2018 Term 4 Week 7 and 8

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

This semester, Year 6 have been doing a unit on Visual Literacy which has resulted in creating their own Picture Books. In this unit the students gained an insight into the process involved in making a picture book.

Author and ex-student, Matt Stanton was invited to share his experience and journey in writing and publishing.

Year 6 have done a fantastic job. These originals were launched last Monday in the Junior Library.

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"I didn’t expect that I would enjoy it so much and I realised that I didn’t want it to end." (a Year 8 students comments on her experience of The Passion Project)

This semester, Year 8 students again embarked on The Passion Project. The Passion Project is a Major Work conducted over the course of the semester. On Monday 26 November we held our showcase which celebrated all that our students had achieved and allowed them a forum to share what they had learned. There was a vast array of spectacular Major Works. These included technical works (building a personal computer, electric guitars), writing (a novel), building projects (bedside tables, coffee tables, wall units) and choreography.

The students are to be commended for fabulous projects, their detailed research and the way in which they reflected upon their experiences. Special thanks goes to the various mentors who encouraged our students and also to Mr Muddle who so capably guided and inspired half the cohort. Great job, everybody!
 
Please enjoy the gallery of photos and videos below. 

Mrs Glassock (Secondary Extension and Enrichment Coordinator)

Rhythmic Gymnastics Cinematic Video:

"I did this by choreographing 4 routines with different apparatus which are ball, hoop, clubs and ribbon. I then chose the song ‘Waves' and I put different parts from each routine to go with the music. After adding some connections, I filmed it and edited it together.
From this project, I have learnt so many new things, especially from the filming and editing aspect of it. This was something that I haven’t done before, but it was great to learn something new. Editing was a much longer process than I anticipated it to be but I learnt so many techniques and effects that I could incorporate into similar projects in the future. I had also never choreographed my own routines before but this was one of my favourite aspects of the project. Overall, I learnt so many new skills and found activities that I really enjoy doing. I would love to create something similar in the future and I was extremely happy the outcomes that I had achieved throughout the project."

 


 

The Class of 2017 recently gathered for the first 'One Year Back' reunion hosted by Covenant Alumni. This was an exciting opportunity for our young Alumni to catch up with each other after being out of school for a year. Many had not seen each other since they left school and were excited and grateful to be together again. Mr Max Monin, their Year 12 Coordinator, welcomed the group to Covie Alumni and explained that they were a part of the school community. He encouraged the cohort to stay connected with each other and the school, and reminded them that their involvement in their former school was welcome. Everyone enjoyed seeing former School Captain, Josiah Monin via Skype all the way from France! The event was hosted at the Belrose Hotel, and the former students and staff members enjoyed reconnecting over delicious food, staying well past departure time.

As we come towards the end of the year, it’s natural to look forward to the next one and wonder what might change. However, most things actually don’t change. So let’s think about some of the things we know can look forward to remaining the same in the coming year.

Our Vision and Mission
For 40 years, Covenant Christian School has served alongside parents wanting to bring their children up in the knowledge of the Lord. As a Board we take the responsibility very seriously to ensure the school sticks to its Vision and Mission. Our Vision and Mission remains unchanged; Covenant is here to faithfully serve God in His vision to restore all things under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our role in this is to assist 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. Covenant has a long heritage of being Bible based and mission focused, and it is imperative that we maintain this for the sake of future generations of parents who want to bring their children up in the knowledge of God.

Our Beliefs
Covenant also has a long history of being Bible-based and multi-denominational (what a fantastic combination!).   And this will not change either; the Bible will remain the basis of our beliefs. Our founding members, our foundational documents and our statement of beliefs draw on the Bible, and the common beliefs of the creeds which carefully interpret the Bible to ensure that our beliefs do not wander. The Board is committed to ensuring that the school remains committed to the Bible and the sound teaching of it, regardless of how the teaching of different denominations may differ or change over time, and the different fads that come and go .

Our Principal
While we don’t yet know who our Principal will be in 2020, and it’s sad to see Bill leave, we do know that he will lead us through another year in 2019. We are praying for a productive year in 2019 where we can celebrate all that has happened over the ‘Rusin years’, as we look for a new Principal who will take over and build upon his work into the future.

Our Executive and Staff Team
We are very fortunate, in God’s grace, to have a large and experienced executive team and staff team, many of whom have been with the school for many years. They are an invaluable asset and we are grateful that they will continue to serve the Vision and Mission of the school, and our children and parents. Please join us in taking the time to thank God for what they have done for us all again this year, and in anticipation of the blessing they will bring next year as well.

