2018 Term 4 Week 5 and 6

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

Over 225 students from 10 different schools converged on Covenant for our Year 9 Extension and Enrichment Day. Students selected from 18 workshops over the course of the day, including UNSW Engineering, Coding, Digital Music, Psychology and Philosophy. It was wonderful to meet students from all over the state and for exciting learning to take place!

“It was so much fun and I wish I could do it again!” Year 9 student

The next PeaceWise Covenant Hub meeting will be held on Thursday 29 November at 7.30-9.30pm in the Staff Room.

All members of our school and local community are welcome!

Topic: 'Serving the cause of peace this Christmas' 

Dear peacemaking friends,

As we approach the end of 2018, this last meeting for the year will be a great time to give thanks to God and encourage each other by what God has done for us through the hub meetings.

We will celebrate our year together with a Chinese dinner, and we will think about how we can practically build a culture of peace at Christmas. There will also be an opportunity to support PeaceWise. Please do invite your friends along to join us for what will be a practical and enjoyable evening!

For catering purposes and dietary requirements, please RSVP (details below) for dinner by Thursday 22nd Nov. Dinner starts at 7pm ($25/person includes a $10 donation to the PeaceWise), and the meeting itself runs from 7:30  9:30pm in the school staffroom.

PeaceWise Hub is a place to connect with other peacemakers in an enjoyable and relaxing way, and to learn, refresh and practice peacemaking skills. It is also a great opportunity to share, encourage and pray together as friends in the peacemaking journey.

For more information please contact Ping Chen: mobile: 0412 664 225 or David Coy: mobile: 0404 876 573

Looking forward to seeing you there – whether or not you have done PeaceWise training!

Warm Regards,
Ping Chen and David Coy

 

 

 

 

Each year the Finance Committee prayerfully and diligently reviews the annual tuition fees. This process ensures we are able to offer affordable fees whilst providing the highest quality of Christian education. We remain committed to assisting parents in the nurture of their children, by providing a Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous education to equip the children to live for God’s glory.

To assist families with budgeting for the upcoming school year, the interactive Tuition Fee Calculator can provide you with a fee estimate of your 2019 Tuition Fees. This calculator will also be of use to prospective school families, highlighting both the affordability and value for money that Covenant represents. Please click here to access the Tuition Fee Calculator.

You will note that most tuition fees have increased in keeping with average Education indexation. Covenant continues to offer the lowest fees of any independent school on the Northern Beaches. Our fees have also been designed to be as all-inclusive as possible, covering the costs of most excursions, workbooks and textbooks, camps and technology. Please refer to the 2019 Tuition Fee Schedule for more detailed information that can be found at the link above.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Covenant. If you have any questions regarding fees, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrew Lowry.

 

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.

Year 11 Reports
Reports for Year 11 were emailed home on Monday 12 November. 

Duke of Edinburgh Information Night
Monday 19 November | 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start | PAS
This event is for parents and students who are interested in participating in the award in 2019. The focus of the evening will be for the Bronze award students so they can understand the structure of the award and how is runs. However, students from all levels are welcome.  

PeaceWise Hub
Thursday 29 November | 7.30-9.30pm | Staff Room
All members of our school and local community are welcome!
Topic: 'Serving the cause of peace this Christmas'
RSVP for dinner by 22 November to Ping Chen (0412 664 225) or David Coy (0404 876 573). 

2019 School Fees
Each year the Finance Committee prayerfully and diligently reviews the annual tuition fees. This process ensures we are able to offer affordable fees whilst providing the highest quality of Christian education. We remain committed to assisting parents in the nurture of their children, by providing a Christ-centred, biblically grounded, culturally engaging and academically rigorous education to equip the children to live for God’s glory.

To assist families with budgeting for the upcoming school year, the interactive Tuition Fee Calculator can provide you with a fee estimate of your 2019 Tuition Fees. This calculator will also be of use to prospective school families, highlighting both the affordability and value for money that Covenant represents. Please click here to access the Tuition Fee Calculator. 

You will note that most tuition fees have increased in keeping with average Education indexation. Covenant continues to offer the lowest fees of any independent school on the Northern Beaches. Our fees have also been designed to be as all-inclusive as possible, covering the costs of most excursions, workbooks and textbooks, camps and technology. Please refer to the 2019 Tuition Fee Schedule for more detailed information that can be found at the link above.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Covenant. If you have any questions regarding fees, please don’t hesitate to contact Andrew Lowry.

