At Nowra Anglican College we love to celebrate our students’ successes. The stories below are just a sample of our students’ pursuits in a wide range of activities. All are to be commended. There outstanding achievements demonstrates their Courage to Excel.
Our Student Shine at Hairspray | NAC Rugby Stars set for International Exposure | Young Mackay makes senior cut | Rosie Davidson – Jumping to new heights | Australia Day Honours | Australian Junior Rugby Selection | National Youth Science Forum |
Our Student Shine at Hairspray
After months of planning and preparing, auditioning, rehearsing, building sets, designing lighting and creating costumes, not to mention choreographing dance steps and perfecting the vocals, the 2015 Musical production may have bumped in and out of the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre but it has certainly forged a place in memories.
Mrs Sampson, Executive Principal commented:
“It was a spectacular performance by our students. “I would have to say it is the best school musical I have ever seen and I am still singing the songs in my head. Every aspect was so well attended to … the lighting, the scenery, the costumes, the orchestra, the crew and cast, choreography, and acting.
The efficient artistic creation and use of sets and lighting was superb. Congratulations to Matthew Mackenzie and Laura Turner, the Entertainment Industries classes and the stage and lighting crews. The costumes were so appropriate to each character and situation. What a great accomplishment and thanks to Jen Jack.
The genius of the clever, well executed choreography provided vibrant, energetic routines that gave achievable success to the cast, and delight to the audience. Thank you to Jess Groves and past student Mikayla Nangle.
The cast … wow! What a strong, talented, group of young people with great values, dancing and acting – all so very convincing. Every member of the cast portrayed their character with aplomb. Congratulations Laura on choosing the cast so expertly.
It is events like these that make me proud to be Principal of such a school that has developed a niche in the Shoalhaven as a centre of excellence in the performing arts.
Learning happens on so many levels and through a great range of experiences beyond the classroom. Our students have learnt about the rewards of hard work, they have grown in confidence and reflected upon the important message of inclusiveness.
The benefits to our students will be long lasting. Research has shown that those students involved in the arts will benefit both personally and academically, displaying higher school motivation, engagement in class, improved self-esteem and life satisfaction.
I would like to extend my appreciation to our hard working staff, students and families. Each and every one has made a contribution to this performance, many unseen.”
And to capture some of
- “To say it was awesome, is an understatement. It was just unreal!”
- “It was the best one I have seen. I wasn’t going this time but after the show today we went straight to the ticket box and got out tickets.”
- “I loved what I saw today, very exciting! A lot of good strong singing voices, costumes and sets… its going to be amazing”
- “I was foot tapping and bopping in my seat having a great time.”
NAC Rugby Stars set for International Exposure
They are taking an under 16s and open squad, who will play their first game in Singapore, before moving on to Malaysia to play another two.
NAC runs an overseas tour every three years, travelling to New Zealand in 2011, but South East Asia will be a very different environment to what they are used to.
“Temperatures will be about 38 degrees and pretty much 100 per cent humidity, and it hasn’t rained in Singapore for over a year, so you can imagine the surface will be very hard,” coach Daniel Toole said.
“It’s going to be a very different experience for them, entering an Islamic country with different customs and beliefs, but it should be a lot of fun as well,” he added.
Their first test will come against the Singapore national schoolboys side and will be played under lights to try to avoid the worst of the heat.
While they are not really sure what to expect, Toole said you can count on it being a tough game.
“Singapore is a developing rugby nation, so it won’t be like playing South Africa or New Zealand, but any national team is often good,” he said.
“They will have some talented players and I have no doubt we’ll be in for a tough game, but there’s a lot of talent in our side too.
“We’ve got a strong forward pack and a lot of speed in the backs, so I think we’ll give them a run for their money.”
After the Singapore game, they will move on to Malaysia to take on two school-based teams and they will get to plenty of tourist activities along the way. Toole said a lot of hard work has gone into the tour and they have been training for the past eight weeks.
“All the guys sound keen and have shown great enthusiasm,” he said.
“For half of them it’s the first time they’ve been out of the country and to be able to do it with your school friends is pretty special.
“It’s a very unique experience, so they should make the most of it.”
Published South Coast Register, Friday 11 April, 2014
Young Mackay makes senior cut
Mackay will play on NSW’s second under 18s team, made up of younger players who will also be able to play in the under 18s tournament in 2015.
“We still play in the same competition as all the states in the 18s, with Victoria and NSW both opting to put two teams in. We shouldn’t come last because I still think we can beat Tasmania and all the other smaller states, but hopefully it gives us a bit of experience for next year and I can get picked in the first side so then we can play well and actually win it. To be at a national championship is always good.”
The selection came about after Mackay played for NSW in the under 17s competition. He was then chosen in a squad of about 60 players vying for a spot on the under 18s team. The players took part in two days of intense training which saw them play about 20 hours of hockey, including a visit by Kookaburras’ Matthew Butturini. Two days later he was informed of the selection.
