Monday – Thursday, Lunchtime
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Tuesday 8:00am – 9:00am
Thursday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Before/After Hours School Care
Mornings 7:00am – 8:30am
Afternoons 3:20pm – 6:30pm
Monday – Thursday, Lunchtime
Order online at flexischools.com.au
Tuesday 8:00am – 9:00am
Thursday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Before/After Hours School Care
Mornings 7:00am – 8:30am
Afternoons 3:20pm – 6:30pm
All parents & guardians welcome. Sign in at Reception & you will be directed to the meeting room.
Each school year, our Year 10 students and parents meet with teaching staff to help each student select the best subjects for VCE.
There will be a brief overview of VCE requirements followed by workshops with staff to assist and give advice in the selection process.
Bring your team to support Light of Hope Cambodia at the 2019 Cambodia Cup.
Alumni, students, staff and friends are invited to register as a team or individual for a friendly mixed-volleyball competition to support a wonderful cause. $12 Player / $70 Team
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has said “there is compelling evidence (2) that Primary School age children need expert mental health support.” I have long held that the invasive nature of hand-held technology linked to social media sites has a devastating effect on the mental wellbeing of our students. Their world, often from before they can speak, is drenched in the virtual world, distorting their understanding of what reality is and plunging them into a state of anxiety and depression, as they compare themselves, usually unfavourably, with others.
They pretend to be something that they are not, to project a better version of themselves, one they think others might accept, but underneath they know the truth, or even begin to believe the charade. They measure their worth and value by what others say and think and how many “likes” they get, becoming despondent when it doesn’t measure up to the person they have projected to be in the online world.
It is this world in which our students are growing. Add to this to the mental illness, family stress and breakdown, bullying, witnessing family violence or living with the trauma of sexual or psychological abuse, it is no wonder our children need support in their mental wellbeing.
Little do teachers know of what a student brings with them as they enter the classroom. For some children school is their safe place, when their home should be the safest place on earth for them to grow and develop into respectful, responsible resilient citizens with integrity. We thank you as we partner together with you to bring this to reality for every child every day.
NCC Student Support/Welfare employs Melinda Adams (BA Psych, MA Counselling, GD Psych Adv) who has experience working at a private psychology practice and as a behavioural therapist. We are very fortunate to have Melinda working with our students to improve their social and emotional wellbeing in conjunction with the Staff and in particular the PB4L support team. This supports the push from the Royal Commission into mental health for the Victorian Government to employ “qualified psychologists [who] are urgently needed at the primary school coalface to address the crisis”(1)
Our Christian Faith supports a sense of safety, comfort and mental stability, a God on whom we can rely and where we can leave our cares, seeking His power through prayer and meditation to encourage and lift us beyond the ties of our everyday lives. As we accept His sacrifice on our behalf, we look forward to His care for us here and now and the ultimate plan He has for our future when He returns. I commend to you a relationship with God as a source of stability and support, of hope and blessing, of forgiveness and unconditional love.
(1) Australian Teacher– Primary mental health P10
(2) 2015 report on the Second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing shows “almost 1 in 7 children and young people (4-17 years) are affected by mental health issues. 50% of life long mental health issues start before the age of 14 years.” “10% of children aged 6-7 show signs of social-emotional stress and 21.7% who started school in 2018 were identified as developmentally vulnerable”
– Chris Cowled, Primary Principal
Thank you for your generous donations to support our Year 10 students fundraising for Light of Hope, our partner school in Cambodia. So far, $4,720 of our $15,000 goal has been raised. Money raised this year will help go towards tiling classrooms and providing for the care and education of children at Light of Hope.
You can make a tax-deductible donation to support NCC fundraising through the chuffed fundraising page.
In the coming weeks NCC, along with every other school in Australia, will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process is an Australian Government requirement for schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability.
The NCCD provides the school, state and federal governments with the information they need to plan for the support of students with disability.
The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process.
