We asked Mrs Samantha Glassock, our Extension and Enrichment Coordinator for Secondary School to provide us with a snapshot of just some of the exciting
opportunities that have helped to extend and enrich learning across and beyond the Secondary curriculum over the past two terms.
The English staff organised a fantastic two-day retreat where students had the opportunity to meet famous writers at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and participate
in a writing workshop at the Sydney Quarantine Station. Read more about the Writer's Retreat here
English Extension Classes
The English Faculty have introduced an extension pull-out program for Year 10 English. Selected students leave their usual class for one period per week
to be extended in areas of critical thinking as it pertains to literature with Mrs Henderson. This term, a pull-out extension class will also operate
for Year 7 students.
“It’s been really helpful thinking about why we believe certain things about the world and how we can find worldview clues in stories we read/watch.
I’ve learned a lot about myself – which I didn’t expect – and have been challenged to form opinions that I can actually explain” (Year 10 student).
Last semester our Year 8 students produced an exciting array of Major Works. The products could not have been more diverse: from novels to architecture
to action research on cyber bullying and surfboards. The standard was exceptional. Read more about Passion Project here
Da Vinci Decathlon
Our da Vinci teams from Year 5 through to Year 10, worked collaboratively at this academic gala day hosted annually at Knox Grammar School. In spite of
some 1500 students in the room, our teams still managed to perform extraordinarily well, taking honours in Science, Cartography, Creative Producers,
Code Breaking, English and Maths. Read more about the da Vinci Decathlon here
In 2018 Debating has gone from strength to strength. We began the year with a debating training day at The University of Sydney and have since gone on
to win two separate debating competition days. Read more about debating here
We have a number of students who are accelerating their studies this year. Three Year 11 Mathematics students will sit their HSC Mathematics examination
this year under the guidance of Mr Muddle. Another accelerated Year 11 student is about to undertake her HSC English examination. Two Year 10 students
are accelerating in Japanese Continuers through the New South Wales School of Languages.
Mathematics Enriched Classes
The Mathematics Faculty has instigated an Enriched Class for both Year 9 and Year 10. In the Enriched course, students are covering Stage 5 content at
a much deeper level in preparation for Maths Extension classes in Years 11 and 12. There is a greater emphasis on reasoning, justifying, problem-solving
and collaboration, as students are constantly expected to think for themselves.
"The Year 9 Maths Enrichment class is a lot fun, Mr Apin helps to push us each individually and find our strengths and weaknesses." Year 9 student
“I really like how being in the class pushes me to be better at Maths. I also like learning with people who are at a similar level as it is lots of
fun to challenge each other.” Year 9 student
Pi Day - Mathematics Faculty
3.14.18 Pi Day this year was Covie’s BEST yet! Throughout the day, classes participated in multiple Pi activities and raised $393 for TEAR Australia.
It was a wonderful celebration! Read more about Pi Day here.
University STEM Day
A group of 27 students from Years 9 and 10 had the opportunity to represent Covenant at the University of Newcastle STEM Challenge. The teams were
required to solve a range of challenges from creating a water turbine and catapult to building a bionic hand.
In-Class Science Enrichment
Everyday enrichment of classwork is an important aspect of learning. In Year 9 Science, Mrs Butler’s students finished the requisite Atoms unit. Then,
as it was Chemistry-based, they went on to complete an online investigation into balancing chemical equations as an extension from the word equations
previously studied. To build on the basics of nuclear chemistry, they watched the documentary Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail. Students then
researched an aspect of the documentary that interested them and presented to the class.
Mrs Chapman organised a fabulous Medieval Day for Year 8. Students learnt about weaponry, battle techniques and the intricacies of armour. The social,
religious and leisure aspects of the medieval world were also explored in an interactive fashion.
As part of Year 10's study on the Vietnam War we had two War Veterans come and share their experience of their time in Vietnam. The students worked
on different Visible Thinking routines to deepen their understanding. The History Elective class has a research unit that is an excellent
precursor to the compulsory Historical Investigations in Year 11 Ancient and Modern History, as well as helpful for those who choose History Extension
in Year 12.
Year 12 History Extension students travelled to the Museum of Sydney and spent time with the museum curator. Students were given the opportunity
to explore the methods behind source preservation, source interpretation and exhibit design in a museum.
Year 11 ‘LandScope’ Art Camp
Year 11 students were inspired during a three-day intensive, organised by Mrs Wiltshire and Miss Rose. They had the opportunity to visit various art
galleries and to meet with specialists Natalia Dowse (graphic artist) and Sue Richardson (oil/ watercolour artist) who helped to teach and mentor.
Students learnt about oil painting, acrylics, lino prints and digital media and used the local landscape as a subject for these works. The Ngaire
Wills Creation Art Prize will be awarded to one of the student submissions.
Theatresports School Challenge
Our Year 9 Drama students participated in a Theatresports workshop and Schools Challenge held at OFGS on Thursday 28 June. It was an amazing opportunity
to extend their skills in improvisation while learning to work as a team.
Mrs George has been a fantastic encouragement to a number of students who have been eager to immerse themselves in their language study, helping to
establish links with suitable exchange organisations. Bronwyn Campbell, Sophie Judd and Ebonie Rushbrook are going to Germany in the Christmas
break. Keira Hynson from the Year 11 French class is going to France. These experiences will be extremely beneficial.
The Philosophy Club meet every Monday lunchtime to consider ethical dilemmas and discuss key philosophical issues. Recently, the club has considered
two approaches to ethics – deontology and consequentialism. Click here to read more about the Philosophy Club
Fictional Science Club
Every Friday lunchtime Mrs Yu runs the Fictional Science Club. Each week the club looks at a scientific theory, completes a project and then relates
this information to a fictional character. One week, students studied Bernoulli’s theory and heard from a pilot as to how the theory applied to
practice. Then the students considered the fictional scenario ‘Superman has lost his power to fly. How would scientific theory enable him to fly
IT Club have enjoyed a great semester under the guidance of Mrs Shaw. Recently the members have been working on an acoustic levitator. It was a
birthday present which Josh Baikie brought it in to IT Club to work on. Later this year some of the IT Club members will participate in the Microsoft
Extension opportunities in Term 3 and 4
Covenant students have excelled in a range of eisteddfods. In the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, our drama students won first and second place in
the monologue, duologue and our Year 11 Drama class won First Place with their devised piece, ‘The Midnight Hour’. Our dance troupes also performed
capably at Eisteddfods at Shore, Pittwater House and UNSW.
Creative Arts Specialist Groups
Week to week, students may be a part of specialist groups which help to enrich their creative abilities. Many students enjoy the Senior Concert
Band, the Guitar Ensemble, the Vocal Ensemble and the Secondary Music Team. Just recently, we have also added a Senior Girls Vocal Ensemble.
A whole host of extension opportunities await during this semester.
Some of these include:
- Australian Mathematics Competition
- Maths Camp Years 5- 8
- State wide Year 9 Extension and Enrichment Day - Pushing the Boundaries (hosted by Covenant)
- GATEway8 Academic Gala Day
- Microsoft Robotics Challenge
- Warringah Inter-School Debating Gala Days
- CEN Music Festival at Orange
- South Coast Music Tour
- Year 11 Drama Night
- Combined Christian Schools Public Speaking Competition
- LOTE Continuers: Lufthansa Site Experience (German operations in Australia)
- HSC French: Speaking immersion afternoon (as HSC preparation)
- German Robotics Intensive: Students will learn operative language (in German) to manoeuvre robots supplied by the Goethe Institut. A LOTE/ STEM
- HSC Science Extension course (NESA) will commence in Term 4