I commenced as Principal at Genesis at the beginning of 2020 and, although in some ways it was a homecoming to Brisbane, it was also a new beginning here at Genesis.
My day usually involves connecting with staff, students and parents. It’s important to me to have an open door policy, allowing any member of the school community the opportunity to meet with me. While overseeing day-to-day school life, I am in consultation with our Board to outwork the strategic plan and establish the direction of the College, keeping it true to the Genesis mission and values.
The culture we have at Genesis is welcoming, genuine and exudes excellence. I think of the remarkable and passionate staff who are critical to this culture and always aim to set a consistent example of Christian values and a positive tone for our community. My desire is no-one passes through Genesis without being deeply and positively impacted by the special culture we enjoy here.
Our students are one-of-a-kind and show a real desire to achieve their personal best. Along with their academic development, my vision and dream is their character may be shaped by Christ, by service to others and through pursuit of personal interests, ultimately allowing them to recognise the great opportunities they have to be people of influence in the world.
My own academic education has seen me complete a Bachelor of Technology Education and a Master of Leadership and Management in Education. Previously, I have taught at Northside Christian College and, more recently, I served as Principal at Bundaberg Christian College.
I’m blessed to be married to Megan and we have two almost young adult children, Zachary and Ella.
I’ve had the pleasure of being Head of School – Secondary at Genesis since the beginning of 2018.
Throughout my career, I have poured my life into Christian education and the lives of thousands of young people across three states of Australia.
I’m passionate about Christian education. There are amazing opportunities to invest in our young people, to nurture them, grow them and shape them. I want to see the next generation as citizens of this world who are concerned about not only themselves but others—and are making a significant, positive difference.
I tell our students all the time: if they want to excel at Genesis, the only limiting factor is themselves. Our school has all the world-class facilities and support they need to achieve anything.
I love our College culture and how our students always say hello. Walking across the campus is a slow but very enjoyable process.
A highlight for me is Year 11 camp and watching the cohort build friendships and come together in a new way to prepare for their final year. It’s an incredible transformation that takes place over four days.
I have three children who all live in Brisbane, and I’m married to Joy. Some would call me a cricket tragic, but I find nothing tragic about cricket. Or Midnight Oil.
I’ve worked at Genesis as Head of School – Primary since the beginning of 2019 after working in education for more than 20 years in various roles across independent, Catholic and state schools.
I hold undergraduate degrees in Music and Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, I’m working on my Doctorate in Education, with a focus on the future skills curriculum.
Alongside leading the Primary School at Genesis, I spend a lot of my time working with other leaders in the College as we consider its future. Together, we are building on the great Christian foundation of our College, with future-focused, innovative teaching and learning programs, and a school culture which the whole Genesis community loves.
The vision I hold for our students is that they can grow into all of the aspects that make them them—their academics, culture and spirit—while preparing them for a future none of us can imagine just yet!
Our God has designed each of our students to be unique and precious to Him. It is our job as Genesis educators to create a safe place where children are free to discover themselves and who they are in Christ—no matter their skills, talents or ways of engaging in learning.
I believe Christ-likeness and perseverance are really important. Sometimes following Christ’s example seems easy and sometimes it can be difficult. But with perseverance and His help, we can keep striving to be more like Christ every day.
Music has always been my passion and I have spent a lot of my professional career travelling around Australia and the world playing the trumpet for well-known bands and orchestras. For me, it’s the creative and aesthetic sides of music and the arts that drives me to create something similar in schools—inspiring and creative places where children love to come and learn.
I’m married to Megan, a fellow primary teacher, and we have two daughters: Stella and Martha, who also attend Genesis.
Mrs Nichola Welsh | Head of Teaching and Learning (P–12)
I started at Genesis in 2012 as Head of Middle School Curriculum and Gifted and Talented Coordinator. After being appointed as Acting Head of Teaching and Learning, I moved permanently into role in 2019 to oversee the delivery of curriculum from Prep to Year 12, with a focus on our Gifted and Talented Program.
Before settling in Queensland, I taught all over the world, including the United Kingdom, South Africa and Melbourne.
I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Higher Diploma in Education with Honours and I’m partway through a Master of Educational Leadership.
I’m passionate about teaching and learning and finding new ways to empower teachers and engage students in the classroom and beyond.
Education needs to be rigorous, differentiated and supported. This is my vision and we’re already achieving it here at Genesis. While I mostly work with our teaching staff, I still teach a Year 9 class because I love teaching—it fills my bucket.
Our College’s sense of service is important to me. I work strategically in building links—with universities, our community and finding places we can serve. A project I’m particularly passionate about is Write a Book in a Day, where we fundraise for kids who have cancer.
My husband, James, and I have two children—Sam and Olivia—who are students at Genesis.
I oversee all of Genesis’ business operations and have enjoyed this role for more than 20 years.
Over this time, I have seen our College grow from a small, emerging school to the respected institution it is today.
Although I enjoy my area of expertise, I’m lucky to be involved in far more than just the school’s finances.
For the past 12 years I have been privileged to take a group of interested Genesis students to the Hillsong conference in Sydney. Further to this, I run an alternative Schoolies trip to an orphanage in Myanmar. In the past, I’ve also been a keen AFL coach for the school.
Excellence is a core value that has steered our College for the past 20 years. This is evident across our College, including our teaching staff, academic performance and facilities.
Our excellence attracts others. In 2012, we needed a swimming coach. We were blessed to hire a renowned swimming champion fresh from the London Olympics, who immediately started at Genesis. These are the sorts of champions we attract, and our children aspire to become.
I also like to keep busy outside of Genesis. I’m proud to hold the following honorary roles: treasurer of Associated Christian Schools, member of the finance committee for the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority, treasurer of Youth and Family Association of Pine Rivers, and board member of New Life Trust.
I have a Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting major and am a Fellow of CPA Australia.
My wife Sherry and I have three adult boys: Timothy, Andrew and James.
Mrs Kylie Bridgman | Personal Assistant to the Principal
I’ve worked as the Personal Assistant to the Principal at Genesis since the beginning of 2018 after a long career in administration. I was a legal secretary and personal assistant to a partner in a large firm in Victoria and have worked in education since having my children. My roles in education have included working as a teacher aide as well as administration roles in childcare, primary and secondary schools.
Working with our Principal, Paul Sterling, I manage appointments, College communications and staffing logistics. Another significant part of my role includes managing our office and our large administration team. I make sure my team has everything it needs and we have the right people in the right places.
Our College hosts important events throughout the year where we welcome local, state and federal politicians. I work as the conductor behind the scenes, liaising with government and protocol teams as well as organising every aspect of the program.
Genesis has an unwavering commitment to be like Christ. Strategically, our stakes in the ground are prayer, worship and devotions—and no matter how many other priorities arise, these will not be moved.
What some people don’t know about me is that my husband and I lived in Bangkok for two years and we became locals at heart—I was one of the many motorbikes travelling through the streets with little children and our groceries piled up!
I have three wonderful children, Daniel, Hannah and Emma.