Stage 3 Refugee Talk

Two refugees (one African and one Syrian) have very interesting, captivating and unusual life stories. Years 5 and 6 were listening well, as they told their life stories in full detail on Tuesday. SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families) explained the amazing good deeds that they were performing to help all refugees moving to Australia, the land we call home. A refugee’s story is complicated and amazing. Somehow, Nicholas managed to explain it in full detail. He was young when his father died. Later, his mother remarried to a man from a foreign tribe. Nicholas’s sister ran away, while his step-father decided to do many evil things, which failed. Quite a while after, he esca

Stage 1 Grandparents Day

On Tuesday, 22 August over 70 Grandparents attended a special morning tea hosted by 1/2H and 1/2P in order to celebrate and thank our Grandparents for being a special part of our families. 1/2H and 1/2P have been learning about “Families Past and Present” and Grandparents Day was an opportunity for the children to share many of the things they had learned throughout the unit. On arrival the Grandparents came into the classrooms to look at the children’s books and read, draw and talk with them. This was also a great opportunity for many Grandparents to share an anecdotal memory of their school days. We then broke up into groups moving around the classrooms and outside, where the Grandparen

Face to Face

On Tuesday, Year 9 and 10 students participated in the "Face to Face" program with SCARF Illawarra (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families). The day started with the students participating in the World Food Game with Mrs West and Mrs Arthur.The World Food Game is a group problem solving game that aims to highlight the complexity of international trade and relations. The students enthusiastically experienced virtual hunger, corruption and breakdown of international relationships. The students then met with the SCARF team and listened to the experiences of Nicholoas and Wafa, who have resettled in the Wollongong district after seeking asylum from Congo and Syria. Both speakers

Year 10 Hail Macbeth

Last Thursday Year 10 English Students and four successful Year 9 applicants travelled to Sydney to watch a live performance of Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Students travelled to and from the venue by train, impressing other commuters with their playing card skills and their commitment to healthy eating (lollies, chocolate and soy ice-cream at 8.30am). Once arriving at Circular Quay our students enjoyed lunch by the harbour, taking in the sights of cruise ships, ferries and street performers. Unfortunately the matinée time slot put a sudden end to the sight- seeing and it was time for our students to power walk to the Opera House to all hail Macbeth. The production was contemporary a

Rugby Wrap

Our Rugby year has been very successful, with a highlight being the way in which our girls have performed at a number of events beginning with their giant-killing performance at the Kiama Rugby 7’s tournament in term two and finishing this week at the inaugural CSSA Rugby 7’s Carnival at Bowral. In between, we held our annual Rugby Gala Day with Southern Highlands Christian School on a very well prepared NCS oval (thanks again Mr Hefferan) which saw our senior and junior boys and girls teams take on our friends from Bowral, followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Mr Clarke and some of his 9/10 Food-Tech students. One of the high points of the year has been the progress of our own up and co

A note from Mrs Meek

This year, staff at Nowra Christian School have been meeting every morning to read the bible, and pray. I have been greatly encouraged to listen to how God has continued to shape us to be more like Jesus. On Monday, Mrs Poulden started the week by reminding us that Christian walk is a marathon, not a sprint. As life happens, we can feel overwhelmed and focus on ourselves. Life is hard. She encouraged us to fix our eyes on Jesus as we can look too intently at our own situation and not to lose sight of Jesus. Ms Axtens continued on Tuesday morning asking us an important question to ponder. Is the light of God shining through us or has it been polluted, contaminated or filtered by us? Do we suf

Primary State Athletics

By Ollie Ellery On Friday, 18 August, some of our primary aged students got up early to travel all the way to Blacktown in Sydney. The day started off with the 800 metre run. We had three competitors run a good race. Next came the field events. We had three competitors get through to the next level and one reserve. We had all our relay teams work together to represent our school very well. The junior boys managed a third in their heat. The 100m dash was successful with a second place from RubyMay Pearce. Myles Condon also ran a great race. Meanwhile, Tane Morgan was destroying the competition in the shot put ring, coming away with another second place. Another spot in the CIS Carnival! We

Science Week and the Future Food Fair

This week our school has been participating in National Science Week. Our primary students have been engaged in activities relating to science and on Tuesday our secondary students held a Future Food Fair. The fair started with an assembly that introduced Years 7-12 students to questions relating to the future of food and the environment. Mr Burton came to speak to the students about the value of renewable energies and how we need to consider the impact of our choices. The students watched videos made by TEAR (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) about the issues facing Bangladesh - including sea level rise and the increase in natural disasters. After the assembly, students partici

Students experience a taste of Year 7!

