Celebration Dinner to give thanks and look forward
Date Posted: 22-Mar-2011
What a pleasure and privilege it was to attend the celebration dinner at Miramare Gardens last Saturday night. Despite the rain the atmosphere was bright and the surroundings lovely.
There was a good crowd assembled, a real representation of our community. There were some parents new to the school, and some whose children have left school, familiar faces and new ones. There were current and past staff members too, as well as Board members and everyone in between. The tables were beautifully decorated and there were trivia questions to puzzle over and break the ice chatting about with one’s neighbour
The evening was full of enjoyment and things to watch as well as to eat. What a delicious meal we enjoyed! Our MC, Simon Higgins, kept things moving smoothly and with humour. Principal Bill Rusin spoke about the growth of Christian education, honouring Reverend William Deenick, father of past Principal Tony Deenick , one of the founding group of our school. Later we watched several short videos that were made for the 25th anniversary of Covenant. In these, significant people involved in the early days of Covenant looked back on the challenges and spoke of the faith that kept them going. Although I had seen these before they were a lovely reminder of our Vision.
We were entertained by current students too. The Concert Band, led by Mrs Nicole Conway played for us- a stirring piece executed with flair. Three of our HSC Dance students, who are taught by Miss Katrina Carter, dazzled us with their skill and grace.
The evening aimed to not only bring the community together but also raise money for the next building programme and the bursary fund. Mairwen Chapman, a current Board member, also urged parents to join the Association. Can I join her in repeating this request? Joining the Association as full members enables you to vote on important decisions and elect members to the School Board.
It was a pleasure to catch up with old friends, as well as families whose children have joined the school this year and to look back at the past while looking forward to new plans. Thanks to all who worked hard to make the dinner such a success and to all who attended. It was great to feel the community spirit and sense of fun that has always been typical of Covenant. Over the years, the Vision has not changed: to assist “parents in the nurture of their children, by providing a Christ-centred Biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous education which equips children to live for God’s glory.” We give thanks to God for His goodness to us over the years and in the years to come.