A final note from Mr Bray for Term 3

As you are reading this article, Term 3 at Nowra Christian School will have come to a conclusion, and what an exciting ‘conclusion’ it has been! So many amazing events have taken place since I wrote my previous Bytes article in the middle of last week. I will now take a few moments to share just some of these events with you. There is little doubt that educational experiences that are connected to ‘real world’ tasks frequently have the greatest impact on young people. On Thursday of last week, I was privileged to be invited to participate in one of these programs when I was a guest at a wonderful meal prepared by Stage 5 students as part of their Food Technology Restaurant project. I joined

Primary's Joyful JRFH Jump Off

Last Friday, the entire primary school were jumping with joy. We often jump for joy down in primary, but Friday's jumping was for a particular reason. Our students were participating in the Heart Foundation's Jump Rope For Heart - Jump Off. They were busy being active, having fun and raising money for the Heart Foundation. The students and teachers amazed one another with incredible skipping skills. Double-unders, double-dutch, push-ups while skipping, criss-cross and around the world were some of the skills witnessed. If you have a skipping rope or two at home, ask your child to show you how amazing they are. They could even teach you a skill or two. Skipping is a fantastic way to keep fit,

Goals galore at State Futsal

On Friday 15 September, Josh Attwood, Jonty Beavan, Jaya Brown, Joey Ellery, Nic Hotchin, Kye Irwin, Micah Perry, Ryan Rigg and Aaron Tasker headed to Penrith for the State Futsal Competition. With little or no Futsal experience, the boys were excited to be involved in a new variation of the outdoor game. They played well, but were outclassed in most of their games, losing the first few games 9-2, 9-2, 6-0 and 3-0. Then in the 5th match, the boys pulled out all the stops, and managed to draw 5-5, only conceding in the dying stages of the second half. The last match of the day saw the boys finally notch up a 7-2 win. Thanks to a penalty in the last match, everyone who participated came away w

CSSA State Athletics

Congratulations to all our Secondary students who attended CSSA State Athletics. All of our competitors put in a truly great effort with some very pleasing results including significant improvements on personal bests from several students. We are pleased to announce that three of our secondary students attended the Combined High Schools State carnival at Homebush on Wednesday 20 September. We will update the results of this in our next bytes, but best of luck to Zoe Plant (Shot Put), Vili Morgan (Shot Put) and Mason Beresford (Hurdles, Triple Jump). Congratulations to all those who took part. Sarah Foley , Cassie Beavan, Nathan Spinks, Vili Morgan, Joel Clifton, Elizabeth Yusuf, Jackson Tros

CRU Leaders' Day Out

New friends, laughing, games, yummy food…. That doesn’t sound like your average day at school! For our CRU student leaders who recently attending a Followers in Training (FIT) day at Shellharbour Anglican College these where some of the words used to describe their day. While having lots of fun the CRU leaders also learnt practical skills for running their CRU lunch time group back at school. Students learnt about the importance of being prayerful leaders and were encouraged in their own friendship with Jesus.

Liz and Tom attend RYPEN

Last weekend, Tom Plant and Elizabeth Curline were both participants in the Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment (RYPEN) Weekend which is run by the local Rotary Clubs and aims to enhance students' leadership skills. Elizabeth writes: 'RYPEN was an enjoyable time away. It was held in the cabins at Old Mogo Town. On arrival we were put into colour coded groups and given a t-shirt, we were then shown to our cabins. Over the weekend we had activities for team building, and learnt about our strengths and weaknesses. We had talks on different topics that affect our age group e.g. bullying and drugs. We also had a bit of fun bush dancing the first night and an 'around the fires' the second night.

A note from Mr Bray - 15 September 2017

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4: 10 (NIV) As NCS Principal I have many wonderful opportunities to represent our school at various community events. One such ‘opportunity’ occurred on Friday evening of last week when my wife Sharon and I were invited to attend the Shoalhaven Superheroes Volunteer ‘Service & Beyond’ Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Bomaderry Bowling Club. The specific reason for this invitation was because four of our nominated NCS students had been shortlisted in the School Youth Awards category. Charlie Giddings and Oliver (Ollie) Ellery were in the 5 – 12 years categor

A note from Mr McLennan

I am regularly impressed by quality student school work. Each week, there are students who establish for themselves a standard that is 'over and above' expectations. Just this week, I have observed students in Kindergarten and Stage 2 work hard to perfect story writing skills. Stage 1 has been busily developing their understanding of division (judging by the excitement of the Stage 1 teachers, the students are highly engaged in learning this important concept). Recently, the winners of our Science Week Smart Bin competition have had their designs on exhibit at the school reception. Many of these winning designs show a deep engagement with the task, displaying imagination and creativity. I ha

Brainstorm Productions - Verbal Combat

Last Thursday, two performers from Brainstorm Productions came and presented us with a confronting, informing and entertaining performance. The show was based on a real life experience about a girl at a new school and her struggles there. The show was very well performed and presented the message of how bullying and cyber bullying are real threats and how dangerous they can be. We also learned about online security and what could go wrong when we misuse social media and the consequences of that. In conclusion, it was a very interesting play that informed and made us think about ourselves and how we behave online and at school. by Aaron Tasker (Year 9) On Thursday, 31 August, Years 7-10 were

Country Women's Association Country of Study

On Tuesday, 5 September, six Stage 3 students accompanied by Miss Thuaux went to the Country Women's Association building in Nowra to deliver presentations that they had been developing. This year the CWA's country of focus was Nepal. Students did a marvelous job of speaking to an unknown audience and lots of the women commented on how impressed they were with the content of the presentations and the students' confidence. The CWA generously awarded the school a book as well as $200 to put towards resources in the Library. "The CWA International Day was a wonderful experience. We met lovely ladies who welcomed us and they were a wonderful audience to present our projects about Nepal to. It wa

Over the mountain and into the past

On Tuesday, Stage 1 traveled over Cambewarra Mountain into Kangaroo Valley and into the past at Pioneer Village Museum. This was the culmination of our Past and Present Unit. The children and staff dressed up in their olden day clothes and explored the grounds of the Pioneer Farm. The children stepped back in time to see what it was like to live as their grandparents and great grandparents once did. Among the different buildings there was a dairy, school house, forge, settler’s hut, settler’s cottage and a museum. There were many recordings and visual displays for the children to listen to and experience what life was like in the early 1900’s. During their lunch break the children were able

HSC Showcase Wrap-up

On Tuesday evening we held our HSC Woodwork and Music showcase for the NCS community to share in the successes of the students involved. With a light supper on hand in the MPC gallery, those in attendance viewed the major HSC Industrial Technology/Timber projects appreciating the hard work and creativity. With a quick transition into the music room, the performances got under way. Each student played two songs on the night and demonstrated to parents and family members how far they have all come as performers. Every performance on the night was of a high quality and very well received by the audience. Mr West and Mr Lawrence would like to thank all who attended the night and wish to congratu

A note from Mr Bray - 1 September 2017

‘Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…’ Ephesians 5: 19 (NIV) This year at NCS continues to gain momentum and we now find ourselves with only three weeks of Term 3 remaining but these three weeks will be action-packed as has been the case throughout recent weeks. I would wish to thank Mrs Meek, Head of Secondary, for writing the Bytes article last week during my absence at a CSA (Christian Schools Australia) National Leadership Retreat in Queensland. Mr Jeff Fairbairn, NCS Accountant, and I had the privilege of representing our school at the three day CSA National Leadership Retreat held last week. This significant event s

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