Primary athletics field events completed

The NCS Athletics field events for years 3-6 were held on Friday 23 June here at school. Students took part in four field events; discus, shot put, high jump and long jump. Both Black Hawks and Sea Kings houses were well represented as they went head to head once again. There was lots of fun and great team spirit shown throughout with students clapping and cheering one another (particularly at the high jump) as everyone gave their best efforts. There was football and speedminton to play for early finishers too, which was great in the early afternoon Winter sunshine. It's impossible to pick out individual performances, but a few highlights at High Jump were: Ollie E jumping 1.44 m which is th

A productive end of term

'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' Matthew 11:28 Can it be possible that today sees the conclusion of Term 2? Well, it is hard to argue with the calendar which is stating that our students can now look forward to a three week mid-year break from their school studies. Term 2 at NCS has seen our students and staff engaging in 10 weeks of productive teaching and learning activities. As I have briefly reviewed the Bytes articles across this term, I can see that your children have been involved in a wide variety of programs occurring both at school and well beyond the classroom. And our final week of term has again been brimming with a range of stimulating

Sweet art!

Stage 5 Visual Arts students collected images and documented cityscapes as part of their 'City in Utopia/City in Decline' unit. Students enjoyed sketching sky rise buildings, textures and architectural details, visited the Art Gallery of New South Wales and took in the sights and sounds of the 'big smoke'. They will now create a body of work on the theme including fashion design, painting, model making, computer graphics and film. Watch this space for an upcoming exhibition showcasing these wonderful creations!

Superheroes, strategic plans and standing firm

'So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.' 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NIV) I would encourage you to carefully read through this edition of the BYTES. You will, once again, see that our students have been involved in an amazing variety of educational programs. I plan to refer to just three of these important events that have occurred recently at NCS. Firstly, I would wish to thank all the parents and carers who found the time to complete the community sentiment survey during the past few weeks. The survey responses from parents/carers, students and staff have now been carefully collated by Resolve Consultin

Mrs Ellery shines like a star!

Last Saturday 17 June, Mrs Ellery was presented with the Gilmore Award by Ann Sudmalis, at the Stars of the Eisteddfod. The Gilmore Award is presented to a resident who through their involvement in the 2017 Eisteddfod has demonstrated their commitment and talent. Mr George Windsor OAM, President of the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod Committee commented that Rosie Ellery has played a major role in promoting the school’s (NCS') involvement in the 2017 Eisteddfod, especially in primary choral and drama, as well as high school drama sections. 'The Stage Five and Six presentation of the scene from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”, directed by Rosie was acclaimed by the Adjudicator and others privileged to

NCS students shine at Stars of the Eisteddfod

A number of students from NCS represented our school superbly on the weekend at the Stars of the Eisteddfod concert. This special concert is the culmination of the Eisteddfod and, in twenty acts, showcases some of the best performances throughout the whole program. Congratulations to the following performers: Julia McMillan and Saphire Bunyan - Impresario Vocal Group Aleah Gooding - Vocal Solo Joey Ellery - Vocal Solo Michael Beavan and Layton Walsh - Clarinet and Violin Duet This year our vocal ensemble were also invited to perform but were not able to due to prior commitments held by some students. It is a great honour to be invited to perform at the Entertainment Centre. This opportunity

Hamlet Symposium

On Friday 16 June, the Advanced English class travelled to Sydney to attend a symposium which explored the text "Hamlet." It was a long day as we caught the train at 6.30 am and returned at 6.30 pm. The day was very worthwhile as students were able to see various scenes of the play performed and discussed. Five hundred students attended the symposium. Students from NCS found the discussion interesting as there were opportunities for students to give their opinion about various aspects of the text. We enjoyed lunch in Newtown before catching the train home again.

Le Tour de Worrigee and the French Day

Last Wednesday 14 June, dawned bright and sunny for our annual ‘Tour de Worrigee’. Students lined up in teams and they were off and racing. The first stage was held in the area where the buses drop students off in the morning. The ‘mountain’ stage was the rectangle between the office and the Church building. The time trials were 1 minute each on an exercise bike. There was great enthusiasm and speed as teams battled for the chapeau jaune (yellow hat) which was the winner’s prize. The next part of the day was baking mini chocolate croissants, constructing Eiffel tower models and doing jigsaws of French monuments. We then shared a French lunch together, with everyone bringing food to share. It

CSSA Girls Netball

On Monday 19 June, ten of our Secondary girls travelled to Penrith for the CSSA Netball Gala Day. It was an early start for all us, leaving at 5.45am! The girls played seven games of netball. The day started well with the team winning their first two games. We then came up against some really hard teams. Teams that play together on Saturday mornings in their local competition. The girls showed great team support and played admirably against these harder teams. As the day progressed their skills improved and they were really playing cohesively as a team. The girls showed great sportsmanship, not only to other teams but especially in their own team. They were helping each other and very encour

Great result at CSSA State Gymnastics

On Thursday 8 June, three flexible girls from NCS’s K-6 department, Charlie G (Y5), Charlotte S (Y4) and Amelia B (Y6) all went to Rooty Hill in Sydney to attend the 2017 Primary CSSA State Gymnastics Championships. Amelia: My day was great. I had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready to go up for gym. I didn’t need to sign in until 11:15 a.m. so I had plenty of time to look around and watch the competition. We warmed up and and then got into our groups. There were four groups, two lots of Level 4 and two lots of Level 3. I was in the biggest Level 4 group. I had vault first, followed by bars, then beam and last of all the floor routine. I got a second place certificate for vault. Charlott

