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Years 7 to 10

A Rich Learning Environment

Seeing children equipped to live for God’s glory is at the core of Covenant Christian School. 

Our Secondary School is a supportive, challenging and secure learning environment which allows students to transition smoothly from their primary school experience. Our passionate and experienced Christian teachers encourage, challenge and nurture students to prepare them for a life of faithfulness, and to encounter God in each subject. 

Year 7 represents a significant transition, and Covenant provides a comprehensive approach to helping students get off to an excellent start. Students continuing from Covenant’s Junior School have the benefit of familiarity and preparation throughout Year 6. In Year 7, all our students receive a program delivered by pastoral care staff to equip students for school life and learning. This includes a specific camp for Year 7 students.

In Years 8 to 10, learning extends beyond the classroom with an extensive multi-age elective camping program catering for students with different strengths, abilities and interests.

Opportunities including sport, Duke of Edinburgh Award, enrichment camps for Art, Mathematics, Cartooning, Writing and Drama plus the annual trips serving the Yarrabah Aboriginal community encourage students to expand their life experiences.

Christian Perspective and State Curriculum

Designing a Christ-centred and biblically-grounded education requires deliberate effort and focus. The required NSW state curriculum is taught from a biblical perspective considering a Christian worldview in each subject. Students are encouraged to think critically, ask questions and consider the outworking of the Christian faith in all areas of life. 

The purpose of biblical studies goes beyond knowing what the Bible says, it is about knowing God through reading and understanding His word. All classes at Covenant are taught from a Christian perspective – the perspective of ‘those who know God’. The ‘Knowing God’ subject, from Kindergarten to Year 12, helps students to deepen their understanding of God’s word and Christian faith (Rom 10:17). In this way, ‘Knowing God’ is like English, both a name for a course and a foundational element in other courses.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing at Covenant covers four interconnected strands:

  • Spiritual wellbeing
  • Academic wellbeing
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Social and emotional wellbeing

Whilst the Wellbeing Program is woven into both the classroom and the playground, the Wellbeing team also play a crucial role. In Years 7 to 10, Wellbeing team consist of:

  • Our Director of Wellbeing, Mr Dan Apin
  • The Year Advisors - Mr Dave Tatzenko (Year 7), Mrs Emma Collins (Year 8), Mrs Louise Gardner (Year 9) and Mrs Jennifer Staj (Year 10)
  • The Secondary Wellbeing Coordinators - Miss Cath Rose (Stage 4) and Mr Mark Childs (Stage 5)
  • Our Counselling Team - Mrs Deb Redwood, Mr Richard Grey, Mrs Tracy Macmillan 
  • Home Class teachers who oversee a mix of students from Years 7 to 12 in vertical rolls based on house groups.

“It is very encouraging and helpful to go to a Christian Secondary School at a time in life when values become a key part of our life.”
Raphael - Year 9 Student

Grading of Classes 

Students of differing abilities and interests mix in classes. From Year 7 onwards, English and Maths classes are based on student ability. Practical classes are smaller allowing for more student and teacher interaction.