Our Vision Statement and Values

Vision Statement

Covenant College strives to be a vibrant Christ-Centred community where parents and teachers serve in partnership to nurture in each child a passion for learning and an uncompromising desire to live according to God’s word. 

This vision statement is encapsulated by the College’s motto: 

“Christian Learning for Life”

 

Our Values

Christ Centredness   ... a distinctive choice

At Covenant College, we believe the Bible is clear in its directive to parents about raising children – it is the parents' responsibility to educate their children, instructing them according to God’s Word.

Our College has been established by parents with these convictions and everything we do today is guided by this mandate. We want to honour Christ in all we do and our desire to achieve excellence  in education is driven by this.

 

Partnership   ... working together

Our vision for education at the College is based on the belief that we are in PARTNERSHIP with parents. Parents are connected at every level –

  • parents oversee the College as Board members,
  • parents have direct access to all staff and the College Principal,
  • parents are actively involved and valued.

 

Discipleship   …belonging

The environment we cultivate at Covenant College is our defining characteristic – our Christian ethos.  All our staff support this Christian ethos. The vast majority of families are Christian, our curriculum is grounded in Biblical truth, devotions are daily and we seek to honour the Lord in all we do.  We value relationships. We believe that this ethos is necessary in order to nurture a passion for learning in each of our students – learning within the context of acceptance and sense of belonging is vital.

 

Community   …connecting

Our community is enriched by diversity. We come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and church denominations. Families get to know each other, relationships develop, life-long friendships are formed.

 

The Biblical Basis and Educational Mandate

Preamble

The Biblical Basis and Educational Mandate of the Association is anchored in the Reformational and Evangelical understanding of Scripture, which honours the Bible as the fully reliable Word of truth. From this foundation flow the Association’s vision, character, and purpose. The Association, and its school/s, strives to ensure that all policies, documents, curriculums, procedures and practices find their bedrock there.

All members of the school community are encouraged to embrace the Biblical Basis and Educational Mandate as the common ground on which we promote God’s work in the life of the school community in general, and in each student in particular.

History

In the mid 1970s a number of people from a variety of churches in Geelong, all of which have Reformed Creeds as their basis, met together for the establishment of an association that would reflect their Christian ethos in the teaching of their children.

Covenant College (known in its early years as Geelong Christian School) began on this basis in 1979. In more recent years the need for Christian education has become a greater issue in a wider variety of churches. This has seen an influx of families from a wider range within the Christian community. These families have added to the life of Covenant College in immeasurable ways.

A - Biblical Basis

The school/s of the Association can only be effective if its activities are grounded in Christ (God) and His Word. The Association shall operate on the following Biblical Basis. This Basis (and Educational Mandate)  is not to be understood as expressing, in any of its teaching /statements, anything which is inconsistent with the system of doctrine contained in the Standards of the Association referred to in section 2(d) of the Memorandum and Articles.

GOD

There is one God and He is sovereign1 and eternal2 He is revealed in the Bible3 as three equal divine persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God depends on no one4 and nothing; everything and everyone depend on Him.5 God is holy,6 just,7 wise,8 good,9 gracious and merciful.10

God created all things of His own sovereign will,11 and by His word they are sustained and controlled.12

He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.13 He is also Father of all whom He has adopted as  His children.14 Because of God’s faithfulness and His fatherly concern, nothing can separate His children from His love and care.15

JESUS CHRIST

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternally existing,16 only begotten17 Son of the Father. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things.18 He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin;19 truly God and truly man.20 He lived a sinless life21 and died in the place of His people.22 He was buried,23 rose from the dead in bodily form24 and ascended into heaven.25 Jesus is King of the universe26 and Head of the church27, His people, whom He has redeemed. He will return in glory to judge the living and the dead.28 He gives gifts to believers according to His sovereign will,29 enabling them to serve Him.30

HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.31 He regenerates His people,32 convicts them of their sin through the law, leads them to repentance,33  and creates faith within them.34  He is the source of their new sanctified life,35  bringing forth His fruit in the life of believers.36

THE BIBLE

The Bible, which is comprised of the books of the Old and New Testament, is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and sufficient Word of God, and the only absolute rule for all faith and conduct. It is indispensable and determinative for our knowledge of God,37 of ourselves, and the rest of creation.38

COVENANT

God, who is Lord over all,39 has a perfect and eternal plan for all His creation.40 Its ultimate goal is that Jesus Christ should be acknowledged as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.41

Those who benefit from this plan are all God’s people throughout history. They do so solely because of the mercy that God shows to them, and not because of anything they may have done to merit His favour.42

This gracious plan of God whereby He promises to grant to His people all the blessings of eternal life is sometimes referred to as “the Covenant”.

God’s Covenant is revealed throughout the Bible.43 Although it is administered differently in the Old and New Testaments, the ultimate focus throughout Scripture remains on the saving work of Jesus Christ through whom all the eternal blessings of the Covenant for all God’s people throughout history have been secured for all eternity.44

As Christians (the covenant people to whom God’s promises belong), we have Christ’s comforting assurance that He blesses our children when we bring them to Him.45 We expect the fulfilment of His promises and therefore obey His command to bring up our children in the training and instruction of the Lord.46 Since this task has been committed to us, we have the responsibility for any education of our children that takes place inside or outside our homes.

GOD’S WORLD

Adam and Eve, the parents of all mankind, were created in the image of God.47 An intimate relationship between one man and one woman thereby became God’s only ordained setting for marriage and human procreation. Mankind’s purpose is to worship their Creator by loving and serving Him,.48 by exercising dominion under God’s rule as stewards of His creation.49 Therefore, by sovereign appointment we are earth-keepers and caretakers, called to love God and our neighbour,.50 and tend the creation. Consequently, the purpose of human existence is to glorify God.51 and enjoy him forever.52. God uses our skills in the development and well being of His world. Sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience,.53 because of which all people are alienated from God and each other, and, as a result, they are under the judgement of God,.54 and the creation is in bondage to decay.55 All people have sinned,.56 and, if outside of Christ, are in a fallen, lost condition, helpless to save themselves,.57 under God’s condemnation and blind to life’s true meaning and purpose. God holds each person responsible and accountable.58 for choices made and actions pursued. Human responsibility and accountability do not limit God’s sovereignty. God’s sovereignty does not diminish human responsibility and accountability.59 Salvation from the penalty of sin is found only in our Lord Jesus Christ,.60 through repentance from sin and faith in His substitutionary, atoning death and resurrection.61 As the sinless One, He took on Himself the just punishment for His people’s sins,.62 and therefore the believing sinner is justified in the sight of God.63 Through His death and resurrection the Lord Jesus has destroyed the power of Satan,.64 who is destined to be confined forever to hell along with all those who reject Jesus as Lord.65 Out of gratitude for God’s grace, and in dependence on the Holy Spirit,66 God’s people are to live worthy of their calling.67 in love and unity and obedience to God and His Word in all spheres of life.68 They are responsible to ensure that the gospel is faithfully proclaimed.69 Christian parents are required to bring their children up in the training and instruction of the Lord.70 and to diligently teach them the truth of God’s Word.71

B - Educational Mandate

The school/s of the Association aim(s) to be

Christ-centred and Biblically based Educational Communities, and intend to maintain the following distinctively Christian characteristics:

  • The Lordship of Christ covers the whole world.72 As Lord he guards and guides the destinies of individuals, groups and nations so as to promote his kingdom and prepare his people, those redeemed by his blood, for the glory of God. The association and its school/s acknowledge this Lordship as foundational in all areas. All life and education is based on the notion that we are called to serve Christ everywhere and in all we do.73
  • The Lordship of Christ is expressed in the philosophy, policies, curricula, and approaches to teaching and learning of the school/s.
  •  Everything is taught from a perspective that acknowledges God as Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Judge of the Universe.74
  •  Teaching and learning are based on the Bible, with a view to the development of a Biblical world and life view.75

