2018 Term 2 Week 10


On Wednesday 27 June our dancers were involved in our annual Dance Night performance. Curriculum dance students in Year 9, 11 and 12 presented their class works alongside routines from our five Eisteddfod troupes.

Year 12 HSC Dance works included Core Performance, Core Compositions and Major Study Performances. Well done to our Year 12 dancers for the inspired and lovely work you presented. We wish you well as you prepare for your external HSC practical examinations early next term.

Our Eisteddfod troupes presented their routines which have been inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. All the best for the Extreme Eisteddfod competition on 29 July.

Thanks to all the students, families and staff involved in this wonderful evening.  

On Thursday 21 June, Year 5 set out on an excursion into the bush to investigate a mystery. What was the mystery? Well, Juliane (who works at the Field Of Mars) was taking a morning stroll out in the bush when she came along....a stomach! Who is the evil predator that killed the poor little prey? That was what Year 5 had to find out.

Each group was given an iPad to take a photo of anything that might provide clues to who the predator was or who the prey was. Once the investigating was over the students went to the lab to compare their photos to the charts provided and make a prediction on who the predator and prey was. Using iMovie each group made a video to prove their prediction was correct. 

So was the mystery solved? Did Year 5 ever find out who killed the little Ringtail Possum? Was it Mrs Peacock with the spanner in the Ballroom? No, it was the Powerful Owl with his beak in East Ryde. Eeek!  


The Celebration of Drama Night featured highlights from Year 10, 11 and 12 Drama students. The Duologues had all been prepared for the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, and students were pleased to have the opportunity to perform them again.

Year 10 performed two hilarious plays they had created in the Commedia dell'arte style. The Year 12 class wooed the audience with their Group Devised play called ‘Who runs the world?’. The audience of parents and friends were blown away by the depth of talent displayed by the enthusiastic Drama students.

Metropolitan Cup Soccer - Primary Boys
The Metro Cup Soccer competition begins with a first phase of competition between local opposition Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) and Oxford Falls Grammar School (OFGS), with the fourth team, Pacific Hills Christian School (PHCS), travelling from Dural for the event. The standard of football is high and the competition fierce. The prize at the end of the day is entry into the next level of competition which is held in Penrith. 

The Junior Boys (Years 3/4) had three tough games and despite tireless effort were not able to progress beyond the pool. They were organised and coached on the day by Todd Delaney. The boys were very appreciative of his commitment to the team. The Senior Boys (Year 5/6) began with a tough win over PHCS. The team had to work hard for every possession. The second game was a loss to a dominant OFGS team, which set us up for an important must win third game against NBCS. Again the boys were able to maintain possession and dominant field position. A 3 – 1 win was enough to put us into the final and secure a place at the Metro Cup Gala Day which will be held in August. The final against OFGS was useful in demonstrating just how much work we have to do between now and then in order to compete at the next level, however the boys are to be congratulated on their team play and conduct throughout the day.

Peninsula Cup – Finals Week
The 14 & Under Girls played their netball semi-final against Stella Maris on a blustery afternoon. It was always going to be a tough game against a skilful opposition, but our girls kept playing hard, and showed considerable improvement throughout the season. Coach: Ms Vander Straaten  

The 14 & Under Boys went into half time of their soccer semi-final against Northern Beaches Christian School tied at 0-0. An exciting second half saw us take the lead twice, only to have it pulled back to a tie both times. But with some great play, the boys pulled away to win 3-2. Two days later they played their grand final against Oxford Falls Grammar School in what could only be described as torrential rain! The boys battled hard against tough opposition, ultimately going down 4-1 and finishing runners up. Coach: Mr Cochrane

The 16 & Under Boys played their soccer semi-final against Oxford Falls Grammar School. It was a high paced match with lots of action at both ends. The boys played their hearts out, and were unlucky to go down 4-3 in the final minute, just missing out on a grand final berth. Coach: Mr Pollard

