2018 Term 2 Week 5


Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert. 

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

Dos and Don’ts of HSC Subject Selection

  • Starting uni seems so far away - yet here you are choosing your HSC subjects so that you can achieve an ATAR and apply to do a degree at uni. So how do you make the right choices for you? And should you worry about subject scaling? 
  • Click here to read the article

University of Notre Dame Sydney – Open Day

  • 25 August | Chippendale
  • Open Day is your best chance to get a feel for university life. 
  • Click here to find out more
University of Notre Dame Sydney – A Day in the Life of a Nursing Student
  • 11 July | Darlinghurst. 
  • Click here to find out more 
University of Notre Dame Sydney – Careers in Law
  • July 12 | Chippendale. 
  • Click here to find out more 
Excelsia College – Counselling Course Info Night
  • 31 May | Excelsia College, Macquarie Park
  • Click here to find out more 
AIT – Academy of Information Technology Info Night
  • 20 June | Sydney
  • AIT's Info Night is for those wanting to explore the endless opportunities available in the growing creative industry. This fun and interactive seminar is a great way to get further information on our curriculum, course requirements, study pathways.
  • AIT offer Animation courses, Game Design courses, Film making courses, Digital design courses, Business courses, IT courses and more.
  • Click here to find out more 
Le Cordon Bleu – Sydney Open Day
  • 18 August
  • Find out why Le Cordon Bleu is an acclaimed culinary arts & hospitality management institute in a discovery tour of Le Cordon Bleu Sydney.
  • Click here for more information 
University of Melbourne – Interstate Student & Parent Info Day
  • 5 October | Parkville Campus, Melbourne
  • An opportunity to visit the Campus and speak with staff and current students.
  • Click here to find out more 

Stock Investing Seminar 

  • Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July
  • Are you passionate about stock investing? Crimson Education CEO, Jamie Beaton, is taking a break from his time at Stanford to give a two-day crash course on stocks! Jamie is a former analyst for New York hedge fund, Tiger Management, and loves nothing more than crunching the numbers to see what stocks will give the best return. Get $50 off for MHS members at this link (ask Mrs Gilbert for details). 
  • Click here to find out more 

Culinary Apprentice Mentor Program Through the Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA)

  • Australian Apprentices completing an apprenticeship in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery will be provided regular one on one contact with highly skilled mentors who have years of industry experience. 
  • This program is free and available to apprentices undertaking a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Apprenticeship and within the first two years of their training. 
  • Sign up by emailing your name and your phone number to ISMAA@htn.com.au 
  • 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.

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 here for more information and to book online.
Experience It! 2018
20 July | 8.00am-4.00pm | Abercrombie Building, Sydney University | 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.



As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient?.....So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:15…18-19 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for through faith we can look forward with joy to the promise of eternal rest. Pray God will soften the hearts of the unsaved in our community to turn from their unbelief and receive God’s gift of salvation.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Year 3 and 4.
  • Pray for Year 12 HSC and Careers Expo on Thursday.
  • Pray for Primary and Secondary Cross Country on Friday.
  • Pray for Working Bee on Saturday.
  • Pray for 40th Birthday dinner on Saturday.

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.


This week is obviously one of the most exciting in the year with the Assembly on Tuesday and Dinner on Saturday night.

What is most important in all the festivities is the idea of thankfulness, of gratitude.

To whom are we thankful? We are thankful to those brave families who, 40 years ago, made sacrifices to start this school. This is no easy feat - planning, praying, buying property, getting the school proposal passed by the then Education Department and finding a teacher. How brave was that teacher, Miss Jan Goodwin, to teach those original 19 students. Miss Goodwin, late Mrs Bridges, taught here for many years and her own daughter attended this school. Sadly, Jan passed away several years ago, but her legacy lives on. 

We are thankful to all the families since then who have trusted the school to educate their children. These families have supported the school, paid the fees, helped in many ways, joined the Association, served on the Board. Their children are often now sending their own students here. This is a personally scary thing for me as I frequently work with children of ex-students whom I have taught!

We are thankful to all the staff who have worked here over those years, from Preschool, Kindergarten, Junior School and Secondary School. Whether they have been teachers, administrative staff, maintenance or anywhere else, each one has given of themselves to make this school strong, a place that is safe and welcoming, where students learn and grow and leave to take their places in society, hopefully as Christian young men and women.

Let us not forget the students, who have come here, especially in the early days when Covenant was very small. Now this is a well-respected school but in the past it was rather unknown. Many of those students will be visiting the school over this week, meeting old friends and reconnecting with them.

Ultimately and most importantly, we are thankful to God, who has blessed this school with great founding families, continuing families, staff and students over so many years. We are thankful that we can worship God freely in this place and encourage students to be strong in their faith, as well as to work hard in all they do. We are thankful for our beautiful surroundings, our resources and we remember that they all come through God’s goodness.

Thank you!