The Missing Peace DVD
Thank you for your patience in waiting for your DVD of the Missing Peace. All ordered DVDs have now been sent home with students, or are awaiting collection at the Office. If you have ordered a copy but haven't received it, please email events@covenant.nsw.edu.au.  

Christmas Markets
Covenant’s Christmas Markets will be held on Wednesday 21 November from 8.15am-12.30pm in the Colosseum. Bring your friends and enjoy the morning browsing the stalls for gifts, then visit the cake stall and relax with a cuppa at Café Covie. Junior students can visit the market before school and will also have a chance to visit the stalls with their class during the morning. Secondary students will be able to choose their gifts before school, during recess or during free periods. For more information please contact Jaycie Wood on 0403 939 254.

Positions Vacant
  • Education Support Team Leader (closes 20 November)
  • Teachers' Aide - Secondary School Education Support (closes 20 November)
  • Social Sciences Teacher (closes 22 November)
  • Click here for more information
Nic Newling Speakers Night
  • Wednesday 28 November | 6.30-8.30pm | Barrenjoey High School
  • Nic will be speaking on mental health and suicide prevention and will also share his personal experience. 
  • Click here to register.
Uniforms
A reminder that all old logo stock is 50% off at the Uniform Shop. 
The transition period for old logo uniform items is till 2022, however the old sport Polo can only be worn till the end of 2019. 

New Website for 2019
Our current website is built on a platform that will be shortly expiring, so we have taken the opportunity to build a fresh, new website due for launch in  Term 1 2019. 

The New Screen
Two hundred and forty five thousand, seven hundred and sixty. That's how many pixels now welcome each and every visitor to Covenant Christian School following the installation of our new weatherproof digital screen residing near the entry to our new administration building - C block.
This screen, which has been custom designed and engineered to fit exactly this space, provides a wonderful means of communicating with students, parents and visitors alike. You can expect to see information about what is happening in the school,  upcoming events, relevant directions for school events and highlights of past events. We hope that the screen will be a resource that assists our communication for many years to come.

Operation Christmas Child
The boxes have been collected and are ready to be sent overseas to bless the children. We are still missing 14 boxes. If you have one at home (empty or full) could you please return it to the Junior Library as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.

'Blinking Light' Community Celebration
  • Sunday 25 November | 10.00am-2.00pm | cnr Bantry Bay Road and Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest
  • A free community event for families and local residents to enjoy.
Beetroot Productions school holiday workshops
  • Physical comedy workshops for primary aged children with Fiona Gosling!
  • Monday 10 - Friday 14 December
  • 9.00am-3.00pm at Covenant
  • Click here for more information.

Lifeline Northern Beaches Giant Book Fair

  • Friday 23 November | 4.00-9.00pm
  • Saturday 24 November | 9.00am-5.00pm
  • Sunday 25 November | 9.00am-2.00pm
  • St Augustine's College, cnr Federal Parade West and Alfred Street, Brookvale
  • Entry by gold coin donation

Manly Warringah Basketball Academy Holiday Camp

  • 21-23 January | 9.30am-12.30pm | Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre
  • For ages 5-12 years
  • $95
  • Click here to book
Mandarin Classes at Covenant
  • Monday afternoons 3.00-3.50pm
  • For students in K-6
  • Book a free trial lesson by emailing dailin@mandarinstars.com.au

Week 5
'Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.' Hebrews 11:1-3 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for He has given us faith to know for certain that we are saved by the sufferings and merits of Christ, and faith to hope with certainty in the promises of things yet to come.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Years 9 & 10.
  • Give thanks for the end of the HSC. Pray for Year 12 formal on Thursday night.
  • Pray for current Year 12 English Extension 2 HSC Student Info Day at Sydney Uni this Friday.
  • Pray for Student Leadership Council with Peacewise Training next Monday.
  • Pray for Duke of Ed Info Evening next Monday.
Week 6
'The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; …Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.' Psalm 93:1a,2 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for our Lord reigns from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Years 7 & 8.
  • Pray for Year 7-12 Music Tour today till Friday.
  • Pray for Year 9/10 Inter-School Debating next Monday.
  • Pray for Year 8 Passion Project Semester 2 Showcase next Monday night.
  • Pray for Year 12 UTS Law Day next Tuesday.
  • Pray for those in our community who are struggling with long term physical or mental illness, that God will be their hope and strength.
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.

