2018 Term 2 Week 3


For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise

  • Praise God that Jesus overcame temptation, and shed His blood for our sin that we can through faith have assurance of salvation. Give thanks that when we are tempted, we can pray to Him with confidence that He is able to help us and has the power to overcome.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Preschool and Kindergarten.
  • Continue to pray for Naplan for Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 continuing to Friday.
  • Pray for Secondary Athletics Carnival on Friday.
  • Pray for all in our community who are grieving, have long-term illnesses including cancer, or struggling with broken relationships, that God will remind them of His steadfast love that never ceases and give them comfort.

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.

Resolving Everyday Conflict
You are invited to be a part of a group studying Resolving Everyday Conflict during June in Term 2 and August in Term 3. Click here for more information and to book online.  

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 - 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.

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

Hosting an Exchange Student
WEP Australia is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation seeking volutneers to host an exchange student. Contact WEP on 1300 884 733 or email sylviakelly@wep.org.au for more information.

Deciding on Christian education

Kym Bridges attended Covenant Christian School from Kindergarten to Year 12 (class of 2001) and is now a parent at Covenant with children in Junior School and Preschool.

In her full interview with us, Kym reflected that she felt nurtured and cared for when she was at school, and wanted the same for her own children. She shared with us about choosing a school, and the things that have confirmed their decision to send their children here.

Kym is also related to Covenant’s first teacher, Jan (Goodwin) Bridges. Kym describes Jan as passionate about her faith, Christian Education and the All Blacks! Jan’s advocacy for Christian Education really made an impression on Kym and was instrumental in their family’s decision to come to Covenant. Jan firmly believed that school should be an extension of what is taught at home. She also felt that starting children in Christian Education in their early years was crucial as these years shape their world view. 

Kym explains how Covenant may have changed in appearance since her student days, but the way that Christ is central to the school is still the same. Here is some of her story.


Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert. 

For more information go to http://www.coviecareers.com.
Knox Careers Night 2018
  • Monday 28 May | 6.00pm | Knox Grammar School
  • This free event is open to the public and is suitable for high school students and their parents.
    Lots of exhibitors including UAC, many universities, TAFE NSW, Defence Force Recruiting and more. 
  • Click here to find out more
Inspiring Futures for Young Women Launch
  • Event for parents, teachers, business professionals and community members.
  • 12 June | 7.30pm | Brigidine College St Ives
  • The launch will explain the IFYW campaign and why you should get involved. Hear the stories of women in different industries and be a part of the conversation shaping the future of female careers. 
  • Click here to register for the launch 
Emergency Services - NSW Fire & Rescue Open Day
  • 19 May | 10.00am-2.00pm
  • Click here to find out more 
Fire and Emergency Services Role Suitability Quiz
  • Find the right role for you. Click here to take the quiz. 
FireFit Training Guide from NSW Fire and Rescue
  • Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. Tasks include carrying heavy loads including personal protective equipment, handling temperature extremes, variable terrains and confined spaces, all of which impose unique physical and physiological demands upon firefighters. 
  • The FireFit Training Guide is based on an 8 to 12 week program, depending on each individual’s fitness level, and is available to help eligible candidates prepare for the Fire & Rescue NSW Physical Aptitude Test (PAT).
  • Click here for the guide. 
NSW Police Force Eligibility Quiz
  • Note: The first question is about a university certificate, which will make just about every school student ineligible, but the other questions are interesting and you’ll learn about the requirements for police officers. 
  • Click here to take the quiz  
Become a Paramedic - NSW
  • There are three training pathways to becoming a paramedic with NSW Ambulance: Trainee Paramedic (Vocational ) pathway; Paramedic Intern (Graduate) pathway; and Qualified Paramedic pathway. 
  • Trainee Paramedic (Vocational entry): Applicants who have no prior medical experience can apply for the Trainee Paramedic (vocational entry) role. Through the Trainee Paramedic vocational entry training pathway, you will undertake the nationally-accredited Diploma of Paramedical Science over three years, delivered by the NSW Ambulance Education Centre, Rozelle, Sydney. A minimum of 8 weeks of training is undertaken at NSW Ambulance before going out on road. Click here for a copy of the Role Description. Click here for more information on the recruitment and selection process.
Study in Canada at UBC Info Session
  • Monday 4 June | 6.00pm | Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College | North Sydney
  • The University of British Columbia will be speaking to prospective Australian students about their courses and what it is like to study in Canada.
  • Registration is essential at www.trybooking.com/VSHR
Study in Victoria Information Session
  • Wednesday 6 June | 6.00pm | Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College | North Sydney
  • VTAC and The University of Melbourne will be speaking to students about application processes for 2019 interstate admissions and what is new for next year.
  • Registration is essential at www.trybooking.com/URWQ

Extend currently runs the After School Care program at Covenant from Monday to Friday, 3.00-6.00pm. We are blessed to have Annie Dorthy as our Extend Educator. She is well loved and supported by our Junior School community. 

