2018 Term 2 Week 2


We spoke to Mr Michael Street and Mrs Stephanie Henderson about Philosophy Club - a new club at Covenant for Secondary students. We wanted to understand how philosophy fits into our school. Here is our interview. 

Why does Covie have a Philosophy Club? In Term one we launched Philosophy Club, a lunchtime group that runs on Mondays. It’s open to students from Years 7 to 12 who are interested in philosophy. We’ve really enjoyed the group so far! The aim of this Q&A is to explain how we believe philosophy can help students at Covenant Christian School navigate the world they inhabit as faithful Christians.

Why run a Philosophy Club at Covenant? When we announced the launch of the group, we were overwhelmed with almost 40 students queuing to sign up! This demonstrated that there is a significant number of students in Years 7 to 12 who are reading or engaging with philosophy. Some of the
philosophy that students encounter – in conversation and in online media – is questionable in its rigour. The club provides a forum for students to learn how to engage well with various philosophical topics. The phrase ‘careful thinking’ is perhaps a helpful synonym for ‘philosophy’. Our prayer is that our students are equipped to distinguish truth from falsehood.

How does philosophy interact with a Christian worldview? Philosophy helps children recognise that we all have default worldviews, which guide our day-to-day lives. It also helps them begin to identify their own worldview by examining their assumptions about reality. Philosophy, therefore, opens the way to challenging, forming and refining one’s worldview to accord with the wisdom God has revealed in the Bible. The truth, beauty and goodness of a Christian worldview is central to all that we do at Covie, including at Philosophy Club.

This happens in two main ways. First, the big ideas that have shaped Western culture help students to understand, to some extent, why the world is the way it is. That’s why we have included discussion about important ideas in the history of philosophy. Secondly, skills in philosophical reasoning enable students to think carefully and converse productively with others. We see this modelled in the Bible as Paul, for example, reasons with Stoic and Epicurean philosophers to persuade them of the Lordship of Christ. His critical engagement with their ways of thinking enables him to point out the folly of idol-worship, and the need to repent and believe in Christ (see Acts 17:16-34). Our prayer is that students will be equipped to do likewise.

Doesn’t having a Philosophy Club mean we’re aligning ourselves with the movement in favour of ethics in schools? 
One of the goals of the Philosophy Club is to facilitate students’ deepening trust in God’s word as they see its usefulness for practical living – such as in the complex area of ethics. Recent debates may lead us to think that Christianity and ethics are opposed. Thankfully, this is not the case! In fact, we have the privilege of teaching students ethics in a way that aligns with the school’s Christian mission and vision. At Philosophy Club, we discuss ethical issues with students informed by a biblically-based worldview. This entails acknowledging and talking about the distortions of philosophy that are prevalent in our culture. We see this as a productive use of time because loving God with all our minds means thinking deeply and carefully about life’s most challenging questions.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Mr Street or Mrs Henderson via the School Office. 

For further information please see the following article written by one of the students:  Philosophical Thinking at Covenant


After 40 years of faithful service the Dell Street entrance to Covenant Christian School has been retired. 2018 has seen the introduction of our new logo and branding, and we wanted to take this opportunity in our 40th year to also update the front entrance. The new entrance has been architecturally designed to reflect the style of the new C block building that is nearing completion. The new entrance beautifully features our new logo and will assist in setting a welcoming tone for our current and prospective families.

A big thank you to our incredible Maintenance department for all their hard work in completing this project. 

A Journey to Faith - Covenant Christian School

Emma Solomon is our much loved Teacher Librarian who attended Covenant for Secondary School (class of 1990). Emma remembers her school days fondly, and when she spoke to us, reflected on the care and support that she’s now shown at work being reminiscent of the nurture she experienced as a student.

Emma recalls from her student days that the school was led according to the same vision and mission we work under today. She sees the school continuing under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and that the vision and mission set by the founding parents is still our focus.

Emma has a passion for our students and loves helping students to have a Christian world view in everything they do, including reading books.

In this video, Emma shares the impact of Covenant on her whole family.


We thought our community would enjoy meeting some of our incredibly hardworking, yet slightly less well-known members of staff.

Let's get to know Mrs Karen Auckett, Executive Assistant at Covenant Christian School.

Can you tell us what the Executive Assistant does? I provide professional and confidential administrative support to the Principal, Executive and Board. I have an administrative role to respond to communications within our school community but also from other organisations. I arrange meetings, take minutes and manage the database for K–12 academic reports. I also have an HR role to assist with staff recruitment, maintain staff records and monitor policies and procedures. Oh, I shouldn’t forget supplying tea and coffee to those who need it within the office.

