    • 3rd – Harrison B
  • 16 Years Girls
    • 1st – Lauren W
    • 2nd – Abbey B
    • 3rd – Kaelah B
  • Open Boys
    • 1st – Robert S
    • 2nd – William M
    • 3rd – Benjamin M
  • Open Girls
    • 1st – Ellen G
    • 2nd – Amity H
    • 3rd – Sophie D

Record Breakers:
  • Makenzie S – 14 Years Girls 100 Free – 1.00.56
  • Makenzie S – 14 Years Girls 100 Genesis Gift – 1.01.43
  • Xavier CB – 14 Boys 100 Free – 56.75
  • Xavier CB – 14 Boys 50 Back – 31.42
  • Xavier CB – 14 Boys 100 Genesis Gift – 58.73
  • Cooper B – 14 Boys 50 Breast – 35.65
  • Lauren W – 16 Girls 100 Free – 58.47
  • Lauren W – 16 Girls 50 Free – 26.83
  • Lauren W – 16 Girls 50 Back – 31.76
  • Lauren W – 16 Girls 100 Genesis Gift – 59.30
  • Ellen G – 18 Girls 50 Breast – 35.46
Genesis Gift Winners:
  • Middle School
    • King of the Pool: Xavier CB
    • Queen of the Pool: Makenzie S

 

  • Senior School
    • King of the pool – Zeph Hardie
    • Queen of the pool – Lauren W

Congratulations to all students who competed and to those who achieved amazing results.
Kind regards,
Shayne Kriel
Director of Sport – Secondary

Primary Sport

What a great start to the year in Primary Sport. We are back into the swing of things with many events on our calendar.

Morning Training has started for those wanted to join. Anyone is welcome in Prep-Year 6. Please check the School Calendar for our specific dates around carnivals etc. No sign up required – we meet on the main oval at 7:30am.

Swimming Team: our Swimming Team has started our season this week with both the Metropolitan North Carnival and the NISSA Twilight Swim Meet. We will update you on the results of these carnivals next Newsletter.

Congratulations to our Primary Swimming Captains for 2022 – Felix Nielsen and Indigo Kovac. We congratulate both of these students on this recognition of both their achievements in Swimming as well as the characteristics they display making them both extremely worthy captains.

Queensland School Sport Aquathlon Championships:

Congratulations to Matilda Taylor and Matthew Turner who participated as pat of the Met North Team at the recent State Championships. Both Tilly and Matthew performed well on the day giving their all to their performances.

Congratulations to Matthew Turner who finished 8th in his division gaining him selection in the Qld State Team. What an amazing achievement.

NISSA Semester One Sports:

Students have started up their Semester One Sports and have started enthusiastically on the first Friday Sport session. What an amazing opportunity for students to learn from experienced sport specific coaches.

 

Upcoming events

Please ensure you have updated your subscriptions on the Genesis App and check back regularly. All sporting information will be communicated on the app.

  • Thursday 10 March 3-12 GCC Cross Country
  • Monday 14 March CSSAQ Swimming
  • Friday 25 March NISSA Gala Day

 

Kind regards,

Louise McCarthy

Director of Sport – Primary

Department Spotlight – Dramatic Arts

Dance Camp

Dance Camp this year presented itself quite differently to other years, being held at school to fit government requirements, yet this did not limit the fun or change the experience for us students, and we even had aircon which was a great bonus.

Dance Camp ran for 3 days, Senior Dance company, Junior Dance company and Show choir attended the camp from Thursday and the Mini Dance Company joined in on Saturday, the final day of camp. The purpose of Dance camp is an intensive block of rehearsals and workshops to prepare teams for competitions and performances. Between rehearsals there was plenty of fun, games, food and activities. We were privileged to have a variety of guest choreographers come in to teach us, and on the final day we performed for our peers to show what we had been working on throughout the camp. Between the games night, trivia night, a group tik tok and buddy activities, the students had plenty of time to bond and build new friendships with other like-minded students. Despite being different to other years dance camp was very successful and we finished off Dance camp well with Zooper Doopers and look forward to the competition season ahead of us.

Kind regards,

Amy Filmalter

2022 Dance Captain

 

Enrolments Close for 2023 Soon!

PREP 2023 ENROLMENTS

Prep is an exciting year of significant growth and development. Our Prep program helps to develop students who are curious, intrinsically motivated, knowledgeable, confident, reflective and independent. Applications for Enrolment for Prep 2023  are being accepted at this time and available on the College website

Genesis Christian College offers a holistic approach to education, involving the spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each student, based on biblical foundations and delivered from a Christian worldview.

YEAR 7 2023 ENROLMENTS

Middle school is an important stage, as young people in this developmental phase crystallise their beliefs about themselves, their philosophies of life, their values, and their aspirations for the future. As such, the Middle School curriculum at Genesis offers students choice and the opportunity to explore and experience a variety of subjects before they enter their Senior Secondary studies.

Applications for Enrolment for Year 7, 2023 are being accepted at this time and available on the College website.

Genesis Christian College offers a holistic approach to education, involving the spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each student, based on biblical foundations and delivered from a Christian worldview.

 

Student Profile

During the holidays, Yr 12 student Matthew wanted to build something. Matthew used his creativity and coding skills to good use, by designing and building a mini desk vacuum cleaner!

Firstly, Matthew sourced all of the electronic components he needed to create his project. He sourced most of the components from Core-Electronics. Secondly, Matthew coded his solution using the Python programming language. He coded around 500 lines of code for his solution. Matthew used his 3D skills that he has learnt from Blender to create 3D models in CAD. The models were then printed on his 3D printer.

Once all of the components were ready, Matthew put them together to create the mini desk vacuum. Matthew said that the biggest challenge of the project was trying to get all of the components to fit into the case.

Matthew has refined his solution by adding additional features. He is currently working on version two of his robotic vacuum cleaner. The new and improved version will be larger and have wheels for movement. Sensors and cameras will be used to sense objects and prevent crashes.

Core Electronics was so impressed by Matthew’s project, that they have recognised Matthew, by publishing his design and project on their website. Congratulations Matthew! See the website for more information https://core-electronics.com.au/projects/mini-desk-vacuum.

Matthew has studied a range of design and digital technology subjects at the College, which have inspired his design, complemented his natural ability and given him the skills to create his project.

Kind regards,

Claire Walker

Secondary Teacher

Genesis Dance & Drama Academy

Located within the Genesis Christian College campus, Genesis Dance Academy and Genesis Drama Academy offer after school performing arts classes in state-of-the-art dance and drama studios, with passionate teachers and engaging programs. With a focus on participation, developing technique and providing age-appropriate classes, Genesis Dance and Drama Academies are open to both Genesis Christian College students and members of our local community. Our Dance classes include Tiny Stars, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Acro. We also offer Drama & Musical Theatre classes as well as Performance Team and solo programs.

Please email dancedrama@genesis.qld.edu.au to find out more and claim your free trial class.

Genesis Sport & Aquatics

Did you know Genesis Sport & Aquatics offers a range of sports & activities for you and your family? Whether it’s swimming, tennis, football, fitness, triathlon or our Multisport school holiday camp GSA has something for everyone!

Conveniently located on-site at Genesis Christian College, GSA offers world-class coaching in fantastic facilities. Interested in one of our programs? Please email us at gsa@genesis.qld.edu.au.

 

From the Leadership Team

Creating Memories

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Pastoral Care Pen – November

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless.

See you in 2022!

 

BONUS – Some cyber safety tips for the holidays

5 tips to keep kids safe and well online:

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

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

Yours sincerely,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth

Curriculum – Finishing Strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning

Secondary Highlights 

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

 

Celebration Services

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

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

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

Is schooling really relevant to the real world anymore?

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

What skills do employers really want in employees?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Digital Learning Platforms – COVID induced

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

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

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

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

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

Kind Regards,

Jeremy Williamson

 Head of School – Primary

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

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

Farewell Class of 2021!

Farewell to Year 12

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Shayne Kriel

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 12

Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival

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

Congratulations to our Champion House on the day, Gilead!

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

Age Champions

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

 

8 Years Girls 

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

 

9 Years Boys

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

 

9 Years Girls

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

 

10 Years Boys

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

 

10 Years Girls

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

 

11 Years Boys

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

 

11 Years Girls

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

 

Champion House 2021:

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

 

All Schools Aquathlon:

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

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

 

Queensland School Sport Tennis

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

 

Brisbane Swimming – Patrons Shield:

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

 

Kind regards,

Louse McCarthy

Director of Sport – Primary

Some important notes from our Uniform Shop:

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

Bus Timetable Changes

Bus Changes -2022

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

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

You can view the new timetable here

From the Leadership Team

Genesis Christian College – Community Survey

Recently the College facilitated a Community Survey as part of the final stages of our Strategic Planning process. The survey was completed by a significant portion of our parent body and I would like to thank the many families that took time to complete the survey. The survey results have achieved three critical outcomes: valuable information for the College; a benchmark for measuring growth, and future improvement and important feedback on the five key strategic priorities that were identified through the development of the new Strategic Plan.

Below is a summary of the survey results:

  • 84% – families responded that their child/ren is/are happy at Genesis Christian College
  • 85% – families responded that they would be likely to recommend Genesis Christian College
  • 84% – families responded that they were satisfied with the overall education at the College
  • 90% of families believe the College has met most of their expectations

Additionally:

  • Our community indicated that Genesis creates a safe and inclusive environment for students and that teachers are caring, nurturing, professional and supportive.
  • Our community expressed the importance of ensuring that the education that is offered is future orientated, equipping and preparing students for the jobs of the future.
  • The Survey revealed the importance of teachers being both engaged and passionate about the subject matter being taught.
  • Also highlighted was the strength of our Pastoral Care program with students feeling supported and genuine care being offered.
  • Our community highlighted an opportunity that exists to further strengthen the sense of community across the campus, particularly amongst parents. Responders acknowledged that COVID has had an impact on our ability to connect in normal ways.
  • Parents expressed the importance of the consistent enforcement of discipline and behavioural expectations.
  • The following Strategic Priorities received overwhelming support:

– Robust faith framework

– Future focussed learning

– Engaging culture

– Inspiring staff

– Campus development

We are blessed to be a part of a rich and thriving community but always acknowledge that there is room for improvement and further development. We look forward to sharing with you the new Strategic Plan at the commencement of 2022 and thank you again to the many parents that completed the survey. We are so thankful to you for partnering with us in this important undertaking of nurturing and equipping our young people.

Blessings,

Mr Paul Sterling

Principal

The Pastoral Care Pen

Our children are our greatest treasure, and once again this year we raised funds for Day for Daniel last Thursday, 28 October.

This year, as always, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation focused on child safety, but especially SAFE BEDROOMS, which is a challenge to us as parents!

So many of our children, especially our teens, retreat there for copious amounts of time with their phones and devices.

Here are some quick reminders:

Use devices in shared spaces

  • Encourage your children to use technology in places you can check they are okay – such as the living room or the kitchen.
  • Keep devices out of bathrooms and bedrooms.

Stick to ‘real life’ friends

  • Teach your child that if they don’t know someone in the real world, they are actually a stranger.
  • Remind them that they should never meet up with anyone they only know in the online world.

Share their online world

  • Sit down with your children and let them show you the apps, games and websites they love

Think before you post

  • Help your child understand that, once it’s out there, it won’t go away.
  • Show them that, even if they delete something, they can’t control who has seen it, saved it or made a screen shot

Use a strong and secure password

  • Help your child to develop a strong password and to keep this password secure.
  • Prompt them to sign out before they leave the computer.

Make a Family Technology Agreement

  • Work together to outline the ways your family can develop and maintain a healthy, balanced and safe relationship with technology.

Switch off

  • Have a safe and healthy balance of online and offline time. Encourage regular technology free times.
  • Switch off your devices at night and turn off the family Wi-Fi at bedtime.