Despite playing for NSW since he was selected for the under 13s team in 2010, Mackay said he was surprised with the selection.
“I have sort of been on the edge of the age group above me, so when I was 14 I just didn’t get picked in the under 15s team, so hopefully this and next year I can get picked up. Because that is sort of a goal at a young age – to get picked up by the age group above so then when you get to 21s you may only be 19, but get picked in the 21s and you can progress from that as opposed to just getting chosen in your age group.”
It has been a whirlwind past couple of months for the Nowra Anglican College student. In January Mackay travelled to Brisbane with the NSW under 15s indoor hockey team for the national championships. Here NSW was a power force in the competition, eventually beating Victoria 10-2 in the final.
“We played them on the first day and beat them 9-4, and then we cruised through and scored over 10 goals in most games and got to the final and smashed them,” Mackay said.
But it was not all smooth sailing for Mackay, who had a setback in the second game in the form of a hockey stick to the head, resulting in five stitches.
“I was back playing the next day, but I haven’t really had an injury for a while so it put me out for a bit,” he said.
It was a sweet indoor campaign for Hockey NSW, which took out every division except the men’s under 18s. All this is part of Mackay’s plan to one day play for Australia. Mid-year Mackay will compete in the NSW championships with the aim to get picked in the under 16s all schools squad.
If he gets picked in that team then he will attend a national all schools championships where an Australian team is selected.
“That’s my goal for this year, to get to that team, so I have to keep working hard,” he said.
Until then, Mackay will continue to play locally for Wollongong Uni in the Illawarra competition and Bluejays in the Shoalhaven competition. Mackay thanked the Illawarra Academy of Sport for its support.
From the South Coast Register – 26 February, 2014
Rosie Davidson – Jumping to new heights
When it comes to running Nowra Anglican College student, Rosie Davidson has chosen one of the most unusual yet gruelling specialities, the steeple chase, but she continues to jump to new heights in the sport.
Rosie has just returned with gold from the Australian Junior Athletics Championships after taking out the two kilometre steeple chase in the under 18 girls’ division.
Despite an almost guaranteed gold in the under 17s based off qualifying times, Davidson elected to race in the older and more competitive under 18s.
“I knew if I ran up then I would be against older girls who run close to or in front of my time, so I figured that if I ran with them then I would get a better time.
Rosie has only been competing in steeple chase for 15 months. “I had a go at the club (Illawarra Blue Stars) and enjoyed it so I competed at state last year and qualified for nationals, so I thought I would give nationals a go,” she said.
Davidson went on to take out the national gold in 2013, and in the lead-up to the 2014 nationals, she broke the under 17 girls state record.
She then won the 2014 NSW All Schools steeple chase by about 30 seconds and won the NSW Junior Athletics Championships by about seven seconds.
With her summer athletics season now over, Davidson will turn her attention to cross country.
But the steeple chase will not be far from her mind, with Davidson hoping to qualify for the World Youth Championships in 2015.
Australia Day Honours
As part of the Australia Day celebrations, Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with the Australia Day Council (NSW) presents a Citizen, Young Citizen, Sports and Junior Sports awards to residents of the Shoalhaven area.
Congratulations to NAC Year 11 Student, Jamie Priestley who was named Shoalhaven Young Sportsperson of Year. Jamie was recognised for her contributions to the standard and quality of Australian sport.
Jaimee has represented Australia on several occasions and recently placed second at an international showjumping event in the Netherlands. Click here to read more.
Australian Junior Rugby Selection
Congratulations to Jacob Barnes (Yr 11) who was selected in 2013 for development in the Australian Junior Rugby Gold Program and has been attending training twice a week at Wollongong University for the past five months. The team played their first game of five recently at WIN stadium. Jacob was been selected, out of a squad of 30, in the starting team as a winger. These games will see selectors choose a team for the Youth Olympics as well as Juniors for the NSW Waratahs.
National Youth Science Forum
Nowra Anglican College was very pleased three of our top Year 11 students were invited to attend the National Youth Science Forums (NYSF) during the January 2014 holidays. Amy Aquilina and Georgia Love attended a Forum hosted by Geoscience Australia in Canberra and Kai Illesca attended the session co-hosted by Curtin University and the University of Western Australia in Perth, after being nominated by the Rotary Club of Minnamurra The forums are a two week program for talented students moving into Year 12 who have been identified as having a potential career interest in science.
The NYSF program consists of a mix of scientific, formal, personal development, and social activities. The program is run by students from the previous year’s NYSF, who have been planning and improving the forum over the course of the previous year. These are the NYSF staff and will either have just finished year 12, or first year university. These people will never tell a student what to do, but may make hints in that direction. Speakers at various forums, debates, seminars and other activities come from outside the science forum, or have been students many years ago.
Not surprisingly, selection for the NYSF is very competitive. In any one year as many as 2,000 students may compete for 432 places. Selection is coordinated by Rotary Districts across Australia with places being allocated by selection committees around the country. Applications for the 2015 NYSF close 31 May, 2014.Click here for more information.