2018 Term 3 Week 2


2018 Northern Sydney Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo

  • Thursday 16 August | 3.30-6.30pm | The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. 
  • Learn how to get an apprenticeship, traineeship, interview tips, pick up job applications, learn more about the leading training organisations and find a career that excites you.
  • Contact Sue Downing on 9847 6889 or email sdowning@hornsby.nsw.gov.au or click here.
Australian Apprenticeships Pathways Practice Aptitude Quizzes
  • General industry-based literacy and numeracy quizzes illustrating the levels required when undertaking Australian Apprenticeships qualifications. They are examples that illustrate the key learning standards you may need to be successful in your apprenticeship. You can use them to practice before you take an aptitude test, or to help you understand what may be required of you in your further study. There are tests for construction, business, hospitality, health care, engineering, mining, retail, sports, transport and more.
  • Click here to find them all. 
Apprentice and Trainee Centre Resources
  • Find out about apprenticeships and traineeships and register to find out about opportunities near you. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
TAFE NSW - Open Days
  • 18 and 25 August | Multiple Campuses
  • If you’re looking to kickstart your career, become an apprentice, launch your small business or gain new skills, TAFE NSW Open Day can help you create the career you’ll love. 
  • Click here to find out more. 
Academy of Music and Performing Arts – Open Day
  • 25 August | Surry Hills
  • Are you a performer? A songwriter/producer? A choreographer? This is your opportunity to explore the ins and outs of studying a degree in Music, Dance or Music Theatre at AMPA.
  • Click here to find our more.  
Jansen Newman Institute – Open Day
  • 4 August | Pyrmont Campus 
  • Attending Open Day will give you the chance to be inspired and see what it is like to study courses specialising in counselling, psychotherapy, or community services.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Western Sydney University – Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation
  • 12 August | Hawkesbury Campus
  • Find out what it’s like to study forensic science at Western Sydney University and tour the Crime Scene Investigation Training and Research Facility that is used by the NSW Police Force to train their crime scene examiners.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Defence Force Australia – Women in Defence Info Sessions
  • 21 August | Parramatta
  • Click here to find out more 
Macquarie University – Speech & Audiology Info Evening
  • 4 September | Australian Hearing Hub. 
  • Discover how you can become a qualified audiology or speech pathology professional with a master’s degree from Macquarie University at our free information session. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
Uni of Newcastle Early Offer Program
  • We believe that a student’s ATAR doesn’t define who they are – it is their unique passions, abilities and ambitions that matter. 
  • Our Year 12 Subject Spotlight program rewards students with an early offer for their hard work and strong results in individual subjects related to their degree. So, they can take some of the stress out of their final school exams, knowing their ATAR isn’t all that matters. 
  • There is no separate application for the program – simply apply through UAC to qualify. 
  • For more information on subjects aligned to specific degrees, visit our website. From there, students can choose their preferred degree from the drop-down menu to what subject marks they’ll need to receive an early offer.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Australian Film Television and Radio School Open Day
  • 11 August | 10.00am-3.30pm @ Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney.
  • Click here to find out how to start and progress your career the screen and broadcast industries. 
International School of Colour and Design – Styling 101
  • 15 September | Sydney
  • Do you often wonder how interior stylists have that amazing ability to arrange everything in a room so effortlessly and successfully? Do you want to learn how to set-up a simple display so that it looks like it is right out of the pages of a magazine?
  • Click here to find out more.  
C3 College Scholarship
  • The C3 College are giving away a scholarship (valued up to $8000) to a graduating Year 12 student from Oxford Falls Grammar School, Northern Beaches Christian School or Covenant Christian School. 
  • In the past, many students have done a biblically-based gap year program following Year 12. 
  • See Mrs Gilbert for more information or go to c3college.com/schools-scholarship to apply. Applications close Friday 21 September.
Notre Dame Early Offer Application Extension Time
  • In response to requests by schools and students, Notre Dame’s Early Offer applications have been extended to Friday 10 August.
  • You will be able to apply under one of the following four 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.  
  • One of the benefits to the recipients has been that it has allowed them to face their final HSC examinations with reduced stress and added confidence. Candidates who are not successful in the Early Offer Program will automatically be considered for the Main Round offers, so there is no need to submit another application form.
National Skills Week 2018
  • 27 August – 2 September
  • National Skills Week will again set out to bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers. The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.
  • Click here to find events.   
Pathway to a Career in Aviation - Sydney Flight College
  1. Private Pilot Licence
  2. Diploma of Aviation and a Commercial Pilot Licence
  3. Instrument Rating then either Charter or Instruct
  4. Then you start with regional airlines before moving to business jets or international airlines.

