Love the Lord your God: FIT day

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35. On Tuesday, we had the team from Crusaders come down from Sydney to do some training with a group of our 5/6 students. We were joined by other students from Nowra Anglican College, Shellharbour Anglican College and Illawarra Christian School. With a game show theme, the Crusaders team had us hooked from the start. We played lots of fun games which we will be able to teach others at our CRU lunch time meetings. We learnt about loving God and loving others. In our break-out groups we discovered ways of p

Volleyball Gala Day - Open Boys

Last Wednesday, 13 March, NCS sent an open boys team to compete at the CSSA State Gala Day. Our team performed really well and demonstrated a high level of teamwork and volleyball skill. The boys all competed with a positive attitude and did NCS proud. We ended up coming second in our pool with a couple of wins, a draw and a loss. Best performance of the day was against a team who were the top ranked team in our pool. They had been unbeaten in all their games and our boys narrowly missed out on a win by ending the game in a draw. Well done to: Ryan D (captain), Jonty B, Ben F, Joey E, Aaron T, Liam R, Nathan S, Micah P & Matthew S. And a big thanks to an alumini member, Jayden Norsworthy, wh

Art Express set to Impress

Stage 5 and Stage 6 Visual Arts students took an early morning train to Sydney to tour the latest HSC Visual Arts Showcase - ART EXPRESS. The exhibition is held at the Art Gallery of NSW. For many students, this was their first visit to the Art Gallery. Students were amazed at the quality of artworks and found inspiration for their own work. Stage 5 Art students drew the city scape as part of their unit of work on 'City in Utopia/ City in Decline'. Stage 6 students were investigating conceptual and material practice for their upcoming HSC Bodies of Work. "It was a fabulous time. I would love to go back again", Courtney, Year 10 "I have been to Sydney before, but I've never really paid attent

NCS wins first round of Chess Comp

In what had been built as one of the great underdog stories of our time, 5 students from NCS made the journey down to Batemans Bay to participate in the NSW Secondary School’s Chess Competition. This was the first round and the students were keen to test their skills against other, bigger, schools. The trip down was mostly taken up with an inspirational pep talk from Mr Walker. You can find the full transcript below: ‘If you win I’ll buy you a McDonald’s slurpee.’ Buoyed on by this meaningful and intrinsic motivation, students retreated into the quiet of their minds to channel their inner Deep Blue (look it up). The four competing players are ranked 1 to 4, with the top match carrying m

Stage 3 Inter-school Football & Netball Friendlies

Over the past month, Stage 3 students from Years 5 and 6 have had the pleasure of hosting four friendly sport competition sessions against another local school, NAC. Girls played netball and we also had a mixed football and futsal squad. Around half of our students played in one or more of the matches. Results were about even, with some victories and losses recorded for both schools. The spirit in which the games were played was fantastic, as they were billed as 'friendlies' - with 'SPORT' being the overall winner! It was a pleasure to witness the netball 'huddles' and football 'cheers' at the conclusion of each week's matches. There were some great examples of skillful play with some specta

Secondary Leadership Training Day

On Thursday, 7 March, our 24 prefects, house captains and vice captains, and student representative council members spent a day training in leadership. We had time to bond together as a team playing games and theatre sports, before we had three structured sessions on leadership, teamwork and selecting a charity to support in 2019. Our School Captain, Tamsyn led a session using an AVID carousel technique to answer the question 'What makes a good leader?' while our other School Captain, Lachlan gave a talk showing how Jesus role models good leadership. Our second session on teamwork was led by two of our prefects, Nic and Liz, who took us through a team-based moon survival activity and a team

A note from Mr Bray - 22 March 2019

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 Firstly, I would like to say a big ‘thankyou’ to Mrs Meek, Head of Secondary, who provided our previous NCS Bytes article. Amazingly, another fortnight has now raced by and we find ourselves at the end of Week 8 of this term with only three weeks remaining before holidays commence. One of my highlights for this term has been the opportunity that I have had to meet individually with each of our HSC (Years 11 & 12) students. We have a total of 39 HSC students and by the end of this term I will

NCS receives $800k grant towards new TAS Centre

The Board of Nowra Christian School are delighted to announce that our school has been the recipient of an $800,000 grant from the NSW State Government. This grant is to assist with costs associated with the construction of our new Technical and Applied Sciences Centre. We are most grateful to the NSW State Government who have provided this grant through the Building Grants Assistance Scheme. It is anticipated that construction will commence during the second half of this current year.