Care Hub

Have you visited our Care Hub recently? We have a huge range of resources on our website including:

  • Student wellbeing
  • Family resources
  • Podcasts, playlists and devotions
  • Join our Parents Prayer Group
  • Submit your prayer requests

Check it out here!

Curriculum Matters

Strategic Pillars

The College’s forthcoming Strategic Plan, to be launched to parents in 2022, identifies several key priorities which will drive the College’s strategic planning for the next three years. As one would expect, future-focussed learning is one of these key pillars. With strong links to the Alice Springs Declaration (Education Policy) which outlines the need for schools to be providing opportunities for students to be acquiring skills which are transferrable into both the workforce and into everyday life, future-focussed learning identifies skills such as the use of digital technologies, creative problem solving, collaboration, research and inquiry skills and curiosity.

As a Christian College we overarch these skills with a Christian worldview, which not only facilitates the acquisition of these skills but facilitates the acquisition of these skills with a Godly purpose and ethical lens. Students at the College are provided with an array of opportunities to practice these skills both in and outside the classroom. Participating in fundraising events such as ‘Write a Book in Day’, the Rite Journey, Reader’s Cup, Future Problem Solving, The QAMT Quiz, as examples, provide a number of opportunities to connect, collaborate and to act purposely. Additionally, the College is committed to providing opportunities for students to achieve their personal excellence.

Two new subjects in Secondary are being introduced next year, with a view to this. As an addition to the already established Learning Extension and Enrichment Program (LEEP), an elite sports program is being introduced in Year 7 called STEEP (Sporting Talent Extension and Enrichment Program) with a view to foster and develop young athletes in their chose sport. Additionally, LEEP LInC will help students to lead innovation and creativity using entrepreneurial and STEM-related skills.

Finally, our Year 12 students will shortly begin the final leg of their formal schooling journey as they begin their External Assessment. For many, these exams mark the peak of their hard work and dedication to their studies, and towards the end of term, to celebrate their achievements with their peers at the College Formal and Valedictory service. We welcome the College community to pray for these young people as they enter this final phase.

Nichola Welsh,

Head of Teaching and Learning (P-12)

Secondary Highlights

Secondary Highlights 

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

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

Our Co-Curricular Presentation Ceremony was a great success with the awarding of close to 300 certificates and trophies. 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, we were the audience that these great endeavours deserved. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend this school time event.

We have also been blessed through the Dance Showcase and The Pictures. What an amazing variety of talent! It is a blessing from God that we enjoy the greatest of co-curricular opportunities here at our school.

At the Senior and Middle School Presentation Ceremonies we get to acknowledge the best qualities of Genesis. The ones we strategically plan for and strive in earnest to achieve. We celebrate achievement in sport, service to the school and broader community; excellence in the arts; character that reflects Christian values; academic distinction; and student leadership. We will get to see first-hand the outstanding quality of our bands, dancers and choirs.

We celebrate the Genesis Student; the work product, as it were, of parents and teachers seeking the common good in the life of your children/our students. We give thanks to our God for His provision, gifting and enabling.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

 

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 in just a few weeks.

2021 has been a year of refining our vision and defining the key focus areas in the Primary school, with a number of new leaders settling into roles at the College; new academic programs, and ways of working, and as we head into 2022 our intention is to consolidate the changes and refinements, and really focus on our priorities of Project-Based Learning, Digital Learning Platforms, new buildings for Year 2 and 3, and of course our rigorous focus on literacy and numeracy. However, within this, and 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, 2022 will be another great year in the Genesis community.

2022 staff appointments

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

  • Jacqui Grotius – Learning Innovation & Technology Leader – Primary
  • Natasha Fox – Innovation & Learning Leader – Year 3
  • Karen Sella – Innovation & Learning Leader – Year 2

Primary Colours Assembly

In the next few weeks we will conduct 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 end of Year Celebration Services

For 2021 we will be conducting 3 services, our yearly 5/6 Celebration and Graduation service, our 3/4 Celebration service, and for this year, our newly designed Prep-2 Christmas Celebration service. Be sure to look out for the bookings to attend these events

Kind Regards

Jeremy Williamson

 Head of School – Primary

Primary Sports 

BOSL Competitions:

Genesis competed in the BOSL competition for both Netball and Football with both seasons wrapping up recently. Congratulations to both teams on great seasons of competitions, with both finishing in 3rd place.

Queensland School Sport Golf:

Earlier in the year Phoenix G competed in the QSS Golf Championships as part of the Met North 10-12 years team. Phoenix’s team won the tournament and were crowned State Champions. Congratulations Phoenix!

North Queensland Athletics Championships:

Over the holidays Dylan M participated in the North Qld Athletics Championships where he placed 1st in the 11 years boys 100m. Congratulations Dylan!

NISSA Gala Days:

We are wrapping up our NISSA Sporting Competition for the years where we have participated in Gala Days against our friends at The Lakes College, Grace Lutheran Primary School and Prince of Peace. Our students have participated with enthusiasm and have improved their skills over the course of the year.

Prep-2 Athletics Carnival:

On the 7th October we hosted our postponed P-2 Athletics Carnival. What a beautiful morning of smiling faces and fun! Well done to all our of amazing Prep-Year 2 students for trying their best.

Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival:

Our Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival is coming up on Friday 12th November. We are looking forward to a great day with opportunities for all students to take part on the day to gain points for their houses. We are excited for the 1st run of our new Year 6 Challenge on the day. Information about the day can be found on the Genesis App.

Kind regards,

Louise McCarthy

Director of Primary Sport 

Year 4 Camp – Apex Mudjimba

Care and Conduct – Year 4 Camp

Year 4 Camp 2021 was an absolute blast! Students, teachers and parent volunteers all enjoyed an incredible three days away filled with adventure, sunshine and lots of good times.

The theme of our Year 4 camp was Facing and Conquering Giants. We choose to centre the camp around the scripture Romans 8:31 ‘if God is for us, who can stand against us’. Our current Year 4s, like David in the story David and Goliath, are not deterred by the size of the giants they face. This was evident on our recent camp as all the children faced and conquered difficult or uncomfortable situations. We were so proud of them all!

The first two days of camp saw us complete six activities run by Apex Mudjimba staff. These activities included: Bush Skills, Mid Ropes and Flying Fox, Radio Rogaine, Canoeing, Mud Pit Challenge and Catapults. Canoeing seemed to be the biggest hit with the most students! On Friday, we finished the camp with our very own novelty Mini Olympics and time of reflection.

All in all, the camp was a wonderful experience filled with many opportunities to grow, challenge ourselves and make new friends.

Kind regards,

Kate Johnson

Year 4 Primary Care and Conduct Leader

Year 5 Camp – Somerset

Year 5 Camp

The annual camp is a wonderful highlight for students, and this year, the Year 5 students were extra excited about their camp seeing that they were not able to have one in 2020. Camp Somerset in the beautiful, hilly bushland on Lake Somerset has been the location for the Year 5 camp for many years. The camp has always been a fun-filled, challenging experience for all and this year did not disappoint.

Once again, our students experienced activities that are designed to challenge, enthuse and build confidence, and foster connections with one another. Activities such as the Giant Swing and Koala Climb certainly require courage and students surprised themselves as they faced their fears and took themselves beyond what they thought they could achieve.

Many of the activities require the students to work together and develop trust – for example the crate climb, raft building, canoeing and the mysterious Burma trail where students were taken on a bush walk blindfolded!

The night time activities did not disappoint – the highlight perhaps being camp fire songs starring Mr Bedville himself and star gazing with Mrs Testa. As always, the food was amazing but the best of all were the amazing parent helpers who worked so hard to give the students a wonderful four days. Thank you to our parent helpers. And a big thank you to the Genesis staff without whom the camp would not be possible.

Bring on 2022 Year 5 camp!

Kind regards,

Simon Bedville

Assistant Head of School – Primary

Year 9 Survival Camp

Care and Conduct – Year 9 Survival Camp

In Week 8, Year 9 students undertook a 5-day Survival Camp near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. The intention of the camp was to put the students in new and challenging situations, encourage teamwork and co-operation, and to spend time in personal reflection. Right from the moment they stepped off the bus, the students knew this was different to previous camps when they were told they had a series of challenges and tasks, and their dinner was conditional on how well they completed them as a team.

Students had to build their own fires, prepare and cook their food themselves, and ensure all the necessary washing up and other duties were complete. Sleeping in tents was not new for most, but kangaroo’s and goannas walking around through the night was new for some.

Activities on the camp included learning how to transport and filter water, light a fire and hard boil an egg, all while working as a team. There was also a challenge to build working rafts and retrieve prizes while other students built catapults and fired wet sponges to protect the prizes. Survival skills were also taught, with methods of building shelters put into practice while on a bush walk.

The highlight for many students, and all teachers, was the 24-hour solo. Students were given their own spot along a bush trail and left with a large bag of food, a tarp and a swag if they chose. While on the solo, students had several small tasks to complete that included attempting a knotwork bracelet and a letter to their future selves that were collected and will be handed back when the students are in Year 12. Many people said how much they enjoyed the solitude and not having any digital devices with them, all the students said it was an experience that they would remember.

A big thankyou to all the staff that went above and beyond all week to ensure the students had an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

Andrew Duncan

Year 9 Care and Conduct Leader

Department Spotlight – Legal Studies

Department Spotlight – Legal Studies

Year 10 Justice & Legal Studies – Queensland Parliament House

The first of two Year 10 Justice and Legal Studies classes have visited Queensland Parliament House this term. We have been fortunate to make this excursion considering the disruptions of COVID-19 and possible lockdowns. This excursion comes at the conclusion of the Term 3 unit of study on Law and Society. Students have learned the importance of laws in our society, how and why laws are made through Parliament and society’s need for order. During this visit to Parliament House, it was a great experience to take what has been learned in class and see it in the real world. Students enjoyed a tour of Parliament and sat in the Legislative Assembly Chamber. As part of this visit, students joined with another high school class to parliamentary role-play in debating on a mock bill for Parliament.

Legal Studies Youth Parliament

Six Year 11 Legal Studies students recently participated in the Legal Studies Youth Parliament. Each student was given a role to play in this role-play of Parliament. Students prepared speeches to deliver, debating and supporting a Mock Bill for Parliament or on an adjournment debate on an important issue in Queensland. Students had a great time and enjoyed sitting in the MP’s comfy chairs.

YMCA – Youth Parliament

Over the recent school holidays, Year 11 Legal Studies student Elise Bennett participated in the YMCA Youth Parliament. This six-month program saw students across Queensland engage small teams (portfolio) to write a Bill proposing a law reform they are passionate about. The conclusion of this program was a week in Queensland’s Parliament House where participants proposed and debated their bills in a Mock Parliament. Elise was the Youth Member for Kurwongbah and was a member of the Health, Emergency Services, Disability and Seniors Portfolio.

Kind regards,

Nina Johnson

Legal Studies Teacher

 

Department Spotlight – Dramatic Arts

Department Spotlight – Dance Showcase 2021 – Don’t Stop

Earlier this term, over 250 passionate performers took to the stage in our biggest dance event yet. Dance Showcase 2021: Don’t Stop.

In response to the changed event restrictions, a third show was added and the students did not disappoint. All of our curriculum and co-curricular dance students ranging from Year 3-12, in addition to one of our Genesis Dance and Drama Academy eisteddfod teams performed a variety of highly entertaining dance pieces that thrilled our audiences.

Featuring 34 impressive dances, over 800 dazzling costumes and over 1000 excitable audience members, it was a production like no other. From contemporary to African fusion and musical theatre to tap, our students shone bright on stage in a truly God-glorifying event.

One particular highlight of the evening was a combined, choral, strings and dance item called ‘The Blessing’. This piece was dreamt up as a way of celebrating the 30th anniversary of Genesis Christian College and aimed to give God all the glory for the immense favour He has poured out over this wonderful school. Dance Showcase 2021 was certainly an event to remember and we are so grateful for the ongoing support of our families, friends and community.

It is evident that Genesis loves to dance and we consider ourselves truly blessed to have these platforms to share our gifts, talents and passions with you all.

