Mrs Gail Bate

Principal's EA

I’ve had the privilege to be at NCS since 1995.  I am blessed with a very supportive husband, two terrific daughters and son-in-laws and three (3) very cute grandsons. I consider it an absolute blessing to be working at NCS and I thank God for this every day.  I also appreciate the School Community with the wonderful students and  parents that are part of our school. At NCS God is our leader, our desire is to grow our students up in Christ and to love each and every one of them as Jesus loves us.

Mr Jeff Fairbairn, F.C.P.A

Business Manager

Mr Ross Tasker

ICT Manager

Our family moved to the Shoalhaven in 1996 and for most of that time my main area of work has been as a Software Engineer with a couple of different companies across the Defence, Aviation, Steelmaking, Transport and Communication industries. Prior to that I did an apprenticeship covering dual trades (Electrical and Electronics) followed by a B.Sc (Physics & Computing) at UWS. More recently I’ve done a few different things including some TAFE teaching of ICT (Information Communication & Technology) subjects. I joined NCS as ICT Manager in 2018. The role has Its challenges but I am loving the work environment that recognises who is the real boss and seeks to help the kids grow in all aspects of their lives.

Mr Michael Akinsanya


Mrs Vanessa Smith

Library Assistant

I joined NCS in 2011 when my eldest daughter started Kindergarten, now all three of my children attend NCS and love it.

My background is in Library Services and administration. I started at NCS as a volunteer in the library.  Now I am fortunate enough to have some casual work in the Library, and I have also been given the privilege to work in the Uniform Shop. 

I enjoy both my roles at NCS as I am lucky enough to meet parents and new families in the Uniform Shop, as well as getting to know students when in the Library.

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Mrs Amanda Herring

Community Relations Manager

I have worked for NCS since 2015. I am also a former student and have had a long history with the school since its beginnings in the 1980's. I have over 20 years experience in marketing, graphic design, communications and human resources in many different sectors including manufacturing, financial services, small business, not-for-profit, tourism and education. I love using my skills to raise a greater awareness of the awesome school community Nowra Christian School is and the quality Christian education that it offers.

B. Com, Cert IV Graphic Design

Mrs Jodie Dearsley


I joined NCS in 2018. Previous to this I have had considerable experience as both a Primary Teacher and as a School Counsellor. I have worked in many public schools throughout Western Sydney, the Sutherland Shire and the Shoalhaven. My husband Matt, and I have 4 children and attend Berry Community Church. I am also excited about being able to share my faith openly and being able to incorporate God’s story in my counselling.

Mrs Jane Donald


I joined NCS in 2018. I have previously worked as a Language Teacher and careers counsellor before I completed my studies in Counselling. My husband, Ian, and I have three sons and attend Sussex Inlet Anglican Church. I really love doing one-on-one counselling with children and providing them with the guidance they need to be empowered and to achieve independently.

Mr Jim Hefferan


I started at NCS in 2010. I really enjoy working at the school where every day things are different! The many jobs I've worked in over the years (including the building trade, chemical industry and office work) have helped prepare me for my role at NCS. When I'm not at school you can find me somewhere with a fishing rod in my hand or spending time with the grandkids. 

Mr Jayden Norsworthy

Grounds Assistant

Mr Adam Parsons

Grounds Assistant

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Office Administation

Mrs Jo Dickinson

Enrolment Officer/Office Administration

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Mrs Naomi Jeffery

Reception/Office Administration

​I started working at NCS in 2011, as a Teachers' Aide.  I have had many different jobs in my life, but I have to say working with the staff and students at NCS would have to be one of my favourite.  I mainly help the Yr 1 and Yr2 classes with Maths and Literacy, but I especially love being able to do Art with the kids and seeing what they create.


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Mrs Muriel Ellis


I commenced working at NCS in 2006.  I was born in France and came to Australia in 1981 with my parents and three sisters.  I am married to David and have two daughters who both attended NCS and did their HSC here. I have always worked in the Accounted environment, getting my experience in various businesses in Sydney and the local area before joining NCS. I am so blessed and thankful to God for providing me the opportunity to be part of the School community.  My prayer is that each and everyone, in this community (and beyond) will 'Grow Up into Christ'.

Ms Cheryl Luntungan


After moving to Nowra in 2000 with my son, I learnt about God's grace and healing love available to me through Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection, and I  invited Him to be my Lord. My son was a student at NCS from Kindy right through to Yr 12. I enjoy my roles at NCS, working alongside, supporting, and being supported by a caring and compassionate team.

Mrs Jen Pearse


I started at NCS in July 2016 in the role of fee recovery. We moved from Sydney in 2009.  I have two sons, one in the Illawarra and one who teaches in Sydney.  I have a daughter who lives in Washington DC and a very spoilt dog.

Mrs Heather Luke


I started at NCS in July 2016 in the role of fee recovery. We moved from Sydney in 2009.  I have two sons, one in the Illawarra and one who teaches in Sydney.  I have a daughter who lives in Washington DC and a very spoilt dog.

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Library Staff

Mrs Kathy Bignell


I have been teaching for many years in both early childhood and primary education. Having recently completed further study in Literacy education, I am excited to have gained the role of teacher/librarian at NCS in 2017. My family and I have always lived near the coast and I enjoy all water sports, bush walking and of course reading. I particularly enjoy reading quality children's and young adult literature and I hope to instill this love of reading with as many students as possible here at NCS.

Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Master of Education/Literacy Education, PTC.

Mrs Narelle Lancaster

K-2 Library

I began working at NCS as a casual teacher in 2015. I had spent 15 years at Jervis Bay Christian Community School as a class teacher, mainly working with Infants children.Prior to moving to this area in 1993, I taught in several places in NSW in the state system of education. I really enjoy teaching Christianly, where Jesus is Lord.  My experience here at Nowra Christian School has been uplifting and I have grown in my Christian faith and professional life.

Dip. Teach.

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Mrs Liz Hylton-Cummins

Canteen Manager

I joined NCS as Canteen Manager in 2018.  I have come from a very strong administration background including owning my own business for many years. I am married with 2 children.

It is a joy working at NCS with the dedicated staff and students and I enjoy keeping everyone well fed!!

Mrs Dani Clarke

Canteen Assistant

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Defence School Mentor

Mrs Adrienne Varga

Defence School Mentor/Acting Prmary Chaplain (Maternity Leave position)

My name is Adrienne Varga and I have the privilege of supporting Defence families at Nowra Christian School. I commenced my role as Defence School Mentor in 2016 and have really enjoyed getting to know the many students, parents and staff members that make NCS such a welcoming and caring community. I believe we are called to share the love of Jesus with those around us. It is a joy to be able to reflect my relationship with Jesus in my workplace. I am married, with two young boys and my husband is based at HMAS Albatross. I look forward to serving the NCS community for many years to come. 

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