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In the Spotlight HSC Drama Night 2016


The Evening of Drama provides an opportunity for Year 12 Drama students to perform in front of an audience, in preparation for their trial HSC exam and HSC exam.

Each student is required to complete two components.  The first being a group collaboration and the second is an individual component.  This year’s students elected to do one of the following: perform a monologue, review drama, sound and lighting or script writing.

The examiners are in for a treat with such compelling drama.

Group Performances:

‘Wedding Grief’ – Toby Conway, Simon Dart, Odette Dykman, Amy Lawler and Rachael Mayrick

‘What are you Dreaming About?’ – Jessica Green, Stephanie McCarthy-Reece, Hannah Ringrow and Annika Windsor


‘The Royal Messenger’ – Simon Dart

‘The Phantom Voice’ – Amy Lawler

‘Take it from the Top’ – Rachael Mayrick

‘Beauty’ – Annika Windsor

‘I Didn’t do Anything’ – Hannah Ringrow


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A showcase of creativity at the Evening of Dance 2016



An Evening of Dance is an opportunity for HSC Dance students to perform their Core Composition and Major Performances, to an audience, prior to their exam.  Also on stage were performances by Primary and Secondary Dance Eisteddfod Groups.

In recent weeks, in the Performing Arts Space, the audience enjoyed moving, beautiful and energetic performances, as follows:

  • Year 12 Core Performance ‘Hello’
  • Year 4/5/6 Jazz Group ‘I Don’t Like it, I love it’
  • High School Contemporary ‘Footprints’
  • Year 12 Core Composition Samuel Butts, danced by Tamika O’Connell
  • Year 12 Core Composition Jordan Pilon, danced by Neve Betenson
  • Year 4/5/6 Contemporary ‘Remedy’
  • Year 9/10/11 Jazz Group ‘Under Control’
  • Year 12 Major Performance Samuel Butts
  • Year 12 Core Composition Madeline Cosentino, danced by Laura Holt
  • Year 9 Dance Composition ‘Day at the Beach’, Bronwyn Campbell and Charlotte Pond
  • Year 12 Core Performance- Jamie McPhee
  • Year 12 Major Performance- Jordan Pilon
  • Year 7/8 Jazz Group ‘Let’s Go’
  • Year 12 Major Composition(Film)Madeline Cosentino, danced by Charlotte Pond and Lucinda Pond
  • Year 12 Major Performance- Jamie McPhee
HSC performances will be uploaded later in the year.

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Lunchtime Art Club Taught by Year 6 Artists



On Wednesday lunch times, groups of art enthusiasts from Years 3 to 6 gather together for Art Club. This is an extra-curricular lunch time group that was initiated by four very talented girls in Year 6 who are passionate about all things drawing, painting & creating! Each week, the girls choose a particular art/drawing style and skill and then plan and teach a lesson to the children who attend. The kids then have the opportunity to create wonderful masterpieces. The photos below are tear eyes painted in watercolour.

It is great to see the girls in Year 6 coming alongside others and sharing the gifts that God has given them.

Want to join?
What: Art Club!
Where: Mrs Young’s Classroom
When: Wednesday, 1pm (lunch time)

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Passion Project a Wonderful Display of Skill, Creativity and Determination


At the end of term, the Year 8 showcase was a wondrous display of God-given talents. Our students from Lewis and Aylward, pulled out all the stops and created an amazing exhibition of their work.

So, what is the Passion Project exactly? Well, it’s a semester long research-based project which culminates in a product.  The students may work on any area of passion, even if the topic is one not usually studied at school. Some of the projects this semester included electronics, physics, film making, woodwork, writing, design and astrophotography.

Similar to the Major Work programmes developed by the Board of Studies, the Passion Project involves developing a project proposal, writing a research assignment and submitting a Reflection Statement (which analyses the process and product).

As well as working on their projects, in classes the students learn how to research, how to draft proposals, how to manage time, how to reference and how to write analytically about their work. They also have mentoring opportunities, both in class time and out of school time, so as to gain feedback and support.

This semester’s showcase allowed students to present their work to the Covenant community. They were able to explain what they had done and to convey their experiences.

All in all, the students were very satisfied with what they had done. As one young man commented: ‘Doing the Passion Project was an incredible experience and I extremely pleased with the outcomes my project achieved’ Year 8 student (Aylward).


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Parent Conference Hosted by USNW

The next parent conference will be held next month:

Strategies for Home and School to Help Manage Gifted Children with Additional Needs presented by Professor Karen Rogers as part of the Raising the Ceiling Gifted Conference, CEO Wollongong/UNSW

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time: 7:00pm

Location: Campbelltown Catholic Club


Details from https://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/gerric/for-parents/lecture/


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Scientia Challenge: Years 7 – 10

Scientia Challenge

The Scientia Challenge Program is designed for gifted and talented high school students in Years 7-10. The program features a range of workshops taught over three days. The courses are developed and presented by academics at the University of New South Wales. The level of difficulty in the courses is aimed at two years higher than the students’ grade level, providing a rigorous and challenging program. The program also provides the opportunity for gifted students to meet like-minded peers of similar interests. Many students at Covenant have taken advantage of this program and are encouraged to do so again this year.

The next Scientia Challenge Program will be held 5-7 July 2016.
Note: these workshops are open to years 7-10 inclusive. Curriculum is differentiated to challenge gifted students across those grades.

Developing Interactive Animations for the Web – Dean Utian

Over the past few years we have witnessed the awesome development of the World Wide Web as a major medium through which we can express ourselves to a watching world. Technologies continue to evolve together with innovative ways of employing them.

