2018 Term 2 Week 9


ACU North Sydney Campus University Experience

  • Tuesday 10 July | 9.30am-1.30pm
  • This is a free event to sample two degrees of your choice and get a taste of life at ACU. You'll meet academic staff and current students, participate in practical workshops, explore facilities, and enjoy the entertainment and campus atmosphere.
  • Click here for more information. 

Macquarie University – Campus Tours

  • July, August, September, October, November and December
  • You can never truly know if a uni is right for you until you visit in person and get a feel for the campus. At Macquarie University, we're ready to help you get to know your future home. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School – Career Focus Days
  • 11-13 July
  • This program provides potential students with the opportunity to experience life as a student and discover what a career in hospitality is like by attending classes and living amongst current students. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Australian Film, Television and Radio School – Holiday Short Courses
  • 10-18 July | Sydney 
  • Various holiday courses for children aged 13 – 17, involving filmmaking, digital animation, game design, screen acting and much more.
  • Click here to find out more.  
UNSW – Law Admission Test (LAT)
  • The 2018 LAT will be held on Tuesday 25 September. 
  • Registrations are now open and will close 10 August. 
  • The Law Admission Test or LAT is a written test that is used to demonstrate your aptitude and suitability for studying undergraduate Law at UNSW.
  • Click here to find out more. 
ACU Community Achiever Program (early-entry pathway)
  • Regular volunteer work in your community through a social justice organisation, sporting, performance, cultural or religious group may be rewarded through our Community Achievers' Program with entry into an undergraduate degree. 
  • A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU.
  • Applications are now open and close Tuesday 31 July. 
  • Click here for more information. 
Macquarie University - Global Leadership Entry Program
  • Applications close 27 August. 
  • Our Global Leadership Entry Program (GLEP) supports and inspires global leaders of tomorrow whilst providing early entry into university.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Notre Dame University Early Offer and Parent Information Session
  • Notre Dame Early Offer closes 31 July.
  • You can apply under one of the following categories: Commitment to community and/or Church; Commitment and excellence in cultural pursuits; Commitment and excellence in sporting achievements; or Academic excellence. 
  • Click here for more information.  



CSSA Netball Gala Day 
On Monday 18 June, our Junior and Senior Netball teams battled the strong wind, and equally strong opposition, at the CSSA Netball Gala Day at Penrith. The Junior team won 5 out of their 6 pool games and placed 2nd, while the Seniors won 4 out of their 5 Pool games, and also placed 2nd. Both teams were up against very strong Pacific Hills teams in the Quarter Finals. Despite playing very hard until the end they lost their games. The girls all played extremely well, and were encouraging and helpful in their comments to each other, even when calls didn’t go our way. They represented our school wonderfully with their team spirit, determination and respect to umpires and competitors. Thanks to Ms Vander Straaten, Mrs McDonald and Mrs Butler for the early morning training sessions and support throughout the term, and also to the wonderful parents that supported the girls on the day.

North Met Zone Secondary Athletics Carnival 
On Tuesday 19 June, 80 students escaped the torrential rain and thunderstorms on the Northern Beaches by heading to Blacktown for the North Met Zone Athletics Carnival. Our team performed very well across a range of events, with many making the CSSA team. They all showed great team spirit in entering an array of events, and in their support of one another throughout the day. We were very fortunate with the rain holding off for the most part, and are very grateful to the teachers, parents, and students that braved the elements to help in organising our team and in assisting on the various events.

Congratulations also to Sarah Pienaar (17 year girls Age Champion), Nina Hall (18 year girls Age Champion), Benji Gulliford (new record in shot put), Matthew Leung (new record in 1500m), and Luke Van Ratingen (new record in 400m) for their great performances.


If you take a careful look through 1A's classroom, you might come across small laminated cameras attached to workbooks, artwork and even Lego sculptures! These peg-on 'cameras' are available for the Year 1 students to 'peg' onto work they are proud of. 1A's class teacher, Mrs Alldis, will then take a photo of the incredible work and email it home to the child's parents. What an incredible opportunity for parents to be a fly on the wall of 1A and see the beautiful work their child is producing.

Thank you Mrs Alldis for this wonderful way of partnering with the parents of 1A.  



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 - Secondary Administration Assistant
Click here for more information and to apply. Applications close Thursday 5 July. 

The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)
Congratulations to the 34 students who have already completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Students have up until 14 August to complete the PRC. Upon completion each student should confirm with Mrs Watson that they have either entered all their books online, or handed in a written copy of their reading list. Once the books have been entered online, Mrs Watson will validate them. Those who have officially finished will see their name recorded on a list outside Mrs Watson’s office in the Junior Library.

