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.

Mr 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 Alison Streeter

Happily married to Mark Streeter. Our three daughters Emily, Amelia and Anneliese attend Covenant. 
Relevant academic qualifications - Dip Teach - Primary Ed + Dip Bible and Mission [Moore College] 
Relevant background information - I have had the privilege of being involved with Christian Education [initially at Illawarra Christian School both at the Tongarra + Cordeaux Campus' and then at Covenant Christian School] as a prac student, a teacher, a board member and as a parent [in that order] for over 25 years.

Alison returned to the Board in 2013

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

Mrs Helen Bilton - Board Chair

How long have you been involved at Covenant?
Our family became part of the Covenant community in 2006 when we moved from NZ to Australia.

Why did you decide to go on the school board?
We have been blessed by the staff and families we have come to know. After serving in various roles including class mum and reading groups, I felt lead by God to contribute more to this wonderful school.  My personal background is in Human Resources though most recently I have enjoyed being a full time mum.
My other activities include being part of a book club and as a teaching leader with Bible Study Fellowship.

I am passionate to see children be equipped and grow in relationship with God and know how to live in this world. This is a great way to serve this wonderful community and in turn serve the God I love.

Helen joined the Board in 2011.

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

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

Mr Simon Higgins - Deputy Chair

Why did you decide to go on the school board?
My wife Kari and I are passionate about Covie. It represents a material part of our lives and for this reason I wanted to deepen my involvement in its governance by becoming a Director on the Board.  I continue to be impressed by how the school is evolving and developing and I was keen to be more directly involved in decisions regarding its future. Having worked as a Senior Human Resources Executive in the corporate world for over 20 years, I also felt that I had some skills of value to offer in helping to serve the school community through the Board.