The 18 & Under Boys took on Pittwater House in their grand final match which was played on a rather wet and muddy pitch. Pittwater House took an early lead, and after some solid pressure, we bounced back with a goal to even up the match just before the end of the first half. Despite some very tough decisions going against us, our boys held their heads high and just kept playing their game, and were not put off by the refereeing or the home crowd. As the sun set, the second half ended in a draw, sending us straight to a penalty shoot-out…in the dark! Goals seesawed back and forth, before Covie pulled away victorious with a 4-2 penalty tally. Our boys should be commended for the way they handled themselves in trying circumstances, and should be proud of their attitude and efforts. Coach: Mr Wakeford
NSWRU Championships
On the weekend Max Gander (Year 10) was a part of the AICES 16 & Under Rugby Union team playing in the NSWRU Championships. AICES is the Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools, and is the largest of the CIS Associations with 75 schools and over 26,000 students. With such a pool to draw from, it is a tremendous effort to have made the team. The boys played across the weekend at UNSW, and walked away winning the Premiers Shield! Well done to Max, and the whole AICES team on your incredible effort!


2018 Northern Sydney Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo

  • Thursday 16 August | 3.30-6.30pm | The Concourse - Civic Pavilion, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood | Free event
  • Learn about apprenticeships, traineeships, interview tips and more.
  • Click here for more information.
Avondale College President’s Scholarship 2018
  • It is awarded to students in Year 12 valued at $8000. 
  • Over the years many students from Covenant have done Nursing through Avondale College which is situated right next to the SAN, and we have had several student’s receive the President’s Scholarship so it is definitely worth considering if you are thinking of doing Nursing at Avondale in 2019. 
  • Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate: Academic success; a predicted (on the basis of ongoing school results) ATAR 80+; Leadership skills; and a significant contribution to school, community, family and/or church.
Raffles Design Portfolio Workshops
  • Raffles College offer courses in Photography, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Games Design & Animation. 
  • It's a chance to get inspired and get hands-on experience in their future design career and find out if it's really for you, whilst producing a creative portfolio.
  • 9-11 July | Raffles College of Design, Parramatta
  • Cost: $20 (Normally $80). They are offering a special discount for Year 12 students. Follow the link and use the code YR12PROMO to enjoy the workshop for only $20!
  • Click here to RSVP, or for more information email to Marketing@raffles.edu.au or contact 02 9633 3800.  
University of Wollongong Early Entry Applications
  • Applications open 1-24 August. 
  • Early Admission is UOW's early offer program for Year 12 students. It recognises the personal qualities and skills that define who you are. They look at the results you've got so far and can reward you with a place at UOW before you even sit your final exams. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
Defence Info Sessions
  • 3 July | Parramatta
Endeavour College of Natural Health Info Night
  • 5 July | Sydney 
  • Endeavour College of Natural Health’s Info Night is an opportunity to learn more about studying a natural health degree.
  • Click here to find out more.  
University of Notre Dame – Careers in Law
  • 12 July | Chippendale, Sydney. 
  • Careers in Law info day is an event to explore all programs in Law and where this profession can take you. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
New York University Information Evening
  • If you are interested in studying in the USA this could be a useful night to attend even if you are not hoping to go to New York University specifically.
  • Wednesday 8 August | 6pm | Ascham School
  • It is an opportunity to hear Mr Liam Dean-Johnson from NYU Undergraduate Admissions speak about New York University (NYU), the USA Common Application process, recommendations and how to write a great personal essay!
  • Click here to register.  
Australian Maritime College Short Courses
  • A growing range of courses can be completed entirely online and at the student’s own pace.
  • A number of the online courses are AMSA-approved, which means they can qualify successful participants to undertake specific roles or duties on vessels in Australia.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Billy Blue Day in the Life Creative Workshops
  • 7 July | Sydney 
  • If you're interested in learning more about a particular creative career, Billy Blue workshops are just the place. You'll see what it's like to spend a day in the life of a designer or gamer. And it's Free!
  • Click here to book. 
William Blue – Hospitality Careers Day
  • 10 July. 
  • You will start the day at the famous Four Seasons Hotel for an exclusive hotel tour including suites, restaurants and kitchen. From the Four Seasons, you will travel to the Pier One Hotel to see what it’s like a day in a 5-star hotel. For lunch, you will be spoilt with a three-course meal at our award-winning restaurant, William Blue Dining. You will also have the opportunity to learn about our 2019 School Leaver Scholarships valued at up to $57,600! 
  • Check in: 9.00am to 9.30am at Four Seasons Hotel 199 George St, Sydney NSW 2000. 
  • Who should attend? High school students in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12. 
  • Limited spots available. Book here
Essential Energy Apprenticeships are now open
  • Essential Energy operates the electricity distribution network in regional NSW, supplying electricity to more than 800,000 homes and businesses. 
  • If working outdoors in a team environment appeals to you, an apprenticeship or traineeship with Essential Energy may be the perfect way to kick start your career.
  • Applications must be completed by midnight 22 July.
  • Click here to apply.  
University of Canberra Scholarships
  • There are lots of undergraduate scholarships to apply for, and for some applications close on 17 August, others open again on 1 November. 
  • Click here to find them all.  
Teach.NSW Scholarships are now open
  • Get paid while you study to become a teacher and be guaranteed a permanent teaching position in a NSW public school when you graduate.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Meet Real Life (Slightly Crazy) Scientists
  • 16 August | 5.45pm | Parramatta Library. 
  • Celebrate National Science Week and meet a panel of (slightly crazy) scientists and find out what they do. Discover why they chose science careers, how they got there and the exciting problems they get to solve. Ask questions about what it’s like to be a scientist and what subjects you could study to be one too. 
  • Click here to find out more.  


