Primary State Athletics 2018

Friday, 17 August saw 19 NCS students, their parents and a teacher make their way to Blacktown for the CSSA Primary State Athletics carnival. The team competed in lots of individual events, as well as 4 relays. The day was unseasonably hot and caused the competitors a few issues early on, but they persevered, their efforts certainly were inspirational. There were incredible performances throughout the day, including top ten finishes for Jayla B, Emily M, Hamish M, Charlie L B, Nancy O and Rubymay P. Noah T jumped 1.25m in high jump - a 2cm 'PB'. Jayla threw discus almost 3m further than at zone to finish second and qualify for the next level of competition - CIS (woot-woot!), Charlie improve

Primary Zone Athletics

On Thursday, 2 August, 39 students from NCS' primary department attended the CSSA South Coast Zone Athletics Carnival in Wollongong. NCS competed strongly all day, striving for longer, higher and faster distances and times than at our school carnival in Term 2. Keonie A ran her 200m about two and a half seconds faster, Josh C knocked almost 4 seconds off his 800m time, Corinne C was 18 seconds (wow!) faster over 800m and Isaac C was faster in 100, 200 and 800m events. Miles C was faster in his 100m, whilst Hayley E improved her 800m time by an incredible 37 seconds and her 1500 by about 30 seconds! Kent E improved his high jump by 6 cms and his 200m time. Adele G ran 800m almost 20 seconds

Junior girls basketball - 2nd overall!

On Wednesday, 8 August, our junior girls basketball team travelled to Illawarra Sports Stadium in Berkeley for a day of basketball. After 4 games of basketball we had 3 wins and 1 loss. The girls worked hard all day to finish 2nd overall. Congratulations to all the girls involved on the way you played hard and fair and supported each other. We look forward to being able to go back next year with nearly the same team to see if we can go one place better! Team members were Maddie P, Kaylee B, Tahlera P, Julia M, Lilly D, Lili M, Amelia L and Sarah K.

Thank you James!

The Flippence family (parents Kathy and Brett and children James, Ben and Anna) have had an association with Nowra Baptist Church and Nowra Christian School since they first arrived in the Nowra area in 1999. Kathy was a teacher at NCS and Brett became Associate Pastor at NBC for a period of time. Kathy and Brett answered the call to a mission role in Ethiopa, departing Australia in June 2011, where they served at Bingham Academy in a variety of roles, including Bible teaching and, most recently, Kathy worked as Executive Principal. They have now returned to Australia, with Anna and Ben enrolled as students at NCS and Kathy assisting with the NCS Casual Teaching Team. Their eldest son

South Coast Leaders Forum

On Friday, 17 August, Elizabeth C and I (Lachlan W) attended a South Coast Leaders Forum at NSW Parliament House. We caught the train from Bomaderry station to Martin Place, attempting to do an amount of study along the way. We arrived with plenty of time to spare, or so we thought. We grabbed a coffee and started off heading to parliament house. We encountered an issue along the way, having no idea where to go. (Thanks, Mrs Meek!) After going in a few circles we found it, NSW Parliament House! We hung around in the house foyer for a few minutes, meeting prefects from other schools including Nowra High, St Johns and Ulladulla High. Over morning tea we discussed problems in our local areas

Great effort at Primary State Soccer!

On Thursday, 9 August eleven boys from Stage 2 departed Nowra at 5am for a trip to Penrith to compete in a State Football (Soccer) tournament. Having narrowly qualified for State after scraping into second place at our Zone competition held in Term 2, the team was optimistic but realistic about their chances at the next level. The boys performed really well on the day and came very close to making it through to the first round of finals. After a 4 - 0 loss and a 2 - 0 win, they just needed a draw or better in their final game to progress to the finals. This made for an exciting finish with the team leading 1 - 0 early but eventually going down 2 - 1 and only just missing out on a place in th

A note from Mr Bray - 24 August 2018

As you are reading this edition of BYTES, Week 4 of Term 3 has come to a busy, but successful, conclusion. As always, I continue to marvel at the incredible range of teaching and learning activities that have taken place in a thriving K-12 community such as NCS! There have been numerous major sporting events that have seen teams of NCS students participating in events as far away as Sydney in the north and Ulladulla to the south. These events have covered an amazing range of sporting endeavours, including the CSSA State Athletics, rugby 7’s and volleyball, to name just a few. Our Primary Gymnastics program, being held weekly in the MPC, also commenced during this period. (You will be able to

Fine artists and fine art!