Kind regards,

Emily Briddock

Innovation & Learning Leader – Dramatic Arts

 

Department Spotlight – Visual and Media Arts

Department Spotlight – The Pictures

As always, our Visual and Media Art students have been busy with a range of exciting tasks. Most recently; however, we were quite busy with The Pictures – our annual showcase of talent from Visual Art and Film, Television and New Media students. On this night, we celebrated the hard work, skill and brainpower of our students with a large display, live music, refreshments and an awards ceremony.

The following students received awards:

  • Best Cinematography: Emmerson C
  • Best Editing GOSCAR: Amara W
  • Best Sound Design: Tia J
  • Rising Star GOSCAR: Charl P
  • Best Year 11 Film GOSAR: Sarsha H
  • Best Year 12 Film GOSCAR: Cally N
  • People’s Choice Film GOSCAR: Tia J
  • People’s Choice Photography Competition: Holly M
  • Best in Show Photography Competition: Daniel P
  • Industry Encouragement Award: Brooke C and Madi C
  • Principal’s Art Choice: Dane K
  • Head of School’s Art Foundation Purchase: Charlie W

Some of our other recent highlights include:

  • Year 12 Film student, Tia J was shortlisted in the BUFTA Film competition.
  • Year 12 Visual Art student, Jaeve P, received an Excellence Award as part of the 2021 Creative Generation Excellence in Visual Arts. As a result, Jaeve’s beautiful artwork will be on display at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) between 28 May to 21 August 2022.
  • At the recent Moreton Bay Youth Art Awards, our students shone. We took home the following awards:
    • First Prize in the Year 7-12 Collaborative Artwork
    • Third Prize in the Year 11-12, 2D section: Joshua T
    • Highly Commended in the Years 11-12, 2D section: Charlie W and Jaeve P
    • Highly Commended in the Years 7-10, 2D section: Nicolas G
  • Year 11 Visual Art students engaged with printmaking during an incursion with Dr Glen Skien, artist and Griffith QCA academic.
  • Year 11 and 12 Film, Television and New Media students explored virtual reality at a recent excursion to Warner Bros. Movie World.

We are very excited by the talent of our students and are very thrilled to hear that so many of our Year 12 Visual Art and Film, Television and New Media students are moving into creative fields next year. We wish them the very best!

Blessings,

Natasha Gillies

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

 

 

Growing together at Genesis OSHC

Genesis OSH facilitates is a home away from home to many of our Prep to Year 7 students at Genesis Christian College. We deliver a vibrant, innovative nature-based play and sustainable learning program where children are free to enquire and develop their self-identity and promote integrity through child centred initiatives within a Christ Centred environment. We incorporate child-centred pedagogies and agency to encourage culture, belonging and trust. We value our OSH families and the partnership between our educators and families to ensure children are supported in their development and growth, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Through play, our program facilitate the development of life-skills, conflict resolution, problem solving and build resilience. Educators gently guide and support our children through play experiences which in return builds and nurtures relationships. At Genesis OSH we continue to advocate for the wellbeing and inclusivity of all our children. Critical reflection and quality improvement are the driving force behind our practices and the love of children our biggest reason for what we do.

Kind regards,

Friné Lupke

Director of Childcare Services

 

 

 

 

From the Leadership Team

As the College reaches the completion of our recent Strategic Planning process, one of the initiatives that has been established within the plan is ongoing infrastructure and campus development.

As a result, the College will be undertaking a Master Planning process which will seek to develop plans for our campus facilities for the next 10+ years. The College will be working with our Architect, Novum and we are thankful to the Australian Government for the recent financial assistance provided to the College to support the associated expenses of the Master Planning process.

The Master Planning process will occur throughout the remainder of this year and we look forward to providing our community with insight to the exciting plans for the future in 2022.

Blessings,

Mr Paul Sterling

Principal

Curriculum Matters

Flexible and Creative Learning – the key to educational success

Recently, the Genesis teaching staff attended the Australian Christian School’s conference, with keynote speaker Dr Catherine Ball. Dr Ball is a futurist, and spoke with passion about the skills that young people will need to operate successfully in the future educational landscape and the workforce. Her focus was largely on technology and the rapid change in that space. She emphasized how it is impossible to predict how technology will alter the way we interact with one another and the world. The face of the health system, the defence force, education, transportation and just about everything else will be impacted by our ability to use and develop technology at an ever-increasing pace.

Some might be inclined to say that we should be exalting STEM subjects and the like, given this information. Dr Ball; however, also made the comment that we need “good people to make good robots” and this is where the teaching of ethics, religion, the Humanities, the Arts and Languages plays an essential role. In fact, she identified literacy as the key to unlocking the future. At Genesis, we believe that teaching our young people to develop and use technology for the common good is essential. Our young people need ‘cognitive flexibility’ (a term used by Einstein) more than ever – the skill which enables us to switch between different concepts or adapt our behaviour to achieve our goals in an ever-changing landscape. The ability to think creatively and courageously are also skills that will help our young people thrive.

At the College, we are endeavouring to ensure that our students are provided with many opportunities to practice and master these skills. Be it designing donuts, selling products at the Genesis Festival or designing new protypes, the future is looking bright for our Genesis students.

Kind regards,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning (P-12)

The Pastoral Care Pen

The Benefit of Serving Others 

A few weeks ago, a group of Secondary students and staff volunteered to take part in a MAD (Make A Difference) Backyard Blitz project. The afternoon involved gardening and labouring work for a person in need. The yard and garden looked fantastic after a couple of hours of work. However, I was most impressed, not with the results, but with the attitude of all involved. Students were smiling, laughing, asking what needed to be done next, and the team pushed hard to get it all done in time. By the end of the session, there were sore backs and red faces… but some of the students were already asking when they could do it again!

I was reflecting on how important it is that schools, families and communities give young people opportunities to serve others. There are so many benefits to volunteering and community service. Here are just a few…

We forget about ourselves and think of others instead

It’s easy for us to become absorbed in our own needs, stresses, desires and worries, and forget about the bigger picture of life and the people around us. Serving others, particularly someone in need, reminds us of what’s important in life and can help us to see things with a better perspective.

We build resilience

In his article, ‘How Persistence and Grit Helps Kids Succeed’, Michael Grose discusses how it is more important to celebrate and reward character (including grit, determination, perseverance, resilience) rather than talent. When we get used to doing things that are easy for us, we struggle to respond to situations that are more difficult. Getting our hands dirty at Backyard Blitz was a great chance for us to learn new skills, work hard, and persevere to get to the end of a project. Moments like this are important for developing character in young people.

We develop empathy

Exposing young people to stories and lives that are different to their own helps them to develop empathy and a deeper understanding of the journeys of others. We can also model this to our students and children by creating communities and families where caring for others is prioritised. It was fantastic to have such a great staff attendance at our MAD project and demonstrate what care and kindness looks like to our students.

We feel good afterwards!

Doing something good for others releases dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, which contributes to a positive mood and decreases stress. It seems that God has wired us to serve others! Some of our students reported that they were on the project ‘because their mum signed them up’. By the end of the session, they were cheerful and proud of the work they completed. It’s important that we expose young people to volunteering and serving others and demonstrate to them that it feels good to do good!

I love the way Eugene Peterson summarises this in Philippians 2:3-8 Message version:

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favour: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

I wonder if there are some opportunities this week to partner with your child in doing a good thing for someone else. We hope you will see the benefits of teaching young people how to serve others and help them to build a character of empathy, care, and awareness of those around them.

We’d love to hear of some of the things you get up to! Email Pastoral Care or share your good news stories to our #thelightside campaign by emailing Marketing.

How Persistence and Grit help kids succeed: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/blog/true-grit-helps-kids-succeed/

For more creating a culture of caring: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/blog/make-caring-common/

Blessings,

Laura Tepe

Secondary Chaplain

Secondary Highlights

Secondary Highlights 

At Genesis Christian College our DNA is excellence; we are not satisfied unless we are out performing across all categories.

Our students represent in Queensland and Australian teams for rowing, dance, swimming, shooting, boxing, netball, football, track and field, and the list goes on.

As this is written; we are about to go nuts cheering for our Year 12 student competing at the Tokyo Paralympics.

We not only compete at the highest level; we enjoy excellence in academics.

Our students represent at STEM in Australia and London; they place in the top 30 results for Year 12 in Queensland; they design and build for the F1 in School’s competition, gain drone licencing, win at Reader’s Cup and Shakefest, and once again the list is too long for now.

I am immensely proud of our students, their families who support them and our teachers, coaches and support staff who stretch and encourage them to higher achievement, day after day, in a warm and safe environment.

We love our students. They delight us. They inspire us.

We provide excellence in pastoral care and take seriously any issue which negatively effects our strong sense of community. We work hard to have every student enjoy a sense of place here and a strong bond of belonging. Our investment into enabling leadership throughout the student body reaps a rich harvest.

Genesis is strong in spirit and rightly proud of our students’ achievements and conduct.

Our focus though, is to live lives that ‘Walk in the Light’.

Our heart is to build character that charts a course in life that serves our world for the common good and glues it together with compassion.

I love this school and trust you feel that same sense of pride and family.

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

 

Primary Highlights

Term 3 is Primary Camp Season!

Each year in Term 3, our Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 students embark on their annual school camp! Already this term, our Year 6 students. under the leadership of Mr Johnson, visited Longreach and other Western Queensland towns, learning about our Australian history in a week-long camp. Again, by all reports this camp was an incredible time away for students, staff and the parent helpers who always attend our trips. Our Genesis students are shining role models; children of high character and calibre, with staff at venues visited often contacting the school to let us know just how amazing our Genesis students are.

The culminating Year 6 trip is a capstone event for Primary students, but the success of this trip can be attributed to the camping program of Years 3, 4 and 5, and the development of life skills which students learn through these experiences. Later this week, our Year 3 students will go on their first school camp for one night, then Year 4 will go next week for two nights, and Year 5 in the last week of term for 3 nights. At each camp students enjoy a range of challenge activities which test their teamwork, resilience, critical thinking, and a whole range of other life skills like making your bed, going to sleep on time, and learning how to serve others at mealtimes.

Students always have the best of fun, away camping with their friends, and at Genesis we always embed our Christian values into activities and share a devotions and prayer time at night together. Thankyou to all our parents for supporting our camping program, and thankyou to our wonderful teachers who work hard to make these the best experiences possible for our children.

Kind Regards, 

Jeremy Williamson

 Head of School – Primary

Secondary Sport

On Wednesday 25 August, Kirralee H competed in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in the 100 metres Butterfly and finished in 12th place with a personal best time. The College celebrated this by dressing in Green and Gold and watched “The Race That Stopped the School”. She also raced in her pet event, the 50 metre Freestyle, on Sunday, 29 August coming 4th .

Kirralee commenced her swimming journey at Genesis when the pool first opened in 2012. She started training in the Skills Squad which is the first level after Learn to Swim. She became a foundation member of the Genesis Aquatics Swimming Club and this was the beginning of her competitive pathway. Through her swimming career, Kirralee currently holds 22 Queensland records and 6 Australian records. She has won State and National Championships and we are very proud to have a home-grown Paralympian at our College.

On behalf of the College we would also like to congratulate the coaching team at Genesis Aquatics (Brendan Keogh, Rick Pendleton and Tony Keogh) for the role they played in coaching and mentoring Kirralee through her swimming development. We look forward to celebrating Kirralee’s achievements on her return.

Track and Field

Congratulations to all the students who represented Genesis proudly at the Pine Rivers District Track and Field Carnival, held on 29 and 30 July. Students selected in the Pine Rivers District team were:

Megan A, Ashley M, Joseph A, Grace M, Cooper B, Benjamin M, Petri B, Ralph N, Shandri B, Emma N, Jaegar B, Janelle P, Ella B, Travis P, Kaelah B, Ella P, Jordan B, Cooper S, Xavier C, Makenzie S, Luke D, Charlize S, Sophie D, Lincoln S, Michaela F, Lucy S, Hayley F, Olivia T, Alexander G, Eden T, Matthew G, Lachlan T, David H, Marne V, Owen H, Kairav V, Luka L, Windsor W, Preston L, Lucy W, Morgan L, Madeleine W, William M, Mitchell W and Holly M.

