A note from Mr Bray - 24 May 2019

I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) This past fortnight has provided our students with many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of learning activities. It has also brought us to the conclusion of Week 4 which means that Term 2 is now well underway! It is that time of the year, once again, which sees many of our talented students from both Primary and Secondary participating in group and individual sections of the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod. Students from our school will be able to enter into three different sections. These are choral, instrumental and drama. NCS has always been

Advanced English watch 'The Tempest'

On Friday, 10 May the Year 12 Advanced English class travelled by train to Sydney to see a production of 'The Tempest' at the Seymour Centre. The play was well worth seeing as it provided real insight into the characters, ideas and setting of the play. After a short break, students watched a Symposium which explored specific scenes from the play. As "The Tempest" is a HSC text it was wonderful to have the opportunity to see the play explored so skilfully.

Year 9 Maths Action

At the end of our algebra topic, we moved into groups to solve Tarsia puzzles. Year 9 used the algebra they had learned and worked together to demonstrate their understanding of algebra so far. A great effort was made and it was great to see some fantastic results in a different situation.

Quality Woodworking - Industrial Technology

As part of their preliminary course Senior Industrial Technology students were required to design and construct an item of furniture. Here are some photos of the high quality woodworking projects constructed by Years 11 & 12 students studying Industrial Technology. We are looking forward to seeing what these students will produce for their HSC projects!

NCS performs well at Da Vinci Decathlons

This year NCS took five teams away to compete against a large number of schools in the Da Vinci Academic Decathalons, which were held at The Illawarra Christian School ( Primary) and The Illawarra Grammar School (Secondary). All teams had been training for a number of weeks in the various categories: Cartography, Science, Maths, English, Art and Poetry, Ideation, Engineering, Codebreaking, Drama and General Knowledge. As usual the tasks were extremely challenging but all our students tackled them with great enthusiasm and good humour. We are always thrilled when our little school manages to get a certificate for first, second or third and this year we achieved: 2nd Science and Drama Year 5 1

My School, My Responsibility 2019

NCS hosted the 2019 THREE16 My School, My Responsibility on Friday, 10 May. We welcomed students from local public high schools and regional schools as far away as Shellharbour and even Orange! Around 120 students heard presentations from various groups such as Voice of the Martyrs, Scripture Union, Youth With a Mission, and local Christians who had a story to tell about how God has led them in their faith through tough times and good. They encouraged us to share the good news of Jesus in our schools. Even our art teacher Mrs Stewart was able to lead an enjoyable and creative workshop using light to show how we can shine for Jesus! The theme was 'Shine Your Light' and Andy Stephenson, from S

A note from Mr Bray - 10 May 2019

‘You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden……In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5: 14 & 16 (NIV) Welcome back to all NCS families to what promises to be a very exciting Term 2 program! I am making this claim with great confidence, given the many amazing events that have already taken place during our first two weeks of term. However, before I move too quickly ahead, it is often helpful to stop and look back over recent events. I wrote my last NCS Bytes article on Friday, 5 April, the day that we said farewell to Linda Giesa, our German exchange student. At that stage, we had o

Down at the dairy

Stage 2 had a delightful day discovering how technology is used on two local dairy farms. The Graham and Chittick families were wonderful hosts, taking us through their dairies and explaining how they milk their cows. Wade from McColls, the truck company responsible for transporting the milk from these two farms to Sydney, explained his company's role in the dairy industry. We also had the opportunity to bottle feed calves, climb through a tractor and the McColls' milk truck and watch cows being milked in the Chittick's robotic dairy. We refuelled our bodies with Mrs Graham's delicious homemade scones and flavoured milk. Our excursion was a great conclusion to our Science Unit "What's on

Salad Faces

Besides a visit to some local dairy farms, 3/4T concluded their Term 1 Science unit 'What's On Your Plate' by making some healthy 'salad face' snacks. They grew their own sprouts to use for hair as part of an investigation into plant growth. Students then followed a recipe and worked as a team to slice veggies and measure and mix ingredients to make a tasty avocado and cream cheese spread. The final ingredient was a dash of creativity to transform their salad into art!

