At the recent Annual General Meeting of Covenant's Association the School Board were decided for another year. Covenant is a parent controlled school. This distinguishes it from schools which are controlled by the State, a church or a denomination. Covenant is a school started by and predominantly for Christian parents.
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Some background to better understand Covenant:
In the 1960’s and 1970’s a group of Christians shared a vision for a school which honoured the role of parents and sought to assist them in raising their children. Many of these pioneers made sacrifices in creating a school knowing that their own children would not benefit from it. They did it anyway. After over 10 years of hard work, disappointments and excitement, on 29 May 1978 Covenant Christian School started in a hired church hall in Terrey Hills. Since that time ‘Covie’ (as it is affectionately known) has grown into a large Christian community, with around 850 students representing over 120 different churches. It has also become a major enterprise employing over 100 teaching and support staff, all of whom are practising Christians. Looking back, and looking forward, we have much to be thankful for.
The role of God
To only say that Covenant is parent controlled is to miss its true heartbeat, because the most important thing about Covenant is that it is a God controlled school. Covenant submits to the authority of God’s Word (the Scriptures) and seeks to be obedient and faithful to Him in all that it does. In understanding what God has to say to us, we are greatly helped and guided by the historic reformed creeds (such as the Westminster Confession) which the school’s founders carefully selected as the basis of our beliefs.
So why have an Association?
As a community we believe it is the responsibility of Christian parents to raise their children. It is therefore Christian parents who need to oversee the direction of our school—not the Government, a church or a denomination. By becoming a member you can have a say and provide direction for the ongoing vision and mission of the school. A strong Association of supportive members ensures our school continues to teach from a biblical perspective in all areas of the curriculum as well as operate by Christian principles.
What does the Association do?
In essence, the Association is the group of people who share a deep commitment to the vision and mission of the school and take on the responsibility of ensuring that vision and mission is maintained and promoted. At an operational level, this responsibility is delegated to the
members of the Board, who are elected by the Association members. The Board works closely with the Principal and staff team towards this goal. However, all Association members contribute, not least by their prayers.
What is involved?
• Joining the Association is about sharing, and taking responsibility for, the beliefs, vision and mission of Covenant.
• A free annual AGM dinner is held in May. Members can vote on decisions and take part in discussions. Full Members are eligible to be elected to the Board.
What the Association is NOT
Many other schools will have a Parents and Friends Committee. These are often volunteers who are expected to be involved in fundraising and organising community events. To join the P&F can mean hard work for those willing to be involved. It is through Covenant’s Parents Involvement Program (PIP) that ALL parents are expected to be engaged in some way in the life and activities of our school.
Joining the School Association is different! It is about sharing the school vision and enabling you as a parent to take an active role in upholding and maintaining that vision.
Joining the School Association is a tangible way you help ensure the vision continues. An active, strong Association of current parents means a healthy, Godhonouring school—now and into the future. Working together, parents in partnership with teachers help “train our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) equipping them to live for God’s glory.
What is the cost?
• No cost for parents with students currently enroled
• $25 per annum for others
Who can join?
All practising Christians (substantiated by a minister’s reference) who agree with the school’s basic theological and educational directions as set out in the Constitution (particularly the ‘Educational Creed’).
What is the process of joining?
• Ask the Executive Assistant for an application form, or
• Download the forms from the Association tab
• Complete and return the forms to the school office
• An interview may be arranged
• Upon acceptance you will become an Associate Member
• After 12 months as an Associate you can apply for Full Membership
Like to join? Have some more questions? Contact the Executive Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org or download more information, the school’s Constitution and membership forms from the Association page