2018 Term 2 Week 4


Let me introduce you to Mrs Kylie Sheehan; wife, mother, grandmother, and a wonderfully kind and faithful member of the Education Support team in the Junior School. 

Tell us about your role at school? I work as Teacher's Aide in Kindergarten.

How long have you been a part of the Covie community? I have been part of this wonderful community as a parent for 19 years.  

What do you love about your job? I spend my days with little people; I love to see their personalities developing and learning to form little friendships, learning to read and write, and sit still long enough to be taught any of the above. The best part though is seeing the joy on their faces when they have accomplished the smallest set task. I hope they can see that I share their joy also. I love each of them.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way? 
My family think I am the 2018 version of Mary Berry! I love all things that are from time gone by. I love to bake, cook, sew, knit, crochet and work in my herb garden. The first thing I do when I arrive home in the afternoons is to put my apron on. Tragic as it seems, I'm in my happy place, creating a home for family that they will always want to come back to.
What is the best single day on the calendar? Definitely Christmas tree trimming day! On that day we are together. We share food, play Christmas carols, and my husband Michael puts the angel on the tree and prays for our family and our loved ones that can't be with us. I love that time of the year.
What is something that has recently encouraged you from the Bible? My church Growth Group is studying Philippians this term. I am encouraged by Paul who reminds me in Chapter 4:12-13 that no matter what the situation, I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.
What do you wish you knew how to do? Make a quilt the traditional way. I would love to make one for each of my grand daughters as a keepsake from Granny.

If you joined the circus, what would be your act? Definitely the clown! Certainly not because I'm funny, but like the clown who juggles balls, I juggle most things in my life on a daily basis.


No cash? No worries! Cafe Covie now offers a 'Tap and Go' facility so you can purchase that desperately needed large, skim, soy, weak, decaf, vanilla, strong, extra hot latte. All you need is your credit card! Happy days! 

Over 100 members of the Covenant Christian School Association braved the cold to attend the AGM on 9 May. It was an evening of giving thanks to God for our school and those who began it, hearing about what God is doing at Covenant, and praying together for our staff and school. 

The Board has produced a special gift for each family in our school to mark our 40th anniversary. This gift is a set of four Bible studies for families to do together starting on the day of our 40th anniversary, Tuesday 29 May. They have also provided a copy of Luke's gospel. It is the hope of the Board that every family will use these studies to reflect on the vision and mission of our school, and centrality of Jesus and His Word, the Bible. This gift has now been posted to each family. If you do not receive your family copy it can be downloaded here.

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The Year 12 Studies of Religion class visited the Sydney Jewish Museum and the North Shore Synagogue as part of their HSC study of Judaism.

The Year 12 Studies of Religion class visited the Sydney Jewish Museum and the North Shore Synagogue as part of their HSC study of Judaism. They were able to hear from a Holocaust survivor and meet Rabbi Lewin, both of whom provided new perspectives for students. Year 12 were moved by what they heard and found this excursion very beneficial to their studies.  

The School Captains attended an afternoon tea for school leaders on Thursday 17 May at Northern Beaches Christian School. This was an opportunity to meet other school leaders and discuss ideas.

Covenant's School Captains attended an afternoon tea for school leaders on Thursday 17 May at Northern Beaches Christian School. This was an opportunity to meet other school leaders and discuss ideas.

Our current School Captain Zac Thornton reported: "It was really fun to meet School Captains from other schools and to talk together about what we’ve been doing. It was also cool to build relationships with the other schools. We hope to meet up again soon - we have made a Facebook group".



How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Psalm 84:1-2,4 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He is no man-made idol but a living God whose presence we can enjoy and worship.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Year 1 and 2.
  • Pray for Alive Camp Friday and Saturday. 
  • Give thanks and pray for 40th Birthday Celebration Day next Tuesday.
  • Pray for newly elected School Board.
  • Pray for safety during construction for both the builders and for our community.
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.