Our Unchanging God
Society is changing and so is the legislative landscape for Christian schools. We are working to ensure that we are well advised and prepared for these changes. However, there is nothing new in people plotting against God and His people; it’s been happening since the Fall! And through it all, our Unchanging God is in control. He is always with us, always knows our every need and always works for the good of those who love Him, to make us like Him (Rom 8:28-29).

So as we come to the end of the year, we thank God for His goodness and sovereignty. It’s our prayer that He will continue to sustain our School, all who work in it, and all who come to it for many decades yet. We thank Him for His faithfulness to us through Covenant for another year and look forward, knowing that His faithfulness to us in Christ will never change. In the words of Philippians 4:4,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice.

From the School Board

 

Week 7

"Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood." Hebrews 12:3-4 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for Christ who suffered on our behalf that we may have eternal life. Pray that in our sufferings we will look to His example, live by faith and rest in the promises of God.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Year 12.
  • Pray for Dance Concert “Alice in Wonderland” on Thursday night.
  • Pray for Preschool Christmas Concert (3 day) on Thursday, Infants Christmas Assembly on Friday, and K-12 Christmas Assembly next Tuesday.
  • Pray for Year 5 Billy Cart Derby next Monday.
  • Pray for Year 10 Camp to the Basin next Monday and Tuesday.
  • Pray for Year 6 Graduation next Wednesday.
Week 8
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14 (ESV)

For Prayer and Praise
  • Praise God for the gift of His Son Jesus.
  • Give thanks and pray for teachers and students in Ed Support.
  • Pray for God’s provision of godly men and women to fill vacant staff positions for next year.
  • Pray for our ex-students as they receive their HSC results in the coming holidays, that they will put their trust in God’s plans for them and seek His wisdom for their future.
  • Pray for rest in the school holidays, particularly for those who struggle with long-term illness. Pray for God’s comfort and strength to persevere.
  • Pray for faith for unbelievers to hear and believe the message of salvation this Christmas and for believers to praise God for His grace toward them.
Please note:
Prayer Group will not be meeting on the last day of school. We wish you all a blessed Christmas, and God willing Prayer Group will recommence in Term 1 2019. 
Please feel free to contact the Prayer Group through the school holidays if you would like us to pray for you. Our email is prayergroup@covenant.nsw.edu.au. 

In a newsletter article earlier in the year, I shared four strategies that parents can use to help their children become self-directed, critical and creative thinkers. The strategies in that article were:

  1. Get them predicting and justifying when they were reading a book or watching a film or something similar.
  2. Resist the urge to rescue but rather use questions to help them find a way out.
  3. Support your child in developing a growth mindset.
  4. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Listen to them and try to understand what they are feeling and why they are feeling that way before offering suggestions.
These strategies were the first four of a series of ten created by an education consultant, Simon Brooks, who has worked with teachers from Covenant on creating cultures of thinking. Developing students who think, challenge and make connections in the process of understanding requires a consistent and sustained approach and these strategies might be useful to you as you interact with your child/ren.