Mrs Hanna Stekla and Mr Chris Cowled
Over two hundred teachers and ministers from the South Pacific attended the Faith and Science Conference at Avondale College from 16th – 19th July. Highly-educated scientists from around the world shared their insights into evidence supporting a creator God and arguing against some of the arguments for evolution. These insights provided great support for Christian beliefs in a world where the theory of evolution is strongly pushed, particularly in education and the media. Some of the concepts talked about included: macroevolution and microevolution, human evolution, carbon-14 dating and the moral implications of death before sin.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF!!! With the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon our Explorers have been learning all about space. We have been discovering more about what is above us through songs, artworks, science, books and multimedia and we even had our very own astronaut, Mr Mitch, come to visit. He told us all about what to wear in space, how to take off in a rocket ship and showed us how pressure is used to launch a rocket through a fun science activity (our rockets all hit the roof!). Come by next week and see our spectacular new space display in our foyer – we’ve been working very hard.
Some of the spontaneous moments that we have extended upon have been a study on spiders and setting up our own construction zone. We have seen some very busy builders and some well-planned constructions.
Pyjama day was also lots of fun. Children and Educators came dressed in their warmest pjs and enjoyed some nice warm soup for lunch, all with the aim of raising money for children living in foster care. How great would it be if every day was pyjama day?!
This Term also saw the commencement of our bush kinder program. The Explorers have been putting on their wet-weather gear and gumboots each Tuesday and Thursday and heading off for tree climbing, fire building, rock climbing and mud-puddle jumping. This program offers our children a wonderful chance to connect with God’s beautiful creation and develop their risk-management skills, along with our problem solving and team-work abilities. It has been wonderful to see the children working together to help each other get to the top of the tree stump and see how proud they are of their achievement. We look forward to a fun-filled term, hopefully with a lot more mud!
It has been a busy start to the Term in the Inventors Room! Like the Explorers, we have been investigating space, and enjoyed making soup on our special “Soup and Slippers” day. We talked together about which vegetables we wanted to include in our soup, and the children worked together to cut them up ready for cooking. After we visited the kitchen to do the cooking, we enjoyed the delicious warm soup with our lunch, in our nice comfy pyjamas. Together with the Explorers, we raised $50 for children living in foster care, as we learnt to show care and empathy towards others.
Another highlight has been the beginning of our Birralee Bundaleer (“Children Amongst the Trees”) bush kinder program. We have gone for many walks throughout the school grounds to explore the nature that God has made, and learn how to respect it. After noticing lots of rubbish outside the first week, we took a plastic bag and tongs with us, and the children eagerly picked up all the rubbish they could safely access around the school. We have been learning about how to safely navigate sloped ground by bending one leg and keeping our other leg straight, began to investigate the different kinds of mushrooms and where they grow, learnt how to use a leaf as a whistle, and recently enjoyed a lovely picnic by the creek for morning tea.
We are also enjoying our continued visits to the school library. This week we visited straight after bush kinder, and extended our learning after our walk to the creek by reading a true story about a river that flooded. We have also been learning how to find where the books belong by checking the letter on the spine, and it has been great to see the children returning them more and more independently!
As part of their social justice unit for integrated studies, Nunawading Year 5 and 6 students have been learning about aid agencies and what they can do to help children all over the world. This week, Darius, Jordan, Lincoln Olivia, Racquel, Riley, and Taylor spoke to students about their travel to Cambodia in 2018. The Year 11 students shared about their experiences in Cambodia and what impacted them most about the trip. Year 5 and 6 students then had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. After the presentation, when asked, “Would you like to travel to Light of Hope Cambodia in Year 10?” every student raised their hand.
We are proud of the decisions our students make to follow Jesus and be baptised. Last weekend, Katrina (Year 6) was baptised. Quoting from her testimony, we can see the impact a christian education has made on her life.
When I was in Prep I asked, ‘Mum, why doesn’t school teach the same as church?’… so she moved me to Nunawading Christian College… where they taught me a lot about Jesus and they also have worship each week. Ever since then, my faith has grown.
Congratulations, Katrina. We pray you never lose this faith in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
This school holidays in OSHC we had a fantastic, fabulous fortnight of fun.
During week 1 we put on our chef hats in the kitchen and designed our very own delicious pizzas, got creative with crazy craft day and explored the imaginative world of fairytales. We also took part in an exciting Oztag incursion, learning new skills and getting to work together as a team. We finished off the week with a relaxing movie and cinema-themed activities.