 STUDENTS

  • Students are valued as God’s image bearers.76
  • They are loved and accepted regardless of their beliefs, culture, race, abilities, or disabilities. They are challenged with the message of the gospel.
  • They are encouraged to recognise the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of life, and to apply what they have learnt at school.
  • They are provided opportunities for the development and sharing of their gifts and abilities, recognising that such gifts and abilities are given in order to serve the Lord and others.77
  • They are disciplined with love and justice as their school seeks the glory of God, the well being of the school community and the individual.78

 STAFF

  • Staff accept their position of authority and responsibility for the education of all students. They hold their position by virtue of their gifts and the authority delegated to them by parents through the Association.
  • All staff members will profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and as His disciples, strive to be obedient to His Word in all areas of their lives.79
  • Staff will be provided with opportunities for ongoing professional development, including perspectives on subject areas taught from a Biblical world and life view.
  • Staff will, by example in word and deed, provide students with a role model of the behaviour of mature Christian adults.

 THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

The school community recognises the inter-related role of parents, the church, and the state in the education of children. As a community we:

  • Accept that God has given to parents the prime responsibility for the education of their children and acknowledge the role that parents have in their home or in association with others to educate their children.80
  • Recognise that parents delegate aspects of this task to the school, and will encourage, value and support the authority and role of parents and their involvement in the school.
  • Accept that God has given to the church a significant role in education that may be expressed in, among other things, supporting a Christian school.
  • Acknowledge that God has instituted government to protect its citizens and ensure their welfare. Therefore the Association, and its school/s, must act with honesty and integrity in meeting the minimum requirements established by government for these purposes, except where these are clearly contrary to Biblical principles.81
  • The school community prays regularly for other Christian schools.

MEMBERS

  • Members are called to love each other as Christ loves His people.
  • Members shall seek in all personal interactions to show evidence of love, patience, and forgiveness and to uphold other Biblical standards of personal relationship.82
  • Members are urged to love and value each person as God’s image bearer, regardless of his/ her beliefs, culture, race, abilities or disabilities. They support and encourage each other to work co- operatively for the glory of God.83
  • They are called to recognise that God has given appropriate authority to each person to carry out his/ her God given role in the school community.84

THE BOARD

  • The Board of the Association are servant leaders of the community for Jesus’ sake.
  • Board members profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and as His disciples strive to be obedient to His Word in all areas of their lives.85
  • Following Christ’s example they exercise their God-given authority by serving their community.86
  • They formulate policies and make decisions prayerfully, depending on the wisdom of God in the light of practical Biblical principles.87

 THE ASSOCIATION

  • The Association, and its school/s, co-operates with other Christian schools in order that God’s kingdom is advanced.
  • In whatever ways it can, the Association, and its school/s, encourages and supports the establishment and development of Christian schools.
  • The Association is a non-denominational Christian community fostering Christian unity grounded in the truth of Scripture.88 The Association encourages understanding of the rich diversity of Christian denominational expression89 as far as is consistent with the Word of God.
  • While acknowledging the authority of schools to determine their own individual actions, the Association, and its school/s, co-operates with other schools in order that God’s kingdom may be advanced.
  • The Association, and its school/s, prayerfully maintains and regularly renews its vision for distinctively Christian education, reviewing curriculum and program goals in conjunction with its adopted Biblical Basis.90

 

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The Role of Christian Community

The motto for Covenant College is “Christian Learning for Life”.  This statement embodies the view that all of life is to be lived for the glory of God.  Not only does the curriculum teach students about God’s world but there is a the “hidden curriculum” which  includes  the way community is developed, interactions engaged in, problems solved and  issues overcome, which is important in the task of nurturing healthy and well-rounded students.