 

NSW PSSA Athletics Championships 
After a great performance at the CIS Athletics Carnival, Sienna Dale qualified to compete in the NSW PSSA Athletics Championships at Homebush. This event includes participants from all across the state! Sienna ran in the 11 Years Girls 100m heats on Wednesday, and came in 11th out of 43 competitors. It is a long and gruelling event, with lots of waiting and watching, and she returned to Homebush on Thursday to compete in the Semi Finals where she ran her way into the Finals that afternoon. Sienna did incredibly well and ran a time equal to her personal best to finish 9th in NSW in her age group. She has proved to be a very humble and mature athlete and did the school proud! 



Softball
Congratulations to Ava Chitty who was selected as part of the CSSA Softball team to compete at the CIS Championships early next year.


CSSA Secondary Tennis Gala Day
Last Tuesday, five students from Covenant participated in the annual CSSA State Tennis Gala Day in Wollongong. The boys did their school proud, putting in 100% effort and winning a fair percentage of their matches. Spectators could see their game dramatically improving throughout the day. The Covie students shared a strong collegiate spirit with neighbouring OFGS students, and supported each other by watching their matches and staying updated on their results throughout the day.
Lisa Catto
Tennis Coach


 

Macquarie University – ACE the HSC Free Seminars

  • 18 November | Macquarie University
  • Discover the secrets to HSC success across a series of free seminars. Designed for both students and parents, the ‘ACE the HSC Seminars’ are tailored to those beginning their HSC year and those in Year 11 next year.
  • Click here to find out more.
Medview – Uncovering the UCAT
  • 26 November | Sydney
  • Unsure about changes in medical school admissions testing? Come decipher the shift from UMAT to UCAT for Australian med school admissions.
  • Click here to find out more.
ICMS – Parents & Student Information Evening
  • 29 November | 6.30pm – 8.30pm | ICMS, Manly
  • Learn about undergraduate Bachelor degrees, admission requirements, industry training, FEE-HELP, and student services offered.
  • Click here to find out more.
Macquarie University – Explore Your Options Week
  • 13-22 December | Macquarie University
  • During this time, you can chat one-on-one about the flexible courses and pathways to Macquarie University and visit the campus. It’s a great opportunity to get your questions answered and know you’re making the right uni choice.
  • Click here to find out more.
UNSW – Info Day
  • 15 December | UNSW, Sydney
  • Attend lectures, explore the campus and chat to academics and current students in the Advisory Centre. Come and see what studying at UNSW is all about.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Billy Blue College of Design – Open Day
  • 19 January | Sydney
  • Click here to find out more  
CCUSA Job Fairs
  • Sydney: Sunday 9 December | 12.00pm-4.00pm | The Grace Hotel
  • Up to 25 US and one Canadian camp hiring in all activity areas at camps in the USA and Canada.
  • Click here to download your Camp Job Fair quick Reference Guide. 
  • Click here to find out more.
TAFE NSW – Fee-free Apprenticeships
  • There are 100,000 funded apprenticeship positions available. The NSW Department of Industry will pay the student fee on behalf of any apprentice who commences their apprenticeship training on or after 1 July 2018.
  • Click here to find out more.
William Angliss Trial a Trade
  • 12 January 2019 | 9.00am–1.30pm | Alexandria
  • A trial-a-trade offers a taste of what studying at William Angliss Institute entails – and you get to eat what you make! Trial-a-trades are complimentary but bookings are essential and can be made for individuals or groups. 
  • Book here  
Alternative Ways Into Uni
Universities want you to attend their institution (they are a business at the end of the day, and more students means more income). So if you’ve chosen a course you really like – or a university you really want to go – check their website for alternative pathways that they offer. For example, Macquarie University offer many different pathways. For example:
  • Next Step Pathway – successfully complete a series of units and guarantee entry into one of 18 degrees on offer.
  • Macquarie University International College – Successfully complete one of 4 specially designed diplomas (also called foundation courses), and you’re eligible for entry into the second year of a degree – so you won’t even lose time.
  • Internal Transfer – Enrol in a degree with a lower ATAR requirement than your preference that you may have missed out on. Within 6 months transfer to your preferred degree.
  • Transfer from another University – complete a minimum of 12 months on another tertiary course and apply through UAC to your preferred Macquarie course.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)– You’ll have to successfully complete a series of competency and critical thinking tests.
  • TAFE & Private College – Completed TAFE and College qualifications as a stepping stone to a Macquarie Uni degree, you can apply direct for some courses and through UAC for others.
  • Open Universities (OUA) – Apply to do an online course with Macquarie, you can do this for the duration of your studies or you can apply via UAC to study on campus if you complete 4 units within four 13-week sessions.
Most universities offer opportunities like these.

