2018 Term 2 Week 6

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

When we started planning Celebration Day over 12 months ago, we didn't have a clear picture of what the day would look like. We didn't know there would be 400 party poppers, or that Colin Buchanan would write Covenant a song. We didn't know our community would bake 1600 cupcakes, or that over 80 Covenant alumni would come back on-site. 

What we did know was this: We wanted to give thanks to God for 40 years of Covenant Christian School!

We are thankful to God for our reformed founders who had a vision for our school to be Christ-centred and parent-controlled. 

We are thankful to God for the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to our school's vision to faithfully serve in God's plan to restore all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

We are thankful to God to be part of a school that is committed to assisting parents in the nurture of their children to equip them to live for God's glory. 

We are thankful to God that despite many changes during the past 40 years - buildings, staff, curriculum - that the important things stay the same. During assembly, Reverend Ben and his friend Lola demonstrated this point to us with our new logo. Even though our logo has changed, the most important elements remain the same:

  1. The circle which reminds us of the everlasting God who we serve.
  2. The cross which reminds us of Jesus, whose death on the cross brings us friendship with that everlasting God; and we know this through…..
  3. The book, which reminds us of the Bible and how we can know with great certainty God’s love and kindness to us, as God’s Spirit opens our hearts to the truth of his word.

Assembly was attended by our entire school - Preschool to Year 12. A 'live-feed' via Facebook was also available to all parents and visitors in the PAS. We gave thanks to God through prayer and song, singing 'How Great Thou Art' which was also sung at the very first assembly in 1978. Our Junior School beautifully sang a song Colin Buchanan wrote for our school called 'God has showered his kindness on us' accompanied by the Senior Strings Ensemble. 

After assembly, every student, staff member and visitor was treated to a delicious 40th cupcake. Over 1600 of these were lovingly homemade by members of our incredible Covenant community. We are so thankful to each of the parents who contributed in this way. 

We are thankful to God for 40 years of Covenant Christian School and entrust to Him our next 40 years. 

Secondary students had a non-stop day of fun! They were divided into two large groups for the day. Whilst one group took part in activities in the Hall, the other group was engaged in activities on the Oval and in G Block. 

The activities in the Hall were provided by Word of Life and involved a series of colourful inflatables and a game of extreme frisbee. The atmosphere was electric as music blasted and students competed in teams. The activities on the Oval were no less exciting. There was a climbing wall, bubble soccer and a giant obstacle course. In G Block there was a photo booth, t-shirts for screen printing and a BBQ to keep them going. 

What an incredible blessing to be a part of Covenant's 40th celebrations!    

Wow – what a wonderful last week it has been. I hope you took up one of the opportunities to join us over the past week as we thanked God for 40 years of Covenant Christian School. So many people have worked tirelessly for many months in order to ensure that celebrations were enjoyed in a God-honouring way.

For me, it has been a particularly special time. Covenant has been, and continues to play such a massive part in my life. Having spent 13 years as a student here (1981 – 1993), almost 18 years as a staff member (Term 4, 2000 – 2018) and 12 years as a Covenant Christian School parent, the past week has been a time to reflect on all that this wonderful school has meant for me, and for my family.

Having been a student here in the early days, I remember spending many weekends in the early days of the school at working bees, where the early school founders built the school (literally and metaphorically!). My Dad was on the Board of the school in the early days, and my Mum taught Mathematics and Physics in the 1980s. Last week it was a wonderful blessing to catch up with former students and parents, former staff, and former Principals as well. The highlight for me was spending Saturday evening walking several of my (class of 1993) classmates around the school, and hearing them speak with such fondness of what it meant for them to study here.

As we venture into our 41st year, we look forward with great excitement at what God will do. This is His school, and it is a privilege to serve Him in this place. We look back with great fondness and gratitude at the faithfulness of so many who wanted their children educated in a school that would be an extension of the home. I am pleased that this is still the ‘main game’ of Covenant. The school has grown in so many ways, but we are still focused on the vision and mission of the school, to assist parents in providing an education that is Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous, in order that students will live for God’s glory.

Our school is founded on the ideas of Abraham Kuyper. As a Dutch theologian and Prime Minister, he was instrumental in bringing change to the educational landscape of his time in the 1800's in Holland. He is best remembered for this quote: 'There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, 'Mine'!' It is a wonderful reminder that if Kuyper is right (and I believe he is/was), then this has implications for the way we live out that vision and mission in every aspect of the school.

