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Extension & Enrichment

Academic Rigour

Covenant provides an enriching and supportive learning environment that inspires students to work to the best of their abilities. At Covenant, the NSW curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective and in a way that meets the learning needs of all students. This includes teaching and learning practices in every classroom, as well as extension and enrichment, and learning support. Our mission is to provide an academically rigorous education, through a well-taught integrated Christian curriculum.

All students at Covenant are valued as having been made by God (Psalm 139). We recognise that students learn differently, at different rates and at different levels. Some students will need learning support, others will require extension and enrichment, or both. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child by knowing our students and understanding how to meet their needs.

In every subject, lessons are created to drive conceptual understanding and critical thinking, not just to convey information. Flexible teaching strategies and genuine care for each individual results in high levels of student engagement. As well as effectively differentiating the curriculum, teachers may use strategies such as setting open-ended tasks, and allowing like-minded or similar-ability students to work together. While applying a Christian lens to all subjects, a learning culture is created.

Students are further challenged through extension and enrichment opportunities in areas of particular interest or ability. Some strategies currently used at Covenant include:

In-Class Enrichment

All our teachers tailor lessons to suit their individual student group. Teachers know and monitor their students to ascertain where they can undertake more complex work using higher-order thinking skills. 

Pull-Out Classes

In a number of subjects, students from Kindergarten to Year 10 have the opportunity to be selected for pull-out programs providing more complex work to be undertaken. These are tailored to the student who is achieving beyond the expected level of their peers. 

Streamed Classes

In some subjects, there are ability-based groupings allowing for certain students to complete work at a more complex level or increased pace.

Curriculum Compacting

This involves condensing the usual academic program in order that students may progress at a faster pace and move swiftly onto more difficult work. 

Major Work Projects

Students undertake project-based learning tasks which allow them to create a major work which they are passionate about. It challenges and extends them while preparing them for major works in their senior years.

  • Year 6 - FLIP (Free Learning Independent Project)
  • Year 8 - The Passion Project 
Enrichment Camps

Covenant, along with Christian Education National (CEN), operate a number of exciting enrichment camps during term time. Taught by specialists, these camps allow students of all ages and stages to work together. Currently, students can attend camps which focus on the following areas: art, drama, writing, music, coding and mathematics.

Extension and Enrichment Days

These opportunities expose our students to deeper thinking. 

Pushing the Boundaries is our annual Year 9 interdisciplinary Extension and Enrichment Day organised by Covenant and attended by other Christian Schools. Students participate in intensive workshops and explore chosen fields such as Coding, Drama, Mathematics, Engineering, Public Speaking, Science, Art, Cooking, Philosophy, Writing and much more. The practical workshops are delivered by highly qualified professionals, above grade level and provide instruction and inspiration.

Outer Limits Days is our annual Extension and Enrichment day for Covenant students in Years 3 - 6. Students explore a range of topics and activities, enjoying taking time to develop skills, passion and knowledge. 

Extra-Curricular Enrichment

Covenant offers a vast range of opportunities including: 

The Da Vinci Decathlon

The Da Vinci Decathlon is an annual inter-school academic 'Olympics' tournament held at Knox Grammar School. Teams of students from schools across Sydney compete in 10 intellectual activities over the course of a day. The disciplines can be as far ranging as Art and Poetry, Code Breaking, Cartography, Science and Philosophy. 

GATEway 8

A team-based academic gala day designed to challenge and enthuse gifted students in creative academic pursuits. This inter-school competition focuses on problem solving and is held annually at Macarthur Anglican School.

Competitions

The school organises and participates in a number of competitions which allow students to test and refine their skills. 

Competitions may include:

  • ICAS (English, Maths, Science, Writing, Computing)
  • Debating
  • Public Speaking
  • Performing Arts Eisteddfods
  • Robotics
  • Mathematics
  • Writing and Illustration
Lunch-time Clubs

Both Junior School and Secondary School run a variety of lunch-time clubs. Some current examples include:

  • Science Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Chess Club