2018 Term 2 Week 1


There is a web of lies surrounding the classification of spiders. But don't be fooled. As any Year 1 Minibeast Expert could tell you, the spider is an arachnid, NOT an insect.  

At the end of last term, Year 1 hosted a minibeast museum. Parents and students marched like ants to the Rumpus Room to get a ticket to this inaugural event. Minibeasts of every kind were on display in masterful dioramas. Students had created informative booklets and were only too willing to share their expertise on their chosen minibeast.

Well done Year 1 on an amazing Minibeast Museum! Isn't God an amazing creator! 



At the end of Term 1, 24 Year 10 students travelled to Yarrabah during camp week. Click here to read about their trip and see some beautiful photos. 


But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone….that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil…
Hebrews 2:9, 14b (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for Jesus who has conquered death and now reigns at the right hand of God. Pray for the unsaved, that they will receive God’s gift of salvation that He freely offers to them and be spared eternal death.
  • Give thanks for the school holidays. Pray for students and staff to settle back well and quickly into Term 2.
  • Pray for Year 8-11 Writers Camp on Thursday and Friday.
  • Pray for Bronze Duke of Ed Hike Group 2 on Thursday and Friday.
  • Pray for ICAS Digital Technology for Junior School next Tuesday.
  • Pray for School Association AGM next Wednesday.
  • Pray for preparations for the 40th Anniversary.
Please join us in prayer.
9.00-9.30am on Thursdays in T7 (classroom opposite Preschool).
If you are unable to come but would like to pray from home, please email us to receive a copy of the prayer notes. If you would like the Prayer Group to pray for you, please also email us at prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au. 


Covenant Prayer Group
Thursday | 9.00-9.30am | T7 | Prayer points can be sent to prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au | Click here for things to pray and praise God for.

'Mums in Motion'
Would you like to get back into shape at a convenient location? Then come and join the fun with ‘Mums in Motion’. Miss Linda is offering a 40 minute workout which includes: low impact aerobics, tone, stretch and therapeutic movement. If you are interested or need further information, please email danceacademy@covenant.nsw.edu.au indicating your preferred morning.

Entertainment Books are now here!
As part of our support for the Yarrabah community, we are selling Entertainment Books and Digital Memberships to raise money for Wontulp-Bi-Buya College. The College trains Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students for gospel and community work, mostly via two-week intensive study programs run in Cairns.

To see if the 2018/19 Sydney book is worthwhile for your family or as a gift for someone you know, have a look here.
  • One person who purchases a book or digital membership from Covenant before 31 May will be chosen at random to enjoy a 5-course menu for two at Ormeggio (at the Spit) valued at $252.
  • Entertainment Books are now available from the Office. Digital Memberships and Books (or other editions) can be purchased online by clicking here.
Mandarin Language Club
Mondays | 3.00-3.50pm | For students in Kindergarten-Year 6 | T10 | Book a free trial lesson by emailing dailin@mandarinstars.com.au or visit www.mandarinstars.com.au
Student Exchange Information Evening
Thursday 10 May | 7.00pm | Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, cnr Kent & Bathurst Streets | Visit www.studentexchange.org.au or call 1300 135 331 for more information

Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert.

For more information go to http://www.coviecareers.com.

University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies - Year 11 & 12 Information Evening

  • 29 May | 6.00-8.00pm
  • Everything you need to know about studying engineering, advanced computing, technology or project management at Sydney University
  • This event is suitable for parents, students and teachers
  • Registrations are essential - click here

UTS Engineering & IT Undergraduate Information Evening 

  • 14 June | 5.00-8.30pm 
  • Hear from industry professionals about future tech careers and the skills you need to get there
  • Click here to find out more
Notre Dame University - Early Offer and Parent Information Session
  • 26 June | 4.00-5.30pm or 6.00-7.30pm | Broadway campus, 140 Broadway Chippendale
  • Click here for more information
  • Applications open Tuesday 1 May 2018 and close Tuesday 31 July 2018
ACU Community Achiever Program (early-entry pathway)
  • Regular volunteer work in your community through a social justice organisation, sporting, performance, cultural or religious group may be rewarded through our Community Achievers' Program with entry into an undergraduate degree
  • A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU
  • Applications open Tuesday 1 May 2018 and close Tuesday 31 July 2018
  • Click here for more information

