KidsMatter update: transitioning to 'Be You'

KidsMatter was a national initiative for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Primary Schools. NCS joined this initiative halfway through 2014. The KidsMatter Action Team has worked hard to oversee the implementation of this initiative at NCS. The Federal Government has established a new initiative called ‘Be You’ to take the place of KidsMatter and other school-based mental health initiatives. Please visit the Be You website for more details and access to a wealth of great resources. Throughout the years the KidsMatter Action Team has been in existence, the team undertook training and then provided professional development to our staff. We have had some fantastic achievement

A note from Mr Bray - 30 November 2018

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Psalm 3: 3-6 The completion of the 2018 school year is certainly gaining momentum and this is clearly highlighted by the fact that planning for our Thanksgiving Service, to be held at the MPC on the evening of Wednesday, 12 December, is now well advanced. I trust that you will secure a seat for this event as our NCS family comes together to celebrate God’s goodness to our school throughout another amazing year! During

White Ribbon Video Competition

White Ribbon is an organisation that works with men to stop domestic violence. As part of a drive to increase awareness, White Ribbon invited local school students to take part in a video competition. The videos were to send a positive message about respectful relationships or gender equality. As part of a unit on video dramas, the Stage 5 Drama students each developed, filmed and edited a video with this positive message. They approached this challenge with maturity. There was a lovely sense of collaboration as the students acted in each others films. Two videos, Libby Y and Micah P's, were chosen by the class to be entered in the competition. Both these videos were chosen as finalists. Las

Stage 1 enjoys a Chinese Feast

On Friday, 23 November Stage 1 celebrated the end of their Chinese unit in style with a Chinese Feast. Many of the children along with their teachers looked resplendent in their traditional Chinese Costumes. From the following comments made by students you can see a good time was had by many and it seems the food was great! · It was very interesting · Lots of food to eat · Most of the children liked everything · Food was awesome and terrific · Food was very Yum! · Prawn Rice Crackers were the best! · Lots of very very good food! We would love to thank our wonderful parent helpers on the day, especially Katrina Ward and Alicia Ca

Exciting times at Year 7 Orientation Day

Year 7 Orientation Day was held on Thursday, 29 November. Our Year 6 students, along with six new students, experienced some of the subjects and activities they can expect in 2019. Following are some students' comments: 'The thing I liked about Year 7 Orientation Day was PE with Mr Petts because we played multiple fun games.' Jordan Vagg 'What I enjoyed the most was the History and English. I enjoyed History because we looked at how things were made and how old things are. The online museum was great fun. What I loved about English was making the two-person poems. The poem didn’t have to rhyme. The opposite people had to find what they had in common. What I am looking forward to is the

Attendance/Absences

In NSW it is a legal requirement that children attend school each day that instruction is provided. Parents are obliged to provide the school with notification, using an approved method, for all absences. Approved methods of notification for a day absence Notification for all absences MUST include the student’s name, class and brief reason (eg sick or family matter). The school is required to follow up any patterns of excessive absences (eg excessive family matter absences) to ensure that families and students are meeting the Government’s requirements concerning school attendance. Notification to parents will be done via SMS provided you have informed us of your personal mobile number (i.e.

Students pause to remember

On Monday, 12 November, students at Nowra Christian School stopped to remember the many men and women whose lives were lost or who suffered as a result of war. This year, Remembrance Day held particular significance, as it marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistace, the event which brought an end to The Great War. As Remembrance Day fell on a Sunday this year, students participated in dedicated Remembrance services on the following Monday, in separate primary and secondary assemblies. In the lead up to Remembrance Day, Primary students learnt about the meaning of the day and the history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. Each primary class made paper poppies and cho

Mayor visits NCS and congratulates Stage 3 students

On Tuesday, 13 November, students in Years 5 and 6 were privileged to host the Shoalhaven Mayor, Cr Amanda Findley. Led by our Primary Prefects, the gathering showcased the work of Stage 3 students. Stage 3 had participated in a local government initiative exploring threatened flora and fauna in the Shoalhaven region. Students submitted a variety of projects that highlighted the species under threat and the challenges these species face. All students' projects went on display in the foyer of the Shoalhaven City Council building and seven students received a Highly Commended award from Mayor Findley with their parents present. Congratulations to: Corinne C, Emma S, Jesse R, Chelsea L, Hug