Click here to see the full flowhcart.

Job Profile: Real Estate Agent
  • If you’re a ‘people person’, and dream of an exciting and varied work life, you should consider becoming a real estate agent. 
  • Real Estate Agents are licensed professionals who help people who want to buy, sell or rent property. They help people prepare their homes for sale or rent, and they also help people find a property to buy or rent. Some real estate agents work with commercial property (like factories, retail and office property), and some manage rental property on behalf of the owner. Watch the video from Seek Learning 'A day in the life of a Real Estate Agent'.


Law Admission Test UNSW
  • As a complementary admission requirement to UNSW, Law students are required to do the Law Admission Test (LAT). It will be held on Tuesday 25 September 2018.
  • Registrations for the 2018 LAT are open on the ACER website and will close on 10 August 2018.


North Met Zone Basketball Gala Day
On Friday four teams made their way to Castle Hill for the basketball gala day. Our junior boys and girls teams had some tough opposition, but kept trying hard throughout all of their games. Our senior girls team put up a solid display, especially considering many of our team could have been playing in juniors, but proved themselves capable of playing well against much older opposition and were just pipped at the post on a few occasions. Our senior boys team were also younger than some of their opposition, but played beyond their years to make the grand final. They unfortunately went down to Pacific Hills despite having beaten them in the earlier round game, but played a very entertaining match and will prove a formidable force next year. Thanks to Mrs Staj and Mr Tatzenko for coaching our team.


At the beginning of the year, Year 10 Textiles set out to redesign a costume for a character. The class learnt how costumes can form impressions of character and how each costume differs depending on setting and scene. 

The class came up with such creative solutions which coincidentally showed off their own personalities! The characters included Mini Mouse, Cher from Clueless, Princess Aurora, Red Riding Hood, Belle, Snow White, Harlequin and the Mad Hatter. See if you can figure out who is who!

We collaborated with Year 10 Photography, in particular Hannah Pierson and Rebecca Munkman, who produced these beautiful photos. We thank you for your efforts and expertise in celebrating these costumes.


"For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever." Hebrews 7:26-28 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for the gift of His Son Jesus, who being without sin, gave His life up for us, and became the sacrifice for our sins once for all. Give thanks that by faith in Jesus, we have assurance of forgiveness.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Preschool and Kindy.
  • Continue to pray for Year 12 students sitting HSC Trials till Monday 20th August.
  • Pray for Year 11 Hospitality Placements starting on Monday.
  • Pray for Year 10/12 Agriculture Excursion to Dairy Farm in Bringelly on Monday.
  • Pray for Year 8/9 Verbal Combat (bullying) Incursion on Monday.
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.

Scholastic Book Fair and PIP help 
Wednesday 22 August | open before school (8.00-9.00am), lunch (12.30-1.40pm) and after school (2.45-3.30pm)
Thursday 23 August | open before school (8.00-9.00am), lunch (12.30-1.40pm) and after school (2.45-3.30pm)
Friday 24 August | open before school only (8.00-9.00am)
The Book Fair is fast approaching and volunteers are needed to help out with sales. If you are available to help at any of these times, please contact Robyn O'Donogue at rodonoghue@covenant.nsw.edu.au. 
School Photos
All school photos are available for collection at the Office.

Student Absentees
Parents of children from Kindergarten to Year 12 must ensure their children attend school every day. On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:
  • being sick or having an infectious disease
  • having an unavoidable medical appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstances e.g. attending a funeral
  • extended leave for travel purposes (application form for 5 days or more to be completed)

Parents must provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Where an explanation has not been received within the 7-day timeframe, the school will record the absence as unjustified on the student’s record. Absent notes can be downloaded from the Letters/Forms/Policies section of our website. 

