2017 Term 4 Christmas

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

This morning, the much anticipated HSC 2017 results were released. We want to congratulate all of our students on their results, on their hard work, and on their achievements. To our students, whether you achieved the results you were expecting, exceeded expectations, or your results are below what you would have expected, our prayer is that you will find your ultimate identity in Christ, and that you will trust God to direct you in all that life will bring into the future.

This morning, the much anticipated HSC 2017 results were released. We want to congratulate all of our students on their results, on their hard work, and on their achievements. To our students, whether you achieved the results you were expecting, exceeded expectations, or your results are below what you would have expected, our prayer is that you will find your ultimate identity in Christ, and that you will trust God to direct you in all that life will bring into the future.

This year our students sat for the HSC in nearly 40 courses. We are pleased with the efforts of all of our students, and are happy for them as they move onto the next phase in their lives, thanking God for what they have learned at Covenant, and hoping they have learned much more than what they will see in their results. We want our students to head into whatever is next, using their abilities to praise God with their study and work into the future.
 
A fuller report of student performance will be released in the coming weeks, however today I would like to congratulate the following students on making the distinguished achievers list this year, for achieving a result that placed them in the highest performance band for that subject. This is a wonderful achievement.
  • Jaya Armstrong: Mathematics
  • Zachary Cossart: Mathematics
  • Travis Cromhout: French Beginners
  • Maya Dykman: Mathematics
  • Sophie Goff: Biology, Mathematics
  • Tia Heard: Design and Technology, Mathematics General 2
  • Daniel Horton: Mathematics Extension 1
  • Emily Hughes: Mathematics
  • Samuel Humphrey: Agriculture, Biology, Industrial Technology
  • Hunter Jourdan: Chemistry, English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Physics
  • Michael Killen: Biology, Mathematics
  • Arleen Kiujian: Mathematics General 2
  • Abigail Kruger: Biology, Design and Technology, Mathematics General 2
  • Isaac Lumsdaine: French Beginners
  • Marcus Mangraviti: Mathematics General 2
  • Noah McLean: Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1
  • Josiah Monin: Mathematics
  • Lily Morton: English Advanced
  • Eleanor Murray: English Advanced, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, Mathematics, Modern History, French Continuers
  • Rachelle O’Neill: Mathematics Extension 1
  • James Parker: Mathematics General 2
  • Thai Rushbrook: Biology, Visual Arts
  • Talitha Street: Senior Science
  • Courtney Sutherland: Biology
  • Alicia Tucker: Mathematics General 2, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Georgina Turnbull: Society and Culture
  • Amy Turner: Biology, English Extension 1
  • Sophia Vaughan: Visual Arts
  • Danielle Worton: Biology, Economics, English Advanced, Mathematics, Visual Arts
  • Vincent Wuenstel: German Extension
  • Christie Yu: Mathematics
Congratulations to Eleanor Murray and Danielle Worton, for making the All Rounders List, for highest band achievement in 10 units of study in the HSC. An outstanding achievement.

We give our God great thanks for the achievements of our students this year, and are praying for them as they wait to find out and then make decisions about their next phase of life through further study and work into the future. It is great to see our students making good use of the opportunity to learn while at school, and working to the best of their ability.

Mr Peter Muddle
Deputy Principal (7-12) Curriculum

On the last day of school, Year 9 and 11 Textiles students took an adventure to view a fashion show of student work at Sydney TAFE, Ultimo. Our students were inspired by the range of clothing that was on show and the opportunities for tertiary study in fashion. It was a fantastic day!

On the last day of school, Year 9 and 11 Textiles students took an adventure to view a fashion show of student work at Sydney TAFE, Ultimo. Our students were inspired by the range of clothing that was on show and the opportunities for tertiary study in fashion. It was a fantastic day!

Five students from Covenant, plus one from Christian Brothers High School Lewisham, successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Hike for the last four days of Term 4. With heavy rain forecast for three of the four days the team prepared for the worst.

Five students from Covenant, plus one from Christian Brothers High School Lewisham, successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Hike for the last four days of Term 4.

With heavy rain forecast for three of the four days the team prepared for the worst. This meant covers for back packs, dry bags, snap lock bags, extra shelter and raincoats. We were grateful, and fortunate, that it only rained on the first and third day and not when we were setting up, eating or packing up. While other parts of Sydney had thunder, lighting, hail and heavy rain we only heard and saw lighting and in comparison had relatively light rain.

