Our teachers recognised at ACE Awards

We are very blessed at NCS with wonderful, talented and committed teachers and last Tuesday, four of our teaching staff were recognised at the Australian College of Educators' regional teaching award presentation held at Cedars Christian College. The evening brought together family, friends and colleagues of those nominated and celebrated the rich diversity of educational talents the teachers in our region display. NCS staff members recognised at this prestigious event were Mrs Ellery, Mrs Dallimore, Mr Vidler and Mr Parker. Mrs Ellery was recognised for advocacy of the Creative Arts through co-curricular and curricular activity, ongoing coordination of Eisteddfod items and her role as Dire

A note from Mr Bray - 27 October 2017

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14: 27 (NIV) As you read through this edition of NCS Bytes I am confident that you will be greatly encouraged by the wide variety of activities that our students and staff have been engaged in throughout this, the third week of Term 4. I would now wish to focus on just a few of these events in a little more detail. I mentioned last term, after returning from Orange Christian School, that the opportunity to visit other school communities is always a most valuable one. On Monday of this week, I had the privilege of accompanying Evelyn Meek and Paul

South Coast Youth Leadership forum

Aaron, Kyrah, Olivia, Libby and I were all invited to attend the South Coast Youth Leadership Forum, which was a 3 day camp aimed at invigorating and inspiring young leaders to bring about change in the Shoalhaven. On the first day, we spent most of the time at the Council being introduced to the other 60 students and getting to know our mentors for the weekend. Our main focus was on our core values and our “glocalization” groups. Glocalization was combining global and local issues, such as education, and coming up with a simple solution that could be integrated into the community. The rest of the day consisted of meeting the Mayor and talking about local issues, and then becoming settled in

A word from Mr Bray - 20 October 2017

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) For many years I had the pleasure of being a Secondary English teacher. I taught originally in Victorian Government schools and then transferred to teach in Christian schools. I have always been fascinated by the origin of words and how the original meaning of words can be adapted to suit different cultures and contexts. As I have attended an amazing variety of activities at NCS during this second week of term, one such word has been brought to my attention. This word is ‘smorgasboard’ and it derives from the Swedish language and was originally spelt ‘smorgasbord

World Teachers’ Day

‘World Teachers’ Day’ was instituted by the United Nations to acknowledge the significant contributions that teachers make in the lives of our young people. Many schools around Australia will celebrate this important event on Friday, 27 October and will honour their teachers in a variety of ways. At NCS, we plan to provide a special afternoon tea for our staff on Tuesday of next week. We have chosen this date because this is the day when most staff, part and full-time, are at school. We will provide a suitably decorated cake to mark this occasion. Paul Dickinson, our Board Chair, has also volunteered his time to address staff at this event. At Nowra Christian School we have much to be grate

STEM Lunch with Michael Agnew

This week our high school students entered the world of nanotechnology, invisibility and robotics with NCS Alumni member, Michael Agnew. Michael finished his studies at NCS in 2011 and went on to study Mathematics at the Australian National University and the University of Wollongong. Michael has a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the important role it plays in the future of our planet. Streaming from his passion for STEM, Michael, along with his brother Daniel Agnew (NCS Alumni), have collaborated with other enthusiasts to create their own gaming company Garage Games. Michael presented to NCS students on careers in the STEM industry and starting up a b

Narrow Victory After the Final Buzzer!

On Thursday, 14 September nineteen students from Years 5-6 took part in the annual Shoalhaven Basketball Gala Day for Primary Schools. We had two boys teams and one girls team in the competition. Our teams all managed plenty of wins, a single draw and a few losses. All three teams made it out of the group stages and into the quarter finals. There was some fine play by all concerned. Matt S carried the hopes of the Boys B team scoring almost all the points, helped by strong defence from Luke B and Noah S. The girls were very competitive, but mixed that with displays of very sporting behaviour. One of the opposition players came to Mr Parker to remark how they'd noticed our girls play with suc

Science Centre Excursion

On Friday 22 September, Years 3 and 4 went to the Wollongong Science Center. The first thing we did was have our recess. Everyone sat with their friends outside. We got to sit at different tables. After we had our recess, the Year 4s went to the Planetarium and watched two videos and looked at star constellations. The Year 3s got to play with, look at and try the exhibits. There was a dinosaur skeleton, strength test, air machine and a human skeleton. Next it was the Year 3s turn to go to the Planetarium and the Year 4s turn to see the exhibits. In the Planetarium we got to see most of the star constellations. We also got to see what light years, minutes and seconds are. We now know how far

Students entertain at Probus Club

On Monday a small group of Stage 5 Music students played and sung for the monthly meeting of the Probus Club. Probus Club has recently introduced a "Musical Interlude" at their meetings. The Music students played a variety of pieces from Jazz to pop to classical. The audience was very appreciative and have invited the school to bring musical numbers in the future. This offers a great opportunity for real performance experience for our Creative and Performing Arts students.

A day at the Beach

Last Thursday, Year 7 was blessed to spend a day at the beach in Gerringong. We investigated the rock platform, looked for elusive sea creatures, conquered a giant hill or two and discovered a lagoon. Whilst it was a lovely day, out we were also doing some serious learning about God's great creation and how landscapes are formed and changed, and the adaptations that his creatures have which allow them to live in a variety of environments. Lots of the students were amazed at the creatures they found: "I learnt that when the Waratah Anemone isn't in the water, it turns itself into a little blob to protect itself from the heat. When it is in the water it has tentacles that are used for catching

Creativity Night Wrap Up!

Tuesday of this week featured our Stage 5 Creativity Evening to celebrate the successes of our elective classes in Woodwork, Visual Arts, Drama and Music. The MPC gallery was set up as an excellent exhibition of student works and enabled family and friends of students to walk through and enjoy the wonderful creations. With excellent support shown to the students, the music room was full of an excited audience for the drama and music acts. The drama students opened with a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream which highlighted the talented theatrical students at NCS. Musical items involving many types of instrumental and vocal works also featured and were celebrated enthusiastically by the aud

Stage 4 Ancient and Medieval History Workshop

Stiletto daggers, scimitars and swords were the weapons students in Stage 4 were able to “play with” on Tuesday during their Ancient and Medieval History Workshop. James Adams Historical Enterprises shared his historical expertise, knowledge and vast collections of reconstruction weaponry and armour with Stage 4 students at NCS. We explored weaponry and tactics of the ancient Greek phalanx. Leo McMillan and Tom Bush dressed as hoplites and demonstrated the workings of the phalanx in narrow valleys that won victory for Alexander the Great. Mr Adams then demonstrated the development of armour and weaponry from the age of Vikings through to the Renaissance. Students examined metallurgy, swords

A note from Mr Bray - 13 October 2017

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Cor 5:17 (NIV) On behalf of all members of the staff team, I am delighted to warmly welcome students, parents and carers back to Term 4 at NCS. I trust that you have had the opportunity to enjoy times of rest and refreshment together with family and friends during the past two weeks of the school holiday period. It is quite possible that, like me, you are feeling that the 2017 school year at NCS is rapidly drawing towards its conclusion. The good news is that we can look forward to a final term that will be brimming with stimulating teaching and learning activities and programs. Without doubt,

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