2018 Term 2 Week 7


Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert.

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

Northern Sydney Apprenticeship EXPO
  • Chatswood | 16 August | 3.30pm-6.30pm
  • Learn how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship, interview tips, pick up job applications, learn more about the leading training organisations and find a career that excites you.
  • Click here to find out more.
JMC Academy Open Days
  • 11 August | 9.30am-3.00pm | 561 Harris St, Ultimo
  • On the day you can take a tour of our facilities, learn why JMC continues to lead the way in Creative Industries education. You’ll also have a chance to chat with current students and heads of department about studying abroad, industry internships and scholarships. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
National Art School Open Day
  • 1 September | Sydney
  • At the National Art School, we believe that an artist’s role is to think creatively and critically about the world through the making of art. We offer you the opportunity to shape your future as a forward-thinking artist in a dynamic, supportive and collaborative environment. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
UNSW Student and Parent Info Evenings
  • 20 June | Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Law
  • 21 June | Art & Design
  • These events will give students in Years 11 and 12 (and their parents) an insight into UNSW student life and the degrees on offer. 
  • Click here to find out more about the 20 June event, and here for the 21 June event.
Australian Defence Force – Gap Year Options
  • There are still some spots open for the ADF Gap Year Program - Air Defence Operator, Airbase Protection and Security, Artillery Operator, and Warehouse Storeperson.
  • Click here to find out more.
3 Ways to Study at UNSW Canberra (ADFA)
  • ADFA Trainee Officers study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs). 
  • Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends). 
  • Non-Defence Undergraduate students study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees (with paid work experience opportunities).
  • Students are provided with a unique study experience, access to custom-built facilities and resources, industry networks, and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the world.
  • Click here to find out more. 


Our 40th birthday dinner...what an incredible evening. It was an amazing night of giving thanks to God for 40 years of Covenant Christian School. There is so much that could be said about our Birthday Dinner; from the beautiful decor, to the sumptuous food. There were smiles and laughter and hilarious wigs.  

However, I'd like to tell you about the things that perhaps you didn't see. 

The army of faithful parents who came early on the Saturday morning in the cold rain and worked tirelessly.

A lady on her hands and knees who scrubbed toilets and bathroom sinks to make them shine. 

The man sweeping the hall when everyone else had left. 

The women in the kitchen who sang hymns of praise whilst washing up. 

The mums and one small boy who lovingly packed gift bags for 310 guests. 

The members of staff who gave up their evening to serve.

The hearts of two very special women to see our Covenant community, both past and current, gather and reconnect. 

A small team of people who desired that the Birthday Dinner would, above all else, be a night where we would give thanks to God.  

Now go and enjoy the beautiful photos from the evening! 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God He continues to speak to us today through His word. Pray we will read the Bible. Pray His word will continue to expose our sins and change us for His glory.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Year 7 and 8.
  • Pray for CIS Primary and Secondary Cross Country on Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 11 Yarrabah Cultural and Evangelism Training on Saturday.
  • Pray for Secondary Zone Athletics Carnival next Tuesday.
  • Pray for those in our community who are grieving the passing of loved ones, particularly those approaching anniversaries, that God will give them comfort and be their source of strength.
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:


It has been a busy time at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod for the Drama department. Congratulations to London Hartard and Emily Bennett who won first place for their ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ duologue, and Jasper Nobbs and Connor Lawrence took out second place for their duologue. Highly polished and engaging dialogues were also performed by Joshua Spencer and Jacob Osborne, Amy Jones and Ariel Burgess, and Rebecca Wilson and Rhiannon Humphrey. 

Simon Dahdah and Lachlan Hall performed monologues, as did Charlotte Pitt who won first place and a cash prize of $50. Charlotte also went on to win her age Championship and the Masterclass Scholarship Section which involved a generous cash prize of $750 in total. 
The Year 11 Drama class won First Place with their devised piece, ‘The Midnight Hour’, and Jacob Osborne was awarded a $50 Encouragement Award.

Phew! It’s been a busy and successful couple of Saturdays!!


Five of our Dance troupes recently competed at the Dance Life Unite and I’d Rather Be Dancing Eisteddfod events. The theme for our routines this year was based on the Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, and our students enjoyed bringing aspects of this tale and its colourful characters to the stage. 

Our Primary troupes presented Jazz and Lyrical Routines: ‘Painting the Roses Red’ and ‘A Million Dreams in Wonderland’, whilst our High School troupes presented Jazz, Musical Theatre and Lyrical Routines: ‘The Madhatter’s Tea Party’, ‘Red Queens’ and ‘Alice’s Theme’. 
The Primary troupes achieved a Highly Commended result for both of their routines at Dance Life Unite. Our High School Jazz troupe also achieved a Highly Commended at this event for their routine ‘Red Queens’.

Well done to all of our lovely dancers for representing our school so beautifully. We look forward to seeing these routines presented at the Evening of Dance on Wednesday 27 June. To our dancers, we wish you all the best at Extreme Eisteddfod on Sunday 29 July.


My Drone Course Experience, written by Cian Ryan, Year 11

I have recently started a brand-new HSC course which was only introduced this year, the technical name being ‘Aviation: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)’. The main goal of the course is to get a remote-control pilot licence, a certificate in aviation and an operator’s certificate. I will be learning everything possible about drones! This includes operating a drone, aviation laws, physics of flight, meteorology, map and chart reading, safety procedures and much more. With these qualifications I could enter the fast-growing industry and start work straight away.