The final six strategies are outlined below.
Strategy 5 – Catch and pass
With catch and pass, the goal is first to try to ‘catch’ your child’s thinking and understand their thoughts, and the ‘pass’ back a question that will push their thinking further. In the catch phase we might simply reflect back as per strategy 4, showing our child we have heard them correctly:
  • 'I’m not quite following you – can you say what you were thinking in a different way?' OR
  • 'Let me just check that I’ve heard you right – you’re saying that …'
In the ‘pass’ phase, we might ask questions such as:
  • 'What makes you say that?' To press for justification
  • 'Could you tell me a little more about that?' for elaboration
  • 'How does this fit with what you already know?' for connection making
  • 'How might you explain this?' for explanation
  • Or 'What’s another angle on this?' to press for different interpretations.
Strategy 6 - Model yourself as a thinker and learner
The Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky said, “Children grow into the intellectual life around them.” You are a model for your child of what it means to be a thinker and a learner. Model your own interests, passions, wonder reflections, learning and thinking for your child.
  • “That’s really fascinating. I’ve never thought of it that way before.”
  • “I’m really intrigued to find out more about that.”
  • “It’s been really interesting hearing some different perspectives today.”
Strategy 7 – Focus on the learning over the work
It’s easy for parents to fall into the trap of exclusively focusing on the work their child has to do and monitoring the completion of that work. However, learning is the real goal of every piece of work your child completes. Take a moment to ask your child what the purpose of each assignment is, and what they think the teacher wants them to learn and get better at as a result. Then monitor the learning, not the work.
So, rather than asking “What are you doing right now?” ask questions like these:
  • What are you learning right now?
  • What’s the big idea you’re exploring in Science at the moment?
  • How has doing this homework help grow your understanding?
  • Why are you doing this?
Strategy 8 – Support your childing in arguing effectively and persuasively
Research shows that children who discuss ideas with their parents and provide evidence to support their position are more enabled to speak up, voice an opinion, and use evidence in other facets of life. Immerse your children in a lively and respectful intellectual culture where ideas are discussed and debated, and opinions are voiced.
  • What’s your perspective on this?
  • In what ways is your view similar to mine?
  • In what ways is your view different to mine?What evidence do you have to support that view?
  • How might you challenge your own perspective?
Strategy 9 – Analyse how things work
Once facet of being a creative thinker is appreciating the creativity and complexity embedded in the world around us. Whether we are looking at the design of a chair, a guitar, a poem, a TV commercial or the concept of democracy, these things have been put together cleverly to achieve a particular purpose. When working with your child, try to help them explore the constructedness of the things they are studying.
  • What’s the purpose of this?
  • How does it achieve its purpose?
  • Why do you think it is made this way?
  • What’s particularly clever about the way this is put together?
Strategy 10 – Provide time to pursue passions
In the movie, Race to Nowhere (2010), producer/director Vicki Abeles documents how the pressure to succeed on tests is too often robbing children of rich learning experiences, causing stress-related problems, disengaging students, disrupting home life, and leading to wide-scale cheating. One argument the film makes is that children need the time and space to pursue their passions and interests. Parents must ensure that these passions, which may turn in to life callings, are not squeezed out of their child’s life.

Eagle Tag Gala Day
On Thursday 8 November, around 55 Primary students gathered at North Narrabeen Reserve to take part in the Eagle Tag Gala Day. All three zones competed at the same event this year so the competition was harder than ususal. But we had a great day of fun competition and teamwork and learning.
Here are some reflections from students:

'I had a fantastic day at the Eagle Tag gala day. Our team showed great teamwork and we were respectful to other teams. The games were a great challenge and we got to improve our skills and understanding after each match. We also had snow cones which were awesome!' Oscar Miller

'Eagle Tag was a wonderful experience for all of our Senior Girls A team. I enjoyed playing together and learning how to play as a team and working together. We lost 2 and won 1 but had loads of fun. There were some incredible tags and Lizzy ended up on the ground a few times from tagging. I think all of us played really well.' Laura Gelding

'Our Girls B team played really well; we got better as the games went on. We all had lots of fun as it was the first gala day for a lot of us. We sadly lost all our games. 5-nil was our first score, our second was 3-1, then 6-1, but our last was our best, the score was 3-2. Overall we had a great time, and we would love to do it again.' Aiyana Misqitta

'We had a quick team change on the morning of the day which confused most of us but we still played well. We lost our first and second game, won our third game and for our last game we tied. That day was the definition of fun and I’m sure everyone loved playing Eagle Tag.' Christiaan Maritz

'The Eagle Tag gala day was a great day with our Covie teams doing well. Miss Kane’s Senior Boys team won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. There was some great teamwork and great tries. Our first game we won 4-2, the second game we won 5-2. We tied 5 all and lost 6-2.' Kai Jackson

Thank you to the coaches – Mr Russell, Miss Hammond, Mrs Tasha Smithies, Mr Eatough and Miss Kane - as well as all the parent helpers who drove and cheered on our teams.

North Met Touch Football Gala Day
On Tuesday 13 November, a number of students made a much shorter than usual trip to compete in the Touch Football Gala Day. Our students played against teams from Oxford Falls, Northern Beaches, Pacific Hills and Wahroonga Adventist College. Throughout the day they showed great improvement in their skills and team work, and it was great to see the teams supporting each other when not playing. Our Senior Girls made it through to the semi’s which finished in a tie for third. The Senior Boys continued the rivalry against Northern Beaches, and despite some fantastic play, went down in the Grand Final and finished as runners up. Thanks to Mr Cochrane, Mr Apin, Mrs Carnell and Miss Kane for coaching!

