The true benefits of a school such as Nowra Anglican College are the opportunities that exist beyond the traditional classroom. Our students are encouraged to become involved in co-curricular activities. The benefits of participation in co-curricular activities are immense. Not only does it help support the physical, cultural, spiritual and mental development of a child, but they are also fun and allow our students to discover their own passions and interests through structured programs.
The Mock Trial competition is run by the NSW Law Society and is open to all schools in New South Wales. The competition comprises a series of rounds in which each team will play either the side of the prosecution/plaintiff or the defence in a criminal or civil trial. These rounds are organised in regions with the first of the elimination rounds of the competition commencing at round 5. The Grand Final of the Mock Trial is held in Sydney in December and the winners of this have the opportunity to then compete on an international level.
Nowra Anglican College participates in the Mock Trial every year and the competition is open, but not limited to, students undertaking Legal Studies at both Nowra Anglican College and Shoalhaven Anglican School in Year 11. Teams consist of 2 barristers, 1 solicitor, 2 witnesses and a court officer or magistrate’s clerk. The court cases are based on real-life cases and once the mock trial is in session all participants are expected to formerly engage in the proceedings, upholding the tradition and etiquette that is required in an actual court situation. The position of Magistrate is usually played by a practising Legal professional in the area where the Mock Trials are held. The magistrate will make the final judgement about the case, score the trial and offer valuable feedback to students regarding their performance and knowledge of the law. We have been fortunate to engage the help of Mr Gareth Ward, Member for Kiama, to assist in coaching our Mock Trial teams over the past few years.
Our first Mock Trial round for 2014 took place early March at the Shoalhaven City Council Chambers in Nowra. Nowra Anglican College competed against Bomaderry High School and while both teams performed very well, NAC managed to win the trial against Bomaderry High School on this occasion.
In all, the Mock Trial is a fantastic experience for students who wish to gain a greater understanding of court proceedings and who may be interested in pursuing a legal career, or for those who just want to hone their acting and public speaking skills while competing at state level.
Duke of Edinburgh Intenational Award
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is open to all students 14-24 years. The Award is about personal development, not competition, with others. It enables young people to learn practical and social skills that are valuable to their life and career development.
The Award is comprised of three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.
- service – encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.
- skill – encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills
- physical recreation – encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness
- adventurous journey – encourages a sense of adventure whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants will plan, train for and undertake a journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.
- the Clyde River
- the Shoalhaven River
- Saint George’s Basin
- Jervis Bay
- Shoalhaven Gorge and
- Mount Kosciusko.
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 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.
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 Chaplaincy department also runs weekly student fellowship groups with fun, food, games, outreach, music and studying God’s word. In Junior School, Club56 is on Friday lunchtime for upper primary with 20 Yr 5-6 students attending and God Squad runs for younger students.
Each week approximately 30 students attend Crossroads. One week is a combined Yr 7-12 meeting and the alternate is small groups in stages 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. These meetings are led by senior students with the assistance of teachers and local church Youth Ministers from All Saints Nowra and Bomaderry Anglican Church.
A student leadership team meets each Wednesday at lunchtime with the Chaplain for leadership development and organise the Crossroads program. A highlight for senior students is the annual Crossroads Camp. Leadership development opportunities are available for junior and senior students through Crusaders Union, who support groups in hundreds of schools through NSW and ACT.
The Chess Club meets one lunch time each week under the guidance of Mr Denis Smith. Competition is suitable for both beginners and more advanced players.
In Mathematics Club students explore a variety of interesting mathematical concepts and plan for and celebrate significant maths days throughout the year. In 2013 we looked at coding theory and sending photos from deep space, card games, analysing pathways and optimization. The club is not just for those who are brilliant at maths but rather for those who are interested in maths.
Students work on improving their skills in different media and are encouraged to enter different Visual Arts competitions which run throughout the year. Art club runs every Wednesday lunchtime.