2018 Term 3 Week 9


We had coffee with Mrs Samantha Glassock, Secondary Extension and Enrichment Coordinator and all round lovely lady, to talk about Extension and Enrichment at Covenant Christian School.

Why do we have Extension and Enrichment at Covenant?
Extension and Enrichment is just a part of the school’s overall mission to provide an academically rigorous education. It is about recognising that different students learn differently, and at different rates and at different levels. The majority of students will operate at grade level. Some students will need education support; others will require extension and enrichment. Some students will require education support and extension. We cannot assume ‘one size fits all’. 

How does Covenant bring a Christian perspective to Extension and Enrichment?
Extension and Enrichment is similar to any other aspect of our school: We view all knowledge through Christ. That is, we apply a Christian lens to our programmes and provisions.

What does that mean in practice?
It means that we start from a biblical perspective and this informs the way we teach. For example, in our Year 7 pull–out English Extension Programme, Mrs Gardner is teaching a unit on allegory via the lens of political satire. In this, the students look at composers’ use of words to convey truth about the world - to inform people’s view of the world and their place in the world. Also, the students understand their power to use words as individuals and to be culture shapers, under God. They write their own allegories, having considered a moral message which they wish to convey.
In our Year 9 Extension and Enrichment Day (Pushing the Boundaries) we run 18 workshops over the course of the day. We try to offer a full range of opportunities and this year we will have UNSW Engineering and Computing workshops, alongside other presenters such as The Australia Theatre for Young People. However, as a Christian school, we are able to prioritise learning opportunities which utilise a Christian framework. Our Psychology workshop will consider neuroscience from a biblical perspective. Also, we have invited Carmelina Read to present a workshop on delivering a Christian talk. Carmelina has plenty of experience giving Bible talks and can address this topic with the complexity it requires, allowing this to not only be a worthy enrichment workshop but an opportunity for the training of future Christian leaders. Whenever we teach, we endeavour to be faithful representatives of Christ and to consider a biblical perspective.

What sorts of programmes and provisions extend and enrich our students here at Covenant?
The classroom is the heart of any extension/enrichment program. Our students interact with our teachers for the majority of the day. Our teachers use a  range of approaches to assist students in their learning. Some of their strategies can involve supplying a differentiated curriculum, using open-ended tasks and allowing students to work with like-minded peers. Some classes are streamed and this allows for the group to attempt more difficult work. In Maths we also offer an ‘Enriched’ class in Years 9 and 10. In English this year we have begun some Extension Pull-Out classes. At times, students are accelerated in single subjects.

Of course, there are also a myriad of other exciting opportunities. Covenant is involved in academic gala days such as GATEway8 and da Vinci Decathlon. There are also a range of competitions to help extend our students beyond the boundaries of the classroom. We have Year 7-10 teams who compete in the Warringah Independent Schools’ Debating Tournament. Earlier in the year, our students ably represented the school in the University of Newcastle STEM Challenge and the Theatresports Schools Challenge. They won awards in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature. In Week 2 of next term, Covenant will compete in the Nexgen IoT Robotics Challenge and towards the end of the year, students will participate in the Combined Christian Schools Public Speaking Competition.

We have some superb lunchtime clubs which allow for learning communities. Some of these include our IT Club, DUNK Science Club and our Philosophy Club. Our enrichment camps allow for students to be extended with like-minded peers. This week, we have students from Year 5- 8 heading off to our Maths Enrichment Camp. Earlier in the year, students enjoyed Art Camp and the Writer’s Retreat.

Ultimately, viewing each student as an individual and valuing their unique gifts is our starting point. We provide learning opportunities and communities to enable students to develop their God-given potential.

Thank you Mrs Glassock. If you have further questions regarding Extension and Enrichment at Covenant, please contact Mrs Glassock via the School Office. 


We are pleased to offer Care After Preschool beginning Term 4 2018. Care will be available from 3.00 to 6.00pm for children enrolled in Covenant Christian School Preschool on the days they attend. Children will be engaged in free play activities and craft activities. CAP is not part of the Preschool program. CAP Permanent bookings are $10.00 per day (3.00 to 6.00pm) and Casual bookings are $15.00 per day (3.00 to 6.00pm). Click here for the registration form. 

Year 9 students completed their qualifying hike this week in the stunning surroundings of the coastal walk from Cronulla to Otford. 

There was a bit of anxiety around this hike with some memories of steep hills and sore feet when completing the practice hike earlier this year. Getting the ferry in the pouring rain over to Bundeena didn’t help! By the time we had completed the crossing the rain had stopped and the first group set off. This time I hiked with the second group and have now had the privilege of hiking with most of the hikers from this set of students. The spectacular views just kept coming; I really wished I had Mrs Kilby and her camera with me.  
The students took their turn at leading the group and I was really pleased with how these students were leading and caring for each other by setting a pace appropriate for all members of the group. Camping overnight was COLD and we had some very keen walkers the next morning ready to get going and warm up. By the top of the first hill we were all stopping to shed layers.