Starting the hike from Helensburgh Train Station the first night was spent at Mirang Pool. The second night was at Uloola Falls and the final night at North Era before returning to Helensburg Station. Over the four days we were never too far from civilisation with constant reminders: views of the city skyline, camping under power lines or flight paths to Sydney Airport, walking through suburban streets, restocking supplies at IGA, deciding whether to take the lift or use the stairs when crossing railway lines. While phones were rarely used we were often in mobile phone range and even had free WiFi at one location.

Between hiking, cooking and navigating there was time for resting, chatting, building sand castles and taking naps. Fortunately we did encounter some wildlife including an echidna, red bellied black snake, a wallaby, black cockatoos, thieving sulphur crested cockatoos, a one footed duck, deer, crabs and lizards. In addition were the unwelcome leeches, ticks and bugs which were more attracted to some hikers than others.

Some memories:
  • Four boys jammed into one tent and two mattresses while the other four hikers had individual tents
  • Josh's lightweight pyramid tent
  • Dehydrated meals
  • A backpack of Tupperware
  • Forks made from sticks
  • Showers under the waterfall
  • Inflating mattresses
  • Sliding down the slippery hill into North Era
  • Finding, and where necessary treating, drinking water
  • Evaluating the ingredients, and usefulness, of sweetened condensed milk
  • Experiments with magnesium
  • Josh's trashy puns and joke about testing the depth of a sink hole with a goat
  • Marshmellows, snacks and sparklers when we visited our neighbours Igor, Angela, Lewis and others
  • Calling out for, but not finding, Enoch
  • Taking a few wrong turns to test both our navigation and abilities to walk sideways on steep slopes
  • Having part of the track closed due to recent fires and being shuttled to another part of the track
Well done students on your navigation skills, patience with each other, not complaining about the rain and supporting one another. Thanks to Josh from the Collaroy Centre and Mr Pierson for joining the adventure and for Mr Zedack, Ryan's mum and Mrs McAllan for providing transport and encouragement.

Two fish are in a tank. One says to the other "Do you know how to drive this thing?"

On Thursday 30 November, the CCS Dance Academy presented the annual dance concert with the theme of: ‘Pop Stars, Rock Stars and Famous Composers’.

On Thursday 30 November, the CCS Dance Academy presented the annual dance concert with the theme of: ‘Pop Stars, Rock Stars and Famous Composers’.

Thank you to all the teachers for their wonderful creativity and commitment to teaching this year: Katrina Carter, Kellie Conolly, Hayley Jacobs, Linda Keen, Jamie McPhee, Charlotte Pond, Lucinda Pond and Jess Verzosa. 

The line up included:
  • Music Class - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • High School Musical - Year 4-6 Musical Theatre
  • Coldplay  - HSC Dance
  • Beach Boys - Kindergarten-Year 1 Jazz
  • WHAM! - Primary Jazz Eisteddfod
  • Bowie - High School Jazz Eisteddfod
  • Powerful Women - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Jennifer Lopez - Year 7-9 Jazz
  • Unconditionally - Year 4-6 Jazz
  • The Supremes - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Kylie Minogue - Year 2 Jazz
  • Rhianna - Year 5-6 Jazz
  • Abba - Year 3-4 Jazz
  • Beyoncé - Dance Fitness
  • Classical Composers - Senior Musical Theatre
  • Vivaldi (4 Seasons) - Tiny Tots, K-1 and Grade 2 Ballet
  • Ed Sheeran - Intermediate Foundation Ballet
  • Vivaldi - Lyrical Ballet and Senior Worship Ballet
  • Pink - Year 7-9 Jazz
  • Rachmaninov - Grade 4 Ballet
  • Hillsong - Lyrical Ballet and Senior Worship Ballet
  • Jacques Offenbach - Grade 2 Exam Ballet
  • Scott Joplin - Grade 4 Exam Ballet
  • Motown - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Blues Brothers - Kindergarten-Year 2 Jazz
  • Michael Jackson - Year 7-9 Tap
  • Janet Jackson - Year 3-6 Tap
  • Michael Jackson - Year 3-4 Jazz
  • Jackson 5 - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Billy Joel - Year 7-9 Tap
  • Elvis Presley - Year 3-6 Tap
  • Classroom Scene - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Year 4-6 Musical Theatre
  • Prince - High School Contemporary Eisteddfod
  • U2 - Primary Contemporary Eisteddfod
  • Staffroom - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Bonnie Tyler - Year 7-10 Musical Theatre
  • Finale Dance - Entire Cast
Please enjoy the photos below. 
 

