NCC invites all families to join us as we Worship at Nunawading SDA Church on Saturday, 2 June.
Stay tuned, more details to come.
NCC invites all families to join us as we Worship at Nunawading SDA Church on Saturday, 2 June.
Stay tuned, more details to come.
School photos will be taken Monday 21 May, 2018. Please ensure all students wear winter academic uniform with school tie. For Secondary students, blazers must also be worn. Forms must be returned to the school by Friday 18 May, 2018. Please note: FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE. Sibling Order Forms are available at the school office.
Over the next few weeks we will continue with each of the seven steps.
Continuing with step four and five.
4. Body Basics
Those early teen years are full of changes for young people, and these changes are going to require your child to learn new self-care skills. Most teens want to care for themselves but feel intimidated by the task or are too embarrassed to ask their parents for help. Bridge this sometimes awkward topic and offer to teach your teen what they need to know about taking care of themselves.
5. Housekeeping Habits
Your teen is a member of your household, and it is perfectly acceptable to expect them to do their part around the home. Before the age of 13, your child should know how to do their own laundry, pick up after themselves, and clean the kitchen. Middle school is also a great time to start teaching them how to cook basic meals for themselves and other members of the family. Along with cooking meals, teens should be expected to pack their own school lunches or budget to pay for lunch from the money they are given as allowance.
In many cases, parents put off teaching their children housekeeping habits simply because it feels easier to do it for them. In this case, it is essential to ask yourself what your goals for your child really are, says Amy Carney. If your answer is that you want to raise them to be independent adults, then now is the time to start teaching them those skills. If you don’t, you just might find yourself with a high school senior who is still asking you to do their laundry and pack their lunch.
Thankyou to everyone who has brought their Centrelink Health Care Card to the office so that we can submit the government form. If you submitted your card last year, there is no need to do so again this year.
For all new families, or families who have received a new Health Care Card in the past 12 months, please come to the office as soon as possible so that we can take a copy of your card and get you to fill out the government form.
Please contact the office if you have any questions about this.
From 2 July 2018, there will be a new Child Care Package. The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. It will be paid directly to services.
To find out more, visit: education.gov.au/childcare
This week we have mourned the loss of Mr David Anderson, our much-loved Primary Mandarin teacher and grandfather/guardian of Zech in Year 6. The news of his passing was delivered to the staff just a few minutes before school started on Monday morning, and as you will appreciate, our teachers have had to press forward, through their grief. Adventist Schools Victoria (ASV) have been supporting the teachers with counselling and time off as needed. We would appreciate your understanding and prayers for our staff.
Every day we have prayed for the family and have been offering support to them in any way we can. There is an online fundraising campaign for the family, open to anyone to contribute. Just go to https://chuffed.org/project/david-anderson-family-support if you wish to help.
A memorial service is to be held at Nunawading Adventist Church, 171 Central Road, Thursday 24th May at 2pm. An email has been sent home with all the details – please read this carefully.
Friend, teacher, basketball coach, spiritual leader, colleague – Mr David Anderson has touched so many lives. We take comfort in knowing that we will see him again when the Lord Jesus returns.
Our enrolment committee is now filling classes for 2019 – 2021. Places are available in Foundation and Year 7 and we ask that current families submit an enrolment form for these years. There are limited places and waiting lists in other year levels.
Thank you for your continued support of Nunawading Christian College and for sharing the vision of NCC with your friends and family. As our College grows, our vision will not change. Our focus on character, excellence in learning and our commitment to nurturing every student in our care will not waver.
If you have questions about enrolment, please do not hesitate to contact Marie Roberts, our College Registrar by phoning reception on 03 9877 3555.
Congratulations to our Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 students on completing NAPLAN testing this week. We are proud of you and all your accomplishments.
CEI – “Centre D’Echange Internationaux” – Australian Program is once again sending French students to our school in Term 3.
This is an annual event and we are happy to be invited to participate again this year after very successful experiences in 2016 and 2017 when we hosted two delightful girls. This year we are accepting 4 students.
We are currently seeking host families to care for the students who will attend school every day, primarily for English language purposes.
Dates are 19/7 – 28/8 and we are looking for families to host these highly motivated and enthusiastic young people who are very excited to be coming to Australia.
They come from all over France and are keen to improve their English, experience life in an Australian school and family, whilst also sharing their French culture.
We ask families to welcome them into their home and show them around our wonderful city a little on weekends.
Families are paid to host and parents will require a WWC Card.
This is a really fantastic opportunity for anyone learning French or interested in the culture and keen to make a new international friend.
For more information please contact the school or –
Joanne Cawood-Smith – Australian Manager CEI – Centre d’Echanges Internationaux
This week we spoke to Heather Woodhouse who has been teaching at NCC for 30 years! This year Heather is our Head of Science, and Learning Support Coordinator in Secondary.
Describe teaching in three words…
Challenging, Rewarding, Fun
What do you love most about teaching?
Interacting with so many different people
What is different about NCC to any other School?
Great family atmosphere
What do you learn from your students?
Enjoy all new experiences
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be and why?
Environmental Scientist. I love talking to plants!
Values: they are what shape the world we live in. Values influence the way people act, their morals, the things they choose to study and the way in which they contribute to the world around us. The things we value shape us into the people we become; they play a large role in our identities and make up who we are. Who a child grows up to be all depends on what they are taught to believe in, things and principles that they have tried and tested.
In this way, whether we are taught to lie or be honest, give up or persevere, or dwell on trivial matters or move on, these things will tend to stick with us for a long time. Some examples of the good values and things we can do are to listen and then speak, fight for what we believe is true, stand up for ourselves and others and give respect but also demand it. However, there are still some ways that will drag us down and stop us from reaching our full potential. These include: selfishness, manipulating, revenge etc.
