Christmas Assembly 2018
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.
Covenant Community News Christmas Edition
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'.
A reminder to please send a note or email email@example.com 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.
Choose from 31 amazing adventures. Register now at www.crucamps.com.au.
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
Aussie Gems Cheerleading
Marian Street Theatre for Young People Drama Classes
Beetroot Productions School Holiday Workshops
Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club
Manly Warringah Basketball Academy Holiday Camp
Farewell from Mr Peter Muddle
For the last time.
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.
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:
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.
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.
From the Principal - Christmas 2018
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.
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.