Nowra Anglican College
Gifted and Talented
Differentiated instruction in English and Mathematics identifies and caters for gifted students with activities informed by a range of cognitive models such as Williams, Maker, and de Bono.
Tournament of Minds
Tournament of Minds is offered as a co-curricular activity in the College. This competition, open to both junior and senior school students, develops enterprise and celebrates excellence. It consists of a concentrated six-week exercise where a team of students from at least two year groups must come up with a solution to a problem and present that solution in a creative fashion. The students develop their abilities in teamwork, script writing, stage design and performance.
Middle School Transition
The MST program involves Years 5 and 6 coming together to form combined classes a number of times per week. Teachers from the Senior School then offer specialized instruction and programs in areas such as:
- Food Technology
This gives students a taste of high school and focuses on critical inquiry.
Through debating, students develop their skills in public speaking, and their knowledge and analysis of Australian and international issues. Skills learned in debating have noticeable benefit to students across many areas of the curriculum and enhance their understanding of the world.
The College participates in the Southern Schools Debating Competition (Years 5-12) and the Risky Drinking Debate (Years 9-10) run by Shoalhaven Health Services.
English classes teach debating in Years 5-7 as well as a number of workshops run throughout the year to prepare students. A House debating competition for Year 11 also occurs in Term 3 and provides further opportunity for involvement. College debaters are trained by our highly accomplished and experienced coach who has enjoyed a long and successful affiliation with debating in and beyond school.
The ability to communicate effectively is valued at Nowra Anglican College. The highlights of the Public Speaking Calendar are the Junior School Public Speaking Competition in which every student from K-6 participates and the Senior School House Speaking competition in which every student from Years 7 to 11 participates.
Students from the College have a long tradition of representing their school in a number of external competitions. These include the Southern Schools Public Speaking Competition, the Apex Public Speaking Competition, Lions Youth of the Year Quest, The Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Award, and the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.
Drama aims to foster creativity, self-awareness, confidence and the ability to work harmoniously with others on and off the stage as well as to impart performance skills. At Nowra Anglican College there are many opportunities in which students can shine on the stage, such as the annual House Theatre Sports Competition on Foundation Day.
In addition, students from the College have the opportunity to represent their school in a variety of external competitions. These include the ImprovAustralia Theatresports Competition, the Shoalhaven Eistedfod and the STC – Sydney Morning Herald Young Playwright’s Award.
Music is a very important focus at Nowra Anglican College. Many students in the College are actively involved in a wide range of music programs and peripatetic classes.
Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of co-curricular ensembles. These include groups such as:
- Junior and Senior Choir
- Concert Band
- Jazz Band
- Junior School Ensemble
- String Group
- Brass Ensemble
- Rock Ensembles
- and Chapel Bands.
Music tutoring is also provided both on an individual and small group basis. Students can learn the following instruments:
- Tenor Horn
- French horn
- Bassoon (beginner)
- Bass Guitar
- & Music Theory
The biannual College musical is very much looked forward to. Past productions have included Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Annie, Sound of Music, and Oklahoma! This is a great opportunity for the whole College community to draw together and celebrate the dramatic, choreographic, artistic and musical abilities of our students.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
A large number of students in the Senior School participate in the Scheme.
Many students have completed Bronze and Silver over the years and a number have achieved the coveted Gold Award presented by the state governor.
The award involves commitment in three areas of activity:
- skill development
- and physical activity.
It includes outdoor expedition and adventure trips concentrating on kayaking. Trips have included expeditions on/to:
- the Clyde River
- the Shoalhaven River
- Saint George’s Basin
- Jervis Bay
- Shoalhaven Gorge
- and Mount Kosciusko.
At Nowra Anglican College we believe that being involved in individual and team sport is integral to education. Sporting involvement encourages:
- and teamwork
It also reinforces the importance of such values as:
- fair play
- and co-operation.
The College is a member of Christian Sporting Schools Association (CSSA) and Southern Anglican Sporting Schools Association (SASSA). This provides our students with a wide range of representative opportunities.
Wednesday sport offers a wide range of individual and team sporting opportunities at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues around the Shoalhaven.
National Links & Tours
Each year students from Nowra Anglican College and Shoalhaven Anglican School in Year 11 travel to Cambodia and Vietnam to help build houses in Phnom Penh and renovate schools in various provinces in the Mekong Delta. Students also visit orphanages in Cu Chi, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, spending time with disabled children and donating funds for rice. In recent years students have also engaged in fruit tree planting in Siem Reap to help promote sustainable growth and income for disadvantaged communities. Our students are also joined by Arden Anglican College in Sydney to maximise our service to those less fortunate over a two week period. This service trip has become a tradition at Nowra and Shoalhaven and has been developed under the guidance of Felicity Reynolds, our Society and Culture teacher and Pastoral Leader, who has visited the region for the last four years. The whole school is involved in fundraising to assist with the purchase of materials to build the houses through the Tabitha Foundation as well as fund the materials and equipment needed to renovate schools, plant trees and donate to orphanages.
In 2013, 22 houses were built, 170 mango trees were planted and cash donations for rice were made to the orphanages. Over 300 handmade clothes were also donated to the orphanages by a 2012 Year 12 student as part of her Design and Technology major work. She had attended the trip in 2011 and was deeply affected by her experiences. This year, we aim to build at least 20 houses in Phnom Penh, donate to orphanages, donate resources to and assist in maintaining a school in the Mekong Delta and again, plant trees in Siem Reap. While the trip is based on serving others, participants also visit key areas of interest including sites of historical and educational significance in both countries. For this reason, the trip is highly beneficial for students studying HSIE and History subjects at the stage 6 level.
Overall, the Service Expedition is a wonderful experience for students, parents and staff whose contribution to helping those less fortunate leaves a lasting impression on the lives of those they help, as well as their own. The trip fosters a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude in all who attend and develops a cultural understanding for societies which are very different to our own.
Cultural exchange – Tokyo Rissho High School
NAC hosts students from Tokyo Rissho High School each year for a week. Japanese students and staff members are billeted by College families. The students learn conversational English in the College and enjoy some of the sights that the Shoalhaven has to offer.