2018 Term 4 Week 1 and 2


Covenant Facebook User Guide

Covenant Christian School follows these guidelines and Facebook’s Community Standards when posting and moderating its sites. We ask that anyone posting on our pages does so according to those standards, and the following expectations.
Facebook Terms and Conditions require people to be 13 years or older to have a Facebook profile. Therefore, any comments or followers from Primary students on the Covenant Christian School page will be removed and their parents notified.
Tagging or naming student photos
Photos of students can only be published by the school if the permission has been given by the student’s parent or guardian.
For privacy and protection, we ask users not to tag photos of children, or name them in their comments. Occasionally and with parental permission, students may be named by the school. Tagging of parents or other adults by users is permitted.
To post a photo or video to the school’s Facebook pages, please contact the school to arrange.
Covenant Christian School encourages interaction from participants with the understanding that the school does not endorse comments or wall postings made by visitors to the page.
We ask that visitors making comments on the page show respect for other users by ensuring discussions remain civil. Personal attacks, trolling or spam will not be tolerated.
We reserve the right to remove comments that do not adhere to the rules of engagement of the page and Facebook’s community standards including comments that:
•   are deemed racist, abusive, profane, violent, or obscene
•   advocate illegal activity
•   libel, incite, threaten or make personal character attacks on Covenant Christian School students, staff or others
•   are wildly irrelevant, or are spam
•   are selling products or promoting commercial, political or other ventures.
We reserve the right to remove or block any participant that does not adhere to these guidelines or Facebook’s Community Standards. Remember, your name and photo will be seen next to your comment, visible to all visitors to the page.
Please contact the school directly if you have questions, comments or complaints so we can assist you. The school office can be contacted on 8459 4200 or at admin@covenant.nsw.edu.au. Feedback can also be given at https://covenant.tod.net.au/incidents/new/79d95c2aca45bff80448dacc4a1af408
Moderation Hours
This page is moderated from 9am to 4pm on weekdays during school term.


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. 

School Newsletter
In Term 4 the newsletter will only be emailed out on a fortnightly basis.

Christmas Markets
Covenant’s Christmas Markets are being held on Wednesday 21 November from 7.30am-12.30pm. If you would like a stall please contact Jaycie Wood on jwood@covenant.nsw.edu.au.

Free worksops for 14 years +
  • Party Safe | Thursday 25 October | 6.00-8.00pm | YoYo's Youth Centre, Frenchs Forest | Parents welcome | Click here to register
  • Sleep and Technology workshop | Wednesday 31 October | 6.00-8.00pm | NBSC Cromer Campus, 120 South Creek Road, Cromer | Click here to make a booking
Information for all parents
Please note that the Australian Government Department of Education and Training has requested that Covenant provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013. A statement of addresses contains the following informaiton about each student at the school:
  • Student residential address (not student names)
  • Student level of education 
  • Student boarding school status
  • Names and residential addresses of the student's parent(s) and/or guardian(s)
For the Collection Notice or FAQ letter, please refer to the Letters/Forms/Policies sesction of the website.

School Transport in 2019School student applications for 2019 opens from Monday 15 October 2018. Students progressing to Year 3 and Year 7 do not need to re-apply if they :
  • are continuing at the same school
  • are residing at the same address
  • have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport NSW
If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails
If there are no changes you do not need to do anything. 
Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018. If an application is submitted after 31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel the card and a new one will need to be issued.

Survey for Pastors - Resilience in Ministry
Macquarie University is seeking participants for a research study. Past research recognises that those in Christian pastoral ministry face a unique set of demands. In light of recent advances in reflection-based resilience strengthening, this study aims to identify short and long term stressors and the effects of reflection on the resilience of ministry

If you are currently working as an Australian Protestant Christian minister or pastor, please consider sharing your experiences. The on-line survey at the site below
will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. The findings of this study will contribute to the development of tailored resilience programs for those in ministry
environments. All participants can opt to receive a summary of research findings.
Click here to participate or for more information, contact Kirsty at kirsten.bucknell@hdr.mq.edu.au.