What is the best thing about working at Covenant? The staff!! I love the support, genuine outworking of their faith, fun and friendship that I have received during the good and difficult times in my life. I have been here over 15 years now and can truly say that some of my best friends are here.

Describe Karen Auckett in less than 10 words. Willing to serve. Organised. Competent. Quiet determination.

Describe a perfect Saturday. Definitely a sleep-in! If it is a gloomy, cold or rainy day I love to spend it at home snuggled under a blanket with a book, or watching a movie, or doing my jigsaw puzzle while eating chips (or cheese and crackers if it is in the afternoon). On a sunny day I like to go out (beach walk, city, Botanical gardens, art gallery) and then meet up with friends over a coffee or meal.  

What job would you be terrible at? Being the Prime Minister. 

Tell us how you came to know the Lord Jesus.
I was brought up attending Sunday School and church weekly, so I knew of Jesus from an early age, but it wasn't until a visiting minister spoke about the Fathers’ heart that I truly felt the love God has for me, insignificant me, me a sinner. The fact that God sent Jesus, his only son to be sacrificed on my behalf, so that I can have eternal life still blows my mind. 
Who is your favourite character in the Bible (apart from Jesus) and why? I learn from so many people in the Bible so it depends on the situation I am in at the time. It could be Joshua when I need courage; Mary or Martha when I need an attitude check; Paul who got knocked down so many times but kept getting up again; or Sarah and Abraham who believed for the seemingly impossible. Knowing God used flawed human beings encourages me greatly in my faith, helps me to change (hopefully) and to keep pressing on.

Thanks Mrs Auckett - you are a great encouragement to us and we are thankful to God for your faithful service to our school. 


Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert. 

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

Click here for a comprehensive list of Open Days. 

Australian Film Television and Radio School Open Day

  • 11 August | The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney
  • The AFTRS Open Day is a great opportunity for prospective students to meet the staff, experience some taster sessions and check out the state of the art facilities. You can also get tips on how to put together your application. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
UAC (University Admission Centre) Dates
University of Notre Dame Open Day
  • 25 August | Sydney
  • Click here to find out more 
ACPE (Australian College of Physical Education) Open Day
  • 23 June | Sydney Olympic Park
  • Meet with academic and student support staff to get answers to all of your study and student life queries. 
  • Click here to find out more  
UTS Open Day
  • 25 August 
  • With over 200 talks, tours and activities on offer, UTS Open Day is your chance to explore your course and career options. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Bachelor Of Advanced Computing Information Evening
  • 21 June | University of Sydney
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies is launching its new Bachelor of Advanced Computing degree in 2018. The information evening will include information about this new degree and the opportunities that it will potentially bring to students. 
  • Click here to find out more  
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Year 11 & 12 Information Evening
  • 29 May | Sydney Nanoscience Hub
  • Find out everything you need to know about studying engineering, computing, technology or project management at Sydney University.
  • Click here to find out more 
Macquarie University Student and Parent Information Evening
  • 23 May | Marquee, Eastern Road. 
  • Click here to find out more 
International School of Colour and Design Open Day
  • 17 May | North Sydney
  • Click here to find out more 

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.

Year 7-9 ALIVE Sleepover 
ALIVE is a weekly Bible Study lunchtime group run by senior students at Covenant Christian School for Years 7-9. We are excited to announce our ALIVE Sleepover, which will be held at school. The Sleepover will begin at 4.00pm on Friday 25 May and will run until 2.00pm on Saturday 26 May.

The ALIVE leaders will be primarily running the weekend and plan to have Bible talks, food, games and fellowship. The weekend promises to be lots of fun learning about God and developing friendships. Cost is $25. Permission notes are available from Mrs Gardner, the Alive leaders and on the school website.

PIP opportunity #1 - assistance in textiles class
We are looking for some parents who have sewing experience to provide support in our Year 7 and 8 Textiles classes. Assistance is required on Mondays during periods 3-4, Tuesdays during periods 3-4, and Thursday during periods 1-2. If you are able to assist in this way, please email Nick Williams at nwilliams@covenant.nsw.edu.au. 

PIP opportunity #2 - BBQ duties at the Secondary Athletics Carnival 
If you are able to assist with the free sausage sizzle at the Secondary Athletics Carnival on Friday 18 May between 4.00-6.00pm please email Donna Kane at dkane@covenant.nsw.edu.au by Tuesday 15 May.  

PIP opportunity #3 - sewing outfits for Yarrabah drama team
If you are able to assist with sewing some simple biblical outfits for the Yarrabah drama team please email Robyn Watson at rwatson@covenant.nsw.edu.au. 

