Meet the School Board

Covenant Christian School is a parent controlled school.

This distinguishes it from schools which are controlled by the government, churches or a denomination. Covenant was started by, and predominantly for, Christian parents who together desire for it to be 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. Christian parents are encouraged to become members of the school association which elects the Board. Board members are active members of several different churches.

Rev Ben Molyneux

Being relatively new to Covenant, I became quickly convinced of the significance of Christian education and it’s importance for my wife (Yvette) and I as we seek to raise our children in the training and instruction of the Lord. Being able to partner with a school that takes God’s word seriously and seeks to put that into practice in the classroom is amazing and a great privilege.

Ben joined the Board in 2012

Mrs Tasha Smithies

I am married to Rob and we have 4 young children. Our family attends the 5pm family service at St David's Anglican Church in Forestville. We have been members of this Church since the mid 1990's and have live locally in Forestville.

Tasha joined the Board in 2013

Mr Graeme Baikie

How long have you been involved at Covenant?
Our whole family has been blessed through the school since 2006. Through Christ Church St Ives I met several peers from Covenant Christian School who stood out as 'lights amongst the lights' in the youth group. There was something different about my Covie friends which was compelling to me and this became a key factor in deciding to send our kids to Covie. I love that the teachers at Covie love and pray for our kids daily. My wife, Gayle, and I totally love Covie. 

Why did you decide to go on the school board?
 I am honoured to serve on the Board to give back to the school in any way that I can. Our youngest will graduate in 2023 so there is plenty of time to serve generously. I have over 20 years’ finance professional experience obtained in three global organisations, PwC, Credit Suisse and AMP with expertise in treasury, financial risk management, capital management, accounting and audit. I have served as the Treasurer at St David’s Anglican Church, Forestville since 2006.

Graeme joined the Board in 2015.

Mrs Carmelina Read

How long have you been involved at Covenant and locally?
Our eldest child started at Covenant in 2006. Since 1999, with my husband Jeff, I have helped to  pastor and grow Chatswood Presbyterian Church from a small group of some forty people to now a church of some four hundred and fifty people. I have co-­‐ordinated kids’ and women’s ministry, trained leaders and students for ministry and cared for people through visitation and hospitality.  

Why did you decide to go on the school board?
The opportunity to serve as a Director of the School Board is an opportunity to give back to the school in thanksgiving for the many ways it has and is serving my family. It is also a way of contributing to the ways in which the school assists all parents to raise their children to live for God's glory in Christ. Ultimately, we want all people to live for God's glory in every aspect of their lives. Serving as a Director of the Board would be for me an area of Christian ministry focused in on community designed to be an extension of the homes of parents and an opportunity to help the school continue to fulfill it's mission and vision.

Carmelina joined the Board in 2015.

Mr Dean Stewart - Chair

How long have you been involved at Covenant?
Since 2005 when we enrolled our older daughter in pre-school (its inaugural year). Both our children now attend, and my wife seems to spend half her life there! I joined the board the first time in 2011.

Why did you decide to go on the school board?
I believe that Christian education, by which I mean teaching and training children to follow Jesus, is a crucially important ministry. My greatest desire for my own children is for them to grow up to be faithful and fruitful Christians, and I'm really thankful for everything that Covenant and all the staff do for my own children to this end. I want to serve alongside them, to help every child in the school grow in their faith. I also benefited hugely from going to a Christ centred Christian school as a student.

As a member of the board my aim is to help ensure that Covenant continues to be faithful in its mission, raising young disciples of Jesus.

Dean returned to the Board in 2016

Dr Philip Selden

Tell us about your family
I have been married to Pru for 50 years this year. We have three children - Di, David and Kate. David attended Covenant in the 80s, and Kate in the 90s. We have 4 grandchildren. Pru worked at Covenant for some years, and Kate also taught trumpet at the school.

 

Where does your family attend church?
I am a member of St Faiths Anglican Church Narrabeen, where I serve as an honorary member of the ministry staff.

Give us a glimpse into your work life? Are you still working?
I worked for many years in general medical practice, and then for 12 years as Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and Archbishop's Executive Officer. I am'retired' from paid employment, but I do not consider that Christians ever retire!

What is the best way to spend a day off?
Being busy with ministry, the best possible way I can spend a day off is to have time with Pru, for example with a picnic.

Dr Philip Selden joined the School Board in November 2016.