Standard English see Shoe-Horn Sonata

On Thursday 1 June, the senior Standard English class traveled to Redfern to see a performance of their prescribed text, a play by John Misto called “The Shoe-Horn Sonata”. Warm and generous hosts Peter and Marianne from Beautiful Burgers provided lunch for us before the performance – delicious! Students said: 'The play is about two women who are part of a documentary about their experiences as captives in a POW camp during WW2. It was written in recognition of all the nurses and civilians who died in the camps. More civilians died in that war than soldiers did, and they aren’t remembered.' 'The play was enjoyable, yet also confronting. As the two characters, Bridie and Sheila, retold storie

Gold and bronze for our national volleyball champions!

Last week Caleb Mackie, Tyler Watkins and Jayden Norsworthy participated at the National Christian Schools Games 2017 as part of two NSW open boy volleyball teams. The boys were very successful returning with Gold and Bronze. Congratulations boys! Jayden Norswothy writes: Last week Caleb Mackie, Tyler Watkins and I went to the National Christian Schools Games held at Homebush. We played in two teams, NSW Blue (Jayden and Tyler) and NSW White (Caleb). Over the course of the games we played against Victoria and the other NSW teams several times. The NSW Blue team ended up undefeated the entire competition and were the Gold medalist. NSW White team ended up the Bronze medalist. We stayed at Nam

A Note from Mrs Meek - 26 May 2017

Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18. In Secondary, this year, we have been focusing on 'Who is this King?' We want to bring our students on a journey to think about Jesus as our King. During last Friday’s assembly, Mrs Stewart reminded the students how Jesus healed the paralytic man and how, as we continue to stand in awe of Jesus’ power over sickness and death, we should be challenged to live each day reflecting on how awesome and mighty Jesus is. He not only heals our broken relationships and hearts, He can heal our community from all our hurts and pain. This Friday, Mrs Stewart will be taking some of our Indigenou

Ruari to represent NSW in Rugby 7s

On the weekend of 12-14 May I travelled up to the Central Coast to play for the Illawarra in the Rugby 7s Country Championships with my mum. We competed for two days against Hunter, Central Coast, North Coast and Central west. On our first day we only had one try scored against us and no conversions, that try went to Hunter. On our second day we were also undefeated with no tries or conversions. That's a total of only five points scored against the Illawarra. After we received our medals and congratulations on winning the Country Championships the selectors called out who they wanted to represent Country NSW. I was selected and am very grateful for the opportunity. I'm also thankful to my mu

Getting a GRIP on leadership

Last Friday 19 May, our primary prefects, house captains and vice house captains travelled to Wollongong University for a leadership conference called GRIP (Generosity, Responsibility, Integrity, People). The GRIP conference is specially designed to help primary students in Years 5 and 6 become better leaders at their schools. Our twelve participants enjoyed a great day of engaging, fun activities learning about important principles of leadership. On behalf of Cody W, Sarah K, Lili M, Rohan B, Tane M, Micah E, Lilly D, Jenna G, Ollie E, Hannah S, Azriel and Julia M, thanks to NCS for sending the student leaders to this conference. Huge thanks, too, for Mrs Tabitha Gallanty who helped with tr

Flying off to the AVC State Finals again!

Last Friday 19 May, eight of our Year 8 Technology students travelled to Ulladulla High School to take part in the Aeronautical Velocity Challenge (AVC) Regional Final. Teams from Bowral to Merimbula competed against each other to build their planes and rockets in the time period. The planes team of Micah P, Nathan S and Harrison T managed to produce a very fast plane, which came second by 0.02 of a second, and a height plane that won their round. Unfortunately, they had trouble in the dog fights and didn't place. The rocket team of Isabelle M, Hailey F, Mia Hunter and Courtney Nielsen faced some very difficult conditions, with rain and a sting headwind but still managed a respectable distan

Stage 3 visits Canberra

On Wednesday 26 April, Stage 3 students and teachers went to Canberra for three days and two nights. On the first day, we all went to Parliament House. We split into groups and had a tour of the Senate and House of Representatives. We also had a look at portraits of all the Prime Ministers and took part in role plays to see what it was like being politicians. When we had finished, we went to the National Museum of Australia, just across Lake Burley Griffin. We learnt about many things from Australia’s history. We split up into more groups. We then scaled most of the floors. Our tour leader told us about a few exhibits then asked us to go and find several of them. A few of the exhibits that w

Michael heads Outward Bound

While the remainder of the NCS community was enjoying their Easter holidays, one of our senior students, Michael Beavan was navigating a hike around Mount Tennent with his 20kg pack. Michael was selected and sponsored by the Bomaderry Lions Club earlier this year as part of the 'Outward Bound' project in which students embark on a twelve day, 120 kilometer hike in order to discover hidden inner qualities and to develop leadership skills. The hike took place during the Easter school holidays during which the hikers enjoyed the small luxury of one small Easter egg. Michael made the following comments about his experience. 'Looking back on the hike, I found it to be enjoyable. While I was there

Tessa reports on RYPEN

Every year Nowra Christian School gives students from Year 10 the opportunity to attend RYPEN. RYPEN stands for Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment and the local Rotary Clubs sponsor each of the participants. The program is designed to encourage teenagers to interact with peers from different backgrounds, and to improve their teamwork and leadership skills. The camp was held at Old Mogo Town over the weekend of 12 - 14 May, operating over three days. The program consisted of interactive sessions with leaders from significant organisations, workshops, sporting events and entertaining activities. Throughout the duration of the camp I learnt many things, had great experiences and made strong fr