Resources for Parents & Teachers - '13 Reasons Why'
The Black Dog Institute and Netflix has put some resources together to help parents and teachers talk to teenagers if they are watching the series '13 Reasons Why'. It's a television program which deals with the issue of teen suicide in a less than helpful way. Click here for resources. 

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 herefor 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.

Experience It! 2018
20 July | 8.00am-4.00pm | Abercrombie Building, Sydney Univiersity | Free
For female students in Years 8-10 who love solving problems, are creative and want to make a difference in the world. It will be a day of fun, interactive and hands-on workshops and team-based activities, exploring the peculiar and bizarre applications of engineering! Click here to register.  

STEM Holiday Program
9-11 July | 9.00am-4.30pm | UNSW Kensington Campus | Free
For female students in Year 10 to explore careers in STEM. Click here to apply.

A robotics activity program held at Macquarie University for students in K-12 | 9-11 July 2018 | 9.00am-5.00pm | Click here for more information.

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.

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



Let me introduce you to Mrs Suz Heinrich; a treasure and all-round delight.

Tell us about your role at school? In the mornings I work as a Laboratory Assistant in the Secondary School Science prep room. After recess each day you will find me in Year 1 working as a Teachers' Aide. I love it - it’s a privilege to get alongside kids and help to build up their confidence in their work.

Tell us about your family? I am married to Nathan, and we have three kids here at Covie. Oliver in Year 9, Charlie in Year 6 and Maddie in Year 2. We have been part of the Covie family for 11 years now. We love getting away on holidays, hanging at the beach, playing board games, bush walking and watching a good movie at home.

What fictional place would you most like to go? The Faraway Tree in Enid Blyton's books. We read the series when the kids were little and the discussion after reading was generally about 'the Lands above the Tree' and what we would do there!

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning? Scrabble or Trivia! 

Briefly tell us how you came to know the Lord Jesus. I grew up in a Christian family going to church, but at 14 my church showed an amazing short film that told the story of a father who had to make the heart-wrenching decision to save his child from an oncoming train or to save a train full of people. The inevitable decision impacted me and I realised that Jesus’ death was seriously personal for me. I wept, overwhelmed by the power of the Cross and to this day it still blows my mind. 

Over the last year, who is one person who has made a significant difference in your life and why? I could say a few here. Last year our family went through a difficult time, and I would love to mention my beautiful ex-neighbour (as we have since moved) Liz Lainis. I know there would be many nodding heads with me here. Her heart, compassion and thoughtfulness blessed me and my family beyond compare. I consider myself super blessed to have extraordinary friends at both church and Covie, and how humbling it is to receive when experiencing grief. It’s the little details or on-point words that Liz shared with me that seriously made a teary moment a joyful or hopeful moment.

What would you rate 10/10? A delicious lengthy meal and conversation with either family or friends. 

Salsa dancing or the Viennese Waltz? Salsa dancing! That’s my Latino heritage though. I wouldn’t have a clue how to Viennese Waltz. 

Best food in the world? It was in Aix-en-Provence in France. My sister and I were travelling together and decided fine dining in the South of France had to be done. It was a gorgeous little restaurant down a tunnel of stairs, white washed cave walls, candlelit and sweet little tables placed sporadically inside. The chef was new, and brought little samples of dishes he was experimenting with, and came and chatted with each of his restaurant patrons. The meals were themed - so I obviously chose “Lavender”. Everything was lavender infused, from savoury right through to dessert. It was an incredible night.



Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert.

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

HIA Trades Career Event
  • 25 May | International Convention Centre, Sydney
  • The HIA Trades Career Event is for people who are interested in careers in the building industry. 
  • Click here for more information 
HIA Apprenticeships Australia
  • HIA Apprentices help young people make a smooth transition from school to the workforce. They match the apprentice with a host trainer who is looking for an apprentice in the chosen trade. 
  • Click here to find out more 