Beetroot Productions school holiday workshops 
Monday 10 - Wednesday 12 December | 9.00am-3.00pm
Click here for more information.



"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,….For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy."
Psalm 92:1-2,4 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for it is good to praise our God, whose love is steadfast and who is faithful. Give thanks for His many blessings.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Preschool and Kindy.
  • Give thanks for the school holidays.
  • Pray for Year 12s as they commence their HSC exams this Thursday till Friday 9th November.
  • Pray for Year 11 (new Year 12) Retreat on Thursday and Friday.
  • Pray for Preschool and Infants “Taste and See” this Friday.
Please join us in prayer – 9-9.30am 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

  • University of New South Wales – Engineering High School Info Day
  • 24 October 
  • Students in Years 10 and 11 are invited to choose three stimulating hands-on activities which run over a day at the UNSW Kensington campus.
  • Registrations close on Sunday 21 October or once places are filled. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Law Discovery Day Program
  • UTS Faculty of Law is hosting its one-day Law Discovery Day for Year 11 students who are considering studying law. The program will feature workshops and hands-on practical activities, UTS students and academics sharing their experiences in all facets of law, and information about undergraduate courses and careers.  
  • Tuesday 27 November or Thursday 29 November (attend one day only)
  • 9.00am – 2.30pm | Morning tea and lunch provided | UTS Faculty of Law, Building 5, Block B, 1-59 Quay St, Haymarket.
  • Register by Monday 5 November. 
  • If you have any enquiries please contact Katerina Manos at law@uts.edu.au.
Maritime drone training
  • Drone technology has the unprecedented capacity to provide improvements in safety, efficiency and innovation in the maritime environment. In response to customer demand, AMC Search has partnered with The Institute for Drone Technology™ to offer contextualised drone training to the maritime industry. 
  • Various courses, from beginner to advanced, are available from November from our Study Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney.Fin
  • Click here to find out more. 
AFTRS Industry Certificates: Taster Sessions & Info Night
  • 30 October | 5.30pm | Moore Park
  • The evening includes a panel discussion with Industry experts on “How to develop and advance a career in TV”, plus there will be three practical taster sessions giving you an insight into some of our new Industry Certificates which offer broader digital/online skills: Digital Producer, Writing a Web Series and Content Creation.
  • Click here to find out more. 
L’Oreal Australia – Girls in Science Forum
  • 13 November | Kensington, NSW. 
  • Best suited for female Year 9, 10 and 11 students - where students with a passion for science can hear about the Fellow’s research and experience as woman scientists, whilst also discuss the potential for future study or careers in science.
  • Click here for find out more. 
The University of Newcastle – Business Insight Evening
  • 13 November. The Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle invites senior secondary students and parents to attend an information evening to learn about studying at the Newcastle Business School. 
  • Click here to find out more.
The University of Newcastle – Law Insight Evening
  • 14 November. The Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle invites senior secondary students, teachers and parents to attend an information evening to learn about studying at the Newcastle Law School. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Engineers Australia – Honeywell Engineering Summer School
  • 2-7 December | Sydney University
  • Students will meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. They will gain valuable insight into career opportunities available to men and women in engineering. 
  • Click here to find out more.
Australian College of Applied Psychology – Info Sessions
  • 5 December. Interested in studying psychology, counselling, social work, criminology, coaching, case management, youth work or social science?
  • Click here to find out more.
Australian Catholic University - Know Your Options Info Session
  • 13 – 14 December  | North Sydney Campus 
  • Come along to Know Your Options, our information sessions where you can talk to experts about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and admission pathways, explore our campus, and meet staff and students. 
  • Click here to find out more
TAFE NSW – Information Week 2019
  • 21 – 25 January | TAFE NSW
  • Come along to TAFE NSW's Information Week from 21-25 January to explore your course and career options for 2019. Our program of events includes info sessions, campus tours, and live demos – program to be released soon. Talk to teachers, career counsellors, find out about scholarships, support services, and much more.
  • Click here to find out more. 
US Sport Scholarships – Info Sessions with Crimson Education
  • November 1 | North Sydney
  • Row, swim, run and score for top US colleges! Learn how to get recruited for universities like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, UCLA and the importance of academics at this free US Sport Scholarship info session. Perfect for students who are in the 1st teams at school or have competed at state level in any of the 24 scholarship eligible sports. Register today!
Macquarie university – Faculty of Science & Engineering Academic Achievements Entry Scholarships
  • Available now for undergraduate students commencing studies in Session 1, 12019.
  • Click here to find out more.
University of Newcastle – Getting In From High School: Entry Schemes & Programs
  • If you are applying with us straight from High School, you may be able to take advantage of the following entry schemes and adjustment points (previously called bonus points).
  • Click here to find out more.