A Note from Mr Bray - 19 May 2017

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13. On Tuesday of this week, we were all busily smiling for the camera as the official 2017 school photographs were taken. The process began with a staff photograph early in the morning that was followed by a constant procession of students as they were called up in class groups or as sports captains, prefects, school captains, and a range of other roles. Many parents and carers took the opportunity to join with their children for a family portrait. All students and staff also had an individual photograph taken and these will be collated and framed to showcase our entire 2017 NCS community. Another highlight of the week was

Kiama Electorate Student Leaders Forum

On Wednesday, 10 May, Mr and Mrs Bray took Noah and I up to the Parliament of New south Wales in Sydney by train. We spent a day with other school leaders from our electorate. Gareth Ward, Member for Kiama, led the day, giving us a tour of the Parliament from top to bottom. He spoke about the history of our government and told us about some of the interesting traditions that are present in our government even today. These include the lower house being green to represent the ‘village green’ that the people would meet on in different parts of England before any buildings were constructed. We witnessed the upper house in action. Sitting at the same level made us feel like we were really a part

A Note from Mr Bray - 12 May 2017

Matthew 18:20 ‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’ I have been asking myself the question this week, ‘what makes a genuine community?’ The word ‘community’ is frequently used in our everyday conversations. By definition, a ‘community’ is formed whenever a number of people, animals or things are found grouped together. Consequently, we can have sporting communities, communities centering around particular interests and hobbies, church communities, defence communities, farming communities, urban communities and the list can be endless. Obviously, we also have educational communities and NCS is a vibrant example of such a community. In fact the word ‘community’ appe

Stage 4 and 5 take on the Da Vinci Decathlon

On 4-5 May, four teams travelled to The Illawarra Grammar School to compete against other schools from the region in the Da Vinci Decathalon. This is an academic competition in which teams of eight have to complete tasks across ten disciplines including cartography, engineering, maths, science, English and future problem solving. Our Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8) teams were, some of them, experiencing this for the first time, and they were struck by the challenge of some of the tasks. They worked well together as teams and were a pleasure to take away for the day. As staff we can always be so proud of how our students conduct themselves when on excursions. The Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) were also a

Secondary Camp - a time of friendship, fellowship and fun!

View the full image gallery On 26 April, all of secondary travelled up to Youthwork’s Port Hacking conference centre for what was an incredible experience at secondary school camp. This provided amazing opportunities to build on existing friendships, begin and develop new relationships in an outside-of-school environment, and to take part in Christian learning and worship. Students from Year 7 all the way to Seniors got to experience a number of different activities that were both challenging and exciting. These activities, run by Youthworks leaders, helped us to develop skills both individuals and as part of a team. These included a thrilling high ropes course, stand up paddleboarding (only

Illawarra Careers Expo 2017

On Tuesday 9 May, students from Years 10, 11 and 12 traveled to Unanderra Basketball Stadium to attend the 2017 Illawarra Careers Expo. The expo hosted a large variety of stalls from universities, TAFE, private colleges and other employment agencies. Throughout the session, our students moved around the stadium speaking to stall holders and furthering their post-school plan and opportunities. Here is what some of our students had to say: 'More careers are possible now, and my ideas of future work increased tenfold. I've even considered starting a stationery company.' -Michael Beavan 'Today I learnt a lot about possible careers I may be able to pursue and universities I could attend. I was f

Youth Advisory Committee

On Wednesday 3 May, Tamsyn McPhail, Lachlan White, Elizabeth Curline and Jonty Beavan from Year 10 represented NCS at a Shoalhaven Youth Advisory Committee meeting held at the local council chambers. Students experienced life as a local council representative by participating in a formal discussion forum with students from Shoalhaven High School and Ulladulla High School. The students contributed ideas about local community projects and shared their opinions about issues affecting youth in the Shoalhaven. Some of the issues our students raised with the local councillors included improved access to local university courses and the future development of parks and recreational areas. The Youth

Well Done DaVinci Team - 3rd Overall!

On Wednesday 3 May Miss Thuaux and Mrs Perry took a team of 8 students in Stage 3 to Illawarra Christian School to compete in the Regional Da Vinci Decathlon Competition. The team did incredibly well, achieving an overall third place, with a first place in Cartography and second place in Mathematics. This competition comprises 10 academic events including: Mathematics, English, Science, Engineering, Poetry and Art, Cartography, Creative Producers, Code Breaking, General Knowledge and Ideation. The students were given several tasks to complete at the same time and had strict time limits to adhere to. Teams worked together to complete the tasks without any assistance from teachers. Over 30 tea

While the cat's away the mice will play...and we did!

While Stage Three and Secondary were away at camp, our Stage One classes took over the food technology rooms in Secondary. First, we spent the week learning about different aspects of ANZAC Day. This included taking part in our formal ANZAC Day assembly at NCS, and having two special guest speakers visit our classes. Mr Darvill (Rachel and Cooper’s dad) talked with us about life in the armed forces. Mr Williams showed us some different bugles and horns used to play Reveille and the Last Post. Captain Feathersword helped with some tricky tunes! On Thursday, we invaded the food technology room, where the Stage One master chefs baked delicious ANZAC biscuits. Next door, we played some Maths

A Note from Mr Bray - 5 May 2017

Last week I wrote my Principal’s NCS Bytes article on Anzac Day. I stated that I was looking forward to visiting our Years 5 & 6 students who were heading to their Canberra Camp and then our secondary students who were about to participate in the secondary camp, held at Port Hacking. Having returned from both of these events I can assure all parents and carers that your children have had a wonderful time of shared learning, involving a huge variety of activities and some incredible locations. It was a genuine privilege to spend time with our teams, comprising students, staff and parents/carers. I was greatly impressed by our students' excellent behaviour and enthusiasm as they engaged in all

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