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.
Please remember that Friday, June 8 is a Pupil free day at NCC.
Get Your Skates on for Primary Festival of Faith!
Wednesday 30th May
1298 Ferntree Gully Rd
$6 including skate or blade hire
Non-skaters are free
Over the next few weeks we will continue with each of the seven steps.
Continuing with steps six and seven.
6. Academic Achievements
Most parents place a high priority on helping their teens reach their full potential, but by micromanaging your teen’s academics, you do more harm than good. Parents should find a balance, encouraging their teen and supporting them without doing their work for them or rescuing them from academic failure. Of course, struggling students may need more help, but your average student should be able to meet deadlines without parent intervention, keep up with homework, and show up to class on time. If your young teen is struggling with their academics, don’t take over for them, but do have a heart-to-heart involving their counselor or teachers to find out what your child needs for academic success.
7. Navigation Necessities
New teens may not be ready to drive yet, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be familiar with navigating the places they go most frequently. Whether they’re catching a ride with another parent or walking to and from school, being able get themselves where they need to go will bring them one step closer to independence.
In fact, it isn’t a bad idea to teach your teen how to navigate using a compass, map, or GPS. These skills are invaluable and have practical applications beyond getting to and from school—such as avoiding getting lost or enjoying the outdoors without fear. It isn’t uncommon for parents to put off teaching their young teens independence simply because it feels easier to manage their lives. In some cases, parents feel fearful about the consequences their child could experience when they manage their life themselves. The truth is, the consequences of the mistakes your teen might make now are far less risky than releasing them into adulthood without the skills they need to care for themselves, engage in adult relationships, or manage their time and money.
The new Nunawading Christian College library will soon be complete! To compliment this new learning space, we will be designing a new garden and paving area. Our College will be grateful for any tax-deductible donations to support this new outdoor space by purchasing a personalised paver.
Donations can be made via cheque, cash, EFTPOS or phoning the office on 9877 3555. Each paver purchased ($50 single paver, $100 double paver) will have the family or business name engraved.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of this project.
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
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.
Cyber-safety is an important issue facing society today. Students today are surrounded by multiple devices and have multiple ways of accessing information on the web. The information they access ranges from favourite websites, games to social media sites.
Schools are working hard to try to educate students around safe and appropriate online behaviour and how choices have consequences. There are many positive aspects to using digital technologies. However, along with the positive, there can be negatives, and parents need to be aware of the risks involved when their children are online. All schools comply with the Child Safe Standards and have a policy in regards to the way technology is used by each student. Students sign an agreement to acknowledge that they understand and agree to follow the protocols placed within these policies. Please contact your school to understand policies on this matter, or visit their website to locate this information
Tips for families [from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation]:
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, 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 things 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 kids have been having a great time this week exploring the sensory nature of autumn leaves! We’ve got an autumn display set up in the art corner, and on the way back from chapel today the kids were counting how many colours they could see on the leaves in the trees outside the ELC. We found green, yellow, orange, red and brown. Five different colours of leaves!
We’ve been learning about the Bible story of Zacchaeus the last few weeks. We have learned that Zacchaeus was a very short man, so we had fun on Monday talking about height and made a big long line from shortest to tallest!
When you walk into the ELC, check out all the indigenous dot paintings that we’ve been doing of Zacchaeus up a tree. We’ve been painting on some paper bark which is super fun! The kids have really been enjoying dot painting.
Farewell Mr Anderson
Some of the teachers were able to attend Mr Anderson’s funeral on Thursday this week, and what a lovely service it was. As much as we are feeling sad and missing him, it’s such a comforting thought to know that we will one day see him in Heaven when Jesus returns to take us back.
Part of the changes to CCS means that sign in/out times are now more CRUCIAL than ever. Please ensure that the FIRST THING YOU DO when you enter the ELC is sign in/out on the iPad. Our staff will be available to help if required.
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 home from school, where they can rest and recover. This also helps to stop the spread of viruses to other children.
Festival Of Faith
Next week NCC will be celebrating Festival Of Faith. This means that we will have a chapel service each day from 10am – 11am. It would be great to have all the kids here and ready to go by 10am. If however, you arrive at the ELC between these times, we won’t be in the ELC. Please come to the hall to the right-hand side of the gym. You will be able to drop your child there and sign in on our iPads.
The Primary School PB4L focus for Term 2 is responsibility. All teachers are teaching this core value in their classrooms in many different ways. One way this is achieved is through class jobs that are allocated to students for a short period. Students are taught to be responsible for their allocated job and to complete it in a respectful manner.
Emily from Miss Michalopoulos’ class is the door monitor and is responsible for keeping the door closed this week.
Ethan from Miss Michalopoulos’ class is the pencil monitor and is responsible for keeping the pencils organized this week.
Elijah, William, Naomi and Preet from Mrs McNamara’s class are responsible for bringing the lunch tubs back to class each day after recess and lunch.
This Term Zech and James, from Mrs Santiago’s class take the rubbish to the dumpster each week.
Sienna is class librarian in Mrs Santiago’s class and records the books that students borrow from the class library. She is also responsible for making sure the students have put their books back in the correct spot on the shelf.