In week 2 of the holidays we all had super fun for superhero day. We took part in a Chinese dance incursion where we learnt about cultural dance and used Chinese silk clothes and fans. During our puppet day, we created our own individual puppets and worked together to put on a puppet show. We got creative in the kitchen and created our own lemonade scones. To finish the week, we constructed our own cosy cubbies while practising our engineering skills to build strong structures.
At the end of Term 2, Year 5 and 6 students visited the Melbourne Museum and IMAX theatres to learn about extreme weather phenomenons. Students watched the Extreme Weather documentary, which explores the connections between seemingly unrelated weather events – from typhoons and tornadoes to forest fires and flash floods – illustrating how all of these extreme elements are linked. The documentary follows scientists around the world working to unlock the keys to pre-dating and surviving dangerous weather events.
As part of their Sustainability Unit (Tip Toe Through Our World), Year 1, Year 2 and Year 2/3 recently visited the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) community park in Brunswick.
Students handled worms to learn about their role in the composting cycle and hunted for minibeasts to find out about food webs and their importance to a healthy environment. There was a relay race where students sorted through an average household bin and separated plastic items to avoid contamination of recyclable waste. Classes also learned about the human impacts of paper production and that paper can be made out of elephant poo.
Each student was able to take home their own recycled paper, made using shredded waste paper.
On Wednesday 17 July, a group of Year 7 and 9 students from Nunawading Christian College tumbled into room 12 at 7:45am to write a book for the Kids Cancer Project ‘Write a Book in a Day’ fundraising competition. Our task was to write and illustrate a children’s book between 8am and 8pm. Each student participated in fundraising and getting sponsors in order to contribute to this cause. At 8am we were given some very specific parameters and told to get to it! After about an hour of arguing over plot holes and making character profiles, we split into groups and started writing. The work was done surprisingly quickly and we were all looking forward to an afternoon of relaxing and editing. That was until lunchtime when the internet crashed and we were all struggling to get any work done! Thankfully the problem was resolved and we continued on with our writing.
In the end, the Year 7 and 9 groups were able to finish writing and illustrating their books, with about half an hour to spare. A massive thanks to the teachers who made this possible, all of the writers who eventually agreed on a plot, and the artists who poured their heart and soul into the amazing illustrations.
– Claudia, Year 9
We are very proud of the writing teams this year – Mrs Styk and Ms. Bamford
If you would like to sponsor a team you can follow these two links to their sponsorship pages:
The Nunawading Novelists:https://writeabookinaday.com/teams/?id=358
The Bees Knees:https://writeabookinaday.com/teams/?id=385
Over the school holidays, Thomas (Year 9), competed at the World Cube Association World Championships in Melbourne. There were almost 1000 competitors from all over the world. Thomas made it through round 1 with a 10.73 second average and round 2 with a 10.95 second average. Thomas’ best solve of the competition was 8.54 seconds, which was his third best ever in competition. He didn’t quite make the semi-finals but was very happy with his results.
One of Thomas’ highlights was the chance to meet his favourite cuber, Chris Olsen, who was also filming a Netflix documentary.
Well done on this fantastic achievement, Thomas!
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Year 10 students are studying the Holocaust as part of their WWII in-depth study topic. To consolidate their work in class, they went to the Jewish Holocaust Museum where they came face-to-face with primary and secondary sources detailing this time in history. They viewed film excerpts, heard stories from Holocaust survivors’ relatives and viewed artefacts in the museum. The most moving part of this excursion was when they heard stories from survivors about resilience and survival in the face of death. One student noted that “Jack’s [a survivor] strength and resilience despite the things he went through hit home for me.” Another student stated that “The moment that stood out to me the most was the point in the day where we were able to meet a survivor and hear their story and were able to ask questions which were able to reveal much more than we all anticipated about their time in history during the Holocaust.”
Nunawading Christian College is once again shining through the French subject.
Ariza is determined to win the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette Competition this year.
Over the last three years, NCC students have qualified for every single final of the French poetry competition – the annual “Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition”. For the third time in a row, Ariza has made it through to the final; and this year, Ariza and Mr Njock are working harder than ever to win this year’s final.