Our current Year 6 students, along with 9 prospective year 7 students, attended our 'Taste 'N' See' Experience Day on Friday 11 August. The day started in the church hall, where students and parents were welcomed by Mr Bray and were able to hear information about being in Year 7 at NCS. A couple of highlights from the morning session included hearing from current Year 7 student, Thomas Bush, viewing a video from a former student, Aimee Parsons, as well as hearing from Mrs Ellery about all the co-curricular opportunities our school offers. Following the morning session, students were escorted by Mrs Meek on a brief tour of the Secondary area and then split into groups to participate in some f

A note from Mr Bray - 18 August 2017

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15-17 It is a wonderful blessing to find yourself belonging to a community where it is a pleasure to come into work each morning. Nowra Christian School is one such community. During the past week I have had the privilege of attending a variety of programs that have, once again, reminded me that NCS is actively engaged in presenting teaching and learning from a sound Biblical perspective. The first of these occurred

Primary State Metro Cup Soccer

Last term our Stage 2 and Stage 3 soccer teams made it through to State level for Metro Cup. On Thursday, 10 August the two teams traveled by bus to Penrith for some grueling games of football against the best Christian School teams in New South Wales. We left NCS at 5:00 am and collected teams from Calderwood Christian School along the way. Each team competed in three tough matches. There was some exceptional skill on display, which made for great spectating. Our Stage Three team came away with a solid victory in their second game. This was without key player, Jacob Fakhoury, who tore his calf muscle winning the 100 metres at Zone Athletics a few days earlier. Our Stage 2 team also had a co

Primary Zone Athletics

NCS primary students had a great day at Zone Athletics in Wollongong on Monday, 7 August. Our students did the school proud in the way they participated. NCS held second place all day, and at one point were only 5 points behind the winning school - Cedars Christian College. The strong, cold wind proved no obstacle for our runners with the majority of our points earned on the track. Congratulations zone team - it was a wonderful day to be a part of. A big thank you also to the parents who came to cheer on and support the team. Best wishes to those students who have made it through to State this Friday 18 August.

A note from Mr Bray - 11 August 2017

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Cor 12:12 On Monday of this week I had the pleasure of visiting Orange Christian School with Mrs Meek, Head of Secondary. When we arrived at the school early in the morning, we were met with incredibly wintry weather. We were informed that snow would possibly fall and we had come prepared wearing extra layers of clothing! Although the weather was bitterly cold, our greeting from the Orange Christian School staff was incredibly warm. We were welcomed into the school and provided with a tour of their facilities. Melissa Brown, School Principal, was most generous with her time and she had a

Primary Chess Competition

On Thursday 3 August eight students from years 3-6 traveled to Illaroo Road Public School to compete in a Chess competition. Other visiting teams included Culburra, Vincentia and Gerringong. Our students showed tremendous focus and concentration over many hours of highly strategic play. Our Championship team came 5th out of seven teams and our Rookie team finished 4th. Both teams said they enjoyed meeting new people and having a whole day to practice and enjoy the game of Chess. Well done to Emily Bryan, Eamon Softley, Micah Proctor, Abigail Heard, Harvey Ward, Micah Edwards, Hamish MacLaren and Azriel McMillan who all represented our school so well.

A note from Mr Bray - 4 August 2017

Focus verse: 8: 9 ‘O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!’ There is a well-known saying that goes ‘What a difference a week makes!’ In many ways this could be applied to the world of NCS because every week I see your children having the opportunity to be engaged in so many amazing learning experiences and this week has been no different! My week began by joining with the primary students, and a number of parents/carers, at their Monday morning assembly. We sang the National Anthem, said the Lord’s Prayer and celebrated those having birthdays. It was also a time where the new ‘Respect’ poster was further discussed in a very creative way. Monday afternoon saw all secon

‘Synergy’ Christian Schools Student Leadership Breakfast

On Thursday of this week, I had the privilege of accompanying Camille Dewell and Sam Ellery, our two NCS secondary school captains, as we travelled to Cedars Christian College in Wollongong. Here we also met up with Mrs Meek, Head of Secondary, and with school captains and staff from three other Christian schools. By this time we were all very hungry as we were first gathering to share in a delightful breakfast before each student team presented their reflections on a year of leadership at their respective schools. Mrs Meek and I were both extremely encouraged as we listened to the members of each leadership team outlining the many lessons that they had learned as a result of their leadershi

Secondary Girls Zone Basketball

Congratulations to the girls involved in the zone basketball championships at Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley on Monday 31 July. Both teams in the junior and senior competitions represented our school well, played hard and seemed to enjoy the sport. Highlights included seeing the girls playing so well as a team, supporting each other. Our junior girls got a win in the final game of the day against Calderwood Christian School. Great determination was shown all day from Alyssa Smart and Charlotte Dickinson. Rebounding, defence and game experience was very helpful from Isabelle McPhail and Tahlera Palmer. Our senior girls team had two wins on the day against ICS Cordeaux and Southern Highlan

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