Annie is from Bangalore, India. She is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate with a specialisation in Accountancy from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Annie's first job in Australia was working for a legal firm in Darwin called 'Top End Women's Legal Service'. The firm helped women and children who had experienced trauma in their life. Her experience really motivated her to work with children. 

Annie loves working with children, citing her four-year-old daughter as her inspiration. She loves stepping out of her comfort zone, being creative and reaching out to children in a fun, learning environment. She loves talking to children about the unique gifts they have and how everyone is creative in their own unique way. Along with working at Extend, Annie is also pursuing a Diploma in Christian Leadership and Ministry.

Extend are conducting an 'expression of interest' survey to assess demand for additional Before School Care and Holiday Program services. Click here to complete the survey. 



It is our pleasure to introduce another one of our incredibly hardworking, yet slightly less well-known members of staff.

Let's get to know Mrs Ping Chen, Café Covie Barista and Catering Assistant at Covenant Christian School. 

Tell us about your family. I am married to Joseph and have two grown-up sons (Jo and Jono). Last year, God blessed us with a wonderful daughter-in-law who has brought lots of joy to my family.
Tell us about your role at school? I work as a Café Covie Barista and Catering Assistant. I also serve as a PeaceWise Covenant Hub leader. 

What is PeaceWise and how did you come to be involved in it? PeaceWise is a Christian ministry which provides help and hope for handling conflict in God’s way and builds a culture of peace. In 2009 I went to PeaceWise training at Covenant, and then other training courses the following year. I recently had the privilege of co-leading the ‘Resolving Everyday Conflict’ course for the school community with Richard Grey.

What is your coffee order? 
Soy Flat White or Soy Chai Latte (the Chai powder from Café Covie is superb!)

Apart from the milk and coffee, tell us what else goes into a ‘Ping-made coffee’? It's always flavoured with my prayer and I ask God to bless and sustain each one according to their circumstances.
Tell us how you came to know the Lord Jesus. 29 years ago I came to Australia and only knew one friend who just happened to be a Christian. I followed her to church and was touched by the love of a group of loving Christians. Shortly, they shared the gospel with me and I decided to give my life to Jesus. But my faith started to grow when I started reading the Bible.

What is something you’ve had to unlearn? With only one grown son living with me now, I have started to unlearn my “feeding more” grocery shopping in this new season of my life.

What are some small things that makes your day better? Kids enjoying my babyccino; parents praying together and forming a friendship at Café Covie; people who come back for a second coffee because of good coffee….

What TV series do you enjoy watching? 
I am a great fan of Agatha Christie, particularly “Murder on the Orient Express” played by David Suchet.



Junior School Musical

For those who may be new to Covie, here is a little background. Every year the Junior School and Secondary School take it in turns to put on a show. Last year, we enjoyed an absolutely brilliant Secondary School production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It was very memorable. This year it is Junior School’s turn to take the stage (stage… brr, that word sends a shiver). But enough of these preliminaries, tell us Mr Morton, what will Junior School be presenting this year?
Well, the title of the Junior School musical for 2018 is - the correct envelope please…

"The Missing Peace"

Yep, the Missing Peace! This is a home-grown production written in collusion with one of our mums, Hailey Bootes. The setting is the first century Roman Empire. Enmity between Jew and Roman, Priest and Pilate, Zealot and Caesar point to a peace that is starkly missing. The story unfolds from a centurion’s eye-view … but shh! Some circumspection please; we mustn’t divulge too much too soon.

Once again we have assembled a wonderful team to put this production together. Mrs Holman shoulders the heaviest load being the chief director. Mrs Alldis and Mrs Kohlhoff will ensure all things musical run harmoniously. Mrs Swadling has seamlessly slotted into the role of tailor, whilst Mrs Jacobs is keeping the beat once again as chief choreographer. The rest of the staff; maintenance, sound & lighting, administration, baristas, masseuse's, linesmen, ball boys, are lending a hand wherever they can. We are immensely grateful for the camaraderie and expertise of the Junior School community. We couldn’t survive without you!