Currently, I travel two hours on public transport each Tuesday to Pendle Hill High School, which is where the closest course is hosted. Each session lasts for over three hours. Even though the course is only worth four units, all the content and exams are done over four terms.

If more students were to sign up for the course next year, it could possibly be running somewhere closer to Covie, saving a lot of hassle for the students and staff! I personally am very passionate with anything aviation-related – and drones are no exception – but this would still be a challenging and rewarding course for lots of students.

Never would I have thought that in my time at school I would be able to extend my knowledge about drones and fly them as part of the HSC. This course opens the many doors into industry – it is so relevant to our ever-changing world. With the qualifications I will soon get, I will have the opportunity to begin a career in areas like photography (for events, news and real estate), surveying and emergency services. I highly recommend the course to anybody looking for a subject that will truly extend and enrich their future opportunities.



Julia Ryan (Year 10) reflects on the Warringah Independent Schools Debating Competition for Year 9 and 10 that Covenant had the wonderful opportunity of hosting. 

The schools involved were Galstaun College, Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS), the German International School (GIS) and of course Covenant Christian School. This particular event was designed to allow students to learn and explore debating while still in the competition setting.  

With introductions and explanations made,  the debate topics were announced;

  • For Year 9 - 'All students should complete compulsory community service.'
  • For Year 10 - 'The government should pay students for the grades they achieve.'
The Year 9 team from Covenant were assigned to argue the affirmative for their topic, while Year 10 were to argue on the negative for their topic. Once this had been decided, the one hour of preparation time began in which all students could research their topic and plan their arguments. There was a short recess break after this hour came to close, and then we went straight into debating!

Year 9 kicked off, with Covenant against Galstaun and NBCS against IGS. All teams debated wonderfully, presenting impressive arguments. Covenant won their debate with Galstaun, and the International German School won their debate with Northern Beaches Christian School.

After these were finished, it was time for the Year 10 teams to debate. Covenant was up against NBCS and the German International School were up against Galstaun College. Again each team presented wonderful arguments. The Year 10 Covenant team won their debate against NBCS and Galstaun College won against the German International School. This was essentially the end of the day, apart from lunch and the presentation of awards.

Overall this day was an incredible blessing to be a part of. Everyone involved was able to learn how to organise a good argument, work together and improve their public speaking. I found it really enjoyable to work with my team in formulating arguments and rebuttals, collaborating to ensure we put forward the best work we were able to. It was a challenging and wonderful learning opportunity to be part of!

Well done to both our Covenant teams!

As part of the Extension and Enrichment program, a team of students competed at the recent da Vinci Decathlon.

As part of Covenant's Extension and Enrichment program, a team of students competed at the recent da Vinci Decathlon which included over 1600 students from other schools.

Angela Asikin (Year 8) filed the following report: 

Bubbling chatter filled the bus as the Year 8 team from Covenant Christian School entered the massive gates of Knox Grammar School on 22 May. We arrived there to compete in an academic gala day against approximately sixty other schools in ten disciplines: Ideation, Mathematics, Art & Poetry, Creative Producers, English, Cartography, Science, Engineering, Code Breaking and General Knowledge. The theme was “The Unexpected”. Covie teams from Year 6, 7, 9 and 10 also attended throughout the week.
Throughout the whole day, we raced to answer puzzling questions we had never encountered before. We faced ‘unexpected’ problems, and many times we were completely stumped! We were mentally exhausted at the end of the day, but it was such a fun and unique experience.

The highlight of the day for the Year 8 team was the awards ceremony. The whole team sat there around the circular table, half-listening to the announcer as he read out the results. Then, all of a sudden, we thought we heard our name being called: “In Science, second place goes to Covenant Christian School!” This was completely unexpected! We finished the day with beaming faces and a great sense of accomplishment. The da Vinci Decathlon was truly a fun, memorable and challenging experience.
Congratulations to all the students who represented Covenant at the Decathlon. Well done!
  • Year 6 - 14th in Code Breaking
  • Year 7 - 10th in Creative Producers, 12th in Cartography
  • Year 8 - 2nd in Science, 4th in Code Breaking
  • Year 9 - 11th in Maths, 14th in Code Breaking
  • Year 10 - 4th in Code Breaking, 15th in English 

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 - Teacher' Aide (7-12) Education Support
Click here for more information and to apply. 

Entertainment Books
Congratulations to Richelle Watkins, a parent and teacher at Covenant, for winning the dinner for two at Ormeggio at the Spit valued at $252. This prize was donated by Entertainment Publications to Covenant Christian School. Thank you to everyone who purchased an Entertainment Book membership in April and May to be entered into the draw.

So far Covenant has raised $416 for Wontulp Bi-Buya College in Cairns as part of our Covenant Yarrabah fundraising. If you would still like to purchase an Entertainment Book or Digital Membership, please see the lovely Office staff or go to https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2061y93 (books can then be collected from the School Office, Digital Memberships will be emailed to you). Interstate and various overseas editions are also available for those planning to travel or give as a gift. To see what's in the books, please go to https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/fundraisers/Flickbook-links.

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

Net Set Go Program
For 6-7 year olds | 1 - 29 June | Curl Curl Netball Courts | 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