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:
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
The educational services provided by 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)(1) of the former Memorandum and Articles.
There is one God and He is sovereign(2) and eternal(3). He is revealed in the Bible(4) as three equal divine persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God depends on no one(5) and nothing; everything and everyone depend on Him(6). God is holy(7), just(8), wise(9), good(10), gracious and merciful(11).
God created all things of His own sovereign will(12), and by His Word they are sustained and controlled(13).
He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ(14). He is also Father of all whom He has adopted as His children(15). Because of God’s faithfulness and His fatherly concern, nothing can separate His children from His love and care(16).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternally existing(17), only begotten(18) Son of the Father. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things(19).He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin(20); truly God and truly man (21). He lived a sinless life(22) and died in the place of His people(23). He was buried(24), rose from the dead in bodily form(25) and ascended into heaven(26). Jesus is King of the universe(27) and Head of the church(28), His people, whom He has redeemed. He will return in glory to judge the living and the dead(29). He gives gifts to believers according to His sovereign will(30), enabling them to serve Him(31).
The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son(32). He regenerates His people(33), convicts them of their sin through the law, leads them to repentance(34), and creates faith within them(35). He is the source of their new sanctified life(36), bringing forth His fruit in the life of believers(37).
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(38), of ourselves, and the rest of Creation(39).
God, who is Lord over all(40), has a perfect and eternal plan for all His creation(41). Its ultimate goal is that Jesus Christ should be acknowledged as Lord, to the glory of God the Father(42).
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(43).
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(44). 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(45).
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(46). 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(47). 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.
Adam and Eve, the parents of all mankind, were created in the image of God(48). An intimate relationship between one man and one woman thereby became God’s only ordained setting for marriage and human procreation(49). Mankind’s purpose is to worship their Creator by loving and serving Him(50), by exercising dominion under God’s rule as stewards of His creation(51). By sovereign appointment we are earth-keepers and caretakers, called to love God and our neighbour(52), and tend the creation. Consequently, the purpose of human existence is to glorify God(53) and enjoy him forever(54). God uses our skills in the development and well being of His world. Sin entered the world through Adam’s disobedience(55), because of which all people are alienated from God and each other, and, as a result, they are under the judgement of God(56), and the creation is in bondage to decay(57). All people have sinned(58) and, if outside of Christ, are in a fallen, lost condition, helpless to save themselves(59), under God’s condemnation and blind to life’s true meaning and purpose. God holds each person responsible and accountable(60) 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(61). Salvation from the penalty of sin is found only in our Lord Jesus Christ(62), through repentance from sin and faith in His substitutionary, atoning death and resurrection(63). As the sinless One, He took on Himself the just punishment for His people’s sins(64) and therefore the believing sinner is justified in the sight of God(65). Through His death and resurrection the Lord Jesus has destroyed the power of Satan(66), who is destined to be confined forever to hell along with all those who reject Jesus as Lord(67). Out of gratitude for God’s grace, and in dependence on the Holy Spirit(68), God’s people are to live worthy of their calling(69) in love and unity and obedience to God and His Word in all spheres of life(70). They are responsible to ensure that the gospel is faithfully proclaimed(71). Christian parents are required to bring their children up in the training and instruction of the Lord(72) and to diligently teach them the truth of God’s Word(73).
The educational services provided by 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(74). 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(75).
The Christian Education community recognises the inter-related role of parents, the church, and the state in the education of children. As a community we:
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 “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.