District/Regional Team Sport Selections:

Congratulations to Jordyn C (Year 7) for her selection in the Met North Softball team. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish Jordyn all the best for the State Softball Titles which will be held later this year.

Congratulations to Alyssa S for her selection in the Met North Basketball team. Unfortunately, the State Titles in Mackay had to be cancelled.  This is an outstanding achievement and well done.

Blessings,

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Primary Sports 

We have had a very busy period in Primary Sport pre-lockdown. We feel very fortunate that our students have had the ability to take part in these events in such uncertain times.

 Queensland State Cross Country Championships:

Recently Madison R, Sienna B and Matthew T were selected as part of the Met North Team to compete at the State Championships held in Ipswich. Our students performed amazingly and should be congratulated on their results:

  • Madison R – 12 Years Girls: 4th individual, 1st– State Champions Relay
  • Sienna B – 12 Years Girls: 8th individual, 1st– State Champions Relay
  • Matthew T – 11 Years Boys: 12th individual, 2nd Relay

A very special congratulations to Madison who was selected into the Qld State team

Pine Rivers District Athletics:

Our Primary Athletics Team of 43 students competed at the Pine Rivers District Carnival. Congratulations to all members of the team. There were a lot of fantastic performances (and some big PB’s) but none more so than the team effort and cheering from our amazing kids!

Congratulation to the following 16 students who were selected in the Pine Rivers Team:

Noah C, Sienna B, Madison R, Mitchell E, Dylan M, Hayden N, Taylor B, Giselle B, Matthew T, Flynn S, Thomas M, Matilda T, Grace R, Charlie B, Eliza B, Lucille I.

Congratulations:

Pine Rivers District Team Selections:

  • Oliver P (Year 6) Cricket

 Metropolitan North Region Team Selections:

  • Jordyn C (Year 7) Softball

NISSA Gala Day:

We were so lucky to squeeze in our first Semester Two Gala Day which saw our kids participate in Soccer, Netball and Rugby Union against The Lakes College, Grace Lutheran Primary School and Prince of Peace. What a fabulous day it was for the students!

Kind regards,

Louise McCarthy

Director of Primary Sport 

Department Spotlight – Music

Department Spotlight – Music 

Wintersong

Genesis Music was excited to present our Wintersong Ensembles Performance at the very end of last term. The College’s beginner and junior level ensembles performed a wonderful showcase of all they have achieved so far this year and the memorable evening featured debut performances from Beginner Strings and Year 4 Band. The excitement and buzz in the wings filtered out on to the stage which was filled with a sea of smiles and grins. We are looking forward to hearing more from these talented Genesis ensembles.

Singspiration

In Week 2 of this term, we held our first “Singspiration” event which brought together Junior Primary Choirs from local schools in a joyous celebration of song. This year, we were joined by Junior Choirs from Petrie State School, The Lakes College, Bounty Boulevard State School and Northside Christian College, as well as guest conductor and composer, Katherine Rhule. It was a wonderful afternoon of performances from these young choristers and everyone who attended commented on the joy and celebration of the occasion. Congratulations to these students and their talented choir directors.

Kind regards,

Marta Preston

Performance Music Coordinator

 

New Leaf Day

The COVID lockdown put a spanner in the works for New Leaf Day, which was scheduled for Friday 6 August. However, all was not lost, and some of our activities were able to be rescheduled in a modified form.

Over a two-week period, small groups of students planted 148 native trees, shrubs and grasses during their Sport lessons. If you take a stroll along the path bordering the northern boundary of the College, you can see their handiwork, along with other established plants from the previous two years. Our Secondary “GECko” group will continue to care for the site. We thank both Moreton Bay Regional Council and Sci-Fleet Toyota Brendale for supporting our endeavours.

We also received many wonderful entries for the “EnviroSelfie” competition, in which students were invited to submit a fun photo of themselves doing something positive for the environment at home.

Many Secondary students also took time during Form class to make a pledge to change a behaviour that will benefit our natural environment.

Many Thanks,

Chrissy van Leent

Sustainability Coordinator

Year 6 Outback Tour

Year 6 Outback Tour to Longreach

Written by Year 6 students Maddison, Bridget and Lucy.

Longreach is a beautiful place with plains that go for kilometres full of grass, animals, and occasional trees. But Longreach was not the only place we went on camp, with places like Emerald, Rubyvale, Barcaldine and Winton on the list of wonderful places we visited. Rubyvale, one of the stops for an activity. We learnt how the main mine at Miner’s Heritage Walk in Mine and the history behind.

After going through the maze of the mine we went fossicking for sapphires. Once everyone had finished the experience we departed for Longreach!

Once in Longreach we checked into our accommodation at Longreach Pastoral College and readied our rooms. After dinner bus 1 & 2 went to QUANTAS Founders Museum light show. The light show educated all of those who watched about the 4 founders, the planes and the beginning of QLD & NT Areal Services or QUANTAS. The next morning we visited Longreach School of Distance Education, seeing what learning from a distance was like. The Camden Park Station, being educated what life of an Australian stockman was like. Following on with the stockman theme Australian Stockman Hall of Fame was next Learning through audio of an iPod. We learnt life as an Australian stockman in the past. Then learning further at Kinnon & Co: Bush Fire at Night at Nogo Station under the moonlight, having the experience which any stockman would,(with a bunch of Year 6 students that is) having beef stew, mash potato, rice pudding and billy tea.

The next day off to Winton we went! Waltzing Matilda Centre was the first stop, before entering though we all got a horse drawn carriage ride around the area. Then we all headed for the sights of
the displays and artefacts. Next stop was Australian Age of the Dinosaurs museum! With footsteps and fossils of Australia’s dinosaurs, we learnt of Australia’s many dinosaurs. With the night activity at Australian’s Stockman‘s Hall of Fame : outback show. Full of whip cracking and stockman fun. After a good sleep ending our time at longreach with QUANTAS Founders museum, visiting the 747 and Super Constellation, we left Longreach after a spectacular time. On the way home we visited Barcaldine’s Tree of Knowledge Memorial, where the Labour Party was founded. Learning about Iningai culture.

Next morning we woke up on the bus near home. Couple hours left and no more time on those buses. Then we were there that Friday morning we were at school with most of us heading to Macca’s for breakfast. The end of the best camp ever!

Year 11 Camp – Emu Gully

Care and Conduct – Year 11 Camp

Emu Gully Adventure Camp 2021 far exceeded all our Year 11’s expectations. Our students set out to prove they could achieve the goals they established upon their arrival, and they didn’t disappoint.

Genesis camp staff were humbled at our students’ perseverance and willingness to work on their individual, team and cohort weaknesses, despite the challenges they faced. All campers braved the extreme cold and low winter temperatures, working together as teams to overcome a range of challenges while reflecting on the ANZACs and their legacy. From crawling through dark tunnels, crossing over suspended logs, trudging through meters of thick fetid mud, all the while carrying a team member on a stretcher, and hiking through terrain in darkness; our future leaders faced their fears and foibles.

Some memorable highlights of the camp include the bush dance run by “Smashing Bumpkins” where we kicked up our heels to some new and old songs, pulling a truck, rock climbing, driving buggies, and playing paintball while capturing the flag. It is fair to say that our Year 11 students grasped the importance of character development and servant-hearted leadership. They experienced the strength and unity that comes from practicing our ‘Walk in the Light’ themes of Grow, Give and Connect with Conviction.

The challenge our Year 11 cohort now face is to apply the lessons they learned from camp to their lives each day which I am confident they can do.

Thank you to all the dedicated staff who gave of their time to accompany our Year 11s throughout this event.

Kind regards,

Sally-Ann Arro

Year 11 Care and Conduct Leader

Redcliffe Kitefest – 11 & 12 September

Did you know Redcliffe KiteFest is on this weekend?
The event runs over two big days and features world-class kite displays, BLUEY live on stage, rides, aerobatic displays, food trucks, market stalls and so much more! For more information please visit their website.
Redcliffe KiteFest 2021
11 & 12 September
Pelican Park, Clontarf

School Parking Patrol Program – Moreton Bay Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) Local Laws Unit undertakes a School Parking Patrol Program where officers complete scheduled school patrols, both in the morning and afternoon, to ensure that vehicles are parked in a safe and lawful manner. The primary aim of the program is to ensure that students and family members/caregivers are able to safely move around the school area as part of dropping off or picking up students from the school.

The Moreton Bay Regional Council Local Law No.5 (Parking) 2011 and Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1999 control parking or stopping of vehicles on footpaths, bicycle paths, marked yellow lines, shared paths, dividing strips and nature strips, along with vehicles parking across residents driveways and within ‘No Stopping’, ‘No Parking’, ‘Bus Zones’ and Pick-up / Drop -off zones. Council is legally required to enforce these areas and the School Parking Patrol Program forms part of this process.  Drivers are reminded that footpaths and nature strips are in place to promote pedestrian movement in a safe manner along roadsides and that drivers and residents must not stop on a bicycle path, shared path, dividing strip or nature strip.  Please also note that vehicles that are parked with two wheels up and two wheels down is not considered as a lawful parking practice.

Local Laws officers conduct enforcement through the issuance of Penalty Infringement Notices as part of each School Parking Patrol. Please be aware that Council officers may take photographic evidence of vehicles stopping or parking illegally with Penalty Infringement Notices to be issued via mail at a later date to the offending vehicle’s owner.

Visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/parking for further guidance on parking restrictions.

For any further information, members of the School community are welcome to contact Moreton Bay Regional Council on 3205 0555.

From the Leadership Team

From the Leadership Team 

This term at Genesis has been full of outstanding achievements, from individual students and groups, across sports, performing arts and academic pursuits. However, of special note are the wonderful achievements of Kirralee Hayes, selected onto the Australian Paralympic Swim Team to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games later this year. Congratulations Kirralee. Also, Ella Smith and Jaeve Proberts, recently competed in Adelaide in a World Cup Simulation Regatta against other Australian representatives and the Australian Olympic Rowing Team, an event held in place of sending athletes to the Junior World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria. Congratulations Ella and Jaeve. At Genesis what makes us excited and proud is seeing our students exploring, and using their God given gifts! 

 

Inside Tour 

As the end of Term 2 draws to a close, so does the work on Stage 21.1 of our building project in Lower Primary. The first stage of this build will be complete on Friday 25 June with our Year 2 students commencing in this new facility on the first day of Term 3, 19 July.  Jeremy Williamson and I will be conducting an ‘Inside Tour’ of these facilities on Wednesday 21 July from 8:45am-9:30am. If you would like to join the Tour for a special look inside, please register here.

Stage 21.2 of construction will commence on 28 June with an expected completion date in late October.  

Strategic Planning 

The College has been undertaking the exciting process of developing our new Strategic Plan throughout the first half of this year. Can I thank parents who provided the College Board and Leadership Team with feedback earlier this year regarding the future of the College. A further opportunity for feedback will be provided to parents at the commencement of Term 3. The upcoming survey will focus around the draft strategic pillars that have been identified within this new plan. Parents will be asked to comment on the relevance of these key areas. Please keep an eye out for this feedback opportunity early in Term 3. 

QLD Three Day Lockdown
Please note:
  • Genesis OSHC Vacation Care and Little Genesis will remain open for children of Essential Service workers
  • Genesis Sport & Aquatics will close and re-open on Saturday, 3 July 3 at 6am.
Take care during the holiday season and we look forward to welcoming students back for the commencement of Term 3 on Monday, 19 July. I wish you and your family a safe and refreshing winter holiday break. 

Blessings, 

Paul Sterling 

Principal

 

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Pen

Body Image 

 

According to the results in the Mission Australia Youth Survey, 2020, body image is one of the top three concerns that young people struggle with. Body image refers to the way in which a person thinks and feels about their body. 

