2018 Term 2 Week 8


It's been another busy week of Sport for Covenant. 

CIS Softball
Congratulations to Jonah Chitty (Year 6) who has been chosen to be in the CIS Boys Softball team to play in the NSW PSSA State championships in September. Well done! 

CIS Cross Country
Congratulations to the following students who represented Covenant and the CSSA at the CIS Cross Country at Eastern Creek. They showed wonderful enthusiasm and team spirit, and gave their all, which was particularly admirable given the windy conditions on the course, and many backing up from the Primary Athletics Carnival the day before. 
  • Ciara Bardales (Year 6)
  • Isabella Dale (Year 7)
  • Sienna Dale (Year 5)
  • Carrie Fulton (Year 9)
  • Laura Gelding (Year 6)
  • Matthew Leung (Year 10)
  • Isabella McCausland (Year 3)
  • Amy Muddle (Year 5)
  • Dan Willemse (Year 12)

Manly Warringah Junior Cricketer of the year

Congratulations also to Seth Thompson (Year 7) who was tied for Junior Cricketer of the year in the U12 Division 1. This was announced recently at the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association presentation evening. 

Careers News from our Careers Advisor, Wendy Gilbert. 

UNSW Art & Design Student and Parent Information Evening

  • 21 Jun 2018 | 6.00-8.00pm |  UNSW Paddington Campus 
  • This evening will give students in Years 11 and 12 (and their parents) an insight into life as a creative student and what it means to be a practicing contemporary artist, designer, media creative or curator in today's international creative economy. Students will discover the creative degrees and careers to match their interests and aspirations, while meeting our current students, graduates from industry, and our expert staff. 
  • Places are limited so click here to register.  
Career Taster Day
  • 12 July | 11.00am-3.00pm | Level 2, 28 Foveaux Street Surry Hills
  • This free event is suitable for students in Year 11 and 12. Students have the chance to experience a day in the life of a content creator, digital designer, sports publicist, digital journalist, entrepreneur and more.
  • Places are limited so register here.
TAFE NSW Information Week
  • June 18-29 | Various Locations
  • During the TAFE open week you are able to engage in interactive information sessions, receive career advice, explore the facilities and get help with enrolments. 
  • Check the website here for more information on info sessions and locations.
University of Sydney – Bachelor of Advanced Computing Information Evening
  • 21 June | Sydney University
  • The Bachelor of Advanced Computing degree is designed with your computing career in mind. It develops and connects practical and theoretical skills across computing industries.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Information Evening
  • 21 June | 6.00pm | Sydney, Canberra
  • Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects.
  • Click here to register.  
SAE – Study for a Day
  • 7 July | Sydney 
  • These workshops are a fantastic way to experiment with the creative media fields and can provide great insight for those who are still unsure of their study plans. Study areas include: Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games Design.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Construction Worker Interview Questions
  • During a job interview, a prospective construction worker needs to convince the interviewer that he or she is dependable, takes direction well, exercises sound judgment, and has the necessary physical capacity to get the job done. 
  • Read the article here for useful information for any student hoping to obtain an apprenticeship in the near future.
Hay Inc. Rural Training
  • Hay Inc. are now taking expressions of interest for the next intake of the rural education program to commence in February 2019. 
  • Hay Inc. gives young people the opportunity to learn the practical agricultural skills needed for them to get jobs on rural properties. The program offers hands-on training on properties in the Hay district for 15 young people each year. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
Free Apprenticeship Careers Advice
  • Apprenticeship Support are a Government organisation offering free consultations with one of their apprenticeship experts. You fill in a form and then they’ll schedule an appointment with you.
  • Click here to find out more.  
UNSW Sydney – Open Day
  • 1 September | UNSW Sydney
  • Open day is your chance to get all your questions answered.
  • Click here to find out more. 
UNSW Sydney – Scholarships
  • Scholarships for local and international students, including school leavers, other future students and current UNSW students.
  • Click here to find out more. 


Ciara Bardales, Ten Boom House Captain, reports on the Primary Athletics Carnival below.

As the 2018 primary athletics carnival was about to begin, children began pouring into the stands all decorated in their house colours, from yellow to red, blue and green. Everyone rushed to their house area and helped decorate the stands with signs, balloons and mascots. After the stands were all decorated with colours, kids began to stretch and jog around the oval getting ready for the carnival to start.

As Mrs Watson walked onto the track about to announce the first race, silence took over. The sound system was not working!!!! Miss Hammond prayed for our day and then the first race was called for the eight and nine year old girls 800 metres. Once the girls were at the starting line, silence struck the stands and that’s when the starting gun went off. The race began and all the girls went off to a speedy start. The stands then suddenly erupted with noise as everyone cheered for their house colours.

As the day went on, kids kept entering in as many events as they could, earning a house point and having a fun time while trying their best. As kids came back from their events you could see that they were so happy to have completed the race. As time passed, lunch arrived, everyone got their lunch out and enjoyed it with their friends.

