Christmas Edition 2018

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

Our entire school gathered for our Christmas Assembly on Tuesday 4 December to celebrate the arrival of God in the form of a baby. We were reminded of the glorious night that Jesus was born through a special performance by Year 1, our Junior School dancers, and a talk from Mr Marriott. 

Wishing our students, families and staff a very blessed Christmas. 

New Deputy Principal Curriculum 7-12 for 2019
We are pleased to announce that Tim Hewitt will be joining Covenant next year as the new Deputy Principal Curriculum 7-12. To find out more about Tim, you can view his current profile here

Old Instrument Donations
If you have any instruments gathering dust in your house, would you be willing to donate them to Covenant? We are particularly looking for a French Horn, Bass Clarinet and a Baritone Sax. Please bring any instruments you wish to donate to the School Office with a note indicating 'For Donation'.   

Absent Notes
A reminder to please send a note or email admin@covenant.nsw.edu.au for any absences for you child up to and including the last day of school. Thank you. 

Uniform Shop Opening Hours
The Uniform Shop will open to all on Thursday 24 January from 3.00-6.00pm and Friday 25 January from 3.00-5.30pm. For new students, the shop will open on Wednesday 23 January from 3.00-6.00pm plus the above times by appointment only. Please make an appointment by calling the office on 8459 4200.

A reminder that all old logo stock is 50% off at the Uniform Shop. The transition period for old logo uniform items is till 2022, however the old sport Polo can only be worn till the end of 2019.

Beetroot Productions Theatre Skills Workshops at Covenant Chrisitan School 2019
Beetroot Productions offer a theatre skills program that enhances children’s performance skills, stagecraft knowledge and confidence. In a fun and encouraging environment, the students discover the wonders of expression through creative role play and stimulating, interactive movement and drama games and exercises.

Beetroot Timetable:
Junior Beets K-2 | Tuesday 3.00-4.30pm
Senior Beets Year 3-6 | Tuesday 4.30-6.00pm
Speech and Drama Eisteddfod class | Wednesday 3.00-4.30pm
Advanced Physical Comedy class | Wednesday 4.30-6.00pm
Teeny Tiny Beets Preschool | Thursday 3.00-3.40pm

Fees/Term:
40 minute class $110 | 90 minute class $190 | Costume and prop fee $30/family/year
Classes match the Covenant term dates and are held in room J23. Click here for further information and enrolment details. 
 
2019 School Fees
To assist families with budgeting for the upcoming school year, the interactive Tuition Fee Calculator can provide you with a fee estimate of your 2019 Tuition Fees. This calculator will also be of use to prospective school families, highlighting both the affordability and value for money that Covenant represents. Please click here to access the Tuition Fee Calculator.

Our fees have also been designed to be as all-inclusive as possible, covering the costs of most excursions, workbooks and textbooks, camps and technology. Please refer to the 2019 Tuition Fee Schedule for more detailed information that can be found at the link above.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Covenant. If you have any questions regarding fees, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrew Lowry.
 
Summer Cru Camps
Choose from 31 amazing adventures. Register now at www.crucamps.com.au.

Nick Newling Speakers Night:
Thursday 6 December | 6.30-8.30pm | Barrenjoey High School

Reserve Bank of Australia Summer School Holiday Activities
Visit www.museum.rba.gov.au/events for more information. 

Macquarie University Junior Science Academy
Visit mq.edu.au/about/holidays for more information. 

Christmas Holiday Tennis Camp
17-21 December | 9.00am-3.00pm | Covenant tennis courts, Dell St Belrose
For inquiries or bookings email ljcatto@bigpond.net.au or call 0407 051 138.

Pittwater Sports Centre Summer Holiday Workshops
10 - 21 Dec | 7 - 25 Jan
9913 7421 or www.pittwatersports.com.au

Code Camp
Visit www.codecamp.com.au or call 1300 263 322.

Aussie Gems Cheerleading
Visit www.aussiegems.com.au for more information.

Marian Street Theatre for Young People Drama Classes
Visit www.mstyp.org.au or call 9411 1800.