Indicators that your child may be struggling with their body image are: 

  • Being self-critical of their body 
  • Comparing their body to their peers/people on social media 
  • Obsessing about losing weight or bulking up 
  • Avoiding activities that would make the size and shape of their body more exposed, such as swimming 
  • Feeling self-conscious about photos being taken of them 
  • Feeling guilty if they’ve eaten ‘too much’ or not exercised 
  • Using supplements to increase muscle mass 

If this is a struggle for your child, here are some tips to help them develop a positive body image: 

  • Help your child to focus on their strengths, God-given gifts and positive internal traits that have nothing to do with their body 
  • Regularly affirm your child on their inner qualities  
  • Help your child appreciate everything that their body enables them to do 
  • Encourage your child to eat a healthy diet by providing them with a wide variety of nutritious food 
  • Encourage your child to participate in a sport or other physical activity that they enjoy 
  • Be a positive role model for your child when it comes to eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, and appreciating of your body 
  • Encourage your child to make wise choices when it comes to social media accounts that they follow. Encourage your child to avoid following people who are fixated on their body 

If you are concerned that your child may be struggling with their body image, feel free to contact the Pastoral Care and Growth Department. 

Kind regards 

Julie McGovern 

College Counsellor 

 

References: 

https://raisingchildren.net.au/pre-teens/healthy-lifestyle/body-image/body-image-teens 

https://au.reachout.com/articles/what-is-body-image 

 

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters

Cross Age Tutoring 2021 

 Servanthood is about attitude. Leaders seek ways they can add value to others, which is primarily through serving them.  

Around 100 students from Year 7 to 11, are exemplifying such servant leadership through their involvement in the 2021 Cross Age Reading and Cross Age Tutoring programs. During Week 7 of this term, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 participated in a training session to upskill on book walks, retell, and reading strategies. Attending before school sessions, they support their Year 1, 2 or 3 reading buddy, diligently by asking here, hidden, head and heart questions after the completion of each book, to check for comprehension.   

Students from Years 10 and 11 will join the program in Term 3 to work with teacher selected students in Prep and Year 1. Through games and hands on activities, these students will practice beginning literacy skills, including letter and sound knowledge, blending and segmenting words and sentence construction.  

An added benefit for lower primary students in having a high school tutor, is the opportunity for one-on-one conversations. A solid foundation of oral language helps children become successful readers, strong communicators and increases their confidence and overall sense of well-being.  Together, these students in primary and secondary, implement the 21st century skills of communication and collaboration, as they work together to increase our primary student’s love for literacy. 

Blessings,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching & Learning (P-12)

Secondary Highlights

Secondary School Highlights – Your Word is my light 

Genesis Christian College School motto 

Psalm 119:105 

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path 

From its very inception, the school motto has been ‘Your Word is my light’. For 30 years we have remained true to this ‘guiding light’ for choosing a path for Genesis. We are thankful for God’s blessing as we have attended to the Word, and the directions we should take.  

Walk in the Light is how we speak about the character of the Genesis student. The one sentence pitch being- Grow, Give and Connect with Conviction 

Character is grown as we Grow with Conviction, as we Give with Conviction, as we Connect with Conviction. 

Conviction describes the basis of our decision making; the choices we make moment by moment. Conviction reminds us that we are responsible for those choices, and that right choices are what we all want to make, but sometimes stumble over.  

In the face of difficult circumstances our Conviction is the moral compass of life. In the good times, Conviction is the compass that leads us to be grateful. 

God’s Word is the true North point for our moral compass. It is the light that shines on a path to follow, a path that is rich and rewarding. Conviction needs to be deeply rooted in an understanding of who we are in God and what His purposes for us now and into the future entail. 

The Bible tells us: 

  • We are shaped and gifted: we need to Grow in all spheres of life 
  • We are to Serve: we need to Give in a way that makes a difference in this world 
  • We are a body: we need to Connect to each other as if family 
  • We are formed for faith: we need to exercise Conviction 

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor 

Head of School – Secondary 

 

Primary Highlights

Primary Highlights – Project Based Learning in Primary  

You may have heard your child coming home excited about a new project they are doing in class this term, and if not, you certainly will before the end of this year. A new initiative in the primary school this year is Project-Based Learning, or PBL for short. 

What makes students and staff so excited about PBL is just how engaging it is. Do you ever remember being at school, having to learn something that seemed so irrelevant and asking yourself or the teacher the question, “How am I ever going to use this in real life?” I know I did, and it didn’t always go down well! But that was the 80s and 90s; today more than ever we need to be preparing our students for the real world, through an experiential education that is meaningful to them.  

PBL contains a few key ingredients to its success in the classroom. These being: 

  • Key knowledge, understanding and success skills 
  • A challenging problem or question 
  • Sustained inquiry 
  • Authenticity 
  • Student choice and voice 
  • Reflection and critique 
  • Public project 

Typically, teachers collaborate together to design PBL units in the HASS, Science, and Design Technology curricula; often integrating these curriculum in a real world project or problem for students to solve. Though PBL can work in any curriculum area. 

In a project, students have to use their life skills – those skills which are so crucial in a team or workplace to navigate their way through designing a solution to a problem. These skills often include self-management, teamwork, creative and critical thinking, effective participation, inquisitiveness, and reflection. Sound familiar? Yes, these are the Secret Skills our students have been learning about since last year. Through authentic curriculum related projects, all of our holistic learning and experiences come together to create a rich and engaging learning environment for our students. 

Some year levels have jumped in early this year into PBL, with the Year 4 designing donuts, and also having a project around the environment and sustainability. Next term watch out for some book writing for younger students, bath toy design, mini-beasts, and so much more. 

 Kind Regards, 

Jeremy Williamson

 Head of School – Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sports 

Swimming 

Congratulations to Kirralee H for her selection in the Australian Team for the Paralympics in Tokyo. Kirralee will represent Australia in the 50m Freestyle. Kirralee started swimming training at Genesis when the Aquatics Centre opened in 2012. She has demonstrated outstanding commitment to her sport and her character both in and out of the water has been exemplary. Kirralee has been supported well by her parents, coaches and teachers at Genesis who have all contributed towards her being able to fulfil her dreams of becoming a Paralympian. We wish Kirralee well as she starts her swimming journey towards the Paralympics this August and into the future.  


Genesis Athletics Carnival Results 

Overall House Champion 

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

House Spirit Trophy 

Shiloh 

Record Breakers  

  • Malachi S – 15 Boys 200m Dash – 23.88sec 
  • Malachi S – 15 Boys Triple Jump – 11.63m 
  • Alex G – 15 Boys 200m Dash – 24.18 sec 
  • Shandri B – 16 Girls Discus – 27.40m 
  • Joseph A – Open Boys Triple Jump – 12.08m 
  • Lucy W – Open Girls Shotput – 11.54m 

Age Champions 

  • 12 Years Girls  –  1st Madison R, 2nd Olivia T, 3rd Lucy S 
  • 12 Years Boys – 1st Jaegar B, 2nd Noah C, 3rd Stefan V 
  • 13 Years Girls – 1st Emma N, 2nd Megan A, 3rd Morgan L 
  • 13 Years Boys – 1st Luka L, 2nd Xavier C, 3rd Santiago R 
  • 14 Years Girls – 1st Ashley M, 2nd Kiara K, 3rd Haley W 
  • 14 Years Boys – 1st Ian B, 3rd Lincoln D 
  • 15 Years Girls – 1st Grace M, 3rd Holly M 
  • 15 Years Boys – 1st Malachi S, 3rd Jake S 
  • 16 Years Girls – 1st Sophie D, 2nd Hayley F, 3rd Shandri B 
  • 16 Years Boys – 1st Ben M, 2nd Lincoln S, 3rd Mitchell W  
  • Open Girls – 1st Charlize S, 2nd Ella S, 3rd Charli J 
  • Open Boys – 1st William M, 2nd Joseph A, 3rd Travis P 

District/Regional/State Team Sport Selections

Soccer  

Stephanie H (Year 9) was selected in the Queensland team for Soccer. Stephanie took part in the State Championships representing Met North at the State Championships in Hervey Bay. The Met North team also won the State title. Well done to Stephanie for this outstanding achievement. 

Volleyball 

Jenna C (Year 10) represented Met North in the State Volleyball Championships with her team coming in 2nd place. Jenna was selected in the Qld Merit Team. This is a great achievement for Jenna who has also represented Genesis in the BOSL and State Schools Cup competition previously. 

Touch 

Charli Jarvis (Year 12) represented Met North District at the Queensland Touch Football Championships in Brisbane. Congratulations to Charli on an outstanding year in Touch Football, representing Genesis in BOSL and for her selection in the Met North team. 

Cross Country 

Ben C (Year 9) and Ella S (Year 12) represented the Pine Rivers District at the recent Met North Cross County Championships and have been selected in the Met North team for the State Cross Country championships which will be held in July. Well done on this outstanding achievement. 

ISSA Soccer 

Genesis were represented this term in the ISSA Soccer Cup (Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Senior Boys and Senior Girls) which is a tournament for Independent Schools in South East Queensland. All four teams have performed very well with the Junior Boys progressing to the knockout stage of the competition. The Senior Boys and Senior Girls will finalise their round matches early in Term 3. Thank you to Will Allan (Football Coordinator) and coaches Jade Dethlefs and Jarrod Benbow.  

 

BOSL Basketball 

Genesis were represented by five teams (Senior Boys, Senior Girls, Intermediate Boys, Junior Boys and Junior Girls) in the BOSL Basketball competition. The teams represented the College proudly and for many of the teams it was their first year playing together in this tournament. Congratulations to Izac Craze for being named in the Intermediate boys All BOSL team. A special thank you to the Basketball Coordinator Brad Dutney and coaches Paul Gandini, Richard de Villiers and Brent Wood.  

BOSL Volleyball 

Genesis were well represented in the BOSL Volleyball competition with the Open Boys and two Junior Girls teams. All teams had a great season with the Junior Girls Blue team winning the premiership and the Junior Girls Yellow team placing third. The Open Boys will be playing in the play-off game for third place and we wish them all the best. We really appreciate the efforts of Tom Connolly (Senior Volleyball Coordinator) and Jade Walters (Junior Volleyball Coordinator). Thank you to the coaches Tina Serafino and Albert Diloi.  


Gymnastics 

Recently Year 11 Student Toby A was awarded a Gold medal at the 2021 Australian Gymnastics Championships Level 7 Open division. He also went on to win Gold on the Vault and Silver on rings. This capped off a great year for Toby after winning both the Regional and State Championships. Well done Toby on these achievements this year and for the years of dedication, hard work and commitment you have demonstrated in your chosen sport.  

Netball 

Charlize S has been selected in the Queensland Under 17 Netball team and will take part in the National Championships in Hobart in the holidays. This follows on from her recent success by representing Met North in the Qld School Championship. Congratulations to Charlize for an outstanding year in Netball and we wish her every success at the upcoming National Championships. 

Rowing 

Year 12 students Ella S and Jaeve P, who were selected in the U19 Australian Rowing team after their success in the national championships in March, competed over the past week in Adelaide in a World Cup Simulation Regatta against other Australian representatives and the Australian Olympic team as part of their preparation for the Tokyo games. The girls performed extremely well, finishing as the number one ranked junior crew. This event was held in place of sending athletes to the Junior World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria due to COVID.  

Year 9 students Maddy G and Jess C won First place in the Under 16 Double Skulls at the South East Qld Age Championships. This is an outstanding achievement and the girls have been paired up for two years in the Genesis Rowing program. We wish the girls all the best of success in their future with rowing. 

Blessings,

Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Primary Sport

Primary Sports 

 

Athletics 

What an amazing day we had for our Year 3-6 Athletics carnival. We were blessed with amazing weather and the students participated with enthusiasm and sportsmanship on the day.  