Academy of Film, Theatre & Television Open Day

  • 12 May | 9.30am-2.30pm | 41 Holt Street, Surry Hills
  • Click here for more information 
UNSW Year 10 Subject Selection and Information Evening
  • 9 May | 6.00pm 
  • This evening is the good place for you to start if you are thinking about going to university in 2021 and are currently a year 10 student (or you are the parent or teacher of a year 10 student)
  • Click here to register 
Westmead Social Work Careers Day
  • 10 May | 9.00am-3.00pm | Westmead Hospital
  • Are you in Year 11 or 12 and interested in learning about Social Work? Come along to our one day workshop. 
  • RSVP to Kimberley.sherwood@health.nsw.gov.au as there are only 50 places so get in quick.
Business Cadetships
  • Applications now open and close 16 May
  • Open to Year 12 students who wish to pursue a business career 
  • Cadets combine university study with paid work at UBS, a top-ranking global bank
  • Contact Alister Wilkinson at director@professionalcadets.com.au or click here
Engineering &Technology Cadetships (ETCAD)
  • Applications now open and close 22 June
  • For Year 12 students interested in a career in engineering or in technology
  • Engineering Cadets combine an engineering degree with paid work at Cubic Transportation Systems, a world leader in integrated transport systems
  • Technology Cadets combine an IT-related degree or a business degree with paid work at Macquarie Group
  • Contact Alister Wilkinson at director@professionalcadets.com.au or click here
Aviation Australia – Flight Attendant
  • If you are interested in pursuing a career as a flight attendant our industry experts are here to explain your options as well as guide and assist you in deciding upon the pathway best for you. 
  • Find out more and register here
College Of Event Management Information Session
Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day
  • June 16
  • Speak with lecturers and students, learn about educational pathways and study options, and find out if a career in natural health is for you. 
  • Click here to find out more 
Australian Institute of Music Open Day 
  • 25 August
  • Experience the campus with free workshops, masterclasses and live performances from special industry guests. 
  • Click here to find out more 


Welcome back!

This term we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of our school. There is much to be grateful for as we look back to our humble beginnings in a church hall in Terrey Hills.

Being grateful is something that seems to be more difficult the more we have. Contentment is an old-fashioned word, and many even see it as a negative idea. We always seem to be striving to be better, to make the next big improvement, to acquire the next new thing, or to consume the next new experience. It is a trap that is alluring, but in the end self-defeating. One only needs to remember how quickly a new toy is discarded once the initial burst of joy and excitement wears off, or how the enjoyment of the ‘new car smell’ disappears once the first scratch or paint chip is discovered.

Educating for gratitude is one of the goals for our students at Covenant Christian School. Please do not understand this to be the acceptance of things being done badly, or that the striving to become better is unnecessary. We are also educating the children in our care, as well as each other, to be faithful. We understand that God gives us gifts, not primarily for our own pleasure and delight, but for His; and to use our gifts and talents for the good of the wider community. That is why we seek to do things better as a school.

Another important event this term is Covenant Christian School Association’s Annual General Meeting. It is a time when members of the Association are elected to the Board to govern the school. This is a weighty duty, as they seek to ensure the Vision and Mission of the school is being enacted, and that this is done in a way that is both financially and strategically sensible. Please pray for our Board as they take this task on for the sake of the wider school community.

Since the end of Term 1 our LOTE teacher Dylan Richardson got married, our TAS teacher Luke Robinson became engaged, and we will soon celebrate Tanya Hammond’s 30 years of service at Covenant Christian School! One of the great joys of being in community is to celebrate milestones like these. We are grateful that we can share these moments with them.

I hope that this term holds both good challenges and expectations for you and your family as we take this journey of Christian Schooling together.

Bill Rusin