What an action-packed week the Duke of Edinburgh camp was!
A group of 18, Year 9 students who have enrolled in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award selected this camp to ‘kick-start’ to their Duke of Ed experience. The first day was a fun day of camp preparation activities run by the Collaroy Centre staff. The students brought all their hiking equipment into school and spent time considering a good location for pitching their tent. They learnt the key elements of map reading and using a compass. Lunch time was a great time of community where all the students made their lunch on their camp stove ensuring they knew how it use it.
A fun game of bubble soccer and other games were played in the afternoon and we were very grateful to God for keeping all our students safe in advance of the hike the next day. The day finished with bag packing tips and weighing bags. Wow, Josh’s bag was heavy!

The next morning started with an early, 6:30am bus journey to Berowra.  After a quick brief, the first of the two groups set off with Mrs Freestone and Mr Yew, followed half an hour later by Mrs Shaw's group 2. We couldn’t have asked for better weather over the two days. The second group were keen hikers and at some point were running which took them very quickly past the first group. It was really good to see the students gaining confidence in the map and compass reading abilities and nobody was lost! As we hit the steep climb things slowed down a little bit and we were very glad of a water stop at the top. There were quite a few happy faces as the ice blocks were purchased at Aldi and we took a break. For the last few kilometres the group settled back into a good pace and arrived at camp by approximately 3:30pm. The tents were quickly put up and camp explored before the other group arrived. We had some very tired and weary campers in this group but they managed to put on a smile as they prepared their own dinner.  After dinner, Manfred shared a devotion with the group around the campfire which Jasper and Josh made. It was captivating to sit around the fire and reflect on the day. The majority of our students and staff turned in after the campfire with a few card players.

The next morning started early with group 2 very keen to pack up and set off before the heat kicked in - so quickly their leader had to run to catch up! The second day of hiking was steep but worth it when we arrived at the lookout. Here we took time out to take more bearings, enjoy the view and eat more snacks. Lauren had plenty of snacks left, including lots of apples! No wonder her bag was so heavy!

The hike ended where it started at Berowra station. The majority of the students returned home on the train, contemplating whose house had a pool. However, once the students got home I think the only appealing thing was a shower and Netflix.

The final day of the camp was back at school and involved the write up of the hike, pizza and devotions and ended with a really fun game of Laser Tag with Laser Warriors. Thanks to everyone involved in the week who enabled the camp to go smoothly and the students to have fun. 

Congratulations to our Age Champions:

12 Years – Rebecca Menzies and William Jones
13 Years – Isabella Dale and Kent Mizukoshi
14 Years – Angela Asikin and Zach Heasman
15 Years – Grace Dale and Harlan McAllan
16 Years – Lauren McDonald and Boden Garside
17 Years – Alaura Hodge-Schrader and a tie between Hamish Sheehan and Luke Van Ratingen
18 Years – Nina Hall and Wilson Kelly

Congratulations also to those who broke records:

12 Years Girls 100m – Tiffany Tan
13 Years Girls 100m – Emmelia Badenhorst
13 Years Girls 1500m – Isabella Dale
14 Years Girls 1500m – India Horsley
15 years Girls 1500m – Carrie Fulton
16 Years Girls 1500m – Lauren McDonald
17 Years Girls 1500m – Alaura Hodge-Schrader
18+ Years Girls Javelin – Meredith Otten
12 Years Boys 1500m – Bailey Molyneux
13 Years Boys 1500m – Seth Thompson
14 Years Boys 1500m – Tristan Turnbull
15 Years Boys 1500m – David Lawson
16 Years Boys 1500m – Matthew Leung
17 Years Boys 1500m – Joel Read
18 years Boys 1500m – Daniel Willemse

Daniel Cooke, House Captain of Lewis, reflects on this year's Secondary Athletics Carnival.  

On Friday 18 May, under a setting sun, the four Houses of Covenant: Lewis, Aylward, Ten Boom, and White, went head-to-head at the Secondary Athletics Carnival, to test their abilities, and to see who would come out on top.

Those of you who remember the Swimming Carnival earlier this year, will recall Lewis House’s devastating loss – I still revisit the memory in dreams, nay, they are horrific nightmares and every time, just before the final scores are announced, I wake up in bed, drenched in sweat. However, this Athletics Carnival was our shot at redemption.

We did not sully this chance at redemption. We, like all other Houses, put all our might into this Carnival. And though our bones ached, and we grew lethargic, our spirits did not wane. We fought our way on the path to victory.

But alas, devastation arrives once more. Lewis House was again unsuccessful in securing that top position. Though in failure we mourn, those aching bones and passionate souls did not work themselves in vain – for the eternal spirit of this great House forever lives on.

Ten Boom, who fought just as valiantly, secured 1st place with 1,050 points. White House followed closely behind with 1006 points, Lewis 932 and Aylward 865.

Special thanks to the teachers and parents who fired up some incredible sausages for our athletes to ‘chow-down’. They might not have gone so far without nourishment.

Good job athletes of all Houses, you fought well.

Lewis House will return.