"There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol." Psalm 86:8-13 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He alone is God and He is our creator, sustainer, teacher and deliverer. Pray we will have prayerful and humble hearts that will submit to His ways and live our lives to His glory.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students Education Support.
  • Continue to pray for Year 11 Yarrabah Trip returning on Saturday.
  • Pray for Primary Drama Workshop today and Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 9 Food Technology incursion today.
  • Pray for rest and safety in the school holidays.
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.


Introducing Mrs Justina Lowe: a faithful member of the ICT team with a slight chocolate addiction! 

Tell us who lives at your house? My husband, Phillip and I, plus our 2 kids, Katrina (uni) and Sebastian (Yr 11). Plus our toy poodle, Astro. 

What is your role at school? ICT Support - I support the school, staff and students in all technology related issues.

What job would you be terrible at? Accounting – I can never balance figures!

Briefly tell us how you came to be a Christian? I grew up in a Christian family so have always been exposed to Christian things. When I was in Year 11, I was attending ISCF (Inter-school Christian Fellowship) as well as going to Youth group, and it all became so much more real to me. It’s like a lightbulb went off in my head, and I was more aware of how much God meant to me, and how I couldn’t live without him.

What do you dislike that everyone else loves? I can’t stand oysters!!! Ugggh! My husband simply cannot understand it as he loves them!

If you went to a restaurant and could order anything, what would be on the table? Dessert, dessert and more dessert! Especially if it’s got chocolate in it!

What is the best thing since sliced bread? Chocolate! Whoever discovered chocolate is a genius! Chocolate on everything (well, most things!)


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.

Position Vacant - Secondary Administration Assistant
Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Thursday 5 July.
Cheese and Toastie Customer Satisfaction Survey
Cheese and Toastie invite parents to complete the following Customer Satisfaction Survey. Please click here to complete the survey. 

Drop off in Dell Street
A reminder to use the 'Kiss and Drop zone' rather than entering the school grounds to drop off your children. It has been noticed that cars stopped inside the gates can change the turning circle of the buses which is dangerous for students/pedestrians nearby. Cars driving inside the school grounds are reminded to drive slowly (10km/h).

Preschool parents are still permitted to park briefly in the visitor parking spots in the top carpark whilst dropping their children off. 

Enhance Conference - The Cultural Conflict: The Invisible War
Saturday 4 August | 2.00-7.30pm | PAS | Click here to register or call Daniel Ryan on 0412 089 220 for more information.        