Operation Christmas Child 2018
It’s that time of year again when we start collecting for Operation Christmas Child. 150 boxes have arrived for us to fill! This project seeks to provide aid in a small but practical way to help many children who are victims of poverty, natural disasters, war and conflict. Since 1993, this Samaritan’s Purse project has shared the Good News of God’s love with hurting children through the simplest of gifts - shoe boxes!

The idea is to fill a shoe box with the “6 Somethings”:
  1. Something to love
  2. Something to play with
  3. Something for school
  4. Something of personal hygiene
  5. Something to wear
  6. Something special
Please do not include items that leak, food items, or used or damaged goods in the boxes. The boxes can be collected from the Junior Library. K-2 children will need a note (or email) from their parents before they are able to collect a box. For further information please go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/. Remember to pray for the children who will receive your shoebox gifts.
Position Vacant: Administration - Office Assistant (Student Reception)
Permanent part-time, 7.5 hours per week (Friday 8.00-4.00pm) to commence ASAP | Click here for more information
Access to the Office
You no longer need to go through the library to access the Office! There are now stairs to the left of the bridge leading to the new building which will provide direct access.
Changes to Bus routes
The 230 school bus travelling from Covenant to Allambie will now return to its old route and travel via Frenchs Forest Road West and East. Any student requiring to get off on Warringah Road near Hilmer Street should catch the 276 bus. These changes came into effect on 30 July.
Mandarin Stars Language Club
For Kindergarten to Year 6 | Monday 3.00-3.50pm | From 30 July - 24 September | Re-enrol for Term 3 or book a free trial lesson at dailin@mandarinstars.com.au or 0425 852 282.
The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC)
Congratulations to the 60 people who have finished the PRC.
Only one week to finish. All PRC reading record sheets need to be into Mrs Watson by 14 August for her to validate your records. The list of students who have finished is on display in the Junior Library. If you are close to finishing but need some encouragement to complete the PRC please pop in and see Mrs Watson.

Entertainment Books
We will finish selling Entertainment Books and digital memberships later this term. If you would like to order one, forms and books are available at the School Office. Thank you to everyone who has already supported the Covenant Yarrabah Trip in this way.

Northern Beaches Council Workshop - Youth Art and Design: 4 ways to Abstraction
Every Wednesday 1-22 August | 4.30-6.00pm | Banksia Room, Nelson Heather Centre, Warriewood
For ages 12-24
Free | All materials are provided
Bookings are essential. Email youth@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au to book.

24/7 Youth Film Festival Launch and Information Night
Learn how to create a 7 minute film in 24 hours on Wednesday 5 September | 6.00-8.00pm | Northern Beaches Civic Centre, Dee Why | Free for ages 12-24

Helping Learner Drivers become Safer Drivers Workshop
Wednesday 29 August 2018 | 6.30-8.30pm | 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why | Click here to book
This workshop aims to increase the confidence and knowledge of supervisors who oversee learner drivers. The two hour workshop will provide practical advice about:
  • Changes to the Learner Driver Licensing Scheme starting 20 November 2017
  • Log book apps approved by the Roads and Maritime
  • Completing the Learner driver log book
  • Understanding the benefits and safety aspects of supervised on-road driving experience
  • Understanding of the licence conditions for learners and provisional licence holders
  • Northern Beaches Council Civic Centre
A Guide to Bullying: Building Positive Connections - Webinar
What are you you supposed to do if your child is a victim of bullying? Or if they're actually the ones *doing* the bullying?
Join our free online webinar where Dr Justin Coulson from Happy Families will help you develop strategies in guiding your child to build positive connections. Suitable for parents of 10 -18 year olds.
Monday 20 August | 7.30-9.00pm | Click here to register
Special Road Rules for Cyclists on Footpaths
Children under 16 years of age can ride on a footpath. An adult rider who is supervising a bicycle rider under 16 may also ride with the young rider on the footpath. Bicycle riders are allowed to ride on footpaths where indicated by signs. When riding on a footpath or shared path, riders must keep left and give way to pedestrians. Click here for the link to the Centre of Road Safety.