Beetroot Productions School Holiday Workshops
Physical comedy workshops for primary aged children with Fiona Gosling!
Monday 10 - Friday 14 December
9.00am-3.00pm at Covenant
Click here for more information.

Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club
Monday 17 - 21 December | 7 - 11 January | 14 - 18 January | 21 - 25 January
Visit www.mwgymclub.com or call 9972 9222 for more information.

Manly Warringah Basketball Academy Holiday Camp
21-23 January | 9.30am-12.30pm | Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre
For ages 5-12 years
$95
Click here to book

 

For the last time. 

I am 42 years old, and I have been packing my lunch and heading off to Covenant Christian School for a long time. And it has been a great privilege. This week, I will be doing that for the last time. Of those 42, my journey with Covenant started in 1979, when I followed my big sister off (Mrs Stead) to school for a year and a half, excited about starting big school myself in 1981. I then spent 13 years as a student here between 1981 and 1993. During my time here I enjoyed the privilege of being in a number of activities. Because the school was small, I was able to be in everything. Musicals, bands, choirs, soccer, basketball, swimming, cross-country and rugby league teams gave me so much joy, and had the privilege of serving as school captain here in 1993. I was a student, and the son of a much loved Mathematics and Physics teacher for five of those years, but I knew her as mum. My Dad served on the Board for some of those years too. I then stayed in touch with school as the older brother of a wonderfully talented student/footy player/class clown through the mid-1990s, then completed my Mathematics teaching practicum placement here in 1998, before returning in Term 4, 2000, the week after the Olympic Games in Syd-e-ney. I reckon I have taught Biblical Studies, Physics, Junior Science, Design and Technology, and of course Mathematics to at least 1200 students in my time. I have coached more sporting teams and been on too many excursions and camps to recall. I have worked with teachers from our Pre School to Year 12 staff. I am so grateful for everything.

At the end of this year, my wife Heidi, and our daughters Emily, Grace and Amy will be moving to the Central Coast, and I will be taking on a new leadership role at St Philip’s Christian College in Gosford. I will be working with the teachers there, in particular to help them to better understand Christian Worldview and teaching and learning across the school. I will remember with great fondness my time at Covenant. So what will I take with me?

Covenant is a pretty unique place. Set up by Christian families as a place where school will be an extension of the home, and where we intend to challenge your children in regard to exploring God’s world.

Vision: To faithfully serve in God’s plan to restore all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Mission: To assist parents in the nurture of their children, by providing a Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous education to equip the children to live for God’s glory.

We have always (and will continue to) aim to show our students, in all areas of the curriculum, that this world belongs to God, and this in every aspect of school life. We want them to understand how to take the opportunity to learn as a means for understanding how to live as stewards of all God has given to take care of.

We have and continue to offer an education that is:
Christ-centred: Christ Jesus is at the centre of everything we do here.

Biblically grounded: We want to be faithful to God’s Word and help our students to grow in their Biblical Literacy and understanding the place of the Bible in their lives.

Culturally engaging: We live in the real world, God’s world. So how are we to live in the world? We are not a cultural enclave that hides from the world. No, we engage with it and seek to find our place in it.

Academically rigorous: We want students to achieve their academic potential. Every year we have students do really well in the HSC, and wonderful teachers who give so much of their time to assist our students to excel at school. Our ex-students are working and studying in all sorts of wonderful places. But you won’t see our students glorified in the newspaper, or on a billboard outside the school. We are as happy for the student who gave his or her best and achieved 60% as for the capable student that achieved 95% (and the two young ladies who achieved an ATAR of over 99 last year). We have never given academic scholarships or dux. We would prefer to give God the glory.

Our staff love Jesus, and their goal remains the same. That this world belongs to God, and here we work to find our place in it, so we might live our lives to the glory of God.

I will remember the students. They have taught me so much over the years. I have enjoyed the privilege of teaching many of your children. We have struggled, laughed, cried, prayed and celebrated together. I am so grateful for all that God has given me in mentoring so many students over a long period of time. Our students are often the best teachers, and I have learnt so much from them!

