CCS Dance Academy Concert on sale
Thank You Morning Tea 9-11am Friday 10 November
Friday 10 November9.00am to 11.00amCafé Covie (K Block)
- Beach Clean Up starts at 5pm
- Aquarium Tour 6pm - $10 Bookings Essential at northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
- Outdoor Screening of A Plastic Ocean Starts at 7pm – BYO Picnic Blanket.
From the Deputy Principal, Curriculum (7-12)
Year 9 Push the Boundaries for 2017
This year, Covenant again hosted the annual Pushing the Boundaries Extension and Enrichment Day for Year 9 students. The day was a buzz of energy, creativity and academic fervour as 225 students from schools all around the state came together for a day of exciting workshops. There were nine morning workshops and nine afternoon workshops for students to consider. Topics were many and varied, from UNSW Engineering, to Philosophy to Digital Music and Psychology. The Australian Theatre for Young People hosted a Physical Theatre and Stage Fighting workshop for those who were dramatically inclined and the University of New South Wales hosted a coding workshop for those eager to develop their computing skills.
It was fantastic to see students pushed creatively and academically with like-minded peers. Many were excited to experience subjects, which aren’t normally
addressed in the regular curriculum. One highlight was seeing so many students from so many different schools come together and form new friendships.
Many students shared their positive experiences:
- “I liked learning and opening up my mind”
- “It was great learning how to code and do new things”
- “The Speedway Science was so interesting and helped to make Science fun!”
- “I loved understanding the human brain and how it works”
- “I loved everything! Especially debating the philosophical questions”
- “The presenters were amazing. They knew their subjects well and were so passionate!”
- “Philosophy made me think about reality and what is true. I also learnt about trust, ethical morality and how to argue”
- “In Maths and Mission, I was shown how by using maths, you can create a positive effect on the world”
- “The Mathematics workshop was very informative and inspiring about how we can use our gifts to help others less privileged”
- “I gained insight into how engineers use creativity to design”
All in all, an exciting day!
Year 9 explore how technology is being used by Telstra and Apple
Year 9 IST visited Telstra and Apple in the city. At Telstra they spent time looking at the technology that Telstra use to both communicate and support their customer requirements. They looked at how technology is now being used in the home and also in the store. They saw how sensors are used to track popular products in store by looking at the location of people in the store and how prices on products are now updated digitally rather than printing new prices for stock.
Students then went to Apple and looked into the history of Apple products up to the future. They focused on Augmented Reality and spent time learning to code using the new Swift application.
Space Cadet Benj Gulliford in action
At the beginning of the last holidays, I was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship to attend SCIVIS which is Space Camp for visually impaired students
held at the US Space and Rocket Center in Alabama USA. I was just old enough to participate in the Advanced Space Academy which was pretty awesome.
What’s on next week at Extend After School Care
- Monday 6 November - Making Flower Crowns
- Tuesday 7 November - Obstacle Courses
- Wednesday 8 November - Mini Soccer
- Thursday 9 November - Basketball Court Games
- Friday 10 November - Origami Animals
From the Business Manager - Mr Andrew Lowry
From the Prayer Group
- Praise God for Jesus, who gave up His life for us, so that through faith in Him we can have life eternal, and are blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing.
- Pray for HSC students as they continue their exams till next Tuesday.
- Pray for Duke of Ed Information night on Thursday.
- Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Secondary School.
- Pray for safety around school during construction and for minimal disruption to staff and students.
- Pray for those grieving and suffering in our community, that God will give them comfort in this time.
- Pray for our students to know the hope and grace that is in Christ, to know that He gave His life for them, and to know that they are never alone in their struggles.
Career News – Wendy Gilbert
Some other websites:
- Involvement in a range of activities during school holidays (and occasionally in school term)
- The opportunity to work with zoo staff, including keepers
- 12 months’ free entry to Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoos
- YATZ uniform and ID badge
- Magazines and newsletters
- Invitations to VIP events and presentations
- http://www.insidejobs.com/blog/top-jobs-for-helping-people (this is an American website)
- Hospitality Scholarships – applications close 6 November
- Business Scholarships – applications close 24 November
- Educations Scholarships – applications close 24 November
- Design Scholarships – applications close 21 January 2018
- Health Scholarships – applications close 31 December
Three weeks till Opening Night of School Musical
Time has flown by, and we are racing towards opening night of the Secondary School Musical ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ - the magical adventures of a flying
car. Ninety people successfully auditioned as cast and chorus members. These fabulously DRIVEN performers have been working TIRE LESSLY for many Terms.