Micah awarded the Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship

An interest in military history inspired by his father’s Army service has paid off for Year 10 student Micah P, who has been selected for the 2019 NSW Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship provides an opportunity for Micah to join 19 fellow scholars from schools across NSW for a 16-day trip that will include tours of significant battlefields in France, Belgium and Germany. Only 20 schools across NSW are selected by ballot to contest for the prestigious scholarship. Once selected, participating schools are allowed to submit no more than three applications from Year 9 history students for the scholarship, with only one student selected from each school to travel the follow

A note from Mrs Meek

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12 Since the last Bytes article, our school has had many opportunities in Growing in Wisdom with God. A few things that have stood out for me are: BYOD implementation at secondary school has increased participation and engagement with students. Students are generally using their devices well and we are thankful for parental support in this area. If you, as a secondary parents/carers, have not set up your SEQTA Engage account or need some help navigating SEQTA Engage, please do not hesitate to contact us at seqtasupport@ncs.nsw.edu.au. Our Primary and Secondary Zone Swimming Carnivals were a positiv

Yrs 3-6 Students Make a Splash @ Primary Zone Swimming

Monday, 25 February was a picture-postcard perfect day for our Primary Zone Swimming Carnival, held at Nowra Aquatic Centre. 32 of our most excellent swimmers from Years 3-6 represented their school in multiple races across the day. A few personal best times were recorded by some students in various events. Other students filled in for missing personnel on the day to gain points for our school team. Much 'fun in the sun' was had by all. Our tent area was filled with the heady aroma of sunscreen and hot chips! Parents, friends and carers were there to lend support and some were even drafted in as helpers. Thanks especially go to 'Swimming Mums' - Cheree Miles and Cindie Pearce, who were our v

NCS students receive 1st Place in National Geospatial Competition

Last year Micah E and Lizzie P entered the national Geospatial Competition and I am proud to announce that they have been awarded 1st place! Over 20 schools entered the competition. Our idea for the entry started with the nestboxes we had helped Landcare build earlier in the year. Durring Term 4 Micah and Lizzie worked with Shoalhaven Landcare to explore where these nest boxes should be placed. They used digital maps and ground-truthing of their research to prioritise potential sites in the Nowra region. To complete their entry they had to learn new skills of digital mapping, data manipulation and project planning. They also chose to challenge themselves to use a new digital platform to

NCS Cleans Up!

Last week, Secondary students put aside our regular Sport and Rec activities to undertake some community service in Worrigee Nature Reserve. We worked with Shoalhaven Landcare and National Parks and Wildlife to have our own Clean Up Worrigee Day. The afternoon was lots of fun with a range of activities. Students were encouraged by bushwalks with Mr Petts where they got to reflect on the wonder of God's creation, were challenged by tug of war with Mr Walker and, of course, picked up lots of rubbish! Marien Stark, the local Landcare Co-ordinator, was very impressed with the high spirits and sense of helpfulness of our students. The National Parks team also commented that they were very tha

NCS Netball Action

Stage 3 girls have been training hard in lunch times for 4 rounds of games with Nowra Anglican College netballers, that are being played each Friday middle session. Thank you to our coaches, Jasmine and Amelia. Each Friday the NCS netball girls have enjoyed the friendly games with NAC students, competing with team spirit and energy. After 2 rounds, NCS teams have won 3 games out of 4. It has been lovely to see players improving in skills and knowledge of the game since last year. We also have some budding umpires who are keen to help run the games - at such a young age! I look forward to continued sportsmanship and enjoyment for the last 2 rounds. Well done girls.

Year 8 Go Op Shopping

On Tuesday, the Year 8 Textiles Technology class travelled to the Salvos Store in South Nowra to source fabrics for their textiles project. The project requires them to re-purpose materials to use in creating a cover. They were told their budget and sent shopping. It was an enjoyable morning, rifling through racks of clothes and odds and ends, finding the right look for their projects. We even struck it lucky because it was 50% off tagged items! As always, the students were a delight to take on an excursion and we all came in under budget.

AFL Legends

70 determined NCS students from Years 5 and 6 launched themselves into 'Aussie Rules' AFL games with energy and team spirit last Thursday. This was for the annual AFL Auskick Paul Kelly cup, held at Artie Smith oval Bomaderry. The teams - 2 girls teams, 2 boys teams, and a mixed team, competed against students from Nowra Anglican College, Kangaroo Valley Public and St Michaels Nowra. On reduced pitch fields, students were positioned in defence, mid or attack thirds, and had to mark a player to intercept hand balls and kicks. We had also practiced 'bear hug' tackles which many students performed confidently and appropriately. Well done! The day aimed to reinforce the rules and sportsmansh

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