2018 Term 3 Week 3


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Open Days
Open Days are a great way to get a feel for university life. All the Open Days are coming up over the next few weeks. There will be opportunities to investigate courses, have a look at the campus, talk to lecturers, find out about OS opportunities, scholarships etc. See below for information about specific universities or go to https://www.uac.edu.au/assets/documents/schools/uni-open-days-2018.pdf or https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/open-days

Western Sydney Uni – WSU
Sunday 19 August | 10.00am–4.00pm 

Macquarie University 
18 August | Macquarie University

University of Notre Dame Sydney 
25 August | Chippendale
TAFE Open Day
There will be teachers available to answer any questions and discuss suitable post school pathways at TAFE NSW.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo
Thursday 16 August | 3.30–6.30pm | The Concourse, Civic Pavilion, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood.
Meet training organisations and employers, learn how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship, pick up job applications, learn interview tips and find a career that suits you.

Billy Blue College of Design – Day in The Life Creative Workshop
6 October | Ultimo Campus
If you’re interested in learning more about a particular creative career, the free workshops are a good place to start.  http://www.billyblue.edu.au/news-events/upcoming-events

Top 10 US Colleges not in the Ivy League
Whenever we think of US schools, we often think of the Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton etc. But the US is much more than just the Ivies; they have a staggering 2,618 universities to choose from. What the video here
Macquarie University – STEM Boot Camp
  • STEM Boot Camp is for a Year 9 or 10 school student who is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)? 
  • 8 October | Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University
  • Registration closes 28 September.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Work Experience Opportunity
Are your students interested in social business? The Work Experience Placement is a UNSW initiative that aims to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn practical skills related to social business. This placement would suit students interested in social development and alleviation of poverty and equity in health care. Click here for more information.
University of Notre Dame – Write Up – Creative Writing Workshop 
  • 10 October | Broadway Campus
  • Ideal for Year 11 and 12 students, Write Up introduces students to the characteristics of great creative writing. The sessions focus on: shaping a narrative, the use of figurative language and motifs, setting and context, dialogue, point of view and attitude in narration.
  • Click here to find out more.
ADF Work Experience
Did you know you can do work experience with the Navy, Army or Air Force? The Defence Work Experience Program provides young Australians interested in Defence as a future career, the opportunity to sample life in Defence and learn more about the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Public Service (APS).


I was working in our garden last weekend and really noticed how very dry everything is - grass is crunching underfoot, plants are wilting and dying and the veggie patch needs frequent watering. That is just in our suburban garden where there is water available. How much more terrible for farmers who are struggling to feed their stock or keep crops alive or just manage the day-to-day necessities.

Every time we turn on the news, we see images of drought and hardship alongside stories of kindness and resilience - the school providing showers for families, the ex-soldier with PTSD delivering bales of hay. Drought affects not just farmers but a range of businesses in rural areas. It affects adults and children. It affects cities too, as prices for farm produce rise when goods become scarce.

Covenant has registered our school with the charity Rural Aid/Buy a Bale so that we can officially help our farmers in this severe drought. By registering, we are permitted to put a link on the school website and Facebook page to encourage donations and make it easy for anyone to donate.

Buy a Bale has a very direct way of assisting. They say, “All donations to our drought assistance campaign have a four fold effect. Some hay is donated, some we buy, so we’re feeding a hay farmer and their family. Some of our truckies are donating their time and diesels, some loads we’re paying for, so we’re feeding truckies and their families. Donations towards our Farmers card inject immediate cash into the rural towns, city cash going bush. Finally what hay we deliver saves farmers cash that they can continue to spend on other items.”

Students will be able to participate too. Details will be available soon.

If you wish to donate, just go to https://www.buyabale.com.au/

There is of course a more important thing we can all do. Pray. We can pray for the farmers in this difficult time, we can thank God for those who are providing aid and comfort and we can pray for rain.