Students too, are hard at work. Already auditions are completed and the cast are busy learning their parts. Each grade has been assigned an item to perform and teachers are dragging out their trusty old dance moves from bygone eras to trial in front of the mirror. Three different dance troupes, featuring boys and girls, are learning 'the chorey' for various performances throughout. Soon the school playground will be dotted with class rehearsals where the graceful, the funky, the confused and the awkward, will alike be striving to twirl with a smile, stomp to a beat, or simply maintain a façade of cool. It’s tricky, I know.

And Parents? Yes, you have a role in this too. For now it’s pretty straightforward. Simply pick up a pen, go straight to your diary and write this down, verbatim…

12-14 September – Junior School Musical – it’s gonna be fun!


You are invited to be a part of a group studying Resolving Everyday Conflict. This is an eight-lesson DVD-based study that teaches what the Bible says about conflict and relationships.

You are invited to be a part of a group studying Resolving Everyday Conflict. This is an eight-lesson DVD-based study that teaches what the Bible says about conflict and relationships. As you go through this study, you will find the powerful and practical answers you are looking for, to forever change how conflict looks in your life. 

Which topics are covered?
  • Going to God . . . FIRST
  • The root cause of conflict
  • When to overlook an offence
  • 'Getting the log out'
  • Engaging others
  • What makes a good apology
  • What forgiveness really means
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • Restoration, not simply resolution
Term 2 (Thursday 1.30 - 3.00pm)
  • 7 June
  • 14 June
  • 21 June
  • 28 June
Term 3 (Thursday 1.30 - 3.00pm)
  • 9 Aug
  • 16 August
  • 23 August 
  • 30 August
Location: H4

Cost: $10 for the Participant Guide. Please book online using Trybooking
All parents are welcome!
For more information please contact Richard Grey, School Counsellor on rgrey@covenant.nsw.edu.au
or Ping Chen on 0412 664 225.
Here is the web link for the invitation video.


With our 40th celebration day approaching so quickly, we thought it would be helpful to give you some information about what is happening on Tuesday 29 May. Our staff have been busy planning many exciting activities for our students. 

A reminder that it is a compulsory school day for all students, with school starting and finishing at the usual time. 

ALL students are required to wear full sport uniform

The day will start with a full school assembly in the Hall. This assembly will be a wonderful celebration and time of thanksgiving as we reflect on God's kindness to us over the past 40 years. Parents are invited to join us for coffee and cupcakes in Cafe Covie and to watch the live Facebook feed of the assembly together in the PAS. Please ensure you RSVP here to share in this specially catered morning tea.

After assembly all students will return to their classrooms (K-6) or Homeclasses (Year 7-12) for cupcakes, devotions and further instructions. Alumni are invited for morning tea and a tour at 10.30am in the Junior Library. Please ensure you RSVP here to attend this event. 

Different activities will take place for different sections of the school between recess and lunch, and again after lunch till home time. We don't want to give too much away, so please see below for general details. 

Between recess - lunch:

  • INFANTS (K-2) will take part in Infants Fun Day on Wakehurst Oval. Parents are warmly invited to attend. More information will follow in a letter emailed home. 
  • PRIMARY (3-6) will take part in Outer Limits Day. This will be primarily in the PAS, K Block and B Block classrooms and the Art Room. 
  • YEAR 7-9 will take part in activities in the Hall.
  • YEAR 10-12 will take part in activities on the Oval and will have lunch during this time.

Cheese & Toastie and Cafe Covie will be open all day, and there will be a BBQ fundraising for Yarrabah at lunchtime for students to purchase lunch.  

Between lunch - home time:

  • INFANTS (K-2) will take part in carnival activities up on the fields adjacent to Linden Avenue.
  • PRIMARY (3-6) will be entertained by the delights of Beetroot Productions in the PAS.
  • YEAR 7-9 will take part in activities on the Oval.
  • YEAR 10-12 will take part in activities in the Hall. 

We recognise that parking may be difficult on Tuesday 29 May. To ensure the safety of all students, we recommend that all parents driving to school utilise the turning circle in Dell Street or the designated 'Kiss and Drop' area that will be created in Bundaleer Street. Staff will be available to assist students at both Dell Street and Bundaleer Street entrances. Once your children have safely exited the car, please proceed to either Dell Street, Walden Road, Linden Avenue or Bundaleer Street to park your car and make your way into the school grounds. We thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.  

We value your prayers as our staff continue to plan for this day of giving thanks to God for 40 years of Covenant Christian School.