Congratulations to all fifteen NCS students who entered the Shoalhaven Art Society Youth Awards! Saphyre B, Isabella C and Elizabeth P won prizes for their divisions in the coveted art prize. Well Done! Mrs Stewart was very pleased to see students explore their creativity with such enthusiasm. Most students painted their artworks during the school holidays. See our students' work on display in the gallery until Saturday, 8 September at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery in Berry Street, Nowra.

Primary Teachers Science Gathering

On Tuesday evening, NCS hosted a gathering of Primary teachers from Christian Schools in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands region. Over 80 teachers came together to hear Tanya Coli, head of Curriculum Standards, Primary Education from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) speak about the new Primary Science Syllabus. This new teaching syllabus will be used from 2019 onwards. Apart from some very informative and helpful information about the exciting new syllabus, NCS staff enjoyed a meal while mixing with staff from other schools.

Big Science Competition

In late Term 2, forty students from Years 7-10 took part in the Big Science Competition. The Big Science Competition is open to students across Australia. It’s a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills. The participants from our school received their awards at our 7-12 assembly on Friday. Courtney N (Yr 9), Liam R (Yr 9) and Zac P (Yr 10) received distinction certificates. Micah E (Yr 7) and Emily K (Yr 10) received high distinction certificates. Well done to all the students who participated!

Tessellation in 5/6CM

At the end of Term 2, our maths group was learning about “Tessellation”. What is tessellation? Tessellation simply means covering a surface with a repeated pattern so that there are no gaps or spaces. We investigated which 2D shapes would tessellate and which ones would not. Some shapes would tessellate on their own. Some shapes would tessellate when we used 2 shapes in the pattern. We made some tessellation patterns using 2D shapes and drawings. We also learnt that we could find tessellation patterns around us and in nature such as honeycomb, pineapple skin, snake skin, brick walls and tiles. Can you find more tessellation patterns/designs around you?

NCS Insight 2018

Don’t miss this new annual event for parents/carers and other interested community members. It aims to provide an ‘insight’ into the life of our school over the past 12 months and into the exciting developments to come, both now and in the future. When: Wednesday, 5 September Time: 6.30pm - 8.30 pm Where: MPC Who should attend: Current parents/carers and other interested community members (Please note: It is not intended that students attend this event). This year's exciting event will include insight into the following: Our new school values Our school's Strategic Plan Our exciting 10-Year Masterplan, including information about the 1st stage of this plan, an exciting building project An

Has your child registered for the MS Readathon?

The MS Readathon is Australia’s longest-running and most respected reading-based fundraiser. In past years, NCS has raised much needed funds to help support Australians living with multiple sclerosis. This month we invite you to register your child/children and encourage them to read as many books as possible. Students can ask friends and family to donate or sponsor them while encouraging their love of reading and helping others. This year there’s a brand new interactive website that lets kids write book reviews and rate their favourite reads. They can even use the MS Readathon as an exciting way to finish off the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Students can be registered for the MS Readat

Primary Chess Competition

On Monday, 6 August, eight students in years 3 to 6 traveled to Illaroo Road Public School to compete in games of Chess. They have been training and developing their skills for many weeks at our weekly lunch time Chess Club. Students competed against some very strong players from Kiama, Gerringong, Nowra, Huskison and Illaroo Road Public Schools. Our students were wonderfully well behaved and gracious in both victory and defeat. Well done to all.

Synergy Leadership Breakfast

On Friday, 3 August, student leaders and their Principals arrived at our school for the Synergy Leadership Breakfast. This gathering aims to bring all of the ATICS student leadership teams together to share their leadership journeys, to learn from each other and to be trained to become even better leaders for their respective schools. We had a special guest speaker, Sam Ellery, who came to share with us that morning. After a hearty breakfast organised by Mrs Wainwright, Sam spoke to the student leaders and principals about what leadership looks like beyond the confines of our school communities. He encouraged the student leaders, who were mostly Year 12 students, to remember that there is

NCS Compassion Fair 2018

On Friday, 10 August we will hold our biannual Compassion Fair. This is a family friendly half day of fun activities, food and stalls. All money raised will go towards supporting the two children our school sponsors through Compassion Australia. Families are encouraged to buy tickets online and then bring a little bit of money on the day for any extra activities/stalls students participate in. Family discounts available when buying 3 or more tickets. $8 ticket includes sausage sizzle, drink and 4 activities. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 As a Christian community, w

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