We are so glad to have Natacha (left in the photo) stepping on board. Natacha won this competition two times consecutively, and knows what is needed to win. Natacha is currently providing some coaching to give Ariza the best chance at winning this final.
It was fascinating to see the machines that are used for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Infrared Spectroscopy, which are used to determine the structure of the molecule.
Eye-opening experience of the ins and outs of the scientific research industry.
It was interesting to explore the Monash University Clayton Campus as some of the students are thinking about going there.
Joke: What did the scientist say when he found two isotopes of helium? He He
“Susadei, Soksaby?” (Hello, how are you?)
“Soksaby, Arkun” (I’m fine, thank you)
Nunawading Year 10 students who are travelling to Cambodia at the end of this Term have been meeting after school to research Cambodian culture, learn some Khmer phrases and find out what to expect when they arrive on the ground. You can stay up-to-date on the Year 10 Cambodia trip by visiting our blog page at nccincambodia.com
Our Year 10 work experience program has now concluded for 2019. We are proud of the efforts and achievements made by each of our students throughout the process. We also thank and acknowledge the many hours of support and energy each parent and guardian provided for their child in this journey.
Nunawading Christian College would like to thank the following businesses and organisations for providing work experience opportunities for our Year 10 students. Through their time, effort and willingness these employers and their staff enabled our students to observe and participate in life beyond the classroom.
Cedarvale Health and Lifestyle Retreat, Tata Consultancy, Services (GoIT Girls), WaterMarc, Bulleen Art & Garden, Fide Creative Studio, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Department of Education & Training Victoria, Edinburgh College, Ringwood Optical, AMES Australia, Austin Health – Cardiology Department, Barry Plant Greensborough, Benatas Broughton Hall Aged Care, Korus Connect, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Blackburn Village Optical, Forest Hill Family Clinic, Noel Jones Mitcham, Hoskins Real Estate Croydon, Casey & Cardinia Libraries, Skintech Medical, Monash Health, Prima Cafe, Monash Pathology, Vermont South Health Care Clinic, Seventh-day Adventist Church (Australian Union Conference), Coles – Ringwood Square, PK Automotive – Blackburn, Eastern Health – Respiratory Department, Forest Hill Veterinary Hospital, Knox Children & Family Care, Mountain Gate Veterinary Clinic, Croydon Orthodontics, Mooroolbark Dental Surgery, Pets Haven Veterinary Clinic, Whitehouse Cycle Works, Adam Wong & Associates, Cricket Victoria, and Gene Technology Access Centre
“My work experience opportunity in both Dentistry and Orthodontics allowed me to see what goes on behind the scenes for each patient. I appreciated seeing the work-ethic that each staff member had and I was grateful to learn so much during my time.”
Lakshay Yr10 (Croydon Orthodontics & Mooroolbark Dental Surgery)
“I thought it was incredible that I got the opportunity to work with them… They brought in great speakers from different fields who all spoke about how incredibly relevant IT is to their jobs.”
Amanda Yr10 (STEM – GoIT for Girls).
“I really appreciated my time working in Real Estate, seeing how selling of houses worked. I also found the social aspect of the work environment interesting, how the team interacted with each other, how they spoke to each other.”
Nicholas Yr10 (Noel Jones Mitcham)
“Working in a hospital has shown me that you always have to be ready for any emergencies and be timely with your arrival, breaks, leave time and overall schedule because people depend on you.”
Georgia Yr10 (Austin Hospital – Cardiac Diagnostics)
Mr Hunt has some vacancies should you wish your child to learn one of these instruments in Term 3:
Lessons on these instruments can be from Early Learning & Prep through to VCE.
Mr Hunt specialises in Guitar at VCE level and above.
Should you wish your child/children to learn one of these instruments from Mr Hunt, an application form can be obtained from the School Office or directly from Mr Hunt via email.
Please fill in the form, sign it and return it to Mr Hunt or the School office asap, as vacancies are limited.
Should you have any queries or need advice re purchasing an instrument, Mr Hunt can be contacted on email: firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or Mob. 0412 821 684 after school hours.
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