Congratulations to our winning house – Gilead 

 

Congratulations also goes to our Age Champions: 

Age Champions 

  • 8 Years Girls – Emily C, Zoe B, Kayleigh N 
  • 8 Years Boys – Charlie S, Theo L, Max M 
  • 9 Years Girls – Holly M, Ruby K, Zoe P
  • 9 Years Boys – Deezil P, Harrison L, Cale S 
  • 10 Years Girls – Ayla J, Lucille I, Matilda T 
  • 10 Years Boys – Cameron E, Theo H, Flynn S 
  • 11 Years Girls – Giselle B, Chelsea L, Courtney H 
  • 11 Years Boys – Matthew T, Felix N, Lachlan S 

We also had 21 of our Year 6 students attend the Secondary Athletics Carnival. These students competed strongly on the day and were excellent ambassadors of our Primary School.  

Congratulations goes to the following students who were Age Champion placings:

  • 12 Years Girls – 1st Madison R 
  • 12 Years Boys – 2nd Noah C 
  • 12 Years Boys – 3rd Stefan V 

 

NISSA Athletics Carnival 

We attended the NISSA Athletics Carnival with a team of 47 athletes who ran, jumped, and threw with all their efforts to come away as champion school at the end of the meet. Congratulations to all the member of our NISSA team. 

 

Morning and Lunch Time Training 

Morning and lunch time training with Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner is continuing with our Athletics focus. Please see the Genesis App or school calendar for training weeks and details. 

 

Congratulations 

Met North Region Team Selections 

Cross Country 

Matthew T (Year 5) 

 

Cross Country  

Sienna B (Year 6)  

 

Cross Country 

Madison R (Year 6)  

 

Pine Rivers District Team Selections: 

Tennis  

Hayden D (Year 7)  

 

Tennis  

Elijah N (Year 7)  

Kind regards,

Louise McCarthy 

Director of Primary Sport 

Department Spotlight – Music Through the Years

Department Spotlight – Music Through the Years 

Our Music – Through The Years performance evening occurred on Wednesday 2 June, with students from Year 9 through 12 showcasing their musical talent and passion. 34 performances were given to an appreciative audience of parents, families and peers.  

All proceeds went to the Myanmar orphanage, and the Music Department is grateful for the opportunity to support these causes. There were many amazing performances from all the students 

It is with a tinge of sadness that some familiar faces will not be returning to the Music rooms in 2022. However, we do wish them God’s blessing in their future endeavours, and hope that music will continue to remain an important part of their lives.

 

Department Spotlight – Dramatic Arts

Department Spotlight – Dramatic Arts News 

2021 in the Dramatic Arts Department is looking refreshingly different to 2020. Our students have been embracing every opportunity offered to them and we have some wonderful news to report. Following a fabulously fruitful Dance Camp earlier this year, our Mini, Junior and Senior Dance Companies have thoroughly enjoyed being back on the competition stage and are off to a very successful start to their competition season:  

Ipswich Combined Teachers Dancing Festival 

  • 2 x Firsts 
  • 1 x Second 
  • 1 x Third
  • 2 x Very highly commended 

Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfod 

  • 1 x First 
  • 3 x Seconds 
  • 1 x Third 
  • 1 x Highly commended 

Our brand new Movers and Groovers group, along with our much-loved Movers and Shakers Team have been rehearsing hard in preparation for their debut performance at the College Festival!  

Show Choir, under the direction of our GDA Assistant Director and Musical Theatre Teacher, Mrs Jessica Sankey, presented their debut performance at the recent Colours Awards Assembly.  

Many of our Dance and Drama classes have enjoyed excursions to live performances, including Shrek, The Tap Pack, Three, Our Town and more.  

Our Year 11 and 12 Dance students were also treated to an excursion to QUT Kelvin Grove, where they spent a day in the life of a QUT Creative Industries student. The students experienced a 90 minute dance workshop, in addition to a full tour of the Creative Industries precinct and a Q&A session.  

Finally, we hosted a wonderful afternoon of Shakespearean inspired arts performances at the inaugural ‘An Afternoon With Shakespeare’ event.  

We continue to thank God for His favour upon the Arts at Genesis and look forward with anticipation to a fruitful Semester two.  

Kind regards,

Emily Briddock 

Innovation and Learning Leader 

Dramatic Arts – 7-12 

Department Spotlight – Fashion

Department Spotlight – Senior Fashion Excursion to Reverse Garbage 

At the beginning of June, the Senior Fashion class went on an adventure to Reverse Garbage. They are Queensland’s only eco arts and reuse co-operative specialising in the collection of clean industrial discards and other high quality materials. Every week they are saving approximately 2 tonnes of reusable ‘waste’ from landfill. 

Students were given a warehouse tour which gave them some perspective of the type of products and ‘bits and pieces’ that go into landfill. The warehouse stock changes on a regular basis and includes everything from wood, textiles, plastics, corks to medical x-rays, mannequins and Perspex offcuts. The possibilities were endless. Students were given a small budget to choose items to make into an Accessory for their assessment pieces and access to their workshop equipment to help guide them on what are the best tools for the job.   

Teaching our youth the importance of looking after our environment and the ability to re-use or recycle everything, means we are one step closer to a healthy and prosperous future. 

A Night at the Theatre

A Night at the Theatre 2021 – what’s your story?

Enjoy the performances of Years 7-12 Drama students!

Doors open at 6.30pm, with the show starting at 7pm.

Tickets on sale now – buy them here!

Help us stay COVID-Safe. This event will be hosted in line with COVID-Safe Government requirements.

Calling all Alumni!

We are uniting the classes of 1991-2020 to celebrate 30 amazing years of Genesis Christian College.
Saturday 24 July 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm
Lunch, reflections and tours
All welcome! Family friendly event.
Location: Genesis Christian College STEM Building
Book tickets via Eventbrite here
$20 per person
e alumni@genesis.qld.edu.au
Help us stay COVID-Safe. This event will be hosted in line with COVID-Safe Government requirements.

Genesis Festival

The Genesis Festival is back!! Join us for a fun day out with the family to enjoy rides for all ages, sideshow alley games, delicious food truck fare, live entertainment, a variety of market stalls and Fireworks to end our day!

Entry is free. Ride armbands or single ride tickets available to purchase. Please follow the Festival Facebook page to stay up to date with event details.
Help us stay COVID-Safe. This event will be hosted in line with COVID-Safe Government requirements.

Genesis Festival 2021

Genesis Festival 2021

From the Leadership Team 

Our wonderful P&F are now in full swing preparing for the 2021 Genesis Festival. The Biennial Festival is set to be a special occasion this year as we also celebrate our 30th Anniversary as a College. The Festival will be held on Saturday 24 July from 1:00pm until 6:00pm with a firework display to end the event. The Genesis Festival has a wonderful reputation for its incredible variety of activities and sense of community, so we would encourage you to join in the fun. The funds raised from the event will go toward the purchase and installation of large fans in the undercover ball courts. 

 

Alumni Reunion 

Genesis will be hosting an Alumni reunion for classes of 1991-2020 to celebrate 30 amazing years of Genesis Christian College. We encourage you to spread the word to College Alumni as we join together at the College over lunch for reflections. 

Date: Saturday 24 July (the morning of Festival!)

Time: 11:00am-1:00PM

Location: Genesis Christian College STEM Building. 

Purchase your tickets here. 

Do we have your current details on file?
We are currently updating our Alumni database! Please update your current email, phone and mailing address via the link below so we can keep it touch with you for this reunion and future events https://www.genesis.qld.edu.au/community/alumni/

For any event enquiries please email: alumni@genesis.qld.edu.auWe look forward to seeing our Alumni at this very special morning.  

 

Stage 21 – Building Update 

Our Lower Primary building is progressing well, and we are expecting the first stage of this building to be completed mid-June. As a College, we believe that the physical teaching environment works congruently with our “student-centric”, teaching approach, and the outworking of effective learning. We are extremely excited about how these innovative learning spaces will enhance the learning opportunities available for lower Primary students. We look forward to the opportunity to provide parents a sneak peak of this space soon. 

 

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

The Pastoral Care Pen

This article is written by Michelle Mitchell.

 

An unexpected shift in friendships. A sudden end to a romance. Poor results in an exam that was meant to be easy. A family breakdown. Not being picked for a sports team. I know you could add to this list. These are only some of the experiences that can bring a sense of disappointment around our kids.  

Disappointments fill the painful gap between expectations and reality. It is what we feel when a hope is not fulfilled. In my life, disappointments have often lovingly whispered truths about who I am becoming or which path to next take. They have guided me as I have been willing to sit with them. That’s now easy for me to recognise. Hindsight is a wonderful thing! The correlation between pain and growth is something kids may not yet fully recognise.  

Conversations Worth Having 

Below I have outlined six conversations that are worth having with a young person who feels disappointed. These conversations do not have to happen in this order, and you may find that you bounce back and forth between them. The general aim of all these conversations is to help our young person turn towards acceptance and find wisdom in the moment. If they can do this, they may be able to reconstruct something wonderful and life giving in their next step forward.  

  • Conversation One:  Let’s make room  
  • Conversation Two:  The truth can guide us  
  • Conversation Three:  There is always something more    
  • Conversation Four:  Context matters  
  • Conversation Five: You are not your experience  
  • Conversation Six:  Home will always be here to catch you 

For the full article and explanation of each conversation please click on the link. 

 

 

 

Curriculum Matters

Homework, revision, and knowledge retrieval 

“I don’t have anything for homework” is a common response from many students throughout their educational journey.  What they are referring to is the fact that their teacher did not set a specific task to complete at home. However, there is work that needs to be completed at home on a regular basis and is not always assigned. This mindset of nothing to do is something that the teaching team is constantly working on shifting by encouraging revision as part of the daily homework schedule.   

The issue is the language used, and a change in this may assist in changing behavior, together with an improved understanding of the consequences of chosen actions. It may be helpful to identify that revising, also referred to as studying, is different to homework that is sent home for completion overnight or by a set date. This work is often set as deliberate practice or linked to an assignment task. When we use the term revising, we are referring to the process of summarising work covered in class, understanding this, and then doing something to remember it. We recall things best immediately after reading, watching, or hearing the information; however, as time passes our memories fade. This phenomenon is known as ‘knowledge fade’ or ‘the forgetting curve’.     

Hermann Ebbinghaus, the father of research in this area, and many subsequent researchers found that we forget new information at an exponential rate.   

  • After 20 minutes 42% of learning is lost 
  • After 24 hours 67% of learning is lost 
  • After 31 days 79% of learning is lost 

Most people lose the majority of information within 24 hours of their initial learning experience. He noted that without further revision the average learner retains only 10% of new information after 60 days.   

In relation to efficient use of time, regular revision just makes sense, and the research indicates the sooner the better.    

The infographic below really highlights the overall investment of time spent in the learning process and the reasonably small investment required to retain rather than relearn.  

Another key point to come out of research in this space is that the information retained past the 24 hour point remains with us far longer. In other words, the new knowledge or skills has been transferred from short to long term memory.  The Australian Curriculum and Queensland Senior Secondary Studies Curriculum is designed to build on knowledge from previous learning experiences from year to year. Therefore, if our students are not revising work incrementally as they encounter it, they will have limited ability to retrieve this knowledge and continue to build upon it, impacting their long-term success.

Practical revision strategies that can be suggested to your child when they announce, ‘no homework’.

Based on the subjects studied each day, the following can be applied:

  • Create flash cards for definitions
  • Read through notes and create a corresponding question for each line of notes
  • Take notes from relevant textbook content using Cornell Note taking techniques
  • Watch a video on the content (Crash Course Science, Hot Maths, Kahn Academy)
  • Create Acronyms and Mnemonics
  • Draw mind maps for visual representations and connect ideas
  • Teach/explain the concept to someone else
  • Highlight information accompanied by explanation of importance in margin of page

The Curriculum Team are developing resources to provide greater guidance and support that will be launched Semester 2, 2021 to students from the Study HQ: ‘Making sure your learning sticks’ intranet page.

