Language Perfect World Championships

Our annual language championships snuck up on me this year and in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown the competition has come and gone! However, the good news is that our students were still doing their online language work, so scoring points without even thinking about the competition! Additionally, one of our students, Hamish Mc was on the ball and competed enthusiastically. He scored an amazing 1,402 points and earned a Bronze certificate! C’est fantastique!

They're back!!!

It was so exciting to have our seniors back in Week 3 for 'line days'. We had missed them so much and it was lovely to spend a full day in each individual subject area which gave us all a kick start into the new Year 12 subjects. On the Wednesday, as part of the French line day, we celebrated lunch together with some delicious soups: Potage Parmentier, Ratatouille, Soupe a la Poulet et Soupe Epicé supplemented with petits pains. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Miam, miam!

A note from Mr Bray - 29 May, 2020

‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ Hebrews 13:5(b) (NIV) Well, it is actually three weeks since I wrote my last Bytes article and a great deal has happened in the world of education since that time. On that previous occasion, we had just completed Week 2 of this term and most students were still working off-site, participating in an online lesson delivery program. However, our HSC students had just returned to school to complete a three day week. I wrote a letter to parents and carers at this time, indicating that the transition back to on-site learning appeared to be underway as a result of announcements that had just been made by our NSW Premier. This transition back to

Year 8 History - Sushi and Samurai

Year 8 History has returned to the classroom and worked hard to complete their Shogunate Japan unit. They have discovered the differences between Shogunate Japan and Medieval European society. In the course of their investigations, they have looked at the societal and cultural differences and the legacies of Japanese culture. This week, the class finished their unit by learning to appreciate cultural differences, with a quick nori roll making lesson. Year 8 are accomplished in the art!

Relay For Life 2020 - Update

Last term, 18 Stage 3 students and staff joined together to make 'NCS Prime Movers 2020'. They were involved in raising funds and awareness for the Cancer Council through Shoalhaven's annual 'Relay for Life' event. Due to the recent COVID-19 epidemic we heard that the event itself was postponed until later in the year. We have now heard the news that it has been cancelled altogether. As disappointing as this news was to hear, it is totally understandable. The Cancer Council have assured us that our team and their fundraising efforts will automatically be included in the relay event for 2021. Our team managed to raise a 'whopping' $1936.45 in only a few short weeks of Term One. An individual

Clarification on uniform and expression of interest for the soft-shell jacket

Dear Parents/Carers It has been wonderful to see our students return to school this week. Many seem very happy to see their classmates and have returned with an eagerness to continue their learning. The transition back to full-time face-to-face learning has been relatively smooth. However, there has been some confusion over uniform requirements as we move into the colder months. I would like to clarify a few things: Our uniform is now an all-year-round uniform There is no longer an official winter uniform. This means primary girls may continue to wear their summer dress with or without navy tights. Students may choose to wear long pants now instead of shorts. On really cold days where studen

Update regarding successful full-time return of students to school

Dear Parents and Carers, In my letter, written to all parents and carers last week, I indicated that we had received communication from the NSW Premier in relation to a proposed full-time return to school for all Government School children as of Monday, 25 May. After careful consideration, I also conveyed the news that Nowra Christian School planned to make all necessary arrangements for the return of all of our students on this same date. In many ways, this development could be seen as the final phase in a staged transition back to school that commenced during the first week of this term. Since my last letter, a further week has passed and I am pleased to report that the transition back t

Blake helps beautify our school

With the help of Mrs Lawrence, Blake was tasked with beautifying the new primary school planters around our new trees. In March, Blake planted petunias in each bed and then helped with watering these. Under his care, they have thrived over the last few months. Thank you Blake for making our school look great!

Mrs Wainwright retires from NCS

At the end of this term we will be reluctantly saying farewell to Mrs Gail Wainwright, as she retires from her role at NCS. Mrs Wainwright has faithfully served our school for over 15 years, first in the front office, then in accounts and for the last five years as PA to the Head of Secondary. ‘Working for ten years on Reception/Front Desk was a wonderful opportunity to get to know many of the children and parents of NCS,’ Mrs Wainwright said. After a break of fifteen months, where Mrs Wainwright was involved in working at Shoalhaven Library, she returned to NCS to work in Accounts and then took on the role of PA to Head of Secondary for the last 5 years. ‘Whilst I still find working in the

Students return full-time - Monday 25 May

Dear Parents/Carers, As most of you would now be aware, the NSW Premier announced on Monday that all NSW Government Schools have been informed that they are to make the necessary arrangements for the return of all students to an onsite lesson delivery mode as of Monday of next week (i.e. 25 May). Although some may have been surprised that all students would be returning this early, the NSW Premier and educational authorities have continually emphasised that the situation regarding a precise date for such a return was considered to be ‘fluid’. On Wednesday of last week (13 May), I circulated a letter to all NCS parents and carers, outlining our plans at that stage for Week 5 (Phase 2), commen

Phased return to school (Week 5)

Dear Parents/Carers, It is now almost two weeks since I wrote my last letter, outlining the first two phases of our NCS return to school timetable. Once again, I would wish to convey the gratitude of our entire staff team for the manner in which you have continued to provide your support and encouragement as we have embarked on the careful process of gradually transitioning back to an onsite learning model. My previous letter was very detailed and I would again draw your attention to key information contained there that is still directly relevant to our current school context, especially in relation to Week 4 arrangements. At the time of writing this letter, we have now almost completed the

A note from Mr Bray - 8 May 2020

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Two weeks of Term Two have now been completed but we are unable to quite say that it has been ‘business as usual’! The first two days of term were designated as being ‘Pupil Free Days’ and, during this time, all of our teaching staff members were very busy as they were further preparing online lessons. I mentioned that it was not exactly ‘business as usual’ because, during these past two weeks, many of our students have continued to work from home, accessing th

Coping in a COVID-19 world

Our school counsellors, Mrs Dearsley and Mrs Donald have created two helpful videos for families. Making sense of COVID-19 Tips for managing anxiety during uncertain times Helpful Resources We have compiled the following resources to support your own and your children’s mental health at this time. Factsheet on tips to manage anxiety Five ways to stay connected Adults: My Compass tool Anxious about coronavirus, what can I do? Support for children: Supporting children during coronavirus Courses for children and teenagers with parent session Black Dog “Bite Back” positive psychology online programme for high school students

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