The values and principles I believe are essential to living life the best way possible are honesty, respect, doing the best I can, sticking up for the things I believe in and generally being a little kinder than is necessary.
I think you’ll find that by making sure your values are important and that you’re passionate about them, it is possible to be happy and soon enough you’ll find yourself living life to the very fullest.
Our week started out quite sad with the news of our Mandarin teacher, Mr Anderson’s passing. It’s been an ongoing conversation throughout the week, as the children are coming to the realisation that he’s not coming back to school. We’ve been praying for his family every day, and some of the students have also made some lovely pictures for me to pass on to his family. We have been remembering his very kind nature, his lovely singing of songs in English and Mandarin, and all his wonderful Bible stories! We love and miss you Mr Anderson, and look forward to seeing you one day when Jesus returns to take us to Heaven!
Another New Friend!
We have had another new friend join us this week! Welcome Dakota to our ELC family! We are so excited that you have come to join us at NCC ELC. We hope you enjoy your time with us!
Many of our kids have been having fun writing their names this week. We encourage the students to sign in each day, however it went further this week, and the children have been using their name tags to practise making their names with magnetic letters, and also writing it on whiteboards. It’s been so great to see the children choosing to practise an important skill such as this! They’re doing such a great job!
The cold, wet & windy weather has now hit us! As we go into this flu season, please ensure that if your child is unwell, they are kept at home from school, where they can rest and recover. This also helps to stop the spread of viruses to other children.
Thanks to those who have now purchased uniforms. Please remember that uniform is a compulsory requirement on Thursday & Friday (optional other days). If you need to purchase a uniform, please ask staff for an order form.
No upcoming events right now… watch this space!
There are those who say that mothering is ordinary. But don’t let them fool you. Being a Mother will always be the bravest, least ordinary, most difficult and utterly challenging career that anyone ever hopes to lay claim to.
While others might hear, “nappy-changer, food-maker, taxi-driver, bottle-washer, laundry-doer, track pants-wearer, life-on-hold-want-to-be-doing-anything-else woman…”, the Truth is – whether it feels like it or not – that you are a shelter from the storm. You are a warrior who will battle for your children’s hearts, souls, attention, innocence, education and memories.
So go to battle my friends. The staff of NCC are here to support you. We will hold strong on either side of you. We will pray over those bottles, through the sleepless nights, when doubt comes and children break, when adults fail them, when they push and push as hard against you as that day you delivered them into the world.
Your heart may ache, but you will get up again tomorrow and load the clothes and say the words that need to be said. Again and again and again.
And in teenage years, when the world tries to claw at them, to break them, to smash the beauty in them, may your walls hold true. May the lessons you’ve taught, the truths you’ve lived, the life you’ve spoken into them come back easily and predictably in their everyday lives.
Mothering is – Kingdom business. Jesus work. This shaping of souls.
This raising tiny humans.
There are those that say that this is ordinary. Don’t buy that for a second.
You are mighty and you are brave, because you mother.
(By Karen Horsley, inspired by Skitguys)
To finish off the bible unit, Daniel, the Year 5/6 students in Mrs. Santiago’s class were asked to make a difference in someone’s world. They thought carefully about those in the community and came up with creative ways in which they could serve them. In groups, they gave beautiful gifts to the residents of Coronella, made delicious homemade lemonade and cookies for the teachers, made inspiring gifts for their peers, and one group even raised $124.40 from a baked goods stall which they donated to the Year 10 Cambodia mission trip. An excellent effort by all!
Many thanks for the improvement in parking in the correct locations, which is improving the flow of traffic both in the car park and along Laughlin Avenue. Only cars parking all day will have a parking pass so please ensure the pass is visible. We are trying to reduce the number of people parking in the car park without permission.
Seven students represented Nunawading at the EISM Champions carnival. In order to be invited to this event one needs to win at the Division 3 EISM carnival or place in the qualifying group across twenty-one schools. As you can see from the results we can be very proud of all our students’ efforts and the five bronze medals. One each for the members of the U16 boys relay and the U16 Shot Put.
|U14 Shot Put||Mitchell||9.84m||5th||6th|
|U13 Long Jump||Samuel||4.14m||6th||6th|
|U16 Shot Put||Jonah||12.56m||5th||3rd|
|U13 High Jump||Jessie||1.25m||5th||4th|
|U16 4X100 Relay||Campbell, Hruai, Jonah, Kye||49:76||7th||3rd|
On Tuesday, travelling down the diverse streets of Melbourne, the Year 9’s learned about homelessness and how society treats homeless people. Apparently, there are 23,000 homeless people in Melbourne and about 80,000 vacant homes, with the number of homeless people ever-increasing. Melbourne has earned the title of being ‘the most liveable city’, according to The Economist, but unfortunately we fail to live up to that standard in a lot of cases.
Stereotypes have been given to homeless people through the media, portraying homeless people as only a bunch of criminals, drunks, druggies which, in most cases, could not be further from the truth. Our guide explained, ‘It’s hard to hate someone close up’, that is, you don’t really know someone until you talk to them, as she does. This applies heavily when it comes to the homeless. The homeless have stories, and instead of just avoiding them we should be making an effort to listen to what they have to say.
Ignoring the problem won’t fix it and there is no humour in homelessness. I personally understand a lot more now about homeless people. Having nothing would truly be terrible. This was a real eye-opener.
Parents are now required to have a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) card to volunteer in any school in Victoria, whilst children are at school. You will need to present this card to the school office prior to completing any volunteer activity within the school. A copy will be taken and kept on file. To apply online: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au . You will need to complete this application, choosing “Volunteer” and the organisation will be Nunawading Christian College.