The Year 10 Social is a much-anticipated event and this year's Social proved to be a highlight of the school year. Laura Monin headed up the decorating team and the result was the transformation of the PAS (Performing Arts Space) into a beautiful 'enchanted' forest.

The Year 10 Social is a much-anticipated event and this year's Social proved to be a highlight of the school year. Laura Monin headed up the decorating team resulting in the transformation of the PAS (Performing Arts Space) into a beautiful 'enchanted' forest.  

Throughout the evening the students enjoyed a photo booth, dancing and awards and dined on wood-fired pizza and gelato.

Well done to all who contributed to a wonderful evening.  Special thanks to Saffron Smith who headed up the Year 10 Social Committee.

For high resolution free digital download of any of the photos in the gallery below, please contact: carolinescameraphotography@gmail.com

Year 6 are challenged with creating a book as part of their Library studies. The brief is to write and illustrate a picture book for young readers. The creativity was evident and there were some amazing books on display. Parents were invited to the launch following the Graduation.

Year 6 are challenged with creating a book as part of their Library studies.  The brief is to write and illustrate a picture book for young readers. The creativity was evident and there were some amazing books on display. Parents were invited to the launch following the Graduation. 

On Wednesday 6 December the Year 6 students celebrated their graduation from Junior School. It was a well-attended event with many friends and family supporting the Year 6 students.

On Wednesday 6 December the Year 6 students celebrated their graduation from Junior School.  It was a well-attended event with many friends and family supporting the Year 6 students.  

Mr Morton gave an engaging speech.  The Year 6 teachers, Mrs Piney and Mr Eatough gave a poignant farewell address and then presented the Graduation certificates.  

The Year 6 students were also involved in the graduation.  Jasmine and Noah provided the welcome, Lauren read the Bible passage, Jaiden prayed, Nathan and Sophia reflected on the Junior years at Covie and a number of the students performed a dance to the music 'Celebrate'.  

Thank you to Year 3 for the musical item you performed and to Mrs Baikie for the slideshow. 

Year 6, we wish you every blessing as you progress to Secondary School. 

Romans 12: 1-2
Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to Him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God. Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him.

On Tuesday the whole school assembled to celebrate the birth of Jesus at the Christmas Assembly. Thank you to all who were involved, enabling us to reflect on the significance of Christmas through Bible readings, dance, singing, prayer, a beautiful narrative and an entertaining talk.

On Tuesday the whole school assembled to celebrate the birth of Jesus at the Christmas Assembly.  Thank you to all who were involved, enabling us to reflect on the significance of Christmas through Bible readings, dance, singing, prayer, a beautiful narrative and an entertaining talk.  

 
Luke 2:8-14 New International Version (NIV)
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people.
 

The Year 9 Food Technology class have had a great year, learning about; food and the digestive system, native foods and food for special needs. They have learnt how to cook and plate foods attractively and have done some food science lessons watching how foods interact with one another. For their final task, they had to create and decorate a ginger bread house. Here are their finished works.

The Year 9 Food Technology class have had a great year, learning about;

  • food and the digestive system
  • native foods and
  • food for special needs. 

They have learnt how to cook and plate foods attractively and have done some food science lessons watching how foods interact with one another. For their final task, they had to create and decorate a ginger bread house. Here are their finished works. 

 

Videos have now been added. It was a beautiful sunny day on Friday for the annual Year 5 Billy Cart Race. Teams arrived dressed in matching team costumes and proudly displayed their carts in the pits. There was a lot of discussion about the different designs and the creativity of the students was evident!

It was a beautiful sunny day on Friday for the annual Year 5 Billy Cart Race. Teams arrived dressed in matching team costumes and proudly displayed their carts in the pits. There was a lot of discussion about the different designs and the creativity of the students was evident!

Mrs Tripet gave some final instructions and prayed for the teams. After walking the course it was time for a modified run with Mr Morton checking the carts for safety and students testing the brakes! The carts had the all-clear and teams headed to the starting line. 
 
Mrs Holman was efficient in organising teams which meant that all drivers had a chance of driving their carts. It was wonderful to see the bravery of students who kept racing despite the odd crash and also the generosity of teams who shared their carts with those teams whose billy cart broke.

Well done to the 'Bingatti Veyron' team who narrowly had the fastest run, helped by members of the 'Ganster Uni- Bros'. A lovely example of the teamwork and great sportsmanship displayed by all teams.

A big thank you to our maintenance team for using hay bales, mattresses and bollards to keep the racers and spectators safe.