In other words, the College is not just about classes and classrooms,  it is also and crucially, about a living Christian community.  Therefore we believe it is essential that all the ancillary staff (office staff, cleaners, bus drivers and teacher assistants) who all have daily and often extended contact with the students,embrace the beliefs, values and vision of the College.

 

(Biblical Basis Statement Footnotes)

  1. Romans 8:28-30; I Chronicles 29:11-12

  2. Exodus 3:14; Psalm 90:1-2

  3. Matthew 3:16-17

  4. Isaiah 40:12-14

  5. Acts 17:24-25

  6. Psalm 71:22; Isaiah 6:3

  7. I John 1:9

  8. Romans 11:33

  9. Psalm 25:8

  10. Exodus 34:6-7

  11. Genesis 1; Revelation 4:11

  12. Deuteronomy 8:3; Hebrews 1:3

  13. II Corinthians 1:3

  14. 14 Romans 8:15-17, 23

  15. Romans 8:29-39; John 6:37; 10:27-30

  16. John 8:58

  17. John 3:16

  18. John 1:3

  19. Matthew 1:20-25

  20. Philippians 2:5-8

  21. Hebrews 4:15

  22. Romans 5:6; John 10:11; Ephesians 5:25-27

  23. John 19:41-42

  24. Luke 24:36-39; I Corinthians 15

  25. Acts 1:9-11

  26. Psalm 2; Philippians 2:9-11

  27. Ephesians 1:22-23

  28. John 14:3; Acts 1:11

  29. I Corinthians 12:1-7

  30. Ephesians 4:8-13

  31. John 15:26

  32. John 3:3

  33. John 16:8-15

  34. Romans 1:17

  35. Romans 8:4, 10-11

  36. Galatians 5:22-23

  37. Acts 17:11

  38. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21

  39. 1 Chronicles 29:11-12

  40. Ephesians 3:11

  41. Philippians 2:9-11

  42. Ephesians 2:8-9

  43. Genesis 3:15; 12:1-3; 15; 17; Exodus 2:24; 2 Kings 13:23; 2 Chronicles 30:6-7; John 8:56; Galatians 3:5- 6, 29; Hebrews 11:8 - 10.

  44. John 10:28-29; Acts 4:12; Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22.

  45. Matthew 19:13-15; Acts 2:39

  46. Ephesians 6:1-4

  47. Genesis 1:26-27

  48. Luke 10:27

  49. Genesis 1:28

  50. Matthew 22:35-40

  51. Romans 11:36

  52. Psalm 16:11

  53. Romans 5:12-14

  54. John 3:36

  55. Romans 8:19-22

  56. Romans 3:9-23

  57. Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 8:7; I Corinthians 2:14

  58. II Corinthians 5:10

  59. Exodus 34:6-7; Ezekiel 18

  60. John 14:6; Acts 4:12

  61. Acts 2:38

  62. II Corinthians 5:21; Acts 20:21

  63. Romans 5

  64. Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 2:14-15

  65. II Peter 3:7; Revelation 20:7-10

  66. Romans 8:5-17

  67. Romans 12:1-2

  68. Ephesians 4:1-3

  69. Matthew 28:19-20

  70. Ephesians 6:1-4

  71. Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Proverbs 1:8, 22:6

  72. Philippians 2:1-11

  73. Romans 12

  74. Psalm 24:1; Deuteronomy 10:12-14

  75. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 1:7; Hebrews 11:3, 6

  76. Genesis 1:26-27

  77. I Corinthians 12; Romans 12

  78. Hebrews 12:1-11; Revelation 3:19

  79. II Corinthians 6:14

  80. Psalm 103:17-18; II Timothy 1:5; 3:14

  81. Romans 13:1-7

  82. Colossians 3:13

  83. Galatians 3:28-29

  84. I Peter 2:13-17

  85. Philippians 2:11; Micah 6:8

  86. Matthew 20:28

  87. Joshua 1:8

  88. Ephesians 4:3-6

  89. Romans 14:4-13, 19

  90. I Corinthians 10:31