Diljit brings in any lunchboxes that children have left outside at the end of the day. He always remembers to do that every afternoon!
Watch this space to see other ways responsibility is encouraged throughout the school.
As children are always growing and changing, OSHC was wondering if any of our school families had any LEGO or board games in good condition that your children have outgrown. We would very much appreciate it if you would be willing to donate them to our growing OSHC program to help brighten up the wet wintry mornings and afternoons.
Donations can be dropped off before the end of term at Parent Reception.
The OSHC team 🙂
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.
“Such is life” – or were Ned Kelly’s last words, ‘Oh well, I suppose it has come to this?’ Perhaps he didn’t say anything at all, as the evidence from some reporters and witnesses seems to suggest, though they could never come to an agreement on the truth about his final words. This is some of the interesting information that the Year 9 Challenge group learnt while on our trip the Old Melbourne Gaol.
The day started off as per usual with a bunch of energetic, eager Year 9 students cramming onto the train in peak work-hour. When we arrived at the prison, we got separated into our class groups and went on our separate journeys through the gaol.
The first part of the journey included being shown around the old holding cells by a policewoman who played the part of being a sergeant in the jail and leaving the rest of us to be the criminals. ‘Yes, sergeant’ and ‘No sergeant’ were our only vocabulary as we were shown around the daunting prison which had remarkably low doors which almost took some of the slightly taller kid’s heads by surprise!
After that experience, we had a short break before going to the old magistrates’ court. Here we took part in a courtroom drama about a teenager who was on trial for sexting. Everyone played some sort of a role in the court and it went pretty smoothly as we all gained a greater knowledge of how a magistrate’s court works and the importance of respecting peers.
Next, we had an hour-long lunch break which was thoroughly enjoyed as we prepared for the tour around the main area of the jail. On this tour, we went through the prison, which is now a museum, and learned all about how people were hung from inside the prison and also about the famous outlaw, Edward “Ned” Kelly. Ned was 173cm or 5ft 6 and a half in the old measurement and this back then was considered pretty big! After having the tour around the place, we were granted a bit of free time to have a roam and take in the sights, including the glorious autumn leaves.
After again cramming into a train back home, the journey was finished and overall was a very solid learning experience. Everybody learned something new about the history of Melbourne’s most famous jail and had a decent time. – Joel M. (Year 9 Journalism)
The Secondary Mid-Semester Exam Timetable is now online for parents and students.
After NCC’s first successful French Poetry competition experience last year where six students made it through to the final, the Year 7, 8 & 9 French students from NCC this year again were part of the 124th edition of the Berthe Mouchette Competition oral examination – a memorial experience – at Alliance Française de Melbourne.
After more than three weeks of preparation, most of the students learnt and memorised their poems, and last Friday they demonstrated their linguistic skills by reciting their French poems in front of a native French speaker. Some students expressed this great experience in writing:
“On the 18th of May, the Year 7, 8 and 9 French classes hopped on three buses and drove to St. Kilda to participate in the Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition for the Alliance de Francais. We first spent recess at St. Kilda Beach and to our delight found that Mrs. Njock had kindly made us some treats – homemade donuts and crepes with Nutella! We all rushed for a crepe with the girls trying to keep their skirts down against the strong winds. Promptly after eating everything we got back on the buses and drove to Alliance de Francais. We arrived and filed into a room inside to finalise our poems and then were called in groups to go to be examined. Relieved, we all got back on the bus realising that it was 2pm and we had not had our lunch. So when we got back, we quickly ate our lunch and returned back to class” (By Zoe, Year 8).
Whilst waiting for the oral results (to be announced by the 14th June 2018), Year 9 French students will be doing the written exam on the 30th of June 2018.
In the past few weeks of Term 2, the Year 8 History class consolidated their learning on Medieval Europe by planning a banquet. Their teacher, Miss Bamford, has made this a tradition that she does every year with her Year 8 History classes. We interviewed two of the participating students to give you the details of the big feast.
What was the best thing about the event?
I loved how everyone was socialising together, chilling and eating together while understanding the lifestyle of the rich nobles and poor serfs and their different privileges.
What food was provided?
The poor were given only porridge which was to resemble pottage; they also had some fruits, and beans. The rich, on the other hand, had much more such as cake, biscuits, lots of fruits and nuts, cheese, crackers and dip, bread and plum jam and they ate off bread plates.
What did the entertainment include?
Basically people performing in front of everyone else. Some played music, some tried to dance, one juggled; we all had a wonderful time watching the entertainment.
Did you have monarchs, and what did their roles include?
They had a separate table and wore a crown but did not really mix with the poor. There seemed to be only a slight difference compared to what the nobles had.
How did it feel to be separated from the rich?
It was quite tempting to take some of their food, because they had better things than us. But we were not jealous at what they had.
How would you rate the festivities?
8 out of 10. Everyone was enjoying their time despite being separated. The only differing factor was the food but everyone seemed to have fun. We found it very educational; it was great to do something other than classwork.
“Overall, the Banquet seemed to be a enjoyable activity that will hopefully continue for all Year 8 classes Ms. Bamford teaches, and will get the same reviews or even better next time.”
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
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.