In this workshop, you will make an interactive website with images, animation and sound. We will be using a HTML5 animation authoring tool, and will cover techniques in graphic manipulation, animation and interactivity. The end result will be a HTML5 animated web product that will amaze your family and friends. Participants will be expected to prepare ideas and material prior to attending the workshop as outlined in the pre-reading material.

Flex Your Wii Muscles – Dr Heba Khamis

Can you play Nintendo’s “Mario Kart” using only signals recorded from the human body? If you believe that you can, then you may well be destined to design the machines of the future. The future promises the integration of electronics and technology with the human body to improve the quality of life of the sick or disabled. The human body is alive with the most amazing range of electrical signals. Our brains are impressive computers that use electrical signals to transmit and process information – that is, to think! Our brain sends electrical signals to our muscles to instruct them to contract, or to our vital organs to regulate chemical levels. Our senses convert light, sound, touch, smell, taste, balance and acceleration, and temperature to electrical signals for our brains to process – this is how we perceive the world around us.

This workshop straddles the important interface between human physiology and electronic system implementation, which is of huge importance in all medical instrumentation design. The goal of the workshop is to control a modified computer game (Nintendo’s “Mario Kart”) using only signals recorded from the human body. You’ll pair up in teams of two and compete (race) in a final session. The basic electronic design elements will be provided and you’ll construct the final circuit and write a simple computer program to interpret the recorded signals, such that you can control the modified game console. The associated lectures will discuss the basis of the how the recorded biosignals are generated in the human body and the principles upon which the recording equipment operates – starting from absolute basics. You’ll come away with an understanding of the basic principles of physiological signal genesis and measurement, and more importantly with a wider perspective on the vast possibilities that the future of biomedical engineering holds for the human race.

For maximum gain, this workshop is recommend for students who are unfamiliar with three or more of these areas:

  • electronics (voltage, resistance, current, simple circuits),
  • neurobiology (cells, neurons, signal transmission through the human nervous system),
  • fundamentals of signal processing (signal sampling, manipulating signals),
  • computer programming in MATLAB (variables, arrays, for loops, while loops, if-else statements).

Some basic understanding of electricity and human biology would, however, be beneficial.

It’s a Small World After All: Globalisation and the Power of Our Choices – Michele Waterson

How do the choices you make, even as a Year 7-10 student, make you a global citizen? In this workshop, we’ll explore, identify and describe the nature of global geographical issues, including access to fresh water, land degradation, climate change, threatened habitats, energy use, tourism, urbanisation, use of ocean resources, human rights, indigenous people and self-determination, and the need to promote ecological sustainability. We’ll explore the links between human actions in the developed, developing and under-developed worlds and the consequences for ecological sustainability on a global scale. We’ll identify perspectives and bias about the issue, including in media reports (The Global Mail online newspaper is used for this task). We explore and describe the actions of individuals, groups and governments in relation to the issue of “Child Slave Labour and the Production of Chocolate”. We’ll reference OXFAM and Fair Trade sites and download visuals from the internet to show the process of production of cocoa and the experiences of the children who are sold into slavery to carry out these jobs. We’ll also investigate the companies that purchase cocoa from countries that use child slave labour for the production of cocoa and name these companies. We’ll research companies that stand against the purchase of child slave labour produced cocoa and identify these companies. We’ll identify how our choices make us global citizens – we have voice and can change the world, one chocolate bar at a time.

The Brain in Health and Disease – Professor Ken Ashwell

We’ll study the structure and function of the normal brain and spinal cord and then consider types of disease that can affect the brain and spinal cord. The classes will explore the structure of the nervous system at the microscopic and naked eye level, and we’ll discuss how function is localised in the brain. You will have the opportunity to practice clinical examinations of the nervous system on classmates and analyse how brain disease or damage might be prevented or repaired. You’ll also have the opportunity to make diagnoses and recommend treatment for patients with brain disease.

Cinematic Sounds: Music & Soundscape Composition for Film – Rodney and Anthea Wikstrom

Think of your favourite movie. If it had no sound or music, would it still have the same impact on you? Film music and cinematic sounds enhance character, create mood and heighten emotion in films. A soundscape can make or break a film. In this workshop, you will explore the work of film score composers, Foley artists, and the impact technology has had on the history of film music. Using computer software, you will learn to produce and arrange sounds, compose and record music, synchronize sounds to video, and create a film score soundtrack. Film composers of the future, come on down!

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful: What Makes Earth a Living Planet – Floret Meredith

Do you want to be the next David Attenborough? Do you wonder what life is all about? This workshop is a chance to explore some of the craziest creatures on Earth, from the tiniest micro-organisms to the largest, most majestic megafauna. You will learn about how animals, plants, and people interact with each other and with geophysical processes, and why it’s so important to protect our wild, weird, and wonderful places.

In this workshop, you will sharpen your research skills by learning to observe, record, and report like a scientist. You will learn how to assess and communicate scientific information without boring yourself (and your audience) to tears. Most importantly, you will and learn to look deeper into the world around you, and have a chance to find excitement and wonder in everyday situations.


For details, visit GERRIC at UNSW via google search.

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A Showcase of Musical Talent

160610%20Blog%20Evening%20of%20Music-3272-2‘The Evening of Music’ is a presentation of musical items from Years 4 to 12.  Thursday 9 June was a wonderful opportunity for those studying HSC Music to perform to an enthusiastic audience.   A wide variety of music was performed, from classical solo instrumentals to bands performing funky jazz and pop numbers. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to extend their musical talents and prepare for performance. The performance commenced in the PAS (Performing Arts Space) and the Hospitality team provided delicious canapés.  During the intermission, the audience and performers relocated to the Hall.  Congratulations to all the performers and many thanks to the staff, parents and friends who accompanied the students and assisted with the evening.

We give glory to God for gifting the students with such musical talent.