I will remember the parents. Thank you for your support of and partnership with me over those years. I can honestly say that I have looked forward to my many school events and parent-teacher conference nights, as they have been an opportunity to better explore and understand the partnership we have here at Covenant. Some of my closest friends at the school have been the parents of students I have taught, as you have trusted me to explore God's word and world with your children. Thanks for trusting me in that position as mentor.

I will remember the staff. I have the most talented group of staff to work with. They love their students, and are always seeking to do what is best for them as we transition them from childhood to adulthood during their time at school. I have worked closely with so many of them, and value so much the encouragement they have been to me, particularly in the way they serve your children. At the end of this year, there are other staff moving on from Covenant Christian School. I would like to mention two of those staff briefly. Mr David Gray is moving onto Belmont Christian College. David has been working the last two years for the National Institute for Christian Education, where he has been working on a short project to help teachers, predominantly from around Australia, but also in other countries, to wrestle with this thing called Christian Education. He has been a wonderful example to so many. He is an outstanding teacher, and served here as Year 10 Coordinator, and a Geography, Business Studies and Legal Studies teacher for about eight years before that. David is a man of high integrity and professionalism. Covenant’s loss is Belmont’s gain.

And Mrs Lesley Bennett. She has been working at Covenant Christian School about as long as I have. She has been our Education Support Coordinator, the most wonderful colleague and the most wonderful advocate for students with learning needs. Lesley has given so much to our students, and has supported them behind the scenes in the most faithful of ways. Lesley has lived out her faith in Jesus through the way she has loved and served her students and their families, year after year. It is a privilege to be finishing up at Covenant at the same time as this wonderful colleague. Lesley is going to retire and invest her life in other areas into the future. You will no doubt see Lesley around the school from time to time in the years to come, as the staff continue to consult with her in order to ensure that our students are given the best opportunity to succeed at school, and in their lives beyond school. Thank you for your faithful service to God Lesley.

And so this week is bitter sweet. I have loved my time here, but it is time to go. Over many years and in many seasons, I have learned that our God is faithful, that He is God, and I am not. And I am trusting Him with my family into this new season, and I am grateful for that. I praise God for the privilege it has been to serve Him in this place.


It seems hard to believe that we have come to the end of another year! We can look back again with gratitude for so many things. Some we take for granted all too easily and other things that may be much more obvious. However, there are things we can look back on and wonder why these have happened to me, or my family? Often there are no easy answers, and we should avoid falling into the trap of offering them.

There are things that are certain in life; many would say there are two…death and taxes. Not a very exciting thought. However, Christians know that there are more certainties of which we can be sure. We know that God is real, that He is knowing, all-powerful and omnipresent. We know He loves His creation, and He loves His children. We also know that He can always be trusted, and that He is faithful in keeping His promises.

There are stories right through Scripture of people who trusted God, in times of struggle and pain and silence. Sometimes those silences where God seemed to be “missing in action” went for a very long time. One of those silences seemed to have gone on for 400 years. This is the gap between the time of the Prophets and the birth of Jesus.

It was after that time, where God spoke most powerfully. It is what we celebrate at Christmas. The Old Testament is replete with promises of one who was to come as the Saviour. He came as a little baby boy, to a humble Middle Eastern family in very humble circumstances. In His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension is the ultimate turning point around which all other events in history need to be understood.

That is really good news! Let’s celebrate that good news with those around us, with those who know it, and with those who don’t.

The end of the year is also a time of farewells. We have students and their families and staff that we are farewelling. We are saying farewell to the following staff and wish them God’s blessing in their new roles:

Peter Muddle (Deputy Princpal Curriculum 7-12)
Leslie Bennett (Secondary Education Support)
Matt Rosee (Human Resources)
Liz Van Oyen (Junior School)
Sue Lawson (Secondary Education Support)
Joel Conway (Secondary Education Support)

I am personally grateful for the ways in which each of these people have served the community here at Covenant, and pray that they will have a sense of purpose in the new situations in which they find themselves.

On behalf of the staff, we wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a time where you can spend time with your family and friends.