Basketball Gala Day
Monday 19 November was the annual Basketball gala day. The event is held at Penrith Valley Basketball Stadium and it is always a blessing that parents will support us by transporting the kids and being such good fans. Teams come from as close as our two nearest neighbours and as far away as Wagga Wagga. Every year it is impressive to see the depth of ability and talent in the young athletes who compete, but particularly to see the level of team work that sports like Basketball demand. It is also great to see teams compete hard, work for a win but graciously accept the result whichever way it falls. Covenant entered a girls and boys team to the tournament and it was nice to see the teams support each other in every game. We were lucky to have Jacob Ashby from Year 10 who is a qualified basketball referee and a very good coach take care of the boys throughout the day. They had a few very tough games against strong opponents and improved through the day. Their final game against Oxford Falls was very exciting match. It was impressive to watch the boys consistently turn up in defence to stop often taller opponents from scoring.

The girls had a pool of five teams so had to play four games before they could hope for a semi-final spot. The first two games were excellent warm up games against smaller schools. The girls developed a good team play and their passing and shooting were honed. Their third game against Richard Johnson was a game of equals and went to the wire with Covenant earning a narrow win. The final game of the pool was against Northern Beaches who had been dominant all day. Despite our best efforts we were not able to match their speed, strength and shooting accuracy. That result meant that we were second in our pool and shared an equal spot for a semi-final berth. On a countback the girls were invited through to play in a top 4 spot against Maitland. While we were not victorious, the girls did play competitive, fast basketball with every member of the team contributing. When asked, one of the girls said that she had a great time. She felt the team played really well together and had achieved a wonderful result.

 

On Wednesday 21 November, Covenant held its annual Christmas Market morning. There were 17 stall holders each selling a variety of gifts from beautifully decorated homemade biscuits, lovely jewellery, orchids, homewares, candles, giftware, fair trade items, surf products, cards, natural beauty products and much more.

There was a guessing competition with three Junior School children guessing correctly and winning the prize packs. There was also a cake stall, which proved very popular.  Just over $1100 was raised for Open Doors in support of the Persecuted church around the world.

Thank you to everyone for your support!

MedView– Uncovering the UCAT
  • Tuesday 8 January | 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.  
The Hotel School – Experience Evening
  • Tuesday 29 January | Sydney
  • This will be a great chance for you to experience the new campus, meet staff and engage in fun programs and workshops.
  • Click here to find out more.  
University of Sydney – Admission Pathways
  • ATAR is not the only way to enter the University of Sydney. We'll consider additional factors that allow us to learn more about you than just your Year 12 results. You may be eligible for one of our admission pathways, depending on your educational background, financial situation, and your motivation for choosing a particular course.
  • Click here to find out more.  
A day in the life of a Harvard student
Who actually gets into a university like Harvard? Click here to watch this 'Day In The Life' video of Harvard sophomore, Calvin Duran, who is also taking advantage of Harvard's generous financial aid program which is also available to Australian students.
 
Information Days
On 15 December, universities host information information sessions after ATARs are released and prior to the close of change of preferences for consideration in December Round 2, so it is perfect timing to get the advice you need to finalise your application.

JMC Academy – Information Session

  • Monday 3 December | Sydney
  • Different to an Open Day, this smaller forum for students and parents will give you the opportunity to ask lots of questions and will help you gain a deeper insight into our undergraduate degree and diploma programmes, scholarships, career outcomes, industry trends and application processes. 
  • Click here to find out more.
Australian Catholic University – Year 12 Student Entry Pathways
  • Australian Catholic University offers a range of entry schemes and programs which can help you into your dream course. 
  • Click here to find out more.
'I can always tell the students who’ve had a gap year'
This is not necessarily Covenant’s stance but interesting nonetheless. It is based on some recent academic research shows us that those who take a gap year do better at university. Click here to read the article.  

Endeavour College of Natural Health – Open Day
  • Saturday 19 January | Sydney
  • Tour the campus, find out about entry options, pathways and enrolment.
  • Click here to find out more. 
Careers Advisory Service – NSW
  • Friday 14, Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 December | 9.00am-5.00pm
  • The Careers Advisory Service is a professional, friendly and impartial telephone, email and chat service with experienced NSW public school career advisers.
  • Phone 1300 300 687 or click here to find out more.  

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
  • Secondary Science Teacher
  • K-6 Teacher
  • Click here for more information 
Uniform Shop Opening Hours 
The Uniform Shop will open to all on Thursday 24 January from 3.00-6.00pm and Friday 25 January from 3.00-5.30pm.

For new students, the shop will open on Wednesday 23 January from 3.00-6.00pm plus the above times by appointment only. Please make an appointment by calling the office on 8459 4200. 

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.

Beetroot Productions Theatre Skills Workshops at Covenant Chrisitan School 2019
Beetroot Productions offer a theatre skills program that enhances children’s performance skills, stagecraft knowledge and confidence. In a fun and encouraging environment, the students discover the wonders of expression through creative role play and stimulating, interactive movement and drama games and exercises.