Harro Van Brummelen (Canadian Christian Educator) suggested that the goal of Christian education was for the students to be and to become “response-able disciples of Christ Jesus.” We want our students to know the risen Lord Jesus, and to live to bring Him glory.

Last week was a wonderful time to celebrate. We thank God for His faithfulness, and understanding that we live in uncertain times, need to cling to Him as we navigate the future. Thanks for the partnership we enjoy together.

Blessings, Pete Muddle, Deputy Principal – Curriculum (7-12)

 

Tuesday 29 May was an action-packed day for our Junior School. Infants (including the Preschool 2-day group!) took part in their annual 'Fun Day' on Wakehurst Oval. All the serious events were hotly contested - the 3-legged race, the sack race, and the particularly challenging egg-and-spoon race. For those who enjoy the short-course track, the 50-metre sprint is a big favourite. There were stickers a-plenty for each competitor and enthusiastic cheering from the spectators. It really was a 'fun' morning!

After lunch our Infants were treated to tabloid-style activities that were designed by former student and science teacher, Jacob Strickling. With a proclivity for pyrotechnics and explosions, Jacob's activities did not disappoint. Many children claimed it was their favourite part of the day; but then again who doesn't love an afternoon involving 15 fidget spinners, nerf guns, shark fishing and parachutes!

Our Primary students certainly didn't miss out on the fun. They rotated through a 40-themed Outer Limits Day. From 40 uses of WD-40 to solving 40 maths puzzles, there was a little bit of 40 for everyone.

After lunch the Primary students were delighted and entertained by the zany humour of Beetroot Productions. If anyone can pull off an interstate flight, a lime green dress, hot pink jacket and fluro-orange hair it is our dearly missed friend, Miss Fruitcake (also known as Fiona Gosling - former staff and parent of Covenant). Everyone left with a smile on their face and bubble mixture in their hair. 

We are thankful to God for this place that is Covenant Christian School. Happy 40th Covenant!!

It was such a delight to have so many members of our Alumni community join us on Tuesday 29 May for a special morning tea. There was a lovely mix of school founders, past parents, students and staff. Many of our current staff also had the opportunity to come and say hello to their past students. Old photos and school magazines provided lovely moments of reminiscence, and a brief talk by Board member Ben Molyneux reminded us that Covenant remains committed to the vision that our school began with. A number of our Alumni then joined a school tour and enjoyed seeing all the wonderful changes. 

The Alumni also enjoyed watching a video we produced for our 40th celebrations titled 'Faithfully Serving Together in God's Plan'.  

All past parents, staff and students are encouraged to stay connected with Covenant Christian School via www.covenant.nsw.edu.au/school/alumni-update-form.  

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! Psalm 84:10-12 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He graciously and generously gives all good things to us who walk in faith in Him. Praise Him for the gift of His own son Jesus. Praise Him as the Psalmist does, that life is far better with God than without Him.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Year 5 and 6.
  • Pray for Evening of Music on Thursday.
  • Pray for Primary Athletics Carnival next Wednesday.
  • Pray for God to bring peace and comfort to families in broken relationships and in challenging situations. Pray for reconciliation and restoration, with situations being resolved in ways that will ultimately bring glory to Him.
Please join us in prayer.

9.00-9.30am on Thursdays in T7 (classroom opposite Preschool).
If you are unable to come but would like to pray from home, please email us to receive a copy of the prayer notes. If you would like the Prayer Group to pray for you, please also email us at prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au.

 

On Friday 1 June, 32 Primary students had an early start to compete in the CSSA State Cross-Country Championships at the International Equestrian Centre. Each student ran their best amongst around 200 students from all around NSW. Congratulations to the following students who finished in the top 10 and made the CIS team:

Isabella McCausland (10th in the 8/9 year girls)
Zoe Woods (5th in the 11 year girls)
Sienna Dale (7th in 11 year girls)

The 11 year girls team comprising of Zoe Woods, Sienna Dale, Laura Gelding and Amy Muddle performed well to come FIRST overall. This team have also qualified for CIS on June 14. Well done girls and to all the team.

It was then Secondary’s turn, and despite a later start, our 37 students still endured some very cold conditions in which to run. These students also performed incredibly well, with many exceeding their own expectations, and others competing their distance for the first time! Congratulations to the following students who finished in the top 10 and made the CIS team:

Isabella Dale (6th in the 13 year girls)
India Horsely (6th in the 14year girls)
Carrie Fulton (4th in the 15 year girls)
Matthew Leung (3rd in the 16year boys)
Zeplen McAllan (7th in the 18+ boys)
Daniel Willemse (11th in the 18+ boys)

The 13 years girls team comprising of Isabella Dale, Amy Humphrey, Brielle Garside and Charlotte Austin came THIRD overall.
 