Kind regards,

Fiona Hogan

Director of Innovation & Learning – Middle School

Secondary Highlights

Excellence – Genesis values in action 

 Over the course of this year, our students’ achievements continue to captivate me.

We have celebrated success in: 

  • Matilda 
  • Qld Youth Orchestra- Wind Ensemble 
  • SHEP (State Honours Ensemble Program) 
  • Qld Youth Parliament 
  • Paralympic Swimming Training squad 
  • Qld Art Competition (1st) – Amplify – Through my eyes 
  • QUT Holiday internships 
  • State sporting Representation 
  • District and Met North representatives in pathway sports  
  • State Triathlon Championships 
  • District, CSSAQ, Met North and State Swimming Championships 
  • District, and CSSAQ Cross Country Championships 
  • BOSL Volleyball, Touch, Futsal and Basketball Competitions  
  • Regional, State and National Rowing Championships 
  • South East Queensland Equestrian Championships 
  • Ipswich Combined Teachers Dancing Festival Competition 
  • Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfod  

 I apologise to the students and their families who I have inadvertently left off the list above. (It’s hard keeping up with all these stars!) 

 I love at Genesis that no matter what you want to excel in, we are here to support you. No matter what level of achievement you strive for, we are here to help and encourage. 

 At Genesis we live excellence. 

 Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Primary Highlights

Primary Highlights 

This week, our Under Eights Day celebration was held at Jump Up for Kids at Bald Hills. The purpose of Under Eights day, as a nationwide initiative, is to celebrate the early childhood years and to deliver a message that childhood is a precious and significant time. 

Run by Occupational Therapists, Jump Up for Kids, provided the perfect environment for celebrating outdoor play and learning. Our students in Prep to Year 2 were involved in child directed loose object play and activity stations designed to encourage creativity and a connection to nature; as well as fort building, climbing small trees and even getting into the mud!   

The national theme for Under Eights Day 2021 was ‘Children Celebrating Outdoor Play and Learning’.  The importance of outdoor play in the Early Years should not be underestimated, providing many benefits including but not limited to: 

  • An active lifestyle; 
  • Appreciation of nature and the environment; 
  • Developing social skills; 
  • Encouraging independence and resilience; and  
  • Understanding risk. 

 Following their excursion to Jump up for Kids, the Prep-Year 2 children returned to school for the afternoon session, where they participated in National Simultaneous Storytime. Here they were read the book “Give Me Some Space” by Philip Bunting. This was read by some special visitors to the College including two astronauts, a Storm Trooper and even Chewbacca from Star Wars!  

Most schools around Australia participate in the National Simultaneous Storytime, and Genesis Primary was proud to be a part of this literacy initiative, whilst also having loads of fun at the same time. Truthfully…learning should be fun most of the time when you are a kid in Primary School! 

Enjoy the following photos from just an awesome day in the Primary School 

 

 

Secondary Sport

Cross Country 

Genesis were well  represented at the Pine Rivers District Carnival on 4 May and the CSSAQ Cross Country Carnival on 10 May. The students represented the College with pride and demonstrated excellent character! 

Results  

Pine Rivers District Cross Country: 

  • 12 years Boys – Windsor W – 2nd 
  • 13 years Boys – Santiago R – 3rd 
  • 13 years Girls – Michaela F – 1st 
  • 13 years Girls – Ella P – 2nd 
  • 14 years Boys – Ryan F – 1st 
  • 14 years Boys – Ian B – 2nd 
  • 15 years Girls – Holly M – 2nd 
  • 15 years Girls – Grace M – 1st 
  • 15 years Boys – Ben C – 3rd 
  • 16 years Girls – Stella B – 1st 
  • 16 years Boys – Mitchell W – 3rd 
  • Open Girls – Ella S – 1st 
  • Open Girls – Jaimee D – 2nd 
  • Open Boys – Brayden W – 2nd 

CSSAQ Cross Country Results 

  • Genesis 5th place Overall – 13-19 years 
  • Age Champion Team – 15 years girls 
  • Ella P – 3rd (13 years girls) 
  • Grace M – 3rd (15 years girls)
  • Mitchell W – 3rd (16 years boys) 
  • William M – 3rd (Open boys) 

Students Selected in Pine Rivers District Cross Country Team 

Manie VT, Luka L, Santiago R, Reagan B, Michaela F, Mackenzie S, Ella P, Olivia Y, Ian B, Ryan F, Lachlan M, Charlie G, Laura G, Henry J, Ben C, Grace M, Holly M, Arabella A, Mitchell W, Lincoln S, Ella S, Charlize S, Jaimee D, Jaeve P, Stella B, Carmen S, Hayley F, Reegan T, Sophie D, Windsor W, Owen H. 

 

District/Regional team sport selections: 

Congratulations to the following students : 

  • Stephanie H – selected to represent Met North School sport at State Champs – 13-15 years Girls Football 
  • Windsor W (Year 7) has been selected in the 12 years Met North AFL team  
  • Isabella SE (Year 7) – Pine Rivers District U12 Netball team 

 

SEQ Interschool Equestrian Champs 

Kaitlyn D (Year 12) 

  • 3rd Overall Senior (Year 10-12) Preliminary Dressage 
  • Champion Secondary (Year 7-12) Combined Training 95cm 

Carmen R (Year 11) 

  • 3rd overall Secondary 60cm Show jumping 
  • 23rd Intermediate Preliminary Dressage 

Stella B (Year 9) 

  • 7th Secondary (Year 7-12) Combined Training 80cm 
  • 14th Secondary (Year 7-12) 90cm Show Jumping 

Lara R (Year 9) 

  • Champion Secondary 70cm Show Jumping 
  • 23rd Intermediate Preliminary Dressage  

Morgan L (Year 8) 

  • 10th Intermediate (Year 7-9) Preliminary Dressage 
  • 2nd Intermediate Show Hack 
  • 2nd Intermediate Working Hunter 55cm 
  • Champion Secondary 50cm Show Jumping
  • Champion Secondary Combined Training 60cm 
  • Reserve Champion Intermediate Novice Dressage 
  • 3rd Place Intermediate Novice Dressage 


BOSL Touch

 Congratulations to the Junior Boys and Junior Girls BOSL Touch teams for making the finals in the BOSL Touch Football. Both teams narrowly went down in the Semi Finals. A special thank you to our coaches – Dan S, Maddy L, Rei San A and Damon B.  

 

Rowing  

 Congratulations to Jaeve P and Ella S for winning Gold in the Double Sculls, Gold in the Club women’s Double and Silver in the Quad Sculls events at the Australian Under 19 Rowing Championships. Jaeve and Ella were selected in the Australian team for the World Simulation Regattas which are a series of three events. The final world simulation final will be held in Adelaide. These are outstanding achievements and testament to the years of hard work and dedication from the girls in training for these events. 

Other Sporting Achievements  

  • AFL – Ella S was selected in the Under 19 Lions Academy team and the Under 19 State team.
  • BEACH VOLLEYBALL – Matilda J (Year 8) represented Queensland at the National Beach Volleyball Championships on the Gold Coast.  

 Well done to Ella and Matilda with these achievements. 

 

Blessings,

Mr Anthony Arro

Director of Sport – Secondary

Cross Country: 

We have had a busy season of Cross Country with some amazing results from our Primary runners! 

 Pine Rivers District Cross Country:   

Congratulations to our runners who participated so well at the carnival. Ten of our students were selected in the Pine Rivers Cross Country Team with individual placings going to the students below: 

  • Sienna B –  12 years Girls – 1st 
  • Matthew T – 11 years Boys – 1st 
  • Eliza B –  10 years Girls – 1st 
  • Madison R –  12 years Girls – 2nd
  • Windsor W –  12 years Boys – 2nd
  • Thomas M – 10 years Boys – 2nd 
  • Jonty M –  12 years Boys – 3rd 

 Other team selections were: 

  • Owen H 
  • Lucy E 
  • Mark B 

 NISSA Cross Country:  

What an amazing Team Genesis effort, to come away as Champion School at the NISSA Cross Country Championship against The Lakes College, Grace Lutheran Primary School and Prince of Peace. 

Individual placings on the day were:

  • Madison R –  12 years Girls – 1st 
  • Jonty M – 12 years Boys – 1st 
  • Matthew T –  11 years Boys – 1st 
  • Chelsea L –  11 years Girls – 1st 
  • Thomas M –  10 years Boys – 1st 
  • Eliza B – 10 years Girls – 1st 
  • Mark B –  10 years Boys – 2nd 
  • Holly M –  9 years Girls – 2nd 
  • Lucy E –  11 years Girls – 3rd 
  • Matilda T –  10 years Girls – 3rd 

CSSAQ Cross Country:  

On Monday, 10 May, we competed at the CSSAQ Cross Country Carnival. Congratulations to all students who attended on the day competing fiercely for our College.  

 At the end of the day, the 10-12 years team were crowned 2nd place behind our friends at Citipointe in an extremely close race. Team Genesis finished as winners in the 10 years Girls age group as well as placing for the following age groups:

  • 9 years Boys – 2nd
  • 9 years Girls – 3rd
  • 10 years Boys 2nd;
  • 11 years Girls = 2nd
  • 12 years Girls 3rd. 

 Individual place-getters on the day were:

  • Madison R – 12 years Girls – 1st 
  • Matthew T –  11 years Boys – 1st 
  • Eliza B –  10 years Girls – 1st 
  • Chelsea L –  11 years Girls 2nd 

 

Morning and Lunch Time Training: 

Morning and lunch time training with Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner is continuing with a change in focus to Athletics. Please see the Genesis App or school calendar for training weeks and details. 

 

Congratulations: 

Met North Region Team Selections: 

  • Isabella S (Year 7) – Netball 
  • Windsor W (Year 7) – AFL 
  • Logan T (Year 6) – Hockey 

Pine Rivers District Team Selections:

  • AJ V (Year 6) – Rugby Union 
  • Blayze W – (Year 6) – Rugby Union 
  • Logan T – (Year 6) – Rugby Union 
  • Jackson M (Year 6) – Rugby Union 
  • Logan T (Year 6) – Hockey and Touch Football
  • Chelsea L (Year 6) – Hockey 
  • Mark B (Year 5) – Hockey 
  • Hunter T (Year 5) – Hockey 
  • Matthew T (Year 5) – Hockey 
  • Mitchell E (Year 6) – Rugby League and Touch Football 
  • Ella W (Year 6) – Touch Football 
  • Ellke S (Year 6) – Touch Football 

 

P-2 Fun Run: 

On the 27 April, we hosted our annual P-2 Fun Run. It was such a special event to invite our parents back to. The kids did an amazing job and loved challenging themselves around the course. A special thank you to our Year 6 Leaders and House Captains who did an amazing job on the day as helpers. 

 

NISSA Gala Days: 

We have completed our final Gala Day for our Semester One sports. We now transition into our semester 2 sports – Rugby Union, Soccer and Netball. It has been great to welcome our new NISSA school, Prince of Peace, and continue to build our strong relationships with our friends at The Lakes College and Grace Lutheran Primary. 

 

Next up… 

Our Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival on Friday 4 June. Please see the Genesis App for details. 

Kind regards,

 Louise McCarthy 

Director of Sport – Primary

Department Spotlight – Tourism

Department Spotlight – Tourism 

Brisbane City Council offers Brisbane residents and visitors the opportunity to learn more about the city by providing free Brisbane Greeter Tours.   

The Year 12 Tourism Class participated in an excursion as part of their studies for their Certificate III in Tourism. As part of the excursion, students needed to create a scripted commentary on one of the attractions and develop their own itinerary for a 3-hour walking tour of Brisbane/Southbank.   

The class was split into 3 groups of ten with the day commencing at Brisbane City Hall and ending over at Southbank with lunch at Pourboy Coffee Roasters. We visited a variety of iconic sights such as Brisbane Arcade, Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Regent Theatre, Anzac Square, and The Wheel of Brisbane to name a few.

Department Spotlight – Music

Department Spotlight – Music Excursion to QPAC 

“Lights! Camera! Action!”  

