Christmas Edition 2018

ALL STORIES
JUNIOR P-6
SECONDARY 7-12

Our entire school gathered for our Christmas Assembly on Tuesday 4 December to celebrate the arrival of God in the form of a baby. We were reminded of the glorious night that Jesus was born through a special performance by Year 1, our Junior School dancers, and a talk from Mr Marriott. 

Wishing our students, families and staff a very blessed Christmas. 

New Deputy Principal Curriculum 7-12 for 2019
We are pleased to announce that Tim Hewitt will be joining Covenant next year as the new Deputy Principal Curriculum 7-12. To find out more about Tim, you can view his current profile here

Old Instrument Donations
If you have any instruments gathering dust in your house, would you be willing to donate them to Covenant? We are particularly looking for a French Horn, Bass Clarinet and a Baritone Sax. Please bring any instruments you wish to donate to the School Office with a note indicating 'For Donation'.   

Absent Notes
A reminder to please send a note or email admin@covenant.nsw.edu.au for any absences for you child up to and including the last day of school. Thank you. 

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. Click here for further information and enrolment details. 
 
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.
 
Summer Cru Camps
Choose from 31 amazing adventures. Register now at www.crucamps.com.au.

Nick Newling Speakers Night:
Thursday 6 December | 6.30-8.30pm | Barrenjoey High School

Reserve Bank of Australia Summer School Holiday Activities
Visit www.museum.rba.gov.au/events for more information. 

Macquarie University Junior Science Academy
Visit mq.edu.au/about/holidays for more information. 

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

 

It seems hard to believe that we have come to the end of another year! We can look back again with gratitude for so many things. Some we take for granted all too easily and other things that may be much more obvious. However, there are things we can look back on and wonder why these have happened to me, or my family? Often there are no easy answers, and we should avoid falling into the trap of offering them.

There are things that are certain in life; many would say there are two…death and taxes. Not a very exciting thought. However, Christians know that there are more certainties of which we can be sure. We know that God is real, that He is knowing, all-powerful and omnipresent. We know He loves His creation, and He loves His children. We also know that He can always be trusted, and that He is faithful in keeping His promises.

There are stories right through Scripture of people who trusted God, in times of struggle and pain and silence. Sometimes those silences where God seemed to be “missing in action” went for a very long time. One of those silences seemed to have gone on for 400 years. This is the gap between the time of the Prophets and the birth of Jesus.

It was after that time, where God spoke most powerfully. It is what we celebrate at Christmas. The Old Testament is replete with promises of one who was to come as the Saviour. He came as a little baby boy, to a humble Middle Eastern family in very humble circumstances. In His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension is the ultimate turning point around which all other events in history need to be understood.

That is really good news! Let’s celebrate that good news with those around us, with those who know it, and with those who don’t.

The end of the year is also a time of farewells. We have students and their families and staff that we are farewelling. We are saying farewell to the following staff and wish them God’s blessing in their new roles:

Peter Muddle (Deputy Princpal Curriculum 7-12)
Leslie Bennett (Secondary Education Support)
Matt Rosee (Human Resources)
Liz Van Oyen (Junior School)
Sue Lawson (Secondary Education Support)
Joel Conway (Secondary Education Support)

I am personally grateful for the ways in which each of these people have served the community here at Covenant, and pray that they will have a sense of purpose in the new situations in which they find themselves.

On behalf of the staff, we wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a time where you can spend time with your family and friends.