Les Trois Petits Cochons

Last term, Year 8 learned and performed the play 'Les Trois Petits Cochons' (The Three Little Pigs) in French. Two groups provided presentations of such high quality that they were also invited to perform their play for some primary classes. This was an excellent challenge as they presented to an audience that knew the story but didn't speak French. They did a fabulous job. Here is what one student (Hannah Mundey) wrote about the opportunity: “Petit cochon! Petit cochon! Je veux entrer! Je veux entrer!” During last week of Term 1, a group of year 8 students performed a French version of 'The Three Little Pigs' for Kindergarten. Kindergarten spent the half hour laughing as the wolf chased

Year 9/10 PASS Field Trip

Years 9/10 PASS traveled to Lake Conjola for the annual PASS Field Trip. The class began with a stunning paddleboarding expedition up a secluded estuary, surrounded by rolling green dairy country. Simon Twitchen from 'Walking On Water' and his team provided expert instruction and the students were all soon moving along with ease. After lunch, the tempo increased dramatically as the class took to the lake behind the ski boat. With some demanding conditions, the students had to work together to conquer some of the more challenging moments. The school would like to thank Mr Twitchen for the wonderful day and we look forward to partnering with him and his team next year.

Commemorating ANZAC Day

Each year, I am encouraged by the number of NCS families and members of staff who freely give of their time to represent our school in ANZAC Commemoration services within our local area. This year, we were represented by over 50 students, parents and staff members at the Greenwell Point Dawn Service and the Nowra March. It was wonderful to see so many showing their support for the men and women who gave so much in service of our great country and to honour those who continue to serve. It was a privilege to march alongside a number of our Defence parents this year. It was a fitting reminder that at NCS we have a large number of parents who are in the Defence Forces. Thank you to all those

Years 5/6 visit Canberra

Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic time in Canberra. We visited many places and learned many new things. The first place we visited was Mount Ainslie where we could walk around and look at Canberra. Next we went to Questacon. There were a lot of rooms and each one had at least one very interesting thing. After Questacon, we went on our way to the New Parliament House. We saw the two main houses of parliament which were the Senate and the House of Representatives. On the second day, we first went to the National Museum of Australia. We learned a lot about history and all the amazing things that happened in the past. Then we visited the Art Gallery and looked at a lot of amazing paintings

STOP PRESS! School is taken over!

Last week, when Stage 3 and High School were all away at camp – Kindergarten, Stage 1 and Stage 2 were in charge of the school…. Stage 1 classes made the most of this opportunity, taking part in some really exciting activities as we moved into High School for the day. The students completed Lego Master challenges, became masterchefs as we baked yummy Anzac biscuits, played handball and other sporting activities, joined in with some Maths games and made a Peace artwork. Mrs Varga also organised a special visit by Mr Peter Williams, who played the bugle at our ANZAC Day Assembly at the end of last term. Mr Williams shared some of his story with us and explained to students the signifi

Poetry in Action

On Wednesday, 8 May a touring group called ‘Poetry in Action’ visited NCS to perform for Years 7-10. They had created a dramatic performance based around poetry, with the aim of instilling in students an understanding, but more importantly, a passion for words and ideas. Their performance was humorous, educational, inspiring and uplifting. Throughout, they performed dozens of poems from great poets throughout the ages. These poets included Banjo Patterson, William Earnest Henley, Ariana Grande, and Eminem. Students learned about the power of words, seeing how they had been used to change the world. They were given an insight into the techniques poets use to convey emotions and feelings, s

Quality time at Secondary Camp 2019

Being new to the school, I was eager to experience my first
 NCS Secondary School Camp, and it did not disappoint. It was exciting to see the relationship the camp leaders at Youthworks
 had built with the students over many years. Students enjoyed a challenging and rewarding mix of activities. The talks we heard were faithful to the
 Bible and applicable to our lives. We learnt not to put our faith and trust in
our own actions, but the saving works of Jesus on the cross. Our life’s resumé 
is flawed and full of things we would rather forget. Jesus’ resumé was perfect, yet he willingly died the death we deserve, so we can
 be right with God. All we need to do to be adopted into God’s family

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