Mrs Watson then walked onto the track again and announced the 1500 metre race. Most of kids got up and went to the marshalling all ready for a pretty long race. The gun went off once again and the race begun. Everyone cheered and cheered, encouraging their team to keep going and to not give up. In the end everyone made it to the finish line exhausted. The day was coming to an end but the last race was still to go... the relay. Four girls and boys were chosen for the junior relay and the same for the senior relay. The gun went off for the junior girls and the start was fast. Throughout the entire race they didn’t stop running and their times were fast. Next was the junior boys who all had speedy changes. The senior relays then started, first was the girls who had really tight times, and then the boys who ran their legs off making sure their team did the best they could.

The day then ended with prayer, thanking God for the day that he had given us. Then the final point score was given out... with White in first place, Aylward in second, Ten Boom in third and Lewis in fourth. Next the age champions were announced, followed by the records broken throughout the day. Everyone then worked as a team to pack up and set off to home to get a good night sleep.

The 2018 Age Champions are:

  • 8 years – Orla Wong and Ethan McErlane
  • 9 years – Isabella McCausland and Roy Delaney 
  • 10 years – Annie Streeter and Jackson Twells 
  • 11 years – Sienna Dale and Christiaan Maritz
  • 12 years – Lizzy Pienaar and Jonah Chitty
Records were broken by:
  • Sienna Dale – 11yr Shot Put 8.13m
  • Christiaan Maritz – 11yr Long Jump 4.51m
  • Christiaan Maritz – 11yr High Jump 1.40m
  • Zoe Woods – 11yr 800m 2:45.60
  • Zoe Woods – 8-13yr 1500m 5:45.30
  • Lizzy Pienaar - 12-13yr Discus 20.41m 
Congratulations to all these students and to all who have qualified for Zone in August. 


What an amazing night...nervous energy backstage, last minute tuning adjustments and lost music, but nothing would stop our young performers from producing their best. With more than 100 students on stage, from our beginner strings to our Year 12’s performing some of their HSC pieces, the Evening of Music was, again, a huge success.

Thank you to all our performers, helpers and of course our audience. Looking forward to 2019! Enjoy the photos below.  

It seems strange to say, but sometimes schools and education aren’t always places that encourage thinking. They focus more on information transfer, memorisation and recall to answer questions in tests or examinations. For many, once the test has passed, this information is forgotten or filed away in the recesses of their brain and rarely thought of again.

For the last few years, teachers at Covenant have been working to better understand how they can provide more opportunities to make thinking a routine part of students’ learning in their classrooms in service of students becoming more engaged, thoughtful learners.  Learners who consider different possibilities, provide evidence for their opinions and who consider perspectives of others in order to better understand how they feel and/or are affected by different decisions. And while doing this, teachers are also exploring how this provides benefit to the student in their ability to communicate their understanding in tests and examinations.

The following are the first four of ten strategies from Simon Brooks, an education consultant, that parents can use to help support their children to become more curious, self-directed, critical and creative thinkers who love learning. Hopefully, you will find these strategies helpful in developing these qualities in your children.

Strategy 1: Get them predicting and justifying
When you are reading a story together, watching a film, baking a cake or playing a sport, try stopping at a key moment and asking the question:
“What do you think will happen next?”
Research shows that children who try to predict ‘what happens next’ based on analysis of the evidence at hand become much more engaged in their learning. After they have made their prediction, be sure to ask, “What makes you say that?”, so that they are required to cite evidence for their prediction. Try to hold off sharing actually what happens next for as long as possible. Keep talking at length about why they think what they think in order to build the suspense! When the time comes to find out, be sure to help them compare what actually happens with what they thought would happen. Enjoy reflecting together on the differences and similarities.

Strategy 2: Resist the urge to rescue
When your child encounters difficulties, don’t jump in to solve the problem and rescue them. Doing so denies them the important opportunity of working it out for themselves. Instead, ask questions that will help them to think through the problem and choose a course of action for moving forward. Make sure they’re doing the thinking, not you.
What’s your plan of action here?
What do you think that question means?
What do you need to find out before you can move forward with this?

Strategy 3 – Support your child in developing a Growth Mindset
A belief that intelligence and ability grow and develop over time – as opposed to something that is fixed or set – encourages greater intellectual risk taking, collaboration, enjoyment of challenge, long-term development, and continuous achievement in all types of learning endeavours (Dweck, 2006). Develop a growth mindset in your child by focusing your praise on process, learning and effort as opposed to ability. So, avoid too much of this kind of praise: “You’re so clever.” “Look how smart you are – you did that so fast.” “You’re good at maths.” “You’ve got a lot of talent.”
Rather, praise like this:
“You did a great job of developing a plan and following it through.”
“I can tell that your understanding of fractions is growing all the time”
“I really admire the huge effort you’ve put into your research.”
“I like the way that you’re considering different viewpoints here.”
“That’s an interesting theory you’ve come up with.”
“I can see that you’re working really hard here to think deeply rather than skim over the surface.”