A note from Mr Bray - 16 November 2018

Focus Verse: ‘How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all: the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small.’ Psalm 104:24-25 (NIV) As I am writing this article on Wednesday evening, I have just realised that this day represents the halfway mark of Term 4! It really doesn’t seem possible that there are only 21 more days for our students to attend school for 2018. And yet our school calendar indicates that these final weeks will be packed full of stimulating programs and activities. I suppose that I shouldn’t really have been surprised when I remembered that during this past week

Synergy Breakfast

Recently, our 2019 school leaders attended a SYNERGY Breakfast at Southern Highlands Christian School where they had opportunity to share with the student leaders from other Christian schools in the area. Here are some reflections: "On 8 November, the School Prefects travelled up to the Southern Highlands Christian School for a breakfast with students from four other Christian schools. We had a delicious breakfast of a variety of fruits and croissants. We then moved into a session where the Prefects, from each of the schools, gave talks about what they were hoping to achieve in this next year to come; how we can lead Christianly together as a unit; what we might struggle with in our roles

Worrigee Community Christmas Carols

Nowra Baptist Church and Nowra Christian School invite your family to join us for the Worrigee Community Christmas Carols on Saturday 8 December 5.30 - 9.30pm. 5.30 - 7.30pm live nativity scene face painting jumping castle BBQ ice cream woodfire pizzas (Cash Only) coffee stalls craft 7.30 - 9.00pm Christmas carols candles and glowsticks 9pm Fireworks Bring your family, bring your friends and don't forget your picnic blanket. We look forward to seeing you there! Please note this is an alcohol and smoke free event.

A note from Mr Bray - 2 November 2018

Focus Verse: ‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’ (NIV) Proverbs 22:6 Thank you to Mrs Meek, Head of Secondary, for writing our first Bytes article for Term 4. Certainly many exciting events have occurred at NCS in the two weeks that have elapsed since then. I will look forward to sharing just some of these in a few moments. However, I would like to begin this article by first taking a little journey down ‘Memory Lane’. Over the past few weeks my attention has been drawn to a scrapbook of newspaper items that has been enticingly placed on the table in our NCS staffroom. A few days ago, I decided that it was time for me to inve

CSSA State Triathlon 2018

On Thursday, 25 October a group of Primary and Secondary students traveled to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to compete as individuals and teams in the CSSA State Triathlon. Our school has a long and successful association with this event and it was great to see a group of young competitors try their hands at this most demanding sport. Congratulations to all of our competitors who really gave their all and a special shout out to our secondary junior and intermediate girls teams who placed 9th and 13th respectively in these very heavily contested divisions. Full times and positions results below: Yr 5/6 Individual ALEXIS WJ, 24:17 43 Yr 5/6 Individual KEONIE A, 26:54 45 Yr 5/6 AL

Years 7/8 Touch Football Gala Day

Students from Years 7 and 8 traveled to Milton last Tuesday to take part in an all-schools event run by Touch NSW involving schools from around the Shoahaven. For most of our students it was their first taste of Touch Football. Both of our boys teams and our girls team acquitted themselves extremely well against older opposition. The most pleasing part of the day was the way in which our students interacted with each other and the opposing teams and the rate at which they picked up the finer points of the game. This day will put our junior teams in an excellent position to compete at the CSSA Zone Touch gala day coming up in week 8 this term. Special thanks to Kye I. who assisted with refere

Paleontologists in the making

On the very last day of Term 3, the intrepid Stage One students spent the day exploring, investigating and discovering.... With the valuable help of some parents, we designed and constructed dinosaur dwellings; excavated chocolate chips from cookies (yum!); brushed and chipped away to reveal dinosaur bones; measured the length and width of life size dinosaur footprints and re-constructed dinosaur skeletons..... What a wonderful experience! Teachers and students would like to thank our lovely parent helpers and Teacher's Aides - we couldn't have done it without you. Watch this space for our next amazing learning adventure....

Inspire Creativity Night

Thursday of week 2 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 featured many engaging monologues including Miss Trunchbull, King Richard II and Lady Macbeth. Musical items involving many types of instrumental and vocal works also featured and were celebrated enthusiastically by the audience. The ni

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