Year 10 commandeer HMAS Albatross

On Thursday 8 June, 11 brave Year 10 students participated in the HMAS Albatross QuickLook Program. The program is designed to provide students with extended insight into careers in the Navy as well as basic practical training. The day began early with Leading Seaman (LS) Gilmour picking the students up from NCS in the Defence Force shuttle bus. Once arriving at HMAS Albatross, LS Gilmour wasted no time getting the students into formation and marching. Throughout the day students perfected the art of group marching and push-ups as they moved from building to building, checking out the air craft, apparel, training simulation rooms and other on-base facilities. One of the most valuable aspects

Technical difficulties halt soaring finish

On Friday 9 June, the plane team (Lincoln Davie, Micah Perry, Nathan Spinks and Harrison Thomas) and the rocket team (Hailey Frew, Mia Hunter, Isabelle McPhail and Courtney Nielsen) ventured up to the University of Wollongong for the State Final of the Aeronautical Velocity Challenge. The quality of the competition was extremely high, which produced some exceptional results in both planes and rockets. The rocket team struggled with technical difficulties, which saw their rocket fail to launch in the first round. It also struggled in the second round, but still managed a respectable 80 meters on both of its launches. The winner of the competition in the rockets shot an astonishing 150 meters.

Slice of fun at Defence Afternoon Picnic

Defence families kicked off the long weekend with a Friday afternoon picnic in the church hall. It was wonderful to see so many of our Defence families gathered together in a relaxed, social environment. We shared pizza and afternoon tea and watched as students let out some energy after a busy school week. We finished the afternoon by decorating cupcakes. While there were many delicious looking creations, the winning cupcake design came from Mr Bray - hidden talents indeed! Thank you to all those who participated and helped out. We look forward to our next get-together.

NCS takes the stage

Members of our Primary Drama club and their Secondary directors, accompanied by our talented Secondary Drama class, took part in the Drama section of the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod last Thursday. It required two buses to transport all the students; many of them nervous and excited and all dressed in costume. We had multiple groups entered in the Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 5. Although it is exciting to report that NCS won each section, what is more exciting is the way our students conducted themselves and gave the best performances they had yet given. A very special mention needs to go to our Secondary directors who have given up their Wednesday lunchtimes for the last term and a bit to rehearse

Primary Cross Country 2017

On Thursday 18 May, we held our primary cross country carnival here at school. (View full image gallery) It was a beautiful sunny morning with lots of parents, family and friends in attendance. Our students competed with great spirit and were cheered on by a supportive crowd. The top four competitors in Years 3-6 from each age group were invited to attend the State Cross Country Carnival on Friday of Week 6. This was held at the International Equestrian Center at Horsely Park in Western Sydney. Well done to all students who made it to State! These students competed against 180 or so of the best runners from Christian Schools all over NSW. Some particularly notable results included Caitlin S

A Note from Mr Bray - 9 June 2017

Jeremiah 18:6(b) ‘As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’ (NKJV) Week 7 of Term 2 has, once again, seen our NCS students and staff involved in many activities. On Monday, groups of secondary students were able to participate in the Elevate study skills program. This was presented by a high-achieving tertiary student and is designed to provide our students with very practical tips in relation to time management and the development of effective study skills. Our students responded very positively to this program with the vast majority indicating that they had found the program to be most helpful and 98% of students stating that they would recommend this program to other st

CSSA Secondary State Cross Country

Our State Cross Country Team had a great day at the International Equestrian Centre last Friday. We sent a team of nine students, all of whom have qualified during the Cross Country unit in PE lessons during second term. Most of the age groups have between 150 and 200 competitors at this level, so there is very strong competition in every race. Our students showed a very good team spirit, although it was a little disappointing that several of our better runners were unable to attend due to other commitments. Congratulations to all of our students who competed: Alyssa Smart, Leo McMillan, Hunter Lynch, Lincoln Davie, Cassie Beavan, Jemimah Parker, Maddie Pedro, Jayden Blackmore and Blake Skew

Stage 3 Zoo to You Incursion

In Science this term, Stage 3 are learning about how animals adapt to their environments. So, as part of our learning about animals, we got to meet some. On Wednesday 31 May we had a ‘Zoo to You’ incursion in the church hall. Everyone was excited. All of Stage 3 met some amazing native Australian animals. Zoe from the Shoalhaven Zoo shared the animals with us as well as some amazing facts. Caitie and Matt M were chosen to hold the bearded dragons and came around to let us pat them. Next we met a cute little ringtail possum. It had huge eyes with a long tail that curled up. Sarah came and held it in a little blanket to keep it warm. Then came a rather spiky echidna. Zoe kept hold of the echid

Elevate visit NCS

On Monday, each year in our secondary school were privileged to participate in study skill workshops with Elevate Education. Elevate present workshops aimed to help our students improve their study techniques, increase motivation, build confidence and lift exam performance. One technique shared with the students was Mnemonics – the study and development of systems for improving and assisting the memory. Students completed a feedback survey. Here are just a few responses to the survey questions: How would you rate the overall program: ‘I would rate it (the workshop) highly; they showed us new techniques on how to remember things.’ ‘This program was valuable to me because it has expanded my

Girls Rugby 7's at Kiama

On Wednesday 31 May, our under 16’s Girls Rugby 7’s travelled to Kiama to compete in the Junior Rugby 7’s Tournament. Competing against rugby-orientated schools such as Illawarra Sports High and TIGS, our girls showed they were a match for their more experienced competition, going down in their first match against ISH 4-1, but acquitting themselves very well against this selective sports group. The girls had a long break and a little more training in the cold, windy conditions and came back in their second game against the much-fancied TIGS team, defeating them comfortably 5-1. This is a great effort from our girls who have had very little experience, but who more than make up for it in in

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