COVID-19 update - temporary closure of NCS from tomorrow

Dear Parents/Carers, I am writing to inform you that Nowra Christian School will transition entirely to remote learning from tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. This is necessary while a staff member seeks testing for COVID-19, following their contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 outside of our school community. The school has sought advice from NSW Health and, although they did not mandate a closure, the School Board and Leadership have decided to take a precautionary approach in the interests of the health and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider NCS community. It is important to note: At no time has the confirmed COVID-19 case been on our school premises; The staff member has had only

Harley speeding into the lead!

5P student, Harley D, has been busy during March. As well as joining up and getting online sponsorship for NCS's Prime Movers team for 'Relay For Life', he also managed to raise a further $505 in donations and another $110.55 by organising a morning tea at his mum's workplace. Harley helped with the baking and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in this way. With the Nowra, Shoalhaven RFL event postponed until later in the year, it is very encouraging to know that some of our students are continuing to look to help others in our community. This is especially true for those who are 'doing it tough' because of cancer-related illnesses. Well done, Harley! Your parents, your fellow students and

A note from Mr Bray - 27 March 2020

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure. Psalm 16: 8-9 When we contemplate the word ‘school’, the images that usually come quickly to mind are of groups of students in classrooms, on sporting ovals and seated around the grounds under the direct supervision of one or more members of the teaching staff. During the past week, this definition of ‘school’ has undergone a huge transformation throughout our nation’s educational systems. For many Australian schools, including Nowra Christian School, this past week has seen the vast majority of our students located at home, e

Study Skills are Elevated

On Tuesday, 10 March, students in Years 7-10 participated in seminars, presented by Elevate Education. These seminars are aimed at 'helping students to improve their study techniques, increase their motivation, build confidence, and lift exam performance'. https://au.elevateeducation.com/ Here are some responses, from our students, when asked 'What was the most important thing you learned today?'" Year 7 'I learned how to take notes and put down important points to help understand stuff more'; (Erik) 'How to make dot points quicker'. (Charley) Year 8: 'I learnt how to manage my time, if I have homework/tests/assignments, and still do the things I enjoy.' (Chloe) 'Breaking things down

Primary Super 8’s Cricket

On the 3 March, Years 5 and 6 students played at the Super 8’s Gala Day. Our team: Kent E(c), Caleb M(c), James M, Myles M, Mitchell J, Lucas J, Jay W, Riley W, Daniel B , Devin K. First, we played Cedars Christian College. Cedars won the toss and fielded. Caleb and Lucas opened. Lucas was unlucky with a golden duck from a peach of a delivery. Caleb scored 2 before being spectacularly caught. Kent scored a quickfire 22 off 11, retiring after hitting a six! Myles continued, scoring 8 runs (not out)! Mitchell made 3 off 5. Our total score was 3/55. Caleb opened the bowling with a great over. James bowled a very tidy over. Myles bagged 1/1. Kent bowled a maiden with an incredible side on

What's happening in Science?

The Science Department has been busy this term with lots of interesting practicals and thought-provoking topics. Year 7 has learned how to use the laboratories safely and has made density columns to investigate the particle theory; separated solids and liquids and is currently investigating chromatography as an important health tool. Year 8 have spent time investigating the role of plants in ecosystems and the ways plants can reproduce. They have even managed to grow some new wheat for the tech garden bed. Year 9 are enjoying learning about ecosystems and have been practicing the capture-recapture method of estimating an animal population with tiny teddies. (All Tiny Teddies were harmed in

Year 8 Gardening Tech

At the beginning of 2020 Term 1, we started a new tech class called Gardening Tech. With the guidance of Mrs Arthur and the help of Mr Hefferan, we have built and filled new vegetable gardens. We started with making long oval-shaped raised garden beds. We made 3 of these beds for 3 different groups. Then we laid them down in bigger beds and filled them nearly full of soil. We planted our first 4 plants which were chillies, silverbeet, climbing spinach and cherry tomatoes. After putting them in, we laid mulch all along the top and around the new plants. This was to stop any weeds and to keep the soil nice and moist. We designed trellises for our climbing spinach. We collected some stick

Primary swimmers make a big splash!