University of Notre Dame Sydney – Early Offer/Parent Information Evening

  • 26 June | Broadway Campus 
  • Applications for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program close on 31 July 2018. 
  • This event provides a great opportunity for students to find out tips and advice on submitting a comprehensive application. Students who gain an Early Offer are notified before they sit their final Year 12 exams.
  • Click here to find out more. 
International College of Hotel Management – Entry Scholarships
Art Gallery NSW – Youth Collective
  • Are you passionate about art? Would you like to gain hands-on experience creating events and programs at the Art Gallery of NSW? Applications open in October 2018 and spots book out quickly. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Defence Force Information Sessions
  • Click here to find out more about Defence Forces
UNSW Sydney – Year 10 Subject Selection & Info Evening
  • 24 & 29 May | UNSW Kensington
  • This evening is a good place 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 find out more. 
NIDA Open Day Applications for 2019
  • 16 June | NIDA, Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW
  • By registering to attend, you will receive advance info about performances, workshops and presentations for the day, event schedule, and after the event when recordings are available. 
  • Click here to find out more.
Australian Catholic University – Mid Year Open Evening
  • 7 June | North Sydney Campus 
  • Talk to experts about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and pathways, explore our campus, and meet staff and students.
  • Click here to find out more 
UTS Engineering and IT Work Experience Program
  • 26-30 November 
  • Get hands-on experience with this five-day program designed to give you an insight into what it’s like to choose a career in engineering or IT.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Lattitude Global Volunteering
  • Lattitude is a not-for-profit organisation and provide international volunteering placements between 3-12 months in a large range of countries. 
  • Click here for some more information about the program. 
Torrens University Australia – Day In The Life Creative Workshop
  • 7 July | Sydney
  • If you're interested in learning more about a particular creative careers these workshops are a good place to start. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Real Estate Institute of NSW Traineeships
  • REINSW offers traineeships in Cert III in Property Services (Agency) and Cert IV in Property Services (Real Estate). 
  • You need to be over 15 years old and no longer at school.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Macquarie Global Leadership Entry Program Expansion
  • Macquarie recognise students who are engaging with their school and community in service and leadership have diverse interests. They have decided to open the Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP) to almost all Macquarie degrees.\
  • Students can now: choose up to five course preferences; receive multiple offers for different degrees; and apply directly through our application portal.
  • Applications close Monday 27 August, but apply now and you could receive an offer as early as June. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
ACU Teacher Selection Statement Advice
  • As part of your online application you need to submit a Teacher Selector Statement which consists of a concise (approximately 1000 words) statement demonstrating your suitability to teaching.
  • Click here for some great advice to help you write this statement. NOTE: the advice could help you write similar statements required by other universities, not just ACU.
HSC Maths Course Selection Advice from UNSW
  • Click here to read advice on how to make the right choice at High School to prevent issues later.
Exploring STEM Careers Holiday Program
  • 9-11 July
  • Join Science 50:50 and Women in Engineering for an exciting week exploring careers in STEM! You can meet professional scientists and engineers and discover where they work and what they do. The week consists of site visits to four companies or organisations where scientists and engineers work, plus workshops and activities on the UNSW campus. 
  • Female Year 10 students at Australian High Schools are eligible to apply.
  • Applications close Friday 1 June 2018
  • Click here to find out more. 


Covenant's Primary School have a wonderful selection of Clubs to join on a Thursday lunch time.  Please see what's on offer below. 

2018 is the year where we have the opportunity to give thanks to God for 40 years of Covenant. As part of our celebrations we have been able to reconnect with many alumni, parents and staff who have been involved in our school over the years.

We've been able to meet with our founders, and with some of our former staff. Ian Bachelor, Principal from 1984-1986, recently sent us this email.

“As a former Principal of Covenant, I am so looking forward to the 40th celebrations that are now only a few weeks away. 40 years represent a significant milestone in the history of Covenant Christian School, and I am proud to have played a small part in that process. There is no doubt that Covenant's Christ-centred education has had a major impact on the lives of hundreds of students and parents over these years, and in turn, these students will have left their mark on Australian society. In an increasingly hostile, anti-Christian world, schools like Covenant will continue to stand out as a beacon of righteousness and truth, even though it will only become harder to resist worldly pressures to compromise our biblical position.”