TAFE
Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions are government owned providers of VET courses. If you’ve completed Year 10 at school you can study at TAFE. The qualifications are just as valid and transferrable as a university degree (and can be a pathway into uni if that’s your end goal). TAFE institutions offer courses on various subject areas, including:
  • Agriculture
  • Arts and Design
  • Building and Furnishing
  • Business and Marketing
  • Community and Health
  • Education and Languages
  • Engineering and Transport
  • Food and Beverage
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
So you can find a course that interests you, search through some of the courses at https://www.tafensw.edu.au/.

University of NSW – Art & Design Campus Tours
  • 15 November – 20 December | Paddington Campus
  • Get a sense of creative campus life and go behind the scene and learn about the design workshops, digital production facilities, traditional fine arts studios and museum-standard galleries. Tours are the perfect opportunity to learn about study options and get your questions answered.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Australian Institute of Fitness – Open Day
  • 17 November | St Leonards
  • Open Day is your chance to join us on campus and get a taste for what it’s like to study at The Institute. Learn about our range of industry-leading courses, along with your career options in the fitness industry. You will also have the opportunity to attend info sessions and join a tour to get a glimpse of the training facilities.
  • Click here to find out more.
Aviation Australia – Flight Attendant Career Sessions
  • 5 December | Sydney
  • If you are thinking of pursuing a dream career as a flight attendant, this session will be helpful as the aviation industry experts explain the options as well as assist you in deciding upon the pathway best for you.
  • Click here to find out more.  
College of Event Management – Info Session
  • 16 January | Sydney
  • Come and see for yourself why a qualification from College of Event Management will equip you with the right knowledge, practical experience and industry connections to work in today’s global event management industry.
  • Click here to find out more.
Engineers Australia – Discover Engineering Day
  • 19 March | Chatswood High School
  • 13 June | Parramatta Marist High School
  • Discover Engineering Day will include activities aimed at giving high school students a taste of skills required for the engineering profession as well as guest speakers from university students and engineers.
  • Click here to find out more.
Microsoft – Traineeship Program
Microsoft is proud to launch the Microsoft Traineeship Program, which aims to support over 150 people take their first steps into a technology career. Commencing with a pilot in Sydney in 2019, the Program will combine a Certificate IV in Information Technology and Microsoft Certifications with paid work experience. This combination of knowledge and experience will set students up to embark upon a successful career, as well as help address the technical skills shortage in Australia. Click here to find out more and apply. 

The University of Newcastle – Year 12 Subject Spotlight
The Year 12 Subject Spotlight program rewards you with an early offer for your hard work and strong results in one or more subjects related to your degree. So, you can take some of the stress out of your final school exams, knowing your ATAR isn’t all that matters. There is no separate application for the program – simply apply through UAC and have UON listed as your first preference at midnight on 16 December 2018 to qualify. Click here to find out more. 

Beyond School Study Guide
The 'beyond school sudy guide' will help you when you're making important decisions about your future studies. Check out the factsheets on each of the HELP loans, different pathways to university, and a comparison on what study might look like in the higher education sector or for vocational education and training (VET) by clicking here
 
Defence Force Australia – Army Reserve Information Session
  • 20 November | Sydney
  • Enjoy unique rewards and earn tax-free pay with part-time work in the Army Reserve.
  • Click here to find out more.  
Defence Force Australia – Defence Careers Info Session
  • 21 November | Sydney
  • Thinking of a career in the Australian Defence Force but not sure if you’re best suited to Navy, Army or Air Force? 
  • Click here to find out more.
I Was Told I Could Never Sustain Myself With A Creative Career
Five years out of school with a string of professional positions under my belt, I’ve learnt firsthand that almost every single job requires a creative mindset. Click here to read the post.  