The final part of the hike involved assessments by the Collaroy Centre to ensure our students were competent in their navigation skills.  We then had a steady stroll back to Otford station where we all piled back on the train home. Tired legs and achy shoulders were evident but everyone was still smiling at their achievements.

Well done everyone and thanks most of all to our generous God for this beautiful country that we live in.

Mrs Ilana Shaw 


Year 10 student Ariel Burgess shares her recent experience at the Social Justice Forum, an event hosted by Brigidine College. 

On Thursday 6 September, a group of Year 11's and I spent our afternoon and evening at a social justice forum/workshop. We started off by choosing two workshops that each focused on a different area of social justice – such as animal protection or homelessness. We then watched a short play which a group of Brigidine students had put together about human trafficking. It was based on real girls of varying ages and the trauma they went through. This contrasted with school girls who were ignorant of the differences in lives and who focused on social media and fads of the modern day. This was a confronting and powerful performance. It showed the harsh reality of human trafficking whilst the comparison emphasised how oblivious people can be, engrossing themselves in meaningless gossip rather than issues that are truly worth focusing on.  

Following the performance, we heard a seminar about the experiences of refugees and ways we can help promote social justice. The main idea that I took from this seminar is that there are three steps to changing the status quo. The first being to care about the particular issue, the second is to research it, and the third to take action and decide that you can and will make a difference. 
We then moved to our workshops. My first workshop was about the organisation ‘Caritas’, where a woman from Papua New Guinea spoke about her experience of coming to Australia and how it has enabled her to make her own decisions and thrive in life. Following this, I went to the St John Ambulance workshop which focused on drinking, drugs and the risks involved. This was informative and engaging. One of the most engaging activities was when we used a flashlight to check whether each other's pupils would dilate, indicating if the person was sober or not. 
Overall the Social Justice Forum was a motivating and positive experience that helped me to be more aware of the issues in the world and how we can contribute to changing the status quo. The attendees from Covenant have decided to make a social justice group at school in order to work towards making a difference in the world. 

Thank you for sharing your experience Ariel. We are looking forward to hearing from the Social Justice group in the future. 


UNSW – Art & Design Campus Tours

  • 4, 11, 18 & 25 October | Paddington Campus
  • 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November | Paddington Campus
  • Get a sense of creative campus life and go behind the scenes in a range of cutting-edge design workshops, digital production facilities, traditional fine arts studios and museum-standard galleries.
  • Click here to find out more.  
UNSW – School Holiday Campus Tour
  • 3 & 10 October | University of New South Wales
  • Campus Tours are guided by Student Ambassadors who can tell you the ins and outs of study at UNSW while showing you all that the University has to offer. 
  • Click here to find out more.  
UNSW – Saturday Campus Tours
  • 3 October | Kensington
  • 3 November | Kensington
  • 1 December | Kensington
  • Click here to find out more.  
CPA (Accounting) Australia – Information Sessions
  • 17 October | Sydney
  • The information session will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about course requirements and put your questions to a CPA Program expert.
  • Click here to find out more.  
National Summer Art Scholarship 2019
  • 12-19 January (Applications close 22 October, 2018)
  • Become one of 16 students from around the nation – two from each state and territory to participate in the National Summer Art Scholarship in January 2019. 
  • The scholarship program is a unique opportunity to engage with the staff at the National Gallery of Australia, as well as other arts professionals, artists and your peers from around the nation.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Year 12 Checklist For Applying Through UAC
  • Click here to read the seven things Year 12's need to know when applying for universities or colleges. 
  • Early bird closing is just around the corner so now is the time to apply and save. 
Applying for Med Guide – the Australian Medical Students’ Association
  • The Applying for Med Guide was compiled entirely by medical students who have volunteered their own time in researching medical schools, looking for the most current information, and assembling this guide to its current form.
  • Click here to read it.  
4 Options For 2018 School Leavers To Think About
  • Here are 4 post-school options in a nutshell, however, starting your own business a feasible option too. 
  • Click here to find out what the four options are. 
HSC Study Guide – Have you got your copy?
  • About 78,000 students from 870 schools across NSW and overseas will sit exams. Whether you are looking to going to university, to work or vocational education and training, the HSC helps equip you with the skills needed to flourish in a rapidly changing world.
  • Click here to get the guide.  

Our show it has come and now gone,
And those stars up on stage they have shone,
So we thought just perhaps
You’d enjoy these few snaps
As we plan the next one to put on. 

And don't forget to order your DVD here - you have until 6 October to order your copy! Duticus says 'don't forget!' 

Sausage Cup
In Week 7, the Sausage Cup recommenced after a week off with a well contested game of basketball. Year 12 had a strong team, and despite staff getting away more shots, they just could not get them to drop. Year 12 pulled away in the second half for a solid win. 

