We are almost at the end of Term 1 – and what a huge term it has been. New students, new staff, swimming carnivals, Easter celebrations, Year 3 and 4 sleepovers,
Year 5 and 6 camps, Information evenings, Parent-Teacher evenings, excursions to enjoy, new courses to study. All of this adds to life at Covenant
This week we have students in Years 7-10 out across the country on various camps, and we would value your prayers for the safety of our students and
staff, and for relationships to be grown as the Gospel is proclaimed in a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the world that God has made. Year 11 are at
school on a study week in transitioning into senior school, and they will also enjoy a day of Driver Safety education. We would greatly value your
prayers for our Year 12 students who are writing their half-yearly examinations this week, that they would be kept well physically and mentally, will
be able to remember and apply what they have learned and do their best. For parents of students sitting NAPLAN testing in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, we will
be sending out some important information about these tests in the coming weeks also. Please be on the lookout for an email from me.
Of course, the other thing dominating the Covenant Christian School landscape this year is our 40th year celebrations. I have been reflecting on this in
recent weeks, and have been in the privileged position as a former student, current parent and staff member of the school. I am 42, and have spent
30.5 years of my life here. Covenant is a special place, and I am so grateful for the things I have learned here about the faithfulness of God and
the place of His word in our lives. As we turn to a busy Term 2 of celebrations, it is wonderful to take some time to reflect on the great blessings
we have received as a school, and to continue to plan the way forward as we consider, in the midst of generational change (40+ years and into our second
generation of parents), on how we can continue to prioritise our vision and mission in being Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging
and academically rigorous in all that we do. I am grateful for the faithful direction of the Board and Association in leading the way in this regard,
as we partner with parents to this end. And we do it all in the name of Jesus, to whom we give glory in all things.
To finish, I shared this thought about Jesus with our students at assembly last week. We serve an amazing King: Greatest man in history, had no servants,
yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared
Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.
His name is Jesus.
I pray for a restful holiday break for each family in our school, reflecting on the hard work of Term 1, and the privilege it is to serve Jesus.
Mr Peter Muddle, Deputy Principal Curriculum (7-12)