 

All too regularly, it seems, we hear about the latest Apple event. Impossibly shiny new pieces of technology, each hoping to dazzle their way into the lives of people worldwide are announced and displayed with great fanfare. It is easy to get caught up in the western consumerist worldview, imagining how wonderful it would be to be the owner of the latest iThingy. Less interesting than the new iThingy, but important to its operation, are the regular changes and updates to operating systems that bring new features and possibilities.

The latest iOS update (iOS 12) has a number of new features; the most interesting from the point of view of a parent ought to be "Screen Time". This feature allows parents to monitor and control the "Screen Time" of their children who are connected via the family sharing feature of iTunes, by simply activating this setting and applying a passcode. 

Downtime can be set in order to enforce time away from the screen in the evenings. The time can be set per device and access can be optionally blocked during the set time. If you would like to still allow access to particular apps during this downtime, the "always allowed" screen provides the functionality to do this. Any apps selected will be excluded from the downtime restrictions.

Parents can also restrict the amount of time specific types of apps can be used. For example, a parent might choose to only allow a short amount of time for entertainment apps during the week, but more time on the weekend.

There are also a range of content and privacy restrictions that parents may enforce on the device which can further contribute to the safety of the child as they use the device.

Of greater benefit than the control afforded by the new screen time features is the reporting and transparency provided. Parents can see how their child has used the device on a daily or weekly basis. This provides great opportunity for conversation around how the child is taking responsibility for the way they use the device. Some conversation starter questions you can use with your children might include:
  • Did you realise you had spent this much time using insert app name here this week?
  • How does your use of technology impact upon your relationship with Jesus?
  • How much time do you think is reasonable to spend in front of a screen each day? Each week?
  • How will you know if you are in control of your device usage, or if your device is controlling you?
  • How do you think our sinful nature impacts the way we interact with technology?
Enabling these conversations means that we are able to focus on our humanity and our need for Jesus' grace as we interact with technology in imperfect ways.

2019 Secondary Technology Update
We remind all Year 10 2019 students and families that you are expected to Bring Your Own laptop computer to school with you next year. Current Year 9 students will receive documentation about our BYO program along with some recommendations this week. These families will take ownership of the iPad used at school over the past three years. The exception to this is if you are new to Covenant in 2018, in which case you will need to return the iPad to the school at the end of this year.

Students from Year 7 to 9 will continue to use iPads in 2019. Year 9 students will be part of the BYO model from 2020 onwards.
All documentation will also be available on the school website.

 

 

Recently, Years 3-6 were excited to have a visit from the author (and former School Captain) Matt Stanton.

Since Matt Stanton burst onto the children’s publishing scene six years ago, he has quickly made his presence known with eighteen original titles, four bestselling series and over half a million books sold. Matt is best known for his Funny Kid series.

Matt had the students in stitches as he retold some of his stories of the Funny Kid character Max. Matt also shared how he and his wife Beck created the picture books from their Books That Drive Kid’s Crazy series.

Year 6 Library monitors were treated to a special morning tea with Matt.

Matt was also the judge of the Years 3-6 Book Launch ideas for his latest book Funny Kid – Get Licked!

It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all!

 

Kindergarten sadly farewelled from school our beloved Mrs Sheehan. Mrs Sheehan has not only been an incredible blessing to the Kindergarten children this year but also to many children over the 11 years she has been working at Covenant.

We thank God for Mrs Sheehan and will miss her very much.

Recently, a small group of dancers from the Covenant Dance Academy Worship Performance class visited St David's Village. The dancers from Year 4 to Year 8 performed a lovely piece choreographed as an encouragement to the elderly residents and performed to 'The Lark Ascending'. The dancers also shared scriptures with the aged care residents.

The performance was really appreciated and joyfully received by the audience. The group performed a similar dance at Wesley Gardens, Belrose, in Term 3 and hope to continue this ministry to the local community in the future.

 

Covenant Dance Academy end of year concert presents 'Alice in Wonderland'. 

Thursday 29 November | 6.00pm | Hall

Tickets go on sale Saturday 3 November at 9.00am. 

Click here to purchase tickets.