Strategy 4 – Seek first to understand, then to be understood
This is habit 5 of Steven Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. As parents we have a common tendency to try to ‘fix’ things with ‘good’ advice. However, when we seek first to understand, then to be understood, we listen empathetically to other people’s ideas and feelings. We try to see things from their viewpoint. We listen to understand, rather than listening to reply. We listen to others without interrupting, and look others in the eyes when they are talking. When we listen to understand, it is amazing how much we support our children to do the thinking for themselves. So, rather than trying to fix them, try reflecting back what they are saying:
“You’re feeling confused about where to go next with this.”
“I’m hearing that you’re excited about the possibilities here but worried about how to organise your time.”
“Let me check I’ve heard you right. You don’t understand how to even begin solving this problem. Is that right?”

Mr Jay Trevaskis, Director of Teaching and Learning (K-12)


'For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.' Psalm 86:5 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He is good, has power to forgive our sin, is faithful, steadfast, loving and merciful.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Year 9 and 10.
  • Pray for Year 10 Careers Expo on Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 5 excursion to Field of Mars on Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 11 Yarrabah Parent Evening on Thursday.
  • Pray for Young Mens Health Forum on Friday.
  • Pray for Year 8 Psssion Project Showcase 1 on Monday.
  • Pray our students will learn to make godly choices, and treat others with kindness and respect in the classroom and in the playground. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom for our teachers as they teach and guide our students.
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.

Dance Night
Wednesday 27 June | 6.00pm | Hall

Celebration of Drama Night
Thursday 28 June | 7.30pm | PAS

Position Vacant - Teachers' Aide (7-12) Education Support
Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Thursday 21 June. 

Surviving Year 12 - Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Tuesday 26 June | 6.30-8.30pm | Dee Why RSL | Bookings are limited and essential via Eventbrite: https://michael-carr-gregg-surviving-year-12.eventbrite.com.au

Senior students, parents and carers are invited to hear from one of Australia's leading experts on teenage behaviour. Learn about studying smarter, dealing with stress and anxiety, goal setting, how to keep things in perspective and enjoying the final year of school. 

Drama and Comedy Skills Workshop with Miss Fruitcake
Sunday 24 June | 1.00-2.30pm | J23 | $25 per child 
Suitable for children in primary. Email goslingfiona69@gmail.com for more information. 

Mum's in Motion Fitness Class  
A fitness and movement class run by Linda Keen | Mondays at 9.15am | T9 | Email danceacademy@covenant.nsw.edu.au for more information.

Host Families needed for Japanese students
Host families are needed for students from Japan from 3-13 August. Families are paid $50 per night to assist with hosting costs. Contact Cecilia on 9889 4366 or 0423 097 518 or email ushinohama@vsoceania.com for more information. 

Junior Science Academy
School Holiday Programs for Kindergarten - Year 6 at Macquarie University | 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
PeaceWise Covenant Hub
Thur 28 June 2018 | Click here for more information

Entertainment Books
Last year's edition of the Entertainment Book has now expired. If you would like to order a current edition and support the Covenant Yarrabah trip at the same time, please go to https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/2061y93. There are lots of great deals and ideas for school holiday activities. For a limited time, everyone who orders an Entertainment Book membership through our School's link above will also receive 2x bonus Event Cinema Saver eTickets. This will be running until the 30th of June or while stocks last! For more information, visit the School Office or contact Chelsea Smithies at csmithies@covenant.nsw.edu.au.




Please enjoy Max Turnbull's (Year 10) account of the Year 8 to 11 Writers' Retreat. 

Writers’ Retreat was a two-day excursion during which we had the awesome opportunity to meet famous writers at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, take a tour of the Quarantine Station at Manly, and participate in a writing workshop based on fascinating historical items.

I was inspired by the talks about how several authors overcame major problems in life, like unemployment or rejection from publishers. I found it challenging that they faced so many challenges on their way to becoming even semi-famous authors – and I have so much respect for the fact that they could get up after all they’ve been through and talk about how they’re now releasing their sixth book or writing a script for a movie that’s about to come out! I hadn’t realised that resilience and tenacity were such important qualities for being a writer. 
Another exciting aspect of the Writers’ Retreat was the tour of Manly’s Quarantine Station. I enjoyed this because the station played a big part in Australia’s history. For me, the best part of the tour was doing an exercise where we went through actual luggage from decades ago to examine it, and then wrote stories about it.

My advice to students who want to be writers would be: read more. I know that if I were to read for even half the time I spend gaming I would definitely find it easier to write than I currently do! That’s why I’ve recently cut back on how much time I spend gaming and am trying to read a book per fortnight.