Learning dances, memorising lines, TUNING their voices and rehearsing to the point of EXHAUST-ion.
There have been extraordinary mothers behind the scenes sewing costumes. With 90 people in the cast, most have two or three costumes… that’s a lot of skirts and hats. The art department have been painting, the maintenance team have been building the most exciting props.
So people - START YOUR ENGINES - REV YOUR MOTORS - this is going to be a the most FANTASMAGORICAL MUSICAL.
Already over 500 tickets have been sold! Book tickets online at: www.trybooking.com/QYJS
Why did you choose Covenant?
As the school approaches its 40th anniversary in 2018, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the things that really matter. It allows us to tap into the vein of why we choose to be part of Covenant Christian School and why we follow Christ through the school’s vision and mission. Almost 40 years ago in 1978, on Saturday the 20th May, Dr Joel Nederhood, a radio Minister on the ‘Back to God Hour’, addressed the fundamental reason for why a group of parents set out to start Covenant Christian School. This event was the much anticipated Opening Celebration of Covenant Christian School where Dr Nederhood encouraged these parents in their journey with an address titled "Whose children are they?". Below is a summary of his address. As you read it, think about why you choose Covenant Christian School and share your thoughts on > Covenant Christian School’s Facebook page:
Whose children are they?
What does the "Covenant" mean?
- They do not belong to the State
- They do not belong to the parents
- They are GOD's children.
Education is religious
Education is religious and the school is a temple. It is a pagan temple dedicated to naturalistic evolution, or a temple of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Covie students compete at NSW Philosothon
Recently, Rachael Lin (Year 9), Emily Stewart (Year 10) and I, represented Covenant Christian School for the first time in the NSW Philosothon, hosted by St Andrew’s Cathedral School.
The agenda of the night was to engage in philosophical discourse on three topics:
- Is it moral to create a donor baby?
- Is the mind a physical thing?
- Is privacy important?
The evening involved students from a range of schools such as Ascham School, North Sydney Girls High School, Meriden School and Cranbrook School (among others). Students ventured avenues such as utilitarianism, Kant’s Categorical Imperative, the transcendental qualities of mind and art, the planes of interaction between the brain and the mind, the sacrificial nature of safety, totalitarianism, and the true nature of Being, in an attempt to answer these perplexing questions.
Overall, the night’s discussion was both fascinating and enriching for all students and spectators and it has hopefully encouraged students to consider with greater depth, issues or notions which may often be erroneously pawned off as being superfluous or pointless.
Year 8 learning how to manage Sydney's water resources
CSSA 2017 Triathlon and Biathlon at International Regatta Centre
On Thursday 26 October, a team of 25 Secondary School students and seven Junior School students ventured to the International Regatta Centre, Penrith, to participate in triathlons and biathlons. For the majority of students, this was their first experience in participating in such an event. There was excitement and nerves as students considered the challenges of a swim, cycle and run. We had 7 Junior school students competing in the Splash’N’Dash biathlon, 11 Secondary students competing in the individual triathlon, and 23 Secondary students competing in 11 triathlon teams. If you do the maths, the numbers do not add up, and that is because several of the individual triathletes competing in the morning, backed up again in the afternoon to compete in the team events. The students are to be commended for their enthusiasm, determination and spirited encouragement they showed to their team on the day. Many students pushed themselves both physically and mentally to complete their race and were an inspiration to many of us spectating. All athletes achieved outstanding results, although a special mention goes to the following triathletes:
- Sarah Pienaar: 3rd - Secondary Intermediate Individual Girls
- Jake Eakin: 5th - Secondary Intermediate Individual Boys
- Harlan McAllan: 5th – Secondary Junior Individual Boys
- Cooper Eakin, Oliver Spencer, Caleb Chen: 2nd – Secondary Junior Team Boys
Senior Band performances and workshops at Belmont Christian College
Early one morning, 45 students loaded their instruments onto a coach ready for a day of music. Timpanis, Trumpets and Tenor Saxs were transported all the way to Newcastle where the Senior Band linked up with Music students from Belmont Christian College for a day of performances and workshops.
Belmont Christian College's Principal, Miss Sopher, was at Covenant for over 10 years before taking up her new role in 2016. The College have just started a new band program in their Junior School, so our students were able to provide them with some workshops and section tutoring, as well as presenting a concert that will hopefully inspire them in their desire to pursue their instrument further. A fun day was had by all!
Thanks Belmont for hosting us, and thanks to our teachers for letting us out of class for the day to make the most of this great opportunity.