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Meet The Executive

Our Executive are a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals, committed to ensuring that our vision is central to all we do at Covenant. Responsible for the overall management of the school in all its key areas of operation, the Executive provides a firm foundation for the strategic and practical implementation of our mission to provide a Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous education for the students in our care. 

Principal - Mrs Melissa Brown

Bachelor of Arts; Master of Educational Studies

Melissa Brown has been involved in Christian education for nearly 30 years and considers it a joy and a privilege to be working with a Christian community dedicated to providing education that is Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous. She joined Covenant Christian School as Principal in 2020, having spent the previous 19 years at Orange Christian School as Secondary Coordinator and then as Principal. 

Melissa is passionately committed to Christian education, and to the goal of developing positive parent partnership in the home/school relationship. Current research has identified positive parent engagement as being a key factor in children’s educational, social and emotional improvement in school. She considers it is blessing to be in a school where this is already a part of the cultural fabric, and looks forward to seeing how Covenant can continue to build on the strong foundations already in place. 

Business Manager - Mr Andrew Lowry, CMgr MIML

Chartered Manager; Diploma in Hotel & Catering Administration; Advanced Diploma in Business; Justice of the Peace

Andrew joined Covenant Christian School in 2006. In his role as Business Manager, he provides key support and assistance to our Board, Principal and Executive in fulfilling the strategic direction and plan of our school. With a commitment to Christian education and the vision and mission of our school, Andrew plays a crucial role in the oversight of the business, finance and property segments of our school. 

Deputy Principal Secondary School - Mr Tim Hewitt

Bachelor of Science (Hons); Diploma in Education; Master of Christian Education (Leadership) (underway)

Tim was appointed as the Deputy Principal Curriculum 7-12 in 2019. In 2021, the role has changed and Tim is now Deputy Principal Secondary School. He has a long-standing commitment to Christian education, working previously at William Carey Christian School and the Illawarra Christian School. Tim is an educational leader, responsible for curriculum development and delivery in Years 7-12. He is passionate about partnering with parents in the nurture of their children, and is deeply committed to ensuring that Covenant remains focused on its vision and mission by delivering a rich, Christ-centred educational experience for each student. 

Director of Student Wellbeing - Mr Dan Apin

Bachelor of Science (Maths); Bachelor of Education

Dan has been in a Pastoral Care Coordinator role at Covenant for the past four years and has taught Mathematics since 2012. In this newly-focused role as the Director of Wellbeing, he will be overseeing student wellbeing across the school (Prep through to Year 12). This involves assisting student development, learning engagement and student behaviour – to support our students’ emotional, physical, academic, social, vocational and spiritual wellbeing throughout their school years. 

Director of School Administration - Mr Tim Smithies

Bachelor of Arts; Diploma in Education

Tim joined Covenant as a Secondary teacher in 2001, however his experience and skills in administration led him to being appointed to the role of Director of School Administration in 2017. He has oversight of the administrative and organisational processes of our school, and works in partnership with our teaching and administrative staff to ensure our school is resourced to fulfil its vision and mission. 

Director of Teaching and Learning K-12 - Mrs Sam Glassock

Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education; Master of Education (Gifted and Talented) 

Sam is an experienced leader in education with over 20 years of teaching and HSC English marking experience. She was appointed to the role of Director of Teaching in Learning (DOTAL) in 2020 and plays a crucial role in our culture of teaching excellence at Covenant. In her role as DOTAL, she is excited to see the emergence of deep thinkers who can wrestle with complex problems, synthesise ideas and evaluate the culture via a biblical lens. 

Human Resources Manager - Mr Trevor Punnett

Diploma in Market Research; Diploma in Marketing; Bachelor of Arts (Hons); Certified Practitioner of HR

Trevor joined the team at Covenant in 2019. His role as Human Resources Manager is to oversee the organisational capability and culture of our school. This incorporates aspects of workforce design and planning, advocating for transformation, innovation and change, mentoring and coaching leaders in our school, as well as providing vital support to our staff so that our school continues to uphold our vision and mission. 

Registrar - Mrs Wendy Boase

Advanced Diploma in Secretarial Studies

Wendy joined Covenant in 2007 as the Registrar. She is an administration professional with over 25 years involvement in Christian education. Wendy provides a crucial link between our school and both prospective and current families. She has the joy of sharing the vision and mission of our school with parents who are seeking a Christ-centred education for their children. Having firsthand experience in the value of partnering with a school that was committed to a distinctively Christian worldview in all aspects of education and school life, she is perfectly placed to walk alongside parents considering this for their children.  

Executive Assistant - Mrs Karen Auckett

Diploma in Business Management

Karen was appointed to the role of Executive Assistant in 2005 having commenced at Covenant two years earlier. Her experience, and administrative and organisational skills are essential to the Executive team. Karen's primary role as Executive Assistant is to provide timely and confidential administrative assistance to the Principal, Executive and Board. She counts it a privilege to work alongside the staff at Covenant to fulfil the school's vision and mission.