Why a Christian School?

As parents considering a Christian School in Sydney there are important questions to ask yourself.

  • Does your child’s school help you to fulfill your God-given parental responsibilities?
  • Does the school uphold the Christian values and principles you have in your own home?
  • Does the school provide well-qualified, skilled, Christian teachers who are positive role models?
  • Does the school encourage your child to think critically from a Biblical perspective?
  • Does the school nurture, care and pray for your child?
  • Does the school challenge your child to reach his or her God-given potential – academically, spiritually, socially, creatively and physically?
  • Do the parents of your children’s friends and peers share similar family values to yours?

Covenant Christian School has created a Why Christian Schools DVD, booklet and website. This website is designed to help Christian parents consider the importance of Christian Education for their children. The first of the six videos is included here. To watch all six videos and see Christian school videos from around the world go to www.whychristianschools.com.au

As parents we need to recognise ALL schools in Sydney, or anywhere, are faith based. Some schools are Christian, some associated with a particular religion, and others supposedly "neutral". Yet the absence of a religious faith does not mean the teachers and staff are neutral. All teachers are people. Therefore they all have personal beliefs and values. It is natural for these to be expressed in their role. We believe it is important to not just have all Christians educating but for them to deliberately teach from a Christian worldview. The motto of Covenant Christian School in Belrose on Sydney's Northern Beaches is "All Knowledge through Christ".

The Christian believes that there are no neutral facts, that everything is related to God and has significance beyond this life. ... Christian education, therefore, involves every subject of knowledge. Adding a few courses in religion and Bible study to a school curriculum, or holding religious exercises and chapel services, does not make a school Christian. ... Christian education requires a Christian point of view for the whole curriculum; a God-centred program in every department ... A Christian school seeks to be Christian every hour of the school day. (NUPCCS — ‘Is the State School a Christian School?’ circa 1970)

What is the difference between a 'Christian' school and other independent 'Church' schools?

This school is not run or supervised by a church. Covenant is a school established, maintained and directed by a community of Christian parents.

The School sees itself as an extension of your Christian home and the Christian church; a school that is in harmony with the values and attitudes that parents would want to encourage in their children.

To that end, all teachers and other staff in the school must be practising, committed Christians. In at least 85% of families associated with the School, at least one parent must be a practising Christian.

The teaching staff commit themselves to being part of a learning community which attempts to develop a broad and challenging curriculum that is distinctively 'Christian' in its approach. Not in a contrived or 'forced' manner, but as an expression of a Christian community which sees all of life as a gift from God to be explored and enjoyed. The Bible is taken seriously as the source of truth and a guide for all of life.

Are children at Covenant Christian School 'closeted' from the 'real' world?

Well "Yes" and "No". “Yes”, in the sense Covenant has a nurturing, supportive, informal culture where strong relationships are built among students and staff. Students comment on the positive peer pressure they experience here. At Covenant, other parents of your children’s friends are more likely to share your own family’s values of right and wrong. At Covenant, Christianity, even in all its diversity, is seen as normal.

“No”, in the sense we aim to prepare students for life. The educational environment is open, questioning and ecumenical in its approach. The students come from a wide variety of Christian homes and from different social and ethnic backgrounds. Most of our students move on from Covenant to university or other tertiary institution and the experience of our graduates is that they are well prepared for their future places serving in society.

What does Christ-centred, biblically grounded education mean in practice?

What it means
What it does not mean
Teachers follow the State or National curriculum and teach it from a  Christian perspective. We endeavour to teach children how to think Christianly about each subject. The Bible is not used as a textbook. We do not use the Bible to study, say, grammar. This is not the Bible's purpose. To do so would be counter productive.
Biblical Studies is an important subject. Our program aims to teach children how to understand the main message of the Bible. We hope that students will be able to see the faithfulness of God despite the continued unfaithfulness of humanity especially in the person and work of Christ. Not every lesson will have an overtly Christian theme. At times it is inappropriate to add a Bible passage to a lesson. A degree of sensitivity and discernment is required here.
Each staff member is a committed Christian. Every teacher believes the Bible to be the authoritative word of God and seeks to live a life that brings glory to Christ. Children are not forced to believe. Indoctrination is not part of the way we teach, although we do hope that each child will come to love and obey Jesus Christ.
Devotions are a daily feature in each classroom. Bible reading, shared prayer points, discussing issues, reading Christian literature is all part of what happens in a typical devotions lesson. The children are not perfect. Discipline is still required from time to time and is actually seen as a part of the education process.
Covenant caters for the whole child. Whether your child excels or struggles academically, socially, physically or spiritually, programs and opportunities exist for each requirement. Children are not sheltered from the real world. There comes a time when it is appropriate to deal with the issues children face. Teachers will note this occasion and deal with issues sensitively.


Common miss-spellings or variations: Covenent Christian School, Covanent Christian School, Christain School, Christan School, Christian College, Christain College