NCC Students Engage in a Diverse and Rewarding Academic Life
Preparing students for a successful future starts at a young age. A strong curriculum combined with a stimulating learning environment has seen NCC consistently achieve outstanding academic results.
A Global Focus
Our motto – ‘Sow to Harvest’ – has been foundational to the development of a culture within Nambour Christian College, which reaches out to others, both in the local community on the Sunshine Coast and into foreign countries less fortunate than ours.
Examples of this global focus can be seen in the Service Trips and Sister School agreements detailed below.
A significant learning and growth experience for a number of our Year 12 students is the annual trip to Fiji, which has been running for over 34 years. The final year students forego their September school holidays and, for many, this is a life changing experience.
They travel to remote villages and share the Gospel message with schools, churches and local communities through creative and performing arts activities. For many students this is a timely opportunity for spiritual growth prior to them leaving school.
In conjunction with Neighbours Aid Community Stores, Nambour Christian College sent its first team of staff, students and parents to a children’s home and school in Malawi during the mid-year holidays in 2011. The trip to Malawi is now a biennial event and is open to Senior School students.
The whole College is involved in fundraising for the Malawi schools providing buildings, teaching resources and clothing for the children. The teams work on various projects while in Malawi to assist the local communities become more self-sufficient.
In 2001, our Principal shared with the then Senior School students a plan by Mercy International to build family units to house 100 HIV babies in Phetchabun in northern Thailand. Thus commenced an ongoing commitment by NCC students and staff to raise funds; visit the children’s home and the associated school to assist in whatever way possible; and to provide teaching expertise and resources.
The biennial trip to Thailand is open to students from all year levels (Junior & Middle School students must be accompanied by a parent) and departs at the end of Term 4.
The opportunity is provided each year for our Year 9 students to spend a week at Gulf Christian College, the school in Normanton that is owned by Nambour Christian College.
Our students assist with the annual fundraising by the Gulf CC students at the local rodeo, spend time in their classrooms, build lasting friendships, work on projects around the school grounds and gain a better appreciation for the indigenous culture.
Since September 2000, when NCC entered into the sister school agreement with the Kyung Hwa Girls Middle & High School in South Korea, students from both schools have shared many beneficial experiences.
As part of an Exchange Program, students from NCC have the opportunity to attend Kyung Hwa for up to 12 months and likewise NCC annually hosts five Senior School students from our sister school in South Korea.
NCC and Intan Permata Hati (IPH) Christian School entered into a sister school agreement in 2004 at Surabaya, Indonesia. IPH is a Christian school that commenced 10 years ago and has now grown to three campuses offering Early Childhood Centres, Primary School and Middle School.
Our unique partnership will help IPH Christian School establish a Middle School curriculum and text books based on our Australian experience. Cultural and language visits between NCC and IPH Christian School commenced in 2005. This agreement is another step in the College vision to help establish Christian education in the Asia Pacific region.
NCC and the Metachanupatham Christian School entered into a sister school agreement in January 2007 at Phetchabun, Thailand – a school that our College helped establish in 2003. Our students and staff have been financially supporting the children’s homes in Thailand (run by Mercy International).
In 2003 the children’s home in Phetchabun commenced a small school for their children plus children from the local villages. Today the school has 1500 primary and secondary students with beautiful buildings and grounds, all through donations of finances and labour.
Through the signing of a Sister School Agreement, our College will be working to help assist the teachers in Thailand with resources and professional development activities as well as our Junior School students communicating with their students via the Internet.
In December every two years, a team of NCC staff and students visit our sister school in Phetchabun and assist with a number of projects at the Mercy International children’s homes in Phetchabun, Khon Kaen and Phrae. The NCC students are able to see, first hand, the kitchen and amenities building constructed at Phrae with the $25,000 donated by College staff in 2006.
NCC has both formal and informal school arrangements in place with various schools in Japan. Since the relationships have been formed there have been a number of Japanese students attend NCC, typically for a 12 month period. The students significantly benefit from both the cultural experience as well as the chance to improve their competency in English.
NCC staff and students have visited the schools in Japan on a biennial basis since 2000 and, by staying with Japanese families associated with the schools, have gained a wonderful insight into the culture and lifestyle of the country.