Free Learner Driver Workshop 
Northern Beaches Council is offering a free workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The free workshop will take place on Tuesday 12 June at the Civic Centre, Dee Why from 6.30-8.30pm. Bookings can be made by emailing roadsafety@northernbeaches.nsw.edu.au. 

Lost property - Black Wolf sleeping bag
Black Wolf sleeping bag was left at school after Secondary camps. Please claim from the Office; otherwise it will be donated to charity. 

Lifeline Northern Beaches Book Fair
Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May at St Augustine's College Sydney, Federal Parade, Brookvale. 

Friday 25 May - 4.00-9.00pm
Saturday 26 May - 9.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 27 May - 9.00am- 2.00pm

'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

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done….so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God. Psalm 78:4, 7-8 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for His faithfulness and for His miraculous deeds. Pray our community will be faithful in teaching His word diligently, in it’s entirety and as it is written to the next generation. Pray in doing so, that our next generation will worship and place their hope in God, faithfully obeying and trusting His perfect will.
  • Pray for Years 3-12 Cross Country on Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 11 Yarrabah Kidsgames training on Friday and Saturday.
  • Pray for Year 11/12 Parent Teacher interviews next Monday.
  • Pray for Naplan for Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 next Tuesday to Friday.

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.


The NSW Combined Independent Schools Swimming Carnival was held over two sessions at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

The NSW Combined Independent Schools Swimming Carnival was held over two sessions at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Covenant had 10 students competing at the evening session on 4 April across relays and individual events, as well as three students in the day session on 5 April. 

It was wonderful to see the camaraderie of our students and their commitment to representing us at such an elite level, even in the midst of studying and exams! Congratulations to Cooper Eakin who came away with four 1st places and one 2nd place - a testament to his hard work and dedication. Special thanks must also go to the parents (and grandparents) who tirelessly supported our swimmers!
Well done to all of the following students who represented us so well: Alexis Bilton, Boden Garside, Caleb Millin, Cooper Eakin, Jake Eakin, Mimi Murray, Oscar Gullickson, Samuel Harvey, Sarah Pienaar, Zarli Robinson and Zeplen McAllan.


At the end of Term 3, Covenant Christian School played their first-round games in the U15 Bill Turner Cup (Boys) and Bill Turner Trophy (Girls), a statewide knockout soccer tournament.

At the end of Term 1, Covenant Christian School played their first-round games in the U15 Bill Turner Cup (Boys) and Bill Turner Trophy (Girls), a statewide knockout soccer tournament. Drawn against Barrenjoey High School, traditionally a very strong soccer school we knew it was going to be a difficult task.

The boys kicked off first and were unphased by their more fancied opponent. Barrenjoey started the more dominant of the two sides and were rewarded with an early goal ten minutes into the match. However, the composed passing and teamwork from the boys assured it was only a few minutes later we were back on level terms. Caleb Chen scored the first goal after a great build up and from that moment the momentum changed in Covenant’s favour. Goals to Sonny Jago, Oliver Spencer and Leighton Shaw meant we would eventually walk out winners 4-2. Special mention must go to Daniel Pearson for some fine saves and Josh McKenna who didn’t look out of place against his much older opponents. Overall a great team performance and fantastic sportsmanship by our squad, in what was a very physical contest. A very promising start and we will now look forward to playing the winner of Killara and Balgowlah Boys High School in Term 2.

The players: Leighton Shaw, Lucas Martinez, Axel Cantrell (C), Joshua Read, Daniel Pearson, Sonny Jago, Luca Morgante, Ollie Spencer, Ollie Bayliss, Alec Berzekian, Reuben Lowry, Josh McKenna, Caleb Chen and Andrew Prassopoulos.

The girls persevered in the heat to play an excellent game and although not victorious on this occasion, had several shots at goal in the second half. Their passing has improved significantly and with the addition of some skilled new players, the side is shaping up to be very competitive later in 2018!

The players: Andy Pienaar, Ava Wood, Carrie Fulton, Georgina Sarkissian, Grace Dale, Lexi McLean, Maddy Smithies, Meriz Viljoen, Samantha Menzies, Tara Mucci, Zoe Stanwell, Abigail Young and Amy Humphrey.

Thanks also to Mr Wakeford and Mrs Henderson who coached and supported the teams.




The last Tuesday morning of Term 1, saw 24 excited students begin their Horse Riding and Adventure Camp with some fun in the Urban Jungle at Homebush.

The last Tuesday morning of Term 1 saw 24 excited students begin their Horse Riding and Adventure Camp with some fun in the Urban Jungle at Homebush. Students were able to enjoy the waterslide, whirlpool and drenching bucket as well as the four high ropes courses offered. Special mention to a few of our Year 8 participants who encouraged each other through this demanding course and finished the most difficult section! After jumping back on the bus, our riders arrived at Mountains Christian College and enjoyed a fun night of board games and spaghetti bolognese.

