Covenant Christian School offers a unique educational experience that draws from the rich heritage of Christian schooling that stretches back even before the 16th century Reformation. We favour a pedagogy that has proven itself over time as being able to meet our mission of challenging and encouraging both students and staff “to love learning and pursue excellence to the glory of God”.
Covenant’s program is characterised by the following distinctives:
Christ-centred education/comprehensive throughout the curriculum
Our staff are personally committed to serving Christ – they share a love for God’s Word and are encouraged to bring their Christian beliefs into every aspect of their teaching. Our staff are very much aware that they model what faithful Christian living looks like to our young people.
Emphasis on developing wise and eloquent students
We aim to teach more than academics – we also aim to develop students who know the wisdom we have inherited from previous generations and are able to articulate their own thinking in a confident and eloquent manner. To this end we have a world-class reading, writing and spelling program in our primary years (Spalding) and combine this with annual debates in both upper primary and secondary. Students are also taught composition through the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Structure and Style approach which aims to help students develop their reasoning skills through writing.
Small school, family oriented
Covenant aims to provide an intimate environment where individual students are known by most staff, where we welcome families to be part of our community. Our staff retention is very high and this helps develop long-term relationships with families over the years.
Our direct instruction approach has students seated facing the front and the teacher very much in charge of what is being taught. Our teaching methodology avoids the problems caused by a high emphasis on cooperative learning where students are often seated in clusters facing each other.
We intentionally instruct primary students in cursive handwriting from Year 3. We do this so students can develop a competent script of their own with all the advantages of cursive (much faster writing speed, attractive font). Students trained in cursive are also literate in it.
We intentionally require students in every grade level to memorise selected portions of the Bible. This provides students with a resource of sound words to draw on for their own spiritual development as well as training the memory, an essential faculty needed for all academic study.
Unlike many schools, we do not require families to provide their children with an electronic device for use in the classroom. Our staff are encouraged to use technology when there is a clear educational benefit for students. We have adopted Chrome OS as our base for student computing. Two computer rooms are available for Digital Technology learning, as a well as a portable set of Chromebooks for in-class use.
We believe electronic devices can be quite distracting at times and prefer our students to read and write using paper. Research supports the positive outcomes from this approach.
Reasonable levels of homework
Covenant expects students to do some homework to supplement and reinforce learning in the classroom. We aim for a reasonable amount and expects students to do the required work.
Emphasis on Western civilisation
Covenant believes education is all about passing on our cultural heritage of wisdom and knowledge, the best that has been thought and done. As Australia has significant cultural roots in Great Britain as a member of the British Commonwealth and Christianity has been active in the West for over 2000 years, we intentionally emphasise the art, music, poetry, literature and history of the Western civilisation.
We acknowledge the flaws and shortcoming of the West always comparing them to the standards of the Bible.
Other cultures are studied, including Aboriginal and Indigenous aspects as well as other parts of the world such as Asia and the United States.
Structured and calm learning environment
We believe students learn best when they are in a well-ordered and structured learning environment directed by the teacher. Part of a well-ordered classroom is a calm space with minimal disruption. Our teachers seek to maintain their classrooms to be the best learning environment possible for students to thrive.
Low fee private school
Covenant is a relatively low–fee private school. We have minimal additional charges to our base tuition fee (which includes stationery and textbook use and most excursion costs). Our tuition fee schedule includes a sibling discount provision in the Kindergarten to Year 10 grades where multiple children from one family attend Covenant. In addition we have made provision to support families where the parent has significant financial limitations – this can be seen in our discount calculator for low or single income families.
A strong moral framework
Covenant seeks to develop the moral character of our students through upholding the Bible’s teaching about morals. This includes promoting godly character traits such as kindness, gentleness, respect for authority, self-control, integrity, diligence, tenacity, and so on as well as teaching God’s design for marriage as between one man and one woman for life and that male and female is a created reality and norm, not a choice.