Micah sets off on a World War adventure

Earlier this year our school was delighted to announce that Year 10 student Micah P had 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 historical sites and battlefields in France, Belgium and Germany. The tour allows the students to gain insight into Australia's experience of conflict and the lessons of war and to develop a greater understanding of the significance of the ANZAC tradition and the role it plays in Australian identity. Micah leaves on this exciting tour this Friday 27 September and he will return on

NCS superstars at CIS Athletics

Last week, on Thursday 12 September 2019, Joel H, Emily M and Rubymay P, all from Year 5, represented NCS and NSW CSSA at the Combined Independent Schools Athletics Championships at Homebush in Western Sydney. They had lovely sunny conditions and plenty of support from families in the grandstands. Joel ran the 800m and 1500m, Emily qualified for the 800m, 1500m, discus and long jump. Rubymay competed in the 200m. All three students competed very well in fields of very strong athletes. Rubymay ran her race in 30.88, less than a second off her P.B. for her event. She finished a respectable 15th place out of 27. Joel ran a 6 second P.B. - 5:02:52 to finish with a 3rd place medal for his 1500m.

Medals Awarded for Perseverance

On Monday, K - 6 students joined in congratulating Taine and Addison H as they each received a medal for perseverance during their dad’s long deployment aboard a Navy ship. These medals are, on occasion, presented to children of Defence Force members who have been deployed, in recognition of the contribution they make as a family to enable serving members to carry out their duties. Despite the many challenges, Taine and Addison persevered and have finally made it to the end. This was in no small part due to the constant care and support of their mum, who kept everything going at home. On Monday, we also had the opportunity to say thank you to the teachers, friends and staff who supported the

HSC Visual Arts Exam Workshop

NCS students attended a combined schools study day to master their upcoming HSC Visual Arts examination. Craig Malyon, experienced Visual Arts educator, led the workshop and gave students the insight of a Senior HSC Visual Arts Marker. Students were engaged and learnt invaluable skills and writing techniques.

Defence Family Games Afternoon

Last Friday Defence families came together for an afternoon of fun and games. This was a great opportunity for families to connect over afternoon tea and a little competition. It was a great afternoon, with dozens of board games played, along with table tennis and some classic picnic games. Well done to those who won prizes for the most games played and to the overall competition winners. It was great to see Mr Bray drop in for a game of Tumbling Towers; I believe this one ended in a win by young Heidi. Thank you to all those who came along and showed their support.

Success at Showcase!

Monday 9 September was a night for our Stage 6 Creative and Performing Arts students. The night was held to showcase the woodwork projects, visual art projects and music students. The night began with a walk through the MPC Gallery to view the projects. Many people gathered and commented on the incredible detail of the projects. Those in attendance voted for their favourite woodwork project. The winner of the student choice was Justin C with his bed and the winner of the parent choice was Ryan D with his rocking chair. Those in attendance then moved to the music room to watch the musical performances. The music ranged from piano, to heavy rock, to bagpipes and was enjoyed by all those in att

University of Sydney Virtual Visit

On Monday 14 September, Year 10 Maths hosted University of Sydney Senior Lecturer Dr Robert Marangell for a virtual visit. Dr Marangell talked about careers which use mathematics and students who have studied his subject. Both areas were surprisingly diverse in scope - Dr Marangell himself started as a history and philosophy major before moving into Maths. He lectures Science, Engineering, Economics and even Law students. He explained his current area of research and talked about the use of Maths in every aspect of modern life, from mobile phones to the internet. He took the class through a practical activity, demonstrating how Maths is not just about numbers but also about studying geometr

A note from Mr Bray - 20 September 2019

Focus verse: ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ 1 Peter 4: 10 (NIV) Next week is the final week of school for our Year 12 HSC students. I cannot remember an edition of NCS Bytes where I have not observed that the past two weeks have been packed full of amazing highlights and this last fortnight has certainly been no exception! It will be my intention to refer to just some of the many events that have taken place. I would encourage you to read the numerous other articles provided here that cover many other special activities that have occurred in a wide variety of areas. The evening of Monday, 9 S

All the world's a stage

Year 10 and Stage 5 Drama were excited to see 'Macbeth' in the Sydney Opera house last week. One of the things that stood out to us was the mood of the theatre. For example, there were large, rock-like, stage pieces that had eyes projected on them. This created a dark, creepy mood and unsettled us when the eyes moved unexpectedly. The director decided to mix two styles of drama. These were contemporary and classic, presented through the original themes and urban street style of the three witches. Finally, the chance to see a play in the Sydney Opera House was an awesome experience in itself.

A note from Mr Bray - 6 September 2019

‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength.’ Philippians 4:13 (NIV) As you would be aware, every school in New South Wales must be appropriately registered in order to continue to operate as an educational provider. NCS was informed late last year that our school’s registration was due for cyclical inspection. Accordingly, we were visited by a NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Inspection Panel during June. The inspectors carefully examined requested curriculum material and various policies and procedures. I am pleased to inform our school community that NCS has been granted re-registration and accreditation certification (see certificates below) that are current until 31 D

Picasso and his Dog

Stage Two students were introduced to Pablo Picasso and his artwork through a performance at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 3 September. The performance was a combination of puppetry and live performance inspired by the true story of Picasso and his pet 'sausage dog' Lump. Students learnt about Picasso's love of animals and his fascination for drawing and painting them. They saw many examples of abstract art depicting dogs but also witnessed some very creative ways to form animals from a myriad of household items. Students were able to ask questions of the performers after the play, learning more about the performers themselves and also the set which was designed to look

InTech - Timber. Major Project Completion

A huge congratulations to our "Industrial Technology - Timber" students who have now completed their major projects. The projects have now been marked by NESA and will soon adorn the homes of the students. The projects are the culmination of many weeks and hours of work, including holidays and after school hours. The students are extremely proud of the high quality work they have been able to produce. I would like to thank parents who have helped their students navigate this task. Two parents, in particular, Mark Crabtree and Gary Curline who, on a number of occasions gave up their own time to share their skill and help our students. A big thanks also to Glyn Williams, a local furniture make

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