Wednesday morning saw our students 'bolt' out the door with lunch packed, ready for the first day of riding! As the sun began to shine in the Megalong Valley, students learned to groom and tack horses under the guidance of the Centennial Glen guides. After being assigned a horse, we left in one big group and enjoyed a picturesque trail ride through one of the many tracks that make up the 100 or so acres owned by Centennial Glen. After lunch, we had another ride and headed back to school. More than previous years, everything horse-related was done by the students themselves - down to the final wash down and hug of the day! Well done riders! After some downtime, a dinner at the local tavern, Gardner’s Inn, was enjoyed by all.  
Thursday saw a longer ride in ability groups, with more competent riders able to extend themselves and newer students able to consolidate their initial understanding of horsemanship and gaits. After much grooming and helping again, we left for Anvil Rock in Blackheath where Mrs Henderson shared her second devotion with us. Galatians was the focus as students learned they are free from the law through Jesus’ death and resurrection and able to live His way - including enjoying the beauty of his creation and the many blessings he gives us. The wind eroded cave nearby provided a great place to reflect upon the good promises we’d heard about. Thursday night saw the much awaited Mexican Masterchef challenge. All students cooked and presented extremely well, but our Year 10 girls were the victors, taking a handy points lead before Friday’s second and final challenge! 
After packing up on Friday morning, we headed to Leura to complete a scavenger hunt prepared by Mr Richardson. Although it was again a closely fought battle, the Year 10 girls were the final victors and aptly rewarded with a treat from the famous Leura Lolly Shop. It was a sugar filled, musical and happy return to school after a lunch stop at Blaxland.

Thanks very much to Mrs McDonald, Mrs Henderson, Mr Richardson, Mrs Engelbrecht, Mr Conway and Mrs Butler for a great camp! Thanks also to the students who jumped in to help when needed and participated wholeheartedly in all the activities prepared for camp. We hope to see you next year!


Earlier in Term 1, nine audacious but nervous people went to Mona Vale Public school to represent Covenant Christian School.

Earlier in Term 1, nine audacious but nervous people went to Mona Vale Public School to represent Covenant Christian School. Covenant had three teams of three people, A, B and C. Most of the younger people had never been to a chess tournament so well done making it through six strategic, brain–hurting rounds.

In total, there were 52 teams of three from other schools including Covenant. The way the tournament works is you are not allowed to whisper any moves to your two teammates or your team might lose points. 
Group C, who was led by Joel Stanwell, scored 7.5 out of the total 18 at the end of the day. All of them were Year 4 so they did well against the other Year 5 and 6 teams.

Group B had an excellent start with a 3 out of 3 'blitz' and finished strong to bring them in the top 10 schools with a solid score of 10.5 out of 18.
Group A who were 'steamrolled' by the eventual winners (Mona Vale A 14.5 out of 18) still managed to slip into the top five boards in the last four rounds. In the end, it all came down to the last round against Curl Curl North A team. Covenant was sitting on 10.5 just in 6th place, however, prevailed against the odds and won all of the 3 games in the last round resulting in fourth place. 

Well done everyone who participated or helped in driving their kids to the tournament and setting up the tournament. If anyone under 18 is interested in getting a New South Wales Junior Chess League rating or any results or applications for tournaments, head to https://www.nswjcl.org.au.

Written by Jed Chan


On Monday at lunchtime, Mr Street and Mrs Henderson run a Philosophy Club for anyone in Years 7-12 who is interested in philosophy.

On Monday at lunchtime, Mr Street and Mrs Henderson run a Philosophy Club for anyone in Years 7-12 who is interested in philosophy. We discuss things like how to know if something is true or false, how to know what you know and ethical dilemmas.

This term, I have learnt about two approaches to ethics –deontology and consequentialism. They ask: “Does the end justify the means?” Deontology says no. Consequentialism says yes. We have been looking at what we personally would do in different ethical situations.

Sometimes we discuss these questions verbally and sometimes we do 'silent discussions' where everyone writes their thoughts on the same big piece of paper and people can write questions or add to other people’s thoughts.
The group is academically very beneficial because philosophy pushes you to think harder and draw conclusions based on the evidence you know or believe to be true. It also teaches collaboration of ideas because the best ideas often spark from other people’s thoughts.
I think the introduction of Philosophy Club is a really good addition to Covenant. I have been interested in philosophy for a while and this group is a place where I can talk with fellow philosophers and share ideas. It’s also a good opportunity for people to explore philosophical questions for the first time. I’m looking forward to having a very positive experience in this group over the next few years!
Rachael Lin (Year 10)