On Monday 9 March, eleven of our primary department's finest swimmers headed up to Blacktown Aquatic Centre for the CSSA Primary State Swimming Championships. The Years 3-6 boys and girls represented our school with great pride, swimming for the South Coast Zone. There were plenty of personal best times and exciting finishes in heats. Myles C swam a 3 and a half second faster time for his PB in backstroke, Thomas HS also set PBs in 100m (finishing 7th place) and 50m freestyle. Rubymay P shaved 3/10 of a second off her backstroke PB and almost 2 seconds off her freestyle PB to finish overall 6th and 7th places. Indigo P beat her backstroke PB by over 3 seconds to finish in 8th place. Our juni

COVID-19 update – NSW Premier encourages students to stay home

Dear Parents/Carers, As you would be fully aware, information and advice in relation to how schools (and other organisations) are required to deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 scenario is constantly being updated. Our School Leadership Team has been carefully monitoring all available sources of information to ensure that we are able to develop the most accurate understanding of this situation that is possible. On Friday afternoon, I participated in a national teleconference involving 100 CSA (Christian Schools Australia) schools as we received the latest COVID-19 briefing from our CEO and Director of Public Policy. This ‘monitoring’ process has continued throughout this weekend and

Important update regarding COVID-19

Dear Parents/Carers, The School Executive is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, consulting with NSW Health, NSW Department of Education and CSA (Christian Schools Australia) and carefully evaluating the impact COVID-19 may have on the school and its activities. Updated information on travel restrictions and isolation requirements is available on the Australian Government’s website here - https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert. We continue to expect that all parents and carers within the school community will ensure that they are aware of, and comply with, the new Government requirements. What we are doing right now We have t

A note from Mr Bray - 13 March, 2020

Focus verse: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV) This fortnight brings us to the conclusion of Week 7 of this term. Many significant events have occurred during these past 14 days but, without doubt, one of the absolute highlights has been our Secondary School production of ‘Oklahoma!’. I trust that you were able to join with us as members of the audience for one of our four performances (three evenings and one afternoon matinee). If this was not the case, you have, unfortunately, missed out on a very special theatrical event. On behalf of the entire Nowra Ch

After School Care - Clean up Australia Day

Thank you to four NCS students (Ziggy, Abel, Jacob and Axel) who did a clean up of the school on Friday as a contribution to 'Clean up Australia Day' organised by After School Care. The boys had such impressive eagerness to keep our school clean and went to great lengths to find hidden rubbish under and behind bushes and benches. Students and parents/carers have been enjoying the new providers of After School Care. Feedback from parents/carers is that their children are looking forward to an engaging and active program in the afternoons. Thank you boys for keeping our little part of Australia beautiful.

Joel to represent NSW in Athletics

On the penultimate weekend in February, Joel H (Year 6) raced in the NSW Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. Joel was entered in both the 1500m and 800m races. In his 1500m race, he ran a huge 14 second personal best time (PB) and was 2 seconds faster than the Under 14 National qualifying time, which means he is now off to represent NSW in the Australian Athletics Championships at the end of March 2020! In his 800m race, he ran a 6 second PB and was only 1 second away from the National qualifying time. Well done, Joel! Everyone at school and your family are very proud of the achievements you've gained in distance running during recent years. Hard-work, dedication and deter

Country Women's Association (CWA) visits NCS

On Friday 6 March, Stage 5 Food Technology were visited by four CWA ladies who provided a cooking demonstration and worked with us through the processes involved. We cooked delicious chicken schnitzel and then plated it up in a most professional manner. A big thank you to the Nowra CWA branch for their interest and support of our Food Technology students at NCS.

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