Highlights from Music Reviews Written by Year 7 And 8 Music Students:

Music students in Year 7 and 8 attended a concert entitled “Lights! Camera! Action!” at QPAC on Wednesday 27 April. The event showcased the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing well-known movie and film music, from “Star Wars” and “Avengers” themes to “My Neighbour Totoro” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Here are what the students had to say!

  • “Each time a new composition was played, they had different lighting which complimented the music and helped to build the atmosphere. Also, all of the musicians were dressed up based on characters of the pieces from the music they were playing.” (Hazel A, Year 8) 
  • “My favourite composition was “In the Hall of the Mountain King” because of the build up of tempo at the start and end. I also really enjoyed watching the cellist and double bass’s hands and arms move at 1 million kilometers per second.” (Eli A, Year 8)
  • “Overall, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra was great at giving the music classes an experience that they will never forget, as they went into great detail when explaining to us what they were about to play, and the important features to look out for in the music.” (Windsor W, Year 8)
  • “This orchestral concert made me feel like I was in the actual movies! I have found a new appreciation of music in movies. I would 100% recommend this orchestra to anyone as it takes up 50 minutes of your time…but it’s worth it!” (William A, Year 7)
  • “This amazing experience gave me the opportunity to explore a different genre of music.” (Santiago R, Year 7)
  • “I enjoyed the outing as we got to experience something new instead of just sitting in a classroom.” (Natasha L, Year 8)
  • “This was a great excursion in a well-managed facility, and I would love to go on another trip like this again!” (Caleb D, Year 8) 

Year 2 BBQ Bush Dance

Innovation and Learning Spotlight – Year 2 BBQ Bush Dance  

This year our Year 2’s came dressed, ready to impress us with their dance skills. The evening started with a family BBQ and a time to mingle with friends. It was so lovely to see the children running around and posing for photos with their classmates. Mr Bedville and Mr Williamson did a tremendous job on the BBQ and our Year 6 student leaders made sure we were all doing our part to be COVID safe.  

The children bravely and enthusiastically performed their dances with their dance partner. To end the evening, the parents joined the children on the dance floor. Mrs Turner was crowned ‘Queen of the Bush Dance’ for all her hard work getting the children ready for the evening. We all had a ‘Boot Scootin’ tremendous time! 

Kind regards, 

 Jacqui Grotius

Library News – Guest Author Visit for Year 4-6 Students 

Students in Year 4, 5 and 6 participated in writing workshops on Friday 7 May with Australian author, Tim Harris. Tim is the author of the Exploding Endings, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables and Toffle Towers series of books for Primary school children. He is a former teacher and plays drums in his church band.   

Tim shared hacks for writing great stories, including how to create interesting characters and settings, the importance of planning before you write, and how paragraphs and punctuation add impact to stories. 

During first break, Tim met with students from the 2021 Year 5 Readers’ Cup Team and the 2020 Year 5 Readers’ Cup Team. Toffle Towers is one of the books selected for the competition this year.   

Kind regards, 

Astrid Roberts-Weiss 

Primary Librarian 

Eden Eats

We’re excited to introduce the Term 3 menu! Please take a look and remember there are always lots of fresh options in our cabinets every day too!

If you’d like to contact Eden Eats please email us!

Unplug this Easter

Unplug this Easter

From the Leadership Team 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

Pastoral Care

You Matter!

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

Ephesians 2:10

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

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

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

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

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

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards

Wayne van den Bos

Director of Senior Phase

Secondary Highlights

Excellence in Character – Ambassadors for Genesis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary

Primary School Highlights

Primary Highlights

One of my favourite parts of being the Head of Primary is interviewing prospective students and families who want to come to Genesis, and we are just about to enter into a season of interviewing our future Prep students for 2022. We are really blessed in our school in that we have a significant number of applications for positions and choosing students to come can be really hard!

Truthfully, I just love meeting young people, hearing their stories, what they love about school, and what their hopes for the future are. It is so inspiring, that I often come out of interviews, wanting to come back to school myself!

One of the big topics of conversation in interviews is reputation. It is abundantly clear to me that Genesis Christian College has an exceptionally high reputation in our local community for being THE school of choice: many would say the pick of schools on the north side of Brisbane.

This makes me delve deeper into “why” Genesis has this reputation, and it all comes back to our culture and the heritage of who we are as a community.

As a distinctly Christian school, we hold a set of core beliefs. Many schools will say they have “values” or things they aspire too; but at Genesis our core beliefs undergird everything we do. It is from our biblical view of the world, that our values are formed, and from these values our expectations and actions. In other words, we are inspired by, and guided by the word of God in all that we do.

I often say to families when we meet, that Genesis has exceptionally high expectations on behaviour, and we follow through on this. We don’t just value good behaviours, but really believe that certain ways of acting are Godly and wholesome. And so, our classrooms and playing fields have a sense of order, and our students carry themselves with a sense of dignity, and pride in our school culture.

In our school, this translates into excellence in teaching and learning, and students’ results. We set the bar high, and students rigorously work hard to achieve their potential. This is part of our culture, and part of what makes Genesis Christian College, such a great school.

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

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

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport

Representative Swimming

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

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

CSSAQ Swimming Carnival

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

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

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

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

 

Cross Country

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 16 Year Boys                           16 Year Girls               Open Boys                  Open Girls

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

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

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

 

Genesis Run Club

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

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

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

 

Futsal

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

 

Touch

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

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

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

 

Equestrian:

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

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

Special congratulations to Morgan L:

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

 

Rowing

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

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

1st – Championship U19 double scull

1st – Championship U21 double scull

1st – Championship U19 quad scull

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District and Met North Representatives

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

Pine Rivers District Team

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

MET North Team

  • Charlize Sivyer – Netball

Swimming

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

 

Kind regards,

Anthony Arro

Director of Secondary School Sport

 

Primary Sport

Primary Sport

Swimming:

Met North Trials 

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

 

CSSAQ Swimming 

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

Team Genesis also won the following age groups:

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

 The following students were awarded Age Champion placings:

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

Cross Country:

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

 

Age Champions:

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

 

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

Morning Training:

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

 

State Aquathlon:

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

Congratulations also goes to:

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

NISSA Gala Days:

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

 

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

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

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

 

Kind regards,

Louise McCarthy

Director of Primary Sport

Applications for Siblings Commencing 2022

Applications for Siblings Commencing 2022 

A Reminder from the Enrolments Office to Current Genesis Families

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

 Prep Applications

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

Applications for 2022

If you have family or friends interested in applying to Genesis Christian College to commence 2022, applications are welcome at this time. Applications for Prep and Year 7, 2022 will be closing on 31 March. Applications received after the closing date will be added to supplementary waiting lists and may still be considered for subsequent offer rounds or future years.

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

For further information or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolment office by email or phone 3882 9000.

Yours sincerely,

Lynn M Swanson

Enrolments Registrar

 

Year 9 Rite Journey Departure

Year 9 Rite Journey Departure

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Andrew Duncan

Rite Journey Leader

 

 

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp

Noosa North Shore Retreat

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Lauren Klingberg

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 7

Department Spotlight – Humanities

Department Spotlight – Year 11 Humanities

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Leading the OSHC Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

Susan Cooper

Director – OSHC

Term 2 Date Claimers

Date Claimer Term 2, 2021

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

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

Monday 26 April

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

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

Parenting Insights – Being an askable parent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Michael Grose.

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 12 books for parents including “Spoonfed Generation” and the best-selling

“Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It”. His latest release Anxious Kids, was co-authored with Dr Jodi Richardson

From the Leadership Team

Welcome to 2021!

This year our College theme is PurposeFULL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

The Pastoral Care Pen 

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

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

Helping our kids to weather the storms 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With thanks,  

Louise Klar 

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth 

Curriculum Matters – Authentic and Relevant 

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

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

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

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

 

Kind regards,

 Nichola Welsh Remove featured image

Head of Teaching and Learning 

Secondary Highlights

Secondary School Highlights

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

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

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

 What a great start to 2021! 

 Blessings, 

 Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

Primary School Highlights

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

Five weeks have now passed since the start of the 2021 school year, and I am very happy to say that on the whole, our Primary school students have settled in well into the new year, with teachers, support staff and students all working and playing hard. 

Digital Innovation hits Year 4! 

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

I would also like to acknowledge the swimming teams on their recent success at both the NISSA swim meet and the Pine Rivers District Swimming Carnivals. At both meets, our Genesis Primary swimmers were superb yet again, with many individuals achieving podium and personal best results. Much thanks are to go to our Aquatics Centre staff, and coaches, and Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Turner for all their hard work with our swimmers so far this year. 

This Friday sees our first NISSA Gala day for 2021, with our Year 4 to 6 Genesis students lining up in fixtures with The Lakes College, Prince of Peace Lutheran College and Grace Primary in basketball, t-ball and touch football. Parents are most welcome to attend NISSA Gala days to support our students at any of the events this year but must ensure they follow they COVID-safe guidelines in place at each venue. 

Blessings,

Jeremy Williamson

Head of School – Primary 

College Swimming Carnival 

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

2021 Swimming Carnival Results and Age Champions 

Middle School Carnival 

Overall Standings 

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

 

House Spirit Trophy

Bethel 

 

Age Champions   

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

 

Senior School Carnival 

Overall Standings 

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

 

House Spirit Trophy

Jericho

 

Age Champions 

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

 

Swimming Records

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

 

Pine Rivers District Swimming Team 

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

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

 

Pine Rivers District Team Selections 

 Netball 

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

 Volleyball 

  • 16-19 years – Jenna C 

 Basketball 

  • 10-12 years – Shivaani VT  

  

Met North Team Achievements 

 Triathlon 

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

 

Softball 

  • 13-19 Years – Christopher C 

 

Volleyball 

  • 16-19 years – Jenna C 

 Congratulations to all students on these achievements!

 

Other Sporting Achievements 

 Triathlon 

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

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

 

Blessings,

Anthony Arro

Director of Secondary School Sport 

  

 

Primary Sport 

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

 

Swimming

Swimming Captains

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

 

NISSA Twilight Swimming Carnival

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

 

Pine Rivers District Swimming Carnival

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

 

Morning Training 

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

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

 

State Aquathlon

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

 

Congratulations

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

 Kind regards,  

 Louise McCarthy 

 

Matilda The Musical  

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

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

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

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

 

Year 12 Leadership Camp

Year 12 Leadership Camp 

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

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

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

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

 

 Kind regards,

 Shayne Kriel 

Care and Conduct Leader – Year 12 

 

OSHC – Quality and Commitment in Outside School Hours Care 

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

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

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

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

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

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

True Belonging never asks us to change who we are.

True Belonging requires us to be who we are.

Brene Brown

Kind regards,

Susan Cooper

OSHC Director

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 REMINDER 

As per the Queensland Government recommendations: 

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

Navigating your child’s online world

A Cyber Safety Event hosted by expert Brett Lee

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

For more information click here. 

Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings!

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

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

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

Genesis Celebrates 30 Years in 2021

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

Lower Primary Redevelopment

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Paul Sterling

Principal

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On behalf of the Pastoral Care team at Genesis, we want to wish you all a big Merry Christmas and let you know that we are praying for you and your family, for a safe and blessed holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2021 and please feel free to reach out to our Pastoral Care Team at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s wellbeing.

Blessings,

Louise Klar

Head of Pastoral Care and Growth & College Counsellor

Curriculum Matters – What is in your Hands?

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

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

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

We wish our Genesis community a blessed Christmas.

Kind regards,

Nichola Welsh

Head of Teaching and Learning

Secondary Highlights

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

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

As more communication comes about Launch 2021 (the week prior to school resuming), please make time to have your children collect everything they will need for classes on Day 1 and sign-up for the many co-curricular endeavours that enrich their schooling experience.

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

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

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

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

Blessings,

Stuart Taylor

Head of School – Secondary 

Farewell Class of 2020

Farewell Class of 2020!

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

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

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

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