Mrs Chris O'Sullivan, Deputy Principal - Pastoral Care (7-12)


CIS 7's Rugby League
On the 6 August a group of Under 16’s headed to Jamison Park in Penrith to contest the CIS 7’s Rugby League trophy. In windy conditions our boys played brilliantly and represented our school in an exemplary manner. The day started well with Covenant taking a convincing 34-6 victory over William Clarke College. The boys then followed this up with consecutive wins against the International Tennis and Football School 30-12, Toongabbie Christian School 30-6 and the Craig Davis School 22-12. The boys reached the semi-finals and defeated Shire Christian School 34-16 before meeting the Lakes Christian College in the final, where we overcame them 34-6 to win the trophy.

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the day was the spirit shown by the boys and the opportunity to serve one of our competitors. The Craig Davis School,     a small school from Illawarra, who due to a few withdrawals turned up to play with only 6 players which made it a tough task for them. However, throughout the day various Covenant students filled in for them in order for them to be able to compete. Some great friendships were formed and it made for a fantastic day especially when Covenant faced Craig Davis. The boys did the school community very proud and played some fantastic football in all six matches.

Congratulations to Max Gander, Ben Watkins, Corey Wakeford, Eden Russell, Liam Adams, Aiden Adams, Jacob Ashby, Marshall Downs, Matt Abraham, Josh Dyer, Reinhardt Van Staden and Daniel Pearson. Well done boys, and to Coach Wakeford! 

Primary Zone Athletics carnival 2018
Report from students Macy Smith and Ciara Bardales

The day started off icy cold at the Narrabeen athletics track. Teachers arrived early with many layers on to set up the area for competition. Soon competitors arrived, warm and excited. It grew warmer and brighter as the day went on and kids started pouring in. As teachers were nearly ready to start their first event, kids began to stretch and jogged a lap of the track.

“Welcome to the Zone Athletics carnival, please sit down in your allocated area as I pray for safety and that the day would go well”. The 2018 Zone Athletics carnival was about to begin and everyone was sitting in the stands full of excitement and nerves. There were many different schools there ready to compete and try their hardest.

Soon the first event was marshalled for the day. “We now have our first marshalling for the Junior girls, 800 metre race.” A crowd of girls walked to the track. Beep! The first race began as the buzzer went off and all the kids were cheering and cheering. We were off to a speedy start; it was going to be a great day.

Throughout the day Covenant was doing well and as students finished their events they all came back with a huge grin on their faces, happy with their effort and talent that they have been gifted by God. Everything was going great (thanks to Miss Hammond and Miss Kane). We even had some spare time to eat as the relay teams quickly practiced their baton changes. As the day went on Covenant was doing very well with a few records broken and a lot of firsts, seconds and thirds. The end of the day was near and everyone was hot, tired and sweaty but we still had a few events to go.

As the 1500 metre race grew closer, competitors rugged up to keep nice and warm, since a cold breeze started to blow. Many people had left but we still had a big crowd to cheer them on. The 1500m was called and all the Covie students that were chosen to represent their school, made their way to the marshalling area. Bang! The gun went off and the crowds went wild - cheering for their school and friends. Although it was a long race Covie kept on cheering. It was a fast start, and the suspense built as the race continued. The last 100 metres became a sprint to the finish line and the results were great with a Covenant representative finishing second.

The last events were the relays, and the competitors went to the marshalling area whilst everyone else made their way to the stands, ready to cheer on their team. First up was the Junior girls who were off to a fast start and having great baton changes they ended up in 3rd which was an amazing result. They were going to State! The Junior Boys then ran for their lives and also came 3rd, they were going to State too! Next, the Senior Girls relay team also had a great run, again coming 3rd. The last relay was about to begin, with the Senior Boys having an amazing first batten change, the race was intense as Covie was fighting for first place, the last batten change was then quickly done and the last 100 metres was the most intense moment of everyone’s lives. Covie was sprinting super hard trying to get past Oxford Falls and then when we thought the day couldn’t get any better, Covie overtook and came first! All relay teams got through to State, and Covenant was overwhelmed with happiness.