Many congratulations to Year 12 - you have now Graduated!  

There are many praying for you as you prepare for your exams and embark on a new season after leaving school. 

'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him'. Romans 15:13

Study hard, trust in Him and remember and be thankful for the good things at Covie.  Enjoy the photos below. 


Thanks to Year 6 students Ciara and Frankie for the following report.

On the 25 September, Year 6 did their FLIP presentation. The incredible ideas this year ranged from food to woodwork, research and photography. Year 6 showed their imagination and talent, working on a project of their choice for nine weeks. Students had to answer a driving question that they set for themselves and make five smaller questions that answered the driving question. Year 6 posted their work every week on a discussion group, suggesting ideas to their class peers.

On the day of the presentation, some students entered their classrooms with huge projects and others with smaller ones that were well thought out. Laura Gelding had a very good idea of making the Santiago Bernabéu stadium out of wood. Jemma Annable also had a unique idea of making her own candy dispenser out of cardboard! Some boys made skateboards, longboards and books. There were some great ideas presented this year and there was lots of effort put in. FLIP was sensationally fun and challenging. We hope you enjoyed our presentations as much as we did!
By Ciara Bardales

In Year 6 we do a project called FLIP which stands for Free Learning Independent Project. This project allows students to show what they are interested in and teach others about it. You can learn about anything, from dancing to skateboard riding. 

For my project, I conducted a test between breads to see which one people prefer. The two breads where white wonder bread and homemade whole grain. To my surprise, most people chose my homemade whole grain. I chose this because I like to bake and I wanted to try something new. 
One of the other projects I liked was Izzy’s cake decorating. She chose this because she likes to bake and experiment with new recipes. She made a two-layered cake with cream cheese icing and pink lollies on top.

Another one that was good was Jonah’s because he made a hockey stick out of wood. He chose this because he likes ice hockey and sport and he didn’t know much about it and wanted to learn more.

In the classroom, we used our desks to display our work and present to Year 5 students, parents and teachers.

By Frankie Dewhurst



There was a roar from the crowd when the ribbon was cut and Covenant’s new C-Block was officially unveiled. Mr Rusin addressed the students, staff, parents and invited guests during the ceremony saying its construction came from “a position of gratitude to God, who gives us more than we deserve”. 

On the lower level, the new facility provides added classrooms, and dedicated music and junior art rooms. Upstairs, at ground level, there is a welcoming reception area for parents, executive staff rooms, an open-plan administration space, sick bay and a student reception. 
Current board member and parent from Covenant’s earliest years Philip Selden said executive staff were now all together. “It’s exciting to see how it has grown and progressed,” he said. “And it’s wonderful that Covenant has maintained a Christian focus, and not departed from its origins.”

A construction masterpiece of C-Block is its tunnel connecting the junior school to secondary, its walls adorned with photographic highlights of school life.

Mr Rusin said the changes were dramatic. “Few from Covenant’s first days, in a hall next to a church, would ever have imagined seeing what we have today,” he said. “May we never take for granted what God has given us.”