Covenant’s Core Purpose can be summed up in three statements:
- Flourishing Learners
- Delighting in God
- Inspired to Serve
- Lifelong learners – adults, children and teens will show a passion for learning, celebrating the process, and be discerning users of the tools of the day
- Passions – learners will discover, develop and use their passions, talents and gifts, exhibiting a growth mindset
- Critical thinking – learners will be fully engaged, creative, discerning and innovative
- Collaborators –learners will engage in activities that require both individual and group involvement, learning the skills needed to thrive within community
- Resilience and restoration – learners will understand and have experience with how to deal with setbacks, disappointments and failures, and restorative practices will be used to deal with brokenness
- Seeing connections – learners will be encouraged to see beyond the traditional subject area boundaries, while exploring the interconnectedness of God’s creation
Delighting in God
- Love – our love of God will be wonder-struck, hope-filled, joy-inducing, and awe-inspiring
- Head, heart and hands worship – our worship will be all-encompassing and prayerful
- Gratitude – we will take pleasure in doing God’s will
- Trust- we will trust that God has a plan for our lives, with the deep assurance that we belong to God, allowing us to live lives of courageous obedience
Inspired to Serve
- Formative learning – students will be involved with authentic service experiences connected to the curriculum, where they can use their gifts and passions to joyfully serve
- Community focused – service will occur both within school and beyond, with students actively seeking out ways to be involved
- Image-Reflecting – students will have a deep understanding that all people are made in God’s image, and will respond with love, empathy and sacrifice
Covenant believes that God is Lord of all things and that He is calling each of us to be part of His Kingdom–building restoration vision. Our students, staff, parents and wider community can play our part in His transformational work by living out the following characteristics, which form the basis for teaching and learning at Covenant. As teachers create and teach units, they centre the curricular content around one or more of these “Throughlines.” You can think of them as the “thematic velcro” to which all the content is attached, giving it a deeper and more significant meaning.
- God-Worshipping: Worshipping God is about celebrating who God is, what God has done and is doing, and what God has created. It is literally about standing in awe and wonder of knowledge of him and his promises. We see this worship as a way of life.
- Image-Reflecting: We reflect the image of God in our daily lives and strive to live in ways that honour that privilege.
- Servant-Working: We work actively to heal brokenness and bring joy to individuals and to culture.
- Community-Building: We will be active pursuers and builders of communal shalom. Our schools will be communities of grace and restoration.
- Order-Discovering: We will discover and delight in the harmony and order of God’s creation.
- Idolatry-Discerning: We will understand that when other ‘things’ are more important to us than our relationship with God, they become idols. We will be challenged to identify, understand and discern the idols of our time and to respond accordingly.
- Justice-Seeking: We will act as agents of change by identifying and responding to injustices.
- Creation-Enjoying: We will discover and celebrate God’s wondrously diverse creation.
- Beauty-Creating: As image bearers of a creative God, we glorify and praise God by creating that which is beautiful and pleasing to Him. This offering of creativity is not optional – it’s a joyful offering to our Creator.
- Earth-Keeping: We will respond to God’s call to be conscientious and deliberate stewards and caretakers of creation.