We ended the day in prayer, praising God for the amazing carnival. Covenant ended up coming 3rd out of all the schools which was an amazing result. All of the competitors tried their best and achieved amazing things. Even though there were a couple of injuries throughout the day, they got up and kept running. The teachers did an incredible job making the carnival happen and it was a joy for everyone to attend. Everyone went home or back to school and told their families and friends about their great day. Good luck to everyone that is going to State and well done Covenant!

Special mention to Orla Wong (8 Year Girls Age Champion), Christiaan Maritz (11 Year Boys Age Champion) and Jackson Twells (new record in Jnr Long Jump).


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.

Positions Vacant at Covenant
  1. Administration - Office Assistant (Student Reception)
  2. PDHPE x 2 full time positions
  3. School Nurse

Click here for more information.

Aussie Hoops Basketball for ages 5-12
Learn to play basketball | Sundays 8.00-9.00am for 8 weeks (12 August - 30 September) at Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, Warriewood | $110 | Click here to register.
What’s happening in the Junior Library in Book Week?
We will be celebrating Book Week in the Junior Library from 20th-24 August (Week 4).
  • The theme for Book Week this year is Find Your Treasure.
  • On Thursday, K-6 students are encouraged to come dressed as a Book character.
  • The Book Week Assembly will be on Thursday 9.00-9.45am.

Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is on next week! Head down to the 'Rumpus Room' in the Infants building to grab some great books and support the school libraries in the process!

Stall dates and times are:
Wednesday 22 August - before school, lunch and after school
Thursday 23 August - before school, lunch and after school
Friday 24 August - before school only

PIP help is still needed to assist with sales on a few of the time slots (particularly Wednesday and Thurday lunch and Thursday after school). If you would like to help out at any of these times, please contact Robyn O'Donoghue at rodonoghue@covenant.nsw.edu.au.

School Photos
Many school photos are still waiting to be collected from 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.

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.
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.
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 
  • 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
A Guide to Bullying: Building Positive Connections - Webinar
What are 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.

Mums in Motion 
Would you like to get back into shape at a convenient location? Then come and join the fun with ‘Mums in Motion’. Miss Linda is offering a 40 minute workout which includes: low impact aerobics, tone, stretch and therapeutic movement. Not convinced yet? Come for a free trial: Mondays | 9:15-9: 55am | T9. If you would like further information, please email danceacademy@covenant.nsw.edu.au.




At the beginning of term, Covenant had the privilege of hosting 15, Year 10 students, from Kaimei High School in Japan. Kaimei High School is located in Osaka City in Japan and it too has just celebrated a significant birthday (although, it wasn’t 40 years as Covenant has celebrated, it was 100 years!)  

The Japanese students have spent a total of 9 days in Australia and have stayed with host families, many of whom are from our Covenant community. For three days students have been learning English in the mornings with the very talented Mrs Yvette Molyneux. The students have loved learning from Mrs Molyneux and have really enjoyed their time at our school.

Each student was allocated a Covenant buddy and both groups of students really appreciated the opportunity to get know students from a different country and culture.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Japanese students went to the beach for sport with the “walking group” and walked from Long Reef to Dee Why Beach. For many of them, they had not seen a coastline as beautiful as ours and some had never ever been to a beach!
On Thursday, the Japanese students shared their culture with us – teaching our students Origami and then some Japanese songs. Lunch followed and then lots of sport! Basketball was a real hit and later we played Cricket, which completely confused them at first, but after a little while they were hitting balls all over the place. Later we played some Tagball (like Netball without the nets) AUS vs JAPAN which was lots of fun!
It was a great three days and lots of fun and we pray that God will use what they have experienced at Covenant and the Bibles they received to further grow His kingdom.

Mr Monin


"Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?" Psalm 89:5-7 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He alone is worthy of praise. Give thanks that we who have faith in Him can call Him “Father”.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Year 1 & 2.
  • Continue to pray for Year 12 students sitting HSC Trials till next Monday.
  • Pray for Year 9-10 GATEway Academic Challenge today and Year 7-8 on Friday.
  • Pray for Senior Band CEN Music Festival in Orange on Thursday to Saturday.
  • Pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, that God will be their comfort and strength.
  • Pray for those going through a difficult time, that God will give them the grace and faith to see them through.
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.