Thanks to the many parents who drove, helped and supported our team. It was wonderful to see such great team spirit, and the Covenant students certainly all did us proud. The CIS State Cross Country will be held on 14 June. 

 

Covenant Prayer Group 
Thursday | 9.00-9.30am | T7 | Prayer points can be sent to prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au | Click here for things to pray and praise God for.

Resolving Everyday Conflict
You are invited to be a part of a group studying Resolving Everyday Conflict during June in Term 2 and August in Term 3. Click here for more information and to book online.
 
Entertainment Books
Congratulations to Richelle Watkins, a parent and teacher at Covenant, for winning the dinner for two at Ormeggio at the Spit valued at $252. This prize was donated by Entertainment Publications to Covenant Christian School. Thank you to everyone who purchased an Entertainment Book membership in April and May to be entered into the draw.

So far Covenant has raised $416 for Wontulp Bi-Buya College in Cairns as part of our Covenant Yarrabah fundraising. If you would still like to purchase an Entertainment Book or Digital Membership, please see the lovely Office staff or go to https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2061y93 (books can then be collected from the School Office, Digital Memberships will be emailed to you). Interstate and various overseas editions are also available for those planning to travel or give as a gift. To see what's in the books, please go to https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/fundraisers/Flickbook-links.

Free Learner Driver Workshop 
Northern Beaches Council is offering a free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The free workshop will take place on Tuesday 12 June at the Civic Centre, Dee Why from 6.30-8.30pm. Bookings can be made by emailing roadsafety@northernbeaches.nsw.edu.au.

Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert.

For more information go to http://www.coviecareers.com 

UNSW Sydney – Student and Parent Information Evening

  • 14 & 20 June | UNSW Roundhouse
  • This event will give students an insight into the degrees on offer.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Australian Catholic University – University Experience
  • 12 July | Strathfield Campus. 
  • University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students – and trying out the course you’re interested in.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Macquarie University Open Day
  • 18 August | Macquarie University
  • Click here to find out more. 
ACU Community Achiever Program (early-entry pathway)
  • Regular volunteer work in your community through a social justice organisation, sporting, performance, cultural or religious group may be rewarded through our Community Achievers' Program with entry into an undergraduate degree. 
  • A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU.
  • Applications open Tuesday 1 May 2018 and close Tuesday 31 July 2018.
  • Click here for more information. 
Macquarie University - Global Leadership Entry Program
  • Applications close 27 August 2018. 
  • Our Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP) supports and inspires global leaders of tomorrow whilst providing early entry into university.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Notre Dame University Early Offer and Parent Information Session
  • Notre Dame Early Offer closes 31 July 2018.
  • 26 June | 4.00-5.30pm or 6.00-7.30pm | Broadway campus, 140 Broadway Chippendale
  • Click here to find out more 
UTS – Discover Nursing
  • 21 June 
  • There's more to modern nursing than meets the eye. Whether you're in high school, TAFE, working as an AIN or EN or looking to embark on a change in career, this session is for you. Hear from nursing academics and current students before touring our world-class clinical laboratories and taking part in a hands-on workshop.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Apprenticeships R Us – automotive apprenticeship vacancies
  • First year vacancies available across NSW include Light Vehicle Mechanic, Motorcycle Mechanic, Spare Parts Interpreter, Spray Painter, Panel Beater and Heavy Vehicle Mechanic.
  • Click here to find the jobs.
Engineering and Technology Cadetships 
  • Applications for the Engineering & Technology Cadetships Program opened in April and close on Friday 22 June. 
  • Engineering Cadets combine university study with paid work at Cubic Transportation Systems, a global leader in creating integrated payment and information solutions. 
  • Technology Cadets study at university while working at Macquarie Group, a pre-eminent Australian corporation. On graduation, cadets are well positioned to launch a career in technology and in business.
  • It costs nothing to make an application, or to undertake the cadetship, and you can expect to be well paid by your host company.
  • Click here for details about the cadetship programs and to apply online.
Western Sydney Careers Expo
  • Thursday 28 June | 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Friday 29 June | 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Saturday 30 June | 10.00am-3.00pm
  • Sunday 1 July | 10.00am-3.00pm
  • The Dome, Sydney Showground, Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park