Covenant Hub
Thur 28 June 2018 | Click here 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
Wakehurst Netball Club NetSetGo
Fri 3 Aug for 8 weeks | Lionel Watts Oval, Frenchs Forest | 5 to 7 year olds 
NetSetGo is a fun, safe, social and active netball program for girls and boys. 
Enquiries Nicole Carter netsetgo@wakehurstnetball.com.au

Working With Children Check 
There have been some changes to the laws of the Working With Children Check (WWCC). These changes are important for anyone who works or volunteers with children and their employers.
  • Everyone who holds a WWCC is now legally required to update their contact details, including any name or address changes. Penalties will apply to people who don’t update. 
  • Updating your details are simple. Please go to www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check and follow the directions.
  • You can find your WWCC number here if you don’t have it to hand.
  • Other changes include - all parents attending an overnight camp must now have a WWCC.
  • The first WWCC clearances issued in June 2013 expire soon, and more than 18 thousand people have already applied for their renewal.
  • You can renew your WWCC number three months before its expiry date. You will receive a reminder when it's time to renew (provided your contact details are up to date).

'Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.' Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God we through faith can come into God’s presence with confidence, because of what Jesus Christ has done in our place. Pray for non-Christians to come to know the mercy and grace that is found in Christ.
  • Give thanks for and pray for staff and students in Year 11 and 12.
  • Pray for Dance Night tonight.
  • Pray for Celebration of Drama evening on Thursday.
  • Pray for Peacewise Hub on Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 11 Yarrabah Trip this Sunday 1st July till Saturday 7th July.
  • Pray for those who are struggling, that God will give them faith and trust in Him. Pray they will look to Him for strength and comfort in this time.
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:


Introducing Mr Tim Stanwell; part-time dragon slayer, full-time legend.        

Who lives at your house? Wife – Felicity, three kids – Josh, Zoe and Eli, Pets – Bunny, 2 guinea pigs, 4 chickens and something noisy in the roof.

What animal would you like to have as a pet if size/legality wasn’t an issue? Dragon – cool, scary, magical.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of? 
Children’s Literature – I have done postgraduate work in this. I love reading kids books and hope to write books sometime in the future.
If you didn’t need to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Read (or watch) Lord of the Rings again.
Briefly tell us how you became a Christian? When I was in Year 7 some older boys challenged me with the question, “If you were leaving school this afternoon and were killed by a bus, where would you go when you died?”. Not the nicest question, but got me thinking about God and me and so I prayed with them then that I would accept what Jesus did for me. There have been lots of up and downs since then (many apologies and trying to do my own thing), but God is very gracious and kind to me.

What question would you most like to know the answer to? What is an amazing idea I could use to write a children’s book?

What is your role at school? Helping kids to laugh, learn and love God. (I also teach Year 4 and run the Primary Extension program)

What is something that your family/friends would consider "so you"? Quoting from Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Monty Python, plus sharing very witty, hysterical dad jokes.

“It's a dangerous business, Mr Stanwell, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”



STEM integrates the four subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Learning these subject in an integrated way enhances critical thinking and collaboration in project-based learning. 

A group of 27 students from Years 9 and 10 had the opportunity to represent Covenant at the University of Newcastle STEM Challenge held at Galstaun College. The day is part of an outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle along with Rotary clubs and sponsors that allow students to experience aspects of Science and Engineering not usually available in the classroom. Schools participating included Masada, Shore, Ravenswood, Narrabeen Sports High, Oxford Falls Grammar and SCEGGS Redlands along with Galstaun College.

Students were divided into eight groups and were required to solve one or two challenges over the day. Challenges included everything from creating a water turbine and catapult to building a bionic hand.
  • The 'Stringways' exercise required students to build the most efficient transport pathway between cities. In their planning they needed to consider certain electricity loads to be powered by a circuit at once.

  • The Bridge challenge was watched excitedly by all students at the end of the day. Our participants, Alexis McLean and Andy Pienaar, were required to build a bridge weighing under 100 grams that would carry up to 5 kg across it. Although not the overall winners, the girls were able to build a bridge to these specifications – not an easy task! 
Overall, Covenant placed 5th out of the eight schools present, which is an excellent effort! Our students were a credit to the school in the way they participated throughout the day. As an onlooker, I saw students engaged and challenged to think outside the box frequently throughout the day. Here’s what they had to say:
  • “I definitely had fun and I’d want to do it again next year”. 
  • “It was challenging and it was fun getting to know students from other schools. The challenges were interesting and fun”. 
  • “It was easy enough to everyone to have a go but you did have to really concentrate to do them well”. 
Thanks to Mrs Wright for organising the excursion and Mrs Butler and Mr Conway for assisting on the day. We look forward to attempting similar challenges in the future.