Drama and Comedy Theatre Skills 3 Day Workshop with Miss Fruitcake
  • Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 July (choose one, two or all three days)
  • 9.00am-3.00pm | J23 
  • Primary aged children
  • $75.00 per child per day
  • Call Fiona Gosling on 0406 763 831 or email goslingfiona69@gmail.com for more information
Working With Children Check
There have been some changes to the laws of the Working With Children Check (WWCC). These changes are important for anyone who works or volunteers with children and their employers.
  • Everyone who holds a WWCC is now legally required to update their contact details, including any name or address changes. Penalties will apply to people who don’t update.
  • Updating your details is simple. Please go to www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check and follow the directions.
  • You can find your WWCC number here if you don’t have it to hand.
  • Other changes include - all parents attending an overnight camp must now have a WWCC.
  • The first WWCC clearances issued in June 2013 expire soon, and more than 18 thousand people have already applied for their renewal.
  • You can renew your WWCC number three months before its expiry date. You will receive a reminder when it's time to renew (provided your contact details are up to date).
Lost property
The following non-uniform items have been found in Lost Property boxes. Please collect from the Office by the end of Week 1 of Term 3. After this date, all items will be donated. 
  • Turquoise blue Hart Sport singlet – Extra large
  • Grey hoodie - Medium
  • Very dark grey hoodie - Small
  • Basics black hoodie with white cord and zip - Large
  • Grey and blue GAP Kids hoodie - Size 10
  • Purple t-shirt – with advertising for Boxing Fitness/Surf Skool and Belrose Eagles 2017 – Size 12
  • Burgundy Canterbury NRL t-shirt – Medium
  • Doyoueven black jacket with hood and zip – Extra large
  • Navy blue sweatshirt – Size 16
  • One pair of green shin guards
The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)
Congratulations to the students who have already completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Students have up until 14 August to complete the PRC. Upon completion each student should confirm with Mrs Watson that they have either entered all their books online, or handed in a written copy of their reading list. Once the books have been entered online, Mrs Watson will validate them. Those who have officially finished will see their name recorded on a list outside Mrs Watson’s office in the Junior Library.

Mum's in Motion Fitness Class
A fitness and movement class run by Linda Keen | Mondays at 9.15am | T9 | Email danceacademy@covenant.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Help keep Sydney's homeless warm this Winter
Click here to find out more. 

Host Families needed for Japanese students
Host families are needed for students from Japan from 3-13 August. Families are paid $50 per night to assist with hosting costs. Contact Cecilia on 9889 4366 or 0423 097 518 or email ushinohama@vsoceania.com for more information.

Junior Science Academy
School Holiday Programs for Kindergarten - Year 6 at Macquarie University | Click here for more information

Office of Sport Winter School Holiday Programs
Click here for more information

The Football Factory Holiday Camps
9-23 July | For 5-14 year olds | Click here for more information

Pittwater Sports Centre Winter Holiday Workshops
9-23 July | Click here for more information

Wakehurst Netball Club NetSetGo
Friday 3 August for 8 weeks | Lionel Watts Oval, Frenchs Forest | 5 to 7 year olds
NetSetGo is a fun, safe, social and active netball program for girls and boys.
For enquiries email Nicole Carter at netsetgo@wakehurstnetball.com.au

Great Beginnings Vacation Care program
9-20 July | Terrey Hills | Call 9986 2080 for more information or email terreyhills@greatbeginnings.com.au.


On Monday 25 June, Year 8 students presented a showcase. This was to highlight the work they had done for their Passion Project. Half of the Year 8 cohort showcased their Major Works and the standard was very high indeed. We interviewed Year 8 student Grace Muddle to see what the Passion Project Showcase was all about. 

Grace, what is the Passion Project? The Passion Project is a project where you choose what you are passionate about. It is an individual project that goes for two terms so you have to use your time wisely in order to complete it. At the end of the semester we have a showcase.

What did you do for your project? For my project I made a dining table out of an old door and other recycled materials. I painted the door in white and blue and sanded it to show the layers. This created a ‘shabby chic’ effect. I created sturdy legs and used woodworking techniques I learnt from the classroom and applied them to my work. I was really excited about my project because I knew that I accomplished it all by myself and I used my time wisely.

What happened at showcase? At showcase we showed off our works and all the parents and teachers came and asked about our work. We received certificates to show that we had finished the project. Everyone was excited about the showcase and parents were really proud of the students and what we had accomplished. At the end of the night I was really proud of myself and relieved that I had finished. I was also sad that I had finished my project as it was really fun.

What would you say to those who might do the project next semester? Get started on it as soon as possible, but don’t rush it. Just use your time wisely.

Any final words? It was a really good experience and I learnt a lot.

Thank you Grace, and well done to all the amazing Year 8 students who completed their projects this semester. Enjoy watching the video below.