Beetroot Timetable:
Junior Beets K-2 | Tuesday 3.00-4.30pm
Senior Beets Year 3-6 | Tuesday 4.30-6.00pm
Speech and Drama Eisteddfod class | Wednesday 3.00-4.30pm
Advanced Physical Comedy class | Wednesday 4.30-6.00pm
Teeny Tiny Beets Preschool | Thursday 3.00-3.40pm

Fees/Term:
40 minute class $110
90 minute class $190
Costume and prop fee $30/family/year
 
Classes match the Covenant term dates and are held in room J23. Contact Fiona Gosling via email on splat@beetrootproductions.com.au or call 0406 763 831.            

PeaceWise Hub
Thursday 29 November | 7.30-9.30pm | Staff Room
All members of our school and local community are welcome! Please contact Ping Chen (0412 664 225) or David Coy (0404 876 573) for more information. 

2019 School Fees
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.

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
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.
 
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.
 
Christmas Holiday Tennis Camp
17-21 December | 9.00am-3.00pm | Covenant tennis courts, Dell St Belrose
For inquiries or bookings email ljcatto@bigpond.net.au or call 0407 051 138. 

Pittwater Sports Centre Summer Holiday Workshops
  • 10 - 21 Dec | 7 - 25 Jan
  • 9913 7421 or www.pittwatersports.com.au
Code Camp 
Visit www.codecamp.com.au or call 1300 263 322.  

Aussie Gems Cheerleading
Visit www.aussiegems.com.au for more information.  

Marian Street Theatre for Young People Drama Classes
Visit www.mstyp.org.au or call 9411 1800. 

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.

Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club
Monday 17 - 21 December | 7 - 11 January | 14 - 18 January | 21 - 25 January
Visit www.mwgymclub.com or call 9972 9222 for more information. 

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
 

 

Last week at Secondary Assembly, Mr Monin had the privilege of presenting the Australian Defence Forces Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award. This award is given to honour the Australian Soldiers who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War in 1966. The Award provides a fitting tribute to the veterans of who faithfully served our country all those years ago.

Each year, two students from Covenant are chosen by staff for displaying such characteristics as courage, determination, honour, bravery, teamwork, mateship, tenacity and leadership. Sometimes they are the easily recognised leaders who are upfront and present in the public eye and at other times, they are the quiet leaders who serve in the background, caring for others in ways that are unseen.

There were two awards given, one for a Year 10 student and one for a Year 12 student and both come with a generous cheque provided by the ADF.

Many congratulations to the award winners:
  • Julia Ryan in Year 10 and
  • Elyssa Smith in Year 12

The Thank You Morning tea was celebrated last week and was a wonderful opportunity to come before our Lord with thanksgiving in our hearts. To thank Him for His goodness and to thank you, the parents for your support throughout 2018.

Thank you for being a part of Covenant, for bringing your children to school every day no matter what the sacrifice. For supporting, coaching and encouraging your child on their good and not so good days. For being taxi driver, excursion helper seamstress, librarian aide, canteen or Café Covie helper, fruit cutter, cheerleader, hall decorator, class parent. For being involved in the working bees, listening to our little people read, and for choosing to help our children see the best in another people even when it is challenging. For cooking for the community freezer, praying for the school and it’s community and for choosing to love one other despite the cost.

God sees everything we do whether we have an official title or not, or whether we do it for PIP (Parent Involvement Program) hours or not. Every second spent, conversation had, gift given and support offered to other families while they walk their walk with Christ is precious to Him.

'We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers'. Thessalonians 1:2 

For letters related to the below events, click here.

Thur 29 Nov   P3 Christmas Concert 
     
Thur 29 Nov   Dance Concert rehearsal
     
Thur 29 Nov   Dance Academy Concert
     
Thur 29 Nov   Year 8 Surf Safety excursion 
     
Thur 29 Nov    PeaceWise Hub
     
Fri 30 Nov   Infants Christmas Assembly 
     
Fri 30 Nov   Year 9 Pastoral Care day
     
Fri 30 Nov   Year 9 Visual Arts excursion
     
Mon 3 Dec   Year 5 Billycart Derby
     
Mon 3-Tue 4 Dec   Year 10 Basin Trip
     
Tue 4 Dec   K-Year 12 Christmas Assembly
     
Wed 5 Dec   Year 6 Graduation
     
Wed 5 Dec   Year 12 Visual Arts excursion
     
Wed 5 Dec   Year 10 Social
     
Thur 6 Dec   Last day of school for 2018