We have two key celebration dates – Tuesday 29 May for students, staff, alumni and parents, and Saturday 2 June – a celebration dinner for current parents, and former students, staff and parents. This event is completely sold out and we are so thankful to God for this. 

Both our Board and Executive desire these events to be Christ-centred and Christ honouring; where the Word of God is central, and where there is opportunity to pray and give thanks to God for His faithfulness to us over the last 40 years. These events will give us an opportunity to honour our school's founders, to be thankful for our enduring vision and mission, and to take the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to it.

We have created this video to explain Covenant's journey, to confirm that the vision God gave our founders is still our vision today, and finally to show our commitment to our heritage as a Christ-centred, parent-controlled school. 




While we are only in week 4 of Term 2, so much has already been happening in the world of Secondary sports over recent weeks.

While we are only in Week 4 of Term 2, so much has already been happening in the world of Secondary sports over recent weeks. 

In Week 1, Chloe Higgins and Livy Winestock both represented Covenant at the CSSA Secondary Open Girls Football trials at Kellyville. Both performed well on the day and were selected as part of the CSSA team to play at the CIS Football Championships later this month.

Rugby Union 
Liam Adams and Max Gander were selected for the CSSA Rugby Union team which played against other AICES regions at a gala day in Wollongong last week. After meeting their coaches and team mates, they spent 2 hours doing drills and team work which was also a time for the selectors to get to know the boys, their attitude and ability to take direction. They then played two full games of Rugby, the first against HZSA (Hills Zone Sports Association) which CSSA Won 45-0 with Max scoring 5 tries and Liam scoring 1, and both working well to set up some really great play. The second game against HRIS (Hunter Region Independent Schools) was a bit tougher but the boys played very well. Selectors then chose 23 players from over 100 boys to represent AICES at the NSWSRU Championships, which Max has been selected for. Well done boys!

Cooper Eakin represented CIS at the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships and came away with 1st place in three events, 2nd in one, and 3rd in one. He is now on a short list to compete at the School Sports Australia Swimming Championship in Hobart. Well done Cooper on an outstanding effort!

Bill Turner Cup
Our boys played hard in their Round 2 clash of this knockout competition against Killara High School, but unfortunately came away with a loss. It was wonderful to see so many other students around the oval supporting our boys.

Sydney Schools North Regional Surfing Championships
The championships were held at Dee Why Beach in some decent size swells and it was very exciting to see students from Covenant enter this competition for the first time. Harry Kelly and Sasha Osborne were competitive in their heats, as was Jonah Osborne who made it through to the second round. Thanks to Mr Robinson for helping on the day.


Praise God for a great day for running and for all the students who competed in good spirits.

Primary House results:

1st – White
2nd – Aylward
3rd – Ten Boom
4th – Lewis

Secondary House results:

1st – Ten Boom
2nd – Aylward
3rd – White
4th – Lewis

Congratulations to the Age Champions for 2018:
8/9yrs – Isabella McCausland, Lucas Youl
10yrs – Violet Smithies, Jackson Twells
11yrs – Zoe Woods, Joshua Fox
12yrs Primary – Macy Smith, Jonah Chitty
12yrs Secondary – Jasmine Annable, Jack Sykes
13yrs – Isabella Dale, Seth Thompson
14yrs – India Horsley, Joshua Read
15yrs – Carrie Fulton, Leighton Shaw
16yrs – Ashley Lambert, Matthew Leung
17yrs – Elliot Cruickshank
18+yrs – Jessica McDonald, Zeplen McAllan
Thank you very much to the parents who helped on the day and to Mrs Purcell and the Year 11 students for organising the carnival.


We had a wonderful afternoon treating our Mums to a special afternoon tea. The children loved sewing special scented bags with real needles. They chose the fabric, attached some buttons and learned how to do a running stitch. They filled the bags with soft stuffing and added a few drops of scented oils. A very special gift for Mum.

We made some chocolate crackles and hummus dip for the Mums to eat. We decorated the tables and hung streamers and waited expectantly for the Mums to arrive. We prayed for our Mums and thanked God that He chose them to be the perfect Mum for us!