Competition continued last Monday as staff and Year 12 students battled it out on the netball court for the 5th event of 2018. The Year 12 girls came out firing, and their sharp shooting ensured they came away with the win. Well done girls! The win also gave the students a 3-2 lead, meaning the touch footy match on Wednesday was a must-win game for the staff in order to remain in contention for a win. Staff showed their skills from the outset, and the hot blustery conditions were no match for a well-oiled staff team that finished with a convincing win.

The stage is set for the deciding soccer match which will be played on Wednesday lunchtime. Who will be crowned the Sausage Cup Champions?!

Full list of Sausage Cup events - 2018
Event name            Who won?
Swimming  Teachers 
Running  Students 
Volleyball Teachers
Basketball Students
Netball Students
Touch Footy Teachers
Soccer ??


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.

Uniform reminder for Term 4
From Term 4 all students are required to wear full Summer uniform. As the Uniform Shop will not be open during the holidays, please ensure you purchase any items required before the end of term. The Uniform Shop is open Monday 2.15-3.15pm and Wednesday 8.00-9.30am.

Junior School Mufti and Collection
On the last day of Term 3 (Friday 28 September), Junior School will be coming in mufti dressed as a farmer. We will be supporting the drought relief by bringing in non-perishable food items to contribute to hampers that the Lions Club are coordinating.

Positions Vacant
2 part-time Mathematics teachers | Click here for more informaiton

From the School Nurse
The Year 7 students will have Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination dose 2 on Thursday 18 October. The nurses will also be doing catch-ups for Year 11 Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccination. Consent forms have already been completed.

Community Freezer
If you are able to cook for the freezer, please pack a meal into disposable freezer containers and label the ingredients clearly. Please text Lisa Tong to arrange drop off at Cafe Covie in the morning on 0402 229 708.

Operation Christmas Child

Many thanks to those families who have already brought in a filled box for Operation Christmas Child. There are still plenty of boxes! Remember you may choose to fill a box with a friend. Operation Christmas Child sends a message of hope to children in desperate situations around the world through these boxes and Christian literature. This program provides Covenant with an opportunity to be involved in a simple, hands-on mission project that reaches out to suffering children while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ, God´s greatest gift.

Acting/Musical Theatre Workshops
10-12 October | 9.00am-4.00pm | Click here for more information

Extend After School Coordinator at Covenant - Position Vacant
Position commences Term 4 2018 or Term 1 2019. Click here for more information.

Canteen - Friday 28 September

Please note that Cheese and Toastie will be closed on Friday 28 September due to Year 12 Graduation.

Macquarie University Junior Science Academy School Holiday Programs
For children in Kindergarten to Year 6
Click here for more information

The Football Factory October Holiday Camps
2-12 October | Click here for more information

Think Club School Holiday Workshops
Experiential workshops for the inquisitive, problem-solving, creative and capable primary school child.
8-9 October | 9.00am-3.30pm | Sydney Boys High School
Click here for more information

Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club Holiday Fun
Suitable for all school aged children
Click here for more information

MWBA Basketball Camp
9-11 October | 9.30am-12.30pm | For students aged 5-12
Click here to book. 

Annual Brookie Show
20 October | 10.00am-4.00pm | Brookvale Oval


"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God." Psalm 90:2 (ESV)
For Prayer and Praise

  • Praise God who is immortal, who existed before time, and by which all things came into being at His command. Praise Him that it is He who calls us into relationship with Him and to trust in Him.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Ed Support.
  • Pray for Year 5-8 Maths Camp Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Pray for Bronze Duke of Ed Qualifying Hike Group 2 tomorrow and Friday.
  • Pray for Year 8-9 Seminar on Thursday.
  • Pray for Year 12 Graduation on Thursday. Pray for our Year 12's, that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith, and being rooted and established in love, they may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is God’s love for them.
  • Pray for school holidays, for safety in travels and for rest. Pray for our Year 12's as they prepare for their HSC starting Week 1 of Term 4.
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.

Colin Buchanan is coming to Covenant with special guest Nudge on Thursday 11 October at 10.00am. Colin invites you and your family and friends to be part of the chaos, energy and fun of this year's Colin Concert. Tickets can be purchased here

On Friday 19 October, we are inviting parents and preschoolers to join us for a special morning tea, craft and tour of our Preschool and Infants facilities. Mrs Jenn Dykstra (Infants Coordinator), Mr Wayne Morton (Deputy Principal - Junior School) and Mrs Wendy Boase (Registrar) will be available to answer questions and chat whilst the children are busy with a special craft activity. There will be a special tour of our Preschool and Infants, as well as a look at our Junior School library, Infants playground and other specialist rooms. 

'Taste and See' is a wonderful opportunity for you or your friends from church with preschool age children to come and see our school. Register at covenant.nsw.edu.au/tasteandsee